Duck-Rabbit Schwarzbier | The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery

BA SCORE
89
very good
334 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:
334
Reviews:
179
Avg:
4.01
pDev:
10.97%
 
 
Wants:
68
Gots:
28
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 334 |  Reviews: 179
Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dbl_delta
3.91/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

 281 characters

Photo of Fatty_Mccracken
1/5  rDev -75.1%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Photo of reizorc
4.75/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of drtth
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

While this beer was brewed for summer drinking the store where I bought it has had it in their cold case continuously and so it is still in reasonably good shape even though past its best by date.

The beer pours out into a Duvel glass a dark brown color with some reddish highlights near the glass. The light brown fluffy 3/4" head creates a wide ring of foam and lacing as it slowly recedes. Sipping cleans the side a bit leaving some scattered legs and small speckles of lacing.

The aromas include chocolate, a touch of coffee and hints of dark roasted, almost smoky, malt.

As expected from the nose the flavors include some chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt that reminds of black bread. There seems to be some light spicy, almost citric hop flavors in the background.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and lightly crisp with the persistent carbonation. The finish starts as the chocolate and coffee begin to fade and the mix becomes full of all the flavors that are blending together and all gradually fading leaving a bit of dark roast dryness at the end.

Seems a fairly well made beer that is worth having again, so I'll be looking for more in the future. This would be a great beer to have while having a long after dinner conversation with friends. While there is a chance that the flavors of this beer have faded just a bit, based on other Schwarzbiers I've had recently it still tastes as it should and when I revisit it in the future I'll update this review if needed.

 1,488 characters

Photo of PA-hunter
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured 12oz bottle into snifter glass. 5.8% abv

Appearance- Pours a coal black with light brown head quick to dissipate yet good lacing on the glass. Opaque.

Smell- Dark roasted malt, light coffee notes.

Taste- The malt profile of this beer is of a mild roast. An earthy grain flavor is quick to follow. Coffee rushes in after the grains, but in a subtle way. The beer finishes smooth and crisp with notes of chocolate.

Mouthfeel- Thin to medium for such a dark and roasty beer. Adequate carbonation.

Overall- An easy drinking dark beer. Reminded me of a light porter. Well crafted and enjoyable.

 602 characters

Photo of Boone757
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PicoPapa
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Pours a blackish dark brown color with a 1/2 inch of light brown head. Good amount of lacing. The aroma is earthy and bready with some espresso. The taste is more of the bready malts with some nice roasted notes. Dark coffee and some light chocolate hints. Peat and some light grassy hop notes. Finishes with some roasted coffee, chocolate and floral hops. Moderate amount of carbonation with a mouthfeel on the lighter side. Overall, a damn good Schwarzbier I hope to have again.

 493 characters

Photo of ajdemma
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of chinchill
3.84/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

 746 characters

Photo of riversglow
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of QuentinCall
3.02/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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

Had this one on tap and I must say it is one of my new favorites. Very pleasant smell and smooth taste. Read the reviews, a winner for sure.

140 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 nosavingsaccount
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MichaelProcton
4.36/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ultra dark, with minimal (but rich) head and no visible carbonation. The smell is deeply satisfying mix of roasty and toasty. The taste is much the same, with deeply toasted malt notes, and just enough of a bitter hop kiss on the back end to balance everything out. The mouthfeel is full and substantial. I like this beer a lot, within and outside the style.

 363 characters

Photo of Psg5062
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of MisledTitan
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

68 characters

Photo of mikeg67
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

 280 characters

Photo of cjgiant
4.01/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap:
Pours a very fluid black liquid. As the table moves, the beer easily Laos up and down the glass, with a highly contrasting off-white head (that actually seems darker part way into the pour) along for the ride across most of the beer's surface. Nice thick foamy ring provides lacing down the glass.

The smell is harder to pin down in this place, but is reminiscent of a dark roast coffee, with some smoke added for accent.

The taste starts crisp and cracker-like, but a dark grain cracker. The initial tastes remind me of pumpernickel with the combination of dark grain taste and a somewhat spicy bitterness. There's a But more coffee coming out as the beer warms, but that taste actually seems to evolve into a light smokey taste like there's a campfire somewhere nearby but you can't make out where.

It is a lager, and the appearance foreshadows the feel-which is a bit on the light side, but the beer overall has a nice depth of flavor to it, layering the grain, roasted malt, smoke, and bitterness together in a nice balance.

Little surprised on this one, as Duck Rabbit misses me more often than not. But this is a solid, enjoyable beer.

 1,158 characters

Photo of BradShook
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Devman171
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 88caprice
3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Duck-Rabbit Schwarzbier from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
4.01 out of 5 based on 334 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.
  • Our Events

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

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