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Capital Pilsner - Capital Brewery

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140 Ratings
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Ratings: 140
Reviews: 91
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 12.78%
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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roadhouse

Florida

3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a pils glass

Pours a hazy golden color with a one inch white head. It sinks to a skim and leaves lots of lacing on the glass.

Aroma is pretty weak overall, there's light grainy notes with a decent hoppy character that is spicy and grassy.

Taste has a grainy malt flavor with slight biscuit notes followed by hops that join in the middle. Spicy, grassy, and herbal, typical noble hop character.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, the usual clean lager character with a crisp bite.

This was a pretty good Pilsner. There's definitely better examples out there but pretty good for an American version.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2009 06:58:50 | More by roadhouse
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dirtylou

Washington

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

Serving type: bottle

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

Wisconsin

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2011 04:15:03 | More by scaliasux
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beveragecaptain

New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. This beer pours out a slightly darker than expected golden brown color. Big bubble carbonation. There is a large head right after the pour that quickly fades. Grain aroma with a small amount of hops, and a little fruit. Malty flavor with some grass. This beer has a nice bitterness. Moderate hop flavor. Mouthfeel is medium. This is a pretty good pils, but I like their Brennan's Golden Pils a little better.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2005 23:28:33 | More by beveragecaptain
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AtLagerHeads

Ohio

3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is another of the exceptionally clear lagers from Capital. The body on this edition is dark gold to light amber with a slight reddish cast. Much darker and redder than a typical Pilsener. The head came up very high and was just off-white by a shade or two - almost an ivory. Very puffy and frothy. The head lingered a bit and shrank eventually to a thin layer that continued to lace quite nicely. The nose is mostly hops, but fairly light. The flavor comes through as malt with some decent, but restrained hopping. This seems not heavily Saaz hopped and under-hopped for a Pils. Very little bitterness, mostly it is dry. Pleasant but not representative. The body is light and a tad bit watery, and not particularly crisp. Drinkable and pleasant enough for a session.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2003 17:46:18 | More by AtLagerHeads
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Wildman

Ohio

3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It pured a light gold color. It formed a nice white head and left some nice lace. It had an aroma of hops and citrus. The flavor was also of hops and citrus. While this is an alright beer, there are much better pilsners out there.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2002 08:04:05 | More by Wildman
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a 6-pack of this from Friar Tucks in IL, $9.99. Honestly I loved the Bavarian Lager so I thought this would also be good:

The beer is crystal clear, pale golden colored, minimal head with no retention and little lace. I get some light grass and hops spice in the nose, otherwise mostly fresh bread. The taste is bready and spicy, a little metallic and bitter. Not really anything too exceptional but maybe appropriate for a German Pilsner. Average body, lots of carbonation, easy to drink but not exceptional by any measure. I expected more after the Bavarian Lager and Autumnal Fire but maybe it's hard to attain too much within the pilsner style (not my favorite). I'll keep trying their beers as I find them, they do seem to approach German styles with conviction.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2009 01:19:13 | More by TurdFurgison
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StaveHooks

Oklahoma

3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours hazy golden with a frothy white head. No lacing.

S - Wet grain, grassy hops, mineral yeast.

T - Noble hops combined with a honey kissed, bready malt, some lemon and wet grass, clean grain on the back half.

M - Creamy wet body turns semi-dry on the finish.

A good drinker. This isn't breaking the mold, smooth and quite tasty.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2011 22:21:41 | More by StaveHooks
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mynie

Indiana

3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark, hazy yellow like the lagers of yore. Nice head.

Harsh odors of old grain. If there's anything synthetic here, it's not coming through the nose. Very crisp, zippy pilsner aroma.

Very crisp, zippy pilsner taste, too. Sweet malt with a wide variety of simple veggies. Like standing in a field, almost. You know that really fresh, natural scent. It's like that. Nice, but not great.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2005 07:29:51 | More by mynie
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.61/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours slightly hazed golden yellow with a thin head that soon becomes a thin wisp. Little lacing sticks.

The smell is of mild grain with soft floral notes.

The taste is of honey and grainy sweetness that leads to a soft, balancing floral dryness in the finish.

It is smooth and pretty crisp.

