Kidd Lager - The Fort Collins Brewery

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85
very good

194 Reviews
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Reviews: 194
Hads: 314
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 9.79%
Wants: 7
Gots: 5 | 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: Beaver13 on 02-01-2004

"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 jdhilt
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a four finger, brown head that fades to a shallow layer leaving a good lace. Deep mahogany color. Light carbonation and light bodied. Chocolate nose. Starts with an almost sweet chocolate flavor that becomes bakers chocolate. Good flavor but body is thin. $1.49 for a 12oz bottle from John's Grocery Iowa City, IA. (320 characters)

Photo of emmasdad
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a rich black color, with a nice rocky off-white head. Really looks like a porter more than anything else. Aromas are porter-like as well, roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate chips and just a hint of smoke. Pretty similar on the palate, but much crisper and more refreshing than most porters. (297 characters)

Photo of BeerDawgs
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Dark brown. Nice tan head. Leaves alot of lace on the glass.

S - Roasted malts and worchester sauce.

T - Very smoky flavor, roasted malts, and toffee. Chocolate towards the end.

M - Medium bodied. Well carbonated.

D - Average. A good beer, but don't think I want another. (283 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.62/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque deep cola brown with amber highlights and a quarter inch tan head that quickly dissipates, leaving no lacing.

Roast malt, with hints of caramel and chocolate and a tobacco finish comprise the aroma. Notes of soy emerge as it warms.

Flavor is dominated by roast malt throughout, with heavily toasted, burnt breadcrust, a touch of molasses sweetness, and an herbal hop finish adding complexity. There's a touch of bitterness at the finish. Notes of coffee grounds and chocolate surface late.

Body is moderate, with moderate carbonation and a bit if of astringency at the finish.

Overall, one of the more characterful beers I've tried from Fort Collins. The roast burnt flavor is a bit overwhelming, though. (725 characters)

Photo of blackjack000
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours as an attractive dark amber, sits in the glass near black with ruby highlights. Light head.

Smell: Sweet, cedary smell. A nice malt scent comes up when the lager is swished in the glass. A thin brown sugar scent is also present.

Taste: The lager has a pleasant, light, and crisp hop aftertaste. The hop flavor has a good range to it.

Mouthfeel: Light feeling on the tongue, without feeling too light. A good feel of carbonation brings out the hops, while there is a pleasantly light amount of body to the beer.

Drinkability: The beer has a good flavor and crisp aftertaste, leaving me with feeling light. This is a beer I could definitely drink a few of. It's well balanced, and for some odd reason, I would really like to drink it with chicken in curry with coconut milk. (794 characters)

Photo of stephens101
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Haven't had a lager in a while, and I figure it's time to get back to the basics. Sometimes I get so involved in the panoply of big brews coming out that I forget how tasty even a simpler brew can be if done right. Pours black with cherry red hues that envelop themselves around the darkness. A good sized tan head floats above and fades in it's own sweet time. Very little lacing is left behind at first, but after a few drinks some slim fingers of lace wrangle themselves to the top of the glass. Smells of roasted malts. Tastes big on the roasted malts at first, but after a few drinks some vanilla and nuttiness come out. Goes down smooth, kind of like a subdued doppelbock. This is just plain and simple good drinking. . . with color. (739 characters)

Photo of paulthebeerguru
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

on tap at the brewery. schwartzbiers are not my favorite style, so fair warning. very malty, but it seemed to have no mouthfeel at all. dark ruby in color, with a very light white lacing. Compared to other schwartzbiers, this one is memorable an I would drink it again. (269 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.66/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

As I pour this into my 25cl tulip glass I get a full, roasted aroma. The head forms an initially three finger thick, slightly brown, tan color that recedes at a medium pace. The beer is an opaque black color that shows a stunningly, brilliantly clear, rich ruby hue when held up to the light. Roasted notes take on flavors of deeply browned bread crust, black coffee, burnt grain flavors and a soft, but substantial salty smokiness; this last made me look at the bottle & yep there is some smoke malt in the grain bill. I really like the extra depth that the smoked malt adds to the aroma.

