Blonde Doppelbock | Capital Brewery

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Capital Brewery
Wisconsin, United States | website

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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191
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287
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3.85
pDev:
13.25%
 
 
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Photo of KarlHungus
3.23/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a clear red color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes quickly into decent lacing. The aroma is of caramel, with a hint of grapefruit. The taste is maltier than the aroma, with a nice lasting caramel finish. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with lively carbonation. Overall, I don't really get this beer. It seems more like an amber lager than a doppelbock. It isn't bad, but it isn't good enough that I would buy it again.

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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 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 brewdlyhooked13
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - deep golden, taking on an almost reddish bronze color. Basically no head whatsoever, this blonde is topless!

Aroma - a faint fruitiness and grain, a background of alcohol.

Taste - sweet and malty, some caramel and roasted grain element. Some alcohol on the swallow, warming things up nicely and giving the flavors an enhanced richness. The finish is mellow, a tad of balancing hops, and warm.

Mouthfeel - to the thin side for body, but quite smooth.

Drinkability - pretty tasty craft brew. Thanks Joe!

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Photo of demcorhip
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance
A nice looking clear amber brew. Topped with a solid two finger offwhite head, which is supported by a steady stream of finely carbonated bubbles. Nicely laced, with moderate clups sticking and defying gravity inside the glass.

Aroma
Honeyed toast and macadamia nut, and a grassy hop twang.

Taste
Yup, big on the honeyed toast flavours with a mild, creamy nuttiness and a hint of caramel. Finishes in pleasant earthy and grassy hops with a mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel
A medium bodied brew with a full and creamy feel. Simple, rich, and sweet malts nicely offset by the mildly bitter hops. Just the slightest amount of warming from the moderate alcohol content. Nothing too complex here, but the quality of this straightforward brew is easy to recognize.

Drinkablity
Very drinkable for such a rich and almost sweet malty brew, could even be slowly sessioned. Another Capital brew that i can only describe as an enjoyable treat. An approachable, straightforward and tasty brew. Will be keeping my eys open for this in the future.

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

Thanks to Flyingbison for this treat!

It's hard for me to believe that I spent a total of almost 10 years in the Badger state but was never a beer drinker. Drinking this tonight makes me feel I need to get back in a hurry for a visit.

This beauty is like luscious honey drizzled in a glass already half full of a liquified ray from the setting sun. Head looks like beaten cream. Spots of lacing are left behind like evidence.

Nose is sweet, like the juice from a can of pears, syrupy too.

The taste is sweet, but it never reaches overkill. It's slightly apple cidery (sans sourness) and a bit syrupy like the canned pear juice I mentioned earlier. In the finish is a pleasant toastiness that's almost biscuity. I think this would be a great beer to serve someone who claims they don't like beer.

Carbonation is extremely light but just noticeable enough to be apparent. I would definitely buy this again were it on shelves in Seattle.

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Photo of Chaz
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Soft pour into a half liter mug. Pale tan head with moderate lacing. Pale orange (or amber-tinged golden if you prefer) in color, quite clear, and with moderate carbonation. Big malty nose, with light notes of plum, tangerine, and toffee. Some warming alcohol is present on the nose. Not much by way of hops on the nose, but they're here alright. Tastes 'brighter' (dumb word choice, I know) or at least livelier than many a dark doppelbock I can think of, but would easily strike you average everyday-drinker of light lagers as a so-called 'dark beer' if it were offered to him or her in a blind taste test. Light honey notes start this one out, and fairly linger throughout, playing of some rich caramel-noted malts and a touch of crystal malt for sweetness. Light hints of molasses. As with a few other doppelbocks I could mention, this one is on the fruity side for a lager, and this is to its credit. Honey notes in the aromatics, and the barest hint of candi sugar keep you guessing at this one: ale or lager? Almost mead-like in character, with a firm, medium body, slightly thick/slightly creamy mouthfeel, and excellent drinkability. This is just an excellent brew, plain and simple, and it's worth whatever the good folks at Capital feel they should get for it. This one (and the Bell's Cherry Stout) are on my list of "dream kegs" for when I own my own place, whatever that place may be ; D !

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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 BuckeyeNation
3.3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Lacquered, brassy orange with butterscotch trim. The soft, ecru colored cap is strangely small and is essentially featureless. It deflates way too quickly and, in the process, leaves the glass untouched by lace. The beer itself looks good, but that's the extent of it. Not an especially good start.

