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Capital DarkCapital Dark

Brewed by:
Capital Brewery
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Munich Dunkel Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 126 | Ratings: 222
Photo of RoyalT
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – This is a medium brown in color with a nice, moderate and stubborn German head. It’s a brownish-white and never did go all the way down until I started drinking it.

Smell – This has a very faint malt aroma that smells like lightly toasted whole grain bread.

Taste – The malts come out bigger at the taste and lose much of that toasty quality. There’s more of a bitter unsulphored molasses flavor now with some dark sugars.

Mouthfeel – This is light-bodied and smooth with a mildly bitter malty finish.

Drinkability – This went down well enough. It was quite uneventful, which is a plus for the style.

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Photo of Blakaeris
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear dark brown with ruby highlights. Head is thick and soapy, leaving a thick ring as it dissipates.

Aroma is roasted dark grain, and a hint of chocolate.

Taste is roasted dark grain with a touch of dark fruit sweetness. Finishes mildly dry with a lingering charred dark grain bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied.

Overall a decent Munich Dunkel. Good bit of roasted malt flavor.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
3.52/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bought a single of this at 3 Cellars when I realized that I'd not yet tried quite a few Capital beers. And it was pretty decent but not far above average; there's a reason there's not a lot of buzz (for good or bad) about this brewery. Still, I enjoyed it, and if my options were limited I'd be happy to have it again.

This is a good looking beer. Nice deep red color, sparkling body, and good sturdy/sticky head formation in good quantity. Aroma is some light caramel. Flavor is a little sweet (like a sweet sweat flavor, but not unpleasant) up front, followed by some not over-powerin caramel maltiness in the body, and a bit of bitterness at the finish. Nice. Mouthfeel is OK, but just a tick on the watery side. Still, nice.

This is a pretty drinkable and approachable beer that won't blow your socks off, but is nothing to sneeze at either. I'd have it again.

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Photo of dbtoe
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A pretty good dark beer. I like most dark beers and I'd take it over others but it's not one I'm going to get often.
Look is dark brown with a head that reduces to a cap and sticks around to the end.
Smell is pretty much roasted malt.
Taste is all bitter chocolate mellows a little as it warms. I don't really get anything else.
Feel very carbonated and medium body.
Drink a very drinkable beer I could easily down a 6 pack.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.56/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle in a Sierra Nevada Imperial Pint. No date, 5.4% ABV.

A - Dark, deep amber brown with a good bone two-finger head. Superb retention with a nice collar of lace. The foam stayed til the last sip too!

S - The aroma has mild toasted malts with a bigger hop nose than anything. A touch of light citrus with the floral aroma. A low caramel sweetness behind the hops. An unimpressive start.

T - The hops are once again more prominent. The water posses a mineral aspect to it I'm not particularly fond of in this beer. Low malt flavor and a touch of sweetness with the hop finish of floral and grassy flavor.

M - It feels creamy and smooth with a nice level of carbonation to give the finish a crisp feel that compliments the dryness. A good feeling dark.

D - A decently rounded beer that really lacks panache. It's ok overall and would be a fine six-pack to purchase but I find it a mediocre tasting beer. Good drinkability steers this beer towards a session dark.

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Photo of malcontent
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a transparent chesnust brown with a small amount of head but very nice lacing.

Mellow malt sweetness laced with hearty grain scents. Roasted accents come through as well.

Pleasing breadiness at first with those good cereal lager qualities. However, the aftertaste develops an offputting bitterness that doesn't seem to be coming from hops. Isn't bad by any stretch but is my least favorite Capital offering thus far.

Good carbonation and mouthfeel. If you dig the taste this could easily be an all-nighter.

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Photo of ThirstyBird
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured deep red/brown in color. half inch of tan head that falls away to a skim coat.

Smells of sweet roasted malt with a hint of coconut

Tastes pretty much as is smalls. Sweet and malty with slight fruitiness. A bit dry on the finish. Not complex of course but a tasty brew indeed.

Mouthfeel is Medium in body, the beer isn't as smooth as I'd like as far as the carbonation goes. The Dark German lagers that I've had are smoother.

Overall an easy drinking dark lager. Would definitely drink again though wouldn't go too far out of my way to purchase.

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

This beer is now called Munich Dark on the label, and it does show the characteristics of a Dunkel. Sweet caramel malt aroma. Dark brown color with a medium foamy head. Rich and malty with slight bitterness on the back end. Not too shabby.

