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

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Reviews: 89
Hads: 128
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 14.97%
Wants: 4
Gots: 11 | 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: 128
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. (527 characters)

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 (588 characters)

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. (883 characters)

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... (455 characters)

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. (318 characters)

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. (528 characters)

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). (326 characters)

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... (244 characters)

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. (951 characters)

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. (323 characters)

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. (782 characters)

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. (865 characters)

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. (874 characters)

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. (315 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)

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 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 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 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 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 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)

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