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.

Added by Kegatron on 11-04-2007

BEER STATS
Ratings:
187
Reviews:
42
Avg:
3.57
pDev:
12.32%
 
 
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6
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37
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Ratings: 187 |  Reviews: 42
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3.3/5  rDev -7.6%

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3.68/5  rDev +3.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -2%

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 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 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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3.75/5  rDev +5%

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3.5/5  rDev -2%

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

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 ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -16%

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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Photo of nathanmiller
3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.25/5  rDev -9%

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3.25/5  rDev -9%

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 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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3/5  rDev -16%

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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3.44/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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3/5  rDev -16%

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3.5/5  rDev -2%

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3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of tdm168
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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31 Pumpkin Spiced Lager from DuClaw Brewing Company
3.57 out of 5 based on 187 ratings.
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