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Black Radish Dark Lager - Weeping Radish Eco Farm & Brewery

Black Radish Dark LagerBlack Radish Dark Lager

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79 Ratings
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Ratings: 79
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 15.48%


Brewed by:
Weeping Radish Eco Farm & Brewery visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: akorsak on 10-01-2007)
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tempest

Pennsylvania

2.42/5  rDev -28%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2010 03:24:15 | More by tempest
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2010 17:05:56 | More by stakem
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argock

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2010 04:08:24 | More by argock
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beer2day

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +19.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2009 23:36:18 | More by beer2day
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2009 03:35:13 | More by Sammy
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bort11

Missouri

2.58/5  rDev -23.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2009 02:44:37 | More by bort11
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NCBeernut

North Carolina

2.38/5  rDev -29.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2009 05:04:43 | More by NCBeernut
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edmedina

Virginia

3.78/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2009 02:48:38 | More by edmedina
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rtratzlaff

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +22%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-24-2009 21:04:02 | More by rtratzlaff
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JISurfer

South Carolina

3.23/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2009 03:37:28 | More by JISurfer
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indiapaleale

Massachusetts

3.38/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2009 01:41:52 | More by indiapaleale
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krisandajt

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +22%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2008 21:35:55 | More by krisandajt
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NCSUdo

Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2008 00:30:19 | More by NCSUdo
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ncvbc

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +22%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2008 03:33:00 | More by ncvbc
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JasonA

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +19%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2008 03:01:51 | More by JasonA
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Nipitato

Massachusetts

3.55/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2008 17:36:11 | More by Nipitato
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atsprings

North Carolina

3.45/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2008 03:26:47 | More by atsprings
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gregc

New York

3.85/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2008 16:41:13 | More by gregc
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clayrock81

Virginia

3.58/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-05-2008 15:57:34 | More by clayrock81
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

2.9/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2008 23:54:35 | More by ChainGangGuy
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ATLbeerDog

Georgia

2.63/5  rDev -21.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2008 23:19:30 | More by ATLbeerDog
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guinness33

New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2008 14:13:57 | More by guinness33
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PhageLab

Virginia

3.45/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2008 20:33:02 | More by PhageLab
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Minkybut

Virginia

2.9/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2007 15:11:25 | More by Minkybut
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3.93/5  rDev +17%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2007 17:54:55 | More by
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78 out of 100 based on 79 ratings.