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Blonde Doppelbock - Capital Brewery

Blonde DoppelbockBlonde Doppelbock

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BA SCORE
87
very good

262 Ratings
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Ratings: 262
Reviews: 188
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.14%


Brewed by:
Capital Brewery visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  7.80% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-05-2002)
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2011 22:12:54 | More by Sammy
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BasementBer

Manitoba (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2011 00:39:32 | More by BasementBer
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adman08

Wisconsin

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2011 01:21:24 | More by adman08
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Lemke10

Wisconsin

3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a 4pk bottle of this at Woodman's in Janesville, WI for $8.39 in Spring 2011.

Pours a pale amber color with a thin and fastly diminishing head. Some scents of sweet carmel malts, grainy wheats and a little lemon citrus. Packs a bold taste for a lighter colored beer. A very complex mix of malts and grains that leave a very dry taste in your mouth. Interesting to say the least.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2011 22:19:43 | More by Lemke10
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains honey, lager yeast, light caramelized malts, some fruit and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready from lager yeast and a hearty malt character. Then some strongly sweet flavors of honey, caramel and fruit follow. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, light but good representation of style, this is a very solid beer worth drinking for a long time.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2011 03:30:04 | More by TheManiacalOne
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scaliasux

Wisconsin

4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Amber. Clear with evident carbonation. Tall of-white head with persistence.

Smell - Sweet malts. Not particularly strong.

Taste - Heavy dose of medium roasted malt. A honey like sweetness, but quite rich. Hint of alcohol. Rich and very pleasant taste.

Mouthfeel - Creamy. Medium to full. Alcohol warmth.

Overall - This should be the official drink of March in Wisconsin. It looks like summer's coming, but it gives you what you need for March. Something worth looking forward to every year.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2011 03:51:53 | More by scaliasux
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mjpolzin

Wisconsin

3.33/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was just a very standard beer to me, nothing special.

The color and smell were pretty average. An orange golden color that could have been any of hundreds of beers out there. The smell was about what you'd think a bock would smell like.

When I took a sip, I was expecting something more to kick in; maybe a little more bitterness, maybe some sweetness (because I saw people reference a sweetness in other reviews) but there was nothing there.

If I did have to say one positive about this beer, the 7.8 abv is well hidden and the beer does go down rather smooth so if you were in the mood to polish off 3 or 4 of these and get a nice little buzz going; this beer would work. There are times I am looking for that but on this particular Friday night, I wanted something good to sip and enjoy and it just didn't do it for me.

EDIT-I have held onto a few bottles of this for a few months now and after having one tonight, I noticed more booziness than the last time I had one. I don't know if just a few months is enough to bring out characteristics from cellaring it but it was for sure packed more of a punch than the last time I had it. Another factor was that right before I drank this tonight, I had two lesser alcohol beers so it may have made this one seem more boozy.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2011 02:24:40 | More by mjpolzin
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BeerLover99

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: golden bubbly orange/amber body, trace head, very little lacing

S: whiff of malt, slight spice and fruit scent, mild honey, wish it was tad stronger

T: big firm malt, slight sweet fruit taste

M: medium body, smooth, semi-sticky finish

D: CAPITAL IS ALL ABOUT BOCKS!! This is delicious, they just know how to make delicious bock brews.
Pick up this seasonal gem. Give it a try. It's funny, but only in the past few years have I grown to enjoy bocks.
The 7.8% ABV is well hidden and I could down the whole 4 pack, but probably not a good move.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2011 23:25:38 | More by BeerLover99
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bucklemyshoe

Georgia

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2011 20:52:16 | More by bucklemyshoe
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Infamous7100

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a brownish, Carmel color into my pint glass. Clear with little to no head.
Smells great. I am getting some apple, Carmel and biscuit aromas. Very nice.
Taste is just a bit too sweet for me. The carmel and malts just take over. A nice boozy flavor as well. Reminds me of a bourbon ale.
Low to medium carbonation with a thin to medium body. Hang is minimal, more booze than malt.
I like the beer, but one is enough. I would have liked a tad more balance here. Need a little more hops and just a tad less malt.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2011 02:21:43 | More by Infamous7100
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Tilley4

Tennessee

3/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Definitely lighter than others of the style... Very sweet and fruity malt aromas... Overly sweet.. Lots of apple and raisins... Loads of sweet caramel malts with the apple and raisin present here as well... Strange aftertaste present as well... This one isn't working for me... Very average doppelbock...

