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Mad Bishop - DuClaw Brewing Company

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Ratings: 112
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 15.73%


Brewed by:
DuClaw Brewing Company visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: NeroFiddled on 11-02-2003)
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Ryanm1

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Honestly there's not really much to say about this beer on the positive side. Very bland for an Octoberfest. Pours copper color, more carbonated than most micro domestics. Slightly sweet smell, very German style taste and might even use malts from there which is the only thing powerful about the beer. Watery body doesn't leave much on the palate after going down. No distinct note of hops.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2013 00:50:43 | More by Ryanm1
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57md

Pennsylvania

3.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours copper in color with golden edges. The half finger of off-white head dissipated quickly leaving only fizzy bubbles behind. The bready notes in the nose were very subtle and only really came out as this offering warmed. Caramel malt is present but the overall flavor profile is thin. The finish starts off with a touch of something sweet and then mild dry bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2013 20:25:01 | More by 57md
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clayrock81

Virginia

3.36/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured a nice reddish brown with one finger head that sticks around for awhile. Get some minimal hop bittterness and malts in the aroma but everything seems faint and a little off (this should've been foreshadowing). The beer is more of the same as it's off balance and a little sour/veggie like. The malts are minimal and the hops overpower leading to a bitter, offkilter beer, which is also well-carb'd so it's sharp and has a cutting finish. Not one that I'll bother trying a second time.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2013 13:46:55 | More by clayrock81
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stckhndlr

Virginia

3.11/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

A- Golden amber color with a thin head. Very clear.

S- Super sweet and malty.

T- Sweet malt and huge toffee flavor. Butterscotch.

M- A bit of a burn from the alcohol, but very drinkable.

O- Not a bad beer. Not nearly as good as other octoberfests but it's ok.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2013 00:26:06 | More by stckhndlr
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Jeffreysan

Maryland

3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a semi-cloudy, deep golden amber color with a quarter of a finger of off-white head that completely dissolved away to nothing.

Aroma: Malty, very malty, but also very floral. Lots of cover and surprisingly, alcohol notes.

Taste: Very tasty! Malty, with lots of freshly baked bread and soft pretzels, but spicy too. Notes of clove, cinnamon, all-spice, nutmeg, black pepper, clover, honey, caramel.

Mouthfeel: Medium, with practically no carbonation, which is odd, as past year’s versions were extremely carbonated. With an ABV of 5.8%, there is just the slightest hint of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is a very good Oktoberfest beer. I really enjoy the spiciness of the beer which is nicely balanced with a great malty backbone. Delicious. Always an addition to my Oktoberfest rotation.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2013 22:49:42 | More by Jeffreysan
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.08/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a pilsner style glass.

Pale bronze body, quite clear with lots of orange color and hues to it. Very little rising carbonation, and hardly a finger of light tan is made off the pour. Manages to leave a ring like thin collar while drinking.

Faint light sticky like toffee malts, but a very wet grainy smell. A bit muted and closed.

Palate comes with a bit of prickly carbonation. Bock like malts but a little more thin and coffee sensing finish a little. Grainy sticky quality and an almost chalky finish with lots of dry character almost nutty tannic in a sense. Mild caramel and slightly wet.

Overall a passable marzen but one that I am probably not going to be in the mood to want to have again given other choices.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2013 20:59:52 | More by smakawhat
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upton7418

Virginia

3.04/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a tulip pint glass.

A: Pours a copper color with little to no head. beer leaves no lacing on the glass not sure if it was my glass or the pour but head was almost non existent

S: very sweet bready smell no real hop smell

T: strong malty character that have a bread feel. at the end there is a little bit of hops but not very strong. overall very light taste

M: light carbonation very thin as far as feel but an ok beer

O: not my favorite oktoberfest by a long shot is an ok beer that you can detect some malty flavors ending with hops. very thin and light, don't really wanna say watery. i'm happy i tried it but would choose another next time

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2013 00:35:44 | More by upton7418
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PolhillS

Maryland

3.19/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is not really a review, it is more notes on the beer. Mad Bishop is one of DuClaw's seasonal brews. It is released each September/October. I have probably had one or two each year for the last six or seven years. Some year's it has been a very good beer, other years it is fair to okay. That's the problem, it is around for such a short period of time and the quality of the beer is uneven from year to year. In the early years the flavor was robust, but lately not so much.
As I write this, the 2013 batch is due for release this evening and tomorrow evening at local Duclaw brewpubs. We will see what the evening brings.

