Hevelius Kaper | Elbrewery Co. Ltd. Sp. z o.o.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Elbrewery Co. Ltd. Sp. z o.o.
Poland

Style: European Strong Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

BEER STATS
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#43,823
Reviews:
96
Ratings:
157
pDev:
17.35%
 
 
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Photo of chitoryu12
3.89/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: Very dark gold, with a little more than a finger of foamy white head.

Smell: Almost like black pepper at the front. Spicy malt with a bit of alcohol.

Taste: Starts mild, then scoops into a slight roasted malt taste like a porter. A little noticeable alcohol burn. Mild bitterness with very limited hop character.

Mouthfeel: Average thickness and carbonation.

Overall: It doesn't match the general taste profile of a strong dark lager as I would expect, but it's still a nice warmer in the cold and does an admirable job.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

To be honest with you, the history is more interesting to me than this beer.
Drilling down quickly from today, Elbrewery is one of five Polish brands owned by Zwiec Group, owned by Heineken ... all of which explains how we get so much of it. (I had thought a smart importer brings it in to Chicagoland tapping into our huge population of Poles... the importer does, but Heineken helps.) To buzz quickly through that bummer period when the state owned this brewery after WW2 and skip three centuries, it seems this city was one of the brewing centers of the entrepreneurial city-states of the Hanseatic League... which many urbanists today refer to as a better way to organize an economy than to let nation-states and federal states hold us back from the future... but I really digress more than my usual.

Hevelius has an unusual amber tone and interestingly has more viscous than foam. Smells fruity for a lager. Alcohol is not masked and I can't finish this bottle... but then, I too am becoming historical and reminisce for the days when ABV didn't bother me.

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Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear, gold in color with 1/3 inch head. Taste is pale malt, meadow, honey, and grass. Medium heavy bodied, sweet, with low carbonation. Makes for a solid sipper. Would get this again.

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Photo of kojevergas
3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brief impression from a $3 bottle purchased at a bodega in Brooklyn, NY.

Clear copper body with a white cap.

Aroma is musty. Pale malts, 6-row (or maybe actually 2-row), a blip of baked bread, some graininess, muted floral hop character, stale graham cracker, slightly doughy yeast. Aroma never betrays its high alcohol content, to my surprise. No off-notes or overt yeasty notes.

Taste also never betrays its alcohol content, but nevertheless the beer is shallow and simplistic. Hints of baked bread are favorable; hints of metallic off-flavour are not. Pale malt sweetness, 6 row sweetness, muted floral hop flavour. Some subtle amber malt toastiness as well. It's not an intricate or deep brew, but it's likable and enjoyable.

Texture is smooth, wet, medium-bodied, overcarbonated, and (actually) slightly refreshing. Not boozy, oily, gushed, hot, astringent, harsh, or scratchy. Suits the taste well enough but fails to elevate the beer as a whole or to accentuate specific flavours. More dryness would help bring out the best in this beer (i.e. the toastiness and baked bread notes).

Overall, it's a shockingly drinkable lager given its 8.7% ABV and I'd happily buy it at Polish prices, but it doesn't warrant another purchase at import prices in the U.S.A. In terms of European macrobrew beer, Zwyviec has always captured my fancy and this is no exception. Well worth trying if you come across it, but not an amazing brew in its style.

High C (3.00) / AVERAGE

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Photo of woodchipper
3.72/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Brought to the house by a friend that lives in Polish Central for Ct ... New Britain. Look- Dark amber, minimal head. Smell- Brown sugar. Taste- brown sugar syrup with a little vodka mixed in. Feel- Syrup, surprisingly minimal alcohol feel for 8.7%. Overall-- It is reasonable for what it is. I would not purchase myself, but happy to try it and kind of like it for what it is.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.46/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the 22 oz bottle in a snifter. This strong lager pours a deep
copper color with a nice head of white foam that settles to a thick ring,
thick layer, and nice sudsy lacing. Nose of sweet malts, light grains, a
touch of pilsner yeast and little else----very subtle and undefined. Flavors
are much better than the nose would suggest with a medium syrupy
honey malt awash in breaded malts on the front and sides with a light
searing alcohol burn on the middle to back with a touch of grain aftertaste.
Nice mouth feel, medium carbonation to keep it from being pure syrup,
and a subtle hop and alcohol note on the aftertaste mixing with a touch
of apple.

