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Blonde Doppelbock - Capital Brewery

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BA SCORE
87
very good

267 Ratings
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Ratings: 267
Reviews: 188
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.14%
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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-05-2002)
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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 hotstuff
3.1/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

First of all, I have never seen such a light colored Dopplebock nor have I ever rated such a light colored Dopplebock since I've been rating beers. That said, this brew had a small white head with small bubbles that fully diminished. The lacing was fair and the body was clear with an orange hue. It had a light malty aroma and a hoppy aroma of citrus. There was no carbonation observed with this brew. It was bitter tasting from start to finish and lingered for a while after finishing this drink. The mouthfeel was smooth, light and somewhat watery.

hotstuff, Jun 30, 2003
Photo of BeerBuilder
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.

BeerBuilder, Jun 25, 2003
Photo of tavernjef
4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

tavernjef, Jun 20, 2003
Photo of Winter
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.

Winter, Jun 14, 2003
Photo of Loki
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.

Loki, Jun 10, 2003
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 Bighuge
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

Bighuge, May 23, 2003
Photo of ZAP
4.6/5  rDev +19.2%
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...

ZAP, May 11, 2003
Photo of marc77
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber hue, with a slight chill haze. Steadfast, uniformily thick white head. Belgian lace remains. Waft of wort like maltose and spent, freshly mashed grain hits the nose at first, then is ensued by mildly herbal hops and toasty Munich malt. Toffeeish melanoidins surface as the beer warms, but remain subdued. Rounded, mellow, honey laced sweetness bathes the palate initially and is complemented by nutty, lightly buttery notes of brittle and caramel. Hints of caramelized figs emerge mid palate along with a suggestion of sugary red licorice. Decocted? Hop bitterness is paltry, and functionally prevents cloying sweetness. Trace herbal Hallertauer hop flavor adds a "green" note to the deeply sweet malt profile. Full bodied, with a smooth, viscous mouthfeel. Finishes with lingering buttery poundcake like sweetness. A tasty brew that's akin to hellesbock / doppel hybrid. A touch shy in malt complexity, but nevertheless superior to many US microbrewed bocks.

marc77, Apr 15, 2003
Photo of kunzbrew
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jeffboo for this offering.

This brew pours a crisp golden color with a white head that last for a short time, leaving a sexy lace behind.

A toasty maltiness almost sweet like smell. The hops are light in aroma. The malt lets off a caramel nose as the beer sits for a while.


A sweet tasting malt flavor is present on first sip, very nice. The hops are light but that is fine because the tasted caramel maltiness is very tasty. Sweet almost citrus like after taste.

This is a great beer, for long spring days. I will be trying to get a hold of some more of this from Jeffboo.

Cheers

kunzbrew, Mar 29, 2003
Photo of Bierman9
3.9/5  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

510

Bierman9, Mar 16, 2003
Photo of cokes
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.

cokes, Mar 10, 2003
Photo of ADR
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clearish bright orange color with a yellow frothy head of small, rich bubbles. Laces in big thin laces. Toffee-ish aroma, slight spice. Full mouthfeel, coating and long lasting with more carbonation than the Dark Doppelbock or Autumnal Fire. Flavor is the most muted of the Capital limited release Doppelbocks, pleasant and sweet but not straying from medium dark caramel at first and deconstructing to a honey and slight molasses sense close to the swallow. Decent balance, but no overt hopiness -- as appropriate. Since this is one of the Capital "premiums", I have to give it just OK marks on flavor, as its the most ordinary of the line of brews.

ADR, Mar 03, 2003
Photo of MJR
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: While the bottle calls it a 'blonde,' I think it's a 'redhead' or 'strawberry blond!' Sports an amber-orange body bookended by pale gold edges with lots of bubbles fighting their way to the top, lots of carbonation here. Crystal clear with a tiny off-white head.

Smell: The nose on this brew is quite weak, with a malty sweetness making the strongest showing.

Taste: Believe it or not, this kinda reminds of a Marzen/Oktoberfest bier at first taste, with less sweetness and crispness. Has a very strong malt flavor with a bit of spiciness making itself known. Finishes with a peculiar balance of sweetness and hop bitterness. There a bit of a toasted flavor buried deep in there as well. I don't know if this makes any sense, but this beer has a very full flavor profile, but at the same time, it's very laid back, like it's hanging in the background. Very unassertive, but good. Finishes clean with a touch of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Has a medium thickness with a round mouthfeel. Finishes crisp and clean.

Drinkability: The higher-than-average alcohol level would keep me from drinking more than one or two, but I find this to be a good laid-back doppelbock with a bit of Trippel and Oktoberfest characteristics thrown in. A good, if not confusing, brew.

MJR, Jan 09, 2003
Photo of maxpower
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark clear golden color, small white head. Spicy yeasty and malty aroma. Not as sweet as I expected, nice hop balance, some banana-clove flavors, almost like a trippel, warming alcohol finish, very easy to drink. I like it.

maxpower, Dec 03, 2002
Photo of Andy
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep, rich color with a strong malt nose that can be winey. Damn, this is drinkable, despite the full mouthfeel. German malt flavor does not overpower but is well balanced. Never cloying but still strong. Recipe seems to have been dumbed down from previous great past.

Andy, May 05, 2002
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Blonde Doppelbock from Capital Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 267 ratings.