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Kidd Lager - The Fort Collins Brewery

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303 Ratings
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Ratings: 303
Reviews: 192
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 13.48%
Wants: 9
Gots: 4 | 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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jadpsu

Georgia

4.08/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Could not find an ABV on bottle or on the Fort Collins Brewery Web site.
Not positive that this is not already listed n Beer Advocate as KIDD LAGER. However, the bottle is different than the one shown for just KIDD LAGER. On further examination of the Fort Collins site I only see one of the two listed and the one listed is called 'BLACK' LAGER.

Pours black with a brown head that lacks good retention but does have good lacing.
Smell provides some toasty, smokey malts and some biscuity breads.
Taste includes some molasses, coffee and chocolate. Can't say I pick up much in hops in either aroma or taste.
Surprisingly light in body and low carbination.
Enjoyable session beer with some complexity in its aroma/flavor.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2010 21:24:33 | More by jadpsu
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TangTKE402

New York

4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a beer mug, this beer looked like melted licorice in the glass with a thin, 1/2 finger head the color of ivory.

The smell is malty and robust with strong hints of toasted caramel and resin.

The color betrays the flavor, as this beer is much lighter in feel and taste than it appears. Malt flavors abound, with hints of hickory smoke and plum on the swallow. It is surprisingly clean and light, without an overpoweringly robust feel, and it leaves the mouth feeling like a campfire.

It is surprising how much flavor is packed into this beer without it getting bogged down in heady richness, which can sometimes be off-putting to those seeking a more refreshing beer. If there was such a thing as clean smoke, the Fort Collins Brewing Company has bottled it, and it tastes good.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2010 20:00:57 | More by TangTKE402
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ZAP

Minnesota

4.13/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pretty close to black...some brown hues..

S-Interesting...milk chocolate....smoked meats...nice mix...

T-Nice flavor to this...roasted malts... milk chocolate..some smokiness....maybe a tich of caramel...enjoyable..

M-Medium to light medium...about perfect...smooth, clean
texture..

D-I'm impressed....excellent schwartzy with a twist..

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2010 00:18:09 | More by ZAP
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emmasdad

Colorado

3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2010 02:54:10 | More by emmasdad
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coolitamigo

Florida

3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Pouring into pint glass it is very dark brown, leaving one of the shortest lived heads i have ever poured. A tan film follows the beer to the bottom of the glass. Holding the dark liquor up to the light tints of cherry red appear.

S- Clean mocha, chocolate. My first experience with an American brewed dark lager. Similar yet slightly cleaner smell than a porter or dark ale varieties.

T- Thick almost porter style dark malty flavor, the malts added to this don't only impart their black color but give it a robust and even smokey flavor. The hop character is minimal as expected for this style.

M- The Aroma and Taste would suggest a heavier body than you are greeted with on first sip.

D- Nearly finished the glass and would gladly pour another from the FCB "Brewer's Lunchbox" if i wasn't so anxious to burst open another I haven't tried. There is a certain lightness to this beer that is hard to find with complex dark beers like this.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2010 21:58:15 | More by coolitamigo
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Got this in the variety case with 6 types.

A - Pitch black with decent head. Really good looking Schwartz
S - Mostly roasted malt backbone with a solid chocolate or coffee malt and slight rum but very faint.
T - Wow very delicious! Full of roasted and burt malts along with mild chocolate and coffee with not bitter bite to speak of.
M - Very thin yet full of flavor. Really liked it
D - If I could see this stocked around my town I would drop 12 dollars a sixer easy. Very drinkable and succession-able yet I drank through too quick as the two I had are gone already.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2010 01:09:20 | More by DrDemento456
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: From the bottle poured a rich deep chocolate coloring, while in the glass was a flat black. The head was disappointing, never really gathering enough strength to form nor retain and was khaki in color for its brief stay.

S: Light roasty malt and chocolate appears on the nose with moderately good results and strength. Earthy with a light charred character and burnt caramel sweetness. Per style this was pretty generous in the aromatic sense.

T: Light roasty grains, burnt chocolate and a bit of smokiness starts things off in the right direction. There is a nice bit or burnt grain sweetness coming through initially that is accompanied by creamer enriched coffee notes. Earthy roastedness and a residual lacing ensures on the swallow with a moderate bitterness of freshly roasted beans. Overall had a pretty robust flavor per style, with just a touch of smokiness that borders almost on porter strength.

M: Pretty good fullness for a Schwarz, would even be good for a porter. Roasty with a smoky charred coating that sits well on the tongue. Light carbonation factor with a silky texture suits this well.

D: Good drinkability, rich and robust flavor while still maintaining a smooth and easy to consume nature makes this a prime example. Six pack worthy.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2010 22:29:31 | More by beerthulhu
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Rayek

Colorado

3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Stange.

A: Deep mahogany, but not quite black. A dense and soapy cream head has nice retention and leaves a good amount of lace.

S: Chocolate, molasses and a hint of smoke make up most of the nose. There's a light scent of lemon in the background.

