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

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BA SCORE
77
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122 Ratings
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Ratings: 122
Reviews: 87
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 18.69%
Wants: 3
Gots: 8 | 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:
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(Beer added by: TastyTaste on 10-25-2001)
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Reviews by wiseguy142:
Photo of wiseguy142
3/5  rDev -11%
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.

wiseguy142, Oct 20, 2009
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up yesterday for the sole purpose of my dinner today of pork loin ribs and sweet and sour apple kraut with potato perogie and it fit the bill.Poured into my 1.5 liter stein a rich copper with a big fluffy white head that stuck around for a few,very clean aromas with only a hint of carmael sweetness showing thru.For the hefty alcohol of this beer it went down extremely well and awesome with big flavors of the kraut and pork,starts out somewhat sweet cand caramelly but dries out nicely in a spicey finish,somewhat grainy mouthfeel.There is a slight burn in the finish but its an oh so nice burn,extremely food friendly and it has some real flavor a damn nice suprise today.

oberon, Jun 18, 2006
Photo of RoyalT
4.38/5  rDev +30%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Yellow and orange and florescent in the body with a big, beautiful head that lasted a good time.

Smell – There is a lovely, musty hop aroma to this one. The light orange and floral hopping is just gorgeous. The citrus hops though carry the show for this heavy hitter.

Taste – The big orangish malt had a huge citrus hop balance and some giant spicing. This was a mouthful of orange flavors for sure. The alcohol tinge was just enough to excite, making this one a great find.

Mouthfeel – This big daddy was almost full in the mouth and very sweet and creamy with a good alcohol kick.

Drinkability – I had no problem putting this 9.0 ABV away. This slid down the throat with the greatest of ease and left a terrific aftertaste.

Comments – A big BA Thanks to JohnnyDuvel for hooking me up with this awesome offering from Hevelius.

RoyalT, Jan 12, 2004
Photo of TimoP
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

TimoP, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of jakester
3.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this as a single from Union Jack's on the Manatawny. Drank it in a pilsner glass. Expiration date clearly marked on the label. If they can do it in Poland....

Pours a clear, pretty orange with red tints. A one finger head of off-white foam forms on top, but drops quickly to islands and a ring. Scant splotches of lacing form on the glass.

Smells of light caramel malt, a little bready, with maybe a slight spicy hop note in the background. DMS comes through as it warms. Alcohol is present as well. Smells fruity?

Flavor is pretty sweet, caramel-y, with a somewhat not-up-to-snuff attempt at hop bitterness to balance. Pretty fruity for a lager; warm fermentation? Residual sweetness is pretty high; could do with a little better attenuation. Alcohol presence is muted, but there. Aftertaste is like dried pears and apples.

Mouthfeel isn't really too bad. Sweet, but not cloying. Carbonation is fairly soft. Finish is caramel candy and heat.

I have to admit, this kind of grows on you. Just enough hops to counter the huge malt sweetness. Wouldn't want to drink a ton of this but...Recommended with reservations.

jakester, Aug 14, 2005
Photo of ant1
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

ant1, Jun 03, 2012
Photo of DarrellK
3.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A very high gravity lager that is realy a dopplebock. Pours with a nice full head that stays a while and leaves a bit of lace. Color is medium amber color like typical of a dopplebock. Somewhat of a malty aroma and I believe I was able to detect some of the alcohol.

It has a highly viscous mouth and is almost caramel like. The character of the beer only comes out after it reaches a fairly high temperature, so leave it out of the frige to get the most pout of the beer. Aout one a night is enough at this level, maybe sharing a snifter is best.

DarrellK, Sep 18, 2003
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.1/5  rDev -8%
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.

rhoadsrage, Sep 16, 2010
Photo of JMS1512
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

JMS1512, Jul 31, 2014
Photo of dacrza1
3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Three hundred-plus years of brewing experience, eh? Let’s see...crisp and dry aroma from a generous head in a 22-oz. lager glass...a burnt sienna body with effervescence... a picture-perfect lager to the light...hints of alcohol early are not a good sign...yet, mellow, balanced and drinkable throughout the sampling.. full-bodied malt flirts with a metallic tinge..."European strong lager" was not in my lexicon before tonight, but I can appreciate the work on this...not so recommendable as it is a first-time thrill...

dacrza1, Jul 07, 2007
Photo of BrewMaven
4.23/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best before date of 10/16/05 ABV of 8.7%

Poured a nice rich looking amber with a thin white head that vanished fairly quickly leaving a ring and a cirrus cloud.
Smells of fruit and candy? Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Taste was similar to the aroma, a fairly sweet malt party with a slight hint of alcohol in the finish although considering the ABV (my bottle was 8.7%), the alcohol presence wasn't as overpowering as you might think. I highly recommend (not?) drinking this on an empty stomach as it really kicked my ass and put me in a very good mood. Of all the Euro strongs I've tried, this may be my favorite and it has a cool sounding name. Cheers!

