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Blonde Doppelbock - Capital Brewery

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Ratings: 271
Reviews: 188
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.88%
Wants: 13
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 tigg924
3.42/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

Photo of Tone
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Photo of Wisconsin
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Nice gentle pour releases a clear amber body with tons of carbonation floating up to the top. The head was about half an inch in appearance and fades to a lace within a few minutes. Quite light colored in appearance for a doppelbock.

S - Strong malts with some faint hops maybe citrus notes.

T - Strong malt flavor which is quite surprising considering the color of this beer. Hops are faintly present to give the beer some balance. Alcohol is barely noticeable considering the amount in the beer.

M - Initial taste is malts as the beer enters your mouth. As the beer passes there is a nice balance of carbonation that brings in some hops.

D - This is a decent beer, something I would probably enjoy more in the winter but good nonetheless.

Overall I would have to say I enjoyed the Autumnal Fire more than this beer. Regardless, Capital needs to either improve their year round lineup or lower their prices on their beers. Their regular year round lineup is no cheaper than other local breweries but doesn't seem to compare. Aside from these limited release beers, which are about $3 dollars higher per six pack, there are few Capital beers that I would buy aside from individual bottles.

Photo of brewmudgeon
3.72/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

capital blonde doppelbock

3.5-4 clear light amber, 1 finger head sticks around a bit, then leaves a ring that ultimately disappears, depositing no lace.

3.5-4 pale and german malts and a touch of grassy hop

3.5-4 lightly toasted bread maltiness is cut by peppery alcohol. the melanoidens are there and film the roof of my mouth, but they don't carry through uninterupted. the alcohol is a bit too unmasked for me given the particular characteristics of this beer.

3.5 very germanic smoothness to the body. carbonation fairly brisk. but the filming is too much.

3.5-4 a good effort. pretty close to what i think of as a maibock as opposed to a doppelbock. the filming is a bit excessive though, as is the intrusiveness of alcohol in the flavor. yet i find myself sucking it down pretty quick.

Photo of TeeCee
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quick review - although light in color, this really comes across as a doppelbock.

Color - more like a dark ammber than a blonde. Like honey with a red tint to it. The beer started of with maybe 1" of head that quickly dissipated. Slight nucleation initially. It builds a small, tight head with a swirl. Very little lacing is left behind.

Smell - malty sweet after a swirl with some European hop scent behind it. The malt reminds me of a beer I can't place yet. When it dies off, it reminds me of Baltika 9.

Taste - surprisingly malty. Not because it didn't smell malty, but because of the color. There are some hops in there balancing this beer, but they are not flowery, piney, or overpowering.

Mouthfeel - I would call this thickish. Not too thick, but thickish.

Sessioning - I wouldn't call this a full on session beer, but I could have several of these any day. I'm sure I'd feel it.

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.

Photo of MadTown1000
4.4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sweet caramel scent out of the bottle. Pours golden amber into a pint glass (a Capital Brewery pint glass, no less), with about an inch of orange-white foam that recedes fairly quickly. The whole package reminds of of caramel - the look goes with the scent. For that matter, so does the flavor. It's softly sweet, caramel malt, with a little bit of hop bitterness on the palate. Excellent, slightly sticky mouthfeel, and I would never, ever guess that this thing's packing 7.8% ABV. The drinkability is absurd for a beer with this booze content.

The taste, while excellent, loses some points for its inability to stand up to food. I tried this a with a bowl of chili, and its character evaporated when faced with a little tabasco sauce. I'd expect something with this alcohol content to be able to hold its own a little better. But that said, this is a terrific beer on its own, and I'd highly recommend it.

Photo of atsprings
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a DFH signature glass pours a crisp orange with a nice frothy khaki head that diminishes to a thin layer and leaves no lacing. Aroma is a decent amount of crisp sweet malts. The taste is a nice amount of sharp sweet malts that leaves a nice lingering caramel malt taste with a hint of sweet fruits. The beer is medium bodied with a slight boozy presence, but nothing too overbearing. An intriguing take on the style, but certainly an enjoyable one for spring.

Photo of mynie
2.98/5  rDev -22.8%
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.

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.

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

12 oz. bottle into a Brooklyn pils glass

Pours a clear deep golden color with a one inch off-white head that falls to a skim which retains well. Moderate lacing is left down the glass.

Aroma is full of caramel and toffee maltiness with a bit of a fruity character and some herbal spicy hops.

