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Z Lager - The Fort Collins Brewery

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BA SCORE
80
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313 Ratings
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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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SLeffler27

New York

3.55/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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

Iowa

1/5  rDev -71.7%

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

Illinois

3.43/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +27.5%

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

Colorado

5/5  rDev +41.6%

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

Michigan

4.05/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

$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.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 06:51:25 | More by Mitchster
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LJWalker

Alabama

3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

01-15-2012 19:24:26 | More by tclapper
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bonbini26

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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

Colorado

3.98/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Serving type: bottle

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

California

3.55/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2012 04:55:39 | More by litheum94
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IPAylor

Colorado

3/5  rDev -15%

01-04-2012 20:07:23 | More by IPAylor
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Grebdioz

Texas

3/5  rDev -15%

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

Colorado

3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2011 05:04:10 | More by Dmart1223
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Beertracker

Oklahoma

4/5  rDev +13.3%

12-15-2011 04:34:26 | More by Beertracker
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stevecooks

California

4/5  rDev +13.3%

12-07-2011 23:31:57 | More by stevecooks
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jmdrpi

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -15%

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

Rhode Island

2/5  rDev -43.3%

11-15-2011 02:46:25 | More by loupap
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setexascustoms

Texas

3.18/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2011 22:53:10 | More by tdm168
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kaseydad

California

4.05/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark tinted amber/copper colored ale with an off-white foamy head that stays pretty well throughout the session. Funky aroma. I am getting smacked in the nostrils with some smoked meat which is making me hungry. Meaty and campfire smoke abounds. There are some green olives and malt in there too. I think it's great! More smokiness on the taste and there is still some meat along with slight coffee and roastiness. Slight band-aid aftertaste which is a little putting-off. Overall I enjoyed my experience with this beer. I wouldn't say it is one of the greatest, but it has a lot going on and I enjoyed the session.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2011 18:46:29 | More by kaseydad
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corby112

Pennsylvania

2.85/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark golden amber color with orange hues and a one finger white head that quickly settles into a thin lasting ring. Sporadic spots of lacing left behind.

Toasted malt aroma that is only faintly smokey with hints of sweet malt and wintry spices. Very subtle smoke character with hints of charcoal, caramel and biscuit.

Medium bodied with a prominent spice character up front that takes away from what little smokiness is underneath. Hints of cinnamon and brown sugar along with faint bitter hops that are slowly countered by a sweet malt backbone. Very faint smokiness but it is completely overpowered by the other characteristics. Lots of sweet caramel along with some biscuit and toffee. As it warms the smokey elements become more evident but are still considerably weak.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2011 08:28:18 | More by corby112
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flexabull

California

3.95/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright copper color with a thin white head, a little lacing.

Aromas are nice, distinct caramel, sweet grains, and hints of smoke.

Taste is more smoky than the nose suggests. Light caramel sweetness, cereal grain, with brewed tea notes, and light creamy sweetness. Finish is has a nice crispness, with solid undertones of smoky wood. Nice balanced flavors.

Mouthfeel is nice and full, with good carbonation.

Overall a very solid smoked lager. This is well worth trying if you are a smoked beer fan.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2011 19:06:43 | More by flexabull
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JayS2629

Alabama

3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

It pours a rich amber in color with a nice frothy head that fades fast but leaves spotty lacing.

The aroma is of caramel, toasted bread, rye, and faint, mild bacon notes. Low hop profile, some grassy touches.

Very mild with light caramel and toast, bready with spicy rye notes and very mild meaty smoke flavors. Dissapointing on the smoke, especially for such a light base.

A bit on the thin side, nice carbonation.

Overall, balanced well but too subtle on the smoke. Easy enough to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

08-29-2011 19:48:11 | More by JayS2629
Z Lager from The Fort Collins Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 313 ratings.