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Bavarian Lager - Capital Brewery

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BA SCORE
84
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90 Ratings
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Ratings: 90
Reviews: 82
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 11.26%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Capital Brewery visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Munich Helles Lager |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-14-2002)
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Ratings: 90 | Reviews: 82 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by olacub:
Photo of olacub
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours golden with a big fluffy white head. Head stuck around for awhile, with nice lacing on the glass.

S: Lemongrass, straight from my wife's garden.

T: Good and malty, but a little more hop presence would make this really great.

M: Relatively thin.

D: Very drinkable brew - perfect for throwing several back during Big Ten football season on a Saturday.

olacub, Aug 20, 2006
More User Reviews:
Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale yellow hay. Smallish white head. Big bubbled carbonation.

N: Munich malts and lemons. Very German.

T: Light corn syrup sweetness, black pepper spice, Munich malts, subtle citric hop residue

MF: On the lighter side of medium. Starchy and a bit sweet.

D: Decent enough.

DaPeculierDane, Jun 07, 2006
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.93/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Used to drink this a good amount in Milwaukee, picked up from Koppa's. Appearance, looks copperish. Aroma is kind of a turn off, smells like old beer from a basement party.

Taste, nothing stands out. Hop quality = minimal, malt bill, alright, yeast doesn't seem to bring anything to the table.

Mouthfeel lacks any development or diminishment. Very drinkable, because there's nothing there, its like water.

Beerandraiderfan, Mar 07, 2010
Photo of ADR
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Darker gold color. Carbonation noticeable. Malty beginning with slight hops kicking in secondarily. Starts subtle, gets bigger, finishes lower in tone. Some similarities to Hacker-Pschor Munich Edelhell but a little more subdued and maybe more drinkable.

ADR, Mar 14, 2002
Photo of zjungleist
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yellowish with a very slight haze and a weak head. Smell is pretty malty. Flavor is nice and malty with a little twang of bitter hops, and over all quite smooth in flavor. Mouthfeel was pretty easy going. Overall highly drinkable, not just because of being mellow but also interesting.

zjungleist, Feb 26, 2006
Photo of cokes
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Perfectly clear golden bodied with a whispy white head that quickly whittles its way to nothing.
Doughy aroma. With notes of sweet bread, backyard, honey and tea.
Taste is simple yet well-structured. Begins with honey-draped sourdough bread. Turns more doughy towards the midsection. Hints of grass and hay enter. Alternately very sweet and fairly dry. Rides out with a continuing honey presence and more grass and tea colorings from the hops.
Light bodied refresher. A good one to throw at macro-swillers yet stay pleased yourself.
As far as domestic helles go, this plays second fiddle to Great Lakes' Locktender...but that is nothing to be ashamed of.
No frills here, but quality nonetheless.

cokes, Dec 27, 2002
Photo of dirtylou
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz single, Woodman's, attempting to cover the whole capital lineup

appearance: a pale yellow pour, a nice foamy head forms with nice lacing...pretty clear

smell: pretty light, some sweet malts, lemon, spice, definately picking up some corn

taste: nice sweet and spicy malts, zesty lemon, very grassy/earthy...nice and bready, some light citrus, spicy and acitic

mouthfeel: light to medium body, refreshing

drinkability: quite drinkable

dirtylou, Nov 02, 2005
Photo of tempest
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a sixer at Byerly's and it's made for a nice session beer to have around the house. The flavors aren't quite (but close) as balanced as the helles straight out of Germany I've had, Hacker-Pschorr's. It does have similar nutty biscuit malts follow and balanced by spicy and grassy hops. Very drinkable and tasty.

tempest, Dec 01, 2008
Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Popping the bottle, I got a nice "beery" whiff, like when you walk into an old bar. Low lying head yielded to a nice toasty malt base. Hop didn't come through until the end. Well, I like it, although any light lager that doesn't just offend will get a pretty good grade from me.

