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Duck-Rabbit Märzen - The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery

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Reviews: 89
Hads: 186
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 10.32%
Wants: 17
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
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The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  4.60% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: NCSUdo on 10-07-2009

The Duck-Rabbit Märzen is the lightest of our German-style lagers. This is a beer designed for outdoor autumn festivals! Soft malt flavors take center stage here. This one is subtle and beguiling.
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Reviews: 89 | Hads: 186
Photo of bubseymour
4.65/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance - Nearly perfect looking Oktoberfest beer in a Sam Adams glass. Dark orange/brown with perfect carbonation and retention. Only thing from a perfect 5 is head was small 1-finger.

Smell - A wonderful sweet and malty smell. Caramel is noticed as well. Incredible for the style.

Taste - Follows the nose perfectly. Malty and sweet but light and very sessionable. A touch of hops is noticed in the finish to provide balance. Nice refreshing finish that is very thirst quenching.

Mouthfeel - Perhaps the only thing not perfect with this beer is its a tad light and watery.

Overall - A very fine Marzen. One of the best I've had. If Duck Rabbit beers were sold in MD I'd buy regularly and in bulk. (706 characters)

Photo of hitokiri
4.54/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is my first time having this beer and I have loved almost every one of the Duck Rabbit beers I have had so far.

I love this style, and it is the best one I have had so far.

Appearance is pretty good for this style to me. Poured slightly vigorously it produced about a finger or two head. It stuck around for a little while, but no lacing. Color is like dark copper.

Smell is very delicious, lots of roastiness, and maltiness.

Taste is right on what I expect for this style, on the sweeter and maltier side with hints of caramel and chocolate. Mild hop profile but it is noticeable.

Mouthfeel was very nice, moderate carbonation, not too much. A little slickness but balanced by the carbonation.

Very very drinkable. I could drink this constantly. Forget water. (771 characters)

Photo of IPAbro
4.43/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Best Marzen I've had this fall so far. Color is a darker amber than others I've had (Bell's, Foothills, Brooklyn, Highland). I'm only providing a review for domestic Octoberfests and this is the best I've had out of all those listed. Tastes malty with a slightly bitter aftertaste. Easily a session beer, as Marzen is one of the best styles for this. I could have a sixer easily. (379 characters)

Photo of VT9091
4.39/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Their lightest beer in color and alcohol content. A lovely Marzen that's better than Sam Adams Octoberfest. Quite drinkable. Tastes like Fall like 'Summer' beers taste like Summer. Looks like Fall leaves yellow/orange. Buying a lot more than a six pack of this this Fall. (271 characters)

Photo of dbexpert
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

App: Deep mahogoney and carmel tones with a slight tan/amber tinted head. Head builds solid on an aggressive pour, receding to a skimmig after a few minutes.
S: Toasted biscuts with touches of brown bread, little to no hop notes on nose.
T: Very clean, malt offers a good sweet backbone with alcohol and subtle hop bitterness making for a clean finish.
M: Sweet, balanced, clean
O: This is a very good beer. Reminds me of Paulaner, a touch less spice. Worth seeking out when in season. (485 characters)

Photo of stimulus
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass. (6 pack)

A: Pours a transparent amber with a one finger cream head.
S: Caramel, nuts, and toffee.
T: Sweet and malty with a big caramel presence and a nutty finish.
M: Light bodied and well carbonated.
D: Very drinkable, as most marzens are, and although it would be nice to see its abv, it's probably around 5.5-6% and nearly undetectable. (383 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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. (719 characters)

Photo of beer2day
4.23/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours straight amber with thin 1/2 finger head. No retention. Laces well, with very thick coating on the glass.

Nose is light toast and biscuit. Decent, but not inspiring.

Great malt body. Slight fizz at first, grows smooth and even gets a little creamy in the finish. Very bready and gets sweet in the finish with very sweet apricot. Not tart at all, though.

Extremely nice fest beer. (388 characters)

Photo of Eriktheipaman
4.21/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a brown/ruby with little head.

The smell is of raisins and cinnamon.

The taste has a little bitterness on the front but this beers true glory is on the back. A sticky sweet raisin, prune, and caramel all come through on the back.

To be honest I haven't had a whole lot of the style but I really dug this beer and would buy it again for sure. (351 characters)

Photo of titosupertramp
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big thanks to Handle for another great trade.

A: A dark copper color with a heavy red tint, crystal clear. Finger or so of off white head that leaves minimal lacing and thin film. Beautiful color and clarity, average head/lacing.

S: Bready, toasted malts, nutty, mineral/earth..has a somewhat floral tinge as well.

T: This is really tasty beer. Toasted bread, nutty, earthy hops and something fruity...kind of like apples.

M: Good, full body with a clean finish.

O: Duck Rabbit does such a good job with their beers - at least the ones I've had. Of all the American made Marzens I've had, this is tops. I want more. (623 characters)

Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. An amber and orange type color. Very good clarity on this one, can see pretty much everything right through the glass. Off white colored head that has decent lacing a small layer of the head that's skimming the surface.

Smell is good. Plenty of malts, caramelized and toasted malts. Toffee and hints of some darker fruits that are just past the ripe phase. Slightly spicy and some herbal/earthy scents.

Taste is really good, one of the better of the style I've ever had. Caramel and toffee flavors, hints of orange sweetbread or brown bread. Spiciness and a hint of earthiness. Hops slightly present, mild more tha bitter.

Mouthfeel is good. Full bodied, sweet with big malt flavors, slight bitter finish. Good carbonation level that's smooth and creamy. Good overall, Duck-Rabbit does it again!

