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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Photo of Bitterbill
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle(room temp) a medium gold with a smallish head of foam that dissipated quickly leaving a fine ring around the glass.

The smell is a malty smell that's actually pretty strong and inviting.

The taste is full of malty goodness with some grainy notes and just the smallest smidgeon of hop bitterness that lasts right through to the finish and...Wow, it kind of surprised me. Here, I have this average looking brew in my glass with absolutely NO foam and the flavour is an absolute delight! I admit, I've had little to no experience with a Maibock but if *this* one is typical, I think I rather like the style! And this baby drinkable...I wish I had some more!

Bottom line: Dang this is a great tasting brew! I recommend it!

Thanks to bditty187 for this sample!

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Photo of malcontent
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear, reddish-gold brew with just the smallest amount of head even after a "hard" pour. C'mon, I wanna be transported to Germany, not Germantown, WI.

Doesn't smell bad but far too biscuity for a bock of any kind. Mild nutty sweetness creeps in with a distant hop aroma falling in at the end.

Much stronger on the taste. Caramel sweetness is completely controlled by the noble hop finish. In fact, hops make themselves known throughout and not just on the conclusion. This is exactly what I want in a Maibock.

Good balance of body and bubbles. Despite the inauspicious beginning, I find this to be a worthy competitor with any of it's transatlantic cohorts. A solid offering for bock lovers.

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Photo of BeerTruth
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to nchrist13 for this one.

12 oz. bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

Pours a clear light copper color with a nice fluffy one finger off-white head that stays quite well. A bit of stickiness, spotty here and there. Smell is a very light sweet caramel malt with a hint of light citrus fruit odors. Taste is very much of the same. Light sweet caramel notes with a nice mild hop bite towards the end. Aftertaste is a sweet biscuity malt flavor. Very light and smooth mouthfeel, perfect for this style. Capital seems to master the bock styles for sure. Look forward to trying more from Capital Brewery.

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Photo of BSiegs
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange-ish color, very clear. A finger of white head that leaves a little lacing. Aroma is malt heavy, with breadiness and some caramel. Taste follows, with a slightly bitter, malty aftertaste. Medium body, moderate carb. Balanced, dry finish. Nice brew.

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Photo of RedHaze
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of Kbogac
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of Tballz420
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew is a dark gold color, with a foamy white head to top it off. Nice lacing. The scent is sweet malts. Sweet malts dominate the taste of this brew as well. Some noticable hop and alcohol flavors come through also.

This is my first maibock, and from this beer i am really excited about the style. The alcohol, while unlisted, is there, i would guess about 7% or so.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of BeerBuilder
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a copper color with a minimal white head. The aroma is malty and toasty, with a bit of hop spiciness. The flavor is spicy and hoppy, followed by a malty and toasted bread flavor. It is a good medium bodied brew. Another good one from Capital.

Sampled 3/6/04

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Photo of jwc215
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
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!

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Photo of ADR
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Spring seasonal...yeast/malty beginning that subsides but persists until finish...Medium bodied, very golden color. Just a touch of tang on the tongue and finish. Nice stuff.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of iceball585
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Light amber color, semi-clear, one finger thick fluffy head that lowered quickly to a thin layer

S- Sweet, sugary, toasted grains, nutty, hint of citrus

T- Toasted nuts, syrup, sugar, caramel malts, wheat, faint herbal hops

M- Medium body, medium carbonation, very sweet, creamy, dry finish

D- Worth trying

Not the best Maibock I've ever had but is still worth mentioning. It is slightly too sweet for my tastes.

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Photo of KI9A
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Nice super clear amber, puffy head.

S: Malts dominate, roasted, sweet.

T: Again, malty up front, with a slight bitterness at the back. Nothing else stands out, as it should be. Very nice.

M: Clean, fairly sharp.

D: Big. This is what I look for in a laid-back beer drinking session. Lower ABV, clean, great balance.

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Photo of strattor
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of BrownAleMale
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of EPseja
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one on tap at The Firkin in Libertyville, IL.

A - Medium gold amber color with a fair head that became almost nonexistant after settling.

