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 roadhouse
3.88/5  rDev +1%
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 mynie
4.27/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery.

Maibocks a curious breed. They're usually fairly intense, ABV-wise, but they aren't allowed the alcohol obfuscating hop profiles that so many strong beers enjoy. And since Capital, along with a lot other bock brewers, adheres to that damn Reinheitsgebot, it's not like these guys go too many tricks they can employ to make you forget you're drinking something strong. It's all up to the malt, and oftentimes things get far too sweet far too quickly, or else the front tastes like butter caramel and the back taste like socks and fire.

This, my friends, is a well made maibock. Pours caramel orange with a nice head. Smells very sweet, but not cloyingly so, and this sweetness is cut into by a firm but drinkable alcoholic bitterness.

Tastes of zippy bock malt, heavy floral esters with a complicated candy middle of toffee and caramel, ends with very light european hops and more bitter alcohol.

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

Bronze color, decent head

Smells of caramel, grains, and wood

Malt and caramel forward in the taste, accentuated by wood, grains, and a bit of alcohol. Alcohol blends well with the flavors. No off-flavors. As it warms, caramel and a hint of honey permeate everything nicely.

Medium mouthfeel and carbonation

A solid Maibock from Capital. So far I've been impressed with their German styles.

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Photo of MithosYggdrasil
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a 6 Pack from Discount Liquor in Milwaukee, WI on 5/03/2009, with the 12 ounce bottles being poured into a pint glass. I haven't explored this style thoroughly, but I was very impressed with this beer.

Appearance: A clear amber (and somewhat bronze) color is poured with a yellowish white head. Great head retention, as well.

Smell: Very sweet maltyness with herbal and spicy hops, as well as a fruity/citrusy smell.

Taste: It's sweet and malty, just the way I like it. The taste definitely matches up well with the smell of the beer and the alcohol is hidden very well.

Mouthfeel: Moderately full-bodied and smooth with an easy finish.

Drinkability: Great tasting from the first sip to the last. It's not very expensive, incredibly drinkable and despite not knowing the style very well, I am definitely interested in trying many more Maibocks. I would love to drink this beer again and likely will.

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Photo of BarrelBrother
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've developed an interest in this style since going to May Fest in Chicago the last couple of years. I've always enjoyed offerings from Capital, they produce excellent styles, especially "malt monsters", like Autumnal Fire & Blonde Doppelbock. I really did enjoy their Maibock too.

A: Very nice deep golden hue, poured with a light fluffy head and lacing was quite good.
S: Hmmm, sweet buttery cream, some toffee with a hint of spice overtones like nutmeg. Very nice.
T: Very impressive. I've had other examples of this style and this one impressed. Not overly sweet but plenty of nuttiness which I really liked. I love it when a domestic brewery does a great job on a classic German style.
M: Very smooth, silky in fact. Clean finish and no overtones of an excessive alcohol presence.
D: Oh, quite drinkable indeed. Smooth. I really was impressed by this beer. An excellent domestic Maibock from Capital.

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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 scaliasux
3.72/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Clear and golden. Off-white short-lived head.

Smell - Sweet malt dominates. Maybe a hint of spice or nuttiness.

Taste - Medium-strong sweet toasted malt. Kind of a nutty flavor. Finishes with medium hops. Seems well balanced.

Mouthfeel - Medium. Just a hint of alcohol warmth.

Drinkability - Nice beer for the long transition between Winter and Spring in Wisconsin. Not so rich as some high malt beers, but enough alcohol to keep you warm.

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Photo of brentk56
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
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 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 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 Pauly2X
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Clear deep gold, half finger head.

S- Strong sweet malt with light floral hop notes.

T- Sweet malt with smooth bready notes. A very light toasted character comes through at midpoint. Toward the end there's a light alcohol dryness coupled with a subdued noble hop note for a nice balanced finish.

M- Smooth and rich with just enough cabonation to keep it from being too heavy.

D- The six-pack went by pretty fast.

One hell of a Maibock, highly recomended.

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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 Thanby
4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Crystal clear golden honey color with lots of carbonation, and a thin white head. Smells like a roasted barley malt blended with honey, and a dash of lemon and hops to round out an enticing nose. First taste is a mellow, rounded malt with some Belgian-esque yeast and honey. Comes to a fairly quick finish where the late hops and citrus bittering linger to round out the experience. Light and balanced the whole way through, but far from the watery-ness you find in some of the more delicate brews gone wrong. Overall a wonderful bock that makes me wish I had purchased more.

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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 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 Rennpferd
4.34/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It poured golden/amber, clear and with minimal carbonation. It had a nice two finger head that held rather steady. After I started drinking it the head left some nice clingy lacing to the sides of the stein.

It had a great malt characteristic that was augmented by hops. The scent was crisp, vibrant and refreshing.

It had a balanced malt and hop flavor on the front end. It was medium bodied. The first few drinks left behind a dry astringent alcohol-like aftertaste.

It is a very drinkable beer. It has all of the right characteristics for the Maibock style.

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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 beeronesse
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 ounce bottle. I just tried this year's batch and it's greatly improved over last years.

I talked to one of the brewers who informed me that they changed the malts from two to four row hops and it made all the difference.

Pretty, clean and golden pour with a good head that stuck around.

The nose is inviting, caramel-like, almost buttery, with faint, slightly floral hops.

Flavor is malt-loaded, slightly sweet, with faint, lovely piney/floral hops. Also detected a little vanilla and butter.

Mouth feel is great; nice balance of silky, creamy and carbonated characteristics.

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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 pmcadamis
4.3/5  rDev +12%
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 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 slyke
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Maibock from Capital Brewery pours a golden color with an inch of white head which laces just a bit. The smell is slightly sweet caramel with a note of hop as well. Taste has a strong malt presense. Caramel sweetness with a bit of toastiness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly coating, but with a crisp finish.

Overall, this beer is a winner. Quite drinkable.

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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 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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