Mad Bishop | DuClaw Brewing Company

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Mad BishopMad Bishop

Brewed by:
DuClaw Brewing Company
Maryland, United States

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Fall

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Added by NeroFiddled on 11-02-2003

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Photo of Treyliff
3.69/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A- pours a deep copper color with a one-finger creamy off-white head that retains long after the pour, leaving some lacing behind

S- smells of toasted bread crust, caramel, grassy/floral hops, light nuttiness

T- faint toasted bread followed by caramel sweetness, grassy/floral german hops mid-palate, crisp finish with lingers of toasted malt

M- medium body and carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that continues into a crisp finish

O- nice straight-forward Oktoberfest with good drinkability

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.37/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mad Bishop brewed by DuClaw Brewing Company, with an ABV of 5.80% This brew pours out a nice light brown color with a nice off white head. I really like the copper look to this brew. The smell of Mad Bishop is rich with roasted grians and malts. You also pick up on some nice mild hops in the smell of this brew. Between the the look and the smell of this brew it is really inviting. Now for the taste , it is bold with roasted flavors. You pick up on some nice earthly notes in the taste as well. There is a nice amount of roasted grians and malts in the taste of this brew. There is a nice hoppy smoothness to the taste of this brew. Mad Bishop, has a lot going on in it. I can't get over how smooth this brew is, according to the bottle this brew has an ABV of 6.00% It is really hard to pick up on the higher ABV in this brew. The mouth feel of Mad Bishop, Bold Roasted, Clean, Smooth, and Refreshing. Mad Bishop has a super nice balance it it, there is nothing overpowering about this brew. If you are looking for flavor, and smoothness this is it. This is a fine drinking brew. Overall I am giving Mad Bishop a 4.5 out of 5. I would buy this brew again. DuClaw Brewing Company, did a real nice job with this brew.

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Photo of chinchill
3.61/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a lager glass. ABV listed as 6%.
Clear deep copper-colored body with a good tan head that leaves a coat of lacing on the glass with each tip.
This is a bitter-sweet, malt dominated . Very tasty with well hidden alcohol. Enough hops to equalize the bitter/sweet balance and impact some spicy hop notes. Mildly bitter finish. A bit bock-like.
Medium body with medium carbonation.

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Photo of Caveworm
4.12/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mad Bishop | DuClaw Brewing Company. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, this brew's head is three fingers thick, with solid lacing, and a clear deep reddish amber body.

I smell toasted malts and full-bodied grains with a small bit of sweetness towards the end.

Tastes like a blend of what I mention in the smell, along with an almost tea-like characteristic that makes this almost like a red ale. Definitely different.

The mouthfeel is medium with mild carbonation.

Overall, I'll rate Mad Bishop | DuClaw Brewing Company with a 4. They went for something out of the ordinary with this one... and didn't succeed TOO well.

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Photo of maddogruss
3.63/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours red orange body with small white head with decent retention and lacing. Smells of sweet toffee and caramel; pretty nice smelling beer! Taste is of equal toffee notes with some earthy hops to finis. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, but not to thick. Overall, nice drinking beer! Could reel in the hops a little, but pretty good!

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Photo of justintcoons
2.27/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle poured into a stemmed tulip.

Amber with 1 finger of off-white head. Good clarity with moderate carbonation.

Toffee, molasses, brown sugar, and green apple.

Molasses and brown sugar. Toffee and caramel. Green apple notes linger.

Medium-plus bodied, silky, smooth, and oily.

The green apple flavors are a no-go.

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Photo of dbl_delta
3.92/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Undated bottle into pint glass. Hazy deep orange with a thin white head that dissipated rapidly. Initial impression is roasted malt, with medium carbonation and refreshing mouthfeel. Dry finish. Really good example of the style.

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Photo of MrWonka
3.92/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Idk why this beer doesn't have more reviews/"hype ". It's quite an amazing take on the infamous Oktoberfest style of beer. Has a fabulous nutty-like/roasted aroma that (for me at least) drew me right into the first sip. Taste follows the nose..only better, perhaps?! Long story short here ppl, try this one if u see it or if it's available at your local liquor store. Cheers my friends.

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Photo of cyclonece09
3.35/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Pours reddish orange with a large fluffy white head. Smells of caramel and dark grain, very slight candy sweetness. Tastes blander than the smell, with watery dark roasted grain. Beer is light bodied, good carbonation, easy drinking. Overall, a slightly above average beer.

