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Duck-Rabbit Schwarzbier - The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery

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173 Reviews
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Reviews: 173
Hads: 298
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 9.2%
Wants: 65
Gots: 21 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 173 | Hads: 298
Photo of Spica66
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
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. (293 characters)

Photo of gabe23
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Black with a fizzy tan head that fades fast. Not much in the way of lacing.

S - Roasted malt with a touch of black coffee and burnt toast. A little hops mixed in as well.

T - Toasted breadiness up front that transitions smoothly into a slight hop bite. The finish has some sweetness balanced with dark chocolate bitterness.

M - Fairly heavy body for the style, though carbonation is high which lightens things up a bit.

D - I'm a fan of dark lagers, and this is a good one. It has the signature Duck Rabbit flavor that I taste in all their beers, which I like, but I'd like prefer them to branch out a bit more. Still it's a nice addition to the lineup from a great NC brewery. (686 characters)

Photo of atsprings
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Flying Saucer served in a standard pint glass a dark almost opaque black with a decent head that diminishes to a ring and leaves slight lacing on the glass. The aroma is a decent amount of roasted malts, dried fruits, cocoa and slight coffee. The taste is a nice subtle blend of roasted malts with subtle yet present coffee, cocoa, and dried fruits with a decent hop backbone. The beer is quite light and refreshing, even on a hot summer day. This is a very respectable version of the style. (501 characters)

Photo of wvsabbath
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Black, very light traces of brown 1/4 inch creamy head

Smell - Has a burnt, smoked porter smell. Can smell the alcohol, hops, some sugars, malts and barley.

Taste - Well now, this has some bite to it. A little rough but alot of flavors, backed by a smoked taste. I really liked the malt kick it had. Theres some nice hop and yeast flavor in there also. This beer has alot going on

Mouthfeel - Its a little bitter but its very enjoyable. Mouth gets a treat since theres so many flavors in this.

Drinkabilty - I would buy this again. I reminds me alot of a smoked porter but its a little more bitter and hoppy. DIfferent, tasty and enjoyable, could drink a few of these (709 characters)

Photo of mechamifune
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a little darker than cola color.... .5 in tan head develops and goes away pretty quickly. Lacing it pretty strong and carbonation is pretty evident and on par for the style. A good looking beer.

Smell is a bit roasty/smokey with hints of dark chocolate. Not an overpowering smell, but for a lager style it is pretty strong.

Taste is much like the smell, though with the dark malts becoming more obvious. Finishes a little smokey and even slighty bitter, even though the hops are very muted in the beer. A pleasant though not overpowering taste profile.

Mouthfeel is relatively smooth. The finish is a little harsher than I would like in a lager, but still not abrasive. Not creamy like a porter or stout despite having a lot of the same taste notes... but then again its not supposed to be is it.

Overall this is another fine beer from duck rabbit, who, for my money, is the most consistant brewer in the state of NC. I wish they would brew this one year round, as I enjoy it ever so slightly more than their milk stout or porter (and certainly more than the brown or amber ale). (1,089 characters)

Photo of samie85
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. Originally consumed 1/12/09.

A-Pours an oil slick black with medium brown head into my Perfect Pint glass.

S-Chocolate and roasted malt with an earthiness to it.

T-Sweet chocolate with roasted malt bitter, dryness in the middle and finishes with dry and sweet chocolate. It has that classic Schwarzbier taste profile going on.

M-Velvety and smooth with medium body. Crisp carbonation tingles the tongue.

D-Very easy drinking. I wish I had regular access to this one. (492 characters)

Photo of wchesak
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass

A - black except for slight brown towards the bottom, half fingers worth of head that dissipates quickly leaving a rim, hardly any lacing

S - roasted coffee very prominent, hop notes are very subtle

T - roasted chocolate malt, toffee at front then leads to some caramel before the bitter hops kick in at the end, bittery/dry aftertaste that lingers

M - medium bodied, good carbonation brings flavors out

D - not a style I go after often, but had this beer in my beer of the month selection, enjoyed it much more than expected, great for the fall, and enough complexity for an after dinner drink (626 characters)

Photo of SIRIUS2
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours dark to black with just the slightest hint of translucence. Modest tan head of perhaps a fingers width at best that quickly dissipates to a heavy ring. Light lacing.

Very modest aroma of malt, but they smell like medium roasted coffee. Pleasant and very inviting.

Tastes are broad of malt with and amazing smoothness and rather heavy mouthfeel. Plenty of sweetness but very well matched with coffee and chocolate bitterness. A rather light carbonation allows for an overall creaminess that seems common to the Duck Rabbit line of brews. Goes down smooth and easy.

