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Capital Pilsner - Capital Brewery

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94 Reviews
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Reviews: 94
Hads: 156
Avg: 3.55
pDev: 16.34%
Wants: 3
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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Capital Brewery
Wisconsin, United States | website

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: 94 | Hads: 156
Photo of beernut7
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of deebo
4.01/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A bottle that has been sitting in my cellar for awhile but it's my only one so I'm going to count it.

A-Poured into a pint glass this brew is light golden in color with a slight haze noticed. A thin finger of head quickly recedes to a thin film with some nice lacing on the glass.

S-Pilsener malt with a flowery hop aroma with a hint of fruitiness.

T-Big clean barley malt with a flowery, fruity finish. Low bitterness. Sweeter finish than most.

M-Lower prickly carbonation than most pilseners, which helps give a quick finish with low bitterness.

O-A tasty easy to drink pils. I like the low carbonation which makes for a less crisp, low bitter finish. The little bit of fruitiness although not normal for the style gives a nice edge to this beer. Unfortunately I think this beer had been sitting in my cellar for probably 1.5 years so that may have affected it. However, it doesn't have done so in a bad way with oxidation or DMS enhancement. I'll have to compare with a fresh one to see if indeed this beer has changed much.

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Photo of Tballz420
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of botham
4.02/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of samie85
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of Winter
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of hero27
2.58/5  rDev -27.3%
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.

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Photo of Shiloh
2.75/5  rDev -22.5%
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.

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Photo of chilidog
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I found this to be not your typical pils. The appearance at first glance had me look at the bottle name twice. It pours a slightly haze amber/orange. No gold to be found here. An average head that fades to a thin film. Lace was good, some ringing. The aroma is grainy & grass-like. The taste was somewhat sweet, malty, faint hop finish. The brew is smooth to drink while the mouth is left slightly dry.

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Photo of beveragecaptain
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of jackndan
3.57/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

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Photo of hotstuff
2.59/5  rDev -27%
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.

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Photo of steveh
3.26/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

No longer the "Special" Pilsner, but with the tagline: "Our Original Garten Brau."

A -- Hazy golden color with a thick, off-white head. Just a little too hazy for a German lager.

S -- Spicy and mildly citric noble hops up front with some sweet, bready malts peeking through - very nice.

T -- Hmm. Somewhat tart up front with some off vegetal character in-between, but some nice bready malts following up at the end.

M -- Light body with a crisp mouthfeel and dry finish.

D -- Drinkability is okay, if you aren't expecting the usual precision lager from this brewery -- I'm a bit disappointed.

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Photo of stoutman
3.05/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

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Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.56/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of wheatyweiss
3.92/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 once bottle into a small pils glass.

Pours a light straw with perfect clarity. Head is minimal and fizzy and recedes to a film. Leaves a thin ring.

Aroma is crystal malt and floral hops. Aroma of noble hops and bright husky grain. Aroma is clean and relatively pronounced.

Flavor is light malt followed by floral hops. Middle hops become fruity and the malt flattens out to a thicker flavor, slightly sweet like honey. Hops are in good balance with the malt and bitter the beer ever so slightly. Finishes dry and slightly bitter.

Mouthfeel is thin and with the aggressive carbonation cuts the grain completely. A slight burn on the tongue as the palate is left dry.

Nice pils, I would say a very competent example.

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Photo of shbobdb
4.88/5  rDev +37.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Dated 11-17-2005
HOLY CRAP! This is the best pilsner I've ever had, and I've had quite a few. It pours a nice penny colour and WOW, spicy without spice! The hop usage here is exceptional! Couple that with the malt and WOW-EEEE! This is a BEER, goddamnit!

All must bow down to number one.

Appearance: 5
Smell: 5
Taste: 5
Mouthfeel: 5
Drinkability: 5

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Dated 7-9-2008
I first reviewed this beer when I was new to BA. I had just moved to Indiana from Wisconsin and was looking for a site that would help me find good beers. But I still had a soft-spot for Wisconsin beers. Well, you know what? I still do, and I gotta say my opinion of this beer hasn't changed much. While I appreciate a Jever or a Prima Pils for their knock-you-over-the-head-with-hops approach, there is a great deal to be said for just a nice pils.

It has a good, solid earthy nose, the taste is sweet pilsner malt without the sulfurous twang that sometimes rears its ugly head and a nice dry finish. A very nice mix between earthy German hops and nice German malts.

A touch of sulfur on the nose (but not found in the flavor, happily enough) is the only fault I can find. Man, this is a good beer. Just a straight-forward balanced pils. I love it.

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Photo of malcontent
3.76/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bright, golden body with a thick, foamy head (about two fingers). Looks like it belongs in a magazine ad. Pretty.

Grassy, lemony scents with faint yeast aromas.

Assertive hops with a tangy aftertaste. Somewhat more bitter than I look for in a pilsner and, in fact, the aftertaste begins to border on astringent.

Mouthfeel is good; cabonation is right with a bit of chewiness. I DO like this beer but when I want a pilsner (which is not very often) I look for something different. A mixed bag.

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Photo of tapman
4.09/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

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Photo of wiscokid920
3.33/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

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Photo of Pauly2X
3.84/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Slightly hazy straw gold, half finger head.

S- Spicy noble hops atop a thin malt backbone.

T- Very nice balance of hop flavor without overdoing the bitterness. Light grainy malt brings up the front then fades off.

M- Fairly textbook for the style.

D- I doubt I'll seek it out, but I won't deny it.

Just a good pilsner, which for a pils, is compliment enough.

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Photo of PhantomVodoo
3.38/5  rDev -4.8%
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!

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Photo of scaliasux
3.57/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

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Photo of sweethome
3.43/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of chocosushi
3.52/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Capital Pilsner from Capital Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 94 ratings.