The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery

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The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
North Carolina, United States
Ranked #153
Ranked #22,628
3.76 | pDev: 10.11%
Aug 13, 2022
Oct 07, 2009
Very Good
Notes: The Duck-Rabbit Märzen is the lightest of our German-style lagers. This is a beer designed for outdoor autumn festivals! Soft malt flavors take center stage here. This one is subtle and beguiling.
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Rated: 3.77 by StoutAtTheDevil from Alabama

Aug 13, 2022
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Reviewed by zeff80 from Missouri

3.91/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
12oz bottle. Poured out a clear, golden amber color with a small, off-white head of foam. It left sudsy trails of lace on the glass. It smelled of toffee, caramel, floral notes and fresh cut grass. Sweet toffee, caramel and a mild, citrusy bitterness.
Nov 17, 2021
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Reviewed by hoptheology from California

3.99/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
12 oz bottle, best by December 2021, into Calusa snifter.

70% opaque fiery orange with a butter colored head of 1 finger. Good staying power.

Aroma is pumpernickel bread, granola, apricot, sliced almonds, and very slight circus peanut. Unique. Very toasted, very baked.

Flavor is quite a bit like the nose. Orange muffin, pumpernickel, almond, granola, then slight grass, some metallic notes. Moderate sweetness, mild bitterness.

Feel is carbonated and busy, with only slight starchiness, a little bit of creaminess underneath the carbonation, and no alcohol heat. Dries with some resins on the tip of the tongue.

Overall, a very tasty Marzen and one I'm glad I picked up. I'd probably revisit a bottle or two someday.

$2.25 @ Kit's Trackside Crafts
Nov 15, 2021
Rated: 3.79 by DucksFan16 from Tennessee

Nov 14, 2021
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Reviewed by Reef from South Carolina

3.76/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Undated 12 oz. Bottle
Light hazy copper with two fingers variegated cream head
Strong malt aroma, cheesy(?)
Unusual malty- fruity flavor, very light metallic, bitter aftertaste.
Good carbonation,medium body and dry finish.
Different, and I will try it again to gain more understanding
Sep 30, 2021
Rated: 3.84 by Gkruszewski from New York

Sep 23, 2021
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Rated by Chocolatefreak from Tennessee

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
A light marzen or dark lager. Descent flavor; not too sweet & an easy drinker.
Jul 31, 2021
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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

2.98/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3
355 ml bottle, from Vinmonopolet Vika. ABV is 4.8%. Hazy orange-brown colour, moderate head, slightly off-white. Aroma of wood, resin, smoke and ashes, hints of caramel. The flavour has first some malty sweetness with caramel, but ends dry and ashy. Quite moderate resinous hops. Hints of smoke. Drinkable, but not something I’ll buy again.
Apr 19, 2021
Rated: 3.5 by BigMike from Pennsylvania

Dec 04, 2020
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Reviewed by MikeWard from Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
12oz bottle into a pint glass. Best by 12/10, so this years release.

Very nice crystal clear dark amber/red body. However the white head disappears very quickly, no lacing

Decent caramel malt aroma.

On tasting, very clean, heavily malty sweet taste. Goes down very easily.

Mouth slightly above medium, finish sweet.

Overall, decent marzen, clean, no nasty aftertaste. Quite sweet.
Nov 08, 2020
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Reviewed by BB1313 from Ohio

3.86/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Enjoy by 12/2020. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a ruby amber with great clarity and transparency; small light khaki head that fades leaving nice retention and sticky lacing. Great color. The aromas have some hints of cherries and caramel. Some dark fruit. Lots of malts. The flavors follow the nose. More cherries along with some raisins. More caramel along with some cocoa. Nice little bitterness going on. It's not that sweet. Nice malt backbone. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is light-bodied with moderate to active carbonation. It's sharp, fluffy, smooth and easy to drink.

