Kidd Lager | The Fort Collins Brewery

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Kidd LagerKidd Lager

Brewed by:
The Fort Collins Brewery
Colorado, United States

Style: Schwarzbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
"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 Bizz88
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown with a single fingered tan head that disappeared fast but left a fair amount of sticky lacing the entire pint glass. On the nose molasses, chocolate and a touch of hickory smoke. The bitter sweet chocolate and coffee on the palate for this medium light lager that went down quite well. Two thumbs up.

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Photo of ScorpyX
4.43/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very very dark brown pour, almost black, with a small, tan head. This one disappears quickly.

S: Smoky and chocolatey smell.

T: The smell is definitely there in the taste with roasted chocolate accompanied by that smoky taste. Reminds me of my favorite New Belgium brew, 1554.

M: In spite of the color and taste, it's still called a lager and the lighter feel fits. The chocolate and light coffee notes had a little heaviness, but for the most part it's smooth with just a touch of carbonation.

D: I hadn't had this one in a while, and thus forgotten just how drinkable it is. Delicious taste, light and smooth body, and fairly low alcohol put the drinkability pretty darn high. If one enjoys the flavor as much as I do, you'll be having a few of these.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Dark brown. Nice tan head. Leaves alot of lace on the glass.

S - Roasted malts and worchester sauce.

T - Very smoky flavor, roasted malts, and toffee. Chocolate towards the end.

M - Medium bodied. Well carbonated.

D - Average. A good beer, but don't think I want another.

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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

This schwarzbier (black beer) pours an oil-black with almost no lacing. The nose is chocolatey and tastes like dark bittersweet chocolate with a slightly burnt "smoking gun" finish, as the bottle proclaims. That seems an apt description. A tasty and unusual beer, and one lager that strays far from the beaten path.

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Photo of drizzam
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Clear but very dark brown body topped by a delicious looking two finger beige head. There are small light colored chunks of sediment on the bottom of my glass after the pour. Good head retention and decent lacing.

S - Big time chocolate malt aroma. Smells a little smoky or roasted as well.

T & M - Sweet chocolate malt flavor with just the tiniest touch of that same smokiness I smelled in the aroma on the back end as you swallow. Thinnish in the body but still very smooth. This one finishes pretty clean. The carbonation gives it a little bit of prickle on the tongue.

D - You know, for a beer with 4.5% ABV, this one really has good flavor. Certainly sessionable, this is one you could sit down with and drink all evening. This Kidd has got it going on! A good beer by FCB.

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Photo of drummstikk
2.85/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown/light black clear color. Smells of German hops and roast barley. Tastes like nice and strong roasted malts, much more roasty than a Koestritzer, which I think is great. Also much hoppier than the German version of this beer, which again is fine because the beer's authors stick to clean spicy and earthy hops. But this beer misses the whole point of the Schwartzbier; the roast flavor is not balanced with maltiness or brisk sulphury yeast flavor! Kidd needs much more Munich malt and a more flavorful German lager yeast. As it is, this beer comes across as a subdued stout, and I like my stouts to be more roasty and more estery, thank you very much. Kidd's designers seem to have simply applied the American beer transformation to a Schwartzbier: clean up the yeast, simplify the lightly-kilned malts, and accentuate the highly-kilned malts and hops. I understand that this will sell, but it's just a formulaic interpretation.

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Photo of tugdriver7
2.84/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Nooo! I was really looking forward to this one--especially since they only put two in each sample case. Schwarzbier is one of my favorite styles and I actively seek them out where I can. This one poured beautifully, rich black/mahogany in the glass with a gorgeous tan to brown head. Subtle hint of (smoky?) malts in the nose and then that initial taste. Rich roasted malt and then (ugh!) smoked malts! Like drinking a great black lager mixed with the ashes of a campfire. Definitely not as bad as a Rauchbier, but the same smoked malts render the Schwarzbier only moderately drinkable (unless you're a smoked malt fan... and I'm not). Sorry, but just couldn't give this a better rating.

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Photo of MTNboy
3.24/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I did not feel that there was too much to this beer. The carbonation was weak and it was a little less than average to look at. It a very thin line of head and there was no lace. It did have a deep dark brown body. The aroma is reminiscent of burnt coffee but in an alright way. Its flavor has bit of a smoky finish that gives it some redeeming qualities. The mouthfeel is medium and average.

