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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Capital Brewery
Wisconsin, United States | website

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-16-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
78
Ratings:
92
Avg:
3.61
pDev:
12.47%
 
 
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3
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0
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Reviews: 78 | Ratings: 92
Photo of TMoney2591
3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

I do enjoy my visits to SummerFest... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear amber-brass topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises flaky biscuit, mild orange peel, flowers, mild grass, and a few drops of honey and caramel. The taste brings in more of the same, with a bit more of the honey/caramel mixture for some added balance of sweetness. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, a nice enough little marzen, something I'd kinda like to see more of in the summer months.

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

Pours a tan/straw color with foamy two finger head.
Has some sweet malt and citruisy hop arouma.
It has a sweet caramal and malt flavors to it, definately not "malty" subtle spice hop in the after taste.
Proper carbonation, leaves the tounge some what dry.
A decent beer if you are thirsty. I was trying to figure out why this is called a O'fest/Marzen. It's a good beer, just not a good O'fest.

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

Amber in color with very little white head that fades quickley. Has a good sweet malty flavor that is complemented with a slight hop bitterness. Its alittle on the light side and has just a hint more carbination than I would like, but still smooth and a very pleasing beer.

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

A - pours with one finger of white foam on top of a clear, copper colored body. The head settles quickly and leaves light lace.

S - light malt with some musty hops and a hint of honey.

T - rich, bready malt with some honey and herbal hops. Finishes with bread, toffee, and mild bitterness.

M - medium body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - not bad, some malt character with enough hops to balance. Good for what it is.

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Photo of ccs
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Since the northwest is the home of hoppy beers, this was a refreshing and enjoyable choice--it definitely fit in with my tastes but also was mild enough to drink daily. The hop flavor is balanced nicely with malt. A very drinkable beer, very tasty and refreshing.

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Photo of Popsinc
3.56/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: a clear amber pour with a medium white head. very clear pour. attractive colour.

Smell: somewhat malty but lightly so. mild sweetness...a little caramel and roasted malt.

Taste/Mouthfeel: a simple palate yet very satisfying. cleana nd smooth mouthfeel and light, fresh body. the taste is light malt up front and then in mid sip there is a nice sweetness thats sneaks in accompanied by hints of orange peel bitterness. bitter and long lasting finish.

Drinkability: i enjoyed this beer quite a bit. not overly complex. not world class but yet it really did the trick this time around. well worth trying.

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Photo of ADR
3.57/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I too am completely mystified as to style on this brew, has some similarities to a Marzen...this is the summer seasonal offered in the Capital sampler packs.

Sub-amber gold. head at about 1/4 inch for a while. Malty aromas. a little nutiness. Ligher-bodied, fairly nice maple/caramel/walnut maltiness with a good but not overdone carbonation. Fairly unidimensional, lacks hop balance, and rather, the flavor fades without changing much. This is where the bubbles help a little. Pleasant, I could drink a few as a session beer but Capital does better brews.

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Photo of richkrull
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tried this one at my parents house over the weekend.

Poured a nice golden color with a bit of head on it, not much though. Smell was relatively subdued with some caramel malt notes to it. Taste was sweet, malty with a bit of citrus to it. Not a very pronounced taste. Light bodied beer went down smooth. Decent tasting beer, but nothing wowed me here.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.62/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz single, Steve's University, $1.39

appearance: pours into a Notre Dame womens soccer pint glass...super clear golden orange, 1/3" white foam, very little in the way of lacing, bubbly

smell: sweet malt, syrupy, bready...light caramel, faint grassy hops, light citrus, sweet apple

taste: smooth and sweet, bready, grain, caramel malt, light grassy hop presence, rather mild...oktoberfest is really a stretch for this one but its a decent summer seasonal

mouthfeel: smooth and medium bodied

drinkability: very drinkable

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Photo of Tballz420
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is more of a peachy orange color, small white head on the top. Light fruit on the nose, some nut hints. Soft caramel malts, some nuts, hints of fruit. Touch of hop bitterness. Pretty soft and light bodied. I wouldnt necessarily put this in the oktober category, i agree with some of the other reviewers that the style is fairly ambigous. Certainly doesnt make it a bad beer.

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Photo of clvand0
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a light brown color with no head and no lacing on the glass. The aroma is very sweet - reminescent of honey. The flavor has a nice caramel malt sweetness. Not much hopping in this one. Body is ok, but could be a bit thicker. Drinkability is ok as well.

