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Blonde Doppelbock - Capital Brewery

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268 Ratings
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Ratings: 268
Reviews: 188
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.88%
Wants: 12
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  7.80% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-05-2002)
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Photo of roadhouse
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a Brooklyn pils glass

Pours a clear deep golden color with a one inch off-white head that falls to a skim which retains well. Moderate lacing is left down the glass.

Aroma is full of caramel and toffee maltiness with a bit of a fruity character and some herbal spicy hops.

Taste is sweet up front with some caramel and toffee malt character with a fruity flavor coming in next but I can't really pinpoint anything specific. A bit of breadiness as well before the herbal and spicy hop character comes out in the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, nice carbonation level makes it soft and easy drinking.

I thought this one was pretty good though I definitely prefer a darker Doppelbock. An interesting beer though, worth a try.

roadhouse, May 17, 2009
Photo of wheatyweiss
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.

wheatyweiss, Feb 24, 2008
Photo of tgraven
4/5  rDev +3.6%

tgraven, Apr 18, 2014
Photo of tmcelman
4/5  rDev +3.6%

tmcelman, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of Flightoficarus
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Flightoficarus, Oct 29, 2010
Photo of mrfrancis
4/5  rDev +3.6%

mrfrancis, Jul 06, 2013
Photo of scootercrabb
4/5  rDev +3.6%

scootercrabb, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of Wiscivore
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Wiscivore, Nov 04, 2012
Photo of TX-Badger
4/5  rDev +3.6%

TX-Badger, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of jzlyo
4/5  rDev +3.6%

jzlyo, Jul 05, 2013
Photo of TheBungyo
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Flyingbison for this treat!

It's hard for me to believe that I spent a total of almost 10 years in the Badger state but was never a beer drinker. Drinking this tonight makes me feel I need to get back in a hurry for a visit.

This beauty is like luscious honey drizzled in a glass already half full of a liquified ray from the setting sun. Head looks like beaten cream. Spots of lacing are left behind like evidence.

Nose is sweet, like the juice from a can of pears, syrupy too.

The taste is sweet, but it never reaches overkill. It's slightly apple cidery (sans sourness) and a bit syrupy like the canned pear juice I mentioned earlier. In the finish is a pleasant toastiness that's almost biscuity. I think this would be a great beer to serve someone who claims they don't like beer.

Carbonation is extremely light but just noticeable enough to be apparent. I would definitely buy this again were it on shelves in Seattle.

TheBungyo, Mar 26, 2007
Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Rochefort10nh, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of I2uss
4/5  rDev +3.6%

I2uss, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of barnzy78
4/5  rDev +3.6%

barnzy78, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of bsp77
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Snifter.

Appearance: More fire orange than blonde. Very little head despite aggressive pour.

Smell: Sweet fruit, light noble hops, slight alcohol.

Taste: Very mild taste for a Doppelbock, but quite pleasing. Some fruit. Pepper and spice notes from the noble hops, but no bitterness.

Feel: Thick and smooth. Not as chewy as some Doppelbocks, but chewy nonetheless. Low carbonation.

Drinkability: Easier drinking Doppelbock than most. Great Spring seasonal.

bsp77, May 10, 2009
Photo of Buebie
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a 2009 bottle.

Poured into a pint glass. The color is a crystal clear transparent copper. Good, long lasting carbonation rise, 1 inch white cola like head. Quickly receeds leaving no retention or lace.

The aroma is a bit spicie with hints at peppery hops, candy sugar, apples and a good amount of grainy malt aroma.

The taste reflects alot of its aromas, more spiced apple cidery flavors though, with a dry fermented candy sugar flavor. Some sour dough crust flavors, a good amount of pepepry hops with a touch of earthyness to it. Theres a bit of rye like spicie grain bite, with bittering grain flavors.
somthing buttery, like a buttered toast flavor, overall very clean. This finishes crisp and dry with a leafdy hop linger and a touch of hemp.

The mouthfeel is somwhat thick with a bit of creamyness from carbonation. There is plenty of carbonation in this, without that stingy bite.

