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Manoomator | Capital Brewery

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Brewed by:
Capital Brewery
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by feloniousmonk on 02-06-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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

The wild rice in this beer does produce a unique accent in the nose and palate of this amber colored brew. Some apricot and caramel malt combine to produce a good aroma. It is a bit sweet on the palate, with malt and sugar teaming up. OK carbonation and hops at the end, but a little one noted through the center.

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of bsp77
2.76/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Mug.

Appearance: Clear orangish amber with thin off-white head.

Smell: Cherry, some spicy hops and lots of graininess. Actually quite muted for a Doppelbock.

Taste: Cherry and hops mostly, which is borderline medicinal. At the finish there is an odd taste that is both sickly sweet and sharply drying. Slightly grainy with a little bit of a macro beer aftertaste (from the rice?).

Feel: Moderate carbonation with a body that is slightly too thin for the style. However, it is somewhat boozy, maybe due to the lighter body.

Overall: Capital is the American king of Doppelbocks, but not this time. While not a bad beer, it is muted in flavor, while also having some odd notes. Plus it is boozy, but doesn't taste as if it should be. Guess it was a good experiment, but maybe they shouldn't have released it.

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3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A. Pours crystal clear with an amber to mahogany appearance. Head is off white of two fingers that recedes quickly but stays skimmed for the entire beer.

S. Candied sweetness from the malt hits you first. There is a bit of alcohol in there too followed by toasty grains. Pretty nice overall.

T. I was expecting a mouthful of flavor and complexity given this is a Doppelbock but, sadly, it didn't deliver the goods. Tasted more like an amped up red lager with bread and candied malt sweetness. The wild rice used in the "grist" per the label doesn't come into play at all.

M. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Makes for easy drinking, which may be this beer's strong suit.

O. For some reason I have a soft spot for Capital's Doppelbocks but other than the outstanding EisPhyre, none of them are earth shattering. Manoomator continues down that path. Worth a try but not worth going out of your way to get it.

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3.62/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Manoomator, Capital Square Series. "In Ojibwe, wild rice is known as Manoomin. In Bavaria, Doppelbock names end in -ator. Manoomator is a bilingualized term describing a Doppelbock with wild rice included in the grist. The result…" …whoa, nope, not this time. Later, maybe.

Clear and coppery-colored. No head at all. Despite that, bubble continue to rise to the surface.

Rich, sweet, malty aromatics, with apparent alcohol notes. Grain/cereal notes, mineral.

Taste: hits the mouth with richness and sweetness at the start, bold, flavorful, tasty. One problem I have is that while I like eating wild rice, I very rarely like drinking it.
In fact, I don't really think it helps a lot in the malt bill of a beer. Doesn't add any flavors that I can detect.
Brisk carbonation blasts the palate. Bright. Full and fierce. Almost stinging. Body isn't as full and flush as I'd like, though. Maybe it's the rice not talking.

Calms down a bit after a while. But I'm not getting more flavor here.
Wild rice doppelbock. Not a fan.

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Manoomator from Capital Brewery
Beer rating: 3.63 out of 5 with 32 ratings
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