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Bavarian Lager - Capital Brewery

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BA SCORE
84
good

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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Photo of Greggy
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours 1 finger white head, semi soapy, that recedes pretty quickly. The body is clear yellow, with some slight yeast sediment and the slightest chill haze.

S- Very big on sweet caramel and honeyed biscuit notes. Fruitiness is also present.

T- Starts out with a bit of honey, biscuit, graininess, some pretty evident nuttiness and a bit of fruitiness from the hops. The finish has the nuttiness and some hopiness (honestly a goofy combo).

M- Low carbonation is good. Nice and smooth.

D- This is a pretty good MHL but the nuttiness just seems a bit off.

Greggy, Feb 15, 2009
Photo of woodychandler
3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

My pour initially resulted in a finger's worth of bone-white head, but it quickly reduced to mere wisps. The color was a lightly hazy deep gold. The nose had a definite honey/lager-like smell. The mouthfeel was thin-to-medium with slightly malty lager-like flavor on the tongue. The finish was equally lager-sweet. It was a solid representation of the style, but I just tend to prefer more hops, even in my lagers.

woodychandler, Jun 10, 2008
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presentation: Another generic Capital Brewery bottle. The oval label for the Bavarian Lager has a dark blue setting this time, containing the themed picture of a domed building which sits affront a 12 fluid ounce long neck brown bottle. As with all the other Capital brews, it has a similar, but smaller scale, neck label with the usual health warning and cash refund bollocks that no-one ever reads. No freshness date, not strength listed either.

Appearance: Classic pale golden Lager body that has a thin yellow lemonade tinge. Fizzy white head at first disappears quickly to nothing but a thin clinging halo. A quick swirl helps the dissolved carbonation replenish the head, as does the top-up. Head lingers nicely second time round. Average conditioning.

Nose: Light in strength, but attractive. Delicate mix of fresh lemons, Munich malts and a floral character. A bit hard to detect at times but nonetheless very nice.

Taste: Spicy Munich Malts, black peppers, fresh sherbet lemons, zesty but weak limes and a fading biscuit feel that has a sweet syrupy dimension at the end. Finishes with an almost dry, Water Biscuit finish, it’s there for sure, but doesn’t taste of anything at first, probably due to the thin body. The ending comes into its own after the swallow, some nice biscuit malts and feint bitterness that is swamped by the sweet malt feel.

Mouthfeel: Light Lager texture at first, but it sadly suffers from a decent performance here. The only part of this brew that lets the rest of the profile down. A smidgeon too thin, sadly.

Drinkability: Don’t bother with a Six-Pack of this! Get a Keg and the Fittings, To Go. This one's a pounder!! It drinks well.

Overall: Not a classic, but a solid Helles that is easily quaffed. If it had a tad more body, this could so much better though. I’d still get a Keg of it for though!!!

A Teutonic Thanks to BigHelles for allowing me to try this one.

TheLongBeachBum, Aug 17, 2004
Photo of beernut7
3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This brew pours a nice bright orange color with a fleeting head. The aroma is of sweet malt as if never fermented and in the boil. A light slightly sweet malt flavor ensues with a latent bready character and crisp lager finish. The body is light, but not watery and the mildly hopped finish is clean. This is a beer anyone would enjoy no matter his beer tastes.

beernut7, Sep 07, 2002
Photo of longarm
3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is cloudy and yellow-orange with moderate head retention.

Some light hops aroma and sweet malts. No off-smells, but cloying aroma takes-over the nose.

Hints of orange. Flavor mostly dominated by sweet malts that knock it somewhat off-balance.

Mouthfeel is cloying and coats well, but I wish the finish was a little more crisp.