This is a nice brew. It comes off as slightly unique for the style, but ultimately is what you would expect from the style, more or less. It drinks bigger than it really is. The craftsmanship is on point. It's enjoyable and pretty fun to drink. There's something about this one that I really like.
Oct 17, 2020
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Reviewed by Foyle from North Carolina

4.17/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass. A thin cream colored head drops quickly, no lacing. Color is copper with mild streaming carbonation. Aroma of rich malts and floral hops. Mouthfeel light to medium with an easy finish. Flavors are malt forward with fruity sweetness, caramel, cracker, floral hops. Overall: very good
Oct 15, 2020
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Reviewed by BJB13 from Maryland

3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
12 ounce bottle poured into a tumbler style pint glass.
Best by 12/20

Definitely a dark malty version. Copper in color it is sweet but not overly so, though maybe too caramel centric for the style. Mouthfeel isn’t bad, a medium weight, soft body is smooth almost to the finish where it drys and crisps a bit. Not great but easy drinking and enjoyable.
Oct 10, 2020
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Reviewed by damndirtyape from Ohio

3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
12oz bottle served in a pilsner glass. Enjoy by 12 / 20.

Appearance: Clear (bright) dark amber with a thin white head. Some persistent lacing. Great color.

Smell: A bit sweet. Toasted malt and a light noble hop flavor which comes across as a bit herbal.

Taste: Crisp lager, light toasted malt, light noble hop bitterness at the finish. A bit sweet, but a bit light on the overall flavor for the style.

Mouthfeel: Light carbonation for the style. Chewy and a little sticky on the teeth.

Overall / Drinkability: Tasty, went well with meatloaf, and easily drinkable, but, a little off for the style. Still good though, just not as robust for a Marzen. Great color though.
Oct 09, 2020
Rated: 3.53 by SicemWT from Texas

Aug 30, 2020
Rated: 3.81 by Wizzman from Massachusetts

Jun 04, 2020
Rated: 2.98 by RV109106 from Pennsylvania

Jan 04, 2020
Rated: 3.75 by NotAlcoholicJustAHobby from Vermont

Dec 29, 2019
Rated: 3.6 by BeerDreadz from Florida

Nov 08, 2019
Rated: 3.49 by Coronaeus from Canada (ON)

Nov 02, 2019
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Reviewed by Nass from Florida

3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5
I dig the bottle label artwork, great use of color. There is a best by date on the label. The pour is medium brown. The taste is caramel, brown sugar, bready malts, & a slight hit of hops. The taste is a little off putting but it's nothing too harsh. Cheers! B
Nov 01, 2019
Rated: 3.23 by XsoldoutX from Pennsylvania

Oct 28, 2019
Rated: 3.5 by paulish from New York

Oct 17, 2019
Rated: 5 by Kwright from North Carolina

Jan 24, 2019
Rated: 3.56 by Steve_Studnuts from Pennsylvania

Jan 09, 2019
Rated: 3.54 by TheBigBoy from Pennsylvania

Nov 03, 2018
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Reviewed by NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery "Märzen"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, notched "enjoy by 11/18"

Notes via stream of consciousness: Having been to Oktoberfest last year, and having gone to brewing school with Paul Philippon I thought I'd see what Duck Rabbit is doing with their Märzen. It's poured a clear deep copper colored body beneath a short head of khaki colored foam. The aroma is fruity, lightly sweetish, and subtly toasty. The flavor - wow - they've really nailed that Vienna/Munich malt sweet breadiness. It's a mix of golden caramel and more reddish, medium caramel, and there's a light touch of nuttiness there as well. Some gently herbal, and perhaps lightly spicy hops back it, and there's a very light, almost berry or jam-like fruitiness that I'm assuming is coming from Vienna malts. Sweetish, caramel drizzled bread lingers gently in the finish with just a hint of herbal and spicy hops. It's balanced towards sweetness but it's not too sweet, and it's certainly not sticky or cloying; no, this is exactly what you want. I almost can't put it down! The head has dropped, and to be honest it didn't hold that well which is a disappointment, and it's only left minor lacing behind. In the mouth it's medium bodied and crisp, but with very fine bubbles. I don't think I'd want it to have any more bite, it goes down too smoothly as it is. Did I miss anything? No, I think that about covers it. They've done a fantastic job with it and I'm now really looking forward to trying their schwarzbier.
Review# 6,311
Oct 24, 2018
Rated: 3.8 by shadyside from Georgia

Oct 07, 2018
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Reviewed by Bouleboubier from New Jersey

