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Maibock | Capital Brewery

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Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 156 | Ratings: 305
Photo of jackndan
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Capital Maibock: Ah, spring, and these beers really help to welcome in the season. Good looking brassy beer, not a whole lot of head, but what there was clinged. It smelled fine. The taste was very malty and smooth, creamy smooth, easy to sip and enjoy. Technically, this beer was not that sweet, more of a cracker malt, but very enjoyable. I did like this beer, and I do like this style.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a translucent dark golden with virtually no head or carbonation. This has beer and a couple of bubbles on top like an ill-fitting hat.

Aroma is light, with a light caramel sweetness and perhaps some butter notes. Very gentle though.

Flavor is where this one gets interesting. Rich mouthfell surrounds toasty malts with a nice sweetness, an easy hop ending that compliments the rest of the flavor. Honey and pear/apple fruits. Quite pleasant and easy to drink. I think this is one of the best Capital Brewery offerings I've had!

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Photo of jdhilt
3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a five finger cream head that fades to a thin layer leaving traces of lace. Mostly cloudy amber color - does not look like a maibock Light carbonation and medium bodied. Malty/hoppy nose. Starts sweet, brown sugar that is balanced with the hops, malty finish. $1.79 for a 12oz bottle from John's Grocery Tigard, Or.

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Photo of brewQ
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A rich gold to orange color, Spicy overtones and malty nuttiness carry into the the flavor. This nicely fits my expectations of an Oktoberfest or Mai Bock.

The label features the beautiful Capital of my home State, Wisconsin, still one of the brewing centers of the world.

Having pulled this single bottle from the $1 bin in Kansas City, it held up well as a summer treat. My hat is off to the folks in Middleton who have been doing a great job for years.

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of indy169
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of warriorsoul
3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to ZAP for this one of a few brews from Capital Brewery.
Pours a clear, light bronze color w/ a full finger and a half of bright white head...disappears to all but a fine coating. Decent lace, covering the side of the shaker glass and cascades quickly back into the beer.
Smells are subtle...detecting a bit of grassy notes w/ a slight malty sweetness.
Taste is enjoyable enough...I don't have much exposure to this style, so can't really compare to any particulars. A nice, buttery flavor with that same slight sweetness found in the aroma. Some fruityness in there as well...tart cherries and a hint of lemon zest in the finish.
Texture is quite thick, but again...maybe thinner than the average Maibock. The carbonation is perfect...making this one fairly quaffable and thirst quenching.
A good first impression from Capital....looking forward to trying some others.

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Photo of BoitSansSoif
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light reddish amber w/light lacing. Aroma is of toasted malt, soft spice, and rye w/slightly sweet malt. Taste is sour/bitter rye, sour cherry, toast, and light hops throughout. There is also a bit of tart grapefruit in the finish. The mouthfeel is nice, with a moderate body and nice carbonation. This brew is smooth and goes down easy.

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Photo of CRJMellor
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright orange and amber hue with a relatively big white head that maintains some shape as it is drained.
Aroma has a deep caramel and pale malt note with some vaguely herbal and flowery hop notes.
Flavor has rich, but light malt shot with a bit of nuttiness and some spice on the hop finish. Tetnang would be my guess for hops.
Mouthfeel was solid if a bit understated but nice balance between malt, grain and some bittering.
Drinkability is very high - just ask Davo he was able to chug and entire pint before running away.

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Photo of Atron67
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

P- 12 oz bottle poured into a duvel tulip, green spring twist off cap bottle

A- crystal clear golden color, reminiscent of light copper actually. big fluffy white head with decent retention which slowly fell with a decent lacing

S- light malt character, pretty biscuity, pretty much dominates the smells, slightly sweet finish on the nose, a little sad but the hops dont let things go too far

T- very smooth throughout, light malty flavor, more of the biscuity charachter. nice clean finish, delicate almost, not much sweetness but the bitterness is really light as well.

