Black Noddy Lager | Buckbean Brewing Company

Black Noddy LagerBlack Noddy Lager
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by beerphilosopher on 07-13-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 86 |  Reviews: 74
Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.84/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a murky dark brown with a huge 3 inch tan head that settles to a small cap. A nice latticework of lace forms on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of roasted malt and some nutty aromas. Taste is of roasted malt, nuts, and a sour flavor. It almost reminds me of the Old English Porter from New Glarus (but not as well done). Unfortunately, the mouthfeel is a bit flat with a creamy mouthfeel. There is also a puckering quality to the sourness in the beer. Overall, this is a pretty average beer all around. I am not too sure if the sourness is supposed to be here but it kind of ruins it for me.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of brentk56
3.65/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Not bad looking as it pour a dark chocolate brown with stout-like action in the head formation department; decent stickage and some lace

Smell: Brown bread with some chocolate notes

Taste: Brown bread, up front, but a tangy, fruity aspects arrives as a surprise at mid-palate; after the swallow, the tangy flavor subsides, leaving space for the chocolate notes, though there is a bit of grainy bitterness in the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Other than the fruity elements, this is not a bad stab at the style - it is just that there are so many better examples from other brewers

Thanks, jh1982, for the opportunity

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Photo of chinchill
1.75/5  rDev -47%

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 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 ChainGangGuy
1.96/5  rDev -40.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance: Slips out a very dark brown body with a moderately-sized, light beige head.

Smell: Malty tones of caramel, honey, shaved chocolate and mild coffee with an undercurrent of soured, spoiled black currant jam dosed with licorice.

Taste: Chocolate, roast and with a vague hint of caramel. Middling sweetness. Touch of licorice. Burnt dark fruits, also some canned cherries, with a sharp noted sourness throughout. Rather unclean. Slightly earthy. Low bitterness. More of the same onward, but the repellent sourness is a deal breaker for me.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-low carbonation. Fairly smooth though.

Overall: Drain pour. Unfortunately, the soured infectious qualities deeply mar what potentially could've been a nice schwarz in a can. Better luck next time, Buckbean!

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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 BuckeyeNation
2.66/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Mahogany brown that becomes dark cranberry when backlit by the overcast morning sky outside my front window. The khaki colored head looks pretty good and is festooning the glass with fine sheets of lace that look like they'll stick. And do.

The nose is pleasant enough, though it could be more roasted malty. Granted, this isn't a stout or porter, but schwartzbiers need to deliver the goods as well. The noble hops are appreciated too, which is a surprise.

Black Noddy Lager doesn't have enough malty guts, even when taking style into account. The grain bill (what there is of it) includes Munich, caramel and honey malts. It tastes and feels like the ABV is 4.2%, not 5.2%. In addition, hints of metal and a fruit juice tang are out of place.

Flavors include watery coffee mixed with cocoa powder, a modest herbal-earthy hoppiness and a wee splash of lemon juice stored in a tin can. Warming softens the negatives without accentuating the positives. Each of the final four scores just got docked one-half point. Sorry, not impressed.

The mouthfeel is too light, as should have been obvious by now. It starts out borderline watery and gets there with ease by mid-mouthful. Since there's nothing to cushion the carbonation, it's a little on the harsh side.

A black noddy is a bird in the tern family. Noddy also means dunce, fool or simpleton. The bird seen on the can indicates that Buckbean Brewing Company meant the first definition. Unfortunately, Black Noddy Lager drinks like the beer equivalent of the second definition.

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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 TMoney2591
3.65/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Budweiser pokal.

Initially after the pour, the color appears good 'n' black, but when light is applied, a rich burnt sienna is finally visible; all the while a halo of bright head sits atop the proceedings. The smell is of lightly roasted malts, subtle chocolate, and a very light pininess. The taste downplays the chocolate and slightly waters down the malts, but this all helps to lighten the body and provide a nice, drinkable brew.

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Photo of stakem
2.49/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to huadog for the chance to try this. Poured from a 16oz can with no indication of freshness into a snifter. This brew appears a dark brown color with 2 fingers of creamy tan head that slowly recedes leaving a seriously thick coating of lacework all about the glassware. When held to the light, it displays some lighter brown and clarity through the edges.

