Duck-Rabbit Märzen - The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery

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Reviews: 92
Hads: 196
Avg: 3.77
pDev: 15.65%
Wants: 18
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of oldn00b
4.21/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a gorgeous deep amber, nice fizzy head forms and dissipates.

Nose is light and a bit lacking - malt is all I get.

Flavor is how I love a marzen - deep, little spice, bready, caramel and a great malt profile with really subtle hop profile. Fantastic.

Feel is about average for the style, perhaps tighter and lower carbonation than usual.

Overall, a really great Oktoberfest. My favorite American Marzen this year pretty much tied with the SN offering.

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Photo of chinchill
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap (TCT) at the 2015 Albino Skunk Music Festival.
As might be expected from the"dark beer specialist", this looks darker and has a darker roasted malt flavor than usual for style.
Otherwise, and overall, this is on style. This includes the aroma which features caramel(?) malts and hops in about equal measure.

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Photo of babaracas
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear reddish orange with one finger of off-white colored foam, settles quickly to a thin ring; a few dots down the glass. Smell: bready, cooked apple, mild floral and spicy hopping with notes of baking spices
Taste: upfront quite spicy and a bit grassy; bread, caramel apple, mildly toasty and nutty; peach skin, earthy finish. Slick, somewhat aggressive carbonation.

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Photo of VT9091
4.39/5  rDev +16.4%
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.

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Photo of joe1510
4.07/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle
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.

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Photo of scotorum
3.56/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought this product of North Carolina at a Wegmans in a mixed six on my recent late October Pennsylvania trip. Not available in my state as far as I know.

Fun label graphic of two-faced rabbit/duck head under a cap, apparently representing the unusual brewery name.

"Enjoy by date indicated" 11/14. Close.

a: Clear amber with a finger thick white head which receded to nada.

s: Caramel malt.

t: Nondescript bitterness up front over mild malt base. Later the caramel malt becomes more prominent but remains mild.

m: Light to moderate, ok body, light carbonation tingle.

o: Al all right Marzen, too strangely bitter at first and not as malty as I would prefer, but a decent oktoberfest-style brew good for Fall weather.

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Photo of Zraly
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a stein. Clear, medium to dark amber with slightly off-white head. Head dissipates after a few moments. Looks as though it falls within style guidelines.

Soft malty smell.

This tastes very good. Bready malts and smooth, sweet flavors. Slightly slick and a bit chewy. Hops are soft and subtle, as they should be. Body is medium with a notch toward the full side; pretty substantial for style. Finishes crisp despite the malt-forward presentation.

Very good interpretation of the style.

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Photo of rangerred
2.84/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear deep copperish-brown with a thin soapy head. No head retention at all and also no lacing. Pretty disappointing.

Aroma is an interesting mixture of caramel, vegetables, and metal. Some apple notes too.

The flavor is a little better but still an odd mixture of what seem to be off-flavors. Caramel and fruit are more pronounced with apples figuring in even more prominently. A touch of tartness with a bit of a chalky finish.

Overall, this beer just seems a bit "off". Not sure if it is a sanitation issue or a yeast issue but there are definitely off-flavors here. Really needs to be cleaned up.

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Photo of tone77
3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark copper color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of malts, bready. Taste is smooth, bready malts, touch hops, highly refreshing. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

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Photo of delta490
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%

Pours a deep amber with a garnet tint. The head is white and creamy and small amount hangs on for a while, leaving a little bit of lacing, too. The aroma is light, with malt fruit and caramel sweetness and just a hint of hops earthy-ness. The taste is a nice big malt blast with just enough hops to balance it. The body has a nice weight to it with a good crisp finish. An almost-great fest beer.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%

A: Pours a crystal clear rich copper in color with moderate to heavy amounts of active visible carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass and light to moderate amounts of golden yellow + amber highlights. The beer has a half finger tall dense foamy dark beige head that reduces to a mottled thick film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of toasted malts and toffee, along with lighter aromas of light fruit (apples). There is a light aroma of herbal and spicy hops as well.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of toasted and bready malts with a light amount of toffee sweetness and hints of light fruit (apple) as well. That is followed by light flavors of herbal and spicy hops which impart a light amount of bitterness which does not linger for long.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: A very enjoyable beer in the style and a pretty good example from a North Carolina brewer. fairly easy to drink and definitely one to look for during the season.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.65/5  rDev +23.3%
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.

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Photo of slusk
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a nice copper/amber color with a moderate tan head. Clear as a bell, filtered I imagine. Decent head retention and a moderate amount of lacing.

Aroma - Nice and malty, No hop aroma to speak of. I detect a prominent earthy note mixed into a nice malt profile.

