31 Pumpkin Spiced Lager | DuClaw Brewing Company

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31 Pumpkin Spiced Lager31 Pumpkin Spiced Lager
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Brewed by:
DuClaw Brewing Company
Maryland, United States
duclaw.com

Style: Munich Dunkel Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
This medium-bodied, amber German-style lager combines frighteningly smooth malt flavor with a haunting spicy finish of cinnamon and nutmeg, for a scary good brew that is definitely...all treat, no trick.

Added by Kegatron on 11-04-2007

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42
Ratings:
188
Avg:
3.57
pDev:
12.61%
 
 
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Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into lager glass, bottled on 7/27/2016. Pours crystal clear deep orange/copper color with a small dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, toasted biscuit, cinnamon, nutmeg, light chocolate, herbal, pepper, and roast/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, spices, and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of big caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, toasted biscuit, cinnamon, nutmeg, light chocolate, herbal, pepper, and roast/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate herbal hop and spice bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, toasted biscuit, cinnamon, nutmeg, herbal, pepper, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, spices, and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitter/spiciness balance, and zero astringent flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from bitter/spiciness, increasing through the glass. Very clean on lager flavors with zero yeast ester notes present. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and moderately grainy/bready/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5.7%. Overall this is a very nice spiced Munich dunkel lager style. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, spices, and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; very smooth, clean, and easy to drink. A bit more bitter/drying than the classic style due to the spice presence; but very well balanced and spot on otherwise. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of tigg924
3.59/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours clear, amber in color with 1/3 inch head. Taste is caramel, dark bread, with medium amounts of vanilla, and lesser amounts of cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove at the end. Sweet and medium bodied. Tastes like a marzen with light pumpkin spices that slowly build up. Not over the top spicing at all. A pumpkin beer for those that like more of a beer taste. Above average, worth a try even though I prefer others in the style.

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Photo of chinchill
3.56/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle served in a snifter. 5.7% ABV listed on label.
Clear copper body with a good head.

Start as a lightly spiced amber lager but cinnamon and nutmeg build to a spicy finish. Still not over spiced as are so many pumpkin beers.

Medium body and carbonation.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.52/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a crystal clear deep amber in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising along the edges of the glass with moderate garnet red + coal brown highlights. The beer has a finger tall foamy tan head that slowly reduces to a mottled thin film covering the entire surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Slightly heavier than moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of roasted pumpkin, roasted pumpkin seeds, caramel malts, and pumpkin pie spices (nutmeg and allspice).

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of caramel + bready malts with a light to moderate amount of brown sugar sweetness. That is followed by light to moderate flavors of roasted pumpkins and roasted pumpkin seeds with a moderate flavor of pumpkin pie spices (nutmeg and allspice) in the finish. No perceptible hop presence.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: An interesting beer which has aspects of pumpkin ale and a Munich Dunkel Lager. Enjoyable but not sure I could have more than one of these in a session.

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Photo of tone77
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a copper/amber color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of pumpkin, nutmeg. Taste is pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, some malts. Feels medium bodied in the mouth an although this is not a true example of the style, it is a tasty and enjoyable beer.

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Photo of tillmac62
3.82/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear amber that turns a lovely garnet in intense light. Normal head volume and retention, outstanding lacing.

Nice light nose of biscuit, caramel and hints of cinnamon and nutmeg.

Medium body with an almost creamy texture. Outstanding carbonation with a nice effervescent middle and a prickly finish.

If the flavor profile were a bit more intense, it would be outstanding. Balanced to perfection, the complexity is allowed to shine. Pumpkin makes a subtle appearance in the base, while light caramel and biscuit form the true backbone. Hops and bitterness are hints rather than main components. Spices float over the base and become most noticeable from the middle on but never dominate. The finish is a slow fade of the base with spice overtones.

