Blonde Doppelbock - Capital Brewery
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4.85/5 rDev +25.6%
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.
11-03-2010 01:43:15 | More by katybee
4.75/5 rDev +23.1%
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....
08-10-2006 15:20:39 | More by expatsteve
4.6/5 rDev +19.2%
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...
05-10-2003 23:56:08 | More by ZAP
4.55/5 rDev +17.9%
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.
02-26-2012 15:25:10 | More by dhannes
4.53/5 rDev +17.4%
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.
09-03-2005 04:25:35 | More by Golden2wenty1
4.5/5 rDev +16.6%
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.
03-18-2009 07:04:47 | More by yemenmocha
4.47/5 rDev +15.8%
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.
02-25-2006 23:34:02 | More by beveragecaptain
4.47/5 rDev +15.8%
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.
03-30-2008 05:09:27 | More by brdc
4.47/5 rDev +15.8%
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.
06-20-2003 13:44:49 | More by tavernjef
4.45/5 rDev +15.3%
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.
Cost: $9 per 4-pack
IBU: 15-20 (estimated)
03-16-2012 13:49:05 | More by MrSpiffy
4.45/5 rDev +15.3%
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.
01-03-2009 00:30:16 | More by kels
4.43/5 rDev +14.8%
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.
04-23-2005 16:23:20 | More by redmosquito
4.43/5 rDev +14.8%
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.
05-03-2009 21:21:39 | More by bamadog
4.43/5 rDev +14.8%
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...
06-25-2010 07:49:15 | More by darklordlager
4.43/5 rDev +14.8%
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.
04-09-2010 01:29:37 | More by jrallen34
Blonde Doppelbock from Capital Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 267 ratings.