Mad Bishop
DuClaw Brewing Company

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Lager - Märzen / Oktoberfest
Ranked #537
Ranked #47,300
3.48 | pDev: 14.37%
DuClaw Brewing Company
Maryland, United States
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Notes: Mad Bishop, one of our most popular and enduring seasonal brews, has been haunting the congregation with its distinct copper color, and rich toasted malt flavor and aroma since it was first brewed in 1996. This true 6% ABV German-style Oktoberfest combines complex aromas and flavors of sweet and toasted malt, a smooth mouthfeel created by an 8 week lagering process, and a clean, crisp finish.
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jjamadorphd from Florida

3.82/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Another great offering from DuClaw...

One of those brewers that I know rarely, if ever, disappoints, and wit this Oktoberfest offering they do not. Beautifully dark copper colored beer with frothy head and a tad bit of lacing, the smell was about the only thing I really didn't like. It's smell was very much subdued but I did note some cinnamon and a tad of sweetness. Anyway, this didn't necessarily translate to the taste, but it was a joy to drink. A full-bodied beer, though well carbonated, made for a very good experience and for an Oktoberfest I will keep an eye on moving forward.

Nov 12, 2020
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Bluecrow from New York

3.83/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

-clear mahogany can pour with a thin beige foam cap and aroma of honey and malt.
The flavor includes toffee malt notes and nutty and woody aspects.
This is a pleasant brew and the best I’ve had from duClaw

Oct 11, 2020
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Nass from Florida

2.97/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

I like the can artwork, great use of color. The pour is chestnut brown color with a moderate flow of carbonation. The taste is toasted pumpernickel, caramel, & a mild earthy herbal note. There is no date on the can, c'mon Duclaw Brewing y'all can do better than that. Duclaw is new to brewing Oktoberfest style beers so they need to work on their recipe if they want this beer to become a better seller come next fall season. All in all, the beer taste kind of flat. Cheers! C

Oct 04, 2020
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BJB13 from Maryland

3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce can poured into a dimpled mug.

Clear copper with a half inch fast fading off-white head. Leaves no lace. Weak nose of spicy hop and biscuit malt.
Taste follows suit with balanced mild sweetness and bitterness. Carbonation is fairly high, the medium body is crisp right through to a frothy finish. Decent but not outstanding.

Sep 13, 2020
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mikeinportc from New York

3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Let warm for about 10 minutes, because...well..... I was reading some humorous reviews of bad beers, & got distracted. ;P
Slight hazy medium amber with quickly-dissipating two-finger light tan head.

Smell lightly sweet caramel, with a very slight tang at the end.

Taste is more-or-less the same as the aroma, with a tiny bit of fruitiness. Mild bitterness on the finish.

Feel is on the thin side of "medium", with light carbonation tingle. Leaves a thin sticky coating, while drying out the tip of the tongue. Odd combination. :)?

Overall, not a standout, but not bad. Maybe good for mixed company (BA-types & "Normal"s ;) ) .

Sep 01, 2020
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Billolick from New York

4.01/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz can....canned "8/6/19"

Pours near clear dark honey amber, and supports a lasting light khaki cap. Leaves a thick low and ringed collar and some low sheeting.

Honey and some sweet malts on the nose.

Flavorful Oktoberfest with notes of honey, vanilla, sweet malts, smooth maple goodness....quality O'Fest,,,,go get some

Nov 12, 2019
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crazyspicychef from Pennsylvania

3.41/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from can into Selins Grove Tulip.
Overall, not bad.
A bit of a metallic taste in the early finish, as with most DuClaw.
Head disappears immediately. A touch too dry finishing for the style.
Nothing in the end leaving me wanting more.
The metal and hops throw it off.
Not horrible, but there are many better American Märzen styles out there.
Will not seek out next year.

Oct 11, 2019
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officerbill from New York

3.35/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

L: medium wheat/amber with a thin tan head that quickly dissolves into a thin ring
S: light malty caramel
T: mild malty caramel with a hint of lemon, less sweet than others
F: light carbonation, light up your tongue, on the thin side with a slightly sticky dry aftertaste
O: thin, light, mild, slightly - these sun up the DuClaw oktoberfest. Yet another average American version with nothing bad about it, but nothing great either.

Sep 02, 2019
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jkblr from Indiana

3.2/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12oz can with 1/30/18 on the bottom poured into a dimpled mug at fridge temp 6% ABV per label. The beer pours mostly bright orange amber in color with khaki head. The head recedes to a thin ring and leaves no lacing. The aroma is sweet caramel malt and yeast. The taste is semisweet caramel with an earthy hop finish. Mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied, adequately carbonated and mostly dry in the finish. There are no brewing defects, but it seems a bit oxidized. Overall, average American Oktoberfest.

Oct 29, 2018
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q33jeff from New Jersey

2.81/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3


Bottle to mug.

Aroma is non deScript. Very light. Color is Amber , medium white head. Taste is malt, hint of orange, light spice. Easy drinking, but nothing special.


Jun 27, 2017
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KonigObHops from Ohio

3.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This beer poured a medium copper with a thick, off-white head.

The aroma was malty, but sweet with some yeastyness to it.

The initial taste has some slight bitterness, but it is quickly replaced with an almost sugary sweetness. There is a slight maltiness to the finish.

The mouthfeel of this beer is crisp.

Overall, this is on the sweet side for an Oktoberfest, but it still held on to the qualities that one might expect from this style. If you are looking for a true Oktoberfest, this one will not quite measure up.

Nov 06, 2016
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Treyliff from West Virginia

3.69/5  rDev +6%
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

Sep 27, 2016
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nicholas2121 from Ohio

4.37/5  rDev +25.6%
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.

Sep 20, 2016
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.61/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Sep 13, 2016
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Caveworm from Ohio

4.12/5  rDev +18.4%
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.

Aug 20, 2016
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maddogruss from New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev +4.3%
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!

Feb 13, 2016
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justintcoons from Pennsylvania

2.27/5  rDev -34.8%
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.

Jan 15, 2016
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dbl_delta from Pennsylvania

3.92/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

Dec 05, 2015
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MrWonka from Maryland

3.92/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

Nov 21, 2015
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cyclonece09 from Wisconsin

3.35/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Nov 18, 2015
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Beejay from Virginia

3.52/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Oct 06, 2015
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Urk1127 from New Jersey

3.39/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Oct 05, 2015
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JohnGalt1 from Idaho

4.1/5  rDev +17.8%
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.


Oct 01, 2015
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mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Sep 26, 2015
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gopens44 from Virginia

3.71/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Sep 08, 2015
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