Z Lager | The Fort Collins Brewery

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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 estlinska
3.04/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Served from the bottle into a standard shaker at the Pantry on 3/22/13. Pours a dark burnished orange like a worn sun-bleached oak barrel. There is a little cream colored head that dissipates quickly without much lacing left behind. The nose is off. It smells like a standard amber ale with hints of melted sugar and baked brown bread, but there is the smoke smell as well. They just don't work well together on the nose, and it reminds me more of just pure liquid smoke which is just a touch off-putting. The taste is not very smoky though. There is definitely a biscuit taste and some sweet caramel with just a touch of that artificial smoke flavor. Mouthfeel is medium. Overall this is just not working for me. Maybe the smoked flavor is more of a porter thing for me and I need to keep trying things, but I just didn't like it.

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2.5/5  rDev -29.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.49/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fort Collins Z Lager has a medium, cream colored head, a clear, bubbly amber appearance, and minimal, splotchy lacing. The aroma is mostly of sweet, brown bread crust, but one can pick up a whiff of smoke in the sniff. Taste is of the same, with a nice, hearty, but not heavy, hop bitterness in the sip. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Fort Collins Z Lager finishes crisp, clean, refreshing, and mellow. Overall, this is a much more approachable and drinkable beer that what is offered by the Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbiers. Check it out and enjoy!


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3/5  rDev -15%

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2.25/5  rDev -36.3%

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3/5  rDev -15%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of LibrariansLoveBEER
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a pint glass from a 12 oz bottle.

Appearance: Pours an orange/rust color. A one finger head which quickly diminishes, minimal lacing.

Smell: Smells like a lager, hard to detect the smoky notes that are supposed to distinguish this style.

Taste: Tastes like a typical lager. I was expecting more of a smoky taste. I was halfway dreading what I thought might be an overpowering smoky, sooty taste. Not at all, in fact I was mildly disappointed with the lack of distinctiveness.

Mouthfeel: Mild carbonation, brisk, tingly.

Overall: A decent beer. I will not try this beer again, but I intend to try some of the other offerings from Fort Collins. I have a double chocolate stout chilling in the beer frig.
Serving type: bottle

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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  rDev -15%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of schoolboy
3.64/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It seems that some of the smoked beers I've had the last few days here in Colorado were flirting with being a rauchbier, and I think some of the were closer to it than this. I think it really should simply be classified as it is labled, a smoked amber lager, not a rauchbier.

As a rachbier, it falls flat as it is not nearly aromatic enough, but if not constrained to that style, it is quite good.

It's very pretty in the glass. The aroma is not that of a rauchbier, so a huge ding. But the taste is great, and the mouthfeel is too. Another great Colorado beer.

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3/5  rDev -15%

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4.75/5  rDev +34.6%

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2.25/5  rDev -36.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

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4.51/5  rDev +27.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

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