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

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122 Ratings
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Ratings: 122
Reviews: 87
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 18.69%
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:
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(Beer added by: TastyTaste on 10-25-2001)
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Photo of Zorro
3.88/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

Zorro, Mar 18, 2007
Photo of boilers
3.88/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

boilers, Nov 05, 2008
Photo of AlexanderCsamaj
3.8/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I read the reviews from D- to A+ and am glad I tasted it regardless of what anyone had to say because it is a good beer. It is easy to drink, it packs a punch, and as pointed out by my good buddy AC, "the Polish beer looks incredible in a glass almost like a liquor."

It is definitely worth tasting on a night you have no where to go in an environment that supports drinking and enjoying the buzz.

Look for the 1 Pt. 0.9 Flo. Oz. bottle.

AlexanderCsamaj, Feb 12, 2011
Photo of Tomas77
3.8/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

Tomas77, Aug 23, 2009
Photo of jettjon
3.78/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

jettjon, May 01, 2007
Photo of TimoP
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

TimoP, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of JMS1512
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

JMS1512, Jul 31, 2014
Photo of chicagoish
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

chicagoish, Jan 31, 2014
Photo of Temny
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

Temny, May 18, 2014
Photo of jwc215
3.73/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

jwc215, Mar 31, 2007
Photo of oberon
3.7/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

oberon, Jun 18, 2006
Photo of scooter231
3.68/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright red, clear color with little head. Smells fruity, somewhat alcoholic. Some pear, apple, orange notes in there. Tastes... fruity, dry, sweet. Quite hoppy. Not overpoweringly alcoholic tasting considering it's 9%. Some spices and sourness in here. Lots of orange flavors.

Mouthfeel is thick, creamy, but goes down pretty easy. Smooth. You can put a lot away pretty quickly without realizing it- which could lead to becoming inebriated a lot quicker than you'd think. A sneaky bastard. A bit too sweet after a while, but the first one... sneaky.

scooter231, Jul 01, 2005
Photo of Jax-Gator
3.68/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Jax-Gator, Mar 26, 2014
Photo of BBM
3.65/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

BBM, Jul 23, 2007
Photo of necoadam
3.65/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

necoadam, Feb 17, 2004
Photo of emerge077
3.6/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

emerge077, Nov 28, 2010
Photo of UncleJimbo
3.6/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

UncleJimbo, Feb 23, 2003
Photo of DarrellK
3.55/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

DarrellK, Sep 18, 2003
Photo of dacrza1
3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
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...

dacrza1, Jul 07, 2007
Photo of ant1
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

ant1, Jun 03, 2012
Photo of andjusticeforale
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

andjusticeforale, Sep 02, 2006
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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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