Landbier | Brauerei Kapsreiter GmbH

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brauerei Kapsreiter GmbH
Austria | website

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerBeing on 07-03-2006

BEER STATS
Reviews:
37
Ratings:
53
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
17.97%
 
 
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3
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Photo of kohoutek
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a nice straw yellow with golden hues that become richer as the glass widens. A persistent whisp of white lace clings, albeit reluctantly, to the glass. Continuous rising bubbles liven the view. Nothing too out of the ordinary.

The aroma is more vinous and aged than most pils beer. I have used White Labs Zurich lager yeast before and this has much of the same character. Perhaps the Austrians and the Swiss are in cahoots? The aromas experienced here are shared among lighter bocks Helles, Mai and the like. The aroma is malt centered with touches of herbal hops. Freshly drawn, light, worty first runnings and a touch of sun kissed grass pour from the glass.

A fresh malty, wheaty flavor passes over the tongue, followed by well-balanced noble hop bitterness. Grass, hay, dried elm and burdock leaves mixed with a sprinkle of raw honey.

The mouthfeel is a bit biting. The water used is higher in mineral content than some of the other representatives of this style. The carbonation is a bit gassy and carbonic. The balance of the recipe helps hide these attributes.

This beer drinks well as do most of its bredren. Enjoyable any time of the year, especially in the warmer months. Balanced, refreshing and quite drinkable. A nice balanced recipe.

When considering this style of robust pils, I will put my money on other producers. Weihenstephaner's Festbier comes to mind.

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Photo of Magpie14
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Apperance: by far one of the nicer looking pilseners I have seen in a while. Faint yellow and slight cloudiness, just hazy. Foamy head that left minimal lacing. A few active bubbles out and about.

Smell: smell of sweet fruits/citrus and hops that kind of reminded me of grape juice or like a sweet purfume, as other have said. But you can smell sutle spices from the hops as well. Maybe just a touch of grain or corn smell.

Taste: tasty beer that is fresh and very drinkable. Sweetness lingers, followed by hops and makes sipping wonderful. Nothing is overpowering in this brew. Slight dryness in the finish paired with small bitterness. Kind of makes me think of a good summer beer, mostly due to the light pilsener characteristics and sweet aroma. Very smooth and soft on the tounge.

Dang! this was better than I thought it would be!

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Photo of shbobdb
4.76/5  rDev +24%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ironically, when I was first introduced to Landbier, I was living in Cologne. My friend, Jingler (Yingler? Not sure, since the nickname was from a pair of jeans), told me that it was the polar opposite of Koelsch. Ha! As though Landbier was the furthest possible thing from Koelsch. I saw this beer on the shelf, and couldn't help but buy it out of that memory.


What a wonderful discovery! Or, rather, rediscovery.


When the Pope asked Michelangelo for proof of his artistic merit, rather than pulling out some complex statue, or some grandiose drawing, he simply drew a circle.

This beer is that circle.

It pours a striking gold. Raw gold. This is the sort of thing that inspired the Spanish to conquer the Mezoamerican civilizations!
But, hold it up to the light and it reveals that it is not merely a yellow gold, but the light filtering through this beer shows the faintest touch of red. A drop of blood in this perfect beer. The head. Oh man, it is frothy. It is the sea-foam from which Aphrodite arose. Like the frothy sea-foam, it holds for many seconds longer than one could believe possible, and then slowly begins to fade. Its magnificence made only the more impressive by its ephemeral nature.

The smell is quite faint and subtle. A whiff of grains, a hint of earthy noble hops (Hallertauer? I think so!), but it is quite neutral.

The taste is likewise . . . simple. This beer is all in the aftertaste. The first taste of this beer is rather like seltzer-water, incredibly neutral with a strong bite from carbonic acid. But then there is a wash of delightfully nutty munich. Not in Doppelbocks, not in Helles, not in Maerzens . . . never have I seen munich so well showcased for that single ephemeral moment. Glorious! Glorious! Then there is a delightful mix of those earthy German hops. Like eating the fresh-cut grass and sod of a lawn on a spring's day.

The mouthfeel is fulfilling. The full carbonation (boy is this guy carbonated) fills the mouth and makes the beer easy to drink.

I could drink this beer by the decaliter. If I had regular access to this beer, I would never be sober.

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Photo of Rudgers73
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Very fizzy, just a touch cloudy light yellow liquid. Sort of a thin green tea look. Big bubbled head that settles into a thin frothy foam. The carbonation also settles down after a minute or so. The smell is a little thin with fruity notes. The taste is thin, but still rich with grapey notes and citrus notes. The mouth is dry at the end but fizzy like champagne at the beginning. Not too strong making it very drinkable as long as it doesn't get boring.

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Photo of 86sportster883
3.62/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Kapsreiter Landbier pours a slightly hazy pale yellow with a minimal head that quickly shrinks to thin white cover. It has a pleasant, mildly lemony scent that is superimposed on some grassy and grainy malt notes. This is a light bodied beer with moderate carbonation that has a satiating mouthfeel. The taste is a clean, crisp malt with hints of lemon that is nicely balanced. The finish is dry and refreshing with a mild bitterness. This is an easy beer to drink and it grows on you as it warms up.

