Black Noddy Lager | Buckbean Brewing Company

86 Ratings
Black Noddy LagerBlack Noddy Lager

Brewed by:
Buckbean Brewing Company
Nevada, United States

Style: Schwarzbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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
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 rayjay
4.32/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

My first Buckbean beer. I'm a sucker for craft beer in cans.

This is a great beer in a can, and it's hard to find anything I don't like about it. Very refreshing, perfect amount of hops, specialties, and residual sugars.

Pours black like it should. Head retention could be better, and carbonation is low (which I like).

Notes of chocolate malt, not too much but enough to notice. Just a bit of firm bitterness perfectly balances the sweetness of the malt. Although it's a lager, I'm having trouble detecting diacetyl (a good thing).

Mouthfeel is very light. Reminiscant of a porter, but with less dark malt notes and a slightly drier finish.

This is one of my favorite styles and they nailed it. Very refreshing summer quaff. A great session beer.

Great to see them tackle this rare style. Cheers to Buckbean Brewing!

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Photo of tugdriver7
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 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 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 flexabull
4.15/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at a local watering hole. Very cool that we are getting beers like this here in far Northern California.

Pours a very dark brown color with a decent white head. Beer looks a little cloudy, like it's unfiltered.

Aromas are nutty, chocolate like, and a bit bready.

Taste is similar to the nose. Some roasted malts, chocolate, nuts, and dark breads. There is also a general malty sweetness, and a light mineral crisp hop bite on the finish. This is a pretty flavorful lager.

Mouthfeel is quite good, very full and well rounded, but not too heavy.

Drinkability is excellent. This is a very tasty and full flavored lager, that isn't too heavy or with too much alcohol. This is very sessionable, I'd love to take a few of these backpacking this summer...

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Photo of walshclimb
4.12/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep dark brown, almost black with a thin tan head that leaves a little lace. Aroma of roasted malt, a little earthy with a a hint of sourness. Very good full flavor of roasted malt, caramel, and just a little bitterness. The flavors continue into the aftertaste without much contrast, basically roasted malt. Medium bodied , whole mouth coating and nicely carbonated mouthfeel. Very drinkable. I am glad they put this in a can. It is a good, unique beer that is thinner than a porter but still has plenty of the flavors in that direction. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of aforbes10
4.12/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a scarlet hue. Short light brown head falls off after a while. No real lacing to speak of. Fairly large roasted malt aroma with a touch of chocolate. On my first sip, i exclaimed "wait, is this a porter?" and grabbed the can. Nope. It's a lager, or so they say, but this is the first schwarzbier i've had that has such a strong roasted and chocolate flavor with even a hint of dark fruit notes. I'm going to go ahead and take the brewers at their word on this one, and also say that if it is a black lager, im really impressed by their interpretation. Medium bodied. Very tasty, in the way a tasty porter would be.

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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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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.05/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can poured into a Pint glass.

A - Pours a dark brown, almost cola like with a thin tan head that quickly fades to the edges.

S - Roasted malts, coffee, malty.

T - Hoppy, almost citrusy - orange zest, slight coffee.

D - Lots of carbonation, medium body.

O - Smell is stout-like, but the taste is more hoppy, unique and nice.

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Photo of jh1982
4/5  rDev +21.2%

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4/5  rDev +21.2%

Photo of Cinderbike
4/5  rDev +21.2%

Photo of tmoneyba
4/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can shared by alexsda06.

Poured a dark brown color with an average creamy brown head that was mostly lasting and produced good lacing. Moderate roasted malt and bread aroma. Medium body with a dry smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium roasted bittersweet flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration.

Sold brew.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.9/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

You CAN always trade with me if you have something in a CAN which I have not reviewed.

From the CAN: "A traditional Schwarzbierwith a rich, smooth malt flavor, black color and medium body. The mild roastiness and malt complexity is perfectly balanced with a moderate hoppiness for an exceptionally clean finish."

I got a finger of mocha-tan head with decent retention off of the pour. Color was a deep, dark brown with cola-color highlights around the edges and at the bottom of the glass. Nose had a chocolaty sweetness. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, not quite creamy, but getting there. It was very chocolaty on the tongue, kind of a malted milk ball flavor. Finish had an odd dryness, but it was still very chocolaty overall. I am less of a chocolate/sweet person than salty/bitter, so this was less intriguing to me than it might be to others.

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Photo of Naugros
3.89/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this into my Aventinus glass because...well...I have one and I like any opportunity to use it. This is a schwarzbier, after all.

The head wasn't all that tall on this but it had decent retention and left nice lacing. "Black" Noddy is not accurate though. It's a "Dark Brown Noddy" if you ask me, but unless you pour into something with a narrow stem, like an Aventinus glass, you may not notice. In which case it will be close to it is in the bowl of the Aventinus glass.

I immediately get some roasty chocolate and tropical fruit in the nose...didn't expect that wafting up from my Aventinus glass. There is also what appears a nutty element to this. A really wonderful collaboration of odors that lend their enjoyment to my nostrils.

If only the taste delivered what the wonderful odors coming from my Aventinus glass promised. So much of your taste comes from your sense of smell, but this just doesn't transfer. It tastes really thin despite having a medium body and that's because it's a bit thin on taste. I'm going to let it sit in the Aventinus glass a while and warm up and see if the flavors wake up. And yes, as I suspected, the chill on the beer killed some of the flavor. After warming, there is some nice roasted maltiness, but the chocolate is mostly mitigated...and very little fruit. However, the warming up did bring out some nice floral hops. It's still not as tasty as the smell would lead you to believe.

