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Fireman's #4 - Real Ale Brewing Company

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Ratings: 562
Reviews: 165
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 15.74%
Wants: 5
Gots: 43 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 02-23-2003)
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Photo of DeathbySexyBT


3.28/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I love Real Ale and this beer represents a good cause. That having been said, this is my least favorite beer out of the Real Ale tanks. Anyway, here goes...

A: Heffe-yellow with a suprising lack of head and lacing.

S: Sweet bread/grain odor. Mild sugary fruit note. I was straining to pick up anything at all, though.

T: Toasted grains with a slightly sweet malty flavor. Hops present themselves as mild bittering notes at the back of the palate. Crisp finish.

M: Light and crisp.

D: If you are looking for a beer that you can pound, this will do nicely. There is nothing that sets this apart from the blonde crowd, though.

Serving type: on-tap

08-11-2009 13:54:47 | More by DeathbySexyBT
Photo of lawman834


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

Golden, clear. head dissapates quickly. medium carbonation. this is my 1st blonde ale, so I have no others to compare it to. it reminds me of a witbier which is not my favorite. a little too much fruit. finishes clean and is easy to drink. malty with only the slightest hint of hops.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2009 23:39:58 | More by lawman834
Photo of Reagan1984


3.8/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap in Austin, TX

Pint came with no head and left no lacing as it was consumed. Very light yellow/gold color with no carbonation.

Sweet grains and bread like aroma.

Flavor is slightly sweet, very bread like with a fairly crisp ending. Slight hop flavor, but really leans a little more towards the sweetness. This was the only craft beer selection on the menu and that tells you something about the extent of this menu. Not a great deal of complexity to the flavor. Not bad and I enjoyed the bread like notes.

Mouth feel was very light and thin.

A sessionable beer, but not one with a lot of complexity.

Serving type: on-tap

06-09-2009 03:43:46 | More by Reagan1984
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2009 12:16:06 | More by Kegatron
Photo of mynie


3.55/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"Real Ale" is an awful nice name for a good brewery. Awful pompous name for a bad one. But, hey, everything ballsy down in Texas, right? Down there they put truck nuts on school busses. In spite of our differences we are countrymen, and I must approach their offputting customs with respect.

Pours like a very nice blonde. Just the right amount of haze, just the right shade of gold, just the right-sized white head.

Smells a bit tame, though, even for its style. Heavy grain, light American hops. No off nodes, but not much at all.

Tastes more complex than it smells. More like a Kolsch than a blonde, peat and mineral nodes pleasantly accentuate very pale malt. Light, dry hops finish things out.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2009 03:36:18 | More by mynie
Photo of drunkboxer1


4.05/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear golden color with a thin head. Leaves some lacing. Smells faintly of banana and noble hops. You can taste the banana as well. It's has medium carbonation and a creamy but clean finish. Theres some hop bitterness there as well, which serves to clean the whole thing up a bit. The finish is slightly dry - which contributes to the overall drinkability of the beer. I've had this on bottle before and didn't like it as much; on draft you can taste a lot more. It's one of the most sessionable beers I've had in Texas

Serving type: on-tap

05-07-2009 18:52:42 | More by drunkboxer1
Photo of stephens101


3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A honey yellow pour with an already faded head, leaving a good bit of empty space in the pint (note to Ginger Man). There's a spotty lacing all around. Smells of malts, a bit of grass, and some faint hops. Tastes of sweet malts, some honey and subtle, almost undiscernible light fruits. I'm a big Real Ale fan, but this one could use some work.

Serving type: on-tap

04-24-2009 02:09:34 | More by stephens101
Photo of brandoneast


3.65/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2009 20:57:40 | More by brandoneast
Photo of Tbn2

New York

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

Poured from bottle to mug.

Eye Candy: Pours a clear golden body. Atop crystal clear body sits a clean white two finger head that disapates quickly to nothing and leaves no lacing.

Nost Candy: Lots of lemon, peppery, and citrusy aromas from the hops. Some sweetness from the malt as well.

