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Captain Fred | The Grumpy Troll Restaurant and Brewery

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Brewed by:
The Grumpy Troll Restaurant and Brewery
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A true American Lager. Well balanced, crisp, clean and very refreshing with a hint of hop flavor and aroma at the finish.

18 IBUs

Added by DaPeculierDane on 05-21-2007

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Reviews: 7 | Ratings: 19
Photo of RoamingGnome
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 6/4/12 Tasting Notes. Arrived at my table in a pint glass, and was well chilled.

A) This was a cloudy yellow. Had a bit of a shandy look to it. There was a good finger of white foam reaching the rim of the pint. It settled quickly to a wispy dusting. Not much lacing noted.

S) Not a particular strong aroma, but okay... It was light corn/cornhusk, grass and grain. There was a little citrus zest and some faint malt sweetness.

T) It was a little more bitter than I expected, at least initially. Then the flavor I was picking up was really more of a white wine or white grape juice. The finish strikes a decent malt/hops balance.

M) Lighter body, definitely right for the style and enjoyable. Moderate carbonation. A nice crisp/refreshing mouthfeel. Decent aftertaste too.

O) Glad I gave this a try. It certainly packed more taste than most adjunct lagers, however it just wasn't a taste or an aroma that really overly impressed me. If you visit the Grumpy Troll, give it a try for yourself.

Paired this with the Uff Da Pretzel, which was quite delicious.

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Photo of mentor
3.56/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

American or international-style Pilsener. Pours a large finger of white head over a clear light golden liquid. Smells grassy from hops with a bit of cardboard oxidation. Dusty and powdery malt. lemony and over-washed grain.

Tastes well done. Gentle malt sweet, grainy character, with a metalic tinge (likely from hops), mild clean hop bitter, and a bit of a hop zip in the finish. Drying finish with dry metallic aftertaste. Later sips have a very mild cocoa pebbles flavor. Light body, though with some dextrinous character. Modest carbonation. Decent drinkability.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale honey gold with highlights that are almost colorless. Fewer and slower bubbles than your average adjunct lager is definitely a good thing. Are we sure this isn't an all-malt or pale lager? The chalk white cap looks craft beer constructed and is doing a fine job of decorating the glass.

Beer of this sort will never impress like a quality RIS or IPA, but there's something about a well-brewed pale lager that appeals to me. This one smells like sugared grain and musky hops, with no hint of nastiness whatsoever. Solid for the style... and in a general sense.

Captain Fred is a quality pale lager for two simple reasons: malt and hops. It has plenty of each, something that few members of the style can claim. It's amazing that the ABV is only 4.5% because it tastes like a bigger beer (although it doesn't drink like one).

I would be surprised if there was anything in here except malt, hops, yeast and water. The flavor is holding up beautifully as the beer warms. A modest cereal grain sweetness is countered by more noble hop flavor and bitterness than beer of this style usually delivers. Nice job guys.

The mouthfeel is medium in a general sense and is at least medium-full for a 4.5% lager. Again, a relative abundance of ingredients is the key. A lack of any fizziness helps keep things soft and velvety smooth.

Captain Fred is better than Trailside Wheat and is better than Maggie DIPA. The Troll has a winner on its hands with this brew. It's good enough to drink solo and should pair well with anything on the menu. I wouldn't be surprised if it's their biggest seller. Thumbs up.

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Photo of hopdog
2.97/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at the Grumpy Troll Brew Pub.

Poured a light to medium yellow color with a small sized white head. Aromas of grass, grains, and some corn. Tastes of the same grassiness, grainy, and corny sweetness. Body on the thinner side.

Notes from 7/21/08

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Photo of tjkurz
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brought a bomber of this home from grumpy troll. It would appear that the picture on the bottle is Frederick Pabst - so I assume this is a tribute to him or his beers. Looks very nice clear light yellow with a decent head smells clean with some grain. Tastes same with a nice kick of hops. Light and crisp mouthfeel this beer goes down well.

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Photo of sweethome
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As mentioned previously - tribute to Pabst.

I was suspicious, but boy did this turn me around. Clean, crisp, yet nice flavor profile. Nice malt flavor perfectly balanced by the hops that refuse to take control - just adds perfect balance. Just what a session beer should be.

I have not particularly like the pre-pro lagers I have had, but this is something different. A tribute to an american legend that delivers.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.96/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A tribute beer to Captain Fred Pabst, a man well deserving a tribute in my opinion, this beer is exactly what it aims to be…simple, straight forward, and drinkable by the gallon.

Served in a pint glass at the brew pub, it appears a pale yellow, bubbly body with a thick and creamy white head. Great retention for the style.

Aroma is clean and grainy with light pale malt qualities.

Tastes similar to Rheinlander, though a bit better. Crisp, clean, clear and light with a subtle sweetness. At 18 IBUs some hops come into play but they’re just background window dressing. Balanced.

Drinkable? I downed a pint in about two minutes…although my anxiousness to try the BBA Spetznatz may have played a factor in that…

Great summertime beer and superior to most brewpub light/macro lagers.

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Captain Fred from The Grumpy Troll Restaurant and Brewery
3.6 out of 5 based on 19 ratings.
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