Blonde Doppelbock - Capital Brewery

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Reviews: 191
Hads: 279
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 10.68%
Wants: 14
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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Reviews: 191 | Hads: 279
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.43/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz delivered all the way from Chicago by way of Archer Liquors, Thanks Randy, I've been wanting to try this one for a looong time. Poured into my small weizen glass.

Big initial head that goes away a little too fast (alcohol?)... no real lacing but a good color remains from a pretty good carbonation level... liquid looks like sparkling apple cider...but only crystal clear.

Smell is malts... lite caramel and more sweet malts... maybe a little one dimentional... no real hop nose to speak of... could use a smack or two of noble hops.

Flavor is more of the same with a little lite fruitiness... not quite as clean as other Capital brews I've had. Big malts through and through... munich and toasted malts... complex malts but needs more bitterness to be balanced.... even a touch of hop spicey hop flavor would be appreciated. viscosity is no where near as thick as expected for a dopplebock.... I would quantify this one as a big boned maibock.

Pretty good, and a fantastic transitional beer for a macro drinker... needs more depth though for my palate, and I love a good lager...especially American made ones. (1,119 characters)

Photo of Duff27
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

February 2010 bottle

A- Pours an amber/light red into a pilsner glass. Half inch white head. Effervescence looks great. Good lacing and head retention.

S- Smells of a boozy pilsner, what?

T- Very malty. Thick robust bread character. Slight green appley booze. Tasty!

M- Creamy/somewhat syrupy, medium to heavy mouthfeel.

D/O- Quite refreshing even for a higher ABV beer. A four pack of this in the summer would be great for wasting away an afternoon outside. Capital knows doppelbocks, period. (498 characters)

Photo of Tone
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
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. (392 characters)

Photo of Derek
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden-bronze, off-white head, very little retention, some leg/lace.

S: Grassy, spicy & slightly floral/herbal German hops, with a light toffee, candied sugar & bready aroma.

T: Grassy, spicy & earthy-metallic hops, caramel & bread. Residual sweetness is balanced by a decent bitterness. Alcohol is readily apparant.

M: Moderate to full body is slightly syrupy (a little too much residual sugar), carbonation is moderate.

D: It's a big, warming brew.

I'm not quite sure what style I should be comparing this to. I wish I picked up their Maibock (I figured I'd try it on tap, but didn't get around to it). (623 characters)

Photo of Bighuge
4.32/5  rDev +12.5%
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. (499 characters)

Photo of scruffwhor
3.4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Isn't really a blonde hue, more of a killians with constant, thin bubbling. Aroma was that of a brown sugar, toasted malt. Lots of toaty sweet malts give some bready and brown sugar notes all over the palate. Plenty of sweet yet adjunct noes to be a "buy again" dopplebock. (273 characters)

Photo of jrallen34
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
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. (322 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz single from Woodmans i think

appearance: pours a nice clear copper/amber color, lighter than the typical doppelbock but not quite "blonde", a thin white head

smell: sweet malty smells, caramel, heavy on the red apples, quite zesty

taste: super sweet and abundant malts, fresh red apples...quite a sweet doppelbock but its not nearly as good as the autumnal fire

mouthfeel: medium bodied, thick and malty

drinkability: very drinkable


another good one from capital...I kind of ignored these guys when i first got here due to new glarus, lake louie, and tyranena but they have some nice offerings. (620 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
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! (1,325 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear honey color with a thin light beige head that fades away pretty quick and leaves a little bit of lacing.

Smell mainly consists of sweet grainy malts that remind me of honeycomb cereal. Has a lighter, less roasty and robust nose than a traditional dark doppelbock.

The lighter specialty malt bill leads to a sweet bready flavor and quite noticeable alcohol presence. Hops are detectable as well with the light body and moderately high carbonation. I found this to be pretty tasty and enjoyable beer, I would be happy to taste some more from this brewery. (578 characters)

Photo of ZAP
4.6/5  rDev +19.8%
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... (491 characters)

Photo of drpimento
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
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. (356 characters)

Photo of tavernjef
4.45/5  rDev +15.9%
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. (781 characters)

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

Appearance – This is a bright but thick orange in color with a moderate head that settled into a foamy white residue on top of the liquid.

Smell – The malts here are very simple. They are lightly grainy with a hint of toast and actually have a sense of alcohol.

Taste – Wow! What a difference between smell and taste. This DB is much bigger on the tongue. The alcohol, like maybe vodka or something else benign, is big for the modest ABV. It’s much more sugary at the taste as well, like granulated white table sugar.

Mouthfeel – This is medium-bodied with a warming sense of alcohol and a super-sweet finish.

Drinkability – This is a fairly stiff DB because of the boozy flavor but it streaks down the throat with ease so watch out! (751 characters)

Photo of tigg924
3.42/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: clear, high carbonation, 1/4 inch head, dark golden brown--a little lighter in color than most beers of this style

Smell: caramel, toffee, and toasted malt

Taste: ctoasted malt, toffee, and small amount of alcohol towards the end

Mouthfeel: slick, high carbonation, medium heavy body, sweet

Drinkability: This is a nice and good tasting malt filled beer. The alcohol is present but not overpowering. I believe it is just above average for the style. I would have a couple of these at a bar, but not session them. (528 characters)

Photo of mynie
2.98/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I know what you're thinking: how can there exist a blond doppelbock? Well, don't get too excited because this is about as blonde as... uhh... who's a famous red-haired person? It's as blonde as Samantha Morten in _Synecdoche, New York_! Yep. It's really dark amber, pale for a doppel, with a fabulous head.

Smells light. Very grainy. You get a light hint of that zippy bock malt I so enjoy, but also an odd hint of something a little too strong.

