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31 - DuClaw Brewing Company

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129 Ratings
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Ratings: 129
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 12.18%
Wants: 4
Gots: 15 | FT: 1
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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5/5  rDev +41.6%

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Photo of tugdriver7
4.38/5  rDev +24.1%
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 Chaney
4.38/5  rDev +24.1%
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!

Photo of wattoclone
4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

Photo of ckollias
4.2/5  rDev +19%
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.

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4.2/5  rDev +19%

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4.16/5  rDev +17.8%

Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
4.05/5  rDev +14.7%

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.

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.98/5  rDev +12.7%
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 thain709
3.93/5  rDev +11.3%
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 Slatetank
3.89/5  rDev +10.2%
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 Jeffreysan
3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
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 woodychandler
3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

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31 from DuClaw Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 129 ratings.