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Hevelius Kaper - Elbrewery Co. Ltd. Sp. z o.o.

Not Rated.
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126 Ratings
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Ratings: 126
Reviews: 88
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 18.15%
Wants: 4
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Elbrewery Co. Ltd. Sp. z o.o.
Poland

Style | ABV
Euro Strong Lager |  8.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: TastyTaste on 10-25-2001

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Ratings: 126 | Reviews: 88
Photo of blackcompg
2.5/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Pours just over a finger of light off-white eggshell foam, body is a translucent golden light orange, the head dwindles to a broken cap in less than a minute, and has the appearance of straight up apple juice shortly thereafter.

Smell - Strong apples and pear upon first opening, and just a whiff of tart white cherries, with light grains and light breadiness in the background.

Taste - probably best described as rum soaked apple fritter, there are flavors of cooked apples and sweet, bready malts, finishing with crisping apple and very lightly toasted breadcrusts, there is a rock candy like sweetness that is along for the entire ride, and finishes with a very light grassy hoppiness and a whiff of pepper. Longer into the finish there is some alcohol heat, over-ripe apple and a hint of sour apple peels, and more light pepper, which is somewhat imbalanced. Longer between sips there is somewhat of a moist cardboard flavor that lingers..

Mouthfeel - Slick and slightly watery, mouthfeel is actually less than medium, a bit surprising for a higher abv (8.7%) beer. Carb is almost medium and smooth at the center of the tongue, but quickly becomes dry and sharp at the sides and back of the tongue.

Overall - This isn't a bad beer, but it's definitely not a good beer - it does meet some of the expectations for a strong lager, but lacks any balance, and leaves the quaffer with punches that remind me more of a bud light platinum with a shot of rubbing alcohol than a strong euro lager. To be honest, the price point is attractive and can provide a cheap buzz, but not one to seek out for BA's imho.

Photo of HEVELIUSFAN
4.75/5  rDev +41.4%

O.K., SO MY USER NAME PRETTY MUCH SAYS IT ALL. I LOVE THIS BEER ICE COLD IN AN ANTIQUE STEIN. VERY SIMILAR TO SOME BELGIAN STRONG ALES, WITHOUT THE HEFTY PRICE. I CAN GET A CASE OF 20 FOR ABOUT 30 BUCKS. MALTY AND SWEET, BUT NOT OVERLY SWEET. SUBTLE HOP BITTERNESS, WHICH SUITS ME FINE - I AM NO HOP HEAD. A BIG BEER FOR THE BUCK AND, OBVIOUSLY, ONE OF MY FAVES. WORTH SEEKING OUT.

Photo of Jax-Gator
3.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great beer. Its light, adequately aromatic, flavorful, and extremely strong. It tastes very similar to Russian beers, specifically Baltica. For having such a high alcohol content (8.7%) it feels surprisingly light. I prefer it much better than Belgian beers which are typically heavy and sweet like maple syrup. If you can find a bottle, pick it up. You won't be disappointed.

Photo of mactrail
2.22/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Mmmmm, that sweet and bitter taste. Flowers and alcohol. Hard candy, you know, the butterscotch and root beer flavors. Dissolve an aspirin in a jelly jar of sweet vermouth.

This smells like jelly beans with the faintest whiff of brake fluid. A lot of caramel and marzipan. Then you get the medicinal bitterness. This is just revolting. I'm surprised so many people seemed to get it down.

The best feature is that after the carbonation evaporates in about two minutes, it looks just like Scotch whisky. From the 500 ml bottle bought at AJ's Fine Foods in Phoenix.

Photo of metter98
3.21/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: The beer is clear light amber orange in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that died down a bit but consistently left a thin head covering the surface.
S: Light aromas of apples are present in the nose along with notes of sweet malts and hints of alcohol.
T: The overall taste is a little sweet and rather malty with notes of apples and hints of alcohol. As the beer warms up, the alcohol becomes a little more noticeable.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little syrupy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer reminds me a lot like a sweetned version of an American Malt Liquor except the taste is not that offensive. The apple flavors definitely help to mask some of the alcohol. This beer is surprisingly not that difficult to drink considering its style and strength.

Photo of BrownAleMale
3.4/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16.9oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance- Yellowish in color with amber hues and a tiny bit of white head that fizzes away quickly. Lots of carbonation bubbles streaming up from the bottom.

Smell- A tart hop with hints of bready grainy malt.

Taste- A hint of booze followed by toasted wheat and grain with a nice tart hop balance.

Mouthfeel- Nice medium mouthfeel with tons of carbonation that is an easy drinking beer.

Overall- A very tasty beer for the style. Lots of flavor that is well balanced and pretty easy om the palate.

Photo of mvanaskie13
3.05/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into pint glass, color is amber, feint head.

Smell is grainy, kinda harsh, not much malt flavor to note.

Taste is also harsh, lots of grain but no malt specific notes, light adjunct. Bitterness is there but not adding anything.

Mouthfeel is actually ok, not a harsh carbonation.

Overall, a euro dark lager with nothing to stand out

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
2.96/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a pint glass.

