Duck-Rabbit Märzen - The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
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United Kingdom (England)
3.29/5 rDev -12.5%
A 355ml bottle with a BB of Jan 2011, so this is totally out of date. Acquired a while back from a webshop, though it would have been out of date even then.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OK - being out of date this is obviously not on top form.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.
09-04-2013 00:11:44 | More by jazzyjeff13
3.68/5 rDev -2.1%
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.
08-29-2013 00:47:26 | More by Darkmagus82
3.81/5 rDev +1.3%
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.
01-30-2013 16:48:27 | More by bigdeuce
3.9/5 rDev +3.7%
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.
01-02-2013 01:39:37 | More by JWU
3.83/5 rDev +1.9%
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.
11-04-2012 23:12:01 | More by jpro
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
4.03/5 rDev +7.2%
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.
10-19-2012 03:03:11 | More by SolipsismalCat
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
4.15/5 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
Duck-Rabbit Märzen from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
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