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Blonde Doppelbock - Capital Brewery

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87
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267 Ratings
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Ratings: 267
Reviews: 188
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 12
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  7.80% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of ajzy
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

ajzy, Jun 01, 2013
Photo of clvand0
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orange/yellow color with almost no head that doesn't leave any lacing on the glass. The aroma is grainy and has some toasted malts. The flavor is malty and has an interesting toasted maltiness. It's ok, but the flavor just doesn't do it for me. The mouthfeel is moderate and the drinkability is ok.

clvand0, Nov 22, 2005
Photo of afinepilsner
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle

Blonde Doppelbock was amber in color with some fine sediment floating about. It had an off-white head with decent retention and lacing. The smell was light caramel malt. The taste was sweet malt upfront, a little toasty and a bit fruity with noticeable alcohol. The finish was dry and warming. It was medium bodied with medium carbonation. Drinkability was average. It's a decent Doppelbock, but not one that I will likely try again.

afinepilsner, Dec 13, 2010
Photo of piconaut
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

piconaut, May 01, 2012
Photo of XmnwildX12
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

XmnwildX12, Nov 22, 2013
Photo of Westuh
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Westuh, Jan 30, 2014
Photo of hopdog
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle acquired in trade with Styles (thanks!).

Poured a medium an clear golden color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of oranges, nectarines, caramel and very light spices. Tastes of the same. Lively body that was on the thin side.

Notes from: 11/11/05

hopdog, Jan 13, 2009
Photo of kmpitz2
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a solid orange color with a striking lack of head. Nose is full of toasty melanoidans and nice figgy notes. Very appealing nose. Flavor is solid toasted maltyness. Good bit of vienna and munich malt. Light figgy character, but mostly melanoidan. Feel is moderate with a light to moderate carbonation. Overall, nothing really makes this one stand out to me. The flavors are just not turning me on all that much. Its okay, but I don't think I would have it again.

kmpitz2, Nov 20, 2005
Photo of timbro81
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, higly carbonated, soft orange/light copper. No head even with a medium pour. Thats just slightly softer than a hard pour by the way. Smells malty, kind of sweet like an ice cream cone. Nuttiness and toffee dominate the initial taste. Zesty hops pick up from there. Slight vanilla in the initial taste. Nice mouth feel to it. This beer really grew on me as I worked my way through it. Well put together.

timbro81, Jun 19, 2008
Photo of Sammy
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Decent and interesting and bang on the style. Some funk in aroma, wheaty, yeasty. The taste is sassy blonde. Above average mouthfeel.
Bottle gifted from the brewmaster and from the owner in Tampa meetup.Told this bottle ages for eight years or more, but it was hot out and the bottle cold. Drinkability was OK.

Sammy, May 16, 2011
Photo of smcolw
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Little to no lace--Starts with a small head but recedes to a single layer of fine bubbles. Bright copper color and very clear.

Strong molasses/brown sugar aroma.

The smell comes through in the taste. Rich body with a relatively low carbonation level. Nearly no hop--on the sweet side (even for the style). Not crisp--round, like an ale.

smcolw, Jul 11, 2009
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Gueuzedude, Oct 17, 2010
Photo of jhp40219
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
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!

jhp40219, Apr 18, 2010
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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.

, Nov 07, 2007
Photo of ADR
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clearish bright orange color with a yellow frothy head of small, rich bubbles. Laces in big thin laces. Toffee-ish aroma, slight spice. Full mouthfeel, coating and long lasting with more carbonation than the Dark Doppelbock or Autumnal Fire. Flavor is the most muted of the Capital limited release Doppelbocks, pleasant and sweet but not straying from medium dark caramel at first and deconstructing to a honey and slight molasses sense close to the swallow. Decent balance, but no overt hopiness -- as appropriate. Since this is one of the Capital "premiums", I have to give it just OK marks on flavor, as its the most ordinary of the line of brews.

ADR, Mar 03, 2003
Photo of plfahey
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a wine glass.

Appearance-Burnished gold/honey amber color with moderately high clarity. Short cream colored head has decent retention and shows some lacing.

Aroma-Sweet grainy malt aroma with notes of white bread and honey. Moderate pear and cherry fruity esters. Slight toasted sourdough crusts. Low green, herbal hops appear briefly in the background. There's a perfumy alcohol note in there as well.

Flavor-Sweet caramel toffee up front with light pear fruitiness. The midpalate brings floral honey notes before closing with white sourdough and dry, warming alcohol. Finishes with moderately low hop bitterness, a touch of woody hop flavor and a good helping of alcohol.

Mouthfeel-Medium full body with moderate carbonation. Thick and yet somewhat smooth on the palate before moderate alcohol warmth kicks in in the back of your mouth.