Mouth Candy: Hits ya pretty quickly with lots of cirtus flavors that fades to a peppery flavor. It finishes very clean and crisp with a hint of citrus hop flavor.

I am visiting my brother here in Dallas and I have picked up some of the local brews. This has proved to be my favorite so far.
everything has been good session beers so far.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2009 22:38:47 | More by Tbn2
Photo of RuinationPress


2.25/5  rDev -34.4%
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...

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2009 14:50:49 | More by RuinationPress
Photo of elniko


2.8/5  rDev -18.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2009 00:51:59 | More by elniko
Photo of htomsirveaux


2.88/5  rDev -16%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2009 19:08:10 | More by htomsirveaux
Photo of Riccymon


3.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours from the bottle a golden yellow with a full two fingers of white head; bubbles rise from the bottom of the glass throughout the life of the beer. Smell is mostly malty with some citrus and pepper to make things a bit more interesting. Fireman's #4 tastes a bit bready and fruity with just a hint of hops in the finish. On the whole, the beer is crisp and light, and a nice local offering to enjoy during warm weather. This -is- a blonde ale... you can't ask too much more from the style.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2009 20:11:53 | More by Riccymon
Photo of CrazyMacHarris99


3.23/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale straw yellow with a thin white head that sticks around as a nice ring and provides some nice lacing. Smell is malty and earthy with a little fruit. The taste pale malts with a slight hint of earthy hops. There isn't much going on with this one. Its not too thin but not a lot of body. The drinkability is good but not spectacular. I would like a little more flavor and body.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2009 06:10:57 | More by CrazyMacHarris99
Photo of Hojaminbag


3.85/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Extremely clear, pale yellow body with about two fingers of completely white head. The head settles into a couple small islands and a tight ring around the edges. Pretty good lacing left behind in some nice rings.

A malty nose with a slight fruity smell.

A big blast of sweet malt comes through first followed by some earthy, spicy hops. Next some fruity flavors that remind me of pineapple and apricot are noticeable. A pretty hoppy blonde with a slightly bitter finish.

Light bodied, but on the heavier side with above average carbonation.

Fairly drinkable brew, I like it. This is my second real ale brew and I've been impressed so far. I was somewhat surprised by the fairly low reviews for this one on here, but I like it.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2009 00:25:34 | More by Hojaminbag
Photo of jujubeast6000


2.85/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-23-2009 03:51:11 | More by jujubeast6000
Photo of JonathanL7890


3.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the Water Tank Too.
Pours a 2 finger head into a pint glass. Head dissipated quickly.
Smell: malty, noble hops.
Taste: malty, slight hop bitterness. A very nice beer to convert a Bud drinker to craft beer.
Moutfeel: not much.
drinkability: This one goes down good.
A nice beer for a change of pace from my usual IPA's and barleywines. This beer is becoming very easy to find in Texas.

Serving type: on-tap

01-17-2009 17:50:55 | More by JonathanL7890
Photo of Bagman007


3.05/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a pint glass.

A- Cloudy yellow coloring with very little head that dissipates quickly.

S- Very strange scent. An odd mixture of malts and fruits. Kind of a wheat scent as well.

T- Tastes just about the same way it smells. An odd mixture of malts and fruits. Kind of like a wheat beer, but not entirely.

M- Good carbonation. Fairly malty with a slight hoppy finish. Fairly smooth beer though.

D- A little too malty for me, but it's a fairly drinkable beer.

Overall I wasn't really impressed by this beer. I had heard good things about it, but I ended up being disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2008 04:19:05 | More by Bagman007
Photo of rgrholmes168


3.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a one finger head and has a cloudy straw yellow color. Pretty decent fruity aroma that hints of a tad bit of malt.

The beer is very light bodied and has a small bitterness in the aftertaste. This is a well balanced beer that would go good with almost any meal.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2008 01:13:25 | More by rgrholmes168
Photo of AustinBeerLvr


3.98/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 12 ounce bottle into a shaker pint glass. Bottle clearly notched with a best before month date.