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Photo of hero27
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy yellow. Head was moderate at first, but quickly died into a thin cap, leaving a little bit of oily lacing behind. Smells very bready and malty..the sweetness is entirely apparent, but the hop character is not. I couldn't really pick up much for hops in the taste either at first, but as it warms, there is a bit of a spicy hop "bite" that comes out at the finish. Medium/soft mouthfeel..a pretty refreshing beer.

It says "Fest" right on the bottle, in very "Oktoberfest" fashion, yet it's a summer seasonal? Also, it doesn't taste anything like your typical Oktoberfest...more like a weak hefeweizen, or maybe you could even pass it off as a pale ale. Either way, it's nothing too spectacular, and not a beer worth spending a lot of time trying to figure out the style. Worth a try? I suppose, but I probably wouldn't seek it out.

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Photo of Brian700
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This one has a decent appearance. Amber with a creamy off-white head. The head hung around until half of the beer was gone with small amounts of lacing, though I must admit it took me a long time to drink it because I was too busy writing a review about my beer to drink it.
It has a malty aroma and it almost smells like there could be a little amount of rock candy in there but I doubt it. (a somewhat similar aroma)
The taste is malty and sweet. This is my third time trying it and I like it a lot more now than the first one. It has a good mouthfeel, small bubbles and a malty taste and first then it leaves a light hint of alcohol on the back of your tongue.
It is a pretty drinkable bevy. If I ever come across it again I'll probably pick up a few bottles.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.72/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased from Piccadilly in Champaign, IL.

Poured into a standard US pint glass.

Pours an impressive, very dense, 2cm head of small bubbles. This recedes in a few minutes, leaving a ton of lacing and a 0.5cm membrane atop the beer. Body is a light, transparent orange-copper color with visible, active carbonation.

Aroma is primarily of lightly toasted malt and some faint, generic sweetness.

Taste opens with flowery, somewhat herbal hops and fades to a gentle, light maltiness with a spicy hop finish. Toasted flavors are abundant, alongside malt characters, sugars, and some hops.

Medium to medium-light bodied, not watery, gentle carbonation that makes the beer foam up a bit on the palate. Finish is dry.

This is a sort of cross between an oktoberfest and wiesen stye, or so it would seem. I find this a good late-summer lager. A welcome precursor to the Oktoberfests that would surface a few weeks after this one's release.

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Photo of sweethome
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a big head. Deep gold color. Spot-on german malt nose. Medium mouthfeel - sweet malt charchter. A toned down Octoberfest. This beer is actually closer to what you get at Munich's Octoberfest than a traditional Octoberfest beer.

A fine German lager - could swear I was sitting under the festival tent in Bavaria.

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Photo of crossovert
3.76/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I can tell you this is not the time I'm usually divulging into this style, but hey it IS the Capital Brewery summer seasonal, yes summer. It comes in a 12 oz twist-off bottle (still don't know why Capital doesn't have the pry-off).

It pours into my mug a decent light amber/caramel/golden color with a foamy, white head that dissipated pretty luckily leaving no lace.

The smell is like a lot of American Oktos, malty with a sense of almost cola in the scent but with a distinctly more German flair. The malts are malty and springy.

The taste has a boat load of saltine cracker like grain with some nuttiness but not a ton. The hops leave a leveling bitterness which works nicely. It is a bit lighter and waterier than most in a way, but in a good way. The hops seem different here than in most oktoberfest beers.

Overall this is a good depiction of the style, slightly altered.

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Photo of cokes
3.77/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Updated this review 7/31/03...I like it considerably more than I recall. Seems hoppier too).

Throws out a golden-amber body. Thin off white head doesn't show much retention or lacing.
Subtle, yet malty aroma, with toffee/caramel being the feature. Cannabinoid, weedy hops are there too.
Sort of a hybred between a maibock and an oktoberfest (maybe?). Nutty and toasty hues along with a solid amount of caramel sweetness. Faint fruit resides in the distance. Sweet/tart apples and raisins and perhaps peaches. Hops are fairly assertive in a drying, grassy way.
Pretty good, but weird, summer quaffer.

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Photo of Redrover
3.77/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz brown longneck. No freshness dating.

Beer pours a nice dark gold. Just a skimming of foam. Hardly any lacing.

The aroma consists of some pine/hop and a bit of apple cider.

The taste is crisp and somewhat light. I get a bit of fruit (apple again) and some malt sweetness. Not as much hop bite as I thought I would taste given the hops in the aroma. Beer sweetens even more as you work your way through the glass. Still decent tasting.

