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

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

Style: Euro Strong Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by TastyTaste on 10-25-2001

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Reviews:
92
Ratings:
139
Avg:
3.35
pDev:
21.79%
 
 
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Reviews: 92 | Ratings: 139
Photo of MasterSki
3.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I'm on a bit of an unusual style kick here - picked this up at the local Binnys, seeing as it's one of the "best" examples of the Euro Strong Lager. I particularly like that the label tells me it is best before L8298616P14 (!?!). Served in a pilsener glass.

A - Pours with tons of foam that eventually settles into a three-fingered head with so-so retention and some spotty lacing. The brew is a crystal clear golden color with a nice glow to it, and tons of bubbles on the bottom of the glass that occasionally race to the top. The darker color and decent retention keep it from looking like malt liquor.

S - A decent amount of spicy noble hops, biscuit and caramel malt, some pepper and cloves, a touch of lemon and banana. Thankfully no metal, adjunct, or off-flavors.

T - Taste is...less good. Mild caramel malt syrup sweetness, and not much else going on - maybe a bit of peppery spice and citrus in the finish. Aftertaste maintains that touch of spice, but fades pretty quick. Not bad, but not good - hence "average".

M - Moderate carbonation, very soft and creamy, medium body - nothing spectacular, but pretty good nonetheless.

D - Even with the 8.7% I was OK with drinking the 500ml bottle. The taste wasn't great, but it wasn't bad enough to prohibit me from finishing. Alcohol sneaks up on you and hits about half way through the serving - maybe this is good for Polish sessions, but not for mine. However if you're looking for a cheap way to get trashed, this stuff is a steal at $1.49!

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Photo of StevieW
3.4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Same odd shaped brown bottle and label as the other one from this brewery.
Medium clear brown color. Almost Amber in color. Slight white fizzy head, fades fast. Smell is sour, mushy. Some saaz hops taste, but mostly super sweet malty. A bit syrupy on the feel. Sweetness lingers. Slick feel. Must be the 9.1% abv, but I really didn't notice the alcohol taste. A wierd beer indeed, but still tasty.

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Photo of BrownAleMale
3.4/5  rDev +1.5%
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 Derranged
3.43/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a weizen glass. Still dont have a pilsner glass.

A-Pours a hazy golden amber with very thin white head.

S- Sweet malts, some raisins and prunes.

T- Much better than I expected. Same as the nose, sweet malts, some citrus, prunes and a little bit of vodka after bite.

M- Thin with very little carbonation.

D- Strong stuff, not sure how many I can put down before trying something weaker.

This is a good beer and good priced. It vaguely resembles a strong Belgian dark.

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Photo of AudioGilz
3.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

9.1% from Poland...is this gonna taste good? hmmmm.....well it's a clear amber in color with a small and nicely coating head. The aroma is sweet malts and alcohol, plain and simple. Flavors? Try chewy maltiness on a parade down your throat with alcohol as a sidekick, or shall I say cohost? Super malty and very warming alcohol. It's kind of pleasant though. And what do we have here?....a spicy hop kick to compliment the warm alcohol finish! Well that was a nice accent on a very boozy brew. It keeps it in line and I ended up enjoying it, even though I didn't have much of a tastebud or palate left after 3/4ths was consumed. Drinkability is down for the simple fact that one is enough......not a bad brew, surprisingly enjoyable to me.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.46/5  rDev +3.3%
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 Skidz
3.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a nice blone-yellow, sits dark amber in the glass with a big white fluffy head.

Smells strongly of malts with a sweet bready aroma. The taste is carmely, with a bit of spice and lightly hoppy. Alcohol is obvious in the flavor, but it doesn't deter.

Medium bodied with good bitterness and a moderate amount of carbonation. A decent tasting beer, and it goes down smooth.

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Photo of tpd975
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a nice orange hue small head. No retention or lace.

S: Nice sweet fruit aromas. Apples with some strange spice. Hints of caramel and toffee.

T: Apples and pears. Yeasty and spicy. Caramel, toffee, and brown sugar. I expected zero actually sort of enjoyed it.

