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Mad Bishop - DuClaw Brewing Company

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59 Reviews
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Reviews: 59
Hads: 250
Avg: 3.38
pDev: 31.36%
Wants: 5
Gots: 50 | 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:
Beer added by: NeroFiddled on 11-02-2003

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Reviews: 59 | Hads: 250
Photo of Cavery
1.66/5  rDev -50.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Given as an extra from a generous trader, cheers! Cracked it after work, just wanting to try and start enjoying my weekend.

poured into a Stone Nonic.

A: Woody cherry brown body with some light colored, semi-transparent white foams with a rapidly diminishing head. The bubbles burst with a fury that makes it seem more like a perrier that's been violently poured. I'm left looking at a rather shirley temple looking flat brew.

S: Smell is ripe with the smell of old nuts, spent cooking oils, grease, and other unpleasantness. Something immediately seems off in the nose where german malts don't seem to be the predominant character. Certainly an almost animal fat smell dominates the nose.

T: Yup, rotten peanut oils with a heaping dose of pork fat and butters. The breadiness of the malt blends in to create this really awful moldy pretzel bread flavor that makes me want to slap my head with both hands just so I can distract my taste buds from the pain of ingesting. This is really gross, a new low for me in compromised beers. I'm reminded of my infected bottle of key lime Pie from Shorts.

M: it's carbonated, not a bad feel. Medium body with some fairly violent bursting bubble carbonation. Obviously it's hard to focus on given the oily nature of the finish, and buttery tones in the flavor. Very wet throughout. Lots of olive oil feels in the finish.

O: This might be a mad bishop, but I'm a mad drinker. This is truly not the way you want to start your session off, and most certainly not a way to have a first beer from a brewery. I'll reserve my final say about the quality control of the beers for another time, but it is always disappointing to open what seems to be a compromised bottle. I'll give another Duclaws beer a shot, but I'll start off with a tiny sip.

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Photo of fo5s
2/5  rDev -40.8%
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.

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Photo of Kegatron
2.5/5  rDev -26%
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.

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Photo of womencantsail
2.61/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks for sharing this, Bobby.

A: The beer pours a clear light amber color with a finger of off-white head.

S: Slightly metallic on the aroma and overall very bland. A light nuttiness as well as a bit of stale bread and toffee. Really not very pleasant.

T: The flavor has sort of a spoiled nut flavor to it. A little bit of garbage in there too. Some toffee and bready malt flavor, a little bit of yeast, and some apple esters.

M: Medium bodied with low to medium carbonation.

O: Not what I was expecting from an Oktoberfest.

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Photo of Deuane
2.63/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

On tap at release party 10/18 Bel Air, MD

A--Coppery/gold with a quickly dissapating thin white head.

S--Malt....with little else...maybe a whiff of something called hops

T--Not really that good...sweet with an odd sourness. I did not expect this and cant say that I enjoyed it.

M--Decent mouthfeel when I got past the sourness.

D--Had a tough time finishing my pint. I really did not enjoy this beer very much. I was hoping for a cleaner, malt based fest beer...this one was a bit "odd"

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Photo of jlindros
2.65/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a way overcarbonated and almost infected looking fizzy bubbly head that fades pretty quickly after rising 3+ fingers very quickly after pouring only 2/3 of the bottle into my large snifter glass. The beer is a hazy ruby red colored.

Nose is loaded with sweet things, plenty of reddish caramel malts, maybe a hint of munich malt, plenty of syrupy aromas as well, caramel, candy syrup, and a bit of malt extract. No real hops either.

Taste is similar, starting with plenty of malts, reddish malts, caramel, red candy syrup, syrupy flavors, malt extract, etc. Then a bit of an earthy infection like flavor, not funky just bad yeast like an infection is starting but not sure. Tons of carbonation like my sip is just foam that I'm trying to taste. A bit almost oxidized as well. A slight bitterness comes out on the finish with a slight earthy hop and sticky syrupy mouth. And absolutely no lager flavors. The burps (and there are plenty of em with that much carb) bring a stale earthy hop and bad infected yeast.

Mouth... I can't really tell the body much but its about medium bodied and the carbonation is... well lets just say its like Mumbai or Shanghai in population density of bubbles. Way too much. Also sticky mouth.

Bleh, I think this is a drain pour. Very syrupy, semi sweet, lots of candy and syrups, no real hops until the stale earthy hop finish. Also either infection or just done horribly wrong, like lagered at a horrible temperature, not sure but a bad yeast flavor. Just wrong.

