Capital Pilsner | Capital Brewery

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BEER INFO

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

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-16-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
158
Reviews:
94
Avg:
3.54
pDev:
12.71%
 
 
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3
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9
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Ratings: 158 |  Reviews: 94
Photo of Vancer
3.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Twist top, no dating or abv info.

Crisp and clean looking sunshine yellow pour, darn nice thick and gooey eggshell white head - sticking to the sides of my Bitburger pilsner glass.

Grassy, herbal aroma. Sharp tang of malt, and again - crisp and clean (sorry Budweiser). Nicely balanced with a finish on the hoppy side - ever so slightly. Better than average pilsner, good for the locals - not one that I'd go after from here.

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Photo of chilidog
3.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I found this to be not your typical pils. The appearance at first glance had me look at the bottle name twice. It pours a slightly haze amber/orange. No gold to be found here. An average head that fades to a thin film. Lace was good, some ringing. The aroma is grainy & grass-like. The taste was somewhat sweet, malty, faint hop finish. The brew is smooth to drink while the mouth is left slightly dry.

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Photo of Soneast
3.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a pale yellow color with a slight haziness initially, but clears after it warms up. The white colored head develops to about a 1 inch layer, and quickly receded to a small bubbly mat.

My initial impression on the aroma is noble hops, followed by a mild sweetness and a touch of butter.

The flavor consists of a biscuit malt profile, backed up quite well by the spicy hop character. Clean and simple. Although there are some slight buttery off flavors.

A nice light bodied, quite drinkable pilsner. The classic flavors are there, some minor flaws with the chill haze and hint of diacetyl keeps this beer from scoring too high, however.

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Photo of DiabolikDUB
3.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from Bottle into Pint glass.

Pours a honey golden with a quickly dissolving inch of white fizzy head. The aroma is pilsner malts with a nice balance of spicy, flowery hops. The flavor is sweet malt upfront with a slight hop flavor and no bitterness. Its light-medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. I really enjoy the balance in this beer, it makes for easy and pleasurable drinking.

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Photo of BieresDesMoines
3.66/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a pale yellow color with a nice head that is well retained and leaves some lace. The aroma is plenty of fresh hay with some nice sweet floral maltiness and a bit of good if mild noble hop note. The flavor is plenty of herbal hoppiness, very clean with a overall dry character. Very crisp and easy to drink, but plenty bitter. The maltiness comes through with a mild toastiness and a bright but dry bready character. The palate is nice, this drinks very easily and it should but there is enough sharpness in there to give it a very pleasant mouthfeel. I'm glad I got this relatively fresh. I very glad Capital beer has come back to Iowa. I missed it.

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Photo of bditty187
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Translucent with a straw-yellow hue. Good-sized white head (about a finger’s worth), good retention with a reasonable amount of lace. Understated nose, really faintly spiciness, noticeable earthy hops, some malt too. The palate is low-key, lightly malty with a noticeable hops bite, mildly grassy, creamy. The finish is somewhat crisp with little lingering sweetness that melts with the subtle carbonation… well done. Medium-light body. Very drinkable, this is session beer material for a hot summer’s day. This is a top-notch Pilsner and something I’d recommend for the far to few Pilsner fans on BA.

I must say this is one of the worst names for a beer I have ever seen. “Special Pilsner”… how boring and nondescript.

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Photo of beernut7
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pils pours into a golden-orange color with a foamy head that sticks around for a little bit leaving a lace on the glass. The aroma is like that of the Bavarian Lager with a lighter malt presence and a more floral hop waft. The flavor is moderately bitter with a lingering sweet toasted malt presence. Not bad for a style I try to avoid.

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Photo of roadhouse
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a pils glass

Pours a hazy golden color with a one inch white head. It sinks to a skim and leaves lots of lacing on the glass.

Aroma is pretty weak overall, there's light grainy notes with a decent hoppy character that is spicy and grassy.

