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

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Hevelius ClassicHevelius Classic

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Elbrewery Co. Ltd. Sp. z o.o.

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by John on 10-10-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 34 |  Reviews: 30
Reviews by andjusticeforale:
Photo of andjusticeforale
4.2/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This looks like a strong pale or a belgian pale.

It smells a bit mild with some nice bready notes;

The taste is impressive, smooth, crisp, refreshing but medium to full bodied, like a top fermented ale in gravity. Perhaps there is not enough hop balance; but then again who ever said there has to be hop balance? Its not sweet, and its not an IPA, and the alcohol is masked terrifically; At a fair price, there would never be a reason to drink any other Euro-lagers.

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Photo of PEBKAC
3.57/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Named after the astronomer Jan Hevelius. Brewing tradition since 1690, only three years after his death. Quite the inspirer. One can only wish such a legacy as for beer to be brewed in your name. :)

Unusual 13.5oz fat bottom brown bottle with a starry blue label. The pour is a murky yellow corn oil, with what seems like good carbonation, although the head was mostly flat.

Smells like a combination of a dark, dusty closet & a little grass. Someone hasn't vacuumed in a while, the dinginess is very easy to recognize(& none too pleasant). Not an old bottle, & not too different from the typical Euro sampling.

The taste is much more uplifting. Crisp, mild to light bitterness, a strong sweetness overall, but dries up with what seems to be a hint of lemon & chalk at the end.

This goes very quick. Don't stand up too fast.

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Photo of granger10
4.22/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a medium golden lager color with a small but dense white head. Head faded quickly and there was no lacing. A few bubbles go to the top but not many. The smell is really grainy and sweet at first but I notice more of a floral hop flavor in the aroma the further I go. The taste has a lot going on. A thick body holds together the many flavors. Sweet corn taste upfront with a solid thick grain base. Grassy hops are there but a bit weak. A smoky nutty flavor hits my tongue as the corn leaves, possibly from the yeast. Spicyness from either the hops or alcohol kicks in in the finish. A faint cigarlike taste is left in the end. A very dry finish. This is a very good polish lager, one that should be tried if you can get it.

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Photo of Freshie
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clean golden colour with very active carbonation, and slight head.

The nose is varied. slight apple cider aroma, leads into grassy hops, and slightly sweet malt.

The taste is clean and crisp. Grain malt and very light hops.

Clean in the mouth, and very smooth going down.

Not very complex and but a clean solid brew. Very tasty.

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Photo of IrishRedRock
3.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

One of the better lagers I've had the chance to sample. Champagne-like in appearance, ie. many big bubbles rising to the top to keep a decent white head atop the yellow body. Malty grassy notes are ever-present in the aroma. Sweetness lingers in my nose as I sip and is noticeable in the flavor as well. Wheat and grain flavors precede a subtle bitter, malty finish. Alcohol is slightly detectable in the finish as well, though if I had to guess I never would have said 6.8%. Mouthfeel is smooth, not biting, and dare I say...enjoyable? Compared to other lagers, this one is very nice.

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Photo of Suds
3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one’s pours with a towering, fluffy white head that’s constantly fed by a never-ending stream of bubbles. It’s a yellow color, completely clear, with serious carbonation. The aroma is a little bready and grainy. There’s a mellow pils malt smell, and faint continental hop quality in the background. All in all, the aroma could be a little more pronounced. The taste is modestly sweet, very soft (despite the carbonation), and a little doughy. It’s got a nice, soft, rounded and full flavor. Pretty good. The brew hides the alcohol very well. The finish is a little hollow and disappointing. It could stand a bit more flavor and bitterness. Still, it’s certainly better than most euro lagers.

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Photo of putnam
4.2/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In the monster Baltic Pils category this example is faithful to Lager's mission of clarity and precision.
Aromas of nutty, sweaty corn buds curdle forth on the nose while steady, stiff meringue shapes form and fade on the autumn golden liquid. Kilned peach pits, lacquer, slate and raw dough resins churn through the iron dry, fragrant finish.

