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The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
North Carolina, United States

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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 BeerAndGasMasks
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!

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Photo of JayQue
3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
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 +2.4%
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 +0.5%
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 +6.9%
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 -1.9%
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 +4.8%
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 -13.6%
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 +12%
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 -7.4%
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 +0.5%
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 +16.8%
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 +8.2%
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 -5.3%
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 +4.5%
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 -24.5%
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 -5.6%
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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Photo of delta490
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%

Pours a deep amber with a garnet tint. The head is white and creamy and small amount hangs on for a while, leaving a little bit of lacing, too. The aroma is light, with malt fruit and caramel sweetness and just a hint of hops earthy-ness. The taste is a nice big malt blast with just enough hops to balance it. The body has a nice weight to it with a good crisp finish. An almost-great fest beer.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%

A: Pours a crystal clear rich copper in color with moderate to heavy amounts of active visible carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass and light to moderate amounts of golden yellow + amber highlights. The beer has a half finger tall dense foamy dark beige head that reduces to a mottled thick film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of toasted malts and toffee, along with lighter aromas of light fruit (apples). There is a light aroma of herbal and spicy hops as well.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of toasted and bready malts with a light amount of toffee sweetness and hints of light fruit (apple) as well. That is followed by light flavors of herbal and spicy hops which impart a light amount of bitterness which does not linger for long.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: A very enjoyable beer in the style and a pretty good example from a North Carolina brewer. fairly easy to drink and definitely one to look for during the season.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.65/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance - Nearly perfect looking Oktoberfest beer in a Sam Adams glass. Dark orange/brown with perfect carbonation and retention. Only thing from a perfect 5 is head was small 1-finger.

Smell - A wonderful sweet and malty smell. Caramel is noticed as well. Incredible for the style.

Taste - Follows the nose perfectly. Malty and sweet but light and very sessionable. A touch of hops is noticed in the finish to provide balance. Nice refreshing finish that is very thirst quenching.

Mouthfeel - Perhaps the only thing not perfect with this beer is its a tad light and watery.

Overall - A very fine Marzen. One of the best I've had. If Duck Rabbit beers were sold in MD I'd buy regularly and in bulk.

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Photo of slusk
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a nice copper/amber color with a moderate tan head. Clear as a bell, filtered I imagine. Decent head retention and a moderate amount of lacing.

Aroma - Nice and malty, No hop aroma to speak of. I detect a prominent earthy note mixed into a nice malt profile.

Taste - Much like it smells, this is a very nice malty flavor with an earthy backbone. Almost an oaky taste and some hidden, slightly perceptible acidity in the finish. It has a good amount of carbonation that adds an ever-so-slight bitterness as well. It breathes a pleasant bready aftertaste that makes me want to open another.

Mouthfeel - Medium body and pleasant with a gentile creaminess but not too much. Almost a slick mouthfeel.

Overall - I like this beer. I can't identify the source of the earthiness I'm detecting, possibly in the yeast strain; it seems a little unusual for this style, but not in a bad way. It's hitting all the high spots with a rich malt character and disguised hop bitterness. I'd buy this beer again.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
3.27/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a clear, deep, dark brown color, with a finger of white head that quickly dissolved into a thin halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass and formed wispy clouds that almost completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Actually, there’s not much in the aroma department, either that, or I’m stuffed up. I do get faint, and I mean faint, notes of malt, caramel and hops, but I mean faint.

Taste: Very malty up front, followed by some caramel-like sweetness and some nicely balanced hops bitterness. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel: Medium, with some good carbonation to tickle the taste buds. With an ABV of 4.8%, there is no presence of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: Very solid American version of an Oktoberfest beer. Good balance between hops and malt and sweet. I’d certainly get it again.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.96/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a sam adams custom glass, color is amber, transparent; head is light tan, frothy, dense, presenting 1/2" thick followed by some lacing and lingering.

Smell is somewhat subdued, which is not out of place, pleasant malt and some light caramel or chocolate sweet scents are noted but very subtle.

Taste is very good, solid malt profile, light clean vienna or munich malts with hints of chocolate and caramel, light toast and some biscuit; hop flavors are not strong, maybe some light earth and grass; lightly acidic in its finish.

mouthfeel is clean, hitting the tongue mainly, acidic finish lingers, malt sweetness is nice, carbonation is not overdone.

Overall, this is a very, very good american marzen, clean flavors, good mouthfeel.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.29/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A 355ml bottle with a BB of Jan 2011, so this is totally out of date. Acquired a while back from a webshop, though it would have been out of date even then. Curse them and their scaly hides! As I probably won't see this again I'll review with caveats.

Poured into a straight pint glass. Bottle conditioned. A deep coppery-amber hue with fine sediment and light carbonation. Yields a decent head of creamy off-white foam that lasts for a few minutes before subsiding. Aroma of mildly sour, earthy yeast with hints of caramel malt, grain and faint stewed leaves. A touch of cardboard and sherry in the background - this smells rather oxidised.

Tastes of stale, acidic yeast and caramel malt, with a dry finish. Notes of grain, caramel, husks, earthy yeast, mild natural yoghurt, faint stewed leaves and cardboard. Rather oxidised, accompanied by a whisper of sherry. Well-attenuated and mildly bitter upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, dry and tingly, with subtle carbonation and good body for the style. Slightly astringent, followed by an aftertaste of sour yeast, caramel and cardboard/stewed leaves.

OK - being out of date this is obviously not on top form. However, the underlying character is discernible and seems pretty good. Stripping away the mild acidity and oxidation reveals hints of a quality märzen with a rounded flavour. Looks alright and the body seems decent. If I ever have the chance to grab a fresh one then I'll revisit this review.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.64/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a reddish-mahogany color with tiny off white head. The head fades almost instantly leaving almost no lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The smell is sweet of a brown caramel smell with a good deal of roasted malt mixed within. Some aromas of dark fruit mingle with the roasted and sugar smells as well as a bit of a spice and nut aroma to produce a rather nice marzen aroma.

Taste – The taste begins very mild with a bit of a caramel and darker fruit flavors as well as a bit of a bready taste and a very light roasted taste. As the flavor advances the sweetness gains a small amount of potency with more caramel coming to the tongue. While the sweetness only gains a light level of intensity the roasted gets quite a bit stronger with some lighter spice and nut flavors developing rather late. In the end a little bit of a yeasty and more sweetness of apple and caramel come to the tongue leaving a rather pleasant roasted and sweet flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the lighter side with a carbonation level that is rather average. While the body is a bit thin, it does give the beer a bit more crispness which with the lighter flavors upfront create an easy drinking brew when combined with the average carbonation.

Overall – A rather tasty brew overall that has a decent flavor profile and a rather easy drinking feel.

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