Duck-Rabbit Schwarzbier - The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery

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Ratings: 286
Reviews: 170
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 10.78%
Wants: 63
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
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The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: on 07-30-2009

The Duck-Rabbit Schwarzbier is a refreshing summer lager (sometimes referred to as a "black pils"). In true Duck-Rabbit fashion, we've made ours extra schwarzy! It's very dark and quite roasty. Lots of Hallertau hops give this brew an authentic German character.
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Photo of ajsdad06
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle.

Pours a dark brown almost black color with a medium beige head.

The aroma has a nice roasted malt base, coffee, dark chocolate and an interesting smoky component.

The flavor is much of the same: roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate with a mild smokiness. Medium plus bodied.

This is another all around solid beer from The Duck Rabbit.

Photo of AgentZero
3.53/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark bee, almost black, that's a little transparent when held up to the light. Small bit of off-white head that didn't leave anything on the sides.

S - Roasted malts, coffee, little bit of chocolate, some yeast, mild hop aroma.

T - Chocolate with some roasted malt, coffee, little bit of hops, hints of licorice, some yeast. It's pretty solid.

M - Smooth, medium bodied, moderate carbonation.

O - Not a bad beer, particularly for a style that often ends up boring. Would drink this again.

Photo of rootbeerman
3.57/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: pours very dark basically black. Short lasting head, was brown, no lacing and no halo.
S: not much aroma to me, a bit of roasted/toasted bread. A bit of caramel but not much else.
T: dark roasted malt, light hint of coffee. A little touch of smoke.
M: thin but not watery, good carbonation.
O: lagers aren't my forte, but I like this, roasty and toasty not heavy at all. Easy drinking beer.

Photo of mikereaser
3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Duck Rabbit Schwarzbier
A - Pours a very dark brown almost black with an inch or two of tan foam that quickly faded leaving some lacing on the glass.
S - nice mocha, coffee and vanilla aroma, nice roasted background
T - nice roasted malt flavor, some caramel, coffee and vanilla with just a hint of smokiness as well.
M - A bit thinner than I was expecting, nice carbonation, almost a cola feel with a bit of charred finish
D - Good flavor, just a bit thinner than I was hoping for. Easy to drink and not tiresome.

4/3.5/4/3.5/3.5

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The appearance is dark brown, with a decent head and fair lacing. The aroma brings lager scents, malt, roast, chocolates, and toffee. The taste is really enjoyable, with a prominent chocolate malt presence. This beer doesn't really proclaim schwarzbier to me, or truly embody the style, but is tasty nonetheless. The body is a bit thin, with a light coffee bitterness in the aftertaste. Overall, a very drinkable and enjoyable brew.

Photo of GallowsThief
4.07/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received in trade. Poured into a my tulip.

A – Pours a deep brown color think along the lines of Coke. Small tan head.

S – Mocha, vanilla, nutmeg. Sweet smell. Coffee. Very nice.

T - Has a very nice toasted malt flavor. Caramel sweetness. Coffee and vanilla taste just like the smell. Has a faint bitterness to close. Smoky as well.

M – Thin mouthfeel. Highly carbonated.

D – Very drinkable. Solid schwarzbier.

Photo of bum732
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

S: Light roastiness, coffee mostly

L: Black, huge light tan head, good retention and great lacing.

T: Coffee roasty malt with a malty depth. An almost vanilla undertone. Medium-low bitterness leads to some more roastiness in a clean finish.

M: High carbonation, medium bodied.

Great flavors for this style, but way overcarbonated. This is a huge problem as a lot of subtle flavors are lost due to the overcarbonation.

Photo of righthereisay
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on draft. Almost looked like a Guinness draft, but maybe the lacing was a little darker.

The smell was nice, some vanilla, cocoa....maybe licorice.

Taste was the same. The only issue I had was that there was too much carbonation. Maybe add a fresher taste with less carbonation and they have a winner.

That's all. I could drink them all night. But I could drink a lot of beers all night.

Photo of THECPJ
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: black with 2 finger off white head

Smell: toasted or roasted malts

Taste: caramel, toffee,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, clean, crisp

Drinkability: highly drinkable. these guys know how to brew some dark beers. I guess the label is correct dark beer specialists.

Cheers,

The CPJ

Photo of djeucalyptus
3.82/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

pours a dark dark molasses brown with an intense over-carbonated head of a billion fingers, that eventually fades and leaves a surprisingly small lace.

aroma is pleasantly earthy, malty, hints of vanilla and a bit of spice. cocoa and a touch of chocolate.

taste is robustly earthy with caramel, cocoa and coffee undertones. roasty with a hint of green hops.

medium body for the style with some crazy carbonation that slowly mellows out as it sits. but still sharp and a bit too fizzy to really hit it home.

all in all, this is a solid schwarzbier. the carbonation is a bit tough to get by, but the flavors and aroma are really top notch. Definitely worth seeking out.

