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Duck-Rabbit Märzen - The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery

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181 Ratings
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Ratings: 181
Reviews: 88
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 15
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  4.60% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: NCSUdo on 10-07-2009)
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Photo of Shumania
3.23/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of titosupertramp
4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big thanks to Handle for another great trade.

A: A dark copper color with a heavy red tint, crystal clear. Finger or so of off white head that leaves minimal lacing and thin film. Beautiful color and clarity, average head/lacing.

S: Bready, toasted malts, nutty, mineral/earth..has a somewhat floral tinge as well.

T: This is really tasty beer. Toasted bread, nutty, earthy hops and something fruity...kind of like apples.

M: Good, full body with a clean finish.

O: Duck Rabbit does such a good job with their beers - at least the ones I've had. Of all the American made Marzens I've had, this is tops. I want more.

Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. An amber and orange type color. Very good clarity on this one, can see pretty much everything right through the glass. Off white colored head that has decent lacing a small layer of the head that's skimming the surface.

Smell is good. Plenty of malts, caramelized and toasted malts. Toffee and hints of some darker fruits that are just past the ripe phase. Slightly spicy and some herbal/earthy scents.

Taste is really good, one of the better of the style I've ever had. Caramel and toffee flavors, hints of orange sweetbread or brown bread. Spiciness and a hint of earthiness. Hops slightly present, mild more tha bitter.

Mouthfeel is good. Full bodied, sweet with big malt flavors, slight bitter finish. Good carbonation level that's smooth and creamy. Good overall, Duck-Rabbit does it again!

Thanks CuriousMonk for the trade!

Photo of n2185
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear orange-copper with two fingers of white head that fades into a thin cap with a little lacing.

S: Some pilsner and Munich malt aromas up front followed by some surprising nutty aromas. There are also some faint notes of sweet chocolate. The finish has a dry, biscuit smell.

T: Again, pilsner and Munich malt flavors up front followed by some nutty flavors as well. Biscuit flavors bring up the finish that is dry, crisp, and slightly bitter.

M: Medium-light body with mid-high carbonation, this beer is dry, crisp, and clean.

O: A unique, but good Marzen. It has some atypical characteristics for the style, but they work well to make a tasty beer that isn't too sweet and flat like many Marzens.

Photo of Chaney
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured sort of a pepper infused orange color, crystal clear, and with a soft, light brownish-white head that held its retention throughout the session.

S: Intense scent of freshly baked bread, very malty, and with a tinge of mothball-esque yeast makeup.

T: I got caramel upfront with the bread praying second string quarterback to that. The lingering is a bit sweeter than I like in Octoberfest's, but this was pretty tasty.

M: I actually thing that a bit more "creaminess" would have served this beer well and would have given a bit more lusciousness in the drinkability department. However, I dug the caramel lingering a spotty lacing.

O: I've yet to try anything truly bad from Duck Rabbit and I really respect what they do.... including this beer.

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

Dark orange brown pour reminds me of autumn. Bubbly white head with a fizzy crisp taste that feels like a cool autumn afternoon. The taste is bold for an octobrefest lager in my opinion. Very enjoyable to drink. I recommend drinking a six pack of these on top of an Appalachian peak overlooking a majestic valley.

Photo of dirtylou
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, brawleys

appearance: served appropriately in a duck rabbit shaker pint glass - clear amber body, foamy white cap

smell: sweet fruity aroma - apple, nuts, bread

taste: toasted malts, rich nutty character, crisp red apple, grassy noble hop, dough, toffee, woody notes. Solid oktoberfest

mouthfeel: rich medium body, filling

overall: solid

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

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.

Photo of JayS2629
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful dark mahogany with a creamy tan head that fades slowly and leaves nice walls of lace.

The aroma is of toffee, brown sugar, caramel. Light leafy notes and hints of spice and vanilla.

Nice malty beer with loads of vanilla toffee, some toasty and nutty notes, brown sugar, and a little spicy note of warmth.

Nice, balanced, and very well done to style.

Delicious and easy to drink. Nice, sweet, malty and balanced.

Photo of cosmicevan
4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a - poured from 12oz'er into duvel taster glass. Deep ruby amber with lots of small bubbly carbonation and a nice frothy bubbly head with medium/well lacing.

s - Malty caramel biscuits. Lagery.

t - very toasty. some brown sugar, touch of hops. toffee malts dominant.

m/d - pretty even ended in the feel, not watery, but silky. smooth with a cooling afterfeel. overall a really subtle and tasty oktoberfest, this is a style where i don't love every beer i try and this beer is an oktoberfest that i would more than happily drink again and again.

Photo of Bung
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. Darker than usual amber pour with a nice layer of white head. Just barely sticks to the glass.

Aroma is herbal, malt and leathery. Hint of floral/citrus hops

Taste substantially malty. There is a fair amount of bread and caramel. Some light red fruits as well. Realizing this is a good 5 or 6 months old, this has lost some hop presence in the flavor. Luckily I enjoy malty side brews. So many marzens are so mellow and bland this is a nice change anyway.

Light side of medium bodied, coats well, carbonation is level is good.

Another good one in the line of seasonals from Duck Rabbit.

Photo of yourefragile
3.43/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of BranfordBound
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice extra from a trade with BucketBoy

Pours a wonderful rusty copper with a slight haze. Gorgeous rocky head forms and sticks around, leaving great lacing.

Sweet aroma of malts and even some apples in there.

Pretty strong taste, lots of malt make it sweet. Just a touch of leafy hops at the end, and even a little spice from it. Touch of apple in the middle.

Neutral mouthfeel and nice carb, typical of a marzen.

Gorgeous fall weather beer, too bad they don't go far out of NC!

Photo of RonfromJersey
3.18/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

$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.

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

Hazy ruddy orange pour with a off white head. First thing that hits me is the buttery sweetness, orange candies and extra sweet malts. Tangy caramel malts, toasted sugar cookie and little hop flavor.

A little harsh on the tongue at first but that settles down. Not too bad of a beer but nothing mindblowing.

Photo of BARFLYB
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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)

Photo of Jayli
3.28/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of micromaniac129
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An amber colored brew with a below average foam head.Average carbonation.
A caramel malt aroma with no discernable hop bouquet.
Vienna malt I bet is in here because i taste a biscuity or cereal malt taste.
Little to nop hops maybe for balancing out the malts.
AN okay beer, I would rush out to buy this one.

Photo of BeerAndBourbon
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A. Pours a hazy brown with orange/copper and red tones. The one finger white head dissipates to a small layer of foam with no residual lacing.

S. Almost like a slightly fruity brown ale - brown bread, dark fruit, and some toasted malt.

T. Light fruit flavor with some caramel sweetness and brown bread. As it warms an almost candy like sugar sweetness starts to come out.

M. Medium bodied with a fairly high level of biting carbonation.

D. This is by far the most unique Marzen I've encountered, but not one I'll try again.

Photo of tempest
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of wedge
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Best by 12/10

Dark chestnut color with a small head of thick foam. Sweet, nutty toast and toffee/caramel malt aromas. Mild apple earthiness. Big flavor...rich caramel malt with a balancing tea-like hop bitterness. Medium bodied and a bit too lively on the tongue. Otherwise, a nicely balanced märzen that's worth looking forward to when fall rolls around.

Photo of crossovert
2.5/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of farrago
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Photo of JohnQVegas
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Photo of ncvbc
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Duck-Rabbit Märzen from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 181 ratings.