Tett Dopplebock | Capital Brewery

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Brewed by:
Capital Brewery
Wisconsin, United States

Style: German Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 22 | Ratings: 33
Reviews by imperialking:
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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Photo of cokes
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this beer at Capital's Biergarten as a prototype a year or two ago and hated it. Giving it another whirl with an open mind.

Pours amber-orange, lightly chill-hazed with a tight ecru foam which retains and laces moderately well.
Aroma of crusty bread, toffee, Fig Newtons, Marsala wine, and prunes.
A fairly nuanced malt attack through the mouth. Darts of toffee and figs skirt across a battlefield strewn with bread and molasses. Tracers of plum (and prune) and anise cross the crusted bread sky. Rivulets of ruby red, brandy-fortified wine trickle down. A light, almost transparent rosy, florality adds a late levity to it all.
Medium-full bodied with a light but steady march of carbonation.

This is the type of thing that Capital does best, and while it's not their ultimate doppelbock incantation, it's enjoyable, and they should be lauded for fooling around within their area of strength. It gives me hope for a return to form. And for what it's worth, it's much better than my initial impression back when.

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Photo of steveh
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Surprised to find the Cap Square Series of this -- thought it was going to be tap only.

A -- Clear, deep copper color with an off-white to light tan head (right in the middle of my usual spectrum) that holds up very well.

S -- Mild DMS that wisps away to fresh, spicy hops -- yes, a hop nose in a lager!

T -- Caramel and spicy hops in balance -- even some mild roastiness that I wouldn't expect in a Doppelbock, some vague fruit esters in the finish and spicy hops in the aftertaste. Actually rather mild in character all around for a Doppel.

M -- Mouthfeel is soft to crisp with a rather light body.

D -- It's certainly drinkable, and surprising that this is 8% -- very well hidden (well attenuated?). On the whole, not what I'd expect from a Doppel, let alone a Doppel from Capital.

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Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Riley's. "The art of the dopplebock" belongs to Capital. This is an example of this charm. Dark brown with little head, I placed it in a De Koninck glass. Malty, yeasty, cocoa aroma. A tad above average mouthfeel yields a rich and complex malting. Very satisfying, very drinkable.

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Photo of bashiba
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice clean deep clear dark orange with a thin yet persistent off white head.

The smell is all malt, huge waves of sweet brown sugar and molasses dominate the nose.

The flavor is surprisingly subtle and refined after the giant aroma, light bready malts with notes of toffee and caramel, finishes with a light spicy and earthy hop flavor without much bitterness, very much a malt centric beer as it should be, but the tettnang adds some interesting levels of spice to the finish.

The mouthfeel is thick and full with good levels of carbonation.

This is an interesting doppel, nice and complex. Capital really seems to excel at this style of beer.

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Photo of scaliasux
3.05/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Amber brown. Slightly cloudy. Medium creamy off white head. Fairly persistent.

Smell - Not strong. Caramel hops is most prominent aroma. A little bread, a little spicy hops.

Taste - Somewhat sharp medium roasted malt flavor opens. Sweet caramel with a slight burnt flavor. Finishes with a moderate dose of piney hops. Not exactly what I'd expect from a doppelock.

Mouthfeel - Medium. Crisp.

Overall - Something a little different from Capital, but not one of my favorites.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Colo is copper with some very small suspended sediment and a few bubbles rising to the top. The head is a nice lightbeige that leaves a one finger headof foam, but after a few sips, recedes to nothing.

Soft caramel dripped on top of toasted, homemade white bread, with maybe a little grass make up the brunt of this beer's aroma.

Sweet toasted malts, caramel, and some very soft plums. The palate is just a little syrupy, but goes down well carbonated. The 8% abv. is hardly noticed in the taste or palate, except when it warms up a bit. Very easy and enjoyable to drink for any doppelbock fan.

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Photo of emerge077
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single from Timer's. Served in a tulip glass.

Reddish copper body topped with light tan foam, tiny pinhole flecks of lace spatter the sides of the glass.

