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Schadenfreude | Parallel 49 Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Parallel 49 Brewing Company
British Columbia, Canada
parallel49brewing.com

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
We’ve carved out a pumpkin Oktoberfest even Ichabod Crane would love. This hearty, malty lager is warmed by the mighty pumpkin and lifted with notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, all-spice and ginger.

Added by biboergosum on 09-29-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#7,228
Reviews:
13
Ratings:
67
pDev:
8%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
8
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 67 |  Reviews: 13
Photo of TooManyGlasses
3.56/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2017 version - pours a clear dark amber/copper with faint white head. Aroma of clove, pumpkin spice. Smooth tasting clove, nutmeg, pumpkin pie and background caramel malt. A little thin, tasty and easy enough to drink but an average pumpkin beer.

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3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from the lcbo for around $6.50.

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4.27/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.67/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bf_89
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of thehyperduck
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bomber from the LCBO; served barely chilled. Looks like it's dated Aug 11 2016, if I'm translating the stamped code correctly. This is the second bottle I've cracked in the last two weeks.

Pours a gorgeous, clear orange-amber colour; streams of effervescent bubbles race from the bottom of the glass to the surface, which is initially crowned with one finger of creamy, off white-tinged head. By the two minute mark it has mostly faded into oblivion, leaving behind a foamy, modest-sized collar surrounding a thin, patchy cap. Spicy notes of nutmeg, allspice and ginger snap on the nose, with pie crust and pumpkin pie filling overlapping with rich caramelized sugar from the Munich malt. Hints of vanilla and tea leafy hops.

Quite well-crafted - sometimes these 'hybrid' beers can turn out a bit muddled, but in this case, the pumpkin integrates beautifully with the underlying märzen backbone. Moderately sweet, with brown sugar and digestive biscuit flavours eventually being brushed aside by pie crust and pumpkin. The nutmeg really sticks out, with ginger and clove tying for second; the allspice and cinnamon are a bit more restrained, but still difficult to miss. The profile wraps itself up with hints of vanilla, leafy hops and earthy spice. Medium-light in body, with fairly mild carbonation that gently prickles the tongue and palate with each sip. Ridiculously drinkable for a pumpkin beer.

Final Grade: 4.13, an A-. Schadenfreude is denoted a "pumpkin oktoberfest," and I'd have to say it delivers precisely what it advertises. This enticing fall seasonal pairs all of the clean, crisp, lightly sweet goodness of a märzen lager with the usual array of pumpkin pie spiciness, and the final product is an impressive fusion. I haven't had a boatload of beers from this BC brewer, but this one is definitely my new favourite P49 product - well worth trying if you have any interest in pumpkin beers, German-style amber lagers, or both. I think the stock has already sold out locally, otherwise I'd be picking up another bottle in the near future. Recommended.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.96/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.91/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BCborn
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jeremy7
3.74/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.92/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Single 341 ml bottle poured into a tulip. A glinting copper red with a finger of milkshake-like frothy beige foam on top.

Some spices on the nose to be sure, nutmeg, ginger, and a pinch of cloves, but there is an equally robust toffee-like maltiness. Hints of grape and vanilla pudding. In short, smells like an Oktoberfest/pumpkin beer hybrid, exactly as billed. All is right with the world.

Palate strikes the same balance. Crisp and snappy for a pumpkin beer, with the spices mellow and the pumpkin pie flavor amply present but cut via grassy hops and lightly toasted grains. I am appreciating the emphasis on dry aromatic malts. Some raisin notes. Pleasant butterscotch aftertaste. I think I can place the allspice in particular. Solid medium body with carbonation just on the high end of moderate. Finish is ethereal but long-lived; I am getting a tea-like tannic vibe. Nice. Much going on here and one can focus on the sweet and the dry elements as the mood strikes.

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3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BigBry
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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Schadenfreude from Parallel 49 Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4 out of 5 with 67 ratings
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