Capital Brewery

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Bock - Maibock
Ranked #46
Ranked #29,492
3.8 | pDev: 9.74%
Capital Brewery
Wisconsin, United States
Very Good
Notes: Our spring seasonal is a deep golden lager with a flavorful but smooth presence. When you see our Maibock hit the shelves you know things are about to get better… including the weather!

HOPS: Liberty, Hallertau

MALTS: Brewers, Honey
Reviews: 164 | Ratings: 327 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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JohnnyHopps from Indiana

3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - The beer poured a golden yellow color with a white head.

Smell - The beer had a grainy nose that brought to mind adjunct lagers.

Taste - The profile was creamy, but dry. There was a big grain profile with light bitterness. While I love Capital bocks, there was not much to this one.

Mouthfeel - Steady carbonation came with a bit of a creamy body.

Overall - There volume needs to be turned up on this one.

Jul 11, 2021
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TommyG22 from Wisconsin

3.42/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lighter in color than some other Maibocks. A bit more bitter (good if you like that). Poured into glass and head lingered for a while. Very good Maibock.

Apr 23, 2021
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colts9016 from Idaho

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer is 48 degrees and served in a fancy flute. I am looking forward to this Maibock. A hard pour produced a one finger foamy and airy that quickly dissipated. The color of the beer is a medium amber color with a reddish-orange hue. The beer had a carbonation bubble formed on the bottom of the glass. The clarity of the beer is clear.

The aromas in the beer are caramel, biscuit, and toasted malt,

The flavors in the beer are caramel, biscuit, and toasted malt.

The mouthfeel of the beer is smooth and rounded.

The body of the beer is medium, medium-low carbonation, and a medium-low finish.

The beer has a nice flavor with a rounded flavor and depth.

Aug 22, 2018
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Unknown vintage; drank 4/5/18 @ the Yarchives.

See-through dark orange appearance; champagne bubbles throughout.

A rough pour yielded a nice, noisy white head; frothy lace.

Caramel corn notes in the nose.

Medium thick, sticky mouthfeel.

Caramel corn flavors; this is one-note & cloying.

Not sure if this is how a maibock is supposed to taste; if so, let's discontinue the genre.

Apr 06, 2018
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dcotom from Iowa

3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12-ounce bottle into a lager glass. Clear copper in color, with a dense white head that hangs on for a few moments before settling without a trace. Deep malty aromas and flavors, with caramel, dark bread, honey, tart apple, and grassy and herbal hops. Not too much bitterness. There is some cidery tartness on the aftertaste that lingers for quite a while. Decent mouthfeel, adequate carbonation. This is a solid Maibock that cries out for a big, fat bratwurst with sauerkraut and grainy mustard. It is from Wisconsin, after all. :)

Apr 01, 2018
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beergoot from Colorado

3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Revisited April 10th, 2018

Original ratings: 3.5 3.75 3.75 3.5 3.5

The head, although still thin, is denser and creamier. Most other aspects remain the same, but I still bumped up the overall to 3.75.


Fine copper-hued body; thin, bubbly head. Light malt aroma; some herbal notes. Honey-sweet malt flavor; a touch of caramel; estery; little bitterness. Medium body; semi-sweet finish.

An okay maibock, not too bold with the hops. The look and mouthfeel are rather weak yet the taste has a nice cereal grain quality to it.

Mar 25, 2018
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steveh from Illinois

4.54/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Much has changed in 10 years since I first reviewed one of my favorite beers. Kirby no longer brews the great German styles that made Capital famous and it seems the brewery has had some recipe troubles over the past few years. But it's been reported that the Maibock (once diacetyl troubled) may be back on the right track -- let's see.

12 ounce can with no discernible dating. 6.2 ABV clearly stated on the label.

L -- Pours a clear, deep golden with a dense and firm off-white head.

S -- Lightly bready malts with some mild peppery alcohol and DMS.

T -- Mellow breadiness with a doughy character and spicy hops in balance. Light pepperiness from alcohol in the finish and the doughy bread makes a return for the aftertaste along with mild hop earthiness and light citrus.

F -- Mouthfeel is soft and smooth with a light-medium to medium body.

O -- I think the bugs have been worked out, no off flavors that used to plague the beer in the past. This is a very good rendition of one of my favorite German styles, it will be a seasonal staple in my fridge again.

2007 edition of one of my favorite styles from my favorite micro. Not sure why this year's offering shines this year - mood, previous string of brews consumed, just the need for a good, precision lager? Whatever - this batch is deelightful!

