Fireman's #4 - Real Ale Brewing Company

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Ratings: 716
Reviews: 179
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 15.74%
Wants: 15
Gots: 166 | 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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Reviews by mjurney:
Photo of mjurney
4.25/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Golden color, touch of chill haze. Lots of fine bubbles rising up to the top. Big soapy head. Leaves a nice lacing behind.

Bready malt, spicy hops, earthy, a little fruity.

Bready, biscuit, slight caramel. Hop bitterness is light-medium, mainly spicy noble hops, a little lemony. I taste some fruitness towards the end. Finish is crisp and semi-dry. Body is light-medium, refreshing, sessionable, well carbonated.

More User Reviews:
Photo of FickleBeast
3.26/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a chalice. Purs a clear straw yellow color with a half finger of foam that fades nearly instantly. Aroma has a vegetal / corn note to it.

First sip is fairly dry, with a very faint malt sweetness. Really not too much flavor, but has a mild bitter finish.

This beer is fairly inoffensive and nondescript. No off-flavors, but nothing really of note to report on flavor wise. I appreciate the bitterness on the finish, but that is not enough to have me wanting more. Would be a good beer to help convert the BMC crowd to craft beer.

Photo of JudgeRoughneck
3.74/5  rDev +9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a cloudy, dull, straw color with a very thin white head. Nose is weak and musty, get some grassy hop.

Taste is spicy upfront, nice lemon flavor without any citric acidity. Big, deep, biscuity, malt base with cracked grain piping up at times. I get a liitle white pepper and the taste then darkens slightly to something I'm associating with bay leaf for the finish. I love this beer but feel it is kinda all over the place for blonde and could be brighter. Fortunately I'm not feeling like a style nazi. Mouthfeel is mid-bodied and grippy.

Photo of dill
3.86/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

served on tap in a pint glass.

A - body is a straw color, a bit deeper than i expected. i didn't even realize this was a blonde ale when i saw it.

S - a bit of fruit comes through as well as a bready aroma.

T - similar to the smell. a bit of hops comes through as well but doesn't last.

M - medium bodied with a low amount of carbonation.

D - quite easy to drink. great for when the sun is still up.

Photo of Mora2000
3.51/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was a bottle of Alamo Golden Ale, which is the same beer as Fireman's #4. They are two distinct beers on this site, but since the brewers said they are the same beer, I put the review under this entry.

The beer pours a hazy straw yellow color with a white head. The aroma is wheat, lemons and grassy hops. The flavor is lemons, wheat, grass and biscuit malt. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Very drinkable. Not too exciting, but there is nothing wrong with the beer.

Photo of far333
3.24/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pale apricot colored with a firm beige head that lingers long and leaves sheets if jagged lace up the sides of the glass. No aroma. Even flavor of breast malt, slight corn and grassy notes. Even mouthfeel, full and creamy. Tasty beer, not overly complex.

Photo of whoneeds8
3.19/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass. Pours out Golden yellow with a nice 2 finger head. Very good lacing.

Smells very Lager like.

The taste isn't all that impressive. It's just a little too generic for this style. But it's not a bad taste. Overall, this is a very good drinkable beer. But don't expect anything to knock your socks off.

Photo of glid02
3.63/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Pesca in San Antonio, TX.

Pours a clear straw color with a half-finger white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of light malts with a tinge of hop bite - mostly floral notes but with hints of earthiness.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Sweet light malt flavors are tempered by solid amounts of hops, imparting a good amount of bitterness and slightly leafy flavors. The hops carry through to a crisp ending.

Mouthfeel is alright. It's got a nice thickness however the carbonation is a bit on the heavy side.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall I thought this was a decent beer however the flavors weren't robust enough to be anything more than that.

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 scottblaze
3.34/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Real Ale's website says this is 5.1% ABV

As hard as I tried I couldn't pour more than 1/2" head, lacing almost nonexistent, clear straw yellow, looks like a macro lager. Not much on the nose, a hint of shaving lotion (probably floral notes of the hops) above a thin malty backdrop. At least it doesn't taste like shaving lotion, not much stands out good or bad, actually fairly tasty in the same vein as Shiner Blond. Mouthfeel is nothing spectacular but easy drinking nonetheless.

A solid middle of the road brew, would make good session beer or an outstanding lawnmower if it was cheaper.