Taste has a grainy malt flavor with slight biscuit notes followed by hops that join in the middle. Spicy, grassy, and herbal, typical noble hop character.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, the usual clean lager character with a crisp bite.

This was a pretty good Pilsner. There's definitely better examples out there but pretty good for an American version.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz single, Woodman's-West Side

appearance: pours a pale golden color, pretty clean and clear, fluffy and soapy white head forms and lasts, nice and bubbly

smell: fresh hops on the nose, somewhat floral, defined spice aroma, malt backbone

taste: herbal and spicy, lightly floral hops, bready malts, a somewhat crisp lemon flavor. Decent pils

mouthfeel: clean and crisp, very dry finish

drinkability: certainly a session

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Photo of beveragecaptain
3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. This beer pours out a slightly darker than expected golden brown color. Big bubble carbonation. There is a large head right after the pour that quickly fades. Grain aroma with a small amount of hops, and a little fruit. Malty flavor with some grass. This beer has a nice bitterness. Moderate hop flavor. Mouthfeel is medium. This is a pretty good pils, but I like their Brennan's Golden Pils a little better.

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is another of the exceptionally clear lagers from Capital. The body on this edition is dark gold to light amber with a slight reddish cast. Much darker and redder than a typical Pilsener. The head came up very high and was just off-white by a shade or two - almost an ivory. Very puffy and frothy. The head lingered a bit and shrank eventually to a thin layer that continued to lace quite nicely. The nose is mostly hops, but fairly light. The flavor comes through as malt with some decent, but restrained hopping. This seems not heavily Saaz hopped and under-hopped for a Pils. Very little bitterness, mostly it is dry. Pleasant but not representative. The body is light and a tad bit watery, and not particularly crisp. Drinkable and pleasant enough for a session.

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Photo of Wildman
3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It pured a light gold color. It formed a nice white head and left some nice lace. It had an aroma of hops and citrus. The flavor was also of hops and citrus. While this is an alright beer, there are much better pilsners out there.

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Photo of mynie
3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark, hazy yellow like the lagers of yore. Nice head.

Harsh odors of old grain. If there's anything synthetic here, it's not coming through the nose. Very crisp, zippy pilsner aroma.

Very crisp, zippy pilsner taste, too. Sweet malt with a wide variety of simple veggies. Like standing in a field, almost. You know that really fresh, natural scent. It's like that. Nice, but not great.

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Photo of churchillps
3.62/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Pilsner Urquell glass.

A pale golden pilsner with large amounts of carbonation and a thick fluffy head with solid retention. Smells of rice, grains, and a hint of hops. I agree with whoever said they wanted more floral tones -- it was definitely lacking in this pilsner. Tasted good, but nothing special. Clean and crisp finish, mild bitterness, and an unfortunately menial amount of hop flavor. Was smooth and good to drink, just wish it packed a little more flavor and diversity.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.62/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a 6-pack of this from Friar Tucks in IL, $9.99. Honestly I loved the Bavarian Lager so I thought this would also be good:

The beer is crystal clear, pale golden colored, minimal head with no retention and little lace. I get some light grass and hops spice in the nose, otherwise mostly fresh bread. The taste is bready and spicy, a little metallic and bitter. Not really anything too exceptional but maybe appropriate for a German Pilsner. Average body, lots of carbonation, easy to drink but not exceptional by any measure. I expected more after the Bavarian Lager and Autumnal Fire but maybe it's hard to attain too much within the pilsner style (not my favorite). I'll keep trying their beers as I find them, they do seem to approach German styles with conviction.

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Photo of jwc215
3.6/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours slightly hazed golden yellow with a thin head that soon becomes a thin wisp. Little lacing sticks.

The smell is of mild grain with soft floral notes.

The taste is of honey and grainy sweetness that leads to a soft, balancing floral dryness in the finish.

It is smooth and pretty crisp.

A nice, basic pils here.

