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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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 yemenmocha
2.83/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Lightest "dark beer" I've ever had. Pours dark brown, almost cola-like in appearance. Light toasty nose, touch of brown sugar. . Watery body, I know swarz can be light but this is BMC-like. Very light roasted flavor on the palate... Just weak in flavor and body. Goes down like dirty water.

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Photo of TheGordianKnot
1.84/5  rDev -44.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Poured from can into pint glass...

A- Pours a translucent dark liquid/ blackish brown. Pretty large bubbly and stable khaki colored head.

S- Very sour aroma. There really isn't much recognizable in it. I bought a 4pack of these and was hoping I just had a bad can last time but it seems this is the norm. It also has a chalky aroma that is just weird... Sweet Tarts! that is what this is and I don't think a sweet tart beer sounds good

T/M- Taste is light and has a similar sweet tart sourness that was found in the aroma. The only thing that makes this remind me of a schwarz (or even just a beer for that matter) is a slight subtle roast on the finish. The beer has an astringent sting on the tongue and is just overall acidic and watery... Not a fan

O- Love a good schwarzbier but this is one of the worst if not probably the worst I have had. Will not buy again and I have 2 cans I will have to try and get through now... I didn't drainpour it so I'm not giving an F- but per style this is not a good beer.

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

This is a reasonably good schwarzbier-type, but a bit thin of character and feel, and a bit one-dimensional. It has a nice sourness but this is just about all that it really has. In my book, though it is a lot better than Buckbean's Tule Duck red ale.

Very deep red-brown, almost black, it is faintly hazy and has a big tan head steadily shrinking to a foamy ring and leaving some nice lace, so it looks good.

Aroma is slightly sour dark fruits, old prunes mostly, with old, dry dark bread and dust. It's a bit like a schwarzbier or porter version of their Tule Duck aroma but better.

Taste is better with a sour winey-prune character mostly, plus hints of dark toasted barley and chocolate. It is mostly sour with faint sweetness and faint sharp bitterness. It has nothing else and the feel and body are very thin. That said, what character it has holds up reasonably well and the sourness playing off the hints of roastiness and chocolate is a nice touch.

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Photo of chumba526
2.46/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appears black with a nice thick brown head.

It smells oddly sour. I get a mild chocolate like flavor and a bit of an odd spice like smell.

It tastes initially sour and not sour in a good way. I get a mild chocolate like flavor and a bit of a strange dark fruit flavor. I also get a bit of a nice nutty flavor and a bit of a spicy flavor. Initially the sourness of the beer repulsed me but it eventually grew on me.

High carbonation with a bit of a crisp mouthfeel.

The drinkability is ok I can drink this beer but I do not want another glass.

Overall a very weird sour Schwartz bier that is not that traditional or good in my opinion.

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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 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 neorunner
2.8/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Blind Beer #8 -

Thanks to Flexabull for sending me this beer in Round 3 of the Blind Beer BIF.

Pounder can with pint marked on the paper. Going for my Long Trail glass as it should give me enough space. Appearance is dirty brown with a thin head that had little persistance. Aroma is of kilned malt and roasty-ness. Smell wise I'm thinking a Brown or Porter.

Flavor is bitter and not overly robust. Carbonation is very effervescent on the tongue and maybe the CO2 is leading to some of that bitterness. Doubful of porter at this point. Body is fairly light and mouthfeel is wet and quenching, but a slight residual dryness on the front sides of your tongue. Not sure on the flavor, I feel like I'm tasting a metalic flavor (it did come in a can), one similar to sucking on a piece of wire or sticking your tongue on a 9V battery to check it.

Well, this is an interesting twist. The can is Buckbean Brewing Co. Black Noddy Lager. A Schwarzbier. Judging to style it still seems a bit unbalanced, but I can see what they were trying to do.

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