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Kidd Lager - The Fort Collins Brewery

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313 Ratings
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Ratings: 313
Reviews: 194
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 13.21%
Wants: 8
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Fort Collins Brewery visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: RoBotGod on 03-27-2005

"A hint of smoked malt compliments the chocolate malt in this surprisingly light bodied Schwarzbier. Experience Kidd's intriguing aroma and complex flavor as you enjoy this remarkable style of beer."
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Photo of Durge
3.87/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

After sitting in my fridge for a couple years I'm feeling a little dubious about any hopes here, but, here goes. Pours a very dark brown/mahogany color with two fingers high of light tan colored head that settles to a fair cover and leaves healthy swaths of lacing. The aroma delivers a wonderfully deep malt and slight juniper with a bit of Mars bar chocolate and definitely an occasional licorice waft. Very intriguing! The first mouthful brings another element adding obvious smoked ham over a much more reserved herbal hopped malt. I imagine some licorice edges as well. But generally this is not as wonderful as the aroma suggested. It's quite thin in body with modest sprite carbonation. There is a little dryness in the feel, but it's a reasonably drinkable brew. I would like to see something with more body and flavor that holds together better. It's sort of weak and watery but it's not bad. Worth a try if you like the style.

Photo of kaseydad
3.87/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pretty cool label. Pours a dark brown ale with a nice beige creamy head that lingers. A rather fruity and smoky aroma with some very light chocolate whiffs. There is also a nice roastiness to it. Taste is slightly bitter with roasted malts and light hops in the finish. There's some espresso-like qualities shining through as well. The mouthfeel is kinda watery. I guess for the style it's good but was wanting more. Overall I feel this is good for the style. Rather light and crisp with good flavor. A nice beer from the Ft. Collins crew.

Photo of oberon
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Monchsof Swharzbier glass a deep chocolate color with a thinner but tight light mocha colored head.Light earthy and chocolate notes in the nose with a hint of smoke like a few others have noticed as well.A good mix of dry earthy flavors to go along with some bitter chocolate and dark bread,the earthy tones really hit home in the finish.A nice black beer I havent had many but this is quite good.

Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very dark amber (near black) in color. It poured with a thin beige head that quickly faded away but left some lacing running down the edges of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of roasted malts in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of dark and roasted malts along with some hints of chocolate and coffee. A slight amount of bitterness is perceptible in the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very easy to drink and its low alcohol content makes it very sessionable.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Budweiser pokal.

Pours a clear dark brown with ruby highlights and a thick finger of frothy ecru head. Lacing is decently thick and tall. The nose is molasses, dark malts, chocolate, figs, and some light coffee. The taste leans toward bitter chocolate, coffee, and hops, adding some cocoa powder and smoked wheat. The body is lightly moderate, with stiff carbonation and a loose watery feel, leading to a highly drinkable brew.

Photo of soju6
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a virtual black with a small head and some lacing.

S: Aroma of dark chocolate, coffee, roasted nuts and and an intangible earhiness.

T: Taste follows the aroma with bitterswett chocolate, coffee and roasted nuts. Just a mild bitterness and a fairly dry finish.

F: Fairly medium body, crisp and refreshing.

O: Good lager, nice for the style. Good change of pace beer.

Photo of GilGarp
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served cold from a 12oz. bottle. With a vigorous pour, it forms a 1/2" of head but settles quickly. Kidd is a very dark brown beer with good clarity.

Aroma is sweet with roasty malts, chocolate, and a hint of smoke.

Flavor is more of the same. Sweetness followed by roasty coffee, bittersweet chocolate, and caramel. The smoke seems completely missing until I consider the aftertaste. It's pleasant in that it doesn't slap you around with smoke. More of a gentle brush.

Mouthfeel is nice too - medium bodied and lower carbonation than expected. I would think this could be awesome on cask.

Another good offering from FBC. I'm really looking forward to their new brewing facility. Judging by the lunchbox sampler, this brewery has real potential.

