Blonde Doppelbock | Capital Brewery

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Brewed by:
Capital Brewery
Wisconsin, United States
capitalbrewery.com

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.80%

Availability: Spring

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-05-2002

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Ratings:
290
Reviews:
192
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
10.91%
 
 
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Photo of tavernjef
4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sampled full bottle at the Capital Brewing Seminar for distributors and establishments in Brooklyn Center. Thanks to AL for the invite.

Color is a deep golden orangy/amber with a head of short fluffy loose whiteness, lace sticks in strings. Smell is a lightened but darker orange and a terrific caramel sweetness in the nose. Rich and creamy taste, a bit of chewyness with good amount of caramel malts and a pretty moderate amount of dulled bitterness that has a great little hold of solid tang from hops. Excellently balanced. Great malt body, quite hefty with a bready thickness. Feel is a partially full bodied, creamy, chewy, nearly cloying, crisp full finish. Extremely drinkable, yummy, delicious, rich and creamy delightful wonderment. Capital has a winner with this one.

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Photo of MrSpiffy
4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Sweet honey and malt. No real hop aroma.

Mouthfeel: Thick and creamy, it foams up in your mouth as you sip it. Very smooth, coating the mouth. Nearly zero carbonation.

Taste: Sweet and creamy, with honey and malt very prominent. No hop flavor noticeable, and just a tiny hint of bitterness. Slight toasty notes on the end.

Overall: I love it! It's a big mouthful. A big, creamy beer. Excellent choice for an after-dinner/dessert beverage.

Other info:

Cost: $9 per 4-pack
Caps: Twist-off
ABV: 7.8%
IBU: 15-20 (estimated)

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Photo of kels
4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I first tried this beer on tap at the Map Room in Chicago, and I LOVED it! I brought home a 6, and this review is on my last bottle poured into an imperial pint nearly 9 months later (I found it in the back of my fridge - I must have been too sad about it being the last to drink it). I know that this style isn't particularly given to aging, but after 1 sip I was immensely impressed with how good it still was.

Appearance: This is definitely a honey blonde - warm, golden hue to the clear liquid. Pours with a 1 inch soft white head that fades immediately to a skim. Very little lacing left behind. Lots of bubbly CO2 runs throughout.

Smell: Very clear malty presence in the nose - sweet, caramelly and slightly chewy smelling graininess. Complements are notes of honey and light hopiness that reminds me more of crisp apples than citrus or pine.

Taste/Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel of this beer, even after several months, is incredibly pleasing. It is bright and mouth-filling thanks to good carbonation and a really balanced taste. It finishes with a nice effervescence. The taste is really nice and smooth - a great starter dopplebock for those who might be put off by the heavier, darker traditional style. The first thing I think when I drink this beer is that it is very "tasty." The flavor is very full and robust for something so light and drinkable. It really spreads well across the tongue. Notes of light, sweet malts blend perfectly with hints of crisp, bright hops. There is little to no detection of the alcohol in the taste.

Drinkability: Super-easy drinking session beer. I wish I could get this in Cincy year around. It would definitely be a staple in my fridge.

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Photo of redmosquito
4.41/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yum. Golden to copper in color with a lacey white head. Light caramel malt and spicey yeast fill the nose. Flavor is so clean. Malty, pilsen and caramel, just a light hint of toast in the finish. Hop character is very subdued, just adding some bitterness. The yeast is spicey, a just noticable ester that I've really come to look forward to in the Capital Bocks. This beer is smooth and totally hides the alcohol with its sweet malt charater. Another great lager from Capital.

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Photo of darklordlager
4.41/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a brilliant, perfectly clear medium golden, with a 1/2" butter-tinted head of fine bubbles. No fault here whatsoever. Phenomenal.

S: Spicy hops, light malt. Very crisp aroma.

T: Great interplay between the light sweet malt, clean 2-row, and spicy hops (with grassy undertones). Nice semi-dry finish makes it very crisp and appealing. Very well done.

M: On the heavy side of medium, with medium carbonation. Again, very well executed.

D: Another great german-style beer from Capital. No surprise here...

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Photo of MadTown1000
4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sweet caramel scent out of the bottle. Pours golden amber into a pint glass (a Capital Brewery pint glass, no less), with about an inch of orange-white foam that recedes fairly quickly. The whole package reminds of of caramel - the look goes with the scent. For that matter, so does the flavor. It's softly sweet, caramel malt, with a little bit of hop bitterness on the palate. Excellent, slightly sticky mouthfeel, and I would never, ever guess that this thing's packing 7.8% ABV. The drinkability is absurd for a beer with this booze content.

