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Weizen Doppelbock

Capital Brewery
Middleton, WI

Style: Weizen Bock
ABV: 8.0%

Eddie’s Rating:
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Pair With:
• Bananas
• Goose
• Gumbo
• Trout
• Veal
This one isn’t going to be five mugs. It just can’t. Because when I see the words “weizen doppelbock” my immediate thought is of Aventinus, in my opinion one of the greatest beers on Earth. I have no idea if Capital brewmaster Kirby Nelson had Aventinus in mind when he came up with tonight’s featured brew, Weizen Doppelbock, and it’s completely unfair to compare it Aventinus. But I’ve got too much isoamyl acetate baggage to be impartial. And although Weizen Doppelbock doesn’t quite match up to G. Schneider & Sohn’s world classic, it comes admirably close.

Weizen Doppelbock pours a cloudy amber, filling up my giant wheat beer glass dark on top, glowing gold on the bottom. Beautiful. The moderate-sized head is a bit on the small—and short-lived—side for a wheat. The nose, on the other hand, is huge—I smelled it the instant I twisted the top off the bottle. A massive bouquet of bananas, bubblegum, and spice.

Sharp carbonation ushers in a flinty mouthfeel at the outset. Chewy caramel maltiness blends perfectly with bright banana notes. The finish is long and a wee thick, with those juicy fruit notes sticking around almost to the very end of the sip.

Although not as dark and heavy as a traditional doppel, Weizen Doppelbock, at 8 percent ABV has the credentials to earn that doppel title. (Maybe they should have called it “Weizenator.”) It’s bigger and chewier than a weizenbock while still being drinkable, and, yes, even refreshing. That’s tough to pull off, and Capital’s done it wonderfully. Forget the comparison with Aventinus (if you even had one). This one’s worth seeking out on its own merits.

Reviewed by Eddie Glick on August 17, 2010.
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