S - Bananas Foster, bubble gum, candied sugars and candy corn. Mmmmm.

T - Candy sweetness in the front with a faint apple-cidery undertone and hints of maple syrup and brown sugar oatmeal.

M - Very smooth drinker. Lightly carbonated and slick.

D - The low carbonation makes the sips slide down smoothly, and that fact combined with the delicious taste makes this one a very easy drinker.

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Photo of Soneast
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crystal clear, deep golden color with a 2-finger thick, white, highly carbonated head that dissipates quickly to small skim of suds on the surface of the beer. A lot of bubbles present, looks to have high carbonation, almost like a soda-pop in appearance.

Pretty strong malt aroma up front with a slight toastiness to it. I pick up mostly caramel aroma with a hint of spice. No hop presence detected.

The flavor is also dominated by toasty malt flavors, with some nuttiness and grains coming through. No hop presence that I can taste, finishes fairly dry, leaving a semi-sweet grainy flavor on the palate.

Medium bodied, the carbonation is more subdued than appearances led me to believe. Not a bad beer overall and I feel it is a good representation of the style, although I would have liked a little more hop presence particularly in the finish.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz single, Riley's

Either this just came out or it is really old, but i hadnt seen it until now so I assume it has just been released for the "spring"

appearance: nice spring colors on the label, too bad its nowhere near spring! the appearance is quite impressive...sparkling clear pale amber, fluffy white head with decent lacing...very clean and quite shiny

smell: quite malty, some grassy tones, herbal hop, peppery/spicy malt, yeast character...sweet and fruity - pear, green apple, grape. slightly toasted, grain, caramel

taste: spicy german malt, peppery, warming alcohol presence, sweet yeast characteristics, grassy and herbal hops, bready feeling, slightly buttery, flowery hops, only a slight bitterness

mouthfeel: doughy, clean, medium body, slight alcohol warming

drinkability: enjoyable and drinkable, another solid one from just to the west of here off university ave

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Photo of sjdevel
3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
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 zjungleist
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours golden/amber with a poor white head. The smell is sugary and grainy. The taste is light sugary fruity malts, with a tiny hint of hop bite in the aftertaste as well as a bready or yeasty taste that is faint and hard to describe. Mouthfeel is average, medium and slightly sticky. There is not a lot to say about this beer, but I enjoy it a whole lot. It's easy drinkin', clean and basic, but with a little something extra in the flavor and in the ABV. I wish I knew the ABV, I'd guess around 6.5 - 7%.

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Photo of gford217
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light golden amber with a small creamy white head that stays on as a collar and leaves a bit lacing.

Aroma is dominated by light toasted malts with some vanilla and caramel sweetness. There are some earthy hops in the background as well.

The taste is a tad sweeter than the nose with the malts having a more caramel flavor. The toasted character is a bit less than in the aroma. The hops are there in the finish, though very subtle.

The mouthfeel is creamy with good carbonation but still leaves a very clean, crisp finish.

This is a very good maibock and I have yet to be let down by a Capital brew.

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Photo of evanackerman
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer pours a lovely light copper, head is minimal.

Aroma is bready with a bit of fruit, very nice.

Taste is dominated by malt with an appropriately bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is medium-light viscosity, just right for the style.

Drinkability is quite high.

Overall, another quality lager from the brewery in a sea of American Ales, nice to have this to go to every spring to break from the stouts and porters of winter. Give it a try if you have a chance.

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Photo of jsulko
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a brewery supplied (w logo) shaker

Dark, orangish color. Head disappears quickly.

Taste is malty with a hint of hops.

This is my first Maibock, so I have nothing to compare for style.

Very drinkable beer, very good spring seasonal.

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Photo of richkrull
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this one up at Riley's Wines of the World in Madison, WI.

Pours a transparent copper color with a ton of head on it.

Smells like grain with some light malt undertones.

Taste is predominately malt, not a whole lot else. Slightly bitter finish as well.

Not a bad beer, medium to light body. Good mouthfeel and very drinkable I would say. I was surprised to see it was 6.2% alcohol as it is pretty light and smooth.

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