A: Although this is an ale, its appearance is nearly identical to a slightly darker macro such as a PBR. Decent amount of head with some good lacing as well.

S: Nose is also very reminiscent of a PBR, with floral like notes that nicely blend with a malty sweetness. Warm ale fermentation is evident with some distinctive earthy ester like aromas.

T&M: Hint of floral malt sweetness up front that is quickly met with an assertive earthy ester like flavors. Malt sweetness and esters continue to ride through as a very nice slight hop bite rounds things out to a semi-dry finish. Nice medium mouthfeel for the style, as the carbonation is just right to keep it refreshing but not overdone.

D&Notes: I used to drink this beer a lot more on tap here in Austin, but for some reason haven't done so as much recently. It's a shame, as this is actually a very good, simple brew. It basically tastes like a full bodied macro lager that used ale fermentation to give it the distinctive esters you don't get w/a cold, bottom fermented lager. This would be a great brew to give to a macro only drinker, to introduce them to the world of craft beer. It also has enough character to give to an experienced beer lover if they desire a simple, refreshing ale.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2008 21:12:34 | More by AustinBeerLvr
Photo of chrisweingart


3.58/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Have had this plenty times before but figured I practice reviewing and decided that a small Texas beer would be fun.

Appearance - Pours a nice pale golden color and a thin head that dissipates after a couple of minutes. Looks great considering the style other than the weak head.

Smell - Has a sweet malty aroma with minimal hoppiness. Nothing really noteworthy here, but not really expecting much in this department.

Taste - Has a great malty/grainy flavor and almost fruity character to it. Hop taste comes in at the end and offers nice balance to the beer's slight sweetness.

Mouthfeel - Very light but manages to leave a pleasant earthy flavor to be enjoyed long after the first sip.

Drinkability - Overall a good session beer. I have been known to drink my share of Fireman's on hot summer days :-)

Serving type: on-tap

12-16-2008 01:30:51 | More by chrisweingart
Photo of hoplover82


3.08/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this one at the Classic Brew. It was a beautiful looking clear blond color.... absolutely,

but it tastes very off to me, the flavor just turned me off. No head or lace.

Nothing much to the aroma either, very bland.

It's watery and light bodied.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2008 20:00:34 | More by hoplover82
Photo of Iluvink


3.85/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a good blond ale, but nothing to drive miles to get, or keep a great amount on hand.

Cloudy-ish golden color, with decent head and lacing.

Smell isn't very strong, and perhps a bit flat. But not bad either.

Taste was pretty good for the style. I like it ok. Not overhelming. Slightly sweet and decent malts.

Ok mouthfeel, but not anything special. But not bad on the other hand either. Carbonation was ok.

I could drink a few in a session, so I would give it decent drinkability.

Summation would be: Not great, but not bad either.

Serving type: on-tap

11-23-2008 17:29:48 | More by Iluvink
Photo of blackie


3.25/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a: into a pils glass, gives a big white head over a pale golden beer, nice retention

s: pale malts with a touch of grassy hop spice, nothing off and well-rounded, just a little on the simple side even considering the style

m: carbonation on the low end of medium, lighter in body, a little dead on the tongue

t: pretty standard, white bread pale malts with a little corn honey sweetness, a touch of weird aldehyde type flavor (not unlike a stinkbug)...sounds horrible but it's only a slight detractor, low grassy hops

d: no problem, just doesn't inspire a desire for more than one

single from mhewes in Pre-Season Football BiF...notched as best by December

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2008 00:30:29 | More by blackie
Photo of tburkhart


3.85/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to, um, I can't remember ... for this one. Someone sent this to me for winning SNF squares week 9.

Pours an extremely clear golden with no bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. Nice thin layer of head clinging to the top and sides of this beer.

Smells like a typical Blonde Lager, not a whole lot there.

Tastes a bit like grains. Other than that I'm not getting a whole lot. Pretty basic.

This is a solid session beer, IMO. Not much in the way of taste, but good none the less.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2008 01:19:00 | More by tburkhart
Fireman's #4 from Real Ale Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 562 ratings.