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2011 05:23:56 | More by Tilley4
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afinepilsner

Iowa

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2010 00:34:13 | More by afinepilsner
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.28/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a golden color with quite a bit of haze and a thin white head. Interesting nose with grain and some light fruits. Hints of alcohol. Taste is light fruit and grain, going along with a creamy mouthfeel with slight booze. An interesting idea, but not all that good.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2010 22:21:00 | More by Thorpe429
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katybee

Oregon

4.85/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This review is of the "Platinum Blonde Doppelbock" produced by Capital Brewery...from the label I wasn't sure if this is different than 'blonde doppelbock'. But whichever it is, to my taste it's great! From the term blonde and the type lager , I was expecting a highbrow Budweiser. Nothing like that!

The beer poured a deep orangey amber, with a beautiful head of thick rich pale foam about 2" deep.

The smell was very light, almost a little citrusy, but towards malt.

The taste was incredible, especially in contrast to what I was expecting--I've been sampling malted ales, and this definitely had that aspect of smooth maltedness, but totally without the toasted burnt notes. I detected esthers of banana and apple, in addition to carmelized malt sweetness, and very little hop bittrness...the slight presence of flowery perhaps citrus hops if any, but very very light. The predominance was of sweet malt, and perhaps honey. The label of this beer simply threw me for a loop as far as my expectations which were more than well met. This beer wasn't overly sweet, just not the presence of bitter hops or aftertaste. This would be great with many foods, and as a slowly sipped beer. Well balanced, not overly bitter or burnt, and no flavor changes first to last sip.

Very smooth creamy mouthfeel, medium body. A little slippery on the tongue; definitely much more there than a Guinness, or oatmeal stouts I've tasted; almost along the lines of a barelywine.

Highly drinkable. The great flavor wants to be consumed fast, but one of those to be watched for the higher ABV.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2010 01:43:15 | More by katybee
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Flightoficarus

Washington

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2010 07:43:57 | More by Flightoficarus
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mariposafan

Wisconsin

3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2010 00:51:23 | More by mariposafan
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2010 23:49:17 | More by Gueuzedude
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klikger

Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz served in a Duvel tulip

A - Beautiful rich amber color, small white head which shrinks quickly, lacing which is okay at best.

S - Some yeast, honey, caramel, fresh grains.

T - Sweet malts, Bavarian yeasts, & not much else, really. Sweet finish with lots of malt and some heat. Not bad, but definitely not my style.

M - Heavy for me (again, not an aficionado of the style); poor carbonation

D - A little hot and sweetness gets cloying after awhile.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2010 22:15:07 | More by klikger
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nkersten

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2010 23:51:49 | More by nkersten
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.35/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in an Ayinger celebrator glass. Beer is yellow and slightly hazy with a thin white head of small and medium bubbles. Carbonation is low and the head doesn't leave lacing on the glass. Its a doppelbock so pretty much anything goes, it looks fine.

Aroma is weak but its mildly malty and mildly sweet.

The flavor is weak and flat, mildy sweet medium bodied, not a lot of carb in the mouth, finishes nicely though. Its just mediocre, nothing special about it at all.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2010 13:49:25 | More by drabmuh
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beergod1

Ohio

4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My friend D. Kurtz waited 8 yrs. to find this beer, and was nice (or drunk) enough to share. Rich copper colored beer with a thick white head. Sweet honey, caramel malt, some Biscuity sweetness. Flavour is very sweet and malty, but not cloying. Honey flavour and slightly vineous. A touch of biscuity flavour before the smooth clean noble hop finish, creamy texture. Nice complexity.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2010 23:50:30 | More by beergod1
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.1/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(Served in a weizen glass)
A- The light copper body is clear with a sea of carbonation supporting a bubbly off-white head that last for a bit.
S- The sweet malt flavor blends with a buttery diacetyl aroma and a dry cracker finish.
T- The sweet almost cloying flavor of malt gives way to a dry buttery note and a carbonic acid bite in the finish. There is really no hops noticed in the taste or bitterness.
M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with no alcohol heat but a soft fizz in the finish.
D- This beer is really too sweet with nothing to support it and no depth to the sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2010 02:54:17 | More by rhoadsrage
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Cubsfan1087

Iowa

4.33/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2010 03:46:26 | More by Cubsfan1087
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2010 04:20:11 | More by BEERchitect
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deereless

Colorado

3.03/5  rDev -21.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2010 23:17:25 | More by deereless
Blonde Doppelbock from Capital Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 262 ratings.