Black Radish Dark Lager | Weeping Radish Bavarian Restaurant

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Black Radish Dark LagerBlack Radish Dark Lager

Brewed by:
Weeping Radish Bavarian Restaurant
North Carolina, United States

Style: Munich Dunkel Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by stirgy on 04-15-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 49 |  Reviews: 49
Reviews by beerguy101:
Photo of beerguy101
2.88/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark brown color. Small head. Aroma is indistinct, but it slightly malty and sweet. A light to medium bodied dunkel. Malts are fairly mild, slightly malty and slightly sweet. Hops? I’m sure they are there, but no sure where. Slightly bitter and floral? It’s a little thin tasting for a dukel. Has enough flavor to make it interesting and would make a good summer beer. Mouthfeel is thin. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

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Photo of oberon
3.57/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A little light color for a traditional Dunkle,but had good caramel/chocolate flavor of the style.I will try to get out to Manteo sometime to try all the othe traditional lagers from the Weeping Radish.Have only seen this beer bottled locally maybe a new one in the spring,hopefully a nice spring bock.

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Photo of shapudding
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up in North Carolina, but not during the brewery tour. Dark, rootbeer/chocolate colored and clear. Nice thick khaki head reduced down quickly a thick ring in the edges and a good swirling. Alot of sassafrass in the scent, caramelly sweet. Almost a medium body to it, very smooth mouthfeel, with just enough carbination. Tastes of roasted malts and dark toast, bit of hops in there. Easy drinker, not too heavy or too much flavor shooting out at you.

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Photo of merlin48
4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, dark mahogany body that exhibits ruby tones when held to the light. Small, beige, head is shortlived, with minimal lacing.
Aroma: Chocolate malt hits the nose first, then some caramelized, brown sugar. Grapefruity, citrus hops are noted in the background, but are subdued.
Mouthfeel: Nice, spritzy, carbonation, with a medium body.
Taste: Dark, roasted malts, with a chocolate essence are well balanced by a lively hopping. Fruity notes of pear and apple appear in the background, complimented by a hint of rye bread. Nicely balanced, and quite tasty.
Drinkability: This was my first, Weeping Radish brew, and I was pleasantly surprised by the enjoyable complexity of flavors going on here. Well crafted, and light enough to enjoy as a session beer.

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Photo of jakester
3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at the brewery.

Arrives in a big German style mug, slightly hazy, (chill haze), brownish/mahogany, with a 2 finger head of beige foam. Head drops after a while to a coating and a ring. Minimal lacing.

Aroma is of bready German pilsner malts and slight DMS. Not unpleasant. Faint spicy Noble type hops and faint chocolate there as well. I was kind of expecting more.

Flavor is clean dark brown sugar, smooth sweetness, and spicy hops. Appropriate bitterness for style. Aftertaste is short chocolate malts. A little thin in character. Style guidelines say rich and complex; this is neither

Mouthfeel is slight sweetness, slight tingle from carbonation, feels thin. Not much in the way of a finish.

I've had better dunkels, but not too many. If you like "training wheel" type dark beers, this would be a good one, but I wouldn't go out of my way to get it.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the beers that really got me into US micros several years ago. And unfortunately all Weeping Radish stuff is getting harder and harder to find. Alas...

Poured a super-foamy, rocky head, completely drifted, like the head of a wild homebrew. Dark caramel/brown color.

Aroma is an appealing mass of malt, accented with anise, honey sweetness and even a roasted vibe.

Taste is complex: Chocolate hits first, Tootsie Rolls to be exact. Malt follows and dominates, with hops arriving later. Also an overall pungency and tartness that reminds of overripe dark fruits.

A great dessert-type beer, my last sip only made me want another.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From a contract brewed bottle out of Clipper City. It pours a deep, ruby accented brown/black body with a frothy head of yellowish-tan foam that holds well and initially leaves some nice lace about the glass. The nose is clean and reveals only a lightly chocolatey and delicately roasted malt. The body is medium and its very fine, moderate carbonation is subtly crisp on the tongue, leaving it smooth across the palate. The flavor presents a toasty, somewhat roasted malt with notes of caramel and some dark chocolate balanced by a bitterness that never steps beyond its supporting role, but always remains on stage - very well balanced! It finishes short and dry, and never builds on the palate lending to a high level of drinkability. Well done!

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Photo of PhantomVodoo
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep, dark brown to black in color. Nice tan head.
Aroma of heavily roasted malt. Coffee and hops as well.

