Black Noddy Lager | Buckbean Brewing Company

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Black Noddy LagerBlack Noddy Lager

Brewed by:
Buckbean Brewing Company
Nevada, United States

Style: Schwarzbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by beerphilosopher on 07-13-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 86 |  Reviews: 74
Reviews by goatgoat:
Photo of goatgoat
3.06/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint. Color is a slightly hazy black with garnet highlights. Big frothy tan head that leaves a sticky lace. Aroma has some breadiness, light roasted character, but there's an odd fresh light character. Taste is non-specific roastedness, with an odd/off bitterness that lingers.

This just isn't giving me the roasted, light drinking experience I expect from the style.

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Photo of oberon
2.71/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into my Kulmbacher schwarzbier glass a deep dark brown with ruby highlights coming thru,a thinner but well retained beige colored head atop.Aromas are really light mainly some dark chocolate and a passing shot of caramel.Like many have stated its thin and lacks body,for a beer this style there should be a hefty malt base.Lightly sweet with brown sugar and caramel overtop of unsweetened chocolate.It lacks in almost every category and I didnt finish my glass,hence the low rating.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.2/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. II Issue IX:

As expected, this black lager pours black with dark brown corners and a thin, creamy tan head that drops to a thin lace. Roasty in the nose with a faint chocolate note and malted undertones. Crisp carbonation, smooth and creamy, with a firm body. More roasty in the flavor up front, with a mild edge of acrid astringency that plays well with the carbonation. Malty, with a nice base of sweetness that pushes back on the beer's dry core, along with some complex chocolate, coffee grinds, malted milk balls and cookie dough. Chocolate notes linger in the finish, which has some bready suggestions and a growing dryness.

A most excellent Schwarzbier with a ton of flavor. In a can? Even more excellent.

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Photo of smc143
2.86/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

The Buckbean Brewing Company sent me some free beer. So I definitely owe a review. I also received a large "media kit," aka a folder full of official propaganda on the company. The gist of it was that people who adore beer start their own brewery, and decide that cans are much better for the environment. Probably cheaper too. They seem to only brew two styles/flavors of beer, and I got 2 of each. I reviewed them with my husband and a friend.

The Black Noddy Lager was poured into a pint glass & was suprisingly dark for a lager. I KNOW it has Black in the name, but it reminded us of a Coke pouring out of the can. It smelled like dark caramel mixed with licorice. The mouthfeel was interesting, because due to the dark color, everyone expected it to be thick, but it is not. Very smooth, however. The taste was the great divider. It tasted like malts, and licorice. The after taste was odd and lingering, almost like Good & Plentys. The husband liked it, I thought the after taste was a little too chemical for me, and friend despised it, being a non-fan of licorice in any form. Anything dark & chock full of flavor like this works better for me when it is cooler out. The end of August wasn't probably the best time of year to try this one on for size, but all in all, it was still pretty tasty.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours brown, not a thick brown, but kind of a thin brown. Interesting taste, better than expected, a variery of flavors identifiable.

Didn't expect much, but a good hop linger is left afterwards. Hints of coffee, vanilla? and maybe a tiny bit of brown sugar?

Good product, but would like to see Buckbean do a little more conventional brew in a can as well (pale/ipa/pils)

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Photo of chinchill
1.75/5  rDev -47%

Photo of MrVonzipper
2.63/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark brown but pitch black in the glass. Light unable to penetrate. Foamy tan head with low retention and no lacing.

Notes of bourbon and or rum barrel, dark cherry, bitter chocolate and sweet and sour notes on the nose.

Flavor is pretty far from the nose. There is a weird unpleasant bitter/sourness up front with a slight transition to a slight woody and chocolatey stout-like finish.

Mouthfeel is not that nice. Dry, tart and a little chalky. Medium carbonation.

Overall this beer is pretty much an unpleasant mess. I've contemplated a drainpour through the whole thing after my review. Still haven't made up my mind.

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.23/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this brewery's Orange Blossom thing and thought it was terrible, so who knows why I picked this one up. I guess I think any brewery deserves a second chance. So...

Pour is really nice, a burnt reddish caramel brown, with a very firm and fluffy light tan head.

With the aroma, I'm reminded more of a standard English brown ale than a schwarzbier...very nutty, a little sweet. Almost candy-like or sweet cream-like vibe, with that vibrant nuttiness in the center. I quite like the smell, it just doesn't smell like a schwarzbier.

Flavor is really more of the same from the aroma...quite nutty and also gently sweet. Toasty and roasty but not overdone in that area. Some citrus attempt to budge in, and it seems out of place. Simple and not very complex, and while decent kind of falls flat in the finish...or lack of any real finish. Ends with a dead mineral vibe, and that's about it.

Soft feel generally, as the carbonation tries to peek through and makes its way onto the tongue a bit, but is kept back by a more dominant creaminess.

Hey, this is not a bad beer, but it doesn't really taste like a schwarzbier to me, and happens to be least impressive where it counts most (taste). Might just pass on the next Buckbean beer I come across...

