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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 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 yemenmocha
4.48/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a luxurious golden color with generous white head that retains rather well. Nose is quite appetizing with soft malt aromas, yet is overall clean. On the palate this beer is again clean, crisp, good malt presence with not too much alcohol warmth.

Complexity isn't the goal here, and many other reviewers gave misguided reviews of this beer in my opinion. This straightforward malty, clean bock is very rewarding and hard to find anything in the U.S. that comes close in this style.

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

The beer poured crystal clear medium amber golden. The head was just off white, large, and in charge lasting to lace the glass.

The aroma was malty with caramel all through the nose.

The flavor was malty with sweetness from the malt and caramel present. The flavors were clean with a decent bittering component which kept the beer from becoming overly sweet. Some fruit components are present near the end of the flavor, but they are not pronounced.

The finish was dry with noticeable caramel long into the aftertaste. The body was medium and nicely accomplished.

12 ounce bottle, courtesy of Skidz and BIF10.

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Photo of CRJMellor
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crystal clear copper laced amber color with minimal head and no lace visible.
Aroma is sweet caramel, citrus notes, some vanilla and hint of cream soda. Very yeasty wafts.
Flavors of lightly seared caramel, brown sugar, deep dark fruits, some grain and yeast are predominant. Hop notes seem more citrusy and floral and ae far in the background.
Mouthfeel is smooth that progresses to a spicy alcoholic pop.
Great lager, really nice to drink a lighter Doppel.
Drinkability is very high and at relatively high ABV this would definitely cause me to leave the car keys in the pcoket and call a cab.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: golden bubbly orange/amber body, trace head, very little lacing

S: whiff of malt, slight spice and fruit scent, mild honey, wish it was tad stronger

T: big firm malt, slight sweet fruit taste

M: medium body, smooth, semi-sticky finish

D: CAPITAL IS ALL ABOUT BOCKS!! This is delicious, they just know how to make delicious bock brews.
Pick up this seasonal gem. Give it a try. It's funny, but only in the past few years have I grown to enjoy bocks.
The 7.8% ABV is well hidden and I could down the whole 4 pack, but probably not a good move.

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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 ADR
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clearish bright orange color with a yellow frothy head of small, rich bubbles. Laces in big thin laces. Toffee-ish aroma, slight spice. Full mouthfeel, coating and long lasting with more carbonation than the Dark Doppelbock or Autumnal Fire. Flavor is the most muted of the Capital limited release Doppelbocks, pleasant and sweet but not straying from medium dark caramel at first and deconstructing to a honey and slight molasses sense close to the swallow. Decent balance, but no overt hopiness -- as appropriate. Since this is one of the Capital "premiums", I have to give it just OK marks on flavor, as its the most ordinary of the line of brews.

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Photo of atsprings
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
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 bsp77
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Snifter.

Appearance: More fire orange than blonde. Very little head despite aggressive pour.

Smell: Sweet fruit, light noble hops, slight alcohol.

Taste: Very mild taste for a Doppelbock, but quite pleasing. Some fruit. Pepper and spice notes from the noble hops, but no bitterness.

Feel: Thick and smooth. Not as chewy as some Doppelbocks, but chewy nonetheless. Low carbonation.

Drinkability: Easier drinking Doppelbock than most. Great Spring seasonal.

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

A - Pours a translucent caramel-copper hue and is capped with a rather short-lived head. I am not sure what to think about the blonde-ness of it; safe to say I prefer my doppelbocks on the dark murky side.

S - The nose starts out really nice, with notes of toffee, caramel, toasted nuts, and raisins. It devolves from there to exhibit an unfortunate husky character.

T - The taste is lightly sweet, toasty and grainy. Notes of dried golden fruit and honey are apparent as well. It is a pretty nice take on the style, but a little light on depth or complexity.

M - Creamy and just above medium-bodied.

O - Not great, but far enough above average to revisit in the future.

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Photo of TastyTaste
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice looking clear bronze color with about 1/2" of creamy off-white foam. Smell is very malty, with some brown sugar, and a little alcohol present. Taste is very full and rich, this reminds me in many ways of a maibock. The alcohol adds a little spiciness, while hops may be hidden somewhere in there, I can't find them. A nice big alcohol and malt beer, for the cold days, easy drinkin'.

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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 deereless
3.03/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Minor lacing along the interior of the glass, light to medium gold in color, crystal clear - 3.50, S: Lots of sweet grains - malts dominate the nose, I pick up little to no hop aroma, very slight burn - 3.00, T: A decent spicy hop bite, quite grassy and with a jolt of alcohol burn, quite bready and with a thin toasty flavor - 2.75, M: A little on the side of being slick, medium mouth feel - 3.00, D: A blonde Doppelbock is not your standard style and hence I'm not sure what to expect, all in all this was an okay beer but not one that blew me away - 3.00

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Photo of WastingFreetime
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Looks golden apricot-colored, semi opaque, nice head that falls apart quickly, no lacing, low carbonation in my bottle, but nice thick heavy body that supports the dense flavors quite nicely.
The nose is quite boozey in character, vaguely whisky-like at times, perhaps almost too boozey. Rampant odors of dark fruit esters almost smother the sweet malt odor, which would be just fine if this were a Belgian Ale, but it is not. This brew could stand to have the alcohol trimmed down a bit in order to better show off the malt characters.
Taste is where the malt is at. Sweet delicious malts, an interesting spectrum of grainy goodness, the flavor profile of an excellent doppelbock somewhat hampered by being overly hot with ABV around the edges. The mouthfeel is smooth and pleasant, however.

