Duck-Rabbit Märzen - The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
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Reviews by cvstrickland:
4.1/5 rDev +9%
A brisk pour from a twelve-ounce longnecked brown bottle into my Sam Adams shaped pint glass yields a brew that is honey-orange amber in color with a finger-thick cap of off-white foam. A storm of active internal carbonation sparkles from the interior, augmenting the head with a torrent of fine bubbles that leaves the topping soft, puddinglike, and looking quite glossy. A broken web of lacing marks the passing of the drink.
The aroma is sweetly toasted with a savory floral character that highlights a luscious note of granola laced with caramelized honey.
The taste is mildly sweet with the same notion of honey and toasted cereal. A tiny twinge of countering dusty bitterness keeps the drink from being overly sweet and cleans up the finish quite effectively.
The drink is medium in body with just the right amount of understated carbonation. Truly quaffable.
11-12-2009 20:38:29 | More by cvstrickland
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3.48/5 rDev -7.4%
I didnt think I would see anymore of the DR Marzen,I got lucky today.Poured with good clarity a cpper/bronze color with a one finger white head that was pretty fast.Aromas were pretty muted with some light caramel and toasted grain notes coming through,not much really.Typical flavors for the syle although a tad sweeter than most in my mind,caramel flavors with a hint of vanilla,melding into a toasty, sweetish dough-like finish.Not bad, but not up to the par of most DR offerings in my opinion.
11-19-2009 21:00:51 | More by oberon
2.25/5 rDev -40.2%
It's a normal brown lager except for the carbon dioxide that laces even the bottom sides of my Duck Rabbit glass. Despite the obvious presence of gaseous bubbles, there is essentially no head. For a brown beverage, it's clear and just translucent enough to appear clean and pure.
It smells much like the look: basic festive lager. The maltiness in these brews adds a sweetness to the nose, and it's "oktoberfest" enough to conjure senses of pumpkin. Lagers typically lack the appeal of ales, but its simplicity again offers an edge.
The taste, unfortunately, is lacking. What I perceived as simple purity has played out as diluted disappointment. Where I might usually shy away from the flavorful marzen, this one leaves me wondering how substance escaped it. If it weren't for the beer bubbles, I'd wonder if it were flat. An unabashed homer, I'm still quick to call this the least enjoyable and, in fact, the most disposable of the Duck Rabbit fleet.
Without the festive flavor of traditional oktoberfests, this feels like an ordinary brown lager...and who wants an ordinary brown lager? With mouthfeel and drinkability, there's just nothing to it--not awful, but blah. While I'm supportive of DR expanding its repertoire, the dark beer specialists need to revamp the marzen.
10-22-2009 21:23:07 | More by marvin213
United Kingdom (England)
3.29/5 rDev -12.5%
A 355ml bottle with a BB of Jan 2011, so this is totally out of date. Acquired a while back from a webshop, though it would have been out of date even then. Curse them and their scaly hides! As I probably won't see this again I'll review with caveats.
Poured into a straight pint glass. Bottle conditioned. A deep coppery-amber hue with fine sediment and light carbonation. Yields a decent head of creamy off-white foam that lasts for a few minutes before subsiding. Aroma of mildly sour, earthy yeast with hints of caramel malt, grain and faint stewed leaves. A touch of cardboard and sherry in the background - this smells rather oxidised.
Tastes of stale, acidic yeast and caramel malt, with a dry finish. Notes of grain, caramel, husks, earthy yeast, mild natural yoghurt, faint stewed leaves and cardboard. Rather oxidised, accompanied by a whisper of sherry. Well-attenuated and mildly bitter upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, dry and tingly, with subtle carbonation and good body for the style. Slightly astringent, followed by an aftertaste of sour yeast, caramel and cardboard/stewed leaves.
OK - being out of date this is obviously not on top form. However, the underlying character is discernible and seems pretty good. Stripping away the mild acidity and oxidation reveals hints of a quality märzen with a rounded flavour. Looks alright and the body seems decent. If I ever have the chance to grab a fresh one then I'll revisit this review.
09-04-2013 00:11:44 | More by jazzyjeff13
4.08/5 rDev +8.5%
Nice extra from a trade with BucketBoy
Pours a wonderful rusty copper with a slight haze. Gorgeous rocky head forms and sticks around, leaving great lacing.
Sweet aroma of malts and even some apples in there.
Pretty strong taste, lots of malt make it sweet. Just a touch of leafy hops at the end, and even a little spice from it. Touch of apple in the middle.
Neutral mouthfeel and nice carb, typical of a marzen.
Gorgeous fall weather beer, too bad they don't go far out of NC!
