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Fireman's #4 - Real Ale Brewing Company

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632 Ratings
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Ratings: 632
Reviews: 166
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 16.03%
Wants: 10
Gots: 83 | 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 nukem5
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a golden color nice lacing down glass. Tan foam cap sticking down walls of glass.

S: Aroma is light crisp and has corn smell or adjunct smell.

T: Taste is of much the same light floral hops come in waves over the corn background.

M: medium to light body lots of tiny bubbles wash the tongue with decent amount of carbonation.

O: Overall a very drinkable beer could drink a few of these, probably best with some BBQ on a hot day.

nukem5, Oct 30, 2011
Photo of grittybrews
3.58/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy straw gold with a finger of bright white head. Nice aroma with some biscuity grain, grass, lemon, and honey.

Slightly low carbonation and a creamy, light mouthfeel. Honey and biscuit malt up front followed by some light lemon and a little grainy bitterness on the tail end.

Pretty smooth and easy-drinking, but the more malt-dominated blondes aren't my favorite.

grittybrews, Oct 28, 2011
Photo of elNopalero
3.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Right off the bat let me say that I’m not into blondes. I would have to say it’s one of my least favorite styles of beer to drink. In my mind blond ales are watery, flavorless beers that you swill. (Not to be confused with adjunct lager, although I admit associating them with such.) Biased? Perhaps. But am I alone in feeling this way? Probably not.

So, that said, allow me to describe my enjoyment of Real Ale’s Fireman’s #4, with just a bit of irony. Or egg on my face.

Poured from the bottle into a nonic glass Fireman’s forms a hearty bit of head that quickly dissipates. Gone in a flash!

The beer is clear, and true to its name, blond. It’s the color of straw yellow. There’s a trace amount of residue at the bottom, most likely from being bottle conditioned.

An easy drinker. There’s not a whole lot of complexity, although isn’t that true to style? One thing that I find distinguishes Fireman’s and makes it enjoyable for me are the faint biscuit notes. It’s just a trace, but as the beer warms they become more pronounced. In fact, its my favorite part of this beer.
I’d consider this a gateway beer for people who aren’t familiar with craft beer or for those hooked on BMC. For the rest of us it’s an excellent example of a quality craft beer’s approach and the difference it makes. I’d pair this with pizza, nachos, grilling outside and—if it was canned—tubing down the Guadalupe. (At least until beverages are officially banned on the river!) As far as blond ales go it’s a winner.

elNopalero, Aug 25, 2011
Photo of ElCommodoro
3.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Golden blonde colour with a small white head that left some pretty lacing. The smell is yeasty, like fungus growth.
This was a decent beer. It had kind of a sweet, honey flavour to it. It was otherwise fairly bland. Highly drinkable, not exciting. Probably not worth the price for that bracket. It had kind of a sticky mouthfeel.

ElCommodoro, Aug 15, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
3.4/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Bobby for sharing this one. Labelled as Alamo Golden Ale, but this is the same thing.

A: The pour is a cloudy light golden color with a small white head on it.

S: Oh yes, a wonderful lemony aroma to it. Some straw and light yeastiness with some grainy notes, though it does have a bit of toast to it, which is actually sort of okay. A light bread flavor and biscuit.

T: Same lemon and lightly tart lemon notes as were present on the nose. Sweet grainy malts with light toast and biscuit character. A bit of grass and a very faint hop bitterness on the back end.

M: Light in body with a medium level of carbonation.

O: I guess if it's a light, summer/lawn mower type beer you're looking for this works. Not my thing, though.

womencantsail, Aug 06, 2011
Photo of treque
3.55/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: nice 2 finger head, white, creamy and rich. Pale straw in color, traslucent, light medium body, carb is constant.

S: some hops, biscuit, sweet malt

T: initial sweetness, then you get some biscuit flavour, there is no big end, some bitterness

nice sensation on mouth, balanced

treque, Jul 28, 2011
Photo of annawees
2.35/5  rDev -31.5%
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.

annawees, Jul 18, 2011
Photo of Biermaedchen
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear straw-colored body with a couple of fingers of off-white head with ok retention & leaves a little lacing down the sides of the pint glass.

