Duck-Rabbit Märzen | The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery

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Duck-Rabbit MärzenDuck-Rabbit Märzen

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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 dirtylou
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, brawleys

appearance: served appropriately in a duck rabbit shaker pint glass - clear amber body, foamy white cap

smell: sweet fruity aroma - apple, nuts, bread

taste: toasted malts, rich nutty character, crisp red apple, grassy noble hop, dough, toffee, woody notes. Solid oktoberfest

mouthfeel: rich medium body, filling

overall: solid

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.67/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle - $2.49 at Total Wine & More in Alpharetta, Georgia. For best flavor, please refrigerate and enjoy by date indicated: it looks like there're small indents on 11 and 12. I'm just gonna assume I'm good to go here.

Appearance: Pours a clear, inviting-looking, amber-hued body with a finger of short-lived, off-white froth.

Smell: Lightly sweet-scented malty nose hinting of toasted bread and scant caramel. Modestly fruity. Small traces of herbal, earthy hops.

Taste: Sweetish, bready malts, moderately toasty, faintly nutty. Fairly estery with berryesque flavors as well as a touch of sweet cherry, too. Low hop character and bitterness. Somewhat drying on the relatively clean finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-light carbonation.

Overall: It's a decent, drinkable Märzen, though a bit on the estery side.

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Photo of JayS2629
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful dark mahogany with a creamy tan head that fades slowly and leaves nice walls of lace.

The aroma is of toffee, brown sugar, caramel. Light leafy notes and hints of spice and vanilla.

Nice malty beer with loads of vanilla toffee, some toasty and nutty notes, brown sugar, and a little spicy note of warmth.

Nice, balanced, and very well done to style.

Delicious and easy to drink. Nice, sweet, malty and balanced.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a - poured from 12oz'er into duvel taster glass. Deep ruby amber with lots of small bubbly carbonation and a nice frothy bubbly head with medium/well lacing.

s - Malty caramel biscuits. Lagery.

t - very toasty. some brown sugar, touch of hops. toffee malts dominant.

m/d - pretty even ended in the feel, not watery, but silky. smooth with a cooling afterfeel. overall a really subtle and tasty oktoberfest, this is a style where i don't love every beer i try and this beer is an oktoberfest that i would more than happily drink again and again.

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Photo of Bung
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. Darker than usual amber pour with a nice layer of white head. Just barely sticks to the glass.

Aroma is herbal, malt and leathery. Hint of floral/citrus hops

Taste substantially malty. There is a fair amount of bread and caramel. Some light red fruits as well. Realizing this is a good 5 or 6 months old, this has lost some hop presence in the flavor. Luckily I enjoy malty side brews. So many marzens are so mellow and bland this is a nice change anyway.

Light side of medium bodied, coats well, carbonation is level is good.

Another good one in the line of seasonals from Duck Rabbit.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.47/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic.

Pours a ruby auburn color with a thick chestnut head that quickly fades to nothing without any significant lacing.

Aroma is a rich and pleasantly balanced malty blend of toffee and caramel; nutty and sweet with slight hop bitterness.

The flavor follows the body with a predominant caramel malt body with a lingering dry, light hoppy finish but there is also a persistent buttery taste from start to finish that greatly detracts from the drinkability and flavor. Mouthfeel is full bodied with medium, assertive carbonation. Not bad, I enjoyed this more than the Bell's Oktoberfest this year, but not as much as Great Lakes.

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Photo of BranfordBound
4.06/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice extra from a trade with BucketBoy

Pours a wonderful rusty copper with a slight haze. Gorgeous rocky head forms and sticks around, leaving great lacing.

Sweet aroma of malts and even some apples in there.

Pretty strong taste, lots of malt make it sweet. Just a touch of leafy hops at the end, and even a little spice from it. Touch of apple in the middle.

Neutral mouthfeel and nice carb, typical of a marzen.

Gorgeous fall weather beer, too bad they don't go far out of NC!

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Photo of RonfromJersey
3.18/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

$2.00 single bottle from Abe's.

A darkish orange/light brown body, topped by three fingers of fuzzy off-white foam.

Toasty caramel aroma. Ok, but not highly enticing.

Caramel malt in the middle of the tongue. Toast. Needs more depth. An abundance of noble hops. Leans to the hoppy side far more than classic marzens.

Good mouthfeel. Certainly drinkable.

More malt depth and less hops please. Not bad, but not a classic interpretation. Worth a try but keep expectations low.

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Photo of Lazerlobe
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy ruddy orange pour with a off white head. First thing that hits me is the buttery sweetness, orange candies and extra sweet malts. Tangy caramel malts, toasted sugar cookie and little hop flavor.

A little harsh on the tongue at first but that settles down. Not too bad of a beer but nothing mindblowing.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.62/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass, glad to try this one.