Not bad, but it doesn't blow me away either. Somewhat reminiscent of a Belgian Blonde with a little less yeast character. I would expect what is basically a hellesbock to have a bit more hop flavor to it, and perhaps a bit higher bitterness. The aroma is quite pleasant, but the flavor dissipates quickly on the palate, and the alcohol in the finish is maybe a tad harsh. Pretty drinkable, but not my favorite for the style.

plfahey, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of BasementBer
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Great clarity with a bone-white head of foam. Not the best in head retention.

S: Hard alcohol, whiskey like. Almost sweet mixed drink character to it. Though Im not reading anything that says its been aged in those conditions.

T: This is the first Capital I can say has a body. The flavor is sweet and malty with that bite of a higher alcohol. Toffee like notes in the finish with slight bittering characteristic.

M: Fizzy at the front as most capital's seem to have, and heavy alcohol makes this a stronger wash but doesnt burn in the throat as you may expect.

D: I can say its the best I have tried out of several from this brewery but I don't think I would go back to back with this.

BasementBer, May 01, 2011
Photo of malcontent
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.

malcontent, Mar 07, 2008
Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle at 45 degrees into a pint glass.

A: It pours a slightly hazy orange color with a finger of white head that does not hold or lace very well.

S: Honey, caramel malts, sweet berries, and breadiness.

T: Sweet tangy berries, wet bread, and caramel.

M: The body is of medium thickness with some creaminess but a fast-dying carbonation.

D: This is a little more tangy than a typical Doppelbock but the rest of the regular qualities are there. It is a decent brew but not one I'll seek out.

bucklemyshoe, Mar 10, 2011
Photo of shand
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

This one pours a fairly clear orange-red color with two fingers of head that goes down fairly quickly, but a bit of head lasts for quite some time. Aroma is grainy, malty, citrusy, and a bit alcoholic. The taste here is quite interesting, the main thing I get on the tongue is booze, but it's not overbearing. It's actually tempered well with some green apple, grains, lemons, and caramel malts. But, yeah, it's a boozy brew. The mouthfeel is fairly full and decently carbonated, and the drinkability is pretty good, considering the booziness. This brew almost reminds me of a barleywine since the alcohol is just so forward. Either way, it's a solid beer.

shand, Jul 01, 2011
Photo of Wisconsin
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Nice gentle pour releases a clear amber body with tons of carbonation floating up to the top. The head was about half an inch in appearance and fades to a lace within a few minutes. Quite light colored in appearance for a doppelbock.

S - Strong malts with some faint hops maybe citrus notes.

T - Strong malt flavor which is quite surprising considering the color of this beer. Hops are faintly present to give the beer some balance. Alcohol is barely noticeable considering the amount in the beer.

M - Initial taste is malts as the beer enters your mouth. As the beer passes there is a nice balance of carbonation that brings in some hops.

D - This is a decent beer, something I would probably enjoy more in the winter but good nonetheless.

Overall I would have to say I enjoyed the Autumnal Fire more than this beer. Regardless, Capital needs to either improve their year round lineup or lower their prices on their beers. Their regular year round lineup is no cheaper than other local breweries but doesn't seem to compare. Aside from these limited release beers, which are about $3 dollars higher per six pack, there are few Capital beers that I would buy aside from individual bottles.

Wisconsin, Aug 17, 2009
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3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

number1bum, Sep 30, 2009
Photo of brewmudgeon
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

capital blonde doppelbock

3.5-4 clear light amber, 1 finger head sticks around a bit, then leaves a ring that ultimately disappears, depositing no lace.

3.5-4 pale and german malts and a touch of grassy hop

3.5-4 lightly toasted bread maltiness is cut by peppery alcohol. the melanoidens are there and film the roof of my mouth, but they don't carry through uninterupted. the alcohol is a bit too unmasked for me given the particular characteristics of this beer.

3.5 very germanic smoothness to the body. carbonation fairly brisk. but the filming is too much.

3.5-4 a good effort. pretty close to what i think of as a maibock as opposed to a doppelbock. the filming is a bit excessive though, as is the intrusiveness of alcohol in the flavor. yet i find myself sucking it down pretty quick.

brewmudgeon, Aug 14, 2009
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3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

ckeegan04, Dec 09, 2009
Photo of 160Shillings
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: Strong malt aromas with slight caramel. Moderate alcohol aroma.
Appearance: Deep gold color. Creamy white persistent head made of fine bubbles.
Flavor: Powerful malt flavor with abundant melanoidin. Slight caramel flavors. Warming alcohol flavor from start to finish. Decidedly sweet with low bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Medium-full body with medium carbonation. Very smooth.
Overall Impression: A stronger but lighter version of a bock, perhaps a double version of a Maibock.
Comments: This beer taste more like a malt cordial than what most people think of as beer. At 7.8%, it is more of a treat than something you would drink with dinner. Still a very special treat for malt lovers.

160Shillings, Mar 20, 2012
Blonde Doppelbock from Capital Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 267 ratings.