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Capital Pilsner - Capital Brewery

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Capital PilsnerCapital Pilsner

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Ratings: 144
Reviews: 92
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 12.5%
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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Photo of pmcadamis


3.45/5  rDev -2%

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.

07-24-2008 04:39:16 | More by pmcadamis
Photo of jzlyo


3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

12-26-2013 01:05:26 | More by jzlyo
Photo of Chucker17

South Dakota

3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

08-08-2013 03:48:58 | More by Chucker17
Photo of Kunstman


3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

03-09-2013 03:34:35 | More by Kunstman
Photo of Localdrinklax


3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

03-27-2012 19:33:39 | More by Localdrinklax
Photo of Oxymoron


3.45/5  rDev -2%

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.

09-29-2005 01:24:31 | More by Oxymoron
Photo of StaveHooks


3.63/5  rDev +3.1%

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.

10-19-2011 22:21:41 | More by StaveHooks
Photo of Canada_Dan


3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

07-01-2014 16:06:52 | More by Canada_Dan
Photo of SkinniePost


3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

04-10-2014 22:15:11 | More by SkinniePost
Photo of bump8628


3.83/5  rDev +8.8%

Light straw in color with a finger of white head that turns into some light lacing.

Herbal/floral hops in the nose leading to a nice bitter and crisp pilsener. Hops have plenty of bite on the palate exhibiting herbal, minty, and spicy flavors. Malt is crisp and clean. Finishes nice and dry.

A solid pilsener.

01-13-2010 01:45:35 | More by bump8628
Photo of Wildman


3.63/5  rDev +3.1%

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.

07-13-2002 08:04:05 | More by Wildman
Photo of rorjets


3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

01-25-2014 19:52:19 | More by rorjets
Photo of vette2006c5r

South Dakota

3.18/5  rDev -9.7%

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.

11-25-2012 06:22:32 | More by vette2006c5r
Photo of Mdog


4.08/5  rDev +15.9%

Appearance: Clear gold, moderate sized head.

Smell: Grassy hops.

Taste: Very nice grassy hop bite, but not too intense. Balanced by a nice breadiness.

Mouthfeel: Just fine for a pils, not too heavy.

Drinkability: I could have several of this in a session.

It's great to find another pilsner with a good hop bite. I will definitely pick this one up again for a good session beer.

07-01-2007 15:57:15 | More by Mdog
Photo of AtLagerHeads


3.63/5  rDev +3.1%

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.

05-14-2003 17:46:18 | More by AtLagerHeads
Photo of Soneast


3.68/5  rDev +4.5%

The beer pours a pale yellow color with a slight haziness initially, but clears after it warms up. The white colored head develops to about a 1 inch layer, and quickly receded to a small bubbly mat.

My initial impression on the aroma is noble hops, followed by a mild sweetness and a touch of butter.

The flavor consists of a biscuit malt profile, backed up quite well by the spicy hop character. Clean and simple. Although there are some slight buttery off flavors.

A nice light bodied, quite drinkable pilsner. The classic flavors are there, some minor flaws with the chill haze and hint of diacetyl keeps this beer from scoring too high, however.

07-04-2009 01:25:56 | More by Soneast
Photo of WastingFreetime


3.43/5  rDev -2.6%

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.

01-27-2012 02:32:47 | More by WastingFreetime
Photo of roadhouse


3.65/5  rDev +3.7%

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.

04-24-2009 06:58:50 | More by roadhouse
Photo of beernut7


3.65/5  rDev +3.7%

This pils pours into a golden-orange color with a foamy head that sticks around for a little bit leaving a lace on the glass. The aroma is like that of the Bavarian Lager with a lighter malt presence and a more floral hop waft. The flavor is moderately bitter with a lingering sweet toasted malt presence. Not bad for a style I try to avoid.

09-07-2002 14:06:25 | More by beernut7
Photo of daledeee


3.35/5  rDev -4.8%

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.

05-21-2004 01:03:26 | More by daledeee
Photo of Tballz420


3.6/5  rDev +2.3%

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.

09-06-2003 20:12:08 | More by Tballz420
Photo of botham

New York

4.03/5  rDev +14.5%

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass. pours a hazy straw color with a couple giners of white frothy head that stays for the duration. no lacings here.

smells of pale malts, with a touch of hop aroma and a hint of bready yeast aroma. very basic, but very well balanced. a good example of a pilsner.

taste is carbonated, with malts up front, blending into a mild hop flavor to finish. nothing overpowering or suprizing here, just a solid taste that is refreshing and simple.

aftertaste is semi-dry, with hops and yeast sticking around.

mouthfeel is light-bodied, with a silky texture and a mild bite from carbonation.

drinkability is great. this brew is light bodied, and light on the palate, true to the style. good balance and concentration of flavors make this one worth a try at worst.

08-14-2007 23:09:21 | More by botham
Photo of tdmccarthy


3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

04-10-2014 18:30:19 | More by tdmccarthy
Photo of samie85


3.55/5  rDev +0.9%

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.

07-08-2010 01:26:06 | More by samie85
Photo of Winter


3.73/5  rDev +6%

Poured a clear dark golden color with a white head. Aroma consisted primarily of malt and Saaz hops. Mouthfeel seemed rather smooth for a Pilsner with a very light crispness. Nice hop and malt balance in the flavor. Finish leans toward the sweeter end at the top of the throat with a light bitterness to it. Very drinkable and a good micro conversion beer to ween someone off the macros.

01-09-2003 21:18:14 | More by Winter
Capital Pilsner from Capital Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 144 ratings.