Landbier Hell | Brauerei Kapsreiter GmbH

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Landbier HellLandbier Hell

Brewed by:
Brauerei Kapsreiter GmbH

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Redrover on 06-13-2003

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Reviews: 18 | Ratings: 34
Photo of garcia2a
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear straw color with a thin lacey head and light carbonation.

The nose has some grassy notes, but I seemed to be hit with quite a bit of honey and then a whispy malt/grain smell.

The taste had noce and balanced grain and honey notes. The finish was crisp and clean with no cloying.

Mouthfeel was nice and left me rather refreshed. A decent beet to have on a hot day.

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Photo of colts9016
3.1/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From my notes in 2008. Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: A thin white had that has no retention. A light yellow colored beer. There is some carbonation.

Nose: Yeast, malt caramel, floral, orange, and a hint of sweetness.

Taste: A nice toasty caramelized malt with oranges, spice, and floral and some wood.

The mouth feel of the beer is carbonated astringent.

Overall: The body of the beer is medium light to a medium finish.

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Photo of sunrisesolara
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

.5L swing-top emptied into a Pilsener.

A: Pours a pale gold with a fluffy 3-finger head (after a vigorous pour) which slowly receeds to a thick ring. Good lacing throughout.

S: Sweet malt and faint hops, citrus, earthy.

M: Light to medium body with nice, lively carbonation.

T: Sweet barley malt followed by mild, grassy Saaz hops. Citrusy at the back. A bit of extract in the astringent aftertaste.

D: Light and refreshing. Really encapsulates the style. Good solid brew from a brewery that specializes in this style. Definitely worth trying.

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Photo of russpowell
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Opens with a soft pfftt

Pours golden/honey with a finger of pearl colored head. Average head retention & good lacing

S: Bready & grassy

T: Floral hops, slight breadyness, & a hint of diacetyl, this is a touch old perhaps, can't verify due to the indiscernible date coding... More of the same as this warms along with a slight fruittyness & some lemony & grassy hops. finishes with jammy sweetness, plus grassy hops

MF: Medium bodied, low carbonation

Drinks fairly easy, will try this again if I can get assurances of freshness ( or get in another state besides here with it's moronic beer laws )

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Photo of PirateUlf73
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a cylinder glass.

A: Clear, pale-golden color with a decent white head.

S: Faint aromas of pale malt and slightly herbal hops, perhaps noble varieties.

T: Nice, refreshing blend of the aforementioned pale malts and earthy hops. Each complements the other very well.

M: Lighter mouthfeel, but not thin. Very good carbonation and a nice, clean finish.

D: Once could easily throw several of these back, especially on a hot day at a cook-out.

Overall, a nicely-blended, no-frills kind of beer from Austria. It plays to its strengths very well, and thus makes it a terrific choice for a session or hanging-out-with-friends beer. A good gateway brew as well. Well done!

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Photo of wahhmaster
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 0.5l bottle into a 0.5l branded Pilsner Urquell pilsner glass.

Appearance: Translucent and yellow. Thin, foamy head that dissipates quickly.

Smell: Flowery scents with grassy and hoppy notes at the end.

Taste: Hoppy and grassy; tastes pretty much like it smells. A bit of bitterness towards the end in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Smooth with almost no detectable carbonation; very pleasant.

Drinkability: A great helles. One of the best that I've had so far.

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Photo of drpimento
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured this at a good cool, but not cold temperature. Had a nice, big, fluffy, textured head with some lace. Smell is malty sweet, mildly hoppy, and grassy. Flavor is the same but with a little butter flavor. Nice deep golden brass amber color. Good carbonation. Could be a session beer. Pleasant finish.

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Photo of Globetrotter
4.24/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found in a Vienna supermarket, the brown 1/2 liter swing-top bottle features a dark green and gold label featuring an etching of a farmer enjoying the view from his wheatfield. Above the name is the silhoutte of someone riding a bull. Ingredients conform to the purity law. Best before 3/28/07, I opened it on 12/10/06.

Pours a clear pale gold under a 1/2 finger white head that manages to linger a bit, then enters a new life as collar and clumps of film that stick around a long time. No lace, however. The nose is full of sweet bready malt and a hint of floral spices. The mouth is light and very prickly. A sweet, almost sugary malt opening leads off, with plenty of barley. The hops emerge slowly but surely, starting fresh and spicey, then developing into espresso bitter in the finish. The bitter blends nicely with the grain in the aftertaste, inviting further sips. Nicely done!

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Photo of nickss
3.31/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank a few of these in Bermuda Brau in Wien, Austria

Pale straw colour with what looks to be moderate carbonation. 2" rocky head with disipates rather quickly.

Moderately strong malty aroma, and slightly sweet. Ultimately one dimensional.

Malty flavour. Decent, but also a bit boring and one dimensional. Not to say that I expected to be blown away by a pale lager.

Decently light and smooth mouthfeel, but overly carbonated.

Nothing offensive about this one. Just very similar to many of the beers I've had in this trip.... it certainly does not stand out.

By the way, I wholeheartedly agree with Buckeye Nation that this should be classified as a Helles.

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Photo of ProfessorHops
3.49/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- light gold. Very beautiful. Mouth began to water at the appearance of this brew. And this my friends believe in it or not, half the battle a brewer strives to achieve.

Smell- buttery smooth hops.

Taste- sweet and rusty. Also lightly sour and bitter. A very pretty innocently intricate flavor

Mouthfeel- light and watery.

Drinkability- very easy to drink. Ran it to no discomfort at all.

A very good fragile quencher.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pale gold that contains a few fine particulates in suspended animation and a small number of tiny bubbles that can be seen wandering up to a fabulous looking head. The cap is brightest white, four fingers to start and is loaded with character. Glassine bubbles pop... pop... pop softly, creating shallow craters in the uneven surface, while meandering strands of pocked lace appear on the glass.

