Oktoberfest | Capital Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Capital Brewery
Wisconsin, United States
capitalbrewery.com

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
2014 GABF Gold Medal (German-Style Marzen)

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-26-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
330
Reviews:
140
Avg:
3.62
pDev:
12.98%
 
 
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5
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25
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5/5  rDev +38.1%

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5/5  rDev +38.1%

Photo of TGINaturday
4.51/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've been drinking for a while, but I just turned 21 recently and decided to get a "Pick a 6" pack to try some new things, and one of them was this beer.

A: From the bottle to a glass, the head quickly dissipated, but it has a nice amber color.

S: Like apple and caramel. Really very nice.

T: Really good, actually. Nuances of apple and caramel, very nice for the season.

M & D: Not very carbonated (usually I like that), but smooth and easy to drink. I could see putting a few of these back and not feeling too full.

Overall, after trying the wheat beer from Capitol Brewery (didn't like it), I'm very impressed and would drink again. Might even stop by the brewery (at UW now, the brewery is a short drive away!)

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4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

Photo of karengarys
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours very rich mahogany/ruby red, leaving a bit of a head which dissipates fairly quicly.

Smells super malty and dark/sweet, with a bit of floral hop.

Taste is VERY rich in roasted malt, and a bit of hops to balance. I really like this because of what it does NOT have - many oktoberfests, even the standards, have a bitter tar-like flavor that stabs the tongue. This does NOT.

Mouthfeel is nice and creamy.

Finish is dark and sweet.

This is one of my favorite oktoberfests, and I'd recommend it to anybody.

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4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

Photo of sweethome
4.35/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour from a 12 oz. bottle to a german pils glass.

Beautiful rich copper color. The colors of fall are all in there.

Dense head is very light. Dissipates, but does not disappear.

Wow, what a nose, rich matiness of german malts - defining the style.

Smooth, yet full and rich entry. Carmel maltiness, sweet candy sugar flavors, but still staying on the right side of balance. Just enough noble hops to keep from cloying.

Full mouthfeel. Every sip is a bouquet of flavor.

One of the best domestic O'fests and up there with the best German styles for my money.

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4.35/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased as part of "build-your-own-six-pack" at local grocer. Poured a medium foamy head on an amber body. Smelled very sweet, with caramel and perhaps honey dominating. Taste was along the same lines, with the caramel being fairly light, and a very, very nice sweetness as the end. Hoppiness kept to a minimum. This is typically not one of my favorite styles, and in fact, Oktober's generally are a bit depressing, as it usually mean summer's over. But I've had a few of this style and this is by far the best I've had.

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Photo of Reneejane
4.33/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Out of all the Oktoberfest beers I've had, this beer was the tops. It had a lot more flavor than Hofbrau Oktoberfest. I really appreciated the extra flavor, and complex character. It is balanced towards maltiness, and it had a beautiful pumpkiny orange color. Too bad it's a seasonal.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.32/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz twist-off bottle poured into a pilsner glass.
5.5% ABV, jumbled code printed on neck.

A - Capital's Oktoberfest is a fantastic looking clear and bubbly dark caramel amber color with pumpkin orange highlights. An effervescent but short-lived off-white head popped up and went back down to a thin layer leaving no lace behind.

S - With little head, it's hard to get anything from the timid aroma without a vigorous swirl. Bready malts carry toast notes along side a sweet, caramelized hint and a crisp, mildly hoppy finish. As the beer warms, candied nuts enter the changing profile on the finish.

T - Capital's Oktoberfest has a malty sweet burst across the tongue that's reminiscent of a dense, thick-cut slice of wheat bread drizzled with caramel and honey. Gracefully changing to a dry and hoppy finish, it's not bitter, instead, lightly floral and nicely balancing.

M - Smooth and medium-full bodied, this malty Oktoberfest has a crisp, dry finish from the hops, balancing out the sweetness that lingers on the tongue.

O - Oktoberfest is another damn deliciously malty lager from Capital. Toasted Vienna malt and understated, balancing hops give the beer a tasty, classic flavor that could go down by the liter. The aroma gets lost from the poor head retention, but this one makes up for it in flavor.

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Photo of TastyTaste
4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark red-orange body, creamy head that fades into a thin off-white film.

Smell: Malt, slightly grassy, very toasty.

Taste: The malt is biscuity and a little sweet. The hops are very apparent, and definitely don't sit in the background, it's a hoppier Oktoberfest than my last two. The only problem is a slightly gamey, smoked meat flavor that I am not a fan of, but it is only a hint of that flavor.

Drinkability: A very enjoyable Oktoberfest, one of the better examples.

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4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This clear reddish brown brew throws out a nice long lasting thin off white head. Nice bready, yeasty, malty aroma. Nice biscuit tones on the tongue as well as toasted malt. Very clean tasting. Very little to no caramel malt sweetness is noted. Some slight hop bitterness is apparant. Medium bodied and very drinkable. I'm in anticipation of some nice 50 degree autumn days to enjoy these fine O-fest beers. Another solid lager from Capital.

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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of DesMoinesMike
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

With all of the marzens that are out this time of year it's a great opportunity to really compare different specimens of the same style see who comes out on top. I was introduced to this brewery at Brewfest this summer and was glad to see another good regional brewery come to town.

This bier is a medium copper color and is crystal clear. It has very little carbonation and the head vanishes quickly. The aroma and taste are nicely malted, sweet, and uncomplicated. They have a great flavor indicative to the style without a bunch of other notes thrown, just straight yummy goodness. Very smooth with the right amount of flavor lingering. A MUST repeat.

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Photo of JonB1958
4.24/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a six of this on the way to a family outing in Wisconsin. I love the style, so I thought I'd try something new. I'm glad I did.

It pours a nice electric copper like most of these Oktoberfests do. The aroma might be the best I've experienced...right up there with Paulaner. It gets back in your sinuses and into your tastebuds before your first sip.

The flavor is pretty good, if a little less malty than I like, but there are still those caramel flavors present that start and finish nicely.

Very smooth and easy to drink. I'm buying more of this when I can.

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Photo of jsh420
4.23/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a bunch of marzen's came out this week - and i thought i would pick up some capital since i drank a year old bottle a month back

pours clear bright golden copper lots of life with a big pillowy 2 finger head that left lacing all down the glass

smells of toasted caramel malts somewhat nutty then some hops

taste is great - rich toasted malts with just enough sweetness but plenty of earthy hops to give it that bitter finish - would have given it a 5 but i could taste too much alcohol for a 5.5 beer

mouthfeel is lively well carbonated to give it a nice crisp finish for a medium body beer

drinkability is good - great taste/mouthfeel make it a great fall/football beer

glad i rereviewed this beer since it taste so much better fresh

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Photo of bruachan
4.22/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

some head appeared with the pour, but it's quieted down. good o-fest color (lots-o-vienna malts, i bet)

full and toasty bouquet fills out even more with a faint fruitiness and a nice herbal hop scent. man, i love vienna aromas. a little husk, a little dried fruit/raisin

toastycaramel flavors up front and a tasteful hop prickle at the finish. good carbonation tailed with this bitterness to provide some texture to a very quaffable and slick brew. the hop flavor contribution is very nice: balanced yet assertive, and tasty overall

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Oktoberfest from Capital Brewery
3.62 out of 5 based on 330 ratings.
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