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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 TheDudeBeers
3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
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. (388 characters)

Photo of akorsak
2.71/5  rDev -22.3%
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. (1,057 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
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. (701 characters)

Photo of JayQue
3.8/5  rDev +8.9%
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. (602 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 KTCamm
3.88/5  rDev +11.2%
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. (353 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 tempest
2.43/5  rDev -30.4%
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. (307 characters)

Photo of stakem
3.77/5  rDev +8%
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. (906 characters)

Photo of argock
3.28/5  rDev -6%
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. (798 characters)

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 Sammy
3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
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. (264 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 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 edmedina
3.8/5  rDev +8.9%
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. (731 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 JISurfer
3.2/5  rDev -8.3%
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. (407 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 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 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 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 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)

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 atsprings
3.43/5  rDev -1.7%
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. (426 characters)

Photo of gregc
3.83/5  rDev +9.7%
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. (530 characters)

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