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Blonde Doppelbock | Capital Brewery

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Brewed by:
Capital Brewery
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.80%

Availability: Spring

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Reviews: 192 | Ratings: 288
Photo of TMoney2591
3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

So, do gentlemen prefer this kind of doppelbock? Regardless, this stuff pours a clear golden-brass topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises sweet biscuit, honey, a hint of vanilla, sweet flowers, and a twang of candied orange peel. The taste brings in more of the same, along with a pinch of clove, a hint of sweet corn, and an extra tad of breadiness. There's a definite sense of booze in there, but it doesn't have all that much effect. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a mostly smooth feel. Overall, a solid doppelbock, as per usual when Capital is involved, though I'm not sue the blonde-ness was all that effective in the final execution. I mean, I like this beer, but their other d-bocks just hold up a bit better in my eyes.

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Photo of smcolw
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Little to no lace--Starts with a small head but recedes to a single layer of fine bubbles. Bright copper color and very clear.

Strong molasses/brown sugar aroma.

The smell comes through in the taste. Rich body with a relatively low carbonation level. Nearly no hop--on the sweet side (even for the style). Not crisp--round, like an ale.

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Photo of jwc215
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brewed in 2009, with nothing more specific (ordered from Liquid Solutions).

Pours golden with a thin creamy white head that descends to a lasting thin cover and leaves lacing.

The smell is of sweet grain/pale maltiness, with grassy/herbal hop aroma.

The taste is sweet - grainy, a bit nutty (almond) with underlying fruitiness (lime-ish) and a touch of grassy/floral notes. Boozy alcohol warmth shows, but controlled.

Hits full-bodied, a bit syrupy, yet creamy. It has mild-to-medium carbonation. Spicy alcohol and a balanced sweetness linger on the palate.

A nice malty (but with balance - sweet - but not cloying) warming sipper. Hits a blonde/Helles doppelbock interpretation well!

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Given to me by HopasaurusRex after a recent trip to the beer store. Thanks for the opportunity Todd!
Pours a slightly hazy orange amber color with a smallish white head that dissipates quickly to form a cap. Smells of sweet malt the second I pop the twist off. I nudge my nose a bit closer and find lots of caramel, prunes, sweet fruity malts, and melanoiden. Taste is sweet with fruity malts and caramel. I pick up some brown sugar and cherries in there as well. Finish is a bit sweet with a bit of dryness to it. Mouthfeel is sweet and sticky, carbonation is light to medium, body is medium. It smells a lot better than it tastes. I find this one to be a bit too sweet for its own good. If there were a little bit more burnt sugars or dark fruits in there to counter the sweetness this would be pretty damn good.

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

Appearance: bright and transparent reddish hue, with a big, fresh, fluffy head.
Aroma is sweet, a bit fruity, and fierce: alcohol, though not major, is still sitting tall on top and evident in the nose.
Taste: BAM! Shammalamma, boom! Sh-bam! Tiny hops, Big, muth*&^%in' malt all up in y'alls mouth! Mouth-filling texture, though overall the body is light. It's just that big, fat flavor, tasty, lip-smackin', delicious. Big, wonderful flavor stands out always, rings through the senses, congratulates you for consuming it.
If you're craving a beer from Wisconsin, this had better be the one. We'll be screening any excuses for other options, but it's a strict judge and jury. Really, this is the stuff!

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Photo of drabmuh
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in an Ayinger celebrator glass. Beer is yellow and slightly hazy with a thin white head of small and medium bubbles. Carbonation is low and the head doesn't leave lacing on the glass. Its a doppelbock so pretty much anything goes, it looks fine.

Aroma is weak but its mildly malty and mildly sweet.

The flavor is weak and flat, mildy sweet medium bodied, not a lot of carb in the mouth, finishes nicely though. Its just mediocre, nothing special about it at all.

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

Pours clear, copper color. 1/2 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of sweet malt, slight alcohol, and yeast. Fits the style of a Doppelbock. Mouth feel is smooth and slightly thick with an average carbonation level. Tastes of alcohol, sweet malt, yeast, slight roasted malt, and slight hops. Overall, a rather good brew; nice body, blend, and drinkability.

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Photo of Duff27
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

February 2010 bottle

A- Pours an amber/light red into a pilsner glass. Half inch white head. Effervescence looks great. Good lacing and head retention.

S- Smells of a boozy pilsner, what?

T- Very malty. Thick robust bread character. Slight green appley booze. Tasty!