DrunkMcDermott, Sep 17, 2003
Photo of bditty187
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Peachy-gold hue, translucent, a healthy white head (a finger plus), soapy retention, decent spotty lace. The nose has the typical qualities of a Helles: malty, bready, faint grassy-hay… inviting. Sweet, malty, bready palate… well-placed hops bitterness, sweet grassy notes. The flavors are very complementary, splendidly brewed. Medium-light body, somewhat thin, not watery though; the finish is crisp, abrupt, clean, some lingering sweetness... these aspects of the beer are lacking. Indeed this beer will not “blow your mind” but it is highly drinkable (session beer material) and worth a try.

bditty187, Apr 09, 2003
Photo of shbobdb
4.8/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The beer pours a pleasant enough straw colour and smells, well, the way a good Helles ought: subtle smells of malt and noble hops gently massage your nose. The taste follows the nose and is remarkably pleasant. I could drink this beer all day. Mmmm.

The hops are more muted in this offering than their Special Pilsner and which you buy comes down to a tough decision. When I am in the mood for something more mild than their Pilsner, this is what I reach for.

shbobdb, Feb 21, 2006
Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.53/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass, out in the yard over a grill with fresh Johnsonville original recipe brats starting to sizzle and spit. The liquid is a Yellow color and slightly cloudy. The head is a smallish 1 finger white cap of small bubbles that are creamy looking and smooth.

The smell is faint, a little malt going on. Light hop note, quite respectable for a helles.

The taste is ....Oh Snap! Zing Pow, just what the doctor ordered. This taste is great. I don't quite know what about it is so good. The last time a took a swallow and kept drinking like this, I was at Augustiner am Dom Frauenplatz in Munchen, just finished a four hour walking tour and was ready for 'Mass' quantities of fresh brew.
This brew captures that taste perfectly, Here and fresh! a light malt lovers delight! Mass Helles... Mass helles This beer will have me repeating that in my sleep again, I can feel it.

The mounthfeel is just amazing, This brew begs to be swallowed. perfect medium body backed up with a delightful carbonation with the prefect bite for swilling back.

Drink-a-bility is simply the best. I could drink 3 in 5 minutes and still want more and more. Keep them coming shbobdb. you have me hooked. Thanks for the excellent pick!
Prosit und Zum Wohl! Ich danke Ihnen vielmals! MK

MuenchenerKindl, Aug 23, 2006
Photo of hotstuff
2.85/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

When poured, the head was average size, creamy, frothy with a white head that consisted of fine-small sized bubbles that was mostly diminishing. The body was uncarbonated and cloudy with a golden hue. The nose was malty, fruity, sweet and a hint of citrus. The flavor was sweet and a bit acidic with a slightly tingly smooth mouthfeel. It was light bodied with good lacing.

hotstuff, Nov 01, 2003
Photo of jsh420
2.38/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

pours semi hazy copper orange with a 1 finger head that faded to a film and left some spotted lacing

smells of light cereal grains and a little apple

taste is rather bland - light grains and apples that were a bit tart

mouthfeel - medium body with low carbonation very smooth and creamy

overall - very let down with this offering from capital since the make some of the best lagers i have had - maybe that is why this beer has been retired

jsh420, Apr 18, 2011
Photo of MJR
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear pale gold with a small white head that retains well and leaves a bit of lacing. A good amount of carbonation produces a constant stream of bubbles rushing to the top.

Smell: The aroma is quite fresh with a big dose of malt that is slighty sweet. There's a freshly cut grass, herbal quality to it as well. A small hint of pungent, spicy hops shows up as it warms.

Taste: The flavor is well balanced between the graininess, which is both slighty sweet and crackery, and the spicy, herbal hops. The hop bitterness is firm, but restrained, maintaining a gentle balance. Finishes clean and crisp, with a hint of sweetness and a bready note.

Mouthfeel: This area is a bit lacking, as this brew is just barely above watery. I'd like to see more body, with a distinct firmness. The carbonation is fairly high, which helps scrub the palate clean after every taste. Finishes dry, crisp, and clean.

Drinkability: This is a pretty good take on a German-style Helles. It needs a bit more firmness and weight in body and it's hop bitterness and flavoring raised a notch or two, but it's still a drinkable brew.