Mouthfeel as noted is crisp. Drinakablity is good. Nice session type beer. This beer is not overly complex, but it is good. May be a great step-up beer for someone working into craft beers. A big thanks to my Dad for the sample!

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Photo of Skidz
3.77/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out golden yellow and sits dark amber in the glass. A little white head sits on top and fades to the sides, leaving nearly nothing at all.

Smells is sweet and malty. Fruity esters (apple, pear) bring up the front. Some mild diacetyl and caramely, sugary sweetness there as well.

Initially sweet in the mouth with light apples. Lightly spicy and still maltly, but brings in some mild citric flavors. Leaves your mouth with good bitterness and apple skin flavors.

Smooth and refreshing with tart bitterness. Clean and pleasant carbonation. A nice summertime brew, easy drinking and tasty too.

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Photo of steveh
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I'm going to re-review this beer for this year as I picked up a 2011 six pack and my impressions (or perception) seem different from my 2010 notes (reattached as well).

A -- Clear, deep gold to near orange with a sudsy, off-white head that settles slowly.

S -- DMS at first whiff with some light spicy hops and bready malts. Actually pretty nice for a lager.

T -- Light toasty and bready malts up front with a dry, spicy finish. Some nuttiness in the aftertaste. Not quite a Märzen, and not quite a Wies'n Fest style, sort of in between, but very tasty and flavorful.

M -- light-medium to medium body with a soft to crisp mouthfeel. A bit heavy for a Summer beer, and still not quite the same as the original incarnation from years ago.

O -- Overall a good drinker, very satisfying in flavor, but just a little heavy for a Summer quencher to my palate. In its first version this beer was very light gold and was a dead ringer for the Wies'n Fest style beers from Munich; very bready, lightly hopped, sweet start to dry finish.

2010 Review
***

Okay, just to make this clear to the reviews -- this beer hasn't been brewed in a few years and Capital resurrected it for their Summer Seasonal (which it was in its first incarnation).

Those of you reviewing in 2009 had some ooold brew.

A -- Deep, clear golden with a thick, off-white head that settles to a very persistent cap.

S -- Not much to this one, very "fresh" aroma, nothing off.

T -- Light, bready malts up front with some vaguely citrus and bitter hops in the middle and a husky, grainy finish with bready malts in the aftertaste. The huskiness of this beer honestly makes me think it was over-sparged.

M -- Light medium body with a smooth, soft mouthfeel -- maybe slightly sharp in the finish.

D -- Very drinkable, goes down smooth and satisfying. Although, this version of the beer doesn't strike me as authentically Bavarian as the original; it seems a little less than rich on the malt side and the hops are a little too harsh. Nonetheless, it's a very easy drinking brew.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from MilwaukeeCrusher, so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a short white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains lager yeast, honey, light caramelized malts, some citrus and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of honey and citrus up front. Then some breadiness comes in from the lager yeast and a thin malt character. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, decent lighter representation of style, this is a solid beer to pound down for a long time.

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Photo of maxpower
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great golden-amber color, sweet malty aroma ,nice white whispy head and lacing, medium body, malty and beer for summer, almost like a maibock there is a strange sour flavor, it's kind of nice, another great beer by this brewer.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours a copper/orange color with not too much head at all. The smell is of roasty caramel and hints of citrus sweetness. Nose is nice but nothing spectacular.

The first sip comes on with a very nice nutty caramel malt backbone. There are some citrusy hops that add a nice biterness and some lemon/orange zest to the taste. Overall this is quite tasty and and quite an intriguing choice for a summerfest brew...kudos to Capital for doing something different.

Mouthfeel is good. Has a nice light body and goes down smooth..an easy drinkin brew. Drinkability is good here as well. I'll be looking for this next summer as this would be a great brew to down on a hot summer day.

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Photo of moulefrite
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium caramel color. Sweet and toasty in the mouth with some tea, bisquit and toffee flavors as well as roasted malt and mocha flavors. Tea and shortbread flavors linger on the finish. I'd consider this as more of a Fall Fest than a Summer fest however?

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Photo of beveragecaptain
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. This beer pours out a mostly clear golden orange color with a whitish head. Sweet malt aroma with a little caramel. The flavor is very malty, with some apple fruitiness. Hops give a nice flavor in the finish, although I would like if it were a little more bitter. Medium mouthfeel. Good drinkability. An above average beer.

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Fest (Summer Fest) from Capital Brewery
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