Taste shows heavily roasted malt. Nice coffee and chocolate notes. Hops balance this one nicely and provide a touch of crispness. Well done.

Good mouthfeel.
Good drinkability, I enjoyed this one.

Overall, a good, balanced dark lager. Big thanks to AKSmokedPorter for hauling this one to OH for me.

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Photo of Stubbie1
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice mahogany color, a nice off white head on top gives off to a fairly decent lace on the side of the glass. The lace gets thin at the bottom of the glass, nice. The aroma is roasted malt with hints of coffee. The taste shadows the aroma, a bit water down on the malt finish, a slight hint of a bitter after taste. This is a slightly above average brew. I would like to try it draft.

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Photo of akorsak
3.56/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a 1 L growler from the Manteo location served chilled in a seidel.

A: The beer is a deep brown color with garnet red hints and a small ring of head and no lacing.

S: There are roasted chocolate malts in the nose.

T: The roasted taste is somewhat thin and watered down. Chocolate and caramel flavors emerge quickly. The chocolate flavor keeps popping up in the back of my mouth, finishing surprisingly long for the thin taste.

M: The flavors last longer that I expected, assisting the mouthfeel.

D: Very drinkable representative of the dunkel lager style.

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Photo of Murph
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice dark brown with a big brown head that slowly fades down to a nice film on top of the brew. Nice malty aromas of chocolate and biscuits or chocolate biscuits?, a little light on the roasted quality but it is there. Chocolate maltiness followed with some more chocolate maltiness with a finish of chocolate maltiness. There is a slight bit of bitter, roasted malt present in this brew but not very much. Not one to normally find any fault in chocolate, I did think that this one wasa bit over the top in that department as I didn't really detect any hops in there to balance out the flavor and it does get a bit cloying. Thick chocolate taste drops a few points for this brew in the taste and mouthfeel departments, just too sticky. Not a bad beer, but not something that I will be picking up regularly, not bad for a dessert brew, but a little too thick for much else.

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Photo of wcudwight
3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown to black color with red hues when held up to the light. Good 1/2" creamy and carbonated head with poor retention. Has a kind of chocolate coffee smell with a faint hint of citrus fruit in the background. Most noticable taste is that of burnt toast. Also taste coffee and has a nice dry burnt finish. Very grainy and bready. Mouthfeel is fine just a bit too carbonated for a full-bodied beer for me. This is my first offering from Wheeping Radish and it is very solid. I look forward to trying other beers from thier line in the future.

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Photo of Cresant
3/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very healthy head overflowed the cup, left a hearty lacing. Black coffee colored body.

Smelled of sweet malts.

Tasted of malts. Slight bitter cola and mild anise flavor. Shallow finish.

Texture was moderate but ended a bit thin.

Not one I would order again, but I'm glad I tried it.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle purchased somewhere in VA, one of many things gathered at either Vienna Whole Foods, Norm's, or Westpark Wine & Beer.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed 1/4" beige head over the clear chestnut brown brew. Head short-lived, but laced okay nonetheless. Aroma of caramel malt, with a tinge of smokiness. Taste somewhat neutral, with what present being the aforementioned caramel malts. Smooth mouthfeel and drinkability good as well, but I almost question the point with such subtle flavor. But overall, nothing much bad to say, and have to nod to the high sessionability.

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Photo of CWiggins
4.3/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a large glass mug while seated in the bar of The Weeping Radish, the first thing that struck me was the intensely dark-brown color and the contrasting ecru-hued, one-finger head of this beer. The aroma was mainly of dark malts. Flavors of dark nuts and coffee dominate, while some sweet overtones keep it complex and intriguing. A bit of hop bitterness lingers at the finish. Although the other brews I've tasted from The Weeping Radish are rather lean, this one has a nice thick texture with a medium carbonation. I really enjoyed this drink; it's a shame they don't distribute–they only sell at the restaurant bar and by the bottle in the internal gift shop–because I would drink this very often!

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Photo of Indybeer
3.03/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Poured a dark brown with a descent head that slowly receded, leaving some fine lacing on the glass. Aroma is roasted malt. Taste is mildly carbonated, and slightly malty. Thin and weak, with very mild carbonation. Not a bad beer just nothing special.

