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Blonde Doppelbock - Capital Brewery

Blonde DoppelbockBlonde Doppelbock

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BA SCORE
87
very good

262 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 262
Reviews: 188
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.14%


Brewed by:
Capital Brewery visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  7.80% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-05-2002)
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Duster72

Indiana

4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an orangey amber with a one finger head that dissipates quickly and leaves minimal lacing. Aroma is sweet sugary malts and some yeast. Taste is honey, camel, bananas, apples, and cotton candy. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Incredibly drinkable - perfect compliment to a beautiful spring day!

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2007 21:53:54 | More by Duster72
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Its brilliant amber robe takes on a crimson cast when set upon the bar, and the frothy white head seems to last forever. It continually retains a thin, creamy cap and leaves some very nice lace throughout the glass. The body is medium/full and it's smooth and creamy across the palate. Fresh and clean, gently toasted malt is present in the nose; and then again in the flavor. It's not a complex beer by any stretch of the imagination, but it is surprisingly rich and satisfying. The clean, pure flavor of Munich malt is nicely balanced by an underlying bitterness and a bit of drying alcohol that lends toward a note of apple. Mild honeyish-vanilla and caramel evolve as it warms, backed by some very low level hop flavor; and the finish is long lasting with residual nutty malt and a wash of drying alcohol. It's an interesting doppelbock in that it's very clean-cut and straightforward, yet satisfying. It doesn't have the depth of many darker versions, but it's impelling. Certainly worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2003 18:46:51 | More by NeroFiddled
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Winter

Wisconsin

4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber in color with a thin white head that eventually retreats to the side of the glass. Aroma consists of sweet malt, citrus and light hops. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and creamy, yet also has some noticable carbonation toward the finish. Pleasant malt sweetness noticed initially. Additional combination of toffee, caramel and biscuit carries through. Finishes strong with some alcohol flavor present. Doesn't seem as "heavy" as the dark doppelbock that they produce. A nice example of the style and something to look forward to in the Spring.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2003 12:10:27 | More by Winter
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BeerTruth

Connecticut

4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to flyingbison for this one.

12 oz. bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

Pours a beautiful clear bronze with a creamy two finger white head that falls to a thin layer of foam. Not much webbing on the sides but a lot of bubbles racing to the top of the glass. Smell consists of smokey caramel malts, a smooth nuttiness, and a good amount of roasted grains. A good amount of breadiness and a touch of pepper in the nose as well. Taste begins with a very sweet caramel and butterscotch with a touch of smokey malt. Bready malts and sweet sugar midway with a touch of citrus as well. Aftertaste is wet with toasted grains and slight earthy hop flavors. Light to medium body with a slick and moist feel. Smooth and enjoyable carbonation which gives the beer life. I like this beer a lot. Capital continues to prove they've mastered the art of brewing lagers. My good college buddy is moving to Madison very soon, I'll definitely be visiting him often :)

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2008 19:39:23 | More by BeerTruth
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cokes

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2003 edition.

A glimmering golden-orange body capped with a clinging sandy froth. Fades to a misting, but endures.
Toffee nuggets and pears on the nose, mingled with woody, cinnamon spice.
Heavy caramel/toffee maltiness up front. Notes of burnt brown sugar and honey. Pears in heavy syrup. Malts begin to fade as the mixture of alcohol and spice takes control late. Cinnamon and cedar impressions. Faint touches of grassy hops. Brief glimpse of ethanol.
Hefty and full bodied. Just traces of carbonation. Smooth and slippery.
Another classy doppelbock form Capital. This one seems improved as well.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2003 10:20:22 | More by cokes
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Loki

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 12oz bottle.

Poured a clear honey color with a huge, beautiful head that built to the top of the glass with the pour. The head and beer settled, leaving an inch and a half to two inch head. The head fades over time, but always leaves a thin canopy head. During sampling and as the head fades the beer leaves spiderwebs of lacing around the glass.

Aromas of sweet malt and hints of hops. There are also hint of honey or fruit.