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Photo of Beejay
3.52/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Brown and hazy, with a decent amount of light tan head.

S: Caramel malt with a touch of brown sugar, and dark fruit. Bready in the finish.

T: Bread, with brown sugar, caramel. Nice sweetness, with a little bit of a burnt flavor in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with medium high carbonation.

O: Overall a tad cloying, but overall enjoyable.. I wouldn't want to sit with this all evening, but for an interesting season offering it's not bad.

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Photo of Urk1127
3.39/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

-Burnt orange, tawny soapy head.
-burnt toast, toffee
-More burnt toast, smoke, caramel
-a bit sticky, alcohol in the throat but only a little, medium to high carbonation

-DuClaw, to me, makes bold, intense, in your face beers. This is like a Double/Imperial Oktoberfest. Enjoyable but couldn't have more than one. Very bold and strong character throughout.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.1/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mlieby hooked me up with some of these as extras in an already great trade... Thanks Matt, I love a good German lager, and just in time for Oktoberfest!

Enjoyed from my CBC tulip.. Polished amber with a foamy white head.. Proper complex malty nose, nothing is overdone and still definitely not one dimensional, clean and smells Continental. Flavor fires on all the same cylinders, very smooth on the palate and still pretty drinkable despite the higher ABV.. Tastes like the leaves should be changing. Medium body and bubble... Very well made.

Thanks again Matt, this one is a big winner.


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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tall pilsner glass: color is amber, a little dense looking, but a nice finely bubbled head that produces some light bubbly lacing.

Smell is very pleasant, a nice blend of toast, biscuit, caramel with a touch of light earthy hop bitterness.

Taste is also nice, good balance of malt sweetness with flavors of toast, biscuit, caramel then some lighter fruitiness followed by earthy hops.

Mouthfeel is a bit sharp in carbonation with a lingering dryness on the tongue.

Overall, a very nice smelling and tasting oktoberfest, the mouthfeel is a bit sharp with carbonation with a drying quality that detracts slightly.

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Photo of gopens44
3.71/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Looks fairly run of the mill with a quickly diminishing off white head on an otherwise ordinary amber colored beer. Nose has faint nuttiness, little bit of grain. Tastes nearly identical to the nutty, slightly grainy smell but add in a touch of tart with a crisp finish. Not too bad.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.84/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a crystal clear deep copper in color with light to moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and just a hint of amber highlights. The beer has a finger tall foamy beige head that reduces to a thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of toasted, roasted, bready, and caramel malts with a light aroma of slightly fruity yeast and a light amount of earthy hops.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of toasted, bready, and caramel malts with a light note of roasted malts and a light amount of brown sugar like sweetness. That is followed by light hints of a light fruit (apple/pear) yeast and a moderate amount of earthy hops which impart a light amount of lingering bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with slightly heavier than moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Pretty decent Oktoberfest and fairly well balanced with the malts sweetness nor hop bitterness really dominating. Easy to drink and enjoyable with well hidden alcohol.

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Photo of TopherBreski
4.06/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I absolutely do not understand the ratings on this beer. I buy every Oktoberfest/Marzen I can every year; I bought three different ones today and this is one of the best Anerican Marzen's I've had. Looks great, smells great, my only critique may be that it's a little too carbonated. Wow is this a good beer.

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Photo of tigg924
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

Rich toasted malt and caramel tasting. Very smooth beer that hits all of the right notes and is way above average. I could do several if I was in a marzen type of mood.

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Photo of misternebbie
3.12/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark coppery, with nice roasted malty flavor, with notes of caramel and bread, I had a six of this and it was very enjoyable, disappeared pretty fast from my fridge

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Photo of fourstringer
3.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Sam Smith pint glass. Moderate hand. Bottled 07/17/14.

A: Hazy, copper-amber body. 1 finger of coarse, off-white head. Average retention. Minimal lacing.

S: Roasted malt with an unusual peanut presence. Some hay. Bread. Indistinct fruit. Brown sugar. Light overall, but nice enough.

T: Round, moderately sweet malt and nuttiness to start. Faint corn. Slow ramping of bittering hops to a semi-dry finish. Lingering bread and noble-type hops in the aftertaste. Minimal alcohol presence.

M: Moderate carbonation with a medium body for the style. Slightly prickly initially.