Fairly light bodied with a touch of sweetness to it that is accentuated by the fact that it is a bit cold. Warming the beer helps a bit, including a boost to the body which seemed a bit thin before. The finish has a touch of chalkiness to it in addition to a thin smoke note that isn't nearly as lush and appetizing as it is in the aroma. A significant roast character provides lost of burnt flavors, a touch of acidity, some astringent burnt grain husk flavors. A touch of fruitiness seems to be here at times, though it is very subtle, but most reminds me of burnt cherries. The roast grain here definitely supplies a bit of bitterness to the finish.

This has a great aroma to it, but unfortunately the flavor doesn't quite live up to the promise of the nose. Not bad, but the aroma got me expecting something that was quite tasty. (1,425 characters)

Photo of NEhophead
3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz brown bottle; served in a tumbler.

Pours a deep maple with a ruby hue. Creamy, light brown head that slowly fades to an intact sheet. A few patches of less than strong lacing.

Notes of brown sugar, coffee, and milk chocolate. Semi-sweet malts with a pleasant spice profile: nutmeg, hazlenut; touches of cream and vanilla.

Artificially sweetened malts with a wheat and grain-filled flavor. Notes of brown sugar and nutmeg that is much more mild than the aroma foreshadows. Intensely sweet vanilla by mid-sip with a brisk, grain-filled finish. Hints of smoke in the aftertaste.

Medium bodied; initially smooth due to the artificial sweetness, but quickly turns rough and grainy. A balanced mouthfeel for the style.

A pretty flavorful Schwarzbier despite some flaws and mild imbalance. A nice change of pace to the typical domestic lager. (849 characters)

Photo of neonbrown82
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This was a very interesting beer. Pours to a dark nutty brown with a thin white head. Can't see through well enough to notice any carbonation, and the head subsequently falls to a thin film.

The smell is very earthy and nutty. A bit bready and yeasty as well, with a gentle roast. The taste seems to follow a completely different path, however. Very sugary sweet at the front followed by a mild roast. The earthy, nutty, smoky flavors are kept subtle, only showing up in the finish. Hops are present a little bit in taste, but no bitterness detected, but rather a spiciness. A bit chocolatey to round things off.

The mouthfeel is sharp, crisp, and a bit of a nice dry roasty bitter in the finish. This is a good beer to sit down with every once in a while, but I don't think I would like to make a session out of it. I am beginning to develop more of an interest in lager styles, however. (894 characters)

Photo of kkipple
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

RB style review from over-due notes!

The Kidd is a really serviceable cool n clean black lager... clear and dark, low head. Not much German malt here, but it's roasty enough and hop-reserved with some tasteful dark malts that run the line between sweet and dry. I like the low ABV on this beer and it's very easy to put back. Fizzy and a fine brew for when you want something to change up in your craft lawnmower set.

Will buy again. (435 characters)

Photo of cjgator3
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

A- Pours a dark brown color with reddish hues and a light tan colored head with decent lacing and retention.

S- The aroma smells great, there is a lot of chocolate malts along with a hint of smoke.

T- The taste like the aroma features a lot of dark chocolate malts that are roasted with a smokey finish with just a mild touch of hops.

M- The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, a pretty tasty brew that is worth picking up. Another solid beer from Fort Collins. (526 characters)

Photo of kimcgolf
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle to a dark brown with medium thick bidge head that lingered thru mid-glass and left okay lacing. Aroma was a pleasant mixture of chocolate malt with a hint of smoked wood. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and the taste highlights the choclate, toffe and hint of smoke found in the nose. Unlike other smoked beers I have that are way too smokly, this was just the right tough to offest the malty sweetness, ending in a nice rounded finish.

