1554 Black Lager | New Belgium Brewing

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3.82/5
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4,117 Ratings
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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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-02-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#13,650
Reviews:
1,394
Ratings:
4,117
pDev:
12.3%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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129
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Ratings: 4,117 |  Reviews: 1,394
Photo of Profundobaso
3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle.
Look - dark brown, nearly black, but still transparent. two finger head with good lacing that sticks. doesn't get much better than this
Smell - toasted malts, cocoa, coffee. quite smoky. a hint of fruitiness as well.
Taste - fairly light on the palate, but smokiness dominates in the taste. nice balanced and smooth finish.
Feel - medium-bodied (though on the light side). medium carbonation, and on the light side for alcohol.
Overall - liked it more than I expected, and a great one to have if you're looking for something light on ABV but still strong in flavor. This one probably should be characterized as a Schwarzbier rather than an Euro Dark Lager, but its all good nonetheless.

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Photo of Anayalator
4.19/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rollmeaway2loadout
4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Alex_Lycan
2.72/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Shortbox81
3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bammer21
2.52/5  rDev -34%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of TheCrowsEye
3.06/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Photo of weareallfalafel
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sirzekel
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of lic217
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of jwarsenal9
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DKttl
4.45/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Brolo75
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a globe glass

A: Pours dark brown with mahogany edges when held up, decent amount of lacing and retention, good amount of carbonation.

A: Lots of dark chocolate notes, light roasted coffee, malts, soft dark fruit notes, smells more like a porter/stout than a lager.

T: Like the nose, dark chocolate, roasted coffee, roasted malts, figs, dates, plums, touch of dark cherries, lots going with this beer, low bitterness, finish is slightly dry with chocolate notes lingering in the aftertaste.

M: Light/medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation and smooth finish.

O: Really enjoyed this beer as it has all the notes of a porter/stout without the bitterness, but I like bitter beers. Faint notes of the lager yeast as the beer warms, definitely pick this up again especially during the colder months.

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Photo of kcrumle18
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Biggiekrock627
3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DavidST
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of FBarber
3.22/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a dark brown almost black color. Opaque to light. Thin tan head dissipates slowly but never fully.

Smell has notes of malt, barley, a barnyard - hay like aroma.

Taste has notes of grain, spice - its actually surprisingly spicy, some chocolate, and grassy hops.

Feel is light and drinkable. Medium carbonation. Pretty smooth feel.

Overall its alright - not a particularly inspiring example of the style and not one Id pick up again.

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Photo of Elvis_on_Bass
3.38/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

For me the beer is a little off balance on alcohol notes, which is weird at 5.6%. That balance fades a bit as you drink more of the glass. There are definite chocolate notes and lager malt flavors, which kind of comes out as chocolate milk. It poured a little flat in a lager glass. The flavor notes are quick and then the drink finished dry, they don't linger. The beer (I would guess) is made for having a few, but something that is not a typical lager. One of the more interesting lagers that I have had, I wanted it to meld a little bit better.

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Photo of SynthetikReality95
4.64/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of kinmundy77
3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dirtyharry2489
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of thampel09
3.43/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of VaporDome
3/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

1554 Black Lager from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 4,117 ratings