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The Regulator | Rahr & Sons Brewing Company

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The RegulatorThe Regulator

Brewed by:
Rahr & Sons Brewing Company
Texas, United States

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Spring

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Reviews: 12 | Ratings: 62
Photo of russpowell
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
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

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Photo of nizzle8287
4.69/5  rDev +17%
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.

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Photo of Pegasus
4/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.97/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of Frequent
3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

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Photo of TownDunkel
3.93/5  rDev -2%
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

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Photo of BigBarley
3.87/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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Photo of Labeorphile
4.17/5  rDev +4%
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.

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Photo of Tone
4.11/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of abeerwiseguy
4.36/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.73/5  rDev -7%
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.

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The Regulator from Rahr & Sons Brewing Company
4.01 out of 5 based on 62 ratings.
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