The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery

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The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
North Carolina, United States
Lager - Schwarzbier
Ranked #16
Ranked #11,806
3.98 | pDev: 11.06%
Oct 06, 2021
Jul 30, 2009
Very Good
Notes: 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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3.86 by Danzifer from Ohio on Oct 06, 2021
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4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

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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3.03/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by Sigmund from Norway

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
3.56 by DVMin98 from North Carolina on Sep 27, 2020
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3.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by JohnnyHopps from Indiana

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
3.83 by robebo44 from Virginia on Dec 15, 2019
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3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by spectru from Florida

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
4 by mattreitz49 from Florida on Jul 07, 2019
4 by BEER88 from Washington on Jul 01, 2019
3.37 by MacStinson from Michigan on Jan 08, 2019
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4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by AyatollahGold from Indiana

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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4.09/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by jkrich from Florida

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
4.24 by ummswimmin from New Jersey on Apr 27, 2018
3.89 by RochefortChris from North Carolina on Jan 28, 2018
3.8 by UCLABrewN84 from California on Oct 13, 2017
4.34 by MKrauss from Pennsylvania on Sep 22, 2017
4 by CTbrew32 from Rhode Island on Sep 11, 2017
4 by paulish from New York on Sep 11, 2017
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3.87/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75
by jjamadorphd from Florida

Duck-Rabbit rarely disappoints - and this offering certainly does not...

Though not really black (more like really dark brown) the brew pours out a nice tannish head that has no staying power or lacing. I was thoroughly impressed with the smell - I pulled out roasty notes, vanilla, and even a tang of sweetness. The rest of the beer was solid enough, not spectacular, but good - a medium to light-bodied feel, a taste that hangs its hat on the roasted malts, and overall, I found it to be good. Maybe not the best black lager, but probably up there on my list.

Sep 02, 2017
3.5 by mmilyko from Nevada on Aug 31, 2017
4.24 by madelf66 from Pennsylvania on Aug 28, 2017
3.94 by lobos62 from Pennsylvania on Aug 20, 2017
4 by Stofko1992 from Pennsylvania on Aug 17, 2017
4.18 by Yeldarb92 from Ohio on Jul 23, 2017
3.5 by khargro2 from Tennessee on Feb 09, 2017
3.89 by SLewis from North Carolina on Dec 01, 2016
4.1 by rarigney from Washington on Oct 23, 2016
4.12 by csnyder83 from Maryland on Oct 09, 2016
4.24 by fisherbray from Florida on Oct 05, 2016
4.1 by harsley from Massachusetts on Oct 02, 2016
4 by AngusOg from North Carolina on Sep 19, 2016
4.09 by RBuckley73 from Nevada on Sep 17, 2016
4.25 by ckollias from Maryland on Sep 06, 2016
4.12 by Satsuma from Florida on Sep 05, 2016
4.1 by Mikemcgrath4 from North Carolina on Sep 04, 2016
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3.46/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Sludgeman from District of Columbia

Just above average. Missing that roastiness. Maybe a bit too hoppy as well. And thus not as balanced as I would believe fits the style and my taste.

Aug 31, 2016
3.72 by Wattie83 from Pennsylvania on Aug 29, 2016
4.02 by Zylod from West Virginia on Aug 20, 2016
4.09 by Hopyard57 from New York on Aug 05, 2016
3.95 by MattXT from Virginia on Aug 02, 2016
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