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31 - DuClaw Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
81
good

71 Ratings
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Ratings: 71
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 12.71%


Brewed by:
DuClaw Brewing Company visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Munich Dunkel Lager |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Kegatron on 11-04-2007)
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Steff_Wantz

Maryland

3.78/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: deep brown with ruby red tint

S: smells fruity and citrus,

T: nice light pumpkin taste, has a little bit of a bite at the end

M: coats your palate well and has a nice crisp tingly feeling

O: Overall I think this a great fall time beer. I usually am not a big pumpkin fan with beer but this one is the perfect pumpkin beer for me. It is not overwhelming and still has that nice beer taste as opposed to a strong pumpkin pie taste.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2013 03:31:10 | More by Steff_Wantz
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stckhndlr

Virginia

3.03/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- a thin 1 finger head, dissolves quickly. a dark orange amber color with no real lacing. The head really does disappear because after about 60 seconds its just as clear from the top of the glass looking down as from the side looking through.

S- the smell of this is noticeable from a distance proving it is strong enough. Hints of pumpkin wafting across the table. As you get in deeper you start to notice the malt and the spice. Oddly enough this has a dark distinct note to it that I recognize from other DuClaw beers. It's a complexity that seems to stand out from their brews.

T- A malty sweet flavor with a smooth roasted finish. Mellow spices. Nothing staggering. The pumpkin is there mixing in with the malt.

M- It's a medium body with a easy drinking feel. It has a good balance to it. Just right in my opinion.

O- It's a middle of the road beer for me. Nothing that blows my socks off but it has a good flavor and is easy to drink. Kind of a winding down the season beer. After tasting at least half a dozen pumpkin and fall beers it fits just right for a tired palate.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2013 03:52:28 | More by stckhndlr
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Jeffreysan

Maryland

3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a lighter copper-brown color with four fingers of white head which slowly dissolved into a finger of foam that covered the entire top of the beer. Jesus, there’s a lot of head to this beer! Also, the color of the beer is a little surprising, as it’s much lighter than I was expecting, considering it’s called a dunkel. The beer looks more like a Belgian brune or abbey ale, rather than a dunkel lager.

Aroma: Very complex. Lots of malt, lots of spice, and lots of floral hops too. Nicely balanced, but very complex. Fresh bread, spices of clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin, all-spice, honey and clover. Very pleasing.

Taste: Again, the taste is much more like a Belgian ale than a Munich-style dunkel lager. Malty upfront, with tons of spice: clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin, all-spice and honey, all nicely balanced with some hoppy bitterness. Excellent beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium, with a ton of carbonation that doesn’t really tickle the taste buds, but rather slaps the crap out of them. With an ABV of 5.8%, there’s no alcohol presence on the palate.

Overall: Damn, this is a good beer. No, this is a great beer. I love how complex the flavor profile it is, how nicely balanced between malt, and spice and hops it is. I’m always going to have some of this on hand.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2013 22:56:21 | More by Jeffreysan
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chefhatt

Pennsylvania

3.26/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This beer has a dark rich mahogany color body with very little head. The smell has a light aroma of cinnamon and some some malt. The taste is not over powering of any spice just very well balanced between the cinnamon and nutmeg. It also has a nice malt back bone to it. Mouthfeel is nice and overall it is good but not great. I didn't get any pumpkin from it

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2013 00:50:18 | More by chefhatt
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Omnium

Pennsylvania

2.89/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Pours a ruby/amber color, kinda hazy, dense two finger head, and thick lacing.
S - Barrage of spices, Cinnamon and nutmeg being prominent, some clove, baking flour, a little bready malt, pepper.
T - Horrifyingly over-spiced, I mean this is a crime. It tastes like im drinking a cinnamon shake. No hops, no malt, just spice.
M - Maybe my mind is playing tricks on me, but it makes my mouth feel dried out.
O - Flat out disgusting, I cant see this being good in winter or any other time. I wouldnt let an un-welcomed guest drink this.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2013 18:24:11 | More by Omnium
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.45/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A dunkel that's gushing. That's odd.

Doesn't seem to be anything wrong with the beer. Besides the fact that it isn't all that interesting. Kind of has this clogged flavor profile thing going on. Decent, but too thick. I guess this isn't filtered? Pretty good, but thicker than you'd usually get for the style.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2013 03:23:58 | More by RblWthACoz
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stephenjmoore

Maryland

3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Amber/reddish colored body with a huge khaki colored head that leaves just bubbles. Very little lacing.

S- Cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, caramel malt, lager yeast, somewhat of a grainy aroma.

T- Sweet spices, cinnamon, sweet malt. Tastes just like the description; a lager with spices added.

M- Medium bodied, medium-high carbonation. Drinkable and not over-spiced.

O- Pretty good fall/winter beer. Almost like a pumpkin spice lager without the pumpkin (if that makes sense).

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2012 03:25:42 | More by stephenjmoore
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Kind of hazy deep red/amber. Head is minimal and so is the lacing. Hazy with tiny floating bits of sediment.

