Kidd Lager - The Fort Collins Brewery

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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 orangemoustache
4.14/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours black with a thin brown cap. Some nice lace. The nose is so nice. Aromas of malt and sweet cocoa and dark chocolate. This is right on par for the style. Lightly chard malts, light coffee and smoke. Lightly carbonated and little if any alcohol flavor make this highly drinkable. (283 characters)

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into lager glass, no bottle dating. Pours crystal clear dark brown color with a 1 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toast, toffee, dark bread, smoke, light char, and roast/smokey earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark, roast, smoke, and bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toast, toffee, dark bread, smoke, light char, and roast/smokey earthiness. Light roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toast, toffee, dark bread, and roast/smokey earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity and robustness of dark, roast, smoke, and bready malt notes; with a good roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly bready mouthfeel that is nice. Very clean flavor and finish as well. Alcohol is well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.5%. Overall this is a damn nice schwarzbier style. All around great complexity and robustness of dark, roast, smoke, and bready malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering. (1,423 characters)

Photo of StoutHunter
3.97/5  rDev +5%
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. (2,850 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.04/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a stange.

4.0 A: Black color. Two fingers of frothy tan head. Retention is good and plenty of lacing is left.

4.25 S: Decidedly grainy - this reminds me of gathering up the grains needed for my RIS. There's also a ton of chocolate, which reminds me of the mash of that same brew. Plenty of roastiness as well. Caramel and molasses to round this off.

4.0 T: Roasty foremost, but chocolatety enough to balance it out. Grainy with layers of caramel and the slightest hint of ash. Very tasty and every sip is as good as the last.

3.75 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Lightly creamy and super smooth.

4.0 D: Really good beer. Solid all around. Pick it up. (686 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 Darkmagus82
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance- The beer pours a dark brown color with a two finger brown colored head. The head fades rather fast to leave a lighter level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell-The aroma is sweet of caramel and has a nice backbone of roasted malt and a touch of smoke.

Taste- The taste begins with some roasted malt and some sweet caramel upfront. As the flavors advance, some flavors of coffee and a bit more roastedness come to the tongue with the dwindling of some of the caramel. A toffee like sweetness replaces the caramel though, maintaining the sweetness of the brew. In the end a light smokiness comes to the tongue leaving a pleasant sweet and roasted flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel- The body of the beer is average to light with a carbonation level that is on the average side. A slightly thicker body may have been better for the roasted flavors of the brew, although the carbonation level was rather fitting for the drinkability and strength of the beer.

Overall- A rather decent black lager with a decent flavor and mix between sweet and malt. Rather easy drinking overall. (1,140 characters)

Photo of phishsihq
3.45/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

The beer pours a deep, dark brown color. A decent, light-tan head provides a decent lacing. Smoky aromas dominate the nose, and hints of chocolate and cocoa poke through as well. Roasted malts mix with smoke on the palate while a thin earthiness and a touch of nuttiness make an appearance before fading into a spicy hop bitterness. Medium-light in body, Kidd is moderately carbonated. (385 characters)

Photo of schoolboy
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a roasty black that is almost a rauchbier. It is black and nearly opaque but with very little head.. The aroma is close to that of a smoked beer.

The taste is of smoke as well, roasty to an extreme. Otherwise it has a clean crisp taste, and the aftertaste works the same way - very cleanly.

Kidd is one of many Colorado beers we are drinking this week while skiing in Vail. Like many of the others, it is a credit to the state. (439 characters)

Photo of BeerCon5
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
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. (492 characters)

Photo of hosehead83
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Dark brown/black in color, with a moderate head of tan foam.
Aroma-Roasted malt, chocolate notes
Taste-Roasty, smoky, chocolate notes-a lot of flavor for a schwarrzbier, almost porter-like. An excellent match for a burger or burrito. Tasty flavor and well-balanced. (320 characters)

Photo of magine
3.86/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Pours a dark nutty brown, lots of carbonation and a fizzy patched light tan layer sits atop the brew. A lively looking brew. Brew leaves minimal lace and a patch for the head. Average looks.

Brew smells of good roasted malts, smokey nutty tones as well. Good malty cocoa and smokiness. Very good nose.

Brew is crisp and mellows out to a smooth finish. Roasted malts; cocoa, nuttiness fill the palate. Thin feel and has a good smoke to the flavor as well. Good session brew here that has good flavors.

