Seeyoulator Doppelbock | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Seeyoulator DoppelbockSeeyoulator Doppelbock

Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by Bitterbill on 09-05-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of brewerburgundy
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

25.4oz bottle, "Batch Number 1-2009 7/10", pilsener glass.

The body is a brown sugar brown - not too red, not too brown - with an enormous custard consistency head. Rocky on top and a brown sugar butter cream frosting color, the head fades, but not quickly, with ultimately a thick half inch of staying power and big blotchy lacing. This beer is a bit hazy from the bottle conditioning.

Clean solid doppelbock nose: lager yeast, saltine, brown sugar, caramel, vanilla, bread, nuttiness, all with a sneaking spice from cedar and hops. Prunes.

Brown sugar again and fairly sweet, but also moderately dry, hitting a sweet spot. Saltine cracker balances well against a heated spice of cedar which is almost a peppery type of heat; herbal, earthy, woody of course, and shifting; teamed with noble hops that provide a moderate bitterness. Scotch soaked raisins, not smoky, but the wood, the vanilla with a bite.

Edging syrupy with enough bubbles and prickle to stand up. This hovers between dry and sweet; alcohol spikes coupled with shots of brown sugar body.

This is a great American example of a Doppelbock. Personally, I would guess that the base beer measures up to a number of German beers. The twist of cedar is delicious.

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Photo of OlRasputin989
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a goblet...

A: Pours a very hazy burnt orange color with a tan head. I've always pictured doppels as holding some clarity.

S: a spicy, woody, and "estery banana" aroma with a rich maltiness lurking in the background

T: the cedar aging really comes through here, immediately noticeable on the first sip. it's woody, spicy, with hints of vanilla, the doppley maltiness there as well. finishes with esters, and more woody spiciness and slightly bitter.

M: medium-full body with a rather bubbly carbonation for the style. finishes dry.

Overall, an awesome beer. The cedar aging changes this traditional German style to a unique American treat. Not at all what I expected, but damn glad I tried it. Will buy again, as the colder days are soon approaching.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
3.74/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch Number: 2-2009 (8/10)

A: nice, amber brown, clean, head ok in beginning but dissipated
S: good nose, medium maltiness, not dense like should be, slight woodiness that is very nice
T: a mild amount of oxidation, decent malt, noticeable EtOH, good well-balanced with uncharacteristic (a bit too hoppy) finish
M: very good, malt, alcohol, warming
D: very drinkable, EtOH is noticeable but that's what you'd expect for a doppelbock

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Photo of GeezLynn
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my Warsteiner stein.

Cloudy shade of amber with a full white head. Good retention.

Aroma is brown sugar/sweet caramel malt with a strange perfume smell. Guess that must be the cedar. Different from the cedar-aged stouts and IPAs I've had in that the past as the effect of the wood is much lighter here.

Lots of sweet brown malt and some spice, some of which seems to come from the wood and some from the alcohol. The lager yeast is pretty evident along with a touch of roasted malt. Definitely a little more edge to it that most doppelbocks. As things warm up, I get vanilla along with the caramel. Finish is long, sweet, and shows a little of the cedar spice.

Mouthfeel consists of a solid medium body with ample carbonation. Fairly clean feel to it, despite sweetness.

Overall, a tasty doppelbock. The cedar is light but adds a nice touch.

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Photo of Domingo
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A cedar aged American doppelbock. A little bit of new world flair to pair with an old world style.
Pours burnt caramel brown with a huge off-white head from every pour. Tons of foam and lacing here.
The nose is straight ahead maltiness with nuances of nuts, caramel, and a little bit of pepper (likely from the wood). The bottle mentions suggestions of bananas and while I didn't get that on my own, once you read it, you can't miss it.
Like most American doppelbocks, this one seems inspired by Salvator. Tons Munich malt, brown sugar, a little bit of hazelnut, and caramel. The finish leaves a hint of the cedar, which has reminds me a little of cayenne in terms of taste. As the beer warms it comes out more as bittering agent that might have a hint of coconut to it. It's tough to describe, but it works. Heat is evident and comes out as a rum note.
Mouthfeel is super thick due to the foam, and with the heats levels on this beer, that's not a bad thing.
A 1/2 bottle is enough for me. There's a lot going on and this should be sipped more like a Belgian beer instead of downed like a typical German beer (yes, even a Doppelbock).
Still, I definitely like this one. I like the "fuller" doppels more than the Salvator-based ones, but this has enough flair to stand out either way.

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Photo of glid02
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Brodie - thanks!

Pours a clear amber-brown color with a 1.5-finger cream-colored head. The head slowly recedes into a thin layer on top leaving thick lacing.

Smells of smooth and crisp caramel malts with hints of nuttiness. Also present are mild amounts of cedar aromas that fade in and out.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Smooth caramel malt flavors with very light amounts of nuttiness and toastiness kick things off. The sweetness is quickly tempered by mild amounts of earthy hops and hints of cedar. The cedar and malt flavors fade out into a crisp and moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have another.