S: Nothing special or pungent, but it is not bad. A tiny bit malty with some fruity/sweet scents. not a strong scent at all though.

T: Malt is very subdued in flavor with a leafy, citrus (lemon) hop profile. Finishes dry and clean. Not the most flavorful beer, but it's pretty tasty.

M: Carbonation is good and body is light-medium. easy to drink.

No where near my favorite craft brew- but it is very consistent. would be a good 'starter beer' for someone jumping off the main stream wagon. Not bad at all, but not great.

Biermaedchen, Jun 28, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
3.3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a pale golden yellow with a thin off white head. Decent lace left behind from a sparkling clear liguid. A nice bit of carbonation bubbling up from the bottom.

Smell was light, with the biggest hints coming from grain, and a nice bread tone. Slightly sour tones present as well, maybe some sour grape or apple.. Nice play on the palate and a decent hoppy aftertaste. Biggest flavors were by far malts and grains, with a musty bread flavor being the biggest factor here.

Overall it was a little bitter to be a real sessionable ale, . Nothing really standing up and greabbing you about this one.

mikesgroove, Jun 14, 2011
Photo of SWMeyer4141
3.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance-Golden yellow, hazy. Almost looks like a hefe. 2 finger white head, lots of big bubbles. Dissipates fairly quickly and leaves some lacing.

Smell-Yeasty and Biscuity. Some light citrus and some apple.

Taste-Biscuits and sweet malts. Citrus comes through on the back end. Not sure if this was intened by I get some of that farmhouse saison funk, and I don't mind it.

Mouthfeel-Clean and Crisp. Medium bodied. More on the high end of carbonation

Overall-I bought a single but it's 6.99 for a 6pk. It's affordable, above average, but not going to knock your socks off. Maybe the best year round beer from Real Ale(which isn't saying much).

SWMeyer4141, Jun 11, 2011
Photo of tronester
3.38/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A clear pale yellow with a thin white head. Smells of lemon and a hint of grain. Taste is a hint of sweetness, followed by a tobacco and grassy hop middle and finish. Very similar hop profile to a California Common I brewed that utilized northern brewer hops. Average mouthfeel and carbonation. Overall a decent beer. Refreshing and non offensive.

tronester, Jun 08, 2011
Photo of txbrew81
3.03/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Hazy straw with a two finger head

S: Sweet malty smell with some citrus.

T: Biscuity malts with some citrus hops. Mainly sweet. clean.

M: Low carbonation. Thin mouthfeel. Quaffable.

O: A pretty good summertime beer. Not my favorite but one I would by again at it's price point.

txbrew81, May 28, 2011
Photo of bisonkron
3.23/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

bottle to sam adam's perfect pint glass

nice clear golden color. white head that dies down after a minute. Great carbonation.

Appearance: The smell is malty, similar to some of the non-alcoholic "malt beverages" out there.

Taste: Sweet and citrusy, with a hint of hops.

MouthFeel: crisp and clean in the mouth. Very smooth and easy to drink. just the right amount of carbonation.

overall: a great beer for the summer. very refreshing, and at a great price, one i go back to quite often. This is one of the Texas beers converting BMC drinkers into craft drinkers.

bisonkron, May 24, 2011
Photo of cosmicevan
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Stuck in the airport of austin linger than I would like to mention. Can't beat em, drink the local beer. This was tasted from a bottle so take that into account. Appearance was a bottle so towed the lone and said it is good. Smell is pretty malty as is taste, but a nice blonde overall. Good earthy notes, easy drinker and good blonde in general.

cosmicevan, Apr 26, 2011
Photo of bundy462
3.1/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Straw, decent foamy head.

S: Slight citrus and yeast. Very clean.

T: Very clean, slight yeast taste. A little citrus in the finish, but clean overall.

M: Thin and light bodied. Slightly heavier in carbonation than most.

O: Slightly above average brew, but not by much.

bundy462, Apr 14, 2011
Photo of ZenAgnostic
3.28/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pale golden clear body. Frothy white head with decent retention and great lacing.

Smell - Malty autumn scent.

