Capital Brewery

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Lager - Märzen / Oktoberfest
Ranked #429
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3.62 | pDev: 12.98%
Capital Brewery
Wisconsin, United States
Notes: 2014 GABF Gold Medal (German-Style Marzen)

The mother of all seasonal beers has a fiery amber hue with rich malty overtones that dominate the flavor.
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jrc1093 from Connecticut

3.07/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Can bottom reads '19108P'; consumed on 11/26/20

Pours a clear, deep orange-copper body topped with over two fingers of fluffy, off-white foam; decent head retention leaves a slight layer of creamy cap, a moderate, frothy collar, and sparse spread of webbed/spotty lacing along the walls of the glass.

Aroma gives immediate impressions of green apple peel as caramel malt sneaks through in an attempt to balance; sparse minerality over the middle gives way to brown sugar, yeasty esters, and honeyed bread dough on the close.

Taste opens with fruity esters and a light honeysuckle as sparse yeast and prickly minerality cut through; toasty malt and brown bread crust finish as green apple, pear, and a sharper minerality linger past the swallow.

Mouthfeel offers a medium body trending light with a moderate carbonation fluffing delicately on the palate; a crisp, flaky mid-palate guides to a semi-wet finish, highlighting a brightness verging towards acidity while remaining entirely approachable with lingering dryness.

There's plenty of character here, even if somewhat rough around the edges and more orchard fruit-forward for the style; maintains a baseline for drinkability, even if constructed a bit sloppily.

Thursday at 09:39 PM
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MercInc from Wisconsin

3.64/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Trying a few local takes on the "OktoberFest - Marzen" Theme.

Poured at 40 degrees into a pilsner glass. Nice darker amber color with a thick white head that stayed around for more than 5 minutes. Notes of roasted malts and a sweet, smooth mouth feel. The hops were well hidden in this one.

A good "OktoberFest" beer. Very drinkable.

Sep 26, 2020
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German-Helles from Wisconsin

3.71/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This 120Z. bottle poured a dark amber, leaning to the hazy side, yet clear enough to watch the medium carbonation ascend in the glass. An aggressive pour gave me a solid two fingers of off white foam that receded to just a thin cap after a couple of minutes.
The aroma is the typical Marzen malt smell and slightly sweet.
The taste follows the nose, bread notes, sweet caramel flavors, just enough hops to tame the sweetness with a slightly dry finish.
This one seems creamier than many of the Oktoberfests I've had this year.
Overall this is an OK Oktoberfest beer, looks nice, smells OK, and is very easy to drink.

Oct 12, 2019
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Schlitz74 from Illinois

3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a darker amber color with no head into a dimpled mug. It is an descent beer, I am not to familiar with the style so I can't say how it compares to others in the style. It is worth a try if you live in Wi.

Oct 22, 2018
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BenneJ95 from Wisconsin

1.62/5  rDev -55.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

If you like Octoberfest beers, then don’t buy this. It has a non hoppy yet bitter taste with a slightly metallic hint. I truly enjoy the Octoberfest season, perhaps my favorite style of beer, but I accidentally bought some again this year and was yet again disappointed. Yuck.

Sep 08, 2018
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into glass.
Amber body, not completely clear, persistent slightly off white cap.
Rich aroma of caramel malt and spices.
Taste of malt, caramel and spice.
A thicker mouthfeel.
A very enjoyable Marzen style beer. Perfect for the fall festivals.

Oct 08, 2017
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hdf561 from Virginia

3.26/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Had several of these on draft at the Capital Brewery and it was delicious! One of the smoothest and most drinkable Octoberfest beers I have ever drank! Classic amber look with just the right amount of spice, with a smooth mouth feel and finish. Great offering too bad can't get it here in Virginia

Sep 30, 2017
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MNAle from Minnesota

3.94/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Strong, spicy sweet bread aroma. Clear to slightly hazy amber, moderately carbonated, tall, thick, creamy off-white head. Smooth and creamy feel. Spice and bread in the initial taste, caramel that is slightly sweet. Moderately bitter in the middle and finish. Finish is a bit sticky. A very nicely done American Märzen.

Sep 08, 2017
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Beginner2 from Illinois

3.84/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

There are a few good reasons to like Capital. (Brewers that stick to their knitting eventually produce classic-quality stuff.) This O-fest is one more good reason.

