Saturday, April 9, 2011

Capital Brewery - Maibock; Summer Fest; Platinum Blonde Doppelbock; U.S. Pale Ale; Eternal Flame; Dark Lager

The Capital Brewery is in Middleton, Wisconsin.

Maibock - This 6.2% ABV beer is their spring seasonal.  The beer pours copper in color with little head.  The aroma is fresh and clean, grain in a metal bucket, and a slight floral, fruity aroma.  The taste is sweet yet crisp, a bit of caramel.  This is consistent with a lot of the Capital offerings, good but not great.

Summer Fest - This 5.6% ABV beer pours orange-copper and light amber in color with a small white head.  The aroma is grain, straw, and tall grass with a touch of lager funk.  The taste is ever so slightly sweet, caramel, grainy malt, a bit of lager funk and a crisp and somwhat bitter, dry finish.  The beer is well carbonated and refreshing to drink.  A full-flavored lager take on the summer seasonal.

Platinum Blonde Doppelbock - This 7.8% ABV beer pours an orange copper in color with a small off-white head.  The aroma is malty, cooked sweet potato, like a brewery in the air.  The taste follows the aroma, sweet and very malty.  If you like a very malty and slightly sweet beer, you've found your man here.

U.S. Pale Ale - This beer pours a dark yet glowing orange-copper-amber in color.  There is a tall, almost an inch, of off-white creamy and foamy head that leaves layers of lacing down the glass of medium density.  The aroma is stone fruits, a little spicy, with caramel malt in the back.  The taste is a smooth and creamy maltiness, a bit of caramel, a touch of sun-brewed tea, and a hint of citrus.  This is a very tasty and extremely drinkable pale ale.  I have tried many of the Capital beers and this is my favorite, it is excellent.

Eternal Flame - This is part of the Capital Square Series of limited beers brewed by Capital.  This 9.1% ABV doppelbock pours a glowing dark copper-bronze with orange.  There is a short head of off-white foam.  The aroma is sweet, malty, caramel, and sweet potato.  The taste follows the aroma directly.  This is a big malty, sweet, but not cloyingly so, especially for its high alcohol content.

Dark Lager - This 5.4% beer pours a very dark brown, appearing almost black.  There is a small off-white head.  The aroma is malty, caramel, roasted.  The taste is roasted malt, some caramel, a medium bitterness and dry finish.  Not terribly flavorful for a dark lager.

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