Photo of ATPete
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

pours a very deep mocha brown color with a medium sized tan head that leaves some sticking. Decent nose of big powdered chocolate. Roasted chocolate malt is obviously dominant, a bit of smoke, charcoal and sweetened coffee beans. Impressive body! Smooth as all hell, very moderate carbonation makes the beer creamy with just the right amount of chew. I dont have too much experience with schwarzbier' but i can definitely tell what they are trying to do here, this is a beer with flavor and high drinkability.

Photo of mikereaser
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured from a bottle into my hazed and infused pint glass

A - pours a dark brown color that barely lets light through it with no foam whatsoever to speak of

S - strong smokey earthy aroma

T - smoked chocolate flavor

M/D - too smokey for me, i wasn't expecting it to be that smokey, but it was very drinkable

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.91/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - a very dark ruby red. A fair mocha head forms up and sinks down slowly, leaving a thin solid wall of lace behind.

Aroma - a good dose of roast grain on the pour. A faint touch of metal, too.

Taste - decent roasted grain, again some light metallic notes. The swallow has a low-key smokiness along with a moderately roasty, almost coffeeish finish. A little sweeter at the end.

Mouthfeel - surprisingly smooth for a lighter body. The carbonation is a bit below average, which is a good fit for the flavor.

Drinkability - a nice session lager. Enough of a flavor variety to hold my interest for awhile.

Photo of far333
3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mahogany colored with ruby highlights and a beige head that settles out quickly to nothing.

Aroma of fig and prune, some brown sugar and molasses.

Flavor of dark malts upfront, some fig and plum, turns quickly to roasty malt, cocoa and smoke. Mild bitterness, but no hop flavors.

Mouthfeel is initially a bit watery, carbonation builds, finishes a little tannic. Pretty tasty and drinkable selection.

Photo of dacrza1
3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark solid body that reddens slightly in light... head is whtitish gray and dissipates swiftl...effervescent if inspected closely... smoky peat aromas, nicely befitting a schwarzbier , with a bit of chocolate malt added in.... alluring, even on a summer night... provides an ale's body and breath but the actual palate is slightly fizzy and oily, with a substantial softness that disallows scrutiny--save for a final smoky flourish... a flat, almost undercarbonated soda pop taste arrives in bubbles.... the malts are playful but not impactfulas promised... this beer doesn't rival the Germans or the Japanese within the style... a different take in this respect, but judging by the rating at this site, perhaps I will revisit this at a later (and perhaps in more complimentary weather--it was 95 degrees at the time of drinking!)... the Fort Colllins sampler has become my most favorite 12-pack lately....

Photo of Yeastcakes
3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving notes - 45F, poured into imperial pint glass.
A - light smoke and chocolate on the aroma.
A - three fingers of head with large bubbles. Quickly collapses to a thin film. Dark clear red when held up to the light. Out of light has a black appearance.
M - light body with high carbonation
T - Even though the smoke is mild it strikes me first because I do not expect it in a swartzbier. This was followed by light sweet chocolate and some light roast notes. Very crisp clean finish.
D - Nice drinkable beer with enough going on to be rather entertaining.

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

One of my favorite styles of beer.. a Schwarzbier. Pours a nice dark red, almost black. Not much of a head to it.. minimal lacing. Nice roasty aroma to it. Taste is more lighter bodied than heavy, nice mouthfeel to it. Little bit of smokiness to it, roasted malts and some light hop bitterness come out. Finishes clean and smooth.. very drinkable year. Won't blow you out of the park with taste but it's a solid beer, above average for its style and a nice change of pace.

Photo of BeerCon5
3.94/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, dark amber color with a small amount of tan head that doesn't last long.

The scent is of roasted caramel malt, some notes of chocolate.

The taste is predominantly of roasted malt, some notes of caramel, some notes of herbal hops, chocolate and molasses are also apparent.

Medium body, quite smooth, with moderate carbonation.

