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Cougar - Rhinegeist Brewery

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Cougar
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96 Ratings
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Ratings: 96
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 13.84%
Wants: 1
Gots: 22 | FT: 0
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Rhinegeist Brewery visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BrewProfessor on 10-12-2013

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Ratings: 96 | Reviews: 14
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.67/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very easy drinker. A good bit of a sweet edge on there with a bready thing going on as well, minimally so. As I said, very easy to drink. Pleasant.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.73/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

ROAR! ...or something like that. Rhinegeist's light American ale does more than luring in the passing craft beer purveyor. It also gives the most seasoned enthusiast a taste that's worthwhile despite its lighter fare.

Deeply stained of gold and straw, the beer's near-bright character vividly promotes its creamy effervescence, delivering a frothy cotton foam to draw the senses close. Toasty-sweet and honied aromas topple the glass and reward the nose as citrusy hops brighten the encounter more than just a tad. Its taste is malty, slightly nutty and with soft savory character.

The beer unfolds on the middle palate with the toasted elegance of German marzen or oktoberfestbier. Savory and soft, a notion of buttered pecan slathers upon the tastebuds, but is quickly sharpened with the citrusy rebuttal of orange and lemon zest, taking a decidedly American tone.

Medium-light to finish, the beer's assertive carbonation wavers and allow for the citrusy perfume to turn herbally bitter in return. Balanced to near perfection, the ale closes with lager-like tendencies but with the understated complexity of ale.

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.33/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

4.5 A: Nearly clear medium yellow color. Three fingers of pillowy white head. Retention is very good and plenty of lacing is left.

4.0 S: Dry graininess, wildflowers, spring water, dirty earthiness. Just a hint of floral and herbal hops. Really nice aroma on this.

4.5 T: Big graininess, sweet neutral maltiness. Earth, wildflower, mountain spring. Faint bitterness. Herbal hop flavor. Big flavor, far surpassing what the nose offers.

4.0 M: Light to lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Creamy for the body.

4.5 D: Very solid beer. One of my favorites from RG.

Photo of Mkirby
4.81/5  rDev +35.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Cougar is a great dark beer

Photo of rangerred
3.54/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Not much to this beer but it nails the style dead on. Quite malty with some light hops. Great lawnmower beer.

Photo of monochromebrewing
3.91/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Beer is a very solid blonde ale. It has a nice aroma and look. The taste is very full body for a blonde but also very drinkable which is what I want in a blonde ale. It also has a lingering after taste that is pleasant

Photo of UKBeerman
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Many places in the Cincinnati area have this on tap. It is a pleasant and easy drinking golden beer that goes down sweet and smooth with little bitterness and only a lightly hopped flavor and aroma. It is smooth and well balanced. My wife can even drink it....and that is saying something.

Photo of rangahy
4/5  rDev +13%

decent golden beer. Always happen when I see it on the menu, because I know my mom will be able to enjoy her dinner with a beer. I say that in all seriousness.

Photo of GilGarp
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

12 oz can served cold into a shaker pint glass. No date stamp found.

Cougar is a hazy straw yellow color with thick white head. It settles somewhat quickly and leaves no lace behind.

Aroma is sweet and very low in hops.

Flavor is mild and sweet, low in bitterness, but balanced.

Mouthfeel is light in body and properly carbonated.

Overall a nice American blonde. Every brewery should have a crowd pleaser and this one likely fits that bill for Rhinegeist.

Photo of damndirtyape
3.22/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12oz can (no date) poured into a shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Clear light gold. Initial white head died back to a very thin ring at the edge and the barest of skin of foam across the top. A little bit of lacing - small islands and some small strands that would slowly slide down the glass.

Smell: Leafy, cut grass, and grains.

Taste: Crisp with a clean malt up front and the moving into a different sweetness to the malt...honey? Finish is mild citrus with a crisp bitter finish and some more of that grain earthiness that I got in the aroma.

Mouthfeel: Slick and surprisingly sticky. Light carbonation but still a little prickly on the palate.

Overall / Drinkability: Hmmm....one and done I'm afraid. Not interesting enough for me to want another. It's just okay in the end. I had it by itself and it may be better with food. Clashed with thai lime chile almonds....so maybe not with spicy food.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.82/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours slightly hazed orange blossom honey golden with a bright egg shell white hued head forms nicely with great retention and intricate lacing layered. Aroma pale malts express with biscuit bread dough hint of herbal and faint citrus hop accents just barely peak through. Let's see how it tastes, pleasant bready quality hints of fruit in the backend clean well constructed blonde ale, it looks like I have to seek out the Truth their IPA gets really solid scores and I love the artwork and color schemes on these cans. More about the flavor, really well built solid hop notes the can mentions Bravo and Crystal hops, I couldn't have picked those two out here but they add to a nice crisp dry finish, there's also some powdered yeast notes on the palate as well. Mouthfeel is lighter bodied alcohol I will classify as sessionable at 4.8% abv this is the no brainer, cruise control drinking beer...I wish my cousin would have brought more than a can from Cincy. He said he tried to bring me more but he had no self control. Overall very enjoyable easy to drink and enjoy, not a beer to overanalyze it is simply done yet really tasty.

Photo of stewart124
3.86/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours golden to orange in color with just a big of white head. The lacing looks to be setting up quite nicely. Brilliant clarity.

Huge bready malt character in the nose. Bits oh straw and a lemon zest come through as well.

This is bigger in body than I anticipated and it has a chewier mouthfeel that really makes this enjoyable. Just a touch of earthy hops that add some grassy notes and a bit of green pepper.

This is a very solid blonde ale. Easy drinking and it probably bridges the gap for those just getting into craft beer.

Photo of patpbr
3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Poured copper with a bit or orange. and a light head.
S - Nothing jumps out other then grain and a bit of lemon.
T - Malty flavors of grain and carmel. A bit of hop is noticed.
M - Light to medium body. very smooth.
O - Nothing outstanding from this one, but very easy to drink.

Photo of edfish
3.97/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I tried the "truth" and liked it so I had to try the "cougar".
The skull is a different kind of emblem but get past it -cause good beer is on the way!
I didn't get a lot of aroma from the can..light biscuit/ bready aroma.
For a low ABV 4.8% @ 25 ibu's, this dude has flavor and character, bready malt with a almost dry finish if you can wait to take another sip. Has a lingering biscuit taste!
Kinda light mouthfeel but the taste makes up for it!
Overall this is a great session brew that satisfies the malt taste buds!!
A very good beer.

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Cougar from Rhinegeist Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 96 ratings.