Duck-Rabbit Schwarzbier | The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery

Duck-Rabbit SchwarzbierDuck-Rabbit Schwarzbier
BA SCORE
3.99/5
336 Ratings
Duck-Rabbit SchwarzbierDuck-Rabbit Schwarzbier
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:
#4,392
Reviews:
179
Ratings:
336
pDev:
11.03%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
68
Gots:
28
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 336 |  Reviews: 179
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 MKrauss
4.34/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kbutler1
3.06/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle. Pours a, you guessed it black color with a nice fluffy tan 2 finger head. The aroma is a fairly light roast coffee smell. The mouthfeel if pretty light with a good amount of carbonation. The taste starts off with a roasted coffee flavor with some chocolate sweetness that then has a strange and bad tasting metallic flavor. Some smokey type notes as well. The carbonation level is too high for me on this one and detracts from the overall enjoyment of the beer. The flavors are decent but the off metallic is not pleasing. No lace left on the glass.

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Photo of TheBishopco
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of Proteus93
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on draft at Beer Run in Charlottesville.

A: Opaque black, just as I'd hope! Nice, slightly offpwhite head tops about a finger and a half tall. Nice looking, decently creamy, with a bitof a frothy quality to it. Several patches of lace paint the walls of the glass.

S + T: A nice coffee bean scent, and a straight iced coffee flavour to go with it - though it doesn't carry a lot of the chocolate or sweet notes that other styles often exhibit with the roasted malts. Nice and raw, the graininess is very clean and tasty.

M + D: Lighter in body, easy going and smooth drinking. This is a very nicely done beer, certainly accessible and easy to drink. I look forward to imbibing in many more of these as long as it lasts! Recommended drinking.

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Photo of GONZALOYANNA
4.11/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle served into a Lager glass.Enjoyed on abr´11.
Pours black & opaque.Small bubbles create a beige, close & dense foam with a good retention.Toasted grain aroma.Dry nuts & toasted malt at first zip.Coffee flavor palate.Sweet coffee notes on the aftertaste.Very good drinkability.Correct carbonation & gentle bitterness.ABV is well hidden in a very well balanced flavor.

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Photo of MisledTitan
4.28/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of starrdogg
4.67/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an extremely dark brown/black with a small off-white head. Smells is a fantastic roasted malt and chocolate, but with a bit of something maybe cola-ish in there as well. It's really quite enticing! Flavor is amazing - to me, this is the best-tasting schwarzbier out there. It's got a very heavy roast going on, but it also manages not to be too bitter and has a great lightness to it that makes it incredibly drinkable. Mouthfeel is also quite fantastic, highly carbonated and light, which is just as it's supposed to be, goes perfectly with the roasty flavor. Overall, this is the best schwarzbier out there and right up there with Moonlight's Death & Taxes as the best dark lager in existence. To me, this is absolutely underrated style that incorporates the lightness/refreshing aspect of a lager with the roastiness of a stout/porter, and this beer does it better than any other.

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Photo of Urbancaver
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huuuge head on this beer. Dark beer settling at the bottom with brown head. Smells malty. Hints of some smokiness. Not sure what else is going on. A bit weird. Tastes stouty roasted and smoky. Solid mouthfeel and fairly drinkable but overall not that great

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Photo of AltBock
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle with a shiny silver and black label that has a bright red center. Inside the red center is the world famous Duck Rabbit wearing a baseball cap turned to the side. To the far left is the Government warning and to the right is a notched best before date.

When poured into a Lagunitas pint glass, this Schwarzbier appears to be solid oil black colored beer, but when it's held into the light, it was more of a dark chocolate brown color. On top was a 3/4 of an inch beige colored head of foam. In less than a 1 minute, this head of foam quickly receded into a hand full of beige rings and about 2 spots of lace.

The aroma was about about the roasted scents! It kicked off with a strong whiff of dark roasted malts. After the malts leave, in comes a hint of roasted coffee beans, roasted nuts, bitter dark chocolate, and then it finishes up with a gentle touch of caramel. It needed that caramel to help balance out all the dark roasted aromas.

The taste was a fight between the dark roasted malts and the roasted coffee beans. You actually taste a struggle between those two flavors. There was no clear winner, except for maybe the consumer. After the dust had settled, this dark roasted taste ends with bitter dark chocolate, and roasted nuts. There was no subtle sweetness in the taste to try and balance out all the roasted flavors.

