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Fireman's #4 - Real Ale Brewing Company

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177 Reviews
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Reviews: 177
Hads: 743
Avg: 3.43
pDev: 32.07%
Wants: 16
Gots: 190 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Real Ale Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 02-23-2003

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Photo of RuinationPress
2.3/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This one comes to us brewed by the fine folks at the Real Ale Brewing Co, in Blanco, Texas. It is brewed in the style of an American Pale Ale. Beers of this style tend to be heavy on the malt with a slight hoppiness to them, a moderate ABV and a slight scent of Belgian yeast. Typically similar to an American lager, these usually have a little more flavor and character. Not long ago, Real Ale repackaged this one as being brewed by the Alamo Beer Company, and renamed Alamo Golden Ale in honor of the Alamo defenders.

This one pours a light straw yellow, with a small amount of cloudiness, into a pint glass. Minimal head that leaves you far too quickly. Lacing is o.k., however it does not stick around.

A little different than when I tried it as Alamo Golden Ales, the malt aroma still hit me right away with the strong malt aroma. Although this was almost more reminiscent of Budweiser. Yeast undertones still balanced this out and saved it a little.

Upon first taste, this was almost exactly like a Budweiser. Although Bud is a lager, The heavy malt reminds you of it. The longer it lingers in your mouth the more the attempt to make prominant the Belgian yeast strain becomes. A very minimal hop flavor rounds this out with a hint of citrus.

Overall, this was more than I expected, but less than I hoped for. the yeast definately gave it more character than a typical mass produced American lager, but I will not be anxious to repaet. This one weighs in at around 5% ABV and will not knock you over.

Do not recommend this one again...

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.35/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Acquired via trade from RickSawyer, so a big "Thank you" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a pale gold color with a no head and hardly any lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of grain and light malts with a touch of hops and not much of anything else.

T: The taste is bready with the flavors of light malt sweetness, but other than a mild hops presence, there really isn't much else going on here. Honestly, I'm not tasting anything that would separate this beer from the likes of Bud, Miller, Coors & Corona, which is disappointing.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Not very tasty, goes down ok, not very filling, not the best representation of style, mild kick, not much left to say other than I would not recommend this beer at all.

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Photo of cartdan
2.38/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle.

Beer was fairly clear, a light straw color with a small thin head. The aroma was of very light malt, with no hop aroma evident. Taste was about the same, a little malt, slightly grainy with not much else evident. Mouthfeel was thin and watery. Overall, I didn't care for this one, it needed more of some type of character - malt - hops - something.

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Photo of annawees
2.4/5  rDev -30%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Pours a bright straw colour that's clear with a head that quickly disapates.

S: Definitely not a strong smell, but I finally got a note of sweet malts.

T: Disappointing, the incredibly strong flavors of yeast were unbalanced. It was reminiscent of a South or Central American macrobrew.

M: It was crisp and enjoyable and the only reward to the not so enjoyable taste.

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Photo of cpetrone84
2.44/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A-pours a slightly hazy pale golden yellow with a tight bubbly white head.

S-the nose starts with bready malt, taken over by yeast and floral notes. a strong phenol takes over bringing in lots of bandaid notes.

T-the taste is better than the nose but not good. phenols seem to have taken hold and bring lots of medicinal notes. a bready yeast with floral notes and touch of lemon are present but faint.

M-smooth on the palate, thin light body with low carbonation.

D-not a good beer, maybe infected; but problems all over. medicinal and under carbonated.

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Photo of xare
2.56/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours as a clear yellow honey color with massive carbonation and a nice full white head that's about 2 inches tall. Can't wait to dive into this beer.

Aroma is of alcohol and a touch of grapefruit. It's mainly alcohol though. I'll have to see how it tastes.

Taste is a bit odd. Tastes like corn, alcohol, and something tastes a bit 'off' to me. Not sure if I want to go ahead and drink this one down. Tastes like a watered down macro lager, although admittedly with more flavor.

Mouthfeel is smooth and then there's a big bite at the end and aftertaste is a bit clumpy and lingers well past what I'd like it to.

Drinkability for this one is low in my view. I'll pour this beer out and probably won't seek this one out again - brought it back with me from my trip to Texas.

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Photo of Atricapilla
2.59/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a light yellow with a bit of cloudiness to it. The head is very thin.

The taste is rather light and goes down relatively easy. There are some slight citrus notes with a mild hop finish. Overall it reminds me of a watered down cross between a wit and a kellerbier, which left me a bit dissapointed.

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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.

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Photo of Goliath
2.7/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy pale orange color with a thin white head that dissappears immediately.

Aroma is alright. Citrus and a little bit of spice.

Taste is unimpressive. A little pale malt showing some bready notes. A little citrus too. This brew doesn't really hide the alcohol well either.

Mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied and adequately carbonated.

Drinkability is about average. Seems sessionable but flavors are uninspiring.

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Photo of hwwty4
2.71/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to GlenVargas for this one.

Poured a hazy straw with a big white head that disappeared in the time it took me to turn back around. No lacing. Aroma is really weak. There is a faint, malty sweetness but absolutely nothing distinct. Taste is much the same. There is nothing great, but nothing memorable either. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly dry. It's definitely drinkable. Had a whole lot worse beers then this one.

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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.

