Fort Collins Brewery – Z Smoked Amber Lager – 3 out of 7 smokestacks of happiness


Fort Collins brings all kinds of great beer to the table. Not only do they have a robust selection of different kinds of beer, they also have a healthy library of distinctly unique smokebeers (their Out of the Ashes series was particularly notable). Z smoked amber lager is not one of the good ones. I am grateful for FCB’s efforts in my field, but it is safe to say that I don’t like this smokebeer. Z is a little sweet, little sour, little bitter, little smokey, and a little bit weird. I don’t have much else to say about it. Final score, a generous 3 out of 7 smokestacks of happiness.

Brewer Fort Collins Brewery
Beer Name Z Smoked Amber Lager
Brewer’s Description Rauchbier dates back to the 1500s in Bamberg Germany when malt was often dried over the flames of a beechwood fire. The lingering smoke flavors & slight caramel undertones make this smoked amber lager an unexpected culinary delight.
Food Pairings Meat
Brewery Location Fort Collins, Colorado
Alcohol content by volume 5.4%
Beer opacity rate 1 – 7 (light – dark) 3
Smell smoke? 1 – 7 (No – George Burns) 3.5
Sausage detection? Y or N N
Smokepower taste: 1 – 7 Smokestacks 4
Overall Happiness: 1 – 7 (sad – happy) 3

Although it looks like FCB has removed all memories of Z lager, feel free to learn more at:

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