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Duck-Rabbit Märzen - The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery

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Reviews: 92
Hads: 197
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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Reviews: 92 | Hads: 197
Photo of thecheapies
3.52/5  rDev -6.6%
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

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.07/5  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!

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Photo of oline73
3.58/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of dbexpert
4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

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Photo of corby112
3.35/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

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Photo of Eriktheipaman
4.21/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.77/5  rDev 0%
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.

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3.12/5  rDev -17.2%
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.

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Photo of doopydoogle
3.71/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of fo5s
3.3/5  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.

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Photo of Shumania
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

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Photo of titosupertramp
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.67/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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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.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

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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.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.47/5  rDev -8%
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.

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Photo of BranfordBound
4.06/5  rDev +7.7%
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!

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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.

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Duck-Rabbit Märzen from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 92 ratings.