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

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111 Ratings
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Ratings: 111
Reviews: 86
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 17.91%


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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crossovert

Illinois

3.03/5  rDev -9.6%
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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WeezyBoPeep

Florida

2.2/5  rDev -34.3%
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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wiseguy142

New York

3/5  rDev -10.4%
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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GRG1313

California

3.25/5  rDev -3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2009 04:34:18 | More by GRG1313
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Tomas77

Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep golden color with a solid thin but full cap of foam sealing the top of the beer.
Aroma-Big malt/alcohol nose with some slight fruity character to it.
Flavor-Sweet malt slickness on the lips followed by a fruity(light fruits) estery mid-palate. Alcohol is clearly evident. Some hop bitterness. Very dry.
Mouthfeel-Full body. Sweet up front. Medium carbonation. Slightly minerally and dry finish.
Drinkability-Very good. Can't drink these all night but definately can have a couple no problem.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2009 00:55:19 | More by Tomas77
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drpimento

Wisconsin

1.88/5  rDev -43.9%
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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SFLpunk

Vermont

3.28/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One of my customers brought this up from FL for me. Great guy!

16.9 oz brown glass pry-top bottle. Best Before 31.01.09.

Appearance: Poured into a tall pilsner glass, leading to lots of cascading, large bubble light tan head. Lots of bubbles collect on sides of glass. Orange gold color and ever so slightly hazy.

Nose: Sweet lager aromas of candied pale malt dried basil, orange blossom, honey.

Palate: Ok, lots going on here. At first it's sweet Polish lager, then its herbal spicy, then it's really booze-y from the 8.7% abv, then back to Polish sweet lager, then dry and astringent. This beer is all over the map. Spicy is a good descriptor, and astringent alcohol burn on the finish.

Notes: I don't really know what to say about this beer except it's unlike any other I've ever drank. It's fairly prickly from the alcohol, but that curious spiciness is intriguing.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2009 03:53:58 | More by SFLpunk
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MasterSki

Illinois

3.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I'm on a bit of an unusual style kick here - picked this up at the local Binnys, seeing as it's one of the "best" examples of the Euro Strong Lager. I particularly like that the label tells me it is best before L8298616P14 (!?!). Served in a pilsener glass.

A - Pours with tons of foam that eventually settles into a three-fingered head with so-so retention and some spotty lacing. The brew is a crystal clear golden color with a nice glow to it, and tons of bubbles on the bottom of the glass that occasionally race to the top. The darker color and decent retention keep it from looking like malt liquor.

S - A decent amount of spicy noble hops, biscuit and caramel malt, some pepper and cloves, a touch of lemon and banana. Thankfully no metal, adjunct, or off-flavors.

T - Taste is...less good. Mild caramel malt syrup sweetness, and not much else going on - maybe a bit of peppery spice and citrus in the finish. Aftertaste maintains that touch of spice, but fades pretty quick. Not bad, but not good - hence "average".

M - Moderate carbonation, very soft and creamy, medium body - nothing spectacular, but pretty good nonetheless.

D - Even with the 8.7% I was OK with drinking the 500ml bottle. The taste wasn't great, but it wasn't bad enough to prohibit me from finishing. Alcohol sneaks up on you and hits about half way through the serving - maybe this is good for Polish sessions, but not for mine. However if you're looking for a cheap way to get trashed, this stuff is a steal at $1.49!

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2009 18:17:56 | More by MasterSki
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pmcadamis

Illinois

2.38/5  rDev -29%
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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brfbeerdrinker

Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +49.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my personal favorite. as my friend says, "them polish sure do know how to drink"

I got this at a small bar here in black river falls, WI The place is called rosarios(kind of a whole in the wall) great atmosphere tho lol sorry had to add that

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2009 03:34:40 | More by brfbeerdrinker
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yesyouam

New York

3.3/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hevelius Kaper is a very clear, sparkling amber/copper lager with a soft, dense, off-white head with white splotches. It has great retention and lacing. The aroma is of fruit and vegetables: banana, melon, squash, black pepper, leaves and hay. It's a little funky. It has a thick, syrupy body and a rather gritty finish. It's a little sweet and very boozy. It's funky and resiny with something kind of like cornbread and sorghum. This is almost in Malt Liquor territory! The aftertaste is of cork and resin. This beer is for the hard hearted. The 500 ml bottle was well worth the 97 cents I paid.
(rated Sep 21, 2008)

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2008 15:42:48 | More by yesyouam
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tmoneyba

Ohio

3.33/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle from World of Beer.

Poured a clear copper color with an average frothy white head that mostly diminished with fair lacing. Moderate grainy hop aroma. Medium body with soft carbonation. Medium to heavy sweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration.

This is an average beer that is consistent for style.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2008 08:13:51 | More by tmoneyba
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Offa

California

3.98/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This is an enjoyable, smooth but tasty strong Polish lager.