Tastes of sweet malt, light honey, and fruit maybe pair are the dominate flavors with a slight hop bit to even the finish out. Medium body with light carbonation that grows. Also has a slight alcohol bite at the end, but not an over the top pressence. A great beer. I have never had a blonde doppelbock or really that many doppelbocks before, but I like this one.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2003 15:49:28 | More by Loki
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jsh420

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

pours crystal clear golden orange with a 1 finger head that quickly fades with no lacing down the glass would have given this a 5 but it says its a blonde...i will give - it is the blondest doppelbock i have ever seen. smell is all bready malts and fruits. taste is very bready malts with fruity apple and pear flavors. mouthfeel is very creamy and on the heavier side for this style which i love. overall capital has found a new customer i will be looking for more capital brews. side note i would like to see more reasonable prices 12.99 a sixer is steep

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2009 04:01:31 | More by jsh420
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BeerBuilder

Minnesota

4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured to a nice copper color with a tan head that diminishes to a ring. The aroma is sweet, and malty, toasty as well. The flavor was great with that big toasty, bready malt flavor, and as well as some caramel sweetness. This is a big full-bodied brew that is highly drinkable. I really like the big malty brew, this one did it for me. I will definitely sample this one again.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2003 10:29:01 | More by BeerBuilder
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Monkeyknife

Missouri

4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a crystal clear copper color with a white meringue head at least two fingers thick. This beer sports terrific lacing.

Aroma is like a sweet floral perfume with sweet malts, pear, honey, and a touch of cinnamon.

Like the aroma, the taste is also sweet and perfumed with sweet caramel malts, apple, pear, pepper, and cinnamon kiss the palate. Finish of white table cracker and apple.

Lighter bodied, smooth and clean, with a sharp carbonation.

This is by far the best of the Capital brews I've tried. Very sessionable and very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2009 02:42:45 | More by Monkeyknife
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Tone

Missouri

4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear, copper color. 1/2 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of sweet malt, slight alcohol, and yeast. Fits the style of a Doppelbock. Mouth feel is smooth and slightly thick with an average carbonation level. Tastes of alcohol, sweet malt, yeast, slight roasted malt, and slight hops. Overall, a rather good brew; nice body, blend, and drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2009 04:18:37 | More by Tone
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PorterLambic

Florida

4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, golden amber bordering on orange. Good head develops but drops fairly quickly. No lace and just a faint island remain after 5 minutes.
Smell is malty, of course, with a dark fruit/candied orange note that is very unexpected and very nice. Whiskey note fainter with just a touch of Oak and vanilla.
Taste is all of that. The malt and candied orange notes present first and strongest with whiskey and the vanilla and oak following.
Balance is good throughout. Nicely warming at 7.8%. Full-bodied and lightly effervescent. Somewhat clingy, almost cloying after the swallow though with a coating on the tongue and palate. Aftertaste is very nice and mellows well. Glad I bought the 4-pack and not just a single.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2011 00:35:52 | More by PorterLambic
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warriorsoul

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to ZAP for one other from Capital Brewery.
Bright copper color w/ a half finger of white head which disappears very quickly, leaving just a thin coating.
Very subtle in the aroma department...sweet malt mostly w/ some spice and a hefty addition of hops.
This brew is bursing with flavor...fairly sweet on the pallet, but finishes w/ a dry, spiced bitterness that balances out the mouthfeel. Cherry licorice comes to mind...w/ a splash of tea...not detecting the alcohol and just about finished w/ the pint.
I have not much experiece w/ this style, but this offering is impressing the hell out of me...so quaffable its ridiculous.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2005 22:05:46 | More by warriorsoul
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nickynick

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Capital is quickly becoming one of my favorite American breweries. The blond doppelbock was an interesting beer. It poured a light amber color with an nice white head, and decent lacing. Smell was sweet, and malty. The taste matched the smell. Sweet, malty, and hints of caramel. Had the slightest hop finish. Mouthfeel was good, a little syrupy but not bad. Overall this was nice and sweet doppelbock. A change of pace from other doppels. It was very nice.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2008 15:46:24 | More by nickynick
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cadenwhitaker

Minnesota

4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm really impressed with this offering from Capital.