This was an overall pretty good beer, the flavors weren't especially balanced due to the overwhelming malt flavor, but it was still quite tasty.

Photo of sweethome
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark - slightly darker than most of this style. Nice white head - beautiful lacing - inviting.

Stand out nose - chocolate and hints of smoke.

Beautiful entry - smooth yet full of flavor. Silky. The smokiness lingers through, but far from detracting...just leaving a hint there throughout.

Lots of chocolate flavor with roast malt. Subtle hopping on the finish. Somewhat chalky finish too.

A clean beer with lots of flavor and variation of flavor attributes.

This is a welcome addition to this under-represented style here in the states.

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer was a surprise- quite tasty and a good deal better than I was expecting. Pours a very dark brown with a decent head that fades to a thin ring. Smells roasty, grainy , and with a nice touch of smoke. The taste is even a bit richer and roastier to start and with the same subtle but noticeable smoke. A little caramel sweetness and light bitterness on the finish round things out. A little thin in the mouth, but ultimately quite satisfying.

Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured into the glass clear blackish brown wtih a tan and medium head which was small bubbled and well formed to lace the glass.

The aroma was coffee and chocolate most prevalent with, heck, a buncha coffee and chocolate (yep, enough to type it twice). The aroma had just a bit of grainy character and a strong roast presence. A light bit of caramel was present, but at a low level.

The flavor was smooth and creamy with no grainy character at all. Chocolate and coffee were present with more chocolate than anything else. The flavor contained a nice roast and a smooth crispness with just a bit of caramel.

The finish was dry with a lasting impresion of coffee and roast. The body was medium light and just a bit on the watery side. A nice Schwarz, but could use a bit of a body boost.

12 ounce bottle.

Photo of MrDonQuixote
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Fort Collins Brewery:

A- Dark espresso brown color, healthy head

S- Espresso and slight cherry smell

T- Nice bite, extremely nutty yet has an intense coffee taste

M- Goes down fairly smooth, carbonation is a bit too intense, but it works

O- Great beer, quite possibly the best lager I've had in a while.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bittersweet chocolate brown with sepia highlights. As is often the case, beer of this color becomes dark crimson with backlighting. The wheat toast brown head is tight-bubbled and persistent. It looks as if the short collar of lace that's present at the moment will turn into thick rings when the drinking begins.

This is a beautiful schwarzbier nose that reminds me of a porter in many ways. In particular, there's more roasted maltiness than one usually smells in this style. Cocoa dominates. Fruity hops make a contribution, but are relegated to riding shotgun in this posse.

We have a winner! Kidd is yet another delicious domestic schwarzbier to go along with the excellent Sprecher Black Bavarian and the good Sam Adams Black Lager. Black coffee joins cocoa in the driver's seat. It's amazing that such a light-bodied beer can taste so bold.

If anything, (Tettnang) hops are more prominent on the palate than in the nose. There's a somewhat sour, fruity hoppiness that is never very far below the surface and that becomes more of a contributor on the medium length finish. The beer is faintly sweet early and dry late. And clean. Oh so clean.

I know that schwarzbiers aren't supposed to have big bodies and that the contrast between their light(er) bodies and dark(er) colors and bold(er) flavors are part of their charm, but this one could use a little more meat on its bones. Given all that, it has a light lagery smoothness and a restrained amount of carbonation that I like.

I didn't think much of Fort Collins Edgar Lager, but Kidd Lager is a whole 'nother matter. It's a very nice schwarzbier that I'll happily buy whenever I'm in the schwarzbier mood. In fact, it may be the only version of the style that is readily available to me. Lucky me.

Photo of drizzam
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Clear but very dark brown body topped by a delicious looking two finger beige head. There are small light colored chunks of sediment on the bottom of my glass after the pour. Good head retention and decent lacing.

S - Big time chocolate malt aroma. Smells a little smoky or roasted as well.