Marzen pours your standard bronzish/copper color as per style with a off white, bordering on cream cap up top that dies, some squiggly lines on the glass that sink, no lace basically. Scents include grass, earthy hops, some grain and a touch of caramel. Tasting this I get a nice sence of earthy hops without being bitter or tropical at all, which is not a bad thing in this case. Grain, light biscuit, that about does it. Oh yeah, caramel, who could forget good ol caramel. Feel is light, crisp, refreshing, easy. I drank this quick and you should too. I did feel a bit of the alcohol afterwards so perhaps this marzen has a bit more booze than most (speculation here)

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Photo of Jayli
3.26/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Acquired from JackTheBear so a big THANK YOU goes out to him!
Poured in to a pint glass, consumed 11/12

A: This beer pours a deep murky caramel color with a 1/2 inch of khaki colored head. Head recedes immediately and leaves no lacing.

S: Nose is sweet caramel and toffee, a lot of grain comes through.

T: Taste is extremely sweet but not cloying. Caramel, toffee and hints of brown sugar. And then it just dips off - grain and breadines fill out and finish the beer.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation, a bit thin at the forefront and a rather oily finish.

D: Goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick,not a bad take on the style though I would reach for others if given the choice.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An amber colored brew with a below average foam head.Average carbonation.
A caramel malt aroma with no discernable hop bouquet.
Vienna malt I bet is in here because i taste a biscuity or cereal malt taste.
Little to nop hops maybe for balancing out the malts.
AN okay beer, I would rush out to buy this one.

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Photo of BeerAndBourbon
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A. Pours a hazy brown with orange/copper and red tones. The one finger white head dissipates to a small layer of foam with no residual lacing.

S. Almost like a slightly fruity brown ale - brown bread, dark fruit, and some toasted malt.

T. Light fruit flavor with some caramel sweetness and brown bread. As it warms an almost candy like sugar sweetness starts to come out.

M. Medium bodied with a fairly high level of biting carbonation.

D. This is by far the most unique Marzen I've encountered, but not one I'll try again.

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Photo of tempest
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single at Abe's Cold Beer. The best-by date is notched between November and December. This beer has a touch of acidity and other has a smooth bready character. There's a bit of toffee in the finish along with the slightest note of spicy hops. Maybe this needs to be fresh, but its within the best by, so I have to assume that this beer is more just easy drinking with subtle flavors. It's certainly not bad. This is a dry and drinkable amber lager, that's still fairly tasty.

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Photo of wedge
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Best by 12/10

Dark chestnut color with a small head of thick foam. Sweet, nutty toast and toffee/caramel malt aromas. Mild apple earthiness. Big caramel malt with a balancing tea-like hop bitterness. Medium bodied and a bit too lively on the tongue. Otherwise, a nicely balanced märzen that's worth looking forward to when fall rolls around.

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Photo of crossovert
2.58/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle.

It pours a bit darker and redder than the average Maerzen. The head is foamy and slightly off-white and it recedes pretty quickly, but with some decent lacing.

The smell is pretty standard, there is a hint more caramel in teh smell of this one in comparison to other maerzens.

The flavor is odd, it has an astringent bitterness ot it and some hints of chocolate. It has an odd sweetness too, It isn't very good unfortunately.

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Photo of farrago
3.99/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Finger plus of loose tan foam which disappears quickly, thin lacing without much stickiness. Autumnal red color deepened by some brown hues while more zinc orange at the rims, unblemished transparency, not many visible bubbles. Caramel, butterscotch, maple syrup soften and sweeten the nose, cherry, peach, dried apple fruit notes with freshly baked loaves of white bread with toasty crust, some granola as well, orange marmalade, kind of smells like breakfast. Medium-bodied, foams up during the mouth entry, surprises you given the absence of visible carbonation. Sweet with that toffee, butterscotch, maple syrup, milk chocolate stuff and juicy peach, apricot, cherry, red apple fruit. More scone, granola, and danish flakes than bready here, cleans up and dries out near the finish, able to refresh some as well as satisfy the sweet tooth. Still, don't think I could put down more than two of these in a row in a single sitting.

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Photo of JohnQVegas
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle into Sam Adams sensory glass.

Pours a deep red-brown, coppery 'round the edges, and quite hazy, bordering on murky. Nice two-finger light-khaki head settles into a dense, creamy cap of about 1/2 an inch within several minutes, exhibiting pretty decent retention. Lacing isn't bad either.

Nose carries a big dose of red-berry fruitiness, mild zing of acidity, and a heavy toastiness. Very light breadcrust, and a bit of caramel as well

Taste carries more of the big toastiness, certainly larger than I'm used to for the style. More red fruit, bit of previously mentioned breadcrust, fairly bready, bit nutty as well. If tasting this blind, I surely would have guessed this was an English Brown Ale, not a marzen. But, given the propensities of the brewery, I can understand why this beer is the way it is, and it certainly isn't a bad on at that. So, for those of you out there grading to style, knock a point or so off, but otherwise, not a bad try at all.

