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Weizen Doppelbock - Capital Brewery

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BA SCORE
87
very good

48 Ratings
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Ratings: 48
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 13.08%
Wants: 4
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Capital Brewery visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Weizenbock |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-15-2002)
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Photo of Fabric8r
1.5/5  rDev -61.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Sorry to the other reviewers, I must have got a bad bottle. I took three sips and poured the rest down the drain. I can easily duplicate the flavor by mixing ginger, a little honey, some grain alcohol, and a squeeze of grapefruit into a tall glass of orange juice.

Fruity, hazy, horrible. Was not a beer at all. The pour had plenty of head, which suprised me. I thought for sure there was an infection or something, the yellow head was too much. Strong alcohol taste. Just horrible. Sorry, maybe I can try it again locally someday. Thanks anyway to tavernjef for the bottle to try.

Photo of FreshmanPour77
3/5  rDev -23.1%

Photo of WastingFreetime
3.05/5  rDev -21.8%
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.

Photo of marc77
3.33/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Turbid light copper hue. Thin, but persistent ivory white head leaves sparse lace. Pronounced clove phenol melds with upfront bready sweetness to lend a dominant sweet herb impression in aroma. Yeast must and tropical, fruity esters couple to lend a secondary, but perceptibly overripe banana note. Enticing, but not quite balanced aromawise. Brusque snap of grainy wheat tartness incipient in flavor is ensued by a permeating melange of light toffee and sugary, clove studded banana pudding. Bready base malt notes eek in mid palate along with paltry, token hop bitterness, and manage to partially offset the chunky sweetness. Yeast must persists as a constant undertone. Firmly viscous and proteinaceous in mouthfeel, with a detracting, beefy, syrupy quality that precludes perfection. Finishes with a surge of tartness and browned butter that fades promptly. A strange, enjoyable brew. The residual sweetness weighs heavily on the palate and is a bit cumbersome, though. It reminescent of a 50 / 50 mix of their Blonde Doppelbock and Tucher Hefeweizen. Doesn't quite work. A hellesweizendoppelbock? Some chocolate notes would've been nice.

Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of Gusler
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On the pour a stuporous orange, the head is modest in size, frothy in texture and off white in color, vanishes in the blink of an eye, leaving a thin sheet of lace to coat the glass. Hints of plums, sweet malt, a bit buttery, the start a bit tart, rich in malt with the top skimpy in feel. Finish has a prickly acidity, the hops pleasant and not overpowering, the aftertaste dry and long lasting, a decent representative to the style.

Photo of Grebdioz
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of barnzy78
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of UncleJimbo
3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz, brown bottle, twist off cap, no date.

This doppelbock poured a hazy, orangish-amber color with some white foam (with coaxing) that dissipated rapidly. The smell was sweet and malty and fruity with some wheat, yeast, and alcohol present. The taste was sweet and malty with a touch of caramel or toffee but also tangy and fruity with a bit of hops only in the finish. There were also phenolic and soapy flavors, as well as alcohol. The mouthfeel was smooth with an almost viscous feeling, but the body was medium and the carbonation very low. It was slightly warming. This was a decent beer that grew on me as I drank it (definitely more flavorful as it warmed up).

Thanks to feloniousmonk for this interesting offering.

Photo of zeledonia
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Photo of beerinator
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Cloudy, brownish gold. Off white slightly retentive head.

Aroma: Sharp spice. Notes of ginger? Slight maltyness is present, but overpowered by the spiceyness.

Taste: Sweetly heavy mouthfeel. Alcohol makes itself known on the tongue. The sweet malt/wheat lingers throughout the aftertaste.

Notes: Nice spicy beer. The ginger and sweetness remind me of cookies and holidays.

Photo of morimech
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: A 12 fl.oz. long neck brown bottle. No useful information like a freshness date or strength listed, but there is a “health warning” that is utter bollocks & cash refund information that I notice as I toss the empty bottle into the Ocean from my Beach Front Apartment – go figure what’s of more use to me. A twist off cap helps to ruin the lifelines on my pale palms, that’ll fool the Fortune Teller; maybe I’ll have 6 Children now instead of 2!

Appearance: Poured with a rather gelatinous appearance & low carbonation, a small ¼” off-white head formed like a delayed fizz from a dissolving tablet in water. The head quickly fades to a broken covering with no lacing whatsoever. A turbid cloudy orange body has a Weizen look about it, but sadly, the beer looks flat & tired.

Nose: Wh-Y-easty smells are strong & definitely advertise the first half of the beers titled style, but I am not so sure about the latter. A slightly acetic hint hides at the back end of the aromas.

Taste: A very “spiky” beer, by that I mean that the flavors come in spikes rather than a transient series of smooth curves. Wheat, Malts & Yeast introduce a citrus flavored acetic acid towards the end. A slightly cloying Banana-sweetness festers around the latter quarter & threatens to remove the acidic aspects, but like the end of infinity, never quite gets there.

Mouthfeel: Solid feel to this beer, even with the lack of carbonation. It fails the smoothness test though, its spiky, sharp flavor change profile make this a hard beer to settle down with.

Drinkability: The lack of synergy between the component flavors makes this tough to drink in quantity. As for its Drinkability in relation to the sample size I have, it is quite good. Maybe 3.5 is fair.

Overall: A really good Weizen, which has all of the necessary characteristics required for such a beer. But I just wish that they were more smoothly linked together, rather than just a random collection. Disjointed at times, it lacks a synergy for me, I have not had too many Weizen Doppelbocks, but I just feel that this beer could be better. Strange – what exactly makes this a Weizen Doppelbock as opposed to a Weizen I wonder? – I am not sure whether it is my untrained palate, or my naïve lack of experience in Doppelbock matters, which results in this failure of distinction. Tastes like other Teutonic Weizens to me.

>Bum's Homework
– List 5 Differences between a Weizen & a Weizen-Doppelbock.

Thanks to BigHuge for the Detention & Extra Homework.

Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of BeerLover99
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Photo of Strix
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Photo of mariposafan
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Photo of djeucalyptus
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: a cloudy, peachy golden hue, with a fine, solid white head. Aroma: spare, initially, but eventually giving up hints of spice, and a good helping of fruit (orange, peach).
Good play on the palate, nice and chewy, though this wears away.
Very smooth, very mellow. Flavor is complex, in that contains things I cannot entirely comrehend, yet one-dimensional, in that it offer up little else throughout the drink. A sweet, candyish citric taste is predominant. A little plastic-feeling.
Not a bad drink, quite enjoyable, and unigue. But compares poorly against the hallmark of the style, Aventinus. What doesn't?

Photo of kbutler1
3.9/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of Sammy
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Photo of mikeys01
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle, courtesy of Tavernjef, the Weizen Dopplebock pours out a solid hazy orange. Traces only of white foam cling to the edge of my glass. Aroma is heartily yeasty, with a stength of sweet malty wheatness, a bit of banana and citrus. This is a thicker beer than you think, it's a nice hearty dopplebock, with excellent mellowed out wheat flavor and just a little bit of orangey sourness to counter. Not a beer I'd want to drink a lot of in a sitting, but a good beer to relax and enjoy the character a little slower perhaps. This is my first sampling of beer from Capital City, and I am suitably impressed.

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Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Photo of jsh420
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Weizen Doppelbock from Capital Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.