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Oktoberfest - Capital Brewery

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140 Reviews
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Reviews: 140
Hads: 317
Avg: 3.63
pDev: 18.73%
Wants: 4
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Capital Brewery visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-26-2001

2014 GABF Gold Medal (German-Style Marzen)
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Reviews: 140 | Hads: 317
Photo of beerwolf77
3.28/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've been on a Oktoberfest kick since there's an ass load of them coming out right now so here's another. It pours an amber orange color. Fairly clear with a decent inch of off white head. A smattering of lace is left behind. The nose is malty with a hint of spice. Maybe a touch of hops if you sniff real hard. I'm starting to realize American Oktoberfest beers don't have a huge boquet on them. The flavor is pleasant. Malt and caramel with some hop bite and mild sweet fruit that hangs in there at the end. Medium body with moderate carbonation. Yet another decent offering from Capital. Not exactly a head turner but, a easily drinkable session beer for the masses.

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Photo of Oxymoron
3.28/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Tis the season, prost. Pours an amber colored red with a light orange hue throughout. A soft off white head poured out pretty froathy. Soft but also with bigger bubbles. Ok lacing once the bubbles died down.

The nose is limited but there a soft malt character. Some pils notes with a light Vienna aroma. Some softer Munich malt notes but really this is more of Vienna style Oktoberfest. Some hop notes with a touch of spice and earthy note. Very clean yeast but overall limited aroma.

The taste is a bit more telling than the nose. The Vienna comes out a bit more versus the taste but so does the Munich. Some minor husky note but not really specific pils flavor. Light bready flavors with a touch of roast and sweetness. Lingers into the finish. The hops drop off a bit versus nose. Some earthy notes but really limited. The yeast is very clean again.

The body is closer to moderate than light. Would like more depth here but still good. Carbonation is light but helps with the sweetness into the finish. Overall a limited O-fest. I know my preferences are usually more of Munich style O-fest so I will try not to skew this to badly. Very nice yeast character though.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a light, meringue-like fluffy head of about 3cm. No noticeable lacing, head retention is poor, reducing to a very fine ring around the glass rather quickly. Body is very orange amber in color, transparent, not much visible carbonation.

Scent is primarily malt and perhaps some lager yeast characteristics. Not particularly complex, even for a Marzen.

Taste is primarily of sweet malt, somewhat bready, fairly simple. Aftertaste is of bread crusts. Just above average, nothing that really stands out.

Mouthfeel is crisp, with fair amounts of carbonation, very satisfying for the style. Finish is dry, a bit sticky, but nothing obscene. Enjoyed the mouthfeel most in this beer.

This is a fairly average Oktoberfest, a bit disappointing considering the brewery it's coming from. With a number of other German breweries to choose from, this one doesn't really stand out over any and distinguish itself.

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Photo of brdc
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks SkyDoc for this one.

Reddish brown in color, it has a decent white head that does not hold very well.

Aroma is a bit too delicate, but this could be just mer; I like more "in your face" aromas. It still shows toasted malts, which open to a relatively light beer, predominantly malty but with some intervening hops. Clean, reasonably tasty, but nothing special.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep, reddish amber brew into a Berghoff tumbler leaving almost no head of macro looking foam. Thin and disappointing.

Sweet malts, some spice, and fall fruits apple/pear make up the aroma.

Pretty mild with a quick bitterness that overwhelms the sweet malts. There is some brown sugar and a bit of caramel in here.

Feels creamy and smooth enough my second pint brings the odd sensation that it’s going to cause stomach problems later.

It’s easy to drink but it might not be a good idea to drink too much.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.82/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle tried 21 Sep 2008.

Poured in a 0.4 L glass stein. Large off white head. Well carbonated. Clear, the color of butternut squash. Aroma is of caramel, malty sweetness and earthiness. Starts with lots of malt and caramel, somewhat sticky mouthfeel. Lots of bready sweetness throughout. Finishes just slightly warming and with enough hops to cut the sweetness.