Poured a deep gold with a billowy white head that settles quickly, aroma of bready malt and light noble hops in great harmony -- slight pepperiness from alcohol.

Wrap all of the aroma characteristics into the flavor and add a slight, sweet nuttiness, a medium-light body with a soft mouth-feel, a dry finish and you have one of the best beer experiences outside Munich itself.

Agreed - here's to Kirby's fine art!

Feb 28, 2007 review: L: 4.5, S: 5, T: 5, F: 4.5, O: 5 -- 4.92 total, +28.1% rDev

Apr 19, 2017
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MNAle from Minnesota

3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bready, earthy aroma, perhaps some caramel and fruit. Attractive golden color accented by rising carbonation bubbles. Topped with a 1 inch thick, creamy off-white head receding at a moderate pace. Substantialness to the feel, not thin. Thick-tasting (if that makes any sense). Bready with a touch of spiciness and fruit. The spiciness provides a nice balance to the bready malts, since there is not much bittering at all. Not sweet, but nicely balanced. Very enjoyable spring-time seasonal.

Apr 12, 2017
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sjdevel from Utah

3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear copper color. 3-4 finger head from the can and very active. Great head retention. Smells German, naturally. Malty and some bread. Tastes quite sweet and malty. Similar to a Festbier. Feels a bit on the thinner side but decent. Remained very active. A good beer. I haven't had many Maibocks to compare, but it is an easy drinking beer.

Mar 15, 2017
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.27/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Golden, copper and yellow together at last, 3/4" white head. Aroma was grass.

Taste gave up some caramel I wasn't expecting, grass again. Notes of apple. Highly carbonated. Some toffee malt notes. Spice rack de minimus. Hops there enough to bring it approaching balance, but ultimately the bready notes and all the toffee/caramel stuff keep this leaning on the malt body side of things versus anything else.

May 26, 2016
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Beginner2 from Illinois

3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A nice treat that I'd like to find again next year as this doesn't seem to stay long here in Chicago.
It looks a bit blonder than expected, but a beautiful head ... with enough lace sticking around.
Aroma and taste are very similar until after the swallow and then this, let's say, butterscotch maltiness, appears. And that is pleasant and appreciated. I could use a few less bubbles in this Maibock.

Had again in Fall and there were less bubbles; hence, a .25 upwards rating in Feel. Lesson: patience improves.

May 10, 2016
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mac31 from California

3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Sweet, medium copper flavor, honey, and still light. There is a softness about this beer that takes the drinkability to top notch. Soft, lightly floral notes on the finish. Hints is peppery spice in the finish as well. On a warm day I could crush these all day. Don't know much about maibocks, but glad I have some more these guys stashed away. Simple, easy drinking.

Apr 10, 2016
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BSiegs from Illinois

3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dark amber color, very clear. A finger of white head that leaves a little lacing. Aroma is malt heavy, with breadiness and some caramel. Taste follows, big malt presence, hints of earthiness and spice. Medium body, moderate carb. Balanced, dry finish. Nice brew.

Mar 17, 2016
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KFBR392 from Illinois

4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: light orange in color with a transparent body. Finger of head which settled in and lingered lightly which drinking. Low active carbonation.

Smell: sweet toffee and caramel jump on the front. Clean profile of grass and some tropical fruit hops shine on the body. Fresh baked bread lingers thoughout. Sweetness of hops and malts shine on the finish.

Taste: touches of caramel on the front get replaced by a balanced hop body pretty quickly. Amber malts shine on the body with some bready notes as well. Finish is clean leaving you grabbing for more.

Mouthfeel: crazy drinkable especially for a decently high abv. Carbonation is lower but fits so well.

Overall: by far the best beer I've had from Capital. Well balanced, highly drinkable, fantastic offering.

Mar 27, 2015
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pat61 from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Fresh bread on the nose. Pours brilliant copper tinted gold under a ½” dense white head. Rich malt and well developed melanoidins give it full flavors. Full body and medium carbonation.

Mar 18, 2015
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Stevedore from Oregon

2.4/5  rDev -36.8%

On tap at Capital Brewery. Poured into a plastic cup 9/2/2014.

