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Duck-Rabbit Märzen - The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery

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134 Ratings
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Ratings: 134
Reviews: 81
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 15
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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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Photo of farrago

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Finger plus of loose tan foam which disappears quickly, thin lacing without much stickiness. Autumnal red color deepened by some brown hues while more zinc orange at the rims, unblemished transparency, not many visible bubbles. Caramel, butterscotch, maple syrup soften and sweeten the nose, cherry, peach, dried apple fruit notes with freshly baked loaves of white bread with toasty crust, some granola as well, orange marmalade, kind of smells like breakfast. Medium-bodied, foams up during the mouth entry, surprises you given the absence of visible carbonation. Sweet with that toffee, butterscotch, maple syrup, milk chocolate stuff and juicy peach, apricot, cherry, red apple fruit. More scone, granola, and danish flakes than bready here, cleans up and dries out near the finish, able to refresh some as well as satisfy the sweet tooth. Still, don't think I could put down more than two of these in a row in a single sitting.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2010 20:16:27 | More by farrago
Photo of JohnQVegas


3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle into Sam Adams sensory glass.

Pours a deep red-brown, coppery 'round the edges, and quite hazy, bordering on murky. Nice two-finger light-khaki head settles into a dense, creamy cap of about 1/2 an inch within several minutes, exhibiting pretty decent retention. Lacing isn't bad either.

Nose carries a big dose of red-berry fruitiness, mild zing of acidity, and a heavy toastiness. Very light breadcrust, and a bit of caramel as well

Taste carries more of the big toastiness, certainly larger than I'm used to for the style. More red fruit, bit of previously mentioned breadcrust, fairly bready, bit nutty as well. If tasting this blind, I surely would have guessed this was an English Brown Ale, not a marzen. But, given the propensities of the brewery, I can understand why this beer is the way it is, and it certainly isn't a bad on at that. So, for those of you out there grading to style, knock a point or so off, but otherwise, not a bad try at all.

Mouthfeel is about average - medium bodied, light but sharp carbonation, bit on the sticky side for me. Little bit of sugary residue around the lips.

Drinkability is ok, but for me, doesn't approach the benchmarks of the style. Feels bigger, denser, stickier; none of which are bad, but just doesn't have the beautifully delicate balance I always look forward to.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2010 19:42:02 | More by JohnQVegas
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North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours light copper. Smell of toasted grain, sweetness of toffee and fruit. Taste is good. Good mix of toasted malts and sweetness. Light hop presence, slight dryness in the finish. Definitely a drinkable beer. Comparable to standard versions in my book.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2010 02:31:41 | More by ncvbc
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Rhode Island

3.35/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2010 16:52:38 | More by ShogoKawada
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New York

4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2010 00:07:39 | More by aerozeppl
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South Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from tap into a sampler shaker. Poured deep orange with a half finger white head. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of malt, subtle spices, and subtle nutmeg. The flavor was of nutty, slightly sweet malt, with a pumpkin and nutmeg followthrough. It had a light feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was not a bad brew. Definitely had the big malt character as one would expect with this style. The nutmeg on the followthrough is my only complaint with this one. If it were to find itself earlier in the sip it might not be as bad but with it being the last impression of the brew, it is a little much. It also stuck to the palate well after swallowing. It is worth trying, but that is about it.

Serving type: on-tap

10-18-2010 19:02:28 | More by thagr81us
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Rhode Island

3.2/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2010 22:24:57 | More by Jwale73
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North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a shaker pint

A-Pours with a 1 inch off white head. Deep amber color, a couple of shades darker than the usual German interpretations. Foam settles to a nice thin layer after a minute or so. Moderate lace and cling.

N-Somewhat muted. Bread, dough, and biscuit are prominent, with caramel and a touch of nuttiness coming through. I also detect an ever so faint presence of roast - not typical for the style.

T-Sweet malt flavors come thru first. Like the nose, bread, dough, biscuit, and toasted flavors are most noticeable. Some caramel and brown sugar along with a moderate nutty flavor (akin to a Brown ale, albeit less intense in this case) also come thru. I also detect a faint burnt grain and roast flavor-not sure this really falls within style guideline, but it works here.

M-Medium bodied, good carbonation. Finishes with a graininess and dryness that hurts the drinkability a bit IMHO.

