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Weizen Doppelbock - Capital Brewery

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39 Reviews
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Reviews: 39
Hads: 49
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.65%
Wants: 4
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Weizenbock |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-15-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 39 | Hads: 49
Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Bread with faint banana on the nose. Pours hazy copper tinted amber under a 2” dense off-white foam cap that produces good lace. A bready palate with some banana and a suspicion of clove, a light malty sweetness and a hint of caramel. Medium full body and medium low carbonation. (302 characters)

Photo of WastingFreetime
3.06/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from session notes.

Pours out an amber color with two fingers of densely-packed foamy head that sticks around for over three minutes but only leaves behind minimal lacing on the glass. Smells like a caramel-coated banana with a side order of assorted fruity esters with just a garnish of clove and spice. Tastes of sweet wheat malt, heavy banana and caramel, but has even less of the spicing than the nose did. Unfortunately, this means that the brew dances back and forth on the cusp of being too sweet for my personal tastes. The finish dries out a little bit with some limited boozey hotness levels, but still remains somewhat sickly sweet overall. Texturally, somewhat thick and sluggishly carbonated.

A pretty average Weizenbock, I've had better and I've had worse than this. What would have made it spectacular would have been a more varied spectrum of hopping to counter all the cloying sweetness and a more assertive sparkling carbonation to help lift the body and break up that same sweetness. (1,013 characters)

Photo of zeledonia
3.72/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Another one of Capital's many bock variants.

Pours a very hazy orange color, with one finger of off-white head. Decent retention and lacing.

Smell is nice. Quite fruity, with a blast of peaches, that gives way to some pleasant spice and yeasty esters. Lots of good stuff going on in here. It's high, light, and airy, and I like it.

Taste has many of the same characteristics, but in very different balance. Here it's really heavy on the peaches, so much so that I can't taste much else. Lots of dry wheat as well. The spice and lightness that are so good in the nose aren't there, or if they are they're buried under a bushel of ripe peaches.

Mouthfeel is okay, medium-bodied, definitely on the flat side.

Okay, and smells great, but what's with all the peaches. It's seriously fruity, in a way that I find surprising for this style. (838 characters)

Photo of falloutsnow
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Friar Tuck's in Savoy, IL
No freshness date on bottle, picked up late summer 2011
Poured into a Weihenstephaner weizen glass

Capital's Weizen Doppelbock, currently pat of their Square Series, is a solid version of the style, focusing on balance between light and dark malts along with expected, intensified banana and apple pie spice aromas and flavors. This should be a go-to beer for fans of the style, with its generally well-hidden alcohol and pleasant flavors/aromas.

From the bottle, pours a voluminous head (>3cm) of tiny, soft-looking bubbles, off-white in color. Gradually reduces to a thin cap atop the beer, probably about 0.5cm. Leaves very modest amounts of lacing. Body is a dark copper color, components of brown, orange, and yellow. In light, this is a hazy, dull orange color with yellowish highlights. Sluggish carbonation is visible. Overall, the beer gives the impression that it is a "big" wheat beer: ethanol cuts the head, the carbonation is slower in a thicker body, the color is deep and rich.

Aroma is quite good, full of hearty banana esters, wheat malt and bread crust, a bit of caramel, diacetyl (butterscotch), and very mild nuttiness. Probably one of my favorite aromas in a weizenbock.

Taste opens with bread crust flavors along with some toasted malt components. Sweet and syrupy caramel flavors quickly materialize, as do rich banana esters and pie spices. Continues sliding across the palate giving off bready, syrupy caramel, and banana flavors with a bit of pie spice bite. Slight ethanol flavor in the back of the throat/tongue, only noticeable as beer warms. Aftertaste is of banana esters and some caramelized malts, but also with a bit of cloying sweetness.

