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Blonde Doppelbock - Capital Brewery

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191 Reviews
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Reviews: 191
Hads: 283
Avg: 3.85
pDev: 13.25%
Wants: 15
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
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Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  7.80% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-05-2002

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Photo of katybee
4.83/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This review is of the "Platinum Blonde Doppelbock" produced by Capital Brewery...from the label I wasn't sure if this is different than 'blonde doppelbock'. But whichever it is, to my taste it's great! From the term blonde and the type lager , I was expecting a highbrow Budweiser. Nothing like that!

The beer poured a deep orangey amber, with a beautiful head of thick rich pale foam about 2" deep.

The smell was very light, almost a little citrusy, but towards malt.

The taste was incredible, especially in contrast to what I was expecting--I've been sampling malted ales, and this definitely had that aspect of smooth maltedness, but totally without the toasted burnt notes. I detected esthers of banana and apple, in addition to carmelized malt sweetness, and very little hop bittrness...the slight presence of flowery perhaps citrus hops if any, but very very light. The predominance was of sweet malt, and perhaps honey. The label of this beer simply threw me for a loop as far as my expectations which were more than well met. This beer wasn't overly sweet, just not the presence of bitter hops or aftertaste. This would be great with many foods, and as a slowly sipped beer. Well balanced, not overly bitter or burnt, and no flavor changes first to last sip.

Very smooth creamy mouthfeel, medium body. A little slippery on the tongue; definitely much more there than a Guinness, or oatmeal stouts I've tasted; almost along the lines of a barelywine.

Highly drinkable. The great flavor wants to be consumed fast, but one of those to be watched for the higher ABV.

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Photo of expatsteve
4.73/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Opened a bottle that I've been cellaring for six months. Let's see how it's doing:

Appearance: Orange amber, with good visibility. Medium/low viscosity. Pours a 1/3 inch head with minimal lacing. Picks up light well, highlighting some brilliant orange and straw tones.

Aroma: Bready malts, caramel and a dash of brown sugar. A few burst of orange, sage and black pepper. Very malty.

Taste: Great upfront hops presence over caramel malts. Lemon peel, orange, with full malt flavor. Honey, lemongrass and booze developments as it warms; remains a picture both of balance and assertive maibock flavor.

Mouthfeel: Lighter than many maibocks (including Capital's), but this is balanced out with the spicy sweet flavor profile. Low carbonation. Again, good rendering of the doppelbock body.

Drinkability: In many ways, this is the jewel in Capital's brewing crown--a truly amazing brew. Embodies the style almost perfectly, remaining extremely drinkable and impressively complex. Here's to you, Kirby....

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Photo of ZAP
4.6/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours an auburn color..very clear and clean looking...nice bubbly soft white head on top....aroma is incredible..vanilla...caramel....outstanding

A very creamy tasty blond doppel. Great malt load !!! Very rich, and malty with an unobstrusive hop load that balances, but isn't noticable except on the long finish....The hops they used are perfect for this beer as they balance while also adding to the overall malt experience in their own way.

For the style you cannot do much better...

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Photo of dhannes
4.55/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had the 2012 at the 2012 Bockfest, served in a 16 oz. plastic mug.

A=Smooth, creamy golden yellow...more inviting than the pale straw of lagers...perhaps a bit warmer in color. Head was 2 fingers of white foam.

S=Sweet smell...hints of sugar, butter and cream.

T=A smoothness to it...the best way to describe it is buttery/creamy...not a cream ale. Carbonation was in check...probably would appeal to those that traditionally don't like beer due to smoothness and creaminess. Alcohol was well hidden I thought.

M=Spot on. Very drinkable, with low carbonation and no bite from alcohol. We were limited to the one tap and I found myself slowing down as to savor every sip.

O=With just the one sample, I leaned toward giving this a 5.0, but will definitely buy a 6-pack and sample some before elevating the rating behind 4.5. If you are in southern Wisconsin and are looking for a smooth beer (would pair well with alfredo sauce and possibly red meats), this is one you need to try.

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.52/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Picked up a single at Riley's here in Madison.

