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Kidd Lager - The Fort Collins Brewery

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309 Ratings
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Ratings: 309
Reviews: 192
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 13.48%
Wants: 9
Gots: 3 | 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:
"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."

(Beer added by: RoBotGod on 03-27-2005)
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Photo of Halcyondays
4.22/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a very deep brown with a light white head, spotty lace.

S: Nice note of campfire smoke with a lot of dark chocolate.

T: Real nice dark chocolate and roast flavour with that background smoke. Subtle hint of dark fruit in the finish.

M: Medium-bodied, smooth, creamy, a bit spritzy.

O: The winner of the Fort Collins mix pack is the Kidd Lager. Excellent flavour and very much to style, the smoked malt adds a nice touch. Just wish I got more than the one bottle in the mix pack.

Halcyondays, Aug 04, 2011
Photo of kkipple
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

kkipple, Jul 07, 2011
Photo of NODAK
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

NODAK, Jun 24, 2011
Photo of Kromes
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: pitch black with a thin off white head. Nice lacing down the glass.

S: Sweet roasted honey malts. A nice deep roasted malt aroma.

T: A sweet smokey roasted malt flavor. It's interesting as it has a strong smokey flavor, I wasn't expecting that. There is also a bit of fruitiness in the beer that keeps it light. The sweetness and roasted bitterness play well together.

M: medium bodied and good carbonation.

O: I like this beer. I think is very well crafted, balanced, and right in style. Very nice.

Kromes, Jun 11, 2011
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.

mactrail, Jun 06, 2011
Photo of Rifugium
4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
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!

Rifugium, May 19, 2011
Photo of metter98
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

metter98, May 15, 2011
Photo of acmebbq
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a pint glass with about a finger, light tan head. Head lessened fairly quickly but foam covered the surface all the way down leaving substantial lacing. Beer appeared dark brown to black. Dark copper/reddish when held to the light.

S - Malty, some chocolate, a bit of smoke.

T - Malty, milky chocolate, bitter coffee, smooth lager finish.

M - Light to moderate body. Some creaminess.

O - Enjoyable overall. Could drink two or three in a sitting.

acmebbq, May 04, 2011
Photo of rawfish
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straight pour into an Odell tulip, dark cola brown, fizzy white head that maintains a fluffy character for a while.

Roasted dark malt, sweet molasses and a trailing dark smokey chocolate nose. Color and nose would indicate more flavor but it's a lager not an ale.

Light touch of smoke, cocoa and roasted coffee throughout but mainly crisp and refreshing. Smooth but rather dry finish. Lighter mouthfeel than expected and perfectly carbonated.

A great session beer, finally something from FCB I can embrace, a quencher for these spring months for when the weather could be anything.

rawfish, Mar 02, 2011
Photo of claytong
2.35/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This was a very mediocre beer for me. I was neither in love nor hated it. It tasted a bit chalky and strangely like some piece of metal I couldn't place.
The appearance was more decent than my rating but its misleading me makes me rate it lower.
Not something I would recommend by any means. Fort Collins Brewery has a lot more to offer.

claytong, Feb 28, 2011
Photo of Bung
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz. Nearly black pour, thing layer of white head. Does retain pretty well.

Aroma has toasted malt and quite a bit of milk chocolate.

Taste is a smooth chocolate, light roast coffee and lighter anise. Faintest herbal tones. Finishes pretty dry with some cocoa.

Another in the style that makes for a session drink. Lighter bodied but quite smooth.

This style is definetely my under the radar favorite, so many I've tried I have been really satisfied with.

Bung, Feb 26, 2011
Photo of ToAzwethinkweizm
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The moderators say this is a duplicate beer from the "KIDD BLACK LAGER" which clearly has a different label than the one pictured:

Date: 1 February 2011
Glass: Sierra Nevada XXX snifter
Type: 12fl oz bottle

Came from a mixed 'beers of the world' mixed pack from a family member at Xmas time.

Poured aggressively to give no head nor lacing, color is black. Aroma of heavily roasted malts, chocolate malts, and some smoked malts, touch of caramel. Taste is heavy in roasted/slightly-burnt malts, touch of smoke...probably only a 5% ABV brew. Pretty smooth, no heavy unpleasant bitterness. Not bad.

ToAzwethinkweizm, Feb 06, 2011
Photo of McNealc31
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

The Kidd Black Lager pours very dark brown, but you can see through it when held to light. Smells of some roastiness and coffee. I think the best way to describe this is the flavors of a porter, but with the texture and mouthfeel of a Bud Light. It's lighter and less bitter than a porter, but with very similar flavors. There's some roast, some smoke, subtle coffee and chocolate. I like it, but I feel like something is missing.

McNealc31, Jan 28, 2011
Photo of heavy216
2.3/5  rDev -38%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: 12 oz bottle. 1 finger frothy head fades fast, heavy lacing, looks like coke in color....

