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 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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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 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 Viciousknishs
3.05/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- pours a copper color with a finger of off white head. Poor retention.

S- big spice in the nose with the allspice and nutmeg in the front with notes of the cinnamon and clove sprinkled in. Light bready malt on the finish.

T- bready malt flavor blends with the predominant spice flavor. The allspice comes out the most with the other spices blending in. Tastes like a lighter cleaner pumpkin beer with out the pumpkin. Finishes clean.

MF- slick crisp mouthfeel with a light medium body and average carbonation.

D- good drinkability 

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.06/5  rDev -14.3%
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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Photo of Gavage
3.1/5  rDev -13.2%
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 oline73
3.15/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this on-tap at the brewpub. Served in a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear dark reddish amber with hardly any head.

Smell: Very malty, hints of cherry and caramel. The malt it a bit nutty and there is a strong spice presence.

Taste: Just like the smell, this one is very malty. Mild fruity notes, I'm picking up some cherry. Lots of spices, cinnamon with some caramel. Spices dominate the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a finish that is a bit slick.

Overall: I thought this beer was just alright. The spices made it interesting, but nothing too special. I don't think I'll search it out again.

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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 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 akorsak
3.4/5  rDev -4.8%
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 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 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 Tucquan
3.46/5  rDev -3.1%
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 tlazaroff
3.49/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

When I began pouring this beer, the room seemed to be slowly overcome with this cinnamon scent. I didn't realize it was the beer at first, but when I did I was happy. On the nose I get (like the label says) lots of cinnamon, and sharp nutmeg. It smells like a rich pumpkin spice beer.

Pours clear with nice carbonation and a pretty tan head built out of larger sized bubbles. Sadly, no lacing whatsoever leaves. I can't stop smelling this though, it's almost distracting.

Kind of like candied caramel to the taste. It is very nice, however the mouthfeel is off-putting enough to distract me. Finishes with cinnamon and nutmeg, as expected.

Bubbly! Very highly carbonated, to the point where I get a bit of carbonation bite. Its a tad rough on the palate. Medium body though, and quite drinkable but not quite sessionable.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 Dodt
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
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 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 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 philbe311
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Two plus fingers worth of ultra lush ultra creamy pale khaki colored head with a slightly rocky top... Solid retention gives way to a full lace and thick collar... The color is a mix of light brown and metallic bronze... A moderate bit of moderate to quick paced carbonation... This is a pretty good looking brew...

S - Cinnamon, nutmeg and assorted other holiday spices are at the forefront, but not overpowering... Next in line is a bunch of pale malts... Perhaps some dark fruits...

T - Nutmeg... Cinnamon... Assorted other holiday spices... Pale malts... Dark bread... Dark fruit... A hint of caramel... Perhaps a touch of nuttiness...

M - Medium bodied... Sleek... Light to moderate carbonation... Smooth... Slightly crisp... Even and consistent...

D - An interesting creation... Quite sessionable with good flavor and lots of character... I always enjoy what DuClaw has to offer in terms of creativity... A nice little beer that those into creative brewing should check out...

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Photo of Kegatron
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
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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