01-05-2011 22:29:40 | More by BranfordBound
4.25/5 rDev +13%
Appears a caramel copper hue with light beige head, fine even lacing down the sides of my glass. Aromatics mild fruity note with a touch of green apple. Caramel mild cereal graininess going on with herbal hop balance in the background. Flavor is rich with malts and herbal hops a nice blend of caramel crackers and biscuit malt flavors going on bringing a nice complexity to the party. Herbal hops in the finish do this malt present right. One of the best fest style lagers around I can't believe this beer is drinking so well right now in mid January it's great, one of the best of the year. Drinkability overall is solid front to back in every aspect a beer I will have to seek out next year in the Pittsburgh market.
01-26-2010 00:47:05 | More by WVbeergeek
4.1/5 rDev +9%
(Served in an American pint glass) best by month 1 Year 10
A- This beer has a brown clear body with a light orange hue and a big carbonation supporting a bubbly tan head that fades to a thin meniscus.
S- This beer has a flinty stone aroma with a soft toasted malt note to follow. Otherwise it is pretty clean.
T- This beer has a slightly sweet caramel toasted note with a light tart hop finish. There is a pleasant flinty note in the malt that comes through as the beer warms a bit.
M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a tight fizz finish that cleans the finish.
D- This beer has a smooth drinking good flavor wit a nice malt balance between dry and sweet. This is the kind of beer that I could drink a liter or two without getting sick off or board by.
03-11-2010 14:43:28 | More by rhoadsrage
3.3/5 rDev -12.2%
12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass
Appearance: Pours a clear, deep, dark brown color, with a finger of white head that quickly dissolved into a thin halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass and formed wispy clouds that almost completely covered the top of the beer.
Aroma: Actually, there’s not much in the aroma department, either that, or I’m stuffed up. I do get faint, and I mean faint, notes of malt, caramel and hops, but I mean faint.
Taste: Very malty up front, followed by some caramel-like sweetness and some nicely balanced hops bitterness. Very tasty.
Mouthfeel: Medium, with some good carbonation to tickle the taste buds. With an ABV of 4.8%, there is no presence of alcohol on the palate.
Overall: Very solid American version of an Oktoberfest beer. Good balance between hops and malt and sweet. I’d certainly get it again.
10-29-2013 22:43:21 | More by Jeffreysan
4.03/5 rDev +7.2%
Reddish-copper color with a thin quarter-inch head (at best). Well-filtered, exhibiting total clarity through the jewel/ruby-like color.
Nose is light biscuity/bready malts, a mere hint of dark fruits in the background. Subtle and simple aroma.
Fruitiness comes in stronger in the flavor, with hints of cherry, fig and date mingling nicely with a rich sweet toffee flavor and light mineral earthiness. Faint hint of sulfur in the far background. Finish keeps the mineral, toffee and tart dark fruit going, each characteristic evenly balanced against the others.
Mouthfeel is a fantastic blending and balancing of tingly carbonation, buttery roundness, slickness and mild puckering from the tart element in the finish.
A great Marzen that does the style justice, I found this glass emptying way too fast. Super-drinkable and incredibly likable in its well-made simplicity.
11-23-2009 23:03:41 | More by Metalmonk
3.93/5 rDev +4.5%
Hazy ruddy orange pour with a off white head. First thing that hits me is the buttery sweetness, orange candies and extra sweet malts. Tangy caramel malts, toasted sugar cookie and little hop flavor.
A little harsh on the tongue at first but that settles down. Not too bad of a beer but nothing mindblowing.
11-20-2010 00:33:00 | More by Lazerlobe
3.95/5 rDev +5.1%
A - dark amber with a soft, thin layer of off white head that fades quickly
S - caramel, lager-y, dark fruit
T - caramel, toasty, fruity, very faint roastiness, faintly hoppy
M - medium bodied, perfectly carbonated, very smooth
This is a nice, balanced, flavorful beer that has great drinkability. This is an Oktoberfest that I could drink a lot of. It's a great Oktoberfest seasonal offering.
10-20-2012 11:44:24 | More by tdm168
4/5 rDev +6.4%
12oz bottle, brawleys
appearance: served appropriately in a duck rabbit shaker pint glass - clear amber body, foamy white cap
smell: sweet fruity aroma - apple, nuts, bread
taste: toasted malts, rich nutty character, crisp red apple, grassy noble hop, dough, toffee, woody notes. Solid oktoberfest
mouthfeel: rich medium body, filling
09-25-2011 01:48:59 | More by dirtylou
3.53/5 rDev -6.1%
Picked up a single at Abe's Cold Beer. The best-by date is notched between November and December. This beer has a touch of acidity and other has a smooth bready character. There's a bit of toffee in the finish along with the slightest note of spicy hops. Maybe this needs to be fresh, but its within the best by, so I have to assume that this beer is more just easy drinking with subtle flavors. It's certainly not bad. This is a dry and drinkable amber lager, that's still fairly tasty.
