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Capital Pilsner - Capital Brewery

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80
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144 Ratings
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Ratings: 144
Reviews: 92
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 3
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-16-2002)
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Reviews by MJR:
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MJR

Missouri

3.73/5  rDev +6%

Appearance: Pours a perfectly clear, medium gold with lots of bubbles rising to the surface. It's off-white head starts out small and stays that way, leaving a bit of lace down the side of the glass.

Smell: The aroma is malty and bready, with a touch of herbal hops. A bit on the faint side, but very clean.

Taste: Sharp and clean, with a firm hop bitterness and herbal, citric flavor. The malts are more subdued in this brew, but still come across as bready and faintly sweet. Finishes quickly with a moderate bitterness, along with a sweet bready maltiness.

Mouthfeel: Highly carbonated, with a crisp dryness. This brew could use a bit more body, but it's still pretty good.

Drinkability: Pretty good for what it is. This is a bit more tame than most German pilsners, as it posesses less bitterness and hop flavor. If they would beef it up a notch or two, this would be a great beer.

07-22-2003 18:11:10 | More by MJR
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nqbeer

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -14.8%

12-30-2011 22:44:20 | More by nqbeer
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deebo

Minnesota

4.01/5  rDev +13.9%

A bottle that has been sitting in my cellar for awhile but it's my only one so I'm going to count it.

A-Poured into a pint glass this brew is light golden in color with a slight haze noticed. A thin finger of head quickly recedes to a thin film with some nice lacing on the glass.

S-Pilsener malt with a flowery hop aroma with a hint of fruitiness.

T-Big clean barley malt with a flowery, fruity finish. Low bitterness. Sweeter finish than most.

M-Lower prickly carbonation than most pilseners, which helps give a quick finish with low bitterness.

O-A tasty easy to drink pils. I like the low carbonation which makes for a less crisp, low bitter finish. The little bit of fruitiness although not normal for the style gives a nice edge to this beer. Unfortunately I think this beer had been sitting in my cellar for probably 1.5 years so that may have affected it. However, it doesn't have done so in a bad way with oxidation or DMS enhancement. I'll have to compare with a fresh one to see if indeed this beer has changed much.

10-08-2013 01:50:51 | More by deebo
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bpfrush

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

11-14-2011 17:00:08 | More by bpfrush
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williamjbauer

West Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

05-22-2013 12:40:59 | More by williamjbauer
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ADR

Pennsylvania

3.45/5  rDev -2%

Darker gold color with a clear appearance and a small-bubbled shiny head of 1/4 of an inch. Mostly a hoppy aroma with a far-off sense of green grass and some bread smells. Malt flavors are nuttier than I expected, not overwhelming but more Munchener-like. Hops balance and dry the finish but like a German Pilsner, aren't Bohemian-like in delicate crispness -- more lemony astringent. Kind of an ordinary beast in Capital Brewery's stable of big, bad cold fermenters, but I'll try a few more come the dog days of summer.

01-07-2003 08:14:11 | More by ADR
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.93/5  rDev +11.6%

Appearance: A lighter shade of gold straw color than the 1900 lager, but this one has great head retention from the white sized evenly laced layer of foam. Aroma: Nice zesty Saaz soothe the beer lovers soul in all of us, very well balanced and clean. Taste: Excellent spot of bitterness with some bready biscuit malts, very nice drinkability. Mouthfeel: A bit spritzy with full flavor nice overall feel to this light bodied lager. Drinkability: Excellent well hopped pils what more can I say.

01-11-2004 02:41:30 | More by WVbeergeek
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zjungleist

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev +10.8%

Very slighly brown straw color and slightly hazy, with a nice head a good lacing. Smells of grassy hops and sweet malts. Taste is also sweet with a grassy hop flavor, plus a clean, yeasty, and sweet aftertaste, with a bit of bitter hops and grain flavors. Mouthfeel is slighly slick and fairly carbonated. A fine pilsner in my opinion.

04-04-2006 03:49:59 | More by zjungleist
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cokes

Wisconsin

4.1/5  rDev +16.5%

The is a heck of a nice pilsner, whether or not that is your thing.
Pours yellow (not really golden..just yellow), with a milky head that does not fade quickly.
Hoppy and grassy with some trace maltiness on the nose.
Goes down nicely with the sharp, herbacious hop snap balanced out with a crackery malt body. Well put together. Very smooth. Very authentic.
Perfect beer for outside on a summer's day. Grab the boat, get the tackle box and go. Supremely drinkable.
Hugely refreshing, but with substance.
A choice pils.

