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Duck-Rabbit Schwarzbier | The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
North Carolina, United States
duckrabbitbrewery.com

Style: Schwarzbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by on 07-30-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#4,553
Reviews:
179
Ratings:
336
pDev:
11.03%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 336 |  Reviews: 179
Photo of bum732
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

S: Light roastiness, coffee mostly

L: Black, huge light tan head, good retention and great lacing.

T: Coffee roasty malt with a malty depth. An almost vanilla undertone. Medium-low bitterness leads to some more roastiness in a clean finish.

M: High carbonation, medium bodied.

Great flavors for this style, but way overcarbonated. This is a huge problem as a lot of subtle flavors are lost due to the overcarbonation.

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Photo of javincik
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass

A-Pours a deep brown, almost black, but not quite fully opaque. Reddish around the edges. Capped by a massive 3 inch brown head that recedes quite slowly to about 1/2 inch cap of foam that remains for the duration. Great head retention and leaves a nice lacing.

S-Some burnt and roasted grain along with subtler chocolate and coffee flavors. Hops lend an oh so subtle herbal mint aroma.

T-Pretty much follows the nose. This one isn't quite to style with the German examples I've had. A little heavy on the roast and somewhat drier and less sweet than some of the German versions. The hops round it out quite nicely though, lending a slightly medicinal character that plays off all the roastiness almost perfectly.

M-Heavily carbonated, almost excessively so. Took me almost five minutes to pour the full bottle into my slightly undersized pilsner glass. Still, head retention was excellent. Mouthfeel really improves as it warms. Despite the fact that it's a lager, I will drink this around 50 degrees from now on. Finishes nice and crisp as you would expect.

D-Great session lager for the late summer and early fall. Really wish more breweries would put beers like this out. Sometimes you just want something flavorful but still nice and easy to drink. This one fits the bill quite nicely. Definitely worth picking up a sixer during its seasonal release.

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Photo of avalon07
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pilsner glass. Had a dark brown color and a thick, cloudy texture. There was a huge amount of creamy, off white, long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: A big smell of malt, with traces of coffee, licorice and chocolate.

T: Basically tastes like it smells. Malt, chocolate, a slight bready quality, licorice and coffee (this is very subtle). Much more complex than most schwarzbiers.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a smooth, dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: Not classically a schwarzbier, but still very drinkable.

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Photo of brystmar
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to pest for this extra!

A: pours black as night, reminiscent of a stout but without the heavy consistency. Active body produces plenty of brown head that sticks around and soils my glass with lace.

S: roasty malts, smoked malts, lager yeast. The expected schwarzbier aromas are here, and the addition of smokey malts is a nice touch.

T: the roasted malt addition makes this brew much more interesting than most schwarzbiers. Shows hints of stout-y roasted malts, but its regression back to a standard lager malty backbone towards the end retains its appeal to the "I hate dark beer!" crowd.

M: thin and active. Needs more body, though I'm not sure this is possible within the context of the style (or with lagers in general).

D/O: pretty good drinkability, though I personally wouldn't down more than one of these in a sitting. Great example of a craft brewery's take on the schwarzbier style.

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Photo of Zraly
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown to black with a fluffy tan head. Soft notes of smoke and roasted malt.

Nice chocolate and roasted malt notes predominate. Coffee bean note works in well. There is also a very soft, subdued creamy note lingering toward the finish, which is really interesting for style (but totally works). Carbonation is a bit on the happy side, but for style, it works out. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium. Nice head retention. I could drink more than one of these and would be very happy doing so.

Smooth and crisp, slightly bitter but pleasantly so. A very good American-made example of the style. Ham and aged gouda would be heavenly paired with this.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a flute. Lot of carbonation going on here. First pour yielded four plus fingers of head.

3.5 A: Black color. Three fingers of frothy light tan head. Good retention, but just touches of spotty lacing.

4.0 S: Dark roast coffee, roasted barley, ashy toastiness, and grainy. Finally, a slight touch of funkiness similar to what you might find in a Berliner.

4.0 T: Taste is much like the nose. Dark roast black coffee, roasted malts, ashy, smoky toastiness, and grainy.

3.5 M: Lighter medium body. Too much carbonation, which gets really annoying trying to pour this one. Roasty aftertaste and reasonably smooth. Anyway, too much carbonation, but okay otherwise.

4.5 D: Solid beer. I've had more than half a dozen of this style now and I'm really starting to appreciate it. Each one has been noticeably different. This one is definitely the roastiest one and is something I'd like to drink at least once a year. Anyway, good drinkability. Tasty and interesting enough to warrant another.

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Photo of Zylod
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hardy008
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a large foamy tan, with very nice retention and lacing. the aroma has dark roasted malt, cocoa, and some earth. The earth smell is almost like the inside of a cave.

Tastes like dark roasted malt, cocoa, and a little smoke. Somewhat sweet, with bitterness for balance provided by the dark roasted malt.

Light to medium bodied with average carbonation. Very smooth and easy to drink. A nice beer for sure.

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Photo of damndirtyape
4.01/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle, best by 10/2014, served in a Rastel pokal glass.

Appearance: Black with some clear cola brown at the edges. Plenty of persistent strands and islands of lacing. Light tan persistent head as well the whole way down the glass.

