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Maibock | Capital Brewery

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Capital Brewery
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Maibock / Helles Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Spring

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-28-2002

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Photo of mattfungus
4.97/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

When winter starts coming to an end and I want something that isnt thick syrup black and bitter and I start craving something refreshing this is my favorite beer.

This beer tastes like spring. It is refreshing and malty and is the perfect potion to take overhopped beers out of your pallete.

I savor this one and in fact one of the greatest tragedies for me was when I set a six pack down on a wet floor to put on my coat. When I picked it back up the cardboard was wet and all six bottles hit the cement floor. I coulda cried.

Malt, malt, malt with just a hint of hops.

Like the spring wind blowing through young budding aspen trees this maibock makes me want to bring back maydances and maypoles.

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Photo of hopman333
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!!!

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Photo of shbobdb
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.

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Photo of steveh
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

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Photo of bruachan
4.53/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

excellent carbonation reinforces an excellent (read "sexy") head that in turn leaves some sharp lacing. an excellent roasted gold color, too. excellent!

such a pilsy-smelling fantasy! with luscious, meadowy noble hops and a whiff of toasty vienna malts

restrainedly sweet of ample pils malts and tactfully deepened with some bready malt. simple, but not too simple, and balanced. touch of lemony hop

quite frankly, this is april in a glass: i wanna drink it by the lake but i'm not cherishing refreshment in a beer just yet. has the appeal of something more quaffable than the more robust brews i've been drinking all winter yet still doesn't threaten tastelessness

i hate to say it but i enjoyed this less the minute i tasted their "blonde" doppelbock. but this is certainly the finer of the two, any puzzling similarities aside. this is going to be my best rating in some time

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Photo of dhannes
4.51/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had at a local restaurant in a glass (can't recall if it was a pint glass or not).

A=Reddish golden, very appealing.

S=Hop smell, IIRC.

T=Very nice...hops, plus spiciness.


D=Not one for chugging, but good with a nice meal or by itself.

Will add more thoughts with next sampling.

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Photo of beeronesse
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 ounce bottle. I just tried this year's batch and it's greatly improved over last years.

I talked to one of the brewers who informed me that they changed the malts from two to four row hops and it made all the difference.

Pretty, clean and golden pour with a good head that stuck around.

The nose is inviting, caramel-like, almost buttery, with faint, slightly floral hops.

Flavor is malt-loaded, slightly sweet, with faint, lovely piney/floral hops. Also detected a little vanilla and butter.

Mouth feel is great; nice balance of silky, creamy and carbonated characteristics.

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Photo of Hoolie5
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of pweis909
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.

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Photo of Crstumpf
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of Nofear048
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of larbush
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of JRdaSconnie
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of EddieJoe
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of Bighuge
4.47/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a re rate. I've fallen in love with this beer this spring and noticed I only gave it an average rating last year. And at $10 a 12 pack, this is one of the better beer values around.

This is a perfectly clear copper color. Not much of a head though. A slight and bubbly collar is apparant and lacing is adequate. Deep malty tones on the nose. Very nice. This just smells bavarian. The body of this beer is damn near full. Feels great in the mouth. The carbonation is just right. The taste is big and malty. I love it. Bready. Doughy. A meal in a bottle. Thick munich malts lay down a fabulous foundation. Hops don't impart much in the bitterness or flavor. Just there for balancing I'm sure. Love this one.

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Photo of tapman
4.44/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Light and golden brown. A bit light for the style. Head is smll and white.

The smell is sweet and malty. Floral and with a hint of butterscotch, Capital Maibock is lighter than other maibocks and I find that it adds to drinkability.

Caramel and candi sugar round out the taste. A bit lighter than other maibocks, I suggest wheat in in the recipe coupled with the caramel malt. Bitter, earthy malts help balance the finish.

The mouth is light and refreshing. This brew is thinner than other maibocks, which once again brings me to suspect wheat, which isn't bad considering that it's a summer beer.

I like this maibock better than others. That's fine and well, except that I hate maibocks. They are too sticky sweet and too much caramel in the taste with a poor hop balance (opinion alert: not a decree). The fact that I like this one may speak for an undesireable quality pertaining to the style of this brew. Either way, Capital is a fine brewery with a distinct "house flavor".

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Photo of JParlow
4.43/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MrGraybeard
4.42/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a 14-ounce tumbler at about 45 degrees. Clear, reddish brew with a fairly modest but persistent head. The aroma blends caramel with touch of lemon.

Mouthfeel is creamy, like a lot of Capital brews. Malt presents itself nicely with a well-balanced hop backdrop. Alcohol is present, but in a good way.

Maibock is about the best thing Capital is offering outside of their limited edition (and expensive) Blonde Dopplebock and Autumnal Fire brews. I would rate it superior to Sierra Nevada's Glissade, a similar seasonal beer.

