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Mad Bishop - DuClaw Brewing Company

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78
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138 Ratings
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Ratings: 138
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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Chaney

District of Columbia

3.23/5  rDev -4.4%

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....

08-22-2012 00:26:57 | More by Chaney
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hardcor33

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

08-17-2012 16:25:28 | More by hardcor33
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amstokesdb9

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

08-15-2012 02:39:04 | More by amstokesdb9
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GaryMarkle84

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

08-12-2012 23:25:46 | More by GaryMarkle84
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SPRichard

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

06-25-2012 21:49:06 | More by SPRichard
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tln13

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -11.2%

04-20-2012 21:08:38 | More by tln13
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StaindProject86

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +18.3%

03-10-2012 16:17:17 | More by StaindProject86
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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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yourefragile

District of Columbia

3/5  rDev -11.2%

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

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

02-03-2012 01:50:40 | More by AndrewMichael
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lccrunchy

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +18.3%

01-19-2012 01:40:27 | More by lccrunchy
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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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Florida9

Illinois

3.18/5  rDev -5.9%

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.

12-17-2011 03:33:44 | More by Florida9
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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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bigred89

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

12-03-2011 16:28:49 | More by bigred89
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Lukafer

Michigan

4/5  rDev +18.3%

12-01-2011 01:38:58 | More by Lukafer
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mjaggers

Virginia

3/5  rDev -11.2%

11-22-2011 14:38:57 | More by mjaggers
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portia99

Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev +10.4%

12oz bottle poured into a Brooklyn snifter.

A - Pours a very clear, bright amber color. Three thick fingers of foamy head rests on top of the beer...decent staying power, falls over a minute or two to the surface leaving behind wisps of soapy lacing on the glass.

S - Quite fruity, almost fruit punch-like. Light grassy hops, sugary sweetness, touch of grain, low level bready aromas and light caramel.

T - Malty sweet with some biscuity aspects, quite bready, a bit of toasted malts, clean hop bitterness.

M - Rather high carbonation for the sytle...gives a foamy feel. Body is medium. Nicely balanced between malt and hops...malt just winning out by a little bit.

O - A very bready oktoberfest...well developed malt profile with decent complexity - bread, toasted malts, maltose sweet, biscuity - quite nice. Pretty good American example of the style.

11-19-2011 18:49:24 | More by portia99
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Foolmonkey

Maryland

4/5  rDev +18.3%

11-16-2011 21:16:18 | More by Foolmonkey
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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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fo5s

District of Columbia

2/5  rDev -40.8%

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.

10-30-2011 03:29:02 | More by fo5s
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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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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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Minkybut

Virginia

2.9/5  rDev -14.2%

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.

10-07-2011 17:02:32 | More by Minkybut
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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
Mad Bishop from DuClaw Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 138 ratings.