BrewMaven, Jun 16, 2005
Photo of cokes
2.65/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This is some weird shit. Equal parts malt-liquor and eisbock (though I realize this is not a real eis.). 13.4 oz bottle? All Polish references aside.
Clear deep golden bodied with a thinnish, yet replenishing beige head.
Nose of alcohol, grain and ghostly berry sweetness.
Taste falls along similar lines. Grainy and immensely sweet up front. More of a showcase for the ABV than anything. Stawberries are drawn reluctantly into the fray. Boozy and simplistic like so many relatives.
While not awful, it is certainly not something I would return to quickly.
Medicinally sticky and all around less-than-attractive.

cokes, Jan 14, 2003
Photo of augustgarage
3.2/5  rDev -5%
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.

augustgarage, Mar 09, 2011
Photo of pmcadamis
2.38/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - This bronze brew pours from a nice looking bottle with a classic schooner sailing the violent seas. This one has a small persistent head, and is only slightly hazy. Lacing is sparse.

S - Booze and cornflakes. This smells a lot like an American malt liquor. Yeah, syrupy sweet corn mash with a splash of brandy and a dollop of maple syrup.

T - Better than the grody nose, the flavor is still pretty much sweet corn flakes, maple syrup, molasses, and booze. Tastes like a hirstute American macro lager hyped up on steroids and cocaine. With BO.

M - Cloyingly sweet and as heavy as syrup. Ugh.

D - If this were at the same price point as an American malt liquor down at the gas station, then I'd buy it now and again. However, this was not what I consider cheap beer, and it tastes like the lowest of the low. A homeless tramp with plenty of time to kill might enjoy a few of these, but I'll pass.

Note: Be careful.... I drank this one pretty fast just to get it over with (I'm morally opposed to pouring beer down the drain in a recession), and now I'm a little bit buzzed.

pmcadamis, Apr 16, 2009
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.05/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tawny copper color with an off-white head that thins to a collar but leaves no lace. The aroma is of sweet malt, esters, a light but sharp hop, and some alcohol. Full bodied with a tight effervescent carbonation that is zesty on the tongue at first, but becomes quite creamy once warmed in the mouth. The flavor is of rich, straight-forward malt combined with an earthy & spicy hop flavor (a real nice blend of flavors at mid-palate) backed by a solid bitterness. The finish is quite hoppy and shows the alcohol readily, leaving an almost minty flavor in the finish along with some honeyish sweetness. Somewhat sticky but bitter as well. An extra-strong, deep golden lager that is richly malty, hoppy and enjoyable, but not complex.

NeroFiddled, Aug 16, 2002
Photo of KRella
3.92/5  rDev +16.3%

KRella, Sep 17, 2014
Photo of andjusticeforale
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a really tricky beer; its lighter cousin is so drinkable and the creaminess seems to work better with moderate alcohol. Nice maltiness, graininess in the finish; no discernably bitter hops.

This beer looks beautiful, and it tastes just as smooth; however, its not carbonated enough to balance the alcohol. Unfortunately it must be consumed super cold, heineken type coldness, in order to be very drinkable.

andjusticeforale, Sep 02, 2006
Photo of jackndan
3.13/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hevelius Kaper: named after the “astronomer and brewer.” In a 17.52 (?) ounce brown bottle, with 9.1 percent alcohol. Very deep brown color, with a pure white head. Rich malt flavor, and alcohol warmth. Very nice for $1.29 a bottle, an after dinner drink, not for frying up the polish sausage (as I was doing).

jackndan, Jun 09, 2002
Photo of GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lovely clear and bright orange amber with a nice white head that fades quickly.

Nose of light banana and ripe peach.

Mouthfeel is full and rich.

Flavor is sweet and full of ripe fruit. Has some sweet carmel and sweet coffee/stone fruit flavors. This bottle was, admittedly, over 2 years past it's "best by..." date. I have a feeling that the age did it well as some of what may have been a cloying sweetness seems to have been refined.

There is some age on the beer but you're able to get a feel for what it may have been like when more fresh. Not bad, as it is. Actually full of sweet malt and interesting character at this point.

Would not hold on to this much longer. Consumed Sept. 2009; "Best by" date on bottle of July 2007. Still pretty decent with the age.

GRG1313, Sep 14, 2009
Photo of emerge077
3.6/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

emerge077, Nov 28, 2010
Photo of matjack85
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

matjack85, Jan 28, 2013
Photo of scooter231
3.68/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright red, clear color with little head. Smells fruity, somewhat alcoholic. Some pear, apple, orange notes in there. Tastes... fruity, dry, sweet. Quite hoppy. Not overpoweringly alcoholic tasting considering it's 9%. Some spices and sourness in here. Lots of orange flavors.

Mouthfeel is thick, creamy, but goes down pretty easy. Smooth. You can put a lot away pretty quickly without realizing it- which could lead to becoming inebriated a lot quicker than you'd think. A sneaky bastard. A bit too sweet after a while, but the first one... sneaky.

scooter231, Jul 01, 2005
Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.88/5  rDev +15.1%
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

RonaldTheriot, Sep 08, 2012
Photo of metter98
3.19/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

metter98, Mar 26, 2013
Photo of StevieW
3.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Same odd shaped brown bottle and label as the other one from this brewery.
Medium clear brown color. Almost Amber in color. Slight white fizzy head, fades fast. Smell is sour, mushy. Some saaz hops taste, but mostly super sweet malty. A bit syrupy on the feel. Sweetness lingers. Slick feel. Must be the 9.1% abv, but I really didn't notice the alcohol taste. A wierd beer indeed, but still tasty.

StevieW, Dec 30, 2002
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Hevelius Kaper from Elbrewery Co. Ltd. Sp. z o.o.
77 out of 100 based on 122 ratings.