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Photo of jh1982
4/5  rDev +21.2%

Photo of augustgarage
3.49/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a pint can into pilsner glass.

Auburn body which glows a burnt umber when held to the light. a thick billowing light khaki finger of foam persits for an impressively long time. Marvelous lacing too.

Rustic smell, a bit "dusty" with a touch of diacetyl, but beneath that there are pleasant light roast coffee, toasted cocoa, and sweet cream notes along with a faint hint of cheap tobacco.

Roast malt, hazlenuts, leaves, a mild lactic acidity on the palate. Faintly earthy hops with low bitterness. Toasty, lightly smokey, grainy lager finish. Maybe a hint of iron from the water used for brewing. A little undefinable fruit-like taste as well. The flavor profile could be better integrated though this is enjoyable enough for what it is.

Moderate carbonation, and a bit of astringecy; fairly light-bodied.

A workable lager, but I doubt I would pick it up again given the number of superior alternatives on the shelves here.

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Photo of MiScusi
4.25/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Looks cola-black in the glass, when pouring the liquid looks like a somewhat clear dark brown and reddish (like cola). Head is light tan, retention is ok.

S- just a bit of roast. Almost similar to a porter that comes in more on the roasty side.

T= mostly a light roasted feel with a nice barely sweet maltiness to it. Adds just enough to balance out the roasted/coffee type flavor. Really a nice balance, makes it pretty easily drinkable.

M- On the lighter side- good. Maybe toeing the line for medium body, but not all the way there. Thought it was perfect for my tastes.

D- This might be the 2nd or 3rd time I've ever had a schwarzbier, so I don't get many opportunities. This was really good, and I thought they kept the roastiness balanced out just enough to make it quaffable like a lager should be.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.28/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16 oz can into a pint glass.

Pours deep dark brown, with nearly 2 fingers of light mocha colored head. Retains with a thin, yet rich look, leaving some heavy sticking froth behind. The aroma is dark and roasty smelling, with an underlying tang to it of sweet malts and citrus. Some floral hops gives this a bit of freshness in the nose.

The taste is dry and roasty with some backing sweet notes of chocolate and bread. Some spicy hops lays a tight tingle of bitterness on the tongue. I am getting some of that tartness that other reviewers have noticed but it mostly seems to be coming from the earthy citric character that is present. Just a LOT of dryness here overall from the hops and roast. The mouthfeel is lighter-medium bodied, with a relatively sharp feel but a good bit of thinness to the body in spots. At least this makes it relatively easy feeling in the mouth.

This was rather strange for a Schwarzbier, with way too much roasted malt presence to it that almost made it come off like a Dry Irish Stout at times. The lightness of the body hurt a bit as well. Not necessarily a bad quaff here or anything but this just isn't up to snuff for the style.

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Photo of digitalczech
3.34/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - This beer poured dark... but looked really muddy. It's unfiltered but a bit to chunky almost.

S - It has decent malt to it. Not bad.

T - It's a pretty tasty beer. Chocolate and Coffee in there for sure. There was some sourness that caught me off guard. This beer needs to be paired with food for sure.

M - Too much CO2. I think it was over carbonated. It was otherwise a pretty light beer.

D - It is a drinkable beer. It's not too filling and seems to go down pretty easy. Again, paired with food it's extremely drinkable.

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Photo of Bung
3.7/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16 oz. Buyers remorse immediately after reading below here. Lets see...Poured into the Guiness imperial pint. Light black, brown around and a thin layer of white.

Aroma has a good amount of chocolate and peaty malt.

Taste matches. Malty, some chocolate and quite a bit of peatiness. Finishes with a light toast and chocolate. Pretty well done.

Heavy side of light, enough carbonation. Drank similarly to the Full Sail Session Black.

I grab multiples of almost every Schwarz I find since I really seem to enjoy them.
Expectations were extreamly low, maybe I got a different batch or just got lucky. I will say of the four cans one was lacking moreso. Variations with the canning? I was very satisfied with mine.

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Photo of tone77
3.57/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a black color with a small head. Smell is full of roasted malts, there is a liitle drool coming from my mouth. Taste is good, although milder than the smell, roasted malts with a touch of bitterness at the finish. Feels light in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall a good quality beer.

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Photo of stampfler07
4/5  rDev +21.2%

Photo of GrandpaGeorg
4.3/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark, ruby black in the glass with decent gray/tan head that laced nicely. Rich roasted (but not smoky) malt in the nose. Initial taste is surprisingly balanced, roasted malt, smooth lager and a hint of bitterness that rests on the tongue and invites you to drink more. Perhaps a touch one dimensional, but that is also one of its strengths. It was consistently drinkable and enjoyable from first sip to last (even slightly warm) in the bottom of the glass. Cans are great at preserving taste, too. This was no exception. Flavor profile was amazingly fresh for something shipped clear across the country. Glad I saw it in the Carrolltown Liquors refrigerator case tonight.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.17/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

16 oz can poured into a Pilsner glass. 5.2% ABV, no date.

