Weizen Doppelbock - Capital Brewery
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3.05/5 rDev -21.8%
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.
08-26-2012 01:08:29 | More by WastingFreetime
3.68/5 rDev -5.6%
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.
05-09-2012 03:14:04 | More by zeledonia
4.13/5 rDev +5.9%
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.
03-04-2012 06:01:35 | More by falloutsnow
3.98/5 rDev +2.1%
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.
10-23-2011 01:07:05 | More by Sammy
3.9/5 rDev 0%
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.
03-20-2011 18:30:50 | More by kbutler1
3.78/5 rDev -3.1%
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.
03-03-2011 21:06:36 | More by BeerLover99
4.45/5 rDev +14.1%
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.
02-28-2011 23:31:47 | More by richkrull
4.15/5 rDev +6.4%
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.
02-14-2011 00:41:18 | More by brewcrew76
4.68/5 rDev +20%
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.
12-28-2010 06:58:40 | More by Tballz420
4.1/5 rDev +5.1%
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.
12-21-2010 04:21:37 | More by plfahey
4.1/5 rDev +5.1%
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!
12-16-2010 03:45:39 | More by blackie
3.83/5 rDev -1.8%
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.
12-01-2010 03:36:32 | More by djeucalyptus
3.73/5 rDev -4.4%
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.
11-23-2010 23:08:21 | More by morimech
4.08/5 rDev +4.6%
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.
11-13-2010 22:52:56 | More by Mdog
3.8/5 rDev -2.6%
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.
11-06-2010 00:42:16 | More by mariposafan
Weizen Doppelbock from Capital Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.