Doktor Lager | The Fort Collins Brewery

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Brewed by:
The Fort Collins Brewery
Colorado, United States

Style: Munich Helles Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-23-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 14 |  Reviews: 13
Reviews by beerceller99:
Photo of beerceller99
4.37/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle purchased at the brewery. pours a straw colored fluid with a decent head. Has an awesome honey sweet smell which I haven't witnessed in a lagar in some twenty plus years( Rhomberg All Malt ). Has a full bodied, sticky sweet honey flavor . Finishes with a slight fresh floral hop bite. Super fresh and highly drinkable. Man, I wish I had more of this brew. I know they serve this in Valhalla.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Beaver13
2.32/5  rDev -35%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

The Doktor pours a clear gold with a fizzy white head that quickly dissipates.

Its aroma is some maltiness with some DMS, slight grassy hops and a little fruitiness.

The flavor is bready, sweet, malts initially with light bitterness at the end. There are some citrus and banana notes. It is light bodied with a syrupy mouthfeel.

Overall, better than a typical lager, but it just didn't work for me.

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Photo of neonbrown82
3.77/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a pale fizzy yellow beer, but a decent one. Pours with a thin head that dissolves into a thin film despite a steady carbonation. Leaves a very thin spotty lacing.

Smell is very fruity, like rasberries and citrus fruits. A bit sweet and malty. Not bad, but a little over the top, like it needs a little umbrella in the glass.

The taste is very crisp and malty with a more subtle fruity flavor. A bit earthy and bready with a nice hint of honey. Tastes a bit more cold than Coors, but not by much, thanks to Ft. Collins' "Cold Aging" as mentioned on the label (lagering anyone?). A subtle spicy hop in the finish.

Mouthfeel is a bit on the thin side, but the beer is obviously highly filtered as can be seen from the appearance. A bit sharp from the carbonation. Only a mild bitterness and an even more mild dryness.

Drinkability is quite good despite an otherwise average beer. It was worth a try at the very least, since it's one of the new-in-stock beers at Dirty John's.

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Photo of RBorsato
3.87/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tasted on 1/18/06 at Bricks (Beer Bar) in Cedar Rapids, IA.

Fairly clear straw color with a decent white head. Fairly grainy profile in aroma and taste. A touch of hops at first but dissipates fairly quickly. Nicely balanced. Medium bodied.

I'd say this one is being retired considering the below info and I'm not too suprised considering their other quality offerings...

Per FC website: "Only available 'til it's gone at the brewery" with taps playing in the background.

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Photo of famous_mortimur
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of WesWes
3.62/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that quickly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a grainy pale malt scent along with a dry lager yeast aroma. It has a mild hop aroma that is pretty decent. The taste is decent as well. It has a grainy pale malt flavor with a dry, yet fruity finish. The mouthfeel is good. It is a low bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking lager. It's not much to look at, but it's clean and refreshing.

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Photo of benito
4.07/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Before getting to the beer, I have to give credit to FBC's design folks. The straw yellow label on the Doktor bottle (with red font and the ubiquitous FBC stamp in the lower right corner) looks hands-down regal when set next to a mug with Doktor. A bottle to match the beer!

Fortunately, graphic design isn't the best thing about Doktor. It's a golden-straw colored brew with a beautiful white head and lots of carbonation. As the foam recedes, it laces small clumps along the edge of the glass. This is one good looking brew.

As one would expect with a helles, the bouquet is slight. A hint of rubber, hay, and fruit, but they are all minor aromas at best. The flavor though is much more distinctive: an initial flavor of tea gives way to a butteriness in the middle of the palate and then a crisp bitterness at the end. I love the way that the flavors progress across the tongue, and for something this light bodied (and easy to drink) the level of complexity is stunning. Emminently drinakble.

FBC switched Doktor from a year-round offering to a summer seasonal this year (2006), so June-thru-August will be time to stock up on sixers of this great brew!

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Photo of rowew
3.42/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz bottle - but not for long. This one is going draft only according to the brewery. No date info.

Appearance: Poured into a pint glass with a slightly hazy yellow color and a nice head. Head fades slightly, but leaves a nice lacing on the glass and top of beer.

Smell: Bready malts and grain - no hops at all.

Taste: Similar - malty, but not sweet. Lots of grain flavor here too. I actually prefer this out of the bottle. I had it on tap at the brewery this weekend and it was too grainy - here it is a bit more balanced.

Overall impression: Drinkable and well made, but nothing too exciting. I definitely prefer some other options from this brewery.

