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Bavarian Lager - Capital Brewery

Bavarian LagerBavarian Lager

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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%


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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sweethome

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2004 18:13:19 | More by sweethome
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olacub

Ohio

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2006 18:00:14 | More by olacub
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ibashmuck

Wisconsin

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2008 20:01:11 | More by ibashmuck
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dirtylou

Washington

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

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2005 04:48:29 | More by dirtylou
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objectivemonkey

Minnesota

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2007 02:47:01 | More by objectivemonkey
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DrunkMcDermott

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2003 19:10:32 | More by DrunkMcDermott
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Tone

Missouri

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2009 21:53:02 | More by Tone
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marc77

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2002 17:49:30 | More by marc77
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AtLagerHeads

Ohio

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2003 17:09:31 | More by AtLagerHeads
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Redrover

Illinois

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!

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2003 00:10:55 | More by Redrover
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DaPeculierDane

Wisconsin

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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-07-2006 20:27:25 | More by DaPeculierDane
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cdkrenz

Wisconsin

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2008 03:08:58 | More by cdkrenz
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terrabyte

Wisconsin

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2006 02:50:39 | More by terrabyte
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brakspear

Wisconsin

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2003 16:39:06 | More by brakspear
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dstc

Florida

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2009 14:05:10 | More by dstc
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MJR

Missouri

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2003 16:51:43 | More by MJR
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Dukeofearl

California

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!

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2004 14:35:49 | More by Dukeofearl
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Soneast

Wisconsin

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2009 22:01:09 | More by Soneast
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cokes

Wisconsin

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2002 00:23:55 | More by cokes
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ADR

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2002 11:04:07 | More by ADR
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance; a lovely, peachy color, with a short and swift white head. aroma: clean, with moments of weetness, and citrus, with hints of fruits, peach, and others.
Nice light, but playful, texture. Very smooth, with terrific taste. Body is light, and breezy.
Sweet and tangy taste, much appreciated. Light and tastyhop drizzle.
This would belong to my short and elite go-to lager list!

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2003 19:28:49 | More by feloniousmonk
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chilidog

Ohio

3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

As part of the fall tasting tour, I got one of this brew. It poured a deep golden/amber with a haze to its medium body. The head forms white, that laces average, but shortlived. Rings of lace stick to the glass, for awhile. The aroma is malty, grassy.The taste is crisp. Malt rules this brew, but a nice hop balance allows this brew to be a very drinkable lager. A reminding aftertaste stays on awhile.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2003 03:51:33 | More by chilidog
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umustdrink

Minnesota

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2007 04:35:42 | More by umustdrink
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2007 03:59:40 | More by TheManiacalOne
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bditty187

Nebraska

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2003 13:25:36 | More by bditty187
Bavarian Lager from Capital Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.