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Blonde Doppelbock - Capital Brewery

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Reviews: 191
Hads: 284
Avg: 3.85
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 15
Gots: 12 | 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: 284
Photo of 160Shillings
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: Strong malt aromas with slight caramel. Moderate alcohol aroma.
Appearance: Deep gold color. Creamy white persistent head made of fine bubbles.
Flavor: Powerful malt flavor with abundant melanoidin. Slight caramel flavors. Warming alcohol flavor from start to finish. Decidedly sweet with low bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Medium-full body with medium carbonation. Very smooth.
Overall Impression: A stronger but lighter version of a bock, perhaps a double version of a Maibock.
Comments: This beer taste more like a malt cordial than what most people think of as beer. At 7.8%, it is more of a treat than something you would drink with dinner. Still a very special treat for malt lovers.

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Photo of MrSpiffy
4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Sweet honey and malt. No real hop aroma.

Mouthfeel: Thick and creamy, it foams up in your mouth as you sip it. Very smooth, coating the mouth. Nearly zero carbonation.

Taste: Sweet and creamy, with honey and malt very prominent. No hop flavor noticeable, and just a tiny hint of bitterness. Slight toasty notes on the end.

Overall: I love it! It's a big mouthful. A big, creamy beer. Excellent choice for an after-dinner/dessert beverage.

Other info:

Cost: $9 per 4-pack
Caps: Twist-off
ABV: 7.8%
IBU: 15-20 (estimated)

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Photo of dhannes
4.55/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had the 2012 at the 2012 Bockfest, served in a 16 oz. plastic mug.

A=Smooth, creamy golden yellow...more inviting than the pale straw of lagers...perhaps a bit warmer in color. Head was 2 fingers of white foam.

S=Sweet smell...hints of sugar, butter and cream.

T=A smoothness to it...the best way to describe it is buttery/creamy...not a cream ale. Carbonation was in check...probably would appeal to those that traditionally don't like beer due to smoothness and creaminess. Alcohol was well hidden I thought.

M=Spot on. Very drinkable, with low carbonation and no bite from alcohol. We were limited to the one tap and I found myself slowing down as to savor every sip.

O=With just the one sample, I leaned toward giving this a 5.0, but will definitely buy a 6-pack and sample some before elevating the rating behind 4.5. If you are in southern Wisconsin and are looking for a smooth beer (would pair well with alfredo sauce and possibly red meats), this is one you need to try.

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Photo of plfahey
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a wine glass.

Appearance-Burnished gold/honey amber color with moderately high clarity. Short cream colored head has decent retention and shows some lacing.

Aroma-Sweet grainy malt aroma with notes of white bread and honey. Moderate pear and cherry fruity esters. Slight toasted sourdough crusts. Low green, herbal hops appear briefly in the background. There's a perfumy alcohol note in there as well.

Flavor-Sweet caramel toffee up front with light pear fruitiness. The midpalate brings floral honey notes before closing with white sourdough and dry, warming alcohol. Finishes with moderately low hop bitterness, a touch of woody hop flavor and a good helping of alcohol.

Mouthfeel-Medium full body with moderate carbonation. Thick and yet somewhat smooth on the palate before moderate alcohol warmth kicks in in the back of your mouth.

Not bad, but it doesn't blow me away either. Somewhat reminiscent of a Belgian Blonde with a little less yeast character. I would expect what is basically a hellesbock to have a bit more hop flavor to it, and perhaps a bit higher bitterness. The aroma is quite pleasant, but the flavor dissipates quickly on the palate, and the alcohol in the finish is maybe a tad harsh. Pretty drinkable, but not my favorite for the style.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(2010 bottle in May 2013 -> this has been aged too long. Aroma is mostly flat and malty, taste is similar.)

Tipping the bottle I produce a >2cm head, dirty white in color, of small bubbles. This fades, over a minute or so, to a thin ring around the glass. Lacing is fairly minimal, a few splotches here and there. Beer is a cloudy golden copper in color, "blonde" for a doppelbock as they say, faint carbonation visible.

Aroma strongly of vanilla blended with classic doppelbock scents of heavy, malt and caramel sweetness. Ethanol detectable, but it's sweet to the point of being like dried figs pickled in it. This is a rich cascade of smells, quite excellent.

