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Mad Bishop - DuClaw Brewing Company

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78
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121 Ratings
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Ratings: 121
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 15.63%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | 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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TaylorK

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +25.4%

09-05-2013 22:56:09 | More by TaylorK
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MarvinSnyder

West Virginia

4/5  rDev +18%

09-03-2013 19:50:47 | More by MarvinSnyder
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ROGUE16

Delaware

3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

08-28-2013 00:09:00 | More by ROGUE16
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domnalbrecc

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

08-21-2013 05:46:39 | More by domnalbrecc
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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

3.06/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2013 19:02:43 | More by ThisWangsChung
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2013 11:11:20 | More by tone77
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ImpactDan

Maryland

2.75/5  rDev -18.9%

05-31-2013 18:17:14 | More by ImpactDan
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bconsidine

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

05-24-2013 17:06:53 | More by bconsidine
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TomG2751

Maryland

1/5  rDev -70.5%

04-11-2013 16:40:48 | More by TomG2751
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duff247

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

02-25-2013 01:28:34 | More by duff247
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chefhatt

Pennsylvania

3.14/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2013 04:39:20 | More by chefhatt
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cliff1066

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

12-22-2012 21:37:54 | More by cliff1066
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dtx00

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +18%

12-19-2012 20:16:14 | More by dtx00
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

11-17-2012 15:08:55 | More by ejimhof
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

3.28/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-10-2012 21:38:35 | More by xnicknj
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Enoch

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

10-24-2012 12:39:23 | More by Enoch
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ncaudle

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

10-17-2012 19:01:03 | More by ncaudle
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happy4hoppybeer

Pennsylvania

2.68/5  rDev -20.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2012 23:32:57 | More by happy4hoppybeer
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obywan59

Virginia

3.28/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2012 01:17:40 | More by obywan59
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Eriktheipaman

California

2.5/5  rDev -26.3%

09-30-2012 21:27:00 | More by Eriktheipaman
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cbyrd4088

Virginia

4/5  rDev +18%

09-29-2012 18:15:25 | More by cbyrd4088
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -26.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2012 15:09:13 | More by Kegatron
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Rojada1988

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

09-26-2012 05:10:56 | More by Rojada1988
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jifigz

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2012 13:37:51 | More by jifigz
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t0rin0

California

3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

09-23-2012 15:16:23 | More by t0rin0
Mad Bishop from DuClaw Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 121 ratings.