Snake Oil | DuClaw Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
DuClaw Brewing Company
Maryland, United States
duclaw.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Pilsner

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by cubedbee on 07-17-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
34
Reviews:
15
Avg:
3.77
pDev:
8.22%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
2
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 34 |  Reviews: 15
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of brentk56
3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Arrives at the table with a clear golden body, a modest head and spotty lacing; although Istirred it up, I could not create that classic Pilsner froth

Smell: Fresh hoppy aroma; lacks that "noble hops" tone you would expect from a Pilsner; the website says they are using Magnum and Saaz hops so that might explain the untradiitonal aroma

Taste: Spicy from the get-go, the bitter hops build into a long-lasting finish; odd touch of sweetness present from start to finish; lacks the classic noble hop flavors, unfortunately

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and well-carbonated; a touch of viscosity and a slight warming on the finish

Drinkability: Not really to style but a decent drinker

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Photo of Boone757
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of mendvicdog
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of jwc215
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden yellow with a thick white head that leaves plenty of lacing.

The smell is grainy with grassy notes.

The taste is of a soft grainy sweetness with grassy/hay bitterness in the crisp finish.

Light-to-medium bodied, a bit oily, alcohol reasonably well-covered, refreshing.

A deceptively drinkable beer imperial pils. Maintains a pils character that has been pumped-up - as it should be!

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Photo of AngusOg
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of wrightst
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of akorsak
3.66/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I am drinking a mason jar mug of Snake Oil, served at the Arundel Mills DuClaw, on the first release night of the pils. The ale is chilled, but the mason jar is not.

Appearance: The pils is a light goldenrod clear, clear as day with no hint of any sediment or yeast. The ale has a nice head of lace that lingers for a bit as the pils is consumed.

Smell: I was hoping for a nice earthy hop aroma, but I struggled to find one. What was there suggested hops, but nothing extraordinary to suggest an Impy Pils.

Taste: The earthen, European hops are abundant in the pils, giving it a nice flavor of the central Europe terroire. Those hops add a string bitterness to the pils without crossing into the Super Duper IPA area. I struggle to find any hint of a strong malt character.

Mouthfeel: The pils is smooth and hoppy, a nice alternative for those who are a little tired of the constant over-hopped ales.

Drinkability: The pils is very drinkable, well-balanced with a distinctive hop flavor that stands out nicely.

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Photo of ckollias
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Enjoyed this brew on tap out of a pint glass.

A: Pours golden white hue with a fluffy white head that leaves a good trail and wispy lace.

S: Sweet pilsner aroma.

T: Similar to the smell there is a malty pilsner flavor.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Probably one of my least favorite brews from Duclaw.

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Photo of DIM
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

a: Slightly hazy pale golden color; served with a small ring of fizz.

s: Light bready malts, mineral water, and grassy hops.

t: Glad to find that this doesn't taste "imperial". Bready crackers and leafy, mineral-y hops plus aspirin bitterness at the finish. Nothing sweet and no heat to be found. Very nice pils overall.

m: Maybe a little more body than a regular pils, but that could be the power of suggestion too.

o: Imperial pils is a style I don't really get. I loved this beer in part because it hid its alcohol so well. So why not have a regular pils and a safer ride home?

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Photo of CuriousMonk
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery and at an Oktoberfest beer festival in MD. Medium sized white head, good retention and some stringy lace. Clear golden hued color. Nose is soft, grassy, light citrus and honeysuckle notes, lightly bready. Med/light bodied, surprisingly crisp and lightly oily on the palate with a nice carbonation. Clean malts, a touch toasty, bready, grainy with laid back spicey flowery hop flavors, apples and a nice bitterness to cap it all off. A tastey lager indeed.

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Photo of DRBiser
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of bigfnjoe
3.66/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 1L growler into a Duvel tulip

A- pours a perfectly transparent gold with a two finger white head. Absolutely stunning beer.

S- bready, biscuity aroma with a bit of an earthy noble hope scent as well. Not bad at all

T- tons of lemon in the opening, and it overwhelms throughout. Finish is slightly bitter and very grassy. It's very..imperial, I guess you could say

M- medium bodied on the thin side. Actually quite nice

O- I like it, but can see why someone wouldn't. The lemon is a bit much, but it's not overly hopped and gets better as it warms. Recommended.

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Photo of Proclarush
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of csurowiec
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of jhlosito75
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of bmmortale
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of GaryMarkle84
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of DrBass
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of slvrmon82
4.16/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This was one of my favorites of the day as well. Poured a hazy blonde with a nice thick white head. The smell was average a little hoppier than some. The taste was great. Very hoppy all around with a little more malt at the end. Very crisp and smooth going down. Could have drank these all day. Alcohol is covered up very well and you almost forget that is an Imperial and not a regular pilsner. Great job!

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Photo of cubedbee
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is Duclaw's latest seasonal, brought home a growler on Thursday night, reviewing it on Sunday. Pours a clear light gold with a finger of white head and some decent lacing. Aroma is simple grassy hops. Taste brings in a full biscuity malt that really balances well with the assertive hoppiness. Really smooth rounded flavor. Beer seems a little undercarbonated for a pilsner, and while I would usually attribute this to the growler, I had the same thoughts when I had the beer directly from the tap. Overall another solid seasonal from Duclaw.

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Photo of claytri
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It was served a light gold with a white head. The aroma was hops over malt. The taste was quite well balanced. It was definately hop powered, but with just enough malt to make it go. The feel was incredibly clean and dry with a sweet alcohol finish expected from such a strong beer. I chose this because I couldn't resist trying an Imperial Pilsner. I was ready for the hops, but was pleasantly surprised by the great blending of tastes.

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Photo of hdofu
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Golden lace on top with a thin with lace head. Sweater then any imperial pilsners I've had in this country. Smell was herbal and hop. The taste was spicy, almost an orange rind and cinnamon taste with noticeable hop finish. Felt lite bodied on the tongue but bubbly and crisp. Drinkable is one way I could describe this beer as it goes down easy and begs for a second.

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Photo of TomG2751
4/5  rDev +6.1%

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Snake Oil from DuClaw Brewing Company
3.77 out of 5 based on 34 ratings.
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