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

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Reviews: 89
Hads: 130
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 18.26%
Wants: 4
Gots: 12 | 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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Reviews: 89 | Hads: 130
Photo of necoadam
3.68/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured out a nice orange/honey color with some decent head.

Smell: Mosty hops and malts with some floral aromas in there as well. Also a little hint of orange in there as well. Perhaps some pears and apples but can't be sure.

Taste: Big taste on this one. Hardly believable that it's 9.1%. Lots of hops. Some sweetness and spiciness in there as well. But I think it's balanced. Some hints of fruit taste in there as well.

Mouthfeel: Quite smooth actually. Got to be careful not to drink this too fast though, it could creep up on you.

I think it's a good beer. They balanced the sweetness and spiciness just right to make this a good brew. Some good hop bitterness at the end takes place. Give this beer a shot, it'll be well worth it. (761 characters)

Photo of Jax-Gator
3.65/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great beer. Its light, adequately aromatic, flavorful, and extremely strong. It tastes very similar to Russian beers, specifically Baltica. For having such a high alcohol content (8.7%) it feels surprisingly light. I prefer it much better than Belgian beers which are typically heavy and sweet like maple syrup. If you can find a bottle, pick it up. You won't be disappointed. (376 characters)

Photo of BBM
3.63/5  rDev +8.7%
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. (613 characters)

Photo of UncleJimbo
3.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

13.52 oz amber bottle
Pours a clear, light amber (golden) color with creamy white foam that left a nice coating down the glass. The smell is good: hops with a bit of malt. The taste is dominated by hops (floral and bitter) with some malt sweetness in the background. The hop bitterness lingers long on the tongue. The mouthfeel is crisp and clean, dominated by the hops, but with a bit of a "soapy" aftertaste. Medium body. The drinkability is OK, but there is not quite enough malt to balance the hops, in my opinion. (519 characters)

Photo of DarrellK
3.55/5  rDev +6.3%
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. (550 characters)

Photo of emerge077
3.55/5  rDev +6.3%
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. (558 characters)

Photo of dacrza1
3.53/5  rDev +5.7%
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... (522 characters)

Photo of andjusticeforale
3.51/5  rDev +5.1%
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. (417 characters)

Photo of tpd975
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a nice orange hue small head. No retention or lace.

S: Nice sweet fruit aromas. Apples with some strange spice. Hints of caramel and toffee.

T: Apples and pears. Yeasty and spicy. Caramel, toffee, and brown sugar. I expected zero actually sort of enjoyed it.

M: Medium in body, smooth, tasty for a Polish Lager.

D: Not bad overall. (345 characters)

Photo of Skidz
3.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a nice blone-yellow, sits dark amber in the glass with a big white fluffy head.

Smells strongly of malts with a sweet bready aroma. The taste is carmely, with a bit of spice and lightly hoppy. Alcohol is obvious in the flavor, but it doesn't deter.

Medium bodied with good bitterness and a moderate amount of carbonation. A decent tasting beer, and it goes down smooth. (385 characters)

Photo of AudioGilz
3.45/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

9.1% from Poland...is this gonna taste good? hmmmm.....well it's a clear amber in color with a small and nicely coating head. The aroma is sweet malts and alcohol, plain and simple. Flavors? Try chewy maltiness on a parade down your throat with alcohol as a sidekick, or shall I say cohost? Super malty and very warming alcohol. It's kind of pleasant though. And what do we have here?....a spicy hop kick to compliment the warm alcohol finish! Well that was a nice accent on a very boozy brew. It keeps it in line and I ended up enjoying it, even though I didn't have much of a tastebud or palate left after 3/4ths was consumed. Drinkability is down for the simple fact that one is enough......not a bad brew, surprisingly enjoyable to me. (739 characters)

Photo of Derranged
3.43/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a weizen glass. Still dont have a pilsner glass.

A-Pours a hazy golden amber with very thin white head.

