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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: 3
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 tpd975
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

tpd975, Aug 22, 2010
Photo of Skidz
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Skidz, May 14, 2004
Photo of Derranged
3.48/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Derranged, Nov 28, 2010
Photo of AudioGilz
3.45/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

AudioGilz, Apr 24, 2003
Photo of BrownAleMale
3.43/5  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.

BrownAleMale, Dec 25, 2012
Photo of jakester
3.4/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

jakester, Aug 14, 2005
Photo of StevieW
3.4/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

StevieW, Dec 30, 2002
Photo of denjen
3.38/5  rDev +0.3%
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!

denjen, Jul 04, 2006
Photo of MasterSki
3.35/5  rDev -0.6%
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!

MasterSki, Jun 13, 2009
Photo of beerguy101
3.33/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

beerguy101, Aug 12, 2003
Photo of DmanGTR
3.33/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

DmanGTR, May 07, 2008
Photo of BeerResearcher
3.33/5  rDev -1.2%
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

BeerResearcher, Sep 26, 2003
Photo of tmoneyba
3.33/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

tmoneyba, Dec 07, 2008
Photo of ommegangpbr
3.3/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

ommegangpbr, Jul 06, 2005
Photo of yesyouam
3.3/5  rDev -2.1%
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)

yesyouam, Dec 14, 2008
Photo of dhilltop2000
3.28/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

dhilltop2000, Aug 13, 2006
Photo of SFLpunk
3.28/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

SFLpunk, Jul 11, 2009
Photo of GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

GRG1313, Sep 14, 2009
Photo of matjack85
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

matjack85, Jan 28, 2013
Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Hopheadjeffery, Aug 05, 2013
Photo of jeff1973
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

jeff1973, Dec 30, 2013
Photo of aorloski
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

aorloski, Mar 23, 2013
Photo of dextermcgurk
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

dextermcgurk, Feb 09, 2014
Photo of Pog-Mo-Thoin
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Pog-Mo-Thoin, Jan 10, 2014
Hevelius Kaper from Elbrewery Co. Ltd. Sp. z o.o.
77 out of 100 based on 122 ratings.