The taste, while excellent, loses some points for its inability to stand up to food. I tried this a with a bowl of chili, and its character evaporated when faced with a little tabasco sauce. I'd expect something with this alcohol content to be able to hold its own a little better. But that said, this is a terrific beer on its own, and I'd highly recommend it.

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Photo of bamadog
4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to pwoods for bring this back for kels, but thanks to kels for sharing :) This is a great beer and I would love to get my hands on more in order to drink several in one sitting, as it's just about perfect for that type of setting.

Appearance: The color of honey on the pour; very clear and solid carbonation throughout; head is about one finger and fades quickly to a firm skim on the top and eventually to the ring around the edge of the surface; there is slight lacing present on the swirl and holds well enough.

Smell: Comes across much like I would expect from a lager - mild hops, but there is a sweeter and maltier smell comingthrough as well; very slight hint of alcohol in the nose.

Taste: Wow. Perfect. Much like a very good lager with it's mild hop presence, but the additional malts are what really make this a great beer. It's wonderfully sweet yet just about perfectly balanced and not overly done. Very "tasty." I wish I had more to say, but it doesn't come across as a very complicated beer, but damn is it good.

Mouthfeel: Light, crisp and refereshing; a little tingly from the carbonation and the palate dries quickly.

Drinkability: Especially high - an amazingly great tasting beer with a very moderate ABV and nice clean finish.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I drank this on tap into a tulip at the Map Room.

The beer pours a super clear strawish gold, with a two fingers of white head. There is great retention and unreal lacing.

The aroma is light but nice. There is some light hops and a lot of sweet cloves.

The taste is also pretty light, but its sweet and easy to drink.

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Photo of Beertracker
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Capital's Blonde Doppelbock is best served at cool cellar (40-45°F) temperatures from a house logo pint glass or Willibecher. This blonde bomber pours up with ample carbonation that creates a cascading creamish white head that prominently sits atop a bright ochre-sunset orange body. The aromatic nose displays a wonderfully inviting rich toasted maltiness that's reminiscent of freshly baked European sweetbread. There's just a hint of fruitiness, hop spiciness, and alcohol ...otherwise very clean! The flavor is dominated by a rich toasted maltiness that is marked by some spicy bitterness. The full-bodied finish is a touch heavy, but with sufficient bitterness and alcoholic complexity to carry it all nicely. This finely crafted limited release offering from Capital reminds me of Eggenberg's Urbock 23° and comes highly recommended to all malt lovers. Suggested food pairings include browned, beer-braised Wisconsin Bratwursts smothered with sautéd sweet onions, green peppers & mushrooms covered in spicy brown gravy with a side of herb roasted redskin potatoes or a thick bowl of hearty game stew with buttered slices of freshly baked five-grain bread. Here's to Kirby Nelson and his finely brewed lagers!

CHEERS! Beertracker

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Photo of getch
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a-golden, light amber color, has some residue on the glass, not much head when being poured

s-lightly fruity, malt smell, it is very good, and is a warmer smell. Its not a distinct smell, but very good. Adds to the flavor

t-extremely smooth, has a nice hit of alcohol that reaches in the middle of the senses. I taste a sweet carmel

m-again smooth and some what thick, it lingers in the mouth for some time. A bit of a surprise

d- this can be booth a sipping beer and have a bunch beer, very enjoyable and will def buy more.

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Photo of steveh
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

'10 Offering -- revisit for the newer batch.

A - Great deep gold to amber color with a thick white head that holds up well.

S - Some typical DMS from Pilsner malt base, bready malts with some spicy alcohol eeking through - no nuttiness this year, but there is some vague fruit character right at the end -- not green apple off character, but more pear-like and mellow, even some mild earthiness.

T - Bready, toasty, sweet malts up front with some slight hop bitterness following, no solvent in this batch as there was (to me) last year, but a very dry, alcohol finish.

M - Light medium body with a soft mouth-feel; very nice to style.

D - Too drinkable at 7.8%.

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Photo of Andy
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep, rich color with a strong malt nose that can be winey. Damn, this is drinkable, despite the full mouthfeel. German malt flavor does not overpower but is well balanced. Never cloying but still strong. Recipe seems to have been dumbed down from previous great past.

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Photo of terrabyte
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, dark apple cider color, with a large white pillowy head. Only a few random specles of lacing stick to the glass.

Aroma is a little bit muted, but contains an alcoholic honey and caramel.

