Capital Brewery

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Bock - Maibock
Ranked #36
Ranked #27,231
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: 162 | Ratings: 323 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by JohnGalt1:
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JohnGalt1 from Idaho

3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz purchased from Archer Liquors (Randy is a class act guy). Poured into my small weizen glass.

Big chunky white head that drops pretty quickly leaving behind a thin white collar... probably should have rinsed the glass out well before pouring. Perfectly crystal clear lite gold honey... very appealing.

Aroma is all pale malts out of the gate... pushes forward with fairly significant spicey noble aroma... and finishes with a nice touch of toasted malts.... Very clean.

Flavor is oh so smooth... creamy with just enough carbonation... big chewy malts... more pronounced toasted and very lite caramel this time around... no fruitiness to speak of.... perfect balance... just enough bitterness and (I may be imagining things) but there is something there that is reminescent of noble hops. Great mouthfeel... maybe on the plus side of heavy for the style... but what do I know.

Capital is one of my favorite breweries in the world; I've had only 5-6 of their brews, but all have been class acts... luckily I have 5 more to try/retaste tonight. Thanks again Randy for allowing me to be your first Idaho order.

Dec 10, 2007
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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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indy169 from Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A spring release I've grown to look forward to, the Maibock is a great sessionable bock. The color is a reddish amber and offers a lightly creamy head with good lacing. Smell is good with no discerning characteristics of offense. Taste is malty and sweet, but hinting a bit at higher alcohol. A decent brew, but I'd prefer a traditional Bavarian bock style.

Mar 28, 2007
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brewcrew76 from Wisconsin

4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a deep golden with 2 fingers of white head and no lacing.

S - Bready, malty aroma with noble, spicy hops.

T - Bready malt with a sweet nuttiness and an herbal spicy noble hop flavor.

M - On the light side of medium and smooth.

D - A tasty Maibock.

Jan 28, 2008
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RedHaze from Nebraska

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

Pours a clear orangey copper, with a half inch head that slowly settles to a thin cap, leaving behind a substantial amount of lace.

Smell; biscuits and caramel malts are the main players here, but there's also some grains and a bit of a floral presence.

Taste; those biscuits and caramel malts are in the fore in the flavor, like it was in the nose. It's a bit grainy and earthy, with some floral and fruity notes. There's a bit of a spiciness in the finish that mixes well with a touch of some alcohol. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, and so very drinkable.

The clerk that I bought this from said it tasted like NB Fat Tire. I have to disagree, I thought it was a lot better.

Jun 06, 2006
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Golden2wenty1 from Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Comedy Club on State here in Madison. Better than crappy $6 long islands I suppose.

Pours a bright golden-orange with a skim of white bubbles - hard to get a good pour at a place like this. Nose a balanced mix of light floral hops and brown sugar/biscuity malt. Tastes like Blond Dopplebock Light, smooth grassy hops and sugary caramel malt. Mouthfeel is lighter than their Blonde but still substantial in the mouth. A solid bock but doesn't hold a candle to any of their other seasonal dopples.

Jun 06, 2006
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brandoman63 from Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Nov 28, 2011
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hopman333 from Illinois

4.85/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

WOW!!! What a Maibock.

Growing up in Chicago I have alway's had the oppourtunity to drink the outstanding lagers of the midwest. And this is nothing short of outstanding.

The aroma is a gentle combination of pale, Munich and caramel malts. And there is a wee bit of floral hops hiding in the mix.

The flavor starts out with a sweet cookie dough like malt character that gives way to an ever so slight hop biterness that rolls across the tounge and lingers for a while.

Carbonation and mouthfeel is spot on. It is very soft, smooth and velvety with just enough carbonation to prevent it from becoming cloying. Drinkability is ridiculous!!!! Each and every sip makes you want another.

This is exactly what a Maibock should be. The only thing that keeps this from being perfect is the lack of hop's, I think it could use a little more bitterness and flavor. They could take a pointer from their neighbor Sprecher and dry hop the Sh##@# out of it, then it would be perfect!!!

