Kidd Lager - The Fort Collins Brewery

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very good

194 Reviews
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Reviews: 194
Hads: 314
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 9.79%
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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Photo of Bung
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
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. (460 characters)

Photo of KarlHungus
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a clear black color. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes slowly into moderate lacing. The aroma is of roasted malt, chocolate, and had a clean lager quality. The taste is similar to the aroma. It is more stout like than any schwarzbier I've yet tasted, but it works. The mouthfeel is medium-light bodied which is fitting for the style. The carbonation is moderate, and the texture is of velvet. Overall, this is a really nice, sessionable beer. I will certainly drink this again. (507 characters)

Photo of cokes
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Clear midnight copper topped with a plump fluff of beige.
It smells of coffee grounds, burnt prairie, and cocoa.
Begins with a semi-acrid coffee bean note, quelling over time to caramel, chocolate, and roasted grain. It lingers with a toasted dark bread notion, then a brief yelp of blackberry. Clean through the middle, and evidently well-lagered, with its free-flowing briskness. Ends with a reedy Hallertau bitterness, and a continuing burned caramel.
Medium-light bodied, and deftly structured and dymanic in the mouth. Fluffly, without being gaseous or abrasive. Weigh is carried in the flavor, as this absolutely screams down the chute.
This is very nice drinking schwarz. Kudos. (691 characters)

Photo of morimech
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark reddish brown color with one inch of tan head that hung around for awhile. The head eventually settles to a thin cap. Thin lacing is left on the glass. Malty aroma with notes of chocolate. More roasted than what is typical for the style. Not as roasted in the flavor. More hints of chocolate with some earthiness thrown in. A real good tasting Schwarzbier. These beers are not suppose to have big bodies but this felt a little thin. Nice carbonation. Another good American Schwarzbier. In fact I am enjoyed the ones produced domestically than the German imports. (575 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.04/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a stange.

4.0 A: Black color. Two fingers of frothy tan head. Retention is good and plenty of lacing is left.

4.25 S: Decidedly grainy - this reminds me of gathering up the grains needed for my RIS. There's also a ton of chocolate, which reminds me of the mash of that same brew. Plenty of roastiness as well. Caramel and molasses to round this off.

4.0 T: Roasty foremost, but chocolatety enough to balance it out. Grainy with layers of caramel and the slightest hint of ash. Very tasty and every sip is as good as the last.

3.75 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Lightly creamy and super smooth.

4.0 D: Really good beer. Solid all around. Pick it up. (686 characters)

Photo of StoutHunter
3.97/5  rDev +5%
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. (2,850 characters)

Photo of jsh420
2.33/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

pours dark dark brown almost black 1 finger head no lacing

smells of sour apples? and some chocolate

taste just does not mesh well - sour fruiit chocolate roasted malts and smoke - just a mess

mouthfeel was nice and light with ok carbonation

drinkability is low - dont care for the taste dont care to drink again (316 characters)

Photo of Vancer
3.35/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The Kidd pours out a blackish hue, with edges of mahogany and capped with a thin ivory cap. Looks pretty good in the freebie Sammy glass.

Lots of chocolate malt in the aroma and the quaff. Reminds me of a thin bodied chocolate stout. Surprising how sweet this one is, not balanced too well. Drinks ok, but this may get cloying after a bottle or two - only sampling the one bottle. (381 characters)

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
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. (616 characters)

Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
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. (824 characters)

Photo of flexabull
3.87/5  rDev +2.4%
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. (578 characters)

Photo of Mitchster
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brewed with chocolate malt, "a hint of smoked malt", and hopped with Tettnang. About 24 IBU and 4.4% ABV.
Part of a mixed 12 pack for $16.99 at BevCo.

Pours out to a clear very dark brown, near black, forming a nice creamy light tan head with very good retention and solid sheets of lace. Moderate carbonation.

the aroma has a nice mild chocolate flavor with a touch of biscuits, black walnut and vanilla. No smoke malt noted. Mouthfeel is bright and crisp with a medium light body. Easy to drink but full of flavor. Opens with light spicy hops, followed by the black walnut and chocolate of the nose, then there is a subtle touch of smoked malt in the aftertaste. Mild bitterness. Clean finish. No perceptable off-flavors, although it is a touch on the acidic side and has a moderate mineral aftertaste.