Taste - Much like it smells, this is a very nice malty flavor with an earthy backbone. Almost an oaky taste and some hidden, slightly perceptible acidity in the finish. It has a good amount of carbonation that adds an ever-so-slight bitterness as well. It breathes a pleasant bready aftertaste that makes me want to open another.

Mouthfeel - Medium body and pleasant with a gentile creaminess but not too much. Almost a slick mouthfeel.

Overall - I like this beer. I can't identify the source of the earthiness I'm detecting, possibly in the yeast strain; it seems a little unusual for this style, but not in a bad way. It's hitting all the high spots with a rich malt character and disguised hop bitterness. I'd buy this beer again.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
3.27/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.96/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a sam adams custom glass, color is amber, transparent; head is light tan, frothy, dense, presenting 1/2" thick followed by some lacing and lingering.

Smell is somewhat subdued, which is not out of place, pleasant malt and some light caramel or chocolate sweet scents are noted but very subtle.

Taste is very good, solid malt profile, light clean vienna or munich malts with hints of chocolate and caramel, light toast and some biscuit; hop flavors are not strong, maybe some light earth and grass; lightly acidic in its finish.

mouthfeel is clean, hitting the tongue mainly, acidic finish lingers, malt sweetness is nice, carbonation is not overdone.

Overall, this is a very, very good american marzen, clean flavors, good mouthfeel.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.29/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.64/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a reddish-mahogany color with tiny off white head. The head fades almost instantly leaving almost no lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The smell is sweet of a brown caramel smell with a good deal of roasted malt mixed within. Some aromas of dark fruit mingle with the roasted and sugar smells as well as a bit of a spice and nut aroma to produce a rather nice marzen aroma.

Taste – The taste begins very mild with a bit of a caramel and darker fruit flavors as well as a bit of a bready taste and a very light roasted taste. As the flavor advances the sweetness gains a small amount of potency with more caramel coming to the tongue. While the sweetness only gains a light level of intensity the roasted gets quite a bit stronger with some lighter spice and nut flavors developing rather late. In the end a little bit of a yeasty and more sweetness of apple and caramel come to the tongue leaving a rather pleasant roasted and sweet flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the lighter side with a carbonation level that is rather average. While the body is a bit thin, it does give the beer a bit more crispness which with the lighter flavors upfront create an easy drinking brew when combined with the average carbonation.

Overall – A rather tasty brew overall that has a decent flavor profile and a rather easy drinking feel.

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Photo of bigdeuce
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The pour is of a nice oft-amber color with lots of carbonation. Head dissipates quickly leaving very little lacing on the glass. Scents of a true marzen. Sweet, nutty, caramel malts glisten the taste but. Slight creamy sweet back with a nice crispy, haltertau hoppy wash. A very nice beer. The label made it hard for me to determine this was an Oktoberfest but I will look for it again, even though this is a left over fall batch, but still pretty fresh.

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Photo of JWU
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a tumbler glass.

A- a clear amber-orange with a half a finger of light tan head. A little lacing.

S- some toasty malts, but mainly lagery yeast aromas.

T- Clean. Straightforward toasted malts and light caramel flavor. A hint of fruitiness with the hops and yeast. Very clean lager bite on the finish.

M- Light to medium bodied, medium carbonation, and appropriately kind of dry on the finish.

O- An excellent stab at the style, and actually reminds me more of some German offerings than most American breweries.

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Photo of jpro
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from sixer picked up at Tasty Beverage Co. In Raleigh. Poured into a pint glass -

A: copper; clear; light beige, half-finger head; slight retention, but no lace.

S: bread crust; husk; whole wheat; light sweetness.

T: caramel malt; sweet bread; doughy yeast; dry / earthy hops but not bitter at all; mostly.

M: medium mouthfeel; moderate to high carbonation; nice feel - great for style.

O: a good märzen - pretty traditional which is good; perhaps a bit too dark and sweet; could use some extra dryness on end, but good nonetheless.

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Photo of tdm168
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of SolipsismalCat
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of nickfl
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with one finger of lightly off white foam on top of a clear, dark copper colored body. The head settles slowly and leaves good lace.

S - A thick, malty aroma with notes of toasted grain, sweet caramel, and red apples.

T - Slightly sweet, dark bread up front with some caramel and toffee notes in the middle. Finishes with a touch of red apple, licorice, and toasted grain.

M - Medium body, moderately low carbonation, and a somewhat sweet finish.

D - This beer has a very promising aroma and it certainly looks good, but it doesn't quite manage to live up to the promise in the flavor. It is a bit undercarbonated and I find it too sweet in the finish without enough hops to balanced it out. Drinkable, but not up to the level of a good German fest beer.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.11/5  rDev +9%
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.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.77/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

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Duck-Rabbit Märzen from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
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