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31 - DuClaw Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
81
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133 Ratings
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Ratings: 133
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 12.15%
Wants: 4
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
DuClaw Brewing Company visit their website
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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3/5  rDev -15.3%

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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.

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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.

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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4/5  rDev +13%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.81/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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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.

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31 from DuClaw Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 133 ratings.