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Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
4.03/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Saw a 4-pack of this stuff for $3.99 so I couldn't resist. The bottle has a very cool label and comes in 13.8oz size. The initial pour is very nice looking. The head is a very fluffy white but leaves pretty quick. The aroma is very clean and crisp with a fruity hint. The taste is very enjoyable with touches of cherry and vanilla sugar. The semi-hig ABV (6.8%) isn't exposed until it reaches the bottom of your stomach and warms it. As far as lagers go, this has got to be one of the finest. Very crowd-friendly and enjoyable.

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Photo of BrewMaven
3.67/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

After Kaper, I was curious to try this...Poured a nice clear gold sporting an impressive head of white foam which vanished save for a ring after a minute or two. Some lacing and a grainy, slightly sweet malt scent. Quite tasty, sorta has a buttery quality and a clean smooth finish. Not a hoppy beer IMO.

Fairly light bodied and bubbly. Good summer brew and one of the Euro lagers that I could easily session. Recommended!

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Photo of Bcant
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Strange bottle, strange volume (13.5 oz or 399.23 ml), good beer.

A: Rich golden color with a big sticky white head made of tiny bubbles.

S: Doughy, like slightly undercooked dinner roles with a floral undertone.

T: Biscuit but also sweet, some middle honey flavors are followed by a lightly dry finish. At 6.2% abv, this is slightly boozier than many Euro lagers and there are some slight alcohol flavors.

M/D: Viscous and slightly oily body is offset by delicate carbonation that gives a fuzzy/soft fell. Dryish finish leaves a sticky/sweet aftertaste but the alcohol is warming and overall a rather drinkable lager.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Although it's now brewed by Polands largest brewery, Hevelius' roots go back at least to 1871 at the founding of the Danziger Aktien-Bierbrauerai-Kleinhammer. And as a brewery, that has an even longer history... It was nationalized after the WWII and re-named the Gdanskie Zaklady Piwowarskie. A 49% share was sold to the German brewery Binding in 1996, and it was acquired by Elbrewery not long after. Elbrewery is partly owned by Grolsch. Whether it's still brewed in the port town of Gdansk, I'm not sure.
A clear yellow-gold body is capped by a densely creamy bright-white head that holds well but eventually drops to just a thin creamy collar. Lace is left on the glass from the initial head, but no new lace is created. The nose delivers a clean, mild note of grainy malt. The body is light, and the carbonation fine and moderate. It's smooth and lightly creamy across the palate. In the flavor, it's softly grainy malt is accentuated by a touch of light fruit, some leafy hop flavor, and an alcohol that becomes lightly peppery; backed by a bitterness that is firm and drying. It finishes short and dry. Very much like a dry white wine in some regards. There's not a lot of complexity going on in this beer, but it's very well done. It's a beer I've enjoyed before, and one I'll enjoy again.

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Photo of matjack85
2.25/5  rDev -37.2%

Photo of StevieW
4.2/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Odd shaped 13.5 oz brown bottle. Blue and gold label. Guy in the middle holding a beer, says he's Ian Hevelius, astronomer from Piwowar, Poland. "Made in Gdansk form 1690" also on the label.
Clear golden straw color beer. Shines in the light. Fizzy white head. Subtle grainy smell, but in a solid positive way. No old beer, or sour bread smells to this pilsener. Fresh, crisp, and full flavored pils. Nice crisp saaz hops. Very good, almost subtle buttery undertones, but again doesn't distract from the taste. Malty sweetness, and lip puckering bitterness combine at the end. Taste lingers. A pleasant surprise, right up there with the Victory Prima Pils in my opinion. I paired it with a grilled chicken spring salad with honey mustard sauce.

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Photo of Gusler
3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a typical lager golden yellow, the head is impressive in size, frothy in texture, the color a bright white with the dissipation of the head a fine veil of lace forms to conceal the glass. Nose is crisp and clean, dominated by the malt, slightly sweet at the start with a light to medium feel to the top. Finish is briskly carbonated, the hops perky in their spiciness and the aftertaste somewhat alcohol bitter, drinkable, but nothing more than and average lager in my humble opinion.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.62/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single bottle purchased from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield...
Pous a tawnyy, medium-orange hue with a minimal head that left a minor amount of lacing around the edge of the serving glass...
Moderate, mild, hop and malt-balanced aroma with hints of wheat, caramel, and candied sugar...
Medium-bodied mouthfeel along with a fairly good level of drinkability...
Not bad...

