Aholmb1 (134) - New Orleans, Louisiana, USA - MAY 8, 2013
Appearance: translucent amber color, head is about two inches when first poured, off white colored head, head dissolves slightly quickly but leaves a nice foam, slight lacing
Aroma: caramel, slight smoky smell when inhaled heavily, earthy
Taste: can taste the smoke flavor but not too overwhelming, nice surprise within the taste, light body
Palette: flavor comes alot at the end, slight bitter
Overall: this beer makes me want to bbq! It would be great cooking outdoors or camping, the smoke flavor is great and very different
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone Brouwerij (959) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 30, 2013
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy copper with a half finger of coarse, off white head. Decent retention, and many rings of lacing. Aroma is smoked malt, beechwood, bacon, salty, smells like light rauchbier. Flavor is mildly smoky up front with a malty, caramel finish. Smokiness lingers only mildly. Smoke flavor is very approachable, good for someone looking to venture into smoke beers. The smoked tones are too light to be considered a true rauchbier. Soft to moderate carbonation, relatively full body, especially for a lager, and a smooth texture and finish. A pleasant, interesting, drinkable, smoky lager. Not sure why everyone is so down on this brew, other than it isn’t as smoky as your typical rauchbier. BVery (11461) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - APR 20, 2013
Bottle. Rich orange pour with a small head. Slight smoked / charred wood. Slight sweet caramel. Okay. ronaldtheriot (2021) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - MAR 5, 2013
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
ajnepple (7362) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - FEB 14, 2013
12 oz bottle. Dark burnt orange with off-white head and lacing. The aroma is strong smoked malts. Light to medium body with a thin texture. Smoky flavor but not overdone. Light caramel malts with a smoky lingering finish.
MarkSachon (1062) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 9, 2013
It’s been a while since I’ve had one, but I seem to differ crom the crowd here in thinking if was quite good. Just enough smoke and not too much sugar. All is good here. MasonBa (10) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 9, 2013
Over the top. Everything is too much. The color is thick. The taste is straight BBQ sauce and hickory. The finish is salty. May recommend if craving ribs and can't eat food. No subtlety. Finish is sick.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone rjdomino (11) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 9, 2013
Fuck this beer. Smells like hickory wood chips, tastes like teriyaki sauce and salt. Fort Collins Brewery tried a little too hard on this one.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone dalekliz (927) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 22, 2012
On tap at the brewery. Pours a clear brown-orange with an off-white ring. Aroma has a nice smokiness, with wood, malt, meat, and yeast. Taste is very smoky meat, with some malt and wood. Lingering smoke. The smoke dominates everything too much here. UncleKorm (1337) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - NOV 27, 2012
Bottle poured a clear amber hue w/ small fully diminishing head. Medium aroma of sweet smokey caramel. Initial flavor light sweet finish is liquid smoke. This beer drinks like a watery BBQ sauce. It needs to accompany a meal, not one I’d drink on its own. Medium bodied, creamy texture and soft carbonation.