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1554 Black Lager - New Belgium Brewing

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585 Ratings
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Ratings: 585
Reviews: 71
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.06%
Wants: 13
Gots: 187 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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: 585 | Reviews: 71
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.

Photo of ohiobeer29
2.29/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Decent black lager drinkable worth a try

Photo of VashonGuy
3.23/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A few years ago, I thought of 1554 as a real "go to" dark beer. Well, that was before I had had a lot more dark beers, and well before I ever started keeping track of what I was drinking or rating and reviewing beers.

Now, 1554 seems like nothing special. It's certainly OK. and I'm drinking all of the 6 pack I bought. But it's not as tasty as a really good lager, and not as interesting as a dark beer as any of the porters I can think of. Neither fish nor fowl. Just kind of bleh.

Photo of fishstick_pete
4.58/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Love me some new Belgium. I stick to my roots. Perfect mix of malt and freshness.

Photo of DanielMB
4.85/5  rDev +30%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

The same as the Enlightened Black Ale--and thus underrated.

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1554 Black Lager from New Belgium Brewing
84 out of 100 based on 585 ratings.