Bavarian Lager
Capital Brewery

Bavarian LagerBavarian Lager
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Style:
German Helles
ABV:
not listed
Score:
84
Avg:
3.72 | pDev: 11.29%
Reviews:
83
Ratings:
92
From:
Capital Brewery
 
Wisconsin, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
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SCORE
84
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Reviews by khiasmus:
Photo of khiasmus
4.4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A bright, sunny day, despite the predictions. Perfect clarity, you can see for miles. A large, thick, white, puffy cloud springs up for a minute over the glowing gold, then wisps away. Bubbles race their way to the top, to join the flat rocks floating along.
An aroma, so simple, but so lovely. Baking bread, coming from the house at the bottom of the hill. The wind blows, and the smell mingles with the grass and a light flowery note.
"Let me see, i know I have it here... Ah." I find it in my satchel, twist off the top, take a swig. "mmm." Clean, light, bready honey-malt on the tongue, the grassy hops taking over in the finish. The carbonation is so high that it's almost spicy, dancing across the mouth and leaving that tingly feeling that soda will if gulped too quickly. Balance is excellent. This is what a bavarian lager should be.
This is the perfect beer for a sunny, lightly breezy, warm spring day... and evening... One could lie on a hillside, watch the clouds go by, and enjoy how quaint the hillsides are, with this delicious, refreshing beer in hand. I recommend it.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of marc77
3.74/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Clear golden in hue, w/ trace chill haze. Dense, well retained porcelain white head leaves sparse lace. Smooth, sweet, bready grain in aroma, with mellow toasty Vienna malt, and a leafy, spicy hop nose reminescent of green tea and freshly cut grass. Very appealing aromawise. Mild hop bitterness is perceived at first, then is followed by dry, cracker like grain and light mineral notes. The malt character then widens and becomes lightly buttery towards the middle, and is subsequently contrasted by a herbal, chlorophyll like hop flavor. Light in body, with an unfortunately thin mouthfeel that's a notch above watery. Finishes w/ a snap of residual sweetness but otherwise dry. Bavarian Lager has all the components of a fine Helles, but like other Capital brews, is somewhat understated and lacks sufficient body. That being said, this brew exhibits good drinkability and since microbrewed Helles are tough to find, this is certainly worth checking out.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.94/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very malt dominated aroma with a light fresh quality of hops.
Smallish head that dissipated very quickly. Dark gold pushing amber and slightly cloudy.
Bold malt quality with hop spiciness. Hops up front and slightly in finish.
Quite heavy for style, yet lager crispness and a thirst quenching qulaity. Interesting contrast.
Quite a good beer. Close to Schells Pils in richness and malty quality.

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Photo of beernut7
3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This brew pours a nice bright orange color with a fleeting head. The aroma is of sweet malt as if never fermented and in the boil. A light slightly sweet malt flavor ensues with a latent bready character and crisp lager finish. The body is light, but not watery and the mildly hopped finish is clean. This is a beer anyone would enjoy no matter his beer tastes.

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Photo of ZAP
4.04/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This would be the perfect beer for the pool party where you want something good AND easy drinking...AND one the Bud drinkers can handle....a tasty lager that tastes like a lighter Helles style...it is a slightly hazy golden in color....the nose is grainy malts...body is light but not overthin...about right for a lager...I rate the drinkability high because this is an easy drinking lager that has some real nice sweet maltiness to it....for a lager this is tasty..Just a quick twang of spicy hops on the very long finish...other than that this is all sweet malt....a very enjoyable lager I would recommend as a great lawnmower beer..

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Photo of Bighuge
4.32/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours light golden with a big frothy white head that retains nicely. Very nice flowery hop boquet. A firm maltiness present in the taste. But also nice hop accents. Very smooth. Medium in body. Very easy drinking. Look up "session beer" in the dictionary and there's probably a picture of this one.

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Photo of inebrius
4.09/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another superior Wisconsin lager. A picnic blanket under Autumn hardwoods covered by roasted nuts and baked goods might be similar to the scents emitted from this orange tinged brew. Nicely balanced though leaning a bit sweet. Grand finish of loitering mineral soil will summon another sip. I like it, but I think my malty lager lovin' wife will like it more.

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Photo of ADR
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Darker gold color. Carbonation noticeable. Malty beginning with slight hops kicking in secondarily. Starts subtle, gets bigger, finishes lower in tone. Some similarities to Hacker-Pschor Munich Edelhell but a little more subdued and maybe more drinkable.

