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Capital Pilsner - Capital Brewery

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80
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145 Ratings
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Ratings: 145
Reviews: 93
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 12.78%
Wants: 3
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Capital Brewery visit their website
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 scaliasux:
Photo of scaliasux
3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance - Light yellow. Some haze. Well carbonated. Short white fizzy head - not persistent.

Smell - Moderate pale malt. Not picking up any hops.

Taste - Moderately strong pale malt that is quickly balanced by a hearty lemony bitterness. A little bit of a sour aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Light and very crisp.

Overall - Light and refreshing, but not tasteless. A good quality pilsner, if that's what you're looking for.

scaliasux, Apr 25, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of nqbeer
3/5  rDev -14.8%

nqbeer, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of deebo
4.01/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

deebo, Oct 08, 2013
Photo of bpfrush
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

bpfrush, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of williamjbauer
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

williamjbauer, May 22, 2013
Photo of ADR
3.45/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

ADR, Jan 07, 2003
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.93/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

WVbeergeek, Jan 11, 2004
Photo of zjungleist
3.9/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

zjungleist, Apr 04, 2006
Photo of cokes
4.1/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

cokes, May 19, 2002
Photo of pmcadamis
3.45/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

pmcadamis, Jul 24, 2008
Photo of NeroFiddled
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.

NeroFiddled, Aug 18, 2014
Photo of dirtylou
3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

dirtylou, Dec 10, 2005
Photo of tempest
3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

tempest, Jun 07, 2007
Photo of BeerCheese
3.93/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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!

BeerCheese, Dec 29, 2007
Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.6/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

DrunkMcDermott, Sep 18, 2003
Photo of russpowell
3.43/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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!

russpowell, Mar 16, 2010
Photo of jackndan
3.6/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

jackndan, May 23, 2003
Photo of bditty187
3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

bditty187, Apr 14, 2003
Photo of PhantomVodoo
3.4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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!

PhantomVodoo, Dec 25, 2003
Photo of shbobdb
4.9/5  rDev +39.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

shbobdb, Nov 17, 2005
Photo of hotstuff
2.6/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

hotstuff, Oct 26, 2003
Photo of dexterk1
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

dexterk1, Aug 03, 2014
Photo of Kunstman
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

Kunstman, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of beersdmf17
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

beersdmf17, Jun 26, 2012
Photo of emerge077
3.98/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

emerge077, Jun 24, 2011
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Capital Pilsner from Capital Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 145 ratings.