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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

312 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 312
Reviews: 215
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 17.28%
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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Ratings: 312 | Reviews: 215 | Display Reviews Only:
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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%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

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%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Serving type: bottle

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
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Tjvan2

Iowa

2.25/5  rDev -36.3%

02-28-2013 02:46:25 | More by Tjvan2
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jonathaniler

Florida

3/5  rDev -15%

02-19-2013 01:45:29 | More by jonathaniler
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beersvh23

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

02-10-2013 03:29:01 | More by beersvh23
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LibrariansLoveBEER

South Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a pint glass from a 12 oz bottle.

Appearance: Pours an orange/rust color. A one finger head which quickly diminishes, minimal lacing.

Smell: Smells like a lager, hard to detect the smoky notes that are supposed to distinguish this style.

Taste: Tastes like a typical lager. I was expecting more of a smoky taste. I was halfway dreading what I thought might be an overpowering smoky, sooty taste. Not at all, in fact I was mildly disappointed with the lack of distinctiveness.

Mouthfeel: Mild carbonation, brisk, tingly.

Overall: A decent beer. I will not try this beer again, but I intend to try some of the other offerings from Fort Collins. I have a double chocolate stout chilling in the beer frig.
Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2013 18:38:10 | More by LibrariansLoveBEER
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elchingen

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

02-08-2013 16:31:58 | More by elchingen
Z Lager from The Fort Collins Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 312 ratings.