Knowing how much of a pain it was for the purveyor of this beer, Beerwolf77, to get this beer, I really hope to enjoy it.

A - Always nice to pour from a can, the color is a very dark mahogany brown and clear. This beer has good head formation with two-fingers worth of light tan, dense foam dropping slowly. Bits of lacing left here and there.

S - Very small hints at a light metallic aroma come and go around the dark malt nose. The thing about the aroma that worries me is the chlorophenolic, band-aid-like smell I'm picking up in this. Maybe it's from a smoky malt or improper water filtration, but it's not so appealing. In fact, the more I try and drink it [later on] the more I'm disgusted by it.

T - Thankfully the chlorophenols aren't very present in the flavor, but it doesn't fix the beer. The taste has a dry roasted malt flavor that seems to possibly have been over-roasted. he real flavor of beer is thin in this one. A light and unfitting hop flavor comes in too and is finished out by a hint of band-aids, some cooked corn, and a little bit of metal.

M - The beer is medium-bodied feeling with a richness to it that doesn't contribute to the flavor. The finish is dry and lingers for a while (unfortunately).

D - I wouldn't ever want this again. It's too bad knowing what Todd went through to get this to have it turn out so bad for me. I'll be pouring this out rather than subject myself to a liquid band-aid.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.83/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to a kind trader who sent me a great selection of his local Nevada brews. This was the first of the selection I was to try. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 12/31/2008.

A very nice, rich dark brown pour with a nice light puff of head on top. Nice gradual sinking of this led to some modest lacing on the sides of the glass and a light broken crown across the top.

Nice roasted malts in the smell, hints of a campfire like peat, but really was too light for the style. The earthy grains made up the majority of the aroma along with a nice caramel touch. The flavor was nice. Clean, sharp, nothing too terribly strong at all. Rich malted grain, like smoke in the finish and a smooth, medium consistent feel. Not bad at all. Very drinkable and an easy little afternoon session beer.

Overall not a bad introduction to Nevada beers. I would not mind having this one again at all, and if it were local, would probably get a nice spot in the fridge.

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Photo of jeffjeff1
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up in Washoe City on the way to Carson City.

Appearance- dark brown colr, nice head, nice lacing

Smell- malty, nice aroma

Taste- sweet malt, little bit of chocolate

Mouthfeel- light to medium bodied

Drinkability- pretty good, I would drink it again

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Photo of djeucalyptus
3.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a nice dark brown, near black, with caramel highlights. a fair half-finger head fizzles away and leaves good webby lacing.

aroma is malt forward with caramel notes. grassy, woody, sweet and roasty.

taste is malty and smooth, with a good bit of citrusy hop bitterness. almost a touch funky... citrusy astringency... extreme roast? or just acrid? not sure... but it's subtle, and is quite possibly just the heavy roastiness.

mouth is decent with ample, if not a touch strong, carbonation. smooth, a hint of hop slickness lingers... along with a tart astringency that seems a touch out of place.

all in all, an interesting schwarz. not one I'd necessarily want more of, nor one I would buy again, but I'm certainly glad I gave it a shot. not the worst drinking brew I've had.

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Photo of vacax
2.91/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Pint can. Brown beer while it pours, black inside of the glass. Quite a hefty head, nearly two fingers of dense foam to contend with. Decent retention/lace. Aroma is minimal, but what exists is some lightly roasty malts, touch of hops, and a decent amount of fruits. Once I taste it the fruitiness of the nose turns out to be a tartness that is way out of style, an off-flavor. Tart with bready malts, light hoppiness, and a roasty malty finish. Nice silky body with a tempered level of creamy carbonation works quite nicely. This would be quite tasty if there wasn't the slight sourness to it throwing it all out of wack.

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Photo of Tlomp11
4.46/5  rDev +35.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I had this beer after a long work day. I enjoyed it at The Blind Onion, on tap. Man was I surprised. She (bartender) offered a taste, liked it, ordered it, had another. Am going to Sparks tomorrow, looking forward to another pint or two.

It looks dark but has a light almost watery mouth feel.

Loved the coffee tones.

Smooth and not heavy.

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Photo of Cinderbike
4/5  rDev +21.2%

Photo of daliandragon
4.05/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I like sixteen ounce cans, or tall boys, and almost always pick up a sample of ones I haven't seen before, especially if I can snag a single. I'm not sure precisely why, I just do. Black Noddy pours a mostly jet black with little head. There are tiny glimmers of brown at the top and bottom but I'm content to call this "black". Nose is interesting, with roasted malt and a slight hint of dark fruit.

For me, a schwarzbier must have a smooth body and finish above all else, and this one does. The flavors are solid yet unspectacular but it glides down silk and easy, which is worth big points. Chocolate and licorice flavors help along the roasted and toasted. While not mind blowing, his is an extremely serviceable black lager. I can see this as a spring seasonal but would be happy to bang it back more or less year round.

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Black Noddy Lager from Buckbean Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.3 out of 5 with 86 ratings