The Regulator | Rahr & Sons Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Mora2000 on 04-13-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
64
Reviews:
14
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
10.1%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
15
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 64 |  Reviews: 14
Photo of Dinglehacker
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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Photo of Premo88
4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
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

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Photo of Tsuacad
3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of russpowell
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
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 +15.5%
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 -1.5%
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 rspauldi
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bamboozlor
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark chocolate and toffee, smooth

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Photo of tallmantx
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of monk2021
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Magery
3.48/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of HardTarget
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
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 Mike_W
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Photo of nickfl
3.66/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Lovely85
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of disconat
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Gatordaddy
3.37/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Westyn
3.28/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Matt141
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Domvan
3.14/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of erushing
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Meyers1023
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of Big_Dave
3.25/5  rDev -20%

Photo of DallasRaider
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.06 out of 5 based on 64 ratings.
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