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

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Ratings: 110
Reviews: 86
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 17.56%


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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mzwolinski

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2002 21:36:13 | More by mzwolinski
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samie85

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2011 03:06:39 | More by samie85
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drpimento

Wisconsin

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2009 23:45:48 | More by drpimento
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mactrail

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2013 06:28:24 | More by mactrail
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WeezyBoPeep

Florida

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2009 20:17:44 | More by WeezyBoPeep
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pmcadamis

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2009 04:47:28 | More by pmcadamis
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ruckus232

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2010 00:55:43 | More by ruckus232
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sleazo

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2007 01:32:44 | More by sleazo
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cokes

Wisconsin

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2003 01:29:07 | More by cokes
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Homerbag

Wisconsin

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2008 23:54:25 | More by Homerbag
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UCLABrewN84

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2012 04:20:52 | More by UCLABrewN84
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scruffwhor

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2005 02:13:56 | More by scruffwhor
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2011 04:41:20 | More by Knapp85
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BigJTrucker

Oregon

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2008 03:46:30 | More by BigJTrucker
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TMoney2591

Illinois

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...

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2011 03:10:38 | More by TMoney2591
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mschofield

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2004 21:18:55 | More by mschofield
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NEhophead

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2006 20:33:35 | More by NEhophead
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Gusler

Arizona

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2002 10:02:53 | More by Gusler
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corby112

Pennsylvania

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

Serving type: bottle.

Pours a cloudy amber/orange color with a thin white head with little to no lacing. Spicy notes accompanying crisp light fruit aroma. Flavor is very similar to aroma being spicy with hints of apple and pear as well as a slight alcohol presence.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2008 17:44:41 | More by corby112
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wiseguy142

New York

3/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2009 01:50:30 | More by wiseguy142
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BeerForMuscle

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2011 02:56:35 | More by BeerForMuscle
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debaniel

Iowa

3.03/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Saw the bottle at my local brew shop for $1.99 - I've enjoyed most of the previous Polish beers I've tried, so I figured I'd give this one a shot.

APPEARANCE: Golden copper, very clear. Only about 1/2 inch of head, quickly dissipates into a ring around the surface.

SMELL: Wow, has it been that long since I've had a lager? Makes my nose tingle - spicey, with alcohol and warm malts, piney hops.

TASTE: Dry malty grains, I can taste rice, and the hops are far in the background. Not bad for a strong lager, really.

MOUTHFEEL: Light to moderate. Good amount of carbonation.

DRINKABILITY: This one is good, as long as you keep it cold. The warmer it gets, the more rice-like the flavor gets. For $1.99, though, this is a great beer, and one I would consider again.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2007 01:04:45 | More by debaniel
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crossovert

Illinois

3.03/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2010 01:30:25 | More by crossovert
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BlurryVisi0n

New York

3.03/5  rDev -9.8%
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!

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2012 04:26:03 | More by BlurryVisi0n
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mvanaskie13

Pennsylvania

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

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2012 04:26:22 | More by mvanaskie13
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Hevelius Kaper from Elbrewery Co. Ltd. Sp. z o.o.
77 out of 100 based on 110 ratings.