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Black Radish Dark Lager - Weeping Radish Eco Farm & Brewery

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Reviews: 58
Hads: 115
Avg: 3.44
pDev: 23.55%
Wants: 2
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 58 | Hads: 115
Photo of NCBeernut
2.36/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

First Radish beer I have tried, even though I have passed by the old location several times down in Manteo. Go figure.

Dark murky brownish black with little head. Smells funky with some roastiness burried underneath - not what I was expecting. Taste is dominated by a harsh acidic sourness - very tangy. Some roasted malts underneath all the mess add some coffee and smoky flavors. Either this is a bad bottle or this is a very odd beer for me. I tend to dislike sour beers, but that isn't what I was expecting from a dark German lager. Mouthfeel is slick and watery, but fortunately not overcarbonated, so it could definitely be worse.

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Photo of tempest
2.43/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Picked up a bomber from Harris Teeter for $3.50, but was not impressed even at that price. The beer was oxidized and tasted like creamy, cocoa newspaper. The oxidation isn't awful, but this beer is a mess. Avoid this one, it's not worth your money. Go buy a sixer of Kostriker if you want a good black beer.

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Photo of Pencible
2.54/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a hazy dark mahogany, with moderate light tan head.
S: It smelled like corn and soggy wheat, with a little roasted barley and copper and day-old coffee.
T: It tasted like rusty copper and sweet corn, with burn barley and a bit of old coffee. It had a very dirty and somewhat bitter aftertaste.
M: It was slightly thick with moderate carbonation. Ok body.
D: This was not a good beer. The scent and taste were dirty and not enjoyable. The body was acceptable at best. Not really worth drinking, so drinkability is low. This is probably the worst of the Weeping Radish beers I've tried, and the others weren't very good! Definitely not recommended.

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Photo of bort11
2.59/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Imstillthegman sent this as an Ugly for the Good/Bad/Ugly BIF. I don't get the radish theme.

1 pt .9 oz bottle, poured into a pilsener glass. Inch of off white head with some pretty good lacing. Color is black until held to to the light. Then it is a dark burnt sugar brown with minimal clarity.

Smell is sour like pickled beets. There is a little bit of roasted malt in the back, but very hard to pick up. Taste is also pickle-ish with some charcoal bitterness. It does get better as it warms up and some smokiness comes in, but not fast enough.

Mouthfeel is light with a lingering charcoal flavor. This is a chore to drink, and I think I shall drain pour. I get the radish theme now.

Blipped "Radishes" by the SnakPak Five

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Photo of ATLbeerDog
2.65/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours rusty. brown and cloudy yellow with a light 1/16 inch head. Below average lacing. Under carbonated with a sweet flowery malt/hop smell. Very fruity light flowery malty hops taste. It finishes with a light mild sweetness with a hint of bitterness. This is a disappointment.

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Photo of akorsak
2.71/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A 650 mL bottle from the brewery in late August.

A: The schwarzbier (when did this transition from a dunkel lager to a schwarzbier?) is a dark caramel brown color, full enough to be opaque even though a few stray rays of light can shine through. The pour generated little in the way of head. What's there is eggshell white with a bit of legginess.

S: The nose is fairly nondescript. A bit of roasted malt, a dash of lactic sweetness. Not nearly as inspiring at the draught (or growler) version.

T: Dark chocolates add a brief flourish at the start of each sip. Unfortunately that flavor is quickly replaced by sweet flavors that seem out of place. A medicinal flavor, very powdery, follows the sweetness. A sour flavor, one that seems out of place, runs throughout the beer.

M: There are signs of the great Black Radish underneath the off flavors. It's there and they just need to do something about the quality.

D: Seems like the draught versions are superior to the bottled version. Too bad. When it's fresh, it's one of the best schwarzbiers around.

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Photo of BuzzLitebier
2.74/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I'm writing this without having read any other reviews, so I'm just giving my initial impressions. The beer looked very promising upon the poor with a nice head and a rich dark brown/black color. However, it was fairly unremarkable otherwise. The mouthfeel was thin, and I tasted a hint of a porter with cocoa and coffee but that was about it. That said, it might be a good session beer if it's not going to be the focus of the session.

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Photo of ebby82
2.88/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown into a pint glass.

A- malt, caramel

T- a little bit of dark malt, sweet, not a whole lot of complexity, but not bad.

M- Medium bodied, a bit thick for a lager.

Overall, I have only Sam Adams black lager to compare with, but this is not nearly as good as the SA. A ver drinkable beer, and certainly not bad, but I wouldn't go out of my way to drink it.

