Capital Dark | Capital Brewery

BA SCORE
84
good
224 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
Capital DarkCapital Dark
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Capital Brewery
Wisconsin, United States
capitalbrewery.com

Style: Munich Dunkel Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Soneast on 08-02-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
224
Reviews:
126
Avg:
3.73
pDev:
10.46%
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
8
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 224 |  Reviews: 126
Photo of Jeysun23
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of seeswo
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of mothman
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Whiskeydeez
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of rolltide8425
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of BrownAleMale
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of JCF3
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of hotstuff
3.26/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A good enjoyable Dunkel and I would have rated it higher had it had more umph to it. It poured a small sized tan head that contained fine-medium sized bubbles. The body was carbonated and clear with a reddish-brown hue. The nose was moderately malty and also had notes of caramel to it. The flavor was malty, and sweet with a smooth, somewhat thin and watery mouthfeel. The lacing was fair.

 390 characters

Photo of marcobrau
3.28/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Creamy, but sadly rather boring. Good, fresh malt aroma and quite a bit of foam, but this chestnut colored lager fails to impress. Perhaps it's that this my tasting of this beer is skewed after having a couple dark lagers from the European masters of the style, but that said, this brewery makes better beer. For example, the Capital Special Pilsner is fantastic (especially when fresh). Finishes just very slightly bitter and a touch dry and therefore fairly drinkable. Not a real complex dark lager and a touch "cardboard-y" meaning it hasn't held up very well in my fridge....leaky cap? Oh, well....

 602 characters

Photo of steveh
3.31/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Grabbed a sixpack with the redesigned label that I hope is more fresh than the last sample I had of this Cap brew.

A -- Beautiful, clear chestnut brown color with a thick, eggshell white head that settles slowly.

S -- Grainy aroma with some vague spiciness, even sourness back. Wish there were more rich malty tones.

T -- Bread crust character up front that blends into that vague sourness then into a roasty character more reminiscent of a Schwarzbier. Finishes dry and the sweetness is lower than I expect from a Munich Dunkel.

M -- Light medium body with a soft to slightly syrupy mouthfeel.

D -- Drinkability is definitely good, this is a dark beer to scare your friends with then watch their surprise at it smoothness and "lightness." I just wish this was more like a true Munich Dunkel; sort of like a Doppelbock in character without the high ABV kick.

 863 characters

Photo of happygnome
3.32/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a: purs a nice rich brown color with about a quarter inch of head that dissapears not too fast but doesnt stay around too long, leaves a think layer of lacing
s: biscquity/bready malts mixed with hints of cocao, grassy hop bitterness towards the finish of the aroma
t: bisquity/bready malt backbone initially, followed by the hints of of grassy hops and some fruity flavors but the malt backbone really carries throughout
m: medium bodied beer with not a lot of carbonation, overall kinda creamy

overall, i really enjoyed this and will be acquiring more

 554 characters

Photo of scaliasux
3.35/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Dark reddish-brown. Clear. Medium tall tan foamy tan head.

Smell - Rich medium roast malt. Bread, chocolate, coffee.

Taste - Rich malts. Bread and somewhat bitter chocolate flavor. Hops flavor not especially prominent, but finish is quite dry. A little watery.

Mouthfeel - Medium.

Overall - Not as malty as I'd hoped. Nothing horrible, but I wanted more.

 371 characters

Photo of bditty187
3.41/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark cherry brown, translucent, light-tan head that reached a finger’s worth, soapy retention, some lace. The noses does nothing for me, oddly hollow… is it suppose to smell like this? Anyway… the palate is lovely with toasty malt, roasted nuts, dry caramel hints and soft floral hops, faint bitterness too. Very tasty! The mouthfeel is thin but not watery… not a big negative but a flaw nevertheless. The finish is abrupt with only faint lingering sweetness... dry too. If you want a dark session brew then Munich Dark is the way to go. I’d drink it again… and maybe next time the nose will jive with me. Regardless, try one.

 632 characters

Photo of Sallerj
3.41/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a dark red-black beer with a mild coffee ground and grape aroma. It's light bodied and fizzy with coffee, cherry, and cola, with a nice hint of hops at the end. It goes down very easy, which might be the best thing for a dark lager. It doesn't have anything to bring me back, though.

 291 characters

Photo of MillRat
3.42/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light chestnut brown with a thin light tan head that disappears quickly. Light cocoa aroma with a grassy hop note in the background. A simple straightforward dunkel with decent malt body and just enough hops to not be unbalanced. A medium-light body appropriate for the style. There is certainly nothing in this beer to quickly sate you, but it doesn't do enough that is interesting to make each fresh serving an adventure.