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Photo of budgood1
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours out a crystal clear copperish-orange colour...no head...no lace. slightly thickish maltininess in the nose...peppery alcohol and spicy hops. lightly flavoured with all the typical maltiness...choco and caramel, with an underlying yeast fruitiness. lots of alcohol spiciness....especially as it warms a bit. medium bodied and the mouthfeel is slightly prickly. finishes malty and spicy. this is a tasty blonde doppel. i wish i had full access to the line of capital brews.

thanks again to zap for digging into his stash of beloved bocks!

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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 Ri0
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured 12oz bottle into snifter.

A - Dark golden honey in color with an 1.5 finger off-white head. Retention is fair, no lacing.

S - Sweet malts, caramel, honey, sweet biscuit and corn muffin. There are also some light fruity aromas, maybe some orange peel.

T - Sweet malts, caramel, honey, sweet biscuit and corn muffin. Very light bready orange and fruit make an appearance later.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and sticky.

O - I have not had this in about 15 years, so it was interesting to revisit. A bit too sweet for me, but within the style of doppelbock.

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Photo of grittybrews
2.9/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a honey-orange into a Duvel tulip with a minimal film of white head.

Fairly strong and slightly musky/metallic aroma of caramel and brown sugar. Low to moderate carbonation and a fairly chewy mouthfeel, flavor is actually more creamy and toasty than sweet -- not what I expected with this style. Fairly quick and slightly watery finish with more bready malts and a slight bitterness. Higher ABV is not especially masked.

I enjoy doppelbocks quite a bit, but I must say that this one let me down. Nice aroma, but not much taste to back it up. Maybe I got a skunky bottle?

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Photo of ckeegan04
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
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 stumac
2.92/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Going off old notes. Pours a rust color with super small off white head. Nose is pale malts, white grapes, slight honey. Tastes same as the nose, fairly sweet. Medium bodied, low carbo. A nice session beer

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Photo of shand
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

This one pours a fairly clear orange-red color with two fingers of head that goes down fairly quickly, but a bit of head lasts for quite some time. Aroma is grainy, malty, citrusy, and a bit alcoholic. The taste here is quite interesting, the main thing I get on the tongue is booze, but it's not overbearing. It's actually tempered well with some green apple, grains, lemons, and caramel malts. But, yeah, it's a boozy brew. The mouthfeel is fairly full and decently carbonated, and the drinkability is pretty good, considering the booziness. This brew almost reminds me of a barleywine since the alcohol is just so forward. Either way, it's a solid beer.

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Photo of Tilley4
3/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Definitely lighter than others of the style... Very sweet and fruity malt aromas... Overly sweet.. Lots of apple and raisins... Loads of sweet caramel malts with the apple and raisin present here as well... Strange aftertaste present as well... This one isn't working for me... Very average doppelbock...

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Photo of jwinship83
4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- a light amber color with little to no head and lots of bubbling action.

S- mildly sweet and bready malts.

T- sweet honey like and a strong malt presence. very complex with a slight hoppy finish. very crisp and clean. very nice

M- feels heavy in the mouth with lots of carbonation which adds to the enjoyment.

D- this one is very easy to drink. a great summer beer that begs to be taken to a BBQ. pick this one up if you havnt already tried it.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(2010 bottle in May 2013 -> this has been aged too long. Aroma is mostly flat and malty, taste is similar.)

Tipping the bottle I produce a >2cm head, dirty white in color, of small bubbles. This fades, over a minute or so, to a thin ring around the glass. Lacing is fairly minimal, a few splotches here and there. Beer is a cloudy golden copper in color, "blonde" for a doppelbock as they say, faint carbonation visible.

Aroma strongly of vanilla blended with classic doppelbock scents of heavy, malt and caramel sweetness. Ethanol detectable, but it's sweet to the point of being like dried figs pickled in it. This is a rich cascade of smells, quite excellent.

Taste opens with malty vanilla-essence, a touch of apple cider to it. This flares into doppelbock malt sweetness, slightly toasted, with some caramel notes. Alcohol is too noticeable in the back half of the taste for a doppelbock with an ABV of 7.8%. This needs to be tamped down a bit. Aftertaste of heavy, syrupy malt sweetness and lingering ethanol.

Medium to medium-heavy bodied with just the right amount of carbonation to make this slightly foam on the palate, producing taste and aroma. Finish is semi-dry, and slightly sticky from the malt.

This is another quality, interesting doppelbock from Capital. While needing a reduction in alcohol to showcase the full extent of its qualities, it is still quite enjoyable. Enjoyable to consume now, and hopefully in a future where the ABV is knocked down a notch.

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

Small capped bottle.
Light golden brew with a nice white head, good retention and lacing.
Nice aroma is made of sweet maltiness, with some nutty and honeyish notes.
Medium to full bodied, it is surprisingly rich in taste (or perhaps I was just expecting something lighter based on the clear appearance); it has the same malty, sweetish and honeyish notes, along with some nuts and even some fruitiness.
Very nice, another good beer from Capital.

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Blonde Doppelbock from Capital Brewery
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