Pours a medium amber with a fizzy head, quite a bit of alcohol and carbonation in the drink. Very crisp, very clean, very sessionable. I'm getting lots of sweetness, malts, cider, apples, sugar and a spike of hops that quickly dissipates.

Overall this is a great session beer, very impressed, will be drinking lots of it this summer.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2009 21:03:15 | More by cadenwhitaker
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TeeCee

Louisiana

4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quick review - although light in color, this really comes across as a doppelbock.

Color - more like a dark ammber than a blonde. Like honey with a red tint to it. The beer started of with maybe 1" of head that quickly dissipated. Slight nucleation initially. It builds a small, tight head with a swirl. Very little lacing is left behind.

Smell - malty sweet after a swirl with some European hop scent behind it. The malt reminds me of a beer I can't place yet. When it dies off, it reminds me of Baltika 9.

Taste - surprisingly malty. Not because it didn't smell malty, but because of the color. There are some hops in there balancing this beer, but they are not flowery, piney, or overpowering.

Mouthfeel - I would call this thickish. Not too thick, but thickish.

Sessioning - I wouldn't call this a full on session beer, but I could have several of these any day. I'm sure I'd feel it.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2009 17:37:51 | More by TeeCee
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

4.19/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

12 oz twist off bottle poured into a pilsner glass.
7.8% ABV, 2012 bottle.

A - Beautifully golden honey in color, this lager is hazed with fine particles and topped with a plump off-white head. It's poor retention could be due to the alcohol percent but there isn't much excuse for a complete lack of lace.

S - Generously malty, Blonde Doppelbock has a nose filled with light fruity alcohol notes and caramel sweetness on the finish with a touch of Vienna malt dryness. Hints of white grape esters emerge on the finish of this crisp and malty lager.

T - Dry toasted Vienna malt and bready notes of Munich press forwards with caramel sweetness, giving it a robust malty taste. While mild alcohol that's lightly fruity in nature adds notes of white grape on the finish for a unique doppelbock.

M - Capital's Blonde Doppelbock has a medium-full bodied feel with an inherent smoothness that finishes a little slick and dry from light alcohol but ends with gentle carbonation for a great feel.

O - It shouldn't be news to anyone that a lager; doppelbock especially, from Capital Brewery would be anything less than great. This aged Blonde Doppelbock shows faint signs of degradation with a faint overall cellar mustiness but it remains drinkable and quite enjoyable regardless. I can't wait for Capital Bockfest next weekend!

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2013 22:35:49 | More by BeerFMAndy
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beerluvr

Ontario (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Lands in the glass with a quickly fading cream hued head settling out on clear, finely bubbled deep golden liquid. The nose gives aromas of spiciness, and big bready malts...true to style. Some light vanilla/cream soda noted too. The taste is heavy duty sweet maltiness, slowly drying out to reveal ample hoppiness to keep it from becoming too sweet. Finishes on a bready malt note, very tasty, very drinkable. Props to Craig for this one.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2004 17:21:32 | More by beerluvr
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drpimento

Wisconsin

4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Always a good brew, but the early versions were much better. Poured with a nice head that subsided into a light cover and a little lace. Color is a lovely deep amber. Aroma is a bit boozy, sweet, and malty. Flavor is huge caramel malt with just a touch of bitterness. Good carbonation. Likewise good mouth. Pleasant finish. Could drink a few, but not many.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2007 20:17:48 | More by drpimento
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: bright and transparent reddish hue, with a big, fresh, fluffy head.
Aroma is sweet, a bit fruity, and fierce: alcohol, though not major, is still sitting tall on top and evident in the nose.
Taste: BAM! Shammalamma, boom! Sh-bam! Tiny hops, Big, muth*&^%in' malt all up in y'alls mouth! Mouth-filling texture, though overall the body is light. It's just that big, fat flavor, tasty, lip-smackin', delicious. Big, wonderful flavor stands out always, rings through the senses, congratulates you for consuming it.
If you're craving a beer from Wisconsin, this had better be the one. We'll be screening any excuses for other options, but it's a strict judge and jury. Really, this is the stuff!

