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Kidd Lager - The Fort Collins Brewery

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Kidd LagerKidd Lager

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Ratings: 302
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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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

06-26-2013 16:07:53 | More by petermethot
Photo of wiseguy142

New York

3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours balck with a thin off white head that disappears quickly. Aroma is of baked brownies and malt extract. Taste begins and follows through with consistent bitterness and an earthy light coffee taste and pronounced chocolate. Well balanced with good hop flavor towards the end. A little stale tasting.. probably is better fresh. It's a bit heavy on the palate and hard to drink, unlike Koestritzer, but it has a lot of flavor and is enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2009 02:36:23 | More by wiseguy142
Photo of hero27


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
Photo of Brenden


3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Notes are from yesterday afternoon.

This beer is a pretty dark brown with just a bit of clarity and a softer brown color in the light. A tan head comes out pretty small and doesn't take particularly long to diminish, though there's always a bit there. Some, though very little, lacing is left behind.
The aroma's pretty full and robust, with plenty of malt and, appropriately or not, the emphasis on smoke. In fact, this reminds me very much of a Rauchbier. There's a bit of chocolate in here too. There's something earthy and leafy in here too, but very much underneath the smoke and malts.
True to form, the flavor keeps the same profile. The emphasis is all smoke, though there is just a touch of sweetness and nice earthy and woody notes to round it out. There's a metallic tinge to this one that I just can't get past, though it doesn't ruin it by any means.
There's nothing wrong with the mouthfeel, but I think it improves as it warms. There's a very light nip of crispness at the beginning of each sip, and with some time it gets a little smoother. It is just a touch flat, though. Body is medium-full.
This has good drinkability and is a nice interpretation of the style.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2010 15:04:57 | More by Brenden
Photo of neonbrown82


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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3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle to a dark brown with medium thick bidge head that lingered thru mid-glass and left okay lacing. Aroma was a pleasant mixture of chocolate malt with a hint of smoked wood. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and the taste highlights the choclate, toffe and hint of smoke found in the nose. Unlike other smoked beers I have that are way too smokly, this was just the right tough to offest the malty sweetness, ending in a nice rounded finish.

I'd like to have this again, next time with grilled sausage.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2009 12:53:07 | More by kimcgolf
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3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tasted On: 03-02-2012
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle
Glassware: Willi Becher
Purchased: Single from Whole Foods, Nashville

A: Pours with a huge, rolling head, like a nitro beer. Color is jet black, with only a slight red on the edges when held to the light. Tan head of 4 fingers has good retention and very good levels of lacing.

S: Aromas are of toasted malts, with a slight smokiness as well. I also smell chocolates and coffee in the crisp aromas.

T: Smokey flavors, supported by roasted coffee. Bittersweet chocolate notes, with a moderate level of bitterness and low sweetness.

M: Smooth beer with a moderate amount of carbonation in the feel. Body is in the medium range. Finishes with an aftertaste of dark, roasted grains.

O: Overall an enjoyable beer. I think this one relies heavily on burnt/roasted malts for a schwarzbier, giving it flavors akin to a stout instead of a lager.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2012 03:30:21 | More by sommersb
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3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nice subtle nose on this one. It's a light slightly-burnt roasted coffee bouquet with hints of chocolate. Hops come through as a mild herbal/spice, really pleasing on the aroma.

Pours out a very dark black with slight brown highlights around the edges of the glass where light gets though. The head is very very persistent (used 2 'very's on purpose) and a khaki color. Generous lacing is left behind. Nice stability on this one.

This is only my fourth or fifth Schwarzbier, so I don't have a giant pool to pull from for comparison. The Kidd is, just like the aroma, light on flavor.. but the flavors are good. It has that same coffee note, but instead of burnt, I just get the roast upfront. The roast carries though the finish. Mid-palate I get a subtle chocolate flavor that comes though, but it's dominated by the roast.

Light bodied and well carbonated, this beer is incredibly easy to drink and very appropriate as a session beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 17:07:25 | More by tlazaroff
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3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

A- Pours a dark brown color with reddish hues and a light tan colored head with decent lacing and retention.