I've had quite a few dopplebocks lately, and I must say this is one of my favorites. Pours a cloudy amber-golden yellow with a thin white head that fades quickly. Smell is citrusy and floral with a nice malt kick. Taste starts off with that strong malt backbone and adds in the nice hoppy citrus/floral notes to balance it off nicely. Mouthfeel is on the crisp side, but not as biting as some dopples I've had. This is a tasty-ass brew right here. Extremely drinkable for 6.9%. Probably my favorite Capital brew to date.

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.48/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a luxurious golden color with generous white head that retains rather well. Nose is quite appetizing with soft malt aromas, yet is overall clean. On the palate this beer is again clean, crisp, good malt presence with not too much alcohol warmth.

Complexity isn't the goal here, and many other reviewers gave misguided reviews of this beer in my opinion. This straightforward malty, clean bock is very rewarding and hard to find anything in the U.S. that comes close in this style.

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Photo of beveragecaptain
4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This review is based on several liters enjoyed at Capital Brewery's annual Bockfest - the freshest way to enjoy a Blonde Doppelbock. This beer pours out a slightly hazy amber color with a large, creamy head. The aroma is quite malty with a bit of fruitiness. Alcohol is noticable in the nose. The flavor is very malty with notes of apples and coconut. This is not what you think of as your standard dopplebock. Although it is malty, it is not dark. It is, however, refreshing and delicious. It is also drinkable in large quantities. Try it on tap, and you will see what an exceptional beer this is.

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Photo of brdc
4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Small capped bottle.
Light golden brew with a nice white head, good retention and lacing.
Nice aroma is made of sweet maltiness, with some nutty and honeyish notes.
Medium to full bodied, it is surprisingly rich in taste (or perhaps I was just expecting something lighter based on the clear appearance); it has the same malty, sweetish and honeyish notes, along with some nuts and even some fruitiness.
Very nice, another good beer from Capital.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sampled full bottle at the Capital Brewing Seminar for distributors and establishments in Brooklyn Center. Thanks to AL for the invite.

Color is a deep golden orangy/amber with a head of short fluffy loose whiteness, lace sticks in strings. Smell is a lightened but darker orange and a terrific caramel sweetness in the nose. Rich and creamy taste, a bit of chewyness with good amount of caramel malts and a pretty moderate amount of dulled bitterness that has a great little hold of solid tang from hops. Excellently balanced. Great malt body, quite hefty with a bready thickness. Feel is a partially full bodied, creamy, chewy, nearly cloying, crisp full finish. Extremely drinkable, yummy, delicious, rich and creamy delightful wonderment. Capital has a winner with this one.

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Photo of MrSpiffy
4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Sweet honey and malt. No real hop aroma.

Mouthfeel: Thick and creamy, it foams up in your mouth as you sip it. Very smooth, coating the mouth. Nearly zero carbonation.

Taste: Sweet and creamy, with honey and malt very prominent. No hop flavor noticeable, and just a tiny hint of bitterness. Slight toasty notes on the end.

Overall: I love it! It's a big mouthful. A big, creamy beer. Excellent choice for an after-dinner/dessert beverage.

Other info:

Cost: $9 per 4-pack
Caps: Twist-off
ABV: 7.8%
IBU: 15-20 (estimated)

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Photo of kels
4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I first tried this beer on tap at the Map Room in Chicago, and I LOVED it! I brought home a 6, and this review is on my last bottle poured into an imperial pint nearly 9 months later (I found it in the back of my fridge - I must have been too sad about it being the last to drink it). I know that this style isn't particularly given to aging, but after 1 sip I was immensely impressed with how good it still was.

Appearance: This is definitely a honey blonde - warm, golden hue to the clear liquid. Pours with a 1 inch soft white head that fades immediately to a skim. Very little lacing left behind. Lots of bubbly CO2 runs throughout.

Smell: Very clear malty presence in the nose - sweet, caramelly and slightly chewy smelling graininess. Complements are notes of honey and light hopiness that reminds me more of crisp apples than citrus or pine.

Taste/Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel of this beer, even after several months, is incredibly pleasing. It is bright and mouth-filling thanks to good carbonation and a really balanced taste. It finishes with a nice effervescence. The taste is really nice and smooth - a great starter dopplebock for those who might be put off by the heavier, darker traditional style. The first thing I think when I drink this beer is that it is very "tasty." The flavor is very full and robust for something so light and drinkable. It really spreads well across the tongue. Notes of light, sweet malts blend perfectly with hints of crisp, bright hops. There is little to no detection of the alcohol in the taste.