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Photo of deereless
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Light brown in color, thin layer of light head, quite clear - 3.50, S: Initial whiff has a strong cacao and powered chocolate milk mix though the nose fades relatively quickly, faint fudge and candied dates, some roasted grains, no real hops that I can perceive - 3.00, T: Medium roasted malt on the palate, soft coffee, noticeable earthy hop bite - likely one of the nobles, a bready sweetness is present along with some chocolates - 3.75, M: Medium bodied - 3.50, D: All around a very drinkable beer - 3.50

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Photo of KI9A
3.59/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Agressive pour into tulip glass, fast fade head, some small lacing. Deep copper color.

S: Not much at all. Slight malts.

T: Nice! Nuts, toasty malt, sweet caramel. A hint of hops.

M: Just right carbonation, not the "dirty" taste of some dunkels.

D: I can see this a session beer. So close to Michelob Dunkel, I had to do a side by side, and wow, almost a twin!

Another decent beer from my home state!!

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Photo of hopdog
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle.

Poured a deep amber color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of toasted malts, light chocolate, roast and some caramel. Tastes of toasted malts, light roast, and light chocolate. Tastes on the weaker side compared to the aromas.

Notes from: 4/10/07

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Photo of Tballz420
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a very dark colored copper/brown beer. On the top is a small tan colored head. The aroma is caramel malts. That goes for the taste as well, caramel is the dominant flavor of this beer. There isnt much contrast to the malty flavor. Slightly bitter tones show through. An alright drink.

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Photo of Slynger
3.62/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Munich Dark pours a deep, clear, amber-bronze, with a lid of fine dirty white fuzz.

The nose is a touch sweet with caramel and a few dark fruits. Dark toasted malts balance and some earthy, musty, lightly spicy hops.

Flavor is crisp and dry darkly toasted bready with hints of sweet caramel and dark fruits. Musty, spicy hops provide a pretty decent bitterness. Light-medium in body with a crisp, fuzzy, lightly sharp carbonation.

I can't recall having many Munich Dunkel's but this one has some nice attributes. A better than decent brew.

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Photo of BeerAngel
3.62/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a clear dark but translucent brown color with a massive dense off-white head. It has a strong grassy and sweet earthy grain smell along with roasted malt. The taste consists of chocolate and roasted malts with light hops and a lightly sweet burnt cocoa finish. This is a light to medium bodied brew and finishes a little sweet. Not bad, but not great. Thanks to budgood1 nonetheless! Cheers!

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Photo of russpowell
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent caramel with 1 finger+ of sand colored head. Good head retention & lacing

S: Orchard fruit & toasty malt & some metallic hops as this warms

T: T: Brown bread, plums & pears & a touch of licorice. A slight touch of Bartlett pear mingles with brown bread, dryness, a touch apples & leafy hops once this warms. Finishes fruitty & dry with a touch of brown bread, & persimmons; almost pulled a 4.0

MF: Medium bodied, fairly restrained carbonation, good balance

Drinks pretty easy, a good shot at the style & by far the best of the 3 Capital brews sent here to Oklahoma recently...

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Photo of tavernjef
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice deeply orangy/red color with an overall brownish tone, thin tannish head that fades leaving a thin haze and very fine stringy lace in small areas of coverage. Smell is soft and light of dark fruits, plum, banana, some nuttyness and creamy maltyness with a touch of light spice. Very subtle in approach on the nose, a bit to light though. Taste is more subtleties of dark fruits, banana, plum, raisin, a touch of sweetness and maltyness, but far to thin and shortly visited, weakened hops near the finish slightly. Feel is thin and lighter medium body, again, it doesn't have any staying power what so ever, just a short memory of what could be. It still makes for good easy drinking. This a short stay in Munich, barely overnite.

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Photo of TastyTaste
3.64/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice creamy off-white head of about a 1/2", sitting atop a really dark iced tea looking body. Smell is very sweet with malt, like brown sugar, but less rich and more syrupy than a dopplebock. Taste is rich and fairly dry, good chocolate, and grassy malts, but also spicy with a nice hop bite. Well rounded with good carbonation for the style.

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Photo of marc77
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Dark bronze / light brown hue w/ brilliant clarity indicative of ample lagering. Light beige head settles readily into a thin, dense layer. (The head of their other brews seem to settle quickly as well) Decent lace is left. Mellow chocolate malt upfront in aroma, w/ secondary notes of rich, toasty Munich and dark caramel malt. As the beer warms and breathes, a pleasant, light nuttiness emerges. Virtually non existant Hersbrucker hop nose. The initial flavor profile essentially mirrors the aroma, with chocolate notes and sweetness provided by caramel malt. Mild hop and roasted grain derived bitterness surface mid palate and counters caramel sweetness well, facilitating overall balance and drinkabilty to this brew. A bit too light in body and correspondingly light in mouthfeel. Roasted grain and chocolate combine for a bittersweet, dry finish. Munich Dark possesses all the characters of an outstanding Dunkel, but falls short bodywise. All around it remains an enjoyable and well crafted lager.

