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 jsh420
2.33/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

pours dark dark brown almost black 1 finger head no lacing

smells of sour apples? and some chocolate

taste just does not mesh well - sour fruiit chocolate roasted malts and smoke - just a mess

mouthfeel was nice and light with ok carbonation

drinkability is low - dont care for the taste dont care to drink again

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Photo of bristol2120
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not the biggest fan of this style, but found this to be an enjoyable beer. Nice reddish/ruby appearance with a decent head and retention. Not an overpowering aroma, but a pleasant smoky/burnt character comes through. Taste is nicely rounded, with some briny overtones. Mouthfeel full and smooth, with an enjoyable lingering presence of smokiness. Very drinkable for this style.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

A- Pours a dark brown color with reddish hues and a light tan colored head with decent lacing and retention.

S- The aroma smells great, there is a lot of chocolate malts along with a hint of smoke.

T- The taste like the aroma features a lot of dark chocolate malts that are roasted with a smokey finish with just a mild touch of hops.

M- The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, a pretty tasty brew that is worth picking up. Another solid beer from Fort Collins.

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Photo of maddogruss
3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got a bottle of this from a friend.

A: Pours a very dark amber body with a small, tannish head with pretty nice retention and lacing.

S: A sweet, malty smell with some robust, roasted undertones with some smokiness as well.

T: A slightly, roasted toffee and slight coffee tastes with some bacon and smoky undertones that were not overbearing. The sweet, roasted malts returns in the aftertaste and as the beer warmed up.

M: A fairly thin mouthfeel that was also slightly watery, but overall the feel was pretty good for the style.

D: A good mouthfeel and taste combination made this beer very drinkable. I was hoping for a bit more smokiness to really balance out the sweeter malts, but it was still very nice.

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

This beer poured a translucent dark brown with a one finger of light brown head to it. Head retention is quite good, leaving ample wispy lacing on the glass the entire way down. Nose is big on roasted malts, some dark chocolate, hint of smoke - like the day after a fire, and some nuttiness in it. Taste is heavier on the caramel malts up front, roasted malts following through mixed with some bitter chocolate, the finish is smoky. On the lighter side of medium body, higher carbonation, goes down smooth with a crisp finish to it. This is a nice beer to sit with for an evening.

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

A beer named in honor of Billy the Kidd? REGULATORS! I was not expecting the color from this - it almost looked like I was pouring a glass of soda. Deep brown almost black. I got a nice roasted malt smell and the taste matched that along with some coffee flavors. More carbonated than I expected as well, which is something I like. I would say this beer has a lot of character. While not a session beer it is not overly heavy either. Worth sampling.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appears a deep cola brown with a tightly formed beige head, forms minimal specks of lacing with each sip. Aromatics bring a mild smokiness with roasted coffee and dark cocoa maltiness with a touch of herbal hoppiness. Toffee seems to meld it's way into the dark chocolate and java combo. Flavor is upfront with the smokey roasted malt character, a ton of flavor with dark chocolate and watery coffee edge. A minimal layer of fruitiness often found in a good schwarzbier. Body is light to medium with a soft yet poignant level of carbonation. Drinkability overall is solid from front to back, one of the tastiest and most spot on American versions I've had in quite some time. I could drink this in number and my wife loved it as well.

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Photo of nickfl
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - One and a half fingers of light brown head on an opaque black body. As the head settles, it leaves moderate lace.

S - Lots of toasted grain with notes of coffee, caramel, and nutty malt.

T - Light malt up front with roasted notes of chocolate and coffee. Some nutty character comes out in the middle with coffee dominating the finish.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - A nice black lager, lots of character but still smooth and drinkable.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +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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Photo of Haybeerman
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep, dark brown. Poured a 1 finger chocolate head that dissipated to an even skim. Sticky lace in patches

S: Toasted male, chocolate and earthy smoke in the background.

T: Big, rich toasted malt. Peppery flavor lingers a bit into the finish. The finish is sharply bitter with a burn toast/smoke. Very interesting.

M: Light side of medium body. Nicely balanced carbonation. Starts a littly bubbly on the tongue, but finishes coating and dry.