M: Medium in body, smooth, tasty for a Polish Lager.

D: Not bad overall.

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Photo of andjusticeforale
3.51/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a really tricky beer; its lighter cousin is so drinkable and the creaminess seems to work better with moderate alcohol. Nice maltiness, graininess in the finish; no discernably bitter hops.

This beer looks beautiful, and it tastes just as smooth; however, its not carbonated enough to balance the alcohol. Unfortunately it must be consumed super cold, heineken type coldness, in order to be very drinkable.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.53/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Three hundred-plus years of brewing experience, eh? Let’s see...crisp and dry aroma from a generous head in a 22-oz. lager glass...a burnt sienna body with effervescence... a picture-perfect lager to the light...hints of alcohol early are not a good sign...yet, mellow, balanced and drinkable throughout the sampling.. full-bodied malt flirts with a metallic tinge..."European strong lager" was not in my lexicon before tonight, but I can appreciate the work on this...not so recommendable as it is a first-time thrill...

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Photo of DarrellK
3.55/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A very high gravity lager that is realy a dopplebock. Pours with a nice full head that stays a while and leaves a bit of lace. Color is medium amber color like typical of a dopplebock. Somewhat of a malty aroma and I believe I was able to detect some of the alcohol.

It has a highly viscous mouth and is almost caramel like. The character of the beer only comes out after it reaches a fairly high temperature, so leave it out of the frige to get the most pout of the beer. Aout one a night is enough at this level, maybe sharing a snifter is best.

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Photo of emerge077
3.55/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

BBD: 31.01.10 single bottle from Gene's, didn't realize this was past code until opening it, too bad it was from a stack of several cases.

Rich nutty caramel and dried fruit character, really gives more of a Bock impression. Standard appearance, copper gold, high clarity. Poor retention, fades fast from an initial fingers width of foam. Flavor is a bit sweet but not cloying. A low amount of oxidation, some papery dryness, but it doesn't distract. Low carbonation, an easy sipper. Overall it's worth a try, with a fairly unique flavor for a Polish lager.

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Photo of BBM
3.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured an orange-amber into a dimpled mug, leaving a thin white head and foamy lacing around the glass. Aroma was sweet like caramel and molasses, with hints of grassy hops and alcohol.

The flavor is reminiscent of the smell. There's a big, malty sweetness up front, one that lingers perhaps a touch too long, but is still feels like it belongs. There is a noble hop finish, along with an alcoholic kick. Mouthfeel is sticky and a bit syrupy, but overall it's not bad. This one does pack a punch and is quite sweet, so I wouldn't call it a sessioner. But it's a very solid Polish beer that I would have again.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
3.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

13.52 oz amber bottle
Pours a clear, light amber (golden) color with creamy white foam that left a nice coating down the glass. The smell is good: hops with a bit of malt. The taste is dominated by hops (floral and bitter) with some malt sweetness in the background. The hop bitterness lingers long on the tongue. The mouthfeel is crisp and clean, dominated by the hops, but with a bit of a "soapy" aftertaste. Medium body. The drinkability is OK, but there is not quite enough malt to balance the hops, in my opinion.

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Photo of Jax-Gator
3.65/5  rDev +9%
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 scooter231
3.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright red, clear color with little head. Smells fruity, somewhat alcoholic. Some pear, apple, orange notes in there. Tastes... fruity, dry, sweet. Quite hoppy. Not overpoweringly alcoholic tasting considering it's 9%. Some spices and sourness in here. Lots of orange flavors.

Mouthfeel is thick, creamy, but goes down pretty easy. Smooth. You can put a lot away pretty quickly without realizing it- which could lead to becoming inebriated a lot quicker than you'd think. A sneaky bastard. A bit too sweet after a while, but the first one... sneaky.

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Photo of necoadam
3.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured out a nice orange/honey color with some decent head.

Smell: Mosty hops and malts with some floral aromas in there as well. Also a little hint of orange in there as well. Perhaps some pears and apples but can't be sure.

