Duck-Rabbit Schwarzbier | The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery

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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

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pDev:
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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 CBlack85
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Duckworths in Charlotte. Served in a pint glass.

Beer pours nearly black with brownish/ruby highlights when held up to the light. There is a small tan head that dissipates quickly and leaves some light lacing behind.

The aroma is of roasted malts and coffee. There are also hints of dark semi sweet chocolate, and dark fruits.

The taste is big on the roasted malts with hints of smokiness. The coffee that was so prominant in the nose, is much more subdued in the taste. Very smooth and creamy, which gives a nice contrast to the roasted malts and coffee flavors. Verging on sweet but not quite getting there, this beer has a nice balance of flavors not exhausting your palate on any one of them. Medium bodied and mildly carbonated with an almost silky feeling on the tongue. Easy to drink.

Very impressive offering from "the dark beer specialists"...

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Photo of zoso1967
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is served up inky black just like the name would suggest. It appears to be opaque, but that might just be the result of the large .5 liter mug it is served in. On closer inspection I find that light can penetrate this beer, which has a nice ruby/brown hue to it. It has a nice light tan head that fades all too quickly, and does not leave much lace at all.

The aroma is quite nice with a very fruity character to it. I would say the main aroma profile is chocolaty, but it is a very fruity and fragrant cocoa character. It also has some clean malty notes and some roastyness as well

Flavor is very nice with plenty of the fruity chocolate characteristics that were also in the nose. There is also a decent amount of coffee, but nowhere near what you would find in a stout. It has a bit of earthy character to it that could be from either some light hopping or perhaps the roasted malt. Either way this beer has a wonderful flavor profile that is a good marriage of dark malts and clean lager yeast.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium and it has just the right amount of carbonation. The finish is slightly tacky with a hint of astringent dryness, but it does not take away from the dark chocolate and ashy notes that linger after swallowing.

This beer goes down very easily and is a wonderfully sessionable beer. I had tried and enjoyed many Duck-Rabbit beers at fests before, and I am glad I finally got around to reviewing one.

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Photo of micromaniac129
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark like coffee or cola with a half inch tan head that is quite dense.
The aroma is that of rich toasted malts. Hints of coffee and espresso come through.
Rich and malty tasting, roasted. Tastes similar to a porter.
Tastes and feels like a lager.
Everything about this beer suggests that it is a porter. In a blind test taste you would too, but as the beer warms up the lagerness comes into play.
As schwarzbiers go, this is definitly tops.
Drink well my friends.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
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 jrallen34
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
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 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 CampusCrew
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: deep dark brown, not black with some low head retention

smell: sublte dark malts, lots of chocolate flavor, some coffee

taste: low hop profile, lots of deep dark malt flavor. right on style.

mouthfeel: medium and light for a dark beer

drinkability: world class scwartz. i expect nothign less from this brewery.

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Photo of elgiacomo
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, best by Nov 2011.

Pours dark brown with a one finger foamy light brown head, leaves a little temporary lacing and holds a light ring and cap.

Aroma is coffee grounds, roasted malt, burnt toast, heavy toast and bread, some smokiness, a bit of that signature Duck-Rabbit aroma I get from some of their beers, there may be some earthy/piney hops underneath all this as well.

Flavor is coffee, roasted malt, chocolate, fair hop presence, somewhat astringent on the finish.

Mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied, medium carbonation.

Definitely the most robust Schwarzbier I've had to date, pretty good stuff.

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Photo of glazeman
3.72/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Received as an extra from Macky20. Thanks Matt! I really enjoyed trying this interesting brew. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

A: This beer pours black in color with a nice 1 finger mocha head. There is moderate head retention and nice lacing.

S: espresso, toffee, chocolate, and a bit of peanut butter are the main whiffs I get. Overall, this is a complex smelling beer and wonderfully balanced.

T: Disappointingly not as good as the smell. The taste starts out good, but the finish just feels watered down and tasteless. At the start I get some coffee, toast, and some unexpected hops. Then all taste fades away and I feel like I'm drinking a flat soda.