Taste is sweet up front with some caramel and toffee malt character with a fruity flavor coming in next but I can't really pinpoint anything specific. A bit of breadiness as well before the herbal and spicy hop character comes out in the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, nice carbonation level makes it soft and easy drinking.

I thought this one was pretty good though I definitely prefer a darker Doppelbock. An interesting beer though, worth a try.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Photo of bsp77
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Snifter.

Appearance: More fire orange than blonde. Very little head despite aggressive pour.

Smell: Sweet fruit, light noble hops, slight alcohol.

Taste: Very mild taste for a Doppelbock, but quite pleasing. Some fruit. Pepper and spice notes from the noble hops, but no bitterness.

Feel: Thick and smooth. Not as chewy as some Doppelbocks, but chewy nonetheless. Low carbonation.

Drinkability: Easier drinking Doppelbock than most. Great Spring seasonal.

Photo of BDLbrewster
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear amber color with a thick frothy head that slowly dissipates leaving heavy lacing on the glass. Not much for suspended bubbles. The smell is of faint malt and a bit of bread yeast. Sweet taste, caramel with slightly bitter alcohol ridden finish. Buttery.... Mouthfeel is nice and full and the drinkability is not too bad, I could put down three or four 12oz's pretty easy.
Good stuff..

Photo of bamadog
4.4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to pwoods for bring this back for kels, but thanks to kels for sharing :) This is a great beer and I would love to get my hands on more in order to drink several in one sitting, as it's just about perfect for that type of setting.

Appearance: The color of honey on the pour; very clear and solid carbonation throughout; head is about one finger and fades quickly to a firm skim on the top and eventually to the ring around the edge of the surface; there is slight lacing present on the swirl and holds well enough.

Smell: Comes across much like I would expect from a lager - mild hops, but there is a sweeter and maltier smell comingthrough as well; very slight hint of alcohol in the nose.

Taste: Wow. Perfect. Much like a very good lager with it's mild hop presence, but the additional malts are what really make this a great beer. It's wonderfully sweet yet just about perfectly balanced and not overly done. Very "tasty." I wish I had more to say, but it doesn't come across as a very complicated beer, but damn is it good.

Mouthfeel: Light, crisp and refereshing; a little tingly from the carbonation and the palate dries quickly.

Drinkability: Especially high - an amazingly great tasting beer with a very moderate ABV and nice clean finish.

Photo of hustlesworth
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- clear orange-amber with a dense, stable dirty ivory colored head. multiple streams of bubbles and the creamy crescent ring of receded foam give depth and interest to what otherwise may be a somewhat boring looking brew.

S- brown sugary sweetness and notes of soft fruit. banana, grape, and melon, namely, as well as savory cooked apples. hints of spice, cinnamon, clove, tart berries, and toasted grains.

T- generically belgian-esque at first, with strong yeast and sweet flavors, becoming more bock-like in character despite the absence of any roasted or 'dark' flavors. fruity with mild lightly toasted cereal and bread flavor. more like a seriously malted maibock in my opinion. label lists 7.8% abv, but i wouldn't have guessed a tick over 5 if i didn't know better. residual honey type sweetness lingers long into the finish along with the faintest hint of spicy hops.

MF- sticky and sugary and just short of cloying, acidic and toasted qualities balance it all out. tight, delicate carbonation gives the sensation of a heavy brew, and the light color may prove to be deceiving as far as body is concerned. still however, a good roasted or bitter feeling is needed to keep the sweetness is check.

D- the website warns to 'treat this malt monster with respect'. of course, since monsters are scary and dangerous, most folks steer clear of their path. i however, am a certified monster slayer and i must say that this deceptive monster's alcohol is exceptionally well hidden for being damn near 8%. whatever category this may fall into, i could go for another one.

Photo of jsh420
4.19/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

pours crystal clear golden orange with a 1 finger head that quickly fades with no lacing down the glass would have given this a 5 but it says its a blonde...i will give - it is the blondest doppelbock i have ever seen. smell is all bready malts and fruits. taste is very bready malts with fruity apple and pear flavors. mouthfeel is very creamy and on the heavier side for this style which i love. overall capital has found a new customer i will be looking for more capital brews. side note i would like to see more reasonable prices 12.99 a sixer is steep

Photo of Monkeyknife
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a crystal clear copper color with a white meringue head at least two fingers thick. This beer sports terrific lacing.