Enjoyable, would definitely get this again.

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Photo of beagle75
3.59/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a becker glass.

A: Clear, medium amber color with less than one finger of diminishing off-white foam head. Heavy lacing remains and a few solitary bubbles rise in the column.

S: Grainy with modest caramel; carbon dioxide seems to disrupt the footing of both components. Mild fruit, centering on cooked sweet apples, is also detectable.

T: Begins off-dry, with heavy caramel malt and very mild citric acidity. Grain and yeast esters mingle in the middle, where flavors gradually become drier. Dried hay and rustic bready malt round out the finish with minor bitterness allowed to show.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, slightly syrupy and slightly acidic on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This is a traditional, full-flavored marzen that does not look to step outside familiar terrain. Its mid-range abv and malt-centered flavors are palate-friendly, promising to play nicely alongside savory foods, or in them as an ingredient.

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Photo of Etan
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Starting to see more O-Fests popping up on menus, so I might as well dive right in.

A. Pours a mellow brass with a small white head.

S. Dry toasted grain, a bit of caramel sweetness and some mild rindish hoppiness.

T. Caramelized grain, nutty, light leafy/citric hoppy note, bready and dry in the finish.

M. Light-bodied with some heft from the carbonation.

O. An enjoyable American marzen; nothing spectacular, but dry enough with some good hop/malt balance to warrant praise.

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Photo of dfillius
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass
A: Aggressive pour yields 1.25 fingers of ivory colored head with great retention. Clear amber liquid. Par for the course but with better head.
S: Mostly clean bready malt with some pleasant herbal grassy hop in the background. Solid but unassuming.
T: Sweet, clean, good hop bite. Not terribly complex but very nice.
M: Rich, hearty, a bit metallic
D: Good. I would be interested in another and maybe a sixer if nothing else could be had.

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Photo of Ri0
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

poured 12oz bottle into stein!

A - Bronze and caramel with a nice 2.5 finger head. Leaves a collar and swaths of lacing around the stein.

S - Grainy malty, and sweet bread. Light earthy hops.

T - Good amount of malts, grain, sweet bread and hints of caramel. Light earthy hops give it a bit more. Nice Marzen style.

M - On the lighter side with good carbonation. Smooth and easy drinking even on a warm day.

O - Pretty decent take on this style of beer.

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Photo of bruachan
4.22/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

some head appeared with the pour, but it's quieted down. good o-fest color (lots-o-vienna malts, i bet)

full and toasty bouquet fills out even more with a faint fruitiness and a nice herbal hop scent. man, i love vienna aromas. a little husk, a little dried fruit/raisin

toastycaramel flavors up front and a tasteful hop prickle at the finish. good carbonation tailed with this bitterness to provide some texture to a very quaffable and slick brew. the hop flavor contribution is very nice: balanced yet assertive, and tasty overall

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Photo of maxpower
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear orange-copper color, nice white foamy head. Aroma of light caremel and flowers, sweet, balanced malts and clean tasting, light body, a little thin semi-watery mouthfeel, still a very good Oktoberfest.

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Photo of RoamingGnome
3.47/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of 12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A) Clean copper color. A quarter inch of head at best. No retention and no lacing.

S) Malt and some sweetness. Smells like caramel to me. It smells fine, I just didn't pick up much else with my sniffer.

T) Nice malt character, with sweetness. Pretty similar to the nose. The finish is earthy, slight grass, fairly smooth.

M) A medium/light body with moderate carbonation. Decent finish and a decent aftertaste.

O) A pretty solid Marzen offering. It's worth an Autumn tasting.

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Photo of Tballz420
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an amber colored beer with a small and quick to depart white head. The aroma is malty, slightly toasted. The taste of this is a well balanced caramel and grainy taste. Neither are quick to dominate. Hop bitterness is also present, but well balanced as well. This is not a bad beer at all.