Taste: Big taste on this one. Hardly believable that it's 9.1%. Lots of hops. Some sweetness and spiciness in there as well. But I think it's balanced. Some hints of fruit taste in there as well.

Mouthfeel: Quite smooth actually. Got to be careful not to drink this too fast though, it could creep up on you.

I think it's a good beer. They balanced the sweetness and spiciness just right to make this a good brew. Some good hop bitterness at the end takes place. Give this beer a shot, it'll be well worth it.

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Photo of oberon
3.69/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up yesterday for the sole purpose of my dinner today of pork loin ribs and sweet and sour apple kraut with potato perogie and it fit the bill.Poured into my 1.5 liter stein a rich copper with a big fluffy white head that stuck around for a few,very clean aromas with only a hint of carmael sweetness showing thru.For the hefty alcohol of this beer it went down extremely well and awesome with big flavors of the kraut and pork,starts out somewhat sweet cand caramelly but dries out nicely in a spicey finish,somewhat grainy mouthfeel.There is a slight burn in the finish but its an oh so nice burn,extremely food friendly and it has some real flavor a damn nice suprise today.

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Photo of jwc215
3.7/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours orange-amber with a thin head that becomes a bubbly cover, then a swirling, lasting patch. A few spots of lacing stick to glass.

The smell is of caramel with fruity, spicy alcohol.

The taste is of caramel upfront. Assertive, but not overpowering, alcohol is noticeable. Woody/cedary hops become more prominent as the drink progresses. Good balance between malt and hops, esp. for the style.

Just a touch of water in a fairly syrupy, medium body. Fairly smooth, esp. for the high abv.

A decent "sipping" brew from Poland. Caramel candy balanced by woody hops with some peppery/spicy alcohol.

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Photo of woodchipper
3.72/5  rDev +11%
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 jettjon
3.75/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From the 500ml bottle stamped best before 17-04-07. I drank mine in early April 07 and seriously doubt that a few more months would have hurt this 8.7% malt bomb. Into a pint glass, an attractive light, transparent coppery-amber color with many tiny bubbles. One-finger whitish thin head that fades rapidly to a thin cap and ring with scattered lace. Nose evinces boozy malt liquor along with rich, solid malt and a bit more alcohol. Mouth of solid malt reminiscent of a good dopplebock, though with a solid hops bite followed by a mild to moderate alcohol burn. Finishes on a middle-bitter hopsy, dry note. Alcohol is present but is not dominant; it’s a good balance with flavor leaning more toward the malt. Mouth is nicely viscous and semi-syrupy but smooth as well. Pretty refreshing, too. Drinkability is very good overall; it’s tasty and feels good in the mouth.

Overall: Another pleasant surprise from Poland; I’ve been seeing a lot of good Polish brews at the local specialty liquor stores lately. Pleasantly malty with a solid 8.7% kick, this one is also priced reasonably enough to stock up on a few. Grab one (or a few) and check it out.

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Photo of AlexanderCsamaj
3.76/5  rDev +12.2%
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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Photo of Tomas77
3.78/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep golden color with a solid thin but full cap of foam sealing the top of the beer.
Aroma-Big malt/alcohol nose with some slight fruity character to it.
Flavor-Sweet malt slickness on the lips followed by a fruity(light fruits) estery mid-palate. Alcohol is clearly evident. Some hop bitterness. Very dry.
Mouthfeel-Full body. Sweet up front. Medium carbonation. Slightly minerally and dry finish.
Drinkability-Very good. Can't drink these all night but definately can have a couple no problem.

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Photo of boilers
3.84/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a light copper color with a small slightly off-white head. Aroma has malt, caramel, and toffee. Mouthfeel is light with a moderate carbonation and obvious alcohol presence. Flavor is malt forward with a slight bitterness. Reminiscent of an Oktoberfest with lighter body and more alcohol. All aspects are well balanced and very drinkable.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.85/5  rDev +14.9%
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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Hevelius Kaper from Elbrewery Co. Ltd. Sp. z o.o.
3.35 out of 5 based on 139 ratings.
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