Duck-Rabbit Märzen - The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
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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
2.5/5 rDev -33.5%
12 oz bottle.
It pours a bit darker and redder than the average Maerzen. The head is foamy and slightly off-white and it recedes pretty quickly, but with some decent lacing.
The smell is pretty standard, there is a hint more caramel in teh smell of this one in comparison to other maerzens.
The flavor is odd, it has an astringent bitterness ot it and some hints of chocolate. It has an odd sweetness too, It isn't very good unfortunately.
11-01-2010 23:23:11 | More by crossovert
3.1/5 rDev -17.6%
330ml bottle served into an Oversized glass.Enjoyed on may´11.
Pours reddish amber in color.Cloudy.Brief large bubble white in color head.No lacing. Intense caramel malt aroma & flavor. Slightly toasted malt on palate & sweetness mouthfeel.Medium body, soft carbonation.Peach & rough quince finish.Astringent fruit aftertaste.Quite cloying sensation.
10-26-2011 10:35:22 | More by GONZALOYANNA
3.18/5 rDev -15.4%
$2.00 single bottle from Abe's.
A darkish orange/light brown body, topped by three fingers of fuzzy off-white foam.
Toasty caramel aroma. Ok, but not highly enticing.
Caramel malt in the middle of the tongue. Toast. Needs more depth. An abundance of noble hops. Leans to the hoppy side far more than classic marzens.
Good mouthfeel. Certainly drinkable.
More malt depth and less hops please. Not bad, but not a classic interpretation. Worth a try but keep expectations low.
12-15-2010 04:31:22 | More by RonfromJersey
3.2/5 rDev -14.9%
Thanks to Bucketboy for the generous extra. Served in my DFH Goblet. Pours a sem-hazy mahogany (a bit dark for a Marzen), with a quarter inch, loose, off-white head that dissipates into a swirl and a dollop with a thin, bubbly band around the edges. Head refreshes with a swirl and spots of lacing are revealed during tasting. Nose is malty, with a hint of citrus, some caramel malt and a light Marzen funk. Taste is a bit off-putting and is somewhat strange and tastes a bit watery. There's also a malty, prune-like, skunky quality that is somewhat difficult to describe. Mouthfeel is light-bodied, perhaps a little thin for the style, as well as a carbonation that is a bit too lively. All and all, I found the beer a bit off and somewhat lacking for the style. Unfortunately, this is probably the worst I've had from this brewer.
10-17-2010 22:24:57 | More by Jwale73
3.23/5 rDev -14.1%
12 ounce bottle poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass
a: dark amber, a lot darker than most oktoberfests.
s: caramel, sweet malts, and some spiciness in the background.
t: Very similar to the smell and the caramel and sweet malts come out. There is some soapy taste which I have had in other beers in the style which I cannot figure out where it comes from.
m: This is a full bodied oktoberfest. Not as crisp and clean as it could be.
o: Not a bad beer, but there are better in the style.
10-09-2011 20:36:48 | More by Shumania
3.28/5 rDev -12.8%
Acquired from JackTheBear so a big THANK YOU goes out to him!
Poured in to a pint glass, consumed 11/12
A: This beer pours a deep murky caramel color with a 1/2 inch of khaki colored head. Head recedes immediately and leaves no lacing.
S: Nose is sweet caramel and toffee, a lot of grain comes through.
T: Taste is extremely sweet but not cloying. Caramel, toffee and hints of brown sugar. And then it just dips off - grain and breadines fill out and finish the beer.
M: Medium body, moderate carbonation, a bit thin at the forefront and a rather oily finish.
D: Goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick,not a bad take on the style though I would reach for others if given the choice.
11-15-2010 21:26:25 | More by Jayli
District of Columbia
3.28/5 rDev -12.8%
12oz bottle split into a sam adams perfect pint glass. Bottle dating not clear, but it looks like a best-by of 11/11.
A- pours a deep amber, healthy 1-finger head. A bit dark for the style.
S- toasty malts, spicy, sweet caramel. A hint of soap/chemicals, but may be the yeast?
T- caramel takes the show over the malts. Sweet. Strays a bit for the style. Not clean.
M- crisp but sticky.
O- just an OK beer, and a bad Marzen. Sadly Duck Rabbit missed the mark on this one.
10-09-2011 20:46:19 | More by fo5s
3.28/5 rDev -12.8%
bottle poured into pint glass
a-deep amber/red color....quick fading head...little collar..no lacing..beer looks tired
s-malty and bready...sweet...no hops to balance out the sweetness in the nose...sort of one dimensional
t-a little caramel up front...malty and sweet in the middle..a touch of hops to hold it semi together..then falls apart..musty aftertaste...
m-semi slick...carbonation is decent...taste doesnt linger long...
d-abv wise i could drink this all night..but i wouldnt i dont believe..
overall not the usual duck rabbit..or maybe this is a prime example of why im not a huge o'fest fan...they all appear the same and one dimensional from the word go..i give duck rabbit credit for it but ill move along to their better offerings..a little baltic porter later in the evening..
11-20-2009 00:11:28 | More by stoutfiend27
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
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
3.35/5 rDev -10.9%
12oz into .5l boot, thanks, bucketboy!
A- Orangey brown with copper notes. Darker than I expected, nice sandy off-white head that's 2 fingers high and has some pretty good staying power.
S- Nice toasty, bready, and fruity malt, I was taken aback by the powerful aromas here.
T- Taste is toasty caramel with a pretty good hop bite. Sweet fruit is in the background, and a bit of earthiness comes through too. Sweetness emerges 1/2 way through and gets to be a little much.
M- Lower carbonation than expected, with a heavier body. Flavors linger, which is nice.. almost a bit of 'nouth-coating' action here.
D- Eh... I was really diggin' it at first but the sweetness crept in on the tongue and would not go away. I think I'd pass for something a bit lighter, this is a big beer.
10-24-2010 16:52:38 | More by ShogoKawada
3.38/5 rDev -10.1%
Pours a dark ruby/copper color with golden orange edges and a half finger off-white head that immediately fades into a thin ring. Minimal lacing.
Slightly earthy aroma with lots of sweet malt and subtle autumnal spices. Piny, spicy hops along with hints of caramel, rye and biscuit. I'm also picking up some cinnamon and brown sugar in the nose.
Medium bodied with a decent balance of dry hops, zesty spice and sweet malt notes. Earthy hops up front provide slight dry bitterness that compliments the spices. Hints of cinnamon, brown sugar, pepper and nutmeg. The back half of the palate consists of a lot of sweet malt. A good amount of sweetness with caramel, nut and toffee. Well balanced and easy to drink but not overly complex or flavorful.
11-01-2011 04:02:23 | More by corby112
District of Columbia
3.43/5 rDev -8.8%
12 oz bottle poured into a nonic.
Pours a ruby auburn color with a thick chestnut head that quickly fades to nothing without any significant lacing.
Aroma is a rich and pleasantly balanced malty blend of toffee and caramel; nutty and sweet with slight hop bitterness.
The flavor follows the body with a predominant caramel malt body with a lingering dry, light hoppy finish but there is also a persistent buttery taste from start to finish that greatly detracts from the drinkability and flavor. Mouthfeel is full bodied with medium, assertive carbonation. Not bad, I enjoyed this more than the Bell's Oktoberfest this year, but not as much as Great Lakes.
02-23-2011 03:37:14 | More by yourefragile
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
Duck-Rabbit Märzen from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
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