Beer is medium to medium-heavy bodied with somewhat low carbonation. Resultant mouthfeel is fairly thick, chewy. Ethanol can be felt in the back of the throat/tongue, ever so slightly. (1,903 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Spot on weizen, very fruity aromas and initial taste. The second glass was heavier to drink, this is a tickers' beer who likes it initially. Still very good, but the fruitiness dissipitates to just very good maltiness. Worth seeking out for fans of the style.Aove average mouthfeel. (282 characters)

Photo of kbutler1
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. 2010 vintage. Poured into a DFH tulip glass a slightly hazy copper orange color with a 2 finger head of bone white. Nice lace left as the head settles. Banana, caramel, spice, wheat, and slight alochol round out the nose. Medium mouthfeel. Sweet dark fruit start with a caramel raisin taste along with banana and clove. Some orange as peach notes as well. Ever so slight bitterness in the end. Alcohol warms the throat as an afterthought. Pretty decent and easy drinking. (479 characters)

Photo of BeerLover99
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: cloudy deep amber/orange hue body, 1 finger head, great lacing

S: big date/fig/fruit scent, malt

T: sweet fruit front, big firm malt

M: medium body, smooth, fair carbonation, semi-dry finish

D: WOW! Capital should change their name to the capitol of American bocks. They really know how to sock it to your taste buds. A sipper to be sure, alcohol well-hidden. Delicious velvet beer. (390 characters)

Photo of richkrull
4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured a hazy orange-copper color with just a little bit of head on it. Nice aroma - sweet, citrus notes. Taste is very good. Heavy citrus with a bit of an aftertaste. Very light mouthfeel considering this is 8%. No alcohol taste at all. This beer is very drinkable despite the above average ABV. I'll definitely be looking for this again. (339 characters)

Photo of brewcrew76
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Slightly hazy orange, amber with a thin white head that sticks around.

S - Sweet banana, clove, pepper, wheat malt in the background.

T - Strong banana and clove with bready malts. Slightly yeasty with some sweet caramel as it warms.

M - Medium body with a slight slickness and smooth, soft creaminess.

D - The alcohol is hidden. Strong banana and clove but a pretty smooth Weizenbock. (393 characters)

Photo of Tballz420
4.67/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer looks like syrup when youre pouring it out. Its a very dark caramel color, small white head doesnt really last long. Scent is great, think caramel malts, some wheat notes, almost a whiff of booze. The taste has me hooowling at the moon. Nice thick dose of malt infused with wheat undertones. A bit of spice from the well blended alcohol. Mouth is fairly acidic, thin to medium. I like it. (398 characters)

Photo of plfahey
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Pale copper color with some haze. Moderate white head with fine bubbles, moderate retention, and some lacing.

Aroma-Huge ester bouquet of banana and bubble gum with some light plum esters in the background. Clove phenolics also make an appearance, though aren't as prominent as the fruity esters in this example. A little bit of spritzy, spicy wheat is evident and some caramel shows up near the end, but the fruit/spice aromas trump everything else here. No hops apparent.

Flavor-Tastes like an amped up hefeweizen.Bubble gum and banan flavors are balanced by clove spiciness up front. Like the aroma, there are also some darker fruit notes here, perhaps plums or prunes, but these are quite secondary. Some spicy, grainy wheat shows in the finish, as does a smooth alcohol flavor. The alcohol content is quite evident, but pleasantly so, though as it warms, the alcohol becomes a little more pronounced, and a little less enjoyable.

Mouthfeel-Medium body. High carbonation, verging on effervescent. Moderate alcohol warming. Alcohol is almost a bit sticky around the edges, but is not harsh or hot.

This beer packs a ton of aroma and flavor, but the high carbonation washes it right off your tongue, and the alcohol dries out the finish, making it very easy to drink. Nonetheless, I wouldn't want to drink a ton of these in one sitting. (1,396 characters)

Photo of blackie
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: a deep, murky amber beer supports a tan head with average retention

s: wheaty body with a spicy snap under sweet caramelized sugars, heavy yeast profile features really nice clove aromas and ripe banana, richly sweet breads and cookies, pungent and complex

m: carbonation light to medium and a touch prickly, medium bodied with a slight slickness

t: sweet wheat and caramelized malt form a rich base, lots of ripe banana and clove, sugar cookie, grassy hops with a spicy-sweet finish, great

d: easy for the abv, a very enjoyable weizenbock

from dirtylou, thanks for the whale mane! (589 characters)

Photo of djeucalyptus
3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours oddly murky (not cloudy) from the beginning of the pour with the color of fresh apple cider. off-white finger thick head fades relatively quickly and leaves minimal bits of lacing.

Aroma is yeasty, heavy banana, heavy clove. caramelized sugar. estery almost faux banana flavor. Banana laffy taffy.

Flavors are in line with the aroma. banana, clove, peppery. touch of lemon. citrusy and full of flavor.

Mouth is full, ample carbonation is somewhat prickly. Not as smooth as I'd hoped... a bit bubbly and rough.