A nice, basic pils here.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2013 02:48:34 | More by jwc215
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DrunkMcDermott

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2003 21:39:44 | More by jackndan
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Tballz420

Minnesota

3.6/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Theres a good sized white bubbly head atop a crisp golden colored brew. Lots of little bubbles rising up. The smell is a nice grainy scent. As for the taste, its dominated by a crisp, grainy taste, pretty smooth overall. Not much of a hop presence. This is not a bad beer by any stretch of the imagination.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2003 20:12:08 | More by Tballz420
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churchillps

Texas

3.6/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Pilsner Urquell glass.

A pale golden pilsner with large amounts of carbonation and a thick fluffy head with solid retention. Smells of rice, grains, and a hint of hops. I agree with whoever said they wanted more floral tones -- it was definitely lacking in this pilsner. Tasted good, but nothing special. Clean and crisp finish, mild bitterness, and an unfortunately menial amount of hop flavor. Was smooth and good to drink, just wish it packed a little more flavor and diversity.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2008 23:51:03 | More by churchillps
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longarm

Maryland

3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a plain, dark yellow with tints of orange. It is also moderately carbonated with fine bubbles moving through the glass, but head retention is poor.

A fine aroma of pilsner malt permeates the nose accompanied by noble hops. A basic aroma relatively, but not bad.

Flavor is initially astringent with a two-stage finish. First it's crisp, but the astringency appears again at the end leaving things a little rough around the edges of the tongue.

Mouthfeel is decent and demonstrates a fair amount of body for a pilsner.

Overall the malt bill reminds me of Capital's 1900 lager. Hops is a little more pronounced, which may contribute to the somewhat overly bitter profile. This beer isn't bad, but I would rather have a 1900 instead of this, since it seems a little more balanced. However, I can see why some reviewers might prefer this, especially if they like things a little more bitter.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2005 22:59:08 | More by longarm
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: I like my pilsners to be clear and golden and this one is honey-colored and cloudy; otherwise, it is a decent looker with a nice cap that leaves clumps of lace behind

Smell: The minerals in the water jump out, along with hints of sulphur and grassy hops; bready underneath

Taste: Bready malts, up front, with a growing grassy hop and sulphur character developing by mid-palate; after the swallow, the flavor profile is joined by a sweet hint of honey

Mouthfeel; Medium body with moderate carbonation; lacks crispness

Overall: A number of interesting aspects to this pilsner but it also is lacking in terms of its hop profile and mouthfeel

Thanks, chocosushi, for the opportunity

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2011 20:00:34 | More by brentk56
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samie85

Illinois

3.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes; originally 6/6/2010

A-Golden color with a one finger white head.

S-Grassy hops with a grainy note.

T-Bitter, grassy hops upfront with light malt and a dry, bitter finish.

M-Drying and light mouthfeel. Light-bodied with low carbonation for the style.

D-Easy drinking and I appreciate the low carbonation, but otherwise to style. The low carbonation plays into the great drinkability on this one.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2010 01:26:06 | More by samie85
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chocosushi

Oklahoma

3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz -> Pint

A ~ Dark Straw

S ~ Yeastbread, moss, prairie grass, musk

T ~ Malt, Caramelized onions, English bitter hops, leaves, fresh wheat toast, sour yeast... little oak smokiness as it warms.

M ~ Peppery complexity, goods bittering on palette, best ice cold

D ~ A good beer for the Summer, would not drink all the time but better than alot of American Pils I've had. I like the sour trait as well.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2011 00:38:35 | More by chocosushi
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brewcrew76

Wisconsin

3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pale clear yellow with a thin white head.

S - Sweet bready malts with some spicy noble hops.

T - Grainy malt with spicy, herbal and grassy noble hops. A touch vegetal.

M - Light with high carbonation almost giving it a tart flavor.

D - A decent easy drinking pilsner.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2010 00:01:36 | More by brewcrew76
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alexgash

Connecticut

3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a special dark golden with a dense, glass-crawling white head. Smells of lightly sweet corn bread malt. Hops are there, but a bit on the metallic side. Butter cookies and cooked veggies up front. Modest hop bitterness follows. Biscuit malt finish. Light bodied feel. Nothing too "special", but good overall. Capital has yet to disappoint in the lager department.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2004 04:12:07 | More by alexgash
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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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beersdmf17

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

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

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

07-29-2012 03:18:04 | More by enelson
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Ri0

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

07-30-2012 00:30:34 | More by Ri0
Capital Pilsner from Capital Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 140 ratings.