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Photo of Durge
3.87/5  rDev +3.5%
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 jabergess
4.38/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Taco Mac in Duluth in a 20 oz mug. They had this one listed as a dark lager. Small tannish head, slight lacing. Smell is chocolatey, slight coffee notes and sweet. Taste is heavenly. Chocolate, coffee and a slight unknown sour flavor. I'm a porter lover and this is right up my alley. I could drink this all day.

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Photo of moester13
4.37/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown, not at all what I expected to see. Not much head to it.

S: Delicious chocolate and roasty malt aroma.

T: Heavy roasted malts up front, progresses into a lighter, macro-like lager taste, finishing with a thick portery chocolate.

M: Creamy but surprisingly light.

D: The complexity of this beer was very surprising. The flavors blend into one another flawlessly. Awesome beer.

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Photo of matjack85
4.4/5  rDev +17.6%
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.

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Photo of ruckus232
3.4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 Ounce brown bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Dark brown with a small amount of tan head

Smell: Toasted malt scent with a little bit of a fruit smell similar to raisins.

Taste: You definitely get the toasted flavor but there is also something else that seems almost sweet but not as much like the raisins in the smell.

Mouthfeel: Fairly thin in feel but the carbonation is pretty good.

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Photo of BlackDogBrews
4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is my favorite offering from FCB and one of my favorite black lagers. Love how dark this beer pours. Quite deceptive with regards to how it tastes. Expected it to be heavier, but drinks light...just as advertised. The smoke flavor that comes through is wonderful, especially if accompanied with some treats off the grill. I have introduced this beer to friends who will not drink "dark" beers and have created fans out of every one. Another home run by the boys at FCB.

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Photo of Brenden
3.72/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Notes are from yesterday afternoon.

This beer is a pretty dark brown with just a bit of clarity and a softer brown color in the light. A tan head comes out pretty small and doesn't take particularly long to diminish, though there's always a bit there. Some, though very little, lacing is left behind.
The aroma's pretty full and robust, with plenty of malt and, appropriately or not, the emphasis on smoke. In fact, this reminds me very much of a Rauchbier. There's a bit of chocolate in here too. There's something earthy and leafy in here too, but very much underneath the smoke and malts.
True to form, the flavor keeps the same profile. The emphasis is all smoke, though there is just a touch of sweetness and nice earthy and woody notes to round it out. There's a metallic tinge to this one that I just can't get past, though it doesn't ruin it by any means.
There's nothing wrong with the mouthfeel, but I think it improves as it warms. There's a very light nip of crispness at the beginning of each sip, and with some time it gets a little smoother. It is just a touch flat, though. Body is medium-full.
This has good drinkability and is a nice interpretation of the style.

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Photo of jadpsu
4.09/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Could not find an ABV on bottle or on the Fort Collins Brewery Web site.
Not positive that this is not already listed n Beer Advocate as KIDD LAGER. However, the bottle is different than the one shown for just KIDD LAGER. On further examination of the Fort Collins site I only see one of the two listed and the one listed is called 'BLACK' LAGER.

Pours black with a brown head that lacks good retention but does have good lacing.
Smell provides some toasty, smokey malts and some biscuity breads.
Taste includes some molasses, coffee and chocolate. Can't say I pick up much in hops in either aroma or taste.
Surprisingly light in body and low carbination.
Enjoyable session beer with some complexity in its aroma/flavor.

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Photo of FeloniousDrunk
4.02/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a beer mug, this beer looked like melted licorice in the glass with a thin, 1/2 finger head the color of ivory.

The smell is malty and robust with strong hints of toasted caramel and resin.

The color betrays the flavor, as this beer is much lighter in feel and taste than it appears. Malt flavors abound, with hints of hickory smoke and plum on the swallow. It is surprisingly clean and light, without an overpoweringly robust feel, and it leaves the mouth feeling like a campfire.

It is surprising how much flavor is packed into this beer without it getting bogged down in heady richness, which can sometimes be off-putting to those seeking a more refreshing beer. If there was such a thing as clean smoke, the Fort Collins Brewing Company has bottled it, and it tastes good.

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Photo of ZAP
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pretty close to black...some brown hues..

S-Interesting...milk chocolate....smoked meats...nice mix...

T-Nice flavor to this...roasted malts... milk chocolate..some smokiness....maybe a tich of caramel...enjoyable..

