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Z Lager - The Fort Collins Brewery

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Z LagerZ Lager

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BA SCORE
80
good

317 Ratings
THE BROS
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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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KYGunner

Kentucky

3.63/5  rDev +2.8%

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.

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

New York

3.53/5  rDev 0%

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.

08-07-2013 02:20:36 | More by metter98
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robbee


3/5  rDev -15%

08-06-2013 14:48:59 | More by robbee
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AlaskanYoung

Arkansas

1.75/5  rDev -50.4%

08-05-2013 00:01:31 | More by AlaskanYoung
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Hellpop65

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

07-28-2013 18:50:47 | More by Hellpop65
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

07-23-2013 05:02:57 | More by Rhettroactive
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pathman

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

07-10-2013 02:05:10 | More by pathman
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rolltide8425

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +13.3%

07-06-2013 20:31:32 | More by rolltide8425
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

07-06-2013 15:29:15 | More by acurtis
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KTCamm

New Jersey

3.56/5  rDev +0.8%

Pours from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours dark amber, reddish tinted, with a thick 1/4 inch fluffy white foam. Smoky nose, mixed in malt. Taste is thin caramel with a fiery/smoky close. Little bit of bitter hangs out at the finish. Slightly sour. Smoke is a little off putting at the end.

06-30-2013 12:52:02 | More by KTCamm
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -15%

06-29-2013 13:17:05 | More by ejimhof
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redleg411

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

06-28-2013 21:05:15 | More by redleg411
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kingmaker

Louisiana

3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

06-23-2013 17:13:44 | More by kingmaker
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Amedlin18

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

06-15-2013 00:06:24 | More by Amedlin18
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ChrisKayler

Virginia

4/5  rDev +13.3%

05-30-2013 21:36:22 | More by ChrisKayler
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herrburgess

South Carolina

3/5  rDev -15%

05-27-2013 23:33:35 | More by herrburgess
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mikehillman

Pennsylvania

1.75/5  rDev -50.4%

05-12-2013 23:17:06 | More by mikehillman
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bshiban

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

05-07-2013 21:31:05 | More by bshiban
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jkrysinski

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

04-24-2013 01:17:04 | More by jkrysinski
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Weas

Arkansas

3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

03-24-2013 00:54:48 | More by Weas
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estlinska

Arkansas

3.06/5  rDev -13.3%

Served from the bottle into a standard shaker at the Pantry on 3/22/13. Pours a dark burnished orange like a worn sun-bleached oak barrel. There is a little cream colored head that dissipates quickly without much lacing left behind. The nose is off. It smells like a standard amber ale with hints of melted sugar and baked brown bread, but there is the smoke smell as well. They just don't work well together on the nose, and it reminds me more of just pure liquid smoke which is just a touch off-putting. The taste is not very smoky though. There is definitely a biscuit taste and some sweet caramel with just a touch of that artificial smoke flavor. Mouthfeel is medium. Overall this is just not working for me. Maybe the smoked flavor is more of a porter thing for me and I need to keep trying things, but I just didn't like it.

03-23-2013 14:08:45 | More by estlinska
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grahamboudreaux

Tennessee

2.5/5  rDev -29.2%

03-19-2013 10:12:13 | More by grahamboudreaux
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Herky21

Iowa

3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

03-13-2013 14:41:46 | More by Herky21
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

4.49/5  rDev +27.2%

Fort Collins Z Lager has a medium, cream colored head, a clear, bubbly amber appearance, and minimal, splotchy lacing. The aroma is mostly of sweet, brown bread crust, but one can pick up a whiff of smoke in the sniff. Taste is of the same, with a nice, hearty, but not heavy, hop bitterness in the sip. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Fort Collins Z Lager finishes crisp, clean, refreshing, and mellow. Overall, this is a much more approachable and drinkable beer that what is offered by the Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbiers. Check it out and enjoy!

RJT

03-05-2013 16:50:24 | More by RonaldTheriot
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TwoForty

Florida

3/5  rDev -15%

03-04-2013 21:55:36 | More by TwoForty
Z Lager from The Fort Collins Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 317 ratings.