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Autumnal Fire - Capital Brewery

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Ratings: 551
Reviews: 332
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 9.83%
Wants: 73
Gots: 24 | FT: 1
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Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  7.80% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 01-26-2002

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Ratings: 551 | Reviews: 332
Photo of sfoley333
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a PP Real Ale glass. Poured a clear copper color with thick foamy white head. Smell is an abundance of sweet malt, carmel, and toffee. Taste is like liquid sweet bread covered in carmel with a hint of hop bitterness at the end. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with a medium body. Cant tell that its 8.5 abv and can say this is one of my favorites double bocks now.

Photo of erwin08
4.7/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: deep coppery red color. transparent with about an inch of head.

S: this beer smells awesome! strong malty sweet smell.

T: tastes sweet of carmel and toffee almost fruity. a little spice as well.

M: silky smooth upfront with a bit of zip and tingle on the tail end.

D: very drinkable. don't typically like dobblebocks but this beer is fantastic.

why are the best ones always seasonals? this one is worth loading up on during those fall drips into wisconsin.

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the third or fourth beer I've had from this brewery, and while it is good, it didn't really blow me away. It is probably the best I've had from them, and I'd drink it again, but I think I'm going to stop picking their stuff up when there is a choice of other stuff that I haven't tried. That said, if it is distributed in your area it's worth a try.

To start with, it comes with a twist-off cap- wtf? Pours a hazy light brown with a creamy looking head that fades to a cap that sticks around for a little while. The smell is the best part- rich and malty with a whiff of lager yeast, alcohol, and pear. Tastes pretty good, just not as rich as the nose suggested. Nicely balanced, though, with sweet malt and German hops. Earthy, spicy, piney, and sweet up front followed by a long bitterness and a bit more spice. Mouthfeel is relatively big, and a little prickly. Pretty drinkable as the the alcohol is somewhat hidden.

Photo of Strix
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a gorgeous deep orange/red with an off-white head. Smell is sweet malts, light fruits, and melted caramel. Sweetish malts start this out, then a toasted grainy flavor, followed by a brief almost cocoa flavor, and a dry finish with noticeable warming alcohol. Lots going on in this, and I like that. Mouthfeel is nice and chewy yet viscous. Only grabbed a single, would now like to have some more around.

Photo of msubulldog25
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This bottle arrived in trade in late summer/early fall, 12 oz. of big malty goodness from Wisconsin. A twist-off cap (pffft!) removed, and in it goes to the tall pilsner glass.

A: Stunningly deep auburn/copper; 'autumnal fire' does describe this color quite accurately. With the leaves currently stripped from our trees by wind and cold, this color reminds me of what it looked like in October. Complexion is slightly hazy, definitely not a clean/filtered version. Many miniscule bubbles rise to a 1-finger cloud of tan/ivory cream. Head drops slowly to a thin film and leaves lovely lace.

S: Big aroma of Munich malts, cocoa powder, caramel and sugared dark fruits. Raisins and a trace of vinous wood. The chocolate seems to sweeten as it warms and that sugary caramel, evolves to a familiar cola smell with a dollop of fragrant honey. It grows bigger and bolder as it warms, even some woody bourbon notes rise from it - this may be my favorite doppelbock in this category.

I've sometimes poured this style of beer to a simple pint glass; I have to say the concentrated chimney-effect on the aroma in this slender pilsner makes a big difference - good glassware recommendation BA!

T: Like whole wheat toast, sprinkled sparingly with cinnamon sugar. That careful sweetness balances with just enough spicy, drying hops, leading to a powdery cocoa finish.

M: Medium-full mouthfeel and body, creamier upfront with a little zesty/effervescent carbonation tingle on the back of the tongue. Cools down the throat and leaves a little sticky malt coating on cheeks and lips. Alcohol is completely hidden.

D: Quite drinkable. Dangerously drinkable. A very fine doppelbock. This was my only bottle. Need more. Wisconsin? Call me...

Thanks to grynder33.