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Photo of TastyTaste
4.36/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Streams of carbonation rise to the top of the beer, a gigantic stark white head, slow fades, with big bubbles.

Smell: Very bready and malty, has a nice mix of grass and yeast.

Taste: Malty and rich, nice bitterness from hops, a little metallic twang. Sets itself apart from from many in the style, no off flavors or single flavor domination, very good.

Drinkability: Very good for the style, makes me want to revisit more pilseners.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.57/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bold yellow, clear, with a huge cap of frothy white foam. Whispy, ghostly lacing in webby patterns sticking all over the glass.

Great pils nose. Huge pils malt breadyness, pretzelish, with a dash of sweet salt, grasses, and moderate dry floral spices. Strongly present and wonderful to wiff in.

Taste is a whole bunch of tasty yummyness thats indicative of the wonderful aroma. Huge pils malt flavor with a bold and straight up breadyness. Pretzel-like sweetness in the Bavarian frame of doughyness and dashing salts. Nice additions of herbal/grassy hops make for a great tasty balanced treat. Wow! The flavors really pop and stay. Finish is easy to the touch on a fluffed dryness of pretzeled bread and dried herbs.

Feel is well-rounded and pretty darn full for a Pils. The malts really do their thing here by filling the in girth of the body as its palate of flavors fulfill the richness from which it creates.

A very solid and damn tasty Pils. Drinkable by many pints!!

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Photo of xav33
3.56/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Kapsreiter Austrian Premium Beer
Pint bottle
Production number 150000, landed 11/06
Medium pour in a Pilsener glass.

Poured a clear gold with a large frothy mostly lasting white head with fair lacing.

Smelt of moderate DMS, corn, light floweriness.

Taste was upfront moderate bitter grassy hops and sweet grain followed by a moderate bitter pungent sharp cheese and light perfumey hops. Palate was light bodied, slightly dry, lively carbonated and lightly astringent.

Overall, an good panoply of flavors for a good looking pilsener. The rest is oh-hum.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Kapsreiter's Landbier (pronounced lunt-bier, and literally meaning "country beer") pours a hazy yellow-gold body beneath a creamy head of bright white froth. The head retention is fairly good, and it leaves some nice spots and splashes of lace about the glass.

The nose is brightly floral, even perfumey, over a sweet and grainy malt base. In the mouth it's medium-full bodied and dextrinous with a swirling zest of delicate carbonation across the tongue - obviously due to its natural, bottle-conditioning.

The flavor displays floral, grassy, and mildly spicy hops floating atop a soft ocean of sweetish, grainy and bready malt. It's honeyish and herbal, with undertones of butterscotch and melon, and at times it can even be candyish, which leads to the perfumey character noted in the aroma. Despite it's bold malt, it never becomes cloying as it's smeared with grassy, spicy and herbal hop flavors, and anchored by a solid bitterness that eventually comes 'round to dry it.

As an everyday drinking beer, it's actually quite interesting and complex with a variety of flavors to pique your interest. It's satisfying and refreshing, and surprisingly quaffable. Certainly worth trying.

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Photo of Drew966
3.03/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Landbier pours a light golden color with a thick white head from a 500 ml brown swingtop bottle. The aroma is a little fruity, not much else is noticeable. Very light body, spicy hops are most noticeable. This beer is just kind of average. Worth a try I guess.

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Photo of Erdinger2003
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A pillowy white head with a clear yellow color. Lacing isn't very strong. Smell is very bready with some slight hoppiness in the backround. Taste is bready, spicy, slightly hoppy and enjoyable. Smooth and nice on the palate, very enjoyable. Overall it's very nice and I would have another.

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Photo of dnrobert24
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Okay, I'll admit it. I was drawn to this beer simply because it is a tad over the size limit for what is legal to sell in Alabama... I also wanted the swing top for bottling mead. That being said, I really had no expectations for this. I actually had no idea what color it would be before pouring it (nice use of dark bottle for light colored beer) or even what style it was exactly. German lager, apparently.

The lager filled my pilsner glass with clear light gold and a frothy eggwhite head. The head slowly dissipated as I drank, first becoming rocky, then just a thin rim of bubbles. Very nice.

I was thoroughly impressed with the clarity in both color and taste. Aroma was mildly hoppy, fresh, and inviting. The first taste surprised me. Wow! Sweet, soft, fuzzy, grainy corn and freshly baked wheat bread. I really liked this, I thought I tasted a little pepper and clove in there at the beginning too--perhaps from the hops. This just begged to be slurped. The malts seems artfully layered and the water tasted clean. The hops did seem a bit absent--but for the slight spices at the beginning, I thought they were AWOL.

As the beer warmed it did not get better. I started with the beer just cool and it perhaps it got too warm, but as I got to the midway point, the beer lost its lustre. It was more difficult to drink, subtleties dissipated, and the spice mellowed. A slight cooked corn flavor remained (DMS, right?) as is common with this style.

My recommendations--start cold and end cool. It will be easy to do. I would probably have rated this a notch higher on taste and drinkability if it finished as good as it started.

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Landbier from Brauerei Kapsreiter GmbH
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