Serving type: on-tap

09-18-2013 19:01:57 | More by PolhillS
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taylor714914

Pennsylvania

2.8/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Meh, Nothing to write home about. Usually a fan of most duclaw beers, but this one misses the mark.

Poured from a bottle into a SN glass. It has a copper caramel color with almost no head which dissipates very quickly.

Smells of sweet grain, almost reminds me of a BMC with a slight corn smell.

Unfortunately, the flavor follows the nose. There is a sweet corn adjunct flavor that carries all the way through the beer. There is a hint of sweet caramel on the back end, but overall that cheap adjunct flavor really dominates the beer.

Mouthfeel was a bit overcarbonated.

Overall, not impressed.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2013 22:40:05 | More by taylor714914
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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

3.06/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a copper color. I like how fluffy and soft the two finger, off-white shaded head is, in particular. Not only is the retention quite good, but the lacing this leaves behind is quite plentiful.

S: I pick up a lot of not only caramel, but also DuClaw's house profile: a vaguely peppery tone. There's also plenty of toffee, and even a touch of a hop bite. It doesn't seem to have the sweetness some marzens have, either.

T: Touches of caramel and toffee open this one up...and that's about all I pick up in terms of the flavor profile at first, apart from the aforementioned house yeast character. But something strange happens once it warms up - it develops a bit of character. No, it's not enough to make this anything more than an average marzen, but the nutty qualities are a bit of a welcome respite after a first half that was simply bland, bland, and bland. Still, it's nothing spectacular.

M: On the other hand, I really like that it features a soft, lush mouthfeel and a full body. Or do I? This is a classic case of "too much body for the flavors presented", so all this really does is harm the drinkability factor. Carbonation is about average for the style, which is to say it's pretty high.

O: Eh, mediocre. Having said that, it does grow into something very slightly above mediocre as it warms up. I'd still pick a number of marzens over this one, though.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2013 19:02:43 | More by ThisWangsChung
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a bronze color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of mild malts, some grains. Taste is malty, caramel, a bit of green apples, a touch of hops. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent effort but doesn't stand out from other Oktoberfest beers.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2013 11:11:20 | More by tone77
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chefhatt

Pennsylvania

3.14/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured this beer into a pint glass, it has a dark orange colered body with a very small white head that lays down quickly to a thin lace. The smell has a sweet malt aroma to it. The taste has a sweet malty flavor pretty much through, i don't get any hop flavor at all. The mouth feel is nice, well carbonated, roll off the tonuge. Overall this ok, i like my o-fest more on the malt side then sweet.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2013 04:39:20 | More by chefhatt
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

3.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

on tap at perch pub

Pours a clear caramel color with an auburn hue. Crop of beige head dissolves into a collar of film with a few spots of lacing on the glass.

Malty and sweet in the nose with toffee, caramel and bread crust. Hints of dark fruit and toasted grain.

Plenty of malty sweetness up front with toffee and caramel. Toasty with grain, bread crust and syrupy malts. Decent backbone and soft leafy hops toward the finish.

Lighter medium body, well carbonated, crisp and slightly thin on the tongue. A pretty decent American marzen, although there's definitely better, more flavorful options available.

Serving type: on-tap

11-10-2012 21:38:35 | More by xnicknj
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happy4hoppybeer

Pennsylvania

2.68/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Deep amber.orange with medium head, dissipating within minutes to a very thin body, minimal head.Ok look, nothing special.

