Capital Dark | Capital Brewery

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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

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Added by Soneast on 08-02-2009

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Ratings: 227 |  Reviews: 127
Photo of SMark
4.22/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mahogany coloring with slight head which quickly dissipates. Traces of lacing.

Roasted malt gives off a clean and pleasant aroma.

Taste follows characteristics of smell but to a slightly lesser degree.

Good mouthfeel characterizing a beer that is very harmonious. Lasts long enough in the mouth to savor until the next sip.

Very good drinkability combining all the ingredients necessary. Do not disappoint and serve this beer too cold as I did with my first one. It really opens up when served at 50 degrees or warmer.

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Photo of terrabyte
3.92/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, deep, dark brown with a hints of red. Has a nice sized frothy off-white head.

Aroma is sweet with raisin, craisins, and brown sugar.

Flavor seems based on a nice smooth, creamy caramel. Nice, toasty malts with dark fruits and sugars sweetening it up just a little bit.

Mouthful is creamy, a bit foamy at times. Very light, though.

Quite quaffable. Really picks up as you drink more.

I'm not completely sold on the combination of flavors. Sadly, I drank it too fast to find my complaint. I guess it wasn't so bad afterall. I'll need another and another to find out my problem, and I'm sure by then I'd have to admit I don't know.

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Photo of Realale
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Clear walnut with red highlights. Fine beige head settles very slowly to an incomplete cap and leaves nice lacing.

Yeasty brown bread notes dominate the nose. Support is provided by a hint of herbal German hop, and slight mineral notes. Really nice stuff.

Medium light in body. Palate is slightly dusty malt, with a nice backbone of hop bitterness keeping it in check. As it warms there are hints of cocoa as well. The hops come to the fore on the surprisingly long finish where they mix with a relatively strong mineral note.

Mouthfeel is frankly ordinary. Drinkablility is very high. It's interesting and quite sessionable. If this was available in these parts it would be a regular for me for sure.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
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 ccs
3.86/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I liked this one, it was very malty and had a strong roasted flavor to it. It's a nice chocolate brown with a light head that's off white. The smell was unremarkable, giving more of the lager aroma than any hops or malts. Mouthfeel is full, but you know that it's not a stout or something that demands to be chewed. I'd drink a few more of these. (If I had them, and sadly, I don't. :( )

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Photo of blackie
4.63/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

appearance: The pour gives a nice 1.5" light khaki head that slowly recedes to leave a lasting, thick coating of carbonation on top. The beer is a clear, dark-medium brown in color. Moderate lacing is left behind as the glass is emptied.

smell: Sweet toasted grain aromas are found first. There is a hint of cocoa and notes of dried, dark fruits with just a touch of marzipan cookie. Decent noble hop aroma.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is on the lower side of the high range, and the body a lighter medium.

taste: Similar to the aroma, with nutty toasted malts upfront, lightly sweet. Some hints of wood and a slight metallic hint. Just a touch of noble hop flavor and a light bitterness. Finishes a little dry with some hints of roast. Well balanced and tasty.

drinkability: A great dunkel, very drinkable

taken from the fridge of dirtylou

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Photo of expatsteve
3.74/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A dark brown that reminds me of Fender's tobacco-burst design when it catches the light, albeit with more ruby hues. Low/medium viscosity, with medium visibility. Poured without a head, and very little lacing, though I suspect this had to do with the frosty glass provided by the establishment.

Aroma: Fairly clean and refreshing, with only light espresso notes. A little more chocolate malt development as it warms.

Taste: Clean, refreshing, and again light on the development. Espresso and cocoa notes from the malts, and a slightly sweet finish that develops as the beer warms. Low on the bitters.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, with low carbonation. Clean, crisp coffee finish.

Drinkability: While this beer isn't light on flavor, it doesn't develop much by way of complexity. But as far as the style goes, this is a good rendition. The finish is perfect, and the flavors are balanced. I could certainly drink a lot of this, and appreciate the understated character (against more heavily engineered attempts at dark lagers).

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fully transparent copper with a thin creamy beige head and cherry red hues. Smells of caramel, roasted malts, baker’s chocolate, and German hops. Toasty, medium, smooth body. Slightly powdery. Very authentic. Taste matches aroma with the clear addition of plum. Sessionable.