Overall, a nice little brew from Poland that is warming and substantial
for the style.

Cheers

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Photo of dukeandduke
2.8/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Chicago 1/22/16 (1.9 oz glass poured into standard pint glass in two pours_. Dark amber orange pour, mild white foam, heavy carbonation. Nice apple, grain and malt aroma and taste. Thin texture, pleasant to drink. Nice AV quick while you finish the bottle. Overall good offering.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.38/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(bottle best before 11.12.15 - poured into a Chouffe tulip)

L: crystal-clear, brassy, burnished orange colored liquid... loose, several shades off-white foam that all but disappears... no lace

S: smells like an adjunct lager... perhaps a touch of pilsner malt and powdery bubblegum round the edges... hint of urine?... bit of cereal sweetness, yet curiously a very weak hint of the alcohol, if any at all... but, generally bland overall

T: mildly-toasty grain husk and caramel with a pleasant, bold, lingering spicy phenolic thread... malty to the core, however, marginally lighter and drier in the finish than expected... perhaps a little salt and metal in the aftertaste

F: a bit more viscous up front than I'd anticipated... I'd have to guess that this bottle may have lost a bit of carbonation along its journey - a bit more fizz would have been great though... mellow degree of heat/burn in the finish through to the aftertaste

O: this is just about ideal in what I crave in a malt liquor - gotta have the spice... if I found myself at a pub or market in Poland with this being the only available beer, I'd be quite fine with that

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Photo of blackcompg
2.5/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Pours just over a finger of light off-white eggshell foam, body is a translucent golden light orange, the head dwindles to a broken cap in less than a minute, and has the appearance of straight up apple juice shortly thereafter.

Smell - Strong apples and pear upon first opening, and just a whiff of tart white cherries, with light grains and light breadiness in the background.

Taste - probably best described as rum soaked apple fritter, there are flavors of cooked apples and sweet, bready malts, finishing with crisping apple and very lightly toasted breadcrusts, there is a rock candy like sweetness that is along for the entire ride, and finishes with a very light grassy hoppiness and a whiff of pepper. Longer into the finish there is some alcohol heat, over-ripe apple and a hint of sour apple peels, and more light pepper, which is somewhat imbalanced. Longer between sips there is somewhat of a moist cardboard flavor that lingers..

Mouthfeel - Slick and slightly watery, mouthfeel is actually less than medium, a bit surprising for a higher abv (8.7%) beer. Carb is almost medium and smooth at the center of the tongue, but quickly becomes dry and sharp at the sides and back of the tongue.

Overall - This isn't a bad beer, but it's definitely not a good beer - it does meet some of the expectations for a strong lager, but lacks any balance, and leaves the quaffer with punches that remind me more of a bud light platinum with a shot of rubbing alcohol than a strong euro lager. To be honest, the price point is attractive and can provide a cheap buzz, but not one to seek out for BA's imho.

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Photo of HEVELIUSFAN
4.75/5  rDev +39.7%

O.K., SO MY USER NAME PRETTY MUCH SAYS IT ALL. I LOVE THIS BEER ICE COLD IN AN ANTIQUE STEIN. VERY SIMILAR TO SOME BELGIAN STRONG ALES, WITHOUT THE HEFTY PRICE. I CAN GET A CASE OF 20 FOR ABOUT 30 BUCKS. MALTY AND SWEET, BUT NOT OVERLY SWEET. SUBTLE HOP BITTERNESS, WHICH SUITS ME FINE - I AM NO HOP HEAD. A BIG BEER FOR THE BUCK AND, OBVIOUSLY, ONE OF MY FAVES. WORTH SEEKING OUT.