Drinkability: Super-easy drinking session beer. I wish I could get this in Cincy year around. It would definitely be a staple in my fridge.

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Photo of redmosquito
4.41/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yum. Golden to copper in color with a lacey white head. Light caramel malt and spicey yeast fill the nose. Flavor is so clean. Malty, pilsen and caramel, just a light hint of toast in the finish. Hop character is very subdued, just adding some bitterness. The yeast is spicey, a just noticable ester that I've really come to look forward to in the Capital Bocks. This beer is smooth and totally hides the alcohol with its sweet malt charater. Another great lager from Capital.

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Photo of darklordlager
4.41/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a brilliant, perfectly clear medium golden, with a 1/2" butter-tinted head of fine bubbles. No fault here whatsoever. Phenomenal.

S: Spicy hops, light malt. Very crisp aroma.

T: Great interplay between the light sweet malt, clean 2-row, and spicy hops (with grassy undertones). Nice semi-dry finish makes it very crisp and appealing. Very well done.

M: On the heavy side of medium, with medium carbonation. Again, very well executed.

D: Another great german-style beer from Capital. No surprise here...

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Photo of MadTown1000
4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sweet caramel scent out of the bottle. Pours golden amber into a pint glass (a Capital Brewery pint glass, no less), with about an inch of orange-white foam that recedes fairly quickly. The whole package reminds of of caramel - the look goes with the scent. For that matter, so does the flavor. It's softly sweet, caramel malt, with a little bit of hop bitterness on the palate. Excellent, slightly sticky mouthfeel, and I would never, ever guess that this thing's packing 7.8% ABV. The drinkability is absurd for a beer with this booze content.

The taste, while excellent, loses some points for its inability to stand up to food. I tried this a with a bowl of chili, and its character evaporated when faced with a little tabasco sauce. I'd expect something with this alcohol content to be able to hold its own a little better. But that said, this is a terrific beer on its own, and I'd highly recommend it.

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Photo of bamadog
4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to pwoods for bring this back for kels, but thanks to kels for sharing :) This is a great beer and I would love to get my hands on more in order to drink several in one sitting, as it's just about perfect for that type of setting.

Appearance: The color of honey on the pour; very clear and solid carbonation throughout; head is about one finger and fades quickly to a firm skim on the top and eventually to the ring around the edge of the surface; there is slight lacing present on the swirl and holds well enough.

Smell: Comes across much like I would expect from a lager - mild hops, but there is a sweeter and maltier smell comingthrough as well; very slight hint of alcohol in the nose.

Taste: Wow. Perfect. Much like a very good lager with it's mild hop presence, but the additional malts are what really make this a great beer. It's wonderfully sweet yet just about perfectly balanced and not overly done. Very "tasty." I wish I had more to say, but it doesn't come across as a very complicated beer, but damn is it good.

Mouthfeel: Light, crisp and refereshing; a little tingly from the carbonation and the palate dries quickly.

Drinkability: Especially high - an amazingly great tasting beer with a very moderate ABV and nice clean finish.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I drank this on tap into a tulip at the Map Room.

The beer pours a super clear strawish gold, with a two fingers of white head. There is great retention and unreal lacing.

The aroma is light but nice. There is some light hops and a lot of sweet cloves.

The taste is also pretty light, but its sweet and easy to drink.

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Photo of Beertracker
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Capital's Blonde Doppelbock is best served at cool cellar (40-45°F) temperatures from a house logo pint glass or Willibecher. This blonde bomber pours up with ample carbonation that creates a cascading creamish white head that prominently sits atop a bright ochre-sunset orange body. The aromatic nose displays a wonderfully inviting rich toasted maltiness that's reminiscent of freshly baked European sweetbread. There's just a hint of fruitiness, hop spiciness, and alcohol ...otherwise very clean! The flavor is dominated by a rich toasted maltiness that is marked by some spicy bitterness. The full-bodied finish is a touch heavy, but with sufficient bitterness and alcoholic complexity to carry it all nicely. This finely crafted limited release offering from Capital reminds me of Eggenberg's Urbock 23° and comes highly recommended to all malt lovers. Suggested food pairings include browned, beer-braised Wisconsin Bratwursts smothered with sautéd sweet onions, green peppers & mushrooms covered in spicy brown gravy with a side of herb roasted redskin potatoes or a thick bowl of hearty game stew with buttered slices of freshly baked five-grain bread. Here's to Kirby Nelson and his finely brewed lagers!

