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Capital Pilsner - Capital Brewery

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BA SCORE
82
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93 Reviews
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Reviews: 93
Hads: 155
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 12.01%
Wants: 3
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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Capital Brewery visit their website
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: 155
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 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 MJR
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a perfectly clear, medium gold with lots of bubbles rising to the surface. It's off-white head starts out small and stays that way, leaving a bit of lace down the side of the glass.

Smell: The aroma is malty and bready, with a touch of herbal hops. A bit on the faint side, but very clean.

Taste: Sharp and clean, with a firm hop bitterness and herbal, citric flavor. The malts are more subdued in this brew, but still come across as bready and faintly sweet. Finishes quickly with a moderate bitterness, along with a sweet bready maltiness.

Mouthfeel: Highly carbonated, with a crisp dryness. This brew could use a bit more body, but it's still pretty good.

Drinkability: Pretty good for what it is. This is a bit more tame than most German pilsners, as it posesses less bitterness and hop flavor. If they would beef it up a notch or two, this would be a great beer. (897 characters)

Photo of ZAP
3.28/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I don't know if I'd use the term special when labeling this, but it's a decent drinkable Pils...not as good as New Glarus edel Pils or Schells Pilsner but along those lines.....

Pours a medium gold with a little 1/4 inch white fluffy head.....nose is grainy and malty...it's really soft...maybe some fresh floral notes too but you have to really strain...

Flavor is malty (for a pilsner)....grainy....sweet....finishes on a dry note....not sure what hops they used but I don't taste much saaz...

This is probably not too far off from what some American made macros tasted liked in the 60's and early 70's before they totally dumbed them down......nothing incredible, but a step up from the Macros of today....

I much prefer their Bavarian Lager as a session beer....I wouldn't buy this one if given a choice but really it's not a bad beer...just nothing really grabs me with it.... (893 characters)

Photo of Shiloh
2.75/5  rDev -23.2%
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. (387 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 AtLagerHeads
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (771 characters)

Photo of tavernjef
4.08/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color is classic pilsner - very light yellow with a thin white head about a finger high, leaves some spotty lace. Smell is sweet malt, grains, and a barely there hop presense. Taste is soild, fresh and light of sweet malt. Nicely balanced and great character in its bitterness. Everything lends itself to a smooth easy drinkin pilsner with one super solid texture. Full body thats somewhat rough in its feel, lumped into each swallow. This is one of the better pilsners I've had in quite some time, just needed to be a bit more smoother, it has great balanced taste but is a little to roughly textured for full enjoyment, but is still pretty good. (647 characters)

Photo of bditty187
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Translucent with a straw-yellow hue. Good-sized white head (about a finger’s worth), good retention with a reasonable amount of lace. Understated nose, really faintly spiciness, noticeable earthy hops, some malt too. The palate is low-key, lightly malty with a noticeable hops bite, mildly grassy, creamy. The finish is somewhat crisp with little lingering sweetness that melts with the subtle carbonation… well done. Medium-light body. Very drinkable, this is session beer material for a hot summer’s day. This is a top-notch Pilsner and something I’d recommend for the far to few Pilsner fans on BA.

I must say this is one of the worst names for a beer I have ever seen. “Special Pilsner”… how boring and nondescript. (729 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 Winter
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (387 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 Dogbrick
2.82/5  rDev -21.2%
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. (356 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 beernut7
3.65/5  rDev +2%
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. (344 characters)

Photo of Wildman
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (234 characters)

Photo of cokes
4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The is a heck of a nice pilsner, whether or not that is your thing.
Pours yellow (not really golden..just yellow), with a milky head that does not fade quickly.
Hoppy and grassy with some trace maltiness on the nose.
Goes down nicely with the sharp, herbacious hop snap balanced out with a crackery malt body. Well put together. Very smooth. Very authentic.
Perfect beer for outside on a summer's day. Grab the boat, get the tackle box and go. Supremely drinkable.
Hugely refreshing, but with substance.
A choice pils. (526 characters)

Photo of Bighuge
3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a light golden color with tiny bubbles surfacing as the minimal white head bubbles slowly as it dissipates. Some noble hops on the aroma and very slight malt. I think this is a pretty decent pilsner. It isn't as hopped or bitter as some of the better german style pilsners, but this is good. The bitterness is low to average for the style. The malt body is sufficient. Medium body I would say. This is very drinkable. Maybe not your "model" german pilsner, but good. (490 characters)

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