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Photo of Jax-Gator
3.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great beer. Its light, adequately aromatic, flavorful, and extremely strong. It tastes very similar to Russian beers, specifically Baltica. For having such a high alcohol content (8.7%) it feels surprisingly light. I prefer it much better than Belgian beers which are typically heavy and sweet like maple syrup. If you can find a bottle, pick it up. You won't be disappointed.

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Photo of mactrail
2.22/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Mmmmm, that sweet and bitter taste. Flowers and alcohol. Hard candy, you know, the butterscotch and root beer flavors. Dissolve an aspirin in a jelly jar of sweet vermouth.

This smells like jelly beans with the faintest whiff of brake fluid. A lot of caramel and marzipan. Then you get the medicinal bitterness. This is just revolting. I'm surprised so many people seemed to get it down.

The best feature is that after the carbonation evaporates in about two minutes, it looks just like Scotch whisky. From the 500 ml bottle bought at AJ's Fine Foods in Phoenix.

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Photo of metter98
3.21/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: The beer is clear light amber orange in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that died down a bit but consistently left a thin head covering the surface.
S: Light aromas of apples are present in the nose along with notes of sweet malts and hints of alcohol.
T: The overall taste is a little sweet and rather malty with notes of apples and hints of alcohol. As the beer warms up, the alcohol becomes a little more noticeable.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little syrupy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer reminds me a lot like a sweetned version of an American Malt Liquor except the taste is not that offensive. The apple flavors definitely help to mask some of the alcohol. This beer is surprisingly not that difficult to drink considering its style and strength.

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Photo of BrownAleMale
3.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16.9oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance- Yellowish in color with amber hues and a tiny bit of white head that fizzes away quickly. Lots of carbonation bubbles streaming up from the bottom.

Smell- A tart hop with hints of bready grainy malt.

Taste- A hint of booze followed by toasted wheat and grain with a nice tart hop balance.

Mouthfeel- Nice medium mouthfeel with tons of carbonation that is an easy drinking beer.

Overall- A very tasty beer for the style. Lots of flavor that is well balanced and pretty easy om the palate.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.05/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into pint glass, color is amber, feint head.

Smell is grainy, kinda harsh, not much malt flavor to note.

Taste is also harsh, lots of grain but no malt specific notes, light adjunct. Bitterness is there but not adding anything.

Mouthfeel is actually ok, not a harsh carbonation.

Overall, a euro dark lager with nothing to stand out

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
2.96/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a pint glass.

Appearance: Slightly darker (maybe bolder is a better word) gold with little bubbles on the body. Light white head that is a settles to nothing before a sip. Take a taste and no head at all.

Smell: Light malt scent, and that is about it. Not bad but definitely not much word smelling here.

Taste: Like a serious malt beverage, I do like it but not the best you will have. Strong alcohol feel that makes the bitterness feel a little sweet. Feels like a light marzen with it slightly being creamy.

Mouth: Great after taste, but disappears as quick as you can blink.

Overall: This beer is good for a buzz, but that's really it. Not a bad thing, just don't treat it like the best beer will ever get because there is room for improvement. Salud!

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.78/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Best before 3/6/13.

Pours a slightly hazy orange with a foamy orange-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is malt, grain, alcohol, and some skunky aromas. Taste is much the same with an odd fermented fruit flavor on the finish. There is a medium amount of alcohol burn and a slight bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty poor beer that has a pretty unpleasant aftertaste.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.85/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hevelius Kaper has a thin, soapy, off-white head and a semi-clear, somewhat bubbly, orange appearance. There is not much lacing here. Aroma is mild, but one can detect some bread and a little molasses. Taste is of brown bread (think Roman Meal brand), caramel, sweetness, and a decent underneath hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy, and Hevelius Kaper finishes pretty crisp, mostly dry, and surprisingly easy drinking. This is so different from high-gravity American lagers. I think it is very good, and I recommend giving it a try.

RJT

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Perfectly clear amber brew with slow rising carb strands.

