The Regulator
Rahr & Sons Brewing Company

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Bock - Doppelbock
Ranked #60
Ranked #19,380
3.9 | pDev: 10%
Rahr & Sons Brewing Company
Texas, United States
Very Good
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Thankin_Hank from Texas

2.84/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Has that coke/ tea color. I didn’t get any head. Has only a faint aroma that really doesn’t give any impression. Taste is clean but doesn’t excite me for another.
Mouthfeel is fine but overall I wouldn’t buy this.

Oct 27, 2019
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BrewAskew from Oklahoma

4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours to a generous and permanent head that laces and lasts, Deep amber brown color. Aroma is traditional German decoction mashed malts. Flavor is malty and very much in line with the style. Long malty, finish with residual alcohol bite and sweetness. Low CO2 is nice. Spot on German Doppelbock.

Feb 03, 2018
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2beerdogs from California

3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks hophound for carting this one out to me.
Deep brown in color, sandy loose head, lite lacing.
Smell is straight up German, from the continent, Doppelbock. sweet brown bread, hints of fig, and hints of burnt sugar.
Taste follows the nose loyally.Sweet dark malts. Again brown bread. And more fig, date, and even a hint of raisin.
Mouthfeel is full, almost creamy. Low carbonation.
Overall, I think this is the first American Doppelbock that I felt could pass it off to my Bavarian friends as one of theirs.

Nov 21, 2017
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Dinglehacker from Oklahoma

4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into dimpled seidel.

Appearance: Nice small head, medium beige. Dark opaque amber brown.

Nose: A little sweet, cut with dark grain.

Taste: Caramel sweetness is balanced with bitter chocolate, dark bread, dark fruit desserts.

Mouth: Chewy but medium. Finish is a little dry.

Was pleasantly surprised by how well R&S pulled this off. This is some good doppelbock.

Jun 06, 2017
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Premo88 from Texas

4.53/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle poured into pilsener
(2016 vintage)

L: murky brown pouring out of bottle, distinctly not clear; pushes up about an inch of beige/tan foam; no sticking, no lacing, keeps a thick tan collar of foam and part of a skin

S: buttery cinnamon roll, dusty dried fruits of dates ... dust is much like the dusty dark-malt sweetness of a Belgian dubbel/quad; sweetness is fantastic

T: dark dried fruits, prunes, dates, figs, sweet raisin roll; ice cold it has a slight medicinal bite to it, but it doesn't have to warm much for that to disappear and let loads of sweeter dark-malt flavors pour through; pinch of buttery cinnamon roll; as it warms, the raisin flavor becomes a bit more prominent

F: midweight, almost ale soft but not from lack of carbonation -- the carbonation pushes up a decent collar that you drink through, and the relatively small-bubble-feeling carbonation in the liquid creates an "airy" mouthful ... comes off very nearly like I think of for doppels

O: a near-perfect facsimile of the German style, so good I'll definitely seek out more of this one; settles into the exact flavor profile I think of as the "lighter" doppelbock, not overly raisiny and no where near licorice but more like a Belgian dubbel with prunes/dates and buttery cinnamon rolls coming to mind; the murky look is very American craft, definitely not authentic; the more Rahr's I try, the more I find myself turning to them over and over, and this beer continues that trend

Apr 30, 2017
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russpowell from Arkansas

4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours an effervescent scarlet/chestnut with tan head. Nice lacing & head retention

S: Brown bread, figs, faint carob

T: A little molasses, brown bread, & some caramel up front. More brown bread, figs, leafy hops, dryness & a whisper of boozeyness once warm. Finishes fruity, a little dry with nice breadyness

MF: Kind of chewy, slight carbonation,

Nice take on the style, flavors & other factors measure up well

May 16, 2016
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nizzle8287 from Texas

4.69/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2016 Limited Release. Poured from the bomber into a regular pint glass at 50F. Light khaki head sticks around for a few minutes then dwindles down to a thick bubbly film. Body is brown/amber with a crimson red hue. On the nose I get caramel, wheat, slight smokiness, and pilsner malts, giving it an interesting twist when coming to the taste. I get caramel right up front, molasses, very ripe plum, finishing bitter, almost like blackberries covered in caramel. The body is medium with moderate carbonation, but it's more body and less carbonation, making it feel nice and silky. Getting tastier as it warms; more dynamic. Starting to get a breadiness- a wheat breadiness, with the carbonation and body creating the silky feel like butter, it feels/tastes like a buttered blackberry wheat muffin with caramel drizzled on top. Oh yes this is breakfast beer. 8.5%! Honestly I didn't think I would like it. I love it, and I'll be back for more.

Apr 26, 2016
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Pegasus from Texas

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear deep claret in color, with a moderate, cream-colored head, which, while robust, slowly fades to a dusting of foam on the surface. A thick veil of unbroken, fine-beaded lacing coats the glass walls.

