1554 Black Lager | New Belgium Brewing

1554 Black Lager1554 Black Lager
BA SCORE
3.83/5
4,075 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:
#11,164
Reviews:
1,384
Ratings:
4,075
pDev:
12.01%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
125
Gots:
758
Trade:
1
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3/5  rDev -21.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz New Belgium bottle served in Imperial pint glass. I am instructed to enjoy this by 28SEP14. Beer is dark brown in color, with lots of bubbles, and forms a large head of light brown foam. Very faint aroma suggests some roast and a little nuttiness. Flavor hits the right schwarzbier notes: mostly crisp, fairly carbonated, and a dark malt note that contributes without turning this into porter. Not quite as dry as I might like. Actually there's a sweetness which tastes a little adjuncty/corny to me that is probably the single biggest defect with this brew. Enjoyable enough but not great.

As an aside, I'm curious why Sam Adams Black Lager counts as a Schwarzbier but New Belgium 1554 Black lager gets stuck in the Euro Dark Lager category.

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.57/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Appears a dark brown color with hints of amber on the edges. There's a good two fingers of off-white head. The head leaves good lacing, and has great staying power.

The nose is pretty muted, but has a hint of roasted malts and is definitely on the sweet side. The taste is roasted malts, chocolate malt, some caramel, and a hint of smokiness. There's a touch of dark fruits here as well. This is more balanced than the nose, and isn't overly sweet. Not crazy complex, but finishes clean.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with good amounts of carbonation, and a little bit of a sticky finish. Overall, this is a good dark lager with nice flavors, good balance, a clean finish, and it looks great. Not my favorite style ever, but an enjoyable beer.

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1554 Black Lager from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 4,075 ratings
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