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Blonde Doppelbock | Capital Brewery

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3.86/5
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290 Ratings
BEER INFO

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
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#10,443
Reviews:
192
Ratings:
290
pDev:
10.88%
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Photo of jrallen34
4.4/5  rDev +14%
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 bruachan
3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

not much head to report. decent one to start but now just a film. yup, it's blonde...or at least as blonde as a doppelbock could be

smells like lovely pils malts! certainly sweet and perhaps even a little syrupy. floral hop aromas and maybe even a little minty. smells nice but not really like a doppelbock. but i suppose that is the reason for the "blonde" qualifier

some nice noble hop flavor. simple malt bill but tasty nonetheless. very little roastiness or chocolate or breadiness or that kind of thing that one might expect in a DB

seems alot like their maibock. a little more complex

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Photo of steveh
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
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 happilysurly
3.04/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Very clear, light golden amber. One finger white head, tight bubbles. Few medium bubble float to top. Head disappears quickly.

S: Sweet, malty and light. A bit tinny.

T: Malty and sweet. Thick with a metallic taste. The ABV is 7.8 and I can taste it. I've had brew with a much higher ABV that masked it a lot better. Though the smell was light and crisp, the taste is less so. I get a malty thick taste that lingers forever.

M: Again, the thick malt taste isn't that appealing to me. It looks so refreshing and tastes so oppressively thick.

D: I almost feel bad that I don't like this beer more, but I wouldn't drink another one. I'm not feeling the caramel malt in this one, I can taste it, but I'm not liking it.

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Photo of kegger22
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Capital Platinum Blonde Doppelbock was a deep amber, almost orange color with a small off-white head that pulled a Houdini.

The aroma was malty sweet; bubble gum was the first thing that can to mind.

The taste was sweet caramel malt, but with a slightly sour background taste, could have been apple, could have been grapes.

The mouth feel was medium bodied, oily and modestly carbonated.

The drinkability was good. The ABV was a little high, but that was more than balanced by the flavor.

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Photo of jwc215
3.9/5  rDev +1%
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 u2carew
3.33/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz long neck. Consumed 1/19/10

A) Pours with a quick settling one finger head. The head dissapates to nearly nothing, leaving an also nearly nothing lacing. Clear body. Light upward carbonation. Amber in color or maybe it's strawberry blonde.
S) Notes of caramel. Light raisin.
T) Caramel and toffee - very boldly. Mellow sweet nuttiness. Hints of alcohol - a light effervescence in the end with an alcohol bite. Also in the mix dry grain, mild earthiness.
M) Somewhat smooth, although the body is a bit flat. Medium body. A tweek of syrupy feel.
D) A decent brew, but not one that is a stand out.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
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 ckeegan04
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Crystal clear glden brown. Thin white head fades to very thin quickly. Spotty lacing left behind on the glass.

S - Very plain malt-centered aroma. Hints of bread and just a touch of sweetness. As the beer warms a muted earthy/herbal aroma sneaks in but is very mild.

T - Very bready malts up front with a surprising touch of sweet fruitiness as well. A touch of bitterness in the finsih. Like the nose, a light earthiness comes through as the beer warms. The faintest hint of spicy German noble hops are present as well.

M/D - Medium bodied with a somewhat slick feel in the mouth. Leaves a long lasting, slightly bitter aftertaste.

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Photo of chinabeergeek
3.15/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle w twist-off cap. "2009" indicated on the neck label. tasted in late may/early june 2009.

dark honey amber color, w orange tint. gem clear. 1-finger off-white head is fizzy and soon dissipates to just wisps, then nothing. no lace whatsoever.

aroma: malty caramel, apple, whiffs of euro/noble hops. touch of vanilla? faint whiff of alcohol.

taste: caramel maltiness again, but less than what the aroma led me to expect. touch of apple. slightly hoppier than aroma, with euro/noble character and mild to moderate bitterness. a phenol and fusel note, along with general alcohol booziness, comes in towards the finish, slightly thinning out the malt character. nothing horrible, but not desired either.

medium body, some smoothness, but the fusel/alcohol note becomes solvent-like here. mild to moderate carbonation.

when i had this in a small 2 or 3oz sample size at a festival, it seemed so much better. but sitting down with a full serving, it was not as ideal. not a bad beer, but not really all that good either, particularly as a result of the fusels and alcohol that come in and mar the whole thing...

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Photo of wedge
3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2009

Clear and bright orange-amber with a thin, creamy head that quickly shrinks to a bubbly ring. Sweet fruity aroma...caramel, spice, apple, and honey. Bready malt covered with a slick, fruity sweetness. Not overly sweet. On the brighter side of things, not only in appearance, but in flavor too. Sweet bread, honey, and plum. Medium-full, creamy body...a little sticky. Pretty good stuff, nice and smooth.

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Photo of coldmeat23
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

GLASS: Kostritzer Mug
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees

This pours a medium shade of golden burnt orange. Two-fingers of off-white foam make the head. Retention is okay and lacing is pretty good.

The nose is on the lighter side, but nicely filled with light malt and fruit notes. A nice yeastiness is also present.

A very good base of nicely sweet malts is quite evident. Hints of raisins, caramels, apples and white grapes. Mild hints of yeastiness and spices.

Medium bodied with a carbonation level that's almost on the high side. Nice and smooth with a light creaminess to it.

This is very good as an everyday dopplebock, actually. If I had regular access to this, it would most likely become a staple of mine.