 431 characters

Photo of BeerLover99
3.42/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: deep brown, trace head, no lacing.

S: mild malt, toffee, and whiff of roasted nuts

T: sweet caramel/toffee, malt middle, mild bitter finish

M: light/medium body, slight tongue prick, above average carbonation

D: Not my favorite Capital, nor the best Dunkel. There are much better out there; that being said I could easily down a 6 pack of this...average.

 361 characters

Photo of emerge077
3.43/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a huge foamy head, that settles slowly. Dark coppery brown. Reddish tint. Visible carbonation.

Smells malty, bready with no sweetness, a nutty cola note also.

Clean, a little bland, mild toasted malt and very vague hop bitterness. Hint of diacetyl, but no sweet character at all. Moderate carbonation, it's sort of lively, but the dull flavors don't have much to add to the equation. Utilitarian, no flaws, just sort of "there". I enjoyed it a little more when it was very cold.

 492 characters

Photo of longarm
3.45/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears dark amber capped with a thick froth that lingers only briefly, yet leaves a nice ring around the edge of the glass.

Aroma dominated by sweet toasted malts and not much else, but it doesn't need much else.

Flavor is somewhat out of balance and lacking complexity. Also has a somewhat astringent finish from a little too much roasted malt. I notice some esters in this too that are more characteristic of ales than lagers.

Mouthfeel is thin and doesn't live up to the expectations set-up by the hefty aroma.

This is an OK beer, but not a session brew. For a dark lager, it goes down rather easily, but still I can't drink more than one at a time.

 665 characters

Photo of innersanctum
3.45/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Capital Dork is alright and I'll enjoy the six pack recently purchase.

CD has a crisp mouthfeel, a distinct lager with a slightly sweet finish.

But I've got more to say about CD's packaging. First, the label on CD has an obvious circle that covers enough of the 'A' in Dark to make it look like 'Dork'. If you guys from Capital Brew are reading this then please pay attention. You don't have to tell me that I'm drinking the High Life to help my self esteem, but don't tell me that I'm drinking Dork Dark! In fact I rather admire the gothic font, just please move your logo somewhere else on the label.

Second, the style listed herein, on Beer Advocate, is a Dunkel. Some other lesser regarded, but more commercial site (I didn't say ratebeer here) said Dunkel too. CD is a bit too tight and malty to carry the description of Dunkel but CD retains some of the crisper flavors of Dunkel to warrant it more of its cousin; there's enough of a hint of Dunkel in CD to know its in the family, but it has different parents. Dork, or Dunkel, lets just say CD, is rather like a blend of Munich Lager with some Dunkel added.

 1,119 characters

Photo of CHL
3.47/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

First, I should say that I don't think I'm a big fan of Dunkel. I like Anglo-American style stouts and porter, but this dark lager didn't hit my mouth well. I prefer bitterness in the toasted malt itself rather than from the sharp hop finish.

That said, this beer has a beautiful color. Reddish dark amber, with a marvelously puffy tan head.

I think it tastes better as it warms to room temperature; the malt is tasty and bready. Vaguely sweet, but not too extreme in any direction flavor-wise. This malt balances out nicely as it warms. Extremely drinkable brew, just not one I would seek out.

 596 characters

Photo of WastingFreetime
3.47/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Appears a transparent yet darker reddish-brown in color with a single finger of fizzy cream colored head that dissipates down to a collar in about two minutes, no lacing. Smells of medium levels of dark roasted malt character with a prune / fig garnish on top. Tastes mostly malty, but maintains strict levels of dryness throughout with a strong level of carbonation on a lighter body. I've had better and I've had worse than this one for the style.

 471 characters

Photo of Popsinc
3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: a clear reddish/brown pour with a weak, smallish off-white head.

Smell: light & malty. a subtle touch of molasses. mild candy sweetness.

Taste/Mouthfeel: nice, light roasted malts up front. a smooth & light mouthfeel with some creaminess to it. mid-sip more of the dark sweetness pokes its head out and then fades somewhat quickly. flavours hang around quite nicely and offer a bitter-sweet finish.

Drinkability: a slightly above average beer. very subtle and adequate for an "easy drinker".

 512 characters

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.

 632 characters

Photo of nqbeer
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of cliff1066
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Capital Dark from Capital Brewery
3.73 out of 5 based on 224 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.