Z Lager | The Fort Collins Brewery

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Z LagerZ Lager

Brewed by:
The Fort Collins Brewery
Colorado, United States

Style: Rauchbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Crosling on 12-06-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 322 |  Reviews: 216
Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of baklo
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of BrewAskew
3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours up to a moderate foam head and leaves bits of foam down the glass. Hazy amber color. Aroma is roasted nuts, biscuit and Munich malts. Flavor is more of the same, although intensity-wise this is reportedly weak for the style. Mouthfeel is light and refreshing, which is also on the low end of style. Overall, I give the beer a 4.5 because here is where I can say screw the style guidelines, I really like this beer.

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Photo of famous_mortimur
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Mbpike
2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of KYGunner
3.64/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Very fetching burnt amber color that shows the intent of this smoked lager. The head was thick and complete but collared a little too quickly.

The scent is smokey, duh, but has an authentic roasted malt aroma. There's also some caramel malt, roasted nut and tea leaf.

There's a soft smokiness, watery roastiness and touches of malt and nut.The taste is not rich enough, not robust enough for the style. It's still good and tasty but seems to miss the mark.

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Photo of metter98
3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is crystal clear amber in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high beige colored head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface, a thin collar and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of smoked malts are present in the nose; these become a little stronger as the beer warms up.
T: The taste very much follows the smell and has flavors of smoked malts along with slight hints of toasted malts and bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: If I had to introduce someone to a rauchbier, I think this beer would be a good choice because the smoky flavors are subtler and it's lighter in body compared to the standard German beers in this style. Needless to say, it goes down very easily.

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3/5  rDev -15%

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1.75/5  rDev -50.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of KTCamm
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours dark amber, reddish tinted, with a thick 1/4 inch fluffy white foam. Smoky nose, mixed in malt. Taste is thin caramel with a fiery/smoky close. Little bit of bitter hangs out at the finish. Slightly sour. Smoke is a little off putting at the end.

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3/5  rDev -15%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of ChrisKayler
4/5  rDev +13.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

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1.75/5  rDev -50.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of jkrysinski
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Z Lager from The Fort Collins Brewery
Beer rating: 3.53 out of 5 with 322 ratings