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Z Lager - The Fort Collins Brewery

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Z LagerZ Lager

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Ratings: 317
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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Photo of EgadBananas


3.98/5  rDev +12.7%

Pours a rich, dark amber color. A finger of dark off-white head adorns and dissipates to a nice foamy ring.

The aroma isn't huge an in your face, but what's there is quite pleasant. There's an initial smoky, woody aroma, with a fairly rich, sweet caramel. There's also some faint chocolate notes that were unexpected, but not unwelcomed.

The taste has a pretty upfront caramel maltiness, with some touches of woody smoke. It's balanced pretty nicely by some bittering hops.

It's fairly light bodied, easy to consume.

I went into this thinking it was going to be meh, but I was pleasantly surprised. Sure, it's not a very in your face rauchbier, but it's a well put together beer and tasty, despite being on the mild side for the style.

04-17-2012 23:52:46 | More by EgadBananas
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South Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

04-16-2012 23:23:58 | More by buckyp
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New York

2/5  rDev -43.3%

04-15-2012 11:10:37 | More by dgeebs07
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South Carolina

4/5  rDev +13.3%

03-12-2012 01:08:39 | More by UltimateLivewire
Photo of SLeffler27

New York

3.55/5  rDev +0.6%

Hazy light copper with a slight head and no lacing.

Light woody smoke with hints of citrus hops. This is pleasant, however, there is little stimulant.

There is not much going on as the flavors follow the nose. While not significant, bitterness is the primary player. Malts are reserved to a wheat bread found in a long finish.

Z Lager has a medium body with no alcohol. It has light carbonation and is on the drier side.

A fine beer that could be sessionable, however, it lacks inspiration.

03-10-2012 02:44:17 | More by SLeffler27
Photo of kynap55


3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

03-06-2012 11:58:23 | More by kynap55
Photo of Ouroborus


1/5  rDev -71.7%

02-26-2012 02:43:44 | More by Ouroborus
Photo of FungusBrewer


3.43/5  rDev -2.8%

Delicate. Not complicated. But Delicate. Normally I'm used to being inundated with an overpowering campfire taste in Rauchbier's. Fort Collins does it right with imparting a very slight (albeit noticeable) smoke flavor and aroma. Hops are almost non-existent, but it tastes right. Why roast a grapefruit anyway? You get a little bit of sweetness from the malt, but again, nothing dominating. My only gripe is it tastes so light, giving it a watery mouth-feel.

I'd buy it again.

02-21-2012 02:50:28 | More by FungusBrewer
Photo of BellsFan


4.5/5  rDev +27.5%

02-18-2012 02:25:44 | More by BellsFan
Photo of jjholt


5/5  rDev +41.6%

02-17-2012 22:50:42 | More by jjholt
Photo of Mitchster


4.05/5  rDev +14.7%

$16.99 for a mixed 12 pack. Newly available to our area. 30 IBU's per the website, 5.4% ABV. No ingredients listed other than beechwood smoked malt.

Pours out to a sparingly clear amber, forming a modest light yellow head with good retention and adequate lacing. Slightly less than moderate carbonation. The aroma when first cracked is overwhelmingly biscuit malt, smelling like a dead ringer for fat tire, however it is followed by a touch of caramelized malt. I know and love rauchbiers and I am not picking up on any smoke whatsoever. The mouthfeel is smooth with a medium body, fuller than one might expect from a 5.4% ABV lager. There is a husky graininess akin to GLBC Eliot Ness Vienna Lager. This tastes very similar to it. Again, I'm not getting any smoke in the taste either. Bitterness is herbal and medium in intensity, nicely balanced, with little to no hop or flavor.

This is a really nice easy to drink everyday amber lager. I certainly would not call it a rauchbier by any stretch of the imagination, but I would buy it again. Seeing as how it's a nice blend between two of my favorite beers (Eliot Ness and Fat Tire), this is a nice addition to our distribution.