Not a bad beer, but it needs a little more bitterness to keep it in check. These might go down more easliy on a really hot day.

longarm, Dec 28, 2004
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 ibashmuck
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Purchased as part of "build-your-own-six-pack" at local grocer. Small head on basic lager beer yellow. Smell's very generic as well, nothing stands out. Early slurps were boring, but it get's better toward the end. Medium bitterness, fizzier than it appears, it's a fine lager.

ibashmuck, Jul 11, 2008
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
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 objectivemonkey
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Into a pint glass, pours a light golden color, a little head receding to a thin film, bits of lacing here and there. The aroma is faint and soft, but plenty nice, buttery malt, floral hops, something crisp like citrus in there. The taste is better, the same buttery biscuit malt, a crisp taste with a floral hop profile, drying toward the finish, pretty decent but also a bit lacking in luster. The mouth is a bit light, but carbonation is good and the dry ending is to my liking, but still the weight is disappointing. Overall though, this one went down quick, an easily drinkable and fairly authentic helles. Nice.

objectivemonkey, Oct 25, 2007
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 Tone
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, golden color. 2/3 inch head of a white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of earthy malt, yeast, sweet malt, slight grain, and some nutty aroma. Fits the style of a Munich Helles Lager. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with a low carbonation level. Tastes of earthy malt, yeast, slight hop, some pale malt. Overall, not a bad munich, but slightly lacking in body.

Tone, Aug 20, 2009
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 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 Redrover
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz longneck with no freshness dating.

This beer pours a darkish yellow with a fluffy white head and almost no lace. Beer has a nice haze when held up to the light. When you sniff this beer you get a clear whiff of malt and some spicy notes.

Beer has an interesting flavor that I would describe as old style (no not the one time Chicago favorite from Heileman). I mean the taste is kind of old fashioned in a good way. Good balance of hops and malt, no characteristic pushes itself into the forefront. This is not one of those beers that trys to overcome some short comings with an assertive taste profile. Very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is ok, drinkablity is decent. Once again, Capital comes through with a tasty beer!

Redrover, Oct 30, 2003
Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out crystal clear light amber and has an ivory head of 2 fingers. The head does not last and there is no lacing. The nose is very light and has a malt sense. The flavor is of malt with some nice balancing hops to act as a companion; there is also some light graininess. The feel is medium and there is a crisp finish. Light aftertaste lingers, but is not objectionable. Nice lager from Capital.

AtLagerHeads, May 14, 2003
Photo of cdkrenz
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Eggshell white foamy head standing at an inch and a half. The body is a strong golden brown.

S - Strong malt aroma. Quite inviting.

T - It starts out with a soft malt flavor and then the taste becomes more and more intense as the sip moves to an end. This is a nice tasting lager.

M - It starts out soft and finishes pretty much the same.

~ Not bad at all. I'm growing more fond of this Middleton, Wisconsin brewery with each beer I am lucky enough to sample.

cdkrenz, Oct 13, 2008
Photo of terrabyte
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, bright gold, with a large white head.

Smells of caramel and bread.

Flavor reminds me of honey, instead of caramel. There is a zesty lemon rind zip to it, although I wouldn't say the flavor has much lemon. The aftertaste ends with a bit of a sour fruit and bready flavor, with a hint of husky bitterness.

Has a decent body, well-carbonated, somewhat medium heaviness revolving around the flavors.

Very refreshing, extremely drinkable in mass quantities.

terrabyte, Nov 02, 2006
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 brakspear
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very clear deep gold with a foamy soft white head that lingers until about the glass is half gone, Generous carbonation on first pour, then fades swiftly.

The aroma is not a true continental malt aroma, more grainy and slightly bready, with very little hop presence.

The taste is dry and mellow malt notes, with little to no hop bite noticeable. It is a very clean tasting beer. Nothing spectacular, but has more character than many American lagers.

brakspear, Jan 24, 2003
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 Soneast
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a crystal clear, pale gold color with a 1/2 inch white head that dissipates quickly leaving very little lace on the glass.

Mostly malts and sweet grains on the nose. A hint of honey in the background, no notable hop presence.

Taste is like the aroma, predominated by grains and sweet malts, with a slightly sweet finish. Once again no hops detected.

Light to medium light in body with a great amount of carbonation to help back up the refreshing quality of the beer. A very good lager, refreshing, good flavor and incredibly drinkable.

Soneast, Feb 07, 2009
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 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
Bavarian Lager from Capital Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.