All in all, an interesting brew. A bit choppy and confusing at points, but all in all, deliciously drinkable. A bit more imperial weizen-esque than weizenbock, but I suppose that'd be splitting hairs. (722 characters)

Photo of morimech
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy amber color with a large head that had very good retention before settling to a thick cap. Moderate amount of lacing is left on the glass. Aroma of banana and cloves. No sign of alcohol. Flavor is like a strong weizen beer just as expected. More spicey than fruity but there is some bitter orange pith that lingers in the aftertaste. There is a little tartness as well that I find distracting and not complimentary. This may be due to age as I am sure this bottle is several months old. No sign of alcohol in the flavor. Solid body with nice carbonation. Does not really make the flavors pop though. A solid weizenbock that I need to try fresher if it is brewed again. (675 characters)

Photo of Mdog
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Murky, cloudy orange, good head though.

Smell: Yeasty, some bananas, spices.

Taste: Sweet, mild banana bread flavor, a little more lemon flavor than expected.

Drinkability: A nice treat for after dinner, not a session beer.

Finally got to try this one after seeing it on this site for years. It's a pretty good weizenbock but could use a little less lemon and a little more banana. Worth a try. (410 characters)

Photo of mariposafan
3.76/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a nice two finger head over a copper body. Good retention on the head with some lacing persisting as the glass is emptied.

The smell is sweet, sweet, sweet - bananas/bubblegum/cloves. A fair amount of alcohol in the nose as well.

The taste isn't as sweet, but it's still reasonably sweet. Some nice maltiness for the background of the typical hefeweizen banana and cloves flavors. It's mostly obliterated, though, by the overwhelming alcohol. This is every bit as hot as the Samichlaus I had last month. The alcohol is drying which keeps the taste from getting close to cloying.

The mouthfeel is pretty nice. A medium body with fine, not quite prickly carbonation.

Overall the drinkability doesn't turn out to be too bad, but it would be great if the alcohol was less pronounced. (794 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow, 7+ years since it was last brewed... revived in the Capital Square series 4 packs.

When opened there was a nice whiff of sweet banana, but in the glass it's a bit more phenolic, pepper and clove. Spicy gingerbread. Murky caramel orange, nearly opaque with the yeast poured in. Sturdy foam cap, good retention, some spotty soapy lacing sticks inside the pint glass.

Banana, clove, light citrus, somewhat bready with a light medicinal note. Creamy feel, very smooth, lightly spicy. A nice Weizenbock for chilly fall weather. (531 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass. 8.0% ABV, 1470 on the neck.

A - A thick three-finger, bone-colored head rises from a moderate pour to lower slowly while leaving a nice veil of lace on the glass. The color is between a standard bock and a weiss. Hazed over and amber golden with straw yellow highlights.

S - Even with the twist of the cap, it's got a strong banana-weiss nose from the yeast. Hints of clove, clay, and white pepper come from the yeast esters as well. Wheat is secondary but still strong and the maltiness falls to the background, barely even present beside the banana. Good, but two much weiss, not enough bock.

T - The blend of strong bock malts and the German yeast strain doesn't really impress. While it's good, it feels like a forced mash-up of strong banana and hints of yeast, clove, and clay with a lightly toasted amber malt backing. I'll give it that the alcohol doesn't show through at all though.

M - Moderate carbonation provides a tickle to the finish while the body is medium and fairly smooth. A little crisp to the finish, the banana and spice lingers while the softness pulls through.

D - I'm constantly burping up banana Runts! Besides that (and I love banana Runts, don't get me wrong) its decent. The dopplebock is lost though. It just seems like a strong weissbier. (1,317 characters)

Photo of HopHead84
4.37/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

9/10/2010

Beer at 1:30 PM, why not? Thanks Ian. Twist off, eh?!

A: Cloudy copper tinged amber. Big soapy off white head with great retention and scattered lacing.

S: Sweet bready malt base with prominent banana esters and evident clove-like phenols. Dark fruit is diffident, with light notes of plum, date, and fig, but mostly plum. Outstanding aroma.

T: Sweet baked bread, wheat, and slightly spicy cloves. Banana is powerful, with plum trailing and even lighter notes of prune. Alcohol is noticeable but fits well with the other flavors. The finish is of rich and complex bready malt, banana, and dark fruits, with alcohol warming.

M: Light full bodied with an evident creaminess and noticeable warming in the sticky finish.