S- The aroma smells great, there is a lot of chocolate malts along with a hint of smoke.

T- The taste like the aroma features a lot of dark chocolate malts that are roasted with a smokey finish with just a mild touch of hops.

M- The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, a pretty tasty brew that is worth picking up. Another solid beer from Fort Collins.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2009 05:01:33 | More by cjgator3
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South Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2011 23:28:25 | More by kkipple
Photo of NEhophead


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

12 fl oz brown bottle; served in a tumbler.

Pours a deep maple with a ruby hue. Creamy, light brown head that slowly fades to an intact sheet. A few patches of less than strong lacing.

Notes of brown sugar, coffee, and milk chocolate. Semi-sweet malts with a pleasant spice profile: nutmeg, hazlenut; touches of cream and vanilla.

Artificially sweetened malts with a wheat and grain-filled flavor. Notes of brown sugar and nutmeg that is much more mild than the aroma foreshadows. Intensely sweet vanilla by mid-sip with a brisk, grain-filled finish. Hints of smoke in the aftertaste.

Medium bodied; initially smooth due to the artificial sweetness, but quickly turns rough and grainy. A balanced mouthfeel for the style.

A pretty flavorful Schwarzbier despite some flaws and mild imbalance. A nice change of pace to the typical domestic lager.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2008 00:53:04 | More by NEhophead
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3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours as an attractive dark amber, sits in the glass near black with ruby highlights. Light head.

Smell: Sweet, cedary smell. A nice malt scent comes up when the lager is swished in the glass. A thin brown sugar scent is also present.

Taste: The lager has a pleasant, light, and crisp hop aftertaste. The hop flavor has a good range to it.

Mouthfeel: Light feeling on the tongue, without feeling too light. A good feel of carbonation brings out the hops, while there is a pleasantly light amount of body to the beer.

Drinkability: The beer has a good flavor and crisp aftertaste, leaving me with feeling light. This is a beer I could definitely drink a few of. It's well balanced, and for some odd reason, I would really like to drink it with chicken in curry with coconut milk.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2008 02:55:49 | More by blackjack000
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3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Haven't had a lager in a while, and I figure it's time to get back to the basics. Sometimes I get so involved in the panoply of big brews coming out that I forget how tasty even a simpler brew can be if done right. Pours black with cherry red hues that envelop themselves around the darkness. A good sized tan head floats above and fades in it's own sweet time. Very little lacing is left behind at first, but after a few drinks some slim fingers of lace wrangle themselves to the top of the glass. Smells of roasted malts. Tastes big on the roasted malts at first, but after a few drinks some vanilla and nuttiness come out. Goes down smooth, kind of like a subdued doppelbock. This is just plain and simple good drinking. . . with color.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2008 01:56:47 | More by stephens101
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3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2008 03:46:44 | More by Gueuzedude
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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.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2011 00:22:35 | More by BeerDawgs
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3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-28-2007 07:57:54 | More by paulthebeerguru
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3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque deep cola brown with amber highlights and a quarter inch tan head that quickly dissipates, leaving no lacing.

Roast malt, with hints of caramel and chocolate and a tobacco finish comprise the aroma. Notes of soy emerge as it warms.

Flavor is dominated by roast malt throughout, with heavily toasted, burnt breadcrust, a touch of molasses sweetness, and an herbal hop finish adding complexity. There's a touch of bitterness at the finish. Notes of coffee grounds and chocolate surface late.

Body is moderate, with moderate carbonation and a bit if of astringency at the finish.

Overall, one of the more characterful beers I've tried from Fort Collins. The roast burnt flavor is a bit overwhelming, though.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2012 05:28:17 | More by barczar
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3.59/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance- The beer pours a dark brown color with a two finger brown colored head. The head fades rather fast to leave a lighter level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell-The aroma is sweet of caramel and has a nice backbone of roasted malt and a touch of smoke.

