Mad Bishop

Maryland
United States
Duclaw Mad Bishop Oktoberfest Beer
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
90
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20
Description 

Mad Bishop, one of our most popular seasonal brews, has been haunting the congregation with its distinct copper color, rich toasted malt flavor and aroma, and 6% abv since it was first brewed in 1996. This true German-style Oktoberfest combines complex aromas and flavors of sweet and toasted malt, a smooth mouthfeel created by an 8 week lagering process, and a clean, crisp finish for a sermon that’s easy to swallow.

Profile

ABV: 
6.0%
IBUs: 
30
Hops: 
Hallertau, Tettnang
Malts: 
Munich, Vienna, Caramunich, Melanoidin
Judges Review 
Sean Coughlin's picture
Judges Rating:
90
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

A strong bread crust aroma with toasty elements of Vienna malt dominates the aroma. There is a light sulfur character that is volatile and dissipates quickly after the initial pour. Richness of melanoidins are evident but not overwhelming. A very light herbal hop character adds complexity and helps set expectations for the flavor profile. This beer pours a burnished copper color with good clarity and a very small, thin, light khaki head that persists for ages. The flavor is very balanced between lightly toasted malt and a firm hop bitterness that seems a touch too high for the style and lingers into the moderately dry finish. This beer has a medium body and medium carbonation, but it lacks the smoothness found in the best examples. A well-brewed beer that is true to the Märzen style and would not be difficult to finish if it were served in a 32oz. seidel.