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Photo of Marraybay
3.74/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had two different DuClaw seasonals on successive nights: Although I preferred the imperial pumpkin
ale(62) head-to-head, 31 is also a well done seasonal, that like 62, provides the experience you'd expect from a seasonal without under or overwhelming. This beer is essentially a decent mazen-like lager that builds a little spice into the opening. Again, not overpowering, just enough to let you know you're drinking a seasonal, but without discrediting the core flavor of the beer. Great head on this one.

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Photo of BB1313
3.61/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a hazy copper with auburn hues; tan head that fades quickly leaving little retention and no lacing. The aromas have lots of sweet caramel along with subtle hints of ginger. Doesn't smell bad, it's just faint. Everything becomes alive in the flavor department. Lots of grains. Lots of caramel. It has a very nice spice profile in the finish. The cinnamon and ginger are pleasant. Some syrup. Sometimes I forget this is a lager. Alcohol goes unnoticed. I'd say this is light-bodied, but it still feels heavy. Moderate carbonation making it creamy and slick. Smooth and easy drinking.

Nothing too crazy, but I like the flavors. Unique for a pumpkin beer.

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Photo of metter98
3.46/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is crystal clear amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short off white head that quickly died down, leaving wisps of lacing on the surface, a collar around the edge, and bits of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of pumpkins and toasted pumpkin seeds are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of pumpkins and toasted and sweet bready malts along with hints of pumpkin spices.
M: It feels a bit more than light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer does a good job as straddling the border as being a Munich Dunkel Lager and a Pumpkin Ale.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of psruss
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Had two pints at dinner with Braised Short Ribs in Philadelphia. Not a spicy as I anticipated. Didn't get too much from the nose. Very tasty and drinkable. I think it's a nice fall selection beer on tap. I recommend it. It's not very hoppy and can be a session beer (in a safe environment, of course).

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Photo of Slatetank
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

enjoyed this 12oz chilled from the bottle in a tumbler at Wegman's, review from notes.

The color is deep crimson with light haze and thin beige cream with fine bead. The smell has a good amount of spice with ginger and cinnamon and light sweet scent of malt with subtle fruity yeast scent. The feel has a moderately high amount of carbonation with medium spiced body with light sweetness and semi-dry finish with low alcohol influence on the palate.

The taste is very good with nice spice flavor up front with light spice flavor up front with fruity element and caramel in the malt with dry cinnamon-like woody element in the spicy dry finish. This is a pretty good dark lager with some spice flavor -very crisp character with good blend of malt and spice flavor

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Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
4.05/5  rDev +13.4%

A: Clear, medium-dark amber with a touch of red, and a thin head of khaki foam that quickly fades.

S: Typical pumpkin pie spices, along with the fruity aroma, but this one has a potent bready aroma as well.

T: A fair amount of initial sweetness from the malt. As the sweetness starts to fade, it is joined by a fruitiness that isn't pumpkin... I'm not sure what it is, but it's not bad. The spices then show up, and are perfectly balanced against the other flavors. After a lingering moment, faint hops bitterness appears for the finish, but never in an overly assertive way.

M: Crisp, with more carbonation than I'd expected (with the anemic head). There's just a touch of dryness in the finish.

O: A very drinkable pumpkin lager. I notice that I'm guing rather than sipping - I need to buy a few more of these.

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Photo of gillagorilla
3.25/5  rDev -9%

12 oz. bottle poured into a SN curved pint (

A: Nice bit of cascade on a vigorous pour to make a thick 2 finger head with big bubbles, that eats itself rapidly. Amber, ruby brown body with a bit of lacing.
S: Immediately after popping the cap, it just smells like feet.
T: Spiced and odd mingling of flavors over all. Very different from the usual mix of fall seasonal beers.
M: Smooth with very little carbonation felt.
O: Not my kind of pumpkin beer. Just like nutmeg and cinnamon in a lager.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a very nice deep copper-brownish color with a small tan colored head. The head fades relatively quickly leaving just a trace of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is heaviest a vegetal/herbal lightly roasted pumpkin smell with a decent level of spice aromas of nutmeg, cinnamon, and allspice. Along with these smells are aromas of a caramel and brown sugar sweetness mixed with some hints of a more bready and roasted malt smells.

