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Oktoberfest | Capital Brewery

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Brewed by:
Capital Brewery
Wisconsin, United States

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

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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!

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 2011 update for Cap's Oktoberfest.

A -- Clear, deep amber-orange with a creamy, light tan head the settles slowly to a good cap.

S -- Spicy hops up front, yeasty, sweet breadiness in the follow through.

T -- Sweet breadiness up front that folds into a good grainy-biscuit character. A mild spicy bitterness in the aftertaste that balances well. Malt luscious and very easy-drinking.

M -- Mouthfeel is very soft and smooth with a light-medium body.

O -- A very clean and flavorful, well-constructed lager from the Midwest King of Lagers. As with most Ami-Oktos, I just wish there was more of a big toasted bread character as a fresh Bavarian Okto will have. What makes this a winner is that brewmaster Kirby doesn't try to overcompensate with a big roasted character as do many U.S. micros.

Previous review:
2009 bottling, just in at the local -- surprised I've never reviewed this in the past. My favorite all time micro -- but I can be objective when it comes to beer... especially my fave style.

A -- Bright, clear, amber-orange color with a thick, off-white head that settles slowly.

S -- I can smell "beeriness" at arm's length from the pour; aroma is pretty thin and mild spicy hops with a bready backbone come out with a swirl.

T -- Mildly sweet, nutty maltiness up front with some bready maltiness in the middle and a dry, spicy hop finish. Toasty breadiness in the aftertaste. Great balance all around. A little edit here -- there's some vague diacetyl in the background as the beer warms. Not distracting, but unexpected.

M -- Mouthfeel is soft and smooth with a light medium body.

D -- Finally! A very nice Okto this year. It seems like this could be the first American / German style crossover. There's some nice nuttiness, as in an Ami, with some good breadiness, as in a German -- not much of that rich maltiness from German Amber Märzens, but there's a great malt character that makes up for any loss.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 08-31-2009 18:06:54

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Oktoberfest from Capital Brewery
Beer rating: 3.61 out of 5 with 342 ratings
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