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Photo of mentor
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle obtained from Liquor Mart (run by a bunch of frickin idiot employees) and reviewed from detailed notes. Pours a one-finger nearly white and clingy head over a pale light straw (nearly clear) colored liquid. Smells Saaz hoppy and malty sweet during the pour. To the nose, clean german malts and tin hops. Hint of DMS. Munich, perhaps vienna, malt. Smells yummy wet sweet.

Tastes vienna malty wet sweet with a hint of iron. Hop flavor is not so clear Saaz to me as in the smell. Has a dirty hint which I think of as Tetnanger. Hop bitter is either absent or hidden under a sting that comes from a bit too much carbonation on my tastebuds. There is a little bit of a cour and a hint of marcino cherry sweetness.

As I get into this beer, hop bitter is now detectable. The carbonation isn't so severe and there is definitely a fruity flavor that's either ester or comes from hop flavoring.

Md-light body and overly carbonated.

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Photo of Crosling
3.52/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3


Nice nose of damp tree branches, wet socks, banana, peach and nuts.

Starts out with notes of clove, banana and peach which gives way to a long and lingering finish of nuts, dry pilsner malts , herbs and a lovely light fruitiness. A Helles lager? Possibly, but a nice, malt accented lager just like it is.

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Photo of palliko
3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this one yesterday at the brewery. Appearance is light amber with little head, and little lace. Aroma contains grasses, malt, phenol and fruit. Initial taste has notes of esters, lemon peel, dough, malt and bitter hops. Body is thin and light, some carbonation, and an unpleasant mouthfeel. Slightly sour after finish. Not sure I would ever buy a six pack.

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Photo of yemenmocha
3.51/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice pale and clear colour. Decent head from the pour and retains well. Good Belgian lace as I drink the pint.

Aroma is on the lighter side. Faint grassy sweetness with malty notes.

On the palate the beer is light, sweet, yet refreshingly crisp. Very thirst quenching for a hot day, but don't worry - there's enough in this to make it a worthy BA beer. Maybe a gourmet lawnmower beer? Finish is short and somewhat malty sweet.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wet hay gold with pale lemony edges; a darker, richer color than I'm used to seeing in a Munich helles. The yellowed ivory cap isn't all that special, either in terms of texture or persistence, and leaves nothing more than a handful of sudsy shards of lace. A better than average look that won't win any beauty contests.

The nose is on the bland side. It's blonde malt dominant with very little contribution from hops. In that respect, it smells more like a garden-variety blonde ale than a helles; which should have some hop presence as far as I'm concerned. It doesn't help (or maybe it does) that it's underpowered.

Better on the palate, although still not overly exciting beer. Like the nose, Doktor clearly has a malty focus that results in a moderately sweet graininess that is its best feature. It also has a fruity flavor that I'd attribute to ale yeast if it didn't say 'lager' right cheer on the label.

There might be a mild German hoppiness buried way down deep. I can appreciate an ever so slight tightening on the finish as some measure of bitterness fights back against the pale malt sugars. A faint hint of butteriness is welcome as long as it doesn't increase with warming (it doesn't). All in all, I'd say that Doktor is a decent beer that doesn't really fit the stated style. As above, it's clearly more in line with an American Blonde.

Thanks to the emphasis on malt, the body is medium in a general sense and more full than that if one insists on calling this beer a Munich helles ale... er, lager. The slightly sticky finish especially seems out of place. Although carbonation is on the low end, it lasts until the final swallow.

After five Fort Collins beers, it seems to me that they're more capable when brewing the darker styles (Chocolate Stout, Kidd Lager Schwarzbier) than they are the lighter ones. I was pleased when I saw FCB beer appear on the shelves of local stores, but very few of their offerings warrant a repeat purchase. Is there a Doktor in the house? There won't be once this bottle is recycled.

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Photo of mynie
3.98/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very pretty pour for the style—dark gold with a tight, retentive head that’s as white as fancy copy paper and leaves great laces on my glass.

Smells of deep, rich malt. Grainy and grassy. Nice, but not very complex.

Very smooth hellesbock flavor of rich grain and hints of mellow fruit. Plums without tartness, raisins without seeds. Ends with a nice bit of bitter hops.

Another prime example of style from the folks at Fort Collins brewery. Full bodies and sublimely drinkable, a great companion to a simple meal.

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Doktor Lager from The Fort Collins Brewery
Beer rating: 3.57 out of 5 with 14 ratings