Overall: A well done example of a classic German style. Recommended if you like Weizenbocks. (825 characters)

Photo of Strix
3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy pale orange with decent head and minimum lacing.

Nice banana smell, some wheat, clove and caramel.

Banana, wheat, caramel, orange rind, and a sharp alcohol finish.

Smooth and soft mouthfeel.

I was actually a bit disappointed in this, considering Capital's ability with German styles. Smelled great, but taste was marred a bit by a strong boozy finish at times. A little more finesse is needed in my opinion. (418 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ the Capital Brewing (Madison, WI) on 8/13/10. Served in a clear plastic cup.

Pours a deep burnt orange, with thin head of off-white foam. Good retention on this, leaving back thick creamy lacing. The aroma is crisp and tangy in the nose with notes of wheat, orange zest, ripe banana, bubblegum and some spicy clove which really delivers some zing here. Light warmth sits underneath as well, adding some thickness to this in the nostrils.

The taste has a sweet tang to it on the palate, with notes of toasted wheat, caramel, fruity flavors of orange and banana, and a spicy kick in the back from the clove. A deep earthy bitterness is present, lingering in the finish with spice and leftover tangy notes. The mouthfeel is full bodied with a big crisp chewiness to it but still stays pretty darn smooth feeling for such a hefty beer. There's definitely some warmth in the body but this is staying surprisingly drinkable.

This was interesting but still tasty, with a lot of traditional Weizenbock character to it but there was also a good bit of thicker sweetness here that reminded me of a Bock at times. Either way, the body on this was still very smooth and drinkable and I think that you could get in trouble with this one quick after a few. (1,257 characters)

Photo of steveh
4.77/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Back for a reprise in the Capital Square series. The last time this was brewed, I was sure Kirby had duplicated the Aventinus recipe to a T. My first sample in many years...

8.0% ABV on the new label.

A -- Hazy amber/apricot with a very dense, light tan head.

S -- When I capped this beer I could smell bubblegum at arm's length! Bubblegum, peach, mild clove, fresh yeast character.

T -- Breadiness up front blend into tart citrus fruits and spicy esters, finishing with rich malt character and some peppery spiciness from alcohol. In a word, wow.

M -- Very soft mouthfeel with a medium to medium heavy body. Maybe slightly hot from alcohol, but not at all solvent-like.

D -- While very high in ABV, this beer just invites you back again and again to experience the flavors. A very outstanding brew that holds the definition of the style to the highest standard. (868 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz single, Star. nice to see this one back from the dead

appearance: capital square series - pours into a delirium chalice - very cloudy copper body, decent amount of yeast present, beige rin with webbed lacing

smell: banana, clove, sweet fruits, bready and yeasty, buttery

taste: really like weizenbocks - capital is very upfront with banana and clove. Sweet red fruits mix and create a yeast-smoothie beverage. lots of yeast, grassy hops, very sweet. This is a pretty nice beer, but i like the dane weizenbock a little better. Booze comes through pleasantly in the finish

mouthfeel: fruit-smoothie, bigger body than many

drinkability: good (648 characters)

Photo of wisrarebeer
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Back in production!

A: nice, cloudy (yeast) light brown-amber color
S: good, traditional cloves and bananas
T: very true-to-type, well-balanced, traditional, great malt and banana/clove taste, alcohol presence but not overpowering, very well made, most American breweries don't do justice to weiss biers -- this one does
M: creamy with good malt backbone and spiciness from yeast
D: good but for a weizenbock it's not a quaffer (428 characters)

Photo of nghab
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Kirby's big beers tend to age well, and that was certainly true of this one. Not sure what year this was, but it's a minimum of three years old, probably more.

Aroma: Moderate banana nose, a slight clove/phenol note, malt evident, bready, some alcohol

Appearance: Brilliantly clear, amber colour, almost no head retention (probably to be expected with a big beer)

Flavour: Nice balance of big malt, weizen character, alcohol, and more malt. Did I happen to mention the malt and alcohol? ;-) Some notes of raisin and plum. Despite the age, no obvious signs of oxidation.

Mouthfeel: Very warming, medium-low carbonation, smooth despite the alcohol--not at all "hot"

Overall drinkability: A wonderful beer for the snows of early April (or, really, almost any time). Warming and "dangerously drinkable, nicely mellowed with age. (829 characters)

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Weizen Doppelbock from Capital Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.