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 EPseja
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one on tap at The Firkin in Libertyville, IL.

A - Medium gold amber color with a fair head that became almost nonexistant after settling.

S - Bananas Foster, bubble gum, candied sugars and candy corn. Mmmmm.

T - Candy sweetness in the front with a faint apple-cidery undertone and hints of maple syrup and brown sugar oatmeal.

M - Very smooth drinker. Lightly carbonated and slick.

D - The low carbonation makes the sips slide down smoothly, and that fact combined with the delicious taste makes this one a very easy drinker.

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Photo of TastyTaste
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Color is spot-on for a maibock, a light brown, crystal clear color with a small creamy white head. Smell is big and malty, but not overpowering, this may be served too cold (there's a blizzard outside, of course it's too cold). Taste is at first sweet maltiness, slightly grassy, not overdone or cloying, just delicious. Hops are no where on my radar. Mouthfeel is slick, but a little too thin. Good, but there are better maibock's out there.

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Photo of brewQ
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A rich gold to orange color, Spicy overtones and malty nuttiness carry into the the flavor. This nicely fits my expectations of an Oktoberfest or Mai Bock.

The label features the beautiful Capital of my home State, Wisconsin, still one of the brewing centers of the world.

Having pulled this single bottle from the $1 bin in Kansas City, it held up well as a summer treat. My hat is off to the folks in Middleton who have been doing a great job for years.

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Photo of BeerBuilder
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a copper color with a minimal white head. The aroma is malty and toasty, with a bit of hop spiciness. The flavor is spicy and hoppy, followed by a malty and toasted bread flavor. It is a good medium bodied brew. Another good one from Capital.

Sampled 3/6/04

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Photo of RedBaron
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Rich and golden; nice head; nothing extraordinary
Smell: Pleasant clove, flowery (nice hop aroma), and faintly medicinal;
Taste: malty sweet, with a decent bittering character in the finish; residual malt sugars lingered nicely.
Mouthfeel: hearty, yet quaffable. Medium-bodied.
Drinkability: A steady, well-made brew from the good folks at Capital; A good beer to enjoy in a late spring evening after cutting the grass.

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Photo of budgood1
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

this maibock pours out a clear copper colour with a half inch dirty white head leaving traces of lace. non-descript aroma...stiff pale malts with a whiff of some euro style hops. very nice. tastes great...lots of pale maltiness providing a nice backbone. spicy alcohol mingles with some bitter and perceptible tasty hops. full bodied and satisfying. rounded mouthfeel leads to a finish best described as toasty and perfectly bittered. pretty dry for the style as some maibocks can be sugary sweet in the end. lingering grainy/grassy aftertaste. this is a nice maibock. very drinkable and tasty.

again...cheers to zap and whoever else had a hand in getting this fine wisconsin maibock into my glass!

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.35/5  rDev +13%
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 jahred
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, light brown-orange color with a thick white head

The scent is biscuity and orange-like, with some other fruit (apples) and alcohol as the beer warms.

The taste at first mostly of sweet orange malt, with a slight hoppy prescence and a vinegar-like twang. A bit too sweet for my tastes (and I usually like sweet beers!), and not hoppy enough for balance/for the style.

The mouthfeel was nicely thick and rich, with some warming alcohol tastes coming in as the beer warmed.

I like the thick malt prescence, but wish Capital threw in some more hops!

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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 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 DrunkMcDermott
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
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 Shiloh
3/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A dark golden in colour and thick as to visability. The carbonation is very light and the crown is non descript but does have a minor in glass cling, ring and lace.
Aroma is grainy and obvious.
Body is a medium heavy.
The taste is of the malts but has a slight hoppy end.
Nasty little linger here that does not want to let go...which brings the #'s down.....syrupy impressions.

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Photo of ZAP
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2005 review....

Still get a good hit of heat....nice malty tones but soft compared to the blonde DB...scores remain the same..(like the song remains the same)..much like a Blonde DB light....better than most for sure..

The 2003 version is even better....awesome sweet vanilla malt...very malty and tasty...low on the of my favorite maibocks..

Boy you can smell the alcohol in this one...a white fizzy head sits atop a clear, clean, apricot colored beer....some maltiness on the nose...strong malt backbone dominates this beer with a very slight spicy hop finish...I like the flavor profile of this one...very heavy malt with notes of vanilla...maybe not the most complex beer in the world, but an excellent maibock I'd stack up there with the top dozen or so I've tried..

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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 NeroFiddled
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Its brilliant orange-amber body and frothy white head make for a beautiful appearance. The head retention is excellent, and it delivers some very nice lacing throughout the glass. Rich malt leaps out at you in the aroma, clean and fresh. It's full bodied, creamy and smooth - luscious in the mouth. The flavor delivers rich, soft malt that's very mildly toasty with a touch of vanilla and a mild note of spicy alcohol. An underlying bitterness balances extremely well, keeping the softly sweet malt from building on the palate. Very nice! And although it's alcohol content will keep you from drinking more than just a few, you'll probably want to!

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Photo of Bighuge
4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a re rate. I've fallen in love with this beer this spring and noticed I only gave it an average rating last year. And at $10 a 12 pack, this is one of the better beer values around.

This is a perfectly clear copper color. Not much of a head though. A slight and bubbly collar is apparant and lacing is adequate. Deep malty tones on the nose. Very nice. This just smells bavarian. The body of this beer is damn near full. Feels great in the mouth. The carbonation is just right. The taste is big and malty. I love it. Bready. Doughy. A meal in a bottle. Thick munich malts lay down a fabulous foundation. Hops don't impart much in the bitterness or flavor. Just there for balancing I'm sure. Love this one.

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Photo of Loki
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled in a 12oz bottle

This Capital offering pours an orange-amber with a good sized off-white head, which unfortunately faded fairly quickly.

The nose emanated scents of honey, DME, coriander, with some floral undertones.

The taste was right in line with the aroma giving a smooth honey, malt, DME, and coriander flavor. Very smooth, even tastes with medium body and light carbonation.

A little different than other Maibocks I?ve had, but a very enjoyable change from my ordinary Porter, Stout, Brown samplings.

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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 tavernjef
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
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 garymuchow
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
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 brakspear
3.58/5  rDev -7%
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 StevieW
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Plain green label with the Wisconsin Capital. Medium shiny clear orange color. Off white head that doesn't last long. Alcohol noticable on the nose. Toasted malt flavors start the flavors, alcohol brings some heat and thin the body too. Toasted and sweet carmel malt flavors. Alchohol brings a thin light body to it. Almost syrupy at the finish. Definite warming quality to it. A pretty good beer and one of the few I have in the style.

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

A nice,smooth Maibock from the great Midwest. Bright orange in color with an ivory head, it smells of a sweet cookie maltiness. It is a smoooooth medium bodied beer that is so drinkable with a backround of alcohol. It is malty sweet with a long,toasty finish. The flavors remind me of cookies and cream for the adult in all of us.

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Photo of kunzbrew
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours a medium dark straw color with a white head that leaves rather quickly leaving a lace behind. The sweet smell of citrus spills out the top of the glass. Hops are medium to light in aroma. Floavor is great I really like this brew better than the last one I had. This medium bodied brew is great the taste and the hops and the smooth finish make for a great beer. A big thanks to Jeffboo for this great offering.


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Photo of Bierman9
3.51/5  rDev -8.8%
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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Maibock from Capital Brewery
3.85 out of 5 based on 308 ratings.
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