Flavor has heavy malts, syrupy caramel and just a little bit of dark fruits. The best part of the flavor, and some may say the only flavor, is the heavy-sticky caramel & alcohol aftertaste. It packs quite a dallop.

Mouthful is medium, a bit syrupy, and very little carbonation. A very warming alcohol burn hovers in the aftertaste and while breathing out the nose.

Drinkability is average, unless you really enjoy the flavor and alcoholic burn. I do. I really really do. At only 6.9%, it's not masked at all. And yet, I have had on occasion a 6 pack and always felt it in the morning. I wonder if it's still only 6.9% after all these years.

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Photo of Cubsfan1087
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had several Capital beers and was really looking forward to the Blonde Doppelbock. This beer is a very light amber shade. The smell is very sweet. You can detect a scent of caramel. The taste is equally as sweet. I found the 7.8% ABV to be hidden very well. I highly recommend this beer. I was impressed by it.

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Photo of beergod1
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My friend D. Kurtz waited 8 yrs. to find this beer, and was nice (or drunk) enough to share. Rich copper colored beer with a thick white head. Sweet honey, caramel malt, some Biscuity sweetness. Flavour is very sweet and malty, but not cloying. Honey flavour and slightly vineous. A touch of biscuity flavour before the smooth clean noble hop finish, creamy texture. Nice complexity.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a re-rate. I didn't do it justice last year.

Clear copper appearance. Little head surprisingly, but a nice collar and good lacing. Deep bavarian malt aroma. Excellent. The nose is sweet as well as malty. Luscious taste. Deep malt. Some toasted notes. Just the slightest hint of alcohol. Bready and yeasty. And a little grainy as well. It's very nice. The body is full and gratifying. Carbonation seems to be in check, but nonetheless, fitting. This is a Blonde Doppel to be reckoned with.

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Photo of Morris729
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received as part of BIF 2.5.
Pours burnt orange in color with a creamy off-white head that dissipates into a good amount of lace. Nose is sweet with notes of fruit, spicy alcohol, and a touch of caramel. Medium to full in body with a subdued carbonation. Taste is dominated by bready malts and yeast with some underlying notes of honey. Finish is a bit buttery with a noticeable kick of alcohol. This was my first blonde doppelbock, and I certainly enjoyed it. Thanks to marc77 for the sample!

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Photo of Duster72
4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an orangey amber with a one finger head that dissipates quickly and leaves minimal lacing. Aroma is sweet sugary malts and some yeast. Taste is honey, camel, bananas, apples, and cotton candy. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Incredibly drinkable - perfect compliment to a beautiful spring day!

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Photo of cokes
4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2003 edition.

A glimmering golden-orange body capped with a clinging sandy froth. Fades to a misting, but endures.
Toffee nuggets and pears on the nose, mingled with woody, cinnamon spice.
Heavy caramel/toffee maltiness up front. Notes of burnt brown sugar and honey. Pears in heavy syrup. Malts begin to fade as the mixture of alcohol and spice takes control late. Cinnamon and cedar impressions. Faint touches of grassy hops. Brief glimpse of ethanol.
Hefty and full bodied. Just traces of carbonation. Smooth and slippery.
Another classy doppelbock form Capital. This one seems improved as well.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Malty bready aromas. Pours brilliant gold with a 1” dense, finely bubbled white foam cap. Rich malt flavors with some kettle caramelization and malt spice. Medium full body and medium carbonation.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Its brilliant amber robe takes on a crimson cast when set upon the bar, and the frothy white head seems to last forever. It continually retains a thin, creamy cap and leaves some very nice lace throughout the glass. The body is medium/full and it's smooth and creamy across the palate. Fresh and clean, gently toasted malt is present in the nose; and then again in the flavor. It's not a complex beer by any stretch of the imagination, but it is surprisingly rich and satisfying. The clean, pure flavor of Munich malt is nicely balanced by an underlying bitterness and a bit of drying alcohol that lends toward a note of apple. Mild honeyish-vanilla and caramel evolve as it warms, backed by some very low level hop flavor; and the finish is long lasting with residual nutty malt and a wash of drying alcohol. It's an interesting doppelbock in that it's very clean-cut and straightforward, yet satisfying. It doesn't have the depth of many darker versions, but it's impelling. Certainly worth trying.

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Photo of wilfonzo
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of andant
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of CraigTravor
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of muskymike
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Blonde Doppelbock from Capital Brewery
3.85 out of 5 based on 290 ratings.
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