The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery

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German Märzen / Oktoberfest
Ranked #94
Ranked #29,072
3.77 | pDev: 10.34%
The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
North Carolina, United States
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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Photo of Nass
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
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

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
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.
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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.47/5  rDev -8%
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

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Photo of justintcoons
3.28/5  rDev -13%
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.

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Photo of jkrich
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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Photo of itsatax
3.99/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
4.23/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.91/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
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!

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Photo of JayQue
3.87/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Good Marzen. Pours a hazy copper color into a pint glass, Medium size antique white head with good retention and solid rings of lacing around the glass. Nice mild aroma, bready malt and mild floral hops. Taste is what you would want in a Marzen. Malty, crisp, smooth with a little bitterness in the finish to make it interesting. A few US Marzens come with some metallic biterness, none of that here. Mouthfeel is somewhat light, appropriate for the style, crisp and refreshing. Nice finishing bitterness. Nice brew for a fall day.

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Photo of Buck89
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Pilsner glass. Medium-colored brownish copper hue with a generous off-white head that settled into a resilient cap. The nose showed sweet malt, bread, toast, and a hint of floral hops at the end. Bready malt up front, followed by sweet Vienna malt notes and a slightly bitter floral hoppiness. Clean finish. Very nice Marzen. Less melanoiden that I like, but a great beer.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I am winnowing through the Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody with an eye towards styles, brewers and other commonalities. This is another acquisition from The Friendly Greek Bottle Shop here in Lancaster, PA.

From the bottle: "Made in Farmville, North Carolina"; "Proudly hand made in small batches".

A Pop! of the cap and I was off and running. I was somewhat heavy with my pour, creating a finger of foamy, tawny head with decent retention. Color was Deep Amber/Light Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality clarity. Nose held a nutty breadiness which was unexpected, but not unpleasant. I am not a fan of sweet beers to begin with and so when I style that I usually associate with being sweet veers away from that, I am not going to complain. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was very bready, less nutty than on the nose, but not really what I would consider sweet. There was a light, underlying grassiness, probably from the use of Noble hops. Warming, I began to experience more of the nuttiness that I had perceived on the nose. It really was becoming more and more like nut bread! Finish was semi-sweet, nutty, bready, but not overly sweet and certainly not cloying. I still felt unfulfilled, though. I need more hops.

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Photo of tillmac62
4.02/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

EBD 11/15. Clear amber pour. Normal head volume, lacing and retention.

Typical marzen nose of bready malt - caramel and biscuit. Underneath is a light fruity ester - apple or apricot.

Light medium body that is quite smooth in texture. Slightly below normal carbonation with a hint of effervescence in the middle and a noticeable amount in the finish.

The flavor profile is quite outstanding. It begins with a rich wave of malt - toasted biscuit and caramel. Sweetness is perfectly balanced and never becomes cloying. The middle has a very subtle bitterness and an equally subtle noble hop earthy flavor. As the finish approaches, the fruit notes are evident as it becomes more grainy with a subtle nut aspect. The finish is a slow fade of slightly sweet noble hop flavor.

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Photo of drtth
3.69/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours out into a Duvel glass a clear dark amber color with a 1" ivory head that soon recedes to a thin layer of foam. Sipping creates a couple of big arches of foam with lots of scattered patches and legs of lacing, a few of which near the top of the glass become liquid.

The aromas include a nice mix of toffee and bready with no distinguishable hops showing

The flavors pretty much follow the nose with some sweet, almost toffee like bready character from the malt and just a light touch of spicy, herbal bitterness in the finish.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. The finish is medium long and begins as the sweetness of the toffee and bready mix slowly fades and a light touch of spicy, herbal bitterness shows up to join the other flavors as they all fade almost into dryness, but with the sweetness hanging around a bit too long.

Overall this is an enjoyable beer but seems just a bit off the style with the toffee like sweetness towards the end. It is smoothly drinkable and having another would be fine. That said I don't think its going to replace any of my local favorites on the list of beers to have again next year.

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Photo of twage04
3.94/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decent Marzen, pours a dark orange/light brown with small head, inoffensive carbonation. Taste is a little sweet but not cloying or anything. This beer is pretty smooth and a tasty easy drinking lager but nothing really out of the ordinary. No noticeable out of line bitterness and the malt presence is appropriate and tasty.

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Photo of DuffDaddy
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pints with dinner at the Nantahala Outpost Center with Bro, Sis, Bob and Spanky. Better than average marzen from this NC brewery. Would definitely drink again, especially while in NC.

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Photo of oldn00b
4.21/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a gorgeous deep amber, nice fizzy head forms and dissipates.