M: Probably my biggest complainant about this beer is that it feels like an IPA. While the flavors are great, I would just like a little bit more body to the feel and a tad more of an aftertaste and a little less carbonation.

D: Pretty good drinkability. The initial flavors are pretty good, it goes down easy and is on the thin side.

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Photo of farrago
4.07/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Solid two fingers of dark brown foam, somewhat delicate as it dissolves down swiftly to a full layer across the surface, not much lacing left behind. Very, very dark brown but not quite black colored liquid, turns to a zinc orange around the rims where it displays much clarity. The nose comes across as much roasty/toasty than smoky, freshly ground dark roast coffee, bittersweet dark chocolate, crème brülée, chicory, all accompanied by red grape, plum, cherry fruit scents and then a brush of oats and whole grain bread, suggestion of orange peel, however, remains firmly malty. Medium-bodied, same general impression in the mouth of more basic roast than smoke, the chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel flavors dry and about 2/3 bitter, 1/3 sweet. Given the dry mouth feel, the plum, cherry, blackberry fruit flavors have less of an impact here. The carbonation is moderately high and stirs things up consistently. More sweet grains than dough or bread, staves off some bitterness. Not a lot of refreshing lift but keeps plowing straight ahead, no questioning the length of the finish. Wish it had more of a smoky edge, however, it is absolutely a pleasurable beer to quaff with very good drinkability for the type.

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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 dtivp
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured black with a mocha head little retention and slight lacing.
Aroma of roasted coffee and malt.
Tasted of roasted almost burnt coffee, roasted grain and a hint of vanilla.
Light towards medium body, moderate carbonation and silky.
A drinkable, good beer, I would have liked it better if it had alittle more body.

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

16 ounce pint - $5.25 at Taco Mac in Roswell, Georgia.

Appearance: Dispensed a dark brown, near black body beneath a scant layering of foam the color of sandstone (according to TheLibrarianGirl).

Smell: Smells of brewed and subsequently chilled coffee with a notable roastiness to it and tag along notes of smoked licorice rope, unsweetened chocolate, and fruits of the dark variety.

Taste: DRS has a start of sweet roastiness akin to sugar-sweetened coffee dosed with a small lump of baker's chocolate and trailed by a hint of smoky burnt grains and a very, very light touch of dark caramel. Some time and warmth bring about a small amount of roasted grain astringency. Slight dark fruitiness of prunes. Earthy, roasty bitterness. Continued roastiness and some mild, lingering bitterness on the drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Has a nice smoothness to the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: A quality Schwarzbier with its light lager qualities but still plenty of roasty, malty goodness.

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Photo of Onenote81
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This has been one of the more elusive bottled D-R offerings for me, so when I saw a case at City Bev last week, I happily grabbed a sixer. Best by November, 2010 notched on label. 12oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

Pours a dark ruby-tinted chocolate brown. There isn't a bit of light creeping through at all. Great thick look. A large tan head grows on top. Retains fair enough. Leaves some light sticky lace behind. Scents of chocolate powder, fresh dark breads, ground coffee, and a husky dryness on the finish.

The mouth is the weakest part of this beer. It's a little too thin for my liking; could stand a bit more depth in this dept. All is forgotten when I taste this though! Wow! Great chocolate-y flavors, with some light bitterness. Warm bready flavors as well. Slightly roasted as well. Excellent finish. This is one of the best of the style I've ever had. Great representation. Get some if you have the chance.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.58/5  rDev +14.8%
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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Photo of robwestcott
3.82/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

aggressively poured from the bottle nearly pitch black with a hint of head lasting maybe 5 seconds.

aroma of a dark smoky espresso roast.

very nice smooth coffee up front with toasted caramel and dark chocolate following up. maybe a little thin, but still quite good.

smooth, silky, heavier carbonation than expected, no bitterness whatsoever detected.

very drinkable.

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Photo of jlindros
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Another from the interesting Duck Rabbit lineup thanks to Solomon420. I'm liking them more and more.

A: A nice dark fizzy and frothy 1 finger head rises and fades semi quickly. The beer is very dark, essentially black, with hints of light permeating in the corners giving it a very dark cola brown color.

