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Kidd Lager - The Fort Collins Brewery

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Reviews: 194
Hads: 314
Avg: 3.74
pDev: 13.1%
Wants: 7
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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Reviews: 194 | Hads: 314
Photo of setexascustoms
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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Photo of lonestar4lunch
3.1/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into my FCB pint glass, dark brown/almost black. Very little head, just constant lacing the whole time. The aroma is of slightly toasted malts, a hint of dark chocolate, somewhat sweet. The taste is somewhat interesting. I guess it is the chocolate malts but every sip I get a toasted marshmallow that picks up about 1/2 way thru then finishes and just lingers. The sweet chocolate sticks to the tongue a bit but there is very little bitterness. Very drinkable, enjoyed it but not the best from FCB by far.

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Photo of JoeAmerican77
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark choclate brown, with some light breaking through uner a finger of cream... Smells of burnt roasty malts and some cocoa. Similar flavor with burnt marshmallow happening with the sweetness. Medium light body gives a good depth to the beer, minimal carbonation is nice as well. Really a nice solid basic American version of a german black beer

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Photo of soju6
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of kaseydad
3.87/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pretty cool label. Pours a dark brown ale with a nice beige creamy head that lingers. A rather fruity and smoky aroma with some very light chocolate whiffs. There is also a nice roastiness to it. Taste is slightly bitter with roasted malts and light hops in the finish. There's some espresso-like qualities shining through as well. The mouthfeel is kinda watery. I guess for the style it's good but was wanting more. Overall I feel this is good for the style. Rather light and crisp with good flavor. A nice beer from the Ft. Collins crew.

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Photo of JayS2629
4.12/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brown color with good clarity, a creamy white head that fades slowly but leaves nice walls of lace.

The aroma is of chocolate, some roasted coffee notes, and toasted nuts with a grassy, earthy hop finish.

The taste follows the nose with a good dose of cocoa, roasted malt, and toasted nuts balanced with grassy, earthy hops. Nice balance, and the roasty qualities make it different than the average lager.

Clean, crisp, but creamy.

Overall, nice neutral lager yeast lets chocolate notes shine in a style not regular. Pretty good lager.

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Photo of flexabull
3.87/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Part of the mixed 12 pack, I don't think I've ever tried anything from Fort Collins, so why not...

Pours a dark brown color with a faint white head.

Aromas are of brewed coffee, cream, dark chocolate, and hints of smoke. Nice nose.

Taste is kind of cola like, nutty, with light creamy chocolate. Finish is lightly bitter, with some hints of smoked malts.

Mouthfeel is ok, but on the thin side.

Overall, this is a pretty nice little beer. If they upped the body a bit this might be excellent. But it's still good, and the light body certainly lends well to the drinkability.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.04/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a 1 inch khaki head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. Random splotches and streaks of lace stick to the glass on the drink down. Smell is of roasted malt, roasted peanuts, and roasted coffee beans. Very roasty overall. Taste is of roasted malt and peanuts with a slight coffee grounds aftertaste. Mild roasty bitterness on the palate after each sip. A crisp mouthfeel with a pretty good level of carbonation. Overall, this is a good schwarzbier with a nice set of roasty smells and flavors.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Deep purple almost black in color with traces of brown throughout. 1/4 tan frothy head and ok retention and there are lots of carbonation bubbles present

Smell: Lots of roasted malt hit the nose to go along with some coffee notes

Taste: Wow first thought is that of licking an ashtray very brash bitterness. Traces of chocolate and dry roasted coffee

Mouthfeel: Light body with medium to high carbonation levels and leaves kind of a sticky feel in your mouth

Overall: Not a bad little black lager honestly. Pretty easy drinkability if you like dark beers. I would recommend trying this beer

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Photo of MrDonQuixote
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.19/5  rDev +12%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a very deep brown with a light white head, spotty lace.

S: Nice note of campfire smoke with a lot of dark chocolate.

T: Real nice dark chocolate and roast flavour with that background smoke. Subtle hint of dark fruit in the finish.

M: Medium-bodied, smooth, creamy, a bit spritzy.

O: The winner of the Fort Collins mix pack is the Kidd Lager. Excellent flavour and very much to style, the smoked malt adds a nice touch. Just wish I got more than the one bottle in the mix pack.

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Photo of kkipple
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of NODAK
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I know the label says that this is a pretty light schwarzbier, but the aroma is pretty thick for style. A lot of chocolate and roasted notes...especially chocolate.

The taste comes across as certainly full of roasted malt and bitter chocolate....somewhat burnt as well. Really isn't any sweetness to this one at all. Not really any hop presence to speak of on this one...finishes pretty clean though, for the simple fact that it seems rather watery. A roasted note hangs around after the swallow a while.

Not bad, if simple. A very thin consistency doesn't mean it's lacking in flavor. It does fine for itself. Just don't go in expecting a really chocolate-filled beer here....it's like a thin stout, really.

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Photo of Kromes
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: pitch black with a thin off white head. Nice lacing down the glass.

S: Sweet roasted honey malts. A nice deep roasted malt aroma.

T: A sweet smokey roasted malt flavor. It's interesting as it has a strong smokey flavor, I wasn't expecting that. There is also a bit of fruitiness in the beer that keeps it light. The sweetness and roasted bitterness play well together.

