Heads of Noosa Japanese Black Lager

Style
Japanese Dark Lager
ABV
5.0%

Heads of Noosa are well known for their flagship Japanese Lager. When they made a dark version, it didn’t take long for this beer to jump from a keg-only release to a wider release in bottles; the people cried out for it, and Heads of Noosa answered.

In some ways, the Japanese Black Lager is like its pale cousin; close your eyes and you can taste that lightly sweet malt profile of the Japanese Lager with a gentle hop spice coming through. But open your eyes and you’re met with a dark beer with reddish glints that bears no resemblance to the original. And while it still goes down easily, this beer feels different to the pale version, too: the carbonation’s a little softer, the mouthfeel’s a little rounder, the body’s a little fuller.

The JBL* brings together rice and roasted malt to do something special. Is coffee cola a thing? I'm fairly sure it's not. But it should be. And if it existed, I think it'd smell something like this beer. That distinctive character is more subtle in the mouth (as I said, it does have some of the same flavour notes of the Japanese Lager) and the beer doesn’t have the roasty bitterness in the finish that you'd associate with, say, a stout.

Dark character but with a clean and dry finish. Super drinkable.

Mick Wüst

*Who’s got time to spell out entire words? I know I don’t. I’m a man in a hurry – I have a baby on the way, so I need to get as much work as possible done before then. So you’ll understand if I use initials to replace the full names of beers. That little shortcut will save me valuable time.

Published July 13, 2023

Name
Heads of Noosa Brewing Co
Address

85 Rene Street
Noosaville
QLD 4566

Phone
1300 1 HEADS
Open Hours

Wed & Thurs: 11am to 6pm
Friday: 11am to 8pm
Sat & Sun: 11am to 6pm

Tours

Friday: 1pm

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