Black Radish Dark Lager - Weeping Radish Eco Farm & Brewery

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Reviews: 57
Hads: 107
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 9.74%
Wants: 3
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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Weeping Radish Eco Farm & Brewery visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: akorsak on 10-01-2007

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Photo of gbarbee
4.5/5  rDev +28.9%

Served on tap at the Weeping Radish restaurant

Appearance: Dark brown
Smell: A hint of dark chocolate and coffee
Taste: Balanced
Mouthfeel: Smooth
Drinkability: Very enjoyable and went very well with their brats and kraut (223 characters)

Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.2/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought from the Weeping Radish restaurant in Manteo.

Pours very dark but if held up to the light has a slight ruby tint.

The taste and smell is of roasted malt with a hint of chocolate and coffee. This is a very full beer and one of the best offered from Weeping Radish. Very similar to a porter or stout so don't let the word lager fool you, this is a hearty beer and is very well rounded. (392 characters)

Photo of rtratzlaff
4.1/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ordered this at a bar not knowing what to expect out of Black Raddish.

After the first sip.., This is not a stout or even an ale. Yes, Swarzbier.

Appearance was a black body with brown around the rim, a tan head 1/2 inch fades within minutes leaving some slight lacing.

Aromas were hard to pick up on, but there was a bit of roastiness.

The taste had an acidic sharpness(acidulated malt). It sort of reminded me of black iced coffee flavor.

The mouthfeel was light and crisp.
This is a quaffable German Swarzbier brewed to style. (535 characters)

Photo of ncvbc
4.07/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Mahogany brown with ruby highlights and a fairly thin head that is gone to a ring within a minute. Good smell of dark roast malts and a light, delicate sweetness. A touch of molasses is also noticeable. Taste is very complex for such a small brew. Some chocolate and toffee with an underlying nutty flavor. Hints of coffee. A hop bitterness is noticeable toward the end, very evidently a German variety. A little more carbonation may have helped this one with its texture. Just a tad thin, becoming a little dry but not crisp in the finish. Not as big in body as it should or could be. Aside from this small quibble, it's still pretty easily drinkable. I actually wouldn't mind another bottle right now. Probably something I'll revisit down the line, recommended. (763 characters)

Photo of krisandajt
4.05/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was recommended by a friend of mine that said if I ever drive towards North Carolina I need to try this beer. As it turns out, I found this beer in a nice specialty beer and wine store in Virginia on my way to N. Carolina...and I am definitely not disappointed...

Appearance: Sampled this beer from a bottle on a warm summer night on my friends roof. Dark outside, dark beer...couldn't really see much. From what I was able to tell, there was a tiny bit of head, but less than a finger width - and it dissipated fairly quickly.

Smell: Very interesting smell. Nothing outrageous or pungent, but unique in its own right. Can't quite place what it is now...

Taste: This was a very tasty beer. Slight sweetness to it, no real hop presence however, but that may have taken away from it a bit. Slight chocolatey undertones, and a nice clean finish.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, slight carbonation, nothing extreme.

Drinkability: Very very drinkable...nothing better than a cold beer on a hot summer night. (1,005 characters)

Photo of beer2day
4.03/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very deep caramel brown with a frothy, large bubbled head. Very nice. Good retention and laces well.

Nice caramel malt nose. Slightly sweet and sugary. Earthy tones there, too.

Hits a little thin, then turns cocoa with a toasted malt twist. Nice twinge of sugar in the finish. Caramel and a bit nutty.

Feel is slightly syrupy, but just the right thickness.

Very nice cool weather drinker. (401 characters)

Photo of dball
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At first sip I taste and smell hint of caramel in this light bodied dark lager. It drinks very smooth and I should emphasize the light body. It does not appear that it would have as a light a body as it does. The light body also seems to give it a mild flavor. There isn't a lot going on with this brew. It's simple, refreshing, and somewhat unique because the style is not available at most breweries. I picked it up in a 22oz bottle and at $4 I'd say it was overpriced. I would get it again particularly at a better price. (524 characters)

Photo of JasonA
3.98/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a black-eyed brown. Lager carbonation, no retention, little lacing.

Medium dark roasted malt. No real hop boquet, though something is in there. Maybe chocolate.

Bitter chocolate. Impressive. Dark roasted malt. Boy does something bitter come out in front. I must say I like it. Almost a combination of bitter hops, chocolate, and malt. Very neat.

Well balanced. Not overpowering, simple yet refined. Quite refreshing.

I would love to land a few more bottles. I think this would do well in a heavier option. Maybe some oak againg. Though not sure how lagering would be effected. (586 characters)

Photo of jale
3.95/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the brewery.

A: Pours brown with a finger of tan head.

S: Roasted malt is all I detect.

T: Roasted malt moving into burnt coffee coffee. Dry finish.