A solid brew here that has low abv and would be a great brew to introduce someone to malts. Thin enough to keep a 'new to craft beer drinker' unoffended. And enough flavor to keep a seasoned craft beer drinker interested. A good session brew for get togethers. Good. (815 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 divineaudio
3.42/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pint glass.

a - pours a translucent mahogany shade with some faint red highlights showing through. gave me a thin film of greyish head that dissipated rather quickly. spotty lacing

s - dark chocolate, prunes, faint charcoal.

t - chocolatey and smokey. some spicy/peppery notes crop up then fade into a lightly bitter finish. not much going on here, but it's a nice flavor profile.

m - lighter in body with adequate carbonation. a coarser co2 profile brings out the spiciness in the taste.

o - pretty satisfying on this cool summer night, but nothing i would go out in search of. (583 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 Mitchster
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brewed with chocolate malt, "a hint of smoked malt", and hopped with Tettnang. About 24 IBU and 4.4% ABV.
Part of a mixed 12 pack for $16.99 at BevCo.

Pours out to a clear very dark brown, near black, forming a nice creamy light tan head with very good retention and solid sheets of lace. Moderate carbonation.

the aroma has a nice mild chocolate flavor with a touch of biscuits, black walnut and vanilla. No smoke malt noted. Mouthfeel is bright and crisp with a medium light body. Easy to drink but full of flavor. Opens with light spicy hops, followed by the black walnut and chocolate of the nose, then there is a subtle touch of smoked malt in the aftertaste. Mild bitterness. Clean finish. No perceptable off-flavors, although it is a touch on the acidic side and has a moderate mineral aftertaste.

An interesting beer. This could be a good sessionable beer as it is easy to drink and has enough flavor to keep me interested, but it is acidic enough that it prevents it from being a good sessionable beer for me. (1,021 characters)

Photo of jtierney89
2.3/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep brown with good clarity and a big tannish head. Lots of black coffee and charcoal on the nose with a touch of leather. As the beer airs out some chocolate and smokey roastiness become present on the nose as well.

Head retains very well, big and clumpy. Very thin in body. Touches of smokiness with a good deal of roasted malt flavors. Some charcoal and chocolate on the pallete as well. Flavors come across at random times and wouldn't be terrible if it weren't for the water like consistency of the beer.

Good flavors despite them being all over the place. The thinness really ruins this beer though. Thin bodies have their place but the flavors of a schwarzbier hold up better in something a little thicker. (725 characters)

Photo of zoso1967
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Kidd pours a deep blackish brown color that shoes some garnet hues when held up to a light. The head is very nice and possess a deep tan color. It is nice and foamy with great retention. It also leaves excellent lace.

The aroma is very roasty with plenty of bitter cocoa and even some smoky notes. The beer also has a bready sweetness that is blended with a bit of molasses flavor.

The same great characteristics form the aroma come through in the flavor. This beer has a very nice smoothness to it that helps set it apart from a stout or porter. The bitter cocoa really mixes well with the dark bready sweetness and some of the caramel and molasses.

The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium with subdued carbonation. The beer finishes super cleanly with just some sweet dark malt character lingering on my tongue.

This is by far my favorite offering from FCB that I have tried so far. They did a great job crafting a beer in a style that is often overlooked by American craft brewers. Very drinkable. (1,009 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 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 StonedTrippin
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours chocolate brown color but quite transparent, decent cream head. smells very very smokey, rauchbiery in that sense, but not as heavy at all. flavor is smokey too, but tame, with fine caramel and hickory wood vibes. german malt profile and very very easy drinking for its color and aroma. low abv keeps it sessionable, a really complex and pleasing brew. possibly my favorite from their variety pack. not super different from the z lager they make. (452 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

In the world of dark lagers, Kidd borrows elements of German Dunkels, Bockbiers, Schwarzbiers, and even Porters for a robst version of Schwarzbier that's sure to satisfy the biggest fans of dark roasted beers.

Kidd opens with a very dark brown color, brilliant clarity, and a creamy lightly tanned foam stance. Great retention and lacing patterns round out the appearance that could easily be mistaked for Porter.

Clean roast aromas allow for the accompany of deep caramel and toffee. Light smoky chocolate, coffee, and char give a dry but robust impression. No fruitiness or yeasty spice keep the aroma profile clean and focused.

