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:
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Added by beerphilosopher on 07-13-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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

Poured into a Guinness pint glass. Whoops, looks like I used the wrong glassware.

Appearance: Body is dark brown with amber highlights, and head is paper-thin and khaki-colored.

Smell: Black malts, lager yeast, and a sweetness resembling berries.

Taste: Lots of roasted (black) malts, lager yeast, and black coffee. Finishes crisp and dry with some mild, sweet, hops.

Mouthfeel: Sturdy malt backbone provides a somewhat creamy feel. Medium in body. Some spiciness kicks in toward the end and adds to the crisp, dry finish.

Drinkability: I'm not a big Schwarzbier guy, so this was a difficult one to judge. Not bad I suppose. Definitely an easy drink.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
2.97/5  rDev -10%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hooray for cans! Actually, this can looks more like an energy drink than a beer. Pours a mahogany color with a thin, mud brown head that instantly vanishes. Shouldn't a black lager, black?

Smell is faint and of dark malt and licorice.

Smooth dark malt taste with licorice and a wood hop balance. Nonexistant carbonation.

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Photo of bunnyhustle
3.69/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Gotta love a good beer in a can! Pours virtually dark but technically I would say this is a super-mega-dark-brown. 1 finger mocha head with virtually no retention or lacing. Smell is nice. A nice blend of burnt grain, slight coffee, some dark chocolate and what almost seems like a hint of smoke. Taste was good, but a little bland. It was better warmer when I could taste the toasted grain, bakers chocolate, and the slightest bitterness at the end. A very light beer that I found to be somewhat watery. Overall a good beer and an easy drinker. I was impressed for a Nevada beer, we dont have too many to call our own out here.

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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 kirok1999
3.53/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice black with just a hint of lace and head.
Smells somewhat sweet, a bit of dark malt.
Taste is of mild dark malt. Somewhat woody, slightly sweet, smooth with a tight carbonation.
Feels a bit thin but somewhat typical of a lager.
Not a bad lager at all.

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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 smc143
2.86/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

The Buckbean Brewing Company sent me some free beer. So I definitely owe a review. I also received a large "media kit," aka a folder full of official propaganda on the company. The gist of it was that people who adore beer start their own brewery, and decide that cans are much better for the environment. Probably cheaper too. They seem to only brew two styles/flavors of beer, and I got 2 of each. I reviewed them with my husband and a friend.

The Black Noddy Lager was poured into a pint glass & was suprisingly dark for a lager. I KNOW it has Black in the name, but it reminded us of a Coke pouring out of the can. It smelled like dark caramel mixed with licorice. The mouthfeel was interesting, because due to the dark color, everyone expected it to be thick, but it is not. Very smooth, however. The taste was the great divider. It tasted like malts, and licorice. The after taste was odd and lingering, almost like Good & Plentys. The husband liked it, I thought the after taste was a little too chemical for me, and friend despised it, being a non-fan of licorice in any form. Anything dark & chock full of flavor like this works better for me when it is cooler out. The end of August wasn't probably the best time of year to try this one on for size, but all in all, it was still pretty tasty.

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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 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 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 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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