Schadenfreude - Parallel 49 Brewing Company

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very good

42 Ratings
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Ratings: 42
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 3
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Parallel 49 Brewing Company visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
We’ve carved out a pumpkin Oktoberfest even Ichabod Crane would love. This hearty, malty lager is warmed by the mighty pumpkin and lifted with notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, all-spice and ginger.

(Beer added by: biboergosum on 09-29-2012)
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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of biboergosum
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

341ml bottle. Sufficiently spooky label renderings, not to mention the cheeky blending of styles here.

This beer pours a clear, pale golden amber colour, with one finger of weakly puffy, thinly foamy, and somewhat bubbly ecru head, which leaves a low rocky shoreline of lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells very much like my mom's gingerbread cookies - which of course were replete with cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and a whack of brown sugar, here well represented by a sturdy sweet bready malt, and the attendant zingy spices, with a slight earthy hoppiness striving to bring things back into the realm of normal beerdom. The taste is more malty than anything so far, of a bready, pastry-esque sort, and the usual suspect spice components and gourd goodness equally timid, but still adequately prevalent, with a noble hop bitterness closing the loop.

The bubbles are fairly placid, the body on the north side (barely) of medium weight, and tacitly smooth. It finishes trending sweet - pumpkin flesh, bready malt, and that very particular blend of spices showing their fall colours.

A deft, nicely rendered blend of seasonal pumpkin spices and an Oktoberfest lager, killing two birds with one stone at this time of year, as it were. It's pleasant to see that it's no surprise that the former holds sway throughout the vast majority of this affair, ensuring that this is tasty enough that I am inclined to pine for another.

Photo of CWVegas
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - bright clear bronze, thumb of head held nicely, left plenty of lacing
S - mild raw pumpkin and spice, some toasty and leafy aroma in the back end
T - an interesting mix of pumpkin, nutmeg, rich toffee, nutty, and mild leafiness, this really does capture key elements of both styles and blends them well
M - medium and relatively creamy, very smooth with a light spice tingle
O - very happy with this brew, doesn't fall into the common pumpkin pitfall of spice overload, blends the pumpkin into the marzen style seamlessly, and there is a richness that makes it almost dessert like

Photo of souvenirs
3.46/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pumpkin beers are here! I went to the BCLS on Commercial Drive today and there was a display of at least 10 different pumpkin beers. This one is 12.50 + deposit for 6x341ml.

A: Clear copper with about a finger of head that dissipates fairly quickly. Visible carbonation.
S: Spice - cloves, ginger, maybe nutmeg? There's a pleasant dampness/dankness to the smell that I'd guess is from the pumpkin. I'm also picking up some toffee sweetness.
T: This one definitely tastes mild after the IPAs and other more hoppy beers I've been drinking lately. I think maybe I'd prefer something with either more sweetness or more of a hop kick, but I wouldn't say this is bland.
F: Very smooth.

Didn't hate it, didn't love it. I'm hoping I'll like Lost Souls more.

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3.38/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Mid tone amber ale, clear and shiny with a solid cap of microfilm head. No noticeable lacing, however the head appears to hold it's structure well.

S: Fall spices of nutmeg and all spice, slight hint of pumpkin and vegetative notes. Yeasts present on the scent with a slight bit of dankness or wet leaves.

T: Sweet pale malts over squash lead the way followed by a yeasty breadiness peppered with fall spices. Some mild hops at the back end, but nothing that really sticks on the tongue.

M: Light to medium body with some pick up of the carbonation on the palette and a slightly dry finish.

O: A light lager to drink back easy and quick. Flavours and scent are somewhat predictable. As a fan of darker brews neither of us felt overwhelmed with this pumpkin beer.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of SebD
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a nice deep hazy orange color to it. It has a nice light beige head that dies down moderately and leaves lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, some bready notes and some definite toffee and vanilla.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, slight breadiness, sweet toffee, vanilla and a faint grassy/earthy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas.

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4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of LampertLand
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Parallel 49 'Schadenfreude' @ 5.0% , a Pumpkin/Oktoberfest beer tasted on *cask* @ GCBF '12 , tap @ GCBF '13 &'14 , plus a couple of 6pack's of 341 ml bottles purchased for $15

A-pours a light gold from the bottle to a clear amber in the glass with a small off white head that quickly dissapates leaving some thin lace along the pint

S-mild pumpkin pie spices (nutmeg & cinnamon) , more of harvest/marzen

T-definate sweetness to this malty lager , certain dry clove dryness on the swallow , tap version is bit smoother than bottle

MF-mild carbonation , medium body , definate dryness on the palate

Ov-great combination of the two styles , the pumpkin flavor is more noticeable in the tap version of Schadenfreude , still a better than average Pumpkin/Harvest beer

prost LampertLand

Photo of CrazyMike
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden amber appearance with a small amount of foamy amber head which slowly settles down leaving some lacing. Smells like pumpkin pie; sugar, ginger, various spices, bread and a hint of malt. Good first impressions.

Taste is similar to the smell, tastes like I’m eating pumpkin pie. Consists of malt, ginger, bread and bitter hops. Tastes blends well together. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finish is an earthy, slightly butter, pumpkin taste.

Overall, this is a good and interesting season beer that mixes the features of a pumpkin beer and an Oktoberfest. Not a typical beer by any stretch, try it while you can.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.8/5  rDev -5.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of leaddog
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a copper orange with a finger width of bubbly off white head.

Smell- Pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, breadiness.

Taste- Immediately hit by the pumpkin and the spices. Definitely tastes like pumpkin pie. It is followed by the breadiness and slight earthy hops. Finishes mainly with the spices.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Has a dry finish.

Overall- A very flavourful pumpkin oktoberfest by Parallel 49. Well balanced pumpkin and spice flavours that remind you of Thanksgiving and the fall season. Defnitely pick this one up if your a fan of the style.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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Schadenfreude from Parallel 49 Brewing Company
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