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Blonde Doppelbock - Capital Brewery

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87
very good

270 Ratings
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Ratings: 270
Reviews: 188
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.88%
Wants: 12
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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Photo of Sammy
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Decent and interesting and bang on the style. Some funk in aroma, wheaty, yeasty. The taste is sassy blonde. Above average mouthfeel.
Bottle gifted from the brewmaster and from the owner in Tampa meetup.Told this bottle ages for eight years or more, but it was hot out and the bottle cold. Drinkability was OK.

Sammy, May 16, 2011
Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

zestar, May 31, 2014
Photo of Thorpe429
3.28/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a golden color with quite a bit of haze and a thin white head. Interesting nose with grain and some light fruits. Hints of alcohol. Taste is light fruit and grain, going along with a creamy mouthfeel with slight booze. An interesting idea, but not all that good.

Thorpe429, Nov 03, 2010
Photo of BEERchitect
3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Having high hopes for this Dopplebock (one of my favorite styles), the inticipation falls short on a non-descript strong lager that misses the mark on a lot of finess and richness that the style demands.

A bright and strong golden color brings a steady stream of carbonation, leading to a somewhat froathy, somewhat fizzy head that doesn't retain as well as is expected. With no real lacing, the opportunities to give good marks on appearance stop with clarity and color.

Pilsner malt, apples, and sulfur come together in firm lager fashion but without the leadership from the malty end, the fruity/sharp aromas and flavors become more of a distraction than a compliment to the stronger malt components to the beer. The depth, complexity, and variety of malt aroma and flavor stop at 'grain' and 'sweet' and never develop the wealth of flavor and delicacy the Dopplebocks demand- even the blonde versions. Though this Dopplebock does show alcoholic flavor, strength, and is backed by ample maltiness; it takes the impression of an Imperial Pilsner instead. Still, a far cry from Dopplebocks partly because this beer exhibits ale-like fruitiness (apples) and hot alcohols that don't fall in line with well-aged lagers.

Full up front and with a sweet oily feel, the beer takes on aggressive scrubbing- part because of alcohol but part because of heavy sulfurs and spicy phenolics. Not the smooth creamy texture that Dopplebocks expect. A muddled linger of grain hurts the finish and makes the next sip hard to get around to.

There's not a lot of Blonde Dopplebocks of which to compare, but this one is not a great example of the style. But is is a fine comparison to Imperial Pilsners.

BEERchitect, Aug 17, 2010
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.33/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Lacquered, brassy orange with butterscotch trim. The soft, ecru colored cap is strangely small and is essentially featureless. It deflates way too quickly and, in the process, leaves the glass untouched by lace. The beer itself looks good, but that's the extent of it. Not an especially good start.

The nose is far from world-class, either in terms of intensity or personality. It's malt dominant, as it should be, with a disturbing lack of complexity or even a token amount of hoppiness. So far, it's hard to believe that Capital is responsible for this big lager.

Blonde makes a comeback of sorts on the palate. It's a decent blonde doppelbock, maibock, helles bock... whatever your term of preference is. Still though, I'm amazed at the lack of the slightest bit of depth or complexity. Even a token amount of spicy German hoppiness would help immensely. The finish is somewhat bitter, but it's a bitterness that is divorced from even a modicum of hop flavor.

The flavor profile improves a fraction with warming, but not enough to warrant any real praise. At least the body/mouthfeel up to the task at hand. It's medium-full and delivers an impressive smooth silkiness that all well-constructed, high gravity lagers seem to possess.

Blonde Doppelbock isn't the beer that I'd hoped it would be. This brewery appears to take pride in their bocks since they brew six of them at various times of the year. Even though this one falls well short of expectations, I'm still excited about trying the four Capital bocks that I haven't yet had. I just hope they're better than the beer I just finished.

BuckeyeNation, Oct 27, 2006
Photo of mikesgroove
2.58/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Twelve ounce bottle acquired as an extra. Served in a pilsner glass and consumed on 07/17/2008.

Grabbed this one out of the fridge last night before dinner and intended to enjoy it while I was eating, but it did not really turn out that way. The pour was rather dull, with an amber color, with nice clarity but that was about it. No head really ever, except for maybe a broken ring of lace on the top but that was about it. Some light carbonation streaming from the bottom, but the whole thing really did not strike me as overly impressive.

