Blonde Doppelbock - Capital Brewery

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very good

270 Ratings
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Ratings: 270
Reviews: 188
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.88%
Wants: 12
Gots: 5 | 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 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.

Photo of clvand0
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orange/yellow color with almost no head that doesn't leave any lacing on the glass. The aroma is grainy and has some toasted malts. The flavor is malty and has an interesting toasted maltiness. It's ok, but the flavor just doesn't do it for me. The mouthfeel is moderate and the drinkability is ok.

Photo of kmpitz2
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a solid orange color with a striking lack of head. Nose is full of toasty melanoidans and nice figgy notes. Very appealing nose. Flavor is solid toasted maltyness. Good bit of vienna and munich malt. Light figgy character, but mostly melanoidan. Feel is moderate with a light to moderate carbonation. Overall, nothing really makes this one stand out to me. The flavors are just not turning me on all that much. Its okay, but I don't think I would have it again.

Photo of dirtylou
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.53/5  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.

Photo of battlekow
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first doppelbock. Very blonde, orange-colored, almost no head or lacing. Smells sweet, with a big kick of spicy hops. Tastes really, really, really good, a revelation for me in the way it's quite hoppy but still extremely smooth. My experience with Capital has been that they make solid, faithful, unexceptional representations of styles, and since this is my first for this particular style, I can't comment on that aspect; however, I can say that it's a damn tasty beer.

Photo of warriorsoul
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.

Photo of redmosquito
4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

Photo of Tballz420
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer is a dark gold color, with a small cream colored head. Some carbonation. The scent is pale malts, sweetness. The taste is the same sweet pale matls, floral hop tones, bits of fruit, some more sweetness. Touch of alcohol present. Med-full mouth, creamy feel. Not a bad beer to enjoy in the springtime.

Photo of TastyTaste
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice looking clear bronze color with about 1/2" of creamy off-white foam. Smell is very malty, with some brown sugar, and a little alcohol present. Taste is very full and rich, this reminds me in many ways of a maibock. The alcohol adds a little spiciness, while hops may be hidden somewhere in there, I can't find them. A nice big alcohol and malt beer, for the cold days, easy drinkin'.

Photo of longarm
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.

Photo of PatandDavid
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A bottle shared between David and I, courtesy of fellow BA and super dj, Bocktech. Golden honey in color, since I was pouring we both ended up with 1/2 heads of off-white, thick head. It left in a hurry, so I am concentrating on the aroma...first impresion: it smells like beer. Second one, when you take some big whiffs off the glass, you encounter good German maltiness/graininess, and also alcohol struggling to get through. Mouthfeel is full -, and I've head this beer for about 30 minutes by now, so it has warmed up a bit. It was a bit tastier about 15 minutes ago. I think the alcohol has intensified, and it's the first thing I encounter now. There's some malty sweetness, but the alcohol definitely appears again in the finish. Word to wise...drink it before it gets too warm. Before it did, I thought it was pretty thick malt, with some hops in the finish.

Photo of Skidz
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out light gold and sits golden amber in the glass with a medium sized foamy off-white head.

Smells of raisins, caramel and apples. Light presence of alcohol and more fruity esters.

Tastes lightly sweet with some fruity esteres. A blend of dark and light fruits. A good dose of alcohol mixes in with the sweet malty character. Finishes lightly bitter with some alcohol lingering and more fruity esters.

Medium in body with nice carbonation. Smooth, yet crisp.

This beer is easily consumed, and is also eager to please.

Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured crystal clear medium amber golden. The head was just off white, large, and in charge lasting to lace the glass.

The aroma was malty with caramel all through the nose.

The flavor was malty with sweetness from the malt and caramel present. The flavors were clean with a decent bittering component which kept the beer from becoming overly sweet. Some fruit components are present near the end of the flavor, but they are not pronounced.

The finish was dry with noticeable caramel long into the aftertaste. The body was medium and nicely accomplished.

12 ounce bottle, courtesy of Skidz and BIF10.

Photo of Popsinc
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A light pour for a Dopplebock hence the title "Blonde Dopplebock" i suppose. A rich looking amber pour with minimal head. The nose was semi sweet with a wallop of molasses and some noticeable maltiness. The body was much bigger with an almost chewy toffee quality. Again the molasses and roasted malt were present as well as some lolipop sweetness. A very warming beer with an obvious alcohol kick on the finish. A full bodied beer with plenty of backbone. I quite enjoyed this one.

Photo of RedBaron
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Strawberry 'blonde'. Nice, rich orangey hue to the color, light head which dissapated quickly. co2 was good, though.

Smell: Pretty good malty nose; nary a trace of hops.

Taste: Strong blended malt taste, both up front and at the finish. Toasted barley taste and clean lager yeast combine to make this a very tasty beer. Also a decent bittering hop presence, too, but the malt wins the day here -- and that's good for the style!

Mouthfeel: Chewy, bready, sweet. Carrying the doppelbock banner proudly.

Drinkability: Very good. Would love to try this on tap in a 1/2L glass. Yum!

Photo of budgood1
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours out a crystal clear copperish-orange colour...no head...no lace. slightly thickish maltininess in the nose...peppery alcohol and spicy hops. lightly flavoured with all the typical maltiness...choco and caramel, with an underlying yeast fruitiness. lots of alcohol spiciness....especially as it warms a bit. medium bodied and the mouthfeel is slightly prickly. finishes malty and spicy. this is a tasty blonde doppel. i wish i had full access to the line of capital brews.

thanks again to zap for digging into his stash of beloved bocks!

Photo of marburg
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.

Photo of CRJMellor
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crystal clear copper laced amber color with minimal head and no lace visible.
Aroma is sweet caramel, citrus notes, some vanilla and hint of cream soda. Very yeasty wafts.
Flavors of lightly seared caramel, brown sugar, deep dark fruits, some grain and yeast are predominant. Hop notes seem more citrusy and floral and ae far in the background.
Mouthfeel is smooth that progresses to a spicy alcoholic pop.
Great lager, really nice to drink a lighter Doppel.
Drinkability is very high and at relatively high ABV this would definitely cause me to leave the car keys in the pcoket and call a cab.

Photo of beerluvr
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.

Photo of moulefrite
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A flaming red head! Not alot of head retention-decent, yet patchy lace. All malt in the nose with faint fruit and nut adding complexity. Perhaps a little flabby in the mouthfeel with the malts coming on very strong and not enough hop balance, a bit dilute. Malt fans will dig it, no doubt. The beer finishes a tad sweet with mildly lingering malted milk ball flavors.

Photo of JohnnyDuvel
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another good example by this brewery. Not as light in color as the title implies, just a little lighter than Salvator. Nice, smooth mouthfeel. Alcohol is slightly noticeable, but not overwhelming by any means. Somewhat sweet, but drinkability remains good. I had this before a Salvator, and it was not outclassed. I liked their "Autumnal Fire" even better, but this is a pretty good doppelbock (kind of like a EKU 28 light?). Thanks again, Monk.

Photo of Morris729
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
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!

Photo of cretemixer
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I don't know exactly what a blonde doppelbock is supposed to look like, but not a bad looking beer anyway. Pours a clear golden-amber in color with a minimal head. It fades to almost nothing leaving a few splotches of lace.
Malty aroma with a slight perfumy quality. A bit of a hard apple cider smell as well.
The taste is smooth & malty, but not real deep. Sweet with an extremely mild hoppiness.
Medium bodied with sharp carbonation. It warms you up a bit as it goes down, but remains quite drinkable. Definitely worth a try.

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.43/5  rDev -11.1%
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!

Blonde Doppelbock from Capital Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 270 ratings.