Overall I was surprised to see how the cedar positively impacted this beer and was also impressed with how well-nuanced the addition was. A very good doppelbock taken to another level, well worth a shot.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Part of an awesome box of Boulevard Smokestack beers sent to me by Onion. Awesome trade!

A- Im picking up on a trend with all of these Smokestack beers. That trend is a fantastic head and overall stellar appearance. This one is just like its sisters. A big everlasting egg shell colored head. There is a really nice cascade effect as the beer sits in my pilsner glass. The beer is a light color for a doppel in my opinion. Its a moderately hazed rusty red.

S- Aged on cedar and it shows. It smells like a hope chest full of bread dough. Some hops are perceivable through all the lovely wood and rich malts. The cedar gives this beer a wonderful and very unique smell.

T- This doppel has a little bit more hops than its German grandfathers. Lots of wood but the cedar doesnt impart as much vanilla as oak seems to do. Its more bitter and earthy. It teams up with the hops to combat the malts. Hops come out as a grassiness and a nice floral taste. There is still plenty of bread dough, toffee and caramel.

M- Smooth with little carbonation. The body is right around medium. It goes down smooth.

This isnt one of my favorites of the style but Celebrator is hard to beat.

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Orange brown color, slightly burnished. Foam is tight and sticks well, but the lacing isn't much. Nose is fairly malty, with brown sugar and toffee. Something spicy like black pepper wafts up as well. Interesting, but not terribly strong.

The flavor profile of this bock is fairly mild. A little more bitterness than is typical, and the woody musk adds an edge. Some estery notes mix in with a little pepper and herbal tea. Malts are bready, with diacetyl and caramel notes doing the work.

The body is middle of the road, but very silky. Finishes slightly bitter and dry, booze is present but unobtrusive. Carbonation is perfect for this brew, although low for the style. Well brewed and unique, but not quite as powerfully flavored as the other Smokestack beers.

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Photo of farrago
4.29/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Close to two fingers of deep tan foam, mostly tiny foam and you can see the bubbles pop swiftly across the surface until it's all gone in a flash, the lacing slides down the glass sides as well. Foggy amber red color, holds the light inside very well, diminishes to a basic orange along the rims. Golden honey, molasses, cane sugar, orange blossom make for an inviting nose, the cedar more of a steady undercurrent than large presence, close to dried fruit nature to the peach, apricot scents, despite all this not cloyingly sweet overall, it starts to dry out in your nostrils, even if without clearly distinguishing hoppy elements. Full-bodied, at first tastes a little like a root beer float, vanilla and brown sugar. The carbonation has a nicely tight weave to it which keeps the tempo up and reduces some of the sweetness in the caramel and toffee flavors. The apricot, pear, peach, banana fruit has richness without seeking attention. Gains chocolate and coffee ice cream nuances over time. Moments of multi-grain bread. No real hop bite, citrus is demure while grass or pine absent. It is difficult to peg clearly but there is good structure behind the sweetness, not a simple beer by any stretch. For its weight maintains credible drinkability.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.57/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of Soilworker
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Orange/red hued with a 1.5 finger thick off white head. A very beautiful appearance especially when held up to the light.

S: First thing I notice are a fruity (berry and prunes), estery character with predominate notes of cedar. Quite caramely sweet overall with minimal hop presence.

T: Very interesting beer. The fact that it is aged on cedar really comes through with this one. The cedar presence seems to stick on your tongue right from the start. Some slight roasted malts play a part in the malty sweet part of the beer which is most prevalent. The finish is a lingering cedar woodiness with a dry, malty, fruit character.

M: Moderately carbonated with a medium body overall.

D: This is a pretty strong beer and I could have a few of these but not many more after that. It's a very good beer but the strong abv and complex palate would become tiresome after awhile.

Notes: Overall I really enjoyed this doppebock and thought that aging it on cedar was a real nice touch. If I was more fond of doppelbocks I would definitely buy this one again. Very interesting interpretation of the style.

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

pours a hazy brown-orange with a medium size head, and good lacing.

smell is of malt, pepper, a touch of cocoa, and some banana.

taste is creamy, some cocoa, malt, a little wood, a touch of spice, a roastiness, and pepper corn in the back, ends a little dry.

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Photo of atsprings
4.11/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to wagenvolks for the trade! 750mL corked and caged bottle into a Brooklyn snifter pours a hazy dark orange with a nice khaki head that lasts as a thin layer and leaves nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is caramel malts and slight toasted bread. Taste is a slightly smoky caramel malt presence with slight dried fruits. The beer is medium bodied with slight alcohol presence. This is a very enjoyable, easy drinking doppelbock, even on a hot late Spring afternoon!

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
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!

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Photo of htomsirveaux
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle tried 16 Feb 2010.

Served in a 512 One snifter. Large tight peachy colored head. LIghtly carbonated. Clear dark coppery red color. Sweet carmel malty and nutmeg aroma. Lots of rummy brown sugar. Almost smoky at the beginning. Allspice, tart apples and caramel. Hot ethanol finish. Medium body.


