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Blonde Doppelbock - Capital Brewery

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191 Reviews
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Reviews: 191
Hads: 283
Avg: 3.85
pDev: 13.25%
Wants: 15
Gots: 13 | 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: 283
Photo of Thorpe429
3.3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a golden color with quite a bit of haze and a thin white head. Interesting nose with grain and some light fruits. Hints of alcohol. Taste is light fruit and grain, going along with a creamy mouthfeel with slight booze. An interesting idea, but not all that good.

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Photo of katybee
4.83/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This review is of the "Platinum Blonde Doppelbock" produced by Capital Brewery...from the label I wasn't sure if this is different than 'blonde doppelbock'. But whichever it is, to my taste it's great! From the term blonde and the type lager , I was expecting a highbrow Budweiser. Nothing like that!

The beer poured a deep orangey amber, with a beautiful head of thick rich pale foam about 2" deep.

The smell was very light, almost a little citrusy, but towards malt.

The taste was incredible, especially in contrast to what I was expecting--I've been sampling malted ales, and this definitely had that aspect of smooth maltedness, but totally without the toasted burnt notes. I detected esthers of banana and apple, in addition to carmelized malt sweetness, and very little hop bittrness...the slight presence of flowery perhaps citrus hops if any, but very very light. The predominance was of sweet malt, and perhaps honey. The label of this beer simply threw me for a loop as far as my expectations which were more than well met. This beer wasn't overly sweet, just not the presence of bitter hops or aftertaste. This would be great with many foods, and as a slowly sipped beer. Well balanced, not overly bitter or burnt, and no flavor changes first to last sip.

Very smooth creamy mouthfeel, medium body. A little slippery on the tongue; definitely much more there than a Guinness, or oatmeal stouts I've tasted; almost along the lines of a barelywine.

Highly drinkable. The great flavor wants to be consumed fast, but one of those to be watched for the higher ABV.

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

Serving type - Bottle

A - Blonde dopplebock, eh? It pours more of a deep gold/amber hue, semi-hazy, but more clear, with a single-finger off-white head that quickly recedes to creamy lacing. I can say it's inviting though!

S - Smell is of caramel, honey, brown sugar, toffee, mixed grains, and an ever so slight hint of grassy hop.

T - Taste is of shortcake like malts with caramel, honey, and toffee flavors making the most of the flavor profile. Pretty malty overall, but has just enough balance to prevent it from being cloying at all. Very good stuff here!

M - Mouthfeel is full-bodied, velvety smooth, and creamy, with mild carbonation.

D - Well, for 7.8%, I'm probably drinking this one a bit faster than I should if that says anything, haha. No it's not a session beer, but it sure is tasty, and the alcohol is extremely well hidden, so I have to give it props here.

Overall - Never had anything from this brewery before (probably because I live in WA), or even an American dopplebock for that matter, but I must say, this was a very good one, so I'll have to check out other beers from this brewery if I see them around here. For a strong, malty, smooth lager, this one delivers the goods.

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Photo of mariposafan
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A moderate pour into a tulip only gives about one finger of quickly fading head. The beer is a hazy orange color - not what I remember from other times trying this.

Very subdued smell, though there's definite sweetness with some biscuity maltiness.

Sweetish, but not too sweet, caramel taste with some soft hop bitterness on the tail end. A little fruity tasting but I can't put a finger on what it reminds me of - maybe plums. I didn't notice a hint of the alcohol.

Thick and creamy mouthfeel. With a little less prickly carbonation the mouthfeel would be perfect.

All in all very drinkable but rather different than I remembered. I thought before that it was clearer and sweeter. Maybe just a defective memory.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.59/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces an almost three-finger thick, pale tan colored head. The beer is an amber to red copper hue and shows an almost brilliantly clear paler version when held up to the light. An interesting raw dough character is the first thing I get from the aroma, but there is also a very soft, fermented honey note and some light cracker like malt. The aroma is surprisingly faint and I am having a hard time smelling much of anything.