The aroma was more of the same. Light roasted malts, with a musty and very bready profile. Nothing really that would tell me the style or what direction this was going to go in. The flavor was just not good, at least for me. This one tasted stale, moldy bread and gym socks would be the appropriate description. Decent body, but again slick, with not enough carbonation in it to really make a difference. No real hint of alcohol, but still, this was a mess. No direction and everything taste stale.

Overall I was a bit shocked and let down by this one. I have had good luck with Capital so far and this was the first one that threw me. Nothing that would keep me from trying them again in the future, but it does make me take pause. Oh well on to the next one.

mikesgroove, Jul 19, 2008
Photo of TMoney2591
3.76/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

So, do gentlemen prefer this kind of doppelbock? Regardless, this stuff pours a clear golden-brass topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises sweet biscuit, honey, a hint of vanilla, sweet flowers, and a twang of candied orange peel. The taste brings in more of the same, along with a pinch of clove, a hint of sweet corn, and an extra tad of breadiness. There's a definite sense of booze in there, but it doesn't have all that much effect. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a mostly smooth feel. Overall, a solid doppelbock, as per usual when Capital is involved, though I'm not sue the blonde-ness was all that effective in the final execution. I mean, I like this beer, but their other d-bocks just hold up a bit better in my eyes.

TMoney2591, Sep 13, 2013
Photo of emerge077
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased a six-pack on the last trip to WI, and now it's available a few weeks later in Chicagoland...new label from the one pictured.

Pours a deep golden orange into a Duvel tulip. Very nice coloration, it reminds me of fossilized amber. Head retention is good, a little swirl generates a 1/4" foam boost.

Initial aroma of banana candy, which faded into sweet malts, hay, and mild spiciness. It has a buttery caramel feel on the palate, ample carbonation, with the bigger body of a doppel. Sweet and smooth, there are no sharp edges, it just bellydances down the gullet. Malty and sweet, Werther's Original candy, with a vague cookie dough flavor.

It's very agreeable, and seems to be a good introductory German-style beer in general.

emerge077, Apr 09, 2008
Photo of NeroFiddled
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.

NeroFiddled, May 29, 2003
Photo of nickfl
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with one finger of whit foam on top of a clear, copper colored body. The head settles at an average pace and leaves average lace.

S - Sweet malt with a hint of darker toffee and nutty caramel. Some spicy hops in the background as well.

T - Thick, bready malt up front with some fruity caramel. More rich malt in the middle with more toffee and toasted character. The beer finishes with moderate bitterness and a hint of herbal hop flavor that is balanced by the thick, sweet malt.

M - A thick body, moderate carbonation, and a somewhat sweet finish.

D - A pretty nice dopple bock. It kind of straddles the line between a dark bock and a helles bock with a brown color that adds some nutty complexity to the malt profile and a light enough malt character that the hops can shine through a bit. Well done.

nickfl, Aug 20, 2011
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains honey, lager yeast, light caramelized malts, some fruit and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready from lager yeast and a hearty malt character. Then some strongly sweet flavors of honey, caramel and fruit follow. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, light but good representation of style, this is a very solid beer worth drinking for a long time.

TheManiacalOne, Apr 11, 2011
Photo of russpowell
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber with a finger of khaki colored head. Minimal head retention & lacing

S: Slight breadyness & pears

T: Some pear & breadyness, plus herbal hops up front. Pears & white grapes as this warms & just a hint of caramel as this warms, but mostly orchard fruit. Finishes fruitty with a touch honey malt &
pineapple

MF: Fairly chewy, low carbonation

A good bock that has a few flaws holding it back, but I drink this if offered it, wouldn't buy it again though

russpowell, Jun 12, 2012
Photo of XmnwildX12
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

XmnwildX12, Nov 22, 2013
Photo of drabmuh
3.35/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in an Ayinger celebrator glass. Beer is yellow and slightly hazy with a thin white head of small and medium bubbles. Carbonation is low and the head doesn't leave lacing on the glass. Its a doppelbock so pretty much anything goes, it looks fine.

Aroma is weak but its mildly malty and mildly sweet.

The flavor is weak and flat, mildy sweet medium bodied, not a lot of carb in the mouth, finishes nicely though. Its just mediocre, nothing special about it at all.

drabmuh, Sep 30, 2010
Photo of feloniousmonk
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!

feloniousmonk, Jul 09, 2003
Photo of jwc215
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brewed in 2009, with nothing more specific (ordered from Liquid Solutions).

