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Bavarian Lager - Capital Brewery

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Bavarian LagerBavarian Lager

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82 Reviews
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Reviews: 82
Hads: 91
Avg: 3.71
pDev: 11.32%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Munich Helles Lager |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-14-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 82 | Hads: 91
Photo of tempest
3.88/5  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.

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Photo of campbellj21
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pilsner glass.

A-Very clear golden/yellow color with a 1 1/2 inch white head that reduces to a ring around the top and stays with the beer, no lacing.

S-A little weak smell, hard to pick up, a little malt and some grassy notes.

T-Sweet maltiness at the beginning finishing with a nice herbal hop finishing, a very clean aftertaste with just a little bitterness.

M-Good carb, light in body and nice and crisp.

D-Very easy drinking and can be a nice session beer and could go well with a full dinner.

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Photo of Homerbag
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very clear golden body with two finger head that laces down the whole time.

Smells biscuity and clean, not much to the aroma. Taste has a good hop kick that balances out the malts to keep this from becoming an early o'fest. Clean, refreshing water is noticable, great beer for a hot day. Feels good, a lit more carbonated than most, but it lead the way for the refreshing characteristics.

A good beer from a good brewery. I am usually not let down but these guys and I am still not.

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Photo of Tballz420
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There is a great big white head thats floating on this crisp, clear golden colored brew. A few carbonation bubbles rushing to the top. The smell is pretty malty. That goes for the taste too, very smooth, malty flavors dominate the feel of this beer. Some grainy flavors mixed in, slight bitterness. Overall, not a bad drink.

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Photo of roadhouse
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into pils glass

Pours a deep golden, slightly orange color with a one inch white head. Keeps a good cap the whole time and leaves some moderate lacing.

Aroma is malty with a bit of breadiness, and a slight toasty character to it. A moderate amount of spicy hops with a slight herbal presence. Slight DMS knocks it down a bit.

Taste has a good malt presence up front with some more bready notes. Hops come in and are again spicy with a slight herbal tinge. Slight DMS knocks it down a bit.

Mouthfeel is medium-light, clean, crisp, typical for the style.

This was a pretty good version of the style from an American brewer. It seems it's hard to find good lagers available here. This one isn't as good as many German ones but it gets the job done.

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Photo of strattor
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden yellow with a very slight haziness. White, fomay head.

Light aroma is of malt and yeast, and a little lemon.

Light, smooth flavor, but well rounded. Sweet and bready malts, tart lemon, grassy hops--it's all there.

Very smooth, nice mouthfeel.

Very drinkable, though I might lose interest before long due to the light flavor. Good session beer.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.88/5  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.

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Photo of bditty187
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.94/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very malt dominated aroma with a light fresh quality of hops.
Smallish head that dissipated very quickly. Dark gold pushing amber and slightly cloudy.
Bold malt quality with hop spiciness. Hops up front and slightly in finish.
Quite heavy for style, yet lager crispness and a thirst quenching qulaity. Interesting contrast.
Quite a good beer. Close to Schells Pils in richness and malty quality.

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Photo of Vancer
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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Photo of ChiTownHustler
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Derek
3.97/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of bristol2120
3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of alexgash
3.97/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of zjungleist
4/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of GbVDave
4/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of wgk
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of steveh
4.04/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

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Photo of ZAP
4.04/5  rDev +8.9%
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..

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Photo of Pauly2X
4.08/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

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Photo of inebrius
4.09/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

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Photo of malcontent
4.28/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.32/5  rDev +16.4%
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.

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Bavarian Lager from Capital Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 82 ratings.