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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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Reviews: 156 | Ratings: 305
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 brewcrew76
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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Photo of pmcadamis
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - This one is a clear honey gold brew with a one finger head that looks eggshell white and fairly dense. Lots of nice lace is left on the glass.

S - Honeycomb, brown sugar, and molasses. These are not the notes that I was expecting from a beer of this style, but they are really nice nonetheless.

T - Again, much sweeter and heavier in flavor than I expected. This is pretty much an all out malt bomb! There are some orange rind bitter citrus flavors accenting the solid, but never cloying molasses and brown sugar sweetness. Liquid clove honey. This is almost Belgian in it's sweetness, but like all good Belgian beers it's tempered by some nice hops and a bit of citrus spice.

M - Full bodied and sugary, but the sugar content is held in check by a somewhat boozy finish supported by some solid hoppage.

D - Very good beer here. This stuff is sweet, but never too sweet, and it's much more complex than I was expecting. easily the best beer that I've tried from Capital Brewery, and it's second only to the outstanding Dead Guy in it's style category.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.62/5  rDev -6%
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.

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Photo of BrownAleMale
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
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 brdc
3.13/5  rDev -18.7%
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 DaPeculierDane
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mai Bock…nope, we call this one Mind Block. This beer sure doesn’t seem very strong but a few pints usually leaves my friends and I in a rather bizarre loopy state unakin to normal inebriation. Drinking Capital’s Mai Bock, for whatever reason, seems to knock me on my rear like few beers do. The predominant characteristic of this hazy orange brew is its immense sickly sweet fruit forward, slightly alcoholic nose and taste. The strong yeast presence in the beer is typically Capital and very German. Finish is fresh baked baguette and spice. Drinkability is ridiculous and even though I don’t really care for the taste, nor style, I keep coming back for more so something must be right here.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
3/5  rDev -22.1%
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 MuenchenerKindl
4.35/5  rDev +13%
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 AtLagerHeads
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of Capital's seasonal beers, produced February through April. Clear red amber body with a fair off-white head. Short retention and minimal lacing. There is caramel malt nose with a light hop background. Spicy flavor with a decent bitterness. It has somewhat of an oily sense to the body which is fairly full. This is another very drinkable from Capital.

The beers I've tried from Capital are each part of the Tasting Tour package of eight 12 ounce bottled beers, produced quarterly. I have found their beers to be consistently above average, very drinkable, and lacking qualities of greatness. There is much to be said for a line of beers that can achieve these attributes and be affordable to most beer drinkers. Well done Capital, well done.

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Photo of kimcgolf
3.14/5  rDev -18.4%
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.

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Photo of roadhouse
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a pils glass

Pours a clear burnt orange color with a one inch off-white head. It falls to a thin head but it retains well and also leaves a nice lace on the glass.

Aroma is mostly of spicy and herbal hops but there is also a slight malt sweetness and a bit of a nuttiness.

Taste has a malty sweetness up front followed by some herbal hops with some spiciness coming in towards the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, very creamy and smooth going down. Clean bitterness in the finish leaves a nice tingle in the mouth.

I haven't had too many Maibocks but this is definitely one of the better ones that I have had. Everything I've had from Capital is solid and this is no exception.

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Photo of bruachan
4.53/5  rDev +17.7%
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 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 Beertracker
4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
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 jjayjaye
3.57/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear light amber color with a full finger off white head a that fades fairly quickly. Some lacing observed. The smell is a sweet pineapple, cherry and vanilla malt. Light bodied, the mouth feel is adequately carbonated yet singular. The flavor mirrors the smell, but without a lot of body it kinda sits out there. It's an unceremonious version of a celebration.

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Photo of beernut7
3.15/5  rDev -18.2%
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 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 BeerTruth
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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 HappyHourHero
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Short off-white head with no lace. Deep golden color is not quite transparent. I keep getting a whiff of something like banana, but can't quite put my finger on it. Maybe a bit of malt in the aroma, but that's about it. Fairly sweet malt flavor with a kind of earthy sharp butterscotch flavor. Body is full, but not overbearing. The alcohol and dry finish make for a beer that works in the end. It's a bit subdued, but the flavor is solid and this is a well put together beer.

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Photo of Tballz420
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
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 botham
4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
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 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 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 objectivemonkey
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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Maibock from Capital Brewery
3.85 out of 5 based on 305 ratings.
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