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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
Ranking:
#10,636
Reviews:
192
Ratings:
290
pDev:
10.88%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 290 |  Reviews: 192
Photo of dirtylou
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
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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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

12 oz twist off bottle poured into a pilsner glass.
7.8% ABV, 2012 bottle.

A - Beautifully golden honey in color, this lager is hazed with fine particles and topped with a plump off-white head. It's poor retention could be due to the alcohol percent but there isn't much excuse for a complete lack of lace.

S - Generously malty, Blonde Doppelbock has a nose filled with light fruity alcohol notes and caramel sweetness on the finish with a touch of Vienna malt dryness. Hints of white grape esters emerge on the finish of this crisp and malty lager.

T - Dry toasted Vienna malt and bready notes of Munich press forwards with caramel sweetness, giving it a robust malty taste. While mild alcohol that's lightly fruity in nature adds notes of white grape on the finish for a unique doppelbock.

M - Capital's Blonde Doppelbock has a medium-full bodied feel with an inherent smoothness that finishes a little slick and dry from light alcohol but ends with gentle carbonation for a great feel.

O - It shouldn't be news to anyone that a lager; doppelbock especially, from Capital Brewery would be anything less than great. This aged Blonde Doppelbock shows faint signs of degradation with a faint overall cellar mustiness but it remains drinkable and quite enjoyable regardless. I can't wait for Capital Bockfest next weekend!

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.23/5  rDev -16.3%
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 twiggamortis420
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear honey color with a thin light beige head that fades away pretty quick and leaves a little bit of lacing.

Smell mainly consists of sweet grainy malts that remind me of honeycomb cereal. Has a lighter, less roasty and robust nose than a traditional dark doppelbock.

The lighter specialty malt bill leads to a sweet bready flavor and quite noticeable alcohol presence. Hops are detectable as well with the light body and moderately high carbonation. I found this to be pretty tasty and enjoyable beer, I would be happy to taste some more from this brewery.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sampled full bottle at the Capital Brewing Seminar for distributors and establishments in Brooklyn Center. Thanks to AL for the invite.

Color is a deep golden orangy/amber with a head of short fluffy loose whiteness, lace sticks in strings. Smell is a lightened but darker orange and a terrific caramel sweetness in the nose. Rich and creamy taste, a bit of chewyness with good amount of caramel malts and a pretty moderate amount of dulled bitterness that has a great little hold of solid tang from hops. Excellently balanced. Great malt body, quite hefty with a bready thickness. Feel is a partially full bodied, creamy, chewy, nearly cloying, crisp full finish. Extremely drinkable, yummy, delicious, rich and creamy delightful wonderment. Capital has a winner with this one.

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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 2GOOFY
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RoyalT
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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 Bierman9
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first Capital bier ever....thnx to jeffboo!
This bier has a solid medium-golden color, and is clear throughout. A hard-pour resulted in a white, creamy head of about 3/4", though it rapidly thinned to a miniscule layer, with minimal lacing at best.
The nose has a mild malty sweetness, as well as a toasty character. Could be a bit stronger, perhaps.
As far as body goes, it landed in the medium neighborhood, with a fairly respectable creamy smoothness on the tongue.
Toasty, bready and crackery are some of the malty attributes I found in the taste. Hops, although present near the finish, were not at all intrusive. Once down the hatch, there was little aftertaste, though.
This is a pretty decent offering, one I'd drink again if given the opportunity. Thnx again to jeffboo! Prosit!!

overall: 3.9
appearance: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4

510

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Photo of birchstick
2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

Photo of jsh420
4.19/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

pours crystal clear golden orange with a 1 finger head that quickly fades with no lacing down the glass would have given this a 5 but it says its a blonde...i will give - it is the blondest doppelbock i have ever seen. smell is all bready malts and fruits. taste is very bready malts with fruity apple and pear flavors. mouthfeel is very creamy and on the heavier side for this style which i love. overall capital has found a new customer i will be looking for more capital brews. side note i would like to see more reasonable prices 12.99 a sixer is steep

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Photo of garymuchow
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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 TheLongBeachBum
3.42/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Presentation: An oval label with a blue background containing a picture of a domed building sits a front a 12 fluid ounce long neck brown bottle. A similar, but smaller scale neck label complete with the usual health warning bollocks that no-one ever reads, completes the presentation.

Appearance: Poured with a minimal carbonation, a small ¼” off-white head formed at first, but quickly faded to a broken covering, some lacing. The color threw me for a short while, Blonde?? I think not! It’s more of a Copper-Amber color with an orange glow from the Californian Sun that sits behind the glass when placed on my desk nearby the window.

