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Bavarian LagerBavarian Lager

Brewed by:
Capital Brewery
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Munich Helles Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-14-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 83 | Ratings: 92
Photo of tgbljb
4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a medium amber color with moderate white puffy head.

Smell has some light fruity notes that really seem to caress the nose.

Taste tickles the palate with a nice fruity maltiness and a sublime touch of hops at the finish.

Great taste retention with a long lasting refreshing malt character.

Perfect drinkabilty. This is a beer I could drink everyday.

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Photo of Redrover
3.72/5  rDev +0.5%
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 GbVDave
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 20oz imperial pint.

A: Pours a clear and bright golden yellow color. Covering this is a bubbly and frothy head that leaves a little bit of lace.

S: Nice aroma of biscuits, toasted malt, and fresh noble hops which adds a hint of citrus.

T: Toasted malt and citrus-y hops. Biscuits, toasted bread crust, and lemon/orange.

M: Smooth at first, then quickly turns spicy and effervescent with a smallish sweet fruit finish.

D: Good drinkability for a good beer. Could see this being awesome at a summer picnic.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lagers aren't my thing, but this one really wasn't all that bad. It poured a golden color with one finger of head that fell to coat the beer. The nose was a nice honey sweetness and a touch of sweet grain as well. The flavor was nicely balanced between sweet and grainey. Just a touch of that lager flavor to remind me what I'm drinking. There is also a touch of residual hop on the finish that just slightly hangs on my tongue. The feel was moderate, it had light carbonation, and was a nice drink. For a lager, this gets a thumbs up from me.

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Photo of ADR
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
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 bditty187
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
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 Soneast
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
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 TastyTaste
3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
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 marc77
3.74/5  rDev +1.1%
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 beerwolf77
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my pint glass the beer is clear golden yellow. About one finger of white head recedes leaving a smattering of soapy lace.

The aroma is malt sweet grains. Earthy black dirt hints as well.

The flavor is mostly sweet grain. Moderate malt with a apple like swet finish. Not real strong in this area.

Medium to light crisp clean body.

Overall a nice representation of the style. Capital does lagers quite well.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
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 Wildman
3.21/5  rDev -13.2%
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 MuenchenerKindl
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass, out in the yard over a grill with fresh Johnsonville original recipe brats starting to sizzle and spit. The liquid is a Yellow color and slightly cloudy. The head is a smallish 1 finger white cap of small bubbles that are creamy looking and smooth.

The smell is faint, a little malt going on. Light hop note, quite respectable for a helles.

The taste is ....Oh Snap! Zing Pow, just what the doctor ordered. This taste is great. I don't quite know what about it is so good. The last time a took a swallow and kept drinking like this, I was at Augustiner am Dom Frauenplatz in Munchen, just finished a four hour walking tour and was ready for 'Mass' quantities of fresh brew.
This brew captures that taste perfectly, Here and fresh! a light malt lovers delight! Mass Helles... Mass helles This beer will have me repeating that in my sleep again, I can feel it.

The mounthfeel is just amazing, This brew begs to be swallowed. perfect medium body backed up with a delightful carbonation with the prefect bite for swilling back.

Drink-a-bility is simply the best. I could drink 3 in 5 minutes and still want more and more. Keep them coming shbobdb. you have me hooked. Thanks for the excellent pick!
Prosit und Zum Wohl! Ich danke Ihnen vielmals! MK

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
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 roadhouse
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
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 beernut7
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
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 Dukeofearl
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
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 cdkrenz
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Eggshell white foamy head standing at an inch and a half. The body is a strong golden brown.

S - Strong malt aroma. Quite inviting.

T - It starts out with a soft malt flavor and then the taste becomes more and more intense as the sip moves to an end. This is a nice tasting lager.

M - It starts out soft and finishes pretty much the same.

~ Not bad at all. I'm growing more fond of this Middleton, Wisconsin brewery with each beer I am lucky enough to sample.

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Photo of Tballz420
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
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 botham
4.42/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a golden straw color, semi-hazy, with a few fingers of white head that dissipates rather quickly.

smell is malty and sweet. very clean smelling, with only the basics: pale and munich malts, and a touch of hops in the background. the aroma is pleasant and balanced.

taste is malty and sweet up front, with mild hop presence on the way down. nothing but crisp and clean, just what a good lager should be.

mouthfeel is light-bodied, with a smooth and silky mouthfeel. almost no carbonation here.

drinkability is great. this is a very light and simple brew, that is executed extremely well. well balanced with good concentration while not overdoing it. great for a hot summer day. cheers!

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Photo of Winter
3.08/5  rDev -16.8%
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 objectivemonkey
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Into a pint glass, pours a light golden color, a little head receding to a thin film, bits of lacing here and there. The aroma is faint and soft, but plenty nice, buttery malt, floral hops, something crisp like citrus in there. The taste is better, the same buttery biscuit malt, a crisp taste with a floral hop profile, drying toward the finish, pretty decent but also a bit lacking in luster. The mouth is a bit light, but carbonation is good and the dry ending is to my liking, but still the weight is disappointing. Overall though, this one went down quick, an easily drinkable and fairly authentic helles. Nice.

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Photo of Strix
3.26/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden, decent head

Smells of pilserny hops, with a hint of sauerkraut. Really.

Pilsnery hops the main flavor, with sweet malts, and bread. I get a hint of red delicious apple in there too.

Solid mouthfeel, finishes crisp.

Capital has more interesting brews than this. I guess I don't really get super excited about the style, so I may be biased low. I think this is a solid brew for the style, but it was only so-so for me.

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Photo of Shiloh
3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

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Photo of chilidog
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
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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Bavarian Lager from Capital Brewery
3.7 out of 5 based on 92 ratings.
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