M- pretty crisp body, strong carbonation, clean finish

D- pretty good, blonde is better and they are released together however so ill prolly go with that when looking for a good session lager

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brilliant, unblemished tangerine with intermittent tiny bubbles rising to a several finger cap of creamy foam the color of lightly toasted meringue. The texture of the cap is somewhat marshmallow-like with sticky chunklets of lace appearing as it melts. A classic maibock look and a good one.

The nose lacks power and presence. In fact, I might have found it difficult to pick the correct style if I didn't already know. It's lightly buttered blonde malty with a disappointing hop presence. This style needs to be somewhat hoppy--or spicy--in order to impress me. So now I guess it's up to the flavor to do just that.

Actually, it's neither all that hoppy, nor all that spicy, but it is good beer. The dominant flavor is sweet, vanilla-like pale malt and lots of it. I don't enjoy the earthiness or the booziness that some maibocks have in spades. Capital Maibock is a better beer for having neither. There's isn't a great deal of complexity here, just big blonde malt flavor.

It's clear that the ABV is on the high side, although not out of line for the style. It's also clear that it's been buried quite well on the palate. No hidden depth reveals itself as the beer warms, so I'll just have to resign myself to simple, straightword and solid. I'd get bored drinking several of these, but this one is hitting the spot right now.

The mouthfeel is appropriately large due to what must be an impressive amount of malt. It's more firm and slick than it is silky smooth and is a good match for the flavor. Not too many bubbles show themselves, which is more than fine by me. I don't often rank drinkability lower than taste, but while I like and respect this beer, it isn't disappearing all that quickly.

Capital Maibock is a good version that could use at least one more facet to what is a fairly one-dimensional flavor profile. Maibock lovers will probably love it. The rest of us need something more, something special to keep us coming back spring after spring.

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Photo of mac31
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Sweet, medium copper flavor, honey, and still light. There is a softness about this beer that takes the drinkability to top notch. Soft, lightly floral notes on the finish. Hints is peppery spice in the finish as well. On a warm day I could crush these all day. Don't know much about maibocks, but glad I have some more these guys stashed away. Simple, easy drinking.

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Photo of marc77
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal clear light copper hue w/ a head that quickly recedes into a thin, but persistant layer that leaves spotty lace. The aroma is comprised of buttery, toasty Munich and a toffeeish sweetness. Caramelized fruity melanoidins, although mild, add signature richness for style aromawise. A floral Mittelfruh hop nose is present at a trace. Smooth, light caramel malt sweetness is followed by toasty Munich and an odd, dryish black licorice note. Hop bitterness, although somewhat paltry, adequately balanced superfluous malt sweeetness. Spot on in body, w/ a dextrinous mouthfeel that helps lend good drinkability. Capital's maibock, although not particularly complex, is clean, smooth, and well balanced overall . It's well above the norm for US microbrewed versions. Tasty!

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Photo of marburg
3.81/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An "Aw, gee, that's pretty" shade of gold. All light-ish lager beer should look this good -- and natural. Gently fired malt aroma with a bit of herbal hop character comrpises the whole of the nose.

Pretty straightforward, it's hard to knock this beer's drinkability even a bit. The hops aren't really sturdy enough to keep this thing together the whole way through, but it redeems itself in the end with a nice smattering of hop bitterness. Not a terribly remarkable beer -- but sometimes that's a good thing.

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Photo of guityler83
3.81/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Golden carmel colored, crystal clear, full finger of head that falls quickly.

S: Sweet toffee, carmel, almost an apple like charecter

T: Rich malt forward profile. carmel, toffee and toast. sweet in the finish

M: a bit of hot alcohol, dry finish, moderate carb'd.

O: A solid maibock that would pair well with food.

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Photo of Loki
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled in a 12oz bottle

This Capital offering pours an orange-amber with a good sized off-white head, which unfortunately faded fairly quickly.

The nose emanated scents of honey, DME, coriander, with some floral undertones.

The taste was right in line with the aroma giving a smooth honey, malt, DME, and coriander flavor. Very smooth, even tastes with medium body and light carbonation.

A little different than other Maibocks I?ve had, but a very enjoyable change from my ordinary Porter, Stout, Brown samplings.

