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Snake Oil - DuClaw Brewing Company

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33 Ratings
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Ratings: 33
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 8.63%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
DuClaw Brewing Company visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Pilsner |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: cubedbee on 07-17-2005)
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Arrives at the table with a clear golden body, a modest head and spotty lacing; although Istirred it up, I could not create that classic Pilsner froth

Smell: Fresh hoppy aroma; lacks that "noble hops" tone you would expect from a Pilsner; the website says they are using Magnum and Saaz hops so that might explain the untradiitonal aroma

Taste: Spicy from the get-go, the bitter hops build into a long-lasting finish; odd touch of sweetness present from start to finish; lacks the classic noble hop flavors, unfortunately

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and well-carbonated; a touch of viscosity and a slight warming on the finish

Drinkability: Not really to style but a decent drinker

Serving type: on-tap

04-07-2006 01:36:42 | More by brentk56
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jwc215

Wisconsin

4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden yellow with a thick white head that leaves plenty of lacing.

The smell is grainy with grassy notes.

The taste is of a soft grainy sweetness with grassy/hay bitterness in the crisp finish.

Light-to-medium bodied, a bit oily, alcohol reasonably well-covered, refreshing.

A deceptively drinkable beer imperial pils. Maintains a pils character that has been pumped-up - as it should be!

Serving type: on-tap

07-26-2008 00:48:23 | More by jwc215
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mendvicdog

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

08-23-2013 23:04:40 | More by mendvicdog
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

05-19-2014 23:20:14 | More by oriolesfan4
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I am drinking a mason jar mug of Snake Oil, served at the Arundel Mills DuClaw, on the first release night of the pils. The ale is chilled, but the mason jar is not.

Appearance: The pils is a light goldenrod clear, clear as day with no hint of any sediment or yeast. The ale has a nice head of lace that lingers for a bit as the pils is consumed.

Smell: I was hoping for a nice earthy hop aroma, but I struggled to find one. What was there suggested hops, but nothing extraordinary to suggest an Impy Pils.

Taste: The earthen, European hops are abundant in the pils, giving it a nice flavor of the central Europe terroire. Those hops add a string bitterness to the pils without crossing into the Super Duper IPA area. I struggle to find any hint of a strong malt character.

Mouthfeel: The pils is smooth and hoppy, a nice alternative for those who are a little tired of the constant over-hopped ales.

Drinkability: The pils is very drinkable, well-balanced with a distinctive hop flavor that stands out nicely.

Serving type: on-tap

04-06-2006 02:32:25 | More by akorsak
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harpus

Alabama

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

07-15-2013 19:05:32 | More by harpus
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wrightst

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

06-27-2014 03:40:28 | More by wrightst
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Boone757

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

09-18-2013 08:41:18 | More by Boone757
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AngusOg

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -19.1%

07-05-2013 21:04:12 | More by AngusOg
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DIM

Pennsylvania

4.16/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

a: Slightly hazy pale golden color; served with a small ring of fizz.

s: Light bready malts, mineral water, and grassy hops.

t: Glad to find that this doesn't taste "imperial". Bready crackers and leafy, mineral-y hops plus aspirin bitterness at the finish. Nothing sweet and no heat to be found. Very nice pils overall.

m: Maybe a little more body than a regular pils, but that could be the power of suggestion too.

o: Imperial pils is a style I don't really get. I loved this beer in part because it hid its alcohol so well. So why not have a regular pils and a safer ride home?

Serving type: on-tap

07-21-2013 20:50:55 | More by DIM
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bigfnjoe

Pennsylvania

3.61/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 1L growler into a Duvel tulip

A- pours a perfectly transparent gold with a two finger white head. Absolutely stunning beer.

S- bready, biscuity aroma with a bit of an earthy noble hope scent as well. Not bad at all

T- tons of lemon in the opening, and it overwhelms throughout. Finish is slightly bitter and very grassy. It's very..imperial, I guess you could say

M- medium bodied on the thin side. Actually quite nice

O- I like it, but can see why someone wouldn't. The lemon is a bit much, but it's not overly hopped and gets better as it warms. Recommended.

