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:
No notes at this time.

Added by beerphilosopher on 07-13-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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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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Photo of Dubbercody
3.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Canned beer drinking fest brought the really good, the really bad and a few like this beer that fell somewhere on the good end of in between.

A few fingers of tan head that stuck around and left lace after the pour. Dark brown that smelled of chocolate. Had a bitter chocolate taste and a bit of a bitter dry feel to it that left me with a weird flavor on my tongue. Interesting beer that I liked picking up in a can format.

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

Black Noddy definitely pours dark, almost pitch in color. When held to the light it has some of those ruby red hues that you can see in a pint of Guinness. The head is a good inch of coffee colored foam that tops this one quite nicely.

The aroma is a boatload of dark roasted malt, brown bread, iced black coffee and some sweet caramel. Mostly this is toasted and roasted malt.

The first sip is surprisingly light in flavor and actually reminds me a bit of a hoppy porter. Its got a nice carbonation level that makes it quite refreshing. The dark, roasted malt flavors are definitely at the forefront but there is, like the can says, moderate hoppiness. Its got a nice bite to it that works to balance things out. Not bad, not bad at all.

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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 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 tpd975
3.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a nice nutty brown hue with a wispy tan head. No retention or lace.

S: Simple roasted malt and coffee.

T: Sort of bland. Toasted malt with cheap coffee. A hint of sweetness.

M: Thin an fizzy for the style.

D: Glad I tried it... moving on.

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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 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 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 CoolJosh
3.7/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Jh1982 for throwing this one into the trade. I've never had a Schwarzbier before, so this should be interesting.

The appearance is a murky dark brown, with some see visibility through around the top and sides. No head from pour into a pint glass. Not a Great look, not an awful look.

The smell is rather sweet, with some light chocolate and candied scents. A milky caramel also rises out of the glass to reach my nose. I'm getting a slight cascade hop presence, I don't know how strongly they'll be kicking though considering this has sat in my refrigerator for a few months.

I had low expectations and was pleasantly surprised, even taken aback after my first sip. This ain't bad. Really nice and smooth Chocolate and Caramel's display dopple bock characteristics. This is fairly creamy and thicker then expected mouthfeel. Very clean taste and finish with little complexity, but nice malt backbone with no overcooking in this area. Slight cascades in the back but they seem a little subdued. Some floral tastes really make this an interesting and easily drinkable beer. Nice work Buckbean, much better then your orange offering.

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