Capital Dark | Capital Brewery

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Munich Dunkel Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Soneast on 08-02-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
224
Reviews:
126
Avg:
3.73
pDev:
10.46%
 
 
Wants:
12
Gots:
8
For Trade:
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Ratings: 224 |  Reviews: 126
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

another fun unheard of brew from the beer census guys, they really hooked me up! this is loosely a german dark lager, and i think its pretty authentic. the malt is more like a brown ale with some chocolate character, more like dry cocoa, and a hint of caramel while staying dry and light on the palate. the lager yeast is evident here, it does a nice job drying up the finish and giving it a seasonally perfect crispness. im not sure why i expected this to be darker and heavier like a porter, but i am pleasantly surprised by its lightness overall. the grain captures all the darker flavors, but drinks like a blonde lager, just easy down with upbeat carbonation and a quick finish. probably one of the better american takes on this style i have come across, true to german roots but just different enough. i could drink a sixer of these no problem, and enjoy and appreciate the lower abv.

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Photo of brentk56
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a brownish, ice tea coloe with a one finger head that leaves several strands of lace

Smell: Brown bread with undertones of cocoa and caramel

Taste: Brown bread, up front, followed by a bitter lager twang that dominates mid-palate; after the swallow, the brown bread, cocoa and caramel flavors move to prominence and provide and nicely balanced finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with refreshing carbonation

Drinkability: A very nice stab at a style that few craft brewers attempt; well-balanced

Thanks, kmadison, for the opportunity

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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.

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Photo of zeff80
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a somewhat hazy, dark copper color with a tan, foamy, long-lasting, one-finger head. It left no lace.

S - It smelled of roasted malt. There were also earthy notes mixed with some sweet floral aromas.

T - It tasted of roasted malt with sweet caramel and toffee. It had a light bitter hop spice.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a dry finish. A light bodied lager.

D - This is a pretty tasty dunkel lager. It was easy drinking and is sessionable.

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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 NeroFiddled
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Capital's Munich Dark pours a very deep chestnut colored body that borders on becoming deeper mahogany. It has a mild reddish cast and offers some glowing amber highlights. The initially frothy tan head stays aloft for quite a bit before relaxing into a thin creamy lid. Some initial rings of lace fade but form walls of thin, spotty and splotchy lace.

Some earthy dark malt is found in the nose with a thin thread of caramel, a sprinkle of nuttiness, a very light dusting of unsweetened cocoa, and some mild floral and spicy hops in the background. Some dark-skinned fruit punches it up a bit. Overall it's still subtle, but very pleasant, and fairly appropriate for the style.

More caramel, burnt brown sugar and cocoa appear in the flavor, but it's still restrained... as a proper dunkel should be. There's enough maltiness there to keep you interested, but not so much that it starts heading into brown ale territory. It's lightly sweet, and mainly caramelish, but more like a crisp y crust than anything sweet and gooey. The hops remain as a backdrop, and the bitterness acts as curtains - standing to the side while the malt has the stage, and then slowly closing in a non-eventful, smooth and dry finish. All that remains is some fairly dull earthy and herbal malt and hop residue.

Nicely done, it's quite "on" for the style. It has just enough low-level sugared-edge caramel maltiness and murky hops to keep it interesting but sublime. Very drinkable!!!

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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 BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark caramel that becomes dark orange when backlit. The sandstone colored cap pratically oozes quality construction. It's nicely firm with an upper surface full of pits and divots that translates to a decent amount of shotgun-riddled lace as it deflates. Munich Dark looks like a delicious Munich dunkel lager. I can't ask for much more than that.

If you like beer of this style, then you're bound to like this nose. It's mega-toasted malty with plenty of earthiness that just has to be due to Munich malt. It isn't bursting with complexity, but then show me a dunkel that is. Adherence to style guidelines and plenty of power are largely responsible for the score granted.

I'm torn when it comes to the flavor. On the one hand, I'm not thrilled with either Munich dunkel lagers or Munich malt. On the other hand, I recognize how authentic this version is and how well-brewed. Now I just have to decide which one to base the flavor score on.

Munich Dark tastes like well-toasted brown bread sprinkled with spices. I would have said pumpernickel, but it isn't that dark or cocoa-like. Rye bread is also a possibility, but it isn't that spicy. There's also a musky dark fruitiness that makes the beer taste more like an ale than a lager. Lagers are supposed to be clean, not this estery (i.e. dirty). I prefer dirty. It looks like I'm going with the higher score.

The mouthfeel is also more ale-like than lager-like. It has the heft of the former and the smoothness of the latter. I don't often run across a mid-range ABV lager with this amount of mouth presence. A few more bubbles would have helped, but the carbonation isn't far from spot-on.

I was surprised to discover that of the eleven Capital offerings that I've had to date, only one has earned an overall score as high as 4.0. Of course I haven't yet had any of their most well-regarded beer. Munich Dark, along with Wisconsin Amber, is my favorite so far. A beer of this style has to be pretty good to impress me. Take that for what it's worth.