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Photo of sweethome
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours brown with a slight orange hue. A very nice tan head is right on for the style - rather large and frothy.

Sweet nose, a little bit of nuts and chocolate, slightly roasty.

The head dissipates quickly. Nice chewy malts on entry, rather thick for a lager - almost silky. The finish is drying.

Plenty of chocolate flavor with decent roast. Really does a nice job of hitting the Munich dunkel style. Just a hint of a sourness(?) that I get from authentic german dunkel also.

I have tasted this with other Wisconsin dark lagers and never had it the top (and never at the bottom for that matter!) - but it sure tastes great on it's own today. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of zjungleist
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Looks like cola and has a poor white head. Smells are faint, but I get a tiny bit of apples and caramel or chocolate malts. Flavors are mainly malts (caramel and very very slight chocolate), hops are very faint, but there are also some sour or cidery flavors. Mouthfeel is on the heavy side of thin, and there is a bit of astringency. I can pretty fairly say this is the worst Capital beer I've had, as nearly every aspect of this beer is a little bit lacking in some way.

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Photo of shbobdb
4.43/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

What happens to Capital Bavarian Lager when you throw in a bunch of chocolate malt? Why, Munich Dark, of course!

Whoa there litt' fella, slow down on my taste-buds. I like roast chocolate flavours as much as the next guy, but this beer has a porter-like harshness to it. I love Capital beers for their delightful smoothness, not the astringency present here. There is simply too much roast flavour. It overwhelms anything else present in the beer. Very one dimensional.

Original score, 2-21-06
Serving: Bottle
Appearance: 4.5
Smell: 4.0
Taste: 3.0
Mouthfeel: 3.5
Drinkability: 3.0

It is amazing what phases we go through, isn't it? I bought a bottle of this during my stay in Wisconsin and I've got to say I am very pleased with it. The astringency that I complained about before is totally absent this time, as I enjoy a silky-smooth drink.

I do, however, still hold that this is basically their Bavarian lager with some carafa thrown in. But that isn't a bad thing at all. It has a pleasant grainy flavour to it, rounded out by a nice strong chocolate presence.

I would say that it is an uncomplicated beer, but I believe my statement that it was 'one dimensional' was waaaay too harsh. There is a fair amount going on in this beer, but not so much that I really have to *think* while drinking it. A perfect after work beer, with enough going on to keep me interested.

I tend to be hard on Capital, because 1) I used to drink it damned near everyday and 2) It is one of my favourite breweries. When I joined BA, I was simply spoiled on their beer.

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Photo of UnionMade
4.27/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to UncleFlip for the bottle!
Clear russet, topped with a diminishing, antique white foam. Good head retention, holding at least a thick collar throughout, leaving fleeting splotches of lace clinging to the glass. Smooth, lightly roasty malt and caramel aroma, nice and clean. A hint of chocolate and grassy, floral hops. The flavor opens with an oh-so-smooth, delicious lagery maltiness. Caramel, with a bit of roasty chocolate. Soft cereal grain. My guess is this is all munich malt, with perhaps the exception of the heavily roasted grains. Fairly light bodied. Active, fine bubbled carbonation pushes the beer urgently across the tastebuds. Very clean, some grassy hops add a bit of flavor, moving into a conservative, floral tinted finish. The malt dominates easily, caramel lingering long into the aftertaste. You could just keep this beer flowing for me, thanks.
Not intensely complex, as is the case with many lagers, but what it lacks in depth it makes up for in refinement and definition. Very easy drinking, flavorful, and delicious. Quite refined and authentic, just as good as the imported stuff from Bavaria's capitol. This one's a gem.

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Photo of CultureJamMN
3.76/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a mahogany with red edges and even a few traces of amber at the bottom. Head was about 1 finger on an aggressive pour and became very thin, but consistant thereafter. Lacing was noted, but not a great deal.

The smell was somewhat faint, but was lightly smoky with stronger burnt coffee suggestions.

The taste was of caramel with coffee notes, malty. Left a noticable and pleasant aftertaste.

