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Bavarian Lager - Capital Brewery

Bavarian LagerBavarian Lager

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BA SCORE
84
good

90 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
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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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly more orange than amber with a gradually slowing flurry of uprushing bubbles. The aged ivory cap has an appealing texture and is leaving the glass coated with a thin layer of barely broken lace. The appearance says 'quality beer'.

The nose is a near equal mixture of untoasted grain and mildly spicy noble hops. I have no idea how old this bottle is, but by the smell of things, the hops still have a lot left in them. I hope the same is true on the palate. There's only one way to find out...

After reading the BA style description for Munich Helles Lager, it occurs to me that Bavarian Lager hits the style nail on the head. The beer is at least as malty as it is hoppy and has quite a bit of German hop spiciness. I don't like beer of this style as much as I like a well-brewed pilsener, but I can't fault Capital for that.

I tastes like there's a touch of earthiness and nuttiness to the malt bill. I wouldn't be surprised to learn that Munich or Vienna is used in addition to pale. It certainly does make the beer seem authentically German. It also makes it taste like a pale version of an Oktoberfest.

The mouthfeel has that lightly creamy lagery smoothness that only the good breweries seem to be able to pull off. It begins to fade on the finish, but doesn't come anywhere near thin. A fine tongue tingle keeps things lively rather than dull.

Bavarian Lager is a well-constructed beer that most German lager lovers should enjoy. In fact, I've decided to bump the flavor score one notch above what my taste buds tell me is appropriate because I recognize quality and style accuracy when I taste it. Thanks to beer like this, I'm gaining a newfound respect for Capital.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2007 11:59:20 | More by BuckeyeNation
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.35/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, orange-yellow body with a scant white head.

Smell: Light aroma with a touch a pale malts and fruit.

Taste: Pale malts with some candy-like sweetness and a brief, fleeting fruitiness. Mild, spicy bitterness. Clean, delicate finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium, prickly carbonation.

Drinkability: A decent albeit a basic lager.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2008 03:59:16 | More by ChainGangGuy
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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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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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tempest

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2008 02:58:16 | More by tempest
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2008 00:14:40 | More by woodychandler
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2010 01:07:22 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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Bighuge

Minnesota

4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

British Columbia (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Ohio

3.33/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I remember picking this one up thinking "Great, another Lager". I was pleasantly surprised that this beer had a nice hops presence and a decent aftertaste. According to the description it is a Helles, which makes more sense. Why not call it a Helles if it tastes like one? Either way, it is a better than average Lager if that is what they are calling it.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2002 08:16:25 | More by Dogbrick
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tavernjef

Minnesota

4.53/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Minnesota

4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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..

Serving type: bottle

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

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2004 06:56:53 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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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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TurdFurgison

Ohio

4.43/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Connecticut

3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden, apricot-y, clear. Small head, ring-like, off-white, with tiny bubbles. Tangy fresh bread and yeast on the nose. Rummy sweets and some dough. Herbal, vegetal hops. Tangy malt flavor on the palate. Sweetish with light cooked vegetable notes. Ample bitterness (lightly toasted) throughout but more so in the finish. Herbal and nice. Medium bodied lager, clean, and slightly oily. I'll take another please.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2006 06:43:28 | More by alexgash
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hopdog

Pennsylvania

3.23/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle.

Poured a medium and slightly hazy golden color with a smaller sized white head. Aromas of graininess, lighter honey, and some breadiness. Tastes of bread, grainy, some honey sweetness, and had a light grassy finish.

Notes from: 11/26/06

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2009 15:37:29 | More by hopdog
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Vancer

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Minnesota

4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Tennessee

4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2004 22:36:57 | More by kmpitz2
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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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Bavarian Lager from Capital Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.