Are we sure this is a Euro pale lager and not a Munich helles lager? (other than the fact that it isn't brewed in Munich, or even in Germany). I know there isn't much difference between the two styles, it's just that 'wonderful smelling beer' and 'Euro pale lager' don't go together in my mind. This one is loaded with fresh grain and bright, zesty, musky, grassy noble hops.

Great beer. Great beer. I had to type it twice because I'm so flabbergasted at just how good. The bottle and label look like they've been through a war, so my expectations weren't overly high. In addition, I had no idea of the beer's freshness since there's no date on the label, just a production code that makes no sense to anyone but the brewery. Take it from me, though, this bottle is as fresh as humanly possible given the distance it had to travel to reach my glass.

It's decently malted, with a lightly buttered, softly sweet, sun-ripened cereal grain flavor that holds down the fort while the hops go absolutely batshit crazy. The hophead in me loves the fact that the brewers jammed such a prodigious quantity of Saaz (or something Saaz-like) into this unassuming swing-top bottle. Each mouthful brings a pungent mini-blast of noble hoppy goodness that lasts and lasts and lasts.

All of the (complimentary) adjectives associated with noble hops are present: brightly lemon citric, grassy, floral, musky, et al. This is beer that brings the European hop varieties back up to a position of respectability in my eyes. The pattern looks something like this: I drink dozens upon dozens of lousy noble-hopped beers that eat away at my enthusiasm, only to have it restored by a beer as delicious as Landbier Hell.

The mouthfeel is light-medium in general, medium for the style, and is nicely firm in the mouth. This is a beer that doesn't need soft edges and laid back carbonation, but instead, requires a firm mouthfeel and a generous amount of bubbles to match the smackdown provided by the hops. Thankfully, that's exactly what Brauerei Kapsreiter has delivered.

This beer is, without a doubt, the finest Euro pale lager that has ever entered my pint glass. Even if we assign it the more appropriate Munich helles lager appellation, it's still Best of Show. Landbier Hell is heaven in a bottle. Especially if you love hops.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from 16.9 oz swingtop bottle(room temp) a straw colour with a medium sized head of foam that dissipated slowly but disappeared half way through the session.

The smell is of sweet malt and typical for a lager.

The taste...makes me say ahhh. Plenty of malt flavour(not at all sweetish) with a nice dash of bittering from the hops and I find myself drinking an *excellent* lager that I'm finding to be *very* drinkable and so darn refreshing!!

Bottom line: This is a lager worthy of repeated visits and I plan to do so, guaranteed! I recommend it!!

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Seen this beer at Meyer Deli on Lincoln ave. in Chicago. The only place I've seen this beer.
Poured from a 1 pint .9 fluid oz. bottle.

Appearance- A bright lemon skin color sticks out the most. A minimal head retains well for the consumption. One bubble per second makes it way to the top.

Smell- Very light hopping invades the nostrils with hints of lemon zest and fresh cut grass.

Taste- Starts out with a tart malt flavor but moves to an organic, dirt-like bitterness. Somewhat citrusy hop flavoring also noted.

Mouthfeel- Very light and refreshing beer. A great cleanser of unwanted flavors from the palate. Very even and watery. This would be a perfect session beer.

I had this beer with a Burnin' Hot Beef Stick I picked up with at Binny's in Villa Park. This beer was a perfect fire extinguisher for the hot beef fire in my mouth.

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Photo of maxpower
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear bright golden-straw color with a good fluffy white head that doesn't last very long with some lacing, grainy and flowery aromas. Bready, cracker flavors with a mild sweetness that turns hoppy and bitter with some dryness in the finish. Light bodied with a crisp, clean almost perfect mouthfeel, I wish I had another bottle of this beautiful beer.

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Photo of cokes
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bright gold, and clearer than expected with gushing jets of carbonation feeding a tight and durable ivory capstone.
Soup cracker nose, inched sweeter with a vague vanillin essense, and then drier whispers of lavender, milkthistle, and clover.
Staunchly malted up from with a saltine tint that migrates fully and puffier towards french bread. It gathers pear skins and vanilla near the middle, as it teeters sweeter. The finish full of green stems and light weedy bitterness.
The body is light and persistantly carbonated with a taut structure that ushers this effortlessly down the throat.
This is vastly impressive and amazingly fresh tasting.

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Photo of bruachan
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

woah, lightest looking beer i've seen since my last frat party (one month)
surprisingly big malt character with distinct lemon zing. very nice, actually
citrussy nose and good bitterness from the tettnager hops (as advertised on the bottle)

grolsch-style cap at a pub in vienna

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Photo of jeffboo
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

An unfiltered lager from Austria. A nice golden color with white foam on top. Medium bodied brew with good lager malt base, creamy texture with some light hop bitterness. Aroma is light fruit and bready yeast. The malt has a nice chewiness to it, a tasty Hell. Unfiltered lager has a nice freshness to it.

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Photo of Redrover
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz brown swing top with a very cool label.

Beer pours a lovely sunshine yellow with a nice, but not large head. Good lacing.

Beer smells nicely of spice, hops and a touch of biscuit.

The taste is very good. Excellent carbonation keeps things moving. Some spicy hop bite nicely modulated by malt sweetness. This is clearly a well made beer. Beer is nice and crisp, great mouthfeel. Perfect easy drinking session beer.

I had this one while in Innsbruck, but have not been able to find it in the States. I guess the brewery is very small and only has regional distribution. Thanks to fellow BA Johnfurbock for mailing me the samples. Just tasting it again takes me back to that wonderful vacation & town.

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Landbier Hell from Brauerei Kapsreiter GmbH
3.83 out of 5 based on 34 ratings.
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