Maibock | Capital Brewery

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3.79/5
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BEER INFO

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

Style: Maibock / Helles Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-28-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#19,173
Reviews:
161
Ratings:
321
pDev:
9.76%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

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Photo of dcotom
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
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. :)

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Photo of beergoot
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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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.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
3.69/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jbundang9
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bigpoppa67
3.54/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of steveh
4.54/5  rDev +19.8%
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.

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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

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Photo of MNAle
3.79/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of FBarber
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GeorgeAKeim
3.72/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ScottishMacD
3.37/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sjdevel
3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of SSGCujo
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rick778
3.33/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mikr
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jodio
3.06/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of JCastaBarry
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of fx20736
3.05/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of mothman
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GameOfBeers
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PatrickG
3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Aisha
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.27/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

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Photo of Squire
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Beginner2
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Maibock from Capital Brewery
Beer rating: 3.79 out of 5 with 321 ratings