The traditional Maibocks of Germany have a suprisingly hoppy character to them unlike so many of their other bock styles. I recently had an Einbecker UR Maibock on tap at the famous Map room bar in Chi town immediately following a pint of the rare Sierra Nevada special pale ale, Hoppier than the original Sierra Nevada pale ale. The Einbecker held it's own with it's wonderful noble hop bitterness and lingering flavor. I was actually surprised.

Yet another solid entry by Capital. PROST!!!

May 03, 2006
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Prufrock from Massachusetts

3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pilsner.

bright orange, crystal clear, with an inch of white head.

aroma is slightly faint, but there's honey, apple, and yeast.

malty, smooth, and very drinkable. a nice bready, honey sweetness with a clean fresh finish. light carbonation and a light to medium mouthfeel. needs a little more hop balance but it's a very good beer.

Apr 22, 2006
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pweis909 from Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer came to me in a great deal, (75 cents a bottle), but I don't think that colors my judgement - it's as nice as any maibock I've ever had.

It's appearance is on the gold side of orange. The first bottle I tried was completely uncarbonated, but it was an anomaly. The rest of the 6 pack yielded a 5/8th inch head that gradally receded to a thin white foam and left lacing on the glass.

The smell is malty, bready, and the taste delivers more of the same and leans towards a pleasant, not cloying sweetness. I've never really detected hop aroma in maibocks, but the beer is bittered sufficiently to bittered to prevent the sweetness from being cloying. There is a slight soapy taste (not off-putting, but that is the best descriptor I have) that I often find in beers with a munich malt presence (e.g., Octoberfest).

The beer seems full bodied, but still delivers a sufficient crispness in the finish that keeps it in balance.

Note regarding hops: I think the need for hop presence of maibocks might be overinterpretted by many reviewers. These beers should not have a resounding hop presence; they may be slightly more bitter than other lagers, but they are also slightly more sweet than them. Balance is key, and aroma hops to the degree found in American ale styles seems out of place. I don't care what Rogue and the BA powers that be say, but Dead Guy is NOT a Maibock.

Jun 05, 2011
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shbobdb from Indiana

4.72/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Now this is what a Maibock ought be. Light and refreshing, to be sure, to be sure . . . but there is much more to this beer than that! The nose is like fresh fruit, fallen from the tree. A magical melange of fruity yeast-esters and earthy noble hops. Mmmm. Very pleasant. The taste is exatically what you'd expect from the nose with a round mouthfeel and pleasant carbonation tickling your tongue. Good beer, good times.

Feb 21, 2006
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daliandragon from Maryland

3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is going to be my first microbrew from the badger state after about a dozen years of despising most Miller products. Picked this up on a road trip to Dayton, Ohio for March Madness last weekend and if you ever visit that sordid little burg, I can strongly recommend Belmont Party Supply. I only wish I had more time and carry on luggage room to exploit its riches of microbrew.
This pungent maibock pours cloudy medium brown with no head and a nose of hops, spice, and citrus with some yeast hints. The taste is layered and ringed with more hops than I expected and a tart ness at the opening of each mouthful. The malt flavor is smooth and creamy and gives way to a tasty aftertaste with lots of sediment. The beer seems authentically Teutonic in nature.
This is a nice spring brew, a compromise between the heavy strength of winter and the delicate craft of summer. This is solid, honest beer and worth a shot if you can find it.

Mar 23, 2006
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TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island

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

Acquired from brewcrew76, so a big Thank You goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright amber color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of honey, light malts, some spice and a good amount of hops.

T: The taste is sweet and bready with flavors of grain, honey, caramel and spice. The malt character is hearty but still on the lighter side, despite the bready flavor. There's a mild but complimentary hops presence. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is very clean.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, very good representation of style, this is a good beer pound down several of throughout the course of an evening. I could see myself drinking quite a few of them if the beer were available in this area.

Feb 17, 2008
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ccs from New Hampshire

3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is a nice beer with a mediocre nose and pretty copper color which leaves light lacing around the glass. The taste is all malt with a slight bit of hops in the finish. Very lager-y, crisp, clean and pretty drinkable. There is good mouthfeel, very appropriate to style.

