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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Reviews: 156 | Ratings: 309
Photo of Stevedore
2.4/5  rDev -37.5%

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

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Photo of CharlesDarwin
2.84/5  rDev -26%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Originally reviewed April 9, 2005. On tap at the Gitchee Gumee Brewfest 2005. Alright, another blond, bland Maibock! Not. Geez, I’m getting tired of these things. They have no depth or character. Just sugary, sweet malt with a little bit of hops. This one is especially bland with a light finish of honey. Maybe it was the overwhelming presence of these beers as the Brewfest and this one was later on, but this one is just not interesting, at all.

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Photo of Shiloh
3/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A dark golden in colour and thick as to visability. The carbonation is very light and the crown is non descript but does have a minor in glass cling, ring and lace.
Aroma is grainy and obvious.
Body is a medium heavy.
The taste is of the malts but has a slight hoppy end.
Nasty little linger here that does not want to let go...which brings the #'s down.....syrupy impressions.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
3/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I got dragged to a martini bar that clearly did not give a wit about beer, but they had this on tap. I was underwhelmed by the beer, but that might be because of the place (dirty glass).

It poured a light dull brown in a pub glass with large dirty looking bubbles. Smell was lightly malty. Flavor was a bit of caramel, but generally very mild and bland. Mouthfeel was fine, but I can't say I feel moved to strongly recommend this beer.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.06/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a bronze-gold color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes slowly into a nice cap of lacing. The aroma is of bready malt, noble hops, and a hint of butter. The taste is clean, and very malty. Lots of bread, hints of toffee, and mild noble hops. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation that seems a little low for the style. Overall, this is a decent Miabock. I could drink it again, but there are a lot of better examples of the style out there.

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Photo of BasementBer
3.08/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Amber to light brown in color. Large bubbles in the head and plenty of carbonation.

S: Not much going in the aroma, but plenty of fresh grain smell.

T: Slightly bitter in the nose and malty sweet with a caramel finish.

M: Stays fizzy throughout but the lack of hopping keeps it from lingering.

D: Nice, I do appreciate the refreshing lightness but a bit on the sweet side.

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Photo of brdc
3.13/5  rDev -18.5%
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.

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Photo of kimcgolf
3.14/5  rDev -18.2%
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.

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Photo of karengarys
3.15/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours and looks like a typical beer, not a lot of foam with my slow pour, clear dark amber. Pretty good, but kind of what I expect.

Smells good and bad at the same time. Hoppy and clean with a slight musty smell I'm not liking a whole lot. It's faint, and overall not bad.

Taste matches the smell - malty, hoppy, nice character, but a bit of mustiness.

Mouthfeel is nice and fresh.

Finish is slightly bitter, but there is no ugly aftertaste.

This is not a bad offering, and if you see it available give it a try. It would be easy to drink a few. It isn't worth spending time seeking out, though.

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Photo of beernut7
3.15/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This seasonal brew pours with a golden orange color and a foamy head that wisps away rather quickly. The aroma is of sweet bready and caramel malt. The strong sweetness of the flavor from caramel malt is very up-front and joined by a quick moderately bitter hop presence. A little too sweet for my taste, but not too bad.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.19/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Came out a golden and light copper color, respectable head on it. Grassy aroma.

Taste, not a bad spring beer, had enough punch to it without getting away from style, more caramel in the taste than most, but didn't get too heavy. A little less dry though than hoped for. Couldn't figure where all the apple and carbonation was still coming from. A little bit of spice and honey as well. Seemed more complex than most, but not necessarily better or worse.

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Photo of
3.23/5  rDev -15.9%
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.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.27/5  rDev -14.8%
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 dogger6253
3.27/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The color is sort of dirty orange, little bit of red. There is absolutely no head, looks a lot like apple cider actually.

The nose is made up mostly of caramel and corn, very sweet. The taste is just as sweet, but with a little hop bitterness coming in, and a little honey.

Feels really flat, but medium bodied and juicy still. It's refreshing, but not filling in any way. It'd make a good session beer, but I won't have any more.

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Photo of storksonm
3.33/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint Glass

A nice Maibock a golden color and the head was a bit short lived, very clear beer. The smell and the taste are kind of the same kind of a musty kind of smell and taste which is fitting to a miabock. Also very nice sweet aftertaste. I think that the mouthfeel is great in this beer I wish that the head would have stayed around awhile longer but the mouthfeel was indeed smooth. But with all the maibocks coming out it is definitely spring in wisconsin. And I can't wait to try more.

