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Blonde Doppelbock - Capital Brewery

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87
very good

270 Ratings
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Ratings: 270
Reviews: 188
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.88%
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 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 kels
4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I first tried this beer on tap at the Map Room in Chicago, and I LOVED it! I brought home a 6, and this review is on my last bottle poured into an imperial pint nearly 9 months later (I found it in the back of my fridge - I must have been too sad about it being the last to drink it). I know that this style isn't particularly given to aging, but after 1 sip I was immensely impressed with how good it still was.

Appearance: This is definitely a honey blonde - warm, golden hue to the clear liquid. Pours with a 1 inch soft white head that fades immediately to a skim. Very little lacing left behind. Lots of bubbly CO2 runs throughout.

Smell: Very clear malty presence in the nose - sweet, caramelly and slightly chewy smelling graininess. Complements are notes of honey and light hopiness that reminds me more of crisp apples than citrus or pine.

Taste/Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel of this beer, even after several months, is incredibly pleasing. It is bright and mouth-filling thanks to good carbonation and a really balanced taste. It finishes with a nice effervescence. The taste is really nice and smooth - a great starter dopplebock for those who might be put off by the heavier, darker traditional style. The first thing I think when I drink this beer is that it is very "tasty." The flavor is very full and robust for something so light and drinkable. It really spreads well across the tongue. Notes of light, sweet malts blend perfectly with hints of crisp, bright hops. There is little to no detection of the alcohol in the taste.

Drinkability: Super-easy drinking session beer. I wish I could get this in Cincy year around. It would definitely be a staple in my fridge.

kels, Jan 03, 2009
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 BeerTruth
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to flyingbison for this one.

12 oz. bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

Pours a beautiful clear bronze with a creamy two finger white head that falls to a thin layer of foam. Not much webbing on the sides but a lot of bubbles racing to the top of the glass. Smell consists of smokey caramel malts, a smooth nuttiness, and a good amount of roasted grains. A good amount of breadiness and a touch of pepper in the nose as well. Taste begins with a very sweet caramel and butterscotch with a touch of smokey malt. Bready malts and sweet sugar midway with a touch of citrus as well. Aftertaste is wet with toasted grains and slight earthy hop flavors. Light to medium body with a slick and moist feel. Smooth and enjoyable carbonation which gives the beer life. I like this beer a lot. Capital continues to prove they've mastered the art of brewing lagers. My good college buddy is moving to Madison very soon, I'll definitely be visiting him often :)

BeerTruth, Sep 07, 2008
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
Photo of nickynick
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Capital is quickly becoming one of my favorite American breweries. The blond doppelbock was an interesting beer. It poured a light amber color with an nice white head, and decent lacing. Smell was sweet, and malty. The taste matched the smell. Sweet, malty, and hints of caramel. Had the slightest hop finish. Mouthfeel was good, a little syrupy but not bad. Overall this was nice and sweet doppelbock. A change of pace from other doppels. It was very nice.

nickynick, Jul 26, 2008
Photo of mikesgroove
2.58/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Twelve ounce bottle acquired as an extra. Served in a pilsner glass and consumed on 07/17/2008.

Grabbed this one out of the fridge last night before dinner and intended to enjoy it while I was eating, but it did not really turn out that way. The pour was rather dull, with an amber color, with nice clarity but that was about it. No head really ever, except for maybe a broken ring of lace on the top but that was about it. Some light carbonation streaming from the bottom, but the whole thing really did not strike me as overly impressive.

The aroma was more of the same. Light roasted malts, with a musty and very bready profile. Nothing really that would tell me the style or what direction this was going to go in. The flavor was just not good, at least for me. This one tasted stale, moldy bread and gym socks would be the appropriate description. Decent body, but again slick, with not enough carbonation in it to really make a difference. No real hint of alcohol, but still, this was a mess. No direction and everything taste stale.

Overall I was a bit shocked and let down by this one. I have had good luck with Capital so far and this was the first one that threw me. Nothing that would keep me from trying them again in the future, but it does make me take pause. Oh well on to the next one.

mikesgroove, Jul 19, 2008
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 pwoods
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. brown bottle, purchased at Sam's in Chicago, poured into a pint.