Aromas of grains, faint hops, some breadiness/biscuits, some nuts. Nothing too impressive.

Taste is same as nose, with medium/light body. thin carbonation.Crisp, clean, nothing special or original.

An average American version of the Marzen/Oktoberfest style. German ones are defintley better, but this is OK for American.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2012 23:32:57 | More by happy4hoppybeer
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obywan59

Virginia

3.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a deep orange, leaning towards amber with a 1 1/2 finger head. light on the carbonation bubbles.

The aroma is citric with dark doughy bread and a touch of molasses.

The taste a bit more nondescript than the nose. Sweet, toasty malt and light citric hops. Lightly bitter in the end.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, Drying on the finish.

An easy drinker. Nothing outstanding, but it has good balance. A decent session beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2012 01:17:40 | More by obywan59
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle into a mug.

Pours a clear copper, with 1 ½ fingers of foamy off-white head. This retains with a thin foaminess, especially on the edges, that leaves back just some light spotty lace. This actually gets pretty dead looking about half way through the glass. The aroma smells sweet and spicy in the nose, with notes of earthy citrus and toast underneath. This has a bit of a plastic or medicinal off-note to it as well, which mostly adheres itself to that sticky combo of toasty sweetness and citrus.

The taste is a little more green feeling with earthy hops, before a big flush of toasted sticky sweetness comes in. This is fairly bitter and a little spicy on the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and softer feeling up front before firming up a little more on the tongue. Unfortunately, the overall carbonation here seems to match that mediocre retention, with this mostly sitting in the mouth with a flat heft at times.

I’ve had this on draft several times over the years but I don’t ever remember this beer being this mediocre before. It just doesn’t pack much crispness to it at all, which leaves the flavors here sitting too loose and the overall feel too thick and chewy. What a shame. It seems like this isn’t translating very well to the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2012 15:09:13 | More by Kegatron
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jifigz

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

The appearance is pretty typical of style. IT has that nice copper brown transparent color and it is a little lighter in color than some other Oktoberfests. The beer was poured vigorously to generate a nice head that didn't last or linger at all really. The aroma is toasted malts with a little soapiness in it. It smells pretty typical of a Marzen, but the aroma isn't quite as powerful as some others I have had. flavors mimic the smell pretty closely. Rich malty flavor with a mild soapiness that hangs on. The end finishes somewhat dry with a nice toasted malt character that lingers. There is just a hint of bitterness riding the tail of this one. The MF is smooth and medium bodied with an average level of carbonation.

This is a tasty beer. It isn't an excellent beer, but I bought a case of this because I have never had anything from DuClaw before. I'll check out their other options, but if I want an Oktoberfest style lager in the future I will probably turn to something else.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2012 13:37:51 | More by jifigz
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ckollias

Maryland

2.78/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a deep orange-mahogany color with a very thin white head that dissipates almost immediately.

S: Musty malty aroma that is a little sweet on the nose.

T: A mild sweet brew with musty malt flavor similar to the aroma. Finished slightly on the dry side.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Just an ok brew. Nothing special.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2012 21:36:57 | More by ckollias
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Dave1999

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear dark amber colour with a white head.

The smell was roasted malts and sweet caramel.

The taste was caramel and malts, like the smell it was pretty sweet.

The mouth feel was medium with medium carbonation.

A decent Oktoberfest beer, not great but a tasty enough beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2012 02:06:32 | More by Dave1999
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Chaney

District of Columbia

3.23/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a Port City tulip.

A: Poured pretty much ruby red, doppelbock-like, with only a slight of white head and a good bit of visible carbonation.

S: Still, doppelbock is the operative word here. Sure, I got some bread on the nose, but I got more beet sugar than anything.

T: Too sweet in my opinion. I know this is personal preference, but I prefer my marzens to have more mothball and less sugar. Despite the bottle marketing-speak, I didn't think this finished cleanly at all. Kind of a palate wrecker actually.