S - Smells like a good dunkel, sweet with a mild dose of clove and cinnamon? Weird but it smells good.

T - I like it the cinnamon spice really compliments the dunkel flavors (toasted malts and some lager yeasts) Nothing that extreme but good.

M - light to medium on par for the style.

Overall nothing to seek out again but it was a good offering from these guys.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2012 03:38:39 | More by DrDemento456
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Dodt

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

was in a maryland beer shop decide to try another one of her native brews. been a good while since i had a dunkel . nice deep amber color . wonderful spicy aroma of cloves and i want to say allspice. reminds me of apple cider.not to complex in the flavor department but it suits this beer well. this is a great beer for a chilly fall evening.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2012 01:16:25 | More by Dodt
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tugdriver7

Maryland

4.38/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have to admit. I saw the label at the store and bought some, but tried it on tap first at DuClaw in Arundel Mills. Now I'm glad I bought it. Deep mahogany to black in color, with subtle carbonation and virtually no head, though the foam at the edges laced the glass nicely all the way down. Subtle roasted malt (dunkel) in the nose and a very (emphasize very) smooth, moderate mouthfeel at initial taste. Flavor was fairly straightforward dunkel, not really sweet, but rich in flavor, with a nice bitterness at the end that was enhanced in a flavorful way by (I'm assuming) the cinnamon. Definitely not "in your face" spiced at all. Very balanced and flavorful. The spices, instead, enhance the flavors of the beer. Equally drinkable. Went down very quickly. Loved every second of it.

Serving type: on-tap

09-28-2012 17:14:34 | More by tugdriver7
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

3.98/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a perfect pint.

3.5 A: Medium amber color. Two fingers of foamy beige head. Retention is very good, but almost no lacing is left.

4.0 S: Big spiciness in this. Tons of cinnamon and nutmeg and just slightly less allspice and clove. I don't know if it's just the spice combo or something inherent in the base beer, but it gives a spiced cider vibe. Some toastiness from the base, but the spiciness is powerfully potent and overshadows everything. I definitely like it this way though. I've never had a beer this aggressive with the spices, so I give DuClaw some credit for being ballzy.

4.0 T: The taste is about the same as the nose. Huge spiciness - cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, allspice - and toasted maltiness. There's also a well received neutral malty sweetness. It's pretty damn simple, but it tastes great.

4.0 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Good creaminess. I'd like this better if it were thicker, but it's good nonetheless.

4.0 D: Really enjoyed this. I've never had a beer so saturated with spices that also tasted quite good. Pick this up if you like spicy pumpkin beers.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2012 04:05:02 | More by DavoleBomb
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philbe311

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Two plus fingers worth of ultra lush ultra creamy pale khaki colored head with a slightly rocky top... Solid retention gives way to a full lace and thick collar... The color is a mix of light brown and metallic bronze... A moderate bit of moderate to quick paced carbonation... This is a pretty good looking brew...

S - Cinnamon, nutmeg and assorted other holiday spices are at the forefront, but not overpowering... Next in line is a bunch of pale malts... Perhaps some dark fruits...

T - Nutmeg... Cinnamon... Assorted other holiday spices... Pale malts... Dark bread... Dark fruit... A hint of caramel... Perhaps a touch of nuttiness...

M - Medium bodied... Sleek... Light to moderate carbonation... Smooth... Slightly crisp... Even and consistent...

D - An interesting creation... Quite sessionable with good flavor and lots of character... I always enjoy what DuClaw has to offer in terms of creativity... A nice little beer that those into creative brewing should check out...

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2012 02:14:16 | More by philbe311
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Chaney

District of Columbia

4.38/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I admire DuClaw for brewing this very awesome style of beer!

Served in a tulip.

A: In the world of lagers, this one was pretty dark: Amber/rose colored with a slight wispy head that stayed for a bit.

S: Cinnamon and nutmeg in spades on this one. Very awesome indeed. If I didn't know what this was beforehand, I would have tagged this as a pumpkin ale.

T: Lots of flavor packed into this puppy. Cinnamon and nutmeg, without the hassle of pumpkin ale syrupy-ness. Smooth on the finish and quite VERY tasty overall. Make no mistake about it, this is a lager through and through.

M: Despite it's spice content, this was extremely smooth indeed. The lacing was mild, but I guess not what lagers are about anyway.

O: Come on people, let's give DuClaw credit for this one. I know this is not a popular style with the BA crowd due to its low ABV, but I personally think this is an awesome beer and deserves to be ranked up there with the big dogs. This is now my favorite DuClaw beer!

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2012 15:53:54 | More by Chaney
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ckollias

Maryland

4.2/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this on tap out of a pint glass at Duclaw in Bowie, MD.

A: Pours a copper hue with a 1-finger white head that quickly dissipates into almost nothing.

S: Strong malty aroma with hints of cinnamon, caramel, and nutmeg.

T: Slightly sweet beer with a good malt background followed by spices of cinnamon, nutmeg, caramel, and pumpkin.

M: Medium body and carbonation

O: This was an awesome brew – my first time with a Double Spiced Munich Dunkel – and it did not disappoint.