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Photo of happy4hoppybeer
2.7/5  rDev -20.1%
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.

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Photo of ckollias
2.8/5  rDev -17.2%
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.

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Photo of taylor714914
2.84/5  rDev -16%
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.

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Photo of Minkybut
2.88/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured this average beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer poured a really pretty copper colored beer but it had a really lax head that was not around very long. The beer was smelly and not in a good way either. Thee beer was not terrible but I most likely will not buy it again.

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Photo of Ryanm1
3/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

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Photo of mikeg67
3/5  rDev -11.2%

12 oz bottle. Pours amber with long lasting, foamy white head. Aroma is of grassy hops, caramel malt and sourdough. Body is full and smooth. Grassy hops, caramel malt, grain and some salt fill the mouth. Finish is medium and almost dry. OK brew.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3/5  rDev -11.2%

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a lightly hazed copper color with very smell off white head. The head fades rather fast, leaving a persistent foam on the surface of the beer and a little bit of lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The nose of the beer is sweet and malty with the sweeter smells being largely of a caramel and toffee smell and the malty being a blend of toasted malt and bready smells. Some fruity aromas of a pear as well as some cherry are in the nose as well.

Taste – The taste begins with a rather thick and sweet bready taste with a little bit of a roasted nature. The sweet flavors are a mix of toffee and brown sugar with both of these growing even stronger as the taste advances onto the end. A little bit of a roasted flavor joins the tongue, but the bready flavors also become more doughy in nature as the taste advances, giving the brew a very sweet and malty taste. A tiny bit of darker fruits of plum and a little bit of an earth hop come to the tongue at the end, leaving a rather sweeter and malty flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thicker and chewier side with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. For the malty and sweet the feel is quite appropriate really creating a thick and coating feel for the brew.

Overall – In some respects the thickness and sweet maltiness was a bit cloying and too much. Not an Oktoberfest I would likely frequent often.

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Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.03/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

highly touted based on the huge sign at the front door, table topper and insert to the menu. I thought it would be a nice second beer while at the pub.

A - Reddish / brown with a thin off white head.
S - sweet caramel malts and not much else.
T - Similar to the nose but with an underlying yeast note. Not as clean a lager finish as I was hoping.
M - medium bodied, medium carbonated, sweet and clean finish.
D - Nice enough but a bit out of it's element when paired with the jambalaya.

A pleasant enough beer but not one I'd hype as was done at the restaurant. That said, it must work for their customer base as the special pint glass promotion sold out a couple of days into the release according to the waitress.

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Photo of oline73
3.05/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy reddish brown with two fingers of soda like head that leaves a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Sweet and malty with a strong smell of cherries.

Taste: Thank goodness it isn't as sweet as it smells. Very malty, and the cherry from the smell is still here. The sweetness continues throughout, and a bitterness shows up at the end of each sip.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a lot of carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I would have liked this to be a little more delicate. Not bad, but there are other options I prefer.

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Photo of upton7418
3.05/5  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

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Photo of smakawhat
3.08/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.08/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

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Photo of stckhndlr
3.09/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

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Photo of misternebbie
3.12/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark coppery, with nice roasted malty flavor, with notes of caramel and bread, I had a six of this and it was very enjoyable, disappeared pretty fast from my fridge

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Photo of chefhatt
3.13/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

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Photo of Florida9
3.2/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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Photo of PolhillS
3.22/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Pours into my glass with an orange body amber glowing hue with a big frothing off white head, call it khaki beige. Head retention is good, lacing is left behind scattered around the glass in uneven patterns.

Aroma deep malted caramel notes, but that’s about it a hint of earthiness these may be hops I’m detecting but it seems very one dimensional.

Flavor is boring a hint of caramelized malts, clean lagering finish barely any earthy hop notes it’s just too one dimensional this is not case worthy too many better options out there.

Mouthfeel, is light to medium bodied even flowing carbonation goes down easily without challenging the senses too much.

Overall, not my bag I love the style if it has those complex malts that make you really appreciate this style.

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Photo of Roser
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

A- semi clear amber, copper. Small bone white head that didn't last long. Minimal lacing.

S- clean. Very malty, bready, and sugary. A little spice, too.

T- sweet and spicy. The malt, bread, and sugar on the nose come through completely.

M- a little rough around the edges (going in) with a surprisingly smooth and creamy finish. Medium body.

O- just ok (for me). A so so Marzen. Nothing great, nothing offensive.


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Mad Bishop from DuClaw Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.