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Kidd Lager - The Fort Collins Brewery

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Reviews: 194
Hads: 314
Avg: 3.74
pDev: 13.1%
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 GCBrewingCo
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Photo of sweethome
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Photo of Jredner
2.15/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Aroma is Rauchbier-like smoky and slightly sulphury with some subdued nutty elements. Deep black with a lasting, bubbly, white head. Fore is smokey malts, peat and chocolate malt notes and more hickory-twinged smoke and peat int he finish.. I know the brewer calls this a Schwarzbier, but the smoke element is far and away the most noticeable and dominating component. Personally I think it should be classified a Smoke beer to keep people like me, who love Schwarzbiers and hate Smoke beers, away fromt his doppleganger.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted on 1/18/06 at Bricks (Beer Bar) in Cedar Rapids, IA.

Dark brown in color with a nice light beige head, decent carbonation, and some lace. Nice light chocolate aromas and flavors. The flavor was more robust than the aroma. Medium bodied with a clean finish.

Per Label: "Schwarzbier" & "Tettnang hops"

A very nice offering that seems true to the style.

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Photo of WesWes
4.3/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a nice dark brown color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a malty scent that boasts of crystal and chocolate malts. It's sweet with a dry lager yeast aroma. The taste is great. It has a smooth and creamy black and chocolate malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes dry with some residuasl sweetness. It has a bit of an earthy feel, but the malt sweetness balances the taste. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn fine black lager. I love the taste. This is a good drinker anytime; one of their best.

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Photo of mynie
4.24/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not a great pour for a schwarz. Translucent. More of a very dark red than a black. Ruby near the bottom and all over when held to a light. Decent head.

HEAVY chocolate smell mixed with schwarz smoke. All sorts of chocolate--milk and dark and powdered and syrup. A little bit of potting soil in their, too.

Nice heavy chocolate falvor with a middle muddied by smoke and an end of sour hops and more coco. Brisk, nicely aged. Tingles of fruit on the back of my tongue.

Another great example of the style from Fort Collins.

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Photo of neonbrown82
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of hero27
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Photo of loren01
4.14/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass a cola color with small amt of white head, no lacing observed down the glass. Smells of chocolate, also has a sweet malty smell and slight hint of yeast. Taste is a smoky malt flavor, with a hint of chocolate. Pretty easy drinking, smooth beer. Very interesting beer, nice change of pace because I rarely drink this style.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep black coloration, thick, puffy cocoa-colored head. Nice lookin'...

Cocoa in the nose, nuts, spices, and raw hops, as well...most like commerical cocoa mix, than anything else, Swiss Miss, Quik, whatever...potently piney, oddly enough, for a schwarzbier...A mocha-espresso-ccino, or something like it, with a spritz of PacNW hoppiness.

Smooth and delicious in the taste...yum...powdered cocoa continues to dominate the flavor, very smooth and creamy, can't be beat. Overtly chocolatey, but a Hell of a Schwarzbier, gotta tell ya!

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Photo of russpowell
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly musty, leather nose that went well with appearance & taste. Malt and more body than I'd expect from a blackbier, but I like it. Hints of raisin and fruit are steamrolled by maltiness (not a problem for me!) I Like this as good better as most blackbier I had Germany, but then again I prefer bock to most anything else. Poured a brilliant tan head and retained throughout. I will buy it again.

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Photo of meathookjones
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown with a few fingers worth of tan head. Speckles of lacing were left on the glass. Aroma has a strong burnt smoky scent to it. There is also some caramel malt sweetness as well. The flavor is similar with a big roasty malt and smokiness over a sweet base. There are notes of dark chocolate and caramel but the smokiness really carries this. Leaves a lingering smoke flavor on the finish. A bit light in the mouth but pretty smooth. I think the big smokiness helps this along and keeps it interesting. I could definitely have a few of these.

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Photo of palliko
3.03/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this one at the brewery yesterday. Appearance is of a dark chocolate with creamy coffee foam that quickly disappears. Aroma has burnt coffee, bittersweet chocolate, and vanilla. This is a lager? Initial taste has stale coffee, toast, a hint of dark fruit, burnt sugar and bitter hops. Body is medium, well carbonated. Finish is slightly bitter, not sweet.

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Photo of gbontrag
4.3/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A leathery smell, old leather. Also, a sweet, dark cigar with cherry lipstick on it. And, old man smell. Grandpa? Brown with ruby wash, and clear. Spritzy froth that is tan, light, but holds well - grabs at the glass, but doesn't stick.
Oh yeah! Chocolate the way I like it: Bitter but not astringent. Tobacco, really nice cigar smoke. Elderberries. It kinda stops there, but that's enough. I really like this.

hey, I just had a couple more of these, and it is right on - G-O-O-D.

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

A brew I received from prAna. I am sampling the beer at room temp in a pint glass.
The beer pours a dark cola brown which reveals garnet tints when held ot the light. A 3 cm fluffy beige head fades slowly as I sample.
Aroma is sweet chocolate and roasted malt dominant.
The first sip reveals a silky smooth texture and average body with fine rolling carbonation.
Flavor is mostly roasted malt and chocolate and some sweet brown sugary flavor that hits for 1/2 a second and then gives way to the roasted flavors on the finish.
I have a rich roasted flavor in the back of my mouth after each swallow . The beer is quite tasty and I wish more brewers would make the style. But I do think this one is a little less clean than I would expect from a lager.

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Photo of cokes
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Clear midnight copper topped with a plump fluff of beige.
It smells of coffee grounds, burnt prairie, and cocoa.
Begins with a semi-acrid coffee bean note, quelling over time to caramel, chocolate, and roasted grain. It lingers with a toasted dark bread notion, then a brief yelp of blackberry. Clean through the middle, and evidently well-lagered, with its free-flowing briskness. Ends with a reedy Hallertau bitterness, and a continuing burned caramel.
Medium-light bodied, and deftly structured and dymanic in the mouth. Fluffly, without being gaseous or abrasive. Weigh is carried in the flavor, as this absolutely screams down the chute.
This is very nice drinking schwarz. Kudos.

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Photo of RoBotGod
2.3/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Odd looking beer. I keep asking myself if this is a lager or not. The taste follows. Very dry and stale. If I had to guess this was a messed up stout. I drank a whole 6 pack and found that some were a little different then the others. I don’t quite know what the Fort Collins brewery was trying to do on this one. If you like dark stale beer, this is for you!

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Photo of Beaver13
3.96/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Kidd Lager from The Fort Collins Brewery
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