Taste – The taste begins with almost tasting more like a pumpkin porter then a lager. I got a roasted pumpkin flavor mixed with some roasted malt as well as some brown sugar and caramel. As the taste advances the roasted malt flavor loses a bit of ground with the brown sugar and caramel getting quite a bit stronger. The spice flavors of nutmeg, cinnamon, and allspice, which were rather light upfront, really start bringing it onto the tongue more toward the end. With a little bit of an increase in the roasted pumpkin and some light nuttiness coming to the tongue, one is left with a moderately sweet, but decently roasty and spiced pumpkin flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is thicker and chewier for a brew of only 5.7% abv. with a carbonation level that is on the average side. The thick body really accentuates the roasted pumpkin and spice flavors nicely all while the medium carbonation does a nice job for keeping it easier drinking and complementing the sweetness nicely. Overall, quite well done.

Overall – This is a rather nice pumpkin brew with a good roasted pumpkin flavor and a nice blend of sweet and spice. Overall, quite drinkable and enjoyable.

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Photo of 57md
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%

Strikingly clear and bright ruby-copper. Nose is a bit soapy. Malt profile is decent. Not really getting any pumpkin. Spices are added tastefully and not overwhelming.

Supposedly, this is a Munich Dunkel with pumpkin and spices. As already stated, the pumpkin is not really present. Also, the spices don’t compliment the base beer so much as they detract from it.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

So many bottles! Where do/did they all come from? I am in Chez Woody's kitchen, listening to the Pirates/Cardinals game on TV and attempting to reduce some of the bottle backlog at the same time.

From the bottle: "This medium-bodied, amber German-style Lager combines frighteningly smooth malt flavor with a haunting, spicy finish of cinnamon and nutmeg, for a scary good brew that is definitely ... all treat, no trick"; "Respect_the_Fluid".

I do not feel at all guilty about drinking this since Southern Tier incredibly just released their PumKing! In early-July! On the subject of last Hallowe'en - I dressed as a CAN of Old Milwaukee, purchased two sixes of tallboys of OM from my neighbor and sat on my porch with one of the denizens of the neighborhood and gave out beer to the adults and CANdy to the kids. I anxiously await this year's celebration!

This one had a good bit of inherent carbonation so I could not pour it as quickly as I would like, but I still got a pseudo-cascade, resulting in three fingers of foamy, tawny head with moderate retention. Color was a deep, coppery-amber (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had the characteristic "pumpkin spice" smell of at least cinnamon and allspice. Mouthfeel was medium and the spiciness was immediately evident on the tongue, especially cinnamon. Strangely enough, the taste put me more in mind of apple pie. I don't mean this as good or bad, just different. Actually, given the plethora of pumpkin beers that I ran through last year, this would make for a nice change of pace, especially since it has a lager as its base. The spices made the finish fairly dry, but pleasantly so, not gasping. I would put this one forth as an alternative to all of the pumpkin ales, if nothing else.

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Photo of Steff_Wantz
3.81/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: deep brown with ruby red tint

S: smells fruity and citrus,

T: nice light pumpkin taste, has a little bit of a bite at the end

M: coats your palate well and has a nice crisp tingly feeling

O: Overall I think this a great fall time beer. I usually am not a big pumpkin fan with beer but this one is the perfect pumpkin beer for me. It is not overwhelming and still has that nice beer taste as opposed to a strong pumpkin pie taste.

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Photo of stckhndlr
3.02/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- a thin 1 finger head, dissolves quickly. a dark orange amber color with no real lacing. The head really does disappear because after about 60 seconds its just as clear from the top of the glass looking down as from the side looking through.

S- the smell of this is noticeable from a distance proving it is strong enough. Hints of pumpkin wafting across the table. As you get in deeper you start to notice the malt and the spice. Oddly enough this has a dark distinct note to it that I recognize from other DuClaw beers. It's a complexity that seems to stand out from their brews.

T- A malty sweet flavor with a smooth roasted finish. Mellow spices. Nothing staggering. The pumpkin is there mixing in with the malt.