T: Tastes similar to Fort Collins' Rauchbier in some respects. Molasses and a pronounce smokiness are out front. Some bittersweet baking chocolate is along for the ride. Bitterness is very light and lemony. Finishes with slight astringency and lingering burnt wood flavors.

M: The light body is slightly dry and has the right amount of fizz.

D: I liked this beer, but it tastes slightly conflicted to me. It seems to be trying to ride the line between a Schwarzbier and Rauchbier. Thankfully, it does a pretty decent job of it.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2010 01:56:37 | More by Rayek
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indiapaleale

Massachusetts

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

Pour - dark, dark, dark brown, almost like an Oreo in color. Head is rather thin, foamy and lager-like. When held to the light you get the reddish hues from the dark malted barley. Very nice.

Aroma - a little smokey, sweet and peaty. Pretty similar to their Z lager in aroma actually. There is some nice subtle malt sweetness and some toasted bread notes as well. As it warms there is some licorice and some caramel as well. The smoke, however, is what really shines through.

Taste - quite light bodied and very malty, sweet and a tad smoky. There is some caramel and prune flavor to this that combines with the subtle smokiness quite well. Plenty of roasted malt flavors come out and form the bulk of the flavor profile of this crisp and easy drinking dark lager.

Overall - I like it. Its a very light bodied beer with plenty of flavor. Since it clocks in at only 4.5% this is one hell of a session beer candidate. Cheers!

Would I buy more of it? - I may seek this out again, I really enjoy the smokiness of this beer as well as the fact that it is low in alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2010 02:54:54 | More by indiapaleale
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-pours a dark liquid, almost black. Hues of red shine through giving a ruby red color with light shined upon it. The head is tan in color, thin and bubbly, with little retention and virtually no lacing.

S-the nose is quite fair in strength, it brings a good bit of roasted, burnt coffee, lightly smoked, notes of dark chocolate and toffee, a touch of caramel malt underneath. The back end brings a hop aroma of citric and floral esters.

T-big time roasted flavors. Burnt coffee is definintely quite strong giving it a roasted malt taste with a hint of smokiness. The dark chocolate adds a hint of sweetness but isn't very strong. Caramel and toffee lie underneath as a hop presence gives a nice balanced, and slightly bitter finish. the hops do add a nice touch of floral esters with herbal notes

M-this is extremely smooth, so smooth and just a touch of creaminess. It is light bodied, and the carbonation is light but still bringing a crisp finish.

D-this is a very tasty brew. Big bold flavors that blend together very well. Light body and easy drinking, great flavors, easily sessionable

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2010 01:10:18 | More by cpetrone84
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2010 03:39:00 | More by TMoney2591
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tapman

Illinois

2.45/5  rDev -34%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A dark ruby-brown, not quite opaque, with a 1 finger tan head. What else can you do with this brew, other than improve the head a little.

I'm mostly getting...smoked bacon? I don't get any hops coming through, though that isn't necessarily bad. I want to say there is some sweetness, but I'm not sure I just want there to be. Smokiness is soft yet still overpowering.

Tastes like smoked bacon. I guess that I can get behind some smoked malt, and it isn't too strong in this one and I am sure nicely balanced, but I love schwarzbiers and this one takes what I like away from them. A nice toasty maltiness with some balanced hop bitterness, like a savory version of stout. The smoked malt covers up a lot in this brew and I would care to try a non-smoked version.

Mouthfeel is fine. High in dextrins yet dry enough for a lager. Not syrupy.

I'm not a fan. Not that I am a purest or anything, but all I can taste is the smoked malt. This beer lacks the complexity of the style.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2010 03:59:25 | More by tapman
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SamN

Colorado

4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- The Kidd is a dark, dark beer, but not opaque. More like a reddened black, but this beer is hella dark. Not much head to it, though. The half finger head, gray-tanish melts away to wisps skating across the surface.

S- Big smell of woody smoke and porter-like malts. In fact, in a blind smell, I would take this for a porter. Earthen grains, peanut butter, slight crisp hops at the edges, but mostly roasted malts and a rich smokiness.

T- Again, lots of porter character. A malt forward beer, and my personal preference. Very little hops here, a lingering bitterness in the finish, that's about it. Nothing about this beer is aggressive at all, it has a easy flavor, nothing extreme. Schwarzbier is such an underrated style, I don't know why I don't see more of this. This is a very tasty beer, it is a unique style and flavor, but it holds much reward inside.

M- Medium light body, subtle carbonation, nice smoothness, spot on feel, maybe a pinch less bubbles in the finish.

D- Good drinkability, the earthy character may be less appealing as a session beer. This is more like a beer for a specific purpose; a jonesing for a black lager, to be paired with a meal. I wouldn't necessarily want to drink this all night.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2010 21:00:52 | More by SamN
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GilGarp

Colorado

3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served cold from a 12oz. bottle. With a vigorous pour, it forms a 1/2" of head but settles quickly. Kidd is a very dark brown beer with good clarity.

Aroma is sweet with roasty malts, chocolate, and a hint of smoke.

