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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
290
Reviews:
192
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
10.91%
 
 
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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear honey color with a thin light beige head that fades away pretty quick and leaves a little bit of lacing.

Smell mainly consists of sweet grainy malts that remind me of honeycomb cereal. Has a lighter, less roasty and robust nose than a traditional dark doppelbock.

The lighter specialty malt bill leads to a sweet bready flavor and quite noticeable alcohol presence. Hops are detectable as well with the light body and moderately high carbonation. I found this to be pretty tasty and enjoyable beer, I would be happy to taste some more from this brewery.

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Photo of bsp77
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Snifter.

Appearance: More fire orange than blonde. Very little head despite aggressive pour.

Smell: Sweet fruit, light noble hops, slight alcohol.

Taste: Very mild taste for a Doppelbock, but quite pleasing. Some fruit. Pepper and spice notes from the noble hops, but no bitterness.

Feel: Thick and smooth. Not as chewy as some Doppelbocks, but chewy nonetheless. Low carbonation.

Drinkability: Easier drinking Doppelbock than most. Great Spring seasonal.

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Photo of BDLbrewster
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear amber color with a thick frothy head that slowly dissipates leaving heavy lacing on the glass. Not much for suspended bubbles. The smell is of faint malt and a bit of bread yeast. Sweet taste, caramel with slightly bitter alcohol ridden finish. Buttery.... Mouthfeel is nice and full and the drinkability is not too bad, I could put down three or four 12oz's pretty easy.
Good stuff..

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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 hustlesworth
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- clear orange-amber with a dense, stable dirty ivory colored head. multiple streams of bubbles and the creamy crescent ring of receded foam give depth and interest to what otherwise may be a somewhat boring looking brew.

S- brown sugary sweetness and notes of soft fruit. banana, grape, and melon, namely, as well as savory cooked apples. hints of spice, cinnamon, clove, tart berries, and toasted grains.

T- generically belgian-esque at first, with strong yeast and sweet flavors, becoming more bock-like in character despite the absence of any roasted or 'dark' flavors. fruity with mild lightly toasted cereal and bread flavor. more like a seriously malted maibock in my opinion. label lists 7.8% abv, but i wouldn't have guessed a tick over 5 if i didn't know better. residual honey type sweetness lingers long into the finish along with the faintest hint of spicy hops.

MF- sticky and sugary and just short of cloying, acidic and toasted qualities balance it all out. tight, delicate carbonation gives the sensation of a heavy brew, and the light color may prove to be deceiving as far as body is concerned. still however, a good roasted or bitter feeling is needed to keep the sweetness is check.

D- the website warns to 'treat this malt monster with respect'. of course, since monsters are scary and dangerous, most folks steer clear of their path. i however, am a certified monster slayer and i must say that this deceptive monster's alcohol is exceptionally well hidden for being damn near 8%. whatever category this may fall into, i could go for another one.

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Photo of jsh420
4.19/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

pours crystal clear golden orange with a 1 finger head that quickly fades with no lacing down the glass would have given this a 5 but it says its a blonde...i will give - it is the blondest doppelbock i have ever seen. smell is all bready malts and fruits. taste is very bready malts with fruity apple and pear flavors. mouthfeel is very creamy and on the heavier side for this style which i love. overall capital has found a new customer i will be looking for more capital brews. side note i would like to see more reasonable prices 12.99 a sixer is steep

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Photo of Monkeyknife
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a crystal clear copper color with a white meringue head at least two fingers thick. This beer sports terrific lacing.

Aroma is like a sweet floral perfume with sweet malts, pear, honey, and a touch of cinnamon.

Like the aroma, the taste is also sweet and perfumed with sweet caramel malts, apple, pear, pepper, and cinnamon kiss the palate. Finish of white table cracker and apple.

Lighter bodied, smooth and clean, with a sharp carbonation.

This is by far the best of the Capital brews I've tried. Very sessionable and very enjoyable.

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Photo of cadenwhitaker
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm really impressed with this offering from Capital.

Pours a medium amber with a fizzy head, quite a bit of alcohol and carbonation in the drink. Very crisp, very clean, very sessionable. I'm getting lots of sweetness, malts, cider, apples, sugar and a spike of hops that quickly dissipates.

Overall this is a great session beer, very impressed, will be drinking lots of it this summer.

