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Landbier - Brauerei Kapsreiter GmbH

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37 Reviews
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Reviews: 37
Hads: 53
Avg: 3.84
pDev: 17.97%
Wants: 3
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerBeing on 07-03-2006

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Reviews: 37 | Hads: 53
Photo of woodychandler
2.75/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I was trolling one of our local bottle shops this afternoon and spotted this beer which first caught my attention thanks to its reusable flip-top bottle, reinforced by its low price point and sealed in the deal by the fact that it is of Austrian origin and I could not remember my last Austrian beer.

I got a finger of bone-white head with moderate retention from my pour. Color was a deep golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Nose had the characteristic honey-like lager sweetness. What a welcome change from those bastardized AALs that make the bulk of The CANQuest (TM). Mouthfeel was kind of thin and the taste was a bit more astringent than the nose had led me to expect. It sharpness put me in mind of an AML, actually, and that is not a pleasant comparison. Finish was semi-dry and even kind of metallic. It was not totally awful, but I suddenly understood the low price point. I paid about as much for it as I would without being really angry. Oh well, at least my uncle gets a nice bottle.

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Photo of Drew966
3.03/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Landbier pours a light golden color with a thick white head from a 500 ml brown swingtop bottle. The aroma is a little fruity, not much else is noticeable. Very light body, spicy hops are most noticeable. This beer is just kind of average. Worth a try I guess.

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Photo of Domingo
3.33/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Never seen this one on the shelf before. Brewed in Austria, typically landbiers are kind of like "table beer" in central Europe.
Pours a standard yellow gold with a head that springs to life and leaves a white lacy trail.
Bready on the nose with a whiff of lager yeast and noble hops. Could be any number of pale lager styles so far, but no issues at all.
Slightly sweet pale malts up front with a kiss of honey. That sweetness gives way to bitter noble hops in the middle and in the finish. An edgy astringency in that finish, too. As I work my way in, I'd say it's definitely pretty bitter for a beer brewed that far south.
Tasty initially, but that finish is kind of rough. If that weren't there, it would be a pretty solid beer. The malts are nice, and almost helles-like, but that harsh finish from the hops isn't doing it for me. It's not every sip either, maybe every 2nd or 3rd one.
Not terrible, but I'm not a fan. Some sips are good...maybe even great, while others are rough at best.
I like a good central European lager as much as anyone, but this one is pretty flawed in my eyes. There are worse, but there are FAR better.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.35/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

8 days slowly fermented, 66 days matured in a stone cellar.

A: Pours a light golden-orange color with a fluffy white head with a light visible carbonation.

S: faint hay/malt aroma, with some yeasty sour muskiness.

T: light pale grains. The palate overall was dry with a touch of yeasty muskiness with a decent dry hop bitterness of citrus and flowers. There was a light breadiness as well. Overall the beer was crisp but with a rather monotone, non-layered flavoring.

M: creamy with a medium carbonation.

D: Drinkability was average per style with a nice yeasty character that makes it stand out amongst others.

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Photo of ckollias
3.35/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this 1 pint 0.9oz flip top bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a clear golden hue with a thin white head that quickly dissipates into a wispy lace.

S: Sweet, musty, malt aroma. Hints of bread and grassy hops.

T: Slightly sweet and bitter flavor with a musty malty background. Very smooth and slightly alcoholic.

M: Medium body and light carbonation.

O: Decent brew – very smooth and easily drinkable.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.47/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sweet sugary water aroma that surrounds a doughy malt quality. Slight fresh hops, but largely in the background.
Clear golden color with some bubble action apparent. Very limited head, however.
A remarkably water flavor. Soft malt that closely matches the aroma. Mild dryness. Nicely balanced hop flavors and bitterness. Thirst quenching finish with extended mild bitterness that leaves me wanting more...but I want more flavor and less aquas. Nice sweetness, that's honey like. And balanced nicely as warms.
Not as thin as I might believe, considering the watery flavor. Rather flat for style.
Drinks fine, but lacking the qualities that make it distinctive for style hurts it overall.
In the end I get a bottle with a flip top.

