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 BeerFMAndy
3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
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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Photo of BarrelAgedG
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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 morimech
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color with a small, quickly fading white head. Moderate amount of lacing is left on the glass. Has a sweet malt aroma with a touch of noble hops. Has a good flavor of malt with pepper and grassy notes. Just enough hops flavors to keep me interested. Some cloying sweetness on the finish is the only fault I can find in this Maibock. Bitterness is low. Is a bit overcarbonated and harsh on the tongue. At 6.2% ABV the drinkability is hurt a bit. Very good example of the style overall.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice orangy glow with a huge creamy white head, two fingers high and settled slowly to retain a solid haze of bubbles and some large curtains of lace and some spots. Smell is soft of yeast, breadlike dough with hop notes lingering in the back and sweet malt notes as well. Taste is smooth and mild with a small sweet tang and easy bitterness, quite nice. The malt really comes through as it warms which is a nice feature. Feel is a solid medium/light body with a lightly measurable creamyness, an oily sense as well and has a slight zestyness in the finishing hold. One dynamite beer, drinkable stuff for sure, I'd have another in a pinch.

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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 2GOOFY
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Rizzy17
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jsh420
4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a burnt amber orange with a 2 finger head that coats the glass with lacing

smell is very malty but has a good amount of hops to

taste is sweet carmel malts kinda buttery with a good amount of hops and bitterness to balance this beer out - a great lager

mouhfeel is medium body but with the full flavor and ample carbonation it works well

drinkability is good as well - if i had to drink a lager this one would be tops of the list

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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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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: An oval label with a light lime background containing a picture of a domed building which sits a front a 12 fluid ounce long neck brown bottle. A similar, but smaller scale neck label complete with the usual health warning and cash refund bollocks that no-one ever reads, completes the presentation.

Appearance: Poured with a nice wholesome creamy looking head that is off-white with a yellow tinge to it. The body is a beautifully clear orange-amber with gem-like coppery refractions when held to the light. Nice carbonation in the body.

Nose: Lovely lightly sweet breaded malts, a toasted warming Teutonic aroma that has a little hop in the finish. Perfectly adequate and very inviting I have to say.

Taste: Lots of the nose in tastes, which is great. The breaded malts start the Maibock, lightly sweet with a warm toasted character they build strongly into the middle. A release of alcohol assists in developing the beers presence and helps to act as a base for the nice delicate hop feel in the latter third. The light hop is soon replaced by more sweet malts in the finish which leave a light cloying sweet feel in the back of the mouth once the beer is swallowed, but not a bad one, it is as if the beer wants to remind you how good it was. A solid Maibock.

Mouthfeel: A definitive above average feel to this beer, it really does have the filling sensation of eating freshly baked bread straight from the oven. Warm and fluffy at times it fills the mouth.

Drinkability: This is a very drinkable beer, given its filling character and mouthfeel, but the tastes are so similar to the addictive habit of nibbling on freshly baked bread that it’s difficult to put this one down for good until the Glass is empty, which is exactly what happened to me.

Overall: A beautiful, nicely balanced, if rather sweet finishing, Maibock. I would certainly buy this Spring offering if I had the chance. It’s a difficult beer to put down on the table, but an easy one to put down your throat, if you get my meaning. Very nice!

A Spring Thanks to BigHuge for this Maibock.

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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 garymuchow
4.01/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I found this more enjoyable than most others that have reviewed this, but this is a highly drinkable beer. Aroma is a little light, mostly of malt and rather sweet. Almost a corn like quality, although I'm not accussing the brewer of anything. Brilliant amber color with a medium head that settles rather quickly. Really nice flavor of pleasing malt, alcohol notes and a very clean presence. Slight bitterness twoards the finish leaving a long but not necessarily dry finish. Soft and fluffy, with a medium body and adequate carbonation. Could be a session beer but with that much alcohol it would be a short session. I like this.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle a bright clear gold with quickly fading white head.

Aroma of malts, biscuit, and honey, and earthy notes.

The taste is a dead on match with the aroma. Malts, biscuit, berry, honey, lemon, and some spice.

Medium bodied, a bit dry, and lightly carbonated.

An easy drinking maibock from the folks at Capital.

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Photo of sgttibbs
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beginner2
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
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 hopdog
3.62/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle.

Poured a medium and slightly hazy orange color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of biscuit, caramel, honey, and lightly fruity. Tastes of biscuit, caramel, same light fruitiness and a touch of spices.

Notes from: 04/10/07.

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Photo of gatornation
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a clear light copper with a quick dissipating head some clinging lacing...smell is malts toast a little toffee and hops..taste follows the same lots of very good toasty and caramel malts then some noble hops..some earthy taste and some spices ..its a medium mouth feel and easy to drink..try this one

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Photo of CraigTravor
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of Vancer
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal clear amber, nice frothy ivory topping floating gently on top in the ol' Bitburger pilsner glass. Crisp aroma of spice and malt. Malted and toasted biscuit bread in the quaff. Hints of summer spice of black pepper and woody resin appear during the finish.

Even with the malty start, the hops and resin kick in for a balanced finish. Well done and a solid Maibock. Put this on your spring/summer drinking list! It will be on mine.

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Photo of jakea
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerLover99
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: dark orange, amber hue, 1 finger head, nice lacing in pint glass

S: the nose is very faint, probably my only issue, was hoping for a stronger malt aroma. light malt, earthy grain.

T: big malt body, hint of plum in middle, mild bitter finish

M: medium body, slight prick on the tongue, smooth dry finish

D: Capital brews some nice bocks. This is can be a sipper or one to have more than a few with worthy friends. The standard for me in American Maibocks, a delicious and underrepresented style.

This is worth seeking out, get some!

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Photo of yemenmocha
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Hendrick24
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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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Maibock from Capital Brewery
3.84 out of 5 based on 316 ratings.
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