Dominant tea aroma, lightly woody and grassy from the noble hops. Some deep malt complexity also present.

Sweet bready malt, dry bitterness, slight lemony hop fruitiness. Smooth and clean, flavorful, hides the abv well. Plan to revisit this one soon.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pretty quiet release, found a 4pack at Star. Yet another doppelbock from Capital - at least they are all solid

appearance: served in the often neglected de koninck chalice, rich dark amber body, light beige film but really no retention. clear and placid

smell: caramel, dry biscuit, some earthy european hops

taste: pretty mild - sweet caramel, biscuit and bready notes, mild earthy hops, dry toasted malts. Alcohol is completely undetected - good, but not great and probably my least favorite of the capital doppelbocks

mouthfeel: medium-light, smooth

drinkability: good

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Slightly hazy, amber, light copper with a thin head a spotty lacing.

S - Light sweet toffee, caramel, toasted bread with herbal, spicy hops.

T - Sweet caramel and toffee with some bready notes and herbal hops. Lingering piney hop notes in the finish that sticks on the tongue.

M - Medium body with light carbonation and a lingering hop dryness.

D - Would never have guessed this was a dopplebock if I didn't know. Unusually hoppy for a Capital beer and the malt reminded me more of a bock than a Doppel

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Photo of brandoman63
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of falloutsnow
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased. from Friar Tuck's in Savoy, IL.
No bottled on date.
Poured into a Celebrator doppelbock glass.

Pours a frothy, pillowy head of 4cm, dirty white in color. Fades leaving some small clumps of lacing, but fairly vigorous carbonation seems to support a small head infinitely long. Body is a dark brown-orange-copper creation with orange highlights under a lamp. Transparent.

Scent is dominated by spicy, herbal Germanic hops, mixed with deep, sweet maltiness like, as one reviewer noted, fig cookies. I also get a slight twinge of ethanol as this warms.

Opens with very nice noble, Tettnang hop flavors. It's gentle, but very dominant. Gradually this is balanced by a sweet maltiness that's not too heavy, creating a sort of doppelbock-tea flavor with a bit of astringency. Fades out with continued malt presence, picking up some definite caramel characters. Aftertaste is of faint noble hop spiciness and malt sweetness.

Body is medium to medium-heavy with a modest carbonation that creates a smooth and silky feeling on the palate. Finish is very dry.

This is a very good, somewhat experimental, doppelbock. While not the avatar of the style (or should this hopped doppel be a style of its own?), I think this could be a quite exceptional summer variety of the style if they would drop the ABV a bit. Still, one to keep an eye out for when released.

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Photo of jsh420
3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pours hazy dark copper with a 1 finger off white head that left lacing down the glass

smells like noble hops? i know this is brewed with tettnang hops so they must be very similar

taste - again noble hops and SA noble pils comes to mind - kind of a noble pils without the heavy lemon flavor and instead of a grainy malt bill you get a fuller brown sugar caramel malt backbone

mouthfeel - medium body with low carbonation - very smooth

overall - good flavor but when i think doppelbock i think about the malts and in this beer its more hops (might not be bitter punch you in the mouth hops but the malts do take a backseat here) and the price tag @ $12 a four pack is too steep to ever buy this again

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Photo of barnzy78
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of wallrock
5/5  rDev +30.5%

Photo of muttyd
3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep amber/brown with a thin off-white head. Slightly hazy body with a decent amount of lacing. Aroma is extremely malt forward; toffee, caramel, brown bread, roasty. Some grassy/earthy notes in there as well. Flavor follows the nose; very malty, bready and sweet. Pretty on par for a doppelbock. Creamy/chewy body with moderate carbonation. Finishes rather sweet. Very good doppelbock.

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Photo of SykDoc
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. It pours a clear amber color. A 1/8 inch off-white head forms leaving a nice over-the-top lacing. No sediment and carbonation minimally visible.

The aroma initially reminded me entirely of banana bread. As it warmed, it definitely took more of a caramel sweet aroma combined with some earthy tones.