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep amber to black in color with a light tan head. In the aroma, dry caramel and a small smoke presence. In the taste, small roast, small smoke, and a hint of fruitiness. A small bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry smokiness in the aftertaste. I thought this was a nice representation of style. I really enjoyed it.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to forgetfu for sending this bottle my way. Always happy to try a new beer from Duck-Rabbit.

The beer pours a dark brown to black color with red highlights and a huge tan head. The aroma is heavy on the dry cocoa and the roasted malt. A very nice smelling black lager.

The flavor is similar. I get a lot of chocolate and roasted malt, with some light coffee tones also in there. Very easy to drink.

Thin to medium mouthfeel and a carbonation level that is a little higher than normal for the style.

Photo of Jayli
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Can't recall who I acquired this one from ...
Poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours black in color, minor mahogany hues around the bottom edges when held to the light. A two finger of foamy, creamy tan head. Head has ridiculously nice retention and leaves ringlets of sticky lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is deep roasted malts, light chocolate notes, roasted grain, and a hint of hops.

T: Taste starts with a bit of roasted grain before being taken over by prominent chocolate notes. Chocolate notes hang out while taking on a hoppy, grassy flavoring. Charred malts and minor hints of coffee come in during the finish along with some dry cocoa nib flavoring.

M: Lighter side of medium body, high carbonation, very prickly on the tongue, with a touch oily finish.

D: Goes down easily, very tasty, not too filling, mild kick, nice representation of style. I highly enjoyed this beer - it's one that I would revisit often. The only down side for me was that the carbonation was a touch too much.

Photo of dciBA
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Beerness for this bonus duck rabbit brew.

Pours an attractive black color, crimson around the edges. Tons of puffy tan head. Not sure if there's an over carbonation issue with these or maybe just this one bottle. Tons of thick lacing as it goes down.

Dry cocoa, roasted malt and lager yeast in the nose. Smell is pretty strong and one of the best smelling lagers i've had. Taste is similar. Plenty of chocolate with nice roasted undertones. Not much else going on. The flavor is simple, but nice and full. Fairly bitter with no real hop flavor.

Finishes fairly dry with flavor lingering on your palate nicely. Although there was tons of foamy head initially, carbonation ends up being perfect. Very smooth, drinkable beer. Perfect lager for wintertime.

Photo of coldmeat23
3.91/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

GLASS: Pilsener Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees

This pours a very dark crimson color, which at first appears to be black. An easy pour produces a massive head of light brown colored foam. It's fairly thick and creamy and hangs around for several minutes. As it recedes, it leaves thick patches of craggy lacing.

Tons of roasted barley/malts come through. Light hints of toast, coffee and chocolates. Mild trace of smoke.

Lots of cocoa, along with some decent espresso notes. Smoke with light traces of leather. A mild lacto sweetness. Still, tons of roasted malt presence. Mild hints of earthy hops.

This one is medium-bodied and has a high level of carbonation. This lends a certain sharpness to it, as well as a light touch of creaminess. For my personal taste, I'd like it to have a bit more body to it. To style though, I think it gets damn close.

At 5.80%abv, I don't think that this one hides it's alcohol very well. Then again though, that's not alot of alcohol to hide anyway, and I find this beer to be very tasty and nicely drinkable.
I tend to stay away from lagers in general, for the most part, as I mostly don't like them. Duck-Rabbit has come through for me again though, by producing a lager that I'd actually enjoy drinking.

Photo of Spica66
3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Very dark brown/black color. Extreme head formation! Be careful pouring this one!!

S: Dark coffee, roasted barley, very nice!

T: Just like it smells. Dark, roasty and nice.

M: Medium body. Over carbonated for sure.

D: Very tasty. Like a light-bodied porter. I would have more of these.

Photo of Urbancaver
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huuuge head on this beer. Dark beer settling at the bottom with brown head. Smells malty. Hints of some smokiness. Not sure what else is going on. A bit weird. Tastes stouty roasted and smoky. Solid mouthfeel and fairly drinkable but overall not that great

Photo of jimpala
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Is this supercharged with co2?
Makes a vigorous noise when opened and pours a huge head.
Even as it warms up a little it still pours a huge head.
Let the head settle and it is very drinkable. Nice smokey, chocolate, hoppy flavor.
I'll look forward to the 2011 rendition.

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a flute. Lot of carbonation going on here. First pour yielded four plus fingers of head.

3.5 A: Black color. Three fingers of frothy light tan head. Good retention, but just touches of spotty lacing.

4.0 S: Dark roast coffee, roasted barley, ashy toastiness, and grainy. Finally, a slight touch of funkiness similar to what you might find in a Berliner.

4.0 T: Taste is much like the nose. Dark roast black coffee, roasted malts, ashy, smoky toastiness, and grainy.

3.5 M: Lighter medium body. Too much carbonation, which gets really annoying trying to pour this one. Roasty aftertaste and reasonably smooth. Anyway, too much carbonation, but okay otherwise.

