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Blonde Doppelbock - Capital Brewery

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191 Reviews
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Reviews: 191
Hads: 284
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: 284
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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Photo of kegger22
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Capital Platinum Blonde Doppelbock was a deep amber, almost orange color with a small off-white head that pulled a Houdini.

The aroma was malty sweet; bubble gum was the first thing that can to mind.

The taste was sweet caramel malt, but with a slightly sour background taste, could have been apple, could have been grapes.

The mouth feel was medium bodied, oily and modestly carbonated.

The drinkability was good. The ABV was a little high, but that was more than balanced by the flavor.

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Photo of jwc215
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brewed in 2009, with nothing more specific (ordered from Liquid Solutions).

Pours golden with a thin creamy white head that descends to a lasting thin cover and leaves lacing.

The smell is of sweet grain/pale maltiness, with grassy/herbal hop aroma.

The taste is sweet - grainy, a bit nutty (almond) with underlying fruitiness (lime-ish) and a touch of grassy/floral notes. Boozy alcohol warmth shows, but controlled.

Hits full-bodied, a bit syrupy, yet creamy. It has mild-to-medium carbonation. Spicy alcohol and a balanced sweetness linger on the palate.

A nice malty (but with balance - sweet - but not cloying) warming sipper. Hits a blonde/Helles doppelbock interpretation well!

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Photo of u2carew
3.33/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz long neck. Consumed 1/19/10

A) Pours with a quick settling one finger head. The head dissapates to nearly nothing, leaving an also nearly nothing lacing. Clear body. Light upward carbonation. Amber in color or maybe it's strawberry blonde.
S) Notes of caramel. Light raisin.
T) Caramel and toffee - very boldly. Mellow sweet nuttiness. Hints of alcohol - a light effervescence in the end with an alcohol bite. Also in the mix dry grain, mild earthiness.
M) Somewhat smooth, although the body is a bit flat. Medium body. A tweek of syrupy feel.
D) A decent brew, but not one that is a stand out.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Given to me by HopasaurusRex after a recent trip to the beer store. Thanks for the opportunity Todd!
Pours a slightly hazy orange amber color with a smallish white head that dissipates quickly to form a cap. Smells of sweet malt the second I pop the twist off. I nudge my nose a bit closer and find lots of caramel, prunes, sweet fruity malts, and melanoiden. Taste is sweet with fruity malts and caramel. I pick up some brown sugar and cherries in there as well. Finish is a bit sweet with a bit of dryness to it. Mouthfeel is sweet and sticky, carbonation is light to medium, body is medium. It smells a lot better than it tastes. I find this one to be a bit too sweet for its own good. If there were a little bit more burnt sugars or dark fruits in there to counter the sweetness this would be pretty damn good.

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Photo of ckeegan04
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Crystal clear glden brown. Thin white head fades to very thin quickly. Spotty lacing left behind on the glass.

S - Very plain malt-centered aroma. Hints of bread and just a touch of sweetness. As the beer warms a muted earthy/herbal aroma sneaks in but is very mild.

T - Very bready malts up front with a surprising touch of sweet fruitiness as well. A touch of bitterness in the finsih. Like the nose, a light earthiness comes through as the beer warms. The faintest hint of spicy German noble hops are present as well.

M/D - Medium bodied with a somewhat slick feel in the mouth. Leaves a long lasting, slightly bitter aftertaste.

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Photo of tai4ji2x
3.15/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle w twist-off cap. "2009" indicated on the neck label. tasted in late may/early june 2009.

dark honey amber color, w orange tint. gem clear. 1-finger off-white head is fizzy and soon dissipates to just wisps, then nothing. no lace whatsoever.

aroma: malty caramel, apple, whiffs of euro/noble hops. touch of vanilla? faint whiff of alcohol.

taste: caramel maltiness again, but less than what the aroma led me to expect. touch of apple. slightly hoppier than aroma, with euro/noble character and mild to moderate bitterness. a phenol and fusel note, along with general alcohol booziness, comes in towards the finish, slightly thinning out the malt character. nothing horrible, but not desired either.

medium body, some smoothness, but the fusel/alcohol note becomes solvent-like here. mild to moderate carbonation.

when i had this in a small 2 or 3oz sample size at a festival, it seemed so much better. but sitting down with a full serving, it was not as ideal. not a bad beer, but not really all that good either, particularly as a result of the fusels and alcohol that come in and mar the whole thing...

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Photo of wedge
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


Clear and bright orange-amber with a thin, creamy head that quickly shrinks to a bubbly ring. Sweet fruity aroma...caramel, spice, apple, and honey. Bready malt covered with a slick, fruity sweetness. Not overly sweet. On the brighter side of things, not only in appearance, but in flavor too. Sweet bread, honey, and plum. Medium-full, creamy body...a little sticky. Pretty good stuff, nice and smooth.

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Photo of coldmeat23
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

GLASS: Kostritzer Mug
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees

This pours a medium shade of golden burnt orange. Two-fingers of off-white foam make the head. Retention is okay and lacing is pretty good.

The nose is on the lighter side, but nicely filled with light malt and fruit notes. A nice yeastiness is also present.

A very good base of nicely sweet malts is quite evident. Hints of raisins, caramels, apples and white grapes. Mild hints of yeastiness and spices.

Medium bodied with a carbonation level that's almost on the high side. Nice and smooth with a light creaminess to it.

This is very good as an everyday dopplebock, actually. If I had regular access to this, it would most likely become a staple of mine.

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Photo of HiGravShawn
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

a: beautiful color, copper and shiny

s: a little sweet smelling, but malty and nice

t: a little buttery, a little sweet, but good

m: great

d: gets bit cloying for me, but if you like em sweet this is very drinkable

All in all very nice, if a little sweet. I tend to like beers on the dry hoppy side than this, but still enjoyed immensely.

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Photo of number1bum
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a bottle of this from my gay buddy BeerTruth. Thanks sissy.

Pours a rich tangerine/golden color with a frothy two fingers of off-white head. Keeps a thin but full lace and leaves some nice webbing on the sides of the glass.

Smell is very sweet and malty, with aromas of fresh baked bread, candied fruit, golden raisins and lots of caramel. It's a little bit one dimensional but not bad.

Taste is also quite sweet with lots of caramel and golden raisin flavor. It doesn't have the dark caramelized flavor that most doppelbocks do; it's a lighter, more sugary caramel with fruit flavors, like the raisins, to go along with it. There's a bready quality to it, as well. Really nothing in the way of hops; it's a malt bomb for the most part.

Mouthfeel is a creamy medium, quite smooth and nicely carbonated. Doesn't finish cloying given the sweetness. It's pretty clean.

This is tasty enough but it's very one dimensional; could use a bit of hopping to balance it out. It's basically a malt bomb, and a tasty one at that, but it's not overly interesting. I'd still be glad to have a pint or two on occasion, however.

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