Duck-Rabbit Schwarzbier | The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery

BA SCORE
89
very good
326 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
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
Ratings:
326
Reviews:
178
Avg:
4.01
pDev:
11.22%
 
 
Wants:
69
Gots:
28
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 326 |  Reviews: 178
Photo of woodychandler
4/5  rDev -0.2%

My recent forays to NorVA and WASDC have enabled me to stop in at Total Wine & More stores in those areas, which is where this beer came from.

From the bottle: “Made in Farmville, North Carolina”; “Proudly hand made in small batches”; “The Dark Beer Specialist”.

Once more, I heard a hissing when Pop!ping the cap, so either it had a snake in there or it was heavily carbonated. As I began even the gentlest of pours, it quickly became obvious that the latter was the case. The four-plus (!) fingers of light-tan head were dense and long-lasting, adding to my frustration. It just sat there like a dollop of coffee ice cream, refusing to fall and evidencing great retention. Color was Black/Opaque (SRM =44) with NE-quality clarity and garnet highlights. Nose had a rich coffee-like bitterness along with a dark chocolatiness. Mouthfeel was kind of thin and watery, despite all of its carbonation. The taste was very evocative of a dark chocolate candy bar! Dark chocolate, coffee-like bitterness and even a charcoal smokiness made up the taste in this one. Finish was dry, bitter, kind of like powdered cocoa.

 1,124 characters

Photo of orangesol
3.6/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Yet another bottle from Deuane and his bucket of bad luck. I have no idea how old this one is...

A - Pours very dark brown, bordering on black, with a nice one and a half finger tall off-white head leaving spotty lace down the glass.

S - Smells of lots of dark roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, and the faintest hint of citric hops. I am pretty sure that if this was a bit fresher I would have liked this one even more.

T - Starts off with a big dose of dark roasted malt slowly giving way to hints of coffee, chocolate, dark fruits, and the faintest of hints of hop bitterness. The finish is a mix of dark roast and light sweetness, lingering for some time.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Dark, toasty, feel with plenty of it sticking around through the finish. A bit stale and one dimensional. It could have used a bit of that hop bitterness I detected in the nose.

O - Not too bad. I enjoyed it for what it was I just think it was a bit too old. I may have to seek out a fresher bottle of this one in the future.

 1,042 characters

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The appearance is dark brown, with a decent head and fair lacing. The aroma brings lager scents, malt, roast, chocolates, and toffee. The taste is really enjoyable, with a prominent chocolate malt presence. This beer doesn't really proclaim schwarzbier to me, or truly embody the style, but is tasty nonetheless. The body is a bit thin, with a light coffee bitterness in the aftertaste. Overall, a very drinkable and enjoyable brew.

 432 characters

Photo of InspectorBob
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.81/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.95/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I fell in love with this pitch black beer whilst drinking in Pittsburgh a week ago. Piper's Pub was pouring some fine wares the night of our visit but between heavy hitters from Victory, Terrapin, Duck Rabbit, Sierra Nevada, etc the Duck Rabbit Scwarzbier was the best of show. Appears pitch black body with a cocoa tan head forming thick. Minimal lacing forms with each sip. Aromatics bring to mind cocoa, coffee, creamy toffee and caramel notes. Flavor sblend everything including a hell of a roasted malt flavor, malted milk ball chocolate tones, this is an excellent representation of the style herbal hops in the finish. Mouthfeel was medium bodied never cloying I again fell in love with the silky smooth finish. Drinkability solid from every perspective I could have and should have drank this all night long great beer I'm glad I found a taste of it.

 858 characters

Photo of tdm168
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jtd1969 for leaving this in my fridge.

A - pitch black with a huge, dense, brown head with great retention

S - roasted malt, faint chocolate, faint lager yeast, a hint of coffee

T - roasted malt, bitter, faint chocolate, lager yeast

M - crisp, well carbonated, medium bodied

This is a solid schwarzbier though it's a bit bitter and a little bitey. The chocolate and roasted malts give it a great flavor. It's highly drinkable and very enjoyable. I'll definitely have this again.

 493 characters

Photo of AlexFields
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rab53
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of smakawhat
3.77/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the botle into a nonic pint glass.

A two finger toffee brown and sticky character looking head is made, sitting on a real nice dark ruby red body. Head falls normally. Great looking body color.

Ripped husky grains, and light malts, mixed with a very light balance of milk chocolate and coffee. Real nice, impressive.

Taste is, lager like and almost crisp, mostly with a burnt grain sense. Sharp bitter and almost hoppy, with a little coffee. Texture is a little too gaseous, but still pleasurable. A little sour also on the fnish.

Overall though, the great nose does not bring the wonderful taste expected, but it is still another enjoyable beer from the Duck.

 676 characters

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.19/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured on-tap and served in a shaker pint, the beer is a dark brown-to-black coloring, with ruby highlights, and a thin, off-white halo of head. Nose of subtle smoke and char, richly sweet nut and earthy tones in the backbone. Flavors are an earthy and smoky blast forward, with bitter coffee and bittersweet chocolate in the backbone. Smoke and peat permeate every sip, on a slick, light body. The aftertaste is very bittersweet, with a solid, subtle, smoked linger. Slick, solid, lingering finish. Very well crafted, balanced brew.

 533 characters

Photo of MasterSki
3.39/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to BucketBoy for this extra. Served in a flute.

A - Popping the cap reveals a slight gusher. Pours with three fingers of light mocha foam that settles to a thin cap and leaves a few stray spots of lace. Body is typical schwarzbier - looks black in the shade, but is a transparent chocolate brown with ruby highlights when held to the light. Lots of bubbles in this one.