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Photo of loren01
3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a golden color, not much head although poured fairly vigourously.
S: Smell is sweet...smells like honey. Slight earthy hop scent as well
T: Sweet and malty up front with a nice bit of spiciness as well.
M: Rich and full mouthfeel
D: Very tasty beer, I think this would be a nice summer BBQ beer.

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Photo of PrAndo
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was the first time that I've had the Capital Doppelbock and am quite pleased with it. I have to say that as I sample this fine brew and type away I'm aware that I'm experiencing a moment when the beer that I've chosen for the afternoon and my mindset for the day are in accord. It's nice to have your mood matched with what you're drinking (or eating, but since we're talking beer here...).

Appearance: It's supposedly a blonde doppelbock, but this has a bit more of an orange color to it. Not as deep in shade or tone as a copper color, but certainly not the pale shade I'd associate with "blonde". It is quite clear. The head is a bit of a dull white, but there's little head retention. Little to no lacing on the glass.

Smell: Warm, sweet, malty, goodness but you still do get a little hop aroma up front.

Taste: Again, with the noticable hop flavor up front but diminishes quickly to the abundant malt flavor.

Mouthfeel: rich and full, medium heavy body.

Drinkability: On flavor, I'd love to drink this all day. On ABV, I'll be good and keep myself to just a couple.

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Photo of Buebie
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a 2009 bottle.

Poured into a pint glass. The color is a crystal clear transparent copper. Good, long lasting carbonation rise, 1 inch white cola like head. Quickly receeds leaving no retention or lace.

The aroma is a bit spicie with hints at peppery hops, candy sugar, apples and a good amount of grainy malt aroma.

The taste reflects alot of its aromas, more spiced apple cidery flavors though, with a dry fermented candy sugar flavor. Some sour dough crust flavors, a good amount of pepepry hops with a touch of earthyness to it. Theres a bit of rye like spicie grain bite, with bittering grain flavors.
somthing buttery, like a buttered toast flavor, overall very clean. This finishes crisp and dry with a leafdy hop linger and a touch of hemp.

The mouthfeel is somwhat thick with a bit of creamyness from carbonation. There is plenty of carbonation in this, without that stingy bite.

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.48/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a luxurious golden color with generous white head that retains rather well. Nose is quite appetizing with soft malt aromas, yet is overall clean. On the palate this beer is again clean, crisp, good malt presence with not too much alcohol warmth.

Complexity isn't the goal here, and many other reviewers gave misguided reviews of this beer in my opinion. This straightforward malty, clean bock is very rewarding and hard to find anything in the U.S. that comes close in this style.

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Photo of Pauly2X
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Deep gold to light amber, half finger head.

S- Rich sweet malt aroma with a toasty note.

T- Sweet caramely, slightly toasted malty flavor dominates at first. At midpoint theres an alcohol dryness that serves greatly to cut the sweetness. A mellow yet noticeable hop note finishes the job toward the end. Throughout all of this the malt profile stays dominate.

M- Rich and smooth with a slight bite.

D- Sweet, I got 5 more of these.

A very enjoyable take on the Dopplebock. It's nice to see a brewer push the style envelope, even if ever so slightly. Nice work Capital!

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Photo of Gump
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear light amber color with hint of orange. minimal head.
Grain and straw-like aromas with a farm-like stink.

Medium mouthfeel. slick, creamy finish. Good balance.
Predominant flavors are sharp grain and a little rasiny. Some cracker-like dry toast.

All malt backbone.

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Photo of Thanby
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear amber-honey color with a finger of white, foamy head. Smells of rich roasted malt, almond, a little citrus, and caramel. First taste is full of caramel malt, with a nice round yeast palate following, and the mild citrus and caramel linger into the finish. Robust and flavorful, this is a pleasure to drink and would be best enjoyed by itself or as an appetizer.

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Photo of hopdog
3.54/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle acquired in trade with Styles (thanks!).

Poured a medium an clear golden color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of oranges, nectarines, caramel and very light spices. Tastes of the same. Lively body that was on the thin side.

Notes from: 11/11/05

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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 ColoradoBobs
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle is slightly different from what is pictured, and it says Platinum Blonde Doppelbock. Is this the same beer?

Moderate pour at 55 degrees yield a huge off-white head over a clear amber body. Head fades fairly soon to a solid cap.

Smell is solid cracker malt and some darker roasts, lots of bread dough and some nice yeast. Not a hint of hops -- just as it should be.

Taste follows the smell to a "T." Nice. Very nice.

Mouthfeel is nice and round, chewy and lasting.