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Photo of rolltide8425
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of jwc215
3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours brown with a head that soon becomes patchy. Some spotted lacing sticks.

The smell is of lightly roasted grain, some cocoa and a touch of earthy noble hops.

The taste is of sweet dark grain, bread that is similar to a light pumpernickel and a hint of cocoa. Some musty grass in the finish.

It is crisp and smooth with an appropriate light to medium body.

A well-balanced, easy-drinking traditional dark lager! Enjoyable!

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Photo of Duff27
2.7/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- Dark ruby red. One fingered head, somewhat retaining. Almost nonexistent lacing.

S- Caramel malts.

T- Burnt, caramel malt...can't find any hops.

M- Medium carbination, slightly creamy?

D/O- Not impressed overall. Don't know that I'd want anymore than one of these even though I'd call it a session brew.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of Tone
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, dark amber color. 1/2 inch head of a pale tan color. Good retention and poor lacing. Smells of yeast, hops, sweet malt, very slight roasted malt, and some nut. Fits the style of a Munich Dunkel Lager. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of yeast, hops, sweet malt, and slight roasted malt. Overall, a rather smooth yet full-bodied lager - I recommend.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: deep, dark, figgy brown color, showing a cherry red around the sides, with a firm, creamy, well-retained head.
Aroma: soft and quiet, but sweet and quite delightful, flavorful, with notes of spices, nuts, cocoa, plums, dark fruits. It's power, though,is small, it's stay brief.
Great, brilliant buzz of hops on the palate, which sizzles, then fades. Unfortunately, the body is not strong enough to match up the the sweet, delicious, plummy flavors in the taste, that continues on. Far too thin. In this brew, the flavor's all up front, and leaves me wanting.
For a dark lager, though, this leads the pack! Fruity, plummy flavor is well-received, but they've got to back it up!

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Photo of brandoman63
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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 enelson
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of Derek
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Amber-brown with a light tan head, some retention & lace.

S: Dark caramel, roasted nuts & a light spicing.

T: Very nutty, caramel sweetness, some breadyness, light spicing (a little woody willamette?), modest bitterness.

M: Well-attenuated, moderate body has a dry finish.

D: A good drinker.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz brought back to the Gem State by some very understanding coworkers... this is the last Munich dark that I have left and decided to enjoy it in a flight with the other Capital lagers I've been sitting on for about 2 months now... enjoyed immensely out of my small weizen glass.

Brown as brown can be.... dark.... but still crystal clear with ruby red highlites when held up to a bright light.... short lasting lite tan chunky head that leaves great lacing the entire glass.

Aroma is better than nearly every dunkel I've ever had the chance of tasting... big toasted grains are everywhere... roasted grains... with good chocolate and slight coffee.

Crisp dark bread grains ... dark toasted biscuits that never touch burnt... chocolate and Munich malts are balanced perfectly... no hop aroma or flavor that allows me to even begin to pick a hop variety out... but there is an underlying spicyness that is evident but lite.

I will preface this review, by saying I love a well made dunkel... drinkable for days while still allowing multitudes of complexity to be enjoyed. This would be a staple beer if I had any access to it. Edit: This is my last bottle, and already I know I am going to miss it... it is probably the best domestic Dunkel I've had .... but that being said... if you ever make it to the Sun Valley area of Idaho, search out Trail Creek brewing and give theirs a try... fantastic too.

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Photo of bigred89
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of sweemzander
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. No bottled date. Thanks to BeerFMAndy for this one!

(A)- Pours a clear brown-ish amber color that produced a decent tan head with decent retention.

(S)- A light nutty roastedness. A rustic feel with a light grassy corn meal dryness.

(T)- Very similar to the smell. A rich; rustic profile to it with a creamy nuttiness.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. A good malt profile with a lightly dry, hopped background.

(D)- Truthfully, not one of my most favorite styles, but this is rather good for what it is. Fits the style well and works well as something for the early fall season next to a bonfire. Good stuff.

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.13/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a bowtie glass)
A- This beer pours a dense but clear glowing brown body with a thin beige ring of foam.

S- The faint deep toasted malt hint is a bit lagered and the aroma is very clean.

T- The clean lagered nougat flavor takes on some dry toffee as the beer opens up and a clean dry finish ends this beer.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a scrubbing fizz finish.

O- This beer is clean and well lagered with hints of flavor from some dark malt that takes on a bit of a woody oxidized flavor as it opens.

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Photo of Canada_Dan
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of scruffwhor
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours a very dark amber and brown hue. Very awesome bubbling and good lacing. Mineraly malts mixed with some pumpernickel. The tate is a great roasted malt. Medium bread, mor like a hint of light chocolate cake. Very mild, bitter finish. Very girsty, gainy palae, but stil very smooth. Great tap beer I bet.

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