Seeyoulator Doppelbock - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 154
Hads: 203
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 8.81%
Wants: 15
Gots: 22 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co. visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Bitterbill on 09-05-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Doppelbock was first brewed in Munich around 1700 by the monks of Saint Francis of Paula, to sustain them through the Lenten fast. They called their full-bodied brew “Salvator.” Today it is customary to pay homage to the good brothers by giving doppelbocks names ending in “-ator.” Our version bids a fond aufwiedersehen to tradition, charting a flight path into bold new territory. Medium amber in color, it offers a heady, estery banana aroma. Rich maltiness predominates, with cedar aging lending just a hint of spice to the finish.

35 IBU
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Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It is spring, it is the time for bocks and dopplebocks. This,magoney with a big white bubbly head. A nice mouthfeel. But whereas goeth the cedar? Mostly malt,flavorful with some spice and fruit, and above average carbonation. Drinkable but it is sweet, with some chocolate malts. (279 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.03/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to my father-in-law for picking this up. Served in a tulip.

Pours a medium brown for with a slight off who're head and some very light lacing. Those nose brings a touch of caramel plus some breadm. Very light fruits plus a bit of alcohol in tue background. The flavor is similar with some caramel and bready malt. There is a bit of alcohol but not much else. Mouthfel has a hot of body with low carbonation. Okay, though I would not seek this out again. (462 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.62/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch Number 2010-1 Best before: 5/2011

Appearance: Pours a clear tawny color with a modest head; just fair in the lacing department, as well

Smell: Fruity caramel, with a dried cherry character; just a hint of cedar but if it weren't on the label I am not sure I would have picked it up

Taste: Starts out with a dry, caramel character that quickly adds the cherry fruit elements; by mid-palate, the cedar aspect arrives to add another dimension; after the swallow, the caramel malt flavors dominate along with a bit of booziness in the finish; in the aftertaste, the cedar aging finally moves to prominence

Mouthfeel: Medium body with low carbonation

Overall: Not quite there in the style, with a lack of both bold flavor and thicker mouthfeel; decent, but I can understand why this was retired

Thanks, arvjunk, for the opportunity (838 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Seeyoulator is a very drinkable beer for its sweetness and alcohol but favors the caramel sweetness over the classic dry-malty taste and texture of the Salvators and Optimators.

Boulevards stab at the style starts with a deep copper, mohogany color which carries a mild haze. A billowing off white head climbs up the glass and holds on for dear life to deliver a fantastic head retention and lacing. A handsome look despite the haze.

Understated aromas of caramels and fresh bread dough give the first impressions and then releasing fruity cherries, dried berries, and dates as the beer warms. Very sweet with the caramel notes and not as complex as I would have hoped.

Flavors pick up on the simplistic caramel taste which chases the beer from start to finish. Other flavors of cherries, apples, grapes, dates, and figs seem to be both ester and grain related. The light bread/doughy flavors are there but cannot struggle for significance because of the ordinant amount of caramel flavor. Alcohol flavor replaces hop flavor for balance and complexity but still seems hot as the beer moves into the second pour from the 750ml. bottle. The beer has little else to offer- light on the herbal German hops and timid on the comcplex malt components that make Dopplebocks special.

Sweetly malty and weighted up front, the beer begins to fade into a much more drinkable and fleeting sweetness. But the beer halts at mid-palate and finishes quite sweet anyway. Along with the sugarly finish the beer pushes a bit with aggressive alcohols that seem fusal at times- a young beer can do this. Still, there's a cooling/minty finish to the beer that gives a dry impression- quite intriguing.

Though this is a solid beer, it lacks the complexities of a long boil or complex mash that classic Dopplebocks exhibit. The lagering also seems misplaced with too much ester quality and hot-ness. As far as the recipe goes, I'd like to see more bread crust or light toast flavor injected here- the doughy light bread character isn't doing enough. Despite the criticism, there's a lot of promise to the beer as long as you like them sweeter and more alcoholic.

Thanks again BlueOkie! (2,166 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Glazed terra cotta with a beautiful bronze-like glow when afternoon sunshine enters the glass. The gently rocky crown of foam is equal parts beige and pastel orange, which is a good color match for the beer beneath. Less than abundant lace is the only misstep.

The color and the nose suggest that SD isn't the darkest doppel in the world. Actually, there isn't much noted on the sniff. Maybe a hint of spicy cedar, though I could never have gotten there without the words 'aged on cedar' on the label. Warming helps.