I'd like to have this again, next time with grilled sausage. (516 characters)

Photo of matty
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pitch black colored beer with a very rapid fading head.Aroma is cocoa.Taste is chocolate and smoked malts.You could almost call it a smoked beer from the ashy taste.Overall pretty decent and something I think people should try at least once.I personally would try again!! (271 characters)

Photo of hero27
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Damn dark for a supposed "lager" as labeled on the bottle. Fits the Schwarzbier category much better, and should be labeled as such. Thin, tan head. Deep, rich, roasted malt flavor with some smoky accents as well.

I had O'Fallon Smoked Porter a few weeks ago, and I was a little put-off by the taste. This brew, however, has the right amount of burnt malt flavor without being offensive.

A pretty solid offering from Fort Collins. Definitely worth a try if it's available in your area. (491 characters)

Photo of Brenden
3.72/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Notes are from yesterday afternoon.

This beer is a pretty dark brown with just a bit of clarity and a softer brown color in the light. A tan head comes out pretty small and doesn't take particularly long to diminish, though there's always a bit there. Some, though very little, lacing is left behind.
The aroma's pretty full and robust, with plenty of malt and, appropriately or not, the emphasis on smoke. In fact, this reminds me very much of a Rauchbier. There's a bit of chocolate in here too. There's something earthy and leafy in here too, but very much underneath the smoke and malts.
True to form, the flavor keeps the same profile. The emphasis is all smoke, though there is just a touch of sweetness and nice earthy and woody notes to round it out. There's a metallic tinge to this one that I just can't get past, though it doesn't ruin it by any means.
There's nothing wrong with the mouthfeel, but I think it improves as it warms. There's a very light nip of crispness at the beginning of each sip, and with some time it gets a little smoother. It is just a touch flat, though. Body is medium-full.
This has good drinkability and is a nice interpretation of the style. (1,181 characters)

Photo of wiseguy142
3.72/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours balck with a thin off white head that disappears quickly. Aroma is of baked brownies and malt extract. Taste begins and follows through with consistent bitterness and an earthy light coffee taste and pronounced chocolate. Well balanced with good hop flavor towards the end. A little stale tasting.. probably is better fresh. It's a bit heavy on the palate and hard to drink, unlike Koestritzer, but it has a lot of flavor and is enjoyable. (445 characters)

Photo of hopfacebrew
3.72/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beer poured from 12 oz brown bottle to pilsner glass.

A - A deep dark brown pour, nearly black but not quite, with a small 1/2 finger tan head with adequate retention and little lacing.

S - A good aroma mixed with roasted chocolate malt and a hint of smoke. No alcohol detected. Nice roasty character.

T - Very similar to the nose the beer starts immediately with a medium roast character. Chocolate malt and coffee roast prevalent throughout. The beer finishes clean and crisp.

M - Light bodied with light carbonation.

D - Good drinkability.

Overall, this is a decent brew. If given the situation I can see myself putting down a few more.

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 02-14-2011 14:12:41 (838 characters)

Photo of williamherbert
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The appearance ... by God, the darkest lager I ever did see! Clear dark brown like a glass of root beer, with a foamy head to match. What the heck! [Turns out it's not truly a lager but rather a schwarzbier - Ed.]

The aroma appears to contain an all-malt grain bill, but sweetish in the lager sense. There is a brown-ale-like brown sugar aroma too. Hops are barely there.

The taste is heavily roasted malts, and they come as a surprise. Major mocha/coffee bean taste. Minor pilsnery hop. Amberish malts also come through. Smoky but mild BBQish flavor like a rauchbier. Mild dark chocolate. Unexpected and full of flavor.