Serving type: growler

08-29-2013 22:50:26 | More by bigfnjoe
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CuriousMonk

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery and at an Oktoberfest beer festival in MD. Medium sized white head, good retention and some stringy lace. Clear golden hued color. Nose is soft, grassy, light citrus and honeysuckle notes, lightly bready. Med/light bodied, surprisingly crisp and lightly oily on the palate with a nice carbonation. Clean malts, a touch toasty, bready, grainy with laid back spicey flowery hop flavors, apples and a nice bitterness to cap it all off. A tastey lager indeed.

Serving type: on-tap

02-23-2011 14:52:12 | More by CuriousMonk
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DRBiser

Maryland

4/5  rDev +7.8%

08-24-2013 21:22:38 | More by DRBiser
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ckollias

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Enjoyed this brew on tap out of a pint glass.

A: Pours golden white hue with a fluffy white head that leaves a good trail and wispy lace.

S: Sweet pilsner aroma.

T: Similar to the smell there is a malty pilsner flavor.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Probably one of my least favorite brews from Duclaw.

Serving type: on-tap

09-03-2013 15:42:14 | More by ckollias
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Proclarush

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

07-10-2013 01:43:49 | More by Proclarush
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GaryMarkle84

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

08-12-2012 23:28:19 | More by GaryMarkle84
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bmmortale

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

08-19-2013 22:41:27 | More by bmmortale
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cubedbee

Maryland

3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is Duclaw's latest seasonal, brought home a growler on Thursday night, reviewing it on Sunday. Pours a clear light gold with a finger of white head and some decent lacing. Aroma is simple grassy hops. Taste brings in a full biscuity malt that really balances well with the assertive hoppiness. Really smooth rounded flavor. Beer seems a little undercarbonated for a pilsner, and while I would usually attribute this to the growler, I had the same thoughts when I had the beer directly from the tap. Overall another solid seasonal from Duclaw.

Serving type: growler

07-17-2005 13:23:59 | More by cubedbee
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claytri

Maryland

4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It was served a light gold with a white head. The aroma was hops over malt. The taste was quite well balanced. It was definately hop powered, but with just enough malt to make it go. The feel was incredibly clean and dry with a sweet alcohol finish expected from such a strong beer. I chose this because I couldn't resist trying an Imperial Pilsner. I was ready for the hops, but was pleasantly surprised by the great blending of tastes.

Serving type: on-tap

09-19-2005 04:31:30 | More by claytri
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csurowiec

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

09-08-2013 14:12:48 | More by csurowiec
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slvrmon82

Delaware

4.22/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This was one of my favorites of the day as well. Poured a hazy blonde with a nice thick white head. The smell was average a little hoppier than some. The taste was great. Very hoppy all around with a little more malt at the end. Very crisp and smooth going down. Could have drank these all day. Alcohol is covered up very well and you almost forget that is an Imperial and not a regular pilsner. Great job!

Serving type: on-tap

10-22-2008 22:00:11 | More by slvrmon82
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hdofu

Maryland

4.22/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Golden lace on top with a thin with lace head. Sweater then any imperial pilsners I've had in this country. Smell was herbal and hop. The taste was spicy, almost an orange rind and cinnamon taste with noticeable hop finish. Felt lite bodied on the tongue but bubbly and crisp. Drinkable is one way I could describe this beer as it goes down easy and begs for a second.

Serving type: on-tap

05-20-2008 00:54:43 | More by hdofu
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jhlosito75

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -19.1%

08-21-2013 01:05:46 | More by jhlosito75
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TomG2751

Maryland

4/5  rDev +7.8%

07-17-2013 15:03:19 | More by TomG2751
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DrBass

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

10-13-2013 02:45:52 | More by DrBass
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Snake Oil from DuClaw Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 33 ratings.