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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Ratings: 290 |  Reviews: 192
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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Photo of Atron67
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

P- rather ornate for capital brewery blue label

A- poured a crystal clear amber with an almost white head, pretty effervescent in my duvel glass. head settled to a think film.

S- malty, but a sweeter scent, not quite an amber scents, but remaniscnet of cinnamon. hops are pretty hidden.

T- biscuity malts predominate, a light cinnamon like scent seems pretty prevalent. the maltiness is on top and is quite solid, the hops still seems pretty light again but the flavor is still pretty solid

M- full body pretty strong carbonation

D- pretty damn good, no wonder he has a fest to celebrate this

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Photo of malcontent
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ah, yes, there are few things I love more than beer before noon...unless it's multiple beers before noon. Yet another entry into what is becoming my own personal "bock around the clock" as it is indeed springtime in the Midwest.

Doesn't look like a doppelbock as it is NOT dark although the name of the beer clearly reflects that this was the brewers' intent. Still, I'll dock them a few points for not actually getting the blonde color down either as it's really more of a deep gold to light amber. Thin layer of sticky head is a plus.

Rich, sweet, buttery aroma just swims out of the glass. A big nose indeed. Caramel and moderate biscuit notes eventually settle in and steal the show.

Man, this really ends up tasting like an all-malt lager on steroids. Just ultra malty and sweet without any of the roasted notes of a typical doppelbock. Slightly fruity but mostly caramel again with a touch of honey-like sweetness on the finish. I do give Capital props for achieving a relatively high degree of cleanliness on the finish, something beers this malty sometimes fails to do.

Thickness is moderate to high which is totally appropriate here. A tad slick although the carbonation helps smooth that over. ABV is totally under control and, if I needed a big ol' malt fix, this would be a fun change of pace from a traditional doppel. Really this is more of a freaked-out marzen/maibock marriage in my book.

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Photo of BierReise
3.12/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A dark golden colored brew with a small head that dissapeared almost immediately. Aroma is sweet and malty with a hint of caramel and a bit of a yeast thing going on. Flavor is a rich malty sweet one and a bit dry on the finish. Has that distinct German bock aroma and flavor. Not a bad beer but not something I'd drink often either.

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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 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 jdkitchi
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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 JohnnyDuvel
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another good example by this brewery. Not as light in color as the title implies, just a little lighter than Salvator. Nice, smooth mouthfeel. Alcohol is slightly noticeable, but not overwhelming by any means. Somewhat sweet, but drinkability remains good. I had this before a Salvator, and it was not outclassed. I liked their "Autumnal Fire" even better, but this is a pretty good doppelbock (kind of like a EKU 28 light?). Thanks again, Monk.

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Photo of sweethome
3.18/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was one of my all time favorites - but took a big step back this year. I see that BTI rated it really high this year - what are theythinking??? Rating based on history?

Has a nice enough maibock nose, but lacks past years compexity. The first taste is rather off-putting. It has a rather stark and harsh yeast compenent. The flavors don;t develop and give the mouthfeel of previous years or anywhere near the taste of the tap version.

Finish picks up just a bit, but the lingering harshness of a "house" yeast strain of where this is contract bottled is a bit tough.

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Photo of Drew26
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of TheDM
3.2/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours a small head of fine white bubbles and a transparent light orange brown body. It had a mild malt aroma. This brew had a smooth initial flavor and no fore or after bite. I did not understand this brew and I would definately not call it a Doppelbock.

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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 beerman207
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review taken from notes

A: Very clear, light golden amber. Nice white frothy head

S: Very sweet, malty, and light, has a bit of metallic in there

T: Very malty and sweet. Tasty brew that is refreshing. Has a bit of metallic taste in there somewhere which is also in the nose. Overall, good tasting beer.

M: A bit on the thick side for this type of brew. Goes down easy

D: Very good beer. Not sure of the price point for quality here as I believe it was close to $3.50-$4.00 for one of these. Good but not as good as some other brews that are less money.

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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 plfahey
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a wine glass.

Appearance-Burnished gold/honey amber color with moderately high clarity. Short cream colored head has decent retention and shows some lacing.

Aroma-Sweet grainy malt aroma with notes of white bread and honey. Moderate pear and cherry fruity esters. Slight toasted sourdough crusts. Low green, herbal hops appear briefly in the background. There's a perfumy alcohol note in there as well.

