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RATINGS: 398   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
Z Lager is an exotic lager with a slight aromatic smoke flavor, perfect for any occasion. Slight caramel undertones and a bright amber color compliment Zís prominent smoke flavors.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - DEC 5, 2005
12 oz bottle shared with MartinT, tiggmtl, Rastacouere, beerbuzzmontreal and Yowie. Smoky-sweet but also somewhat spoiled and vegetal nose...very light caramel-amber body, translucent with small lasting head...sweet, sugary maple-smoky body, lightly cheesy and lactic...low to moderate carbonation. Pretty boring.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
koreanbobcat (33) - Iowa, USA - OCT 12, 2005
bottle, smell of smoke and maple. Copper tone with white head which lasts and lasts. The taste starts malty followed by smokey. hoppy bitterness at end combined with smokey taste make this an enjoyable beer

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ClarkVV (4341) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 12, 2005
Bottle from Liquor Mart, drunk on 9/30/2005. There were two different batches (or at least two different labels) at the store, my bottle did not look like the one at the left.

Pours a ruddy-amber-caramel color with some deep strawberry red tones. Full head is well-retained and light beige colored. Little to no lacing, quite a bit of carbonation. Aroma of bready vienna-like malts, but more prominent is the burnt, or, end-of-the-pot coffee notes. Sweet toffee/caramel, traces of lager yeast biproduct and a touch of bacon doused in maple. Flavor starts out with a roasty/toasty sort of thing, very bready, moderately acidic and quite dry. Sweetening some towards the end, with the light charred flavor, sugary malt and caramel. The mouthfeel does not make for a cohesive flavor experience, way too much sharp carbonation, which, when coupled with an overly bready flavor and moderate acidity makes for a difficult drink. I guess Iím spoiled from the Schlenkerlas being bottle conditioned, but this mouthfeel just really kills it. I donít expect the smoke to be the same as Schlenkerla, but I donít think itís too much to ask for it to have less breadiness and sharp carbonation. Body is medium, gets a bit too simple as it warms, with sweet, sugary, caramel and light burnt coffee notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 5, 2005
Mild smoke aroma wafts above a maple, caramel maltiness with some herbal hop notes. Brilliant, clear, copper body is topped by two fingers of lasting off white head that recedes to a generous cover with some nice lacing. Initial sweet malt flavour is joined quickly by an assertive but not overpowering smoky character. Pleasant bitterness finishes things off and smokiness lasts in the aftertaste. Medium-light body with fairly lively carbonation. Lager glass. Fridge temp. Bottle (Liquormart, Boulder, CO, Oct-05).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - OCT 4, 2005
Tap at brewery. SLight smokey/processed smoked meat nose. Very, very good amount of smoke-not overbearing. Very light but all around very full flavored. Nose is very mellow.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - SEP 22, 2005
Thanks to Tom and Nancy for sharing this from their great beer adventure out west. Clear amber body under a thin white head. Aroma was malt, hops, maybe some anise, and a bit of smoke. Medium body with a nice carbonation but a watery texture expected in most lagers. The flavor was mediocre with hints of smoke and some bread dough.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (10830) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 27, 2005
Tap @ 16th Colorado Brewfest. Pours mahagoney with a small creamy tan head. Sweet vanilla brown sugar and caramel malt aromas. The aromas traslate well into the flavors plus a hoppy end. Medium bodied and creamy palate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - MAY 24, 2005
This very nice lager is just smokey enough to keep you interested throughout the beer and just sweet enough to keep your hand on the glass the whole time. Very well balanced and finishes nice and clean - no nasty lager bite here. This beer is perfect fodder for any meal, and surely can be enjoyed throughout the year. Very nice lager.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Kevin (2156) - New Mexico, USA - MAY 20, 2005
deep brown qith a white head. sour wood and watermelon mingle with the smoke in the aroma. smokey taste like the runoff from a fat pig on the fire. with an interesting bitter apple. has a somewhat tobacco finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Terminus (3371) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 20, 2005
12oz bottle-pours a deep red amber hue with a huge white head. woody, slightly smokey aroma like that of a fireplace. some herbal malt tones in there as well-slightly sweet fruit in the malt character. Some leather notes as well that I liked. This is really interesting, like a vienna lager with smoked malts. kinda different if you ask me. body was medium with moderate carbonation. Smokey flavors start the palate followed by those herbal malts with a slight hop note as well. smoke lingers a little, but not overbearing. I like this!

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