Amber, it has a medium-large off-white head that shrinks slowly to a thin, wispy top and leaves a hint of lace.

The aroma is fresh, toasty sweet bread, hint of lemon, pine, and rather nice.

It has a bit of a Czech lager taste to it and the alcohol is essentially unnoticeable. The taste is clearly alcholic, but very smoothly so, with nothing rough opr unpleasant. It has a light caramel quality, bread, and nice, warm spiciness, it's a bit rasiniy, sweet and spicy with a light bitterness coming to the fore in the finish. It does not taste quite as strong as it is.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2008 22:19:52 | More by Offa
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -10.4%
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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boilers

Indiana

3.88/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a light copper color with a small slightly off-white head. Aroma has malt, caramel, and toffee. Mouthfeel is light with a moderate carbonation and obvious alcohol presence. Flavor is malt forward with a slight bitterness. Reminiscent of an Oktoberfest with lighter body and more alcohol. All aspects are well balanced and very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2008 00:27:02 | More by boilers
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BigJTrucker

Oregon

2.8/5  rDev -16.4%
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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searsclone

Arizona

3.1/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

reviewed in July 2008, poured from a bottle with a best before stamp of 29.08.08, into a snifter.

it started with a decent head that went away quickly and left no lace, very nice copper color with few bubbles

I didn't get much smell or taste out of this other than alcohol

It had a syrupy mouthfeel and a bit of warming towards the end.

I feel that I may have gotten a bad bottle of this, and it should probably be tried again. I don't think that this is a fair example of this beer, especially after reading other reviews.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2008 00:25:12 | More by searsclone
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DmanGTR

New York

3.33/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - poured golden amber orange with 1" head that never completely disappeared. Pretty good lacing.

S - very very malty, slight fruity fig like or citrusy aroma

T - extreme maltiness, very overpowering. Alcoholic kick at the end. Very little, if any, hops taste.

M - light bodied and watery, medium carbonation

D - decent but the high alcohol will hinder it

Overall - I found this beer a bit lacking in complexity, taste, and character. However, it is still an ok Polish beer to drink with a porterhouse dinner. I probably would not buy this again unless someone actually wanted to try it with me.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2008 14:56:54 | More by DmanGTR
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Homerbag

Wisconsin

2.7/5  rDev -19.4%
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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debaniel

Iowa

3.03/5  rDev -9.6%
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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hopalongassidy

Illinois

3.23/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Another beer sold as a singleton at my local store. I saw the alcolol content, 8.7% and had to give it a try. It pours really nice with a copper color and nice head. It smells and tastes a little sweet but if it is not really cold can turn nasty. It is very strong and could make a short night of things if not taken seriously. I haven't had too many Polish beers, just the major labels, so this one was a little different. It should probably be brought out for special occassions only.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2007 18:03:33 | More by hopalongassidy
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BBM

New York

3.65/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured an orange-amber into a dimpled mug, leaving a thin white head and foamy lacing around the glass. Aroma was sweet like caramel and molasses, with hints of grassy hops and alcohol.

The flavor is reminiscent of the smell. There's a big, malty sweetness up front, one that lingers perhaps a touch too long, but is still feels like it belongs. There is a noble hop finish, along with an alcoholic kick. Mouthfeel is sticky and a bit syrupy, but overall it's not bad. This one does pack a punch and is quite sweet, so I wouldn't call it a sessioner. But it's a very solid Polish beer that I would have again.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2007 23:22:43 | More by BBM
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dacrza1

New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev +5.4%
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...

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2007 03:01:49 | More by dacrza1
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sleazo

New York

2.4/5  rDev -28.4%
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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jettjon

Florida

3.78/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From the 500ml bottle stamped best before 17-04-07. I drank mine in early April 07 and seriously doubt that a few more months would have hurt this 8.7% malt bomb. Into a pint glass, an attractive light, transparent coppery-amber color with many tiny bubbles. One-finger whitish thin head that fades rapidly to a thin cap and ring with scattered lace. Nose evinces boozy malt liquor along with rich, solid malt and a bit more alcohol. Mouth of solid malt reminiscent of a good dopplebock, though with a solid hops bite followed by a mild to moderate alcohol burn. Finishes on a middle-bitter hopsy, dry note. Alcohol is present but is not dominant; it’s a good balance with flavor leaning more toward the malt. Mouth is nicely viscous and semi-syrupy but smooth as well. Pretty refreshing, too. Drinkability is very good overall; it’s tasty and feels good in the mouth.

Overall: Another pleasant surprise from Poland; I’ve been seeing a lot of good Polish brews at the local specialty liquor stores lately. Pleasantly malty with a solid 8.7% kick, this one is also priced reasonably enough to stock up on a few. Grab one (or a few) and check it out.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2007 23:43:38 | More by jettjon
Hevelius Kaper from Elbrewery Co. Ltd. Sp. z o.o.
77 out of 100 based on 111 ratings.