31 Pumpkin Spiced Lager | DuClaw Brewing Company

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31 Pumpkin Spiced Lager31 Pumpkin Spiced Lager
BEER INFO

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.

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#39,465
Reviews:
45
Ratings:
192
pDev:
12.11%
 
 
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7
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Reviews: 45 | Ratings: 192
Reviews by Abkp37:
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3.8/5  rDev +7%

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Photo of schoolboy
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I've had too many pumpkins lately. Or maybe too much brown ale with a little pumpkin. Some boozy. Some not. This one is a bit different but with a similar result. A pumpkin-ish brew.

It pours light brown with very little head. This was a can. The aroma is nice and malty. The taste is just a tad sweet for the style with a nice full, nutty aftertaste.

Recommended. A nice change of pace from the brown ale based pumpkin brews.

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Photo of oberon
3.56/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of Gavage
3.1/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: clear brownish amber in color with a short 1/4" head that breaks apart quickly.

Smell: caramel, malt sweetness, and some spices are picked up by the nose.

Taste: strange but interesting flavor profile here. Nice maltiness with caramel, some red apples, nutmeg, and cinammon. There is some grassy and soft earth tones here too. Bitterness is mild.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp throughout. Short and spicy aftertaste. Medium bodied beer.

Drinkability: this one grew a bit tiring as the pint glass emptied. Interesting effort, but a straight up dark lager would have worked much better without the spice.

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Photo of akorsak
3.4/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served on-tap at the Fells Point location.

A: The Munich dunkel is a dark caramel brown color, one that emanates with a bit of glow. A half a finger of head goes nowhere.

S: The nose is bready, full of darker malts and just a hint of spicy sweetness.

T: I'm not sure why someone would want to take a perfectly good dunkel lager and spice it up all sweet like. Luckily the spice profile isn't as big as I was led to believe. Caramel malts lead the way, bready with a toasted finish. Cinnamon and nutmeg flavors are present but they are admirably restrained, adding just enough to the body to take notice.

M: A decent Munich lager. Luckily the spice profile isn't that bold.

D: One and done for me. I still don't see the need for spices...

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Photo of woodychandler
3.83/5  rDev +7.9%
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 ejimhof
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of GrandpaGeorge
4.35/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have to admit. I saw the label at the store and bought some, but tried it on tap first at DuClaw in Arundel Mills. Now I'm glad I bought it. Deep mahogany to black in color, with subtle carbonation and virtually no head, though the foam at the edges laced the glass nicely all the way down. Subtle roasted malt (dunkel) in the nose and a very (emphasize very) smooth, moderate mouthfeel at initial taste. Flavor was fairly straightforward dunkel, not really sweet, but rich in flavor, with a nice bitterness at the end that was enhanced in a flavorful way by (I'm assuming) the cinnamon. Definitely not "in your face" spiced at all. Very balanced and flavorful. The spices, instead, enhance the flavors of the beer. Equally drinkable. Went down very quickly. Loved every second of it.

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Photo of psruss
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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 beermanbrian
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of makeitavintage
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of Chaney
4.35/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I admire DuClaw for brewing this very awesome style of beer!

Served in a tulip.

A: In the world of lagers, this one was pretty dark: Amber/rose colored with a slight wispy head that stayed for a bit.

S: Cinnamon and nutmeg in spades on this one. Very awesome indeed. If I didn't know what this was beforehand, I would have tagged this as a pumpkin ale.

T: Lots of flavor packed into this puppy. Cinnamon and nutmeg, without the hassle of pumpkin ale syrupy-ness. Smooth on the finish and quite VERY tasty overall. Make no mistake about it, this is a lager through and through.

M: Despite it's spice content, this was extremely smooth indeed. The lacing was mild, but I guess not what lagers are about anyway.

O: Come on people, let's give DuClaw credit for this one. I know this is not a popular style with the BA crowd due to its low ABV, but I personally think this is an awesome beer and deserves to be ranked up there with the big dogs. This is now my favorite DuClaw beer!

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.86/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler to a pint glass, the liquid is a copper-brown with little carbonation. The head was hard to wake up, just not much happening there.

The smell was good caramel malt with light holiday spice.

The taste followed and was good. Very easy to tell this was a spiced Marzen, would have been equally good with out the spice. The spice was light and well done.

The mouthfeel was ok it suffered from low carbonation but the body was good.

The drinkability was good as I did pour a second helping. Prosit MK

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.44/5  rDev -3.1%
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 metter98
3.46/5  rDev -2.5%
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 Slatetank
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
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 BeerForMuscle
3.44/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of yourefragile
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of Kegatron
3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This latest rotating seasonal release from DuClaw is named for the day on which it was released. Halloween, October 31st. The description from the official release e-mail: "Celebrate Halloween with the latest brew straight from Jim Wagner's cauldron: 31, our new Spiced Munich Dunkel. This German-style amber lager tricks you with its smooth, malty taste and moderate 5.1% abv, then treats your palate with a spicy finish of cinnamon and nutmeg. 31 goes on tap October 31st and will be available for a limited time — while supplies last."

On draft at the Arundel Mills DuClaw location. Pours a light, clear amber (that seems almost too light for a Dunkel) with a smallish off white head that left minimal lacing. The aroma gives a tease of what's to come with a mixture that is predominantly spices and more subdued sweet maltiness.

Taste is sweet malt on the back of the throat to start but then melds into the spicy middle act with the "as advertised" cinnamon and nutmeg clearly standing out. The spiciness mixes with some lingering hop bitterness to create a pleasant, tingling finish on the tongue before slowly creeping away. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied but still crisp and refreshing and definitley helps increase the drinkability.

Much like last spring's limited seasonal, El Guapo, DuClaw has snuck this one in between monthly releases and has provided yet another enjoyable surprise of a beer that is both tasty and quaffable. Easy drinkablily and a satistying fall-like spice kick definitley make this Halloween release more treat than trick. Hopefully they will see fit to release this again sometime down the line.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of Dodt
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

was in a maryland beer shop decide to try another one of her native brews. been a good while since i had a dunkel . nice deep amber color . wonderful spicy aroma of cloves and i want to say allspice. reminds me of apple cider.not to complex in the flavor department but it suits this beer well. this is a great beer for a chilly fall evening.

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Photo of Tucquan
3.46/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on 2010-05-15 at the Mt Hope Brewfest in PA (from tasting notes)

A - Dark brown which is mostly opaque. Short head

S - Almost no smell. Maybe some rising bread and caramel.

T - This is a sweet dunkel that is spiced up quite a bit. You can taste bread, caramel and perhaps allspice and cinnamon.

M - Light-medium body and carbonation

D - Not bad but a bit too sweet for me to want more than one.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.06/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On draft at DuClaw in Bowie, MD.

The beer is transparent and copper/orange in color with a small, white head that leaves sparse lacing in it's wake.

The aroma carries heavy spice, particularly cinnamon. Light fruit and misc. autumn spices are in there as well.

I find this too heavily spiced, detracting from any Munich dunkel flavors that may be there. Spices simply overrun the beer, making this more of a fall seasonal brew than any type of German lager.

Thin bodied with fairly low carbonation. Ehh...

Overall, I wasn't a big fan of this brew. Pass.

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31 Pumpkin Spiced Lager from DuClaw Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.55 out of 5 with 192 ratings