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Duck-Rabbit Märzen - The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery

Duck-Rabbit MärzenDuck-Rabbit Märzen

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BA SCORE
85
very good

132 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 132
Reviews: 81
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 10.93%


Brewed by:
The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  ABV ?

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: NCSUdo on 10-07-2009)
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doopydoogle

Nova Scotia (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler into a good beer glass:

A - Beautiful dark amber with red and gold hues. Excellent carbonation that you can really see on the glass and a good foamy white head.

S - Crips, malty, and almost slightly metallic. There's a bit of biscuityness and some subtle spice to the aroma, almost like a white pepper.

T - Big and sweet with a malty punch up front that lingers on to some earthier elements which reveal a slight spice. The finish is almost meaty with some slight roasted flavors escaping.

M - Big, chewy, and round. This has alot of carbonation and alot of malt going on.

O - Pretty good. The malt really wins, but there's enough backbone to give it a different character than alot of the other Marzens out there.

Serving type: growler

10-20-2011 02:45:42 | More by doopydoogle
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bubseymour

Maryland

4.65/5  rDev +24%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2013 19:57:42 | More by bubseymour
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slusk

Virginia

3.66/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2013 00:05:58 | More by slusk
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Jeffreysan

Maryland

3.3/5  rDev -12%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2013 22:43:21 | More by Jeffreysan
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mvanaskie13

Pennsylvania

3.96/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2013 22:55:36 | More by mvanaskie13
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jazzyjeff13

United Kingdom (England)

3.29/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2013 00:11:44 | More by jazzyjeff13
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2013 00:47:26 | More by Darkmagus82
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bigdeuce

Pennsylvania

3.81/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2013 16:48:27 | More by bigdeuce
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JWU

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2013 01:39:37 | More by JWU
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jpro

South Carolina

3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2012 23:12:01 | More by jpro
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tdm168

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2012 11:44:24 | More by tdm168
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SolipsismalCat

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2012 03:03:11 | More by SolipsismalCat
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nickfl

Florida

3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2012 00:15:54 | More by nickfl
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kylehay2004

Florida

4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2012 00:12:29 | More by kylehay2004
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.75/5  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!

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2012 02:20:45 | More by smakawhat
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dark red-amber. Just a ring to show after an overpour. Looks a little stagnant. 3.0

Richly toasty, German hops, and some cherry and apple esters. 3.5

Very toasted flavor. Caramelized grain sugars, earthy hops, and oxidized apple. Moderate-to-light bitterness. Very malty with a savory finish. 3.5

Medium body. Medium carbonation. A little slick and sticky. 3.0

Decent little beer. Held up in the keg better than I'd have expected. 4.0

Serving type: on-tap

06-20-2012 02:35:35 | More by thecheapies
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wow fall release in winter early spring!

A - Little to no sediment is surprising. More so is the actual carbonation that quickly dies down to a nice lace ring. Color is of a nice ruby red brown and nice sticky lacing.

S - Does smell too hoppy or malty mostly biscuit like malts, mild hops, and caramel.

T - Grains and hops flow throughout every sip revealing mostly bready malts and caramel. Tasty but grainy and no where offensive.

M - Light to medium with faded hops.

Overall most Oktoberfest beers take a turn for the worse or are completely gone by the end of winter. This one is still drinking pretty awesome.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2012 01:37:34 | More by DrDemento456
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +8%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

02-04-2012 04:26:39 | More by Stinkypuss
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oline73

Maryland

3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a sam adams perfect pint.

Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy reddish amber with a half finger of off white head that fades to a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Sweet, bready caramel malt with some fruit notes, I'm picking up some cherry.

Taste: Not nearly as sweet as the smell. Bready malt with very mild fruity notes. The finish is bitter with some malt notes as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

Overall: I would have liked this to be either a little more delicate or a little more aggressive. Either way would have been fine, but I'm not a huge fan with where it is.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2011 01:21:25 | More by oline73
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dbexpert

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +16.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2011 02:39:54 | More by dbexpert
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2011 04:02:23 | More by corby112
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Eriktheipaman

California

4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2011 01:05:21 | More by Eriktheipaman
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Strong, malty aroma has an undertone of bread and a subtle caramel note. It pours a nice clear cinnamon brown with a pale tan head that does not stick around too long. Flavor has a malty core with notes of bread and caramel and just a hint of cloves, lip-smacking and enjoyable, if not spectacular. Texture is smooth and a little fizzy, finish is a bit weak. Overall, worthy of at least a try.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2011 18:52:46 | More by Cyberkedi
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GONZALOYANNA

Spain

3.1/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2011 10:35:22 | More by GONZALOYANNA
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fo5s

District of Columbia

3.28/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2011 20:46:19 | More by fo5s
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Duck-Rabbit Märzen from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
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