Blonde Doppelbock - Capital Brewery
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2.94/5 rDev -23.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75
12 oz. bottle with a simple, but classic label of the Capital Dome surrounded by a blue record. Coming out of the record are thin gold lines. In the lower left hand corner is the ABV%. No back label because all the mandatory Government information along with another picture of the Capital Dome can be found on the neck label. No best before date, but there is an inked bottle code on the neck.
When poured into a Paulaner Salvator Pilsner glass, this "Blonde" Doppelbock was a clear amber orange with a streak or two of lemon yellow. The head of foam was a complete disappointment. The initial head of foam was 3/4 of an inch in height and egg shell white in color. Even though it was a decent size, it was one of those fizzy heads of foam. This fizzy white head of foam fizzled away in a matter of only one second. It didn't even bother to leave a steak or spot of lace. I only saw a small handful of rings along the edge. That's all she wrote folks!
This Doppelbock had a semi sweet aroma. The most dominate aroma was the sweet malt. There wasn't much of anything behind the sweet malt. All my nose was able to find was a pinch of orange peel and a subtle whiff of hops. Even when I swirled this beer around and around, nothing new came out. More sweet malt emerged, but that was it. Again, that's all she wrote folks!
After the disappointing appearance and smell, I was hoping that this beer would come through where it matters most, the taste. I hate to say this, but it didn't. It was just as disappointing as the smell and taste. The taste was all about the sweet malt and the alcohol. I'm still not sure why a 7.8 ABV% Doppelbock had so much alcohol in it. In between the sweet malt and the alcohol was the taste of orange and bitter hops. It was too hard to tell what kind of hops they were. Not much going on in this beer unless you really like the taste of alcohol.
Medium bodied Doppelbock with an OK level of carbonation and a quick aftertaste of sweet malt and more alcohol. Even though I could taste the alcohol at every twist and turn, I couldn't feel the alcohol go to work.
I tried so hard to find something nice to say about this beer, but it's so hard when I find a beer that has very little to offer. I was hoping that not all of these tasted like this so I bought another bottle from another store. I got the same thing from the second bottle. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.
Serving type: bottle
04-25-2013 02:40:09 | More by AltBock
4.19/5 rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4
12 oz twist off bottle poured into a pilsner glass.
7.8% ABV, 2012 bottle.
A - Beautifully golden honey in color, this lager is hazed with fine particles and topped with a plump off-white head. It's poor retention could be due to the alcohol percent but there isn't much excuse for a complete lack of lace.
S - Generously malty, Blonde Doppelbock has a nose filled with light fruity alcohol notes and caramel sweetness on the finish with a touch of Vienna malt dryness. Hints of white grape esters emerge on the finish of this crisp and malty lager.
T - Dry toasted Vienna malt and bready notes of Munich press forwards with caramel sweetness, giving it a robust malty taste. While mild alcohol that's lightly fruity in nature adds notes of white grape on the finish for a unique doppelbock.
M - Capital's Blonde Doppelbock has a medium-full bodied feel with an inherent smoothness that finishes a little slick and dry from light alcohol but ends with gentle carbonation for a great feel.
O - It shouldn't be news to anyone that a lager; doppelbock especially, from Capital Brewery would be anything less than great. This aged Blonde Doppelbock shows faint signs of degradation with a faint overall cellar mustiness but it remains drinkable and quite enjoyable regardless. I can't wait for Capital Bockfest next weekend!
Serving type: bottle
02-12-2013 22:35:49 | More by BeerFMAndy
Blonde Doppelbock from Capital Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 266 ratings.