Appearance: Slightly darker (maybe bolder is a better word) gold with little bubbles on the body. Light white head that is a settles to nothing before a sip. Take a taste and no head at all.

Smell: Light malt scent, and that is about it. Not bad but definitely not much word smelling here.

Taste: Like a serious malt beverage, I do like it but not the best you will have. Strong alcohol feel that makes the bitterness feel a little sweet. Feels like a light marzen with it slightly being creamy.

Mouth: Great after taste, but disappears as quick as you can blink.

Overall: This beer is good for a buzz, but that's really it. Not a bad thing, just don't treat it like the best beer will ever get because there is room for improvement. Salud!

Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.78/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Best before 3/6/13.

Pours a slightly hazy orange with a foamy orange-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is malt, grain, alcohol, and some skunky aromas. Taste is much the same with an odd fermented fruit flavor on the finish. There is a medium amount of alcohol burn and a slight bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty poor beer that has a pretty unpleasant aftertaste.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.85/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hevelius Kaper has a thin, soapy, off-white head and a semi-clear, somewhat bubbly, orange appearance. There is not much lacing here. Aroma is mild, but one can detect some bread and a little molasses. Taste is of brown bread (think Roman Meal brand), caramel, sweetness, and a decent underneath hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy, and Hevelius Kaper finishes pretty crisp, mostly dry, and surprisingly easy drinking. This is so different from high-gravity American lagers. I think it is very good, and I recommend giving it a try.

RJT

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Perfectly clear amber brew with slow rising carb strands.

S - Sticky sweet malt syrup. Sweetness akin to Twizzlers.

T - A lot of sweet simple malt sugar up front. An unrefined alcohol bite, with some fruit skin bitterness towards the end. Simple malt sweetness as the base. Seems like a beer that needs a lot more time, if that may help.

M - Light bodied but the abv hits the palate in a fairly unpleasant way IMO.

O - Not bad bang for the buck with 8.7% for under 2 bucks.

Photo of TMoney2591
2.83/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

Finally finishing my style ticks with a beer I remember being pretty solid from my earlier drinkin' days. I hope it's still good... It pours a clear copper (go figure) topped by a half-finger of short-lived dirty-white foam. The nose is almost entirely composed of buttery biscuits, though some very light grass and flowers vainly attempt to muddle their ways through to the 'strils as well. The taste goes in a different direction, opting for a melange of caramel, mandarin orange syrup, light maple syrup, candi sugar, and a touch of mint in the background. Gotta say, this ain't the best taste in the world... The body is the heaviest light-medium possible, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta syrupy feel. Overall, a sub-standard brew, one that's having me question my earlier beer opinions...

Photo of powellmg
3.11/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served @ 40F in pilsner glass.

Pours a very clear, deep gold color with an off-white head. Aroma is pretty low, some malt, spice, and lemon peel. Taste has a rich, caramel sweetness and alcohol warmth, with a lingering bitter finish. Soft, medium-bodied mouthfeel, medium carbonation. Not an elegant beer but decent.

Photo of Knapp85
2.8/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours out as light redish golden color with a fizzy white head that vanishes quickly. The aroma of the beer is a bit herbal and kind of strange, not the most appealing smell here. The taste reminded me of a Samichlaus Helles a little bit. It was almost too flavorful I think. There was just a lot going on and not enough of a balance to figure out what. The mouthfeel was a little heavier than most lagers. Overall I wouldn't need to have this one again.

Photo of augustgarage
3.18/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 500mL bottle into my Moonlight shaped pint glass.

Clear amber body with a large active soapy beige head which recedes to a fluffy half finger. Decent retention; lacing is mediocre and doesn't adhere to the glass.

Sugar, malted wheat, corn starch, and a vague spiciness (caraway and cardamom?) in the nose.

Caramel sweetness accompanies a light bready/toasty malt character followed by a very mild chamomile/grassiness and faint esters from the alcohol. The flavor profile is an odd sort of a cross between malt liquor and a traditional bock. Finishes a bit sweet and somewhat drab - attenuation could be better. The malt isn't "clean" particularly, and I wonder if dextrose or some other adjunct was utilized in the brewing process?

Slick, somewhat sticky, medium-light bodied, with modest carbonation. ABV sneaks up on you.

Not bad with food, but there are better Polish beers...though rated to style there are certainly worse.

Photo of samie85
1.86/5  rDev -44.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A-Pours a rose-hued amber with two fingers of white head.

S-Dry, and biscuity smelling light malts with a bit of flowery, hop notes.

T-Very flowery and intensely and unpleasantly herbal with very a pretty alcoholic finish.

M-Very dry with a light body, and medium carbonation with a pretty warm/alcholic feel.

D-Among the most unpalatable beers I've ever tried. This one is just not my thing. The floral and herbal notes are overwhelming with the combination of the very present alcohol makes this one I won't try again.

Photo of AlexanderCsamaj
3.76/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I read the reviews from D- to A+ and am glad I tasted it regardless of what anyone had to say because it is a good beer. It is easy to drink, it packs a punch, and as pointed out by my good buddy AC, "the Polish beer looks incredible in a glass almost like a liquor."

