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Blonde Doppelbock - Capital Brewery

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BA SCORE
87
very good

267 Ratings
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Ratings: 267
Reviews: 188
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.14%
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-05-2002)
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Photo of HopHead84
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Thanks to eyncognito. The beer appears transparent orange in my pint glass. The head is beige and one finger high.

The aroma is of light toasted malt with some caramel. Light fruit notes are evident and a hint of spiciness which I assume is from the hops. No alcohol is present in the nose.

The malt is rich, with toasted malt and toffee notes. The malt borders on bready. Bitterness is at a moderately low level. The hops are slightly spicy but impart virtually no flavor, and the alcohol is apparent in the semi-sweet finish.

Medium bodied with medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is smooth.

I've never had a blonde doppelbock before this, and I wasn't expecting much. I was pleasantly surprised by this subtle beer.

HopHead84, May 26, 2009
Photo of Tone
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%

Pours clear, copper color. 1/2 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of sweet malt, slight alcohol, and yeast. Fits the style of a Doppelbock. Mouth feel is smooth and slightly thick with an average carbonation level. Tastes of alcohol, sweet malt, yeast, slight roasted malt, and slight hops. Overall, a rather good brew; nice body, blend, and drinkability.

Tone, Aug 21, 2009
Photo of Derek
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%

A: Golden-bronze, off-white head, very little retention, some leg/lace.

S: Grassy, spicy & slightly floral/herbal German hops, with a light toffee, candied sugar & bready aroma.

T: Grassy, spicy & earthy-metallic hops, caramel & bread. Residual sweetness is balanced by a decent bitterness. Alcohol is readily apparant.

M: Moderate to full body is slightly syrupy (a little too much residual sugar), carbonation is moderate.

D: It's a big, warming brew.

I'm not quite sure what style I should be comparing this to. I wish I picked up their Maibock (I figured I'd try it on tap, but didn't get around to it).

Derek, Jul 24, 2007
Photo of johnnnniee
3.4/5  rDev -11.9%

Given to me by HopasaurusRex after a recent trip to the beer store. Thanks for the opportunity Todd!
Pours a slightly hazy orange amber color with a smallish white head that dissipates quickly to form a cap. Smells of sweet malt the second I pop the twist off. I nudge my nose a bit closer and find lots of caramel, prunes, sweet fruity malts, and melanoiden. Taste is sweet with fruity malts and caramel. I pick up some brown sugar and cherries in there as well. Finish is a bit sweet with a bit of dryness to it. Mouthfeel is sweet and sticky, carbonation is light to medium, body is medium. It smells a lot better than it tastes. I find this one to be a bit too sweet for its own good. If there were a little bit more burnt sugars or dark fruits in there to counter the sweetness this would be pretty damn good.

johnnnniee, Dec 29, 2009
Photo of dirtylou
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%

12 oz single from Woodmans i think

appearance: pours a nice clear copper/amber color, lighter than the typical doppelbock but not quite "blonde", a thin white head

smell: sweet malty smells, caramel, heavy on the red apples, quite zesty

taste: super sweet and abundant malts, fresh red apples...quite a sweet doppelbock but its not nearly as good as the autumnal fire

mouthfeel: medium bodied, thick and malty

drinkability: very drinkable


another good one from capital...I kind of ignored these guys when i first got here due to new glarus, lake louie, and tyranena but they have some nice offerings.

dirtylou, Oct 19, 2005
Photo of scruffwhor
3.43/5  rDev -11.1%

Isn't really a blonde hue, more of a killians with constant, thin bubbling. Aroma was that of a brown sugar, toasted malt. Lots of toaty sweet malts give some bready and brown sugar notes all over the palate. Plenty of sweet yet adjunct noes to be a "buy again" dopplebock.

scruffwhor, Jul 31, 2006
Photo of jrallen34
4.43/5  rDev +14.8%

I drank this on tap into a tulip at the Map Room.

The beer pours a super clear strawish gold, with a two fingers of white head. There is great retention and unreal lacing.

The aroma is light but nice. There is some light hops and a lot of sweet cloves.

The taste is also pretty light, but its sweet and easy to drink.

jrallen34, Apr 09, 2010
Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.19/5  rDev +8.5%

12 oz twist off bottle poured into a pilsner glass.
7.8% ABV, 2012 bottle.

A - Beautifully golden honey in color, this lager is hazed with fine particles and topped with a plump off-white head. It's poor retention could be due to the alcohol percent but there isn't much excuse for a complete lack of lace.