Taste opens with malty vanilla-essence, a touch of apple cider to it. This flares into doppelbock malt sweetness, slightly toasted, with some caramel notes. Alcohol is too noticeable in the back half of the taste for a doppelbock with an ABV of 7.8%. This needs to be tamped down a bit. Aftertaste of heavy, syrupy malt sweetness and lingering ethanol.

Medium to medium-heavy bodied with just the right amount of carbonation to make this slightly foam on the palate, producing taste and aroma. Finish is semi-dry, and slightly sticky from the malt.

This is another quality, interesting doppelbock from Capital. While needing a reduction in alcohol to showcase the full extent of its qualities, it is still quite enjoyable. Enjoyable to consume now, and hopefully in a future where the ABV is knocked down a notch.

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Photo of stercomm
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle

A - Coppery dark honey in color, very slight head, minimal glass lacing

S - Malty carmel, toffee, alnost figgy sweetness.

T - Toasty carmel and toffee with some slight bitterness on the finish

M - Medium bodied, slight carbonation and sweetness.

D - Interesting taste profile, not a bad brew

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Photo of nickfl
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Looks golden apricot-colored, semi opaque, nice head that falls apart quickly, no lacing, low carbonation in my bottle, but nice thick heavy body that supports the dense flavors quite nicely.
The nose is quite boozey in character, vaguely whisky-like at times, perhaps almost too boozey. Rampant odors of dark fruit esters almost smother the sweet malt odor, which would be just fine if this were a Belgian Ale, but it is not. This brew could stand to have the alcohol trimmed down a bit in order to better show off the malt characters.
Taste is where the malt is at. Sweet delicious malts, an interesting spectrum of grainy goodness, the flavor profile of an excellent doppelbock somewhat hampered by being overly hot with ABV around the edges. The mouthfeel is smooth and pleasant, however.

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Photo of PorterLambic
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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Photo of shand
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

This one pours a fairly clear orange-red color with two fingers of head that goes down fairly quickly, but a bit of head lasts for quite some time. Aroma is grainy, malty, citrusy, and a bit alcoholic. The taste here is quite interesting, the main thing I get on the tongue is booze, but it's not overbearing. It's actually tempered well with some green apple, grains, lemons, and caramel malts. But, yeah, it's a boozy brew. The mouthfeel is fairly full and decently carbonated, and the drinkability is pretty good, considering the booziness. This brew almost reminds me of a barleywine since the alcohol is just so forward. Either way, it's a solid beer.

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Photo of hdelavega
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from from a 12oz bottle to a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Thanks to Chris C. for this brew.

Transparent golden amber, had about an inch of white head that receded pretty fast. Pretty visible carbonation.

Has a nice aroma of malt, light hop and maybe some green apple?

Taste is alittle sour, like lemon leaf or green apple, also has some malty notes In the body and some hops in the finish. Also abit of yeast.

Feel is pretty smooth with a medium body and a slight hoppy finish.

Overall not to bad I love a good dopplebock, I've never seen a blonde one before so I was happy to try it.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
3.43/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a translucent caramel-copper hue and is capped with a rather short-lived head. I am not sure what to think about the blonde-ness of it; safe to say I prefer my doppelbocks on the dark murky side.

S - The nose starts out really nice, with notes of toffee, caramel, toasted nuts, and raisins. It devolves from there to exhibit an unfortunate husky character.

T - The taste is lightly sweet, toasty and grainy. Notes of dried golden fruit and honey are apparent as well. It is a pretty nice take on the style, but a little light on depth or complexity.

M - Creamy and just above medium-bodied.

O - Not great, but far enough above average to revisit in the future.

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Photo of Duff27
4.08/5  rDev +6%
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.

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Photo of Sammy
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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Photo of BasementBer
3.61/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Great clarity with a bone-white head of foam. Not the best in head retention.

S: Hard alcohol, whiskey like. Almost sweet mixed drink character to it. Though Im not reading anything that says its been aged in those conditions.

T: This is the first Capital I can say has a body. The flavor is sweet and malty with that bite of a higher alcohol. Toffee like notes in the finish with slight bittering characteristic.

M: Fizzy at the front as most capital's seem to have, and heavy alcohol makes this a stronger wash but doesnt burn in the throat as you may expect.

