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Mad Bishop - DuClaw Brewing Company

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Ratings: 155
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 15.09%
Wants: 0
Gots: 13 | FT: 1
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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Reviews by xnicknj:
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3.28/5  rDev -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.

xnicknj, Nov 10, 2012
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3.53/5  rDev +4.4%

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.

Jeffreysan, Oct 29, 2013
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3/5  rDev -11.2%

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.

Ryanm1, Dec 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev +18.3%

From their website:
Mad Bishop
Style: Octoberfest
Color: Medium Amber
Hop Variety: Tettenang & Hallertau
Grains: Vienna Malt, Munich Malt, Caramunich Malt, Victory Malt
Bitterness Units: 24 IBUs
Gravity: 15 plato
Alcohol Content: 5.8% abv

Its clear, deep-copper body has an orange-ish cast and reveals gleaming ruby highlights. Its creamy off-white head dwindles away to a wide collar and leaves only minor lacing. The nose delivers a mildly sweet, delicately fruity, and lightly toasty maltiness. The body is medium, and its fine carbonation gives a caress to the tongue before fading smoothly away. Malt dominates the flavor profile with a good blend of Vienna and Munich malts (too much Vienna can be a bit too toasted and harsh). It's bitterness is well balanced and its floral, grassy, and herbal hop flavors don't step too far into the limelight. Well balanced and very drinkable. It pairs well with their Turkey Melt on a Pretzel Roll sandwich! Worth trying.

NeroFiddled, Nov 02, 2003
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3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

cliff1066, Dec 22, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

bconsidine, May 24, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -26%

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.

Kegatron, Sep 27, 2012
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4.03/5  rDev +19.2%

A reddish orange, with a thin white head. Sweet and spicy, taste and malt. This ones not too complicated which is not a bad thing all the time. This one simply tastes good has a medium body and fairly good drinkability. It goes excellent with a ultimate grilled cheese sandwich.

hdofu, Oct 21, 2008
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3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

ConradKenney, Nov 14, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev +18.3%

dtx00, Dec 19, 2012
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3.48/5  rDev +3%

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.

tone77, Aug 02, 2013
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3.71/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +25.7%

nbaradel443, Feb 28, 2014
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3.08/5  rDev -8.9%

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.

smakawhat, Oct 13, 2013
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3/5  rDev -11.2%

tln13, Apr 20, 2012
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3.52/5  rDev +4.1%

Stofko1992, Aug 21, 2014
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3.6/5  rDev +6.5%

Had this on tap at the Fell's Point location on 12/31/05. I was a little apprehensive since this was the October release, but I missed that party and figured I would give it a try. Pours a clear reddish copper, a thin white head that doesn't last long, no lacing Nose is all malt, rather assertive, slightly toasted, slightly nutty--smells good. Taste is very malty, caramel and nutty, somewhat buttery, and with a slight tinny off-taste on the finish. This is on the thin side of medium and just doesn't have the mouthfeel that some better Oktoberfests have. I'll have to try this fresher next year, but from my sample, this is one of thier few seasonals that really failed to impress.

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3/5  rDev -11.2%

ChipMurray, Oct 03, 2013
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Mad Bishop from DuClaw Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 155 ratings.