Blonde Doppelbock - Capital Brewery

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Ratings: 278
Reviews: 191
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.88%
Wants: 14
Gots: 12 | 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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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.

Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Photo of plfahey
3.67/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Photo of malcontent
3.67/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Photo of 160Shillings
3.67/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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.

Photo of number1bum
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.

Photo of coldmeat23
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Photo of moulefrite
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A flaming red head! Not alot of head retention-decent, yet patchy lace. All malt in the nose with faint fruit and nut adding complexity. Perhaps a little flabby in the mouthfeel with the malts coming on very strong and not enough hop balance, a bit dilute. Malt fans will dig it, no doubt. The beer finishes a tad sweet with mildly lingering malted milk ball flavors.

Photo of Wisconsin
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Photo of ckeegan04
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Photo of TStron
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Photo of brewmudgeon
3.72/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Photo of loren01
3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a golden color, not much head although poured fairly vigourously.
S: Smell is sweet...smells like honey. Slight earthy hop scent as well
T: Sweet and malty up front with a nice bit of spiciness as well.
M: Rich and full mouthfeel
D: Very tasty beer, I think this would be a nice summer BBQ beer.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.76/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

So, do gentlemen prefer this kind of doppelbock? Regardless, this stuff pours a clear golden-brass topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises sweet biscuit, honey, a hint of vanilla, sweet flowers, and a twang of candied orange peel. The taste brings in more of the same, along with a pinch of clove, a hint of sweet corn, and an extra tad of breadiness. There's a definite sense of booze in there, but it doesn't have all that much effect. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a mostly smooth feel. Overall, a solid doppelbock, as per usual when Capital is involved, though I'm not sue the blonde-ness was all that effective in the final execution. I mean, I like this beer, but their other d-bocks just hold up a bit better in my eyes.

Photo of nkersten
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Photo of MJR
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: While the bottle calls it a 'blonde,' I think it's a 'redhead' or 'strawberry blond!' Sports an amber-orange body bookended by pale gold edges with lots of bubbles fighting their way to the top, lots of carbonation here. Crystal clear with a tiny off-white head.

Smell: The nose on this brew is quite weak, with a malty sweetness making the strongest showing.

Taste: Believe it or not, this kinda reminds of a Marzen/Oktoberfest bier at first taste, with less sweetness and crispness. Has a very strong malt flavor with a bit of spiciness making itself known. Finishes with a peculiar balance of sweetness and hop bitterness. There a bit of a toasted flavor buried deep in there as well. I don't know if this makes any sense, but this beer has a very full flavor profile, but at the same time, it's very laid back, like it's hanging in the background. Very unassertive, but good. Finishes clean with a touch of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Has a medium thickness with a round mouthfeel. Finishes crisp and clean.

Drinkability: The higher-than-average alcohol level would keep me from drinking more than one or two, but I find this to be a good laid-back doppelbock with a bit of Trippel and Oktoberfest characteristics thrown in. A good, if not confusing, brew.

Photo of Gump
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear light amber color with hint of orange. minimal head.
Grain and straw-like aromas with a farm-like stink.

Medium mouthfeel. slick, creamy finish. Good balance.
Predominant flavors are sharp grain and a little rasiny. Some cracker-like dry toast.

All malt backbone.

Photo of mariposafan
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Photo of BDLbrewster
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear amber color with a thick frothy head that slowly dissipates leaving heavy lacing on the glass. Not much for suspended bubbles. The smell is of faint malt and a bit of bread yeast. Sweet taste, caramel with slightly bitter alcohol ridden finish. Buttery.... Mouthfeel is nice and full and the drinkability is not too bad, I could put down three or four 12oz's pretty easy.
Good stuff..

Photo of bruachan
3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
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

Photo of blackie
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: There is a low white head that recedes to the standard ring around the glass and a thin layer on the surface. The beer itself is a light amber in color.

smell: On the nose I find a moderate sweetness of lighter grains and a touch of lite toaste. There are some fresh, light grain aromas that smell almost green. A considerable hop aroma, as the beer warms, takes on noes of used hop matter. Smells great, subtle yet complex.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is medium, as is the body...giving the beer a full, yet lighter feel.

taste: Big sweetness of lighter grains, giving bready/grainy aromas. A moderate, tealike noble hop flavor and a light-moderate bitterness are noted. Not very deep, but quite tasty.

drinkability: easy...a good beer all around

Cellared for about six months by expatsteve. Sampled at a doppelbock tasting with golden2wenty1, dirtylou, and myself...6/6 in the lineup.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear honey color with a thin light beige head that fades away pretty quick and leaves a little bit of lacing.

Smell mainly consists of sweet grainy malts that remind me of honeycomb cereal. Has a lighter, less roasty and robust nose than a traditional dark doppelbock.

The lighter specialty malt bill leads to a sweet bready flavor and quite noticeable alcohol presence. Hops are detectable as well with the light body and moderately high carbonation. I found this to be pretty tasty and enjoyable beer, I would be happy to taste some more from this brewery.

Photo of WastingFreetime
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Looks golden apricot-colored, semi opaque, nice head that falls apart quickly, no lacing, low carbonation in my bottle, but nice thick heavy body that supports the dense flavors quite nicely.
The nose is quite boozey in character, vaguely whisky-like at times, perhaps almost too boozey. Rampant odors of dark fruit esters almost smother the sweet malt odor, which would be just fine if this were a Belgian Ale, but it is not. This brew could stand to have the alcohol trimmed down a bit in order to better show off the malt characters.
Taste is where the malt is at. Sweet delicious malts, an interesting spectrum of grainy goodness, the flavor profile of an excellent doppelbock somewhat hampered by being overly hot with ABV around the edges. The mouthfeel is smooth and pleasant, however.

Photo of cretemixer
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I don't know exactly what a blonde doppelbock is supposed to look like, but not a bad looking beer anyway. Pours a clear golden-amber in color with a minimal head. It fades to almost nothing leaving a few splotches of lace.
Malty aroma with a slight perfumy quality. A bit of a hard apple cider smell as well.
The taste is smooth & malty, but not real deep. Sweet with an extremely mild hoppiness.
Medium bodied with sharp carbonation. It warms you up a bit as it goes down, but remains quite drinkable. Definitely worth a try.

Blonde Doppelbock from Capital Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 278 ratings.