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Photo of HiGravShawn
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

a: beautiful color, copper and shiny

s: a little sweet smelling, but malty and nice

t: a little buttery, a little sweet, but good

m: great

d: gets bit cloying for me, but if you like em sweet this is very drinkable

All in all very nice, if a little sweet. I tend to like beers on the dry hoppy side than this, but still enjoyed immensely.

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Photo of number1bum
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a bottle of this from my gay buddy BeerTruth. Thanks sissy.

Pours a rich tangerine/golden color with a frothy two fingers of off-white head. Keeps a thin but full lace and leaves some nice webbing on the sides of the glass.

Smell is very sweet and malty, with aromas of fresh baked bread, candied fruit, golden raisins and lots of caramel. It's a little bit one dimensional but not bad.

Taste is also quite sweet with lots of caramel and golden raisin flavor. It doesn't have the dark caramelized flavor that most doppelbocks do; it's a lighter, more sugary caramel with fruit flavors, like the raisins, to go along with it. There's a bready quality to it, as well. Really nothing in the way of hops; it's a malt bomb for the most part.

Mouthfeel is a creamy medium, quite smooth and nicely carbonated. Doesn't finish cloying given the sweetness. It's pretty clean.

This is tasty enough but it's very one dimensional; could use a bit of hopping to balance it out. It's basically a malt bomb, and a tasty one at that, but it's not overly interesting. I'd still be glad to have a pint or two on occasion, however.

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Photo of tigg924
3.42/5  rDev -11.4%
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 Tone
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
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 Wisconsin
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Nice gentle pour releases a clear amber body with tons of carbonation floating up to the top. The head was about half an inch in appearance and fades to a lace within a few minutes. Quite light colored in appearance for a doppelbock.

S - Strong malts with some faint hops maybe citrus notes.

T - Strong malt flavor which is quite surprising considering the color of this beer. Hops are faintly present to give the beer some balance. Alcohol is barely noticeable considering the amount in the beer.

M - Initial taste is malts as the beer enters your mouth. As the beer passes there is a nice balance of carbonation that brings in some hops.

D - This is a decent beer, something I would probably enjoy more in the winter but good nonetheless.

Overall I would have to say I enjoyed the Autumnal Fire more than this beer. Regardless, Capital needs to either improve their year round lineup or lower their prices on their beers. Their regular year round lineup is no cheaper than other local breweries but doesn't seem to compare. Aside from these limited release beers, which are about $3 dollars higher per six pack, there are few Capital beers that I would buy aside from individual bottles.

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Photo of brewmudgeon
3.72/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

capital blonde doppelbock

3.5-4 clear light amber, 1 finger head sticks around a bit, then leaves a ring that ultimately disappears, depositing no lace.

3.5-4 pale and german malts and a touch of grassy hop

3.5-4 lightly toasted bread maltiness is cut by peppery alcohol. the melanoidens are there and film the roof of my mouth, but they don't carry through uninterupted. the alcohol is a bit too unmasked for me given the particular characteristics of this beer.

3.5 very germanic smoothness to the body. carbonation fairly brisk. but the filming is too much.

3.5-4 a good effort. pretty close to what i think of as a maibock as opposed to a doppelbock. the filming is a bit excessive though, as is the intrusiveness of alcohol in the flavor. yet i find myself sucking it down pretty quick.

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Photo of TeeCee
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quick review - although light in color, this really comes across as a doppelbock.

Color - more like a dark ammber than a blonde. Like honey with a red tint to it. The beer started of with maybe 1" of head that quickly dissipated. Slight nucleation initially. It builds a small, tight head with a swirl. Very little lacing is left behind.

Smell - malty sweet after a swirl with some European hop scent behind it. The malt reminds me of a beer I can't place yet. When it dies off, it reminds me of Baltika 9.

Taste - surprisingly malty. Not because it didn't smell malty, but because of the color. There are some hops in there balancing this beer, but they are not flowery, piney, or overpowering.

Mouthfeel - I would call this thickish. Not too thick, but thickish.

Sessioning - I wouldn't call this a full on session beer, but I could have several of these any day. I'm sure I'd feel it.

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Photo of smcolw
3.55/5  rDev -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 MadTown1000
4.4/5  rDev +14%
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 atsprings
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a DFH signature glass pours a crisp orange with a nice frothy khaki head that diminishes to a thin layer and leaves no lacing. Aroma is a decent amount of crisp sweet malts. The taste is a nice amount of sharp sweet malts that leaves a nice lingering caramel malt taste with a hint of sweet fruits. The beer is medium bodied with a slight boozy presence, but nothing too overbearing. An intriguing take on the style, but certainly an enjoyable one for spring.

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Photo of mynie
2.98/5  rDev -22.8%
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 HopHead84
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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 roadhouse
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a Brooklyn pils glass

Pours a clear deep golden color with a one inch off-white head that falls to a skim which retains well. Moderate lacing is left down the glass.

Aroma is full of caramel and toffee maltiness with a bit of a fruity character and some herbal spicy hops.

Taste is sweet up front with some caramel and toffee malt character with a fruity flavor coming in next but I can't really pinpoint anything specific. A bit of breadiness as well before the herbal and spicy hop character comes out in the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, nice carbonation level makes it soft and easy drinking.

I thought this one was pretty good though I definitely prefer a darker Doppelbock. An interesting beer though, worth a try.

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Blonde Doppelbock from Capital Brewery
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 290 ratings
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