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

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Ratings: 125
Reviews: 88
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 18.75%
Wants: 4
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Elbrewery Co. Ltd. Sp. z o.o.
Poland

Style | ABV
Euro Strong Lager |  8.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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(Beer added by: TastyTaste on 10-25-2001)
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Photo of searsclone
3.1/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Photo of DmanGTR
3.33/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

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.

Photo of debaniel
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.

Photo of hopalongassidy
3.23/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Photo of BBM
3.65/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Photo of dacrza1
3.53/5  rDev +5.1%
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...

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.

Photo of jettjon
3.78/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

Photo of jwc215
3.73/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours orange-amber with a thin head that becomes a bubbly cover, then a swirling, lasting patch. A few spots of lacing stick to glass.

The smell is of caramel with fruity, spicy alcohol.

The taste is of caramel upfront. Assertive, but not overpowering, alcohol is noticeable. Woody/cedary hops become more prominent as the drink progresses. Good balance between malt and hops, esp. for the style.

Just a touch of water in a fairly syrupy, medium body. Fairly smooth, esp. for the high abv.

A decent "sipping" brew from Poland. Caramel candy balanced by woody hops with some peppery/spicy alcohol.

Photo of Zorro
3.88/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My bottle says 8.7% ABV.

Poured in the glass this is an exceptionally deep golden colored beer with a decent white, impressive for the beer strength.

The smell is sweet and exceptionally fruity smelling. Smells like a dead ringer for DFH Liquor De Malt in this respect. Peppery alcohol fumes with spicy Nobel hops under that, not unlike some of the Imperial Pilsners that have been made.

The taste begins sweet and strongly hopped with a fairly bitter after taste. Not as sweet as I would have feared this there is more than a normal dose of Nobel hops in this one. Somewhat fruity in taste but the malts here are not obliterated and that is what I taste most other than the hops. Spicy Nobel hops stand out here and are quite tasty.

Mouthfeel is thick yet not completely out of line for a lager.

Far more drinkable than expected, but I expected Eastern European Malt Liquor. A tasty beer from Poland, a country that regularly produces beers that are better than I would expect. Really this is the European interpretation of the Imperial Pilsner and it is a good one.

Photo of Drew966
3.15/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hevelius Kaper pours a light copper color with a thick fluffy white head from a brown half liter bottle. The aroma is sweet and malty. The flavor is kind of grainy, hops and malt are both pretty noticeable, and alcohol is definitely there in the finish and there is definitely some warming. Just kind of average taste wise.

Photo of andjusticeforale
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Photo of riversider76
3.9/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light brown. Not much head,but good lace. Smell is sweet. The alchol is evident. Body is medium, not much carbionation. Big flavor in this beer! Has a apple/fruit taste that was very appealing. Very whiskey like. I do reommend trying this beer.

Photo of dhilltop2000
3.28/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy burnt orange with substantial foam. After settling, a fairly tight head resulted, which, unfortunately, dissipated with vary little to no lacing in the glass. The taste yielded a orange peel like, hop taste, with mixed honey notes. Fair beer for the price ($2.19) for a 1pt 0.9fl oz bottle at 8.7% alc.

Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.1/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - this lager pours a light brown or dark yellow, dpending on your perspective, a well retained head pure white head and moderate amounts of carbonation

S - has that apply sweet smell of a typical euro lager, that malt liquor kind of sweet, not my cup of tea, but im not gonna hold that against it, keep this objective

T - not as much as a malty overabundance as i expected, quite balanced and tasty, too malty sweet for me, but a quality beer

M&D - smooth and well balanced, but again not my stuff, too much of a alcohol taste, but made with quality and very good for its style

Photo of denjen
3.38/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dennis: Picked this up on a whim at Binny's, and I must say I'm not to disappointed. It's like a high alcohol dopplebock pretty much. Tons of sweet malt dominate the taste and hide the 9.1% behind them. Honestly I was surprised at how good it was, but more than one glass might get a little old in one sitting. Definitely worth picking up if you like malts.
Jen: For $1.49 a bottle, I can't complain too much (well, maybe I can)! Starts off with a malt scent, so I expected sweetness right off the back. The ending is quite metallic tasting, like a penny was in the bottom of my glass. There is some slight hoppiness to it, but it is quickly hidden by very apparent alcohol taste. Not a typical Euro lager, but not that great either!

Photo of oberon
3.7/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

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.

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.

Photo of TastyTaste
4.22/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 oz. bottle. Very dark yellow/copper color, with a big white head, about 3/4", slow fading, with some visible carbonation. Smell is very fruity, but not a natural fruit, a syrupy, candy like fruit, also a good amount of carmel. Taste is huge and malty, very dry in mouthfeel and taste, but also fruity, with huge alcohol. As far as ESL's go, this is a very unique and interesting one, no skunk whatsoever, very drinkable, I like it and would definitely recommend it.

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.95/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear, golden toned look, capably capped by creamy froth.

Soft nose, muted malt, quiet grains, speaking louder....nice.

Smooth, sweet, especially tasty on the tongue...was described to me as being akin to a blonde doppelbock, and I am definitely getting that now. Grainy texture, warming, gathering toward an almost brandyish feel, bold, brash, slick and thick, ...very classy, for a strong one. A good one to store away for the colder nights to come.

Very well-designed, great balance. Strong, but held together in such a way that the booziness never goes over the edge. Medium-bodied, long, malty finish...I like this, and will most likely return to it.

Photo of Shaw
3.9/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got a bottle of this beer from my local Whole Foods. The clerk described it as a Barley Wine. I see BA classifies it differently.

It is a dark honey color with a short white head. It smells of honey and malt.

The taste is very malty and sweet. I can't say that the high ABV is that noticeable, except in the aftertaste: there's a little burn. There is very little bitterness.

The mouthfeel is smooth and glassy, I'm sure partly because of the high ABV.

Overall this is a fine strong lager. It has lots of malt flavor and is good with a meal.

Photo of jakester
3.4/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Photo of ommegangpbr
3.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is basically malt liquor made with high quality ingredients.
This really isn't my sort of thing but I think it is good for what it's supposed to be.
It both looks and smells attractive. The smell is both bitter and sweet; there is a harshness to this that I don't enjoy but for something that's over 9% strong in a lager style... it is an impressive beverage.
It does grow on you as it warms... there is a smoothness that lives in the flavor and mouthfeel.
I won't be looking for this again but it could be worth it as an adventure.

Hevelius Kaper from Elbrewery Co. Ltd. Sp. z o.o.
77 out of 100 based on 125 ratings.