Pours golden with a thin creamy white head that descends to a lasting thin cover and leaves lacing.

The smell is of sweet grain/pale maltiness, with grassy/herbal hop aroma.

The taste is sweet - grainy, a bit nutty (almond) with underlying fruitiness (lime-ish) and a touch of grassy/floral notes. Boozy alcohol warmth shows, but controlled.

Hits full-bodied, a bit syrupy, yet creamy. It has mild-to-medium carbonation. Spicy alcohol and a balanced sweetness linger on the palate.

A nice malty (but with balance - sweet - but not cloying) warming sipper. Hits a blonde/Helles doppelbock interpretation well!

jwc215, Jan 25, 2010
Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Rochefort10nh, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of smcolw
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Little to no lace--Starts with a small head but recedes to a single layer of fine bubbles. Bright copper color and very clear.

Strong molasses/brown sugar aroma.

The smell comes through in the taste. Rich body with a relatively low carbonation level. Nearly no hop--on the sweet side (even for the style). Not crisp--round, like an ale.

smcolw, Jul 11, 2009
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces an almost three-finger thick, pale tan colored head. The beer is an amber to red copper hue and shows an almost brilliantly clear paler version when held up to the light. An interesting raw dough character is the first thing I get from the aroma, but there is also a very soft, fermented honey note and some light cracker like malt. The aroma is surprisingly faint and I am having a hard time smelling much of anything.

Sweet tasting and rich feeling as it hits my palate, the beer has a nice light herbal hop character and nipping bitterness from the beginning, the finish seems to banish the bitterness though with a lingering, chewy pale malt sweetness that manages to be rich without being cloying. Something here reminds me of green raisins for some reason, though I can't say exactly why. This is actually nicely balanced up front between malt and hop, but the malt is definitely the dominant note in the finish. A nice dough like and pale-toasted malt character adds some complexity to the malt sweetness found here. The perception of the sweetness definitely grows as the beer warms up and it tends to reduce the hop character as well.

This is perhaps a touch too sweet for my tastes, but it is a nice Helles Doppelbock that I am definitely enjoying. While certainly not the point, I can't help but feel that some more hop character would make this a touch more balanced and enjoyable; especially as this beer warms up it starts to get a bit too sweet.

Gueuzedude, Oct 18, 2010
Photo of imperialking
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

imperialking, Nov 13, 2012
Photo of weeare138
3.15/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to hopdog for this...
Appears a light gold with spotty lacing.
Smell is of sweet, canned tropical fruit.
Taste is malty, with grapes, citrus, grainy, odd clay-like taste.
Mouthfeel is sweet, hitting mostly in the middle of the tongue.
Drinkability is ok. I wouldn't bother with it again though. I think I just prefer doppelbocks on the dark side.

weeare138, Nov 29, 2005
Photo of Trashcat
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Trashcat, Thursday at 04:27 PM
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.1/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(Served in a weizen glass)
A- The light copper body is clear with a sea of carbonation supporting a bubbly off-white head that last for a bit.
S- The sweet malt flavor blends with a buttery diacetyl aroma and a dry cracker finish.
T- The sweet almost cloying flavor of malt gives way to a dry buttery note and a carbonic acid bite in the finish. There is really no hops noticed in the taste or bitterness.
M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with no alcohol heat but a soft fizz in the finish.
D- This beer is really too sweet with nothing to support it and no depth to the sweetness.

rhoadsrage, Aug 31, 2010
Photo of brandoman63
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

brandoman63, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of HopHead84
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to eyncognito. The beer appears transparent orange in my pint glass. The head is beige and one finger high.

The aroma is of light toasted malt with some caramel. Light fruit notes are evident and a hint of spiciness which I assume is from the hops. No alcohol is present in the nose.

The malt is rich, with toasted malt and toffee notes. The malt borders on bready. Bitterness is at a moderately low level. The hops are slightly spicy but impart virtually no flavor, and the alcohol is apparent in the semi-sweet finish.

Medium bodied with medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is smooth.

I've never had a blonde doppelbock before this, and I wasn't expecting much. I was pleasantly surprised by this subtle beer.

HopHead84, May 26, 2009
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Blonde Doppelbock from Capital Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 270 ratings.