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Capital Pilsner - Capital Brewery

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149 Ratings
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Ratings: 149
Reviews: 95
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 12.78%
Wants: 2
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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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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Ratings: 149 | Reviews: 95
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.18/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Barely fuzzy bright amber. The head is bone white, fluffy, soft and maintains a one finger disk for quite a while. Scattered scraps are the extent of the glass coverage. The nose is subdued. Pale malt and an indistinct hoppiness are about it.

Special Pilsner fails to float my boat. There's nothing bad about it, but it isn't the least bit interesting or complex either. The flavor intensity knob seems to be turned down too low. My taste buds are begging for more to work with.

What I do appreciate is grain-like and mildly bitter. The beer tastes dull and gives up the ghost before the flavors have a chance to impress. The mouthfeel is light-medium, which isn't that far out of line for the style.

Special Pilsner is my second Capital Brewery beer. Granted, that isn't much to go on, but I'm not impressed with these guys so far. This offering is strictly average. On the other hand, it doesn't have any glaring negatives. Calling it 'Not Very Special Pilsner' would be closer to the truth, but I'm pretty sure that sales would take a hit.

Photo of PatrickKlopfenstein
3.2/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Kunstman
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of Canada_Dan
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of Shy5
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of BeerDazed
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of tgbljb
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy light amber color with moderate white puffy head.

Smell shows a bit of malt, but mostly a slighty off-kilter sweetness..

Taste starts off moderately dry, but malt begins to kick in to balance it.

Thin in the mouth.

Drinkable, but not anything to revisit.

Photo of seeswo
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of zestar
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of rabbitguy
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of steveh
3.26/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Photo of ZAP
3.28/5  rDev -6.8%
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....

Photo of blackie
3.3/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: decent white head and a pale golden color on the beer

s: Not the bright, crisp, floral pilsner aroma I prefer, but not bad. A blend of pale malts and earthier noble hops. Bready and grainy.

m: medium carbonation and a lighter medium body

t: Pale malts and a moderate sweetness, not as clean as expected. Aged hop flavor and mild bitterness. A decent pils, but it could stand to be tightened up a bit.

d: easy enough

stolen from the fridge of dirtylou

Photo of wiscokid920
3.33/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Photo of ruckus232
3.34/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of PhantomVodoo
3.38/5  rDev -4%
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!

Photo of daledeee
3.38/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of WastingFreetime
3.4/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Photo of russpowell
3.41/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A fairly recent addition to the Oklahoma beer market, here's hoping they send some of their stronger stuff in the future...

Pours an effervescent gold with 2 fingers of fluffy ivory colored head. Good head retention & lacing

S: Grassyness & not much else...

T: Grassyness, soapyness & breadyness & some mineral dryness. More soapyness & crackery dryness as this warms. Finishes with much grassyness & soapyness, perhaps too much

MF: Light/medium bodied, light carbonation & pretty good balance

Pretty drinkable, but not terribly interesting, but clean enough that I could do 3 or 4 while watching a game if pressed. A bit more malt & hops is in order to hold my interest. Come on Capital, send us bocks & dopples please!

Photo of abrand
3.41/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce twist off topped bottle poured into a pilsener glass. Looks like there is a new label for this beer that is different than the pictured above.

The German Pils pours a clear straw golden color with a quick dissolving head that leaves no lacing. Aromas are mostly breads and grains. No sweetness is noticed but some hop characteristics. Smell is mediocre at best. Quaff has plenty of doughs and a slight presence of malts. Sort of watery, sort of plain, nothing special. Mouthfeel is watery and has a dry finish. I may be biased on this since it is not my favorite style but I'm not sure I can handle more than 1 of these at a time. Just not much too any of the characteristics. Pretty straight forward beer with an okay drinkability.

Photo of pmcadamis
3.43/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of sweethome
3.43/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.44/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Photo of ADR
3.45/5  rDev -2%
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.

Photo of Oxymoron
3.45/5  rDev -2%
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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Capital Pilsner from Capital Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 149 ratings.