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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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314
Avg:
4
pDev:
15%
 
 
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Photo of smakawhat
3.77/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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Photo of zeledonia
3.77/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle date is illegible. But it's been refrigerated most of the time I've had it.

Pours very dark brown, black in the glass, and opaque except at the very edges. Half-finger of medium-tan head, gone in a flash, but some decent lacing.

Smell is quite smooth, with mellow citrus and smoky wood. The different components of the smell work really well together, forming an integrated whole that's hard for me to parse apart. Malty, slightly hoppy, dark, but airy and ethereal at the same time. If this beer were a fantasy character, it would be a happy dark sorcerer. Only complaint is that I'd like it to be more potent.

Taste is less integrated, and less interesting. A mix of slightly roasted malt with a hint of smoke, and some rather bland hops. Finishes mildly bitter.

Light-bodied, medium-low carbonation. On the flat side.

I was enthusiastic after the smell, but the taste let me down. Not bad, and among the more refreshing dark beers I've had. But not great.

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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 Powderhornphil
3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this an an extra in a trade. Not my usual style, but it's pretty tasty.

Looks quite nice and black, lets some light around the edges. White fluffy head that leaves some very nice lacing.

Scents are gentle all around. Roast, coffee, chocolate malt.

Taste follows the nose with a clean flavor. A light chocolate malt appears on the finish.

Mouthfeel is very nice for the style and ABV.

Great to try this but I would not seek out again. Overall an enjoyable easy drinker.

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Photo of Naugros
3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was worried at first because it sounded and looked like I had poured a cola into the glass. A lot of sizzle and an active head with bursting microbubbles. But then it settled down I was able to pour more into the glass and raise the head well above the rim of the Duck-rabbit tulip I got in a BIF trade. As I continued to pour, the top of the head began to look the top of a soft-serve cone...coffee flavored. Absolutely awesome!

Roasted malts mixed with German hops make up the nose, smelling a little like a Baltic porter, for anyone not familiar with a schwarzbier. For anyone not familiar with a Baltic porter that means some dark fruits and a vinous quality amid roasted malts and a touch of hops. In this case the hops, being German, give off a bit of floral.

The taste is a bit disappointing, but still good. There's a metallic tang, like licking a penny...go ahead try it...you know you want to. But beneath that are the roasted malts and the hops. The copper tang lessens as the beer warms, but is still pretty distracting. This does not seem to often be an issue with this beer, so I'm assuming it is either this batch or this bottle. No one knows where metallic tastes comes from (even some think they know), but the only theory I could check was the bottle cap and it seemed fine.

The beer was a little over-carbonated, as I suspected from the initial pour, so there was a bit of tingle in the mouth, but it didn't lessen the body considerably.

I feel that this could be a phenomenal brew. I'll need to get another bottle to confirm that this is an anomaly. If I can, then I will surely change my score in the Taste category.

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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 djeucalyptus
3.82/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

pours a dark dark molasses brown with an intense over-carbonated head of a billion fingers, that eventually fades and leaves a surprisingly small lace.

aroma is pleasantly earthy, malty, hints of vanilla and a bit of spice. cocoa and a touch of chocolate.

taste is robustly earthy with caramel, cocoa and coffee undertones. roasty with a hint of green hops.

medium body for the style with some crazy carbonation that slowly mellows out as it sits. but still sharp and a bit too fizzy to really hit it home.

all in all, this is a solid schwarzbier. the carbonation is a bit tough to get by, but the flavors and aroma are really top notch. Definitely worth seeking out.

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Photo of robwestcott
3.82/5  rDev -4.5%
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 errantnight
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A really well done Schwarz. Pours a heady (very heady) deep, almost black with a fluffy pale head. Lightly roasted notes come through on the nose, accentuated on the palate, with a nice balance of earthy, faintly citric hopping and a crackery body. Medium to light bodied with an acidic finish. Could drink it all evening.

