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Black Radish Dark Lager - Weeping Radish Eco Farm & Brewery

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Reviews: 58
Hads: 113
Avg: 3.44
pDev: 23.55%
Wants: 2
Gots: 11 | 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 Sammy
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Radek. Black with brown spot of smoke,and lace. Creamy mouthfeel,caramel but not thick, that evolves into sourshness, and then a drying finish. Lots of coffee, some cocoa. Decent shwartzbier characteristics, but too much on the sourish part in lieu of hops.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.68/5  rDev +7%
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.

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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 Slatetank
3.77/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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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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Photo of stakem
3.77/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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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 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 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 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 clayrock81
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received a nice, almost midnight black body with a little brownish tint when held to light. A rocky head that dissipates fairly slow and leaves some lace patches. The smell was basic and rather non nose-catching, with basic malts coming through but nothing real noticeable.
This is a good, medium-bodied brew that had some creaminess and smoothness to it - malts noticable like chocolate, coffee and some roasted. It is a little simplistic, and there are better stouts out there. Still, a good beer and I wouldn't turn it down if offered again.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.73/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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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 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 KTCamm
3.88/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.72/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.7/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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Photo of jsanford
3.9/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

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Photo of JayQue
3.8/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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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 lackenhauser
3.52/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark, chestnut brown. Not a schwarzbier color wise. Foamy, off white head. caramel, sweet malt aroma. Almost a raisen like tang. Malty enough flavor upfront. Presents a somewhat metallic/sulfury taste. Slight hop bitterness in the fade. Nice full mouthfeel. Overall there is better out there. I hate to dis Weeping Radish but for me the have never been the same since the move from Manteo. I try them each year and it just is not there 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 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 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 deltatauhobbit
4.2/5  rDev +22.1%
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.

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Black Radish Dark Lager from Weeping Radish Eco Farm & Brewery
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