O: Average Oktoberfest with some decent malt notes. I'm good for a few of these, although I'd have to say it's a bit over-hopped.


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Photo of Roser
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

A- semi clear amber, copper. Small bone white head that didn't last long. Minimal lacing.

S- clean. Very malty, bready, and sugary. A little spice, too.

T- sweet and spicy. The malt, bread, and sugar on the nose come through completely.

M- a little rough around the edges (going in) with a surprisingly smooth and creamy finish. Medium body.

O- just ok (for me). A so so Marzen. Nothing great, nothing offensive.


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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

Pours into my glass with an orange body amber glowing hue with a big frothing off white head, call it khaki beige. Head retention is good, lacing is left behind scattered around the glass in uneven patterns.

Aroma deep malted caramel notes, but that’s about it a hint of earthiness these may be hops I’m detecting but it seems very one dimensional.

Flavor is boring a hint of caramelized malts, clean lagering finish barely any earthy hop notes it’s just too one dimensional this is not case worthy too many better options out there.

Mouthfeel, is light to medium bodied even flowing carbonation goes down easily without challenging the senses too much.

Overall, not my bag I love the style if it has those complex malts that make you really appreciate this style.

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Photo of mikeg67
3/5  rDev -11.8%

12 oz bottle. Pours amber with long lasting, foamy white head. Aroma is of grassy hops, caramel malt and sourdough. Body is full and smooth. Grassy hops, caramel malt, grain and some salt fill the mouth. Finish is medium and almost dry. OK brew.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.71/5  rDev +9.1%

I am getting the hang of this new way of doing reviews, which is helpful during the ongoing Bottle Purge of the Summer of 2014.

From the bottle: "Lead us into Temptation"; "Nothing rouses the congregation like this medium-bodied, copper colored Oktoberfest Lager. The heavenly flavor and aroma of roasted malt are tempered by a crisp, clean finish for a sensual sermon guaranteed to ... Lead us into temptation!"; "Respect_the_FLUID".

I do so love watching the pseudo-cascade when I employ a heavy-handed pour! In this case, it settled into three-plus fingers of dense, tawny head with great retention. I am really liking the visuals on these Oktoberfests! Color was again a Deep Amber/Light Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with unbelievable NE-plus quality clarity. I could see into the future through this fluid, which I respect. Nose had a more pronounced malt quality, but still with a grassiness. Mouthfeel was thick, dense, and full. The taste was nutty, biscuity, some honey and hay or grass. I thought of biscuits straight out of the oven, drizzled with honey and taken out in the field to eat so as not to make a mess in the house. This was not unusual at my late maternal grandmother's house during the summer when I was a kid. Both of my grandmothers were excellent cooks, BTW. Great lacing began to appear as I drank, lost in the reverie of my memories. Finish was semi-sweet and although German purists might find fault with it, I liked that the sweetness often found in the style was kept to a minimum.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3/5  rDev -11.8%

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a lightly hazed copper color with very smell off white head. The head fades rather fast, leaving a persistent foam on the surface of the beer and a little bit of lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The nose of the beer is sweet and malty with the sweeter smells being largely of a caramel and toffee smell and the malty being a blend of toasted malt and bready smells. Some fruity aromas of a pear as well as some cherry are in the nose as well.

Taste – The taste begins with a rather thick and sweet bready taste with a little bit of a roasted nature. The sweet flavors are a mix of toffee and brown sugar with both of these growing even stronger as the taste advances onto the end. A little bit of a roasted flavor joins the tongue, but the bready flavors also become more doughy in nature as the taste advances, giving the brew a very sweet and malty taste. A tiny bit of darker fruits of plum and a little bit of an earth hop come to the tongue at the end, leaving a rather sweeter and malty flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thicker and chewier side with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. For the malty and sweet the feel is quite appropriate really creating a thick and coating feel for the brew.

Overall – In some respects the thickness and sweet maltiness was a bit cloying and too much. Not an Oktoberfest I would likely frequent often.

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Photo of Ryanm1
3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Honestly there's not really much to say about this beer on the positive side. Very bland for an Octoberfest. Pours copper color, more carbonated than most micro domestics. Slightly sweet smell, very German style taste and might even use malts from there which is the only thing powerful about the beer. Watery body doesn't leave much on the palate after going down. No distinct note of hops.

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