Blonde Doppelbock - Capital Brewery

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Reviews: 191
Hads: 280
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 10.68%
Wants: 14
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: 280
Photo of TastyTaste
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
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'. (396 characters)

Photo of longarm
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
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. (533 characters)

Photo of PatandDavid
3.84/5  rDev 0%
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. (866 characters)

Photo of Skidz
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
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. (535 characters)

Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.88/5  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. (621 characters)

Photo of Popsinc
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
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. (482 characters)

Photo of RedBaron
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
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! (602 characters)

Photo of budgood1
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours out a crystal clear copperish-orange 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! (545 characters)

Photo of marburg
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
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. (652 characters)

Photo of CRJMellor
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
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. (607 characters)

Photo of beerluvr
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
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. (439 characters)

Photo of moulefrite
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
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. (367 characters)

Photo of JohnnyDuvel
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (445 characters)

Photo of Morris729
4.3/5  rDev +12%
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! (494 characters)

Photo of cretemixer
3.8/5  rDev -1%
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. (532 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 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)

Photo of BierReise
3.12/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A dark golden colored brew with a small head that dissapeared almost immediately. Aroma is sweet and malty with a hint of caramel and a bit of a yeast thing going on. Flavor is a rich malty sweet one and a bit dry on the finish. Has that distinct German bock aroma and flavor. Not a bad beer but not something I'd drink often either. (333 characters)

Photo of TheDM
3.2/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours a small head of fine white bubbles and a transparent light orange brown body. It had a mild malt aroma. This brew had a smooth initial flavor and no fore or after bite. I did not understand this brew and I would definately not call it a Doppelbock. (264 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
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! (705 characters)

Photo of hotstuff
3.13/5  rDev -18.5%
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. (551 characters)

Photo of BeerBuilder
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
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. (377 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 Winter
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
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. (559 characters)

Photo of Loki
4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
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. (813 characters)

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