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Mad Bishop - DuClaw Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
78
okay

212 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 212
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 15.63%
Wants: 2
Gots: 30 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: NeroFiddled on 11-02-2003)
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3/5  rDev -11.5%
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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3.28/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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3.36/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

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3.11/5  rDev -8.3%
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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3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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3.08/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Mad Bishop from DuClaw Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 212 ratings.