Buebie, Mar 20, 2009
Photo of battlekow
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first doppelbock. Very blonde, orange-colored, almost no head or lacing. Smells sweet, with a big kick of spicy hops. Tastes really, really, really good, a revelation for me in the way it's quite hoppy but still extremely smooth. My experience with Capital has been that they make solid, faithful, unexceptional representations of styles, and since this is my first for this particular style, I can't comment on that aspect; however, I can say that it's a damn tasty beer.

battlekow, Aug 16, 2005
Photo of adman08
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Golden amber color with minimal head that fades quickly. Very clear.
S-Slight grainy aroma with a faint hint of citrus. Slightly funky smelling.
T-Malty, a hint a citrus and slightly earthy.
M-Good body for a pale beer. Decent carbonation.
Overall, this is a delicious summer time bock. It does pack a bit more punch than your typical warm weather beer but the flavor, unlike darker bocks, is still fairly light and refreshing.

adman08, Apr 21, 2011
Photo of RedBaron
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
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!

RedBaron, Jun 16, 2004
Photo of ThaBobfather
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

ThaBobfather, Apr 22, 2010
Photo of Chaz
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Soft pour into a half liter mug. Pale tan head with moderate lacing. Pale orange (or amber-tinged golden if you prefer) in color, quite clear, and with moderate carbonation. Big malty nose, with light notes of plum, tangerine, and toffee. Some warming alcohol is present on the nose. Not much by way of hops on the nose, but they're here alright. Tastes 'brighter' (dumb word choice, I know) or at least livelier than many a dark doppelbock I can think of, but would easily strike you average everyday-drinker of light lagers as a so-called 'dark beer' if it were offered to him or her in a blind taste test. Light honey notes start this one out, and fairly linger throughout, playing of some rich caramel-noted malts and a touch of crystal malt for sweetness. Light hints of molasses. As with a few other doppelbocks I could mention, this one is on the fruity side for a lager, and this is to its credit. Honey notes in the aromatics, and the barest hint of candi sugar keep you guessing at this one: ale or lager? Almost mead-like in character, with a firm, medium body, slightly thick/slightly creamy mouthfeel, and excellent drinkability. This is just an excellent brew, plain and simple, and it's worth whatever the good folks at Capital feel they should get for it. This one (and the Bell's Cherry Stout) are on my list of "dream kegs" for when I own my own place, whatever that place may be ; D !

Chaz, Mar 17, 2007
Photo of Skidz
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Skidz, Oct 22, 2004
Photo of ColoradoBobs
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle is slightly different from what is pictured, and it says Platinum Blonde Doppelbock. Is this the same beer?

Moderate pour at 55 degrees yield a huge off-white head over a clear amber body. Head fades fairly soon to a solid cap.

Smell is solid cracker malt and some darker roasts, lots of bread dough and some nice yeast. Not a hint of hops -- just as it should be.

Taste follows the smell to a "T." Nice. Very nice.

Mouthfeel is nice and round, chewy and lasting.

Drinkability is good -- the malt masks the alcohol completely.

Thanks to shbobdb for the incredible trade!

ColoradoBobs, Dec 03, 2008
Photo of Duff27
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

February 2010 bottle

A- Pours an amber/light red into a pilsner glass. Half inch white head. Effervescence looks great. Good lacing and head retention.

S- Smells of a boozy pilsner, what?

T- Very malty. Thick robust bread character. Slight green appley booze. Tasty!

M- Creamy/somewhat syrupy, medium to heavy mouthfeel.

D/O- Quite refreshing even for a higher ABV beer. A four pack of this in the summer would be great for wasting away an afternoon outside. Capital knows doppelbocks, period.

Duff27, May 28, 2011
Photo of jwinship83
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- a light amber color with little to no head and lots of bubbling action.

S- mildly sweet and bready malts.

T- sweet honey like and a strong malt presence. very complex with a slight hoppy finish. very crisp and clean. very nice

M- feels heavy in the mouth with lots of carbonation which adds to the enjoyment.

D- this one is very easy to drink. a great summer beer that begs to be taken to a BBQ. pick this one up if you havnt already tried it.

jwinship83, Aug 08, 2008
Blonde Doppelbock from Capital Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 268 ratings.