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Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.38/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another fine Wisconsin German beer. Dark malts just right, sweet & lip-smacking. Nice to just stick your nose in and inhale (bocks and amber lagers can be some of the most 'beery' smelling beers, I've found). A fine, though not exceptional, example of the style. You'd be well advised to buy this when in season, or in one of Capital's "brewery tour" 8-packs.
These guys have shown they can do very good beers that stick to style, and their uniform label design suggests they want to get placed in the store with the mega beers. Hope they decide to go wild and do something special!

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Photo of demcorhip
3.38/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very clear amber hued lager is sitting in my pint glass. Decent level of carbonation, yet only managed a half finger of off white head that quickly faded to a very thin collar that leaves no lacings.

Sweet bready malts with some caramel, a hint of cooked corn and some grassy hops.

This is Autumnal Fire light. Thats not bad thing, its just that i already feel well acquainted with this beer despite this being my first taste. Its slightly toasty and bready with a big dose of honey like malt sweetness. Finishes in a relatively clean hop bitterness that doesnt provide much more flavour but has some grassy qualities.

Medium bodied and on the sweet side. Sweeter malts balanced by clean bittering hops but it would be nice if there was some more substantial hop flavours present as well. Smooth and somewhat creamy in feel, and there is a slight warming from the alcohol.

Im disappointed in this brew. While well made its not particularly inspired. Drinkable enough, but with its big body and pronounced sweetness, as well as alcohol content this would not be session fare. A good enough beer, just not particlarly exciting. Recommended for fans of the style, hopefully it does more for you than it did for me.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.38/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured amber with a smooth medium head. No lacing. The smell is just lager yeast. I really get nothing else out of it. The beer is somewhat sweet and tangy up front, softer in the back. Nothing special, but pleasant enough. Mouthfeel is slick and creamy and relatively easy to drink. There are better Maibocks out there, but this is pleasant enough and relatively cheap to boot.

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Photo of pschul4
3.41/5  rDev -11.2%
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

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Photo of ibashmuck
3.42/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Purchased as part of "build-your-own-six-pack" at local grocer. Poured a light amber, with a medium head. Smell was not very strong at all, faint sweetness. Lightly bitter, lightly sweet, lightly bitter. A very nice mix...right between a bitter ale and a malty bock. Mine seemed a bit too carbonated, not terribly so, but just a tad too much.

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Photo of benfranklin
3.42/5  rDev -10.9%
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....)

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Photo of cokes
3.43/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Not a bad spring seasonal, but not a great one either. Pours a clear light copper color with a decent off-white head.
My experience was one of pure malt. Very sweet on the palate. Alcohol notes are there, but not intrusive. The alcohol seems to be present more due to the thinness of the beer rather than the actual potency. There is a little hop bitterness residing in the later part of the taste, lingering to the aftertaste.
The beer ended up being on the thin side for my liking. Certainly drinkable, but not remarkable. More of an session reason to pick it apart.
Worth buying if you are in the (Madison) area, otherwise, invest your time and money in more interesting beers

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Photo of BeerCheese
3.47/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a cold bottle into my favorite beer glass. Clear dark amber with very little head. Malty sweet smell, maybe with a hint of citrus and raisins. Malty with a slightly bitter finish. Medium carbonation, medium/heavy body. Fairly drinkable, but nothing special here.

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Photo of ccs
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.51/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This Capital Maibock had a clear, medium-golden color, nearly identical in color to their Blonde Doppelbock. Head was white, fine and thin, mostly clinging to the edge of the glass. There was a little lacing, but not much.
Nose had a smidge of toasty malt character, yet it was too much on the mild side.
Body was slightly under medium, and it was middle of the road for how it felt on the tongue. Just a bit of prickliness, overall.
Not nearly malty enough for me. There was a toasty, bready aspect, yet it was somewhat understated. Near the finish a spicy hop twang came into play. Perhaps a little too much of a zing for a Maibock?
Still, this is a decent offering, with thnx being sent to jeffboo for the chance to sample some good Midwestern bier! Zum Wohl!!

overall: 3.55
appearance: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | mouthfeel: 3.5 | drinkability: 4


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