Amber. Mostly malts well-roasted give a pleasant nose. Sweet in the taste with just enough hops so as to prevent too sweet and to allow a clean finish. Fewer bubbles than the typical American O-fest helps Capital's cause.

Oct 01, 2016
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DPHaze70 from Wisconsin

1/5  rDev -72.4%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Not as described on lable nor by other reviewers here. Colour is very dark, had very high white frothy head, zero aroma & completely flavourless. Very fizzy & burning sensation on the tongue & throat.

Aug 09, 2016
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ChicagoPartisan from Illinois

2.56/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5


Standard pint glass

A: A light caramel color. Small white head. Lots of bubbles streaming.

S: Very bready smell. Caramel tones behind it.

T: Caramel right up front. Finishes with bread and malt. Hops are present.

M: Very light-bodied, including for the style. Very wet. Carbonation notable.

O: An alright take on the style. I'm not complaining but am far from impressed. Very meh.

Oct 21, 2015
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MattyG85 from Minnesota

4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a deep amber orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid finger of off white head which settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A toasty and bready malt forward aroma with a scent of biscuit, grains, and caramel. Upfront scent of toasted barley malt with hints of grains, biscuit, caramel, cracker, and yeast. Subtle hints of grassy hops. A decent malty aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a bready and toasty malt forward aroma with notes of biscuit, grains, and caramel. Bready malt notes of biscuit, grains, cracker, caramel, and yeast. Backing notes of grassy hops. A decent malt driven taste.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Crisp, clean, and smooth.

Overall: A decent take on an Oktoberfest. Solid biscuit malt flavor.

Oct 01, 2015
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barnzy78 from Illinois

3.31/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle, Julian dated 2175
A - foamy ivory head dissipates fairly quickly atop a deep amber/copper body
S - earthy hops, a bit metallic, caramel, toffee
T - sweet caramel, toasty grain, spicy yeast, earthy leafy hops, toffee
M - medium body, moderate carbonation, finishes sweet but the dryness makes it easy to drink more
O - not my favorite Märzen, but it's ok. I wouldn't get it again.

Sep 29, 2015
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ARoman from Illinois

3.41/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, poured into a wide tulip. The aroma is earthy with malty notes of molasses, maple, and caramel, as well as a bit of bread dough. This turns toward apple pie / apple juice by the middle of the drink. It pours a brilliant dark honey / light caramel hue with a light effervescence and topped by a white, sudsy and foamy head that has moderate retention and a light runny lace. The taste is a medium, malty sweet with a medium light bitter spice. It's smooth and oily with a soft foamy carbonation and a medium light body that hits the palate with flavors of caramel, molasses, some spice, honey, and a bit of a vegetal / earthy hint. The finish is smooth with caramel, apple juice, and a bitter clove spice. The aftertaste is somewhat cloying with a syrupy character and a woody spice as well as apples.

Sep 23, 2015
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pat61 from Minnesota

4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bready aromas with a little hops. Pours brilliant orange gold under a very finely bubbled 1” white foam cap. Bread and malt seasoned with kettle sugars and traces of malt spice season the palate. Medium body and medium carbonation.

Mar 18, 2015
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mfnmbvp from Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz. can, with some sort of coded canned on date on the bottom. Acquired a single of this fall seasonal from Capital Brewery as part of a mixed six pack at the local Binny's. Expectations are pretty nice for this one.

Poured into an Oktoberfest nonic pint glass.

A - Pours a nice dark coppery orange body with two fizzy fingers of khaki head that settles down to a thin ring. Some fine sediment visible twirling in the glass. Looks pretty nice.

S - Fairly light, but pleasant and fit to style. Coppery & metallic, some appley yeast presence, and a firm roasty toasty nutty malt backbone.

T - Taste is a bit more grainy & husky than the nose implies, but it's well balanced. Not as much caramel / toasted malt in the flavor as I'd hoped for though. Rough & grainy, a touch medicinal, with perhaps a touch of alcohol content noticeable even for the low abv. Some fruity fermented apples / pears dominate the finish.

M - The feel is crisp & clean. Light-bodied with excellent carbonation. Extremely easy drinking stuff.

Overall, an average but passable representation of the style from Capital Brewery. It wouldn't be my first choice for the style, but it's definitely very flavorful and easy to drink.

