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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
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 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 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 MJR
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

MJR, Jan 09, 2003
Photo of Popsinc
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A light pour for a Dopplebock hence the title "Blonde Dopplebock" i suppose. A rich looking amber pour with minimal head. The nose was semi sweet with a wallop of molasses and some noticeable maltiness. The body was much bigger with an almost chewy toffee quality. Again the molasses and roasted malt were present as well as some lolipop sweetness. A very warming beer with an obvious alcohol kick on the finish. A full bodied beer with plenty of backbone. I quite enjoyed this one.

Popsinc, Jun 26, 2004
Photo of jdkitchi
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

jdkitchi, Jul 02, 2013
Photo of scaliasux
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.

scaliasux, Apr 02, 2011
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
Photo of moulefrite
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

moulefrite, Nov 11, 2003
Photo of Loki
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 12oz bottle.

Poured a clear honey color with a huge, beautiful head that built to the top of the glass with the pour. The head and beer settled, leaving an inch and a half to two inch head. The head fades over time, but always leaves a thin canopy head. During sampling and as the head fades the beer leaves spiderwebs of lacing around the glass.

Aromas of sweet malt and hints of hops. There are also hint of honey or fruit.

Tastes of sweet malt, light honey, and fruit maybe pair are the dominate flavors with a slight hop bit to even the finish out. Medium body with light carbonation that grows. Also has a slight alcohol bite at the end, but not an over the top pressence. A great beer. I have never had a blonde doppelbock or really that many doppelbocks before, but I like this one.

Loki, Jun 10, 2003
Photo of darklordlager
4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a brilliant, perfectly clear medium golden, with a 1/2" butter-tinted head of fine bubbles. No fault here whatsoever. Phenomenal.

S: Spicy hops, light malt. Very crisp aroma.

T: Great interplay between the light sweet malt, clean 2-row, and spicy hops (with grassy undertones). Nice semi-dry finish makes it very crisp and appealing. Very well done.

M: On the heavy side of medium, with medium carbonation. Again, very well executed.

D: Another great german-style beer from Capital. No surprise here...

darklordlager, Jun 25, 2010
Photo of Cubsfan1087
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.

Cubsfan1087, Aug 25, 2010
Photo of rocklibster
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

rocklibster, Mar 13, 2012
Photo of Benish
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Benish, Mar 12, 2014
Photo of GeoCait
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

GeoCait, Aug 31, 2012
Photo of mjpolzin
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.

mjpolzin, Apr 02, 2011
Photo of cretemixer
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

cretemixer, Sep 01, 2003
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.

nkersten, Oct 04, 2010
Photo of dhannes
4.55/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had the 2012 at the 2012 Bockfest, served in a 16 oz. plastic mug.

A=Smooth, creamy golden yellow...more inviting than the pale straw of lagers...perhaps a bit warmer in color. Head was 2 fingers of white foam.

S=Sweet smell...hints of sugar, butter and cream.

T=A smoothness to it...the best way to describe it is buttery/creamy...not a cream ale. Carbonation was in check...probably would appeal to those that traditionally don't like beer due to smoothness and creaminess. Alcohol was well hidden I thought.

M=Spot on. Very drinkable, with low carbonation and no bite from alcohol. We were limited to the one tap and I found myself slowing down as to savor every sip.

O=With just the one sample, I leaned toward giving this a 5.0, but will definitely buy a 6-pack and sample some before elevating the rating behind 4.5. If you are in southern Wisconsin and are looking for a smooth beer (would pair well with alfredo sauce and possibly red meats), this is one you need to try.

dhannes, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of jwenzel019
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

jwenzel019, Aug 16, 2014
Photo of Infamous7100
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.

Infamous7100, Jan 22, 2011
Photo of terrabyte
4.4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, dark apple cider color, with a large white pillowy head. Only a few random specles of lacing stick to the glass.

Aroma is a little bit muted, but contains an alcoholic honey and caramel.

Flavor has heavy malts, syrupy caramel and just a little bit of dark fruits. The best part of the flavor, and some may say the only flavor, is the heavy-sticky caramel & alcohol aftertaste. It packs quite a dallop.

Mouthful is medium, a bit syrupy, and very little carbonation. A very warming alcohol burn hovers in the aftertaste and while breathing out the nose.

Drinkability is average, unless you really enjoy the flavor and alcoholic burn. I do. I really really do. At only 6.9%, it's not masked at all. And yet, I have had on occasion a 6 pack and always felt it in the morning. I wonder if it's still only 6.9% after all these years.

terrabyte, Apr 27, 2007
Photo of piconaut
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

piconaut, May 01, 2012
Photo of Harvey98
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Harvey98, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of bradcochran1234
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

bradcochran1234, Jan 28, 2013
Photo of Drew26
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Drew26, Apr 24, 2013
Blonde Doppelbock from Capital Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 270 ratings.