CHEERS! Beertracker

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Photo of getch
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a-golden, light amber color, has some residue on the glass, not much head when being poured

s-lightly fruity, malt smell, it is very good, and is a warmer smell. Its not a distinct smell, but very good. Adds to the flavor

t-extremely smooth, has a nice hit of alcohol that reaches in the middle of the senses. I taste a sweet carmel

m-again smooth and some what thick, it lingers in the mouth for some time. A bit of a surprise

d- this can be booth a sipping beer and have a bunch beer, very enjoyable and will def buy more.

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Photo of steveh
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

'10 Offering -- revisit for the newer batch.

A - Great deep gold to amber color with a thick white head that holds up well.

S - Some typical DMS from Pilsner malt base, bready malts with some spicy alcohol eeking through - no nuttiness this year, but there is some vague fruit character right at the end -- not green apple off character, but more pear-like and mellow, even some mild earthiness.

T - Bready, toasty, sweet malts up front with some slight hop bitterness following, no solvent in this batch as there was (to me) last year, but a very dry, alcohol finish.

M - Light medium body with a soft mouth-feel; very nice to style.

D - Too drinkable at 7.8%.

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Photo of Andy
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep, rich color with a strong malt nose that can be winey. Damn, this is drinkable, despite the full mouthfeel. German malt flavor does not overpower but is well balanced. Never cloying but still strong. Recipe seems to have been dumbed down from previous great past.

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Photo of terrabyte
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, dark apple cider color, with a large white pillowy head. Only a few random specles of lacing stick to the glass.

Aroma is a little bit muted, but contains an alcoholic honey and caramel.

Flavor has heavy malts, syrupy caramel and just a little bit of dark fruits. The best part of the flavor, and some may say the only flavor, is the heavy-sticky caramel & alcohol aftertaste. It packs quite a dallop.

Mouthful is medium, a bit syrupy, and very little carbonation. A very warming alcohol burn hovers in the aftertaste and while breathing out the nose.

Drinkability is average, unless you really enjoy the flavor and alcoholic burn. I do. I really really do. At only 6.9%, it's not masked at all. And yet, I have had on occasion a 6 pack and always felt it in the morning. I wonder if it's still only 6.9% after all these years.

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Photo of Cubsfan1087
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had several Capital beers and was really looking forward to the Blonde Doppelbock. This beer is a very light amber shade. The smell is very sweet. You can detect a scent of caramel. The taste is equally as sweet. I found the 7.8% ABV to be hidden very well. I highly recommend this beer. I was impressed by it.

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Photo of beergod1
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My friend D. Kurtz waited 8 yrs. to find this beer, and was nice (or drunk) enough to share. Rich copper colored beer with a thick white head. Sweet honey, caramel malt, some Biscuity sweetness. Flavour is very sweet and malty, but not cloying. Honey flavour and slightly vineous. A touch of biscuity flavour before the smooth clean noble hop finish, creamy texture. Nice complexity.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a re-rate. I didn't do it justice last year.

Clear copper appearance. Little head surprisingly, but a nice collar and good lacing. Deep bavarian malt aroma. Excellent. The nose is sweet as well as malty. Luscious taste. Deep malt. Some toasted notes. Just the slightest hint of alcohol. Bready and yeasty. And a little grainy as well. It's very nice. The body is full and gratifying. Carbonation seems to be in check, but nonetheless, fitting. This is a Blonde Doppel to be reckoned with.

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Photo of Morris729
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received as part of BIF 2.5.
Pours burnt orange in color with a creamy off-white head that dissipates into a good amount of lace. Nose is sweet with notes of fruit, spicy alcohol, and a touch of caramel. Medium to full in body with a subdued carbonation. Taste is dominated by bready malts and yeast with some underlying notes of honey. Finish is a bit buttery with a noticeable kick of alcohol. This was my first blonde doppelbock, and I certainly enjoyed it. Thanks to marc77 for the sample!

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Blonde Doppelbock from Capital Brewery
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