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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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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Black Radish Dark Lager from Weeping Radish Bavarian Restaurant
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