A- Slightly hazy, darker orange body with a one finger white head that disappears quickly. Not much lacing. [3]

S- Sweet candied sugar, noble hops, yeast, a bit of brown sugar and bread. [3]

F- As in the nose, tastes sweet but it is more of a buttery caramel flavour. Really just not my thing. Also some spices, yeast and bread. [2]

M- Medium bodied, but far too sweet for me to drink much of. Good carbonation. [2.5]

O- I don't mind most maibocks, but this one was far too sweet and a bit too buttery for me. [2.5]

Final score: 2.40

Sep 03, 2014
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jwc215 from Arizona

3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at Panther's Pub in Greendale, WI:

Pours clear amber with a thin, lasting creamy head that leaves plenty of lacing.

The smell is mild, but there is some toasted malt that is inviting enough.

The taste is of toasted sweet caramelized bread with an earthy, subdued fruity bitter-ish balance in the warming finish.

It is creamy smooth. Carbonation level fits it very well.

This is an excellent example of the style. Sweet leaning, malty, but with balance, toasty, mildly warming and easily drinkable. A great spring offering!

Mar 11, 2014
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TMoney2591 from Illinois

3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Walter Payton shaker pint glass.

So many Capital bocks, and I'm not complaining... This stuff pours a clear golden-brass topped by a finger of cream foam. The nose comprises caramel, light toffeee, light sweet biscuit, and a hint of sweet corn. The taste brings in more of the same, along with a kiss of buttercream and a light layer of sweetgrass. The body is a lithe medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a smooth feel. Overall, a damn fine maibock, one that may make one look forward to the late Spring, early Summer months.

Oct 06, 2013
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benfranklin from Arizona

3.42/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It's the end of May and I may be finishing the last of this year's production, but this particular bottle of Capital's Maibock still satisfies. The malt and the lingering hops and yeastiness still make for a worthy treat. Maybe I'll catch one of these earlier next year. (Excuse me, while I finish 'er off....)

May 29, 2013
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Nordura from Wisconsin

3.57/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This really is a nice, malty spring beer with a small alcohol kick to it. Perfect after coming out of this last Winter. A slight grainy smell, not overly impressive. Creamy and carbonated, and a sweet finish? I do just also get a hint of the hops on this one. All-in-all a recommended spring seasonal beer.

Mar 29, 2013
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guityler83 from Wisconsin

3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Golden carmel colored, crystal clear, full finger of head that falls quickly.

S: Sweet toffee, carmel, almost an apple like charecter

T: Rich malt forward profile. carmel, toffee and toast. sweet in the finish

M: a bit of hot alcohol, dry finish, moderate carb'd.

O: A solid maibock that would pair well with food.

Mar 13, 2013
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TheSSG from Illinois

4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice, soft, fizzy head that is surprisingly persistent. Sweet malt behind floral hops. Brilliant dark gold hue. A nice sweet malt (reminiscent of alcohol's sweetness) with floral hop bitterness which peaks to a low-medium bitterness. Then it cascades down with a MONUMENTAL malt finish with floral hops peaking through as it goes.

I LOVE this bier! Perfectly balanced. A Maibock to compete with the best of Germany. Nice, medium hops balanced off STUNNING maltiness. The way these two elements play amongst each other is just wonderful to experience on your tongue.
I eagerly await the coming of Maibock season just for this one (And Lakefront's "Big Easy").

Feb 19, 2013
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BrownAleMale from Wisconsin

3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Capital Brewery poured into a Capital Brewery Pint glass.

Appearance- A golden color with reddish brown tint with very little white head.

Smell- Fresh bread and a slight woody and piney hop smell.

Taste- Bunches of malt perfect and I do mean perfectly balanced with a very light piney hop flavor.

Mouthfeel- Great carbonation with a scary smoothness.

Overall- The lightness and breadiness with complementing hops and perfect carbonation make this my favorite maibock.

Sep 03, 2012
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pschul4 from Illinois

3.41/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Medium dark golden color with a little bit of white head that disipates quickly

S- Lots of sweet malt. Little too sweet for my liking but not obnoxiously sweet

T- Again very sweet. Some hay or something along those lines to mitigate the sweetness but its light

M- Really smooth for a spring seasonal. Doesnt come across as light as I'd like for something to drink when it's warm out

O- Definitely above average but nothing mindblowing. Some bitterness would make this amazing

May 03, 2012
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Kbogac from Illinois

3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice clear golden amber with white foam. Has some good looking carbonation going in the glass.

Aroma is light malt with a tiny bit if hop.

Taste is malt with a bit of sweetness and a little hop to balance it out. Well balanced.

Light mouthfeel with good carbonation.

Overall a great beer. Very clean taste and easy to drink. Overall probably my favorite Maibock. I look forward to it in the spring.

Mar 10, 2012
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