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Brewed by:
The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
North Carolina, United States | website

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

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178
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315
Avg:
4
pDev:
15%
 
 
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Photo of drabmuh
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.19/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of tempest
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev 0%
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 Wasatch
4/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
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

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.08/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of yourefragile
4.19/5  rDev +4.8%
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).

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of tobelerone
4.12/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a pokal) enjoy before 11/09
A- This beer pours a black dense body with a thin sudsy head of tan that last as a film for the full beer. There are a few bubbles stuck to the glass but otherwise it is a bit to dense to see any carbonation.
S- This flinty aroma is followed by a smooth roasted black malt note with a light char hint at the finish.
T- This beer has a smooth black roasted malt flavor with no bitterness and a nice cream flavor to follow. As the beer warms there is a note of black licorice that supports the black malt flavor.
M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with no alcohol heat noted.
D- The full rich but lagered flavor has some nice roasted character but still smooth and very drinkable.

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Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev 0%
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 Axnjxn
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

on tap at beer study in chapel hill. into a snifter.

pours a pitch black with a good sized head. big cocoa aroma on the nose. taste is quite the same and very impressive for the ABV. Good chocolate notes. very tasty. medium bodied, actually quite light and drinkable.

overall one of the best from duck rabbit.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.86/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Pours pitch black (expected from a black lager) with a coco head. Cool
S - Roasty malts and slight coffee with a bit of grass.
T - Slight roasty flavor with a touch of of licorice and a bit of hop bite. Pretty solid for the style
M - Light and thin yet I have no idea what the ABV is. Really wish they put it on the label.
D - Well I didn't love it or hate it but I don't think I will ever pick it up again. Still very interesting beer but wasn't as bad as expect. Meh.

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Photo of avalon07
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
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 rfgetz
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a shiny crude oil black, minimal khaki colored head, little to no retention and lacing. Scent is of dark roasted malts, esspresso beans, chocolate, slightly burnt. Taste follows scent with a dark roasted, sometimes burnt blend of malts, esspresso beans, cocoa powder. Definite hop presence noted as it warms and a lager like twang on the back end. Body is lighter side of medium, enough to hold the dark malt charachter. Very nice Schwarz... a style more Stout/Porter and Imperial Stout heads should give a shot.

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Photo of Bung
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. Picked up a six of this at a local tasting and I'm down to the last one so I better review it.
A somewhat transluscent black pour, some white bubbly head. Good amount of chocolate, roast malt in the aroma, with some of that, lager smell, not sure quite what to call it. Light/medium body not quite creamy, refreshing on the pallet. Roasted chocolate malt, cocoa, burnt nut with some piney hints throughout. Finish is just a bit of roast coffee.
A real good drinker of a Schwarzbier, like it should be. One of Duck Rabbit's best efforts, saying something considering their others are good as well.
I wish more breweries would focus on this style, this is the session beer for the dark beer fan.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Alex for a nice D-R, 12oz bottle into a Bells tulip...Pours a dark brown, looks a little watery though, a small off white head, not much retention or lacing...Aroma is nice smoke right off the bat, hints of peat, coffee, and chocolate...The taste is really roasty, coffee, smoke comes through. Not overly complex but good, add some more depth and this would be great.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to BucketBoy for the generous extra. 12oz. bottle served in a pilsener glass. Best by 11/11 notched on the label. Pours the color and clarity of cola with a loose, one inch, khaki-colored head. Head eventually settles into a solid skim with thick swaths of lacing revealed during the tasting. Nose suggests cocoa and lactose (similar to what I get from a milk stout) as well as a hint of wheat. Taste consistent with nose - chalky cocoa and a light metallic character and a slightly watery quality. Mouthfeel is light-bodied with an even carbonation. Easy drinking and flavorful, but I've had better examples of the style. That being said, it still goes down quite easy.

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Photo of glid02
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from a six-pack purchased at Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours black with a half-finger tan head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of deeply roasted malt with hints of ash and unsweetened cocoa. As it warms leafy hop aromas manage to sneak out.

Tastes good. Black malt flavors up front with good amounts of roastedness and hints of unsweetened chocolate. As with the smell leafy hop flavors are apparent once the beer warms. Ending is mildly bitter and holds a hint of ash.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a smooth thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished the bottle without a problem and could easily have a few more.

Overall I have to admit schwarzbiers still are far from my favorite style but it's apparent that this is a good one. Well worth a shot, even more so if you're into the style.

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Photo of THECPJ
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: black with 2 finger off white head

Smell: toasted or roasted malts

Taste: caramel, toffee,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, clean, crisp

Drinkability: highly drinkable. these guys know how to brew some dark beers. I guess the label is correct dark beer specialists.

Cheers,

The CPJ

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Photo of dirtylou
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz single, kindly gifted by blackie

enjoyed during bears-steelers.

if you self-proclaim yourself "the dark beer specialists" then your schwarz had better be good.

appearance: nice pour into a great dane imperial pint glass, extremely dark body, inky black, creamy chocolate cap and nice lace

smell: smokey, sugared dates and raisin, peat, toffee, roasted barley

taste: nice bold flavor - big roasted malts, dry chocolate, smokey and earthy, dried dark fruit...big on roast and big on smoke, this one is clearly in the same vein as the other duck rabbit darks

mouhfeel: creamy, moderate roast-bitterness, full body

drinkability: good

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased from Beverage World in Ft. Oglethorpe $2. These guys are the dark beer specialists so I'm sure this will be cool and if they were going to make a lager I guess it would be a dark one. Dark brown, almost black. Smells like rich malts, not bad at all. Flavor is dark lager, reminds me a bit of Full Sail Session black but might be a notch up taste-wise. I would love to be able to get Duck Rabbit Porter and Milk Stout on a regular basis.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.58/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is one shade above black and pours with a fine-bubbled light tan head. Rich mocha aroma is quite appetizing and demands a taste. Smoky flavor has tones of quality roast coffee and sweet chocolate, rather like a good stout. Texture is tingly, lively and fizzy. Finish is chocolaty and slightly sweet. Recommended.

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Duck-Rabbit Schwarzbier from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
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