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Duck-Rabbit Märzen - The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery

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Reviews: 95
Hads: 215
Avg: 3.76
pDev: 15.96%
Wants: 19
Gots: 23 | 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:
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: 95 | Hads: 215
Photo of blackie
3.56/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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Photo of kshankar
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.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
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.

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Photo of indiapaleale
3.61/5  rDev -4%
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.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of billab914
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.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
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.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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Photo of stoutfiend27
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%
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..

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Photo of oberon
3.46/5  rDev -8%
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.

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Photo of cvstrickland
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.

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Photo of Onenote81
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my pint glass. Pours a dark amber/orange with about an inch's worth of ivory head on top. Little retention, but it left some good lace on the side of the glass. Smells of toasted malts, caramel, and light floral hops.

The mouth is crisp with a moderate amount of carbonation. Nice sweet caramel starts this beer out. Flavors of bread and crackers fill it in; finishes with a mild hop bite. This is pretty good. This is one of their better beers. I'm glad they've ventured into the world of lagers. Nice work, Duck-Rabbit!

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Photo of gabe23
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear mahogany color with a small, cream colored head. Tiny flecks of lacing.

S - Roasted malt with caramel sweetness. Some raisin and earthy hops are in the background.

T - Burt toast flavor with some toffee sweetness and some bitter dark chocolate notes. The finish has just a touch of hops.

M - Medium body with a fair amount of carbonation. Crisp.

D - Not my favorite Marzen, but a pretty good one. I find the D-R beers all have a similar flavor that I'm growing tired of. But if you're a fan of the brand, you'll probably like this effort.

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Photo of marvin213
2.35/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

It's a normal brown lager except for the carbon dioxide that laces even the bottom sides of my Duck Rabbit glass. Despite the obvious presence of gaseous bubbles, there is essentially no head. For a brown beverage, it's clear and just translucent enough to appear clean and pure.

It smells much like the look: basic festive lager. The maltiness in these brews adds a sweetness to the nose, and it's "oktoberfest" enough to conjure senses of pumpkin. Lagers typically lack the appeal of ales, but its simplicity again offers an edge.

The taste, unfortunately, is lacking. What I perceived as simple purity has played out as diluted disappointment. Where I might usually shy away from the flavorful marzen, this one leaves me wondering how substance escaped it. If it weren't for the beer bubbles, I'd wonder if it were flat. An unabashed homer, I'm still quick to call this the least enjoyable and, in fact, the most disposable of the Duck Rabbit fleet.

Without the festive flavor of traditional oktoberfests, this feels like an ordinary brown lager...and who wants an ordinary brown lager? With mouthfeel and drinkability, there's just nothing to it--not awful, but blah. While I'm supportive of DR expanding its repertoire, the dark beer specialists need to revamp the marzen.

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Photo of GJ40
3.51/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 12oz bottle in a standard pint glass. Purchased at Brawley's in Charlotte. Best by date is January 2010.

A - Copper with good clarity and a moderate beige head of large bubbles that dissipates quickly. I think this is the lightest DR I've seen.

S - A light earthy and bready aroma with a touch of caramel.

T - Dry with a biscuity and nutty flavor. The flavors are pretty subtle. I liked it more as I went on.

M - A very light and airy feel as if it evaporates in your mouth.

D - Smooth and easy to drink but not especially interesting.

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Photo of hooliganlife
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pour was deep ruby copper with little head and next to no retention.

dark fruits and sweet malts

very robust with a power dark fruit and sweet malt flavor. light floral hops hide behind it all.

light carbonation with a bit of bite. given the malts in this, its kinda thick.

at first i was like, marzen? but this is quite interesting. not bad but not something i could drink a lot of.

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Photo of atsprings
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Flying Saucer served in a standard pint glass a crisp dark orange with a thin diminishing head. Aroma is a nice amount of sweet malts with a nice touch of caramel and mild cocoa. The taste is an enjoyable malt balance with a subtle hop backbone. The beer is quite light and crisp with decent carbonation. This is one of the best American versions of the style I've had yet.

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Photo of IPAbro
4.43/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Best Marzen I've had this fall so far. Color is a darker amber than others I've had (Bell's, Foothills, Brooklyn, Highland). I'm only providing a review for domestic Octoberfests and this is the best I've had out of all those listed. Tastes malty with a slightly bitter aftertaste. Easily a session beer, as Marzen is one of the best styles for this. I could have a sixer easily.

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Photo of hitokiri
4.54/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is my first time having this beer and I have loved almost every one of the Duck Rabbit beers I have had so far.

I love this style, and it is the best one I have had so far.

Appearance is pretty good for this style to me. Poured slightly vigorously it produced about a finger or two head. It stuck around for a little while, but no lacing. Color is like dark copper.

Smell is very delicious, lots of roastiness, and maltiness.

Taste is right on what I expect for this style, on the sweeter and maltier side with hints of caramel and chocolate. Mild hop profile but it is noticeable.

Mouthfeel was very nice, moderate carbonation, not too much. A little slickness but balanced by the carbonation.

Very very drinkable. I could drink this constantly. Forget water.

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Photo of NCSUdo
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

A: Pours a pretty clear dark amber/rusty copper, brown under a small white head. No lace, no retention.

S: Malt dominates, sweet, toasted some caramel and toffee. Put together well, but maybe could use a little "oomph".

T: Typical richness I associate with nearly all DR efforts. Sweet, toasted, caramel, toffee, very mild bitterness. Finish mostly toasted, with an ever so slight chocolate hint.

M/D: Mouthfeel keeps is good. Very good medium body, crisp to low carbonation. Slightly slick at times and ever so often, it feels a little thin, not sure if it's just my palate though. Drinkability is very good. A tasty beer, could use a little more in the aroma department, but very solid.

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Duck-Rabbit Märzen from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.