Flavor is more of the same. Sweetness followed by roasty coffee, bittersweet chocolate, and caramel. The smoke seems completely missing until I consider the aftertaste. It's pleasant in that it doesn't slap you around with smoke. More of a gentle brush.

Mouthfeel is nice too - medium bodied and lower carbonation than expected. I would think this could be awesome on cask.

Another good offering from FBC. I'm really looking forward to their new brewing facility. Judging by the lunchbox sampler, this brewery has real potential.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2010 17:57:43 | More by GilGarp
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brewbasterd

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown color with reddish tints and a tan head that falls away rather quickly.Definately tons of chocolate on the nose, just a slight hint of smokiness with some sweet qualities also. More chocolate on the palate, the smoked malt comes through more here with just a touch of hop bitterness. Very light bodied, typical for this style, flavors dont linger for too long, leaving you wanting more. Good session beer, great floavors and overall well brewed.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2010 00:43:27 | More by brewbasterd
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veachster

Wisconsin

3.4/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a very dark amber body with a small, tannish head. Ok head retention. No lacing.

S - It smells sweet & malty with some robust, roasted undertones with light smokiness.

T - Roasted malts and coffee... slightly on the sweet side. I'm not tasteing much of the smokiness I was expecting.

M - It crisp and smooth with a medium body. The carbonation gives it the crispiness.

D - A good mouthfeel and taste combination made this beer very drinkable. I was hoping for a bit more smokiness but it was still good.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2010 23:35:21 | More by veachster
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark, barely transparent chocolate brown with a fairly thick, if none too persistent, beige head. Aroma is strong, oily and smoky, more like that of a fine stout or porter. Flavor is rich, malty smoky with an undertone of unsweetened chocolate and a hint of fine coffee. Texture is smooth, finely grainy and fairly fizzy. Recommended to all who love dark beers.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2010 00:55:11 | More by Cyberkedi
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2010 05:47:32 | More by TheManiacalOne
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2010 00:33:46 | More by Sammy
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feelmefoam

South Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque black with glistening ruby highlights when held up to the light. The Kidd put up a finger of off-white head that dissipated fairly quickly, leaving a decent amount of lacing around the glass. Looks good.

In the nose, I can smell some smoky malt, a little chocolate, and some earthiness. Not exciting, but not bad either.

The taste and mouthfeel let me down a little bit. Still good flavor, the smokiness is there up front with a tiny amount of caramel malt and chocolate, followed up by the earthy hop finish. Still, it was a little bland and somewhat acidic, and the mouthfeel was pretty thin. I know this is part of the style, but it was pretty watery for me.

Overall, this is a beer I probably won't search out again, but if I have one handed to me I certainly wouldn't turn it away. It's good, but the Sam Adams Black Lager I had in this style was better.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2010 05:46:04 | More by feelmefoam
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2010 21:27:43 | More by oriolesfan4
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arizcards

Arizona

3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up in late September while vacationing in Grand Junction. Sold as part of the Brewer's Lunchbox for $16.99.

Beer poured a dark brown with a decent tan head. Nose is roasted malts and is somewhat sweet. Taste is roasted malts, with a subtle hint of smoke and chocolate, finishing very clean. Mouthfeel is light to meium bodied, and refreshing. Drinkability is good. This is a very nice beer not seen often with a nice twist with the smoked malts. Being that i smoke meats, i can appreciate the enhancement the smoke brings to this brew. Nice job!

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2010 01:05:01 | More by arizcards
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scruffwhor

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a nice shiek looking black with cola brown and ruby highlights. Very quick head dissipates to nothing. The aroma is of nicely roasted malts, giving notes of chocolate and light coffee. Then the smokey malts add an air of more milky chocolate to the aroma. The taste starts with malts roated so dark, it gives off a slightly bitter, acidic twang. But the smoke quells the acid in themiddle. While some faint American hops and maybe some brown sugar bring it all together in the finish. Great session beer with its super malt bill and awesomely smooth smokiness.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2009 06:37:37 | More by scruffwhor
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tjd112

New Jersey

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

From the brewer's lunchbox purchased at Spirits Unlimited (Route 9 and 526, Lakewood, NJ). Poured into Flying Fish pint glass.

A - Black color with a tinge of red, off-white head, moderate lacing
S/T - Slight caramel, with notes of root beer, some toastiness, but not like a stout
M - Light-bodied with a smooth finish
D - A really good beer to have with either German or Mexican food, this is similar in style to Negra Modelo.

Probably the best beer out of all of the Brewer's Lunchbox.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2009 18:57:46 | More by tjd112
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morimech

Minnesota

4.18/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark reddish brown color with one inch of tan head that hung around for awhile. The head eventually settles to a thin cap. Thin lacing is left on the glass. Malty aroma with notes of chocolate. More roasted than what is typical for the style. Not as roasted in the flavor. More hints of chocolate with some earthiness thrown in. A real good tasting Schwarzbier. These beers are not suppose to have big bodies but this felt a little thin. Nice carbonation. Another good American Schwarzbier. In fact I am enjoyed the ones produced domestically than the German imports.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2009 22:23:52 | More by morimech
Kidd Lager from The Fort Collins Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 303 ratings.