Thanks CuriousMonk for the trade! (894 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a - poured from 12oz'er into duvel taster glass. Deep ruby amber with lots of small bubbly carbonation and a nice frothy bubbly head with medium/well lacing.

s - Malty caramel biscuits. Lagery.

t - very toasty. some brown sugar, touch of hops. toffee malts dominant.

m/d - pretty even ended in the feel, not watery, but silky. smooth with a cooling afterfeel. overall a really subtle and tasty oktoberfest, this is a style where i don't love every beer i try and this beer is an oktoberfest that i would more than happily drink again and again. (547 characters)

Photo of aerozeppl
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A:Very clear copper color with a touch of honey to it. Poured with a quarter finger of white head with decent head retention.

S: Nice caramel and toffee notes up front. Very clean fermentation. No detectable hop aroma. Little bit of wet leaves.

T: Nice clean malt profile. The Munich malt is detectable and gives it a really nice sweet toasted character. Very neutral yeast. Finishes clean with dryness as part of the taste.

M: Very dry. Carbonation is a little bit lower than I would like.

D: A very nice example of the style. I am enjoying it but it is not something I find myself reaching for sip after sip. I would recommend it as it holds up to the imports. (666 characters)

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle picked up in North Carolina this weeked. Despite Duck-Rabbit's well earned reputation as dark beer specialists, I figured their mastery of the craft would warrant trying a lighter style. The beer is crystal clear and dark copper color, with 2 fingers of dense off-white foam. The smell is strong with malt, sweet and bready, about what you'd expect from a marzen. This is a sweet and flavorful marzen, toasty and rich, a light malt bomb. The body is spot on for the style, light enough to quaff in quantity but substantial enough to make its presence known. A VERY solid Oktobefest. (594 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
4.11/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: single finger head on a a clear amber body with excellent lacing. As good as it gets just about.

S: aroma is a little light with toasted malts, hint of burnt toast and caramel.

T: this one is mostly sweet caramel and toasted malts with a hint of toffee finishing with spicey and earthy notes. As good as it tastes for me its about what isn't there and thats the sour, old beer taste that for me many in this style tend to have.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation. Very smooth.

Overall: for the style this one is excellent, definitely one of my favorites. (566 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(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. (769 characters)

Photo of Bung
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (597 characters)

Photo of cvstrickland
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (868 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Duck-Rabbit Märzen

Pours a deep copper color, slightly off white head. Appetizing aroma of caramel, roasted malts, toffee and faint cocoa. In the taste, a firm malty flavor, nicely toasted and caramelized. Pretty well rounded with a faint hop bitterness, this is not a cloying sweet malt bomb, more of a well crafted robust American version of a Marzen. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, and smooth. Overall, this is a very tasty brew. In the lighter range for Duck Rabbit, but still, they remain the dark beer specialists. Prosit! (527 characters)

Photo of joe1510
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle
$2.25
Good Bottle - Charlotte

Duck-Rabbit's version of an Oktoberfest is saturated copper and tarnished like a penny. Gold highlights run the length when backlit and the clarity is very good. A dirty white, crackling foam forms on the pour but fizzles out fairly quickly to a thin ring. Bits and clumps of delicate lace stick here and there.

Big, rich caramel can be smelled from a long way away. While the caramel rules from front to back there's a good toasted bread undercurrent along with a touch of earthy maltiness. A quick flash of baked apple flashes through in the middle along with a soft, earthy hoppiness on the backend. Very nice!

Caramel washes over every tastebud instantly while toasted white bread follows close behind. That breadiness turns to soda bread in the middle and is met with those soft baked apples in a very complimentary way. The end, while caramel still leads, brings along that earthy hoppiness for some added depth. A smooth, clean, peppery alcohol finishes it up well.

The body lies squarely in the middle of the scale at moderate with a luxurious carbonation that keeps this beer plush. The finish, with that peppery alcohol, dries up fairly quickly and leaves me wanting another drink immediately. Numerous pints of this could be drank consecutively.

Another malty delicacy from the folks at Duck-Rabbit. It's rich in malt but still clean, moderate in body but still luxurious, and, most importantly, delicious. These need to be in my fridge often. (1,501 characters)

Photo of BranfordBound
4.06/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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! (483 characters)

Photo of n2185
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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. (716 characters)

Photo of JayS2629
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful dark mahogany with a creamy tan head that fades slowly and leaves nice walls of lace.

The aroma is of toffee, brown sugar, caramel. Light leafy notes and hints of spice and vanilla.

Nice malty beer with loads of vanilla toffee, some toasty and nutty notes, brown sugar, and a little spicy note of warmth.

Nice, balanced, and very well done to style.

Delicious and easy to drink. Nice, sweet, malty and balanced. (433 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A great looking specimen, with brilliant auburn clarity and a thick head that leaves sheets of lace behind

Smell: Toffee apples and tart fruit

Taste: Rich toffee, up front, with an increasingly fruity flavor that adds some bitter and tart elements by mid-palate; after the swallow, the sweet, bitter and tart flavors play amongst each other

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Just now getting around to reviewing this after having tried it a few times when it was first released; I didn't recall the tartness back then, so I suspect that the beer is starting to turn; I marked it higher in my score as I recall really enjoying it when fresh (684 characters)

Photo of SolipsismalCat
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

A: Slightly hazy red-brown with one-finger, off-white, creamy head that lasted a couple of minutes and left a nice film. Nice lacing.

S: Malt and fruity, almost flowery aroma. Hard to explain, and I like it.

T: Light sweetness and light bitterness. Light fruit sweetness and a bit of spice character.

M: Medium bodied with soft carbonation.

O: Dry with spice and bread. Good Marzen. (410 characters)

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Duck-Rabbit Märzen from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
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