Nose: Aroma’s are above average in strength and are heavily Malt based, with some spicy-zest aspects. That’s about it really – yep, Malts, and plenty of ‘em.

Taste: Mmmm, more ‘Big-Ass’ Malts, slightly spicy with a definitive alcohol presence and a zesty spiciness. Crisp though, the flavors are strong and confident enough to be slightly one-dimensional in the overall context of this beer. Whilst not a favorite of mine, the lingering malt flavor profile in the finish is very nice and attests to the beers quality.

Mouthfeel: Above average feel to this beer. Smooth feeling at times, that is ever so slightly warming in the mouth; after swallowing the warmth builds.

Drinkability: Not sure this is my Cup of Tea to be honest, it’s a reasonably good beer with no down side, and I enjoyed it, but it is just not to my taste really. I found it a little too 'one-dimensional' with too much malt for it to appeal to an aging lambic & hophead fan. One 12oz bottle, or maybe even two at a stretch, is enough for me. I am sure that this is one of those good quality beers that nonetheless polarize views and opinions.

Overall: Not much experience of Blonde (?!) Dopplebocks if the truth is known. So as to where it fits in the style profile, who knows? Who cares! It is obviously a very well made beer, nevertheless.

Thanks to BigHuge for setting me up on a Date with this “dirty” Blonde!

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Photo of cokes
4.27/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2003 edition.

A glimmering golden-orange body capped with a clinging sandy froth. Fades to a misting, but endures.
Toffee nuggets and pears on the nose, mingled with woody, cinnamon spice.
Heavy caramel/toffee maltiness up front. Notes of burnt brown sugar and honey. Pears in heavy syrup. Malts begin to fade as the mixture of alcohol and spice takes control late. Cinnamon and cedar impressions. Faint touches of grassy hops. Brief glimpse of ethanol.
Hefty and full bodied. Just traces of carbonation. Smooth and slippery.
Another classy doppelbock form Capital. This one seems improved as well.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a crystal clear copper color with a white meringue head at least two fingers thick. This beer sports terrific lacing.

Aroma is like a sweet floral perfume with sweet malts, pear, honey, and a touch of cinnamon.

Like the aroma, the taste is also sweet and perfumed with sweet caramel malts, apple, pear, pepper, and cinnamon kiss the palate. Finish of white table cracker and apple.

Lighter bodied, smooth and clean, with a sharp carbonation.

This is by far the best of the Capital brews I've tried. Very sessionable and very enjoyable.

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Photo of blackie
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
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 PorterLambic
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, golden amber bordering on orange. Good head develops but drops fairly quickly. No lace and just a faint island remain after 5 minutes.
Smell is malty, of course, with a dark fruit/candied orange note that is very unexpected and very nice. Whiskey note fainter with just a touch of Oak and vanilla.
Taste is all of that. The malt and candied orange notes present first and strongest with whiskey and the vanilla and oak following.
Balance is good throughout. Nicely warming at 7.8%. Full-bodied and lightly effervescent. Somewhat clingy, almost cloying after the swallow though with a coating on the tongue and palate. Aftertaste is very nice and mellows well. Glad I bought the 4-pack and not just a single.

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Photo of hopdog
3.54/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle acquired in trade with Styles (thanks!).

Poured a medium an clear golden color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of oranges, nectarines, caramel and very light spices. Tastes of the same. Lively body that was on the thin side.

Notes from: 11/11/05

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Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid all-around. Nice, bright gold color. Firm head with sweet caramel aroma. Caramel and roasted malt flavors predominate, with well-balanced sweetness. No heat or pepper from alcohol - smooth at the finish. Followed this was a normally good bock from anoher brewer, but it seemed lackluster in comparison after having this. Nicely done.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz, brown longneck bottle, capped, no date.

This beer poured a clear, light amber color, with creamy, off-white foam that settled but coated the glass. There was a steady fine bubbling. The smell was mildly fruity, malty, and slightly sweet. The taste was sweet but sharp initially, malty, with tastes of sugar. It was hoppy yet with a sweet finish and aftertaste. There was a hint of fruit (figs, raisins, caramel). The mouthfeel was sweet and it coated the mouth. The body was medium with good carbonation feel. The finish had a bit of "soapy hops" flavor. The feeling was also warming. This was a good beer, and was better as it warmed up. Unexpected flavors for the style.

Thanks feloniousmonk!

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Photo of CraigTravor
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of jakea
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.82/5  rDev -1%
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 BeerLover99
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
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 yemenmocha
4.48/5  rDev +16.1%
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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Blonde Doppelbock from Capital Brewery
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 290 ratings
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