Seeyoulator Doppelbock is not boldly flavored. That's always a danger when big beer of a malt-dominant style doesn't use the darker malts and doesn't have hops and Belgian yeast to fall back on. Warming helps a little, just not enough.

This Smokestack Series brew actually tastes more like an Oktoberfest than a doppelbock. It's also more bitter than either one of those styles, which isn't necessarily a negative as far as this hophead is concerned. The brewery says that 'banana esters' are present. Possibly, but they're extremely subtle... if they're present at all.

The flavor profile includes brown bread croutons, steely caramel, bitter tea leaves, cedar chips and a pepperiness that is trying hard to kick this sucker into the next highest gear. Even though the beer isn't boozy, it drinks like every bit of the 8.5% ABV.

The mouthfeel is the highlight. It's medium for the style, has a firm-silky smoothness and a lip sticky finish. Not to mention carbonation that is right in the sweet spot for either sipping or gulping. The former is recommended.

Boulevard states that they chose the name Seeyoulator Doppelbock because this offering says 'auf wiedersehen to tradition'. It might have been a better effort if the brewers had embraced tradition rather than spurning it. Although this is my least favorite Smokestack brew to date, it's far from a complete loss. Doppelbock fans will probably find enough to like to justify the purchase price. (1,975 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, bubbly, burgundy color with a huge, tan, bubbly head of thick foam. It left nice rings of lace behind.

S - It smelled fairly floral with sweet caramel malt notes. Not much else.

T - It tasted very malt with a slight smokiness. Sweet caramel with just a touch of bitter hop bite to balance things out.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied brew with a touch of alcohol heat.

D - This is a pretty nice dopplebock. I like the subtle smokey quality. Another good Smokestack from Boulevard. (527 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for sending this one as an extra, Greg!

A: The beer pours a dark amber color with a tall off-white head.

S: Sweet toffee, caramel, miscellaneous dark fruits, and just some mild brown sugar give this one a fairly traditional doppelbock aroma. However, the cedar wood comes through shortly after, as does a bit of booze.

T: The wood seems to be even more pronounced on the palate and gives a weird spiciness. There is a nice caramel and toffee sweetness with some mild bread and fruit notes. A touch of booze and maybe even some vanilla.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O: A little boozy and the cedar threw me off a bit. (642 characters)

Photo of Jason
4.54/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml brown bottle with a freshness code on the label.

Sudsy patchy off white lace, tawny and clear. Spicy cedar lightly blankets the malt nose, bready and spicy. Massive crispness give a deep smoothness to the thick medium bodied brew. Full malt jacket covers the palate with a beautiful cedar tamed overtone. Mild hopping works out great, cedar takes care of the rest. Toasted bread, hint of grape-skin and a clean measure of dried grass shows a glimpse of a big complexity that shows more layers at the beer warms up a bit. Semi-dry with a spicy finish.

Fall in love at first sip and it gets better after that ... a dreamy beer. Seriously, this is an epic extreme beer. While this started off as a Doppelbock it is hard to really judge it as one solely once it touched the cedar. (784 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Mid-town in Tulsa, I sure hope this lives up to my hopes. Batch 1-2009

Pours caramel/chestnut with 2+ fingers of sand colored head. Some head retention & lacing

S: Slight fruittyness & breadyness, becomes stronger along with cherries & woodyness

T: Bready, a bit boozey with dark cherries & plums up front, plus a touch of woody dryness ( I believe this is what the cedar imparts). Fruittyness, a touch of herbal hops & plus more dryness & some grassy hops as well...Finishes dry, fruitty & grainy

MF: Thick with moderate carbonation

Drinks pretty easy, more of a Maibock than a dopple IMO, but worthy of your consideration. I shall grab another bottle at some point & see how this ages... Not a bad effort, but wanted more... (750 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lightly hazed, amber/copper hue. slim head.

Sweetness and spice in the aroma, bready, malty, some fruit unfolds. Banana esters, yes, but also apple, plum.

Taste: sweet, then, dry, and a hint of spice. Smooth, supple, medium-bodied...not as full as I'd like, but so tasty I'll forgive it. Rich, malty flavor. Very clean, cool, and elegant doppelbock. (353 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beer is orange and has a medium haze to it. Carbonation is moderate and it forms a head that is diffuse and fails to leave any lacing on the glass.

The aroma is sweet and mildly hoppy, wasn't expecting that. Smells pretty good.

Beer has a medium to light body, pretty hoppy, lots of carbonation in the mouth, nice bitter and clean finish. The more I drink it the more bitter it gets. It becomes a little off putting and I think it could have gotten away with a lot less bitterness. (484 characters)

Photo of mothman
3.17/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a beige head. Color is a copper brown.