02-11-2012 06:51:25 | More by Mitchster
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

02-07-2012 00:09:32 | More by LJWalker
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North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

01-15-2012 19:24:26 | More by tclapper
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

01-10-2012 17:49:22 | More by bonbini26
Photo of StonedTrippin


3.98/5  rDev +12.7%

one of the better fort collins brews. has a fantastic nose of smoked malt and dried pitted fruit. described as a lager, there is nothing lager about what i taste here. smokey like a grill fire, slightly sweet like caramelized malts, and quite refreshing despite its heavy flavors. this beer is in excellent balance and the mouthfeel is just right. fuller bodied for a lager, and well carbonated. i could easily down a sixpack of these in a session any time of year. not as smokey as some of the traditional rauchbiers, but in that vein. this is great

01-09-2012 19:41:50 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of litheum94


3.55/5  rDev +0.6%

Bronze body, clear, with a very scant, tannish head. Leaves a ghost of a covering.

Sweet, smokey aromas, very peaty, and reminds me of hickory. Roasted almonds and some caramel.

Sweet hickory firewood taste. Nutty malts provide a backbone. Some caramel sweetness and another touch of smoke on the finish. There is a lingering sweetness that coats the mouth like sugar. Mouthfeel is slightly creamy.

Very interesting smoked beer. I like the flavors, but the lingering sweetness gets a little sickly after a couple glasses. Still, this is easily the best beer I've had from this brewery so far.

01-05-2012 04:55:39 | More by litheum94
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3/5  rDev -15%

01-04-2012 20:07:23 | More by IPAylor
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3/5  rDev -15%

12-27-2011 12:02:57 | More by Grebdioz
Photo of Dmart1223


3.7/5  rDev +4.8%

Definitely an interesting beer.

Z pours a dark cherry amber with a thin almond head that fades to a dusting. Very cool color for an amber. It smells like toasted malts, and a little bit like sawdust, but in a good way.

The taste kind of threw me for a loop though. On one hand it has this rich smokiness that I'd expect out of an ale, but it finishes smooth like a lager. There's not a lot of mouth feel, but the flavor is unique. It finishes with more of that smoke and a dash of charry hops.

I can't tell what to think about this beer. Is it an ale? Is it a lager? Do I even like it? I'm not really sure, but it's definitely worth a try. I might not buy it for myself, but I wouldn't turn it away if someone offered it to me.

12-17-2011 05:04:10 | More by Dmart1223
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4/5  rDev +13.3%

12-15-2011 04:34:26 | More by Beertracker
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4/5  rDev +13.3%

12-07-2011 23:31:57 | More by stevecooks
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3/5  rDev -15%

11-22-2011 04:41:21 | More by jmdrpi
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Rhode Island

2/5  rDev -43.3%

11-15-2011 02:46:25 | More by loupap
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3.18/5  rDev -9.9%

I got this as an extra in a trade with Exiled. Thanks bud!

A: Deep crystal clear amber with some reddish highlights. Minimal head with some lacing present.

S: Clean grainy malts with a slight smokiness.

T: Caramel malts with a slight hop twang for balance and subdued smoke.

M: Light bodied and thin, some what watery, but with nice carbonation.

O: Glad I got to try it. There are no off flavors and I did enjoy it, but it's not something I'd seek out. I may be in the minority here, but I wish a lot of the rauchbiers I've tried featured the smoke more as a main character, rather than an extra. Maybe all the smoked Texas barbecue I grew up with has desensitized me.

10-24-2011 00:58:01 | More by setexascustoms
Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev +0.6%

Pours a pale amber with 1/4" of loose head that quickly fades. Smells of caramel malt, lager yeast, and faint wood fire. The taste is earthy with some obvious wood fire characteristics. There's a faint caramel flavor in the finish and just enough hops to add a balanced bitterness. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, crisp, and well carbonated.

This is very drinkable and would make a nice cold weather beer. Overall, though the flavor is mild and not very complex.

09-25-2011 22:53:10 | More by tdm168
Z Lager from The Fort Collins Brewery
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