M: light medium body with good carbonation. Nice clean body that does not weight down your palate.

O: I would drink another. (292 characters)

Photo of
3.91/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up in NC while on vacation.

Clear, dark mahogany in color. Lots of ruby/amber highlights. Medium size, creamy, tan colored head. Clouded up a bit with the final pour.

Scent was earthy. Citrus, roast and some caramel added complexity.

Taste was citrus up front, followed by mild coffee/roast notes. Biscuity middle. Grassy/herbal finish.

Light to medium in body, very crisp. Medium carbonation. Refreshing.

Quite good, nice session beer. Well balanced. I would certainly drink again. (494 characters)

Photo of jsanford
3.9/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a Schneider Weizen Glass.

A - Cola-brown with reddish highlights and a thin khaki head that settles to a slight cap.
S - Dark malt with a touch of cocoa, coffee, and some citrus hops.
T - More dark malt, a bit of chocolate, roasted nuts, and coffee with a faint hop presence.
M - Smooth, with a medium-thin body and moderate carbonation.
O - Not overly complex, but for a sessionable beach beer it's pretty good. Wish I had time to stop my the brewery, maybe next time. (495 characters)

Photo of KTCamm
3.88/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Another 22oz bomber conveniently stocked at the Kitty hawk Food Lion. Pint glass, then my belly.

Pours dark brown, near black, with minimal foam. Does not lace. Light sweet roasted smell. Very clean taste with espresso notes. Smooth finish, with an ever so mild hop .Notes of chocolate. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Very drinkable and tasty. Nice brew. (353 characters)

Photo of gregc
3.83/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle picked up for me by my parents on their recent trip to the outer banks. I was excited to try this, i can remember going to the brewpub in manteo when i was younger but not being old enough to drink anything.

Poured a nice black, with a small almost no existent coffee colored head.
Smell was nuts, roasted malt, vanilla and wheat.
Taste was roasted malts, wheat, hay and and the smallest touch of vanilla.
The mouthfeel was nicely carbonated and fairly smooth.
I enjoyed this, not the greatest but a very drinkable beer. (530 characters)

Photo of JayQue
3.8/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Probably Weeping Radish's best beer. Picked up at Harris Teeter supermarket in Kill Devil Hills. They kept it refrigerated (non pasturized beer). Pours a dark dense brown wit some light getting through when held to a light. Medium size off white head. Average to below retention. Some lacing.

Aroma is roasted malts, fairly ild but pleasant. Taste is the best part of this beer. Rich flavor of roasted malt, a little smoky and perhaps a faint hint of coffee.

Mouthfeel is light but not too thin. Very smooth. Goes down real easy. Drinkability is fine. This would be an ideal session beer. Very nice. (602 characters)

Photo of edmedina
3.8/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yes, Richmond Weeping Radish has made it to our area again.

Appearance: This beer pours black. No other way to say it. This is dark. It has great head retention.

Aroma: I get nothing but a roasted coffee smell.

Taste: Very lite malty taste. I do get hints of coffee or carmel in there. The taste isn't heavy at all. Overall the taste is extremely lite.

Mouthfeel: Dry and wet. Seriously I don't know how to describe it. The taste abruptly goes away but you do feel wetness in there. I know that's a very odd way of describing it.

Overall Impression: I think this is a great easy drinking beer to enjoy. It is definitely a session beer. I like how the malts are not lingering around which makes you want to have another drink. (731 characters)

Photo of stakem
3.77/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Black Radish appears a brown color that when held up to the light shows off it's clarity and ruby colored depth of light brown/redness. Initially appears with a finger of slightly tanned head that receeds fairly fast and leaves faint spotty lacing on the glassware. Aroma has a caramel-like sweetness with a touch of butter and a mixture of minerals and some hops in the backend. Taste includes the flavors led on by the aroma; buttery dark grain flavor with a bit of a mineral taste and some clean hop character brings in the finish with a bit of dark grain flavoring. Slight bit of the alcohol is evident in the back of the throat. Quite a crisp finish with a distinct buttery dark grain flavor that is left lingering in the mouth. Medium to light bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Nothing over the top but a fairly decent representation for the style. (906 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
3.77/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to stevea1210 for the bottle, enjoyed from a pils glass chilled.

The color is deep brown like cola with ruddy hues and a thick tan collar of foam, The laces sticks decently and bead is fine. The smell is woody, roasted and raisiny without any strong coffee elements, more yeast driven aroma than anything. The feel is good with medium light body and slight sweetness with a caramel tinge and semi-high carbonation with moderately dry finish.

The taste is good a very nice lager with some yeast notes and raisin twang from specialty malts with s subtle hint of green apple and plum with a nice woody nuttiness in the flavor, The caramel sweetness seems to balance a little of that though. The overall impression is a good black lager. I remember the original and this is still a good one although there are many I prefer in this style. (845 characters)

Photo of SixpointJMH
3.73/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice near black colour that has some ruby hints to it when held to the light. A creamy beige head with blotchy stickiness tops the liquid.