D: I can say its the best I have tried out of several from this brewery but I don't think I would go back to back with this.

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Photo of adman08
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Golden amber color with minimal head that fades quickly. Very clear.
S-Slight grainy aroma with a faint hint of citrus. Slightly funky smelling.
T-Malty, a hint a citrus and slightly earthy.
M-Good body for a pale beer. Decent carbonation.
Overall, this is a delicious summer time bock. It does pack a bit more punch than your typical warm weather beer but the flavor, unlike darker bocks, is still fairly light and refreshing.

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Photo of Lemke10
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a 4pk bottle of this at Woodman's in Janesville, WI for $8.39 in Spring 2011.

Pours a pale amber color with a thin and fastly diminishing head. Some scents of sweet carmel malts, grainy wheats and a little lemon citrus. Packs a bold taste for a lighter colored beer. A very complex mix of malts and grains that leave a very dry taste in your mouth. Interesting to say the least.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.97/5  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.

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Photo of scaliasux
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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Photo of mjpolzin
3.3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was just a very standard beer to me, nothing special.

The color and smell were pretty average. An orange golden color that could have been any of hundreds of beers out there. The smell was about what you'd think a bock would smell like.

When I took a sip, I was expecting something more to kick in; maybe a little more bitterness, maybe some sweetness (because I saw people reference a sweetness in other reviews) but there was nothing there.

If I did have to say one positive about this beer, the 7.8 abv is well hidden and the beer does go down rather smooth so if you were in the mood to polish off 3 or 4 of these and get a nice little buzz going; this beer would work. There are times I am looking for that but on this particular Friday night, I wanted something good to sip and enjoy and it just didn't do it for me.

EDIT-I have held onto a few bottles of this for a few months now and after having one tonight, I noticed more booziness than the last time I had one. I don't know if just a few months is enough to bring out characteristics from cellaring it but it was for sure packed more of a punch than the last time I had it. Another factor was that right before I drank this tonight, I had two lesser alcohol beers so it may have made this one seem more boozy.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: golden bubbly orange/amber body, trace head, very little lacing

S: whiff of malt, slight spice and fruit scent, mild honey, wish it was tad stronger

T: big firm malt, slight sweet fruit taste

M: medium body, smooth, semi-sticky finish

D: CAPITAL IS ALL ABOUT BOCKS!! This is delicious, they just know how to make delicious bock brews.
Pick up this seasonal gem. Give it a try. It's funny, but only in the past few years have I grown to enjoy bocks.
The 7.8% ABV is well hidden and I could down the whole 4 pack, but probably not a good move.

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Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle at 45 degrees into a pint glass.

A: It pours a slightly hazy orange color with a finger of white head that does not hold or lace very well.

S: Honey, caramel malts, sweet berries, and breadiness.

T: Sweet tangy berries, wet bread, and caramel.

M: The body is of medium thickness with some creaminess but a fast-dying carbonation.

D: This is a little more tangy than a typical Doppelbock but the rest of the regular qualities are there. It is a decent brew but not one I'll seek out.

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Photo of Infamous7100
3.29/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a brownish, Carmel color into my pint glass. Clear with little to no head.
Smells great. I am getting some apple, Carmel and biscuit aromas. Very nice.
Taste is just a bit too sweet for me. The carmel and malts just take over. A nice boozy flavor as well. Reminds me of a bourbon ale.
Low to medium carbonation with a thin to medium body. Hang is minimal, more booze than malt.
I like the beer, but one is enough. I would have liked a tad more balance here. Need a little more hops and just a tad less malt.

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Photo of Tilley4
3/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Definitely lighter than others of the style... Very sweet and fruity malt aromas... Overly sweet.. Lots of apple and raisins... Loads of sweet caramel malts with the apple and raisin present here as well... Strange aftertaste present as well... This one isn't working for me... Very average doppelbock...

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Photo of afinepilsner
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle

Blonde Doppelbock was amber in color with some fine sediment floating about. It had an off-white head with decent retention and lacing. The smell was light caramel malt. The taste was sweet malt upfront, a little toasty and a bit fruity with noticeable alcohol. The finish was dry and warming. It was medium bodied with medium carbonation. Drinkability was average. It's a decent Doppelbock, but not one that I will likely try again.

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