S - Generously malty, Blonde Doppelbock has a nose filled with light fruity alcohol notes and caramel sweetness on the finish with a touch of Vienna malt dryness. Hints of white grape esters emerge on the finish of this crisp and malty lager.

T - Dry toasted Vienna malt and bready notes of Munich press forwards with caramel sweetness, giving it a robust malty taste. While mild alcohol that's lightly fruity in nature adds notes of white grape on the finish for a unique doppelbock.

M - Capital's Blonde Doppelbock has a medium-full bodied feel with an inherent smoothness that finishes a little slick and dry from light alcohol but ends with gentle carbonation for a great feel.

O - It shouldn't be news to anyone that a lager; doppelbock especially, from Capital Brewery would be anything less than great. This aged Blonde Doppelbock shows faint signs of degradation with a faint overall cellar mustiness but it remains drinkable and quite enjoyable regardless. I can't wait for Capital Bockfest next weekend!

BeerFMAndy, Feb 12, 2013
Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Hopheadjeffery, Aug 01, 2013
Photo of twiggamortis420
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%

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.

twiggamortis420, May 10, 2009
Photo of tavernjef
4.47/5  rDev +15.8%

Sampled full bottle at the Capital Brewing Seminar for distributors and establishments in Brooklyn Center. Thanks to AL for the invite.

Color is a deep golden orangy/amber with a head of short fluffy loose whiteness, lace sticks in strings. Smell is a lightened but darker orange and a terrific caramel sweetness in the nose. Rich and creamy taste, a bit of chewyness with good amount of caramel malts and a pretty moderate amount of dulled bitterness that has a great little hold of solid tang from hops. Excellently balanced. Great malt body, quite hefty with a bready thickness. Feel is a partially full bodied, creamy, chewy, nearly cloying, crisp full finish. Extremely drinkable, yummy, delicious, rich and creamy delightful wonderment. Capital has a winner with this one.

tavernjef, Jun 20, 2003
Photo of ZAP
4.6/5  rDev +19.2%

Pours an auburn color..very clear and clean looking...nice bubbly soft white head on top....aroma is incredible..vanilla...caramel....outstanding

A very creamy tasty blond doppel. Great malt load !!! Very rich, and malty with an unobstrusive hop load that balances, but isn't noticable except on the long finish....The hops they used are perfect for this beer as they balance while also adding to the overall malt experience in their own way.

For the style you cannot do much better...

ZAP, May 10, 2003
Photo of RoyalT
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Appearance – This is a bright but thick orange in color with a moderate head that settled into a foamy white residue on top of the liquid.

Smell – The malts here are very simple. They are lightly grainy with a hint of toast and actually have a sense of alcohol.

Taste – Wow! What a difference between smell and taste. This DB is much bigger on the tongue. The alcohol, like maybe vodka or something else benign, is big for the modest ABV. It’s much more sugary at the taste as well, like granulated white table sugar.

Mouthfeel – This is medium-bodied with a warming sense of alcohol and a super-sweet finish.

Drinkability – This is a fairly stiff DB because of the boozy flavor but it streaks down the throat with ease so watch out!

RoyalT, Aug 26, 2006
Photo of Duff27
4.13/5  rDev +7%

February 2010 bottle

A- Pours an amber/light red into a pilsner glass. Half inch white head. Effervescence looks great. Good lacing and head retention.

S- Smells of a boozy pilsner, what?

T- Very malty. Thick robust bread character. Slight green appley booze. Tasty!

M- Creamy/somewhat syrupy, medium to heavy mouthfeel.

D/O- Quite refreshing even for a higher ABV beer. A four pack of this in the summer would be great for wasting away an afternoon outside. Capital knows doppelbocks, period.

Duff27, May 28, 2011
Photo of barnzy78
4/5  rDev +3.6%

barnzy78, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of mrfrancis
4/5  rDev +3.6%

mrfrancis, Jul 06, 2013
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.43/5  rDev -11.1%

Presentation: An oval label with a blue background containing a picture of a domed building sits a front a 12 fluid ounce long neck brown bottle. A similar, but smaller scale neck label complete with the usual health warning bollocks that no-one ever reads, completes the presentation.

Appearance: Poured with a minimal carbonation, a small ¼” off-white head formed at first, but quickly faded to a broken covering, some lacing. The color threw me for a short while, Blonde?? I think not! It’s more of a Copper-Amber color with an orange glow from the Californian Sun that sits behind the glass when placed on my desk nearby the window.

