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Kidd Lager - The Fort Collins Brewery

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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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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
Photo of soju6


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

A: Pours a virtual black with a small head and some lacing.

S: Aroma of dark chocolate, coffee, roasted nuts and and an intangible earhiness.

T: Taste follows the aroma with bitterswett chocolate, coffee and roasted nuts. Just a mild bitterness and a fairly dry finish.

F: Fairly medium body, crisp and refreshing.

O: Good lager, nice for the style. Good change of pace beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2011 01:15:58 | More by soju6
Photo of mikereaser


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

poured from a bottle into my hazed and infused pint glass

A - pours a dark brown color that barely lets light through it with no foam whatsoever to speak of

S - strong smokey earthy aroma

T - smoked chocolate flavor

M/D - too smokey for me, i wasn't expecting it to be that smokey, but it was very drinkable

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2008 19:42:52 | More by mikereaser
Photo of far333


3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mahogany colored with ruby highlights and a beige head that settles out quickly to nothing.

Aroma of fig and prune, some brown sugar and molasses.

Flavor of dark malts upfront, some fig and plum, turns quickly to roasty malt, cocoa and smoke. Mild bitterness, but no hop flavors.

Mouthfeel is initially a bit watery, carbonation builds, finishes a little tannic. Pretty tasty and drinkable selection.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2009 23:18:54 | More by far333
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3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - a very dark ruby red. A fair mocha head forms up and sinks down slowly, leaving a thin solid wall of lace behind.

Aroma - a good dose of roast grain on the pour. A faint touch of metal, too.

Taste - decent roasted grain, again some light metallic notes. The swallow has a low-key smokiness along with a moderately roasty, almost coffeeish finish. A little sweeter at the end.

Mouthfeel - surprisingly smooth for a lighter body. The carbonation is a bit below average, which is a good fit for the flavor.

Drinkability - a nice session lager. Enough of a flavor variety to hold my interest for awhile.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2008 04:16:58 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

pours a very deep mocha brown color with a medium sized tan head that leaves some sticking. Decent nose of big powdered chocolate. Roasted chocolate malt is obviously dominant, a bit of smoke, charcoal and sweetened coffee beans. Impressive body! Smooth as all hell, very moderate carbonation makes the beer creamy with just the right amount of chew. I dont have too much experience with schwarzbier' but i can definitely tell what they are trying to do here, this is a beer with flavor and high drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2008 02:26:37 | More by ATPete
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3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving notes - 45F, poured into imperial pint glass.
A - light smoke and chocolate on the aroma.
A - three fingers of head with large bubbles. Quickly collapses to a thin film. Dark clear red when held up to the light. Out of light has a black appearance.
M - light body with high carbonation
T - Even though the smoke is mild it strikes me first because I do not expect it in a swartzbier. This was followed by light sweet chocolate and some light roast notes. Very crisp clean finish.
D - Nice drinkable beer with enough going on to be rather entertaining.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2009 00:16:55 | More by Yeastcakes
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2006 05:48:17 | More by sweethome
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3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, dark amber color with a small amount of tan head that doesn't last long.

The scent is of roasted caramel malt, some notes of chocolate.

The taste is predominantly of roasted malt, some notes of caramel, some notes of herbal hops, chocolate and molasses are also apparent.

Medium body, quite smooth, with moderate carbonation.

This was an overall pretty good beer, the flavors weren't especially balanced due to the overwhelming malt flavor, but it was still quite tasty.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2012 17:40:01 | More by BeerCon5
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3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer was a surprise- quite tasty and a good deal better than I was expecting. Pours a very dark brown with a decent head that fades to a thin ring. Smells roasty, grainy , and with a nice touch of smoke. The taste is even a bit richer and roastier to start and with the same subtle but noticeable smoke. A little caramel sweetness and light bitterness on the finish round things out. A little thin in the mouth, but ultimately quite satisfying.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2009 02:30:48 | More by Georgiabeer
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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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3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Fort Collins Brewery:

A- Dark espresso brown color, healthy head

S- Espresso and slight cherry smell

T- Nice bite, extremely nutty yet has an intense coffee taste

M- Goes down fairly smooth, carbonation is a bit too intense, but it works

O- Great beer, quite possibly the best lager I've had in a while.

Serving type: on-tap

08-14-2011 05:37:11 | More by MrDonQuixote
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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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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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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.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2010 02:46:16 | More by drizzam
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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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3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The Schwarzbier poured a dark black with a thick creamy tan head that quickly went to a collar and laced the glass. It's aroma is of roasted malt with some hints of chocolate - a little subtle though. The taste is initially of sweet roasted malts and chocolate with a bitter coffee-like finsh that is slightly acidic. It was a little thinner than I expected, but was a very easy-drinking beer. Overall, it reminds me of a sweeter step-child of NBB's 1554. So far it is my favorite of FCB's offerings.