It does have a medium body that drives toward creaminess if allowed to warm up a bit. Do not drink this cold...treat it like a porter and you will be rewarded. There's a slight sourness that leaves some tingle on the tongue. Not sure where that would have come from.

It's still not worthy of the Aventinus glass but, if you hadn't noticed, I really like my Aventinus glass.

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Photo of Deuane
3.85/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Certainly my first Schwarzbier from a can!

A-Dirty black/brown with dark roasted chestnut highlights. A thin, creamy tan head reduces to a thin cap and leaves spotty lace.

S-Mild roast in the nose with a touch of chocolate note and coffee.

T-Quite roasty up front with a subtle sour mash twang and a bit of malt sweetness that balances out the dry finish. Accenting notes of dark cocoa, French roast coffee and toasted, almost burnt, biscuit.

M-Medium-light to medium bodied with a nice sharp profile and good lingering flavours along with that woody dry finish.

D-Schwarzbiers do not attempt to blow your palate out of the water but more massage them with flavour. This one is no different. A well done, flavourful and thoroughly enjoyable black lager from A CAN! A nicely done job by the folks at Buckbean,

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Photo of chickencoop
3.85/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at a beerfest in SF, seen it all over town but finally having one, by the way, the brewery people seemed really great.
Poured a deep dark almost black, with a frothy tan head. Smell was big sweet malts. Taste was what you'd expect from this style of beer, malty, kind of metalic, but not off putting. This is one of the better schwarbiers i've had in the US, but i've really only had a few from Texas, but anyway this has more taste and is a good representation of the style, good stuff.

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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 beerphilosopher
3.8/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is the 2nd of two beers sampled from Buckbean Brewing Company in Reno, Nevada. The first was the Original Orange Blossom Ale. As my review points out, I wanted to like this beer but just couldn't get past its shortcomings. Black Noddy Lager, on the other hand, is a fine example of an American-made schwarzbier in every respect. The beer pours a rich onyx color with subtle ruby highlights in the light. A massive two-finger head of light chocolate rises from the pub glass and lingers long after the pour. Rings of lacing line the glass as the tight, foamy head subsides slowly. The nose is a pleasant balance of roasted malts, dark coffee beans and bitter chocolate with a nice nutty character breaking through the bolder notes, inviting me to lift the glass again. And lift, I did. The flavors are consistent with the nose in most every respect. Well balanced roasted malts combine with the dry bitterness of the hops to give the impression of black coffee and dark, bakers chocolate. The nutty character is here as well, offering a rich yet moderate flavor profile. Nothing intense or over the top here, but there doesn't have to be. The mouth feel is on the thin side, but doesn't come across as too thin to support the afore-mentioned flavors. Ample carbonation give this beer a terrificly smooth, almost creamy mouth feel that is, in my opinion, this beer's strongest asset. The finish is dry and clean with only a slight residual hint of nuttiness. I find this beer from Buckbean to be infinitely better than their Orange Blossom ale and well worth trying if you can get it. Nothing groundbreaking, but a darn good representation of the style they were going after. Just goes to show you ... never judge a brewery by one beer. This beer is very good and flavorful enough that die-hard porter fans would enjoy this one as well, lager or no.

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Photo of ChugginOil
3.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A dark rusty mahogany color that has an inch of tan head. There is a decent amount of rostiness in the nose. Some lager yeast and coffee linger in the background. The taste is alright. Some roastiness and leather make for a nice taste that finishes with a wheat taste that lingers. A bit of tobacco as well. Ample carbonation, with a light-medium mouthfeel that is pretty enjoyable. Overall, this is a decent lager that has some tasty qualities. However, most of the characteristics are mellow and fairly subtle. Some more boldness would do this brew some good.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of litheum94
3.73/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16 oz can. No bottling dates.

Deep, black. Completely opaque. Tan head, thick and dense, but it dissipates quickly, leaving a thin cover.

Aromas of robust, black malts with strong tones of roasted coffee. Figs sweeten it up, with some citric hops. There's a touch of sharpness on the nose, almost metallic. May be from the hops.

Muted flavors at first, with vague tones of black malts and dark fruits. Leads into roasted coffee flavors mid-palate. Lemony citrus tang on the finish gives this a bright feeling. Light body for a dark beer, and somewhat creamy.

The hops make this taste almost like a CDA, and I enjoyed this beer because of this. It was better than I expected, especially because I got it on clearance. This is a good example that good beer can come in a can.

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Photo of GallowsThief
3.72/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a pint can into my Duvel tulip.

A – Poured out a dark brown with just about a half finger of off white/tan brown head.

S – Caramel, toffee and brown sugar. Sweet and fragrant.

T – Faint taste of caramel comes through and just barely a hint of the sweetness in the nose. Roasty malt flavors. Bitter close to the finish. Nutty.

M – Medium bodied and medium carbonation. Thin feel.

O – Nose on this brew is very good but the taste lacks a bit. What threw this one off an A for me was that it finishes watery. It has nice flavors but the finish really makes you forget some of it. Remove that and it’s a really solid brew.

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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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Black Noddy Lager from Buckbean Brewing Company
3.3 out of 5 based on 86 ratings.
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