Nice brew! Another fine brew from Duck Rabbit. (667 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (511 characters)

Photo of Franziskaner
4/5  rDev -0.5%

The beer is black in color and just barely allows light to penetrate it. A fingernail thin khaki colored head rests on top. Aroma of dark malt,chocolate,and a bit of black licorice. The taste is of chocolate and dark wheat with an edge of bitterness in the front of the palate. The fade is sweet dark malt. The mouth is slightly sticky from the malt. (355 characters)

Photo of silver0rlead
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown with a cola colored head that retains well. The aroma has some chocolate and espresso notes upfront, with some dark fruits and burnt bread, molasses, cola and a hint of smoke. The flavor is similar with dark chocolate and espresso notes initially, along with some burnt bread, molasses, prune, smoke and a touch of alcohol. Mouthfeel is appropriately light, and drinkability is very good. Another quality seasonal from Duck Rabbit, and it's nice to have darker beers available over the summer. (517 characters)

Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to gford217 for this 12 oz bottle.

A: The lagerbier is as dark as a stout, pitch black although not nearly as viscous. It's head is off-white, just barely, came close to half a finger on pour with no lacing.

S: THe nose is roasted, emphasizing coffee and semi-sweet chocolate. Lots of toasted flavors lingering around.

T: The roasted aroma continues into the taste, a full dark burnt flavor that is more grainy than not. That graininess is stronger than any chocolate and coffee flavors and builds to a climax before suddenly falling off. The flavor doesn't disappear, it just settles down quickly. The result is a toasted bread, almost burnt, with has a peppery sharpness.

M: The mouthfeel is burnt without the intense fruitiness of an imperial stout. The result is a much smoother beer that allows the darker malts to show off.

D: Another nice dark beer from Duck Rabbit. The alcohol never gets in the way of the over-roasted malts. (946 characters)

Photo of Murchmac
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got in a trade with cvstrickland. Thanks Chuck!

Brown rich creamy head, black with cherry mahogany highlights.

Malt up front, lager smells which was suprising, but not, because its a lager.

Pretty perfect, chocolate, coffee, Julie Newmar purrfect. (251 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear yet opaque very dark brown in color with light to moderate amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and some ruby red + cola brown + dark amber highlights. The beer has a half finger tall sudsy light tan head that reduces to a large patch of very thin film and a thin ring of larger bubbles at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of roasted malts with light to moderate aromas of freshly roasted coffee and some light hints of chocolate + anise.

T: Upfront there is a moderate to strong flavor of dark roasted malts with some moderate flavors of roasted coffee. There are moderate flavor of bittersweet chocolate and just a light hint of anise/licorice. There is a light to moderate amount of lingering bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Relatively crisp.

O: This is a really nice schwarzbier - well brewed and to style. Lots of complexity and roastiness to the flavors/smell of this beer. Definitely worth grabbing again. (1,059 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
4/5  rDev -0.5%

My recent forays to NorVA and WASDC have enabled me to stop in at Total Wine & More stores in those areas, which is where this beer came from.

From the bottle: “Made in Farmville, North Carolina”; “Proudly hand made in small batches”; “The Dark Beer Specialist”.

Once more, I heard a hissing when Pop!ping the cap, so either it had a snake in there or it was heavily carbonated. As I began even the gentlest of pours, it quickly became obvious that the latter was the case. The four-plus (!) fingers of light-tan head were dense and long-lasting, adding to my frustration. It just sat there like a dollop of coffee ice cream, refusing to fall and evidencing great retention. Color was Black/Opaque (SRM =44) with NE-quality clarity and garnet highlights. Nose had a rich coffee-like bitterness along with a dark chocolatiness. Mouthfeel was kind of thin and watery, despite all of its carbonation. The taste was very evocative of a dark chocolate candy bar! Dark chocolate, coffee-like bitterness and even a charcoal smokiness made up the taste in this one. Finish was dry, bitter, kind of like powdered cocoa. (1,124 characters)

Photo of harrymel
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by: 10/2011
A: black and opaque with a finger of dirty brown foam and cobweb lace. Looks nice. (4)
S: Nuts, coffee, hollow co2 chill. Leaves in the fall, a bit muddy. (4)
T: Hints of unsweetened cocoa, coffee grounds, metal and the slightest hazelnut give this an interesting and pleasant flavor. Never thought I’d say this, but this beer might benefit from the smallest addition of smoke malt. (4)
M: Nice and smooth with a light body and dry finish. (4)
O: Good beer. Could drink this on a cool summer night in volume. (4) (536 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to cvstrickland for this brew.

Pours a nice black color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy tan head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with lots of chocolate/toffee, vanilla. The taste is sweet, malty, nice little bitterness, chocolate/toffe, slight vanilla note. Medium body. Drinkable, a very nice Schwarzbier, thanks Chuck. (372 characters)

Photo of GJ40
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 12oz bottle in a standard pint glass. Enjoy by date is 11/09.