Photo of jjayjaye
3.87/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark red hued amber color with a full finger light tan head that fades fairly quickly. Some lacing present. The smell is nice. A very rich caramel malted aroma. The nose helps reveal this really full bodied beverage. Adequately carbonated, the mouth feel also has a strong tang to it. The flavor is very similar to the nose..and that sharpness could be a tart apple. Dopplebocks aren't my favorite style, but this one is a good drinker. Thanks DavidEddie for the opportunity to sample this one!

Photo of Slynger
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deeply clear orange-ruby color with a thin off-white head that dissipates slowly. Just a beautiful color that perfectly epitomizes fall.
The nose is sweet and malty caramel. Honey and sweet purple grapes make their presence known, with a lightly toasted malt overtone. Great nose.
Tasty and malty caramel and toffee along with honey and sweet fruit. A lightly toasted earthy malt finish and a full, chewy, almost honey smooth sticky mouth feel completes an excellent beer.

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz purchased from Archer Liquors in Chicago (my last Capital lager that I ordered from Randy and a huge thanks for this one). Poured into my red wine glass.

Big 1" tan head that seems to last forever... Beautiful..seriously BEAUTIFUL dark copper color... crystal clear as the head drops very slowly to a lite tan collar.

Wow... the aroma of this one is spectacular... probably the best smelling lager I've ever had outside some various homebrews over the years. Big malts are dominant... Munich, a little chocolate .... and an unexpected yet appreciated and undeniable spicey/earthy noble character.... wow.

Taste is the aroma multipled by 100... bready toasted malts... perfect balancing act with the bitterness with a great earthy hop flavor... finishes slightly sweet with a cocoa powder puff across the palate.

This is the best Capital lager I've had... and I really enjoy the Munich Dark when I have a chance (the Dunkel is next!).... There is no way I would characterize this one as a doppelbock, too much hop flavor and aroma...but again... WOW! Autumnal Fire is a brew I would buy a couple of cases each and every year if I had access to it... and every year, I would cellar a 6'er and try it when following batches come out.

Thanks again Randy for all the brews you sent to Idaho... I will definately be doing more business with you.

Photo of franksnbeans
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear as day copper with a 3 finger cream colored head that dies to a small ring. Smells of big sweet malt along with some hefty grain. Taste is big on the malt and is almost like an imperial Octoberfest if such a style existed. Alcohol is tasted a little on the finish. Medium and smooth in the mouth. Drinkable yes, but borders on a session beer, more of an after dinner treat.

Photo of Overlord
3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Beautiful orange/amber colored beer. Thin white head, quickly settled down to a bare cruist around the edges. Somewhat thin mouthfeel.

Nice roasted malt flavorings, some caramel and ... apple? in there as well. Solid, very drinkable beer for this type. Could do with a bit more carbonation, but I liked this quite a bit.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

"Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting and autumn a mosaic of them all."

--Stanley Horowitz

Fluorescent persimmon... a tremendous, bonfire-like color that fits the name perfectly. I don't care what the head and lace look like, Autumnal Fire gets a big score on the color of the beer alone. Not that it matters, but the head is the color of orange-caramel mousse, only not as creamy.

Capital says that AF is 'a doppelbock based on an Oktoberfest personality'. That's apparent when it comes to the nose. There's nothing even approaching roasted malt present, but that was obvious on the pour. Toasted bread, dark honey and earthy German hops lead the way.

Let me say right off the bat that I prefer beer of this style to be dark and roasted malty, not the equivalent of an Oktoberfest on steroids. Having said that, this is a pretty damn good beefed up O-fest that I'd have no trouble drinking every fall. Maybe not an entire six-pack, but I'd be willing to split one.

This bottle is from 2006, so I'm sure it's more mellow than the 2007s are right about now. I'm impressed at just how mellow. Beer without the strong flavors that dark malt and/or a ton of hops provide (like this one) don't usually mask such a high ABV this well. The flavor profile consists of sugary toasted malts, toffee, oranges, herbal honey and Hallertau(?) hops.

Although I'm not a huge fan of lagers, I love the way big lagers feel in the mouth. They're both light and viscous at once, with a characteristic that can only be described as glassy. This one allows the beer to go down like summer-weight silk, yet it has a solidity that can't be denied. Great job.