Aroma: Toffee, caramel, biscuits, dried cherries, and raisins. This one is pretty much all malts.

Taste: Huge malt profile again. Tons of toffee and biscuit with some caramel. Bready. Dried cherries and fruits. Not a lot here to be honest.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and smooth. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry with hints of booze.

Overall, an alright beer, but the Germans do a better take on the style. All malts here. Average drinkability. (510 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of my favorite Smokestack beers.

The beer pours a medium brown color with a tan head. The aroma is great. I get a mix of toffee and caramel along with some hints of cedar and bananas. A little bit of raisins and other dark fruit also comes through in the aroma.

The cedar is more present in the flavor than it is in the aroma. A nice, dry cedar characteristic melds very well with the dark fruit and toffee. There is also a little bit of alcohol present in the flavor, as well as a little bit of grass.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very nice spin on the doppelbock style. (595 characters)

Photo of billab914
2.46/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Freetail pint glass. It poured a crystal clear mahogany color with a thin off-white head barely covering the top of the beer. Very nice color but not the best head for the style.

The aroma has a malty sweetness to it with some caramel and brown sugar flavors coming through. Some tart fruit, pear or grape flavors come through as well as just a bit of a woody, cedar flavor. Not bad but it seemed strange for the style, something just didn't seem right and the flavors didn't mix well.

The taste shows a lot of grape and pear tartness to it. It finishes very dry cedar, woody flavor that just doesn't help it at all. A pretty strong bitter flavor is present as well, especially after the finish. A bit of the malty and caramel flavor comes through in the background but it's not enough to save it. The dry, bitter, tart fruitiness it had just didn't work for me for the style.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side for the style and carbonation is moderate. Drinkability isn't good for me, I probably won't finish my glass. The dry, tart, woody and bitter flavor just didn't fit with this beer at all. I got almost no malty and caramel flavors that I love in Doppelbock's. Did not care for this one at all. I can't tell if something was wrong with this one or the cedar aging really just added all of those flavors I didn't like in it. Batch # was 2010-01. (1,395 characters)

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a bit of a different twist on a doppelbock in my opinion. It pours nice and smooth, hazel and gold-amber body with a huge head. Stickiness is amazing. I should give it a 5, but it doesn't quite match the Salvator.

It's a bit lighter in the aroma. The sweetness and malt are balanced by some spice, woodiness and raisin.

Flavors include the raisin and wood with some chocolate at the finish. The sweet malt is there and very well balanced. Dark bread. A touch of almond or some sort of earthiness. This is very smooth, and provides a hint of dryness and bite on the end. Pretty good drinking even for a 750ml. (619 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.04/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a amberish color with good carbonation and a light amberish head. Nose is faint. Spices, wheat,sugar and booze. Taste was sugar, dark fruit, wheat and clove and some cedar. I struggled to find those flavors. I felt this doppel was a mess. Mouthfeel had a CO2 feel and was just not that great and cedar on the end. Drinkability. Average Doppel at a bigger price. Pass. (374 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to pokesbeerdude for this brew.

750ml Bottle
Caged/Corked
Batch: 2-2009 8/10

Poured into a Celebrator chalice a nice cloudy amber color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy off-white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, slight yeast note, caramel, and slightly spiced. The taste is sweet, malty, a little yeast note, with some spices. Medium body, the ABV is hidden very well. Drinkable, a nice brew. Glad to have had a chance to try it. (490 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.72/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I found this 750 at the COOP today... BadAss!! Boulevard is in Boise. Sharing with Brenda.. mine poured into my Delirium goblet.

2 finger lite tan head.. the brew is clear glowing deep amber.. descent lacing..

Nose is spicy ... some lite caramel.. cedar (wow) .. really is pretty present.

The wood begins at the front and doesn't really let up.. lite caramel and not much else.. the wood lends a pretty tannic element.. drying.. blows out most if not all dopplebock characteristics... still the body is pretty thick and the carbonation is about perfect..

I don't know what to think about this one.. the dopplebock characteristics are very flimsy... the wood is too much..

Overall.. this is good... but.. it just seems too divided. (736 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to dresden for this bottle.
Batch 2010-1 05/2011.

A - Very dark amber colour with a deep brown centre; only very slightly translucent. Two fingers of light, bubbly tan coloured head.

S - Dark caramel, brown sugar, yeast esters and a hint of cocoa.