Aroma is like a sweet floral perfume with sweet malts, pear, honey, and a touch of cinnamon.

Like the aroma, the taste is also sweet and perfumed with sweet caramel malts, apple, pear, pepper, and cinnamon kiss the palate. Finish of white table cracker and apple.

Lighter bodied, smooth and clean, with a sharp carbonation.

This is by far the best of the Capital brews I've tried. Very sessionable and very enjoyable.

Photo of cadenwhitaker
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm really impressed with this offering from Capital.

Pours a medium amber with a fizzy head, quite a bit of alcohol and carbonation in the drink. Very crisp, very clean, very sessionable. I'm getting lots of sweetness, malts, cider, apples, sugar and a spike of hops that quickly dissipates.

Overall this is a great session beer, very impressed, will be drinking lots of it this summer.

Photo of loren01
3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a golden color, not much head although poured fairly vigourously.
S: Smell is sweet...smells like honey. Slight earthy hop scent as well
T: Sweet and malty up front with a nice bit of spiciness as well.
M: Rich and full mouthfeel
D: Very tasty beer, I think this would be a nice summer BBQ beer.

Photo of PrAndo
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was the first time that I've had the Capital Doppelbock and am quite pleased with it. I have to say that as I sample this fine brew and type away I'm aware that I'm experiencing a moment when the beer that I've chosen for the afternoon and my mindset for the day are in accord. It's nice to have your mood matched with what you're drinking (or eating, but since we're talking beer here...).

Appearance: It's supposedly a blonde doppelbock, but this has a bit more of an orange color to it. Not as deep in shade or tone as a copper color, but certainly not the pale shade I'd associate with "blonde". It is quite clear. The head is a bit of a dull white, but there's little head retention. Little to no lacing on the glass.

Smell: Warm, sweet, malty, goodness but you still do get a little hop aroma up front.

Taste: Again, with the noticable hop flavor up front but diminishes quickly to the abundant malt flavor.

Mouthfeel: rich and full, medium heavy body.

Drinkability: On flavor, I'd love to drink this all day. On ABV, I'll be good and keep myself to just a couple.

Photo of Buebie
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a 2009 bottle.

Poured into a pint glass. The color is a crystal clear transparent copper. Good, long lasting carbonation rise, 1 inch white cola like head. Quickly receeds leaving no retention or lace.

The aroma is a bit spicie with hints at peppery hops, candy sugar, apples and a good amount of grainy malt aroma.

The taste reflects alot of its aromas, more spiced apple cidery flavors though, with a dry fermented candy sugar flavor. Some sour dough crust flavors, a good amount of pepepry hops with a touch of earthyness to it. Theres a bit of rye like spicie grain bite, with bittering grain flavors.
somthing buttery, like a buttered toast flavor, overall very clean. This finishes crisp and dry with a leafdy hop linger and a touch of hemp.

The mouthfeel is somwhat thick with a bit of creamyness from carbonation. There is plenty of carbonation in this, without that stingy bite.

Photo of yemenmocha
4.48/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a luxurious golden color with generous white head that retains rather well. Nose is quite appetizing with soft malt aromas, yet is overall clean. On the palate this beer is again clean, crisp, good malt presence with not too much alcohol warmth.

Complexity isn't the goal here, and many other reviewers gave misguided reviews of this beer in my opinion. This straightforward malty, clean bock is very rewarding and hard to find anything in the U.S. that comes close in this style.

Photo of Pauly2X
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Deep gold to light amber, half finger head.

S- Rich sweet malt aroma with a toasty note.

T- Sweet caramely, slightly toasted malty flavor dominates at first. At midpoint theres an alcohol dryness that serves greatly to cut the sweetness. A mellow yet noticeable hop note finishes the job toward the end. Throughout all of this the malt profile stays dominate.

M- Rich and smooth with a slight bite.

D- Sweet, I got 5 more of these.

A very enjoyable take on the Dopplebock. It's nice to see a brewer push the style envelope, even if ever so slightly. Nice work Capital!

Photo of Gump
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear light amber color with hint of orange. minimal head.
Grain and straw-like aromas with a farm-like stink.

Medium mouthfeel. slick, creamy finish. Good balance.
Predominant flavors are sharp grain and a little rasiny. Some cracker-like dry toast.

All malt backbone.

Blonde Doppelbock from Capital Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 271 ratings.