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Capital Pilsner - Capital Brewery

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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 steveh
3.26/5  rDev -8.9%
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. (597 characters)

Photo of wheatyweiss
3.92/5  rDev +9.5%
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. (737 characters)

Photo of bump8628
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (311 characters)

Photo of DiabolikDUB
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from Bottle into Pint glass.

Pours a honey golden with a quickly dissolving inch of white fizzy head. The aroma is pilsner malts with a nice balance of spicy, flowery hops. The flavor is sweet malt upfront with a slight hop flavor and no bitterness. Its light-medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. I really enjoy the balance in this beer, it makes for easy and pleasurable drinking. (401 characters)

Photo of lester619
4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is some damn good beer. Deep, clear golden with some darker reddish hues. Smell is clean, spicy herbal hoppy, with some sweet fruity characteristics. Clean, dry grainy bready up front with a sharp, perfectly balanced bitterness. Lots of carbonation that helps carry the flavors around. This is a beer that I could easily spend the day with. This blows every yellow import I have had out of the water. Not one single off or unpleasant flavor. Squeaky clean. It would be a very good summer beer. Or winter beer for that matter. It's good. Drink some. (553 characters)

Photo of Tone
3.97/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, golden color. 3/4 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and slight lacing. Smells of yeast, hops, citrus, and some pale malt. Smells very good for a pilsner. Fits the style of a German Pilsner. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of yeast, citrus, pale malt, and hops in the finish. Wow, this is a really refreshing and full bodied pilsner. I like the flavors imparted by the addition of citrus and hops to this pilsner. (482 characters)

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.62/5  rDev +1.1%
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. (780 characters)

Photo of Soneast
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (652 characters)

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

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. (614 characters)

Photo of Monkeyknife
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle clear and bright straw color with two fingers of rich white head.

Aroma of sweet malts, floral hops, soap, and strawberries.

A classic pilsner. Clean, with floral hops, juicy sweet grapefruit, grain, and sweet malts. Finishes very clean.

Lighter bodied, crisp and clean, and moderately carbonated.

This pilsner is so drinkable and so enjoyable. Cheers! (379 characters)

Photo of hopdog
3.03/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle.

Poured a medium and cloudy golden color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of grain, some grass, floral and sweet malts. For a second there, I swear I smelled strawberries (I wonder where that came from). Tastes of grain and some sweet malts.

Notes from: 11/20/05 (290 characters)

Photo of Tucquan
3.82/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this in Wisconsin Dells, WI

Poured a slightly opaque yellow with a short, white head.

Smells of bread yeast and light floral.

Taste is of grain, grapefruit and medium-strong bitter that clears on the pallet pretty quickly.

It has a light mouthfeel and high carbonation.

This a very refreshing, session beer. (316 characters)

Photo of Pauly2X
3.84/5  rDev +7.3%
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. (366 characters)

Photo of pmcadamis
3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
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. (803 characters)

Photo of Derek
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear golden-yellow, white head, little retention, good lace.

S: Floral, soapy, grassy hops with a hint of breadyness.

T: Plenty of hop flavour: floral, grassy, metallic; light bread, good bitterness. It's decent, but I'm comparing it to a German Pils.

M: Moderate body & carbonation, smooth, crisp, dry finish.

D: Decent drinker. (337 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
4.52/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I love Mad City, WI and I especially enjoy lager-style beers, which is the only thing that Capital produces. I got a tour a few years ago with Ale Street News and my life has not been the same since. I just got back from a wedding, so I brought a few bottles home with me.

The pour produced a finger's worth of bone-white head with decent retention. The color was a light gold with NE-quality clarity. The nose was full of hops, definitely a pilsener, but I would have characterized them as Saaz, not Hallertau. No matter. It smelled dang good! Mouthfeel was on the creamy side, definitely a German Pils. Again, lots of hops making their presence known on the tongue. Finish retained that same bitterness that I experienced throughout. Why, oh why, didn't I buy more of this? On a hazy, humid evening, it was perfect. (818 characters)

Photo of tgbljb
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
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. (272 characters)

Photo of Vancer
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Twist top, no dating or abv info.

Crisp and clean looking sunshine yellow pour, darn nice thick and gooey eggshell white head - sticking to the sides of my Bitburger pilsner glass.

Grassy, herbal aroma. Sharp tang of malt, and again - crisp and clean (sorry Budweiser). Nicely balanced with a finish on the hoppy side - ever so slightly. Better than average pilsner, good for the locals - not one that I'd go after from here. (427 characters)

Photo of ibashmuck
2.58/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Purchased as part of "build-your-own-six-pack" at local grocer. Poured your basic "beer yellow", with a small head. Smelled a touch sweet, but mostly just hoppy. A bit too bitter/grapefruity for my liking, but not terrible. Just not one of favs. (245 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.66/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a gold body with a small, fleeting white head.

Smell: Light pilsner maltiness. A bit of floral, a bit of spice. There's some sulphur in the nose, with all the other parts of the scent coming together to bring my of a just opened can of salad shrimp.

Taste: Pilsner malts with a slight sweetness. Sulphury sourness. Spicy hops bring a mild bitterness, not nearly enough to take your mind off that sour grain taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: I did not care for this one. It didn't bring anything worthwhile to the table (special or otherwise). (600 characters)

Photo of Homerbag
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
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. (456 characters)

Photo of churchillps
3.62/5  rDev +1.1%
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. (508 characters)

Photo of BeerCheese
3.92/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light yellow and a little hazy. Big fluffy white head. Hardly any bubbles rising. Almost looks flat except for the head. Hops evident both in the aroma and taste. Medium body and carbonation. Very drinkable beer. I think I'll have another very soon! (249 characters)

Photo of botham
4.02/5  rDev +12.3%
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. (807 characters)

Photo of blackie
3.3/5  rDev -7.8%
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 (468 characters)

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