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Photo of TexIndy
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml corked and caged bottle into a pint glass. Batch number: 2-2009 8/10 on back label. Was a hazy orange amber color with good carb streams. It had a large head that slowly settled into a 1/8" foam cap. Good bubbly lace that slides but doesn't stick.

The aroma was more subdued than I'd expected. Bready, brown sugar, dark fruits and a bit of cedar. Good but would have liked it a bit more pronounced. The taste was better with the sweetness dominating. The cedar is pretty mellow so a bit disappointed there. As it warmed up it got boozy in aroma and taste. Good but nothing stellar. Mouthfeel was medium and needing a touch more carbonation. Good after-taste.

Overall, it was an average to good beer but didn't really stand out in the style or overall. One of my least favorite of the Smokestack series which in general has been awesome. I can sense a great beer underneath it all but something is holding it back. Mild recommend. Avail here in TX. Rotation: this one is enough for me. I'd rather get one of the others in the series if I want a Boulevard. [N;O]

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Photo of birchstick
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a light copper with a huge white head

S - smells of cedary banana with some spice and grainy malts

T - this has a really lighter taste to it than expected. There is a lot of banana and spice that is blended with a musty cedar taste and a touch of burnt malt. It almost tastes like eating a banana while taking out the shoe trees of my shoes. There really isn't a doppelbock taste (loads of malts and dark fruits) with this at all. Nonetheless, this is an above average tasting beer for me.

M - nice full body that goes down smoothly

D - this is a good beer, just doesn't taste like a doppelbock. The musty cedar is a unique taste that I liked and kept it interesting, but not something that kept me wanting to drink after I finished it. Maybe the mustiness or the cedar got to me. I don't know if I would get this again given the price point, but it was enjoyable nonetheless.

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Photo of Jason
4.54/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.04/5  rDev -22.3%
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.

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Photo of Derek
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of Josievan
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Seeyoulator Dopplebock pours a rusty orangish-brown. Its head is decent but unremarkable.

Smell: There is the aroma of caramel malt, also a definite woody scent.

Taste: This beer is not as sweet as many doppelbocks, but still has caramel and brown sugar flavor. There is also a distinct woody quality I've never encountered before, even from oak-aged beers. This can only be attributed to the cedar aging. There also seems to be some subdued citrus flavors, maybe orange peel. The alcohol is noticed when sought out, but doesn't get in the way.

Mouthfeel: Seeyoulator is less creamy than its Bavarian counterparts, but the bite is on par with the American doppelbocks I've had.

Drinkability: The unconventional flavor of cedar combined with the relatively high ABV makes this one to sip.

Notes: I always look forward to trying Boulevard Smokestack Series beers. Seeyoulator did not end up being one of the better entries of the series, but as a Smokestack fan and a doppelbock fan, I'm glad I had the chance to try it.

Aging a beer in cedar barrels was a valuable experiment. It didn't quite work out with this beer, but I think cedar-aging has potential. It may never catch on like oak-aging, but Boulevard should still try it with some other beers. As for Seeyoulator itself, I can't see myself choosing it over other Smokestack beers, or other doppelbocks.

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Photo of wagenvolks
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml corked & caged bottle (Batch 1-2009) courtesy of jconrick1. Thanks!

I'll be damned if Boulevard doesn't rank in the top 5 attractive-beer-producing-breweries. Seeyoulator pours with a gorgeous, bright orange body that sports crystal clear crimson edges. The head is fat, the color of cedar sawdust, and retains for a good ten minutes before slowly settling to a thick veil of bubbles. A little hot in the nose, with an apple-peel pungency and the 8.5% ABV displaying all of its boozy glory. Soft caramel and biscuit malts add a sturdy backbone to fruity yeast esters and a pine-laden hop note.

The flavor snaps the tastebuds into attention with a rich toffee malt body and wheat. Inviting and oh-so smooth, just as the style dictates. Fruity esters and grassy hops take hold in the middle, but the finish is spicy and peppered with booze and minerals. Hints of cedar and under-ripened pear, too (Belgian-y for a Doppelbock). The mouthfeel is solidly put together, with a near-perfect carbonation level and a medium-thick body that never weighs down the palate, but instead glides effortlessly, allowing all the complexities shine through. Keep it up, Boulevard, you guys sure know how to make 'em.

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Photo of Cubsfan1087
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Seeyoulator wasn't my favorite beer, I've had better Doppelbocks. It looks great, lingering head and dark amber color. Smells similar to other doppelbocks I've had, but a little more cedar smell in this one (being how it's aged in cedar). There is a taste that's hard to pinpoint. Aftertaste is strong, bitter, and not very appealing. Not great overall drinkability. Not a terrible beer, but I would probably pick other doppelbocks over this.

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Seeyoulator Doppelbock from Boulevard Brewing Co.
3.91 out of 5 based on 205 ratings.
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