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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Capital Brewery
Wisconsin, United States | website

Style: Munich Helles Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-14-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
82
Ratings:
91
Avg:
3.71
pDev:
11.32%
 
 
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Reviews: 82 | Ratings: 91
Photo of tempest
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a sixer at Byerly's and it's made for a nice session beer to have around the house. The flavors aren't quite (but close) as balanced as the helles straight out of Germany I've had, Hacker-Pschorr's. It does have similar nutty biscuit malts follow and balanced by spicy and grassy hops. Very drinkable and tasty.

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Photo of campbellj21
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pilsner glass.

A-Very clear golden/yellow color with a 1 1/2 inch white head that reduces to a ring around the top and stays with the beer, no lacing.

S-A little weak smell, hard to pick up, a little malt and some grassy notes.

T-Sweet maltiness at the beginning finishing with a nice herbal hop finishing, a very clean aftertaste with just a little bitterness.

M-Good carb, light in body and nice and crisp.

D-Very easy drinking and can be a nice session beer and could go well with a full dinner.

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Photo of Homerbag
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very clear golden body with two finger head that laces down the whole time.

Smells biscuity and clean, not much to the aroma. Taste has a good hop kick that balances out the malts to keep this from becoming an early o'fest. Clean, refreshing water is noticable, great beer for a hot day. Feels good, a lit more carbonated than most, but it lead the way for the refreshing characteristics.

A good beer from a good brewery. I am usually not let down but these guys and I am still not.

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Photo of Tballz420
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
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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Photo of roadhouse
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into pils glass

Pours a deep golden, slightly orange color with a one inch white head. Keeps a good cap the whole time and leaves some moderate lacing.

Aroma is malty with a bit of breadiness, and a slight toasty character to it. A moderate amount of spicy hops with a slight herbal presence. Slight DMS knocks it down a bit.

Taste has a good malt presence up front with some more bready notes. Hops come in and are again spicy with a slight herbal tinge. Slight DMS knocks it down a bit.

Mouthfeel is medium-light, clean, crisp, typical for the style.

This was a pretty good version of the style from an American brewer. It seems it's hard to find good lagers available here. This one isn't as good as many German ones but it gets the job done.

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Photo of strattor
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden yellow with a very slight haziness. White, fomay head.

Light aroma is of malt and yeast, and a little lemon.

Light, smooth flavor, but well rounded. Sweet and bready malts, tart lemon, grassy hops--it's all there.

Very smooth, nice mouthfeel.

Very drinkable, though I might lose interest before long due to the light flavor. Good session beer.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly more orange than amber with a gradually slowing flurry of uprushing bubbles. The aged ivory cap has an appealing texture and is leaving the glass coated with a thin layer of barely broken lace. The appearance says 'quality beer'.

The nose is a near equal mixture of untoasted grain and mildly spicy noble hops. I have no idea how old this bottle is, but by the smell of things, the hops still have a lot left in them. I hope the same is true on the palate. There's only one way to find out...

After reading the BA style description for Munich Helles Lager, it occurs to me that Bavarian Lager hits the style nail on the head. The beer is at least as malty as it is hoppy and has quite a bit of German hop spiciness. I don't like beer of this style as much as I like a well-brewed pilsener, but I can't fault Capital for that.

I tastes like there's a touch of earthiness and nuttiness to the malt bill. I wouldn't be surprised to learn that Munich or Vienna is used in addition to pale. It certainly does make the beer seem authentically German. It also makes it taste like a pale version of an Oktoberfest.

The mouthfeel has that lightly creamy lagery smoothness that only the good breweries seem to be able to pull off. It begins to fade on the finish, but doesn't come anywhere near thin. A fine tongue tingle keeps things lively rather than dull.

Bavarian Lager is a well-constructed beer that most German lager lovers should enjoy. In fact, I've decided to bump the flavor score one notch above what my taste buds tell me is appropriate because I recognize quality and style accuracy when I taste it. Thanks to beer like this, I'm gaining a newfound respect for Capital.

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Photo of ADR
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
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 TheManiacalOne
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from rpzel, so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains mostly the sweetness of light German malts and lager yeast, along with some hops.