S- Sweet malts, some raisins and prunes.

T- Much better than I expected. Same as the nose, sweet malts, some citrus, prunes and a little bit of vodka after bite.

M- Thin with very little carbonation.

D- Strong stuff, not sure how many I can put down before trying something weaker.

This is a good beer and good priced. It vaguely resembles a strong Belgian dark. (485 characters)

Photo of StevieW
3.4/5  rDev +1.8%
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. (399 characters)

Photo of BrownAleMale
3.4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16.9oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance- Yellowish in color with amber hues and a tiny bit of white head that fizzes away quickly. Lots of carbonation bubbles streaming up from the bottom.

Smell- A tart hop with hints of bready grainy malt.

Taste- A hint of booze followed by toasted wheat and grain with a nice tart hop balance.

Mouthfeel- Nice medium mouthfeel with tons of carbonation that is an easy drinking beer.

Overall- A very tasty beer for the style. Lots of flavor that is well balanced and pretty easy om the palate. (543 characters)

Photo of jakester
3.38/5  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. (1,136 characters)

Photo of Bouleboubier
3.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(bottle best before 11.12.15 - poured into a Chouffe tulip)

L: crystal-clear, brassy, burnished orange colored liquid... loose, several shades off-white foam that all but disappears... no lace

S: smells like an adjunct lager... perhaps a touch of pilsner malt and powdery bubblegum round the edges... hint of urine?... bit of cereal sweetness, yet curiously a very weak hint of the alcohol, if any at all... but, generally bland overall

T: mildly-toasty grain husk and caramel with a pleasant, bold, lingering spicy phenolic thread... malty to the core, however, marginally lighter and drier in the finish than expected... perhaps a little salt and metal in the aftertaste

F: a bit more viscous up front than I'd anticipated... I'd have to guess that this bottle may have lost a bit of carbonation along its journey - a bit more fizz would have been great though... mellow degree of heat/burn in the finish through to the aftertaste

O: this is just about ideal in what I crave in a malt liquor - gotta have the spice... if I found myself at a pub or market in Poland with this being the only available beer, I'd be quite fine with that (1,140 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
3.38/5  rDev +1.2%
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! (1,503 characters)

Photo of DmanGTR
3.37/5  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. (602 characters)

Photo of denjen
3.37/5  rDev +0.9%
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! (734 characters)

Photo of ommegangpbr
3.35/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (541 characters)

Photo of yesyouam
3.34/5  rDev 0%
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) (617 characters)

Photo of beerguy101
3.32/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This medium bodied strong lager has a medium orange color. Large head. The aroma is fruity, pears and peaches. It definitely has a high alcohol content; it’s the first thing you taste, then comes the near cloying sweetness. The malts are caramel and toffee. The hops are spicy. Its way over balanced and the taste is all over the place. The flavor beats the hell out of most malt liquors and if you are looking for a quick buzz, this stuff is a good choice. Interesting beer, not sure I can recommend it; the flavor battle makes it worth trying once. The buzz is fairly clean, Mouthfeel is thin. Finish is harsh and alcoholic. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. (658 characters)

Photo of tmoneyba
3.32/5  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. (325 characters)

Photo of BeerResearcher
3.31/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This rather strong ale is a copper/amber color with a thin white head and some trailing lace. The aroma is a mix of doughy malt and alcohol, with a faint smell of apples. The body is somewhat sweet and herbal, with a touch of toasted white bread. The hops are hard to define as they are masked by alcohol esters. Upon not so careful tongue smacking and breathing in through the mouth (Kathy's sleeping...I hope), a lemony sour flavor and lightly metallic tang can be detected. It seems a bit stronger than it's 9.1% ABV indicates (529 characters)

Photo of hopalongassidy
3.26/5  rDev -2.4%
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. (486 characters)

Hevelius Kaper from Elbrewery Co. Ltd. Sp. z o.o.
77 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.