Without checking my reviews, I'm going to guess that Autumnal Fire is my favorite Capital beer. It doesn't match the excellence of the versions from Thomas Hooker, Klosterbrauerei Andechs and Brauerei Weihenstephan, but then those are pretty big shoes to fill.

Photo of brewdoc75
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle into a pint glass

Appearance: Beautiful amber, rusty red color. It looks like autumn leaves, hence the name. Light, smooth head that dissipates to a lace throughout the beer.

Smell: Very malty, toffee like aromas. No hops. A little fruity.

Taste: So rich and smooth. Ever so malty w/ rich toffee flavors. Definitely fruity. Has some essence of caramel as well. A full malted brew!

Mouthfeel: Soft and chewy. Would class this as medium bodied, but it feels a little lighter. It flows so nicely into the mouth that it would be easy to finish the whole glass now.

Drinkability: I know this is a doppelbock, but it seems to me that this is the ultimate octoberfest brew. I will denfinitely be looking for this beer around O-fest time next year. You have to try this one.

Photo of ubetchamn
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep clear amber with a small light tan head. The head dissipates quickly leaving only a ring on my pint glass. The smell seems to be sweet malt with a whiff of alcohol and a bit of yeast. I am slowly warming up to the doppelbock style. This had a very sweet taste and just enough carbonation to help clean the palate. I found this selection to be very pleasant and drinkable. I will make a point to seek out some of next falls batch.

Photo of objectivemonkey
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Into a pint glass, pours a lovely reddish mahogany, a thick off-white head, creamy, with decent lacing. The aroma is full of malty goodness, caramels and toffee, toasty and enticing me to drink. The taste is fantastic, caramels and toasted malts, rich and full and sweet, buoyed by a fair hop presence. A very nice body, pretty full and with nice light carbonation, the alcohol slightly warming but kind of hiding. In all this is one delicious doppel... I want more!

Photo of brentk56
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a sturdy beige head that sticks well and sends shards of lace up the sides of the pint glass

Smell: Toffee and fruit (apricot, berries and raisins)

Taste: Right at the outset, this beer provides a mellow fruity element with apricots and raisins being the predominate flavor; it restrains itself well and never becomes cloying; by contrast, there is just enough balancing bitterness to even things out with the caramel that arrives early on and lasts until the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A really nice example of the style, although it might not make it fully into the category if one were to be nit-picky; fortunately, it lacks the cloying sweetness of some doppelbocks

Thanks, brandoman63, for the opportunity

Photo of SkinnyElvis
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jj21 for this brew off my Wants. Cheers!

Pours with a thin head. Dark amber in color. Sweet and malty in smell. The taste is classic doppelbock: malty, sweet, and bready. Mouthfeel is smooth & I don't detect the 8.5% ABV. One of my favorites of the style & I am a big doppelback fan. I would put this up with the best doppels around.

Highly recommended.

Photo of BeerBelcher
3.86/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am not the biggest fan of doppelbocks, and I found this one to be very enjoyable, which I would call high praise. This beer had a very nice blend of malt character (not too much, as is frequently my opinion of this style), just a bit of cerealness, and a very pleasant mouthfeel.

It poured a rich caramel color with a thick tan head. Aroma was malty, with a bit of caramel. Flavor was pleasingly sweet, but not overwhelming, maltiness. There was just a touch of cereal-ness, which is what I typically object to, but it was in a very nice moderation in this beer. Mouthfeel was smooth, substantial, and good.

I would definitely recommend this ber.

I had this on-tap at the Palm Tavern in Milwaukee.

Photo of botham
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner.pours a brilliant reddish amber with a few fingers of light orangish heaad that remain for a few minutes. no lacings.

smell is sweet and malty, namely munich and caramel malts. not much on the hops side. there is a faint fruitiness that consists of apple and a bit of spice. a complex mix that is well laid-out.

taste is very malty, with munich and caramel malts dominating. the apple flavor is present here as well, alongside apricot and a bit of floral yeast. very well proportioned and perfectly concentrated. a hint of alcohol upon finishing gives this one a slight bite.

mouthfeel is medium-bodied, and smooth in texture. a slight alcoholic note on the finish give it a bit of spice (at 8.5 APV, this is very mild). finishes on a sweet note.

drinkability is good. this brew is magnificent. an excellent dopplebock, and a great autumn brew. the flavors and alcohol content will shy some drinkers away, however. overall, another wonderful example of Capital's strength in making great brews. cheers!