Taste- The taste begins with some roasted malt and some sweet caramel upfront. As the flavors advance, some flavors of coffee and a bit more roastedness come to the tongue with the dwindling of some of the caramel. A toffee like sweetness replaces the caramel though, maintaining the sweetness of the brew. In the end a light smokiness comes to the tongue leaving a pleasant sweet and roasted flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel- The body of the beer is average to light with a carbonation level that is on the average side. A slightly thicker body may have been better for the roasted flavors of the brew, although the carbonation level was rather fitting for the drinkability and strength of the beer.

Overall- A rather decent black lager with a decent flavor and mix between sweet and malt. Rather easy drinking overall.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2013 18:57:42 | More by Darkmagus82
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3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Very dark almost black with a slight tinge or red. About an inch of beige colored head.

Smell - Right of the bat i think very dark chocolate, might be completely wrong kind of have a head cold, closer inspection get some smokey and maybe peppery flavors.

Taste - The dark chocolate smell turns out to be more of a coffee taste, very nice malty flavors, even get a hit of smokiness towards the end. Not to much bitterness but just enough well balanced brew

Mouthfeel - Light carbonation, dry in the mouth, feels thin

Drinkability - Not what the bottle says about being a blonde but it does go down easy. Good brew overall

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2009 23:54:54 | More by mcraw88
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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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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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3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I acquired this as an extra in a recent trade with Exiled, Thanks!

A: It looks almost black at first, but in fact a lot of light makes it through. One finger of head dissipates quickly, but does leave some nice lacing.

S: Roasted malts with a slight nutty character, but not much else going on.

T: Dark roasted malts with a slight sweetness. A nice smokiness is also present, which I really enjoy. Clean, with no off flavors and very easy drinking.

M: Light bodied and maybe a little watery, nice carbonation.

O: Clean and very sessionable. I enjoyed the smoked malts that found their way in, and feel fortunate to have gotten to try this, thanks again. Over all, not at all a bad schwarzbier. If you're a fan of the style I'd certainly recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2011 01:10:48 | More by setexascustoms
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3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased at Hyvee in Council Bluffs, IA.
No bottled on date.
Poured into a standard US pint glass.

Out of the light, this pours a very dark brown, opaque body with a >2cm tan head of mixed small and medium-sized bubbles. Held up to the light reveals this beer to actually be a very dark amber color and transparent. The head declines within a few minutes to a thin cap atop the glass, leaving spotty lacing along all sides of the glass.

Dominant aroma of chocolate malt with supporting scents of nearly burnt malt, molasses, light coffee with heavy cream, and slight smokiness and meatiness.

Flavors of roasted, blackened malt arise, giving expected chocolate and café mocha flavors. Slight pleasing bitterness alongside some smoked malt components. Could be a bit heavier in these flavors, or more complex (more flavors) and not suffer.

Body is medium in weight, with carbonation strong enough to make itself present, but not overpowering. Wouldn't mind a slight bit more carbonation, probably would make aroma and taste all the stronger, but pleasant and agreeable on the palate. Finish is semi-dry.

Generally a good schwarzbier, though perhaps too influenced by US stout/porter nuances. Quite drinkable, sessionable, and a surprisingly hearty brew for days of craving roasted malts and chocolate flavors.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2011 21:47:17 | More by falloutsnow
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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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New Jersey

3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got a bottle of this from a friend.

A: Pours a very dark amber body with a small, tannish head with pretty nice retention and lacing.

S: A sweet, malty smell with some robust, roasted undertones with some smokiness as well.

T: A slightly, roasted toffee and slight coffee tastes with some bacon and smoky undertones that were not overbearing. The sweet, roasted malts returns in the aftertaste and as the beer warmed up.

M: A fairly thin mouthfeel that was also slightly watery, but overall the feel was pretty good for the style.

D: A good mouthfeel and taste combination made this beer very drinkable. I was hoping for a bit more smokiness to really balance out the sweeter malts, but it was still very nice.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2009 19:41:47 | More by maddogruss
Kidd Lager from The Fort Collins Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 302 ratings.