T - Bready malts, dark caramel, brown sugar and some toffee notes combined to for a fairly sweet malt-forward base. A light cedar presence shows up in the finish but is otherwise secondary. Slightly warming ABV helps cut through the sweetness. A great flavour profile but I would have likes a little more of the cedar coming through.

M - Medium body. Creamy. Light to moderate carbonation. (650 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.6/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from 5/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a nice dark orange amber, with abundant carbonation and a fast fading orange head leaving lacing. The carbonation is fun to watch, but does not stay aggressive in the glass. Nice malt, fruit aroma with a hint of cedar. Very pleasant dark and light fruits, sweet malt and caramel up front, malty middle and an odd hoppy and bitter finish that was pleasant, probably from the cedar. I like this a lot. This was one of my favorite Doppelbocks; I see that it is listed as retired here and is not listed on the Boulevard website. I'm very disappointed and wish I could have stashed some of these away. (662 characters)

Photo of Tone
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, amber color. One and one half inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, hops, alcohol, and slight caramel. Fits the style of a Doppelbock. Mouth feel is smooth and slightly thick with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, alcohol, hops, and very slight citrus. Overall, a good dop., but not great. (373 characters)

Photo of Derek
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Caramel/amber with a light tan head, thin ring of retention, very little lace.

S: Bready, brown sugar, dark fruit, light spicing.

T: Toffee, bread, raisin, dates, light floral & grassy spice, warming alcohol, balanced bitterness.

M: Moderate body, slightly higher than moderate carbonation, slight residual sweetness.

D: Good. (333 characters)

Photo of Bighuge
3.2/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Muddied auburn body. Thick and airy light beige head. Retention is quite good and lace is sufficient. Malt and cedar blend together on the nose to present a pleasant olfactory experience. The mouthfeel is too airy and a bit gaseous. Not what I'm looking for in a dopple. Flavor is average. Cedar and malt and molasses and alcohol combine somewhat awkwardly, but not horribly. This is really average and the worst of the Smokestacks that I've had. (446 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought this online from The Wine & Cheese Place. 750ml bottle, batch 1-2009 7/10

A big pop when I removed the cork, it pours a lightly hazed cherry cough drop red colour with a huge head of foam.(served near room temp) Slowly receding head with lots of nice lacing.

The smell is fruity with a pretty large presence of bananas, malty with some caramel and light notes of bread, and lightly spicy. A decently good nose.

The taste starts off sweet from caramel and some what bready, no actually, quite bready followed by a light toasted malt flavour, definite woody tones that grow stronger during the session and quite a bit of alcohol. It actually burns on the way down. It feels stronger given the abv and I had no idea it would be so when my nose spent time taking whiffs. A pretty good tasting Doppelbock that doesn't get to really shine because of the alcohol. JMHO.

Medium bodied with a lot of fizz on the tongue, it finishes on the bitter side. That might be from the cedar aging. ?
Head retention turned out to be poor after about 10 minutes into the session and the lacing also gave up.

Drinkability? A very slow drinker as per my comments above. Their Smokestack Series has been excellent, at least the ones I've tried, but this one might be outside my comfort zone, at least for the style. Try it see what you think.

Edit: Sample of batch 1 2010. 750ml. Nov 23, 2010.

Same colour but a bit more assertive re foam and lacing, smells fruity and bready. Not much difference between this and the batch from 2009.

It has some fruity notes of dark cherries, some bananas and cloves, some caramel malt sweetness, fairly large kick of alcohol. Pretty similar here as well to the 2009. Tasty, warming, maybe a tad more enjoyable this time around. Heck, for under US$10 a bottle, it's worth a try and maybe a repeat.
Score adjusted accordingly. (1,853 characters)

Photo of scruffwhor
4.57/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

n8dietz totally earned his '09 DL for this haul.

Aged on cedar.

The color is a somewhat transluscent copper and medium ruby mix. A thick tan head holds at two fingers for about five minutes, then disappears. Very visible carbonation.

A fruity caramel malt bread hits the nose at first. Then a woody cherry and plum vie for position. This is a great smelling doppelbock.

The taste starts dry and heavily toasted malt sweet. Caramel and fresh bread crusts come to mind. Sweet black cherries and other dark skinned fruits play around with some very faint earthy, but undeniably woody flavors. This is a unique tasting doppelbock. PLus a syrupy carbonated texture with just a slight warm finish complete this beers profile.

Maybe aging with cedar will start to catch on. I certainly hope so. (795 characters)

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Seeyoulator Doppelbock from Boulevard Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 154 ratings.