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Weizen Doppelbock - Capital Brewery

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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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-15-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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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)

Photo of Gusler
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
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. (434 characters)

Photo of Fabric8r
1.59/5  rDev -59.7%
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. (584 characters)

Photo of beerinator
3.67/5  rDev -7.1%
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. (393 characters)

Photo of marc77
3.35/5  rDev -15.2%
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. (1,142 characters)

Photo of UncleJimbo
3.55/5  rDev -10.1%
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. (731 characters)

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
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. (2,547 characters)

Photo of mikeys01
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
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 tavernjef
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
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. (652 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
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? (622 characters)

Photo of inebrius
4.39/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a headless, glumpy, yeast-laden orange. Outrageous nose of banana pound cake covered in freshly cracked blacked pepper. Immediate sweetness is quelled by a dose of hops for a truly balanced, tasty and satisfying Weizenbock that warms a body quite nicely. Could stand a bit more carbonation, but a pleasure to drink nonetheless.

Cheers to cokes for this excellent brew! (377 characters)

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