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

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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Reviews: 74 | Ratings: 86
Photo of bbb099
2.86/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a goblet from a can.

A: Pours with a light tan colored head and though it disappeared quite quickly, there is some lacing. Color is almost completely black with tint of browness when viewed from the top. Resembles a darker coca-cola.

S: Weak smell of roasted malt. I sensed no hops.

T: It tastes mostly of black malt at first sip but was tart inside the mouth and goes down a little sour.

M: Light to medium body. Average carbonation.

D: It is a little on the watery side and the tartness was overwhelming.

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Photo of gjoker321
2.24/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from can into german style handled stein. After review I wonder about the storage and handling of this beer prior to review. I would love to try again if I got the chance! These are not brewing flaws but handling and MAYBE packaging.

Appearance: Black with brown highlights. one fingerbreadth light brown head of mostly tight bubbles. Hard to discern clarity in this vessel.

Aroma: Initially some light pineapple and apple notes with a peculiar cinnamon quality (all very faint and quickly waft off). Hints of sweet, dark chocolate malt notes as warms. There is a certain pineapple sweetness to this that reminds me of a brett nose.

Flavor: Big pineapple and cooked-cherry notes up front with an aftertaste of wet cardboard (prob oxidized). Some light American 2-row malt notes to follow. No noticeable hop flavor but hard to taste much beyond what is noted. What might be hop tangy-strawberry in the finish, hard to tell.

Mouth feel: Acidic astringency in finish felt throughout tongue.

Overall: This might have once been a very clean lager but it suffers at this point from some oxidation and possible infection issues. I bought it in Tennessee and it was made in Nevada so that could be an issue. The code "9 04 22A1BX" was printed on the side whatever that means (could this been possible be from 9/04?) and "3A" was on the bottom.

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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 BeerAndBourbon
2.71/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A. Pours a very dark black with a two finger tan head with a touch of lacing.

S. Lightly roasted malt.

T. Lightly roasted malt with a bit of sweetness and a bit or tartness - not too much going on here.

M. Very thin with a high level of carbonation.

D. Eh. One of my least impressive can experiences.

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

From a pint can with no dating evident. Poured into a pilsner glass, this beer is very dark - black with just a little brown visible on the edges when held to light. Had about a finger of tan head; lacing was fair.

Aroma was a moderate level of roasted malts, but there was also something that smelled slightly of chemicals and was unpleasant. The taste was a medium amount of bitterness from the roasted malt. Mouthfeel has a moderate level of carbonation and left a bitter aftertaste.

I thought this was an OK beer, but I've had other schwarzbiers I thought did a much better interpretation of the style.

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

Sampled at the brewery taproom and several cans over the next week at North Lake Tahoe: This is a beer that presents a lot at first glance and manages to follow through on some if not most of it. The appearance in the pint glass is thick and impervious to light with a strong tannish head. The smell is of light smokiness and charred embers. The taste is less than the color and aroma would impress upon you. Some body and palate pleasing organic oomph, but much less than anticipated. The mouthfeel is a little thinner than ideal or expected, but for a schwarzbier not inappropriate for the style. An interesting interpretation on a black lager/schwarzbier and easily sessionable. Tasted several of their beers on my honeymoon and enjoyed them all, some more than others.

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Photo of Phelps
2.52/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Looks: pours a deep cola brown, almost completely opaque, although a hold to a light does reveal some cherry hues. A pretty vigorous pour doesn't beget much film; just a dirty blonde film.

Smells: fruitier than expected. It's interesting and sweet, with notes of chocolate, dark cherries, char and grape juice.

Tastes: ephemeral. The flavor has an interesting watery, transient quality. You think more will be there than there is. A strange dark fruit tang, some dark chocolate, some burnt wood. A pleasant toasty bread flavor builds after the swallow. Sadly, the odd tanginess becomes more noticeable after each sip as well.

Feels: frothy. Medium carbonation, medium-light body. Insubstantial, but not outside style parameters.

Drinks: might be better if kept very cold. As it is, something strange is happening with the malt.

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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 htomsirveaux
3.12/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16 oz. can tried 28 Apr 2010.

Poured this in a Seabright mug. Hughe brown foamy head. Very dark brown color. Smells soapy, smoky and sweet/sour. Tart, some coffee, hint of smoke. Sour-fruity. Sweet sour finish with a lightly smoky aftertaste. Light body, mild ethanol.

Pretty average overall.

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Photo of dewalt
3.53/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Black Noddy Lager is traditional Bavarian Schwarzbier, deep dark brown in color with a nice tan head. It smells of coffee, roast malt, and molasses. The taste is sweeter than I expected, balanced by earthy grains, with notes of chocolate and nuts. It's a little thin, and a little too bubbly. But ultimately it's quite nice and drinkable.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.68/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can served slightly chilled into shaker. Nice looking beer,darker brown, with red highlights, large creamy,thick tan head. Nice bready,coffeeish aroams, , some nuts too. OK Good bitter ,fruity taste, slight hops, then more esspresso coffee, nuts and dark chocolate. Liked the palate on this , very easy across the tongue but not really thin. Overall i really enjoyed this one. I have to declare this a nice Schwarz.

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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 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 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 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 DousedInStout
2.09/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

A black lager in a can?! Yes, please...Pours an ashy black with tan head. And that, unfortunately, about sums up the highlight. The nose is raunchy - an abundance of DMS brings out stewed vegetables (namely celery and cabbage). The taste has some roastedness, but a metallic tinge overtakes all real flavor. The carbonation is adequate. I'm not sure how old this can was (no date), but it was purchased from the cooler in a high quality liquor shop, so I can only assume this beer became flawed in the brewing process.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 beerwolf77
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I stopped by Lee's dicount liquor while in Vegas and found this one.

Poured into my pint glass the beer is dark brown almost black with blood red edges when held to the light. The mocha colored head is very light and soapy. Not much lace to be had.

The aroma is dark fruits and sweet malt. Some hops and a bit of a sour funk.

The flavor a mix of raisins, sour cherries, coffee, smoked malt, and a hint of cocoa.

Medium to light body. Light carbonation. Fairly slick.

Overall maybe not worth the chasing around that i did to get it but a decent black beer. A easy session beer for sure.

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