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Tett Dopplebock | Capital Brewery

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Brewed by:
Capital Brewery
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by BeerFMAndy on 12-04-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 33 |  Reviews: 22
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 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 Hopheadjeffery
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Duff27
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of brandoman63
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of pathman
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4/5  rDev +4.4%

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 barnzy78
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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

Picked this up at Riley's in Madison.

Poured a darker amber color with a good amount of thick tannish head on it. Nice malt smell to it. Taste is caramel and sweet. Almost tastes a little smokey or roasted. Medium bodied beer. Pretty smooth and drinkable despite being 8% abv. This is a pretty good beer. For the money though, it's probably just a one time try for me.

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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

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

Reviewed from session notes.

Pours out brownish-amber with a stable 3mm foam lid, minimal lacing qualities.

Bizarro lemon-peel hopped aroma for a doppelbock, yet it works. What I smell is sort of like a cross between caramel apple aroma and lemon crumble dessert bars with a splash of herbal tea on the side.

Flavor is an initial hit of lemon rind that melts away into the sweet toffee and bread medley of the signature Capital doppelbock base, although the nutty tones are conspicuously absent, having been replaced by the grassy / herbal / tea with a lemon wedge of the Tettnang hopping. How hopped is it? I'd personally call it a pale ale level of hopping intensity, but YMMV. Once again, ABV is completely hidden in both the nose and the taste.

Medium-thick body texture, smooth and creamy, medium light carbonation levels.

In summary, I get exactly what is promised by the label: A well-made Doppelbock base with the addition of a healthy dose of Tettnang hops' zestiness. Certainly the result is FAR from traditional, but that's kind of the point here. As Devo once said, "It's time for new traditions."

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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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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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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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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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

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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Tett Dopplebock from Capital Brewery
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 33 ratings
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