Nose: Aroma’s are above average in strength and are heavily Malt based, with some spicy-zest aspects. That’s about it really – yep, Malts, and plenty of ‘em.

Taste: Mmmm, more ‘Big-Ass’ Malts, slightly spicy with a definitive alcohol presence and a zesty spiciness. Crisp though, the flavors are strong and confident enough to be slightly one-dimensional in the overall context of this beer. Whilst not a favorite of mine, the lingering malt flavor profile in the finish is very nice and attests to the beers quality.

Mouthfeel: Above average feel to this beer. Smooth feeling at times, that is ever so slightly warming in the mouth; after swallowing the warmth builds.

Drinkability: Not sure this is my Cup of Tea to be honest, it’s a reasonably good beer with no down side, and I enjoyed it, but it is just not to my taste really. I found it a little too 'one-dimensional' with too much malt for it to appeal to an aging lambic & hophead fan. One 12oz bottle, or maybe even two at a stretch, is enough for me. I am sure that this is one of those good quality beers that nonetheless polarize views and opinions.

Overall: Not much experience of Blonde (?!) Dopplebocks if the truth is known. So as to where it fits in the style profile, who knows? Who cares! It is obviously a very well made beer, nevertheless.

Thanks to BigHuge for setting me up on a Date with this “dirty” Blonde!

TheLongBeachBum, Aug 31, 2003
Photo of drpimento
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%

Always a good brew, but the early versions were much better. Poured with a nice head that subsided into a light cover and a little lace. Color is a lovely deep amber. Aroma is a bit boozy, sweet, and malty. Flavor is huge caramel malt with just a touch of bitterness. Good carbonation. Likewise good mouth. Pleasant finish. Could drink a few, but not many.

drpimento, Jul 08, 2007
Photo of cokes
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

2003 edition.

A glimmering golden-orange body capped with a clinging sandy froth. Fades to a misting, but endures.
Toffee nuggets and pears on the nose, mingled with woody, cinnamon spice.
Heavy caramel/toffee maltiness up front. Notes of burnt brown sugar and honey. Pears in heavy syrup. Malts begin to fade as the mixture of alcohol and spice takes control late. Cinnamon and cedar impressions. Faint touches of grassy hops. Brief glimpse of ethanol.
Hefty and full bodied. Just traces of carbonation. Smooth and slippery.
Another classy doppelbock form Capital. This one seems improved as well.

cokes, Mar 10, 2003
Photo of blackie
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%

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.

blackie, Aug 22, 2006
Photo of mynie
2.95/5  rDev -23.6%

I know what you're thinking: how can there exist a blond doppelbock? Well, don't get too excited because this is about as blonde as... uhh... who's a famous red-haired person? It's as blonde as Samantha Morten in _Synecdoche, New York_! Yep. It's really dark amber, pale for a doppel, with a fabulous head.

Smells light. Very grainy. You get a light hint of that zippy bock malt I so enjoy, but also an odd hint of something a little too strong.

Tastes like zippy, hugely sweet bock malt up front. Coyingly sweet. A bit too much. Balance is attempted from alcohol and yeast bitternes, but the result is a rollercoaster of scary extremes.

You get used to it, after a few sips, but it never quite comes together. None of it is bad, really, but when you combine its lack of balance with its huge intensity it's really not that good.

mynie, Jun 05, 2009
Photo of KarlHungus
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

This beer pours a clear red color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes quickly into decent lacing. The aroma is of caramel, with a hint of grapefruit. The taste is maltier than the aroma, with a nice lasting caramel finish. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with lively carbonation. Overall, I don't really get this beer. It seems more like an amber lager than a doppelbock. It isn't bad, but it isn't good enough that I would buy it again.

KarlHungus, Jun 28, 2007
Photo of hopdog
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%

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 Brent
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Solid all-around. Nice, bright gold color. Firm head with sweet caramel aroma. Caramel and roasted malt flavors predominate, with well-balanced sweetness. No heat or pepper from alcohol - smooth at the finish. Followed this was a normally good bock from anoher brewer, but it seemed lackluster in comparison after having this. Nicely done.

Brent, Jul 29, 2010
Photo of bpfrush
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

bpfrush, Nov 14, 2011
Blonde Doppelbock from Capital Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 267 ratings.