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 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 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 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 kindestcut
3.15/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Being a native Tarheel, I was excited to try this Weeping Radish beer, my first North Carolina beer experience. The verdict? Good. Not great, but good.

Pours a dark brown with a deep reddish hue. The nice size head is dark tan in color. The beer looks good with the pour suggesting a beer with more flavor than fizz.

The aroma was strong with malt and a hint of coffee, not overpowering but quite nice. The flavor continues the sweetness in a big way with very little bitterness. The finish is sweet...sweet, sweet, sweet. Yes, this is a sweet beer. I can detect little if any trace of hops.

Smooth feel which enhances the drinkability but the beer is no better than other brown lagers I have had.

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Photo of philipt
3.18/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I go to lengths to support NC craft brewers...had to try the dark lager from Weeping Radish.

The body is quite dark, as expected, but a bit on the brownish side with a ruby tint. The head is mediocre in size and beach sand in color. The head quickly fades away, but leaves a thin reminder for most of the beer. This beer has a malty aroma; very sweet with hints of licorice and sugar. The taste is mainly of roasted malt. Sugar bread and syrup come to mind too. Very light bitterness at the back of the mouth. Hops are not hugely evident in this beer. Average to light carbonation does little to influence this mouthfeel. Quite smooth and easy to drink though.

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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 kmpitz2
3.23/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thaks to ninjaworm for this one. It pours a dark brown with ruby hues. No real head to speak of. The nose is slightly nutty and roasted, but not as deep as I would like. the flavor is not what I expected. A slightly roasted and nutty character prevails. The finish is a bit offputting. The feel is moderate wth a moderate carbonation. I really am not a big fan of this one. Its not something I would get again.

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

Deep ruby red appearance with great clarity. Medium sized creamy beige head with decent staying power. Lace is adequate. Whiffs of carmelized malt, roasted malt and sweet toffee come across my nose. The flavor profile contains a little roasted bitterness, a little hop bitterness, a little burnt malt astringency/huskiness and dark caramel malts. Not real complex or full flavored, but decent enough. Body is a little better than medium. Better than average brew here.

THX AKSmokedPorter.

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Photo of Chsyhkr
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep mahogany color pours into a glass with a reasonable amount of head receding into a little lace on the sides.

An indistinct malty and slightly sweet aroma carries into a decent bodied beer with slight chocolate undertones and little hops coming through. Just enough bitterness.

A good dunkel to have with spicy German sausage and mustard as this beer does not stand out in any way, but accompanies spicy food.

A well made german style dunkel from an Outer Banks brewery I visited a few times. Brewed and bottled under contract in Baltimore.

Prosit, pass the sausage!

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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 blitheringidiot
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Label Lore: Oktoberfest clocktower motif. With Best before Jan 05 notch

Dark clear mahagony with a dark khaki thin head cap that quickly becomes a tan collar in the glass.

Bold grain scents and chocolate cake hints.

First Swigs: Cocoa and malts. Some maple syrup and pancake maltiness. Dry pancake medium lingering aftertaste. Licorice and leafy notes.

Medium buttery body with little carbonation. Leaves some sugary residue on me tongue. An odd style to be drinkable, period, but being that this is a cool Autumn night helps.

Last Swigs: Almost like a Porter cocoa and sugary rootbeer. Thanks to Shapudding for the bottle from the brewery. Contract brewed by Clipper City as per the label and NeroFiddled. This could use a bit more carbonation to be better.

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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 Jarod
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a dark mahogany wood stain color, that left behind a thick, sticky foam behind that was light to medium tan color that lasted fairly long, and it was well carbonated. It left a sticky tan lace behind on the insides of the glass the whole way to the bottom. The aromas that came from the glass, were of burnt caramel, dark coffee, chocolate and roasted nuts and malts. The flavors that came across my tongue were of burnt caramel, roasted malts, chocolates, some nut, hops and some sweet sugar (faint). It finished up with a sweet roasted malt on the tongue that lasted some time after the last sip. Slightly watery, light to medium bodied, not as chewy as I would have thought, but not bad, seemed to bulk up with a few degrees from my hands allowed it to warm (slightly). This is a good beer, not the greatest example of the style, but drinkable.

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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 tgbljb
3.51/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured a very dark, almost black color with reddich tints. creamy tannish head that fell to long lasting thick ring. Smell is mild with some roasted malt present. Tste is lighter than I expected with some coffee, caramel, roasted malt, chocolate present, almost as someone had diluted a porter with a lager. Finishes refreshing. Good beer.

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

Pours a deep brown color that reveals an almost rubyish hue when held to the light. Ok carbonation. Low aroma-some roasted malt. Very slight coffeish aroma. Malty flavor upfront-some roasted bitterness. Lingering caramel sweetness in the backround. Good mouthfeel-maybe just a tad thin for my liking. While not a real stand out beer it is actually quite drinkable. My advice is to try it in the liter bottles that are unfiltered and unpasteurized. Its a bit better.

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

Dark, nondescript looks, and some light tan haze covering. Light fruity strawberry and juicy cherry--but very light. Taste, too, is light and sweet, high on the carbonation, with an unexpected, slightly smokey, bitter finish. Very strong carbonation, which lent it an overall shallow feeling.

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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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Photo of ski271
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very dark slightly reddish brown, with a medium-sized, tan, foamy head that rather quickly diminishes. Only some sparse lacing. The smell is of roasted malts and is lightly sweet. Caramel, chocolate and coffee. The taste starts out with a quick hit of hops before fading to let the malts take control. Then the hops return on the finish to add a nice clean crispness. Not too shabby. I’d drink it again.

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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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