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Photo of Pencible
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured a nearly opaque dark ruby color with a fair amount of tan head. It smelled like roasted barley with muted caramel and coffee and some smoke. It tasted like roasted coffee and burnt barley, with some oak and smoke. It was watery with moderate carbonation, and had a bitter coffee aftertaste. Overall this had an interesting taste that was heavier and smokier than expected from a schwarzbier. Almost seemed more like a smoked porter to me. It had decent body, but nothing great, and was pretty easy to drink. The taste wasn't perfectly clean, but it was generally enjoyable. Given the limited nature of this beer, you can skip it without worrying about missing too much.

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Photo of chinchill
3.84/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle served in a snifter. BB date notch of 9/2015.

A: Pours a clear but very dark brown color, looking nearly opaque in the glass. The beer has a half finger of sudsy light tan head that quickly reduces to a partial thin film. Some lacing is seen, nonetheless.

Aroma: Initially disappointing but some off-odors quickly dispersed leaving behind attractive mix of toffee, faint coffee and dark roasted grains. Moderate strength.

Flavor: Dark roasted malts with toffee and chocolate dominate up front but some roasted coffee. There's also a a bit of molasses and a light hint of anise. Lightly bitter overall.

Feel: Medium bodied with medium-light carbonation.

O: A fine schwarzbier that's brewed to style. Definitely worth trying.

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Photo of Ezone024
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks brent K for this fantastic brew.

pours out straight black with nice 2 finger cola colored head, smells of light chocolate and roasted malts, little hop spicyness in the back, not much tho.

tastes like a light stout with a tad bit more pronounced hop presence and a less creamy more, lager like body.
roasted chocolate and slight hints of coffee.

great mouthfeel and drinkability.
tasty and full enough for the winter yet light and drinkable for the summer too!

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Photo of rtratzlaff
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Flying Saucer Raleigh.
The look is not quite opaque black in body with a tan head.
Aromas are roasted malt and hallertauer hop spice kick.
The flavor is some sweetness upfront followed by a sharp kick of roasted malt and dark roast coffee. Slightly acidic per style. Lighter mouthfeel with a sharpness from decent carbonation. I have tried about five other US brewed swarzbiers and this stands out as being much darker (DR style), less chocolate and more coffee, and a bit hoppier in the finish.

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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 Bendurgin
3.86/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got this from Brent. Thanks boss! Poured into a pint glass. Pours dark brown with about a finger of creamy tan head.

Dry cocoa powder in the aroma with a nice roast character towards the middle. It finishes with a little bit of a fruity aroma. The pallet is a lot like what the aroma would indicate. Cocoa with a bit of char and a touch of dark fruit in the finish.

The body is medium with lively carbonation. Overall a solid offering here. Reeal enjoyable on a nice Autumn afternoon.

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Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.86/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a glass mug.

A: Nearly black (clear dark red-brown) with three-finger, off-white, creamy head that lasted a very long time. Good lacing.

S: Toasted malt and faint chocolate.

T: Light to moderate sweetness and light bitterness. Roasted malt and faint chocolate.

M: Light bodied with fizzy carbonation. Slightly dry and crisp.

O: Good black lager, but I'm not sure it's much better than the Sam Adams black lager. It looks pretty awesome in the glass.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours black with tall, long lasting, fluffy, beige head and nice lacing. Aroma is of grassy hops and bready malt. Body is medium and smooth. Chocolate, toasted malt and herbal hops are nicely balanced on the palate. Finish is long and semi-dry. Delicious brew.

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Photo of tpd975
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice dark black, tan head good retention and some spotty lace.

S: Light smoke, loads of chocolate, coffee, and a tinge of hops.

T: Nice brew, rich with a touch of smoked malt. Rich bitter chocolate with some acrid coffee. Another good DR brew.

M: Medium in body nice carbonation solid

D: Good I really like it.

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Photo of dtivp
3.88/5  rDev -3%
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 nms1987
3.91/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mad props to D-R for finally busting this out. I remember that it was supposed to be one of the first beers they did a long time ago.

Looks nice. Looks like a schwarz. BIG creamy, tan head. Dark body. Opaque. Basically black with maybe a little brown/caramel/ruby cola colors at the edges under light.

