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Duck-Rabbit Schwarzbier - The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery

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Reviews: 173
Hads: 297
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 9.2%
Wants: 65
Gots: 21 | 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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Reviews: 173 | Hads: 297
Photo of righthereisay
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
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. (400 characters)

Photo of slym
1.38/5  rDev -65.7%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I think I got a bad bottle. It didn't taste "skunky" so much as it tasted like coffee made with seawater. It looks nice, but there was something off about it and I knew it as soon as I opened it.

I will have to try this again later, but for now, with nothing to compare it to, this review stands. (297 characters)

Photo of Wolfpack2005
3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark black with a three finger head that sticks around for awhile.

Has a malty aroma with a hint of licorice and coffee

Taste of roasted malts with small amount of coffee and hops make their way through.

Mouthfeel definitely has some bite but it is suprisingly light considering how heavy it looks.

Overall a pretty solid and complex beer. I will definitely be buying this beer in the future. (405 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 Genghis22
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best By 11/09

A - Pours completely black, with a nice thin mocha color head. No light penetration at all.

S - Smokey, woody, nutty goodness. All malts in the nose. Great aromas from the roasting process.

T - Big roasty malts are at the front of this beer, both in the nose and the mouth, but the hops really come through. The malt hits you first, but the hops come in and balance the flavor out very quickly. The aftertaste is more of the smokey, nutty roasted malt taste.

M - Light to medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Crisp and clean, leaves the mouth a bit dry.

D - Very tasty beer. Almost like a diet porter. Good nutty smokey flavors from the roasted malt, but enough hops to give it some character. The body is not very thick, making this an easy drinker. (778 characters)

Photo of Ezone024
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks brent K for this fantastic brew.

pours out straight black with nice 2 finger cola colored head, smells of light chocolate and roasted malts, little hop spicyness in the back, not much tho.

tastes like a light stout with a tad bit more pronounced hop presence and a less creamy more, lager like body.
roasted chocolate and slight hints of coffee.

great mouthfeel and drinkability.
tasty and full enough for the winter yet light and drinkable for the summer too! (470 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 dgfair
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into my Samuel Adams Boston Lager specialty glass.

The beer pours a beautiful dark black color with a nice big tan foamy head. The head dissipates fairly quickly, leaving the glass lined with some nice sticky lacing. As I take a whiff, my nose is greeted with a lovely smokiness of roasted malt with a slight caramel/toffee backbone...a perfect balance of sweet and smoke in the aroma.

The taste is delicious roasted malt upfront with a little balance from the sweet malt behind. I also get a slight touch of oak and vanilla as the beer remains in my mouth. On the swallow, the beer leaves an earthy flavor of roasted oak with a little bit of almost fruity sweetness.

This is a fantastically easy drinker...not sure on the abv, but this one goes down smooth. Definitely a sessionable beer with a ton of flavor. The only other schwarzbier that I've had in quantity is the Sam Adams Black Lager, and I think the Duck Rabbit is head and shoulders above. I would love to see DR add this to their standard lineup, as it could become a go-to. (1,067 characters)

Photo of dciBA
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
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. (768 characters)

Photo of TheDinger
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a pint glass. Rich, deep brown/black with nice 2 finger tan head. Minimal lacing, spotty at best. Smell is of rich malts, some notes of cocoa and brown sugar, a hint of coffee. Not a strong aroma. Taste is sweet and a bit on the chocolate end of the spectrum. A little hint of coffee, similar to the nose. A little hop ending to even out the sweet beginning. A good balance of carbonation to wake up the tongue. Creamy and silky to round it out. Overall- A very good schwarzbier that is complex and smooth. Roasted malts and sweet chocolate with coffee blend with a decent amount of carbonation. A solid brew I will seek out again- Tasty (661 characters)

Photo of spartanfan
3.72/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours an opaque black with a small of white head that quickly dissipates into a ring.