Pretty much the same beer from the bottle as on tap (http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/368/2963/?ba=pimpp). The smell is the biggest downfall of this brew but I'd say it makes up for it in drinkability. Under 7% for a doppelbock is very nice.

pwoods, Jun 04, 2008
Photo of garymuchow
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looking forward to this. 'Haven't had a doppelbock in quite awhile. Poured into pilsner glass.
Mild but pleasant malt base with a mild hop spiciness too. The malt has a slight toast and a bit of bread too.
Nice dense head of off white. Dark gold, very clear and lots of bubbles rising.
Nice lager dense malt flavor with an edge of alcohol. Ahhhh, that's nice. Hops in both slight flavor and rather brief appearance of bitterness which really also helps balance what could have been an intense sweetness. Instead the malt is rich and full but doesn't cross the line into cloy.
The carbonation is so fine and soft. This surrounds a more than moderately heavy richness and the combination creates luscious feel that's not quite velvet, but splendid nonetheless. Seems to thin out some in time, but still good.
This drinks well. Maybe too well as it could catch up on a guy if not careful.

garymuchow, May 24, 2008
Photo of IBUnit63
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to flyingbison for packing this nicely into a trade as an extra...

Surprisingly light amber/copper color. Very thin head. Quite clean and clear with minimal visible carbonation.

Very clean and fruity (?) scent...pineapple and white grapes (?)...some sweet malt...maybe a tinge of phenol?

Very clean and enjoyable. Well-balanced, mild brown sugar malt. Slight pine to the hop character...a little alcohol and carbonation burn.

Clean and well-balanced mouthfeel. Stronger carbonation bites the lips a little more than expected.

Very drinkable and enjoyable - stealth sessionable?

IBUnit63, Apr 29, 2008
Photo of getch
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a-golden, light amber color, has some residue on the glass, not much head when being poured

s-lightly fruity, malt smell, it is very good, and is a warmer smell. Its not a distinct smell, but very good. Adds to the flavor

t-extremely smooth, has a nice hit of alcohol that reaches in the middle of the senses. I taste a sweet carmel

m-again smooth and some what thick, it lingers in the mouth for some time. A bit of a surprise

d- this can be booth a sipping beer and have a bunch beer, very enjoyable and will def buy more.

getch, Apr 17, 2008
Photo of KeefD
2.85/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This beer was ok, but very unimpressed. This was my first foray into so-called "Blonde Doppelbocks" and it disappointed me. Way too sweet for my taste. No carbonation, no lacing, no head off tap. Could have been better,or at least not labeled as a doppel.

KeefD, Apr 14, 2008
Photo of emerge077
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased a six-pack on the last trip to WI, and now it's available a few weeks later in Chicagoland...new label from the one pictured.

Pours a deep golden orange into a Duvel tulip. Very nice coloration, it reminds me of fossilized amber. Head retention is good, a little swirl generates a 1/4" foam boost.

Initial aroma of banana candy, which faded into sweet malts, hay, and mild spiciness. It has a buttery caramel feel on the palate, ample carbonation, with the bigger body of a doppel. Sweet and smooth, there are no sharp edges, it just bellydances down the gullet. Malty and sweet, Werther's Original candy, with a vague cookie dough flavor.

It's very agreeable, and seems to be a good introductory German-style beer in general.

emerge077, Apr 09, 2008
Photo of brdc
4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Small capped bottle.
Light golden brew with a nice white head, good retention and lacing.
Nice aroma is made of sweet maltiness, with some nutty and honeyish notes.
Medium to full bodied, it is surprisingly rich in taste (or perhaps I was just expecting something lighter based on the clear appearance); it has the same malty, sweetish and honeyish notes, along with some nuts and even some fruitiness.
Very nice, another good beer from Capital.

brdc, Mar 30, 2008
Photo of Greggy
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Beautiful yellow orange color with a nice 2 finger head that slowly recedes into some sparce lacing.

Smell- A nice pleasant hop aroma and some sweet malt. A little difficult to gather, in my honest opinion.

Taste- A thick taste of caramel, candies, and syrup comes through. Very malt based with little hoppiness. The finish is mostly residual sweetness. I would have liked to see a touch more hop presence to balance out the semi-cloying sweetness.