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Photo of tone77
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 16.9 oz. bottle. Has a pale golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is grainy, a mild sweetness to it. Taste is malts and grains, a mild hop bitterness at the finish, not bad but pretty basic. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

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Photo of xav33
3.56/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Kapsreiter Austrian Premium Beer
Pint bottle
Production number 150000, landed 11/06
Medium pour in a Pilsener glass.

Poured a clear gold with a large frothy mostly lasting white head with fair lacing.

Smelt of moderate DMS, corn, light floweriness.

Taste was upfront moderate bitter grassy hops and sweet grain followed by a moderate bitter pungent sharp cheese and light perfumey hops. Palate was light bodied, slightly dry, lively carbonated and lightly astringent.

Overall, an good panoply of flavors for a good looking pilsener. The rest is oh-hum.

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Photo of brentk56
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy pale golden color with a nice rocky head that sticks well and leaves all kinds of lace along the walls of the glass

Smell: Overwhelming bready aroma with just a hint of grassy hops underneath

Taste: Opens with a bready Munich malt base that betrays a hidden layer of grassy hops by mid-palate; after the swallow, the hops become a little more apparent, but this is much more like a Munich Helles than a German Pilsener

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: If you like a Helles, this is a fine beer; if you were expecting a Pils, you will be disappointed

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazed light golden color, stable, if slim layer of white foam, soon gone.

Soft and creamy aroma, modest hops, lemon meringue pie. Nice.

Again in the taste. Light, with significant bite. medium carbonation. Yeast is tasted more than hops or malt, oddly enough. weirdly, it's more lemon than anything else in the taste. Mild grassy hops.

Tasty malt, lush and creamy in the mouth, easy drinking.

soft and smooth, but not substantial enough to matter, not enough flavor.
Light, refreshing, but kind of blase'. Nothing wrong with it, good for everyday drinking, but doesn't really impress me at all.

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Photo of 86sportster883
3.62/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Kapsreiter Landbier pours a slightly hazy pale yellow with a minimal head that quickly shrinks to thin white cover. It has a pleasant, mildly lemony scent that is superimposed on some grassy and grainy malt notes. This is a light bodied beer with moderate carbonation that has a satiating mouthfeel. The taste is a clean, crisp malt with hints of lemon that is nicely balanced. The finish is dry and refreshing with a mild bitterness. This is an easy beer to drink and it grows on you as it warms up.

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Photo of Rudgers73
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Very fizzy, just a touch cloudy light yellow liquid. Sort of a thin green tea look. Big bubbled head that settles into a thin frothy foam. The carbonation also settles down after a minute or so. The smell is a little thin with fruity notes. The taste is thin, but still rich with grapey notes and citrus notes. The mouth is dry at the end but fizzy like champagne at the beginning. Not too strong making it very drinkable as long as it doesn't get boring.

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Photo of GilGarp
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500 mL swing-top bottle. A completely useless 'production number' of 36 0000.

"8 days slowly fermented, 66 days matured in a stone cellar."

Served cold, Landbier has a slightly hazy straw yellow color with thick head that settles quickly. No lacing is left behind.

Aroma is sweet and slightly fruity with some nice spicy hops.

Flavor is not what I would expect from the style. It's surprisingly sweet, hops are very mild (almost non-existent), and it has a cereal grain quality that reminds me of Euro Lager.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth, low carbonation, and overly sweet.

Overall not very impressive. It might be mis-classified on BA, however. I would never think to put it in that style and nowhere on the label does it mention being a pilsner of any kind.

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Photo of JBogan
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy light golden color with a scant white head. Medium lacing in my glass.

Malty aroma with some grassy and floral overtones.

Slight citrus taste hits the mouth first, with a small hint of butter.

Good mouthfeel, medium body with a fair amount of carbonation to tickle the tongue.

Overall a pretty drinkable and refreshing beer. Not a bad choice on a warm day.

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Photo of Magpie14
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Apperance: by far one of the nicer looking pilseners I have seen in a while. Faint yellow and slight cloudiness, just hazy. Foamy head that left minimal lacing. A few active bubbles out and about.

Smell: smell of sweet fruits/citrus and hops that kind of reminded me of grape juice or like a sweet purfume, as other have said. But you can smell sutle spices from the hops as well. Maybe just a touch of grain or corn smell.

