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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 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 feloniousmonk
3.44/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of ADR
3.45/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of Oxymoron
3.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of marc77
3.46/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of Sconnie25
3.47/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden hue with a thick head of which leaves behind a nice lacing. There is not much scent wise going on here. I can notice some hops but also something sweet. The taste is nice and crisp. There is a bit of zip coming from the hops as well. This beer goes down quite smoothly and overall is a pretty decent brew.

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Photo of Homerbag
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark gold color with thinner head that retains somewhat well.

Notes of earth, noble hops and some malt, mineral water aroma. Tastes of some floral noble hops, not the spicy saaz that you would expect from a pils. Malt and clean water balance out the palate. Proper carbonation and light feel.

Overall a good beer, nothing to memorable, but not bad. I would order it on a menu at a resturant, but probably won't be on the top of my list to bring it home.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden with a good head. Some head retention, not much lacing. The smell is crisp and with good noble hop aromas, but with an underlying aroma of lager yeast. The taste is similar. Crisp, slightly soft, and with floral hops. The mouthfeel is soft and a touch creamy. Not bad, but I wouldn't go out of my to look for it. I suppose if it were local to me I'd drink it.

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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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Photo of brewcrew76
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

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Photo of alexgash
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a special dark golden with a dense, glass-crawling white head. Smells of lightly sweet corn bread malt. Hops are there, but a bit on the metallic side. Butter cookies and cooked veggies up front. Modest hop bitterness follows. Biscuit malt finish. Light bodied feel. Nothing too "special", but good overall. Capital has yet to disappoint in the lager department.

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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 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 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 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 longarm
3.59/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a plain, dark yellow with tints of orange. It is also moderately carbonated with fine bubbles moving through the glass, but head retention is poor.

A fine aroma of pilsner malt permeates the nose accompanied by noble hops. A basic aroma relatively, but not bad.

Flavor is initially astringent with a two-stage finish. First it's crisp, but the astringency appears again at the end leaving things a little rough around the edges of the tongue.

Mouthfeel is decent and demonstrates a fair amount of body for a pilsner.

Overall the malt bill reminds me of Capital's 1900 lager. Hops is a little more pronounced, which may contribute to the somewhat overly bitter profile. This beer isn't bad, but I would rather have a 1900 instead of this, since it seems a little more balanced. However, I can see why some reviewers might prefer this, especially if they like things a little more bitter.

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Photo of StaveHooks
3.59/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of jwc215
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours slightly hazed golden yellow with a thin head that soon becomes a thin wisp. Little lacing sticks.

The smell is of mild grain with soft floral notes.

The taste is of honey and grainy sweetness that leads to a soft, balancing floral dryness in the finish.

It is smooth and pretty crisp.

A nice, basic pils here.

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Photo of brentk56
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
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

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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 churchillps
3.62/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Pilsner Urquell glass.

A pale golden pilsner with large amounts of carbonation and a thick fluffy head with solid retention. Smells of rice, grains, and a hint of hops. I agree with whoever said they wanted more floral tones -- it was definitely lacking in this pilsner. Tasted good, but nothing special. Clean and crisp finish, mild bitterness, and an unfortunately menial amount of hop flavor. Was smooth and good to drink, just wish it packed a little more flavor and diversity.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.62/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a 6-pack of this from Friar Tucks in IL, $9.99. Honestly I loved the Bavarian Lager so I thought this would also be good:

The beer is crystal clear, pale golden colored, minimal head with no retention and little lace. I get some light grass and hops spice in the nose, otherwise mostly fresh bread. The taste is bready and spicy, a little metallic and bitter. Not really anything too exceptional but maybe appropriate for a German Pilsner. Average body, lots of carbonation, easy to drink but not exceptional by any measure. I expected more after the Bavarian Lager and Autumnal Fire but maybe it's hard to attain too much within the pilsner style (not my favorite). I'll keep trying their beers as I find them, they do seem to approach German styles with conviction.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz single, Woodman's-West Side

appearance: pours a pale golden color, pretty clean and clear, fluffy and soapy white head forms and lasts, nice and bubbly

smell: fresh hops on the nose, somewhat floral, defined spice aroma, malt backbone

taste: herbal and spicy, lightly floral hops, bready malts, a somewhat crisp lemon flavor. Decent pils

mouthfeel: clean and crisp, very dry finish

drinkability: certainly a session

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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 AtLagerHeads
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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