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Mad Bishop - DuClaw Brewing Company

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154 Ratings
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Ratings: 154
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 14.75%
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: NeroFiddled on 11-02-2003)
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Photo of happy4hoppybeer
2.68/5  rDev -20.9%

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.

happy4hoppybeer, Oct 15, 2012
Photo of obywan59
3.28/5  rDev -3.2%

This beer is a deep orange, leaning towards amber with a 1 1/2 finger head. light on the carbonation bubbles.

The aroma is citric with dark doughy bread and a touch of molasses.

The taste a bit more nondescript than the nose. Sweet, toasty malt and light citric hops. Lightly bitter in the end.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, Drying on the finish.

An easy drinker. Nothing outstanding, but it has good balance. A decent session beer.

obywan59, Oct 10, 2012
Photo of Eriktheipaman
2.5/5  rDev -26.3%

Eriktheipaman, Sep 30, 2012
Photo of cbyrd4088
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

cbyrd4088, Sep 29, 2012
Photo of Kegatron
2.5/5  rDev -26.3%

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
Photo of Rojada1988
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Rojada1988, Sep 26, 2012
Photo of jifigz
3.48/5  rDev +2.7%

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

The appearance is pretty typical of style. IT has that nice copper brown transparent color and it is a little lighter in color than some other Oktoberfests. The beer was poured vigorously to generate a nice head that didn't last or linger at all really. The aroma is toasted malts with a little soapiness in it. It smells pretty typical of a Marzen, but the aroma isn't quite as powerful as some others I have had. flavors mimic the smell pretty closely. Rich malty flavor with a mild soapiness that hangs on. The end finishes somewhat dry with a nice toasted malt character that lingers. There is just a hint of bitterness riding the tail of this one. The MF is smooth and medium bodied with an average level of carbonation.

This is a tasty beer. It isn't an excellent beer, but I bought a case of this because I have never had anything from DuClaw before. I'll check out their other options, but if I want an Oktoberfest style lager in the future I will probably turn to something else.

jifigz, Sep 24, 2012
Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

t0rin0, Sep 23, 2012
Photo of weaselchew
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

weaselchew, Sep 23, 2012
Photo of mrdziuban
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

mrdziuban, Sep 14, 2012
Photo of harrisjohnson
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

harrisjohnson, Sep 10, 2012
Photo of ckollias
2.78/5  rDev -18%

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.

ckollias, Sep 02, 2012
Photo of beermanbrian
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

beermanbrian, Sep 02, 2012
Photo of bubseymour
4.25/5  rDev +25.4%

bubseymour, Aug 29, 2012
Photo of Dave1999
3.9/5  rDev +15%

Poured a clear dark amber colour with a white head.

The smell was roasted malts and sweet caramel.

The taste was caramel and malts, like the smell it was pretty sweet.

The mouth feel was medium with medium carbonation.

A decent Oktoberfest beer, not great but a tasty enough beer.

Dave1999, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of jagada
4/5  rDev +18%

jagada, Aug 26, 2012
Photo of Chaney
3.23/5  rDev -4.7%

Served in a Port City tulip.

A: Poured pretty much ruby red, doppelbock-like, with only a slight of white head and a good bit of visible carbonation.

S: Still, doppelbock is the operative word here. Sure, I got some bread on the nose, but I got more beet sugar than anything.

T: Too sweet in my opinion. I know this is personal preference, but I prefer my marzens to have more mothball and less sugar. Despite the bottle marketing-speak, I didn't think this finished cleanly at all. Kind of a palate wrecker actually.

M: Like I said, too sweet and not very drinkable. The carbonation was fine and the lacing minimal.

O: I want my Octoberfests to be Octoberfests and not doppelbocks....

Chaney, Aug 22, 2012
Photo of hardcor33
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

hardcor33, Aug 17, 2012
Photo of amstokesdb9
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

amstokesdb9, Aug 15, 2012
Photo of GaryMarkle84
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

GaryMarkle84, Aug 12, 2012
Photo of SPRichard
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

SPRichard, Jun 25, 2012
Photo of tln13
3/5  rDev -11.5%

tln13, Apr 20, 2012
Photo of StaindProject86
4/5  rDev +18%

StaindProject86, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of duceswild
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

duceswild, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of yourefragile
3/5  rDev -11.5%

yourefragile, Feb 06, 2012
Mad Bishop from DuClaw Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 154 ratings.