1554 Black Lager | New Belgium Brewing

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3.82/5
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4,178 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States
newbelgium.com

Style: European Dark Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-02-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#20,082
Reviews:
1,406
Ratings:
4,178
pDev:
12.04%
 
 
Wants:
131
Gots:
822
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 4,178 |  Reviews: 1,406
Photo of Deadarmed1
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cardfan212
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pilsner glass.

Look - Pours a deep bold brown to an almost black, a greatly statured look. A short cream colored head formed and quickly disappeared.

Smell - My first impression is a light percentage dark chocolate, something bitter yet with some sweetness left. It gives me a warm and inviting sense.

Taste - Mildly roasty to start, but the tamer chocolate notes start to appear later. An underlying current of sweet malts hangs over everything along with a mild earthy bitterness. A well developed and nuanced beer, just what I'd like from a dark lager.

Feel - A thinner body than I'd like, but the carbonation is right on the money. Thicken it up, and we're talking near-perfection.

Overall - A very pleasant brew, one that I can see myself coming back to often. Tasty and nuanced, this lager is a winner.

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Photo of Luckydog91
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of takusan1000
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gandres8
3.82/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Wednesday, December 12, 2018 10:10 PM
12 ounce bottle to wine glass
Sight: Black/ very dark Brown small brown head, goes away quickly, lacing
Smell: fragrant, roasted grains
Taste: lightly bitter, some sweetness, light tasting
Mouthfeel: lively carbonation lingers in roof of tongue, good followthrough, finish
Overall: very good beer, ok to repeat, not to look for

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Photo of gandres
3.89/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wednesday, December 12, 2018 10:10 PM
12 ounce bottle to wine glass
Sight: Black/ very dark Brown small brown head, goes away quickly, lacing
Smell: fragrant, roasted grains
Taste: lightly bitter, some sweetness, light tasting
Mouthfeel: lively carbonation lingers in roof of tongue, good followthrough, finish
Overall: very good beer, ok to repeat, not to look for

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Photo of gmale9000
3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Beerasaurus
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of gardner254
3.4/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of EAR
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Danieljm
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from12 oz bottle into small glass. Nice very dark with light brown head. Lacing stays for entire drink. Smell has some malts with some coffee chocolate notes. Taste is similar with some ripe fruit overtones Mouth feel is nice with no aftertaste. Was not sure what to expect, but nice beer, clean drinkable and willing to have another

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Photo of jeffdr123
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of acurtis
3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Vidblain
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was initially quite excited when New Belgium distro came to MN... and then I lost interest in Fat Tire as reds and ambers aren't really my favorite style. But then I ended up with a variety pack, and 1554 is now my favorite NB beer. It's rich and chocolatey and smooth, and though it is filling, it's still clean and doesn't linger.

It's a very good beer and definitely deserves a better rating than Fat Tire.

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Photo of PuffySAJ
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheBierdimpfe
3.44/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Almost opaque black color with a light copper hue. Creamy brown 2 finger head, lasting around 10 minutes, good legs and a decent swirl. Flavors of toffee, dark grains, light walnuts and berries, with herbal hops. Slightly creamy and oily medium body with prickly and crispy carbonation. Medium strength finish, a bit roasted while mostly sugary, slightly hopped but hardly. No adjunct feel though. Freshness is pretty good for a dark one, ends clean and crisp. Basic yet efficient. Overall good quality craft.

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Photo of heerboth
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Chris_Roberts
3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DonBowman
4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black beer with plenty of white foam/lace. Lots of roasted flavor.

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Photo of tradershmulie
3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ndrwmngn
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of IanJelliffe
3.09/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Photo of JohnDon
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of soundaurora
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GarbageMan10
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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1554 Black Lager from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 4,178 ratings