Sweet tasting and rich feeling as it hits my palate, the beer has a nice light herbal hop character and nipping bitterness from the beginning, the finish seems to banish the bitterness though with a lingering, chewy pale malt sweetness that manages to be rich without being cloying. Something here reminds me of green raisins for some reason, though I can't say exactly why. This is actually nicely balanced up front between malt and hop, but the malt is definitely the dominant note in the finish. A nice dough like and pale-toasted malt character adds some complexity to the malt sweetness found here. The perception of the sweetness definitely grows as the beer warms up and it tends to reduce the hop character as well.

This is perhaps a touch too sweet for my tastes, but it is a nice Helles Doppelbock that I am definitely enjoying. While certainly not the point, I can't help but feel that some more hop character would make this a touch more balanced and enjoyable; especially as this beer warms up it starts to get a bit too sweet.

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Photo of klikger
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz served in a Duvel tulip

A - Beautiful rich amber color, small white head which shrinks quickly, lacing which is okay at best.

S - Some yeast, honey, caramel, fresh grains.

T - Sweet malts, Bavarian yeasts, & not much else, really. Sweet finish with lots of malt and some heat. Not bad, but definitely not my style.

M - Heavy for me (again, not an aficionado of the style); poor carbonation

D - A little hot and sweetness gets cloying after awhile.

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Photo of nkersten
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle generously provided by Kirby. Color is a clear golden honey with a small white head that fades quickly. A very interesting appearance for the style. Smell is banana bread, sweet malt and a hint of yeast spice. No trace of hops. Flavor follows smell, bananas up front, some bread dough, and a hint of honey sweetness. Light carbonation and medium-full body. This is a tasty beer, but I could not drink more then one of these at a time.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in an Ayinger celebrator glass. Beer is yellow and slightly hazy with a thin white head of small and medium bubbles. Carbonation is low and the head doesn't leave lacing on the glass. Its a doppelbock so pretty much anything goes, it looks fine.

Aroma is weak but its mildly malty and mildly sweet.

The flavor is weak and flat, mildy sweet medium bodied, not a lot of carb in the mouth, finishes nicely though. Its just mediocre, nothing special about it at all.

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Photo of beergod1
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My friend D. Kurtz waited 8 yrs. to find this beer, and was nice (or drunk) enough to share. Rich copper colored beer with a thick white head. Sweet honey, caramel malt, some Biscuity sweetness. Flavour is very sweet and malty, but not cloying. Honey flavour and slightly vineous. A touch of biscuity flavour before the smooth clean noble hop finish, creamy texture. Nice complexity.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.11/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(Served in a weizen glass)
A- The light copper body is clear with a sea of carbonation supporting a bubbly off-white head that last for a bit.
S- The sweet malt flavor blends with a buttery diacetyl aroma and a dry cracker finish.
T- The sweet almost cloying flavor of malt gives way to a dry buttery note and a carbonic acid bite in the finish. There is really no hops noticed in the taste or bitterness.
M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with no alcohol heat but a soft fizz in the finish.
D- This beer is really too sweet with nothing to support it and no depth to the sweetness.

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Photo of Cubsfan1087
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had several Capital beers and was really looking forward to the Blonde Doppelbock. This beer is a very light amber shade. The smell is very sweet. You can detect a scent of caramel. The taste is equally as sweet. I found the 7.8% ABV to be hidden very well. I highly recommend this beer. I was impressed by it.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Having high hopes for this Dopplebock (one of my favorite styles), the inticipation falls short on a non-descript strong lager that misses the mark on a lot of finess and richness that the style demands.

A bright and strong golden color brings a steady stream of carbonation, leading to a somewhat froathy, somewhat fizzy head that doesn't retain as well as is expected. With no real lacing, the opportunities to give good marks on appearance stop with clarity and color.