S: Lots of roasted and smokey smells up front with some chocolate and malty sweetness in there as well.

T: The chocolate is more pronounced in the flavor of the beer than the scent. Nice toffy and caramel flavors that are not too sweet at all. There is a deffinate smokey characted that is also not overpowering, but very enjoyable. It offsets the sweetness very well.

M: Moderate level of carbonation, and perhaps the slightest warming sensation.

D: This is a unique beer that I thoroughly enjoyed, and hope to have again, but not one I think I would like all the time. (663 characters)

Photo of dc55110
2.51/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Received as an "extra" from JCB!

12oz bottle, notched "10," poured into a 14oz tulip

Pours nearly opaque, just a small amount of light penetrates the edges. A vigorous pour yields about a finger of head that quickly dissipates to a small ring around the perimeter of the glass. A gentile swirly leaves a nice amount of lacing behind.

The nose is very much smokey and peaty. The roasted malts ought weigh anything else here.

Smokey, earthy and watery. Not much doing here. No malty-ness to the smoke. Very reminiscent of the smell of a fire-pit they morning after a long rain.

Thin, nearly watery, visually there appears to be a lot of carbonation, on the tongue there is little to nothing.

I'm hoping this was a bad bottle. There is nothing here besides burnt earth. (772 characters)

Photo of hippityhops85
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer blew my mind. I had never had a Schwarzbier before this one. The color of the beer made me thing "oh here comes another heavy weight" while the viscosity should have tipped me off otherwise. The taste of this beer really reminds me of good coffee and smoldering embers. The beer is black, and i mean BLACK. It's really nice looking in a glass mug. Really happy with the results and I am on the hunt for more Schwarzbiers! (431 characters)

Photo of Vec2267
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - black, with red tints when held up to the sun, 1/2 tan head which falls fast and coats the side of the glass nicely

S - smokey, peat, coffee

T - much the same as the smell, lots of smokey roasted flavors

M - medium in body, rich without the syrupy feel of some styles and low in alcohol

O - wonderful beer

I love this style, but have a hard time finding it. I occasionally find Palone, this is much better. Purchased at Bruisin' Ales in Asheville while on vacation last fall. One bottle made it home for the review. (524 characters)

Photo of nms1987
3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mad props to D-R for finally busting this out. I remember that it was supposed to be one of the first beers they did a long time ago.

Looks nice. Looks like a schwarz. BIG creamy, tan head. Dark body. Opaque. Basically black with maybe a little brown/caramel/ruby cola colors at the edges under light.

Smells decent... cream and vanilla on the nose. A definite spicy thing in the nose too but not in a hoppy way and I would be shocked (given the style) if I'm smelling alcohol.

Tastes real good. Smooth and creamy with a coffee/chocolate thing. The faint bitterness at the finish, melded with the natural chocolate notes gives a really fun baker's (unsweetened, bitter) chocolate aftertaste. Fairly crisp and clean finish considering the nice maltiness it has.
Mouthfeel is, again, smooth and creamy.
Drinkability is high. Very enjoyable to sip or gulp. I'd love to have another

Nice beer. Really nice beer.
A-? (the rating so far at this point), I don't know about that. I think some people are getting caught up in the Duck Rabbit hype, the "limited release"-ness and the unusual-ness of Schwarz.
Hell, maybe this is an A-, it is damn good. B+/A-. Really borderline. I really like it but it isn't knocking my socks off. I don't think it is better than the Sam Adams Black Lager (and that was 3-4 bucks cheaper than this before the crappy Sam Adams distrib in the area discontinued it)

Schwarz is just such a nice style. I think if more people got over their OMG A DAAARK BEEER fears this style could be a hit. It is so enjoyable to both the enthusiast and the layman. It is interesting and can be complex enough for the enthusiast but it is just so damn smooth, rich and clean for the layman. Easily approachable. I've had some success recommending Schwarz to folks looking to get into non-Lite beer for those reasons. Rich and tasty yet smooth and easy to drink. (1,870 characters)

Photo of javincik
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass

A-Pours a deep brown, almost black, but not quite fully opaque. Reddish around the edges. Capped by a massive 3 inch brown head that recedes quite slowly to about 1/2 inch cap of foam that remains for the duration. Great head retention and leaves a nice lacing.

