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Saturday, June 12, 2010

Fort Collins Brewery - Z Lager

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Fort Collins Brewery - Z Lager
Fort Collins Brewery
1900 East Lincoln Avenue
Fort Collins, CO USA
Est. ???? 

Brain Damage Quotient = 5.4 % ABV
Fluid Oz. = 12.0 

Postmortem Brew Review
Deep amber color with very slight cloudiness.
Malt and an earthy smokiness present in the nose.
Foamy off-white head leaving decent amount of lacing.
Slight carbonation; enough to make its presence.

Rich full taste, very much like a Märzen style.
It has a malty lead with some sweetness in the finish.
Medium bodied.  Malty, smoky flavor.

Grim Reaper's Eulogy
This beer is amazingly like a Märzen , but with a more earthy feel.  It has an interesting smoky taste; think smoked meats here.  It's an old style of German brewing that 'smokes' barley malts over beechwood to impart the flavor into the beer. Perhaps the fire branding on the attractive labeling?

I love the Märzen style of beer and find this amazingly close with the added curiosity of the complex, but direct smoky flavor.  It's unique and I give it a Grim Reaper 'bony' thumbs up! I had it with some sausage pizza which was chance for my afternoon dining, but discovered it was a great pairing as it complimented the meat and cheese of the dish.

More, more, I want more!

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