bagalagalaga (156) - Indiana, USA - JUN 2, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
I’ve had smoked porters and stouts (some actually smoked, some with disgusting smokey additives), but never ran into a smoked lager before. It was quite good, the smoke and sweet malts mixed well, it didn’t taste or smell like an ashtray. Surprisingly good, a shame it is like an hour drive to the place I got it.
ronaldtheriot (1762) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - MAR 5, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
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! RJT
DocLock (9866) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 4, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
An exotic lager, indeed. Bottle from Capone’s. Deep copper pour with 1-finger off-white head. Aroma of heavy rauchy caramel malt, toffee, brown sugar, and some berry hints. The flavor is caramel malty, rauchy, with some brown sugar, toffee, pear, and hop hints. This is one of the better lagers I have quaffed.
SudsMcDuff (7976) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JAN 4, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours a dark copper .. . great looking foam, B+ lacing . . smells almost of honey baked ham . . very fun smoked brew, light yet refined . . way 2 east to drink . . great stuff oh ya! . . another good smoke brew from FC!
ucfknightscott (56) - Casselberry, Florida, USA - FEB 28, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a beautiful burnt amber color with a thin white head. Big aroma of smoked meats, chocolate, and roasted malt. Notes of smoke, sweet caramel malt, cherries, and burnt wood. This one is probably my favorite smoke lager. I’ve never had a smoke that was this well balanced and not overpowering with smokiness. Excellent balance and very, very drinkable without getting overwhelming. This one is a must try.
AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - OCT 11, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Orange-amber color with a pale tan head. Aroma of beechwood-smoked malt and toasty, toffee, sweet, warm malt. There is definitely a great balance between the malt sweetness and smokey phenolic. Bitterness is present but is in balance with little discernable hop flavor. The body is medium-medium/full. Enough smoke to enjoy but I did not feel I was drinking bacon (this is a good thing).
Braudog (6290) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - APR 16, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewpu 4/12/06: True amber color. Interesting light smokiness on this "starter" smoke beer with a sweet finish. Another good one and ultimately the one I chose to drink at length!
nearbeer (4829) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 5, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Clear red-copper with a large, lasting head. Aroma is smoked sweet corn with black pepper. Flavor is very similar, with less pepper, more corn, and some earthy spiciness like ginger. Palate is a little more than light-bodied, slightly dry, and smooth. Lots of nice flavors; the smokiness is not overdone as is so often the case. If I had to choose a lager to drink, this one would be in the top 5, and probably #1 for smoked beers.
supremecrusher (6) - Edina, Minnesota, USA - JAN 29, 2008 does not count
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
One of my all-time favorite beers. This tastes just like the beer has been smoked. Loved it!
jmagnus87 (2912) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - OCT 19, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle from ABC poured into a lager glass. Pours a clear dark amber with about 1 finger of white head. Aroma of smoked beef jerky, bonfire and some roasty malt. Taste is lightly bitter. Nice smoke taste. Not enough to overpower but enough to enjoy. Medium bodied with a somewhat thin texture. Lively carbonation and a long smoky finish. Overall, very good. I wish I would have got a 6pack of this instead of the single bottle.