4.5 D: Solid beer. I've had more than half a dozen of this style now and I'm really starting to appreciate it. Each one has been noticeably different. This one is definitely the roastiest one and is something I'd like to drink at least once a year. Anyway, good drinkability. Tasty and interesting enough to warrant another.

Photo of errantnight
3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A really well done Schwarz. Pours a heady (very heady) deep, almost black with a fluffy pale head. Lightly roasted notes come through on the nose, accentuated on the palate, with a nice balance of earthy, faintly citric hopping and a crackery body. Medium to light bodied with an acidic finish. Could drink it all evening.

Photo of aval89
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Special thanks to wedge421 for this brew.

A: poured a nice dark dark brown almost black color with at least a 3 finger worth of head (off white almost tan).. Very creamy head with tight small bubbles.. Head sticks around for quite some time.. As it settles it becomes more frothy..

S: roasty & sweet upfront.. Cocoa & toffee for sure with hints of milk chocolate... Lightly roasted coffee beans are also in there..

T: taste almost follows the smell.. Has a quick roasty coffee note upfront with cocoa quickly overpowering it.. Then a very noticeable milk chocolate flavor comes in with a nice toffee/caramel underlying flavor... Finish is dark chocolate with roasty coffee bean bitterness but is very clean for what it is..

MF: a little more carbonated than I'd like.. Heavy medium mouthfeel.. Still nice though..

D: nice drinkable brew.. It actually blew me away a little.. Wish I had another..

Photo of tpd975
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice dark black, tan head good retention and some spotty lace.

S: Light smoke, loads of chocolate, coffee, and a tinge of hops.

T: Nice brew, rich with a touch of smoked malt. Rich bitter chocolate with some acrid coffee. Another good DR brew.

M: Medium in body nice carbonation solid

D: Good I really like it.

Photo of MasterSki
3.39/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to BucketBoy for this extra. Served in a flute.

A - Popping the cap reveals a slight gusher. Pours with three fingers of light mocha foam that settles to a thin cap and leaves a few stray spots of lace. Body is typical schwarzbier - looks black in the shade, but is a transparent chocolate brown with ruby highlights when held to the light. Lots of bubbles in this one.

S - Thankfully this doesn't smell infected. Guessing the gushing was due to something else. Heavily roasted malts, a hint of smoke, baker's chocolate, some fruitiness, and a metallic twang.

T - Taste is more bready, with light cocoa, floral hop notes, and some nuttiness. Tastes a bit better than it smells, as it doesn't have that metallic note.

M - It's overcarbonated for sure, with some zest and harsh lip-burning going on. Body is medium, with a sticky, chewy finish.

D - It's a fairly solid American take on the Schwarzbier. The carbonation issue knocks it down a bit, but otherwise it's a reasonably enjoyable brew.

Photo of aerozeppl
4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Black with only the slightest hint of brown around the edges. Really nice looking beer. A little bit of coffee colored head with minimal head retention.

S: Huge chocolate and roast character. Little bit of sweetness in the back end and a touch of lager yeast. The chocolate and roast are really pleasing though.

T: Smooth as part of the taste. The chocolate and roast are so nice and work so well together that this beer is a joy. The most flavorful example of the style I have had by far.

M: To style the mouthfeel is light and never overbearing. Nicely carbonated.

D: Really nice drinker for a cool evening. We have snow on the ground here so it was time. I have had their super rare one off stuff but their normal seasonals should not be overlooked.

Photo of JohnQVegas
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into Sam Adams sensory glass, picked up in Asheville. One of my favorite styles, so very eager to try.

Pours deep ruby brown, verging on black depending on how it's viewed. Massive light brown head is very fluffy, rocky, looks very much like the head on a root beer float. Three to four fingers at first, then it actually grows a bit, before finally settling down enough to let me finish the pour a couple of minutes later. I'm thinking some carbonation issues may be present, eh? Still, retention is very good - takes forever and a day for the head to die down enough to really start drinking, and 20 minutes on top of that before it fell to a thin but solid light brown cap. And when it did finally die, there were sheets of lacing all down the sides of the glass.

Nose is rich with baking cocoa, preceded by just a bit of acidic roasted malt bite up front. Dry, powdery even. Lightly sweet, with just a hint of espresso.

Taste is smooth initially; nice fruitiness is surprising, adds a bit of brightness to the subtle dark cocoa and lightly acrid black malt notes that follow and come to dominate. Moderate amount of caramel sweetness in there as well. Just a bit of woodiness on the finish, with more lingering caramel sweetness, and a light, dry hop bitterness lingering the longest. A bit sweet for the style, yet still quite balanced. I found it quite enjoyable.

Should be noted, I also detected the light metallic taste noted by others on the first few sips, but that quickly faded as the beer warmed.

Mouthfeel is light, with a lightish carbonation that has a nice, soft fluffiness to it - guess the massive head did away with the carbonation issues I previously feared. Finish is nice and dry by the end.

Light in body, very flavorful, very well balanced, crisp - very nice beer.

Duck-Rabbit Schwarzbier from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 286 ratings.