S: strang chocalate, burnt/smokey smell

T/M: strong carbonation like coke heavy and then fades like flat cola.

D: taste like it smells with a heavy burnt coffee aftertaste...not very good

heavy216, Jan 22, 2011
Photo of e11iott
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: 12 oz bottle. 1 finger head, very frothy. Poured a pitch black color. Heavy lacing when cold, almost none once room temp.

S: The dark chocolate and coffee smell is almost over powering.

T/M: Highly carbonated, got better as it got warm, the flavors came out. It tastes like there should be more alcohol in it.

D: Was looking forward to this one, reminded me of "OLD ENGINE OIL", but not quite as tasty. Way better warm.

e11iott, Jan 21, 2011
Photo of Bizz88
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown with a single fingered tan head that disappeared fast but left a fair amount of sticky lacing the entire pint glass. On the nose molasses, chocolate and a touch of hickory smoke. The bitter sweet chocolate and coffee on the palate for this medium light lager that went down quite well. Two thumbs up.

Bizz88, Jan 04, 2011
Photo of ScorpyX
4.47/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very very dark brown pour, almost black, with a small, tan head. This one disappears quickly.

S: Smoky and chocolatey smell.

T: The smell is definitely there in the taste with roasted chocolate accompanied by that smoky taste. Reminds me of my favorite New Belgium brew, 1554.

M: In spite of the color and taste, it's still called a lager and the lighter feel fits. The chocolate and light coffee notes had a little heaviness, but for the most part it's smooth with just a touch of carbonation.

D: I hadn't had this one in a while, and thus forgotten just how drinkable it is. Delicious taste, light and smooth body, and fairly low alcohol put the drinkability pretty darn high. If one enjoys the flavor as much as I do, you'll be having a few of these.

ScorpyX, Jan 03, 2011
Photo of BeerDawgs
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

BeerDawgs, Jan 02, 2011
Photo of BretSikkink
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Datk brown with crimson highlighting. Head is a light tan in color but does not retain much. No lacing or legs which is normal for style but I do love to hope. Aromas are fairly light and one-dimensional. Cocoa notes and pale sweetness.

Coffee adds to the notes of bittersweet chocolate, providing much needed depth to the flavor. Still somewhat light and with notes of aspirin, but the earthy hops are much more prevalent. Good balance, but overly light. Respect the drinkability while wishing for a bit more body.

BretSikkink, Dec 31, 2010
Photo of secondtooth
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This schwarzbier (black beer) pours an oil-black with almost no lacing. The nose is chocolatey and tastes like dark bittersweet chocolate with a slightly burnt "smoking gun" finish, as the bottle proclaims. That seems an apt description. A tasty and unusual beer, and one lager that strays far from the beaten path.

secondtooth, Dec 19, 2010
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.

drizzam, Dec 10, 2010
Photo of drummstikk
2.75/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown/light black clear color. Smells of German hops and roast barley. Tastes like nice and strong roasted malts, much more roasty than a Koestritzer, which I think is great. Also much hoppier than the German version of this beer, which again is fine because the beer's authors stick to clean spicy and earthy hops. But this beer misses the whole point of the Schwartzbier; the roast flavor is not balanced with maltiness or brisk sulphury yeast flavor! Kidd needs much more Munich malt and a more flavorful German lager yeast. As it is, this beer comes across as a subdued stout, and I like my stouts to be more roasty and more estery, thank you very much. Kidd's designers seem to have simply applied the American beer transformation to a Schwartzbier: clean up the yeast, simplify the lightly-kilned malts, and accentuate the highly-kilned malts and hops. I understand that this will sell, but it's just a formulaic interpretation.

drummstikk, Dec 05, 2010
Photo of tugdriver7
2.8/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Nooo! I was really looking forward to this one--especially since they only put two in each sample case. Schwarzbier is one of my favorite styles and I actively seek them out where I can. This one poured beautifully, rich black/mahogany in the glass with a gorgeous tan to brown head. Subtle hint of (smoky?) malts in the nose and then that initial taste. Rich roasted malt and then (ugh!) smoked malts! Like drinking a great black lager mixed with the ashes of a campfire. Definitely not as bad as a Rauchbier, but the same smoked malts render the Schwarzbier only moderately drinkable (unless you're a smoked malt fan... and I'm not). Sorry, but just couldn't give this a better rating.

tugdriver7, Nov 09, 2010
Photo of MTNboy
3.28/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I did not feel that there was too much to this beer. The carbonation was weak and it was a little less than average to look at. It a very thin line of head and there was no lace. It did have a deep dark brown body. The aroma is reminiscent of burnt coffee but in an alright way. Its flavor has bit of a smoky finish that gives it some redeeming qualities. The mouthfeel is medium and average.

MTNboy, Sep 24, 2010
Photo of Durge
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Durge, Sep 22, 2010
Kidd Lager from The Fort Collins Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 309 ratings.