A deep brown with a touch of light coming through and a small tan head that dissipates quickly. A strong smell of coffee dominates the aroma. In fact, it hits you before you even raise the glass. The coffee taste is milder than the smell but it's pretty prominent. Other flavors include cocoa, fruit and floral hop flavor. The consistency is moderate and the carbonation isn't high but the bubbles make a noticeable impact.

A little strong in coffee flavor for me (though I see no references on the bottle or online to any actual coffee used in the beer) but this is a good beer. (658 characters)

Photo of beer2day
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark black pour with deep cream head. No lacing. Good retention.

Deep coffee nose with toasted malt. chocolate and weak toffee.

intense chocolate hit . Deep roast flavor. Bitter chocolate in the finish. nice bitters.

feel is very creamy. surprisingly so.

very easy to drink. (279 characters)

Photo of CwrwAmByth
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 355ml bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a dark black colour with a very mouth-watering and lovely brown head. Some good lacing too.

Smells dark and malty.

Tastes thick yet slightly watery. Fairly dark and burnt malts present too.

Overall a decent beer. Couldn't drink it in large quantiities though. (317 characters)

Photo of madbrewer9
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown/black color, almost opaque.
Nice dense dark tan head.
Aroma-dark malt, slightly sweet with some chocolate and coffee notes.
All flavor components come together well. Nice malt roastiness,a tad of sweet malt with some bitter chocolate and noble hop flavor in background.
Nice drinking beer. Very good representation of style. (335 characters)

Photo of ajsdad06
4/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (357 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 ounce pint - $5.25 at Taco Mac in Roswell, Georgia.

Appearance: Dispensed a dark brown, near black body beneath a scant layering of foam the color of sandstone (according to TheLibrarianGirl).

Smell: Smells of brewed and subsequently chilled coffee with a notable roastiness to it and tag along notes of smoked licorice rope, unsweetened chocolate, and fruits of the dark variety.

Taste: DRS has a start of sweet roastiness akin to sugar-sweetened coffee dosed with a small lump of baker's chocolate and trailed by a hint of smoky burnt grains and a very, very light touch of dark caramel. Some time and warmth bring about a small amount of roasted grain astringency. Slight dark fruitiness of prunes. Earthy, roasty bitterness. Continued roastiness and some mild, lingering bitterness on the drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Has a nice smoothness to the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: A quality Schwarzbier with its light lager qualities but still plenty of roasty, malty goodness. (1,012 characters)

Photo of damndirtyape
4.01/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle, best by 10/2014, served in a Rastel pokal glass.

Appearance: Black with some clear cola brown at the edges. Plenty of persistent strands and islands of lacing. Light tan persistent head as well the whole way down the glass.

Smell: Hints of coffee, chocolate, smokiness, and herbal leafiness that reminds me a tad of smoked tobacco.

Taste: Roasted malts with a hint of mocha. A smoky bitterness is mixed in along with a noble hop finish. Earthy with a hint of counterbalanced sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Spicy on the tongue - well carbonated but not fizzy. Nice thickness and not sticky on the teeth.

Overall /Drinkability: Nicely bitter but in a very refreshing way. Overall I found the beer actually quite nice - it paired well with food (sloppy joes) and I think I could sip and savor one as well. Interestingly, despite how much I enjoyed it, I only want one right now. 12oz seems to be a perfect serving for one evening. So in that regard, it is overall very satisfying to the point I don't want another one. Or at least another one this evening. I might have to get a six pack and try it over a few nights and see my enjoyment carries past one evening. (1,174 characters)

Photo of cjgiant
4.01/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap:
Pours a very fluid black liquid. As the table moves, the beer easily Laos up and down the glass, with a highly contrasting off-white head (that actually seems darker part way into the pour) along for the ride across most of the beer's surface. Nice thick foamy ring provides lacing down the glass.

The smell is harder to pin down in this place, but is reminiscent of a dark roast coffee, with some smoke added for accent.

The taste starts crisp and cracker-like, but a dark grain cracker. The initial tastes remind me of pumpernickel with the combination of dark grain taste and a somewhat spicy bitterness. There's a But more coffee coming out as the beer warms, but that taste actually seems to evolve into a light smokey taste like there's a campfire somewhere nearby but you can't make out where.

It is a lager, and the appearance foreshadows the feel-which is a bit on the light side, but the beer overall has a nice depth of flavor to it, layering the grain, roasted malt, smoke, and bitterness together in a nice balance.

Little surprised on this one, as Duck Rabbit misses me more often than not. But this is a solid, enjoyable beer. (1,158 characters)

Duck-Rabbit Schwarzbier from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 173 ratings.