S - Thankfully this doesn't smell infected. Guessing the gushing was due to something else. Heavily roasted malts, a hint of smoke, baker's chocolate, some fruitiness, and a metallic twang.

T - Taste is more bready, with light cocoa, floral hop notes, and some nuttiness. Tastes a bit better than it smells, as it doesn't have that metallic note.

M - It's overcarbonated for sure, with some zest and harsh lip-burning going on. Body is medium, with a sticky, chewy finish.

D - It's a fairly solid American take on the Schwarzbier. The carbonation issue knocks it down a bit, but otherwise it's a reasonably enjoyable brew.

 1,004 characters

Photo of Cynic-ale
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to cvstrickland for this brew.

Pours a nice black color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy tan head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with lots of chocolate/toffee, vanilla. The taste is sweet, malty, nice little bitterness, chocolate/toffe, slight vanilla note. Medium body. Drinkable, a very nice Schwarzbier, thanks Chuck.

 372 characters

Photo of drabmuh
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ah, a Schwarzbier. Served on draught at a local beer bar in the D.C. area. Dark, like black, in the pint glass. Thin brown head, the first smell I got Bock, the second I got porter. I could smell the malt, the alcohol (even though its low) and the smoke. Strong roasted malt character, I like this beer. Darks aren't my forte, but this was quite good. Smoke appears in the aftertaste, schwarzbiers are the porters of the lager world. Drink and enjoy, cheers.

 458 characters

Photo of tempest
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-cask at Tap and Table in Emmaus, PA. Appeared pitch black in my pint glass with a short tan head. I'd never had a cask schwarzbier before, but I'd have one again. The roast was heavier than most beers in the style and reminded me of lighter stout, but I'm not complaining. There was a delicious mocha and black barley taste with hints of bitter chocolate and licorice. Give this a try if you can find it.

 407 characters

Photo of tobelerone
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My fiancee said this "tastes like iced coffee without milk." It is quite roasty...totally black and opaque. Little carbonation, head dissipates quickly, no lacing remains.

A nice mix of roast, malt, moderate bitterness. Thin; low carbonation and booze make for a very drinkable beer.

The roasty deliciousness of this beer is outstanding, I really enjoyed it. Like a thin, light stout. I am definitely a fan of this style in general.

 435 characters

Photo of AngusOg
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

 511 characters

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Duckrabbit Schwarzbier pours a dark brownish black color. A small khaki colored head arises and falls like the tide.

Aroma is light of peat, roasted malts and burned toast.

Flavor is of roasted coffee beans. A real dark coffee presence is found throughout the beer. Dark malts hint at chocolate. Ghost like hop provides some bitterness.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and delectibly creamy.

Very solid offering here from Duck-Rabbit, a brewery semi-new to this area that fails to disappoint.

 489 characters

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours inky black with a very silky head and superb lacing. Smells deeply robust with loads of bitter chocolate and some creaminess. The taste is similar, but with a fair dose of ash which is a little distracting. Bitter and rich and just a tad lighter than I would like.

 270 characters

Photo of BARFLYB
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Single bottle poured into a Lancaster Brewing glass.

A- This has a dark porter like look with a deep black shade. The head rose up two inches or so with a dark tan look, semi thick. When i came back it was mearly a cap which left minimal but noticable lacing.

S- The smell is weird considering this is a black lager. While awaiting mostly grain and the like, this one had some chocolate with some sweet malt, just a hint of cream. I do get some grain from this though.

T- This is a great beer, kind of a very light stout with small chocolate and minimal cocco. Some roast comes from the malt, a small and ample amount. Just a touch of bitterness from the hops, almost none existant.

M&D- The feel on this was smooth as hell, almost like a milk stout. the body was light and the carb was on point. no rough spots, very creamy. The lightness makes this a real winner and a huge drinker, will get more for the upcoming cold months.

 932 characters

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz received as a super cool extra from bullywee.. Thanks Kenneth... I had no idea Duck Rabbit delved into the dark lagers..

Poured into my shaped SA glass... 1" tan head drops sorta quickly leaving behind good lace and a beautiful cap... the brew is actually pretty damn dark.. even for a schwarzbier..

The nose is all dark malts and some cold brewed coffee.. very clean... This smells very very fresh.. I'm digging it already... sorta..

Flavor is very fresh too.. but seems way to aggressive out of the gate .. dark malts lend a bunch of drying qualities ... no sweetness other than some background caramel malts.. and that is pretty far in the background.. bitter chocolate.. not burnt at all...but it comes damn close.. finish is clean with some coffee grounds.. Lite/medium body with a pretty high carbonation.. very drinkable for only a beer probably tonight.. but another one of these, and I'd have a much harder time..

There is probably too much roasted grain/coffee flavors in this one.... dial it back a notch or two and then we're talkin'.. I've found many american breweries go overboard on the roasted malts.. this is no exception ... but it is still pretty damn good.. just too much of a good thing by a long shot... this is not supposed to be a stout with lager yeast.

4/3.5/4/4/3.5

 1,304 characters

Photo of yourefragile
4.19/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle

Pours a slick black with mocha highlights and a quickly fading tan head that recedes to a thick ring with little lacing. Roasted, smokey malt aroma, with coffee and chocolate notes, very rich and full. Creamy, medium-full body with soft carbonation and a fairly dry, smooth finish. Flavor is roasted and burnt barley and malt, with mild coffee and chocolate notes providing a little balancing sweetness. Also some light fruitiness near the finish that is unexpected but pleasant. I like black lagers and this is one of my favorite beers from Duck Rabbit (I've been hit or miss with them in the past).

 614 characters

Duck-Rabbit Schwarzbier from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
4.01 out of 5 based on 326 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.

    Learn More
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.

    Learn More
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.

    Learn More