Taste: tasty beer that is fresh and very drinkable. Sweetness lingers, followed by hops and makes sipping wonderful. Nothing is overpowering in this brew. Slight dryness in the finish paired with small bitterness. Kind of makes me think of a good summer beer, mostly due to the light pilsener characteristics and sweet aroma. Very smooth and soft on the tounge.

Dang! this was better than I thought it would be!

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Photo of Zorro
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Flip Top 1/2 liter bottle from Binny's in Chicago.

Clear gold colored beer with not much head formation.

Smell is lots of barley and a little sweet with a strong grassy scent. Good herbal hop aroma this one is distinctly flowery.

The taste starts out neutral with a good strong hop bite. Not much grain or malt flavor just herbal hop.

Mouthfeel is thin.

Not that great an example of the style, in my opinion it tastes flat to me.

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Photo of kohoutek
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a nice straw yellow with golden hues that become richer as the glass widens. A persistent whisp of white lace clings, albeit reluctantly, to the glass. Continuous rising bubbles liven the view. Nothing too out of the ordinary.

The aroma is more vinous and aged than most pils beer. I have used White Labs Zurich lager yeast before and this has much of the same character. Perhaps the Austrians and the Swiss are in cahoots? The aromas experienced here are shared among lighter bocks Helles, Mai and the like. The aroma is malt centered with touches of herbal hops. Freshly drawn, light, worty first runnings and a touch of sun kissed grass pour from the glass.

A fresh malty, wheaty flavor passes over the tongue, followed by well-balanced noble hop bitterness. Grass, hay, dried elm and burdock leaves mixed with a sprinkle of raw honey.

The mouthfeel is a bit biting. The water used is higher in mineral content than some of the other representatives of this style. The carbonation is a bit gassy and carbonic. The balance of the recipe helps hide these attributes.

This beer drinks well as do most of its bredren. Enjoyable any time of the year, especially in the warmer months. Balanced, refreshing and quite drinkable. A nice balanced recipe.

When considering this style of robust pils, I will put my money on other producers. Weihenstephaner's Festbier comes to mind.

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Photo of dnrobert24
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Okay, I'll admit it. I was drawn to this beer simply because it is a tad over the size limit for what is legal to sell in Alabama... I also wanted the swing top for bottling mead. That being said, I really had no expectations for this. I actually had no idea what color it would be before pouring it (nice use of dark bottle for light colored beer) or even what style it was exactly. German lager, apparently.

The lager filled my pilsner glass with clear light gold and a frothy eggwhite head. The head slowly dissipated as I drank, first becoming rocky, then just a thin rim of bubbles. Very nice.

I was thoroughly impressed with the clarity in both color and taste. Aroma was mildly hoppy, fresh, and inviting. The first taste surprised me. Wow! Sweet, soft, fuzzy, grainy corn and freshly baked wheat bread. I really liked this, I thought I tasted a little pepper and clove in there at the beginning too--perhaps from the hops. This just begged to be slurped. The malts seems artfully layered and the water tasted clean. The hops did seem a bit absent--but for the slight spices at the beginning, I thought they were AWOL.

As the beer warmed it did not get better. I started with the beer just cool and it perhaps it got too warm, but as I got to the midway point, the beer lost its lustre. It was more difficult to drink, subtleties dissipated, and the spice mellowed. A slight cooked corn flavor remained (DMS, right?) as is common with this style.

My recommendations--start cold and end cool. It will be easy to do. I would probably have rated this a notch higher on taste and drinkability if it finished as good as it started.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From: Binny's, Glen Ellyn, IL
Date: "02110104" stamped on bottle, no idea what this means
Glass: Ayinger willi glass

Kapsreiter is a new brewery to me (apparently part of the same parent company that produces Grieskirchner), but the success of their Landbier would have me looking for other beers they brew, if there were any. The Kapsreiter Landbier is a malty, bready, and surprisingly hoppy German-style lager, with robust flavor that's pleasant any time of the year, though I could more easily see myself drinking this again in any season but winter.

Pours a very tall (>3cm) head of fairly clean, white foam, composed of small to medium-sized bubbles, creating a clean, dense froth. Retention is above average, lasting over two minutes until it has fully declined to a thin cap atop the body. The head leaves substantial lacing in its wake in a variety of waves and dots, which is renewed with each sip. The body is a semi-hazy (20-30% opaque) golden orange color, with light bringing out pale orange-yellow tones. Carbonation is visible, though it is sparse and somewhat sluggish.

