Duck-Rabbit Märzen - The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
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4.03/5 rDev +7.2%
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
04-12-2010 01:13:07 | More by brentk56
3.65/5 rDev -2.9%
12 ounce bottle - $2.49 at Total Wine & More in Alpharetta, Georgia. For best flavor, please refrigerate and enjoy by date indicated: it looks like there're small indents on 11 and 12. I'm just gonna assume I'm good to go here.
Appearance: Pours a clear, inviting-looking, amber-hued body with a finger of short-lived, off-white froth.
Smell: Lightly sweet-scented malty nose hinting of toasted bread and scant caramel. Modestly fruity. Small traces of herbal, earthy hops.
Taste: Sweetish, bready malts, moderately toasty, faintly nutty. Fairly estery with berryesque flavors as well as a touch of sweet cherry, too. Low hop character and bitterness. Somewhat drying on the relatively clean finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-light carbonation.
Overall: It's a decent, drinkable Märzen, though a bit on the estery side.
09-21-2011 20:44:11 | More by ChainGangGuy
4.15/5 rDev +10.4%
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.
10-16-2012 00:12:29 | More by kylehay2004
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
3.65/5 rDev -2.9%
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.
10-16-2012 00:15:54 | More by nickfl
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
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
3.58/5 rDev -4.8%
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.
11-21-2011 01:21:25 | More by oline73
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
3.53/5 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
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
3.63/5 rDev -3.5%
12oz bottle into a pint glass, glad to try this one.
Marzen pours your standard bronzish/copper color as per style with a off white, bordering on cream cap up top that dies, some squiggly lines on the glass that sink, no lace basically. Scents include grass, earthy hops, some grain and a touch of caramel. Tasting this I get a nice sence of earthy hops without being bitter or tropical at all, which is not a bad thing in this case. Grain, light biscuit, that about does it. Oh yeah, caramel, who could forget good ol caramel. Feel is light, crisp, refreshing, easy. I drank this quick and you should too. I did feel a bit of the alcohol afterwards so perhaps this marzen has a bit more booze than most (speculation here)
11-18-2010 03:57:29 | More by BARFLYB
4.05/5 rDev +7.7%
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!
02-04-2012 04:26:39 | More by Stinkypuss
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
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
3.6/5 rDev -4.3%
Was surprised and happy to find a 6 pack of this recently in a store in NOVA. Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Sam Adams pint glass.
Pours a clear red-copper color with a small head that disappears quickly. Not much lacing on the glass.
Aroma has a lighter bready, malty sweetness to it. Taste is crisp with some caramel sweetness and light on the roasted malts.
Mouthfeel is light with above average carbonation. Drinkability is very good, this is a light bodied beer without any overpowering flavors that I could easily drink a few of.
Overall this was a decent beer but I wasn't as impressed with this one as I am the rest of DR's lineup. Still very drinkable though, would be a good choice if I was choosing a beer to have multiples of in the same night, or at a fest.
12-18-2009 21:32:40 | More by billab914
4.13/5 rDev +9.8%
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.
12-13-2009 21:47:40 | More by TurdFurgison
Duck-Rabbit Märzen from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 136 ratings.