Blonde Doppelbock | Capital Brewery

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290 Ratings
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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
Ratings:
290
Reviews:
192
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
10.91%
 
 
Wants:
18
Gots:
15
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0
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Photo of marc77
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber hue, with a slight chill haze. Steadfast, uniformily thick white head. Belgian lace remains. Waft of wort like maltose and spent, freshly mashed grain hits the nose at first, then is ensued by mildly herbal hops and toasty Munich malt. Toffeeish melanoidins surface as the beer warms, but remain subdued. Rounded, mellow, honey laced sweetness bathes the palate initially and is complemented by nutty, lightly buttery notes of brittle and caramel. Hints of caramelized figs emerge mid palate along with a suggestion of sugary red licorice. Decocted? Hop bitterness is paltry, and functionally prevents cloying sweetness. Trace herbal Hallertauer hop flavor adds a "green" note to the deeply sweet malt profile. Full bodied, with a smooth, viscous mouthfeel. Finishes with lingering buttery poundcake like sweetness. A tasty brew that's akin to hellesbock / doppel hybrid. A touch shy in malt complexity, but nevertheless superior to many US microbrewed bocks.

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

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Photo of d5001986
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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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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 MadTownDrinker
4/5  rDev +3.9%

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 roadhouse
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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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Photo of wheatyweiss
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Served in a plastic 16oz glass at Bockfest 2008, limited to one per...WTF!!

Appearance is dark honey/light amber with a nice chunky fluffy head.

Aroma is malt with light piney hop. The malt aroma is big in this one.

Flavor is toasty malt, chewy grainy malt. Cream and honey mixed together. Like a hop tea with a ton of half and half and honey. Biscuity sourdough goodness throughout.

Mouthfeel is creamy, and would be even better if half of the carbonation wasn't so harsh, with sharp edged bubbles.

Delicious beer that would be a really good food pairing beer which would go well with a lot of different foods. A little thin for a dopple, but a very tasty beer.

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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

Serving type - Bottle

A - Blonde dopplebock, eh? It pours more of a deep gold/amber hue, semi-hazy, but more clear, with a single-finger off-white head that quickly recedes to creamy lacing. I can say it's inviting though!

S - Smell is of caramel, honey, brown sugar, toffee, mixed grains, and an ever so slight hint of grassy hop.

T - Taste is of shortcake like malts with caramel, honey, and toffee flavors making the most of the flavor profile. Pretty malty overall, but has just enough balance to prevent it from being cloying at all. Very good stuff here!

M - Mouthfeel is full-bodied, velvety smooth, and creamy, with mild carbonation.

D - Well, for 7.8%, I'm probably drinking this one a bit faster than I should if that says anything, haha. No it's not a session beer, but it sure is tasty, and the alcohol is extremely well hidden, so I have to give it props here.

Overall - Never had anything from this brewery before (probably because I live in WA), or even an American dopplebock for that matter, but I must say, this was a very good one, so I'll have to check out other beers from this brewery if I see them around here. For a strong, malty, smooth lager, this one delivers the goods.

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Photo of mrfrancis
4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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