Serving type: on-tap

12-28-2011 13:50:45 | More by ckollias
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oline73

Maryland

3.13/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this on-tap at the brewpub. Served in a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear dark reddish amber with hardly any head.

Smell: Very malty, hints of cherry and caramel. The malt it a bit nutty and there is a strong spice presence.

Taste: Just like the smell, this one is very malty. Mild fruity notes, I'm picking up some cherry. Lots of spices, cinnamon with some caramel. Spices dominate the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a finish that is a bit slick.

Overall: I thought this beer was just alright. The spices made it interesting, but nothing too special. I don't think I'll search it out again.

Serving type: on-tap

11-03-2011 22:12:42 | More by oline73
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thain709

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured from the firkin with a clear, watery looking copper body...the head was bubbly and off white in color...it retained a few bubbles and some lacing was left

S - An interesting aroma...the spices are very prominent...cinnamon and nutmeg linger for quite a while...the sweet caramel adds another level

T - The flavors start out as your typical lager...there is a lot of sweetness coming across as caramel...the malts provide a bready/doughy flavor...and there is a faint presence of earthy hops...towards the finish is where the spices shine...they take over your palate, but they are never too intense...this is where it gives off a pumpkin pie flavor as it combines with the caramel and bread flavors from earlier

M - Medium bodied...I like the lingering spices, but they could have been around longer...they get masked by a watered down flavor

O - I figured this would be an easy drinking lager with just a few spices added, but I was wrong...this came across pretty much as a pumpkin ale to me, minus the actual pumpkin...those pumpkin pie spices and lager characteristics really blended together nicely

Serving type: cask

10-18-2011 13:30:52 | More by thain709
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Tucquan

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on 2010-05-15 at the Mt Hope Brewfest in PA (from tasting notes)

A - Dark brown which is mostly opaque. Short head

S - Almost no smell. Maybe some rising bread and caramel.

T - This is a sweet dunkel that is spiced up quite a bit. You can taste bread, caramel and perhaps allspice and cinnamon.

M - Light-medium body and carbonation

D - Not bad but a bit too sweet for me to want more than one.

Serving type: on-tap

01-03-2011 17:26:22 | More by Tucquan
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Gavage

New Jersey

3.1/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: clear brownish amber in color with a short 1/4" head that breaks apart quickly.

Smell: caramel, malt sweetness, and some spices are picked up by the nose.

Taste: strange but interesting flavor profile here. Nice maltiness with caramel, some red apples, nutmeg, and cinammon. There is some grassy and soft earth tones here too. Bitterness is mild.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp throughout. Short and spicy aftertaste. Medium bodied beer.

Drinkability: this one grew a bit tiring as the pint glass emptied. Interesting effort, but a straight up dark lager would have worked much better without the spice.

Serving type: on-tap

02-15-2009 20:08:33 | More by Gavage
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served on-tap at the Fells Point location.

A: The Munich dunkel is a dark caramel brown color, one that emanates with a bit of glow. A half a finger of head goes nowhere.

S: The nose is bready, full of darker malts and just a hint of spicy sweetness.

T: I'm not sure why someone would want to take a perfectly good dunkel lager and spice it up all sweet like. Luckily the spice profile isn't as big as I was led to believe. Caramel malts lead the way, bready with a toasted finish. Cinnamon and nutmeg flavors are present but they are admirably restrained, adding just enough to the body to take notice.

M: A decent Munich lager. Luckily the spice profile isn't that bold.

D: One and done for me. I still don't see the need for spices...

Serving type: on-tap

02-15-2009 00:14:52 | More by akorsak
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This latest rotating seasonal release from DuClaw is named for the day on which it was released. Halloween, October 31st. The description from the official release e-mail: "Celebrate Halloween with the latest brew straight from Jim Wagner's cauldron: 31, our new Spiced Munich Dunkel. This German-style amber lager tricks you with its smooth, malty taste and moderate 5.1% abv, then treats your palate with a spicy finish of cinnamon and nutmeg. 31 goes on tap October 31st and will be available for a limited time — while supplies last."

On draft at the Arundel Mills DuClaw location. Pours a light, clear amber (that seems almost too light for a Dunkel) with a smallish off white head that left minimal lacing. The aroma gives a tease of what's to come with a mixture that is predominantly spices and more subdued sweet maltiness.

Taste is sweet malt on the back of the throat to start but then melds into the spicy middle act with the "as advertised" cinnamon and nutmeg clearly standing out. The spiciness mixes with some lingering hop bitterness to create a pleasant, tingling finish on the tongue before slowly creeping away. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied but still crisp and refreshing and definitley helps increase the drinkability.

Much like last spring's limited seasonal, El Guapo, DuClaw has snuck this one in between monthly releases and has provided yet another enjoyable surprise of a beer that is both tasty and quaffable. Easy drinkablily and a satistying fall-like spice kick definitley make this Halloween release more treat than trick. Hopefully they will see fit to release this again sometime down the line.

Serving type: on-tap

11-04-2007 19:49:38 | More by Kegatron
31 from DuClaw Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.