M- Creamy/somewhat syrupy, medium to heavy mouthfeel.

D/O- Quite refreshing even for a higher ABV beer. A four pack of this in the summer would be great for wasting away an afternoon outside. Capital knows doppelbocks, period.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.59/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces an almost three-finger thick, pale tan colored head. The beer is an amber to red copper hue and shows an almost brilliantly clear paler version when held up to the light. An interesting raw dough character is the first thing I get from the aroma, but there is also a very soft, fermented honey note and some light cracker like malt. The aroma is surprisingly faint and I am having a hard time smelling much of anything.

Sweet tasting and rich feeling as it hits my palate, the beer has a nice light herbal hop character and nipping bitterness from the beginning, the finish seems to banish the bitterness though with a lingering, chewy pale malt sweetness that manages to be rich without being cloying. Something here reminds me of green raisins for some reason, though I can't say exactly why. This is actually nicely balanced up front between malt and hop, but the malt is definitely the dominant note in the finish. A nice dough like and pale-toasted malt character adds some complexity to the malt sweetness found here. The perception of the sweetness definitely grows as the beer warms up and it tends to reduce the hop character as well.

This is perhaps a touch too sweet for my tastes, but it is a nice Helles Doppelbock that I am definitely enjoying. While certainly not the point, I can't help but feel that some more hop character would make this a touch more balanced and enjoyable; especially as this beer warms up it starts to get a bit too sweet.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.43/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz delivered all the way from Chicago by way of Archer Liquors, Thanks Randy, I've been wanting to try this one for a looong time. Poured into my small weizen glass.

Big initial head that goes away a little too fast (alcohol?)... no real lacing but a good color remains from a pretty good carbonation level... liquid looks like sparkling apple cider...but only crystal clear.

Smell is malts... lite caramel and more sweet malts... maybe a little one dimentional... no real hop nose to speak of... could use a smack or two of noble hops.

Flavor is more of the same with a little lite fruitiness... not quite as clean as other Capital brews I've had. Big malts through and through... munich and toasted malts... complex malts but needs more bitterness to be balanced.... even a touch of hop spicey hop flavor would be appreciated. viscosity is no where near as thick as expected for a dopplebock.... I would quantify this one as a big boned maibock.

Pretty good, and a fantastic transitional beer for a macro drinker... needs more depth though for my palate, and I love a good lager...especially American made ones.

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Photo of HopHead84
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to eyncognito. The beer appears transparent orange in my pint glass. The head is beige and one finger high.

The aroma is of light toasted malt with some caramel. Light fruit notes are evident and a hint of spiciness which I assume is from the hops. No alcohol is present in the nose.

The malt is rich, with toasted malt and toffee notes. The malt borders on bready. Bitterness is at a moderately low level. The hops are slightly spicy but impart virtually no flavor, and the alcohol is apparent in the semi-sweet finish.

Medium bodied with medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is smooth.

I've never had a blonde doppelbock before this, and I wasn't expecting much. I was pleasantly surprised by this subtle beer.

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Photo of Derek
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden-bronze, off-white head, very little retention, some leg/lace.

S: Grassy, spicy & slightly floral/herbal German hops, with a light toffee, candied sugar & bready aroma.

T: Grassy, spicy & earthy-metallic hops, caramel & bread. Residual sweetness is balanced by a decent bitterness. Alcohol is readily apparant.

M: Moderate to full body is slightly syrupy (a little too much residual sugar), carbonation is moderate.

D: It's a big, warming brew.

I'm not quite sure what style I should be comparing this to. I wish I picked up their Maibock (I figured I'd try it on tap, but didn't get around to it).

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Photo of weeare138
3.17/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to hopdog for this...
Appears a light gold with spotty lacing.
Smell is of sweet, canned tropical fruit.
Taste is malty, with grapes, citrus, grainy, odd clay-like taste.
Mouthfeel is sweet, hitting mostly in the middle of the tongue.
Drinkability is ok. I wouldn't bother with it again though. I think I just prefer doppelbocks on the dark side.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.11/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(Served in a weizen glass)
A- The light copper body is clear with a sea of carbonation supporting a bubbly off-white head that last for a bit.
S- The sweet malt flavor blends with a buttery diacetyl aroma and a dry cracker finish.
T- The sweet almost cloying flavor of malt gives way to a dry buttery note and a carbonic acid bite in the finish. There is really no hops noticed in the taste or bitterness.
M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with no alcohol heat but a soft fizz in the finish.
D- This beer is really too sweet with nothing to support it and no depth to the sweetness.

