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31 Pumpkin Spiced Lager | DuClaw Brewing Company

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31 Pumpkin Spiced Lager31 Pumpkin Spiced Lager

Brewed by:
DuClaw Brewing Company
Maryland, United States

Style: Munich Dunkel Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Fall

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Added by Kegatron on 11-14-2011

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Reviews: 13 | Ratings: 33
Reviews by pvo:
Photo of pvo
2.24/5  rDev -36.7%
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 TTripp725
3.3/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of alyssa1224
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chinchill
3.56/5  rDev +0.6%
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 tdm168
3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mpenders
3.52/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of Kegatron
3.97/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ the Arundel Mills location on 11/10/11. Served in a pint glass. The name says it all. This is a double spiced version of their annual fall release Munich Dunkel.

Pours a deep clear copper, with thin covering of smooth slightly off-white head. This retains with some rich edging around the sides of the glass, which throws up a foamy cascade that quickly slides down and doesn’t leave much in the way of sticky lacing back. The aroma smells of spice immediately, with notes of cinnamon and nutmeg that sits on top of a tangy mix of caramel, bread, and some tight citrus flavor. The spicing here isn’t coming off as overbearing at all and I’m actually finding it to be quite nice.

The spices carry over to the taste but like the nose, aren’t overdone in any way, as they are set against a caramel flavor and sweet doughy sugars. The sugars and spice work nicely together here, giving this a bit of a gingerbread feel. A touch of citric hops is present as well, which lends the profile a pleasant green crispness. The spice really comes out in the finish here, where it lingers with a dry mix of light bitterness and roast. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a firm and crisp carbonation the whole way through. The slickness on the edges of the feel mostly carries the sweetness of this.

I enjoyed this and overall found it to be much fuller flavored than the regular 31. I personally don’t mind the spicing of these beers and this case; I really liked how they worked with the hop presence here to really give this a lively and crisp feeling punch. This was tasty and drinkable. I’m glad I gave it a shot.

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Photo of ConradKenney
3/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Marraybay
3.74/5  rDev +5.6%
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 tone77
3.68/5  rDev +4%
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 MShloss
3.81/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Timmmmaaayyy
3.2/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of dsshuck
3.24/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of BB1313
3.61/5  rDev +2%
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 osickeym
4.23/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BogBoyJD
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of woodychandler
4.49/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The entry for "31" was so flawed that it merited simply being retired as opposed to attempting to correct it as a potential duplicate. This entry is so correct that it hurts! The name is precise; the style is right, since it was always a lager at its base; the ABV is correct and a pic has been submitted that depicts the current label, which also reflects its being a lager.

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".

Having Pop!ped the cap, I went with a fairly aggro pour since it was a very fresh bottle from The Friendly Greek Bottle Shop. This resulted in two fingers of dense, foamy, light-tan head with good retention. Color was Coppery-Brown (SRM = > 17, < 22) with NE-quality clarity. The pumpkin spices seemed less cinnamon-spicy and more like nutmeg and ginger. Mouthfeel was big, full & creamy! Wow, what a pleasant surprise! I had a Tastykake Limited Edition Pumpkin Cheesecake Baked Pie as part of breakfast today and the creamy mouthfeel of this beer reminded me of the pie's filling. The taste was very spicy, but its was not the usual cinnamon-driven spiciness that is common in these Pumpkin Beers. I was getting nutmeg, allspice & ginger in addition to the cinnamon, almost akin to a Holiday Beer. It was a very drinkable concoction, and I was done with over three-quarters of it in no time. Finish was dry, thanks to the spices, but again, a very pleasant end to a very pleasant beer.

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Photo of Boggdogg
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Antc2382
3.78/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 57md
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%

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 KevMo84
3/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of teromous
4.09/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark rosewood color, allowing light to play in both brown and red colors underneath a small white strip of head that fades to a ring. No lacing.

S: Wonderful "Christmas Beer" scents. Lots of cinnamon scent, that goes well with the rich malty scent.

T: More of those great spices, with a toasted malt backbone that tastes delicious. There is a slight tartness to the beer.

M: Medium-bodied, with great carbonation. Doesn't feel too heavy or too light. It is crisp and clean, but maintains a great malty mouthfeel without being heavy.

O: Overall I really liked this beer. It spiced just right, and had a wonderful malt profile that would stand well on its own. I really enjoyed it, and would buy it again!

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Photo of Beerma
3.73/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Finally a decent pumpkin beer! Seems like there are not as many this year!

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Photo of Boone757
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of taylor714914
2.75/5  rDev -22.3%

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