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Mad Bishop - DuClaw Brewing Company

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137 Ratings
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Ratings: 137
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 15.38%
Wants: 0
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
DuClaw Brewing Company visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: NeroFiddled on 11-02-2003)
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t0rin0

California

3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

09-23-2012 15:16:23 | More by t0rin0
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djrn2

New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev -18.6%

08-16-2014 03:14:08 | More by djrn2
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +18.3%

12-05-2011 01:32:18 | More by nmann08
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womencantsail

California

2.55/5  rDev -24.6%

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.

10-08-2011 22:59:04 | More by womencantsail
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

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.

11-02-2003 23:04:45 | More by NeroFiddled
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

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.

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

Massachusetts

2.63/5  rDev -22.2%

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.

10-22-2011 00:26:29 | More by jlindros
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oline73

Maryland

3.05/5  rDev -9.8%

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.

10-07-2011 02:45:40 | More by oline73
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

3/5  rDev -11.2%

09-14-2013 02:30:55 | More by oriolesfan4
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

3/5  rDev -11.2%

02-06-2012 04:58:50 | More by yourefragile
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

3.71/5  rDev +9.8%

I am getting the hang of this new way of doing reviews, which is helpful during the ongoing Bottle Purge of the Summer of 2014.

From the bottle: "Lead us into Temptation"; "Nothing rouses the congregation like this medium-bodied, copper colored Oktoberfest Lager. The heavenly flavor and aroma of roasted malt are tempered by a crisp, clean finish for a sensual sermon guaranteed to ... Lead us into temptation!"; "Respect_the_FLUID".

I do so love watching the pseudo-cascade when I employ a heavy-handed pour! In this case, it settled into three-plus fingers of dense, tawny head with great retention. I am really liking the visuals on these Oktoberfests! Color was again a Deep Amber/Light Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with unbelievable NE-plus quality clarity. I could see into the future through this fluid, which I respect. Nose had a more pronounced malt quality, but still with a grassiness. Mouthfeel was thick, dense, and full. The taste was nutty, biscuity, some honey and hay or grass. I thought of biscuits straight out of the oven, drizzled with honey and taken out in the field to eat so as not to make a mess in the house. This was not unusual at my late maternal grandmother's house during the summer when I was a kid. Both of my grandmothers were excellent cooks, BTW. Great lacing began to appear as I drank, lost in the reverie of my memories. Finish was semi-sweet and although German purists might find fault with it, I liked that the sweetness often found in the style was kept to a minimum.

08-16-2014 17:51:28 | More by woodychandler
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

11-20-2013 13:49:28 | More by InspectorBob
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duceswild

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

02-07-2012 02:27:42 | More by duceswild
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

11-17-2012 15:08:55 | More by ejimhof
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smakawhat

Maryland

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.

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

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

05-24-2014 21:31:38 | More by Latarnik
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billab914

Virginia

3.65/5  rDev +8%

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.

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

Maryland

4/5  rDev +18.3%

06-27-2014 03:25:32 | More by wrightst
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

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.

11-10-2012 21:38:35 | More by xnicknj
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tone77

Pennsylvania

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.

08-02-2013 11:11:20 | More by tone77
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Boone757

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

09-17-2013 01:46:32 | More by Boone757
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ROGUE16

Delaware

3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

08-28-2013 00:09:00 | More by ROGUE16
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clayrock81

Virginia

3.36/5  rDev -0.6%

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.

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

Virginia

3.53/5  rDev +4.4%

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.

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

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

11-12-2013 22:22:19 | More by AngusOg
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Mad Bishop from DuClaw Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 137 ratings.