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Photo of Minkybut
2.9/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 50 degrees. The beer was black and had the smell of coffee. The head was not good and went away very fast. It was tan though while there. The beer was a little sour tasting as have been all the other bottled WR beer I have tried. Itt is a shame as I bought these right from the brewery in NC. So I would think they would be fresh and good. This is not the case and I guess they have some kind of problem there with cleanliness. I will not buy again but I will stop there next time and try the beer on tap to see if there is a difference.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.9/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a filthy-looking, murky brown body topped by a wispy, whiteish head.

Smell: Very mild aroma overall. Only slight, vague notes of malt, grainstalks, and crushed crackers.

Taste: Lightly sweet, lightly nutty brown malts. Not much in the way of hop flavor or bitterness. Underlying fruity tartness. Not much of a finish, it just sorta ends.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Now I know what that poor radish is so sad about.

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Photo of burnstar
3.14/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark hazy deep brown. A little reddish when held up to the light. Nice big head with good lacing on the surface. Smell is yeasty and somewhat phenolic. Nice sweet malty flavor. Some bitterness from roasted malt. A bit light bodied and well carbonated. Easily drinkable. Decent overall.

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Photo of JISurfer
3.2/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was an ok schwarzbier. The appearance had a thick little head, but it was very bubbly, I guess a little over carbonation. The smell was very malty, with a little hop spike. Along with the strong malt smell, was a faintness of smoke. Taste was kind of like a porter light. Chocolate malt and a smokey finish were the predominate tastes. Drinkability was kind of average. Nothing really stood out for me.

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Photo of SebD
3.21/5  rDev -6.7%

Appearance: It has a nice dark brown color to it with some amber hues shining through. It has a nice off-white head that dies down somewhat fast and leaves next to no lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of toasted malts, some nuttiness, burnt caramel and a hint of coffee.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a some toasted/roasted malts, some nuttiness, sweet caramel and faint coffee.

Mouthfeel: It has a low carbonation with a somewhat light overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by decent flavors and aromas.

Serving type: can

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Photo of nukem5
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a great dark brown/black with reddish hues at edges. Nice tan foamy head.

S: Notes of bread and grains come first with little or no hops.

T: Taste is of dark malts chocolate and black patent maybe a hint of molasses.

M: Medium bodied but weakly there almost a watery feel on the tongue. Nice lacing and good head retention.

O: Overall a good beer with a full flavor not to familiar with the Shwartzbier style and not to bad to me. The more I drink I get a chocolate flavor.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Undated can at 40 degrees into standard pint glass
Aroma of roasted malt
Head average (4 cm), light brown, creamy, slowly diminishing
Lacing none
Body dark amber, clear
Flavor begins with slightly sweet roasted malt which quickly ends with a malty bitterness; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, creamy, soft carbonation

An OK swartzbier, not the best but still OK. I had this for the first time at my first Penn State beer festival in 2006 and haven’t seen it at ant other northern fests. The first beer I ever ordered on line was a case of this in bombers a couple of years ago (They no longer ship beer). My expectations were high; unfortunately the reality didn’t meet them.

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Photo of argock
3.28/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from 22oz brown bottle into a Samuel Adams perfect pint glass. No freshness date. Purchased at Market Street Wineshop (Charlottesville, VA) for $3.49.

A: Brown ale-ish leather brown color with healthy 2-finger beige cola-like head with good retention and a few spines of lace.

S: Sweet malt aroma with some caramel with sourness and light herbal hops

T: Dark malts put forward a roasty, caramel note which changes to tart apple and herbal hops. Sourness is dominating and drying. No real smokiness or upper-tier maltiness and leaves a buttery sour finish.

M: Good light-medium feel with relatively low carbonation and sour dry herbal finish.

D: A decent brew, but it misses the roasted, lightly smoky character and instead leaves a buttery, sour brew that isn't commanding a second one.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.34/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a tallboy can into a shaker pint, the beer pours an almost black color, with a filmy halo of off-white head. Nose of roasted coffee bitterness, with hints of chocolate, and not much else. Flavors are muted, but if you dig there is some coffee roast and bitterness on a toasted grain backbone. Subtle smoke and chocolate highlights. The body is thin and dry, with a subtle roasted coffee aftertaste. Thin, dry, almost astringent finish. Tasty, but muted, and everything else is all over the place.

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Photo of indiapaleale
3.36/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a very dark, almost opaque brown with slight glimmers of ruby redness when held to the light. Head is thick, fluffy and three fingers worth. It clings to the glass and slowly creeps down the walls.

