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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by NeroFiddled on 11-02-2003

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Reviews: 66 | Ratings: 268
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 slvrmon82
4.35/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. I just want to say that this is by far one of the best mall breweries I have ever had. They have a location in Hanover, MD at a mall. It is great. I was very skeptical after being to a number of different "chain mall breweries" So glad we stopped in. The mad Bishop just came out last Thursday and we were luck enough to enjoy a pint with lunch the other day. Pours a deep golden, red. Little bit of haze. Very nice smell. Very aromatic spice and malt. Extremely sweet and spicy at first with a very powerful malt behind it that finishes rather quickly. Mouthfeel is a little creamier than I expected. It was my favorite of the day. I could have drank probably 4 of these. Very nice job and will be back again soon.

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Photo of Higravity
4.3/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is what you call a contender. Nice orange-brown with a frothy head that laces everything it touches. Seriously nice malt-driven sweetness that leads to swooning love for the intoxicating smell. Tastes like a winner octoberfest, very close to Ayinger but with a touch more sweetness. Terrific body and hiccup inducing drinkability.

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Photo of Hefe
4.27/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted on 10/22/03 at Arundel Mills DuClaw

Appearance: Coppery/gold with slight white head.

Smell: Malt and a phenolic fruitiness followed by a whiff of hops.

Taste: Sweet caramel malt with a hint of plum and a touch of spice.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and round in the mouth.

Drinkability: Glides down veeerrry easily.

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Photo of Dithyramb
4.2/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at Fells Point location for the 2005 release (Great t-shirt for the Mad Bishop, by the way) inside the actual ceramic Mad Bishop pint glass and in a normal pint. Poured a dark brown with amber highlights and a finger of off white head. Reduced for light lacing.
Aroma was all malt. Dark roasted and nutty qualities, but very aromatic.
Flavor was very nice. Extremely rich malt profile to the brew. Very nutty, with some cocoa and dried fruits as well. Light floral hoppiness on the finish. Medium bodied, but kept wanting more due to the very tasty flavor. Of the three oktoberfest I had last night, the other two being "German," this was surprisingly the best.
ABV was a lot lighter than I usually expect for an oktoberfest beer, but it was very light and easy drinking. With the great flavor, this one was quite a drinkable brew. If the atmosphere inside the bar didn't suck so bad, we'd have had several more. Yet another quality seasonal from the brewpub.

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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 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 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 hdofu
4.05/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A reddish orange, with a thin white head. Sweet and spicy, taste and malt. This ones not too complicated which is not a bad thing all the time. This one simply tastes good has a medium body and fairly good drinkability. It goes excellent with a ultimate grilled cheese sandwich.

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Photo of dhartogs
4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Increasingly I have been strating further and further from Lagers, maybe it's just me. But I bought a bottle of this and really enjoyed it, one of the better Octoberfests I've had this year. Maybe because it was so fresh, had no bitterness and was very nicely balanced with the malts nice amber color, not much head, not much of an aroma, but just a really solid drinkable beer.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.98/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From their website:
Mad Bishop
Style: Octoberfest
Color: Medium Amber
Hop Variety: Tettenang & Hallertau
Grains: Vienna Malt, Munich Malt, Caramunich Malt, Victory Malt
Bitterness Units: 24 IBUs
Gravity: 15 plato
Alcohol Content: 5.8% abv

Its clear, deep-copper body has an orange-ish cast and reveals gleaming ruby highlights. Its creamy off-white head dwindles away to a wide collar and leaves only minor lacing. The nose delivers a mildly sweet, delicately fruity, and lightly toasty maltiness. The body is medium, and its fine carbonation gives a caress to the tongue before fading smoothly away. Malt dominates the flavor profile with a good blend of Vienna and Munich malts (too much Vienna can be a bit too toasted and harsh). It's bitterness is well balanced and its floral, grassy, and herbal hop flavors don't step too far into the limelight. Well balanced and very drinkable. It pairs well with their Turkey Melt on a Pretzel Roll sandwich! Worth trying.

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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 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 Dave1999
3.88/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear dark amber colour with a white head.

The smell was roasted malts and sweet caramel.

The taste was caramel and malts, like the smell it was pretty sweet.

The mouth feel was medium with medium carbonation.

A decent Oktoberfest beer, not great but a tasty enough beer.

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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 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 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 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 portia99
3.7/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Brooklyn snifter.

A - Pours a very clear, bright amber color. Three thick fingers of foamy head rests on top of the beer...decent staying power, falls over a minute or two to the surface leaving behind wisps of soapy lacing on the glass.

S - Quite fruity, almost fruit punch-like. Light grassy hops, sugary sweetness, touch of grain, low level bready aromas and light caramel.

T - Malty sweet with some biscuity aspects, quite bready, a bit of toasted malts, clean hop bitterness.

M - Rather high carbonation for the sytle...gives a foamy feel. Body is medium. Nicely balanced between malt and hops...malt just winning out by a little bit.

O - A very bready oktoberfest...well developed malt profile with decent complexity - bread, toasted malts, maltose sweet, biscuity - quite nice. Pretty good American example of the style.

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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 billab914
3.68/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into my Dogfish glass. it poured a crystal clear dark amber color that turned almost red in the light. It had a thin and fizzy head to it. I loved the color.

The aroma shows a lot of toasty and grainy malts to it. A decent amount of malty, caramel sweetness comes out in it as well. It's a lot like freshly mashed or spent grains.

The taste also has a mix of toasted, grainy malts and sweeter, caramel notes to it. In the finish I get some balancing bitterness coming through. The grainy, toasted malts are a little strong and overpowering in it, but I kind of like it.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being moderate. Overall I enjoyed it a lot. It had a huge grainy, toasty profile that smelled and tasted like freshly mashed grains. It wasn't outstanding in the style, but it was pretty good and had some uniqueness to it as well that I really liked.

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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 cubedbee
3.62/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at the Fell's Point location on 12/31/05. I was a little apprehensive since this was the October release, but I missed that party and figured I would give it a try. Pours a clear reddish copper, a thin white head that doesn't last long, no lacing Nose is all malt, rather assertive, slightly toasted, slightly nutty--smells good. Taste is very malty, caramel and nutty, somewhat buttery, and with a slight tinny off-taste on the finish. This is on the thin side of medium and just doesn't have the mouthfeel that some better Oktoberfests have. I'll have to try this fresher next year, but from my sample, this is one of thier few seasonals that really failed to impress.

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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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