Drinkability is good -- the malt masks the alcohol completely.

Thanks to shbobdb for the incredible trade!

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

Thanks goes out to flyingbison for this one.

12 oz. bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

Pours a beautiful clear bronze with a creamy two finger white head that falls to a thin layer of foam. Not much webbing on the sides but a lot of bubbles racing to the top of the glass. Smell consists of smokey caramel malts, a smooth nuttiness, and a good amount of roasted grains. A good amount of breadiness and a touch of pepper in the nose as well. Taste begins with a very sweet caramel and butterscotch with a touch of smokey malt. Bready malts and sweet sugar midway with a touch of citrus as well. Aftertaste is wet with toasted grains and slight earthy hop flavors. Light to medium body with a slick and moist feel. Smooth and enjoyable carbonation which gives the beer life. I like this beer a lot. Capital continues to prove they've mastered the art of brewing lagers. My good college buddy is moving to Madison very soon, I'll definitely be visiting him often :)

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Photo of jwinship83
4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- a light amber color with little to no head and lots of bubbling action.

S- mildly sweet and bready malts.

T- sweet honey like and a strong malt presence. very complex with a slight hoppy finish. very crisp and clean. very nice

M- feels heavy in the mouth with lots of carbonation which adds to the enjoyment.

D- this one is very easy to drink. a great summer beer that begs to be taken to a BBQ. pick this one up if you havnt already tried it.

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Photo of nickynick
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Capital is quickly becoming one of my favorite American breweries. The blond doppelbock was an interesting beer. It poured a light amber color with an nice white head, and decent lacing. Smell was sweet, and malty. The taste matched the smell. Sweet, malty, and hints of caramel. Had the slightest hop finish. Mouthfeel was good, a little syrupy but not bad. Overall this was nice and sweet doppelbock. A change of pace from other doppels. It was very nice.

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Photo of mikesgroove
2.6/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Twelve ounce bottle acquired as an extra. Served in a pilsner glass and consumed on 07/17/2008.

Grabbed this one out of the fridge last night before dinner and intended to enjoy it while I was eating, but it did not really turn out that way. The pour was rather dull, with an amber color, with nice clarity but that was about it. No head really ever, except for maybe a broken ring of lace on the top but that was about it. Some light carbonation streaming from the bottom, but the whole thing really did not strike me as overly impressive.

The aroma was more of the same. Light roasted malts, with a musty and very bready profile. Nothing really that would tell me the style or what direction this was going to go in. The flavor was just not good, at least for me. This one tasted stale, moldy bread and gym socks would be the appropriate description. Decent body, but again slick, with not enough carbonation in it to really make a difference. No real hint of alcohol, but still, this was a mess. No direction and everything taste stale.

Overall I was a bit shocked and let down by this one. I have had good luck with Capital so far and this was the first one that threw me. Nothing that would keep me from trying them again in the future, but it does make me take pause. Oh well on to the next one.

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Photo of timbro81
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, higly carbonated, soft orange/light copper. No head even with a medium pour. Thats just slightly softer than a hard pour by the way. Smells malty, kind of sweet like an ice cream cone. Nuttiness and toffee dominate the initial taste. Zesty hops pick up from there. Slight vanilla in the initial taste. Nice mouth feel to it. This beer really grew on me as I worked my way through it. Well put together.

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Photo of pwoods
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. brown bottle, purchased at Sam's in Chicago, poured into a pint.

Pretty much the same beer from the bottle as on tap (http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/368/2963/?ba=pimpp). The smell is the biggest downfall of this brew but I'd say it makes up for it in drinkability. Under 7% for a doppelbock is very nice.

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Photo of garymuchow
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looking forward to this. 'Haven't had a doppelbock in quite awhile. Poured into pilsner glass.
Mild but pleasant malt base with a mild hop spiciness too. The malt has a slight toast and a bit of bread too.
Nice dense head of off white. Dark gold, very clear and lots of bubbles rising.
Nice lager dense malt flavor with an edge of alcohol. Ahhhh, that's nice. Hops in both slight flavor and rather brief appearance of bitterness which really also helps balance what could have been an intense sweetness. Instead the malt is rich and full but doesn't cross the line into cloy.
The carbonation is so fine and soft. This surrounds a more than moderately heavy richness and the combination creates luscious feel that's not quite velvet, but splendid nonetheless. Seems to thin out some in time, but still good.
This drinks well. Maybe too well as it could catch up on a guy if not careful.

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