Aroma: Notes of leather, sweet tobacco, raisins, plums and dark bread present in the aroma.

Taste: Opens with prominent notes of dark caramel, soon followed by hints of herbal hops. As the taste progresses, there is a little smoke and earth. Later in the taste, there is a tangy note of burnt caramel. Finishes with a lengthy earthy and smoky note.

Mouth feel: Soft and very full, quite pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: Very pleasant and drinkable, though it sends me to a cool autumn evening, rather than a warm mid-spring.

Presentation: Packaged in a twenty-two ounce brown glass bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

Apr 24, 2016
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HardTarget from Texas

3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Dark brown almost black glass doesn't hold a head, shows some clarity.

Smell: Rich malt, a German mineral water edge, and lots of sweet toffee and burnt sugars.

Taste: Very sweet, candy like toffee with some mild grape skin tannins. Comes across as clean and simple, lingering finish.

Feel: Medium heavy, oily, low carbonation bordering on flat.

Overall: Needs a little more carbonation, and it's a little one dimensional, but a tasty sweet malty sipper.

Jun 20, 2015
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Frequent from Texas

3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Rahr creates a doppelbock with a texas twist. Sweet smellin' smoky tastin' and smooth finishin'...

I prefer this doppelbock to other's I've tried because it is not sweet or fruity. it is complex and leans toward a porter in the look and mouthfeel.

Jun 18, 2014
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TownDunkel from Texas

3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A Friday night and a bomber of malty beer? Yes please. Purchased at H E B it has a nice dark brown color with coffee head that quick falls. The smell is thick malt with hints of smoke. The taste is rich creamy syrupy goodness. Almost no hop flavor but slight bitterness at the end. Mouthfeel is spot on. Overall great beer

May 17, 2014
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BigBarley from Texas

3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Deep amber color, sorta brown, translucent when held up to the light. Not much head to speak of, just a white ring around the cap. Smells like caramel and honey, with just the faintest touch of smoke. Not a very strong nose, but pleasant and sweet. Bready as well. Taste is very sweet, honey on wheat bread, with just a hint of smokey caramel. Surprisingly thick body, with a little bit of lively carbonation. Think springtime syrup!

Pretty impressed with this beer. Not a top ten, but very interesting and enjoyable.

Apr 20, 2013
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Labeorphile from Texas

4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz bottle into mug with a relatively strong pour. Amber-brown translucent color, very clear with a nice tan head that quickly leaves with no lacing.

Not much in the nose, as expected from a later, but some malty presence. Flavor is much more robust with rich malts, and some breadiness. Very enjoyable with an appropriate but slightly thin body.

Overall a great beer from Rahr.

Apr 19, 2013
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Tone from Missouri

4.11/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, brown color. 1/4 inch head of a tan color. Slight retention and poor lacing. Smells of sweet malt, slight yeast, slight caramel malt, alcohol, slight biscuit, hint of hop, and a hint of pale malt. Fits the style of a Doppelbock. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of roasted malt, hint of coffee, sweet malt, slight yeast, hint of caramel malt, slight alcohol, and a hint of hops. Overall, weak appearance, but good aroma, feel, blend, body, and complexity.

Sep 30, 2012
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abeerwiseguy from Texas

4.36/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

from a 1 pint 6 oz. (650ml) bottle poured into a pilsner glass. no bottle date. 8.5% ABV

thick whitish brown head about three fingers high that largely dissipated into thick lacy strings over the time it took for the beer to reach 55 degrees. very dark color that turned to amber with held to the light.

very nice syrupy aromas of roasted malt and caramel, with hints of toffee

aromas were well supported by rich, thick tastes of malt and caramel. medium carbonation supports the lengthy, lingering tastes. no off notes of bitterness or hops.

very much above average mouth feel for a bock or doppelbock. thick and rich. it is slightly sweet on the aftertaste but i had this with wood smoked cajun sausage links right off the grill and it complemented the spicy food marvelously

overall an above average example of german doppelbock style lager.

Aug 23, 2012
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brokensail from California

3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber in color with a small khaki colored head. Nose is the fairly standard sweet malt mixed with toast and cola. A bit of yeast, dark fruit, and a very mild roastiness. Nothing really extraordinary. Good flavor, but not amazing. Bread, toasted malt, and a hint of cola and dark fruit. There is some mild roast and yeast notes. Just an okay doppelbock.

Aug 04, 2012
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Mora2000 from Texas

3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to fratto for sharing this bottle at bu11zeye's 10,000th tasting.

The beer pours a brown color with an off-white head. The aroma has a lot of cocoa and hazelnuts, with some toffee and caramel malt also thrown in. The flavor is similar. I get a lot of toffee and caramel malt, with some nice cocoa and dry chocolate notes. There is also a little bit of brown sugar and a little bit of alcohol. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Apr 13, 2012
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