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Blonde Doppelbock - Capital Brewery

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87
very good

266 Ratings
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Ratings: 266
Reviews: 188
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 12
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  7.80% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
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garymuchow

Minnesota

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

Looking forward to this. 'Haven't had a doppelbock in quite awhile. Poured into pilsner glass.
Mild but pleasant malt base with a mild hop spiciness too. The malt has a slight toast and a bit of bread too.
Nice dense head of off white. Dark gold, very clear and lots of bubbles rising.
Nice lager dense malt flavor with an edge of alcohol. Ahhhh, that's nice. Hops in both slight flavor and rather brief appearance of bitterness which really also helps balance what could have been an intense sweetness. Instead the malt is rich and full but doesn't cross the line into cloy.
The carbonation is so fine and soft. This surrounds a more than moderately heavy richness and the combination creates luscious feel that's not quite velvet, but splendid nonetheless. Seems to thin out some in time, but still good.
This drinks well. Maybe too well as it could catch up on a guy if not careful.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2008 02:57:21 | More by garymuchow
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IBUnit63

Massachusetts

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

Thanks to flyingbison for packing this nicely into a trade as an extra...

Surprisingly light amber/copper color. Very thin head. Quite clean and clear with minimal visible carbonation.

Very clean and fruity (?) scent...pineapple and white grapes (?)...some sweet malt...maybe a tinge of phenol?

Very clean and enjoyable. Well-balanced, mild brown sugar malt. Slight pine to the hop character...a little alcohol and carbonation burn.

Clean and well-balanced mouthfeel. Stronger carbonation bites the lips a little more than expected.

Very drinkable and enjoyable - stealth sessionable?

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2008 10:22:20 | More by IBUnit63
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getch

Wisconsin

4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a-golden, light amber color, has some residue on the glass, not much head when being poured

s-lightly fruity, malt smell, it is very good, and is a warmer smell. Its not a distinct smell, but very good. Adds to the flavor

t-extremely smooth, has a nice hit of alcohol that reaches in the middle of the senses. I taste a sweet carmel

m-again smooth and some what thick, it lingers in the mouth for some time. A bit of a surprise

d- this can be booth a sipping beer and have a bunch beer, very enjoyable and will def buy more.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2008 04:18:50 | More by getch
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KeefD

Minnesota

2.85/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This beer was ok, but very unimpressed. This was my first foray into so-called "Blonde Doppelbocks" and it disappointed me. Way too sweet for my taste. No carbonation, no lacing, no head off tap. Could have been better,or at least not labeled as a doppel.

Serving type: on-tap

04-14-2008 02:58:20 | More by KeefD
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emerge077

Illinois

3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased a six-pack on the last trip to WI, and now it's available a few weeks later in Chicagoland...new label from the one pictured.

Pours a deep golden orange into a Duvel tulip. Very nice coloration, it reminds me of fossilized amber. Head retention is good, a little swirl generates a 1/4" foam boost.

Initial aroma of banana candy, which faded into sweet malts, hay, and mild spiciness. It has a buttery caramel feel on the palate, ample carbonation, with the bigger body of a doppel. Sweet and smooth, there are no sharp edges, it just bellydances down the gullet. Malty and sweet, Werther's Original candy, with a vague cookie dough flavor.

It's very agreeable, and seems to be a good introductory German-style beer in general.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2008 00:56:17 | More by emerge077
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brdc

Wisconsin

4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Small capped bottle.
Light golden brew with a nice white head, good retention and lacing.
Nice aroma is made of sweet maltiness, with some nutty and honeyish notes.
Medium to full bodied, it is surprisingly rich in taste (or perhaps I was just expecting something lighter based on the clear appearance); it has the same malty, sweetish and honeyish notes, along with some nuts and even some fruitiness.
Very nice, another good beer from Capital.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2008 05:09:27 | More by brdc
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Greggy

Minnesota

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

Appearance- Beautiful yellow orange color with a nice 2 finger head that slowly recedes into some sparce lacing.

Smell- A nice pleasant hop aroma and some sweet malt. A little difficult to gather, in my honest opinion.

Taste- A thick taste of caramel, candies, and syrup comes through. Very malt based with little hoppiness. The finish is mostly residual sweetness. I would have liked to see a touch more hop presence to balance out the semi-cloying sweetness.