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Photo of Beertracker
4.4/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Capital's Maibock is best served at cool cellar (40-45°F) temperatures from a house logo pint glass or Willibecher. This seasonal bock pours up with ample carbonation that creates a cascading creamish white head that prominently sits atop a slightly hazy, deeply golden-sunset orange body. The aromatic nose displays a wonderfully inviting rich toasted maltiness that's reminiscent of freshly baked European sweetbread. There's just a hint of fruitiness, hop spiciness, and alcohol ...otherwise very clean! The flavor is dominated by a rich toasted maltiness that is marked by some spicy bitterness. The medium full-bodied finish is very creamy and gently smooth with sufficient bitterness and alcoholic complexity to carry it all nicely. This finely crafted limited release offering from Capital reminds me of a slightly bigger Einbecker Mai-ur-Bock comes highly recommended to all malt lovers. Suggested food pairings include browned, beer-braised Wisconsin Bratwursts smothered with sautéd sweet onions, green peppers & mushrooms covered in spicy brown gravy with a side of herb roasted redskin potatoes or a thick bowl of hearty game stew with buttered slices of freshly baked five-grain bread. Here's to Kirby Nelson and his finely brewed lagers!

CHEERS! Beertracker

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Photo of botham
4.4/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner. pours a brilliant, crystal clear amber color with a couple fingers of off-white, tight head.

aroma is sweet and malty, mainly of caramel malts, with a lightly grainy feel and a note of a nutty flavor. great Maibock nose on this one.

taste is mildly sweet and malty up front, with caramel and munich malts showing mainly, with the same distant nutty character here as well. ultra smooth palate, with notes of distant citrus and a flutter of a dark, earthy character.

mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy. a medium to full bodied profile, with a smooth finish and lingering caramel malt. wonderful texture on the palate.

drinkability is great. this is an excellent Maibock, not too strong or rich, but with enough boldness and character to make a statement. another exquisite brew from Capital. cheers!

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Its brilliant orange-amber body and frothy white head make for a beautiful appearance. The head retention is excellent, and it delivers some very nice lacing throughout the glass. Rich malt leaps out at you in the aroma, clean and fresh. It's full bodied, creamy and smooth - luscious in the mouth. The flavor delivers rich, soft malt that's very mildly toasty with a touch of vanilla and a mild note of spicy alcohol. An underlying bitterness balances extremely well, keeping the softly sweet malt from building on the palate. Very nice! And although it's alcohol content will keep you from drinking more than just a few, you'll probably want to!

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Photo of Pauly2X
4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Clear deep gold, half finger head.

S- Strong sweet malt with light floral hop notes.

T- Sweet malt with smooth bready notes. A very light toasted character comes through at midpoint. Toward the end there's a light alcohol dryness coupled with a subdued noble hop note for a nice balanced finish.

M- Smooth and rich with just enough cabonation to keep it from being too heavy.

D- The six-pack went by pretty fast.

One hell of a Maibock, highly recomended.

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Photo of emerge077
4.37/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Not as good as past bottles, will try again to confirm, but most recently it seems like it has changed for the worse.

Pours a fine, deep amber tone, with cascading foam rises to the top of the Pilsner glass. Foam is like whipped merengue on the surface. Yeast is poured in, clouding it up a bit.

Smells of fruity esters, banana and slight peach. Mild crackery grain.

Taste is nicely balanced, yeast adds a slight sweet fruitiness and smooths the mouthfeel. Lightly malty, very refreshing. Simplicity and tradition go a long way with this one. Seems very well balanced overall, a great springtime session lager.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass. Courtesy of the FlingBison, Thanks bro! this is a nice one. The liquid in a cloudy pale brown, with nice carbonation. The head is tan and a thick & smooth 2 fingers, it fades leaving some lace.

The smell is of bitter hops over a big malt base. Yep, Maibock! Schwinggg!

The taste is good, a big and bold malt well balanced by a great hopy mix. The finish is slightly thrown my a syrupy or honey taste that linger just a hair too long.

The mouthfeel as good, good carbonation, a nice full body. Very nice through out.

The drinkability is great, I could session this baby day in and day out. Prosit und Zum Wohl! MK


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Photo of AmberMan22
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the Nitty Gritty, in Madison. I wrote some stuff down briefly and here's what I had.

Capital Maibock pours a light orange/deeper hazy yellow, with a thick frothy head. Lacing sticks all the way down the glass.

The smell is heavily of sweet buttery malt, which is going perfectly with my Gritty Burger.

The taste is wonderful, a heavy dose of sweet malt, followed by a nice dash of hops to balance it out.

The mouthfeel is good, with just the right amount of carbonation, appropriate light graininess for a maibock, and a planted medium body holds it all together.

I thoroughly enjoyed this with my meal, and feel I could drink it as a standalone beer just about any time of the year. It isn't too heavy, isn't too strong for a maibock, and has a wonderful blend of flavor.

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