Slightly thin mouthfeel, but not watery in any way. A drinkable beer, suitable more for October or March (in Minnesota).

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
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 KarlHungus
4.13/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a hazy brown color with reddish edges. The head is two-fingers in height, creamy, light tan in color, and recededs quickly into a solid cap which covers the liquid nicely. The aroma of caramel, malt, and more caramel. It is rather simple, but very strong and pleasing. The taste is a lot like the aroma, although the caramel taste is a little less intense than the overall malty sweetness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with nice carbonationl. Overall, this is a very good brew. It is very sessionable, and definaitely something I will buy again.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz single, most likely from Riley's

appearance: rich mahogany, tinted amber...looks like apple cider perhaps...smally bubbly beige-tan head forms with not a whole lot of lacing

smell: very malty, sweet fruit, chewy caramel, toffee, nutty, light fruity german hops

taste: sweet and malty, quite bready, apple, slighty toasted, plum, toffee, light spicy german hop, some roasted malt, sugary sweet, woody

mouthfeel: too much carbonation, a little thin, definitely the downfall

drinkabilty: would be higher if not for the mouthfeel

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Photo of UncleFlip
3.72/5  rDev +0.8%
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 Golden2wenty1
4.27/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single at Riley's here in Madison.

Pours a dark mahogany, remeniscent of a dark brown ale, with a minimal off-white head that fades quickly. Smell is bready and malty, got nostalgic for my Newcastle days. Taste is yeasty with toasted bicuit, roasted coffee, lactose, and a bit of belgian-style dark fruits. This seems like a melting pot of dark beers to me, a melange of english brown ale, oatmeal/sweet stout, and a mild belgian. A bit scatterbrained perhaps, but I rather enjoyed it. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but velvety smooth. I could drink quite a few of these until the lacotse sweetness got to me. A lot more character than I would have thought here, glad I gave it a try.

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Photo of beveragecaptain
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. This beer pours out a dark brown color with an off-white head. The aroma is toasted malt and brown sugar. Toasted malt flavor. Some roastiness. Maybe just a little smoke. Spicy hops come in in the finish. The mouthfeel is a little thin. Good drinkability. Capital makes a number of solid offerings, and this is one of them.

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Photo of TastyTaste
3.64/5  rDev -1.4%
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 fisherman34
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber in colour with a slightly sweet aroma. Flavors are an interplay between sweet malts and bready/cracker-like malts. A nice clean finish from a slightly sweet beer is a remarkable thing. In the back of my mind, I tend to think of dunkels as "mistake beers"... as in:" I tried to make a lager, but used the wrong grains". However, this one tastes "right" somehow. Well done!

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Photo of OatherS
4.12/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Green label has the Capital Brewery monicur of the WI state capital.

Appearance: Small head, dark amber to brown color, opaqe.

Smell: Nice coffee and chocolate aromal.

Taste: Very good beer, with the chocolate/caramel/coffee flavors present and good. My only complaint is that I think the coffee flavor is a little bit strong, although overall a very good beer.

Mouthfeel: Smooth.

Drinkability: This is becoming my favorite style of beer and this is a great example, very drinkable.

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Photo of alexgash
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light-roast coffee brown/amber body with a thick, creamy, light tan head. Nice lacing. Soft, sweetish malt aroma with hints of spicy nuts, cocoa, plums and diet cola. Malt flavors up front; lightly sweet in a fruit cake way. Notes of tobacco, lightly-roasted coffee, plums, and caramel mix together. The light-roasted coffee gets more bitter toward the finish. Finish, however, is mostly soapy-sweet malts with a light veggie-twang and some spicy hop notes in the background. Medium-bodied with a creamy, soft mouthfeel. Very nice. Makes me want to try more beers in this style.

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Photo of skybluewater
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber color. Smells of raisins. Tastes is very malty, with very little hops. Raisin appears again. Mouthfeel's pretty smooth.

Overall, this is a tasty beer. Nothing super special, just a nice, easy drinking malty lager. This'll definitely make a return visit to my fridge.

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Photo of longarm
3.45/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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Capital Dark from Capital Brewery
Beer rating: 3.69 out of 5 with 227 ratings