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Black Radish Dark Lager - Weeping Radish Eco Farm & Brewery

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Reviews: 58
Hads: 110
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 9.74%
Wants: 2
Gots: 10 | 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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Reviews: 58 | Hads: 110
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 Ozzylizard
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%
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. (695 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 indiapaleale
3.36/5  rDev -3.7%
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. (932 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 SportsandJorts
3.54/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance:: deep mahogany color, almost black. a finger of an off white head that fades fairly quickly and leaves only a small lacing behind. some clarity along the edges but the darkness makes it opaque

Smell: soft malt presences. dark malts with some munich and a bit of caramel, hints at coffee. weak noble hop character near the end

Taste: opens with some munich mixed with a moderate caramel. sweetness comes on just a tad too strong. some black licorice taste. again hints of coffee and noble hops

Mouthfeel: light, and just a touch too sweet

Overall: not a bad beer by any means but misses the style just by a bit. could use a little more hops for balance. (668 characters)

Photo of bort11
2.59/5  rDev -25.8%
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 (728 characters)

Photo of Minkybut
2.9/5  rDev -16.9%
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. (575 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 ATLbeerDog
2.65/5  rDev -24.1%
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. (278 characters)

Photo of zaphodchak
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thin offwhite head, hazy brown-amber body. Some surface retention

Smells of nutty malt, maybe almond or hazelnut.

Nut and malt in the taste, but finish is a bit watery. Decently balanced.

Nicely textured if a bit airy.

Decent brown, but I wouldn't call this 'black.' (270 characters)

Photo of NCSUdo
3.56/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 oz bottle

A: Deep lack with some brown hues under a small to medium sized brown head. Some lace and OK retention.

S: Malty, a little toasted, a bit of vegetable present that throws it off a little.

T: Surprising taste. Was expecting a sweeter beer, and although it does finish sweet, it takes on more of porter quality up front. Toasted with some hints of chocolate and coffee.

M/D: Good mouthfeel, creamy. Drinkability is fine. A decent brew overall. (460 characters)

Photo of jwhancher
3.44/5  rDev -1.4%
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. (893 characters)

Photo of burnstar
3.14/5  rDev -10%
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. (293 characters)

Photo of PhageLab
3.45/5  rDev -1.1%
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. (755 characters)

Photo of nukem5
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%
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. (486 characters)

Photo of Nipitato
3.57/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I purchased a couple of bombers from the Weeping Radish brewery of on my way down to vacation on the Outer Banks.

A: Deep dark brown with ruby highlights when light gets through. It this is clear you can't tell due to the darkness.

S: This beer has a pronounced toasted and strong roasted malt aroma. Some cola sweetness from the malt as well as a subtle coffee like aroma.

T: Strong roasted malt flavor that is rich and sweet. Hop bitterness carries throughout. This is probably also attributable to roasted malt but it does not have a bitter chocolate character. Aftertaste dries out and slowly lingers.

MF: Medium body. Not harsh but comes close to acrid. Moderate carbonation.

D, notes: I feel like this is a schwarzbier more than a dunkel lager. The mouthfeel and acrid bitterness gets in the way of this beer's drinkability. (838 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 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 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 iadler
3.43/5  rDev -1.7%
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. (521 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 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 NCBeernut
2.36/5  rDev -32.4%
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. (637 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)

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