The nose is far from world-class, either in terms of intensity or personality. It's malt dominant, as it should be, with a disturbing lack of complexity or even a token amount of hoppiness. So far, it's hard to believe that Capital is responsible for this big lager.

Blonde makes a comeback of sorts on the palate. It's a decent blonde doppelbock, maibock, helles bock... whatever your term of preference is. Still though, I'm amazed at the lack of the slightest bit of depth or complexity. Even a token amount of spicy German hoppiness would help immensely. The finish is somewhat bitter, but it's a bitterness that is divorced from even a modicum of hop flavor.

The flavor profile improves a fraction with warming, but not enough to warrant any real praise. At least the body/mouthfeel up to the task at hand. It's medium-full and delivers an impressive smooth silkiness that all well-constructed, high gravity lagers seem to possess.

Blonde Doppelbock isn't the beer that I'd hoped it would be. This brewery appears to take pride in their bocks since they brew six of them at various times of the year. Even though this one falls well short of expectations, I'm still excited about trying the four Capital bocks that I haven't yet had. I just hope they're better than the beer I just finished.

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

Appearance – This is a bright but thick orange in color with a moderate head that settled into a foamy white residue on top of the liquid.

Smell – The malts here are very simple. They are lightly grainy with a hint of toast and actually have a sense of alcohol.

Taste – Wow! What a difference between smell and taste. This DB is much bigger on the tongue. The alcohol, like maybe vodka or something else benign, is big for the modest ABV. It’s much more sugary at the taste as well, like granulated white table sugar.

Mouthfeel – This is medium-bodied with a warming sense of alcohol and a super-sweet finish.

Drinkability – This is a fairly stiff DB because of the boozy flavor but it streaks down the throat with ease so watch out!

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Photo of blackie
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: There is a low white head that recedes to the standard ring around the glass and a thin layer on the surface. The beer itself is a light amber in color.

smell: On the nose I find a moderate sweetness of lighter grains and a touch of lite toaste. There are some fresh, light grain aromas that smell almost green. A considerable hop aroma, as the beer warms, takes on noes of used hop matter. Smells great, subtle yet complex.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is medium, as is the body...giving the beer a full, yet lighter feel.

taste: Big sweetness of lighter grains, giving bready/grainy aromas. A moderate, tealike noble hop flavor and a light-moderate bitterness are noted. Not very deep, but quite tasty.

drinkability: easy...a good beer all around

Cellared for about six months by expatsteve. Sampled at a doppelbock tasting with golden2wenty1, dirtylou, and myself...6/6 in the lineup.

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Photo of ccs
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's a little more amber than I would think of for a blond. The nose is all grain and malt, very pleasant. It has a sweet, malty taste with a crisp, clean finish that leaves the mouth as a sparkle of carbonation. The mouthfeel for this beer is very appropriate for the style. It's clean, crisp, and not overbearing. A nice drinker with a well disguised alcohol content.

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Photo of expatsteve
4.73/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Opened a bottle that I've been cellaring for six months. Let's see how it's doing:

Appearance: Orange amber, with good visibility. Medium/low viscosity. Pours a 1/3 inch head with minimal lacing. Picks up light well, highlighting some brilliant orange and straw tones.

Aroma: Bready malts, caramel and a dash of brown sugar. A few burst of orange, sage and black pepper. Very malty.

Taste: Great upfront hops presence over caramel malts. Lemon peel, orange, with full malt flavor. Honey, lemongrass and booze developments as it warms; remains a picture both of balance and assertive maibock flavor.

Mouthfeel: Lighter than many maibocks (including Capital's), but this is balanced out with the spicy sweet flavor profile. Low carbonation. Again, good rendering of the doppelbock body.

Drinkability: In many ways, this is the jewel in Capital's brewing crown--a truly amazing brew. Embodies the style almost perfectly, remaining extremely drinkable and impressively complex. Here's to you, Kirby....

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Photo of thaichile
2.9/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear lighter amber. Nose is sweetened malts. Flavor is quite sweet, light brown sugar with a high level of malts. Winter fruits also prevalent with an oh so little hint of bitterness in the finish. I founds this to be almost cloyingly sweet. Nice malt and fruit notes were suffocated by the syrupy body of this brew. Thanks to JeffKrenner for the bottle.