S-Some burnt and roasted grain along with subtler chocolate and coffee flavors. Hops lend an oh so subtle herbal mint aroma.

T-Pretty much follows the nose. This one isn't quite to style with the German examples I've had. A little heavy on the roast and somewhat drier and less sweet than some of the German versions. The hops round it out quite nicely though, lending a slightly medicinal character that plays off all the roastiness almost perfectly.

M-Heavily carbonated, almost excessively so. Took me almost five minutes to pour the full bottle into my slightly undersized pilsner glass. Still, head retention was excellent. Mouthfeel really improves as it warms. Despite the fact that it's a lager, I will drink this around 50 degrees from now on. Finishes nice and crisp as you would expect.

D-Great session lager for the late summer and early fall. Really wish more breweries would put beers like this out. Sometimes you just want something flavorful but still nice and easy to drink. This one fits the bill quite nicely. Definitely worth picking up a sixer during its seasonal release. (1,401 characters)

Photo of pvo
4.52/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I was talking to a fellow shopper in Carrboro Beverage Company about this, which they were offering on tap, and he recommended against it. Luckily, a friend of mind walked in soon afterwards, and we shared their $2 pours of both this and Sierra Nevada's Hoptimum. I'm glad I didn't miss this one.

Many Schwarzbiers, to me, are too thin; the Kostritzer one has always been too carbonated for my taste, and several others- like Uinta's Baba Black Lager- I've tried seem to lack depth. I realize lightness is supposed to be a characteristic of this style, but some seem to go too far in that direction. This one may have the opposite problem for many.

It has the same roast, chocolate flavors one would expect in a mild stout or porter, but has a distinctly lighter finish. It's a nice addition to the belgians/wheats that I've been drinking all summer. I'd seek it out again. (876 characters)

Photo of Bitzy
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Given to me by a friend from PA, Since I can't get Duck Rabbit in NYC

Appearance: Opaque black, moderate carbonation, light brown head (great retention).

Aroma: Dry cocoa, bittersweet chocolate, some nuttiness, hints of coffee, roasted malts, and that metallic lager taste.

Taste: Very impressive! A nice bittersweet chocolate, roasted malts, some sweet coffee in the aftertaste, and some of that metallic lager taste (blended in well)

Mouthfeel: While cold ie out of the fridge, the mouthfeel was sorta light, but once it warmed up to about 48-52F a nice creaminess replaced the former sensation and made the beer quite enjoyable.

Overall: My new favorite Schwarzbier!!! (676 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 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 mattpoin
3.71/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm always happy to see Duck-Rabbit coming out with new styles, especially since so few breweries are committed to dark beers year-round. The pour is gorgeous--as black as beer can get. The nose and taste aren't quite on par with the best schwarzbiers yet; the Einbecker Schwarzbier is much more robust and malty. Still, it's exciting to see an American brewery giving this style a go. Definitely worth checking out. (416 characters)

Photo of jimpala
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
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. (272 characters)

Photo of jhamilton84
4.52/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer at the release party in Raleigh Flying Saucer. The coffee and caramel on the nose hits pretty well, and gives the illusion of being a big bold stout. Very black with a nice tan head that doesn't go away too quickly. The mouthfeel was very "thin" and I did not percieve it to be a big bodied beer. The taste was of coffee, caramel, and very crisp like a certain pilsners I've tasted. Overall, this beer was very good, and I was excited to be one of the first to try it at the Saucer in Raleigh North Carolina. (524 characters)

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Duck-Rabbit Schwarzbier from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
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