Mouthfeel- the low carbonation works well with the maltiness of the brew and makes it even smoother.

Drinkability- @ 6.9%, it's not sessionable, at least not for me, but to enjoy seasonally a couple times, it isn't to shabby. A bit more filling that your average beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2008 03:31:08 | More by Greggy
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BeerBelcher

Ohio

3/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I took "blonde" to mean light, which is a misconception I know, but I was still surprised how substantial this beer was. Lots of caramel, lots of malt, viscous. Not bad, but for all the compounds that were clearly suspended in the liquid (evident from the mouthfeel and thickness), it didn't taste like all that much. Sort of a mismatch to me. Still, not a bad beer, and I thought it OK.

Color is a dirty-blonde amber color. This beer is pretty thick and had very little head. I don't know the nutritional info on this beer, but pouring gave me the impression that it is a calorie bomb. Aroma is caramel but rather faint. Flavor takes a back-seat to mouthfeel, which is thick and full and combined with the flavor reminiscent of malt syrup. Still, it was good in that the maltiness intensity was clearly communicated, yet the beer didn't taste grainy or overly cerealy.

Not bad, and more than I was expecting. However, I was a bit disappointed in the intensity of flavor delivered, particularly given a very heavy mouthfeel. I'd weakly recommend.

I bought this as a single from 3 Cellars in Franklin, WI.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2008 13:26:59 | More by BeerBelcher
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malcontent

Illinois

3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ah, yes, there are few things I love more than beer before noon...unless it's multiple beers before noon. Yet another entry into what is becoming my own personal "bock around the clock" as it is indeed springtime in the Midwest.

Doesn't look like a doppelbock as it is NOT dark although the name of the beer clearly reflects that this was the brewers' intent. Still, I'll dock them a few points for not actually getting the blonde color down either as it's really more of a deep gold to light amber. Thin layer of sticky head is a plus.

Rich, sweet, buttery aroma just swims out of the glass. A big nose indeed. Caramel and moderate biscuit notes eventually settle in and steal the show.

Man, this really ends up tasting like an all-malt lager on steroids. Just ultra malty and sweet without any of the roasted notes of a typical doppelbock. Slightly fruity but mostly caramel again with a touch of honey-like sweetness on the finish. I do give Capital props for achieving a relatively high degree of cleanliness on the finish, something beers this malty sometimes fails to do.

Thickness is moderate to high which is totally appropriate here. A tad slick although the carbonation helps smooth that over. ABV is totally under control and, if I needed a big ol' malt fix, this would be a fun change of pace from a traditional doppel. Really this is more of a freaked-out marzen/maibock marriage in my book.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2008 16:46:07 | More by malcontent
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Atron67

Wisconsin

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

P- rather ornate for capital brewery blue label

A- poured a crystal clear amber with an almost white head, pretty effervescent in my duvel glass. head settled to a think film.

S- malty, but a sweeter scent, not quite an amber scents, but remaniscnet of cinnamon. hops are pretty hidden.

T- biscuity malts predominate, a light cinnamon like scent seems pretty prevalent. the maltiness is on top and is quite solid, the hops still seems pretty light again but the flavor is still pretty solid

M- full body pretty strong carbonation

D- pretty damn good, no wonder he has a fest to celebrate this

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2008 03:14:50 | More by Atron67
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wheatyweiss

Wisconsin

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

Served in a plastic 16oz glass at Bockfest 2008, limited to one per...WTF!!

Appearance is dark honey/light amber with a nice chunky fluffy head.

Aroma is malt with light piney hop. The malt aroma is big in this one.

Flavor is toasty malt, chewy grainy malt. Cream and honey mixed together. Like a hop tea with a ton of half and half and honey. Biscuity sourdough goodness throughout.

Mouthfeel is creamy, and would be even better if half of the carbonation wasn't so harsh, with sharp edged bubbles.

Delicious beer that would be a really good food pairing beer which would go well with a lot of different foods. A little thin for a dopple, but a very tasty beer.