Aug 27, 2006
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objectivemonkey from Minnesota

3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into a point, pours a clear light golden with a decent head shrinking to nothing, and little lacing to speak of. Aroma is a sweet bready malt with hints of vanilla and nuts. Taste is pretty good, nice sweet malts, like caramel, and a tingly mouth of flowery hops with nuts, staying tingly though the end with a twinge of hop bitterness, but mostly syrupy sweet. Mouth is pretty smooth, but well carbonated, and overall its a pretty darn good drink. Basically, one that I'd like to see in another mixer 6'er.

Jul 12, 2006
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Rochefort10nh from New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +5.3%

Dec 08, 2011
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falloutsnow from Illinois

3.62/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A modest pour produces a decent 2cm head of dirty white foam that's very creamy in appearance and texture. Dissipates over a few minutes to be a ring around the glass, but no lacing. Body is yellow-gold in color, transparent, with some visible carbonation.

Malt sweetness dominates in the nose, but there's also the presence of floral, somewhat herbal, hops. Fairly straightforward, and not totally differentiated from other German lagers, but I like what it does.

Taste is heavily sweet, a little syrupy and with mild honey-like flavors. Nothing cloying, standard German style, but nothing to truly be excited about, either.

Fairly full-bodied, fairly chewy, but carbonation is moderately intense enough to blend well with this. A little too sweet and sticky in the finish, ending dryly.

This was a good beer, above average, but it didn't completely change my perceptions, either. With a lack of available maibocks, this is a satisfying spring beer and one I'll go back to.

Aug 08, 2011
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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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3.23/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle

Clear, light amber liquid. Medium to large, creamy, ivory colored head.

Aroma was pretty mild. What I could pick up was some sweet scents, caramel and floral notes.

Taste was more sweet than bitter, and had an artificial sweetner taste/aftertaste to it. Wasn't wild about that. Other components included tea flavors, some herbal bitterness, and mild alcohol.

Medium bodied. Low to medium carbonation. Very refreshing.

Pretty good. Would make a nice summer beer if that artificial flavor note went away. Unfortunately, as it stands, it doesn't do a lot for me.

Nov 07, 2007
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jj21 from Wisconsin

3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle
Very carbonated Maibock pours brown with a good head. Carbonation holds throughout drinking. Mild Nutty, malty nose. Nothing extraordinary here. Flavor was good- Roasted malts and a mildly hoppy finish. Clean on the pallet. Not too heavy. Easy to drink as a session beer.

Mar 30, 2006
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kimcgolf from Georgia

3.14/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle to a light yellow with thin white head that dissipated quickly and left little lacing. Aroma was faint, but what was there was a muted malty fruit overtaken by mild skunk. Mouthfeel thin and non-desctript and the flavor was bland. This all led to a finish that was short and dry.

Not impressed with this one.

Oct 05, 2009
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strattor from Idaho

3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear amber color, with a nice, foamy white head.

Smell is of light malt, with both sweet and bready notes. Pretty full aroma.

Taste is of malt, and is pretty sweet, but not syrupy or artificial. There is a very low hop profile, with a bready aftertaste. There is also a warm spiciness from the alcohol that is quite nice.

Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, with nice carbonation. It goes down very smoothly.

I think I could probably drink a dozen of these no problem if it weren't for the ABV, which must be relatively high. Though it doesn't have a strong or distinctive flavor, it's a very smooth, easy drinking beer that I can't seem to resist.

Apr 29, 2006
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brdc from Wisconsin

3.13/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Small capped bottle, pours a clear, light golden brew with a white head.
Aroma is just too inconspicuous, some light maltiness and hoppiness, a floral hint, but not much.
Light body, with some sweet maltiness along with a very faint hoppiness, and a bit too much alcohol bite for such a light tasting beer.
Not the best example of Capital Brewery.

Mar 30, 2008
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uwmgdman from Wisconsin

4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a brilliant golden color with a thin white head. The aroma is moderately sweet and slightly malty with a hint of spicy hop. The flavor is malty and sweet with a very smooth, silky mouthfeel. The hop bitterness is medium-low and finish leave a bit of toasted malt on the palate. The body is medium-full and carbonation moderate. Overall a tasty, malty, sweet beer with a nice finish.

Mar 08, 2008
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I2uss from Minnesota

4/5  rDev +5.3%

Nov 18, 2011
Maibock from Capital Brewery
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