Photo of skillerified
3.57/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A straw colored beer. Remeniscent of apple juice or even pineapple juice. No head on the pour, but a good looking cap and thick, sticky lacing.

Nose is fruity, pineapple and tropical in nature. Also a strong sweet malt presence with a bit grain mixed in there. A faint medicinal scent is also noticable.

Taste favors the malt, strong and sweet. Some fruit, strawberry maybe. Grainy aftertaste with a bit of that medicinal character coming through from the nose to the palate. There's a hint of caramel as it warms.

Balance wise, it doesn't seem to feel quite as sweet as it tastes, if that makes any sense. It's a bit dry in other words. Thin early but warmer temps bring on a distinct creamy and/or chewy character. There's also a sort of strange warm bitterness (slightly grapefruit) at the middle of the tongue. It's not strong, but it's a sort of strange sensation, maybe a mix of alcohol spice and hop bite. Interesting if nothing else.

Not a bad brew, but not one I'd go out of my way for.

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 NeroFiddled
3.95/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at BD Rileys on 6th Street in Austin. It had a golden body with a slight haze beneath a creamy white head that displayed good retention and fair lacing. The nose was fairly basic with a combination of lightly grainy malt, yeasty fruitiness, and floral hops. It was medium-light bodied and crisp. The flavor followed the aroma. It was basic, but very nice. A nicely hoppy, not overdone beer! The bitterness was kept in check, and the hops were quite present but not to the point that they overshadowed the malt. Nicely done! Very drinkable. And, seemingly quite popular throughout the bars of Austin.

Photo of Kegatron
3.63/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear, effervescent looking, gold color, with a finger of foamy brite-white head. Settles into a soft and creamy layer that throws a great looking cascade of lace up on the sides of the glass. The aroma is sweet bready malts, light citrus accents, floral hops, and some peppery spices. Not over the top or anything but I found this to be pleasant.

The taste is very similar to the aroma, with a smooth and even mix of sweet malts that possess a light toasty edge, a splash of citrus, and a tingle of spicy hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is lighter bodied with a smooth and creamy texture in the mouth. Overall very easy feeling and drinking.

Not bad at all for a Blonde. Decent balance and a softer body on this made for a refreshing quaff. Good summertime beer.

Photo of BeerZack
2.75/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Clear light-golden color with mediocre head.

Grainy malt smell with slight sourness noted.

Soft grainy malt flavor with some spiciness; watery finish.

Nice substantial mouthfeel.

Step up from a macro lager; unobtrusive in almost every way (except that graininess?)... but thats not necessarily a good thing for people who want flavor (and some hops maybe) and not just an easy quaffer.

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Jason Lewis for this brew.

Poured for a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass the liquid is a thick and cloudy orange with ok carbonation. The head is low but thick, white and leave good lace.

The smell is bready with some yeast.

The taste is good yeast notes, bready light malt.

The mouthfeel is reall good, very nice bubbly feel, very good body as well.

The drinkability is good not a bad beer at all, Prosit. MK

Photo of Ek0nomik
3.92/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured In: Wine Glass
Attained through a trade (Thanks Neil)

Appearance: The pour was a straw and dandelion color with a finger of head resting on top. The head retention was low, along with the lace. There is a small amount of effervescence.

Smell: The nose is full of grain malt, a little spice from the yeast and a little dab of floral hops. I'll admit, the nose isn't extremely flattering to me, but it does seem to be spot on for style. The grainy malt really shines through, and reminds me of some of the macro lagers I'd drink on Thursday's in college. This beer clearly has a little more hop influence to its name, but nonetheless it isn't a draw dropping scent. But, for styles sake, I'm going to rate it higher than some might.

Taste: The palate is very similar to the nose. Grainy malt right up front and it sits throughout the tasting except for the end where the mild hop bitterness comes through and a slight floral and citrus flavor from the hops.

Mouthfeel: While I'm not a huge fan of the style, the feel of this was perfect. Medium bodied, slightly on the thin side, crisp carbonation up front but it fades away rapidly making it easy to sip on.

Drinkability: The low ABV and great mouth feel make this an incredibly easy beer to drink. The nose and palate, seem right in line with the style, although it's not my favorite.

Photo of brandoneast
3.63/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fireman's #4 pours into the glass hazy (unfiltered) blonde with a wisp of yeast which all sits underneath a frothy white cap of foam. Simple nose of grain, yeasty fruit, and little to no hops detected. Flavor is a bit citruisy than the nose and yields a nice hop finish. For those of you who are new to craft beer, pick this up when you see it. Nice, nice balance - boil some crawfish and don't forget Fireman's #4. This will be a staple in my fridge all spring and summer.