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Photo of cokes
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Perfectly clear golden bodied with a whispy white head that quickly whittles its way to nothing.
Doughy aroma. With notes of sweet bread, backyard, honey and tea.
Taste is simple yet well-structured. Begins with honey-draped sourdough bread. Turns more doughy towards the midsection. Hints of grass and hay enter. Alternately very sweet and fairly dry. Rides out with a continuing honey presence and more grass and tea colorings from the hops.
Light bodied refresher. A good one to throw at macro-swillers yet stay pleased yourself.
As far as domestic helles go, this plays second fiddle to Great Lakes' Locktender...but that is nothing to be ashamed of.
No frills here, but quality nonetheless.

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Photo of TastyTaste
3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Lightly hazed gold/copper color, with a sizable, yet fast fading head. Malty with light banana and a little citrus. Taste is malt and full, also with hints of citrus, and a smoothed-over banana feel to it. Hops are very subdued, not a whole lot of bitterness going around. This is a good beer, above average, but nothing great.

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Photo of brakspear
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very clear deep gold with a foamy soft white head that lingers until about the glass is half gone, Generous carbonation on first pour, then fades swiftly.

The aroma is not a true continental malt aroma, more grainy and slightly bready, with very little hop presence.

The taste is dry and mellow malt notes, with little to no hop bite noticeable. It is a very clean tasting beer. Nothing spectacular, but has more character than many American lagers.

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Photo of Wildman
3.21/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pured a gold color and formed a nice white foamy head that left some nice lace. An arom of hoops and citrus with a flavor of hops. The finish was pretty light. As helles styles go, I think this one is a bit weak.

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Photo of chilidog
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

As part of the fall tasting tour, I got one of this brew. It poured a deep golden/amber with a haze to its medium body. The head forms white, that laces average, but shortlived. Rings of lace stick to the glass, for awhile. The aroma is malty, grassy.The taste is crisp. Malt rules this brew, but a nice hop balance allows this brew to be a very drinkable lager. A reminding aftertaste stays on awhile.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.3/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I remember picking this one up thinking "Great, another Lager". I was pleasantly surprised that this beer had a nice hops presence and a decent aftertaste. According to the description it is a Helles, which makes more sense. Why not call it a Helles if it tastes like one? Either way, it is a better than average Lager if that is what they are calling it.

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Photo of bditty187
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Peachy-gold hue, translucent, a healthy white head (a finger plus), soapy retention, decent spotty lace. The nose has the typical qualities of a Helles: malty, bready, faint grassy-hay… inviting. Sweet, malty, bready palate… well-placed hops bitterness, sweet grassy notes. The flavors are very complementary, splendidly brewed. Medium-light body, somewhat thin, not watery though; the finish is crisp, abrupt, clean, some lingering sweetness... these aspects of the beer are lacking. Indeed this beer will not “blow your mind” but it is highly drinkable (session beer material) and worth a try.

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Photo of MJR
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear pale gold with a small white head that retains well and leaves a bit of lacing. A good amount of carbonation produces a constant stream of bubbles rushing to the top.

Smell: The aroma is quite fresh with a big dose of malt that is slighty sweet. There's a freshly cut grass, herbal quality to it as well. A small hint of pungent, spicy hops shows up as it warms.

Taste: The flavor is well balanced between the graininess, which is both slighty sweet and crackery, and the spicy, herbal hops. The hop bitterness is firm, but restrained, maintaining a gentle balance. Finishes clean and crisp, with a hint of sweetness and a bready note.

Mouthfeel: This area is a bit lacking, as this brew is just barely above watery. I'd like to see more body, with a distinct firmness. The carbonation is fairly high, which helps scrub the palate clean after every taste. Finishes dry, crisp, and clean.

Drinkability: This is a pretty good take on a German-style Helles. It needs a bit more firmness and weight in body and it's hop bitterness and flavoring raised a notch or two, but it's still a drinkable brew.

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Photo of Realale
3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear full gold. Very fine sticky bright white head settles to a thin complete cap leaving nice lacing.

Nose is slightly dusty doughy malt. There's a nice herbal hop aroma which subtly supports the malt and adds some complexity. Relatively restrained, but nice.

Medium in the mouth. Smooth, soft, slightly sweet raw doughy malt predominates. Just a hint of hop on the finish. Pleasant, but not complex, or particularly interesting.