05-19-2002 22:57:04 | More by cokes
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pmcadamis

Illinois

3.45/5  rDev -2%

A - A slightly hazy gold brew resides a crusty three finger head that leaves a ton of sandy lace behind.

S - Grainy and slightly fruity notes combine with some acrid sharp hop notes to make an interesting aroma. Smells very much "to style" with saltine cracker and saaz hop notes.

T - More aggressive than the nose. This is very floral and spicy....like roses with black pepper sprinkled on them. Red apple skin and orange juice round out the flavors and make this a bit more diverse than a standard German pils.

M - Medium bodied, acidic, aggressively carbonated, and dry as hell on a hot day.

D - This is a biting beer in both flavor and mouthfeel. Quenching, but somehow makes you more thirsty after the really dry finish. This is a pretty good pils that can stand up to some of the real krauts.

07-24-2008 04:39:16 | More by pmcadamis
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Basic Pils ala Capital Brewery. Mainstream, shall we say, with more hops than you might get elsewhere but still very American as opposed to European / malt kind of dominates overall, but without a great depth of character. Still, refreshing and flavorful, and always welcome.

08-18-2014 02:52:20 | More by NeroFiddled
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dirtylou

Washington

3.63/5  rDev +3.1%

12oz single, Woodman's-West Side

appearance: pours a pale golden color, pretty clean and clear, fluffy and soapy white head forms and lasts, nice and bubbly

smell: fresh hops on the nose, somewhat floral, defined spice aroma, malt backbone

taste: herbal and spicy, lightly floral hops, bready malts, a somewhat crisp lemon flavor. Decent pils

mouthfeel: clean and crisp, very dry finish

drinkability: certainly a session

12-10-2005 02:21:44 | More by dirtylou
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev +3.7%

It's nice to find an American-made pils that tries to emulate the best of the Euros. The appearance is maybe the best I've seen, with thick lacing and head. The aroma is pretty spot-on too, a touch sour with bread grains and spicy hops. The taste, unfortunately is just a little off. It's almost like the grains are too sweet. There's just a little something missing that's keeping this from being a great pils. Still, it's worth checking out. Nothing bland here.

06-06-2007 23:47:48 | More by tempest
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BeerCheese

Wisconsin

3.93/5  rDev +11.6%

Light yellow and a little hazy. Big fluffy white head. Hardly any bubbles rising. Almost looks flat except for the head. Hops evident both in the aroma and taste. Medium body and carbonation. Very drinkable beer. I think I'll have another very soon!

12-29-2007 06:27:53 | More by BeerCheese
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DrunkMcDermott

Illinois

3.6/5  rDev +2.3%

My impression of Capital's beers has been that they hew a little too closely to specifics of a beer style. This makes for good, drinkable beers, and their packaging suggests they are aiming for big grocery shelves; but they aren't really going for anything bold.

That said, though, this is a beer with a little toasty taste after an initial sugary hit. Mild hop flavor. Actually a good American example of this style.

09-18-2003 13:33:29 | More by DrunkMcDermott
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.43/5  rDev -2.6%

A fairly recent addition to the Oklahoma beer market, here's hoping they send some of their stronger stuff in the future...

Pours an effervescent gold with 2 fingers of fluffy ivory colored head. Good head retention & lacing

S: Grassyness & not much else...

T: Grassyness, soapyness & breadyness & some mineral dryness. More soapyness & crackery dryness as this warms. Finishes with much grassyness & soapyness, perhaps too much

MF: Light/medium bodied, light carbonation & pretty good balance

Pretty drinkable, but not terribly interesting, but clean enough that I could do 3 or 4 while watching a game if pressed. A bit more malt & hops is in order to hold my interest. Come on Capital, send us bocks & dopples please!

03-16-2010 02:57:33 | More by russpowell
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jackndan

Illinois

3.6/5  rDev +2.3%

Special Pilsner: this is a fine, classic pilsner, in fact it comes not far from being a definitive pilsner, certainly as close as I’ve seen from the US.

My smart ass notes says “not yellow.” In fact this brew was a fairly robust gold color with a decent, puffy white head that left more than a little bit of lace down the sides.

