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 falloutsnow
3.62/5  rDev -5.7%
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 brakspear
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I am not a big bock lover, but this mai-bock is pretty tasty.

A brilliant orange-amber body with a very minimal and soft white head escapes from the bottle. The aroma has a pleasant malty nose without being cloying, maybe a slight bit of hops as well. The flavor is a mellow maltiness characteristic of the style with a fading hop bit way in the background. Overall a very nice beer and a great harbinger of Spring in Wisconsin.

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Photo of Nordura
3.57/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This really is a nice, malty spring beer with a small alcohol kick to it. Perfect after coming out of this last Winter. A slight grainy smell, not overly impressive. Creamy and carbonated, and a sweet finish? I do just also get a hint of the hops on this one. All-in-all a recommended spring seasonal beer.

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Photo of wheatyweiss
3.57/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my Bockfest 2008 plastic 1liter mug

Can't say much about appearance as it was a plastic cloudy mug. Nice big fluffy head with beautiful lace. Color appeaed to be a nice medium amber.

Nose was light hops and toasted malts. Big malt whiff that may have to do with the mug shape.

Flavor was malty, caramel toasted malt. Sweet honey, lemony hops. Big malt taste, but at the same time, light for a Bock. Perfect for the style.

Mouthfeel was good, oily but not overly so. Crisp carbonation with an alcohol warming hit on the finish with more piney hops.

Like this beer, I think for the price I will pick up some bottles of this seasonal brew.

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Photo of jjayjaye
3.57/5  rDev -7%
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 battlekow
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewing this simultaneously with Tyranena Fighting Finches Mai Bock, Sprecher Mai Bock, and Rogue Dead Guy Ale. Looks just like the Sprecher, a faintly red-tinted amber color. Pretty much an average of the other three, this beer smells faintly of apples, and tastes pretty balanced, with a slight tilt toward sweetness with a hint of whipped cream. Upholds the Capital Brewery legacy of faithful, solid, and thoroughly unexceptional beers.

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Photo of Prufrock
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pilsner.

bright orange, crystal clear, with an inch of white head.

aroma is slightly faint, but there's honey, apple, and yeast.

malty, smooth, and very drinkable. a nice bready, honey sweetness with a clean fresh finish. light carbonation and a light to medium mouthfeel. needs a little more hop balance but it's a very good beer.

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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 ccs
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is a nice beer with a mediocre nose and pretty copper color which leaves light lacing around the glass. The taste is all malt with a slight bit of hops in the finish. Very lager-y, crisp, clean and pretty drinkable. There is good mouthfeel, very appropriate to style.

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Photo of BeerCheese
3.47/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a cold bottle into my favorite beer glass. Clear dark amber with very little head. Malty sweet smell, maybe with a hint of citrus and raisins. Malty with a slightly bitter finish. Medium carbonation, medium/heavy body. Fairly drinkable, but nothing special here.

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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 ibashmuck
3.42/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Purchased as part of "build-your-own-six-pack" at local grocer. Poured a light amber, with a medium head. Smell was not very strong at all, faint sweetness. Lightly bitter, lightly sweet, lightly bitter. A very nice mix...right between a bitter ale and a malty bock. Mine seemed a bit too carbonated, not terribly so, but just a tad too much.

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Photo of benfranklin
3.42/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It's the end of May and I may be finishing the last of this year's production, but this particular bottle of Capital's Maibock still satisfies. The malt and the lingering hops and yeastiness still make for a worthy treat. Maybe I'll catch one of these earlier next year. (Excuse me, while I finish 'er off....)

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Photo of pschul4
3.41/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Medium dark golden color with a little bit of white head that disipates quickly

S- Lots of sweet malt. Little too sweet for my liking but not obnoxiously sweet

T- Again very sweet. Some hay or something along those lines to mitigate the sweetness but its light

M- Really smooth for a spring seasonal. Doesnt come across as light as I'd like for something to drink when it's warm out

O- Definitely above average but nothing mindblowing. Some bitterness would make this amazing

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Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.38/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another fine Wisconsin German beer. Dark malts just right, sweet & lip-smacking. Nice to just stick your nose in and inhale (bocks and amber lagers can be some of the most 'beery' smelling beers, I've found). A fine, though not exceptional, example of the style. You'd be well advised to buy this when in season, or in one of Capital's "brewery tour" 8-packs.
These guys have shown they can do very good beers that stick to style, and their uniform label design suggests they want to get placed in the store with the mega beers. Hope they decide to go wild and do something special!

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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 Georgiabeer
3.38/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured amber with a smooth medium head. No lacing. The smell is just lager yeast. I really get nothing else out of it. The beer is somewhat sweet and tangy up front, softer in the back. Nothing special, but pleasant enough. Mouthfeel is slick and creamy and relatively easy to drink. There are better Maibocks out there, but this is pleasant enough and relatively cheap to boot.

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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 rodbeermunch
3.27/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Golden, copper and yellow together at last, 3/4" white head. Aroma was grass.

Taste gave up some caramel I wasn't expecting, grass again. Notes of apple. Highly carbonated. Some toffee malt notes. Spice rack de minimus. Hops there enough to bring it approaching balance, but ultimately the bready notes and all the toffee/caramel stuff keep this leaning on the malt body side of things versus anything else.

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Photo of dogger6253
3.27/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The color is sort of dirty orange, little bit of red. There is absolutely no head, looks a lot like apple cider actually.

The nose is made up mostly of caramel and corn, very sweet. The taste is just as sweet, but with a little hop bitterness coming in, and a little honey.

Feels really flat, but medium bodied and juicy still. It's refreshing, but not filling in any way. It'd make a good session beer, but I won't have any more.

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Photo of
3.23/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle

Clear, light amber liquid. Medium to large, creamy, ivory colored head.

Aroma was pretty mild. What I could pick up was some sweet scents, caramel and floral notes.

Taste was more sweet than bitter, and had an artificial sweetner taste/aftertaste to it. Wasn't wild about that. Other components included tea flavors, some herbal bitterness, and mild alcohol.

Medium bodied. Low to medium carbonation. Very refreshing.

Pretty good. Would make a nice summer beer if that artificial flavor note went away. Unfortunately, as it stands, it doesn't do a lot for me.

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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 karengarys
3.15/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours and looks like a typical beer, not a lot of foam with my slow pour, clear dark amber. Pretty good, but kind of what I expect.

Smells good and bad at the same time. Hoppy and clean with a slight musty smell I'm not liking a whole lot. It's faint, and overall not bad.

Taste matches the smell - malty, hoppy, nice character, but a bit of mustiness.

Mouthfeel is nice and fresh.

Finish is slightly bitter, but there is no ugly aftertaste.

This is not a bad offering, and if you see it available give it a try. It would be easy to drink a few. It isn't worth spending time seeking out, though.

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Photo of beernut7
3.15/5  rDev -18%
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 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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Maibock from Capital Brewery
3.84 out of 5 based on 313 ratings.
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