Tastes like zippy, hugely sweet bock malt up front. Coyingly sweet. A bit too much. Balance is attempted from alcohol and yeast bitternes, but the result is a rollercoaster of scary extremes.

You get used to it, after a few sips, but it never quite comes together. None of it is bad, really, but when you combine its lack of balance with its huge intensity it's really not that good. (835 characters)

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.42/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Presentation: An oval label with a blue background containing a picture of a domed building sits a front a 12 fluid ounce long neck brown bottle. A similar, but smaller scale neck label complete with the usual health warning bollocks that no-one ever reads, completes the presentation.

Appearance: Poured with a minimal carbonation, a small ¼” off-white head formed at first, but quickly faded to a broken covering, some lacing. The color threw me for a short while, Blonde?? I think not! It’s more of a Copper-Amber color with an orange glow from the Californian Sun that sits behind the glass when placed on my desk nearby the window.

Nose: Aroma’s are above average in strength and are heavily Malt based, with some spicy-zest aspects. That’s about it really – yep, Malts, and plenty of ‘em.

Taste: Mmmm, more ‘Big-Ass’ Malts, slightly spicy with a definitive alcohol presence and a zesty spiciness. Crisp though, the flavors are strong and confident enough to be slightly one-dimensional in the overall context of this beer. Whilst not a favorite of mine, the lingering malt flavor profile in the finish is very nice and attests to the beers quality.

Mouthfeel: Above average feel to this beer. Smooth feeling at times, that is ever so slightly warming in the mouth; after swallowing the warmth builds.

Drinkability: Not sure this is my Cup of Tea to be honest, it’s a reasonably good beer with no down side, and I enjoyed it, but it is just not to my taste really. I found it a little too 'one-dimensional' with too much malt for it to appeal to an aging lambic & hophead fan. One 12oz bottle, or maybe even two at a stretch, is enough for me. I am sure that this is one of those good quality beers that nonetheless polarize views and opinions.

Overall: Not much experience of Blonde (?!) Dopplebocks if the truth is known. So as to where it fits in the style profile, who knows? Who cares! It is obviously a very well made beer, nevertheless.

Thanks to BigHuge for setting me up on a Date with this “dirty” Blonde! (2,054 characters)

Photo of KarlHungus
3.23/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a clear red color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes quickly into decent lacing. The aroma is of caramel, with a hint of grapefruit. The taste is maltier than the aroma, with a nice lasting caramel finish. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with lively carbonation. Overall, I don't really get this beer. It seems more like an amber lager than a doppelbock. It isn't bad, but it isn't good enough that I would buy it again. (450 characters)

Photo of cokes
4.27/5  rDev +11.2%
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. (607 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Malty bready aromas. Pours brilliant gold with a 1” dense, finely bubbled white foam cap. Rich malt flavors with some kettle caramelization and malt spice. Medium full body and medium carbonation. (198 characters)

Photo of blackie
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: There is a low white head that recedes to the standard ring around the glass and a thin layer on the surface. The beer itself is a light amber in color.

smell: On the nose I find a moderate sweetness of lighter grains and a touch of lite toaste. There are some fresh, light grain aromas that smell almost green. A considerable hop aroma, as the beer warms, takes on noes of used hop matter. Smells great, subtle yet complex.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is medium, as is the body...giving the beer a full, yet lighter feel.

taste: Big sweetness of lighter grains, giving bready/grainy aromas. A moderate, tealike noble hop flavor and a light-moderate bitterness are noted. Not very deep, but quite tasty.

drinkability: easy...a good beer all around

Cellared for about six months by expatsteve. Sampled at a doppelbock tasting with golden2wenty1, dirtylou, and myself...6/6 in the lineup. (912 characters)

Photo of hopdog
3.54/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle acquired in trade with Styles (thanks!).

Poured a medium an clear golden color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of oranges, nectarines, caramel and very light spices. Tastes of the same. Lively body that was on the thin side.

Notes from: 11/11/05 (269 characters)

Photo of Bierman9
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first Capital bier ever....thnx to jeffboo!
This bier has a solid medium-golden color, and is clear throughout. A hard-pour resulted in a white, creamy head of about 3/4", though it rapidly thinned to a miniscule layer, with minimal lacing at best.
The nose has a mild malty sweetness, as well as a toasty character. Could be a bit stronger, perhaps.
As far as body goes, it landed in the medium neighborhood, with a fairly respectable creamy smoothness on the tongue.
Toasty, bready and crackery are some of the malty attributes I found in the taste. Hops, although present near the finish, were not at all intrusive. Once down the hatch, there was little aftertaste, though.
This is a pretty decent offering, one I'd drink again if given the opportunity. Thnx again to jeffboo! Prosit!!

overall: 3.9
appearance: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4

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

Solid all-around. Nice, bright gold color. Firm head with sweet caramel aroma. Caramel and roasted malt flavors predominate, with well-balanced sweetness. No heat or pepper from alcohol - smooth at the finish. Followed this was a normally good bock from anoher brewer, but it seemed lackluster in comparison after having this. Nicely done. (339 characters)

Photo of UncleJimbo
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz, brown longneck bottle, capped, no date.

This beer poured a clear, light amber color, with creamy, off-white foam that settled but coated the glass. There was a steady fine bubbling. The smell was mildly fruity, malty, and slightly sweet. The taste was sweet but sharp initially, malty, with tastes of sugar. It was hoppy yet with a sweet finish and aftertaste. There was a hint of fruit (figs, raisins, caramel). The mouthfeel was sweet and it coated the mouth. The body was medium with good carbonation feel. The finish had a bit of "soapy hops" flavor. The feeling was also warming. This was a good beer, and was better as it warmed up. Unexpected flavors for the style.

Thanks feloniousmonk! (707 characters)

Blonde Doppelbock from Capital Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 191 ratings.