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Bavarian Lager | Capital Brewery

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3.71/5
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92 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Capital Brewery
Wisconsin, United States
capitalbrewery.com

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.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
83
Ratings:
92
pDev:
11.32%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 92 |  Reviews: 83
Photo of hopdog
3.2/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle.

Poured a medium and slightly hazy golden color with a smaller sized white head. Aromas of graininess, lighter honey, and some breadiness. Tastes of bread, grainy, some honey sweetness, and had a light grassy finish.

Notes from: 11/26/06

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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 wheatyweiss
3.26/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a pale straw with no cloud and an effervescent head.

Aroma is of crystal malt and DMS, slightly corny and very light.

Taste is of crystal malt and slightly corny. Not much for hops and quite macro-ish. Needs more hops and more malt, weak all around.

A good lawnmower beer, but not much else.

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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 cdkrenz
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
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 Vancer
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep golden yellow with a nice white head, lace tries to stick, but it lets go quickly.

Light malty aroma, but the quaff is solid - full grain with a nice European hop kick. Fully finishes with a crisp and clean hop bite. Drinks nicely in the mid-west summer heat.

Solid lager from our brewing friends up north.

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Photo of Pauly2X
4.08/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Bright clear brillant gold with a half finger head.

S- Mellow sweet malts with a faint hop aroma in the background.

T- Smooth mildly sweet malts balanced ever so slightly throughout by noble hops.

M- Just light enough to be refreshing.

D- Very much so.

A very fine example of a refreshing yet flavorful beer.

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Photo of ibashmuck
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Purchased as part of "build-your-own-six-pack" at local grocer. Small head on basic lager beer yellow. Smell's very generic as well, nothing stands out. Early slurps were boring, but it get's better toward the end. Medium bitterness, fizzier than it appears, it's a fine lager.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
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 Derek
3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden-bronze, white head, no retention, slight lacing.

S: Floral hops, grassy spice & a little bread.

T: Spicy, floral hops and a very nice bready maltyness (Continental malts?), crisp bitterness.

M: Moderate body & carbonation, smooth with a dry finish.

D: Nice.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.57/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

My pour initially resulted in a finger's worth of bone-white head, but it quickly reduced to mere wisps. The color was a lightly hazy deep gold. The nose had a definite honey/lager-like smell. The mouthfeel was thin-to-medium with slightly malty lager-like flavor on the tongue. The finish was equally lager-sweet. It was a solid representation of the style, but I just tend to prefer more hops, even in my lagers.

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Photo of steveh
4.04/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Revisting an old friend 'cause it was on sale:

A: Pours clear and bright gold with a thick white head that settles nicely.

S: DMS, grainy malt, slight spicy hop character -- all ver clean with nothing overpowering or offensive, if a bit light in the malt character.

T: Nice maltiness that isn't quite melanoidin-ful as some of the Munich imports, but very flavorful. Noble hops in the finish with a slight vegetal character trying to come through.

M: Very soft and smooth, satisfying.

D: Outstanding. This may actually be beating out the imports at this stage.

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Photo of GbVDave
4/5  rDev +7.8%
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 ChainGangGuy
3.33/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, orange-yellow body with a scant white head.

Smell: Light aroma with a touch a pale malts and fruit.

Taste: Pale malts with some candy-like sweetness and a brief, fleeting fruitiness. Mild, spicy bitterness. Clean, delicate finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium, prickly carbonation.

Drinkability: A decent albeit a basic lager.

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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 KarlHungus
4.32/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear golden color. The head is two fingers in height and fluffy. It recedes slowly into a nice cap of foam. The aroma is of biscuity malt, with a sharp noble hop bite. The taste starts out with th malt then melds into a nice long hoppy finissh. Th mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with lively carbonation. Overall, this is a very nice beer. I can certainly see myself drinking this again.

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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 mgobrew
3.49/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: 12 Oz Bottle into a pilsner glass creates a beautiful golden straw color with tight white bubbles forming about a one inch head. The head fades quickly to a lacing film. Tiny bubble form continuous effervescence from bottom to top. Really nice to look at, I can’t wait to take a sip!

S: Faint but noticeable maltiness with sweet biscuit notes.

T: Sweet up front sweet cream and biscuit flavors balancing bitter hops finish but not overpowering.

M: Crisp and clean with light carbonation but also has some weight to the point of being chewy. Finishes dry but not too bitter.

D: Over-all this was a very good beer that I found easy to drink as I made my way to a second sample but it is a bit too heavy to session.

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Photo of objectivemonkey
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
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 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 botham
4.42/5  rDev +19.1%
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 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 balconybrew
3.2/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a flute. Pours a clear, light amber. Small bright white head, settles to a white ring around the glass. Leaves a nice lacing around the glass. The nose is a balance of yeast, hops and malts. Tastes good and simple. Light to medium mouthfeel.Left my mouth clean. Wouldn't be a bad lawn mower lager.

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Photo of malcontent
4.28/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Deep blonde body with a good finger of head but uneven lacing.

Pleasant yeast/banana aromas with mild grain scents.

Wonderful balance between the malt and hops with just the slightest dry bitterness following a mellow sweetness. Faint apple and wheat tastes linger. While this really isn't one of my favorite styles I must say that this is a wonderful example of the genre.

Mouthfeel is slightly too crisp but that's just nit-picking; although I'm normally not one for lagers I could easily see myself drinking this all night. Really good.

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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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Bavarian Lager from Capital Brewery
Beer rating: 3.71 out of 5 with 92 ratings
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