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Weizen Doppelbock - Capital Brewery

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39 Reviews
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Reviews: 39
Hads: 49
Avg: 3.9
pDev: 12.56%
Wants: 4
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Weizenbock |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
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 mariposafan
3.76/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of djeucalyptus
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
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?

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Photo of Strix
3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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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.

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Photo of Sammy
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of mikeys01
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
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 pat61
4/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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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.

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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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Photo of emerge077
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of ADR
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy, orangey color, spidery head settles into patches of light foam. Sweet syrup aroma. Full bodied impression. Pepppery taste at first with denser fruit malts that combine with the spice. Continues in body until swallow, almost like a sweet gravy. More strident lemon notes than Aventinus. Fits Dopplebock category in its coating properties, slight alcohol warmth, and strong malt properties. Not complex, what you taste initially is what persists. A little too cloying for me to give a high drinkability score. Interesting brew.

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Photo of Mdog
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
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

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Photo of plfahey
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Photo of blackie
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
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!

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Photo of ZAP
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another dandy from Capital...cloudy orange color....nose is typical weizen...I get heavy cloves and banana's....low carbonation....a bit syrupy...slick...sweet flavor...bananna's...also I get some cinaman...some might find this a little oversweet, but I like it...not in aventius's class but worth seeking out...

Update-2003 version...more of a sweet/sour flavor...very yeasty....interesting but considerably different in flavor than Aventinus..one six-packk is enough of this for one year...

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Photo of brewcrew76
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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Photo of falloutsnow
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
4.25/5  rDev +9%
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

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Photo of cokes
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Throws a dusty brown-peach glass with a thinnish tan head, with fair retention.
Bombards the nose with banana bread notes. Clove spiciness lurks as well.
Flavor starts with some sour apple notes. Switches to a banana sweetness. Spices rush in next. Vanilla, clove and maybe ginger. Malts then assert themselves with sweet,lush carmel hues. Finishes yeasty sour and somewhat alcoholic.
Fairly thick bodied. A summertime sipper. And a very unique and tasty one at that.

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Photo of nghab
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy, cloudy dark gold with a peachy tone in color, thin white head of tight foam, faded fast, leaves some stringy lace. Smell is faintly sweet, a bit of wheat, lemon, orange, and peach with a light touch of spice. Taste is great of lemon and orange and incredibly thick and chewy, excellent sweet tartness and citrusy sourness, solid sweet wheat, but all mellowed down and easy to handle. Feel is pretty full and has a very nice creamy smoothness with a slight tart hold in the middle and then has this strange little sourness left on the lips like I had just bit into a orange with the peel still on. This is awesome stuff, I think I'll have another.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.37/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


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.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.37/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer is about as close to orange as you can get. A minimal head recedes to nothing in seconds. Really nice blend of banana, clove and sweet malt on the nose. First off, I notice the huge sweetness, teetering on cloying, and nice malt presence on the tongue. Then I start to pick up some weizen characteristics, cloves and pepper spicing, and some slight vanilla and banana tones. Mouthfeel is on the low side of the carbonation spectrum and a bit syrupy. Not out of the norm for this style however. Overall, this is a very tasty and enjoyable brew. Wouldn't want to can a sixer of this however. Not quite up to the high bar that Aventinus sets, but the next closest one that I've had.

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