M- It's a medium body with a easy drinking feel. It has a good balance to it. Just right in my opinion.

O- It's a middle of the road beer for me. Nothing that blows my socks off but it has a good flavor and is easy to drink. Kind of a winding down the season beer. After tasting at least half a dozen pumpkin and fall beers it fits just right for a tired palate.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
3.84/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a lighter copper-brown color with four fingers of white head which slowly dissolved into a finger of foam that covered the entire top of the beer. Jesus, there’s a lot of head to this beer! Also, the color of the beer is a little surprising, as it’s much lighter than I was expecting, considering it’s called a dunkel. The beer looks more like a Belgian brune or abbey ale, rather than a dunkel lager.

Aroma: Very complex. Lots of malt, lots of spice, and lots of floral hops too. Nicely balanced, but very complex. Fresh bread, spices of clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin, all-spice, honey and clover. Very pleasing.

Taste: Again, the taste is much more like a Belgian ale than a Munich-style dunkel lager. Malty upfront, with tons of spice: clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin, all-spice and honey, all nicely balanced with some hoppy bitterness. Excellent beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium, with a ton of carbonation that doesn’t really tickle the taste buds, but rather slaps the crap out of them. With an ABV of 5.8%, there’s no alcohol presence on the palate.

Overall: Damn, this is a good beer. No, this is a great beer. I love how complex the flavor profile it is, how nicely balanced between malt, and spice and hops it is. I’m always going to have some of this on hand.

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Photo of chefhatt
3.27/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This beer has a dark rich mahogany color body with very little head. The smell has a light aroma of cinnamon and some some malt. The taste is not over powering of any spice just very well balanced between the cinnamon and nutmeg. It also has a nice malt back bone to it. Mouthfeel is nice and overall it is good but not great. I didn't get any pumpkin from it

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Photo of Omnium
2.93/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Pours a ruby/amber color, kinda hazy, dense two finger head, and thick lacing.
S - Barrage of spices, Cinnamon and nutmeg being prominent, some clove, baking flour, a little bready malt, pepper.
T - Horrifyingly over-spiced, I mean this is a crime. It tastes like im drinking a cinnamon shake. No hops, no malt, just spice.
M - Maybe my mind is playing tricks on me, but it makes my mouth feel dried out.
O - Flat out disgusting, I cant see this being good in winter or any other time. I wouldnt let an un-welcomed guest drink this.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.44/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A dunkel that's gushing. That's odd.

Doesn't seem to be anything wrong with the beer. Besides the fact that it isn't all that interesting. Kind of has this clogged flavor profile thing going on. Decent, but too thick. I guess this isn't filtered? Pretty good, but thicker than you'd usually get for the style.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Amber/reddish colored body with a huge khaki colored head that leaves just bubbles. Very little lacing.

S- Cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, caramel malt, lager yeast, somewhat of a grainy aroma.

T- Sweet spices, cinnamon, sweet malt. Tastes just like the description; a lager with spices added.

M- Medium bodied, medium-high carbonation. Drinkable and not over-spiced.

O- Pretty good fall/winter beer. Almost like a pumpkin spice lager without the pumpkin (if that makes sense).

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Kind of hazy deep red/amber. Head is minimal and so is the lacing. Hazy with tiny floating bits of sediment.

S - Smells like a good dunkel, sweet with a mild dose of clove and cinnamon? Weird but it smells good.

T - I like it the cinnamon spice really compliments the dunkel flavors (toasted malts and some lager yeasts) Nothing that extreme but good.

M - light to medium on par for the style.

Overall nothing to seek out again but it was a good offering from these guys.

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Photo of pvo
2.24/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Not great. Too sweet, which was reinforced by the spices. Looked good: nice amber color, fairly clear. Smell was driven by the spices; taste was driven by the spices; mouthfeel was a bit thin, even a little grainy. Overall, happy I tried it, but won't try it again. Not enough balance of the normal beery flavors to go along with the spices.

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