The taste has the well known Capital caramel malt sweetness up front and center. There is an earthy/pine hops presence that balances reasonably.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a carbonation that is lacking. It goes down well but does not stand out.

This beer is easily drinkable and it doesn't surprise me. ABV is quite well hidden. Capital is very good at the dopplebock beers and this is another solid member to their collection.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of BeerLover99
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: amber, light brown tint. 1 finger solid oatmeal head. lacing was

S: sweet bread malt,

T: bread, malt, mild date/fig flavor, alcohol is well hidden. hint of bitter in the finish.

M: medium body, solid carbonation, goes down very smoothly.

D: Capital are an interesting brewery, mighty fine at bocks. This beer is a fine dopplebock, like the other delicious bocks they produce (Autumnal Fire, Maibock, Blonde Dopplebock). This is quite nice and if you are curious about US bocks, this is a great brewery to explore.

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Photo of cradke
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very light for a dopplebock. Very much an amber color. Very nice finger thick fine head.

Smell: Malty with some sweetness. A little bit of alcohol comes through The nose is a little weak but solid.

Taste: Very 'amber' tasting. Roasted malts with a dry finish. Very little floral notes. Lots of grains and some yeast notes. Not nearly as hearty as a traditional dopplebock but its pretty obvious that's what they were going for. If I didn't know this was a dopplebock, I would think the finish was a low proof weizen which speaks to how well they hid the alcohol and the sublteness they were going for in the flavor.

Mouthfeel: Very nice carbonation for the style. Much more so than a darker german version. The carbonation allows some of the darker notes to come through.

Overall: I really liked this beer. It's not an amazing beer, but for an 8% it's incredibly drinkable. It's obvious that they weren't going for a stick to your ribs beer. Still, would have liked a little bit more punch in the flavor and in the nose particularly. Solid Beer.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass. 8.0% ABV, 3150 on the neck (Nov. 10, 2010).

A - Beautiful clear and bronzy beer pours fourth. It's relatively quiet and the two-finger, bone-colored head has good retention for the alcohol. Some lace makes an appearance on the glass.

S - The full-flavored aroma reminds me of a handful of hops, freshly picked. Dirty, earthy, resin-rich hops with a smooth and subtly sweet malt backing. Notes of caramel, biscuit, and toast.

T - Fantastic balance between a sweet caramel and Vienna malt toastiness that follows through to the finish and a great earthy hop flavor up front. Mellow but great resin and pine-like attributes.

M - Medium-full bodied and silky smooth, the Tett goes down wonderfully. A great hop bite adds just enough bitterness before the sweetness fades out.

D - A hint of the alcohol is there but doesn't interfere with the great balance. I'm excited to see it on shelves because I had the joy of having this while still fermenting in a keg for the Capital Ray's event not too long ago, straight from the tett you might say (I couldn't resist). Capital proves, once again, that they make one kick-ass dopplebock.

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Photo of exonthebottle
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance bronze nice head holds okay great lacing
smell caramel bread earthy hop smell
taste malty the alcohol is hidden somewhat hoppy but milder than I expected
mouthfeel okay lighter and lagerish does okay
drinkability I think one beer is enough for me at this moment while the alcohol is hidden I just find the beer is not what I am looking in dopplebock its seems to be to muted in flavor

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Photo of seeswo
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of Duff27
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - The beer poured a handsome copper color with a foamy slightly off-white head.

Smell - The aroma initially strikes me as a doppelbock, but I then notice the hops. It just does not fit in my mind.

Taste - The caramel is noticeable at the front but the hops and a mild citrus sensation flows over the tongue as the beer moves toward the back. There is not the odd metallic taste that some doppelbocks leave. Instead, the citrus lingers in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Tett just seems a hair too thick to be a doppelbock. It almost reminds me of a DIPA blended with a doppelbock.

Overall - I love Capital and I love doppelbocks. Capital was probably wise to retire this one. Their other doppelbocks are very good.

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