M: medium bodied and good carbonation.

O: I like this beer. I think is very well crafted, balanced, and right in style. Very nice.

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Photo of mactrail
3.48/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Dark chestnut in the glass. Rather hoppy and aftertaste surprises with its bitterness. Good flavor for mild alcohol content. Very light body but rich in the taste of malt. Rather a lot of sourish, bitter burnt malt, however.

Quite drinkable with the low body and spirits. Good session beer if you like the hop plenitude.

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Photo of Rifugium
4.31/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

First had: bottle from Pinocchio's beer garden, Media, PA

Poured into a pint glass, a cola brown with a pinky finger of tan head that receded a bit quickly to a spotty layer, then to nothing at all; left some nice lacing. Nice aroma: roasty malts, leather, tobacco, and VERY heavy on the molasses. Smokey flavor! Smokey up front, with more roasted malts, nuttiness, and some coffee bitterness in the middle. Distinct dark sugar sweetness in the end, but finishes dry and a bit bitter. Love this beer! Very complex for a schwarzbier, which usually is just malts, malts, and more malts (which isn't necessarily a bad thing). Slightly heavier than medium mouthfeel, and very drinkable. Cheers!

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Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very dark amber (near black) in color. It poured with a thin beige head that quickly faded away but left some lacing running down the edges of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of roasted malts in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of dark and roasted malts along with some hints of chocolate and coffee. A slight amount of bitterness is perceptible in the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very easy to drink and its low alcohol content makes it very sessionable.

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Photo of acmebbq
4.12/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a pint glass with about a finger, light tan head. Head lessened fairly quickly but foam covered the surface all the way down leaving substantial lacing. Beer appeared dark brown to black. Dark copper/reddish when held to the light.

S - Malty, some chocolate, a bit of smoke.

T - Malty, milky chocolate, bitter coffee, smooth lager finish.

M - Light to moderate body. Some creaminess.

O - Enjoyable overall. Could drink two or three in a sitting.

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Photo of rawfish
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straight pour into an Odell tulip, dark cola brown, fizzy white head that maintains a fluffy character for a while.

Roasted dark malt, sweet molasses and a trailing dark smokey chocolate nose. Color and nose would indicate more flavor but it's a lager not an ale.

Light touch of smoke, cocoa and roasted coffee throughout but mainly crisp and refreshing. Smooth but rather dry finish. Lighter mouthfeel than expected and perfectly carbonated.

A great session beer, finally something from FCB I can embrace, a quencher for these spring months for when the weather could be anything.

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Photo of claytong
2.38/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This was a very mediocre beer for me. I was neither in love nor hated it. It tasted a bit chalky and strangely like some piece of metal I couldn't place.
The appearance was more decent than my rating but its misleading me makes me rate it lower.
Not something I would recommend by any means. Fort Collins Brewery has a lot more to offer.

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Photo of Bung
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz. Nearly black pour, thing layer of white head. Does retain pretty well.

Aroma has toasted malt and quite a bit of milk chocolate.

Taste is a smooth chocolate, light roast coffee and lighter anise. Faintest herbal tones. Finishes pretty dry with some cocoa.

Another in the style that makes for a session drink. Lighter bodied but quite smooth.

This style is definetely my under the radar favorite, so many I've tried I have been really satisfied with.

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Photo of ToAzwethinkweizm
3.54/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The moderators say this is a duplicate beer from the "KIDD BLACK LAGER" which clearly has a different label than the one pictured:

Date: 1 February 2011
Glass: Sierra Nevada XXX snifter
Type: 12fl oz bottle

Came from a mixed 'beers of the world' mixed pack from a family member at Xmas time.

Poured aggressively to give no head nor lacing, color is black. Aroma of heavily roasted malts, chocolate malts, and some smoked malts, touch of caramel. Taste is heavy in roasted/slightly-burnt malts, touch of smoke...probably only a 5% ABV brew. Pretty smooth, no heavy unpleasant bitterness. Not bad.

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Photo of McNealc31
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

The Kidd Black Lager pours very dark brown, but you can see through it when held to light. Smells of some roastiness and coffee. I think the best way to describe this is the flavors of a porter, but with the texture and mouthfeel of a Bud Light. It's lighter and less bitter than a porter, but with very similar flavors. There's some roast, some smoke, subtle coffee and chocolate. I like it, but I feel like something is missing.

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Photo of heavy216
2.29/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: 12 oz bottle. 1 finger frothy head fades fast, heavy lacing, looks like coke in color....

S: strang chocalate, burnt/smokey smell

T/M: strong carbonation like coke heavy and then fades like flat cola.

D: taste like it smells with a heavy burnt coffee aftertaste...not very good

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Photo of e11iott
3.56/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: 12 oz bottle. 1 finger head, very frothy. Poured a pitch black color. Heavy lacing when cold, almost none once room temp.

S: The dark chocolate and coffee smell is almost over powering.

T/M: Highly carbonated, got better as it got warm, the flavors came out. It tastes like there should be more alcohol in it.

D: Was looking forward to this one, reminded me of "OLD ENGINE OIL", but not quite as tasty. Way better warm.

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Kidd Lager from The Fort Collins Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 194 ratings.