Bavarian Lager | Capital Brewery

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Bavarian LagerBavarian Lager
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
Ratings:
92
Reviews:
83
Avg:
3.7
pDev:
11.35%
 
 
Wants:
2
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0
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Ratings: 92 |  Reviews: 83
Photo of Realale
3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
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 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 olacub
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours golden with a big fluffy white head. Head stuck around for awhile, with nice lacing on the glass.

S: Lemongrass, straight from my wife's garden.

T: Good and malty, but a little more hop presence would make this really great.

M: Relatively thin.

D: Very drinkable brew - perfect for throwing several back during Big Ten football season on a Saturday.

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Photo of strattor
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
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 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 alexgash
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden, apricot-y, clear. Small head, ring-like, off-white, with tiny bubbles. Tangy fresh bread and yeast on the nose. Rummy sweets and some dough. Herbal, vegetal hops. Tangy malt flavor on the palate. Sweetish with light cooked vegetable notes. Ample bitterness (lightly toasted) throughout but more so in the finish. Herbal and nice. Medium bodied lager, clean, and slightly oily. I'll take another please.

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

Yellowish with a very slight haze and a weak head. Smell is pretty malty. Flavor is nice and malty with a little twang of bitter hops, and over all quite smooth in flavor. Mouthfeel was pretty easy going. Overall highly drinkable, not just because of being mellow but also interesting.

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Photo of shbobdb
4.77/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The beer pours a pleasant enough straw colour and smells, well, the way a good Helles ought: subtle smells of malt and noble hops gently massage your nose. The taste follows the nose and is remarkably pleasant. I could drink this beer all day. Mmmm.

The hops are more muted in this offering than their Special Pilsner and which you buy comes down to a tough decision. When I am in the mood for something more mild than their Pilsner, this is what I reach for.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz single, Woodman's, attempting to cover the whole capital lineup

appearance: a pale yellow pour, a nice foamy head forms with nice lacing...pretty clear

smell: pretty light, some sweet malts, lemon, spice, definately picking up some corn

taste: nice sweet and spicy malts, zesty lemon, very grassy/earthy...nice and bready, some light citrus, spicy and acitic

mouthfeel: light to medium body, refreshing

drinkability: quite drinkable

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Photo of beveragecaptain
3.35/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle. This beer has a clear yellow appearance with a small head. Malty aroma with a bit of corn and lemon. The flavor is nice up front, crisp and malty. Unfortunately, it becomes way too cidery. Gentle hops barely come through. The finish is a little bit spicy. Light to medium body. Medium carbonation. This is not a bad beer, but nothing stands out.

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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 wgk
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My brother offered this fine brew on a hot afternoon ahead of a jambalaya dinner. We enjoyed the drinkability most of all and the taste hints a little of charcoal to me, which isn't overpowering but nice. Didn't get a good look at the brown bottled brew, but we had some at the Capital Brewery in Middleton on tap a year or so ago and I remember it being light with a nice head. Smells ordinary to me. Good mouthfeel. I liked it as well out of the bottle as I did on tap. Will buy this again.

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Photo of ChiTownHustler
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 6 pack of bottles last week no frehness date. Decided to have one of these with some grilled pork chops, potato pancakes and corn on the cob. Poured into iced mug ,decent head that faded quickly. This beer is very drinkable with good flavor ,I could drink a lot of these. I would serve this again with this food combo. Overall a respectable brew. I also like the 1900 beer from this brewery.

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Photo of inebrius
4.09/5  rDev +10.5%
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 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 longarm
3.57/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is cloudy and yellow-orange with moderate head retention.

Some light hops aroma and sweet malts. No off-smells, but cloying aroma takes-over the nose.

Hints of orange. Flavor mostly dominated by sweet malts that knock it somewhat off-balance.

Mouthfeel is cloying and coats well, but I wish the finish was a little more crisp.

Not a bad beer, but it needs a little more bitterness to keep it in check. These might go down more easliy on a really hot day.

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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 TheLongBeachBum
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
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 sweethome
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A deep golden amber color. Head dissipates quickly and leaves a nice lace. Sweet malty nose, hints of honey. Light mouthfeel. A significant malty profile with very little hop character, slight hop bittering. A flawless beer which delivers on the style. A beer to give to to a macro-import drinker to bring them over to our side.

Capital delivers on German styles like few others.

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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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Photo of garymuchow
3.94/5  rDev +6.5%
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 hotstuff
2.83/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

When poured, the head was average size, creamy, frothy with a white head that consisted of fine-small sized bubbles that was mostly diminishing. The body was uncarbonated and cloudy with a golden hue. The nose was malty, fruity, sweet and a hint of citrus. The flavor was sweet and a bit acidic with a slightly tingly smooth mouthfeel. It was light bodied with good lacing.

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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 DrunkMcDermott
3.69/5  rDev -0.3%
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 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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Bavarian Lager from Capital Brewery
3.7 out of 5 based on 92 ratings.
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