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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 scruffwhor
3.4/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Isn't really a blonde hue, more of a killians with constant, thin bubbling. Aroma was that of a brown sugar, toasted malt. Lots of toaty sweet malts give some bready and brown sugar notes all over the palate. Plenty of sweet yet adjunct noes to be a "buy again" dopplebock.

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Photo of tigg924
3.42/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: clear, high carbonation, 1/4 inch head, dark golden brown--a little lighter in color than most beers of this style

Smell: caramel, toffee, and toasted malt

Taste: ctoasted malt, toffee, and small amount of alcohol towards the end

Mouthfeel: slick, high carbonation, medium heavy body, sweet

Drinkability: This is a nice and good tasting malt filled beer. The alcohol is present but not overpowering. I believe it is just above average for the style. I would have a couple of these at a bar, but not session them.

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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 drpimento
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Always a good brew, but the early versions were much better. Poured with a nice head that subsided into a light cover and a little lace. Color is a lovely deep amber. Aroma is a bit boozy, sweet, and malty. Flavor is huge caramel malt with just a touch of bitterness. Good carbonation. Likewise good mouth. Pleasant finish. Could drink a few, but not many.

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

12 oz single from Woodmans i think

appearance: pours a nice clear copper/amber color, lighter than the typical doppelbock but not quite "blonde", a thin white head

smell: sweet malty smells, caramel, heavy on the red apples, quite zesty

taste: super sweet and abundant malts, fresh red apples...quite a sweet doppelbock but its not nearly as good as the autumnal fire

mouthfeel: medium bodied, thick and malty

drinkability: very drinkable

another good one from capital...I kind of ignored these guys when i first got here due to new glarus, lake louie, and tyranena but they have some nice offerings.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

12 oz twist off bottle poured into a pilsner glass.
7.8% ABV, 2012 bottle.

A - Beautifully golden honey in color, this lager is hazed with fine particles and topped with a plump off-white head. It's poor retention could be due to the alcohol percent but there isn't much excuse for a complete lack of lace.

S - Generously malty, Blonde Doppelbock has a nose filled with light fruity alcohol notes and caramel sweetness on the finish with a touch of Vienna malt dryness. Hints of white grape esters emerge on the finish of this crisp and malty lager.

T - Dry toasted Vienna malt and bready notes of Munich press forwards with caramel sweetness, giving it a robust malty taste. While mild alcohol that's lightly fruity in nature adds notes of white grape on the finish for a unique doppelbock.

M - Capital's Blonde Doppelbock has a medium-full bodied feel with an inherent smoothness that finishes a little slick and dry from light alcohol but ends with gentle carbonation for a great feel.

O - It shouldn't be news to anyone that a lager; doppelbock especially, from Capital Brewery would be anything less than great. This aged Blonde Doppelbock shows faint signs of degradation with a faint overall cellar mustiness but it remains drinkable and quite enjoyable regardless. I can't wait for Capital Bockfest next weekend!

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Photo of ZAP
4.6/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours an auburn color..very clear and clean looking...nice bubbly soft white head on top....aroma is incredible..vanilla...caramel....outstanding

A very creamy tasty blond doppel. Great malt load !!! Very rich, and malty with an unobstrusive hop load that balances, but isn't noticable except on the long finish....The hops they used are perfect for this beer as they balance while also adding to the overall malt experience in their own way.

For the style you cannot do much better...

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Photo of mynie
2.98/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I know what you're thinking: how can there exist a blond doppelbock? Well, don't get too excited because this is about as blonde as... uhh... who's a famous red-haired person? It's as blonde as Samantha Morten in _Synecdoche, New York_! Yep. It's really dark amber, pale for a doppel, with a fabulous head.

Smells light. Very grainy. You get a light hint of that zippy bock malt I so enjoy, but also an odd hint of something a little too strong.

Tastes like zippy, hugely sweet bock malt up front. Coyingly sweet. A bit too much. Balance is attempted from alcohol and yeast bitternes, but the result is a rollercoaster of scary extremes.

You get used to it, after a few sips, but it never quite comes together. None of it is bad, really, but when you combine its lack of balance with its huge intensity it's really not that good.

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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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Blonde Doppelbock from Capital Brewery
3.85 out of 5 based on 288 ratings.
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