Flavor-Sweet caramel toffee up front with light pear fruitiness. The midpalate brings floral honey notes before closing with white sourdough and dry, warming alcohol. Finishes with moderately low hop bitterness, a touch of woody hop flavor and a good helping of alcohol.

Mouthfeel-Medium full body with moderate carbonation. Thick and yet somewhat smooth on the palate before moderate alcohol warmth kicks in in the back of your mouth.

Not bad, but it doesn't blow me away either. Somewhat reminiscent of a Belgian Blonde with a little less yeast character. I would expect what is basically a hellesbock to have a bit more hop flavor to it, and perhaps a bit higher bitterness. The aroma is quite pleasant, but the flavor dissipates quickly on the palate, and the alcohol in the finish is maybe a tad harsh. Pretty drinkable, but not my favorite for the style.

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Photo of MarshMan71
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of I2uss
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of brewmudgeon
3.72/5  rDev -3.4%
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 jwenzel019
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of battlekow
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first doppelbock. Very blonde, orange-colored, almost no head or lacing. Smells sweet, with a big kick of spicy hops. Tastes really, really, really good, a revelation for me in the way it's quite hoppy but still extremely smooth. My experience with Capital has been that they make solid, faithful, unexceptional representations of styles, and since this is my first for this particular style, I can't comment on that aspect; however, I can say that it's a damn tasty beer.

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Photo of ThaBobfather
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a purely golden, straw with a light lacing of whitish head.
Smell is highly bready- with some yeasty light malt flavors-small dark fruit smell.
Taste is highly malted- ending with a bready dark fruit element.
Finish is wet with a highly toasted flavor with pits on the after-taste.
Drinks great- no hang ups here with a solid ABV.

Points for being exactly what it advertises. A blonde doppelbock- light color leaves a not as malty flavor.

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Photo of dhannes
4.55/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had the 2012 at the 2012 Bockfest, served in a 16 oz. plastic mug.

A=Smooth, creamy golden yellow...more inviting than the pale straw of lagers...perhaps a bit warmer in color. Head was 2 fingers of white foam.

S=Sweet smell...hints of sugar, butter and cream.

T=A smoothness to it...the best way to describe it is buttery/creamy...not a cream ale. Carbonation was in check...probably would appeal to those that traditionally don't like beer due to smoothness and creaminess. Alcohol was well hidden I thought.

M=Spot on. Very drinkable, with low carbonation and no bite from alcohol. We were limited to the one tap and I found myself slowing down as to savor every sip.

O=With just the one sample, I leaned toward giving this a 5.0, but will definitely buy a 6-pack and sample some before elevating the rating behind 4.5. If you are in southern Wisconsin and are looking for a smooth beer (would pair well with alfredo sauce and possibly red meats), this is one you need to try.

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

Appearance: While the bottle calls it a 'blonde,' I think it's a 'redhead' or 'strawberry blond!' Sports an amber-orange body bookended by pale gold edges with lots of bubbles fighting their way to the top, lots of carbonation here. Crystal clear with a tiny off-white head.

Smell: The nose on this brew is quite weak, with a malty sweetness making the strongest showing.

Taste: Believe it or not, this kinda reminds of a Marzen/Oktoberfest bier at first taste, with less sweetness and crispness. Has a very strong malt flavor with a bit of spiciness making itself known. Finishes with a peculiar balance of sweetness and hop bitterness. There a bit of a toasted flavor buried deep in there as well. I don't know if this makes any sense, but this beer has a very full flavor profile, but at the same time, it's very laid back, like it's hanging in the background. Very unassertive, but good. Finishes clean with a touch of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Has a medium thickness with a round mouthfeel. Finishes crisp and clean.

Drinkability: The higher-than-average alcohol level would keep me from drinking more than one or two, but I find this to be a good laid-back doppelbock with a bit of Trippel and Oktoberfest characteristics thrown in. A good, if not confusing, brew.

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

A light pour for a Dopplebock hence the title "Blonde Dopplebock" i suppose. A rich looking amber pour with minimal head. The nose was semi sweet with a wallop of molasses and some noticeable maltiness. The body was much bigger with an almost chewy toffee quality. Again the molasses and roasted malt were present as well as some lolipop sweetness. A very warming beer with an obvious alcohol kick on the finish. A full bodied beer with plenty of backbone. I quite enjoyed this one.

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