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Bavarian Lager - Capital Brewery

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BA SCORE
84
good

90 Ratings
THE BROS
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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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shbobdb

Indiana

4.8/5  rDev +28.7%

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.

02-21-2006 19:28:13 | More by shbobdb
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MuenchenerKindl

Germany

4.53/5  rDev +21.4%

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

08-23-2006 05:01:37 | More by MuenchenerKindl
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tavernjef

Minnesota

4.53/5  rDev +21.4%

Color is a clear dark golden yellow with a small off-white head that fades, leaves minimal lace in spots. Aroma is awesome, buttery toasted bread, straight up, like right out of the toaster and put a pad of butter on it, nice little malty sweetness on top with a blend of grassy notes and herbal spice. Those Munich malts did there thing in this nose. Also in the taste as well, malts worked there magic with more of the same things carrying over from the smell, smooth buttery feel, light to medium bodied with toasted bread all over the place with a incredibly nice little playing of sweetness and notes of herbs, flowers, and grasses floating on top and into a lightly crisp and dry finish. Heavenly smooth, and toast-a-rific! This was a very nice Capital brew to drink, so smooth and fulfillingly rich in the toasty malts. A great example of the style IMO.

08-16-2003 18:37:11 | More by tavernjef
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botham

New York

4.43/5  rDev +18.8%

pours a golden straw color, semi-hazy, with a few fingers of white head that dissipates rather quickly.

smell is malty and sweet. very clean smelling, with only the basics: pale and munich malts, and a touch of hops in the background. the aroma is pleasant and balanced.

taste is malty and sweet up front, with mild hop presence on the way down. nothing but crisp and clean, just what a good lager should be.

mouthfeel is light-bodied, with a smooth and silky mouthfeel. almost no carbonation here.

drinkability is great. this is a very light and simple brew, that is executed extremely well. well balanced with good concentration while not overdoing it. great for a hot summer day. cheers!

08-28-2007 00:31:09 | More by botham
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khiasmus

South Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +18.8%

A bright, sunny day, despite the predictions. Perfect clarity, you can see for miles. A large, thick, white, puffy cloud springs up for a minute over the glowing gold, then wisps away. Bubbles race their way to the top, to join the flat rocks floating along.
An aroma, so simple, but so lovely. Baking bread, coming from the house at the bottom of the hill. The wind blows, and the smell mingles with the grass and a light flowery note.
"Let me see, i know I have it here... Ah." I find it in my satchel, twist off the top, take a swig. "mmm." Clean, light, bready honey-malt on the tongue, the grassy hops taking over in the finish. The carbonation is so high that it's almost spicy, dancing across the mouth and leaving that tingly feeling that soda will if gulped too quickly. Balance is excellent. This is what a bavarian lager should be.
This is the perfect beer for a sunny, lightly breezy, warm spring day... and evening... One could lie on a hillside, watch the clouds go by, and enjoy how quaint the hillsides are, with this delicious, refreshing beer in hand. I recommend it.

03-04-2009 01:40:01 | More by khiasmus
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

4.43/5  rDev +18.8%

Over the past few months I've gone through about three 6-packs of this, and only now do I realize that I haven't reviewed it yet. This has been a go-to lager for me since I "discovered" it for sale in IL, so now I'll rectify this oversight.

The beer is an orange-copper shade, clear, with a thick slab of solid-looking foam and typically some decent streaks of lace. The aroma is perfect Helles lager, just exactly what I'm looking for each time I pour one. Very malty with only enough noble hops to restrain the sweetness, giving the nose a rich bready quality. The taste is also all malt, toasty and bready with a very nice profile of pale malts, nothing notable from the hops (appropriately). Medium body with a slightly creamy texture, decent carbonation but not enough to make things spicy, just a smooth drinking lager.

If you like well-constructed Helles lagers, this is for you. Among my favorite American takes on the style, edging close to New Glarus Bohemian Lager.

03-07-2010 00:52:39 | More by TurdFurgison
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KarlHungus

Minnesota

4.33/5  rDev +16.1%

This beer pours a clear golden color. The head is two fingers in height and fluffy. It recedes slowly into a nice cap of foam. The aroma is of biscuity malt, with a sharp noble hop bite. The taste starts out with th malt then melds into a nice long hoppy finissh. Th mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with lively carbonation. Overall, this is a very nice beer. I can certainly see myself drinking this again.

01-31-2008 20:31:49 | More by KarlHungus
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tgbljb

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +16.1%

Poured a medium amber color with moderate white puffy head.

Smell has some light fruity notes that really seem to caress the nose.

Taste tickles the palate with a nice fruity maltiness and a sublime touch of hops at the finish.

Great taste retention with a long lasting refreshing malt character.

Perfect drinkabilty. This is a beer I could drink everyday.

06-27-2008 23:03:41 | More by tgbljb
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malcontent

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +16.1%

Deep blonde body with a good finger of head but uneven lacing.

Pleasant yeast/banana aromas with mild grain scents.

Wonderful balance between the malt and hops with just the slightest dry bitterness following a mellow sweetness. Faint apple and wheat tastes linger. While this really isn't one of my favorite styles I must say that this is a wonderful example of the genre.

Mouthfeel is slightly too crisp but that's just nit-picking; although I'm normally not one for lagers I could easily see myself drinking this all night. Really good.

12-28-2006 05:48:42 | More by malcontent
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Bighuge

Minnesota

4.3/5  rDev +15.3%

Pours light golden with a big frothy white head that retains nicely. Very nice flowery hop boquet. A firm maltiness present in the taste. But also nice hop accents. Very smooth. Medium in body. Very easy drinking. Look up "session beer" in the dictionary and there's probably a picture of this one.