The taste was spectacularly well balanced, there were hops and malts battling the entire way down the gullet. In the end, one has to give the nod to the hops, as they seemed to win out at the end.

A very nice, traditional pils, as fine as you’ll see on this side of the pond.

05-23-2003 21:39:44 | More by jackndan
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bditty187

Nebraska

3.65/5  rDev +3.7%

Translucent with a straw-yellow hue. Good-sized white head (about a finger’s worth), good retention with a reasonable amount of lace. Understated nose, really faintly spiciness, noticeable earthy hops, some malt too. The palate is low-key, lightly malty with a noticeable hops bite, mildly grassy, creamy. The finish is somewhat crisp with little lingering sweetness that melts with the subtle carbonation… well done. Medium-light body. Very drinkable, this is session beer material for a hot summer’s day. This is a top-notch Pilsner and something I’d recommend for the far to few Pilsner fans on BA.

I must say this is one of the worst names for a beer I have ever seen. “Special Pilsner”… how boring and nondescript.

04-14-2003 15:15:55 | More by bditty187
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PhantomVodoo

Ohio

3.4/5  rDev -3.4%

Hazed to cloudy brownish golden that looks like a very light caramel color. Off-white head.
Aroma dominated by grainy malt. Some earthy hops and corn as well.

Taste also prominent in grainy malts. Earthy hops provide a slight crispness, but are understated IMHO.

Good mouthfeel and drinkability although a little too grainy and sweet.
Overall a decent to solid pilsner.
Thanks to Blatzman for the bottle!

12-25-2003 05:20:50 | More by PhantomVodoo
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shbobdb

Indiana

4.9/5  rDev +39.2%

Dated 11-17-2005
HOLY CRAP! This is the best pilsner I've ever had, and I've had quite a few. It pours a nice penny colour and WOW, spicy without spice! The hop usage here is exceptional! Couple that with the malt and WOW-EEEE! This is a BEER, goddamnit!

All must bow down to number one.

Appearance: 5
Smell: 5
Taste: 5
Mouthfeel: 5
Drinkability: 5

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Dated 7-9-2008
I first reviewed this beer when I was new to BA. I had just moved to Indiana from Wisconsin and was looking for a site that would help me find good beers. But I still had a soft-spot for Wisconsin beers. Well, you know what? I still do, and I gotta say my opinion of this beer hasn't changed much. While I appreciate a Jever or a Prima Pils for their knock-you-over-the-head-with-hops approach, there is a great deal to be said for just a nice pils.

It has a good, solid earthy nose, the taste is sweet pilsner malt without the sulfurous twang that sometimes rears its ugly head and a nice dry finish. A very nice mix between earthy German hops and nice German malts.

A touch of sulfur on the nose (but not found in the flavor, happily enough) is the only fault I can find. Man, this is a good beer. Just a straight-forward balanced pils. I love it.

11-17-2005 23:52:46 | More by shbobdb
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hotstuff

Indiana

2.6/5  rDev -26.1%

I found this beer to be lackluster in that it lacked character, aroma and flavor. It poured a small sized white head that contained fine sized bubbles that completely dissipated. The body was carbonated and clear with a golden hue. The nose was lightly malty and fruity with a light bitter flavor. The mouthfeel was smooth, thin and watery texture and light bodied. The lacing was very, very sparse. This beer is nothing to get excited about in my opinion.

10-26-2003 23:21:40 | More by hotstuff
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dexterk1

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

08-02-2014 23:19:14 | More by dexterk1
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Kunstman

Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

03-09-2013 03:34:35 | More by Kunstman
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beersdmf17

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

06-26-2012 20:53:53 | More by beersdmf17
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emerge077

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev +13.1%

Into a narrow stange glass, Capital Pilsner pours a brilliant straw gold, with a billowing sticky mass of foam on top. The head slowly settles to about a fingers width eventually, but not before coating the glass with delicate lacing. Looks great, like a very traditional pils judging by the look of it.

Soft floral and grass notes segue into a sweet doughy biscuit aroma, fresh and clean, some light minerals also.

Lightly malty biscuit flavors, trace hop florals, very low level bitterness in the dry aftertaste. Clean with a soft feel, not especially biting or crisp, but flavorful. Overall it's a winner, worth sessioning at summer bbq's or by the pool.

06-24-2011 00:26:38 | More by emerge077
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Capital Pilsner from Capital Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 144 ratings.