D: Wonderfully complex beer to me. Lots to sift through and savor. ABV pretty moderate so I could go at this one for a while.

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Photo of Gavage
3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a dark brown color with an off white 1/2" head that falls quickly.
No lacing develops.

Smell: roasted malt and some soft earth tones.

Taste: roasted malt is dominant with some grass and some mild prune sweetness. Bitterness is mild.

Mouthfeel: lighter side of a medium bodied beer. Crisp throughout. Some dryness late. Aftertaste is long and focuses on roasted tones.

Drinkability: this beer goes down in a refreshing way despite the strong roasted malt tones.

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Photo of williamherbert
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The appearance ... by God, the darkest lager I ever did see! Clear dark brown like a glass of root beer, with a foamy head to match. What the heck! [Turns out it's not truly a lager but rather a schwarzbier - Ed.]

The aroma appears to contain an all-malt grain bill, but sweetish in the lager sense. There is a brown-ale-like brown sugar aroma too. Hops are barely there.

The taste is heavily roasted malts, and they come as a surprise. Major mocha/coffee bean taste. Minor pilsnery hop. Amberish malts also come through. Smoky but mild BBQish flavor like a rauchbier. Mild dark chocolate. Unexpected and full of flavor.

The feel is light-bodied like a watery lager but with a little dryness at the swallow. A challenging, dark, roasted, smoky lager. Pretty nice and unexpected, although I do wish the label would be a little more specific.

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Photo of lawnbitis
4.12/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

great aromas of hay and mocha. Light on the tongue, but still a persistent and lingering handful of malty goodness.

This beer is a great American version of the style. I'm very much looking forward to the Oldsmar Tap House launch of Fort Collins this weekend.

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Photo of Drew966
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Kidd Lager pours just about black but there's lots of crimson when held up to the light, with a tan head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. There is a pleasant cocoa like aroma (that seems somewhat inappropriate for the style). There is also a fair amount of roast in the flavor as well. There are also some fruity hops mixed in. A very pleasant beer if not quite to style.

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

This beer was a surprise- quite tasty and a good deal better than I was expecting. Pours a very dark brown with a decent head that fades to a thin ring. Smells roasty, grainy , and with a nice touch of smoke. The taste is even a bit richer and roastier to start and with the same subtle but noticeable smoke. A little caramel sweetness and light bitterness on the finish round things out. A little thin in the mouth, but ultimately quite satisfying.

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Photo of mmmbeer
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle with no freshness date; brewed with chocolate and smoked malt, hopped with Tettnang. This brew is crystal-clear, light black to ruby, with medium bead, and two fingers of tan head that imparts nice lacing. Smoke and chocolate in the nose, with a few esters, perhaps some grapey Munich malt, a hint of hops, and a light vinous character. It has a complex malt flavor, with sweet smoked malt, chocolate, some darker crystals, a mild roasted malt astringency, a subtle noble hop note, and perhaps some green apple. Medium to light on the palate, with medium carbonation and a dry, roasty/smoky finish. This is quite the tasty lager - complex, delicious and easy to drink. Well-worth a try.

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Photo of mcraw88
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Very dark almost black with a slight tinge or red. About an inch of beige colored head.

Smell - Right of the bat i think very dark chocolate, might be completely wrong kind of have a head cold, closer inspection get some smokey and maybe peppery flavors.

Taste - The dark chocolate smell turns out to be more of a coffee taste, very nice malty flavors, even get a hit of smokiness towards the end. Not to much bitterness but just enough well balanced brew

Mouthfeel - Light carbonation, dry in the mouth, feels thin

Drinkability - Not what the bottle says about being a blonde but it does go down easy. Good brew overall

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

1 finger fizzy dust-colored head which dissipates quickly. Chocolate black color with hints of deep red wen held to the light. Minimal fall-down lacing.

Smells chocolate rich malt. There something light, crisp and hinting at floral swirling faintly in the background. .

This one is a bit off the beaten path for me so I won't be able to do it justice, but we'll just view this review as a personal note--maybe even a bookmark.

Taste is rich roasty malt with a slight sharp peppery note that fades quickly into the finish. The finish is what grabs my focus. It's roasty, smoky, with some hop bitterness--not big or pronounced--it just swings the pendulum the other way towards the end.