Mouthfeel is about average - medium bodied, light but sharp carbonation, bit on the sticky side for me. Little bit of sugary residue around the lips.

Drinkability is ok, but for me, doesn't approach the benchmarks of the style. Feels bigger, denser, stickier; none of which are bad, but just doesn't have the beautifully delicate balance I always look forward to.

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Photo of ncvbc
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours light copper. Smell of toasted grain, sweetness of toffee and fruit. Taste is good. Good mix of toasted malts and sweetness. Light hop presence, slight dryness in the finish. Definitely a drinkable beer. Comparable to standard versions in my book.

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Photo of ShogoKawada
3.42/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz into .5l boot, thanks, bucketboy!

A- Orangey brown with copper notes. Darker than I expected, nice sandy off-white head that's 2 fingers high and has some pretty good staying power.

S- Nice toasty, bready, and fruity malt, I was taken aback by the powerful aromas here.

T- Taste is toasty caramel with a pretty good hop bite. Sweet fruit is in the background, and a bit of earthiness comes through too. Sweetness emerges 1/2 way through and gets to be a little much.

M- Lower carbonation than expected, with a heavier body. Flavors linger, which is nice.. almost a bit of 'nouth-coating' action here.

D- Eh... I was really diggin' it at first but the sweetness crept in on the tongue and would not go away. I think I'd pass for something a bit lighter, this is a big beer.

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A:Very clear copper color with a touch of honey to it. Poured with a quarter finger of white head with decent head retention.

S: Nice caramel and toffee notes up front. Very clean fermentation. No detectable hop aroma. Little bit of wet leaves.

T: Nice clean malt profile. The Munich malt is detectable and gives it a really nice sweet toasted character. Very neutral yeast. Finishes clean with dryness as part of the taste.

M: Very dry. Carbonation is a little bit lower than I would like.

D: A very nice example of the style. I am enjoying it but it is not something I find myself reaching for sip after sip. I would recommend it as it holds up to the imports.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from tap into a sampler shaker. Poured deep orange with a half finger white head. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of malt, subtle spices, and subtle nutmeg. The flavor was of nutty, slightly sweet malt, with a pumpkin and nutmeg followthrough. It had a light feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was not a bad brew. Definitely had the big malt character as one would expect with this style. The nutmeg on the followthrough is my only complaint with this one. If it were to find itself earlier in the sip it might not be as bad but with it being the last impression of the brew, it is a little much. It also stuck to the palate well after swallowing. It is worth trying, but that is about it.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.23/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Bucketboy for the generous extra. Served in my DFH Goblet. Pours a sem-hazy mahogany (a bit dark for a Marzen), with a quarter inch, loose, off-white head that dissipates into a swirl and a dollop with a thin, bubbly band around the edges. Head refreshes with a swirl and spots of lacing are revealed during tasting. Nose is malty, with a hint of citrus, some caramel malt and a light Marzen funk. Taste is a bit off-putting and is somewhat strange and tastes a bit watery. There's also a malty, prune-like, skunky quality that is somewhat difficult to describe. Mouthfeel is light-bodied, perhaps a little thin for the style, as well as a carbonation that is a bit too lively. All and all, I found the beer a bit off and somewhat lacking for the style. Unfortunately, this is probably the worst I've had from this brewer.

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Photo of javincik
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a shaker pint

A-Pours with a 1 inch off white head. Deep amber color, a couple of shades darker than the usual German interpretations. Foam settles to a nice thin layer after a minute or so. Moderate lace and cling.

N-Somewhat muted. Bread, dough, and biscuit are prominent, with caramel and a touch of nuttiness coming through. I also detect an ever so faint presence of roast - not typical for the style.

T-Sweet malt flavors come thru first. Like the nose, bread, dough, biscuit, and toasted flavors are most noticeable. Some caramel and brown sugar along with a moderate nutty flavor (akin to a Brown ale, albeit less intense in this case) also come thru. I also detect a faint burnt grain and roast flavor-not sure this really falls within style guideline, but it works here.

M-Medium bodied, good carbonation. Finishes with a graininess and dryness that hurts the drinkability a bit IMHO.

D-Easy drinking as most Oktoberfests tend to be, although the dryness and graininess of the finish hurt that aspect a little. Still, a very solid American interpretation with some eclectic flavors, although I think it falls a bit short of the best German interpretations.

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Photo of stimulus
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass. (6 pack)

A: Pours a transparent amber with a one finger cream head.
S: Caramel, nuts, and toffee.
T: Sweet and malty with a big caramel presence and a nutty finish.
M: Light bodied and well carbonated.
D: Very drinkable, as most marzens are, and although it would be nice to see its abv, it's probably around 5.5-6% and nearly undetectable.

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