M-Medium to light medium...about perfect...smooth, clean

D-I'm impressed....excellent schwartzy with a twist..

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Photo of emmasdad
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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Photo of coolitamigo
3.46/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Pouring into pint glass it is very dark brown, leaving one of the shortest lived heads i have ever poured. A tan film follows the beer to the bottom of the glass. Holding the dark liquor up to the light tints of cherry red appear.

S- Clean mocha, chocolate. My first experience with an American brewed dark lager. Similar yet slightly cleaner smell than a porter or dark ale varieties.

T- Thick almost porter style dark malty flavor, the malts added to this don't only impart their black color but give it a robust and even smokey flavor. The hop character is minimal as expected for this style.

M- The Aroma and Taste would suggest a heavier body than you are greeted with on first sip.

D- Nearly finished the glass and would gladly pour another from the FCB "Brewer's Lunchbox" if i wasn't so anxious to burst open another I haven't tried. There is a certain lightness to this beer that is hard to find with complex dark beers like this.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Got this in the variety case with 6 types.

A - Pitch black with decent head. Really good looking Schwartz
S - Mostly roasted malt backbone with a solid chocolate or coffee malt and slight rum but very faint.
T - Wow very delicious! Full of roasted and burt malts along with mild chocolate and coffee with not bitter bite to speak of.
M - Very thin yet full of flavor. Really liked it
D - If I could see this stocked around my town I would drop 12 dollars a sixer easy. Very drinkable and succession-able yet I drank through too quick as the two I had are gone already.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.07/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: From the bottle poured a rich deep chocolate coloring, while in the glass was a flat black. The head was disappointing, never really gathering enough strength to form nor retain and was khaki in color for its brief stay.

S: Light roasty malt and chocolate appears on the nose with moderately good results and strength. Earthy with a light charred character and burnt caramel sweetness. Per style this was pretty generous in the aromatic sense.

T: Light roasty grains, burnt chocolate and a bit of smokiness starts things off in the right direction. There is a nice bit or burnt grain sweetness coming through initially that is accompanied by creamer enriched coffee notes. Earthy roastedness and a residual lacing ensures on the swallow with a moderate bitterness of freshly roasted beans. Overall had a pretty robust flavor per style, with just a touch of smokiness that borders almost on porter strength.

M: Pretty good fullness for a Schwarz, would even be good for a porter. Roasty with a smoky charred coating that sits well on the tongue. Light carbonation factor with a silky texture suits this well.

D: Good drinkability, rich and robust flavor while still maintaining a smooth and easy to consume nature makes this a prime example. Six pack worthy.

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Photo of Rayek
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Stange.

A: Deep mahogany, but not quite black. A dense and soapy cream head has nice retention and leaves a good amount of lace.

S: Chocolate, molasses and a hint of smoke make up most of the nose. There's a light scent of lemon in the background.

T: Tastes similar to Fort Collins' Rauchbier in some respects. Molasses and a pronounce smokiness are out front. Some bittersweet baking chocolate is along for the ride. Bitterness is very light and lemony. Finishes with slight astringency and lingering burnt wood flavors.

M: The light body is slightly dry and has the right amount of fizz.

D: I liked this beer, but it tastes slightly conflicted to me. It seems to be trying to ride the line between a Schwarzbier and Rauchbier. Thankfully, it does a pretty decent job of it.

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Photo of indiapaleale
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour - dark, dark, dark brown, almost like an Oreo in color. Head is rather thin, foamy and lager-like. When held to the light you get the reddish hues from the dark malted barley. Very nice.

Aroma - a little smokey, sweet and peaty. Pretty similar to their Z lager in aroma actually. There is some nice subtle malt sweetness and some toasted bread notes as well. As it warms there is some licorice and some caramel as well. The smoke, however, is what really shines through.

Taste - quite light bodied and very malty, sweet and a tad smoky. There is some caramel and prune flavor to this that combines with the subtle smokiness quite well. Plenty of roasted malt flavors come out and form the bulk of the flavor profile of this crisp and easy drinking dark lager.

Overall - I like it. Its a very light bodied beer with plenty of flavor. Since it clocks in at only 4.5% this is one hell of a session beer candidate. Cheers!

Would I buy more of it? - I may seek this out again, I really enjoy the smokiness of this beer as well as the fact that it is low in alcohol.

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