T: The taste is bready and sweet with the most basic of beer flavors; light malts and hops, neither of which is overdone. There really is not much else to say about it except that it leaves a slightly sweet after-taste.

M: Crisp and smooth, light-to-medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not filling at all, decent kick, very good representation of style. If you are looking for a particular attribute that is going to impress you, then this is not the beer for you unless that attribute is simplicity. This beer is just an ordinary concept done very, very well.

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Photo of Rennpferd
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It poured golden yellow, clear with lite carbonation and a one finger head.

It had a faint scent of malt of hops.

There was a nice taste of sweet malt that was accompanied by a bit of floral hops. It was lite yet not watery and smooth. It had a slight hop finish but was fairly clean.

It was refreshing. I found it very drinkable. It is one of the better lagers that I have had lately.

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Photo of umustdrink
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Medium orange color. Bright white head fades to a patchy eighth inch. Small blobs of lacing.

S - Sweet corny smell with light bitter hops.

T - Starts out with a surprisingly sharp hoppy bitterness that lingers for quite a while. Some light grainy corny flavors come in and the finish is sweet with bitter corn flavors.

D - Another solid lager from Capital. Excellent drinkability.

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Photo of chilidog
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
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 feloniousmonk
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
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 cokes
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
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 Dukeofearl
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium dark golden color, quite clear. with a nice creamy head that drops to a think film in about 5 minutes. The aroma is clean, refreshing, malty-bready with a slight sweetness. I also pick up slight grassy notes (does that make this a lawnmower beer???). Flavor is slightly sweet, bready, clean and resfreshing, with just a slight hops profile.

Very drinkable- I could have had more of these no problem! I like this one, and hope to try it again. Thanks to doofusboy for hand carrying it back from Wisconsin for me to try!

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Photo of MJR
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
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 Soneast
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a crystal clear, pale gold color with a 1/2 inch white head that dissipates quickly leaving very little lace on the glass.

Mostly malts and sweet grains on the nose. A hint of honey in the background, no notable hop presence.

Taste is like the aroma, predominated by grains and sweet malts, with a slightly sweet finish. Once again no hops detected.

Light to medium light in body with a great amount of carbonation to help back up the refreshing quality of the beer. A very good lager, refreshing, good flavor and incredibly drinkable.

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Photo of marc77
3.74/5  rDev +0.8%
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 brakspear
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
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 terrabyte
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, bright gold, with a large white head.

Smells of caramel and bread.

Flavor reminds me of honey, instead of caramel. There is a zesty lemon rind zip to it, although I wouldn't say the flavor has much lemon. The aftertaste ends with a bit of a sour fruit and bready flavor, with a hint of husky bitterness.

Has a decent body, well-carbonated, somewhat medium heaviness revolving around the flavors.

Very refreshing, extremely drinkable in mass quantities.

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Photo of Redrover
3.72/5  rDev +0.3%
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 dstc
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden, amber color with a light tan head. Head falls to nothing. Sort of looks like apple juice.

Clean grains and mild malt aroma.

Sweet, clean taste. Rather typical lager style.

Light to medium bodied in the mouth with moderate carbonation.

Easy drinking beer with a rather clean finish.

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Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.69/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Popping the bottle, I got a nice "beery" whiff, like when you walk into an old bar. Low lying head yielded to a nice toasty malt base. Hop didn't come through until the end. Well, I like it, although any light lager that doesn't just offend will get a pretty good grade from me.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale yellow hay. Smallish white head. Big bubbled carbonation.

N: Munich malts and lemons. Very German.

T: Light corn syrup sweetness, black pepper spice, Munich malts, subtle citric hop residue

MF: On the lighter side of medium. Starchy and a bit sweet.

D: Decent enough.

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Photo of Tone
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, golden color. 2/3 inch head of a white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of earthy malt, yeast, sweet malt, slight grain, and some nutty aroma. Fits the style of a Munich Helles Lager. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with a low carbonation level. Tastes of earthy malt, yeast, slight hop, some pale malt. Overall, not a bad munich, but slightly lacking in body.

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Bavarian Lager from Capital Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 82 ratings.
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