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31 - DuClaw Brewing Company

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Ratings: 134
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 12.15%
Wants: 4
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
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Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Munich Dunkel Lager |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Kegatron on 11-04-2007

This medium-bodied, amber German-style lager combines frighteningly smooth malt flavor with a haunting spicy finish of cinnamon and nutmeg, for a scary good brew that is definitely...all treat, no trick.
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Photo of Jeffreysan
3.84/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Photo of McMatt7
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Nutmeg and good

Photo of Kegatron
3.7/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Photo of gillagorilla
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

12 oz. bottle poured into a SN curved pint (

A: Nice bit of cascade on a vigorous pour to make a thick 2 finger head with big bubbles, that eats itself rapidly. Amber, ruby brown body with a bit of lacing.
S: Immediately after popping the cap, it just smells like feet.
T: Spiced and odd mingling of flavors over all. Very different from the usual mix of fall seasonal beers.
M: Smooth with very little carbonation felt.
O: Not my kind of pumpkin beer. Just like nutmeg and cinnamon in a lager.

Photo of akorsak
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...

Photo of philbe311
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...

Photo of tugdriver7
4.35/5  rDev +22.9%
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.

Photo of metter98
3.46/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is crystal clear amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short off white head that quickly died down, leaving wisps of lacing on the surface, a collar around the edge, and bits of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of pumpkins and toasted pumpkin seeds are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of pumpkins and toasted and sweet bready malts along with hints of pumpkin spices.
M: It feels a bit more than light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer does a good job as straddling the border as being a Munich Dunkel Lager and a Pumpkin Ale.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of oline73
3.15/5  rDev -11%
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.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.97/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.7/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Photo of psruss
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Had two pints at dinner with Braised Short Ribs in Philadelphia. Not a spicy as I anticipated. Didn't get too much from the nose. Very tasty and drinkable. I think it's a nice fall selection beer on tap. I recommend it. It's not very hoppy and can be a session beer (in a safe environment, of course).

Photo of woodychandler
3.83/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

So many bottles! Where do/did they all come from? I am in Chez Woody's kitchen, listening to the Pirates/Cardinals game on TV and attempting to reduce some of the bottle backlog at the same time.

From the bottle: "This medium-bodied, amber German-style Lager combines frighteningly smooth malt flavor with a haunting, spicy finish of cinnamon and nutmeg, for a scary good brew that is definitely ... all treat, no trick"; "Respect_the_Fluid".

I do not feel at all guilty about drinking this since Southern Tier incredibly just released their PumKing! In early-July! On the subject of last Hallowe'en - I dressed as a CAN of Old Milwaukee, purchased two sixes of tallboys of OM from my neighbor and sat on my porch with one of the denizens of the neighborhood and gave out beer to the adults and CANdy to the kids. I anxiously await this year's celebration!

This one had a good bit of inherent carbonation so I could not pour it as quickly as I would like, but I still got a pseudo-cascade, resulting in three fingers of foamy, tawny head with moderate retention. Color was a deep, coppery-amber (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had the characteristic "pumpkin spice" smell of at least cinnamon and allspice. Mouthfeel was medium and the spiciness was immediately evident on the tongue, especially cinnamon. Strangely enough, the taste put me more in mind of apple pie. I don't mean this as good or bad, just different. Actually, given the plethora of pumpkin beers that I ran through last year, this would make for a nice change of pace, especially since it has a lager as its base. The spices made the finish fairly dry, but pleasantly so, not gasping. I would put this one forth as an alternative to all of the pumpkin ales, if nothing else.

Photo of ckollias
4.17/5  rDev +17.8%
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.

Photo of Gavage
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.

Photo of Dodt
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.

Photo of Noahtrumble
3.79/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not my wife's favorite but a nice choice overall with a decent pumpkin spice flavor.

Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
4.05/5  rDev +14.4%

A: Clear, medium-dark amber with a touch of red, and a thin head of khaki foam that quickly fades.

S: Typical pumpkin pie spices, along with the fruity aroma, but this one has a potent bready aroma as well.

T: A fair amount of initial sweetness from the malt. As the sweetness starts to fade, it is joined by a fruitiness that isn't pumpkin... I'm not sure what it is, but it's not bad. The spices then show up, and are perfectly balanced against the other flavors. After a lingering moment, faint hops bitterness appears for the finish, but never in an overly assertive way.

M: Crisp, with more carbonation than I'd expected (with the anemic head). There's just a touch of dryness in the finish.

O: A very drinkable pumpkin lager. I notice that I'm guing rather than sipping - I need to buy a few more of these.

Photo of thain709
3.92/5  rDev +10.7%
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

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.44/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Photo of Slatetank
3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

enjoyed this 12oz chilled from the bottle in a tumbler at Wegman's, review from notes.

The color is deep crimson with light haze and thin beige cream with fine bead. The smell has a good amount of spice with ginger and cinnamon and light sweet scent of malt with subtle fruity yeast scent. The feel has a moderately high amount of carbonation with medium spiced body with light sweetness and semi-dry finish with low alcohol influence on the palate.

The taste is very good with nice spice flavor up front with light spice flavor up front with fruity element and caramel in the malt with dry cinnamon-like woody element in the spicy dry finish. This is a pretty good dark lager with some spice flavor -very crisp character with good blend of malt and spice flavor

Photo of chefhatt
3.27/5  rDev -7.6%
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

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.6/5  rDev +1.7%

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a very nice deep copper-brownish color with a small tan colored head. The head fades relatively quickly leaving just a trace of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is heaviest a vegetal/herbal lightly roasted pumpkin smell with a decent level of spice aromas of nutmeg, cinnamon, and allspice. Along with these smells are aromas of a caramel and brown sugar sweetness mixed with some hints of a more bready and roasted malt smells.

Taste – The taste begins with almost tasting more like a pumpkin porter then a lager. I got a roasted pumpkin flavor mixed with some roasted malt as well as some brown sugar and caramel. As the taste advances the roasted malt flavor loses a bit of ground with the brown sugar and caramel getting quite a bit stronger. The spice flavors of nutmeg, cinnamon, and allspice, which were rather light upfront, really start bringing it onto the tongue more toward the end. With a little bit of an increase in the roasted pumpkin and some light nuttiness coming to the tongue, one is left with a moderately sweet, but decently roasty and spiced pumpkin flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is thicker and chewier for a brew of only 5.7% abv. with a carbonation level that is on the average side. The thick body really accentuates the roasted pumpkin and spice flavors nicely all while the medium carbonation does a nice job for keeping it easier drinking and complementing the sweetness nicely. Overall, quite well done.

Overall – This is a rather nice pumpkin brew with a good roasted pumpkin flavor and a nice blend of sweet and spice. Overall, quite drinkable and enjoyable.

Photo of stckhndlr
3.02/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

Photo of Chaney
4.35/5  rDev +22.9%
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!

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