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: 157 | Ratings: 313
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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Photo of jsulko
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a brewery supplied (w logo) shaker

Dark, orangish color. Head disappears quickly.

Taste is malty with a hint of hops.

This is my first Maibock, so I have nothing to compare for style.

Very drinkable beer, very good spring seasonal.

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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 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 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 bruachan
4.53/5  rDev +18%
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 dbtoe
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a shaker pint glass
This beer was a little sweet for my taste. Still it was very drinkable and I'd take one any day if offered one. Probably not going to get another until next year that is.
Look is a dark gold with a small head that reduced down fast to a thin cap.
Smell is very mild I had to take a pretty good sniff to get much of anything. Mostly some toasted malt.
Taste was mainly malt and a lot of sweetness. A nice bitterness at the end smoothed out the sweetness and it finished cleanly. Good carbonation helps a lot as well.
A very drinkable beer however I could tell it was a higher ABV beer but it wasn't boozy.

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Photo of evanackerman
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer pours a lovely light copper, head is minimal.

Aroma is bready with a bit of fruit, very nice.

Taste is dominated by malt with an appropriately bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is medium-light viscosity, just right for the style.

Drinkability is quite high.

Overall, another quality lager from the brewery in a sea of American Ales, nice to have this to go to every spring to break from the stouts and porters of winter. Give it a try if you have a chance.

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Photo of Wisconsin
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into a pint glass

A - After a pouring steadily into a pint glass a white one finger head rose and faded to a lace around the glass after a minute or two. A clear, golden brown, translucent body is present along with plenty of carbonation visibly racing to the top of the beer.

S - The smell is very subdued and rather hard to pick out. Light amounts of malts first stand out. A deeper whiff brings about some sweetness, which I assume is honey, along with some hops and a slight citrus zest. Some nice smells here, but nothing overpowering or really impressive.

T - Much like the smell in that everything is very subdued and toned down. Light malts along with a nice honey sweetness play nicely together and give the beer a good balance. A light hop profile also comes in nicely and provides a smooth citrus zest. All of this combines to hide the 6.2% abv quite well.

M - Light bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Sweet honey and light malts up front as the beer enters your mouth. Carbonation cleanses the palate well and prepares you for the light hop profile and citrus zest that comes in to finish clean and smoothly with the carbonation.

D - A very drinkable and enjoyable Maibock that I could see myself having quite a few of in a sitting. While I would like to see something fuller, the beer is smooth and easy to drink and affordable for the quality. Most Capital beers that I would consider buying in six packs are extremely expensive, so it's nice to see a solid offering from them without having to fork over a ton.

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Photo of darklordlager
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark orange with ruby highlights, with a butter coloured head that forms a nice creamy layer.

Smell is biscuity, caramelly. Light earthy hops, with a fruity smell evident as well.

Fruity, lightly bready, biscuit, popcorn.

M-Medium-to-high carbonation

Great example of the style. Not overpowering, but a great combination of delicate flavours.

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Photo of HappyHourHero
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
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 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 taylorhamrick
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice golden/copper color, with a nice dense white head. It kind of sticks around leaving a bit of lacing. This is really a nice looking beer, clear, golden. I'm interested. The smell is nice too. It comes out with some very nice pilsener malt graininess. Very nice graininess. And it has that brilliant lager cleanness. There's a bit of a caramelly, cakey, sticky malt, but not too much sweetness. I can also catch a whiff of some earthy hops, spicy, herbal, but not fruity and floral. Smells nice. The taste is good, too. Crisp and malty. This is what I want, noy as dark and rich as a doppelbock, but quite a bit more malty than any other lager. This is still quite refreshing. There's a nice tone of caramellized sugar, with a distinct barley graininess, with just a finish of some earthy leaves. Nice and sticky as it goes down, with great, big body, and there are no off-fermentation flavors. There's a crisp bite of carbonation. Good. I'm going to give this a good rating for drinkability. I really enjoyed it. It goes down well and I would definitely drink a few of these in a night, though at 6.2, wouldn't turn it into a session lager.

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Photo of AmberMan22
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the Nitty Gritty, in Madison. I wrote some stuff down briefly and here's what I had.

Capital Maibock pours a light orange/deeper hazy yellow, with a thick frothy head. Lacing sticks all the way down the glass.

The smell is heavily of sweet buttery malt, which is going perfectly with my Gritty Burger.

The taste is wonderful, a heavy dose of sweet malt, followed by a nice dash of hops to balance it out.

The mouthfeel is good, with just the right amount of carbonation, appropriate light graininess for a maibock, and a planted medium body holds it all together.

I thoroughly enjoyed this with my meal, and feel I could drink it as a standalone beer just about any time of the year. It isn't too heavy, isn't too strong for a maibock, and has a wonderful blend of flavor.

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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 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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Maibock from Capital Brewery
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