Photo of LacquerHead
3.21/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at the Executive Surf Club in CC TX

On tap - it was served in a regular pint glass.
It poured a very pale yellow with a foamy white head - descent retention that settled to a very thin lace.

S: weak hops aroma, otherwise not much to it.

T: Lacked luster. It had a pale hoppiness to it, but it was on the weak side. To me there was no real malt flavor to speak of. What little malts were there tasted like toast bread. I didn't know the style at the time and figured it was some sort of slightly hopped lager style brew...

The drinkability was descent - it had a crisp clean texture on the palate and didn't really leave an aftertaste.

It was not full flavored enough to keep me going back. I would drink this at a bar while in TX if it were on special. I paid $4.75 for a pint and it was not worth it. If Real Ale was going for something that "Light Beer" drinkers could handle then they succeeded. To me this beer seemed to go for mass appeal and I would recommend this as a much better alternative to people use to the adjunct lager scene.

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 goochpunch
3.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a crystal clear golden with a full head with a variety of different levels of elevation and some raised lacing left on the glass. The aroma of the malt has a candyish sweetness that reminds me of cotton candy and I get a bit of citrus hop underneath. Malt flavor is light, crisp, toasted, and with some graininess. Herbal hop flavor, snappy bitterness, and an overall dryness come in the finish. Mouthfeel is light and apropos for the overall refreshing quality of this beer, but I would've liked just a bit more carbonation. Tasty and refreshing, but I can think of other beers I'd rather have.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.03/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16 oz tap pour, reviewed live. There's a first for everything!
On tap at Blackfinn, Addison, TX

A - Apperance from the tap is golden blonde with a well-retained, short little head and patchy lace.

S - The cold temperature of this beer leaves the aroma with nothing but some pale malt.

T - Earthy hop notes on the back end with pale malt. Not really impressive here.

M - Light bodied, highly carbonated, and served pretty dang cold. Slightly dry on the finish.

O - Not something I'd come back to personally. My boss on the other hand liked it quite a bit.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle with no dating system into a pint glass. It was a hazy golden color with some yeast bits in it. It barely had a head and that quickly dissipated into nothing. No collar, foam or lacing. The aroma was malty and sweet - very reminiscent of a kolsch. The taste was average to slightly above average. For me this style doesn't have much in the flavor department but they are easy to put down and make good session beers. I don't see this being a big player in the rotation but does make a nice change up beer in the summer heat. Overall, a good beer for the style and worth trying. (3.5, RB-changeup, T, Y)

Photo of JohnGalt1
2.95/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz received as a cool extra in trade with hopsleeroy ... only my second Real Ale BC beer.. I enjoyed this while Matt had a Blue Heron.

Big cap pop ... as soon as this brew touched the glass.. holy shit.. huge head.. very overcarbonated... 1" brew for 4" of head.. took 10 minutes to die down and pour again ... repeat again... lets just say it's pretty fizzy.

Aroma is slightly sour with pale malts as the backbone.. sorta husky.

Flavor is slightly toasted white bread .. there may be hops here.. but there is a slight medicinal quality that is masking them.. slightly metallic.

Just too fizzy .. the carbonation reminds me of tonic water with a little viscosity.

I have a feeling this would be a good brew.. but the carbonation was off the charts.. all the flavors and aromas are there.. but they need to really be dialed in.

As crappy as my review is, I still very much appreciate hopsleeroy for this brew. Thanks Lee, this is only my 2nd Real Ale BC beer.. Now.. on to the Sisyphus.

Photo of gtermi
3.55/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: This beer pours a golden body with a thin white head that quickly fades to nothing. There is also a bit of lace left behind on the glass.

S: Smells like lager yeast was used for this beer and has a corn/ grain smell.

T: This is a perfect spring/ summer beer for sure. It has a great lager taste with a nice amount of malt that lingers for a while. It has sort of a corn and biscuit taste too.

M: The mouthfeel is very nice. It goes down very smooth and has a nice tingle on the tip of the tongue and the back of the throat. Just so easy to drink.

O: Just another good beer from Real Ale. This is just so easy to drink and has a very nice taste.

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Fireman's #4 from Real Ale Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 716 ratings.