The aroma is a bit fruity with hops and a bit of dark almost raisin scents. Some metallic and mineral quality fills out the middle of the profile and finishes a little roasty in the nose. As it warms, it picks up a bit of a twinge that might suggest sourmashing.

The taste of this brew has a peculiar sour twinge that focuses quite a bit on the metallic character with hops and a light prick of alcohol in the back. There is a mild roastiness about this brew that lingers with a touch of coffee-like flavors.

This is a medium to light bodied brew with an effervescent amount of carbonation that seems a bit excessive for the style. I found the sourness to be a bit much and really distracted from what I was expecting in the style. I could not finish the glass and would not drink this again.

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Photo of jwc215
3.6/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to jcwattsrugger for this one!

One pint can:

Pours very dark brown with a thin tan head that almost disappears. Spots of lacing stick.

The smell is of mild roasted notes, caramel, nutty, earthy (hint of grassy).

The taste is of mild roasted/smoky notes (perhaps a touch more than should be for style - more in Bohemian rather than German tradition). Caramelish, dark, and nutty maltiness balanced by subtle earthy bitterness, slightly metallic.

It is fairly smooth in a lighter side of medium body.

It has enough to make it very drinkable.

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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 DoubleJ
3.38/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nevada is just one state over from my current location, yet this is the first time I've seen a Nevada beer sold in California. After three straight nights of drainpouring, I'm hoping this will break that streak. On to the beer:

It's black with a tint of brownie brown at the edges of the glass. Good thick head on the pour, it slowly drops away. The aroma is light in firepower. There's a noticable grape hop aroma that grabs you. A touch of ground coffee makes things more exciting, plus a kiss brownies.

This black lager is a lot fruiter than I would ever expect. Smooth hop flowers all around, creating flavors of mango and tangerine. It tastes more like a fruit beer than a schwarzbier. There's a very light touch of coffee, but the color of the beer could be playing tricks with my mind. This is a "soft hop" beer all the way. A little grapey as the beer departs down the hatch. It feel nice in the mouth. A smooth, light-medium bodied feel keeps this beer going down round.

Black Noddy is black, but acts more like a fruit beer to me with those fruit flavors from the hops. A very unusual twist to a black lager in my opinion.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.63/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours mahogoney brown that some light is able to penetrate. Roughly the shade of cola. Has a big, grainy head that is offwhite. Sticks around as a cap and leaves some great lacing. Smells slightly sweet and nutty, grainy, light. The taste is a little bolder, with some nice roasty and bitter chocolate notes. Still, this is pretty lightweight stuff. The mouthfeel is smooth and a bit chalky on the finish. Not bad, but I've already got soem better options for schwarzbiers and for craft cans.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.7/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pint can,

A: Pours black with a soft white head, a lot of lace.

S: Light roast, coffee, charcoal, brown sugar. Dark malt dominates.

T: Somewhat sweet on the first sip, like a Baltic Porter light, interesting creamed coffee and roast as well. Nice flavour, though it got a little too fruity/raisiny in the end for this style IMO.

M: Quite light on the palate, thin overall feel, smooth.

D: A solid black lager overall, I'd have no problems drinking this again. Good on a cool fall night.

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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 shelby415
3/5  rDev -9.1%

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 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 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 popery
3.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can, home. My first beer from Nevada. Dark brown beer with a dissipating off-white head. The aroma is muted, but there's some nutty roasted malt character. The flavor is a bit too sweet for me. There's a weak coffee note and too much fruit, lemons, raisins. The mouthfeel is a tad thin. The beer feels smaller than 5.2% abv. It's not a bad beer, but it's disappointing for what I like about the style.

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Photo of gford217
3.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1 pint can from jh1982 poured into a tulip.

Pours almost black in the glass with deep cola brown showing through on the edges underneath a hefty light tan head that recedes to a solid collar fairly slowly leaving spots of lacing.

The aroma is dominated by light toasted dark malts with hints of caramel and smoke thrown in. There is some dark chocolate and coffee as well.

The taste is slightly different. It has the sweetness up front from the chocolate before the dark malt backbone takes over with a bit of a toasted bread character to it. The finish starts out slightly bitter, but the bitterness really gets bigger and bigger in the aftertaste. It starts to get a little bit much.

The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with good carbonation and slightly dry and toasty overall.

This is a good schwarzbier that could be even better if not for the dominant bitter through the finish. Still, I enjoyed it.

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