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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 Westsidethreat
3.42/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Smell:
Far less maltier than I would have suspected. Slightly grainy actually.


Appearance:
Clean, filtered. Almost looks domestic in color (can you tell I don't drink a lot of blondes)? Formed a huge off white head which is slowly settling down to a respectable level.


Taste:
Not doppelbock like at all. I'm used to huge, bold flavors. Although malty, it is very much subdued. Slight bitter finish. It actually tastes much more like honey. Whats intriguing about that is honey beers never taste this much like honey...and I have a thing for honey.


Mouthfeel:
Very silky, very nice. Much thicker than I would have anticipated after the aroma and color comments.


Drinkability:
Well I was completely taken by surpise by this beer, it was nothing like I thought it would be. I would have preferred the head to remain pillowing thru the begining to end of the beer, but only a few brewers can pull that off. Not complex, but doppels rarely are. This was a good beer, I enjoyed drinking and reviewing it. And I still taste honey in my mouth.

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Photo of ultralarry2006
3.35/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Leaves a one finger head that quickly dissipates to scant skim. Color is a yellow-gold-orange-amber. Random tiny bubbles throughout.

Smell - Diacetyl; apple juice. Estery bananas. Hint of caramel malt, slight alcohol, some phenols.

Taste - like the aroma. Apple juice and bananas upfront. Caramel malts have a brief moment all to themselves in the middle. Esters and some alcohol warmth, slight phenol tastes all in the finish. Sweet alcohol laden apple juice aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - full, smooth, and low carbonation. Slightly drying.

Drinkability - this goes down fairly easy, but it's a bit too sweet for me to have more than two in a session. I would have this again, just not often.

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

Truly exceptional and very fresh. High in alcohol, loaded with banana, coconut, rum, and granny smith. Fierce, biting, and crisp. Loads of fun. Amazing buzz. Nose burning. Seriously, my nasal passages were completely scorched after a half liter of this stuff. Very unique. I should be turned on by the fire but instead I feel drawn to it. Did I mention that it’s a pretty, clear orange color with wild, crazy bubbles but no head. Mmm, Capital really gets bocks right.

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Photo of beveragecaptain
4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This review is based on several liters enjoyed at Capital Brewery's annual Bockfest - the freshest way to enjoy a Blonde Doppelbock. This beer pours out a slightly hazy amber color with a large, creamy head. The aroma is quite malty with a bit of fruitiness. Alcohol is noticable in the nose. The flavor is very malty with notes of apples and coconut. This is not what you think of as your standard dopplebock. Although it is malty, it is not dark. It is, however, refreshing and delicious. It is also drinkable in large quantities. Try it on tap, and you will see what an exceptional beer this is.

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Photo of walleye
3.35/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

got this in a trade and I cannot find my trading papers so thanks to the one that sent this. poured a golden with a small white head that didn’t last long. aroma sweet orange, malt, some alcohol. flavor got caramel, malts, the orange, a hint of honey with a slight amount of alcohol. not to bad. But I was a little surprised to see a dopplebock this light in color.

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Photo of hero27
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My local bartender at Lava Lounge had one bottle left and handed it to me for no charge last night so that I could try it. Talk about beer karma coming back to you..

Pours a mostly clear golden amber. Head is decent at first and slowly fades to a thin collar. Aroma is mostly toasted toffee-ish malt with a hint of spices. Flavors are a bold spicy taste mixed with a bit of sweet fruits. The smooth Munich malts blend really well with the other flavors and they compliment each other quite well. Mouthfeel is oily but finishes very clean and urges you to take another drink after each sip. A good offering from Capital Brewery.

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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 clvand0
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orange/yellow color with almost no head that doesn't leave any lacing on the glass. The aroma is grainy and has some toasted malts. The flavor is malty and has an interesting toasted maltiness. It's ok, but the flavor just doesn't do it for me. The mouthfeel is moderate and the drinkability is ok.

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Photo of kmpitz2
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a solid orange color with a striking lack of head. Nose is full of toasty melanoidans and nice figgy notes. Very appealing nose. Flavor is solid toasted maltyness. Good bit of vienna and munich malt. Light figgy character, but mostly melanoidan. Feel is moderate with a light to moderate carbonation. Overall, nothing really makes this one stand out to me. The flavors are just not turning me on all that much. Its okay, but I don't think I would have it again.

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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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Blonde Doppelbock from Capital Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 191 ratings.
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