Schadenfreude | Parallel 49 Brewing Company

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Parallel 49 Brewing Company
British Columbia, Canada

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

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5/5  rDev +25%

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4.75/5  rDev +18.8%

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4.64/5  rDev +16%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of ZachT
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.4/5  rDev +10%

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - bright clear bronze, thumb of head held nicely, left plenty of lacing
S - mild raw pumpkin and spice, some toasty and leafy aroma in the back end
T - an interesting mix of pumpkin, nutmeg, rich toffee, nutty, and mild leafiness, this really does capture key elements of both styles and blends them well
M - medium and relatively creamy, very smooth with a light spice tingle
O - very happy with this brew, doesn't fall into the common pumpkin pitfall of spice overload, blends the pumpkin into the marzen style seamlessly, and there is a richness that makes it almost dessert like

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Photo of DaPan
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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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of Long813
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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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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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of leaddog
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a copper orange with a finger width of bubbly off white head.

Smell- Pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, breadiness.

Taste- Immediately hit by the pumpkin and the spices. Definitely tastes like pumpkin pie. It is followed by the breadiness and slight earthy hops. Finishes mainly with the spices.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Has a dry finish.

Overall- A very flavourful pumpkin oktoberfest by Parallel 49. Well balanced pumpkin and spice flavours that remind you of Thanksgiving and the fall season. Defnitely pick this one up if your a fan of the style.

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4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Perfect marriage of the crispness of the lager style (albeit with the malty goodness of the marzen style ) with the baking spice notes of the Pumpkin beer. Lovely shining dark gold colour with a real Pumpkin aroma on the nose. The beer is super drinkable but has some complexity in the finish with the pumpkin smoothly combining with the malt. Love what these guys are doing.

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4.16/5  rDev +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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4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | 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

Photo of CrazyMike
4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden amber appearance with a small amount of foamy amber head which slowly settles down leaving some lacing. Smells like pumpkin pie; sugar, ginger, various spices, bread and a hint of malt. Good first impressions.

Taste is similar to the smell, tastes like I’m eating pumpkin pie. Consists of malt, ginger, bread and bitter hops. Tastes blends well together. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finish is an earthy, slightly butter, pumpkin taste.

Overall, this is a good and interesting season beer that mixes the features of a pumpkin beer and an Oktoberfest. Not a typical beer by any stretch, try it while you can.

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

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