Extremely smooth satiny mouthfeel. Very drinkable, and a lovely choice for a summer evening in the biergarten, but really needs more going on to keep me coming back. I prefer other Capital offerings, which are as drinkable, but imminently more interesting.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presentation: Another generic Capital Brewery bottle. The oval label for the Bavarian Lager has a dark blue setting this time, containing the themed picture of a domed building which sits affront a 12 fluid ounce long neck brown bottle. As with all the other Capital brews, it has a similar, but smaller scale, neck label with the usual health warning and cash refund bollocks that no-one ever reads. No freshness date, not strength listed either.

Appearance: Classic pale golden Lager body that has a thin yellow lemonade tinge. Fizzy white head at first disappears quickly to nothing but a thin clinging halo. A quick swirl helps the dissolved carbonation replenish the head, as does the top-up. Head lingers nicely second time round. Average conditioning.

Nose: Light in strength, but attractive. Delicate mix of fresh lemons, Munich malts and a floral character. A bit hard to detect at times but nonetheless very nice.

Taste: Spicy Munich Malts, black peppers, fresh sherbet lemons, zesty but weak limes and a fading biscuit feel that has a sweet syrupy dimension at the end. Finishes with an almost dry, Water Biscuit finish, it’s there for sure, but doesn’t taste of anything at first, probably due to the thin body. The ending comes into its own after the swallow, some nice biscuit malts and feint bitterness that is swamped by the sweet malt feel.

Mouthfeel: Light Lager texture at first, but it sadly suffers from a decent performance here. The only part of this brew that lets the rest of the profile down. A smidgeon too thin, sadly.

Drinkability: Don’t bother with a Six-Pack of this! Get a Keg and the Fittings, To Go. This one's a pounder!! It drinks well.

Overall: Not a classic, but a solid Helles that is easily quaffed. If it had a tad more body, this could so much better though. I’d still get a Keg of it for though!!!

A Teutonic Thanks to BigHelles for allowing me to try this one.

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Photo of Shiloh
3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

By the numbers, this brew is just above average. Colour is a very pretty deep golden but the head is light.
Aroma is grainy.
The body is medium and the carbonation is also light.
The taste has a mild hoppiness to start and finishes the same.
Does have a mouthcoating problem that needs to be addressed.
Ho-hum

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Photo of Winter
3.08/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a clear dark golden color with a foamy white head. Aroma consisted of malt and a slight floral sweetnees. Somewhat thin body. Carbonation lends way to a creamy mouthfeel. Sweet malt middle with a dry lightly hopped finish. Floral hoppiness of the taste really didn't appeal that much to me on this one. Not a bad offering from Capital, but nothing too spectacular either.

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Photo of BeerBuilder
3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours to a deep golden color with a white heat that diminishes. The aroma is sweet, fruity and grainy. The flavor has a sweet maltiness, and a grainy flavor. It also has a bit of spicy hop flavor. This is a light bodied beer, smooth and easy drinking, with just a slight hop bitterness. Very tasty.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance; a lovely, peachy color, with a short and swift white head. aroma: clean, with moments of weetness, and citrus, with hints of fruits, peach, and others.
Nice light, but playful, texture. Very smooth, with terrific taste. Body is light, and breezy.
Sweet and tangy taste, much appreciated. Light and tastyhop drizzle.
This would belong to my short and elite go-to lager list!

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Photo of Redrover
3.72/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz longneck with no freshness dating.

This beer pours a darkish yellow with a fluffy white head and almost no lace. Beer has a nice haze when held up to the light. When you sniff this beer you get a clear whiff of malt and some spicy notes.

Beer has an interesting flavor that I would describe as old style (no not the one time Chicago favorite from Heileman). I mean the taste is kind of old fashioned in a good way. Good balance of hops and malt, no characteristic pushes itself into the forefront. This is not one of those beers that trys to overcome some short comings with an assertive taste profile. Very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is ok, drinkablity is decent. Once again, Capital comes through with a tasty beer!

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out crystal clear light amber and has an ivory head of 2 fingers. The head does not last and there is no lacing. The nose is very light and has a malt sense. The flavor is of malt with some nice balancing hops to act as a companion; there is also some light graininess. The feel is medium and there is a crisp finish. Light aftertaste lingers, but is not objectionable. Nice lager from Capital.

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Photo of Tballz420
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There is a great big white head thats floating on this crisp, clear golden colored brew. A few carbonation bubbles rushing to the top. The smell is pretty malty. That goes for the taste too, very smooth, malty flavors dominate the feel of this beer. Some grainy flavors mixed in, slight bitterness. Overall, not a bad drink.

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Bavarian Lager from Capital Brewery
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 92 ratings