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Mad Bishop - DuClaw Brewing Company

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Reviews: 59
Hads: 250
Avg: 3.38
pDev: 31.36%
Wants: 5
Gots: 51 | 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:
Beer added by: NeroFiddled on 11-02-2003

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Reviews: 59 | Hads: 250
Photo of taylor714914
2.84/5  rDev -16%
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.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.08/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

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Photo of tone77
3.47/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of chefhatt
3.13/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured this beer into a pint glass, it has a dark orange colered body with a very small white head that lays down quickly to a thin lace. The smell has a sweet malt aroma to it. The taste has a sweet malty flavor pretty much through, i don't get any hop flavor at all. The mouth feel is nice, well carbonated, roll off the tonuge. Overall this ok, i like my o-fest more on the malt side then sweet.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.26/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

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Photo of happy4hoppybeer
2.7/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of obywan59
3.3/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Kegatron
2.5/5  rDev -26%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of jifigz
3.47/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of ckollias
2.8/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of Dave1999
3.88/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Chaney
3.27/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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....

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Photo of Pencible
3.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Florida9
3.2/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of portia99
3.7/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of billab914
3.68/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of fo5s
2/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

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Photo of jlindros
2.65/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of womencantsail
2.61/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of Minkybut
2.88/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of oline73
3.05/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
3.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Amber/Copper in color, light tan head that quickly disappears, very little lacing. Classic marzen look.

S- Malt up front, notes of bread and maybe some citrus fruit.

T- Crisp and dry. Malty with a little bit of citrusy sweetness at the end.

M- Rather light and somewhat dry. Very little carbonation.

O- For the marzen style, this one is pretty good, but does not really stand out. The label is pretty neat and I am usually impressed with DuClaw's offerings, but Mad Bishop kind if blends in with the other pretty good marzens.

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Photo of Cavery
1.66/5  rDev -50.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Given as an extra from a generous trader, cheers! Cracked it after work, just wanting to try and start enjoying my weekend.

poured into a Stone Nonic.

A: Woody cherry brown body with some light colored, semi-transparent white foams with a rapidly diminishing head. The bubbles burst with a fury that makes it seem more like a perrier that's been violently poured. I'm left looking at a rather shirley temple looking flat brew.

S: Smell is ripe with the smell of old nuts, spent cooking oils, grease, and other unpleasantness. Something immediately seems off in the nose where german malts don't seem to be the predominant character. Certainly an almost animal fat smell dominates the nose.

T: Yup, rotten peanut oils with a heaping dose of pork fat and butters. The breadiness of the malt blends in to create this really awful moldy pretzel bread flavor that makes me want to slap my head with both hands just so I can distract my taste buds from the pain of ingesting. This is really gross, a new low for me in compromised beers. I'm reminded of my infected bottle of key lime Pie from Shorts.

M: it's carbonated, not a bad feel. Medium body with some fairly violent bursting bubble carbonation. Obviously it's hard to focus on given the oily nature of the finish, and buttery tones in the flavor. Very wet throughout. Lots of olive oil feels in the finish.

O: This might be a mad bishop, but I'm a mad drinker. This is truly not the way you want to start your session off, and most certainly not a way to have a first beer from a brewery. I'll reserve my final say about the quality control of the beers for another time, but it is always disappointing to open what seems to be a compromised bottle. I'll give another Duclaws beer a shot, but I'll start off with a tiny sip.

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Photo of dhartogs
4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Increasingly I have been strating further and further from Lagers, maybe it's just me. But I bought a bottle of this and really enjoyed it, one of the better Octoberfests I've had this year. Maybe because it was so fresh, had no bitterness and was very nicely balanced with the malts nice amber color, not much head, not much of an aroma, but just a really solid drinkable beer.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
3.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery in MD. Pours clear amber with a small, fizzy white head, low retention with light lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (bread, cookie, caramel, toasted, nutty), light hops (earthy, herbal), and average esters (apple/pear) with notes of plum and dates. Flavor is heavy malt (bread, cookie, caramel, toasted), average hops (earthy, herbal), and average esters (apple/pear) with notes of dates; clean lager character. Medium body and carbonation, low warmth and creaminess with a sweet finish.

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Mad Bishop from DuClaw Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.