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1554 Black Lager - New Belgium Brewing

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Ratings: 614
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.06%
Wants: 12
Gots: 206 | FT: 0
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New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Euro Dark Lager |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: BeersIsTheName on 02-02-2014

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Ratings: 614 | Reviews: 75
Photo of Caj1
4.18/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I needed a change from strong hoppy beers and since it isn't porter season yet I thought I'd get the next best thing.

12 oz. glass bottle, expiration date 8/29/15. Poured into a mug. Nice caramel-colored head with excellent carbonation from what I can see. Moderate head retention but not a great deal of lacing. Color is deep copper/ruby, black when not backlit.

Smell is pretty deep and fruity with dark roasted notes, sweet bready malt, a touch of hops for earthiness. Caramel and chocolate predominate.

Taste is quite nice and better than expected since some dark lagers can be extremely underwhelming. Chocolate and some fruity esters from malt are noticeable first. A gentle hops bitterness comes up next which helps balance the more cloying fruit notes. I also notice some caramel, and roasted barley flavors round the beer out, and it finished with a rounded sweetness. It does have a coffee note but it isn't overwhelming. Big points for unexpected complexity.

Mouthfeel is very smooth and the beer has a medium body which it maintains through the finish. Not a great deal like a lager in my experience.

I so-far have not been grearly impressed by New Belgium, but this beer is actually not too bad at all for supermarket fare. I enjoyed it quite a bit and was pleasantly surprised that it had a rounded flavor profile, instead of just "light feel with brown flavor." I will pick it up again.

To good health and good beer.

Photo of KLHBB
3.42/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Nearly black with a tiny tan head. The coffee taste dominates. Good, but I'd rather drink something else.

Photo of Grupatre
3.37/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Had the smell of tomatoes but tasted a little chocolaty. Very odd but good

Photo of Gote
3.24/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It may be my fault for having a Yeungling Black & Tan before this one but it just seems to be a little lackluster compared to the rest of the fine New Belgium lineup. Don't get me wrong, it's not an awful beer but I guess I expected a little more flavor with something called a Black Lager. I wouldn't turn it down if offered one.

Photo of AndyEdgar
2.95/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Not my style maybe. Didnt care for it

Photo of rjs246
3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Not a lager fan generally, but the rediscovery of black lagers gets a big thumbs up from me.

Photo of jasonpeckins32
3.67/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours faintly close to black in color. Slight khaki colored head retention. It appears to be thin-ish.

Smells simple. Very malted (and not much else). This beer also tastes very simple. Malty, roasty, and not much else. A surprising, yet firm, smokey note in the aftertaste gives this beer a bit more character.

Resembles a stout.

Photo of RonaldWilsonReagan
3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark chocolately but surprisingly light to medium bodied. Easy drinking and smooth-finishing. This is not bad at all.

Photo of Sonofcur
4.09/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very good Black Lager that I try to keep in my fridge.

Photo of EyePeeAyBryan
4.28/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark, roasty, coffee, chocolate, crisp and f'in delicious. This beer should always be in my fridge and I can't believe it doesn't get more love.

Photo of lrbarch
4.85/5  rDev +30%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Delicious ale from New Belgium.

Photo of tjsmith910
3.43/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

i like black lagers. this wasn't bad

Photo of Dynobolt
4.42/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Nice easy drink! Love it.. Pours dark, small head, and leaves no lace behind. But also leaves no harsh after taste. Definitely drink it again!

Photo of wedge6128
3.52/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A solid good dark beer!

Photo of Beerswag
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

One of the beat beers out there to have with a good hamburger...!!!

Photo of Myotus
3.84/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours with a small, light brown head. Has a very dark brown color. Has aromas of malts, hops, and chocolate. Hops and malts are also present in taste with a slight chocolate finish.

Photo of timontheroad
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown, nearly black minimal head, little lacing. Aroma was pretty much only dark roasty malts. Taste was a bit of dark roast malt, a slight touch of chocolate. Mouthfeel was pretty light for a darker beer, didn't linger on the tongue much. Not at all a bad beer, but not great either.

Photo of eddiefontaine13
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

nice lager, medium dark, smooth coffee, and semi sweet chocolate flavor, clean smooth flavor, little after taste, relax and enjoy a few on a cold day with a close friend,

Photo of zacharrry
4.26/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had a strong craving for dark lagers after returning from the Czech Republic, so I was happy to see this on the shelves of my local Whole Foods. It's a light-body beer with notes of toffee, caramel, and roasted coffee. Perhaps sweeter than I'm familiar with, but very pleasant for stout-lovers stuck in summer weather.

Photo of Kmcmillen
3.89/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

One of the best dark lagers I have had that is for a good price.

Photo of Caveworm
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

1554 Black Lager - New Belgium Brewing, as part of the Folly pack. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, its got a two finger thick light than head with web like lacing, and a black trnaslucent body.

Smells like more savory of malts, perhaps a spot of caramel from the roasting process.

I can taste roasted, nearly chocolate-y malts, and that bit of caramel I'd mentioned above. Nothing really going on with the hops, but this is a very well balanced brew. Its not as if all of the elements I've described are the only taste you'll get with this beverage, but they are the most prevalent tasting notes I personally am picking up.

The mouthfeel here is clean and smooth. This beer doesn't linger whatsoever, surprisingly.

Overall, I'll give 1554 Black Lager - New Belgium Brewing a 4.25. If it were just a hair more savory, I would have rated this higher. It could certainly have a little more to it; then this would be phenomenal. I may or may not pick this brew up again. It was part of the Folly variety pack recently released around here (Stark County, OH) , so I honestly don't know if its available for individual sale.

Photo of Jbowmann
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Very nice I like how much

Photo of Mooslerfitness
3.35/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Not a bad beer kinda watered down with a little carbonation and some chocolate undertones

Photo of TheStepChild
4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Toffe or Caramel with Cofee and roasted barley aroma with a very light hop aroma if any.

Appearance: Pours a very clear dark brown with a light tan head. Small bubbles.

Flavor: Toffe and Chocolate and a light roast profile dominates followed by a balanced light bitterness. Chocolate and roast linger in the aftertaste and don't disappear. Finishes sweet with a medium dryness.

Mouthfeel: Medium light body with a light carbonation bite.

Overall: A very nice black lager. The roast is pleasing and balances well with the other malts. Would recommend trying if your looking for a fresh Schwarzbier in the US and you can get it just about anywhere.

Photo of carlee
5/5  rDev +34%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Black lagers are hard to come by, and New Belgium does a great job on this one. Dark in color but the mouth feel is super light.

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1554 Black Lager from New Belgium Brewing
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