Aroma is malty and bread-dough like, with more modest yeast, grassy/vegetative European hops, and slight grape ester. Pleasing, but slightly bland, this would probably be quite good when fresh and at its most aromatically expressive.

Front of the palate detects modest malt sweetness with strong bread and bread dough/yeast components and slight grape ester character. Mid-palate is deeply bready and doughy with modest sweetness, but well-balanced by mildly bitter and grassy European hops and a slightly grape ester undertone. Back of palate increases the European hop bitterness, pushing it to the forefront while the malty, bready, and grape-like esters move to the back. Aftertaste is mildly bitter and spicy from European-style hops, with bread dough and grassy/vegetative undertones.

Beer is medium-light in body with carbonation of medium intensity, leading to a mouthfeel that softly foams up as it moves across the palate, never feeling fizzy or harsh. Closes fairly dry, with little residual stickiness lingering on the palate or lips.

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Photo of cdizinno
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from a 1 Pint + 0.9 fl.oz., ceramic capped brown bottle. No freshness date but lot # 160000.

A: Golden orange yellow with a very faint haze. Minimal white head and lacing. After emptying the bottle and stirring up the sediment, the color was much more cloudy amber.

S: Sweet malty smell. Honey and very slight citrus hop scent.

T&M: Medium bodied. Smooth with dry aftertaste. Fairly bitter hop taste that overpowers the flowery sweetness.

It is not an annoying bitterness and the flavor is fairly good. I can't really compare it to anything I've had before. I got it on clearance for only a $1 at a local brew store. Definitely worth it at that price.

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Photo of WillCarrera
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 oz bottle, production number 02 11 0104, poured into a nonic pint glass.

A- Pours a pale straw yellow, topped with an inch of creamy white head, good retention, leaves some spotty lacing.

S- Sweet grain aroma, floral hops, smells nice and refreshing.

T- More sweet, bready grain, has some earthy, floral, mildly spicy hop bitterness in the finish, flavors are well-rounded.

M- Light-bodied, smooth feel, slightly dry finish.

O- A nice, very drinkable lager. Just know that landbier means "country beer" and they're just light, easy-drinking beers, this beer is not really meant to fit into any style, and isn't really a pilsner either so don't expect one, it's a really enjoyable beer though.

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Photo of Greggy
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a nice two finger head that recedes slowly into a pilsner glass. A touch of lace clings to the walls of the glass after the first few sips. My bottle had a large amount of yeast sediement so the clarity had a little sediment that escaped from the bottom of the bottle. No big deal, in my opinion.

Smell- Some honey, straw, or very simply, gram crackers.

Taste- A smooth, nice light honey, gramcracker, graininess comes through. Very nicely done.

Mouthfeel- Carbonation is right on being not highly carbonated but instead smooth and crisp.

Drinkability- 5.3% + crisp gram cracker taste = great drinkability.

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Photo of colts9016
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Light yellow color, carbonation, little to no head.
Nose: Yeast, malt Caramel malt, hops, orange, and a hint of sweetness.
Taste: A nice roasted caramelized malt with oranges, spice, and hop on the end.
Body: Med to thin
Finish: Acidic
Overall: This a descent pilsner to drink. I enjoyed it.

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Photo of clevelandhops
4.01/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Orange-yellow, nothing out of the ordinary.

S: Little bit of hops in the smell that is lost in the sweetness of the taste.

T: Tastes darker than it appears. Malty and syrupy, Bavarian bock-like, but lighter. Little bit sour like a blood orange.

M: Smooth, appropriate carbonation, consistency throughout taste and aftertaste.

O: Interesting enough. Not really worth hunting down, but definitely solid.

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Photo of crossovert
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

500ml flip top bottle.

Pours a pale gold that is crystal clear and almost pineapple colored. The head is big fluffy and white and leaves nice lacing as it recedes.

The smell is grainy with a touch of hops. It is a pleasant smell.

It is sweet with a bitter hop end. The hops are grassy and herbal while the malts are slightly fruity. It is a well balanced pils.

It is an easy drinking Austrian pils.

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Landbier from Brauerei Kapsreiter GmbH
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