M: Like I said, too sweet and not very drinkable. The carbonation was fine and the lacing minimal.

O: I want my Octoberfests to be Octoberfests and not doppelbocks....

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2012 00:26:57 | More by Chaney
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Pencible

Virginia

3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a clear dark copper with a bit of light tan head.
S: It smelled like lots of rusty copper and roasted barley, with a bit of bready yeast.
T: It tasted like nutty and roasted barley malt, with rusty copper hops and bready malt. It had a clean and mildly bitter aftertaste.
M: It was watery with moderate carbonation. Fairly light body.
D: This was not bad for the style, but nothing special or memorable. Decent beer is about all I can say.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2012 19:31:06 | More by Pencible
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Florida9

Illinois

3.18/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Clear dark amber (really more of a very clear, brown). Forms a very thin off white head that quickly reduces down to virtually nothing. No lacing.

S: Smells incredibly toasty, probably one of the toastiest beers I've ever smelt. Slight sweetness with some malty fruits.

T: Holy shit, I thought the aroma as toasty? Well the flavor is all toast. Lots of toasty malts mixed with some fruity malts as well. Peanuts, caramel, toffee, and sweet toasty malts. Fairly one dimensional and more than a little bit malty. If there are any hops in this beer, I'd never know.

M: Medium bodied with lighter carbonation and a very light bitterness.

O: A rather unimpressive Ofest full of toasty, nutty, and fruity malts. No thanks.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2011 03:33:44 | More by Florida9
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portia99

Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Brooklyn snifter.

A - Pours a very clear, bright amber color. Three thick fingers of foamy head rests on top of the beer...decent staying power, falls over a minute or two to the surface leaving behind wisps of soapy lacing on the glass.

S - Quite fruity, almost fruit punch-like. Light grassy hops, sugary sweetness, touch of grain, low level bready aromas and light caramel.

T - Malty sweet with some biscuity aspects, quite bready, a bit of toasted malts, clean hop bitterness.

M - Rather high carbonation for the sytle...gives a foamy feel. Body is medium. Nicely balanced between malt and hops...malt just winning out by a little bit.

O - A very bready oktoberfest...well developed malt profile with decent complexity - bread, toasted malts, maltose sweet, biscuity - quite nice. Pretty good American example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2011 18:49:24 | More by portia99
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billab914

Virginia

3.65/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into my Dogfish glass. it poured a crystal clear dark amber color that turned almost red in the light. It had a thin and fizzy head to it. I loved the color.

The aroma shows a lot of toasty and grainy malts to it. A decent amount of malty, caramel sweetness comes out in it as well. It's a lot like freshly mashed or spent grains.

The taste also has a mix of toasted, grainy malts and sweeter, caramel notes to it. In the finish I get some balancing bitterness coming through. The grainy, toasted malts are a little strong and overpowering in it, but I kind of like it.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being moderate. Overall I enjoyed it a lot. It had a huge grainy, toasty profile that smelled and tasted like freshly mashed grains. It wasn't outstanding in the style, but it was pretty good and had some uniqueness to it as well that I really liked.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2011 22:52:21 | More by billab914
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fo5s

District of Columbia

2/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12oz bottle served in a tumbler. No dating on the bottle. Reviewed 10/27.

A- cap pops off extremely loud (louder than many corks) and gives way to some gushing, emptying the neck of the bottle. Pours with a massive, light brown head that fills 2/3 of the glass. Body is rich copper with a hint of ruby. Slightly hazy.

S- A busy mess - notes of apple or cider.

T- metallic, oxidized malty. Syrupy, almost tastes like malt extract? Yeasty, in a bad way. Cidery. Can't tell if this is infected already or not, but it seems headed in that direction.

M- sticky and overcarbonated.

O- after 2 sips I thought "I can finish this, it's not a drainpour, but it's not awful". After 2 more sips it gave me the shivers and promptly went down the drain.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2011 03:29:02 | More by fo5s
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Mad Bishop from DuClaw Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 112 ratings.