Smell: Hints of coffee, chocolate, smokiness, and herbal leafiness that reminds me a tad of smoked tobacco.

Taste: Roasted malts with a hint of mocha. A smoky bitterness is mixed in along with a noble hop finish. Earthy with a hint of counterbalanced sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Spicy on the tongue - well carbonated but not fizzy. Nice thickness and not sticky on the teeth.

Overall /Drinkability: Nicely bitter but in a very refreshing way. Overall I found the beer actually quite nice - it paired well with food (sloppy joes) and I think I could sip and savor one as well. Interestingly, despite how much I enjoyed it, I only want one right now. 12oz seems to be a perfect serving for one evening. So in that regard, it is overall very satisfying to the point I don't want another one. Or at least another one this evening. I might have to get a six pack and try it over a few nights and see my enjoyment carries past one evening.

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Photo of cjgiant
4.01/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap:
Pours a very fluid black liquid. As the table moves, the beer easily Laos up and down the glass, with a highly contrasting off-white head (that actually seems darker part way into the pour) along for the ride across most of the beer's surface. Nice thick foamy ring provides lacing down the glass.

The smell is harder to pin down in this place, but is reminiscent of a dark roast coffee, with some smoke added for accent.

The taste starts crisp and cracker-like, but a dark grain cracker. The initial tastes remind me of pumpernickel with the combination of dark grain taste and a somewhat spicy bitterness. There's a But more coffee coming out as the beer warms, but that taste actually seems to evolve into a light smokey taste like there's a campfire somewhere nearby but you can't make out where.

It is a lager, and the appearance foreshadows the feel-which is a bit on the light side, but the beer overall has a nice depth of flavor to it, layering the grain, roasted malt, smoke, and bitterness together in a nice balance.

Little surprised on this one, as Duck Rabbit misses me more often than not. But this is a solid, enjoyable beer.

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Photo of SIRIUS2
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours dark to black with just the slightest hint of translucence. Modest tan head of perhaps a fingers width at best that quickly dissipates to a heavy ring. Light lacing.

Very modest aroma of malt, but they smell like medium roasted coffee. Pleasant and very inviting.

Tastes are broad of malt with and amazing smoothness and rather heavy mouthfeel. Plenty of sweetness but very well matched with coffee and chocolate bitterness. A rather light carbonation allows for an overall creaminess that seems common to the Duck Rabbit line of brews. Goes down smooth and easy.

Nice brew! Another fine brew from Duck Rabbit.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to forgetfu for sending this bottle my way. Always happy to try a new beer from Duck-Rabbit.

The beer pours a dark brown to black color with red highlights and a huge tan head. The aroma is heavy on the dry cocoa and the roasted malt. A very nice smelling black lager.

The flavor is similar. I get a lot of chocolate and roasted malt, with some light coffee tones also in there. Very easy to drink.

Thin to medium mouthfeel and a carbonation level that is a little higher than normal for the style.

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Photo of Franziskaner
4/5  rDev +0.3%

The beer is black in color and just barely allows light to penetrate it. A fingernail thin khaki colored head rests on top. Aroma of dark malt,chocolate,and a bit of black licorice. The taste is of chocolate and dark wheat with an edge of bitterness in the front of the palate. The fade is sweet dark malt. The mouth is slightly sticky from the malt.

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Photo of Cynic-ale
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Psberrier
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of silver0rlead
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown with a cola colored head that retains well. The aroma has some chocolate and espresso notes upfront, with some dark fruits and burnt bread, molasses, cola and a hint of smoke. The flavor is similar with dark chocolate and espresso notes initially, along with some burnt bread, molasses, prune, smoke and a touch of alcohol. Mouthfeel is appropriately light, and drinkability is very good. Another quality seasonal from Duck Rabbit, and it's nice to have darker beers available over the summer.

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Photo of SFNC
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to gford217 for this 12 oz bottle.

A: The lagerbier is as dark as a stout, pitch black although not nearly as viscous. It's head is off-white, just barely, came close to half a finger on pour with no lacing.

S: THe nose is roasted, emphasizing coffee and semi-sweet chocolate. Lots of toasted flavors lingering around.

T: The roasted aroma continues into the taste, a full dark burnt flavor that is more grainy than not. That graininess is stronger than any chocolate and coffee flavors and builds to a climax before suddenly falling off. The flavor doesn't disappear, it just settles down quickly. The result is a toasted bread, almost burnt, with has a peppery sharpness.

M: The mouthfeel is burnt without the intense fruitiness of an imperial stout. The result is a much smoother beer that allows the darker malts to show off.

D: Another nice dark beer from Duck Rabbit. The alcohol never gets in the way of the over-roasted malts.

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Photo of bonbini26
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Stofko1992
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tclapper
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of richbrew
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of jimboothdesigns
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one on tap and I must say it is one of my new favorites. Very pleasant smell and smooth taste. Read the reviews, a winner for sure.

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Photo of Murchmac
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got in a trade with cvstrickland. Thanks Chuck!

Brown rich creamy head, black with cherry mahogany highlights.

Malt up front, lager smells which was suprising, but not, because its a lager.

Pretty perfect, chocolate, coffee, Julie Newmar purrfect.

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Photo of csustar001
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Duck-Rabbit Schwarzbier from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 3.99 out of 5 with 336 ratings
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