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Obtained 2 bottles in a trade with Buckeyesox (thanks Dave). The beer pours a crystal clear light copper color, with a thin and short-lived tan head. The aroma is really nice, sweet malty tones which could have come straight from Germany. The flavors were all rich malt, sweet and a little alcoholic, just a hint of bitterness in the after-taste. A slightly thick body maintained a good physical presence with each sip, making this exceptionally drinkable.

Overall a very good doppelbock and one that deserves a higher rating in my opinion.

Photo of brdc
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Small capped bottle.
It pours a distinctive red brew, with some brown and golden overtones, with a thin, short-lived off-white head. Perhaps it was a bit too cold.
Velvety on the mouth, the aroma is rich but not overwhelming, roasted, caramel and toffee.
Malty taste, sweetish but not overly sweet, with a minot hoppy bite. Think rich Vienna lager or light doppelbock, or somewhere in between. Not as rich as I expected, but pleasant and very easy to drink.

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.46/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I got this from the boys of BIF 49. Says on the cap in red sharpie, "2006"

Looks the color of pumpkin pie with a slight haze to it. The head is a dirty irregular film.

Smells of fresh, hand-pulled taffy with undertones of allspice and pumpkin. I really don't know where this fits in "by style", but I'm diggin' it.

The sweetness from the smell is there again but it is pounced upon by again some pumpkin and spices along with a slightly sour rye. The sweetness comes back in a more fruity way that accentuates a raspberry and cantaloupe. Again, very interesting.

Feels big and thick but silky with the carbonation adding the most to the body.

An interesting and enjoyable take on the style.

Photo of Derek
4.07/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep amber-copper, hazy, off-white head, very little retention, initially some nice lacing.

S: Wonderful fruit-bread with sherry and a little spice.

T: Very bready malt, fruit bread, raisins, prunes, figs, dark caramel, grassy hops with a little spice. There's a little more residual sweetness than most Bavarian's, but there's also a little more hop bitterness as well. Apparantly it's based on an October fest personality, and that comes through (it's almost more of a double-fest than a true doppelbock).

M: Moderate to full body has some residual sugar. Modest carbonation.

D: Damn good for its strength.

A great beer. I like it more than Salvator, but I like my doppels a little darker & maltier.

Photo of Wasatch
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to flyingbison for this brew.

Pours a nice clean/clear dark amber color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy tannish head, some sticky lacing follows. The nose is sweet, malty, yeasty, and lots of caramel. The taste is slightly sweety, yeasty, malty, a good dose of caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, a nice little brew at that, glad to have had a chance to try out, thanks Steve, recommended for sure.

Photo of russpowell
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huzzahs to PackersFan for this one!

Pours caramel/orange with 4+ fingers of fluffy sand colored, with caramel at the bottom, head.

S: Rich breadyness & brown sugar finishes with very good lacing & head retention

T: Bready with pepper & cinnamon up front. Brown sugar, cakeyness & dryness as this warms up. Caramel & maple candy also present. Finishes with a whisper of warming booze, more caramel & brown sugar

MF: Chewy/malty with moderate carbonation, more depth needed

Drinks very easy for the abv, a very-very nice dopple!

Photo of dfried
3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

See through, but dark, coppery body, large frothy off white head, that lasted at around 1cm for the duration. The aroma is full of malt, caramel and brown sugar, with grainy notes. Light floral hop aroma, and a slight tinny/yeasty hint. The taste is also quite sugary and malty, hints of molasses and apple peels. The hops are floral with some citrusy notes. Medium bodied, sweet dry mouthfeel, pretty easy drink though not a session beer.

Overall: I didn't know this was a doppelbock until I went to review it, I thought it was a decent regular amber lager of sorts. I wasn't really all that impressed with it, which suprises me since it gets quite a bit of praise in many reviews. Maybe a bad sample? I am definitely going to revisit this one to find out.

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Autumnal Fire from Capital Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 551 ratings.