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Black Radish Dark Lager - Weeping Radish Eco Farm & Brewery

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87 Ratings
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Ratings: 87
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 15.84%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | 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

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

Maryland

2.78/5  rDev -18.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2011 02:03:28 | More by BuzzLitebier
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jale

Michigan

3.95/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-19-2011 12:22:13 | More by jale
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ebby82

Virginia

2.9/5  rDev -15%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2011 20:21:35 | More by ebby82
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Pencible

Virginia

2.53/5  rDev -25.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2011 19:46:28 | More by Pencible
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TheDudeBeers

Minnesota

3.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to pint

A - Dark Brown in color, almost black. 2 fingers of nice head

S - Caramel, Coffee, malt...kinda sweet smelling

T - Carmel, Malt, Coffee, slight hoppy finish

M - Very light on the tongue for a dark lager

D - Really drinkable, smooth, almost creamy lager. Reminds me of Boddingtons.

Overall a decent beer, but lacking in any serious flavor. Not bad though.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2010 01:18:41 | More by TheDudeBeers
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

2.68/5  rDev -21.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2010 17:46:20 | More by akorsak
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.68/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-21-2010 00:59:15 | More by mikesgroove
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JayQue

Virginia

3.83/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2010 17:46:55 | More by JayQue
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Seanibus

California

3.75/5  rDev +10%
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

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2010 22:13:53 | More by Seanibus
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KTCamm

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2010 11:14:10 | More by KTCamm
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burnstar

Pennsylvania

3.18/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2010 01:42:16 | More by burnstar
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tempest

Pennsylvania

2.42/5  rDev -29%
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 +10%
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 -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.

Serving type: bottle

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

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +18.2%
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 +3.5%
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 -24.3%
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 -30.2%
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 +10.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +20.2%
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 -5.3%
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 -0.9%
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 +20.2%
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 +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 +20.2%
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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78 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.