It is definitely worth tasting on a night you have no where to go in an environment that supports drinking and enjoying the buzz.

Look for the 1 Pt. 0.9 Flo. Oz. bottle.

Photo of Derranged
3.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a weizen glass. Still dont have a pilsner glass.

A-Pours a hazy golden amber with very thin white head.

S- Sweet malts, some raisins and prunes.

T- Much better than I expected. Same as the nose, sweet malts, some citrus, prunes and a little bit of vodka after bite.

M- Thin with very little carbonation.

D- Strong stuff, not sure how many I can put down before trying something weaker.

This is a good beer and good priced. It vaguely resembles a strong Belgian dark.

Photo of emerge077
3.55/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

BBD: 31.01.10 single bottle from Gene's, didn't realize this was past code until opening it, too bad it was from a stack of several cases.

Rich nutty caramel and dried fruit character, really gives more of a Bock impression. Standard appearance, copper gold, high clarity. Poor retention, fades fast from an initial fingers width of foam. Flavor is a bit sweet but not cloying. A low amount of oxidation, some papery dryness, but it doesn't distract. Low carbonation, an easy sipper. Overall it's worth a try, with a fairly unique flavor for a Polish lager.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.1/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a strange)
A- This beer has a clear light copper body with a fizzy tan head that fades before I can set the glass down. There is a sea of racing bubbles that pop to the surface.
S- The faint green apple note leads to a bigger but still soft pot caramel aroma. Otherwise the aroma is pretty clean.
T- The soft pot caramel malt is a clean and lagered flavor with a brassy flavor in the finish. There is a soft melanoidin quality then a carbonic acid dry bite in the finish. The flavor is pretty clean just like the aroma.
M- The light mouthfeel is crisp with a fizzy finish and no alcohol heat noticed.
D- This beer hides the alcohol and flavor very well. It is a smooth drink with no off-flavors and in fact there are not really many flavors at all, especially for such a big beer. This is very thirst quenching which can be make a quick end to the night at 8.7 % ABV.

Photo of tpd975
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a nice orange hue small head. No retention or lace.

S: Nice sweet fruit aromas. Apples with some strange spice. Hints of caramel and toffee.

T: Apples and pears. Yeasty and spicy. Caramel, toffee, and brown sugar. I expected zero actually sort of enjoyed it.

M: Medium in body, smooth, tasty for a Polish Lager.

D: Not bad overall.

Photo of ruckus232
2.41/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

16.9 Ounce brown bottle poured into a pilsner glass

Appearance: Dark yellow in color with a medium amount of head that diminished quickly leaving little lacing.

Smell: Not a very noticeable smell, what is there is kind of a mix between sweet corn, alcohol and nuttiness (in that order).

Taste: Not much better then the smell, it is not that it is bad it just doesn't really taste like anything. There is a slight nutty dryness to it but other then that it is pretty bland.

Photo of crossovert
3.08/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle.

Pours a bright orange/gold with tons of tiny bubbles racing towards the top to a creamy white head that lasts awhile and leaves a bit of lacing.

The smell is subdued and not too pungent, light hops, carmally malts.

The taste is pretty sweet with no sign of hops. Theres thick caramel, butterscotch, and fruit flavors. The alcohol is pretty noticeable.

It is a bit cloying but not quite over the edge.

It is a high octane brew but doesn't exactly drink like one, it is cheap but i prob wouldn't buy it again.

Photo of WeezyBoPeep
2.22/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Procured a big beer bottle at WFM on sale. Poured into a big frozen glass mug.

A: Dark red with not much carbonation evident. There are some strange little floaty islands of head on the surface of the brew. Looks good.

S: Appearance was deceptive. I smell burnt brown sugar, stale wheat bread and metals. Not good.

T: Initial taste is artificial sweetness, followed by a sharp, alcohol taste with a metallic finish.

Drinkability: None for me. I almost poured it out after half. Hugely prevalent high alcohol content. I guess this would be a big step up to the Icehouse crowd.

Value: Even on sale, I wouldn't do it again. Not recommended.

Just cuz it was brewed in Europe doesn't mean it's any better than Colt 45.

Photo of wiseguy142
2.97/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice copper yellow color with good foamy head with very good retention but no lacing.

Aroma is metallic and not very representative of the beer. A light pilsner aroma to it but otherwise not much going on.

Taste is unique but not wonderful... between the "raisin" flavor of a dark crystal malt and a more bready toasty malt. Very clean finish other than some lingering flavor form the dark crystal. Some European hops lingering in there for balance.

Mouthfeel is pretty standard but benefits from good refreshing carbonation. Drinkability is also OK.. the toasted malt keeps you interested but towards the end of the bottle the alcohol gets to you.

My friend used to buy this in college and was one of the first craft (if you want to call it that) beers I ever drank. I still buy it basically for that reason and it brings me back nicely. Not a bad beer overall.. sort of like half a dopplebock half a light Oktoberfest.

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Hevelius Kaper from Elbrewery Co. Ltd. Sp. z o.o.
77 out of 100 based on 126 ratings.