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Fireman's #4 - Real Ale Brewing Company

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Ratings: 709
Reviews: 176
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 15.74%
Wants: 14
Gots: 154 | FT: 1
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Real Ale Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 02-23-2003

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Ratings: 709 | Reviews: 176
Photo of OKbrew89
3.36/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Transparent golden color with an alright head that leaves a small ring of lacing. Smell of sweet grain with some citrus. Taste is bready with some citrus and subtle hops on end. No alcohol taste or bitter aftertaste. Medium-light body with good carbonation. Refreshing without being watery or too light. Best drank cold though since some bitterness comes through at room temp.
It's a good but not extraordinary blonde. Easy to drink and have a few.

Photo of T-34-85
3.32/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Nice refreshing blonde ale for a hot sunny day.

Photo of ruzzal
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good. Happy I tried. Would not seek again, but I've seen it in spots where if I had to make choice---it would be my buy.

Photo of ranger7
3.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

L: Hazy gold. Good lacing. Nice head of white.
S: Sweet orange.
T: Some orange. Light.
F: Medium. Nice.
O: Pretty good. Nothing special, but it gets the job done. Good with pizza. Not heavy, which is nice.

Photo of trytoketchup
4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I do not write reviews.

Photo of Melmac
3.44/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pretty fucking good. I'll drink it again. (That's basically how every review should be).

Photo of Dsg10
4.14/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Good beer but not great a great one

Photo of Vegasrob
4.58/5  rDev +33.5%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty good blonde ale. Very refreshing

Photo of Fred79
3.47/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Eh not bad eh eh

Photo of mothmanscott
3.01/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours an almost clear, opaque deep straw, producing barely a finger of frothy, white, shortlived head that leaves only a thin wash & collar ring of lace. Aroma is weak & thin: light cracker malt with notes of grass, apples & maybe a little yeast. Taste is more substantial: sourdough bready, grain & biscuit malt, apple sauce & lemon & grass hints in a dry finish that yields a pale malt, hop bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied, moderately carbonated, crisp, prickle & dry. Overall a mediocre effort.

Photo of strohme2
3.09/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Crisp and refreshing. Nothing offensive.

Photo of CTbrew32
3.44/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Looks like an adjunct lager. Super carbonated, golden, and slight head produced.

Smell- Not much here besides some grainy notes and slight citrus.

Taste- Grainy malts hit the tongue at first with lots of carbonation. Following that some citrus and bread malt lingers on the tongue.

Feel- Very carbonated. Clean and crisp, almost lager like.

Overall- This essentially seems like a tastier adjunct beer option, and it serves its purpose well. I would definitely get this as a substitute for bmc when out drinking. However, day to day this isn't worth putting in the rotation, especially with better beers within the style available. (79/100)

Photo of TBoneJones
2.89/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hazy golden pour, solid white head, looks well- carbonated.
Smells of malt generally, in a bland way, average in terms of a mass produced beer, unappealing as far as approaching a microbrew.
Tastes earthy and of grains, hint of hops..just a bit better than what I expected based on what I smelled initially, but the grain flavor is backed by a dry mineral finish.
Feels medium bodied and well-carbonated.
I wouldn't seek this out, although if at a Texas night spot that serves only Bud/ Coors/ Corona fare, and this one happens to be in the mix, still best to order this.

Photo of Radome
3.38/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a goblet.

A - Color of straw; slightly milky/cloudy. There are a few particles of sediment in the bottom of the glass after the pour. Head is white and formed a thin sheet of tiny, creamy bubbles across the surface. These turn into sticky Belgian lace on the glass.

S - Good balance between cracked grains and noble hops. The hops smell slightly vegetal and skunky, not fresh. The malt aroma is a sharp, grainy note that smells fresh, but doesn't have any complexity.

T - Little malt flavor, as expected for the style. Just a bit of faint grain. Hops are earthy and slightly vegetal, with a floral hint that lingers into the aftertaste. Crisp, dry finish. No alcohol flavors. Clean and simple, as appropriate for the style.

M - Body is thin to medium. Carbonation fairly low, but is there as a light prickly mouth feel. No alcohol burn. Hops bitterness is low to medium.

O - Overall light and inoffensive, as you'd expect. I do believe it is an ale, but it is very reminiscent of an American light lager, with just a bit more body and taste than that.

Photo of smcolw
2.63/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

No head even with a vigorous pour. Some rim bubbles, leaves a couple of spots. Greenish yellow color with quite a bit of haze.

Little to no aroma. Grainy malt?

Highly carbonated, thin bodied. A step up from the macros but little else. Raw grain, lightly sour and whiff of hop essence best describes this beer. Refreshing on a hot day, but little else in terms of redemption.

Photo of brurevu
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft this beer is smooth and creamy with a citrus, apricot flavor on the finish that is the perfect antidote to all the watered down domestic varieties available. From a bottle the Fireman’s #4 doesn’t have the creaminess of the draft version, but is just as tasty. I had this Fireman’s #4 on a late afternoon and it was just what I needed to tame the heat. While some pilsners can be light and bright, I found this blonde to be bigger and bolder. The Fireman’s #4 is surprisingly deep and full on the palate.

