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Kidd Lager - The Fort Collins Brewery

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304 Ratings
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Ratings: 304
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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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

4.22/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2007 21:28:19 | More by ChainGangGuy
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cro250klr

Pennsylvania

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

Got this one from a recent beer split. I don't know what I'm in for.
Pours a dark stout like color. The nose is that of coffee stout. So far, so good. A very light dark tan head floats lazily on top. The moment of truth arrives and the first sip is imbibed. Very soft on the palate, not much carbonation to speak of.
Taste seems to be a bit off. For as strong as the nose seems, the chocolate, coffee and smoke flavor are a bit subdued. I't's like drinking a Coke after all of the ice has melted in the glass. You know what flavor it is, it just doesn't have the zing of a just opened bottle.
To me drinkability suffers a bit because of that fact. I'd take this one as a compliment to a dessert. Maybe a pair it with a piece of cheese cake to end a meal.
Overall, not bad; however, I've had better offerings from this brewer.
Worth a try to form your own opion but, I don't thing I'll be searching for this one any time soon.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2007 02:03:31 | More by cro250klr
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jwc215

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
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!

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2007 00:12:47 | More by jwc215
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number1bum

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One of my contributions to NEPA BC Split #3.

Pours jet black, somewhat translucent with lots of ruby hues where the light hits. Smallish tan head that dissipates pretty quickly, leaving just a touch of lacing. Smell says hello malts, with some dark chocolate and roasted malts, followed by an odd sour and sort of acidic aroma. Looks and smells a lot like a porter, maybe even a smoked porter.

Taste starts out with an odd combo of roasted and chocolate malts, which lend a bit of sweetness, with a strange tart/sour/smoky flavor of some sort. There's a hit of earthy, bitter hops through the finish, but that tart/sour flavor that I'm really not too fond of smooths out to a very nice, clean, dry finish with some lingering malty sweetness. This is light and easy drinking, but a little strange. I wouldn't seek this out again but I wouldn't turn one down, either.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2007 18:23:41 | More by number1bum
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

4.13/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours from 12oz bottle a deep brown with reddish hues and a medium sized head of tannish foam. After a few minutes, it settles down to a fine broken layer with lots of lacing.

The smell has a lot of chocolate and grain in the nose.

The taste is big on the chocolate up front but it's a semi-sweet chocolate. Could be desribed as a cocoa flavour. Further sips in and I'm getting some caramel with a bit of a hop bite that makes for, an overall, very balanced flavour. The finish has a touch of smoke to it. Very nicely done indeed. The flavours work so well together; tast, really smooth, and very darn drinkable. Good mouthfeel too. I really like this Schwartzbier...wish they carried it here in Casper.

Bottom line: Like I said, this is a very drinkable and tasty Schwarzbier. I'll have to pick up some more on my next trip to Ft Collins! Recommended!

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2007 23:10:25 | More by Bitterbill
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BeerRun13

California

4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a super dark ruby color with a thin but firm tan head. Some lace.
Very roasty in the nose. Maybe a touch of fruitiness, and some caramel.
Dark & roasty malt. A grassy hoppiness. Some caramel. Maybe a little dark fruit flavor. Nice, slight bittering aspect.
Medium bodied and very nicely carbonated. Fizziness on the tounge finishes quite clean. A sweet and slightly roasty bitterness is left behind.
Forgot what style this was before I opened this one. Very pleased with what came out. One of the best I've had in this style.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2006 22:02:02 | More by BeerRun13
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Oxymoron

Colorado

2.35/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Was Billy the Kid from Germany? Nice name for a schwarzbier. The pour is a darker brown hue with great clarity. A nice foamy head that reamined for a while but did dies eventually. Good lacing while it lasted as well.

The nose was malty. A noticeable grainy character with chocolate and caramel notes being the most detectable. Some hints of roasted and maybe a touch of bready characteristics as well. The yeast smell is also present that is specific to FCB. Not much of a german feel, but more of a English porter.

The taste is a little different. A smoother taste that is more malty the grainy. The chocolate presence is still noticeable but subtle with a lactic feel. A sweeter flavor of caramel really throws off a light smokey taste that reminds me more of liquid smoke than anything else. This is skewed by a somewhat lemony citrus finish. Overall the balance between sweet and sour if off.

The body is has a more mid then light feel to it. Carbonation is a little light. Overall I just don't feel this is a schwarz and there is a sweet and sour thing going on that just doesn't feel right. Maybe its me.

Serving type: on-tap

12-13-2006 02:35:37 | More by Oxymoron
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a four finger, brown head that fades to a shallow layer leaving a good lace. Deep mahogany color. Light carbonation and light bodied. Chocolate nose. Starts with an almost sweet chocolate flavor that becomes bakers chocolate. Good flavor but body is thin. $1.49 for a 12oz bottle from John's Grocery Iowa City, IA.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2006 23:28:41 | More by jdhilt
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IntriqKen

California

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

As the style implies, it fills the glass with an opaque practically black liquid that is topped with a white half finger of sticky lacing.
Aromas are toasted dark malts and a hint of chocolate with a tiny tinge of citrus hops at the end keeping it fresh. These are subtle scents that involve themselves in the overall experience as compliments rather than distinctive things on their own.
Taste is dark toasted malt, chocolate powder, coffee, and again the citrus hops at the end keeping everything fresh and clean.
Mouthfeel is creamy and aftertaste is slightly cappuccino in character.
Nice drying as you swallow and a light alcohol warmth afterwords.
I'm giving it 4's across the board because I really enjoy this lager, however if I were honestly judging to style, I think this is a little more stout like than swartzbier due to the rich flavors of chocolate and coffee.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2006 20:21:19 | More by IntriqKen
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afinepilsner

Iowa

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

12oz brown bottle

The Kidd Lager was dark red-brown in color with a medium size tan head. The head dissipated to a thin layer that remained for the duration, leaving a little lacing behind. The aroma was of chocolate and roasted grain. The taste started out a little sweet, but balanced out nicely; mainly chocolate with a roasty backround. The mouthfeel seemed a little thin at first, but seemed about right as the beer warmed a bit. This is a very drinkable beer. It would work great for a session beer. Recommended

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2006 03:39:30 | More by afinepilsner
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GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2006 22:07:38 | More by GCBrewingCo
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2006 12:56:42 | More by BuckeyeNation
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sweethome

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2006 05:48:17 | More by sweethome
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Jredner

Florida

2.15/5  rDev -42%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2006 19:24:21 | More by Jredner
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RBorsato

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +21.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2006 20:08:42 | More by RBorsato
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WesWes

New York

4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-16-2006 17:12:39 | More by WesWes
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mynie

Indiana

4.22/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2005 19:49:14 | More by mynie
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neonbrown82

Nebraska

3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2005 07:36:12 | More by neonbrown82
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hero27

Minnesota

3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2005 00:37:52 | More by hero27
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loren01

Oregon

4.18/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2005 22:08:30 | More by loren01
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.22/5  rDev +13.7%
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!

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2005 11:06:41 | More by feloniousmonk
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2005 05:01:18 | More by russpowell
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meathookjones

Virginia

3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2005 12:52:20 | More by meathookjones
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palliko

California

3.03/5  rDev -18.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-23-2005 18:29:22 | More by palliko
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gbontrag

Colorado

4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

47F
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2005 01:23:23 | More by gbontrag
Kidd Lager from The Fort Collins Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 304 ratings.