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Z Lager - The Fort Collins Brewery

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BA SCORE
80
good

313 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 313
Reviews: 215
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 16.71%
Wants: 11
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Fort Collins Brewery visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Rauchbier |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Crosling on 12-06-2003)
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Reviews by BeerCon5:
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BeerCon5

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber color with maybe one finger of fluffy off-white head that leaves decent retention.

The scent is that of smokey malts, caramel, and some spice notes.

The taste is of slight sweet, smokey malt, some notes of earthy hops, and some caramel.

Light bodied, smooth and crisp, moderate carbonation.

I thought this was a nice, more mild version of the style, the smokiness isn't so dominant that you don't have a difficult time tasting what else is here.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2012 18:43:01 | More by BeerCon5
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Robyn

South Carolina

2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

07-23-2014 02:39:58 | More by Robyn
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GClarkage

California

3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

07-03-2014 05:00:19 | More by GClarkage
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Latarnik

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

05-26-2014 12:56:15 | More by Latarnik
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Durandal_777

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

05-19-2014 22:49:42 | More by Durandal_777
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Chops1867


4.75/5  rDev +34.6%

05-19-2014 16:40:45 | More by Chops1867
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doowhat

Arkansas

4/5  rDev +13.3%

02-25-2014 23:43:33 | More by doowhat
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Colorado

2/5  rDev -43.3%

02-22-2014 23:07:54 | More by appetiteforparis
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Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

02-19-2014 01:13:53 | More by mrfrancis
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CraigTravor

Tennessee

3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

02-12-2014 22:24:24 | More by CraigTravor
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BierStein711

Illinois

4.88/5  rDev +38.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Smells like a great smoked meat!

Color: Amber body with an off-white head, moderate carbonation--head fades to a glimmer with little lacing in about a minute.

Mouthfeel: perfect and smooth

taste: Astringent with a fluffy, smoky finish that teases and lingers.

Overall, this is a brilliant beer! I want one in the summer and spring when I'm grilling--why don't I have some brats with me right now?

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2014 04:28:13 | More by BierStein711
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SBE915

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -15%

01-18-2014 00:44:03 | More by SBE915
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dbert21

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

12-29-2013 00:13:17 | More by dbert21
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PittBeerGirl

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

12-14-2013 18:46:58 | More by PittBeerGirl
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RochefortChris

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

12-04-2013 04:06:32 | More by RochefortChris
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Wetenkamp

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

12-03-2013 03:03:23 | More by Wetenkamp
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jeremy3311

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

12-02-2013 20:48:00 | More by jeremy3311
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jaydoc

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

11-16-2013 16:18:00 | More by jaydoc
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baklo

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +13.3%

10-22-2013 17:07:49 | More by baklo
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EagleTalon

Oklahoma

3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours up to a moderate foam head and leaves bits of foam down the glass. Hazy amber color. Aroma is roasted nuts, biscuit and Munich malts. Flavor is more of the same, although intensity-wise this is reportedly weak for the style. Mouthfeel is light and refreshing, which is also on the low end of style. Overall, I give the beer a 4.5 because here is where I can say screw the style guidelines, I really like this beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2013 21:53:02 | More by EagleTalon
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Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

09-28-2013 06:17:11 | More by famous_mortimur
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Mbpike

Arkansas

2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

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KYGunner

Kentucky

3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Very fetching burnt amber color that shows the intent of this smoked lager. The head was thick and complete but collared a little too quickly.

The scent is smokey, duh, but has an authentic roasted malt aroma. There's also some caramel malt, roasted nut and tea leaf.

There's a soft smokiness, watery roastiness and touches of malt and nut.The taste is not rich enough, not robust enough for the style. It's still good and tasty but seems to miss the mark.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2013 23:32:04 | More by KYGunner
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metter98

New York

3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is crystal clear amber in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high beige colored head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface, a thin collar and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of smoked malts are present in the nose; these become a little stronger as the beer warms up.
T: The taste very much follows the smell and has flavors of smoked malts along with slight hints of toasted malts and bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: If I had to introduce someone to a rauchbier, I think this beer would be a good choice because the smoky flavors are subtler and it's lighter in body compared to the standard German beers in this style. Needless to say, it goes down very easily.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2013 02:20:36 | More by metter98
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3/5  rDev -15%

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Z Lager from The Fort Collins Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 313 ratings.