Very light bubbles and carbonation wake up my tongue. Thin and slightly oily this finishes in a dry quenching style.

This was not a drink I couldn't keep my hands off--not because it wasn't good, but because it made me contemplate. I found myself concentrating and trying to place the components--which is a testament to the complexity.

Very good drink--although I disagree with the label's designation of "Looks Dark, Drinks Blonde". Blonde my ass. Nothing like some misplaced advertisement to throw off someone's expectations. This would be quite the surprise to someone who just picked it up because of the label.

As the beer warmed it was even more intriguing. to be fair, I don't think I'm up to par with this beer. It was good and I liked it, but truthfully I don't think I could fully appreciate it. I'll be glad to revisit this one down the road.

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Photo of Lexluthor33
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black color with a small yet respectable head with a bubbly lace.
The aroma of malts,coffee,toffee and caramel.

The taste started with smoky malts,chocolate hints,coffee and a dash of oatmeal.
The feel was light body,medium to high carbonation and hop bitterness. Some mild metallic notes.

Notes: A really good beer which I thoroughly enjoyed.I will look for this one. Summer or winter this one is a treat.

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Photo of TexIndy
4.27/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. No dating info. It was a dark russet brown color with no visible carbonation and no lacing. It had an average sized tan head that quickly faded into a thin collar.

The aroma was good with smoked malt, chocolate malt and toffee. No real hop presence. Wish it was just a big smokier and lasted a bit longer. It had faded away by middle of session. Good but want it their for whole drink. The taste was also pretty good. I love a good schwarzbier and this one fit the bill. Very smooth and drinkable. Would be a good session beer. Medium carbonation and mild finish.

Overall, a really good beer that I highly recommend. Another winner from FCB. Not avail here but it'd be in my rotation if it was for a sixer or three a year. Would be great on a hot Texas summer day.

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Photo of matty
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pitch black colored beer with a very rapid fading head.Aroma is cocoa.Taste is chocolate and smoked malts.You could almost call it a smoked beer from the ashy taste.Overall pretty decent and something I think people should try at least once.I personally would try again!!

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Photo of daliandragon
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have always like schwarzbiers and try to pick one up whenever I see a new one. The appearance is just a shade under black with a thin tan head. The nose is tasty and full of toasty malt aroma with hints of coffee and chocolate.

This one has a touch of smoke on top of the typical porter/stout flavors, featuring plenty of toasted and coffee tones. The feel is light but rich and coating. At 6% abv the alcohol is well under control even through the aftertaste. This is very easy to drink and a good example of the style.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Poured a very dark brown, almost black, almost opaque, with a medium foam consisting of some very large bubbles.

The malt smell hit me first followed by notes of chocolate and toffee.

Taste opens with the malt and finishes very crisp and clean. There are some metallic hints in here, and as I worked through the 12 oz., the flavor became smokier. Kept thinking it would turn peat-y, but never quite did.

Mouthfeel was relatively unintersting - very little action from the carbonation.

Good drinkability, could have had another.

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Photo of confer
3.3/5  rDev -11.8%
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 PEBKAC
2.9/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was about to trade for some of this when it started popping up on my local shelves.

Note: Empty BB/BO date box on the bottom left corner of the label.

Poured into my Ommegang Anniversary glass. Frothy coffee creamer-colored head that completely whitewashes the sides of the glass. A dash darker then the color of what Guinness passes for these days.

The smell of malted milk balls, a touch of hazelnut syrup, & a ticklishly sharp edge of caramel & nutmeg.

Smoke is at least somewhat evident in the taste, somewhat. I was looking forward to that part. Coffee backs that up in a bigger way then I'd like. Roasted sweetness is all up front, with minuscule flavors of cream, salt, & tin in between. An earthy bitterness accompanies a "newspaper between your fingers"(smoked?)finish.

Minute amount of carbonation, & a thin feel, which is helpful, but it only evens out the dryness developing on my tongue.

It tastes like a flat stout. Do with that what you will. Sam Adams Black Lager is a better choice at two bucks cheaper a six.

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Kidd Lager from The Fort Collins Brewery
3.74 out of 5 based on 316 ratings.
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