Kidd Lager
The Fort Collins Brewery

Kidd LagerKidd Lager
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Style:
German Schwarzbier
ABV:
4.5%
Score:
84
Avg:
3.75 | pDev: 13.07%
Reviews:
194
Ratings:
316
From:
The Fort Collins Brewery
 
Colorado, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  7
Gots
  7
SCORE
84
Good
Kidd LagerKidd Lager
Notes: "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."
Reviews: 194 | Ratings: 316 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by Yeastcakes:
Photo of Yeastcakes
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving notes - 45F, poured into imperial pint glass.
A - light smoke and chocolate on the aroma.
A - three fingers of head with large bubbles. Quickly collapses to a thin film. Dark clear red when held up to the light. Out of light has a black appearance.
M - light body with high carbonation
T - Even though the smoke is mild it strikes me first because I do not expect it in a swartzbier. This was followed by light sweet chocolate and some light roast notes. Very crisp clean finish.
D - Nice drinkable beer with enough going on to be rather entertaining.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of BradLikesBrew
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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a: Dark brown with ruby hues when held to light. Thin light tan head. No lacing.

s: Smokey malt and cocoa powder.

t: Smoked malt upfront, some cocoa notes, a touch of fruity hops in the finish.

m: Light and clean.

d: Very easy drinking. A surprisingly good Schwarzbier.
Nice smoky chocolate flavor paired with a light, smooth body makes for a beer that goes down easy yet retains your interest. Good representation of the style.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.5/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark, barely transparent chocolate brown with a fairly thick, if none too persistent, beige head. Aroma is strong, oily and smoky, more like that of a fine stout or porter. Flavor is rich, malty smoky with an undertone of unsweetened chocolate and a hint of fine coffee. Texture is smooth, finely grainy and fairly fizzy. Recommended to all who love dark beers.

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Photo of paulthebeerguru
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

on tap at the brewery. schwartzbiers are not my favorite style, so fair warning. very malty, but it seemed to have no mouthfeel at all. dark ruby in color, with a very light white lacing. Compared to other schwartzbiers, this one is memorable an I would drink it again.

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Photo of confer
3.3/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The bottle says drinks like a blonde , not true.
This bottle came from the sampler pack.
A- A beautiful medium chocolate brown with a small tan head that disappears quickly and completely.

S- The smell is faintly smokey with a small amount of sweet.

T- The taste is overpowering smokey. Not enjoyable for me. Revisted 5/17/13 not to smokey at just a little roasty.

D- I will not buy again, but I have to finish the couple included in the sampler.

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Photo of jophish17
3/5  rDev -20%

Photo of tapman
2.45/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A dark ruby-brown, not quite opaque, with a 1 finger tan head. What else can you do with this brew, other than improve the head a little.

I'm mostly getting...smoked bacon? I don't get any hops coming through, though that isn't necessarily bad. I want to say there is some sweetness, but I'm not sure I just want there to be. Smokiness is soft yet still overpowering.

Tastes like smoked bacon. I guess that I can get behind some smoked malt, and it isn't too strong in this one and I am sure nicely balanced, but I love schwarzbiers and this one takes what I like away from them. A nice toasty maltiness with some balanced hop bitterness, like a savory version of stout. The smoked malt covers up a lot in this brew and I would care to try a non-smoked version.

Mouthfeel is fine. High in dextrins yet dry enough for a lager. Not syrupy.

I'm not a fan. Not that I am a purest or anything, but all I can taste is the smoked malt. This beer lacks the complexity of the style.

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Photo of GilGarp
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served cold from a 12oz. bottle. With a vigorous pour, it forms a 1/2" of head but settles quickly. Kidd is a very dark brown beer with good clarity.

Aroma is sweet with roasty malts, chocolate, and a hint of smoke.

Flavor is more of the same. Sweetness followed by roasty coffee, bittersweet chocolate, and caramel. The smoke seems completely missing until I consider the aftertaste. It's pleasant in that it doesn't slap you around with smoke. More of a gentle brush.

Mouthfeel is nice too - medium bodied and lower carbonation than expected. I would think this could be awesome on cask.

Another good offering from FBC. I'm really looking forward to their new brewing facility. Judging by the lunchbox sampler, this brewery has real potential.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark solid body that reddens slightly in light... head is whtitish gray and dissipates swiftl...effervescent if inspected closely... smoky peat aromas, nicely befitting a schwarzbier , with a bit of chocolate malt added in.... alluring, even on a summer night... provides an ale's body and breath but the actual palate is slightly fizzy and oily, with a substantial softness that disallows scrutiny--save for a final smoky flourish... a flat, almost undercarbonated soda pop taste arrives in bubbles.... the malts are playful but not impactfulas promised... this beer doesn't rival the Germans or the Japanese within the style... a different take in this respect, but judging by the rating at this site, perhaps I will revisit this at a later (and perhaps in more complimentary weather--it was 95 degrees at the time of drinking!)... the Fort Colllins sampler has become my most favorite 12-pack lately....

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Photo of micahgoldfus
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a black-brown color with a well-carbonated, tan head. The smell was strong: smokey chocolate malts and roasted grain. The taste was similar to the smell up front: a blend of smokey, roasted dark malts. In the end, there was a mild presence of hops and even a touch of sweet nuttiness. The body was must lighter than expected: this is my first beer of this style, so I was not quite used to such a powerful taste with such a thin mouthfeel. It took a while to get used to, but I was happy in the end.