Nose is light and a bit lacking - malt is all I get.

Flavor is how I love a marzen - deep, little spice, bready, caramel and a great malt profile with really subtle hop profile. Fantastic.

Feel is about average for the style, perhaps tighter and lower carbonation than usual.

Overall, a really great Oktoberfest. My favorite American Marzen this year pretty much tied with the SN offering.

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Photo of chinchill
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap (TCT) at the 2015 Albino Skunk Music Festival.
As might be expected from the"dark beer specialist", this looks darker and has a darker roasted malt flavor than usual for style.
Otherwise, and overall, this is on style. This includes the aroma which features caramel(?) malts and hops in about equal measure.

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Photo of babaracas
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear reddish orange with one finger of off-white colored foam, settles quickly to a thin ring; a few dots down the glass. Smell: bready, cooked apple, mild floral and spicy hopping with notes of baking spices
Taste: upfront quite spicy and a bit grassy; bread, caramel apple, mildly toasty and nutty; peach skin, earthy finish. Slick, somewhat aggressive carbonation.

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Photo of VT9091
4.39/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Their lightest beer in color and alcohol content. A lovely Marzen that's better than Sam Adams Octoberfest. Quite drinkable. Tastes like Fall like 'Summer' beers taste like Summer. Looks like Fall leaves yellow/orange. Buying a lot more than a six pack of this this Fall.

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Photo of joe1510
4.07/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle
Good Bottle - Charlotte

Duck-Rabbit's version of an Oktoberfest is saturated copper and tarnished like a penny. Gold highlights run the length when backlit and the clarity is very good. A dirty white, crackling foam forms on the pour but fizzles out fairly quickly to a thin ring. Bits and clumps of delicate lace stick here and there.

Big, rich caramel can be smelled from a long way away. While the caramel rules from front to back there's a good toasted bread undercurrent along with a touch of earthy maltiness. A quick flash of baked apple flashes through in the middle along with a soft, earthy hoppiness on the backend. Very nice!

Caramel washes over every tastebud instantly while toasted white bread follows close behind. That breadiness turns to soda bread in the middle and is met with those soft baked apples in a very complimentary way. The end, while caramel still leads, brings along that earthy hoppiness for some added depth. A smooth, clean, peppery alcohol finishes it up well.

The body lies squarely in the middle of the scale at moderate with a luxurious carbonation that keeps this beer plush. The finish, with that peppery alcohol, dries up fairly quickly and leaves me wanting another drink immediately. Numerous pints of this could be drank consecutively.

Another malty delicacy from the folks at Duck-Rabbit. It's rich in malt but still clean, moderate in body but still luxurious, and, most importantly, delicious. These need to be in my fridge often.

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Photo of scotorum
3.56/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought this product of North Carolina at a Wegmans in a mixed six on my recent late October Pennsylvania trip. Not available in my state as far as I know.

Fun label graphic of two-faced rabbit/duck head under a cap, apparently representing the unusual brewery name.

"Enjoy by date indicated" 11/14. Close.

a: Clear amber with a finger thick white head which receded to nada.

s: Caramel malt.

t: Nondescript bitterness up front over mild malt base. Later the caramel malt becomes more prominent but remains mild.

m: Light to moderate, ok body, light carbonation tingle.

o: Al all right Marzen, too strangely bitter at first and not as malty as I would prefer, but a decent oktoberfest-style brew good for Fall weather.

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Photo of Zraly
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a stein. Clear, medium to dark amber with slightly off-white head. Head dissipates after a few moments. Looks as though it falls within style guidelines.

Soft malty smell.

This tastes very good. Bready malts and smooth, sweet flavors. Slightly slick and a bit chewy. Hops are soft and subtle, as they should be. Body is medium with a notch toward the full side; pretty substantial for style. Finishes crisp despite the malt-forward presentation.

Very good interpretation of the style.

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Photo of rangerred
2.84/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear deep copperish-brown with a thin soapy head. No head retention at all and also no lacing. Pretty disappointing.

Aroma is an interesting mixture of caramel, vegetables, and metal. Some apple notes too.

The flavor is a little better but still an odd mixture of what seem to be off-flavors. Caramel and fruit are more pronounced with apples figuring in even more prominently. A touch of tartness with a bit of a chalky finish.

Overall, this beer just seems a bit "off". Not sure if it is a sanitation issue or a yeast issue but there are definitely off-flavors here. Really needs to be cleaned up.

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Photo of tone77
3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark copper color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of malts, bready. Taste is smooth, bready malts, touch hops, highly refreshing. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

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