Clean malt flavors carry a bit of heaft and causing the beer to be maltier than normal for Schwarzbier and edging close to the world of Bocks. The complementary smoke and bittersweet chocolate notes add layers of flavors to accompany the dry toast and roast, but also muddle the otherwise clean flavor of the base black beer. Moderately grainy in taste, the slight ashy flavor from char begins to hint toward Stouts to a small degree.

Again, robust in body and slightly less palatable than is intended for the clean and effortless Schwarzbier. Added caramel and overall malty weight balances the slightly acrid and powdery roast texture but gets away from what Schwarzbiers do best.

Perhaps forgetting strict adherence to style is the way to go with this beer and it has a tasty balance and satisfies the palate well. Aside from slight watery and empty mid palate and slightly harsh roast in finish, the beer works well for a non-descript dark lager. (1,586 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
2.7/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a true imperial pint glass in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average on account of the brewery.

A: Pours a four finger head of tan colour, great cream lacing, good thickness, and impressive retention - though in fairness the ABV is rather low.

Sm: Heavy roast is the first thing I get, followed by chocolate, heavy caramel, and smoked malt. Very appealing. A strong aroma.

T: Smokey flavour evocative of rauchbiers more than black lagers. The chocolate and caramel from the nose are nowhere to be found, eclipsed by the smoke. This ruins the balance. It's built decently, but without subtlety or inspiration. A bit simple, actually.

Mf: Slightly coarse and wet. More wet towards the third act. It doesn't really suit the flavour.

Dr: Overall, it's largely unremarkable. Rauchbier fanatics may be attracted on account of the smokey notes, but the bad balance and lack of complexity turn me off to it. (1,020 characters)

Photo of falloutsnow
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased at Hyvee in Council Bluffs, IA.
No bottled on date.
Poured into a standard US pint glass.

Out of the light, this pours a very dark brown, opaque body with a >2cm tan head of mixed small and medium-sized bubbles. Held up to the light reveals this beer to actually be a very dark amber color and transparent. The head declines within a few minutes to a thin cap atop the glass, leaving spotty lacing along all sides of the glass.

Dominant aroma of chocolate malt with supporting scents of nearly burnt malt, molasses, light coffee with heavy cream, and slight smokiness and meatiness.

Flavors of roasted, blackened malt arise, giving expected chocolate and café mocha flavors. Slight pleasing bitterness alongside some smoked malt components. Could be a bit heavier in these flavors, or more complex (more flavors) and not suffer.

Body is medium in weight, with carbonation strong enough to make itself present, but not overpowering. Wouldn't mind a slight bit more carbonation, probably would make aroma and taste all the stronger, but pleasant and agreeable on the palate. Finish is semi-dry.

Generally a good schwarzbier, though perhaps too influenced by US stout/porter nuances. Quite drinkable, sessionable, and a surprisingly hearty brew for days of craving roasted malts and chocolate flavors. (1,324 characters)

Photo of bigaltemple
3.23/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - We'll just call it black. No light coming through. Three-finger soapy, tan head quickly settles to thin collar. Leaves some patchy lacing.

S - Roasted dark malts. Slight hint of dark chocolate. Not getting much else.

T/M - Lots of smokiness. Bitter dark chocolate. Finishes very dry. Light body, almost watery. Light carbonation.

O - Easily drinkable and decent enough. I likely won't pick up more, but willing to check out some of their other offerings. (461 characters)

Photo of kmwood11
3.3/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into standard US Tumbler style pint glass

A- Cool, black logo'd "FCB" (Fort Collins Brewery) cap. Label seems thrown together with a few things out of 'Clip Art'. No brew date printed on bottle. Pours a dark black body with a one finger tan head, dissipated after one minute to a lacey collar.

S- Deep roasty malts, a bit of a plum/raisin note and some chocolate notes as well.

T- Sharp assault on the pallet on first sip. An rush of smokey, malty, relatively bland flavors that don't linger for long and then quickly change into a smokey, almost unsatisfying finish.
M- Lots of carbonation that goes as quickly as any flavor. Smokey and dry after.

O- I'm alright with it. I'm disappointed with how quickly the flavor finishes. I find after 15 seconds there is no remaining tastes. This I think is just the beer being a relatively light beer, which I was not expecting, a pleasant surprise. Not sure on the date of this beer, bought a single, loose bottle at the local liquor store. (1,001 characters)

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