05-19-2002 20:53:03 | More by Bighuge
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matjack85

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

02-11-2013 06:02:23 | More by matjack85
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brandoman63

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

11-28-2011 22:41:04 | More by brandoman63
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steveh

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev +9.4%

Revisting an old friend 'cause it was on sale:

A: Pours clear and bright gold with a thick white head that settles nicely.

S: DMS, grainy malt, slight spicy hop character -- all ver clean with nothing overpowering or offensive, if a bit light in the malt character.

T: Nice maltiness that isn't quite melanoidin-ful as some of the Munich imports, but very flavorful. Noble hops in the finish with a slight vegetal character trying to come through.

M: Very soft and smooth, satisfying.

D: Outstanding. This may actually be beating out the imports at this stage.

04-15-2008 22:22:29 | More by steveh
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Pauly2X

Wisconsin

4.08/5  rDev +9.4%

A- Bright clear brillant gold with a half finger head.

S- Mellow sweet malts with a faint hop aroma in the background.

T- Smooth mildly sweet malts balanced ever so slightly throughout by noble hops.

M- Just light enough to be refreshing.

D- Very much so.

A very fine example of a refreshing yet flavorful beer.

07-27-2008 20:46:25 | More by Pauly2X
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inebrius

Michigan

4.08/5  rDev +9.4%

Another superior Wisconsin lager. A picnic blanket under Autumn hardwoods covered by roasted nuts and baked goods might be similar to the scents emitted from this orange tinged brew. Nicely balanced though leaning a bit sweet. Grand finish of loitering mineral soil will summon another sip. I like it, but I think my malty lager lovin' wife will like it more.

01-14-2005 03:21:45 | More by inebrius
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wgk

Wisconsin

4.05/5  rDev +8.6%

My brother offered this fine brew on a hot afternoon ahead of a jambalaya dinner. We enjoyed the drinkability most of all and the taste hints a little of charcoal to me, which isn't overpowering but nice. Didn't get a good look at the brown bottled brew, but we had some at the Capital Brewery in Middleton on tap a year or so ago and I remember it being light with a nice head. Smells ordinary to me. Good mouthfeel. I liked it as well out of the bottle as I did on tap. Will buy this again.

06-08-2005 15:10:22 | More by wgk
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ZAP

Minnesota

4.05/5  rDev +8.6%

This would be the perfect beer for the pool party where you want something good AND easy drinking...AND one the Bud drinkers can handle....a tasty lager that tastes like a lighter Helles style...it is a slightly hazy golden in color....the nose is grainy malts...body is light but not overthin...about right for a lager...I rate the drinkability high because this is an easy drinking lager that has some real nice sweet maltiness to it....for a lager this is tasty..Just a quick twang of spicy hops on the very long finish...other than that this is all sweet malt....a very enjoyable lager I would recommend as a great lawnmower beer..

05-26-2003 21:17:13 | More by ZAP
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zjungleist

Illinois

4/5  rDev +7.2%

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.

02-26-2006 09:11:26 | More by zjungleist
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GbVDave

Illinois

4/5  rDev +7.2%

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.

04-01-2008 23:35:41 | More by GbVDave
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kmpitz2

Tennessee

4/5  rDev +7.2%

Lagers aren't my thing, but this one really wasn't all that bad. It poured a golden color with one finger of head that fell to coat the beer. The nose was a nice honey sweetness and a touch of sweet grain as well. The flavor was nicely balanced between sweet and grainey. Just a touch of that lager flavor to remind me what I'm drinking. There is also a touch of residual hop on the finish that just slightly hangs on my tongue. The feel was moderate, it had light carbonation, and was a nice drink. For a lager, this gets a thumbs up from me.

12-28-2004 22:36:57 | More by kmpitz2
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scootercrabb

Illinois

4/5  rDev +7.2%

11-29-2011 18:22:55 | More by scootercrabb
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +6.7%

A: Golden-bronze, white head, no retention, slight lacing.

S: Floral hops, grassy spice & a little bread.

T: Spicy, floral hops and a very nice bready maltyness (Continental malts?), crisp bitterness.

M: Moderate body & carbonation, smooth with a dry finish.

D: Nice.

06-19-2008 02:08:56 | More by Derek
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bristol2120

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev +6.7%

Pours a moderately coppery hue, with a good, solid head. The coloring is pleasing, though possibly a bit darker than I am used to seeing in a Munich helles. Aroma is very good, with a nice malty, bready presence, and hops detectable in the background. Taste is very rich, with a sweet, maltiness dominating other notes. The taste is pleasant, but I would expect a greater hops presence for the style. Mouthfeel is very good with a smooth body, and a subdued carbonation. Overall, this is a nicely drinkable beer, but it also seems to trend a bit toward an Oktoberfest style than a true Munich helles.

05-08-2010 03:23:44 | More by bristol2120
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Vancer

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev +6.7%

Deep golden yellow with a nice white head, lace tries to stick, but it lets go quickly.

Light malty aroma, but the quaff is solid - full grain with a nice European hop kick. Fully finishes with a crisp and clean hop bite. Drinks nicely in the mid-west summer heat.

Solid lager from our brewing friends up north.

08-05-2008 21:53:30 | More by Vancer
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ChiTownHustler

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev +6.7%

Bought a 6 pack of bottles last week no frehness date. Decided to have one of these with some grilled pork chops, potato pancakes and corn on the cob. Poured into iced mug ,decent head that faded quickly. This beer is very drinkable with good flavor ,I could drink a lot of these. I would serve this again with this food combo. Overall a respectable brew. I also like the 1900 beer from this brewery.

05-22-2005 23:10:23 | More by ChiTownHustler
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Bavarian Lager from Capital Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.