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Photo of TastyTaste
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Color is spot-on for a maibock, a light brown, crystal clear color with a small creamy white head. Smell is big and malty, but not overpowering, this may be served too cold (there's a blizzard outside, of course it's too cold). Taste is at first sweet maltiness, slightly grassy, not overdone or cloying, just delicious. Hops are no where on my radar. Mouthfeel is slick, but a little too thin. Good, but there are better maibock's out there.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber with a stingy amount of head. Nice to see some real head retention on a lager. Th aroma is a light piney hop with some sugary malts. The firssip is a dry, sweet malt. Reminding me of sweet bread and other malted grains like wheat are noticed in the back of the palate. The mouthfeel is acidic, yet dry. Pretty good maibock brewed in America.

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Photo of budgood1
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

this maibock pours out a clear copper colour with a half inch dirty white head leaving traces of lace. non-descript aroma...stiff pale malts with a whiff of some euro style hops. very nice. tastes great...lots of pale maltiness providing a nice backbone. spicy alcohol mingles with some bitter and perceptible tasty hops. full bodied and satisfying. rounded mouthfeel leads to a finish best described as toasty and perfectly bittered. pretty dry for the style as some maibocks can be sugary sweet in the end. lingering grainy/grassy aftertaste. this is a nice maibock. very drinkable and tasty.

again...cheers to zap and whoever else had a hand in getting this fine wisconsin maibock into my glass!

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Photo of RedBaron
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Rich and golden; nice head; nothing extraordinary
Smell: Pleasant clove, flowery (nice hop aroma), and faintly medicinal;
Taste: malty sweet, with a decent bittering character in the finish; residual malt sugars lingered nicely.
Mouthfeel: hearty, yet quaffable. Medium-bodied.
Drinkability: A steady, well-made brew from the good folks at Capital; A good beer to enjoy in a late spring evening after cutting the grass.

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Photo of Winter
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber in color with a very thick off-white head that eventually shrinks to nothing. The nose is somewhat hard to distinguish. The aroma has a malt presence to it and a unique spiciness. There's some very feint floral hops. The mouthfeel is medium in body with a sharp carbonation to it. The taste has a light malt character up front. It soon transitions into a more hoppy and spiced bitterness. Spiciness is quite pronounced toward the back. Some alcohol lingers in the finish.

Overall a very solid Maibock. Nothing flashy, but it doesn't have to be. Just an all-around good beer.

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Photo of brentk56
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a pale white head that fades to a ringlet and leaves a few splashes of lace

Smell: Biscuity malt, toffee and a touch of butterscotch

Taste: Opens with a toffee and a biscuity malt flavor that wants to head in a cloying direction but, fortunately, is sidetracked by some balancing hops; the hops don't change the character of this beer (and they shouldn't) and, after the swallow, the malty dominance returns; a bit of butterscotch and grain appears at the very end

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A very nice Maibock indeed, with full flavor and well-disguised alcohol

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Photo of Beginner2
3.85/5  rDev 0%
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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Photo of daledeee
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy orangy- yellow. Good frothy head that disapates to lacy coating. Taste is toasty to say the least. Malt and barley. A little hops to balance. Velvetty mouthfeel. Seems to have a pretty good alchohol kick. Overall, a good beer for a warm day.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle with no visible date poured into a Pilsner Glass.

A - Very well carbonated. Light orange amber color with a two finger, off-white, smooth, dense head. Good lacing.

S - A delicious malty smell, slightly sweet, on the nose. Every-so-slightly toasted with a light level of hop crispness. No aromas in this beer were strong enough to have nuances to them. All very general smells unfortunately.

T - The malty sweetness is slightly toasty but almost instantly overwhelmed by a light level of hops that results in a slightly dry and bitter finish.

M - Effervescent, light, and crisp with a dry and slightly bitter finish.

D - Nice and light with a dry crispness to the finish. An easy drinking spring beer that's of good quality. Nothing amazing, but good.

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Maibock from Capital Brewery
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