The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery

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The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
North Carolina, United States
Ranked #23
Ranked #11,929
3.98 | pDev: 11.06%
Jul 07, 2023
Jul 30, 2009
The Duck-Rabbit Schwarzbier is a refreshing summer lager (sometimes referred to as a "black pils"). In true Duck-Rabbit fashion, we've made ours extra schwarzy! It's very dark and quite roasty. Lots of Hallertau hops give this brew an authentic German character.
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Rated by Captain69 from Illinois

4.07/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
great schwarz style beer lightly malt with burnt taste great hop finish
Jul 07, 2023
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Reviewed by Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
Schwarzbier from Duck-Rabbit. 12 fl oz bottle from Franklin Beer, Franklin, PA, 09/05/23. $ 11.50 (Including tax)/six-pack - $0.160/fl oz. Reviewed 01/06/23 (Review 3119). Note that I use DD/MM/YY protocol.
Undated bottle. On room temperature shelf at store. Stored at 34 degrees at home. Served at 50.1 degrees F in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter. The final temperature was 55.5 degrees F.
Appearance – 4.
First pour – Pale Straw (SRM 2), clear.
Body – Straw (SRM 3), opaque. Under direct light, same. When rear lite, same.
Head: Large (Maximum 4.5 cm, aggressive center pour), wheat, high density, quickly diminishing to a 0.3 – 0.8 cm undulating crown with a rocky cap.
Lacing – Fair. A couple large arches of tiny to small bubbles.
Aroma – 4 – Light toasted malt. No yeast, no hops. No ethanol (5.8 % ABV according to BA, NOT marked on the label).
Flavor – 4 – Begins slightly bitter with very toasted malt and very weak chocolate. A hint of grain. No hops, no yeast. No dimethylsulfide or diacetyl. No gastric warming. Ends slightly dry.
Palate – 3 – Thin; watery; soft carbonation.
Final impression and summation: 3.5 (After deducting 0.25 point for an undated personal container) OK schwarzbier, nothing to make me buy more.
Jun 01, 2023
Rated: 3.86 by Danzifer from Ohio

Oct 06, 2021
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Reviewed by milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Solid ebony appearance with a large, lasting tan head and good lacing. Roasted malt aroma playing nice with a little bit of coffee and bittersweet chocolate. Dry bitter taste, less sweet than the aroma had me anticipating. Roasted malt flavors still prevail while the hops add a floral touch as well as balance. Medium-to-light bodied, well carbonated mouthfeel.
Sep 26, 2021
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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

3.03/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
355 ml bottle, from Vinmonopolet Vika, Oslo. ABV is 5.8%. Dark brown colour, nearly black. Huge and lasting beige head. Moderate aroma of dark / roasted malts and ice coffee, a hint of dark chocolate. Soft, dry and quite drinkable flavour, notes of black malts and mild coffee, hints of dark chocolate and ashes. Nothing exceptional here, but okay. Won’t buy again though.
Apr 19, 2021
Rated: 3.56 by DVMin98 from North Carolina

Sep 27, 2020
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Reviewed by JohnnyHopps from Indiana

3.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Appearance - The beer poured a smokey black color with an off white head topping the pour.

Smell - The nose dry and dusty with a hint of smoke.

Taste - At the front, the malts are very Earthy and dry. There was an odd vinegar presence that fades as it warms. A bit further, there was a light smoky presence and a hint of coffee toward the back.

Mouthfeel - The carbonation is lighter but made for a smooth ale.

Overall - For the style, the beer is pretty appropriate. The odd flavor was a bit weird.
Feb 02, 2020
Rated: 3.83 by robebo44 from Virginia

Dec 15, 2019
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Reviewed by spectru from Florida

3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Very dark, looks like a stout or porter, one finger of tan head, recedes quickly to a persistent film, somewhat lacy; Rich full-bodied aroma; Smooth moderately carbonated mouthfeel; Taste is good, but not remarkable.
Oct 15, 2019
Rated: 4 by mattreitz49 from Florida

Jul 07, 2019
Rated: 4 by BEER88 from North Carolina

Jul 01, 2019
Rated: 3.37 by MacStinson from Michigan

Jan 08, 2019
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Reviewed by AyatollahGold from Indiana

4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Don't think I've had any from this style. Interested to see what it brings. I'll just be pouring a 12 oz. bottle into a snifter glass. This beer pours out like a cola and forms a half finger worth of light tan colored crown. The smell is some slight roasty coffee and chocolate notes. Almost reminds me of a coffee brown ale in the smell. The taste comes in with that roastiness again and the coffee but has a hop presence as well. It has a lighter feel, like a lager. It's better than I anticipated and I could see myself going after this style sometimes when I'm wanting roasty, chocolate, coffee flavors without wanting to be weighed down from a huge stout.
Oct 02, 2018
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Reviewed by jkrich from Florida

4.09/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Poured from a 12 oz. freshness dated bottle: deep brown (nearly black) with some ruby highlights when placed in front of the light; the foamy beige head quickly receded leaving some lacing on the glass.

Very nice aromas of cocoa and faintly spicy, European hops.

The lager begins with a noticeable roasted, bittersweet, chocolate flavor with some tangy hops following closely behind. Hints of molasses round out the overall flavor profile, while the lager always remains crisp and refreshing - never cloying.

Somewhat light-bodied with a nice, lingering bittersweet chocolate flavor lingering on the palate.

The brewery describes this is a "black pils", and I must agree. I have been searching for this one for a couple of months, and thankfully I finally located it. The bottle label states this brewer is "The Dark Beer Specialist"; after enjoying this, I have to agree.
Aug 26, 2018
Rated: 4.24 by ummswimmin from New Jersey

Apr 27, 2018
Rated: 3.89 by RochefortChris from North Carolina

Jan 28, 2018
Rated: 3.8 by UCLABrewN84 from California

Oct 13, 2017
Rated: 4.34 by MKrauss from Pennsylvania

Sep 22, 2017
Rated: 4 by CTbrew32 from Rhode Island

Sep 11, 2017
Rated: 4 by paulish from New York

Sep 11, 2017
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