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

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BA SCORE
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124 Ratings
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Ratings: 124
Reviews: 88
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 18.75%
Wants: 4
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: TastyTaste on 10-25-2001)
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Photo of CptnCraptastic
1.5/5  rDev -55.4%

CptnCraptastic, Aug 08, 2014
Photo of mzwolinski
1.55/5  rDev -53.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Call me a naysayer. But my worries started as soon as I saw the 9.1% ABV on the bottle. I've tried a few of the other Polish imports over the last few weeks, and my experience has been that they tend to pack in far more alcohol than the complexities of their beers would warrant. If this was going to be anything like the Pilsners I'd had, 9.1% was just too much. But I gave it try. Poured a nice copper color, with a thin uneven head which soon dissipated to a fine lace top. The aroma is alcohol, a hint of malt, and not much else. The flavor. I tried it cold. I tried it warm. I kept trying it even though each sip made me shudder. Earthy and medicinal and intensely alcoholic. Like someone crumbled up some hop leaves in rubbing alcohol and served it in a glass. There's a bit of malt sweetness to it, but even the sweet tastes in this beer manage to come off rather harsh. Hugely astringent aftertaste. I'm a fan of strong beers -- barley wines, Stone's Double Bastard, you name it. But at least two thirds of this beer went down the drain. I only hope the EPA doesn't get on my case for polluting the sewers.

mzwolinski, Nov 18, 2002
Photo of samie85
1.75/5  rDev -47.9%
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.

samie85, Feb 19, 2011
Photo of drpimento
1.88/5  rDev -44%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Whoa! That's a sweet (flavored, not good) beer! Poured with a decent off-white head and a bit of lace. Color is a lovely medium amber. Aroma is an extremely sweet smelling malt and a hint of beer. Flavor is the same but bolder. Real heavy alcohol character. Could be worse I suppose. Strongly suspect a headache in a bottle. Finish is sadly not short.

drpimento, Aug 05, 2009
Photo of mactrail
2.19/5  rDev -34.8%
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.

mactrail, Jun 24, 2013
Photo of WeezyBoPeep
2.2/5  rDev -34.5%
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.

WeezyBoPeep, Dec 20, 2009
Photo of Sebas
2.25/5  rDev -33%

Sebas, Apr 23, 2014
Photo of pmcadamis
2.38/5  rDev -29.2%
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 ruckus232
2.38/5  rDev -29.2%
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.

ruckus232, Jul 09, 2010
Photo of sleazo
2.4/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Found a bottle of this at the Garden in Greenpoint. I suppose I am on my way to trying alot of Polish beers.

A-Pours a nice copper with a steady stream of bubbles. I poured this into a half litre tall mug. A white head like freshly fallen snow.

S-a combination of sweet bread and alcohol. not much hop presence.

T-Very sweet with a bit of an alochol bite. It is a raw barley type of flavour. Kind of like drinking malt syrup with a shot of rubbing grappa in it. The aftertaste is strangely bitter like biting into a hop pellet with no hop nuances.

M-Light and fizzy. Normal for a euro type beer.

D-This is kind of gross. I am not a fan to say the least. At least it looks good.

sleazo, Jun 26, 2007
Photo of kirbmeist
2.5/5  rDev -25.6%

kirbmeist, Mar 28, 2013
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.

blackcompg, Nov 12, 2014
Photo of cokes
2.65/5  rDev -21.1%
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 Homerbag
2.7/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear copper with big head. Looks good in the pint.
Smells kinds sweet, malty no presence of hop. Smells like a Miller lite.
Taste sweet, kinda stale. Alcohol kicks in and makes it a little unleasant. Not much depth or character to it.
Feels light and fizzy reminds me of a Heiniken.

I respect beer and always willing to experiment with one. Won't do this one again.

Homerbag, Feb 04, 2008
Photo of briiguy
2.75/5  rDev -18.2%

briiguy, Apr 27, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.75/5  rDev -18.2%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Oct 27, 2012
Photo of djrn2
2.75/5  rDev -18.2%

djrn2, Nov 09, 2014
Photo of steve99
2.75/5  rDev -18.2%

steve99, Apr 01, 2014
Photo of Knapp85
2.78/5  rDev -17.3%
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.

Knapp85, May 24, 2011
Photo of scruffwhor
2.78/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pored a minimal head that dissolved away into almost nothing. Color was a semi-cloudy, golden,amber. Resembled cold apple cider.

Smell- A pretty evident apple, malty sweet scent ended by a somewhat faint alcoholic singe.

Taste- A fruity malt begining with a slightly hoppy and very obvious alcoholic ending.

Mouthfeel- The fruitiness added a bit of weight to the palate of the beer, but still light enough to drink fast if you can't restrain yourself.

Drinkability- I could definetly have two or three 1.9 pint bottles of this beer if the abv wasn't high.

The bottles in my 4-pack say 8.7% abv. Not a bad brew from Poland. Something I will have again.

scruffwhor, Nov 23, 2005
Photo of TMoney2591
2.8/5  rDev -16.7%
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...

TMoney2591, Aug 15, 2011
Photo of BigJTrucker
2.8/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear copper color with a fast fading off white head. Aroma has a malty sweetness, maybe some pear notes. Taste has a boozy quality to it, some faint bitterness. Mouthfeel is a bit sticky, and leaves a faint aftertaste. Could use some more balance or depth in flavor to mask the relatively high abv. I'll finish the bottle, but would pass if offered this again.

BigJTrucker, Sep 07, 2008
Photo of mschofield
2.93/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark brownish-gold, topped with a large but short lived three finger puffy off-white head, left short lived webs of lacing.
Very malty aroma, some sort of hard skined vegetable - pumpkin or squash, grain and alcohol.
Strong robust taste, alcohol, very fruity, molasses, caramel, spice and raisin. Warms the body and tingles the lips.
Full syrupy body.

mschofield, Sep 21, 2004
Photo of NEhophead
2.98/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

1pt .9 fl oz. brown bottle.
Best before 08.01.06.

Light copper in color with a chill haze. A creamy, off-white head about a half-inch high that lingers for a few moments. Faint, dimpled lacing lacking strength.

Sweet, toasted malt aroma. Metallic breadiness with a faint skunky aroma. Sharply acidic notes of alcohol.

Intensely sweet, toasted malts. Faint hints of stiff wheat and adjunctory grains swarmed by the liquidy sweetness. Sharp, rustic hops at mid-sip make for an airy quality with a rush of carbonation. Bitterly sweet followed by an aftertaste of light skunkiness and a heavy alcohol presence.

Medium in body; syrupy and slightly filmy on the palate, no doubt from the sweetness.

Highly sweet, big malt, and a heavy alcohol presence. Reminiscent of a malt liquor in some ways. This one's a clunker with zero grace or subtlety.

NEhophead, Jun 17, 2006
Photo of Gusler
3/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

As it sits in the glass, limpid amber in color, the head immense in it size, frothy consistency with oodles of fine lace to cover the glass. Nose is malt, somewhat musk, or moldy if you like with a quite sweet start and middling top. The beer finishes with a strong acidic bite, purposeful hop presence, and a alcohol bitter dry aftertaste. The high ABV warms the tummy and makes this a bit more robust than I would have thought.

Gusler, Nov 30, 2002
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Hevelius Kaper from Elbrewery Co. Ltd. Sp. z o.o.
78 out of 100 based on 124 ratings.