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Capital Pilsner - Capital Brewery

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149 Ratings
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Ratings: 149
Reviews: 95
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 12.78%
Wants: 2
Gots: 6 | 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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1.5/5  rDev -57.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -29%

Photo of ibashmuck
2.58/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Purchased as part of "build-your-own-six-pack" at local grocer. Poured your basic "beer yellow", with a small head. Smelled a touch sweet, but mostly just hoppy. A bit too bitter/grapefruity for my liking, but not terrible. Just not one of favs.

Photo of hero27
2.58/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Medium golden color.. Frothy head dies pretty quickly and leaves spotty lacing at best.

Smell: Grainy, typical pilsner aroma. Nothing very distinct at all.

Taste: I'm not a big fan of Pilsners, but if they are well-made, they don't taste bland like this one did. Initially, the taste is not too bad, but it dies off very quickly leaving me a bit dissapointed. Very similar in smell & taste to Leine's original.. a little darker, a little thicker, a little better overall.. but nothing too impressive.

Mouthfeel: Decent mouthfeel. There really is no redeeming or unique quality in this beer. It tastes like a typical lager, with very little effort put into the quality of the brew.

Drinkability: Drinkability is probably it's only redeeming characteristic. If you didn't mind the taste, you could easily drink quite a few of these Pilsners. Whether you'd want to or not, well..that's for you to decide.

Photo of hotstuff
2.59/5  rDev -26.4%
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.

Photo of znichols
2.62/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- a light gold beer with a slight hazy character. Small head dissipated quickly. leaves little to no lacing. looks pretty standard.

S-Hmm, the aroma is a little better. light lemon and soft, buttery malt. a touch of straw. Not a ton going on. Subtle aroma but not aweful. Nothing "off" about it.

T- The taste aint great. Very, very light flavor. I like a very easy drinking beer on occasion but this is not far from an MGD. Very slight spicy hops, a little bit of sweetness from the malt. Thats about it. Maybe a little bit of cereal flavor if you look for it. Not much bitterness.

M- The mouthfeel is about the same as a Pabst. Very light body with moderate to high carbonation.

O- A good pilsner should be light-bodied, very crisp, and have a firm, spicy hop flavor and bright bitterness. There really isn't much of that here other than being light. I would liken this to a step up from a Miller product. This is a modern version of your dad's nostalgia lager. Not even as flavorful/hefty as a spotted cow. I'm sure this beer is exactly what capital was shooting for, and it probably sells well during the hot, humid months, but i won't seek it out again. Lakefront's Klisch is a much better example of the style from a local brewer.

Photo of mckajd03
2.63/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Hazy straw color with a large white foamy head. Should be a lot clearer than it is.
S - Strong corn aroma with a small hint of noble hops.
T - The corn aroma continues in the flavor. Very one sided, and too sweet. Hop presence should be stronger and more complex.
M - Clean and crisp, but there's an astringent finish from the corn flavor.
O - Very forgettable if not off-putting. There are much better pilsners on the shelves.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.66/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a gold body with a small, fleeting white head.

Smell: Light pilsner maltiness. A bit of floral, a bit of spice. There's some sulphur in the nose, with all the other parts of the scent coming together to bring my of a just opened can of salad shrimp.

Taste: Pilsner malts with a slight sweetness. Sulphury sourness. Spicy hops bring a mild bitterness, not nearly enough to take your mind off that sour grain taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: I did not care for this one. It didn't bring anything worthwhile to the table (special or otherwise).

Photo of CreamCity
2.68/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into pint glass

S- Citrus, grains

A- 1 finger head, minimal lacing, average head retention, clear with moderate carbonation, looks like watered down apple juice

T- Slight hop presence, corny

M- Crisp, wet feel, finishes dry

O- Decent pilsner. If I was served this in a glass next to an MGD I don't know if I could tell the difference. Expected more from a micro.

Photo of Shiloh
2.75/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I expected more out of this brew than what I recieved. Disappointing! The colour was what I anticipated as a medium golden hue. The head was minimal at best and the carbonation very light.
The body was a medium/full and the nose was a tad grainy.
The taste was heavy and lingering of yeast.
Nothing crisp and clean here.
Bottle says "German style" but the taste says "British" to me.

Photo of Dogbrick
2.82/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I didn't find this to be too bad at all, noticeably better than the 1900. Unfortunately even the best Pils will never score big with me because I am just not a fan of the particular style. Typical Pils color/aroma. Medium bitter finish that turned mildly sour. I couldn't detect much malt at all. I am hoping for better from the rest of my Capital sampler.

Photo of nqbeer
3/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of engberg88
3/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of stanale
3/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of brandoman63
3/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of rjmclaw
3/5  rDev -14.8%

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3/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of Joefisherman
3/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of Stevedore
3/5  rDev -14.8%

On tap at Capital Brewery. 12oz poured into a plastic cup 9/2/2014.

A- Clear golden yellow body with a two finger white head with OK retention time; leaves a thin collar and plenty of lacing as I drink the beer. [3]

S- Grainy pale malt, a bit of lemon, crackers and noble hops. Pretty much what I expected from a Capital-brewed pilsner. [3]

F- Grainy freshly made crackers, bread, a bit of pepper, a bit of lemon, but mostly the crackers, bread and yeast. Pretty solid flavour profile. [3]

M- Lighter bodied, a bit overcarbonated, but crisp and refreshingly dry. Pretty easy to drink. [3]

O- Solid pilsner, nothing too substantial or special but it's a good one to have at a party or gathering. [3]

Final score: 3.00

Photo of birchstick
3/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of durwood64
3/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of Westuh
3/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of hopdog
3.03/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle.

Poured a medium and cloudy golden color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of grain, some grass, floral and sweet malts. For a second there, I swear I smelled strawberries (I wonder where that came from). Tastes of grain and some sweet malts.

Notes from: 11/20/05

Photo of stoutman
3.05/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pleasant if not a particularly hoppy pilsener. Hop profile is more german (hallertau) then czech (not saazy at all). Pleasant malt richness, but not quite hoppy enough to fit a quality pilsener definition. Malty sweet taste with a nice carbonation on this one, the slight hint of hops show through with the after taste being mostly that of malt and light hops.

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.15/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Capital Pilsner pours a bright golden color with a nice size head. Very weak aroma, some malts but there is almost no aroma. There is a slightly malty taste, a bit watery. Easy to drink but the flavor is very weak, but there are weaker pils out there. Overall its not a BAD beer, but just very weak.

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Capital Pilsner from Capital Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 149 ratings.