Photo of Samp01
3.46/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle at Boiling Pot. Pours hazy golden with a short-lived white head. Aroma is of barnyard yeast, sour apple and pear notes with some mild citrus and grassy hops. Body is medium and crisp. Biscuit malt, some herbal hops and ripe fruit fill the mouth. Finishes with some fruity flavors of apple and pears with some mild bitterness for balance, endind is slightly dry. Overall a nice refreshing session brew.

Photo of jmbranum
4.15/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed on the patio of the Flying Saucer in Fort Worth, TX on a gorgeous summer Sunday afternoon.

I am no normally a fan of this style, but RA has made the best version I've ever tasted of a blonde ale.

Very pretty in the glass. Crystal clear, something between gold and amber.

Nice subtle sweet aroma.

Flavor is very grainy. A little bit of hops. Quite a bit of lingering sweetness but not excessively so.

Very nice full to medium mouthfeel with appropriate carbonation.

Reminds me a little of Fat Tire but less assertive (but that is consistent with this style).

Overall, I like it.

Photo of Premo88
2.98/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

12oz. bottle poured into pilsener

7/23/13 best by date

L: pale yellow; almost clear but a slim bit of opacity; white head of almost an inch off a very hard pour, dissipates quickly, just a wee bit of lacing

S: weak grain; very standard-issue macro brew stale grain

T: first taste is very nice, sweet, bit of malt with some grain -- a taste that would be fantastic if it lasted, but it doesn't; with each quaff, you get more and more dry grain and less and less sweet malt; the hops offer more spice than bite, but they are present

F: great carbonation; suprisingly not too watery

O: I love Real Ale ... they make some good, solid beers. This is not one of them. At times it shows some promise with a little hop spice and sweet finish with light barley notes, but the rest of the time it's grain water. If I didn't know any better, I'd think this was a meager adjunct lager -- there's very little that says "ale" about this.

This might be a good gateway beer only in that it's made by a company that also makes some great pale ales, a decent brown ale, a nice tripel and other decent stuff. Get somebody on this one and maybe they'd branch out to other Real Ale products. But the beer itself is only better than or different from the average BMC offering by a fraction.

Photo of scratch69
3.26/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I poured a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Clear golden color with a fingers worth of quickly disappearing head. Minimal amount of lacing.

Smell- Grainy malt aroma with some hints of lemon zest and grassy hops.

Taste- Tastes like it smells with some sweetness as well.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied and crisp. An average amount of carbonation.

Overall- Easy to drink and thirst quenching but not spectacular. The flavors are a little on the light side.

Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.44/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Finger of white head and a golden body filled with carbonation streaming about.

Smells very pilsnery with the malt character, grassy hop, and lemon zest.

The flavor picks up where the nose leaves off with the bread, grass, and lemony/fruitiness.

Clean and light bodied with prickly carbonation.

Ridiculously easy to drink with nice mild characteristics. Goes well with Tex-Mex.

Photo of AAG
3.29/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Enjoyed this Blonde in Austin on the back deck of a great Mexican restaurant after getting a swedish massage. Based on that...this review might be slightly skewed!

Poured this beer directly from a bottle into a cold glass. They didn't serve me a full pint glass so I was forced to pour this one into a much smaller glass...

Appearance - Light, golden ale; transparent; little to no head (possible due to a poor pour).

Smell - Lemon; zest; fruity; refreshing

Taste - Very pleasant; lemon blonde; aftertaste is slightly bitter but not overpowering; orange; grapefruit; as it warms the hops taste comes out more.

Mouthfeel - Very nice; slightly carbonated but comfortable on the palate, overall.

Overall - Really enjoyed this beer; very refreshing; would be a perfect summer beer; would seek this beer out again when looking for a blonde.

Photo of Durge
3.58/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Found at Pappadeaux's restaurant in Austin this blonde ale shows a clear pale gold
color with very fine carbonation that looks pretty active. The head is snow
white, thinnish but it holds well and leaves modest lacing. The nose picks up
only a subtle wheat and maybe a very light grass. The flavor jumps right out
with a hardy grass and wheat malt. Simple but well balanced and pleasing. This is relatively light bodied with a very crisp feel. A flavorful choice for the style.

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden and perfectly clear. A few rising bubbles. Head was pretty good and lacing is ok.

Aroma is grainy, sweet, a little citrus, and maybe some biscuit.

Taste is pretty good and about what I expect from a blonde ale. Grains, grasses, biscuit malt, sweetness, a little hops bite and a touch of citrus.

Feel is light and drinkable, but yet more ale-like. It's kinda like an adjunct lager, but with more body and taste. Pretty spot-on for the style.

I like this beer. It was cheep and tastes good. More success from RABC.

Photo of Dusty6467
3.7/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: bronze color with a 2 finger head that dissipates pretty quick and leaves decent lacing. Appears more like a pilsner

S: Malty, fruity hops, subtle smell- nothing strong

T: very smooth sessionable ale that has a slight hop bitterness to it. Good balance and easy to drink

M: clean, refreshing feel that drinks like a light lager or pilsner, but tastes much better than the typical light lager

O: This is a great summer beer and comes in cans so is great for camping- especially in the Texas heat

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Fireman's #4 from Real Ale Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 709 ratings.