Capital Brewery Oktoberfest -----3.5/5

Dec 14, 2014
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creepinjeeper from Missouri

3.67/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Golden amber in color. Poured in to a snfter and served with Taco Bell, of all things. It worked. Malty, wet bread, toffee in the nose and taste. Nice smooth mouthfeel. Overall a decent marzen.

Oct 22, 2014
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TheSSG from Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Pours a soapy, off-white head that has nice persistence. Sweet malt and spicy hops aroma. Clear, copper color. Starts with a robust flavor; sweet malt and spicy hops. Builds into a medium grainy hoppiness. Finish is sweet malt and lingering hops.

Overall, not bad. It's a bit on the sweeter side than many, but it has a robust enough hoppiness to counteract that.

Oct 01, 2014
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Stevedore from Oregon

3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

On tap at Capital Brewery- 12oz poured into a plastic cup 9/2/2014.

A- Medium dark orange-brown body, one finger frothy white head with minimal retention. [3.25]

S- Sweet malt, bread, toffee, spices and noble hops. [3.25]

F- Toffee, crackery bread, noble hops. Fairly sweet with a slight bitter kick on the backend. Nothing too complicated. [3.25]

M- Thinner bodied, very refreshing and crisp, drinkable and disappears quickly. Which I assume is the purpose behind the way they made this beer. [3.25]

O- Nothing too special, it's a lighter Oktoberfest with decent flavours. Not a lot of complexity but for what it is, it's not terrible. [3.25]

Sep 03, 2014
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kkleu357 from Wisconsin

3.4/5  rDev -6.1%

From notes on 9/15/2013

Nice appearance. Golden brown and orange. Decent amount of flavor for an Oktoberfest. I’m not a big fan of Oktoberfests, but this one is decent.

Aug 26, 2014
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jwc215 from Arizona

4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear amber with a creamy white head. Lacing sticks.

The smell is of caramel, grain and a hint of earthy hops.

The taste is of caramelized grain, nutty malt - sweet, but with a hint of noble hops in the finish.

It has a smooth, medium body.

A true-to-style O-fest. I will get more of this next fall!

Dec 18, 2013
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Phocion from Minnesota

2.14/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12 ounce bottle poured into a shaker pint. Hazy medium copperish with a very small bubbly off-white head that quickly dissipates with minimal lacing.

Yikes. Aroma is sickly sweet. Honey, toffee, and caramel. Slight bready malts and a touch of green apple hinting at acetaldehyde.

Not quite as cloying as the aroma would let on, but still very, very sweet. Very sugary with a slightly bitter lightly toasted taste. Minimal earthy hops flavor if you really look hard for it.

Light/medium-bodied and moderately carbonated.

Pretty bad. Avoid.

Oct 16, 2013
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emerge077 from Illinois

2.35/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

"179 13" printed on the bottom of the bottle, unsure if that's a bottled date or best by.
Would be June if so, and that seems questionable for an Oktoberfest, unless it's year round. Just showed up here, wonder if the distributor is passing off last years.

Orange amber, bright clarity, lasting layer of parchment colored foam on the surface. No lacing, it was a rinsed glass. Coverage and retention are good.

Aroma is sweet with a cooked grain smell. Mushy applesauce as it warms.

Feels mealy and gross. Limp feel with some papery wet cardboard and flaccid waterlogged grains. Telltale off flavor of DMS, cooked vegetables. Aftertaste of some toasted malt, but it doesn't redeem the harsh unpleasantness of this beer. Waste of time, avoid this drainpour...

Sep 18, 2013
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Etan from Wisconsin

3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Starting to see more O-Fests popping up on menus, so I might as well dive right in.

A. Pours a mellow brass with a small white head.

S. Dry toasted grain, a bit of caramel sweetness and some mild rindish hoppiness.

T. Caramelized grain, nutty, light leafy/citric hoppy note, bready and dry in the finish.

M. Light-bodied with some heft from the carbonation.

O. An enjoyable American marzen; nothing spectacular, but dry enough with some good hop/malt balance to warrant praise.

Sep 09, 2013
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jayhass from Illinois

3.99/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a rustic ruby red color that is clear with a white head that fades fast.
Smell is of a nice caramel malt with some dark fruit and some nuttiness I would guess from using Ayinger Lager yeast. Bready malt with some grassy earthy hop.
Taste- Sweet malt with a bite of earthy spicy hops to balance it out. A light nuttiness with a good amount of bread and cracker. Finishes dry with a light spice and earthy note.

Sep 08, 2013
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