Pilsner malt, apples, and sulfur come together in firm lager fashion but without the leadership from the malty end, the fruity/sharp aromas and flavors become more of a distraction than a compliment to the stronger malt components to the beer. The depth, complexity, and variety of malt aroma and flavor stop at 'grain' and 'sweet' and never develop the wealth of flavor and delicacy the Dopplebocks demand- even the blonde versions. Though this Dopplebock does show alcoholic flavor, strength, and is backed by ample maltiness; it takes the impression of an Imperial Pilsner instead. Still, a far cry from Dopplebocks partly because this beer exhibits ale-like fruitiness (apples) and hot alcohols that don't fall in line with well-aged lagers.

Full up front and with a sweet oily feel, the beer takes on aggressive scrubbing- part because of alcohol but part because of heavy sulfurs and spicy phenolics. Not the smooth creamy texture that Dopplebocks expect. A muddled linger of grain hurts the finish and makes the next sip hard to get around to.

There's not a lot of Blonde Dopplebocks of which to compare, but this one is not a great example of the style. But is is a fine comparison to Imperial Pilsners.

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Photo of deereless
3.03/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Minor lacing along the interior of the glass, light to medium gold in color, crystal clear - 3.50, S: Lots of sweet grains - malts dominate the nose, I pick up little to no hop aroma, very slight burn - 3.00, T: A decent spicy hop bite, quite grassy and with a jolt of alcohol burn, quite bready and with a thin toasty flavor - 2.75, M: A little on the side of being slick, medium mouth feel - 3.00, D: A blonde Doppelbock is not your standard style and hence I'm not sure what to expect, all in all this was an okay beer but not one that blew me away - 3.00

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

Solid all-around. Nice, bright gold color. Firm head with sweet caramel aroma. Caramel and roasted malt flavors predominate, with well-balanced sweetness. No heat or pepper from alcohol - smooth at the finish. Followed this was a normally good bock from anoher brewer, but it seemed lackluster in comparison after having this. Nicely done.

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Photo of darklordlager
4.41/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a brilliant, perfectly clear medium golden, with a 1/2" butter-tinted head of fine bubbles. No fault here whatsoever. Phenomenal.

S: Spicy hops, light malt. Very crisp aroma.

T: Great interplay between the light sweet malt, clean 2-row, and spicy hops (with grassy undertones). Nice semi-dry finish makes it very crisp and appealing. Very well done.

M: On the heavy side of medium, with medium carbonation. Again, very well executed.

D: Another great german-style beer from Capital. No surprise here...

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Photo of grittybrews
2.9/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a honey-orange into a Duvel tulip with a minimal film of white head.

Fairly strong and slightly musky/metallic aroma of caramel and brown sugar. Low to moderate carbonation and a fairly chewy mouthfeel, flavor is actually more creamy and toasty than sweet -- not what I expected with this style. Fairly quick and slightly watery finish with more bready malts and a slight bitterness. Higher ABV is not especially masked.

I enjoy doppelbocks quite a bit, but I must say that this one let me down. Nice aroma, but not much taste to back it up. Maybe I got a skunky bottle?

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Photo of beerman207
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review taken from notes

A: Very clear, light golden amber. Nice white frothy head

S: Very sweet, malty, and light, has a bit of metallic in there

T: Very malty and sweet. Tasty brew that is refreshing. Has a bit of metallic taste in there somewhere which is also in the nose. Overall, good tasting beer.

M: A bit on the thick side for this type of brew. Goes down easy

D: Very good beer. Not sure of the price point for quality here as I believe it was close to $3.50-$4.00 for one of these. Good but not as good as some other brews that are less money.

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Photo of TStron
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Deep gold in color. Respectable head that disappeared rather quickly.

S - A solid malt aroma.

T - Good strong flavor with a nice balance between the alcohol and flavor. Had a faint note of hops.

M - Smooth and a bit thick. The taste lingered for a little while after a sip. Slightly low on carbonation.

D - You can tell its 7.8 ABV after a bottle but not so much during it. It didn't hold up to well as the bottle warmed but perhaps I was taking too long to finish it.

Doppelbocks are not among my favorite styles but I would drink this again.