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Photo of botham
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz poured into an imperial nonic glass. pours a crystal clear, brilliant amber color with a finger of off-white frothy head that dissiaptes slowly and throughout consumption.

smells malty (caramel), with a subtle hop aroma, among a few spices, notably pumpkin and a dash of coriander. a good mix for an oktoberfest.

tastes malty up front, with a notable amount of CO2. bready yeast is apparent as well, lending more to a mild abbey tripel than an oktoberfest. alcohol presence is distant, but noticable. finishes on a dry hop note. there is a good balance of flavors and aromas here, somewhat unique for the style.

aftertaste semi-dry, and of lingering malt flavor. very pleasant.

mouthfeel is medium-bodied, and very smooth in character. the CO2 here adds a bit of bite, but doesn't deter from the rest of the brew.

drinkability is great. oktoberfests can be filling and rich, but this one sneaks in under the radar with bold flavors and a rather simple profile to allow for high drinkability and loads of character. cheers!

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Photo of Winter
2.6/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Capital seems to have dropped the ball on this one. Either that or I had a bad bottle. Amber in color with an off-white head that retreats quickly. Light aroma consisted of some sweet malt and a touch of caramel. Mouthfeel teeters between thin and medium-bodied. Taste is extremely bland for an Oktoberfest. Everything about the caramel, biscuit and malt flavors are muted and watered down. Very disappointing.

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Photo of Jredner
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sweet aroma. Fruit (grape dominates) and caramel malt. Orange with little head. Malty fore followed by a grape heavy middle and finish. Fruit smoothness lingers int he aftertaste. This beer has a fantastic aftertaste. It tastes better 5 seconds after you swallow than it does in your mouth

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Photo of chilidog
3.76/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bottle came in a tour sample pack of which you only get one of each. What I had was half of this in a glass, the other half shared. It poured a nice clear, darker than others, amber. The head was full, fluffy and laceable. The aroma I can't say stood-out. The taste was a carmel malt balanced by a hint of bitter hop. The mouth was left crisp. Given this 6 oz. sample, I'll pick this beer up again if and when I see it. A good Octoberfest offering.

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Photo of kkleu357
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%

From notes on 9/15/2013

Nice appearance. Golden brown and orange. Decent amount of flavor for an Oktoberfest. I’m not a big fan of Oktoberfests, but this one is decent.

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Photo of beveragecaptain
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle. This beer has a clear brown color with a half inch head. The aroma is malty with just a little fruit. Light caramel flavor with lots of fruit, especially apple. The fruit flavor is a little over done. Very little hop flavor. Finish is dry. Medium to heavy mouthfeel. This beer is alright, but there is too much fruit flavor and not enough toasty malt.

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Photo of WYVYRN527
3.56/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce twist-off bottle into a stein.

A: Clear copper/orange hue with an off-white head that quickly settles to a thin surface froth. Carbonation is subtle, and lacing is decent.

S: A bit turned off at first. Caramel malt and toasty grain up front, with a slight metallic tinge in the background. Grassy hops are noticeable behind everything else.

T: Caramel and toasted grains up front, along with some fruity, spicy notes. Hops dry out the finish, with a pleasant, floral aftertaste.

Notes: Slightly thin and moderate in body. This beer is solid, and quite drinkable. However, it's not quite what I look for in the style. Decent, and at least worth a try.

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Photo of shadow1961
3.92/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Capital Brewery Oktoberfest pours a finger of foam over a clear honey
colored brew. Carbonation is moderate and steady, and the nose is
toasty malt, lager yeast, and a bit of spicy hops. The flavor reflects the
nose- sweetish malt balanced by a peppery, herbal hop- I'm thinking it
might be Saatz. Mouthfeel is crisp and medium bodied, finishing semi-
dry due to the hops. There's a bit of grassyness and earthyness in the
aftertaste. Altogether, very nice. I like that Capitol hopped it just a touch
more than a lot of Ofests I've tried- it doesn't make it any less easy-drinking,
but it does make it a little more assertive. Good- get some if you can.