N: Surprising amount of roasted malt. Dark roasted barley, dark malts, some coffee, a little smoke, a little creamy chocolate, and some toasted malts. That covers up pretty much all the lager aromas.

T: Starts again closer to a porter than anything. Lots of roasted malts, creamy chocolate, a little smoke, chewy malts, some caramel with that, a little burnt malt earthy bitterness and spiciness, and a creamy center. The only real lager like taste I get from it is the crisp lager feel to it.

M: Semi light body for the flavors, most likely due to the lagering, and the carbonation foams up well as I swirl it, but with all the rich dark malts it hides the carbonation in mid mouth.

F: A little more roasty earthy bitterness coming on the front end of the finish. Some lingering roasted malts, more chocolate than before comes out on teh finish, a little dark fruit as well. Dries off a bit and finishes pretty clean, most likely thanks to the lagering. A touch of residual sugar. The smoke also seems to stick to the mouth and leave it's memory.

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

12oz bottle, served in a SA perfect pint glass

A - pours with a finger of loose but bubbly tan colored foam. the beer is just about black with some dark ruby hues around the edges in front of light.

S - very Porter-like with ample chocolate, coffee (nice fresh dark roast), and roasted nuts and grains. very warm and inviting.

T - nice and roasty with some great compliments of dark chocolate, coffee, licorice, and nuts. finishes with some earthy hops and a sweet caramel kick. when warmed a nice smoked chipotle spiciness opens up.

M - light bodied with a solid amount of carbonation. Creamy and comforting.

D - why havent i had this before? awesome representation of a cool style...will make a great winter beer, loaded with flavor yet light and easy to drink. DR impressed again.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.86/5  rDev -3.3%
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 coachdonovan
3.26/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured into an Ithaca Beer Company pint glass. Freshness date on the label says Best By 11/09. That's my fault - this one got lost among my cellareds and I forgot I had it.

Pours black with a 3/4 inch head that settles after about two minutes. Lots of bubbles along the line between beer and head. When held to the light a little brown/red comes through on the edges, but otherwise it's pretty black.

Aroma is roasted malt but without any smoke. It's got a nice bitterness to it but not from hops, just from the roastiness. Mouthfeel is thin, carbonation is fairly high. Certainly the drinkability doesn't suffer from the (presumably) low ABV, but I got a little tired of this one. If you're looking for a good Schwarzbier, this one delivers the goods; it's just not my thing to have more than one or two of them.

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Photo of alleykatking
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle. I don't remember who gave me this but I really enjoyed it!

A- Pours a near black color. Light red hues when held to the light on the sides of the glass. One finger light tan head stays for a short bit before becoming just film on the top of the beer. Some light streaking lacing that slides down the glass.

S- Some roasted and light smoked malts upfront. Very clean smelling by far. Some light chocolate notes bring in a bittersweet aroma to the beer. Some very light whiffs of coffee every now and then.

T- Sweet chocolate and light bitter smokey malts upfront. There is more of lager body in the middle with a light hopping in the back end of this beer. The darker color fools you into thinking this is going to be a stout style but it's not. Nice lager with some baby stout like qualities.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Light drying in the mouth as I sipped on this. Roasted bittersweet malts left on the palate with some light hopping in the aftertaste. Clean tasting through and through.

D- This was a very good beer for a company whom I've not had much from. I think this is a wonderful style that most people overlook. I would love to get my hands on more of this!

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
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 spartanfan
3.72/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours an opaque black with a small of white head that quickly dissipates into a ring.

S: Lots of roasted and smokey smells up front with some chocolate and malty sweetness in there as well.

T: The chocolate is more pronounced in the flavor of the beer than the scent. Nice toffy and caramel flavors that are not too sweet at all. There is a deffinate smokey characted that is also not overpowering, but very enjoyable. It offsets the sweetness very well.

M: Moderate level of carbonation, and perhaps the slightest warming sensation.

D: This is a unique beer that I thoroughly enjoyed, and hope to have again, but not one I think I would like all the time.

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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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