S - Sticky sweet malt syrup. Sweetness akin to Twizzlers.

T - A lot of sweet simple malt sugar up front. An unrefined alcohol bite, with some fruit skin bitterness towards the end. Simple malt sweetness as the base. Seems like a beer that needs a lot more time, if that may help.

M - Light bodied but the abv hits the palate in a fairly unpleasant way IMO.

O - Not bad bang for the buck with 8.7% for under 2 bucks.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.83/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

Finally finishing my style ticks with a beer I remember being pretty solid from my earlier drinkin' days. I hope it's still good... It pours a clear copper (go figure) topped by a half-finger of short-lived dirty-white foam. The nose is almost entirely composed of buttery biscuits, though some very light grass and flowers vainly attempt to muddle their ways through to the 'strils as well. The taste goes in a different direction, opting for a melange of caramel, mandarin orange syrup, light maple syrup, candi sugar, and a touch of mint in the background. Gotta say, this ain't the best taste in the world... The body is the heaviest light-medium possible, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta syrupy feel. Overall, a sub-standard brew, one that's having me question my earlier beer opinions...

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Photo of powellmg
3.11/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served @ 40F in pilsner glass.

Pours a very clear, deep gold color with an off-white head. Aroma is pretty low, some malt, spice, and lemon peel. Taste has a rich, caramel sweetness and alcohol warmth, with a lingering bitter finish. Soft, medium-bodied mouthfeel, medium carbonation. Not an elegant beer but decent.

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Photo of Knapp85
2.8/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours out as light redish golden color with a fizzy white head that vanishes quickly. The aroma of the beer is a bit herbal and kind of strange, not the most appealing smell here. The taste reminded me of a Samichlaus Helles a little bit. It was almost too flavorful I think. There was just a lot going on and not enough of a balance to figure out what. The mouthfeel was a little heavier than most lagers. Overall I wouldn't need to have this one again.

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Photo of augustgarage
3.18/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 500mL bottle into my Moonlight shaped pint glass.

Clear amber body with a large active soapy beige head which recedes to a fluffy half finger. Decent retention; lacing is mediocre and doesn't adhere to the glass.

Sugar, malted wheat, corn starch, and a vague spiciness (caraway and cardamom?) in the nose.

Caramel sweetness accompanies a light bready/toasty malt character followed by a very mild chamomile/grassiness and faint esters from the alcohol. The flavor profile is an odd sort of a cross between malt liquor and a traditional bock. Finishes a bit sweet and somewhat drab - attenuation could be better. The malt isn't "clean" particularly, and I wonder if dextrose or some other adjunct was utilized in the brewing process?

Slick, somewhat sticky, medium-light bodied, with modest carbonation. ABV sneaks up on you.

Not bad with food, but there are better Polish beers...though rated to style there are certainly worse.

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Photo of samie85
1.86/5  rDev -45.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A-Pours a rose-hued amber with two fingers of white head.

S-Dry, and biscuity smelling light malts with a bit of flowery, hop notes.

T-Very flowery and intensely and unpleasantly herbal with very a pretty alcoholic finish.

M-Very dry with a light body, and medium carbonation with a pretty warm/alcholic feel.

D-Among the most unpalatable beers I've ever tried. This one is just not my thing. The floral and herbal notes are overwhelming with the combination of the very present alcohol makes this one I won't try again.

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Photo of AlexanderCsamaj
3.76/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I read the reviews from D- to A+ and am glad I tasted it regardless of what anyone had to say because it is a good beer. It is easy to drink, it packs a punch, and as pointed out by my good buddy AC, "the Polish beer looks incredible in a glass almost like a liquor."

It is definitely worth tasting on a night you have no where to go in an environment that supports drinking and enjoying the buzz.

Look for the 1 Pt. 0.9 Flo. Oz. bottle.

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Hevelius Kaper from Elbrewery Co. Ltd. Sp. z o.o.
Beer rating: 3.4 out of 5 with 157 ratings