The feel is light-bodied like a watery lager but with a little dryness at the swallow. A challenging, dark, roasted, smoky lager. Pretty nice and unexpected, although I do wish the label would be a little more specific. (844 characters)

Photo of sommersb
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tasted On: 03-02-2012
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle
Glassware: Willi Becher
Purchased: Single from Whole Foods, Nashville

A: Pours with a huge, rolling head, like a nitro beer. Color is jet black, with only a slight red on the edges when held to the light. Tan head of 4 fingers has good retention and very good levels of lacing.

S: Aromas are of toasted malts, with a slight smokiness as well. I also smell chocolates and coffee in the crisp aromas.

T: Smokey flavors, supported by roasted coffee. Bittersweet chocolate notes, with a moderate level of bitterness and low sweetness.

M: Smooth beer with a moderate amount of carbonation in the feel. Body is in the medium range. Finishes with an aftertaste of dark, roasted grains.

O: Overall an enjoyable beer. I think this one relies heavily on burnt/roasted malts for a schwarzbier, giving it flavors akin to a stout instead of a lager. (920 characters)

Photo of tlazaroff
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nice subtle nose on this one. It's a light slightly-burnt roasted coffee bouquet with hints of chocolate. Hops come through as a mild herbal/spice, really pleasing on the aroma.

Pours out a very dark black with slight brown highlights around the edges of the glass where light gets though. The head is very very persistent (used 2 'very's on purpose) and a khaki color. Generous lacing is left behind. Nice stability on this one.

This is only my fourth or fifth Schwarzbier, so I don't have a giant pool to pull from for comparison. The Kidd is, just like the aroma, light on flavor.. but the flavors are good. It has that same coffee note, but instead of burnt, I just get the roast upfront. The roast carries though the finish. Mid-palate I get a subtle chocolate flavor that comes though, but it's dominated by the roast.

Light bodied and well carbonated, this beer is incredibly easy to drink and very appropriate as a session beer. (939 characters)

Photo of EagleTalon
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a smoked schwarzbier, so it really is a rauchbier. Pours to a beige head that lasts, not much lacing. Aroma is smoky, roasty and malty. Nos fruity esters to get in the way because it is a clean, steely lager. Flavor is a delicious blend of smoke, coffee, chocolate and a spicy, smoky bitter finish. Mouthfeel is light-medium with a warming sensation. Overall, a very tasty but lightly smoked rauchbier. Not really a schwarz. But damn good! (447 characters)

Photo of NODAK
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I know the label says that this is a pretty light schwarzbier, but the aroma is pretty thick for style. A lot of chocolate and roasted notes...especially chocolate.

The taste comes across as certainly full of roasted malt and bitter chocolate....somewhat burnt as well. Really isn't any sweetness to this one at all. Not really any hop presence to speak of on this one...finishes pretty clean though, for the simple fact that it seems rather watery. A roasted note hangs around after the swallow a while.

Not bad, if simple. A very thin consistency doesn't mean it's lacking in flavor. It does fine for itself. Just don't go in expecting a really chocolate-filled beer here....it's like a thin stout, really. (710 characters)

Photo of micahgoldfus
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a black-brown color with a well-carbonated, tan head. The smell was strong: smokey chocolate malts and roasted grain. The taste was similar to the smell up front: a blend of smokey, roasted dark malts. In the end, there was a mild presence of hops and even a touch of sweet nuttiness. The body was must lighter than expected: this is my first beer of this style, so I was not quite used to such a powerful taste with such a thin mouthfeel. It took a while to get used to, but I was happy in the end. (506 characters)

Photo of Gavage
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a dark brown color with an off white 1/2" head that falls quickly.
No lacing develops.

Smell: roasted malt and some soft earth tones.

Taste: roasted malt is dominant with some grass and some mild prune sweetness. Bitterness is mild.

Mouthfeel: lighter side of a medium bodied beer. Crisp throughout. Some dryness late. Aftertaste is long and focuses on roasted tones.

Drinkability: this beer goes down in a refreshing way despite the strong roasted malt tones. (483 characters)

Kidd Lager from The Fort Collins Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 194 ratings.