This was a medium bodied beer with more than enough carbonation. Don't think so? Look at it and taste it and you'll see what I mean. This beer had a roasted aftertaste of dark roasted malts, roasted coffee beans, bitter dark chocolate, and a subtle touch of roasted nuts.

The Dark Beer specialist did it again! They made yet another great dark roasted beer. I could see this as a dark roasted session beer.

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Photo of ajdemma
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of OtisCampbell007
3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very nice, medium-bodied beer with nice malt bitterness. Very solid.

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Photo of cvstrickland
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Duck-Rabbit's new schwarzbier pours clear and is dark polished mahogany in color with a three-finger deep cap of beady-bubbled, sticky ecru foam atop. The headcap retains very well, slowly settling into a rocky-surfaced cloudscape as it plasters sheeted webs of lacing onto the sides of my imperial pint-sized willibecher glass.

The aroma is a touch fruity with mild candied sweetness and is laced with a streak of smoky charred grain. Nuances of soft and mellow fallen apples, medium roast coffee, and dark vanilla caramels are woven into the profile and augmented with savory cereal sweetness.

The taste is a blend of chewy candied malts, mellow caramel, black plums, and a balancing splash of semisweet mocha. A lovely finishing bite of mildly-bitter dryness superbly complements the subtly grainy, sedately fruity sweetness.

The drink is medium-bodied and highly quaffable with mild carbonation that suits the brew and this drinker just fine. An excellent first-time offering that I hope to see in D-R's rotation again.

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Photo of thain709
3.7/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark and black in color except when held to light you can get a lighter brown towards the bottom of the glass...an off white head formed and fell as quickly into a wispy cap and a ring...some lacing

S - Holy roasted malts! The roastiness takes full control of the aroma...malts, espresso beans, and cocoa beans have all been roasted...a hint of caramel sweetness and some vanilla

T - The roasted characteristic stands out in the flavor but it comes to the point where it starts tasting a little burnt...they might not be burnt but there's a lot of roastiness going on...all the flavors from the nose are present...you get a hint of caramel followed by vanilla in the middle...hints of lactose are present in the middle...the beer ends with a bitterness from the cocoa and espresso beans

M - Medium bodied...smooth, slick, and creamy

D - This was my first Schwarzbier and I did a side-by-side with the one from Sam Adams...this was a nice beer but it reminded me more of a milk stout/regular stout...I'm looking forward to try Duck Rabbit's other dark beers

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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 beer2day
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark black pour with deep cream head. No lacing. Good retention.

Deep coffee nose with toasted malt. chocolate and weak toffee.

intense chocolate hit . Deep roast flavor. Bitter chocolate in the finish. nice bitters.

feel is very creamy. surprisingly so.

very easy to drink.

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Photo of fishguyac
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of mikereaser
3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Duck Rabbit Schwarzbier
A - Pours a very dark brown almost black with an inch or two of tan foam that quickly faded leaving some lacing on the glass.
S - nice mocha, coffee and vanilla aroma, nice roasted background
T - nice roasted malt flavor, some caramel, coffee and vanilla with just a hint of smokiness as well.
M - A bit thinner than I was expecting, nice carbonation, almost a cola feel with a bit of charred finish
D - Good flavor, just a bit thinner than I was hoping for. Easy to drink and not tiresome.

4/3.5/4/3.5/3.5

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Photo of thebouch01
5/5  rDev +25.3%

Photo of csustar001
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of M1A2
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of HRamz3
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of ShepardCommander
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of indiapaleale
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour - yep, its pretty obvious that this beer pours pretty damn dark. There is a reason the style is simply known as "black beer" in German. Thin white head on top, it looks ominous and foreboding.

Aroma - dark roasted malts, dark roasted coffee grounds, charcoal, soy sauce, liquid smoke and finally a bit of burnt sugar.

Taste - light in body for the color, don't let the darkness fool you. This is a very smooth and deceptively light as far as flavor goes as well. Very much a lager brewed with dark malts with not a lot of sweetness and some dryness in the finish, sort of like that last sip of coffee. There is a bit of a hoppy bit in the aftertaste that I didn't pick up on the first couple sips.

Overall - Very roasty, toasty and malty but also very easy drinking. If you're looking for a dark beer other than a porter or stout then check this out sometime. Duck-Rabbit continues to impress.

Would I buy more of it? - absolutely. I wish I could buy a mixed case of all of their beer releases!

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