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Photo of brentk56
3.6/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: I like my pilsners to be clear and golden and this one is honey-colored and cloudy; otherwise, it is a decent looker with a nice cap that leaves clumps of lace behind

Smell: The minerals in the water jump out, along with hints of sulphur and grassy hops; bready underneath

Taste: Bready malts, up front, with a growing grassy hop and sulphur character developing by mid-palate; after the swallow, the flavor profile is joined by a sweet hint of honey

Mouthfeel; Medium body with moderate carbonation; lacks crispness

Overall: A number of interesting aspects to this pilsner but it also is lacking in terms of its hop profile and mouthfeel

Thanks, chocosushi, for the opportunity

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Photo of Tballz420
3.6/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Theres a good sized white bubbly head atop a crisp golden colored brew. Lots of little bubbles rising up. The smell is a nice grainy scent. As for the taste, its dominated by a crisp, grainy taste, pretty smooth overall. Not much of a hop presence. This is not a bad beer by any stretch of the imagination.

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Photo of longarm
3.59/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a plain, dark yellow with tints of orange. It is also moderately carbonated with fine bubbles moving through the glass, but head retention is poor.

A fine aroma of pilsner malt permeates the nose accompanied by noble hops. A basic aroma relatively, but not bad.

Flavor is initially astringent with a two-stage finish. First it's crisp, but the astringency appears again at the end leaving things a little rough around the edges of the tongue.

Mouthfeel is decent and demonstrates a fair amount of body for a pilsner.

Overall the malt bill reminds me of Capital's 1900 lager. Hops is a little more pronounced, which may contribute to the somewhat overly bitter profile. This beer isn't bad, but I would rather have a 1900 instead of this, since it seems a little more balanced. However, I can see why some reviewers might prefer this, especially if they like things a little more bitter.

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Photo of StaveHooks
3.59/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours hazy golden with a frothy white head. No lacing.

S - Wet grain, grassy hops, mineral yeast.

T - Noble hops combined with a honey kissed, bready malt, some lemon and wet grass, clean grain on the back half.

M - Creamy wet body turns semi-dry on the finish.

A good drinker. This isn't breaking the mold, smooth and quite tasty.

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Photo of samie85
3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes; originally 6/6/2010

A-Golden color with a one finger white head.

S-Grassy hops with a grainy note.

T-Bitter, grassy hops upfront with light malt and a dry, bitter finish.

M-Drying and light mouthfeel. Light-bodied with low carbonation for the style.

D-Easy drinking and I appreciate the low carbonation, but otherwise to style. The low carbonation plays into the great drinkability on this one.

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Photo of jackndan
3.57/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Special Pilsner: this is a fine, classic pilsner, in fact it comes not far from being a definitive pilsner, certainly as close as I’ve seen from the US.

My smart ass notes says “not yellow.” In fact this brew was a fairly robust gold color with a decent, puffy white head that left more than a little bit of lace down the sides.

The taste was spectacularly well balanced, there were hops and malts battling the entire way down the gullet. In the end, one has to give the nod to the hops, as they seemed to win out at the end.

A very nice, traditional pils, as fine as you’ll see on this side of the pond.

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Photo of scaliasux
3.57/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance - Light yellow. Some haze. Well carbonated. Short white fizzy head - not persistent.

Smell - Moderate pale malt. Not picking up any hops.

Taste - Moderately strong pale malt that is quickly balanced by a hearty lemony bitterness. A little bit of a sour aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Light and very crisp.

Overall - Light and refreshing, but not tasteless. A good quality pilsner, if that's what you're looking for.

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Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.56/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

My impression of Capital's beers has been that they hew a little too closely to specifics of a beer style. This makes for good, drinkable beers, and their packaging suggests they are aiming for big grocery shelves; but they aren't really going for anything bold.

That said, though, this is a beer with a little toasty taste after an initial sugary hit. Mild hop flavor. Actually a good American example of this style.

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Photo of jzlyo
3.54/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Flavor is medium citrus, malts, fruit and a dryish/bitter finish.

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Capital Pilsner from Capital Brewery
3.54 out of 5 based on 158 ratings.
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