Serving type: on-tap

02-24-2008 16:24:08 | More by wheatyweiss
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Slynger

Illinois

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

By blonde I suppose they meant dirty blonde, so much so that it may actually be a redhead.
Smells sweet and malty with a touch of fruit and a dash of spiciness.
Tastes of sweet caramel malts along with hints of apples. Slightly spicy with the barest tinge of hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is smooth with a little bit of warming alcohol.
I enjoyed this one a lot despite not knowing the style very well.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2007 18:49:21 | More by Slynger
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

3.43/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz delivered all the way from Chicago by way of Archer Liquors, Thanks Randy, I've been wanting to try this one for a looong time. Poured into my small weizen glass.

Big initial head that goes away a little too fast (alcohol?)... no real lacing but a good color remains from a pretty good carbonation level... liquid looks like sparkling apple cider...but only crystal clear.

Smell is malts... lite caramel and more sweet malts... maybe a little one dimentional... no real hop nose to speak of... could use a smack or two of noble hops.

Flavor is more of the same with a little lite fruitiness... not quite as clean as other Capital brews I've had. Big malts through and through... munich and toasted malts... complex malts but needs more bitterness to be balanced.... even a touch of hop spicey hop flavor would be appreciated. viscosity is no where near as thick as expected for a dopplebock.... I would quantify this one as a big boned maibock.

Pretty good, and a fantastic transitional beer for a macro drinker... needs more depth though for my palate, and I love a good lager...especially American made ones.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2007 08:14:55 | More by JohnGalt1
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3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle

Slightly hazy, orange/yellow color. Small, off-white head. Bit of legs, no lacing. Not very appealing, visually.

Scent seemed very restrained. After some deep inhalations, I got caramel/toffee, fruits - figs and raisins, and a slight herbal aroma.

Taste was more sweet than bitter, green raisins and some other fruits, not your typical dark fruit medley, though. Touch of caramel and very sweet wheat bread. Herbal at finish, fairly mild, some alcohol and pepper.

Medium + body. Coating. Low carbonation. Very "wet". Alcohol noticeable as heat at the finish.

My guess on ABV was 7-8%, so I was a little high, but this one does have some heat to it. It seems to lack the complexity of a dark dopplebock, but it is easier to drink, and a bit more bitter as well. Not bad at all, I would be happy to have again.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2007 19:38:02 | More by
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gpcollen1

Connecticut

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

This one pours quite a light amber into my Imp Pint, head gets huge on a vigorous pour but settles right down. Aroma is hoppy with a light malty undertone. Taste follows that as the hops stands out on top of the rich malty presence. This one is a nice change for a dopplebock for sure. Easily drinkable yet enough flavor and aroma to thoroughly enjoy. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2007 00:14:42 | More by gpcollen1
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lakeviewmike

Wisconsin

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

Pours light golden/yellow with a small head.

Smells malty, fresh, bready.

Taste is malty and has that grassy twang found in a good doppelbock. High alcohol comes through as warm and enhancing, not overpowering. Doughy. Low hops.

This was my first blonde doppelbock and I really liked it. Great bock flavor but lighter and very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2007 14:27:29 | More by lakeviewmike
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botham

New York

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

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass. pours a semi-clear, deep and rich amber color with two fingers of dense, tight head that is off-white, and on the orange side.

smells very malty, grainy and sweet. strong in the nostrils. mainly caramel and munich malts. not much in the hops department, just sweet maltiness. a true bock in the aroma.

taste is very malty, with a distinctive presence of alcohol. the sweetness is somewhat extinguished by the alcohol, resulting in a rather balanced flavor profile. the taste overall is bready and grainy, which has fruity undertones, namely raisins and light citrus.

aftertaste is dry and malty, which is not achieved very often. leaves the drinker wanting more.

mouthfeel is rather harsh from the alcohol and massive malt character, but somehow is mild overall. this brew is packed with bold flavors, making for a great taste experience!

drinkability is decent, but nothing special. the malt and alcohol levels bring it down, but any seasoned drinker will find their palates begging for a second bottle. cheers!

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2007 00:52:40 | More by botham
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sweethome

Illinois

3.15/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was one of my all time favorites - but took a big step back this year. I see that BTI rated it really high this year - what are theythinking??? Rating based on history?

Has a nice enough maibock nose, but lacks past years compexity. The first taste is rather off-putting. It has a rather stark and harsh yeast compenent. The flavors don;t develop and give the mouthfeel of previous years or anywhere near the taste of the tap version.

