Black Radish Dark LagerMarch 1, 2002 Manteo, NC
Weeping Radish Brewery
Made from all natural ingredients in accordance with Reinheitsgebot of 1516, this lager comes from the first brewpub to be established in North Carolina.
Dark lager, a legendary beer type about which my mother warned me most assiduously. She, and most of her generation (mine too), thought dark beer was automatically STRONG by virtue of its color! This is a genteel beer with mellow Bavarian aromatics and a smooth malt-hop balance; quite comforting to a lover of good Munich style dark lagers. Moreover, the beer is very friendly and inviting; complete with lovely malt overtones and pleasant hop undertones. It is a nice session beer, easy to drink and relaxing too.
- Fred Eckhardt
A deep garnet-colored beer that raises a thick tan head. It is certainly quite dark―darker than German dunkels. The aroma is pleasant, light hops on top of chocolate notes. The tight interplay of roast and hops up front on the palate announces this as a version of schwarzbier, the black lager of Thuringia. The roast is light but insistent and plays through a dry, medium-bodied center to a sharp dry finish with a slight astringency. A good version of a rare beer style, very nice with a charbroiled steak or Cajun blackened chicken.
- Garrett Oliver
Very dark brown. “Black coffee with figs” aroma. Smooth. Quite full texture. Creamy, nutty maltiness. Soft, clean, gentle finish, with just a hint of balancing dryness. I might have been inclined to call it a schwarz (black) beer. A satisfying, restorative, beer. Would go well with very bitter dark chocolate. Or perhaps a mud pie.
- Michael Jackson
Fred Eckhardt lives, writes about and drinks beer in Portland, OR. He is the author of The Essentials of Beer Style and Saké.
Internationally recognized brewer and expert on traditional beer, Garrett Oliver is the brewmaster of the Brooklyn Brewery and the author of The Brewmaster's Table.
Author of Ultimate Beer, the Simon & Schuster Guide to Beer and numerous other works on drinks, Jackson has created legions of converts to fine beer.