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Photo of Wetpaperbag
3.03/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Clear caramel/amber color. The head is thin and fades quickly.

S- I smell the caramel malts for sure, but other then that not much.

T- This has a sweet malt taste, slight caramel taste (not as much as I would personally want in a fest beer). There is also a slight spicy taste that is there, sort of like a pepper corn taste, which is good. But there is a slight weird funky grain taste that is mixed in there, which makes this unrefined.

M- Feels like a beer of this style should.

D- Would make a great session beer.

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Photo of Skidz
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

(old review, replaced)

I had a chance to visit Capital Brewery and was invited to try out the Octoberfest, only 3 weeks old in the fermenter. I went back to try it again after the first time, a very unique experience and a very unique tasting beer this early on. Kirby was a great guide and invited many others later on to take a taste of the beer straight out of the lagering tanks.

Coming out into the glass, quite quickly (100+ barrel tanks), it pours out a light orange-yellow and sits a hazy amber brown in the glass. It's still quite young, so it hasn't quite cleared up yet and there is some yeast suspended in the beer.

Smell is quite malty, I wouldn't expect much less, and yeast is very evident. Fruity esters emerge, apples and pears, along with a light spicy aroma. Very interesting, I will definately compare this to the final product.

Taste is still malty. Bitterness comes on quite quickly, shorty after the initial maltly sweetness. Dry and yeasty on the finish still carrying on the spiciness from the hops. Brown sugar and caramel flavors also seem present.

Very smooth in the mouth, and creamy. Carbonation is light, but still coming in. Obviously this was drunk as zwickel, so it would be difficult to drink much of it, although I had my fair share. Easily consumed, and enjoyably consumed at that. A unique experience not soon to be forgotten. I will make it a point to review this year's Oktoberfest just to see how it compares to this tasting.

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Photo of steveh
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 2011 update for Cap's Oktoberfest.

A -- Clear, deep amber-orange with a creamy, light tan head the settles slowly to a good cap.

S -- Spicy hops up front, yeasty, sweet breadiness in the follow through.

T -- Sweet breadiness up front that folds into a good grainy-biscuit character. A mild spicy bitterness in the aftertaste that balances well. Malt luscious and very easy-drinking.

M -- Mouthfeel is very soft and smooth with a light-medium body.

O -- A very clean and flavorful, well-constructed lager from the Midwest King of Lagers. As with most Ami-Oktos, I just wish there was more of a big toasted bread character as a fresh Bavarian Okto will have. What makes this a winner is that brewmaster Kirby doesn't try to overcompensate with a big roasted character as do many U.S. micros.

Previous review:
2009 bottling, just in at the local -- surprised I've never reviewed this in the past. My favorite all time micro -- but I can be objective when it comes to beer... especially my fave style.

A -- Bright, clear, amber-orange color with a thick, off-white head that settles slowly.

S -- I can smell "beeriness" at arm's length from the pour; aroma is pretty thin and mild spicy hops with a bready backbone come out with a swirl.

T -- Mildly sweet, nutty maltiness up front with some bready maltiness in the middle and a dry, spicy hop finish. Toasty breadiness in the aftertaste. Great balance all around. A little edit here -- there's some vague diacetyl in the background as the beer warms. Not distracting, but unexpected.

M -- Mouthfeel is soft and smooth with a light medium body.

D -- Finally! A very nice Okto this year. It seems like this could be the first American / German style crossover. There's some nice nuttiness, as in an Ami, with some good breadiness, as in a German -- not much of that rich maltiness from German Amber Märzens, but there's a great malt character that makes up for any loss.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 08-31-2009 18:06:54

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Oktoberfest from Capital Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 140 ratings.