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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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Ratings: 314 | Reviews: 194
Photo of lvbs
2.72/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

While our 11 tasters appreciated the "chocolate tones" of the beer, no one loved it. It was received as too bitter, and the lack of body kept our stout lovers from really getting into it. One commented, in colorful language, that Jesse James was more virile. One of our hop-heads thought it "tastes like the living room smells."

It is worth pointing out that most of our tasters were unfamiliar with schwarzbier, and so they were thrown when a "lager" came out black and "smelling like a porter." That cognitive dissonance probably contributed somewhat to the low rating.

Overall: 2.8

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

A - Poured dark with a really nice off-white head. Unfortunately, it doesn't last long, but a light lacing is evident.
S - One sniff gave a coffee aroma, the next of cocoa, both with roasted undertones. Smells slightly sweet.
T - No bitterness at all. Good lasting flavor and aftertaste. Rich malty, coffee taste. Smooth.
M - Light carbonation mixed with a full body. Good pairing.
D - Definitely a love at first sip kind of beer for me. I enjoy the sweeter side yet, as I am still transitioning. Recommend and will buy again.

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

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a: Dark brown with ruby hues when held to light. Thin light tan head. No lacing.

s: Smokey malt and cocoa powder.

t: Smoked malt upfront, some cocoa notes, a touch of fruity hops in the finish.

m: Light and clean.

d: Very easy drinking. A surprisingly good Schwarzbier.
Nice smoky chocolate flavor paired with a light, smooth body makes for a beer that goes down easy yet retains your interest. Good representation of the style.

Photo of Kendo
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got it on tap at the Lionheart in Albany, where it's listed on the board as "Kidd (Black) Lager". . . .

A: Dark brown, nearly black body with some mahogany/crimson highlights noticeable only when held up to the light. Small light brown head leaves behind a little bit of lace.

S: Chocolate -- no, make that cocoa powder, kind of like a packet of hot chocolate mix. Not terribly strong in the nose, but what's there is pleasant.

T: Cocoa powder and milk chocolate, like the nose. Also a bit of roasted malt. There's a nice dry, hoppy taste at the end, however, so it finishes pretty clean. Despite the nose and dominant chocolate flavors, this is nicely balanced.

M: Light in body, pretty smooth drinker.

D: Very good. Tasty but light in heft, this one went down very easily. I could see this being sessionable.

Notes: But for the light body, this one almost borders on porter territory in some ways, as the nose and flavor are pretty full for a light-bodied lager. For some reason I usually expect Schwarzbiers to have a more smoky taste to them, but frankly, I think I prefer the dominant chocolate that you get here. Well done and worth checking out.

Photo of MMAJYK
3.87/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Medium to dark brown with light brown head. Nontransparent. The lacing is nice down the sides of my flute glass.

S- Chocolate and caramel malts, somewhat smoky and roasty, but calm; not too overpowering.

T- Clean and refreshing tastes of slightly smoked chocolate malts. Not heavy on the palate at all. Carries flavors of a stout but with a nice and easy vibe.

M- Thin in the mouth and high carbonation.

D- Very likable, but I do not think it a great session beer. 2-3 would be just fine though.

Overall- This is my first beer of this style, and I will have to say I really liked it. From what I have read about the style, this beer stays true and is a good representation of it. I liked the taste alot and the fact that is was not too heavy is a bonus. Nicely done.

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 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 paulthebeerguru
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

on tap at the brewery. schwartzbiers are not my favorite style, so fair warning. very malty, but it seemed to have no mouthfeel at all. dark ruby in color, with a very light white lacing. Compared to other schwartzbiers, this one is memorable an I would drink it again.

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

Started out with a nice head that that went fast with almost no lace, was as black as a stout and BEADS. It formed beads at the end of the pour. I know what that means....

Wow, this is billed on the bottle as a lager, but the dark roasted caramel malt smell was a real sniffer. It even had a greek-olive fruit like scent, like nothing I've had before. Thick in the mouth with a malty nutty aftertaste but not as heavy as a porter or stout. Spot on.

There was an odd overtone, like that of the greek olives that were in the scent, but it only slightly detracted as the caramel, and the coffee leaped into action. It sort of tasted like a better bock beer, was a little sour on the finish and ever so slight hops bitter. It was all burnt malt but subdued so I could appreciate the other flavors.

Verdict, very good beer for something different but not my preference in styles/tastes.

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 cro250klr
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.

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 number1bum
3.41/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Photo of Bitterbill
4.08/5  rDev +10%
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!

Photo of BeerRun13
4.32/5  rDev +16.4%
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.

Photo of Oxymoron
2.38/5  rDev -35.8%
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.

Photo of jdhilt
3.6/5  rDev -3%
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.

Photo of IntriqKen
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.

Photo of afinepilsner
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

Photo of GCBrewingCo
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.

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 sweethome
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.

Photo of Jredner
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.

Photo of RBorsato
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.

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Kidd Lager from The Fort Collins Brewery
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