1554 Black Lager | New Belgium Brewing

1554 Black Lager1554 Black Lager
BA SCORE
66.8%
Liked This Beer
3.83 w/ 4,071 ratings
1554 Black Lager1554 Black Lager
BEER INFO

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

Style: Euro Dark Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-02-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#10,920
Reviews:
1,382
Ratings:
4,071
Liked:
2,719
Avg:
3.83/5
pDev:
12.01%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
125
Gots:
757
Trade:
1
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 4,071 |  Reviews: 1,382
Photo of MattMorin
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.4/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Has a dark colored look without going thick or stout like in appearance. Aroma didn't give off roast or much else.

Taste was black and tan like, but again without the stout body. Nutty, roasty, chocolate and coffee feels from the malt. Mouthfeel though is a light body still. Some aspects of similar styles in here. Its not bad stuff.

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Photo of zimbida
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Rick_Lewis
4.81/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of rarigney
3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MeganandDana
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of FriedSlug
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A clear very dark brown beer that lets a little light through. A foamy, light tan head that leaves a sheet of lacing. Aroma is sweet malt with a hint of chocolate and bitter hops. The taste is malty sweet with cocoa powder and a mild bitter finish. This is a very Porter like beer and quite tasty.

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Photo of cjgiant
4.39/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JoLight
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Dark, dark brown in color with a khaki and frothy head that leaves nice lacing.

Aroma: on the mild side; roasted malt; sweetness; cream; a little char; yeast.

Flavor: light; roasted malt; a little earthy/metallic hop bitterness at the end; some light tang; a super light, overlookable dark chocolate note at the end, as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel: light side of medium, carbonated.

Finish: dry, crisp.

I think it's a solid beer, but it's way overpriced.

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Photo of Khorn61
5/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The best way to put it in simple mans terms is, the start of a Guinness and ends like yuengling!

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Photo of pat_mcd19
4.76/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Fear4Beer
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Let me first get this out of the way and say that this 1554 Black lager is the same as this beer:
https://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/192/1914/

Here's an interesting article talking about why they changed the name: (mainly because in Texas you need to classify a beer as either an ale or malt liqueur if your beer is above 5% ABV. The beer law was changed a few years ago in Texas negating that strange designation). They named it "1554 Enlightened Black Ale" so that they could sell it legally in Texas.
http://www.newbelgium.com/community/Blog/new-belgium-brewing/2014/02/10/Did-you-notice-the-change-to-1554

The beer is malty, with tastes of chocolate, toffee, and rustic italian bread. The mouthfeel is a bit watery. That's what disappoints me a little is that the beer just needs a LITTLE bit more thickness to it and it would be phenomenal. Its a pleasant beer though and I'd certainly drink this over any crap Macro brewery beer. I think a lot of people who are used to junk BMC beers could transition to this easily. Its just an easy/drinkable beer.

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Photo of Bryan12345
3/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of HopsForBrains
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Superheatnsubcool
4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rickklein9
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeenTired
3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DKHNOVA
3.69/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Walnut
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Howlader
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Josher
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jodio
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of monkeybeerbelly
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Junichi
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Kips
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

1554 Black Lager from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 66.8% out of 100 with 4,071 ratings
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