3.47/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
(12 oz bottle, enjoy by Nov 2018, purchased cold... poured into a simple glass mug)

L: crystal-clear liquid of a deep tawny hue; little foam formed on pour, quickly collapsed... not really any collar to speak of; looks like cold-brewed black tea

S: robust toasty malt base, touch of caramel, touch of greasy car leather; weak-moderate overall intensity... perhaps faint hint of leafy hops

T: sweetish brown bread crust, lightly nutty caramel note in finish... mostly malt, with subtle richness, but lacking character; its marginal bitterness could in part be roasted character from the grain... the lasting aftertaste is the essence of caramel and some kind of nut (hazel?)

F: very little carbonation, nearly still... delicately sluggish viscosity, weak warmth, but its finish luckily is rather disappearing dry, so it's easy enough to knock back, but it doesn't quite satisfy

O: I've had worse o'fests, including a couple this year, but this was just a lumbering bore... generous points for at least having the basic skeleton
Oct 03, 2018
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Reviewed by justintcoons from Pennsylvania

3.28/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
12 oz bottle poured into a pub-style pint.

Nice reddish-amber hue. Good clarity.

Toffee, caramel, toasted bread, and butterscotch.

Caramelized brown sugar and caramel drizzle. Slight toffee and butterscotch. Fresh toasted white bread.

Medium-light bodied, crisp, oily, sticky, and semi-dry.

Has a nice balance and is very easy drinking, but lacks depth.
Sep 27, 2018
Rated: 4 by anthony-s from New Jersey

Sep 15, 2018
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Reviewed by jkrich from Florida

4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
Poured from a freshness dated 12 oz. bottle: beautiful and clear, bright amber to copper hue with a foamy off-white head.

Aromas of fresh dough and spicy, European hops.

The flavors are dominated by buttery malt with enough hop profile to keep it refreshing sip after sip. I cannot recall being so impressed with such a flavorful malt profile as this. Some lingering flavors of raisins and faint licorice conclude some very subtle yet complex flavors - all of this at only 4.6 percent ABV.

This lager has a very nice rounded mouthfeel with a medium body with a wonderfully silky and buttery flavor lingering on the palate.

Yet again, I am very impressed with this brewer of only dark beers. I must admit that the flavor profile reminds more of a Vienna lager than a Marzen/Oktoberfest, but it is excellent all the same.
Sep 14, 2018
Rated: 3.9 by meatyard from Florida

Sep 13, 2018
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Reviewed by itsatax from Pennsylvania

3.99/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
This beer could pass as a German product. Hopping is subtle and the taste is clean. It's a bit on the malty and dark side for a Marzen, which is OK by me. Overall, very good.
Aug 12, 2018
Rated: 3.74 by TheRougeBastard from North Carolina

Dec 10, 2017
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Reviewed by jjamadorphd from Florida

4.23/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
One of my favorite brewers and once again they do not disappoint...

The D-R offering into the Marzen style is truly very good - a darkly orange colored brew, with caramel highlights pours out thin foam, but easily overlooked. The smell was what I enjoyed the most - you get a sweet scent of pumpkin and squash with light hints of cinnamon. The mouthfeel was light-bodied, a bit carbonated, but still very drinkable. A sweet tasting marzen, very unique, with that hint of cinnamon in the nose more distinctive on the tongue. Overall, I really liked this marzen, quite possibly more so than any other I have had to date.
Nov 26, 2017
Rated: 4.11 by MKrauss from Pennsylvania

Oct 30, 2017
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Reviewed by jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

3.91/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
12 oz bottle. Label is notched 12, but no year. Seems to be fresh from this year's release.

Clear copper in color. Nice bready mild caramel aroma, a bit of herbal earthiness too. Clean mild flavor, easy drinking. Mildly sweet. Thin to medium bodied.
Sep 30, 2017
Rated: 3.53 by Hoptometrist from Ohio

Sep 16, 2017
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Reviewed by BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
From the bottle, it pours a coppery amber with a moderate head. As you enjoy it, lacing of a sort is left behind. Malt is noticed by the nose... and mouth as well. Ein Prosit!
Feb 12, 2017
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