For some reason, I can't explain it, but the first smell is of celery. This is followed by some sweet and sour malt flavors and some very faint smells of chocolate, caramel and black coffee. I have to say that the smell is a bit odd.

Taste is initially sweet followed by some sourness. Its sort of strange as I was expecting more of a dark roasty taste. None of the dark lager characteristics are coming through. Its not a bad tasting beer, just one that I can't necessarily place.

Its a "soft" smooth drinking beer but the flavors and smells are not exactly what I was hoping for. I received this bottle from a friend in NC that mentioned this one being a little strange and I'd have to agree now that I've experienced it.

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.39/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

tap at the brewery

Pours an opaque black, light tan film for a head.

Smells of smokey and woody elements.

Flavor is smokey, biscuit malts and a woody dry finish.

Thin body with a sting of carbonation on the tongue.

Seeing as this isn't the most common style even at German beer breweries, it's nice to see this as a standard on rotation. It's pretty decent, but a tad watery in the flavor and body. Overall worth a try for fans of the style.

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Photo of iadler
3.43/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle poured into a Russian River "Tion" glass.

A- Dark brown with red highlights that forms a two finger head that dissapates into a thin cap. No sign of lacing.

S- Faint aroma of roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate and coffee beans.

T- Bittersweet chocolate, coffee, roasted malt and a bit of lemon zest at the finish.

M- Medium carbonation and thin body. Finishes slightly dry.

O- A nice session beer that could be enjoyed year round, especially in the winter. Nothing really jumps out, but worth trying.

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Photo of atsprings
3.43/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500mL bottle into a standard pint glass. The beer pours a nice deep almost opaque black with a thin head that diminishes to barely a ring. The aroma was some dark malts, slight caramel and chocolate notes as well. The taste is a nice blend of roasted malts and slight chocolate with a distinct wheat beer touch. The beer is light with decent carbonation. This was a moderately enjoyable beer, but not likely one I'd try again.

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Photo of jwhancher
3.44/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bought a 22-oz bottle during an Outer Banks vacation in early September of this year. Also picked up a mix pack of WP's brats. Paired together for this tasting. Hint: they went excellent together. Now for the beer:

A: appears dark amber with decent head and good carbonation.

S: smells clean with very light toasted notes atop a fresh bread loaf straight outta the oven.

T: clean pilsner malt with some graininess and some light roast. Maybe some light roast like watered down coffee. Has the faintest hint of some cocoa or chocolate. Very clean overall with no off flavors. Just the right touch of bitterness. No significant hop flavor.

M: easy drinking with light to medium mouthfeel. Ample bitterness with good carbonation.

O: a solid dark lager. Easy drinking and probably the right beer for warm summer months. As mentioned earlier, paired great with brats & homemade sauerkraut.

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Photo of PhageLab
3.45/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to MickGoBrach for this one. Large swing top bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Dark brownish red coloration, small tip of froth, decent retention, no real lacing to speak of.

S - Odd aroma, sweet and slightly malty, but there's something else in the nose I'm not quite familiar with, is this actually brewed with radish?

T - Grainy earth like profile, decent bitterness, chocolate malts and possibly veggies. Tastes like a light porter. Tasty, but it's a bit one sided and leaves you wanting something more.

M - Light bodied, mild carbonation level, crisp dry finish.

D - Not bad, I'm not sure I could do more than one though. A decent brew that's a bit outside the box, gotta give props to Weeping Radish for putting out something offbeat.

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Photo of tdm168
3.46/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - deep dark brown with a reddish hue; big mountain of brown, thick, soft, head; good retention

S - faint roasted malts, lager yeast, very light chocolate notes

T - same as the nose; all flavors are very light and faint; roasted malts, chocolate, lager yeast

M - smooth, well carbonated, light to medium bodied, a bit thin at times

This is a decent beer, but it's light, thin at times, and under flavored. All the basics are there. A bit more flavor would do this beer a great service.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.48/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap at Weeping Radish Eco Farm & Brewery in Grandy, NC

A: Pours a clear very dark reddish brown in color with light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some garnet red highlights. The beer has a half finger tall foamy light beige head that slowly reduces to a thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light aromas of roasted malts with a hint of dark fruits (raisin).

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of roasted malts with just a very light hint of dark chocolate. There is a subtle hint of dark fruit (raisin) but without adding much sweetness to the beer. Light amounts of bitterness in the finish.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: Probably my favorite offering from the brewery and one that I have had numerous times before both in bottles and on-tap (though before I started actively reviewing beers). I could easily have a couple of these since both the aroma and flavor are nice and light.

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Black Radish Dark Lager from Weeping Radish Eco Farm & Brewery
79 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.