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

Pours a purely golden, straw with a light lacing of whitish head.
Smell is highly bready- with some yeasty light malt flavors-small dark fruit smell.
Taste is highly malted- ending with a bready dark fruit element.
Finish is wet with a highly toasted flavor with pits on the after-taste.
Drinks great- no hang ups here with a solid ABV.

Points for being exactly what it advertises. A blonde doppelbock- light color leaves a not as malty flavor.

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Photo of Strix
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear amber (the name is appropriate), some head and lacing.

Smells of malt, with a bit of pilsner hops.

Sweet malt, caramel, and a pleasant fruity note like lime or mint in the finish. Alcohol comes through in the taste, but it blends well.

Smooth mouthfeel, dense body.

Interesting twist on a dopplebock. I felt it worked, but the alcohol could be a turnoff for some.

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Photo of jhp40219
3.52/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found a 4-pack of the 2010 release in my local beer outlet. Having been to Wisconsin on several occasions and enjoyed Capital Brewery's selections while there, I was excited to find this. This is the first time a Capital Brewery release has been available in Louisville, KY. So I couldn't wait to try this.

A - A nice clear copper. Little thin white head and a slight but of lacing that slides down the glass as you drink. Very light and refreshing looking.

S - Almost non-existent. I have tried and tried to get a little fragrance going by every means possible and I am not getting much of anything. VERY faint flowery and hops smell. Basically nothing.

T - Sweet malts and slightly hoppy at first giving way to a toasty biscuit and alcohol finish.

M - Light and refreshing like a lager should be. Crisp with not too much carbonation.

D - You'd never expect this to be 7.8% alcohol as it is very easy to drink. Crisp and refreshing, light and easy going. Good thing they are sold in 4-packs or things could get ugly very fast!

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Photo of jrallen34
4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I drank this on tap into a tulip at the Map Room.

The beer pours a super clear strawish gold, with a two fingers of white head. There is great retention and unreal lacing.

The aroma is light but nice. There is some light hops and a lot of sweet cloves.

The taste is also pretty light, but its sweet and easy to drink.

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Photo of bruachan
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

not much head to report. decent one to start but now just a film. yup, it's blonde...or at least as blonde as a doppelbock could be

smells like lovely pils malts! certainly sweet and perhaps even a little syrupy. floral hop aromas and maybe even a little minty. smells nice but not really like a doppelbock. but i suppose that is the reason for the "blonde" qualifier

some nice noble hop flavor. simple malt bill but tasty nonetheless. very little roastiness or chocolate or breadiness or that kind of thing that one might expect in a DB

seems alot like their maibock. a little more complex

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Photo of steveh
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

'10 Offering -- revisit for the newer batch.

A - Great deep gold to amber color with a thick white head that holds up well.

S - Some typical DMS from Pilsner malt base, bready malts with some spicy alcohol eeking through - no nuttiness this year, but there is some vague fruit character right at the end -- not green apple off character, but more pear-like and mellow, even some mild earthiness.

T - Bready, toasty, sweet malts up front with some slight hop bitterness following, no solvent in this batch as there was (to me) last year, but a very dry, alcohol finish.

M - Light medium body with a soft mouth-feel; very nice to style.

D - Too drinkable at 7.8%.

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Photo of happilysurly
3.04/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Very clear, light golden amber. One finger white head, tight bubbles. Few medium bubble float to top. Head disappears quickly.

S: Sweet, malty and light. A bit tinny.

T: Malty and sweet. Thick with a metallic taste. The ABV is 7.8 and I can taste it. I've had brew with a much higher ABV that masked it a lot better. Though the smell was light and crisp, the taste is less so. I get a malty thick taste that lingers forever.

M: Again, the thick malt taste isn't that appealing to me. It looks so refreshing and tastes so oppressively thick.

D: I almost feel bad that I don't like this beer more, but I wouldn't drink another one. I'm not feeling the caramel malt in this one, I can taste it, but I'm not liking it.

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