11-11-2010 22:40:47 | More by tempest
3.8/5 rDev +1.1%
pour was deep ruby copper with little head and next to no retention.
dark fruits and sweet malts
very robust with a power dark fruit and sweet malt flavor. light floral hops hide behind it all.
light carbonation with a bit of bite. given the malts in this, its kinda thick.
at first i was like, marzen? but this is quite interesting. not bad but not something i could drink a lot of.
10-17-2009 02:35:33 | More by hooliganlife
3.85/5 rDev +2.4%
12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Thanks go to my partner in crime Barscream for this bottle.
Pours a clear copper, with 2-3 fingers of off-white foamy head. Thin layer of froth skims the surface, leaving back some good looking spotty swathes of lacing. The aroma smells of buttered bread and Noble hops. Nice evenness here, with the hops in particular giving this both a spicy tang and pleasant airy feel in the nose.
The sharp spicy notes of hops control the taste for the most part, with the malts this time coming off as less bready and more sticky sweet. There is touch of earthy citrus in the back of this, along with a deep finishing dryness that coats the mouth. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a moderate amount of crispness to the feel yet this retains a bit of softness to it that lets this flow very nicely in the mouth.
Not much to complain about here. A decent take on the Märzen style that was a touch more hop forward than I expected but still remained well balanced and quite drinkable. Another good effort here from Duck Rabbit.
12-29-2009 17:25:37 | More by Kegatron
3.68/5 rDev -2.1%
Served from tap into a sampler shaker. Poured deep orange with a half finger white head. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of malt, subtle spices, and subtle nutmeg. The flavor was of nutty, slightly sweet malt, with a pumpkin and nutmeg followthrough. It had a light feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was not a bad brew. Definitely had the big malt character as one would expect with this style. The nutmeg on the followthrough is my only complaint with this one. If it were to find itself earlier in the sip it might not be as bad but with it being the last impression of the brew, it is a little much. It also stuck to the palate well after swallowing. It is worth trying, but that is about it.
10-18-2010 19:02:28 | More by thagr81us
4.1/5 rDev +9%
12 oz. Darker than usual amber pour with a nice layer of white head. Just barely sticks to the glass.
Aroma is herbal, malt and leathery. Hint of floral/citrus hops
Taste substantially malty. There is a fair amount of bread and caramel. Some light red fruits as well. Realizing this is a good 5 or 6 months old, this has lost some hop presence in the flavor. Luckily I enjoy malty side brews. So many marzens are so mellow and bland this is a nice change anyway.
Light side of medium bodied, coats well, carbonation is level is good.
Another good one in the line of seasonals from Duck Rabbit.
02-28-2011 03:52:56 | More by Bung
4.05/5 rDev +7.7%
A: Pours a clear orange-copper with two fingers of white head that fades into a thin cap with a little lacing.
S: Some pilsner and Munich malt aromas up front followed by some surprising nutty aromas. There are also some faint notes of sweet chocolate. The finish has a dry, biscuit smell.
T: Again, pilsner and Munich malt flavors up front followed by some nutty flavors as well. Biscuit flavors bring up the finish that is dry, crisp, and slightly bitter.
M: Medium-light body with mid-high carbonation, this beer is dry, crisp, and clean.
O: A unique, but good Marzen. It has some atypical characteristics for the style, but they work well to make a tasty beer that isn't too sweet and flat like many Marzens.
10-05-2011 14:09:38 | More by n2185
3.75/5 rDev -0.3%
Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Been looking for this when the time is right, finally got the last of the main Duck Rabbit beers (except for those real obscure one offs it seems!).
An almost ruby amber body color, but with lots of cola like bubbles stuck to the sides of the glass. Head forms maybe two fingers, light white and tan in color, lots of swiss cheese appearances and not much retention at all.
Nose is real interesting. Toasty caramel, but also a sweet almost turkish red delight or something. Very unique. Good hop presence, along with some almost bark tree woody sense or something, like dry leafy tobacco even.
Really good creamy feel on this beer, but a bit flat on the palate, oh so close to 4.5 rating. Coating toffee and caramel with a real good spicy finish. Strangely hardly any sense of carbonation at all. Spicy character akins to brown toasty clove and nutmeg
At first taste the beer seems alright, but strangely the spice character really starts to shine as it warms up making it even better. Quite an enjoyable Marzen, more hits for the duck!
10-06-2012 02:20:45 | More by smakawhat
Duck-Rabbit Märzen from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 139 ratings.