A Crossroads of Expectations
A Review of Regulator Doppelbock by Bull City Burger and Brewery
Posted on 1/23/2013 by Chops
                   
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Germans. The undisputed kings of great beer. If I've said it once, I've said it a thousand times: even the most mediocre of German beers are better products than most of what the American craft scene has to offer. Disagree? Stop reading this review right now and go to your local beer store. Pick up anything you see labelled Ayinger, Weltenburg, Weihenstephaner, Andechs, or Schneider Weisse. Hell, I'll even accept Franziskaner, Paulaner, or Spaten. Drink them. Go ahead, I'll wait (hums Jeopardy theme). Properly imbibed? Good, now stand there and let that overwhelming feeling of depression wash over you. Do you know what that is? That's your brain becoming inconsolable because you don't live in Germany.

This is why I always cringe going into American versions of bocks, my favorite beer style. At this point I fully expect to be disappointed. Now I find myself staring at a full glass of the Regulator Doppelbock by Bull City Burger and Brewery. We have made it no secret here at BrewChief that we adore BCBB and regard it as one of the true hidden gems of the American craft beer scene. Within the walls of BCBB, I fully expect to be impressed. So, I now sit at a crossroads of expectations. Will BCBB do justice to Germany's thousand years of brewing tradition, or will I experience yet another stateside letdown? Time to take a deep breath and find out.

In the glass, this beer has a semi-hazy ruby brown coloration. It comes with a frothy tan head that has great retention. To be honest, this is a beautiful beer. I took some time to hold it up to a light source, which made those bright red undertones pop. On the nose, I detected a candied malt aroma with plenty of sweet caramel. I also found a nondescript spicy note, some toasted bread, a whiff of chocolate, and a nip of alcohol. So far so good, that's certainly a solid introduction for a doppelbock.

Wow is this beer is a silky smooth easy drinker. It took several sips to start picking out flavors because I was so impressed with the mouthfeel. BCBB nailed this aspect, so mad props to the brewmasters. From there I started to identify flavors: toasted malts, savory caramel, a dusting of spices, and a brown alcohol sweetness. The flavor profile mirrors the aroma quite well, so there were no real surprises to speak of. The hops are quite mild and only really noticeable on the exit. The beer finishes clean with a mild malty bitter aftertaste that doesn't overstay its welcome.

Overall, Bull City Burger and Brewery's Regulator Doppelbock is a delightful brew with lots of great flavor. I can easily recommend it to any level of beer fan. Seasoned drinkers will enjoy it as a great session doppelbock and novices can utilize it as a flavorful bridge beer into the style. German purists will probably regard the Regulator as a worthy attempt, but falling a bit short of true competitor. As one of those Bavarian fanboys, I can honestly say that I was pleasantly surprised by this beer. I went in with low style expectations and high brewery expectations and they met at the higher end of the results scale. So once again I must tip my drinking hat to Bull City Burger and Brewery. You always seem to emerge victorious, even when the odds stacked against you.

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