An interesting beer. This could be a good sessionable beer as it is easy to drink and has enough flavor to keep me interested, but it is acidic enough that it prevents it from being a good sessionable beer for me. (1,021 characters)

Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
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 (600 characters)

Photo of sulldaddy
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A brew I received from prAna. I am sampling the beer at room temp in a pint glass.
The beer pours a dark cola brown which reveals garnet tints when held ot the light. A 3 cm fluffy beige head fades slowly as I sample.
Aroma is sweet chocolate and roasted malt dominant.
The first sip reveals a silky smooth texture and average body with fine rolling carbonation.
Flavor is mostly roasted malt and chocolate and some sweet brown sugary flavor that hits for 1/2 a second and then gives way to the roasted flavors on the finish.
I have a rich roasted flavor in the back of my mouth after each swallow . The beer is quite tasty and I wish more brewers would make the style. But I do think this one is a little less clean than I would expect from a lager. (756 characters)

Photo of KTCamm
3.45/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Poured a very dark brown, almost black, almost opaque, with a medium foam consisting of some very large bubbles.

The malt smell hit me first followed by notes of chocolate and toffee.

Taste opens with the malt and finishes very crisp and clean. There are some metallic hints in here, and as I worked through the 12 oz., the flavor became smokier. Kept thinking it would turn peat-y, but never quite did.

Mouthfeel was relatively unintersting - very little action from the carbonation.

Good drinkability, could have had another. (571 characters)

Photo of emmasdad
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
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. (297 characters)

Photo of arizcards
3.97/5  rDev +5%
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! (553 characters)

Photo of Beaver13
3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
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. (500 characters)

Photo of matjack85
4.4/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I found this single brown 12oz bottle at the Binnjy's store in Glen Ellyn, IL for $1.99. No freshness date anywhere that I could see.

The beer poured a dark brown color that had purple highlights to it when held to the light. The 1-finger light brown head lasted a decent amount of time and produced some nice lacing on the glass with each sip.

Wow! You can smell the smoked malts in here immediately. Almost as strong as a German rauchbier. Under all that smokey toasted malt I was also picking up chocolate and a raisiny smell. Cant wait to find out what this tastes like.

This is one delicious schwarzbier. Rich burnt malt flavor - I swear you can taste the smoke. Then under the toasted malt there is a layer of chocolate, and then just a hint of German tettnang hops for balance - just 22 IBU's.

The mouthfeel may be the most surprising part of all. It's thin, but flavorful. I was expecting something heavier with chocolate in it, but it's not, it's smooth and refreshing, perhaps helped along by its moderately high carbonation.

I liked this beer a lot. The smoke catches you by surprise at first but once you taste it you can't put it down. (1,153 characters)

Photo of BretSikkink
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Datk brown with crimson highlighting. Head is a light tan in color but does not retain much. No lacing or legs which is normal for style but I do love to hope. Aromas are fairly light and one-dimensional. Cocoa notes and pale sweetness.

Coffee adds to the notes of bittersweet chocolate, providing much needed depth to the flavor. Still somewhat light and with notes of aspirin, but the earthy hops are much more prevalent. Good balance, but overly light. Respect the drinkability while wishing for a bit more body. (517 characters)

Photo of rawfish
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
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. (587 characters)

Photo of Kendo
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
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. (1,158 characters)

Photo of Jayli
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a translucent dark brown with a one finger of light brown head to it. Head retention is quite good, leaving ample wispy lacing on the glass the entire way down. Nose is big on roasted malts, some dark chocolate, hint of smoke - like the day after a fire, and some nuttiness in it. Taste is heavier on the caramel malts up front, roasted malts following through mixed with some bitter chocolate, the finish is smoky. On the lighter side of medium body, higher carbonation, goes down smooth with a crisp finish to it. This is a nice beer to sit with for an evening. (580 characters)

Photo of JDV
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of BlackForestCO. Thanks man!
Pours basically black with a medium short lived tan head and nice lacing. Some ruby around the edges. Smell is roasty, smoky, and almost meaty. Very nice. RIch roasty lightly smoky flavor as well, but with a quick finish. Wow, this is surprisingly flavorful, and really drinkable at the same time. Definitely my favorite of the style. Solid beer all around. (404 characters)

Photo of hosehead83
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Dark brown/black in color, with a moderate head of tan foam.
Aroma-Roasted malt, chocolate notes
Taste-Roasty, smoky, chocolate notes-a lot of flavor for a schwarrzbier, almost porter-like. An excellent match for a burger or burrito. Tasty flavor and well-balanced. (320 characters)

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