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
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 oelergud
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark ruby clean looking beer, light brown head, good lace, very good looking brew.
Smell is pleasantly round, some coffee, maybe chocolate and a hint of caramel, much the same for the taste, very smooth and slick feel to it. There is a strong pressence in both the smell and taste but I just cant put a name to it, radish?, anyway, it's good.
Very surprised at this beer, looked kinda crummy on the shelf but man I'm glad I picked it anyway.
If you havent tried this beer yet, you should, it's great.


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

I first had this beer on tap at a brew festival at Manayunk in Philly. I had it on tap again when I visited the brew pub at the OBX in the NC. This is one of my favorite beers from the Weeping Radish, I bought a sixer of it to take back to the beach house. Just about as good in the bottle as on tap.
Pours a dark brown color with a slight ruby tint. The head is cardboard color. On the nose is the aroma of toasted bread. On the palate the same in toasted bread, good malt backbone, slight caramel notes, ever so slight roastiness and nicely hopped. Good stuff… from tap or bottled.

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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 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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Photo of GnomeKing
4.07/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, dark brown with the slightest hints of dark amber at the very edges of the glass. Not much head, and what's there disappears quickly.

It has a nice roasted malt taste upfront, with a spicy edge right behind. It's slightly bready, like you'd expect from many lagers. The aftertaste lingers, with--could it be?--some soft tastes of mildy tart fruit.

The medium body works well with this beer, helpig to make the brew very drinkable yet substantial.

The only time you'll weep is when you realize your pint is all finished and there's no more left in the 'fridge.

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

Poured a deep brown/ruby color with a small off-white head. The aroma was lots of roasted malts, chocolate and mild fruits.
The taste included prominent roasted malts, chocolate, raspberry, caramel.
The mouthfeel was decent, with a bittersweet chocolate permeating throughout, and a dry crispness finishing the beer off.
I had this beer on a hot summer day in the Manteo location, and even for its semi-heavy nature, it was great to enjoy. I'd say it was very drinkable.

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Photo of goindownsouth
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

WOW. That is all I have to say for this dark hunk of a brew. It is kinda thick and meaty for not being a stout and I think that is what I love so much about it! This brew has a real earthy feel and flavor to is...again, though not as deep as a stout. Hard to explain in words. Prost!

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Photo of mmmbeer
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, best by Sept. '05 - served chilled in a Weeping Radish pilsner glass. Pours a deep ruby/brown with a 1/2" tan head that leaves some lacing. Smells earthy with chocolate, dark fruits, and a gentle hop background. On the palate there are roasted and chocolate malts, coffee, dark fruits, floral/spicy hops and a nice bitterness that isn't too strong. It is crisp with a medium body and a decent drinkability.

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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 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 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 abcsofbeer
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark reddish brown. There was a great deal of carbonation after pouring. The head was off-white, one finger that dissipates quickly leaving little or no lace. The aroma is buttery, caramel, slight hop smell.

The taste is not hoppy, however. There is a faint bit of caramel and even a cola taste to it. The aftertaste is slightly bitter and carbonated, smooth. Overall a good, solid brew.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Black Rad pours a dark mahogany color, with some garnet hues glimmering from within the clear liquid. Head is thin from the outset, light tan, and with minimal lacing present. Nose is a bit mild, yet roasty, chocolate aromas come to the fore. The body is pretty good, almost chewy, and it passes fairly smoothly over the palate. Taste, as in the aroma, is lorded over by chocolate and roasted malt notes. Some light floral hops appear near the finish, which is dry and a smidge bitter. A decent bier, overall.

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Photo of beergeek279
3.77/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in the 12 oz. bottle, into a sample glass. The color is dark brown, with a filmy white head. The smell is a caramel/toffeeish maltiness. The taste is very malty sweet, very caramelized and toffee-like, with very little hops noticable in the flavor (just a slight twinge of noble hops in the aftertaste). Mouthfeel is average. As for drinkability, could session a bit with this one.

A solid Dunkel from Weeping Radish. Nicely sweet with a strong caramel flavor that doesn't come across as cloying. Though Penn Dark is a more solid example of the style, this is still one I'd enjoy again.

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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 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 homersimpson
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark reddish brown with a qickly dissipating biege head
Caramel and sweet malt nose.
Well carbonated, faintly oily, medium to light density
Faint hops overpowered by a chocolaty, faintly smoky malt. Finishes quickly.
Not a brilliant brew, but very drinkable. Good for hot days on the Outer Banks in the sun

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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 aaronh
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a mahogany clor topped with a two-finger tan head that displays good retention and leaves a nice lacing. Carbonation is nearly absent from the glass sides and bottom, which seems curious for a lager. Clean malt aroma with discernable hops that smell like they may be some sort of noble hop. Perhaps just a touch of caramel in the nose as well. The taste is a sweet, roasty malt character with just enough hop bitterness to balance it out. Very enjoyable. The finish has just a hint of sweetness, while the roastiness and hops linger around in the aftertatse for a while. the mouthfeel is decent, but not what you could call robust. The drinkability is also good, but the long-lingering aftertaste, while pleasant, diminishes the "quaffability". A very enjoyable beer, it just does not quite match up to my hometown favorite Penn Dark. But worth seeking out for any beer lover.

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

Pours a dark brown/black, looks red-black when held up to the light, topped with a two finger tan head.
Roasted malt aroma, chocolate, earthy and herbal hop, cream.
Plum, toasted dark bread, chocolate, and a note of anise in the taste. A touch burnt.
Medium-full feel, very smooth, a good dunkel, and a good lager.

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Photo of brentk56
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives at the table with a dark brown color and a decent head that drops quickly and leaves traces of lacing

Smell: Caramel aromas dominate, somewhat roasted

Taste: Up front, the caramel flavors set the tone, followed by a milk chocalate finish; there is also that "lager twang" that pokes through

Mouthfeel: Thin bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Certainly an enjoyable beer, but I have had other dunkels I prefer more

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Black Radish Dark Lager from Weeping Radish Bavarian Restaurant
3.65 out of 5 based on 49 ratings.
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