D-Easy drinking as most Oktoberfests tend to be, although the dryness and graininess of the finish hurt that aspect a little. Still, a very solid American interpretation with some eclectic flavors, although I think it falls a bit short of the best German interpretations.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2010 13:53:02 | More by javincik
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New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2010 04:54:05 | More by stimulus
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4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle from a Whole Foods. This one pours a clear coppery amber color. There was a small off white head on it that leaves a little lacing. Nice aroma to it. Malty, but very little sweetness. Nutty, toasty and earthy notes also. The taste is also good. There is a good maltiness here, but no sweetness. Dry finish with little bitterness. A bit of nuttiness to it. Some roastiness in the background. A very drinkable brew.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2010 00:19:05 | More by Boto
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3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had at Kaya in Pittsburgh

Pours clear amber with small head that quickly dissipates to a very fine ring.

Aroma mainly of sweet malt.

Sweet biscuity malt up front with a little bitterness in the finish.

Body is light with a little prickly finish.

Pretty drinkable. Nice version of a Marzen.

Serving type: on-tap

04-20-2010 22:44:12 | More by Beerenauslese
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North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2010 01:13:07 | More by brentk56
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North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2010 00:46:57 | More by beer2day
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4.1/5  rDev +9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2010 14:43:28 | More by rhoadsrage
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3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

a: pilsner glass, thick layer of dark khaki head atop a richly copper-amber colored beer, good retention and lace

s: pretty malty - toasty/nutty with some underlying pilsner malt, nice noble hop presence, light sour mash aroma

m: moderate carbonation and a medium body, somewhat creamy

t: lager underbody with full flavors of toasted German malts, nutty caramel, nice sweet red apple flavor, noble hop finish, quite rich for the style

d: a top quality marzen, drinks easily

old score: 4, 4, 4, 4, 4

single from Lost Dog Cafe, Arlington

10.20.2013 - single bottle from Greenlife, Asheville. Deep pecan amber in color with a decent head. Quite dark with a prominent, rich toasted nuttiness. Deep toasted grain with a moderate red apple sweetness and some raw, green grainy character. Hop flavors very benign, low bitterness. New scores posted.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2010 03:29:07 | More by blackie
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District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours copper with a tan head with decent retention.

Aroma is of roasted malts, some breadyness.

Taste is of the roasted malts, and the breadyness is fairly apparent in a very good way. The breadyness works well with the roasted malt flavor profile and enhances the mouthfeel, giving it a rich medium body. Drinkability is pretty high, I could easily have another, and would most certainly buy this one again.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2010 09:37:59 | More by kshankar
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West Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +13%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2010 00:47:05 | More by WVbeergeek
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3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour - amber with brilliant red highlights and tints especially when held to the light. Super clean and clear with a decent sized tightly-knit stark white head. Looks pretty damn good.

Aroma - like a lot of other lagers out there this one is not very aromatic. There is some bready/biscuity notes along with some roasty/toasty malts and some burnt cereal grains. Not a lot else in the nose.

Taste - honey and malt syrupy sweetness up front. The bready/biscuity flavors come in along with a lot of the roasted malt flavor. A lot of standard malt flavors are present without a lot of surprises but what really shines with this beer is it's crisp finish and clean taste. Definitely a solid effort for the style from the folks at Duck-Rabbit.

Overall - really enjoyed it, despite being a season late. Great toasty flavors with a nice crisp lager finish. Solid stuff.

Would I buy more of it? - I might, but I'd probably go to one of their other beers first, especially if their (gold medal winning) Baltic Porter was within reach.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2010 03:03:49 | More by indiapaleale
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3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-29-2009 17:25:37 | More by Kegatron
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3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2009 21:32:40 | More by billab914
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4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2009 21:47:40 | More by TurdFurgison
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North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reddish-copper color with a thin quarter-inch head (at best). Well-filtered, exhibiting total clarity through the jewel/ruby-like color.

Nose is light biscuity/bready malts, a mere hint of dark fruits in the background. Subtle and simple aroma.

Fruitiness comes in stronger in the flavor, with hints of cherry, fig and date mingling nicely with a rich sweet toffee flavor and light mineral earthiness. Faint hint of sulfur in the far background. Finish keeps the mineral, toffee and tart dark fruit going, each characteristic evenly balanced against the others.

Mouthfeel is a fantastic blending and balancing of tingly carbonation, buttery roundness, slickness and mild puckering from the tart element in the finish.

A great Marzen that does the style justice, I found this glass emptying way too fast. Super-drinkable and incredibly likable in its well-made simplicity.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2009 23:03:41 | More by Metalmonk
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North Carolina

3.28/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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..

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2009 00:11:28 | More by stoutfiend27
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North Carolina

3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2009 21:00:51 | More by oberon
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North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2009 20:38:29 | More by cvstrickland
Duck-Rabbit Märzen from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 134 ratings.