MJR, Jul 22, 2003
Photo of Dukeofearl
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium dark golden color, quite clear. with a nice creamy head that drops to a think film in about 5 minutes. The aroma is clean, refreshing, malty-bready with a slight sweetness. I also pick up slight grassy notes (does that make this a lawnmower beer???). Flavor is slightly sweet, bready, clean and resfreshing, with just a slight hops profile.

Very drinkable- I could have had more of these no problem! I like this one, and hope to try it again. Thanks to doofusboy for hand carrying it back from Wisconsin for me to try!

Dukeofearl, Oct 07, 2004
Photo of windelbo
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

windelbo, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of matjack85
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

matjack85, Feb 11, 2013
Photo of umustdrink
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Medium orange color. Bright white head fades to a patchy eighth inch. Small blobs of lacing.

S - Sweet corny smell with light bitter hops.

T - Starts out with a surprisingly sharp hoppy bitterness that lingers for quite a while. Some light grainy corny flavors come in and the finish is sweet with bitter corn flavors.

D - Another solid lager from Capital. Excellent drinkability.

umustdrink, Dec 30, 2007
Photo of dstc
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden, amber color with a light tan head. Head falls to nothing. Sort of looks like apple juice.

Clean grains and mild malt aroma.

Sweet, clean taste. Rather typical lager style.

Light to medium bodied in the mouth with moderate carbonation.

Easy drinking beer with a rather clean finish.

dstc, Sep 23, 2009
Photo of marc77
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Clear golden in hue, w/ trace chill haze. Dense, well retained porcelain white head leaves sparse lace. Smooth, sweet, bready grain in aroma, with mellow toasty Vienna malt, and a leafy, spicy hop nose reminescent of green tea and freshly cut grass. Very appealing aromawise. Mild hop bitterness is perceived at first, then is followed by dry, cracker like grain and light mineral notes. The malt character then widens and becomes lightly buttery towards the middle, and is subsequently contrasted by a herbal, chlorophyll like hop flavor. Light in body, with an unfortunately thin mouthfeel that's a notch above watery. Finishes w/ a snap of residual sweetness but otherwise dry. Bavarian Lager has all the components of a fine Helles, but like other Capital brews, is somewhat understated and lacks sufficient body. That being said, this brew exhibits good drinkability and since microbrewed Helles are tough to find, this is certainly worth checking out.

marc77, Sep 24, 2002
Photo of GbVDave
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 20oz imperial pint.

A: Pours a clear and bright golden yellow color. Covering this is a bubbly and frothy head that leaves a little bit of lace.

S: Nice aroma of biscuits, toasted malt, and fresh noble hops which adds a hint of citrus.

T: Toasted malt and citrus-y hops. Biscuits, toasted bread crust, and lemon/orange.

M: Smooth at first, then quickly turns spicy and effervescent with a smallish sweet fruit finish.

D: Good drinkability for a good beer. Could see this being awesome at a summer picnic.

GbVDave, Apr 02, 2008
Photo of sweethome
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A deep golden amber color. Head dissipates quickly and leaves a nice lace. Sweet malty nose, hints of honey. Light mouthfeel. A significant malty profile with very little hop character, slight hop bittering. A flawless beer which delivers on the style. A beer to give to to a macro-import drinker to bring them over to our side.

Capital delivers on German styles like few others.

sweethome, Aug 06, 2004
Photo of ssimpson89
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

ssimpson89, Dec 28, 2012
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from rpzel, 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 deep gold color with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains mostly the sweetness of light German malts and lager yeast, along with some hops.

T: The taste is bready and sweet with the most basic of beer flavors; light malts and hops, neither of which is overdone. There really is not much else to say about it except that it leaves a slightly sweet after-taste.

M: Crisp and smooth, light-to-medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not filling at all, decent kick, very good representation of style. If you are looking for a particular attribute that is going to impress you, then this is not the beer for you unless that attribute is simplicity. This beer is just an ordinary concept done very, very well.

TheManiacalOne, Oct 21, 2007
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Bavarian Lager from Capital Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.