Mad Bishop | DuClaw Brewing Company

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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 Beastcpa
4.75/5  rDev +38.1%

Photo of madogracin
4.64/5  rDev +34.9%

Photo of generallee
4.44/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nicholas2121
4.37/5  rDev +27%
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 +26.5%
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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4.32/5  rDev +25.6%

Photo of PaperWizard
4.31/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Higravity
4.3/5  rDev +25%
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 +24.1%
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 mikerems
4.25/5  rDev +23.5%

Photo of nbaradel443
4.25/5  rDev +23.5%

Photo of bubseymour
4.25/5  rDev +23.5%

Photo of TaylorK
4.25/5  rDev +23.5%

Photo of ShepardCommander
4.25/5  rDev +23.5%

Photo of spedprof
4.25/5  rDev +23.5%

Photo of Norm_99
4.25/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of greyghost86
4.24/5  rDev +23.3%

Photo of Dithyramb
4.2/5  rDev +22.1%
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 celts32
4.18/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Caveworm
4.12/5  rDev +19.8%
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 +19.2%
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 +18%
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 +17.7%
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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4/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of Draesith
4/5  rDev +16.3%

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