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Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.12/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

Pours very smooth with very little head, even when poured right down the middle of the bottle. Color is a dark reddish brown.

The smell was intriguing, with a strong roasted smell of something that I couldn't quite pinpoint, though I am guessing it is the grains.

The taste gives a good variety of flavors, from a coffee-ish taste, to a sweeter taste, and a mild nutty finish.

The beer tingles the palette with a little bit of carbonation. The texture of the beer fits the style well.

The overall drinking experience was quite good and I really enjoyed the fact that as the beer warms and you sip it slowly, you can fully appreciate all the flavors that this beer has to offer.

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Photo of Durge
3.87/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

After sitting in my fridge for a couple years I'm feeling a little dubious about any hopes here, but, here goes. Pours a very dark brown/mahogany color with two fingers high of light tan colored head that settles to a fair cover and leaves healthy swaths of lacing. The aroma delivers a wonderfully deep malt and slight juniper with a bit of Mars bar chocolate and definitely an occasional licorice waft. Very intriguing! The first mouthful brings another element adding obvious smoked ham over a much more reserved herbal hopped malt. I imagine some licorice edges as well. But generally this is not as wonderful as the aroma suggested. It's quite thin in body with modest sprite carbonation. There is a little dryness in the feel, but it's a reasonably drinkable brew. I would like to see something with more body and flavor that holds together better. It's sort of weak and watery but it's not bad. Worth a try if you like the style.

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Photo of OKCNittany
3.69/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of MMAJYK
3.87/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Medium to dark brown with light brown head. Nontransparent. The lacing is nice down the sides of my flute glass.

S- Chocolate and caramel malts, somewhat smoky and roasty, but calm; not too overpowering.

T- Clean and refreshing tastes of slightly smoked chocolate malts. Not heavy on the palate at all. Carries flavors of a stout but with a nice and easy vibe.

M- Thin in the mouth and high carbonation.

D- Very likable, but I do not think it a great session beer. 2-3 would be just fine though.

Overall- This is my first beer of this style, and I will have to say I really liked it. From what I have read about the style, this beer stays true and is a good representation of it. I liked the taste alot and the fact that is was not too heavy is a bonus. Nicely done.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.19/5  rDev +11.7%
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 humanawho
4.12/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A- nice dark ruby with a ok off white head

S- nice smooth flowery aroma and some roasty background

T- very interesting with a light front end and a roasty finish again the dominant flavor is "flowery"

M- nice medium light body fits the taste there is a little stickeyness in the finish

D- very nice light but flavorful

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Photo of bcsbeer
3/5  rDev -20%

Photo of Jwale73
4.12/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in my Warsteiner pilsener. Poured a deep, opaque brown with ruby red highlights when backlit. One inch loose, khaki-colored head lost half its volume in under a minute before settling into a solid quarter inch cap; strands of sticky lacing present during the tasting. Strong nose of coffee, chocolate and malt without being cloyingly sweet. Flavors consistent with nose, with a smokey character present in the foreground. Light-bodied and lively mouthfeel with a mild carbonation burn across the tongue and a residual smokiness that lingers lightly at the end. Alcohol is well-hidden and brew is both flavorful and refreshing at the same time. A solid example of the style.

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Photo of stampfler07
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of phishsihq
3.45/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

The beer pours a deep, dark brown color. A decent, light-tan head provides a decent lacing. Smoky aromas dominate the nose, and hints of chocolate and cocoa poke through as well. Roasted malts mix with smoke on the palate while a thin earthiness and a touch of nuttiness make an appearance before fading into a spicy hop bitterness. Medium-light in body, Kidd is moderately carbonated.

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Photo of orangemoustache
4.14/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours black with a thin brown cap. Some nice lace. The nose is so nice. Aromas of malt and sweet cocoa and dark chocolate. This is right on par for the style. Lightly chard malts, light coffee and smoke. Lightly carbonated and little if any alcohol flavor make this highly drinkable.

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Photo of wiseguy142
3.72/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours balck with a thin off white head that disappears quickly. Aroma is of baked brownies and malt extract. Taste begins and follows through with consistent bitterness and an earthy light coffee taste and pronounced chocolate. Well balanced with good hop flavor towards the end. A little stale tasting.. probably is better fresh. It's a bit heavy on the palate and hard to drink, unlike Koestritzer, but it has a lot of flavor and is enjoyable.

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Photo of veachster
3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a very dark amber body with a small, tannish head. Ok head retention. No lacing.

S - It smells sweet & malty with some robust, roasted undertones with light smokiness.

T - Roasted malts and coffee... slightly on the sweet side. I'm not tasteing much of the smokiness I was expecting.

M - It crisp and smooth with a medium body. The carbonation gives it the crispiness.

D - A good mouthfeel and taste combination made this beer very drinkable. I was hoping for a bit more smokiness but it was still good.

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Photo of Bung
4.2/5  rDev +12%
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 clayrock81
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dense brown with one-finger head that left sticky lace patches on my glass. Great smell of roasted and sweet malts - chocolate, caramel, some toffee. Pleasurable drinking here as this beer is incredibly smooth and creamy with a good amount of chocolate flavor, although it is more of a bitter chocolate and it is balanced with the roasted malts for a sturdy, almost chewey body that finishes dry. Solid beer here to try.

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Kidd Lager from The Fort Collins Brewery
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 316 ratings