Smells decent... cream and vanilla on the nose. A definite spicy thing in the nose too but not in a hoppy way and I would be shocked (given the style) if I'm smelling alcohol.

Tastes real good. Smooth and creamy with a coffee/chocolate thing. The faint bitterness at the finish, melded with the natural chocolate notes gives a really fun baker's (unsweetened, bitter) chocolate aftertaste. Fairly crisp and clean finish considering the nice maltiness it has.
Mouthfeel is, again, smooth and creamy.
Drinkability is high. Very enjoyable to sip or gulp. I'd love to have another

Nice beer. Really nice beer.
A-? (the rating so far at this point), I don't know about that. I think some people are getting caught up in the Duck Rabbit hype, the "limited release"-ness and the unusual-ness of Schwarz.
Hell, maybe this is an A-, it is damn good. B+/A-. Really borderline. I really like it but it isn't knocking my socks off. I don't think it is better than the Sam Adams Black Lager (and that was 3-4 bucks cheaper than this before the crappy Sam Adams distrib in the area discontinued it)

Schwarz is just such a nice style. I think if more people got over their OMG A DAAARK BEEER fears this style could be a hit. It is so enjoyable to both the enthusiast and the layman. It is interesting and can be complex enough for the enthusiast but it is just so damn smooth, rich and clean for the layman. Easily approachable. I've had some success recommending Schwarz to folks looking to get into non-Lite beer for those reasons. Rich and tasty yet smooth and easy to drink.

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Photo of Wolfpack2005
3.91/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark black with a three finger head that sticks around for awhile.

Has a malty aroma with a hint of licorice and coffee

Taste of roasted malts with small amount of coffee and hops make their way through.

Mouthfeel definitely has some bite but it is suprisingly light considering how heavy it looks.

Overall a pretty solid and complex beer. I will definitely be buying this beer in the future.

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Photo of dbl_delta
3.91/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Undated bottle into pint glass. Pours a dark reddish brown with a thick, light tan head. Initial impression is hints of coffee, chocolate, roasted malts. Mouthfeel is light - nice and crisp; carbonation is just about right. Neutral, slightly bitter finish. Very easy to drink.

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Photo of coldmeat23
3.91/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

GLASS: Pilsener Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees

This pours a very dark crimson color, which at first appears to be black. An easy pour produces a massive head of light brown colored foam. It's fairly thick and creamy and hangs around for several minutes. As it recedes, it leaves thick patches of craggy lacing.

Tons of roasted barley/malts come through. Light hints of toast, coffee and chocolates. Mild trace of smoke.

Lots of cocoa, along with some decent espresso notes. Smoke with light traces of leather. A mild lacto sweetness. Still, tons of roasted malt presence. Mild hints of earthy hops.

This one is medium-bodied and has a high level of carbonation. This lends a certain sharpness to it, as well as a light touch of creaminess. For my personal taste, I'd like it to have a bit more body to it. To style though, I think it gets damn close.

At 5.80%abv, I don't think that this one hides it's alcohol very well. Then again though, that's not alot of alcohol to hide anyway, and I find this beer to be very tasty and nicely drinkable.
I tend to stay away from lagers in general, for the most part, as I mostly don't like them. Duck-Rabbit has come through for me again though, by producing a lager that I'd actually enjoy drinking.

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Photo of elgiacomo
3.92/5  rDev -2%
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 Ruds
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 355ml bottle into a 'Pforzheimer Hausbrauerei' 0.3l handled glass.

Pours a 'light' black colour, chestnut brown when held to the light with a huuuuge frothy tan/off-white head. The head subsided after a few minutes but retained a good finger pretty much thereafter.

Dark roasted malts predominate on the nose with a hint of chocolate and caramel in the background.

Roasted malts again at the forefront of the flavours allied to a little chocolate, a little smoke, slightly sweet and a slightly - but not overpowering - bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is as good as any beer I've had of this style in Deutschland. Well balanced and just the right level of carbonation.

Overall a very decent Schwarzbier and one that I'd happily have again!

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Duck-Rabbit Schwarzbier from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
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