Finish picks up just a bit, but the lingering harshness of a "house" yeast strain of where this is contract bottled is a bit tough.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2007 04:27:32 | More by sweethome
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden-bronze, off-white head, very little retention, some leg/lace.

S: Grassy, spicy & slightly floral/herbal German hops, with a light toffee, candied sugar & bready aroma.

T: Grassy, spicy & earthy-metallic hops, caramel & bread. Residual sweetness is balanced by a decent bitterness. Alcohol is readily apparant.

M: Moderate to full body is slightly syrupy (a little too much residual sugar), carbonation is moderate.

D: It's a big, warming brew.

I'm not quite sure what style I should be comparing this to. I wish I picked up their Maibock (I figured I'd try it on tap, but didn't get around to it).

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2007 00:43:36 | More by Derek
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drpimento

Wisconsin

4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Always a good brew, but the early versions were much better. Poured with a nice head that subsided into a light cover and a little lace. Color is a lovely deep amber. Aroma is a bit boozy, sweet, and malty. Flavor is huge caramel malt with just a touch of bitterness. Good carbonation. Likewise good mouth. Pleasant finish. Could drink a few, but not many.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2007 20:17:48 | More by drpimento
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KarlHungus

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a clear red color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes quickly into decent lacing. The aroma is of caramel, with a hint of grapefruit. The taste is maltier than the aroma, with a nice lasting caramel finish. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with lively carbonation. Overall, I don't really get this beer. It seems more like an amber lager than a doppelbock. It isn't bad, but it isn't good enough that I would buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2007 02:50:24 | More by KarlHungus
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Duster72

Indiana

4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an orangey amber with a one finger head that dissipates quickly and leaves minimal lacing. Aroma is sweet sugary malts and some yeast. Taste is honey, camel, bananas, apples, and cotton candy. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Incredibly drinkable - perfect compliment to a beautiful spring day!

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2007 21:53:54 | More by Duster72
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terrabyte

Wisconsin

4.4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, dark apple cider color, with a large white pillowy head. Only a few random specles of lacing stick to the glass.

Aroma is a little bit muted, but contains an alcoholic honey and caramel.

Flavor has heavy malts, syrupy caramel and just a little bit of dark fruits. The best part of the flavor, and some may say the only flavor, is the heavy-sticky caramel & alcohol aftertaste. It packs quite a dallop.

Mouthful is medium, a bit syrupy, and very little carbonation. A very warming alcohol burn hovers in the aftertaste and while breathing out the nose.

Drinkability is average, unless you really enjoy the flavor and alcoholic burn. I do. I really really do. At only 6.9%, it's not masked at all. And yet, I have had on occasion a 6 pack and always felt it in the morning. I wonder if it's still only 6.9% after all these years.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2007 00:50:15 | More by terrabyte
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brewdlyhooked13

Ohio

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

Appearance - deep golden, taking on an almost reddish bronze color. Basically no head whatsoever, this blonde is topless!

Aroma - a faint fruitiness and grain, a background of alcohol.

Taste - sweet and malty, some caramel and roasted grain element. Some alcohol on the swallow, warming things up nicely and giving the flavors an enhanced richness. The finish is mellow, a tad of balancing hops, and warm.

Mouthfeel - to the thin side for body, but quite smooth.

Drinkability - pretty tasty craft brew. Thanks Joe!

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2007 20:05:39 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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demcorhip

Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance
A nice looking clear amber brew. Topped with a solid two finger offwhite head, which is supported by a steady stream of finely carbonated bubbles. Nicely laced, with moderate clups sticking and defying gravity inside the glass.

Aroma
Honeyed toast and macadamia nut, and a grassy hop twang.

Taste
Yup, big on the honeyed toast flavours with a mild, creamy nuttiness and a hint of caramel. Finishes in pleasant earthy and grassy hops with a mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel
A medium bodied brew with a full and creamy feel. Simple, rich, and sweet malts nicely offset by the mildly bitter hops. Just the slightest amount of warming from the moderate alcohol content. Nothing too complex here, but the quality of this straightforward brew is easy to recognize.

Drinkablity
Very drinkable for such a rich and almost sweet malty brew, could even be slowly sessioned. Another Capital brew that i can only describe as an enjoyable treat. An approachable, straightforward and tasty brew. Will be keeping my eys open for this in the future.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2007 20:42:14 | More by demcorhip
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