Monday, March 17, 2008

A Trove of New Beer – Day 4 – Capital (Platinum) Blonde Doppelbock

Few beers arrive each year to the fanfare of Capital's Blonde Doppelbock. Three Floyds has Dark Lord Day. Lost Abbey has its Angel's Share. Of course, the granddaddy of them all – Guinness has St. Patrick's Day (some 13 million plus pints of Guinness are served around the world on St. Patrick's Day). Of course, Guinness is available year round, unlike the Blonde Doppelbock, the Dark Lord, or the Angel's Share. But Bockfest is a celebration like no other here in Wisconsin. Over-the-top. Disorderly. Cold. A lot of fun. And, by all accounts, the Blonde Doppelbock is worth all of the attention:

  • 1996 Beverage Testing Institute World Beer Championships (85 - Silver)
  • 1997 Beverage Testing Institute World Beer Championships (91 - Gold)
  • 1998 Beverage Testing Institute World Beer Championships (97 - PLATINUM)
  • 2001 Beverage Testing Institute World Beer Championships (96 - Platinum)
  • 2002 World Beer Cup (Gold)
  • 2003 North American Brewers Association (Bronze)
  • 2004 North American Brewers Association (Gold)
  • 2004 USBTC Grand Champion in the catagory of Bock/Doppelbock
  • 2005 Beverage Testing Institute World Beer Championships (96 - Platinum)
  • 2006 World Beer Cup (Bronze)
  • 2007 Beverage Testing Institute World Beer Championships (98 - Platinum)

RateBeer gives the Blonde Doppelbock an 83. Beer Advocate gives it a B+.


Capital Blonde Doppelbock

Capital Blonde Doppelbock

Appearance: a 12 oz brown bottle, the cap seems a little loose-fitting, but no apparent lack of carbonation on the pour, however, it does make me question how well this would last; a small fast white head dissipates quickly; while the label proclaims this to be a platinum blonde, it's more like a strawberry blonde or gold
Aroma: malty and caramel, though not overpowering; an unquantifiable brightness that's almost hoppy but is more probably the 8% ABV
Flavor: a light flavor, reminds me of a wimpy, high alcohol marzen (Oktoberfest); the earthy, grainy maltiness comes through first, with a light caramel sweetness and a slight spiciness on the back end; the rich flavors occasionally present new experiences as the beer warms
Body: medium to medium-light body that finishes before it gets cloying
Drinkability: unbalanced and overly malty, with a slight booziness in the finish;
Summary: If this is your thing, it could be quite drinkable; but, like most doppelbocks, try one on tap somewhere before you commit to a six pack

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