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Mad Bishop - DuClaw Brewing Company

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189 Ratings
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Ratings: 189
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 15.68%
Wants: 2
Gots: 23 | 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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3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Rushalt, Oct 14, 2013
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.

smakawhat, Oct 13, 2013
Photo of LarryMyers
2.5/5  rDev -26%

LarryMyers, Oct 09, 2013
Photo of JamieDuncan
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

JamieDuncan, Oct 05, 2013
Photo of DRBiser
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

DRBiser, Oct 05, 2013
Photo of ChipMurray
3/5  rDev -11.2%

ChipMurray, Oct 03, 2013
Photo of bum732
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

bum732, Oct 02, 2013
Photo of illeagle05
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

illeagle05, Oct 01, 2013
Photo of Gatordaddy
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Gatordaddy, Sep 25, 2013
Photo of Drknight
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Drknight, Sep 24, 2013
Photo of JakeDebus
3/5  rDev -11.2%

JakeDebus, Sep 23, 2013
Photo of upton7418
3.04/5  rDev -10.1%
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

upton7418, Sep 23, 2013
Photo of lobos62
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

lobos62, Sep 20, 2013
Photo of PolhillS
3.19/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

PolhillS, Sep 18, 2013
Photo of Boone757
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Boone757, Sep 17, 2013
Photo of oriolesfan4
3/5  rDev -11.2%

oriolesfan4, Sep 14, 2013
Photo of taylor714914
2.8/5  rDev -17.2%
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.

taylor714914, Sep 13, 2013
Photo of SonOfKyuss
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

SonOfKyuss, Sep 07, 2013
Photo of TaylorK
4.25/5  rDev +25.7%

TaylorK, Sep 05, 2013
Photo of MarvinSnyder
4/5  rDev +18.3%

MarvinSnyder, Sep 03, 2013
Photo of ROGUE16
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

ROGUE16, Aug 28, 2013
Photo of domnalbrecc
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

domnalbrecc, Aug 21, 2013
Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.06/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

ThisWangsChung, Aug 13, 2013
Photo of tone77
3.48/5  rDev +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.

tone77, Aug 02, 2013
Photo of ImpactDan
2.75/5  rDev -18.6%

ImpactDan, May 31, 2013
Mad Bishop from DuClaw Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 189 ratings.