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Photo of deebo
3.66/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Poured into a pint glass this brew gives a finger of light tan/cream head that quickly breaks down into a skim layer. Reddish brown with pretty good clarity.

S-Slightly toasted malts with a backdrop of grainy cereal adjuncts lingering into a hint of alcohol.

T-Nice notes of toasted malt (mostly sweet but some light bitterness here too. A bit like an American brown but with more of a lager taste in the end as you'd expect from this type of beer.

M-Medium carbonation and body. Finishs pretty crisp, just a hint of bitterness.

D-A nice beer to drink with a bit more malt character than a standard lager.

O-A solid beer that I wouldn't mind having more of. I prefer this as an alternative beer to have in the summer when I'm craving some toasted malt character with good drinkability when I need a break from drinking the standard warm weather styles.

10-10-13-found a bottle of this that was sitting in the cellar since the 4/12 review. A beer that is definitely different fresh. After 1.5 years it has taken on a pretty strong raisin type flavor. Finish is long and moderately bitter. Still drinkable but now tastes like a hybrid dunkel/dubbel. It's not bad-just kind of odd. Growing on me as I finish it.

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Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.69/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this bottled beforehand, and it didn't really impress me. But fresh from the tap, it's a different story. I can now taste a decent dark roast taste, and that's in the middle of an evening with several Oktoberfests on tap. I think I almost an allergic reaction from the hop nose, though actual hop bitterness is not pronouced. One to seek out fresh.

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Photo of BasementBer
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Raisin brown to purplish red in color. Off white head with medium lacing.

S: Sweet malts and roasty notes.

T: Nose is malts to be sure then the middle brings in the robust character of the body. But in style, the finish is light and easy to drink.

M: coffeeish feeling on the tongue with a watery feel in the throat.

D: Good beer to go back to back with, refreshingly light in taste but with a quality that is savory.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Mostly clear reddish brown color with a small tan head of small bubbles at first pour. Though the pour was pretty aggressive, the head didn't stick around that long. All that remained was a small ring around the glass with very few bubbles rising to maintain the head. There is some sporadic lacing left on the glass after drinking.

Aroma: Some aromatic malt along with some toasty character that is likely Munich malt driven. There is a dry graininess that seems inappropriate for the style. There is a good but of CaraMunich in here to give you some fruitiness that supports the roast addition well, giving you the sensation of plums and dates. This beer is really fruity and estery for the style.

Taste: The flavor is dry and has a defined bitter presence developed from the roast and hops playing together. There is a bit of toastiness here along with a defined sweet caramel flavor. The finish has a bitter edge to it, but still leaves you with a syrupy sweet coating on your throat to linger long after drinking.

Opinion: First of all, I must mention that I am really picky about this style, and I really like them to be low-octane Bocks. This beer is still pretty low octane, but it seems like it was brewed primarily with the wrong base malt (like US 2-row). This leaves the beer dry and grainy. There is some CaraMunich and crystal malts thrown in to make the beer taste heavier, but this doesn't make up for the fact that there should have been a larger percentage of Munich malt used in the grist. It is a pretty drinkable beer, but it is an Americanized German Lager. Not as bad as Shiner Bock or the likes...but still lacking roundness.

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Photo of UncleFlip
3.72/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Procured during my yearly October trip to Wiscowsin. This bottle brings memories back... Just looking at the label, I remember the sunny Sunday my brother and I spent wandering Madison....from lake to lake, end to end. Quality time indeed.

Now, into the New Glarus pint glass... :)

Nice earthy dark copper to brown. Tan head starts loose, but tightens up, and disapates at a good rate.

Smeel is rich, with hints of black licorice and fresh oranges. There's spiciness here...

Flavor is woody and a bit spicy, but oddly flatter than I'd hoped. I expected a bit more sweetness and fullness. Not bad, though.

Carbonation is too assertive high on the tongue. It distracts from a liquid slightly hticker than expected.

Not the most drinkable. I'd have more than one, but not if something more interesting and consistent was around.

Be well

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Photo of Strix
3.72/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured dark brown, decent head with some lacing.

Smells of dark malts, dark fruits, and earth. The slightest lingering grain note.

Warm bread, malt, cocoa, earthiness, and dark fruits in the taste.

Medium mouthfeel and carbonation.

An easy drinking flavorful lager. Not world class, but I'd have another.

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Photo of maxpower
3.72/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark clear reddish brown in color with a small white head doesn't last, with not much in lacing. Bready and nutty aromas, starts sweet and bready with some caramel and nutty flavors, medium bodied, with a nice rounded mouthfeel, finishes smooth and sweet.

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Capital Dark from Capital Brewery
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