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