Aroma has a good burnt malt characteristic to it along with some slight chocolate notes. That said, it's a bit thin overall.

The flavour makes up for the thin aroma with some beefier tones to it: much more roasted and rugged with a good amount of chocolate and perhaps some nut flavour too. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and is spot on for the style.

This is a nice one. Dark lager to me have always had a nice balance of rugged roasted flavour and some smoothness as well and this one is no exception. Enjoyable indeed. (676 characters)

Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
3.73/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark red-brown, the color of rosewood, with a hint of haze. Head was mediocre, and not much lacing on the glass.

S: Not potent with any aroma. There's bready malt, a hint of citrus, and a cabbage-like odor.

T: Surprising tartness up front, folllowed by a grassy malt with little sweetness. The tartness lingers to the very end, when the hops bitterness kicks in.

M: Crisp, well-carbonated, very moist.

O: Different, but not in an exciting way. Frankly, the tartness is the most noticeable characteristic, and it's a little distracting, but it isn't unpleasant either. The second half of the bottle was drunk with food, which helped temper the beer a bit. I finished it easily, but will cross it off my list for future trips to the store. (744 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.73/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Comes out of the bottle a bubbly, translucent mahogany with a thick and rather persistent pale tan head. Strong, malty aroma has smoky and dusty hops notes and a hint of caramel. Malty flavor has a firm note of woody hops, rather like hay, with a caramel touch. Texture has above average strength and fizz, leaving a malty and woody finish. (340 characters)

Photo of sulldaddy
3.72/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

DRinking a cellar temp bottle poured into a snifter. The bottle has been in my cellar for a little bit so I wonder how it has held up.
Pours a very dark brown color with fizzy and tightly packed beige head of 3 cm that fades to a sturdy surface layer that remains through the sampling.
Aroma is toffee and some brown sugar, maybe a little oxidation but very faint on the nose. Appealing sweet scents on this beer.
First sip reveals an average body with crisp texture and very fine tingly carbonation.
Flavor is grainy and sweet malt with some toffee and a little bit of brown sugar too. Finish is a little lingering spicy hops. Very drinkable flavor, again just a hint of oxidation but it doesnt ruin the beer.
A pretty decent lager that Iwish I had tried a little earlier in my possession but still pretty tasty. I would like t try another bottle fresh. (855 characters)

Photo of Seanibus
3.72/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

What is it with North Carolina and refreshing dark brew? Must be something in the water.

Anyhow - pours a deep, slightly translucent black with a small fuzzy head. The aroma is sharp, roasted, and surprisingly hoppy. It has a little nutmeg sting to it The flavor is a bit thinner than I expected - most of what's going on is going on at the finish. The front-end flavor is roasted and malty, with some nutmeg spice. The finish is bitter and slight woody, which develops an unexpected sweet overtone after a while.

Good beer (525 characters)

Photo of micromaniac129
3.7/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep chestnut or brown with a decent size head that was tan in color.
Aroma was light, but the overall aroma was of roasted malts.
Taste pretty good with a nice roasted character and some hop bitterness.
Had a decent mouthfeel but had a slight astringency at the finish.

Overall a good beer but flavor is lacking as in diluted or watered down. (353 characters)

Photo of jnn4v
3.69/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Looks more like a doppelbock than a black lager or Schwarzbier. It's a chestnut brown color that's fully translucent. Tan head filled about 1/5 of the glass even on a careful pour. No visible sediment or haze.

S: Caramel, roasted nuts, pumpernickel bread, molasses, honey wheat bread.

T: Very watery compared to the scent, unfortunately. Vague brown ale malts blend with some hop and stale beer bitterness. The aftertaste is the best part, featuring hints of smoke and roasted chestnuts.

M: Very thin mouthfeel, unfortunately. It's got some carbonation, but seems like the body I'd expect out of Coors, not a craft brewery.

O: Not what I was expecting and/or hoping for, but still drinkable. If I scored it strictly against the style, it'd get an even lower rating. (776 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

my first beer from weeping radish. i had heard alot about them but for one reason or another kept missing them every time they were around. finally caught up and was able to try several offerings. nice pour here with a dark cocoa brown color and a good two inches of foam head that capped the top rather nicely.

aroma is dark campfire smoke, hints of chocolate, but as it warms it seems to fade a good bit and some off, dark fruit maybe? something just goes a bit wrong. flavor is nice, dark malts, lots of smoke an peat like notes and a nice chocolate base. smooth, light body and easy drinking taste made it go down quite smooth.

overall a really solid beer and one i would not mind trying again. (701 characters)

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