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

13.2oz bottle from a beer exchange with a friend at the holidays.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, a white inch-tall head formed, which eventually retreated to about a half-inch layer of foam over the slightly cloudy but bright honey hued brew. Light hops aroma, but the flavor kicks it up from there. Surprisingly full-bodied flavor for such a light colored presentation, crisp and clean, with just a little warmth at the end. Excellent lacing as well.

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Photo of Bitburger
4.66/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best polish beer!

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Photo of TastyTaste
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear gold bodt, nice white head, about 3/4" of white head that has good retention. Light grainy/grassy malt in the nose, that's about it. Taste is fairly sweet, the graininess and alcohol are kind of cloying. Hops are present, which is a welcome change for most beers of the style. Mouthfel is ok, fairly well carbonated and rounded. Not too bad, an above average euro lager that grows on me the more i drink it.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a good head that fades slowly, some lace, serious carbonation almost fizzy. This is a lager with beef - high ABV like night and day compared to a Bud. Pale, slightly cloudy gold body, starts with some malt but the hops kick in and you finish on the bitter side. FWIW the 13.52oz is 400ml - nice size.

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Photo of Redrover
3.77/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 oz funky shaped brown bottle. No freshness dating. Very cool label.

When poured the beer has a massive fluffy head. Nice sticky lacing and a pleasant gold color.

Nice aroma of spice, flowers and malts.

The taste tracks the smell. Slightly hopy with a nice pepper bite. A bit grainy and grassy as well. Would be great with a pizza, a smoked ham sandwich or just about any other dish. Well done!

Seems to have fairly low carbonation, but I like the smooth, soft mouth. Extremely easy drinker here. I see its been made since 1690, well practice makes perfect and they have made a very nice beer. Well worth the $1.39 investment from Sal’s liquor in Elmhurst, IL.

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Photo of WesWes
3.89/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy pale gold color with a thin white head. The aroma is good. It is rich with pale malts and breadlike scents; a sweet malty smell. The taste is also good. It is a lager with real substance and taste. It is full of pale malts and a yeasty smell that translates into a bread aftertaste. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking beer; a real pleasure. This is a fine sessions ale and one to remember.

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Photo of jkdrummer
2.1/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured nicely but went downhill after that. Hazy and cloudy if you will. Head died in 5 minutes. Sour smell and nothing special. The taste is a little alcoholly and the reminds me of a malt liquor but with more body. Would not recommend, but I do dig the label, anyone who puts a scientist on a beer bottle is ok with me.

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Photo of John
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, clean looking gold/straw color. Aroma is equally clean, consisting primarily of light grains and a suggestion of pepper. The flavor is remarkably clean...this is a lager at 6.8% abv? Did I mention this beer is very clean? ;-) The hops are prickly, peppery and provide a bit of a bite to balance the malt. This is a dangerously drinkable beer. Another quality Polish brew and tasty European lager.

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Photo of stoutman
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden color with a slightly wisped egg white head. Light malt and floral hops aroma. Heavy feel with decent lace. Stronger malt and a nicely sharp bitterness that surprises. The nice malt flavor balances this slightly sweet and carbonated beverage. A drinkable, good brew, which creeps up on you, too.

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Photo of TripelJ
4.28/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A most interesting polish lager! More balanced, with less emhasis on the malts, which this beer does really well. Aroma is sweet with a nice ruby red grapefruit smell to round it out. Also, some grains are present in the nose as it warms up a bit. Appearance is moderately cloudy, a light apricot in color with minimal head. Taste is full of character--apples and pears dominate the sweet side of the spectrum, while citrus and grains maintain a smooth, bitter finish. There is a nice hop backbone that really helps this beer stand out from other polish lagers of its type.

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Hevelius Classic from Elbrewery Co. Ltd. Sp. z o.o.
Beer rating: 3.58 out of 5 with 34 ratings
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