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Entries in Fort Collins Brewery - Z Lager (2)

Thursday
Aug262010

Fort Collins Brewery- Z Lager: Za Case of Z Lager.

Today I was in the mood for mystery. I want a beer that I know nothing about so I can fill in the pieces.  Jason gave me a bottle of Z Lager from Fort Collins Brewery brewed in Fort Collins Colorado.  I am not very familiar with beer from Fort Collins Brewery but I like trying beer that is new to me and that in itself makes this beer appealing. I didn’t know what to expect because the name doesn’t give away too many details about the beer.  Looking at the imagery will give you a better understanding, but I really just poured my glass without really knowing what I was about to drink.

Z Lager pours with a ½ inch brownish-white creamy head.  The nose is extremely malty which gets my attention.  There hop character in nearly absent.  In the background I notice a whiff of smoke, so now I am starting to put two and two together.  The color is a rich amber-brown which gets the hamster in my head jogging on its wheel.  I know what I am drinking here, but I want to be sure so I drink. Yep, I was right the flavor is full of caramel and fairly malty and then the smoke comes to the forefront without being overpowering or cumbersome. The mouthfeel is pretty light and the finish is dry. This is a rauchbier, quite literally a German-style smoke beer and a classic style at that.  It is typically a smoked version of a märzen/Oktoberfest beer.  I recognize it because I tasted a couple German interpretations and brewed the style myself.

Fort Collins stays true to the style with Z Lager leaving me the clues necessary to solve my mystery.  This beer is pretty impressive in every way except for its mouthfeel. I just wish that it was more substantial.  I did very much enjoy drinking it though. If ever I make my way out to Colorado, I will surely stop at Fort Collins Brewery for one of these. Case Closed!

ABV: 5.4%

Consumed: Mother Earth Globe Glass

Verdict: Buy a Twelve Pack

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Sunday
Dec202009

Fort Collins Brewery- Z Lager: You just got smoked…

 

I have never been a smoker nor do I care for smoked food of any kind.  So upon my last visit to the liquor store I came across Z Lager by Fort Collins Brewery and noticed that the packaging stated that it was a Smoked Lager.  So I figured, “what the hell?” I’m always up for something new and figured that if it drank like a “roasted malt” brew that it would be right up my alley.  This smoked lager lives up to its profile with a deep smoky flavor which stems from a process in which the malts are dried over an open flame. 

This beer pours golden amber in color with a small slightly off white color head and comes in at 5.4% ABV.

The Fort Collins Brewery classifies it as a Rauchbier or “Smoked Beer” and their website describes it as “Rauchbier dates back to the 1500’s in Bamburg, Germany when malt was often dried over the flames of a beechwood fire.  Our Z Lager was crafted to be smoky and palatable.  The lingering smoke flavors, slight carmel undertone and amber color make Z an unexpected treat alone or as a compliment to a good meal.”

The flavor, aroma and color are a full on assault on the senses and leaves you wanting more.  If you like deep flavored beers that originate from roasted or smoked malts you’ll absolutely love this beer.  If not you may need to rush to your nearest dentists to get your tongue scraped because your buds have been in a deep hibernation.  This is the perfect brew to drink while snuggling with your girlfriend on the couch…while your wife is out Christmas shopping.  

Abv: 5.4%

Consumed: Sam Adams Glass

Verdict: Buy A Twelve Pack

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