Serving type: on-tap

02-01-2004 05:40:42 | More by Beaver13
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3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from a mixed 12-pack from Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours one shade away from black with light brown highlights and a one-finger tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of roasted and black malts with good hints of unsweetened chocolate. As it warms the black malt aromas come out a bit more.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Black and roasted malt flavors up front are joined by hints of cocoa midway through the sip that disappear before a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a solid thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing the bottle and could have another.

Overall this was a solid schwarzbier and one that I would visit again. The flavors aren't as dark as others I've had in the style and the flavors integrate well. Worth a shot.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2009 03:24:19 | More by glid02
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3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of Fort Collins Brewing's Kidd Lager a few weeks ago for $1.72 at Toskey Sands Market. I've never seen this beer before and I needed another beer for mixed six pack and I decided to take a chance on it, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks ok, it's a little cheesy looking but other than that it doesn't look bad. It poured a dark brown color that took on some ruby highlights when held to the light with a finger and a half worth of tan head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some spotty lacing behind. This is a nice looking beer, the head could be a little better but other than that it looked fine.

S- The aroma starts off with a medium amount of sweetness that had a slight molasses like aroma to it and it was followed by loads of malts that impart a nice roasted, caramel and grainy aroma with some nice chocolate aromas sticking out the most. I also get a slightly smokey aroma. This beer has a pretty good aroma with lots of nice chocolate aromas coming through.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness followed by lots of roasted malt flavors that impart a roasty, grainy, and slight caramel like flavor with the chocolate aspect still sticking out the most. Up next comes a pretty light smokey flavor with a little more sweetness and a lower amount of bitterness with a grainy, roasted malt and chocolate like aftertaste. This is a pretty good tasting beer that was very true to style.

M- Smooth, crisp, clean, on the thicker side of being light bodied with a slightly higher amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was pretty good and it worked well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a good beer and pretty good example of the style, it had all the aspects that I look for in the style with a nice and roasted flavor while still maintaining a light and drinkable body. This beer had good drinkability, it was smooth, clean, not filling and the taste did a good job at holding my attention, I could drink a few of these and it makes for a nice and sessionable beer to enjoy in the wintertime. What I liked the most about this beer was how true to style it was, from the taste to the aroma to the mouthfeel this was just what I would expect from a good Schwarzbier. What I liked the least about this beer was the appearance, it wasn't bad looking, but I thought the head could have been a little better. I would buy this beer again when looking for a Schwarzbier and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys the style. All in all I was happy with this beer, I was looking for a good Schwarzbier and this beer delivered. Good job guys, this was a good example of the style and I enjoyed drinking it, keep up the good work.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2013 04:38:54 | More by StoutHunter
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North Carolina

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

I have always like schwarzbiers and try to pick one up whenever I see a new one. The appearance is just a shade under black with a thin tan head. The nose is tasty and full of toasty malt aroma with hints of coffee and chocolate.

This one has a touch of smoke on top of the typical porter/stout flavors, featuring plenty of toasted and coffee tones. The feel is light but rich and coating. At 6% abv the alcohol is well under control even through the aftertaste. This is very easy to drink and a good example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2009 05:14:05 | More by daliandragon
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3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours an inky black color, with maybe a hint or two of ruby notes when held up to the light. Not much head with this beer, and it dissipates to just a fine ring after a short while. The beer has a rather pungent aroma of chocolate, deep roasted malts, coffee mocha, caramel in there too.

The taste is pretty much in line with the taste. Lots of deep roasted sweet malts, coffee mocha, chocolate, maybe some butterscotch. This isn't a particularly sweet cloying beer, its a bit more watery than medium bodied, and it has a refreshing edge to it. This is not an entirely flat beer, but there isn't heaps of carbonation either. There is a little nuttiness balanced out by some hop bite in the finish. Overall, this is quite a nice beer well worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2008 01:25:45 | More by albern
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North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2008 03:06:00 | More by brentk56
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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.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2011 00:51:15 | More by Bizz88
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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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3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - One and a half fingers of light brown head on an opaque black body. As the head settles, it leaves moderate lace.

S - Lots of toasted grain with notes of coffee, caramel, and nutty malt.

T - Light malt up front with roasted notes of chocolate and coffee. Some nutty character comes out in the middle with coffee dominating the finish.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - A nice black lager, lots of character but still smooth and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2009 06:12:49 | More by nickfl
Kidd Lager from The Fort Collins Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 302 ratings.