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

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Reviews: 89
Hads: 132
Avg: 3.34
pDev: 21.86%
Wants: 4
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Elbrewery Co. Ltd. Sp. z o.o.

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: 132
Photo of dhilltop2000
3.24/5  rDev -3%
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.

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Photo of SFLpunk
3.23/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.21/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.21/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: The beer is clear light amber orange in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that died down a bit but consistently left a thin head covering the surface.
S: Light aromas of apples are present in the nose along with notes of sweet malts and hints of alcohol.
T: The overall taste is a little sweet and rather malty with notes of apples and hints of alcohol. As the beer warms up, the alcohol becomes a little more noticeable.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little syrupy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer reminds me a lot like a sweetned version of an American Malt Liquor except the taste is not that offensive. The apple flavors definitely help to mask some of the alcohol. This beer is surprisingly not that difficult to drink considering its style and strength.

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Photo of augustgarage
3.18/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 500mL bottle into my Moonlight shaped pint glass.

Clear amber body with a large active soapy beige head which recedes to a fluffy half finger. Decent retention; lacing is mediocre and doesn't adhere to the glass.

Sugar, malted wheat, corn starch, and a vague spiciness (caraway and cardamom?) in the nose.

Caramel sweetness accompanies a light bready/toasty malt character followed by a very mild chamomile/grassiness and faint esters from the alcohol. The flavor profile is an odd sort of a cross between malt liquor and a traditional bock. Finishes a bit sweet and somewhat drab - attenuation could be better. The malt isn't "clean" particularly, and I wonder if dextrose or some other adjunct was utilized in the brewing process?

Slick, somewhat sticky, medium-light bodied, with modest carbonation. ABV sneaks up on you.

Not bad with food, but there are better Polish beers...though rated to style there are certainly worse.

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Photo of Drew966
3.18/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
3.16/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Whoa! Is right...Heavy alcohol taste throughout this brew, along with some light notes of malt sweetness and hints of spiciness. Nothing balancing this brew out though, very one sided. Overall not too shabby...Very nice looking bottle though...

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Photo of jackndan
3.15/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hevelius Kaper: named after the “astronomer and brewer.” In a 17.52 (?) ounce brown bottle, with 9.1 percent alcohol. Very deep brown color, with a pure white head. Rich malt flavor, and alcohol warmth. Very nice for $1.29 a bottle, an after dinner drink, not for frying up the polish sausage (as I was doing).

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Photo of powellmg
3.11/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served @ 40F in pilsner glass.

Pours a very clear, deep gold color with an off-white head. Aroma is pretty low, some malt, spice, and lemon peel. Taste has a rich, caramel sweetness and alcohol warmth, with a lingering bitter finish. Soft, medium-bodied mouthfeel, medium carbonation. Not an elegant beer but decent.

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Photo of searsclone
3.11/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.1/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a strange)
A- This beer has a clear light copper body with a fizzy tan head that fades before I can set the glass down. There is a sea of racing bubbles that pop to the surface.
S- The faint green apple note leads to a bigger but still soft pot caramel aroma. Otherwise the aroma is pretty clean.
T- The soft pot caramel malt is a clean and lagered flavor with a brassy flavor in the finish. There is a soft melanoidin quality then a carbonic acid dry bite in the finish. The flavor is pretty clean just like the aroma.
M- The light mouthfeel is crisp with a fizzy finish and no alcohol heat noticed.
D- This beer hides the alcohol and flavor very well. It is a smooth drink with no off-flavors and in fact there are not really many flavors at all, especially for such a big beer. This is very thirst quenching which can be make a quick end to the night at 8.7 % ABV.

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Photo of Citadel82
3.1/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours gold and lightly carbonated wtih a thin white head. No lacing is evident. Smell is sweet with faint hop notes. Taste is sweet malt with an alcohol finish. The price is good on this if you are thinking in terms of bang for the buck, but the character of this beer is not all it could be. It is not balanced and a little to sweet and a little too much alcohol in the finish. It is not an unpleasant beer it is the pale equivalent of a winter warmer...

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Photo of crossovert
3.08/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.08/5  rDev -7.8%
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

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.05/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into pint glass, color is amber, feint head.

Smell is grainy, kinda harsh, not much malt flavor to note.

Taste is also harsh, lots of grain but no malt specific notes, light adjunct. Bitterness is there but not adding anything.

Mouthfeel is actually ok, not a harsh carbonation.

Overall, a euro dark lager with nothing to stand out

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Photo of debaniel
3.03/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

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Photo of Gusler
3/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

As it sits in the glass, limpid amber in color, the head immense in it size, frothy consistency with oodles of fine lace to cover the glass. Nose is malt, somewhat musk, or moldy if you like with a quite sweet start and middling top. The beer finishes with a strong acidic bite, purposeful hop presence, and a alcohol bitter dry aftertaste. The high ABV warms the tummy and makes this a bit more robust than I would have thought.

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Photo of corby112
3/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
3/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Perfectly clear amber brew with slow rising carb strands.

S - Sticky sweet malt syrup. Sweetness akin to Twizzlers.

T - A lot of sweet simple malt sugar up front. An unrefined alcohol bite, with some fruit skin bitterness towards the end. Simple malt sweetness as the base. Seems like a beer that needs a lot more time, if that may help.

M - Light bodied but the abv hits the palate in a fairly unpleasant way IMO.

O - Not bad bang for the buck with 8.7% for under 2 bucks.

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Photo of NEhophead
2.98/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

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Photo of wiseguy142
2.97/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
2.96/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a pint glass.

Appearance: Slightly darker (maybe bolder is a better word) gold with little bubbles on the body. Light white head that is a settles to nothing before a sip. Take a taste and no head at all.

Smell: Light malt scent, and that is about it. Not bad but definitely not much word smelling here.

Taste: Like a serious malt beverage, I do like it but not the best you will have. Strong alcohol feel that makes the bitterness feel a little sweet. Feels like a light marzen with it slightly being creamy.

Mouth: Great after taste, but disappears as quick as you can blink.

Overall: This beer is good for a buzz, but that's really it. Not a bad thing, just don't treat it like the best beer will ever get because there is room for improvement. Salud!

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Photo of mschofield
2.93/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark brownish-gold, topped with a large but short lived three finger puffy off-white head, left short lived webs of lacing.
Very malty aroma, some sort of hard skined vegetable - pumpkin or squash, grain and alcohol.
Strong robust taste, alcohol, very fruity, molasses, caramel, spice and raisin. Warms the body and tingles the lips.
Full syrupy body.

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Photo of BigJTrucker
2.85/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.83/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

Finally finishing my style ticks with a beer I remember being pretty solid from my earlier drinkin' days. I hope it's still good... It pours a clear copper (go figure) topped by a half-finger of short-lived dirty-white foam. The nose is almost entirely composed of buttery biscuits, though some very light grass and flowers vainly attempt to muddle their ways through to the 'strils as well. The taste goes in a different direction, opting for a melange of caramel, mandarin orange syrup, light maple syrup, candi sugar, and a touch of mint in the background. Gotta say, this ain't the best taste in the world... The body is the heaviest light-medium possible, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta syrupy feel. Overall, a sub-standard brew, one that's having me question my earlier beer opinions...

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