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2003 22:21:08 | More by feloniousmonk
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longarm

Maryland

4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark yellow with orange tints. Initial head formation is nice but has poor retention. This is OK and not unexpected for a dopplebock.

A mild smell of alcohol accompanies elements of caramelized malt and vanilla. Something similar to cloves perhaps is also noticeable.

The flavor balances sweet malts with alcohol, but alcoholic heat is relatively mild for a dopplebock. A full-bodied beer, this coats well with an exceptionally clean and smooth finish. A very smooth and easy drinking beer, Capital hits a home-run again.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2005 20:44:40 | More by longarm
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DaPeculierDane

Wisconsin

4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Truly exceptional and very fresh. High in alcohol, loaded with banana, coconut, rum, and granny smith. Fierce, biting, and crisp. Loads of fun. Amazing buzz. Nose burning. Seriously, my nasal passages were completely scorched after a half liter of this stuff. Very unique. I should be turned on by the fire but instead I feel drawn to it. Did I mention that it’s a pretty, clear orange color with wild, crazy bubbles but no head. Mmm, Capital really gets bocks right.

Serving type: on-tap

03-14-2006 22:45:51 | More by DaPeculierDane
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scaliasux

Wisconsin

4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Amber. Clear with evident carbonation. Tall of-white head with persistence.

Smell - Sweet malts. Not particularly strong.

Taste - Heavy dose of medium roasted malt. A honey like sweetness, but quite rich. Hint of alcohol. Rich and very pleasant taste.

Mouthfeel - Creamy. Medium to full. Alcohol warmth.

Overall - This should be the official drink of March in Wisconsin. It looks like summer's coming, but it gives you what you need for March. Something worth looking forward to every year.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2011 03:51:53 | More by scaliasux
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marburg

Michigan

4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sunset orange. Moderately heady. Some malty grain aromas dominate the nose, but as it warms, a slight lemon mousse redolence emerges. The flavor profile is similarly mind-boggling. Thick malt sweetness evolves to a complex alcoholic mix of flavors including bready grains and eventually fruits. There's no noticeable hop presence to stop the development of lemon jolly rancher, twizzler, and marachino cherry. Dole pears from a can. What the fuck is going on here? Thick, bock-ish mouthfeel. Radioactive mutant maibock beer plus a packet of Kool Aid for good measure.

I suppose I could be overexaggerating its subtlties, but who cares? This is good.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2004 01:04:02 | More by marburg
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jwinship83

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- a light amber color with little to no head and lots of bubbling action.

S- mildly sweet and bready malts.

T- sweet honey like and a strong malt presence. very complex with a slight hoppy finish. very crisp and clean. very nice

M- feels heavy in the mouth with lots of carbonation which adds to the enjoyment.

D- this one is very easy to drink. a great summer beer that begs to be taken to a BBQ. pick this one up if you havnt already tried it.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2008 02:59:43 | More by jwinship83
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ColoradoBobs

Colorado

4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle is slightly different from what is pictured, and it says Platinum Blonde Doppelbock. Is this the same beer?

Moderate pour at 55 degrees yield a huge off-white head over a clear amber body. Head fades fairly soon to a solid cap.

Smell is solid cracker malt and some darker roasts, lots of bread dough and some nice yeast. Not a hint of hops -- just as it should be.

Taste follows the smell to a "T." Nice. Very nice.

Mouthfeel is nice and round, chewy and lasting.

Drinkability is good -- the malt masks the alcohol completely.

Thanks to shbobdb for the incredible trade!

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2008 04:28:04 | More by ColoradoBobs
Blonde Doppelbock from Capital Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 262 ratings.