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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:
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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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Photo of scootercrabb
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

scootercrabb, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of Crstumpf
3/5  rDev -14.8%

Crstumpf, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of znichols
2.6/5  rDev -26.1%
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.

znichols, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of WastingFreetime
3.43/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

WastingFreetime, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of durwood64
3/5  rDev -14.8%

durwood64, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of schomber
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

schomber, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of nqbeer
3/5  rDev -14.8%

nqbeer, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of Grebdioz
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Grebdioz, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of Nofear048
4/5  rDev +13.6%

Nofear048, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of brandoman63
3/5  rDev -14.8%

brandoman63, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of barnzy78
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

barnzy78, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of bpfrush
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

bpfrush, Nov 14, 2011
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.

mckajd03, Nov 10, 2011
Photo of StaveHooks
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.

StaveHooks, Oct 19, 2011
Photo of brentk56
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

brentk56, Sep 17, 2011
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
Photo of chocosushi
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.

chocosushi, Jun 07, 2011
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
Photo of BieresDesMoines
3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a pale yellow color with a nice head that is well retained and leaves some lace. The aroma is plenty of fresh hay with some nice sweet floral maltiness and a bit of good if mild noble hop note. The flavor is plenty of herbal hoppiness, very clean with a overall dry character. Very crisp and easy to drink, but plenty bitter. The maltiness comes through with a mild toastiness and a bright but dry bready character. The palate is nice, this drinks very easily and it should but there is enough sharpness in there to give it a very pleasant mouthfeel. I'm glad I got this relatively fresh. I very glad Capital beer has come back to Iowa. I missed it.

BieresDesMoines, Dec 20, 2010
Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass. 4.7% ABV, 0700 on the neck.

A - Very lightly hazy, this brew pours a pale straw yellow color with a firm stark white head. Good retention eventually leads to thick lace coating the glass.

S - Touches of lemongrass spice up the German pils aroma that's rich with pilsner malts, a soft mineral hint and moderate noble hops finishes it up. A touch of corn-chip comes through faintly in the back.

T - Hard mineral water is the base for this brew, letting pilsner malts take over briefly before switching to a little citrus note with noble hops.

M - Crisp and light-bodied, it's a hard pilsner with a moderately high carbonation finish and crisp refreshment. Just above average though.

D - Good drinkability from another nice Capital lager. Has good qualities but needs a little work. The lemongrass hint in the nose is nice.

BeerFMAndy, Nov 04, 2010
Photo of Thorpe429
3.78/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a pilsner glass. Appearance is straw yellow. Very transparent with a white head with good lasting power. Nose is a bit grainy with some floral characteristics and a bit of an herbal, earthy quality. Taste is light noble hops with grain. Feel is light and crisp and this drinks quite well overall.

Thorpe429, Nov 03, 2010
Photo of Duff27
3.88/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Medium golden-yellow with a one-fingered head that recedes after a minute or two. Minimal lacing left.

S- Grassy with some lemon zest. Some spiciness perhaps.

T- Some noble hops here but nothing overpowers. Grass/bread. Just an easy drinker all the way around.

M- Clean, crisp...very pleasant mouthfeel.

D/O- What a refreshing offering from Capital. Consider me pleasantly surprised after too many "misses" from them recently.

Duff27, Nov 02, 2010
Photo of tapman
4.08/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A golden, transparent brew with a less than substantial head. This one looks like the average lager minus a large, frothy head.

Big noble hop aroma...and I mean big. Very spicy, so American noble hops? Or just a shit load of imported nobles. I'm thinking something like Hallertauer, something spicier than Saaz. Malt is low, which it should be, and the yeast and everything is very clean. Smells better than some imported pilsners. I'm looking at you Kalnapilis.

A sweet, light honey maltiness with super bready hops. Yeast is clean, no DMS or any other off flavors. A little bitterness in the finish, though still quite crisp.

Super crisp with a nice bitter bite in the finish with a satisfying dry pucker at the end. Once again, clean.

A satisfying garten brau. I could drink ALL of these.

tapman, Aug 10, 2010
Photo of samie85
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.

samie85, Jul 08, 2010
Photo of brewcrew76
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.

brewcrew76, Jul 03, 2010
Capital Pilsner from Capital Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 145 ratings.