T & M - Sweet chocolate malt flavor with just the tiniest touch of that same smokiness I smelled in the aroma on the back end as you swallow. Thinnish in the body but still very smooth. This one finishes pretty clean. The carbonation gives it a little bit of prickle on the tongue.

D - You know, for a beer with 4.5% ABV, this one really has good flavor. Certainly sessionable, this is one you could sit down with and drink all evening. This Kidd has got it going on! A good beer by FCB.

Photo of brewbasterd
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown color with reddish tints and a tan head that falls away rather quickly.Definately tons of chocolate on the nose, just a slight hint of smokiness with some sweet qualities also. More chocolate on the palate, the smoked malt comes through more here with just a touch of hop bitterness. Very light bodied, typical for this style, flavors dont linger for too long, leaving you wanting more. Good session beer, great floavors and overall well brewed.

Photo of Beaver13
3.96/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The Schwarzbier poured a dark black with a thick creamy tan head that quickly went to a collar and laced the glass. It's aroma is of roasted malt with some hints of chocolate - a little subtle though. The taste is initially of sweet roasted malts and chocolate with a bitter coffee-like finsh that is slightly acidic. It was a little thinner than I expected, but was a very easy-drinking beer. Overall, it reminds me of a sweeter step-child of NBB's 1554. So far it is my favorite of FCB's offerings.

Photo of glid02
3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from a mixed 12-pack from Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours one shade away from black with light brown highlights and a one-finger tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of roasted and black malts with good hints of unsweetened chocolate. As it warms the black malt aromas come out a bit more.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Black and roasted malt flavors up front are joined by hints of cocoa midway through the sip that disappear before a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a solid thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing the bottle and could have another.

Overall this was a solid schwarzbier and one that I would visit again. The flavors aren't as dark as others I've had in the style and the flavors integrate well. Worth a shot.

Photo of StoutHunter
3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of Fort Collins Brewing's Kidd Lager a few weeks ago for $1.72 at Toskey Sands Market. I've never seen this beer before and I needed another beer for mixed six pack and I decided to take a chance on it, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks ok, it's a little cheesy looking but other than that it doesn't look bad. It poured a dark brown color that took on some ruby highlights when held to the light with a finger and a half worth of tan head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some spotty lacing behind. This is a nice looking beer, the head could be a little better but other than that it looked fine.

S- The aroma starts off with a medium amount of sweetness that had a slight molasses like aroma to it and it was followed by loads of malts that impart a nice roasted, caramel and grainy aroma with some nice chocolate aromas sticking out the most. I also get a slightly smokey aroma. This beer has a pretty good aroma with lots of nice chocolate aromas coming through.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness followed by lots of roasted malt flavors that impart a roasty, grainy, and slight caramel like flavor with the chocolate aspect still sticking out the most. Up next comes a pretty light smokey flavor with a little more sweetness and a lower amount of bitterness with a grainy, roasted malt and chocolate like aftertaste. This is a pretty good tasting beer that was very true to style.

M- Smooth, crisp, clean, on the thicker side of being light bodied with a slightly higher amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was pretty good and it worked well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a good beer and pretty good example of the style, it had all the aspects that I look for in the style with a nice and roasted flavor while still maintaining a light and drinkable body. This beer had good drinkability, it was smooth, clean, not filling and the taste did a good job at holding my attention, I could drink a few of these and it makes for a nice and sessionable beer to enjoy in the wintertime. What I liked the most about this beer was how true to style it was, from the taste to the aroma to the mouthfeel this was just what I would expect from a good Schwarzbier. What I liked the least about this beer was the appearance, it wasn't bad looking, but I thought the head could have been a little better. I would buy this beer again when looking for a Schwarzbier and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys the style. All in all I was happy with this beer, I was looking for a good Schwarzbier and this beer delivered. Good job guys, this was a good example of the style and I enjoyed drinking it, keep up the good work.

Kidd Lager from The Fort Collins Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 313 ratings.