Capital Pilsner - Capital Brewery

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Reviews: 93
Hads: 151
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 9.22%
Wants: 2
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-16-2002

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Reviews: 93 | Hads: 151
Photo of brentk56
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
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 (695 characters)

Photo of Tballz420
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
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. (306 characters)

Photo of longarm
3.59/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (914 characters)

Photo of StaveHooks
3.59/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (339 characters)

Photo of samie85
3.58/5  rDev 0%
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. (420 characters)

Photo of jackndan
3.57/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (637 characters)

Photo of scaliasux
3.57/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (423 characters)

Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.56/5  rDev -0.6%
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. (420 characters)

Photo of brewcrew76
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
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. (275 characters)

Photo of alexgash
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
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. (368 characters)

Photo of chocosushi
3.52/5  rDev -1.7%
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. (410 characters)

Photo of Homerbag
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark gold color with thinner head that retains somewhat well.

Notes of earth, noble hops and some malt, mineral water aroma. Tastes of some floral noble hops, not the spicy saaz that you would expect from a pils. Malt and clean water balance out the palate. Proper carbonation and light feel.

Overall a good beer, nothing to memorable, but not bad. I would order it on a menu at a resturant, but probably won't be on the top of my list to bring it home. (456 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden with a good head. Some head retention, not much lacing. The smell is crisp and with good noble hop aromas, but with an underlying aroma of lager yeast. The taste is similar. Crisp, slightly soft, and with floral hops. The mouthfeel is soft and a touch creamy. Not bad, but I wouldn't go out of my to look for it. I suppose if it were local to me I'd drink it. (372 characters)

Photo of marc77
3.46/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dark straw and clear in hue, topped by a sticky well retained head that leaves Belgian lace. The understated aroma is a combination of an herbal hop nose, light lemony tartness and mellow graininess. Aromawise, it's like their 1900 minus the sweet corn notes. Moderate, clean hop bitterness is perceived at first, then gives way to lightly toasty and sweet pilsner malt notes. Mild floral and herbal perhaps Spalt hop flavor. Lightly bodied, with a crisp, dry, well attenuated mouthfeel. Finishes dry w/ hop bitterness and bready malt fading quickly. Capital has brewed a well balanced, quaffable pilsner. With more body and malt character this would've been outstanding. (678 characters)

Photo of ADR
3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
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. (520 characters)

Photo of Oxymoron
3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Isnt that special? Pours a mostly cloudy, straw yellow golden color with some darker golden hues throughout. A rocky head with some bigger bubbles and not much lacing through the tasting. But good retention.

The nose is super grainy. Very distinct German pilsner notes with some malty backings. Some minor husky note but not over the top. The hops are not really there. Would like some hops although with pils, not much. Very clean yeast although some is noticeable.

The taste is more balanced with malty sweetness and German pils notes. Some good grainy backing with limited husky notes. Good backing. Some minor tannic notes but not over the top. The hops were limited with a minor bitterness that could use some balance. Some distinct floral hop notes on the back end. Some yeasty notes as well that is a bit of a distraction, but mostly clean.

The body is moderate but does have a dry finish. Carbonation is low, could use a bit more. Overall great malt profile but would like a bit more hops to balance and some minor yeast issues. (1,039 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.44/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Firm, frothy head, pale yellowy color. Good aromatics, fresh, floral nose. Taste is happily zingy, with an impressive hop presence on the palate, nice touch of sweetness, nowhere near as dry as Pilsner Urquell, just for example. Finish is sadly bland. A drinkable pils, but I'm not sure what makes it special. (309 characters)

Photo of pmcadamis
3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
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. (803 characters)

Photo of sweethome
3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours golden, true to German style - so much darker than American pils. 1 finger head of large bubbles. Produces a nice lace as consumed. Slight, sweet nose. Noble hops evident. Very clean, bready malt flavors. A bit grainy as it warms up. Hops cleanse somewhat, but leaves a long sweet finish. Bittering comes back late.

I prefer more hop bittering and flavor, but this is executed to style. A beer to introduce macro drinkers to real beer. (444 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.41/5  rDev -4.7%
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! (727 characters)

Photo of abrand
3.41/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce twist off topped bottle poured into a pilsener glass. Looks like there is a new label for this beer that is different than the pictured above.

The German Pils pours a clear straw golden color with a quick dissolving head that leaves no lacing. Aromas are mostly breads and grains. No sweetness is noticed but some hop characteristics. Smell is mediocre at best. Quaff has plenty of doughs and a slight presence of malts. Sort of watery, sort of plain, nothing special. Mouthfeel is watery and has a dry finish. I may be biased on this since it is not my favorite style but I'm not sure I can handle more than 1 of these at a time. Just not much too any of the characteristics. Pretty straight forward beer with an okay drinkability. (743 characters)

Photo of WastingFreetime
3.4/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Has a clear light golden yellow color (as it should) with a one finger white foam collar that leaves behind minimal lacing. Smells of light grains with a hint of corn adjunct aroma and mild herbal hopping. Flavor is a strange beast: It seems to be a combination of German Pilsner-styled hopping with Czech Pilsner-styled levels of malt dryness, texture, and crispness. The corn aroma has nearly no matching presence at all in the actual flavor, but the herbal hopping certainly does make a solid presence in the finish. The body is appropriately light and snappy with carbonation. Overall, a rather solid if strangely dry pilsner. (630 characters)

Photo of PhantomVodoo
3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
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! (415 characters)

Photo of daledeee
3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice yellow color with medium head and lace that stays. Nose is a little spicy. Taste is quite hoppy with just a little malt. I will try this again but it almost has a soapy taste.

It's just hard for me to give high marks to lagers. Too many are the same. This one is unique but I am not sure in a good way. (319 characters)

Photo of wiscokid920
3.33/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into pint glass

A- Clear straw colored. White frothy one finger head with nice retention and lacing.

S- Grains, corn, and some subtle noble hop notes.

T- Honey sweetness, bready malts, grains with a touch of hop bitterness on the end.

M- Light body, nice carbonation. Clean and crisp up front and dry on the end.

O- Was quite surprised by the sweetness of this pils. I prefer mine to have more of a hop profile, but overall it’s a decent offering. (474 characters)

Capital Pilsner from Capital Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 93 ratings.