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

I typially really like APA's, but I didn't really care for this one too much. Apparence was pretty good with a light pale gold colour with virtually no head retention. Taste was weak with some really odd flavours. I finished it, but I've definitely had better from Real Ale and much better tasting pale ales.

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Photo of elniko
2.76/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into pint glass. Best by date of 6/10/2009.

A: Almost murky golden coloring with small amount of head. Carbonation apparent. Solid looking brew.

S: Strange almost sour tones on the nose, can't say that it is pleasant at all.

T & M: I have come to the conclusion that the blonde ale style is one of my least favorites. Mouthfeel is a little thin. Has an almost citrus quality on the finish.

D: Drinkable, but I won't be having again.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
2.77/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Abundantly light copper hay color with a clean consistency to it. Extremely carbonated, I couldn’t even pour the entire bottle into the pint glass. Head is made up of fairly large bubbles but seems to have decent staying power.

S: Sour white grapes, wheat, limestone and basic citrus.

T: Mineral flavor meets really watery grapefruit juice. Little bit of hoppy character mixed in there but nothing profound by any means. Finishes lemony with dirty bitterness and metallic essences.

M: Thin and hard.

D: Fairly underwhelming.

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Photo of Jayli
2.8/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to the Maniacal One for my care package!
Apparence was pretty good with a light pale gold colour with virtually no head retention and no lacing. Scent and taste was weak with some really odd flavours that I could not quite place. I finished the beer, however not one that I would purchase on my own.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.83/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a pale yellow color with a tiny bit of a white head and not much else. The aroma doesn't bring much forward, just some light grain and a bit of yeast. Taste is mild grain flavors without any real yeast or any other characteristic. Really clean; I guess that's about the only compliment I have here. Goes down smoothly as well, I suppose.

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Photo of tayner
2.84/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This one poured a straw color into my pint glass. not much of a head that faded quickly to nothing. no lacing

smelled of slight malt and a little citrus hop flavor

tasted, well, like a macro. a little bit of malt, a little bit of citrusy hop flavor.. thats about it.. nothing at all special or full flavored about it.

felt thin and watery in the mouth. sort of a fizzy yellow beer.

As for drinkability, i can see drinking this in the hot summer in AZ (or texas where it is made) as a lawnmower beer or something, but certainly not one i would seek out again.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
2.84/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

reviewed 9/17/2006 (Pint @ Alamo West Oaks):

Pours a golden clearish colored body, with a smallish head, off-whitish in color. Has a bitter aroma, some hops, a medium strength aroma. A weakish bitter malty taste, but balanced. Somewhat sweet. Reminds me of an IPA maybe.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
2.84/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle tried 24 Jun 2007.

Pours with a small white head. Well carbonated. Cloudy, corn yellow color. Smells metallic, musty, somewhat like a wet cat. Tastes like a light cider with some hints of citrus. Finish of green bananas. Medium creamy body.

Easy to drink but smell was quite off.

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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.

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Photo of beergoot
2.89/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Soft yellow colored body; lively carbonation with a foamy white head. Biscuit and cracker grain aroma; fresh cut grass; bare hint of citrus. Dull, almost wheat-like flavor; bitter with a metallic edge. Weak, watery, and flat mouthfeel; dry finish.

A bitter and twisted blonde ale, to be sure. Metallic and nearly astringent in character, it leaves one grasping for some redeeming taste qualities. Real Ale brews some respectable, tasty brews, but this blonde ale sample just can't live up to its look and aroma potential. The flavor borders on tasting like wet cardboard and makes me think I'm indulging in a weird-ass macro adjunct lager. Perhaps it was this bottle. I'd give it another shot on down the road, but it wouldn't be my first drink choice from this brewery.

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Photo of JDV
2.9/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft at Billy’s in Austin. Slightly cloudy yellow color, similar to some hefeweizens. Light smell of corn, malt, and spices. Similar taste, with a little hearty corn like malt taste followed by some light coriander-ish spice. Mild, easy drinking beer. Almost like a light hefeweizen. Nothing to write home about, but a decent simple beer.

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Photo of DCon
2.91/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoyed on-tap @ the Schlafly Repeal of Prohibition Festival @ the Schlafly Bottleworks in Maplewood, MO. Tapped from the Black/Silver Tap Handle into a 16oz Schlafly Cup.

Aroma- Very subtle and easy going nose with tons of malt and sweetness. No real hops or any other character.

Appearance- Received with a .5 finger head that dies immediately. Has a bright yellow/deep golden colored body. Leaves no suds or anything behind.

Flavor- Very soft sweetness and a light wheaty character. No hops and finishes dryer than many blondes I've had.

Mouthfeel- Light-Medium Bodied, High Carbonation, Smooth, and malts are left on the palate with sweetness.

Overall Impression- A very easy drinking Blonde but didn't have the characters I wish were present. More hops and fruit flavors could have popped up more for me. Still enjoyed as my first brew of this festival.

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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.

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Photo of HotterThanHell
2.95/5  rDev -14%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Received this beer from TTU94. Nice to have some Texas Beers again.

Firemans 4 pours a very light straw color that is hazy with a white buubly head that dissipates quickly.

The aroma is of lemons, with a touch of malt and hops in the distance.

The taste is very light as well, again with a hint of lemon/citrus, a touch of malt and some decent hops on the end. The beer is between light and medium bodied and drinkable.

A solid warm day BBQ beer but nothing that inspires.


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Fireman's #4 from Real Ale Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 177 ratings.