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Z Lager - The Fort Collins Brewery

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BA SCORE
81
good

319 Ratings
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Ratings: 319
Reviews: 215
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 16.71%
Wants: 10
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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2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of KYGunner
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.

Photo of metter98
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.

Photo of robbee
3/5  rDev -15%

Photo of AlaskanYoung
1.75/5  rDev -50.4%

Photo of Hellpop65
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of pathman
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of rolltide8425
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of KTCamm
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.

Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -15%

Photo of redleg411
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of kingmaker
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Amedlin18
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of ChrisKayler
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of herrburgess
2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of mikehillman
1.75/5  rDev -50.4%

Photo of bshiban
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of jkrysinski
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Weas
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of estlinska
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.

Photo of grahamboudreaux
2.5/5  rDev -29.2%

Photo of Herky21
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of RonaldTheriot
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

Z Lager from The Fort Collins Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 319 ratings.