Kidd Lager - The Fort Collins Brewery

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Ratings: 314
Reviews: 194
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 13.21%
Wants: 8
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 Sammy
3.57/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle fom Angotti Beverages. Bang on for the style, an aroma of roast an chocolate malts on a black body with very little white head. A below average mouthfeel, the taste is there a little peaty an smokey, a mold scotch ale. The taste is not very bold, as it is a tad watered down and the carbonation is a tad too much. Finishes coca-colish. Drinkable.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.04/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a 1 inch khaki head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. Random splotches and streaks of lace stick to the glass on the drink down. Smell is of roasted malt, roasted peanuts, and roasted coffee beans. Very roasty overall. Taste is of roasted malt and peanuts with a slight coffee grounds aftertaste. Mild roasty bitterness on the palate after each sip. A crisp mouthfeel with a pretty good level of carbonation. Overall, this is a good schwarzbier with a nice set of roasty smells and flavors.

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 brentk56
3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours an opaque, almost black color with a very modest head that delivers little lacing

Smell: Cocoa powder and charred wood

Taste: Opens with a cocoa and burnt coffee impression, with some black bread flavors building by mid-palate; after the swallow, the sweeter chocolate and coffee elements come to the fore, but the finish does contain a hint of smoke

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A very nice example of they style with some extra added elements on the smokey end that make it distinctive

Photo of BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.82/5  rDev +3%
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.

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 mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Pint Glass

A – Poured a nice and dark brown with a good sized, about two finger deep head of tan colored foam on top. Very slow recession left behind more then adequate side glass lace and a nice overall presentation. Color was full and nearly opaque.

S – The aroma was deeply smoked through and through. There was a slight hint of some earthy grains in the middle and perhaps a touch of sugar trying to mellow it out but it was mostly just a full on smoked aroma that thoroughly dominated the entire smell.

T – The flavor was very nice as well. It was again dominated by flavors of smokiness and a subtle but never the less apparent roasted nuttiness and some ever so slight sugar earthy notes. Nicely well rounded it had a good depth to the profile and was more then an average smoked lager.

M – Very light body. I was surprised by this as the aroma and the flavors were so strong that I would have thought that it would have translated over to the feel as well; however it was just a light bodied and very nicely carbonated lager. Nice fullness in the finish though which kept the flavor around for a good long while and added some complexity to it.

D – Pretty good here. To be honest the strong flavors of the smoked beers can get to me at times if I have more then one, but this was not too bad. But I would really probably not have more then one in a sitting, just too strong for that in the flavor.

Overall not a bad lager at all and really worth a shot at trying. I did not know this was smoked until I poured it, but then there was no going back. I have had much worse and this would be a good call if you saw it about.

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 zeff80
3.42/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a deep mahogany color with a small, tan head. It left small traces of lace.

S - It smelled of caramel, toffee and some grassy hops.

T - It tasted of roasted malt and was very spiced with a nice hoppiness.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a very nice schwarzbier. The folks a Fort Collins have done a very good job on this one.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark brown body with a fizzy, fading tan-colored head.

Smell: Smoke-infused, dark roasted malt aroma with plenty of chocolate and dark caramel.

Taste: This brew is loaded with an abundance of rich malt flavors, especially creamy chocolate and caramel, but there's also a slight nuttiness to it. A subtle roasty ashen character soon devlops along with the smokiness. Finishes smooth with only a light, delicate spicy hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Creamy mouthfeel.

Drinkability: A notably tasty, extremely drinkable lil' schwarzbier. Anyone who tells you otherwise is a liar and should not be trusted.

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

A - One and a half fingers of light brown head on an opaque black body. As the head settles, it leaves moderate lace.

S - Lots of toasted grain with notes of coffee, caramel, and nutty malt.

T - Light malt up front with roasted notes of chocolate and coffee. Some nutty character comes out in the middle with coffee dominating the finish.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - A nice black lager, lots of character but still smooth and drinkable.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of roasted coffee, lager yeast, dark malts and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a strong roasted malt character that is quickly followed by a strong black coffee flavor, then touches of smokiness and dark fruit. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly smoky.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, very good representation of style, this is a very solid beer to drink for a long time if you're in the mood for the style.

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 mactrail
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Dark chestnut in the glass. Rather hoppy and aftertaste surprises with its bitterness. Good flavor for mild alcohol content. Very light body but rich in the taste of malt. Rather a lot of sourish, bitter burnt malt, however.

Quite drinkable with the low body and spirits. Good session beer if you like the hop plenitude.

Photo of russpowell
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Photo of Rifugium
4.31/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

First had: bottle from Pinocchio's beer garden, Media, PA

Poured into a pint glass, a cola brown with a pinky finger of tan head that receded a bit quickly to a spotty layer, then to nothing at all; left some nice lacing. Nice aroma: roasty malts, leather, tobacco, and VERY heavy on the molasses. Smokey flavor! Smokey up front, with more roasted malts, nuttiness, and some coffee bitterness in the middle. Distinct dark sugar sweetness in the end, but finishes dry and a bit bitter. Love this beer! Very complex for a schwarzbier, which usually is just malts, malts, and more malts (which isn't necessarily a bad thing). Slightly heavier than medium mouthfeel, and very drinkable. Cheers!

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.4/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appears a deep cola brown with a tightly formed beige head, forms minimal specks of lacing with each sip. Aromatics bring a mild smokiness with roasted coffee and dark cocoa maltiness with a touch of herbal hoppiness. Toffee seems to meld it's way into the dark chocolate and java combo. Flavor is upfront with the smokey roasted malt character, a ton of flavor with dark chocolate and watery coffee edge. A minimal layer of fruitiness often found in a good schwarzbier. Body is light to medium with a soft yet poignant level of carbonation. Drinkability overall is solid from front to back, one of the tastiest and most spot on American versions I've had in quite some time. I could drink this in number and my wife loved it as well.

Photo of kojevergas
2.7/5  rDev -27.2%
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.

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
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!

Photo of jwc215
4.22/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours very dark brown, almost black, with a thin head that soon becomes a small patch that comes and goes with gentle swirling.

The smell is of toffee and dark sweet chocolatey malt. Some dark fruit underneath.

The taste is of chocolate and toffee - sweet. Bittering hops in the back control the sweetness. Smokiness in the finish.

Nice medium to full body for the style. Creamy and smooth with just the right amount of carbonation.

Delicious - A very nice interpretation of the style. I especially like the smoky twist in the finish.

Thanks to bitterbill for including this one. Very enjoyable!

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Photo of WesWes
4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.66/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Kidd Lager from The Fort Collins Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 314 ratings.