Mouthfeel- the low carbonation works well with the maltiness of the brew and makes it even smoother.

Drinkability- @ 6.9%, it's not sessionable, at least not for me, but to enjoy seasonally a couple times, it isn't to shabby. A bit more filling that your average beer.

Greggy, Mar 21, 2008
Photo of BeerBelcher
3/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I took "blonde" to mean light, which is a misconception I know, but I was still surprised how substantial this beer was. Lots of caramel, lots of malt, viscous. Not bad, but for all the compounds that were clearly suspended in the liquid (evident from the mouthfeel and thickness), it didn't taste like all that much. Sort of a mismatch to me. Still, not a bad beer, and I thought it OK.

Color is a dirty-blonde amber color. This beer is pretty thick and had very little head. I don't know the nutritional info on this beer, but pouring gave me the impression that it is a calorie bomb. Aroma is caramel but rather faint. Flavor takes a back-seat to mouthfeel, which is thick and full and combined with the flavor reminiscent of malt syrup. Still, it was good in that the maltiness intensity was clearly communicated, yet the beer didn't taste grainy or overly cerealy.

Not bad, and more than I was expecting. However, I was a bit disappointed in the intensity of flavor delivered, particularly given a very heavy mouthfeel. I'd weakly recommend.

I bought this as a single from 3 Cellars in Franklin, WI.

BeerBelcher, Mar 17, 2008
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 Atron67
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

P- rather ornate for capital brewery blue label

A- poured a crystal clear amber with an almost white head, pretty effervescent in my duvel glass. head settled to a think film.

S- malty, but a sweeter scent, not quite an amber scents, but remaniscnet of cinnamon. hops are pretty hidden.

T- biscuity malts predominate, a light cinnamon like scent seems pretty prevalent. the maltiness is on top and is quite solid, the hops still seems pretty light again but the flavor is still pretty solid

M- full body pretty strong carbonation

D- pretty damn good, no wonder he has a fest to celebrate this

Atron67, Feb 26, 2008
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 Slynger
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

By blonde I suppose they meant dirty blonde, so much so that it may actually be a redhead.
Smells sweet and malty with a touch of fruit and a dash of spiciness.
Tastes of sweet caramel malts along with hints of apples. Slightly spicy with the barest tinge of hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is smooth with a little bit of warming alcohol.
I enjoyed this one a lot despite not knowing the style very well.

Slynger, Dec 21, 2007
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.43/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz delivered all the way from Chicago by way of Archer Liquors, Thanks Randy, I've been wanting to try this one for a looong time. Poured into my small weizen glass.

Big initial head that goes away a little too fast (alcohol?)... no real lacing but a good color remains from a pretty good carbonation level... liquid looks like sparkling apple cider...but only crystal clear.

Smell is malts... lite caramel and more sweet malts... maybe a little one dimentional... no real hop nose to speak of... could use a smack or two of noble hops.

Flavor is more of the same with a little lite fruitiness... not quite as clean as other Capital brews I've had. Big malts through and through... munich and toasted malts... complex malts but needs more bitterness to be balanced.... even a touch of hop spicey hop flavor would be appreciated. viscosity is no where near as thick as expected for a dopplebock.... I would quantify this one as a big boned maibock.

Pretty good, and a fantastic transitional beer for a macro drinker... needs more depth though for my palate, and I love a good lager...especially American made ones.

JohnGalt1, Dec 10, 2007
Photo of
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 gpcollen1
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours quite a light amber into my Imp Pint, head gets huge on a vigorous pour but settles right down. Aroma is hoppy with a light malty undertone. Taste follows that as the hops stands out on top of the rich malty presence. This one is a nice change for a dopplebock for sure. Easily drinkable yet enough flavor and aroma to thoroughly enjoy. Cheers!

gpcollen1, Oct 30, 2007
Photo of lakeviewmike
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours light golden/yellow with a small head.

Smells malty, fresh, bready.

Taste is malty and has that grassy twang found in a good doppelbock. High alcohol comes through as warm and enhancing, not overpowering. Doughy. Low hops.

This was my first blonde doppelbock and I really liked it. Great bock flavor but lighter and very drinkable.

lakeviewmike, Oct 15, 2007
Blonde Doppelbock from Capital Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 270 ratings.