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Photo of Enola
3.06/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was expecting more out of this beer.
It poured with little head. The color is very dark brown. The smell is like roasted grain with a slight alcohol ting. The taste is like a higher alcohol stout but without that punch you get from a double stout. The mouthfeel could be a little better. It has a slight bite to it that I do not like. Not enough to keep me from this beer again. Overall a good beer from my homestate. I will have one of these again. I will try to sample their entire line.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another one of the brews I grabbed at Kclingers.
I pour a chilled sample into my pint glass.
Dark, clear, mahogany color with very little light getting through. Off white head foams up but fades quickly. Some light tightly packed latticework on the glass.
The aroma is dominated by caramel malt scents, no hop presence. Also minor roasty and smoky scents are there.

First sip, average carbonation, medium bodied brew. Roasty bittersweet flavors dominate. Mild sweetness up front, very mild middle, but the finish is roasty and coffee-esque.
Flavor lingers for a second then is gone.
The beer is very drinkable and smooth, not overly complex but definately one I would try again. Next time I am in NC I will make this brewery a stop over.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light brown two finger head that quickly goes to a ring and leaves bits of lace. Hazy amber color. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied. Nose is roasted coffee. Starts sweet/roasted coffee, some caramel, porter like but a decent dunkel. 12oz bottle gift, available from Vintage Cellar Blacksburg, Va.

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Photo of Gavage
3.76/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub in Manteo. Clear brown in color with mahogony highlights. Thick 2" tan head. Mild lacing developed through the drink. The aroma had very faint tones of roasted malt, caramel, and prunes. The flavor was of roasted malts, caramel, mildly nutty, with a hint of raisins.

This brew is lighter in body. Crisp mouthfeel at the start and finish. The finish is relatively clean, as a hint of roasted malts linger very briefly. Nice drinkability as this is light and refreshing with decent flavor.

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Photo of JayQue
3.46/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Weeping Radish Dark lager pours an attractive dark color with ruby highlights. The head is tan and thick. It dissipates slowly to a ring and leaves some moderate lacing. The Dark Lager has a moderate roasted malt smell, more aroma than any of the previous Weeping Radish products I have tried. This beer has a strong, robust taste, primarily roasted malts with maybe a hint of chocolate and caramel. My main complaint with the Amber Lager was a slightly watery taste. No problem with that here. The beer is not heavy like a stout but has a strongly malt taste. I like a more balanced taste or weighted more to hops than malt. That would affect drinkability to me. If you like a medium-bodied beer with a pronounced malt flavor, this would be a good choice

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Photo of lewwjr
4.62/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown smooth looking lager with a roasted carmel malty aroma. A light lacy head stays around through the center of the glass. A roasted malt flavor thats a little bitter at the end leaves a an almost burnt after- taste. It definitely finishes like a lager thats trying to be an ale. Its a nice session brew.

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Photo of WesWes
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a translucent dark brown color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a very dry slightly malty scent that boasts of roasted barley. The taste is decent also. It has a smooth and crisp dark malt flavor with a light watery finish. It goes down easy and finishes dry. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a low/medium bodied beer with a little too much carbonation. This is a good drinking darrk lager. It doesn't have the best flavor or mouthfeel, but it goes down smooth and quick.

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Photo of Beastdog75
3.23/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Black Radish is a decent Dunkel type of beer brewed by the Weeping Radish in North Carolina. All of the Weeping Radish beers seem pretty good to me, but they all seem to lack a certain "edge" to them, probably so they don't scare off the tourists that go to the restaurants. Nothing groundbreaking here as well, but all together a decent respresentation of a German dunkel that is easy to drink.

Black Radish pours a dark, translucent brown with ruby hints. The 1 1/2 finger of tan foam lasts for around 30 seconds. The aroma is a pleasing mix of roasted malts and coffee. The mouthfeel is thinner than expected with some fizziness, but not overdone like many pale lagers. A decent malt flavor all around with hints of coffee and lighter hints of caramel present. There is a light hop bitterness and a light "roasted dryness" in the finish. All of this is slightly on the tame side and won't overpower the senses by any means. Aftertaste has moderate roasted dryness with some coffee hints. The beer finishes off with a very light alcoholic warmth.

A very decent and drinkable dunkel, and this would go well with any German food. Not an extraordinary beer by any means, but a good, decent beer.

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Photo of stirgy
4.18/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was somewhere between brown and a deep orange amber in color. Looks clear, dark and mysterious. The aroma has a caramel and toffee sweetness, almost buttery aroma. The taste is rich, sweet and robust. Nicely blended with a soft bitter nuttiness. This is light to medium bodied and finishes with a slight fruity sweetness. I detect some apple hiding in there. Clean and nutty aftertaste. Very interesting and very much drinkable.

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