Taste - Cardboard. Herbal and grassy.

Mouthfeel - Crisp feel. Medium bodied.

Overall Drinkability - Enjoyable beer withs ome off flavors that don't do much to diminish the overall enjoyability.

ZenAgnostic, Apr 10, 2011
Photo of far333
3.28/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

far333, Apr 08, 2011
Photo of tbrink
3.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours a clear straw color with minimal lacing that vanishes rapidly. Smell is vaguely fruity, with a subtle splash of hops hiding in there if you really whiff it. The tmouthfeel is crisp, with a clean finish that has a slight alcohol backend. Taste is very subdued, but I'll agree with the person that detected a hint of pear.
This is a well made blonde ale, perfect for inclusion in the "lawnmower beer" category. It's nothing special, but sometimes you want just a plain ol' beer to ground your tastebuds in reality, and this would definitely fit that bill.

tbrink, Mar 24, 2011
Photo of mountsnow1010
3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Slightly hazy straw color with a big fluffy white head that dissipates quickly. Minimal lacing.
S - Slight pear smell and an adjuncty-like odor, not sure how to describe it.
T - Pretty plain, grainy notes with a hint of some spice - unsure what that is. Somewhat watery.
MF - Very very light, nice carbonation though.
DB - High. Nice session beer.

This reminds me of a HME+adjunct homebrew I've made. A bit better.
Nice as a session beer, but pretty week flavored.
From a trade with gawnphishin. Thanks!

mountsnow1010, Feb 06, 2011
Photo of Fatheranderson
3.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Well, it's a solid overall ale. I'm not overly impressed with the flavor, but it's not disappointing either. It's really just average.

Appearance: golden blond, pale, clean with some cloudiness.

Smell: Not a whole lot going on here. Smells mildly hoppy... a little yeasty. Nothing outstanding.

Taste: Again, not really outstanding, but not bad either. It's got a little bit of malt, just a tiny hoppy bite at the end. It kinda reminds me of a Heffeweizen... but without the citrus. It's really drinkable, and would definitely be a great beer for a cookout. That said, it's definitely not something I would choose if I wanted a more complex flavor.

Mouthfeel: It's a little watery, but overall average. I've gotten a little spoiled by drinking Belgian strong ales that have the thick sticky mouthfeel. It definitely helps the drinkability.

Drinkability: This is one of those beers you can drink one after another without worrying about missing out on the flavors. Startlingly smooth and simple.

Fatheranderson, Jan 31, 2011
Photo of Onenote81
3.48/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle received in a trade with DeathbySexyBT recently. Thanks, Brian!

12oz bottle, best by 11/3/11, printed on the side. Poured into a standard pint glass. Pours a slightly-hazy pale gold with a thin bone-white head on top. Weak retention; no lace. The aroma reminds me of stew, some veggies, grains, butter. Odd scent. Not the most-inviting nose on a beer.

The body is light and slick, which is par for the style. Drinkability is aided well. Easy to consume. Decent enough flavors. What I got in the nose, didn't carry over to the flavor, thankfully. There's some light malts, buttered bread, corn, rice noted. Light bitterness. This is an easy-drinking beer if there ever was one. Perfect for the grilling-season.

Onenote81, Jan 22, 2011
Photo of gkunkle
3.2/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got this in a trade with Depechemode1983 along with a slew of other Real Ale beers. This was the first one I tried and it didn't knock my socks off, but it is a well made, easy going ale. Fireman's #4 poured a transparent golden straw color with a good bit of carbonation running through it. The 1 finger white head stuck around for a short while then receded to a film. The smell is of grains and a little bit of hops. Taste is similar, you get the grain in the front and it finishes with the hops. Mouthfeel is a little thin and bubbly for what I prefer in a golden/blonde ale. Drinkability is good. If you want to give something of much greater quality than their usual to your BMC friends, this is a good first step. Also, I think I honestly would have enjoyed this beer more in Texas, because a rainy Oregon winter doesn't bring out the better qualities of this beer.

gkunkle, Jan 19, 2011
Photo of depechemode1983
3.8/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a clear golden straw color. Has a nice frothy white head. There is minimal splotchy lacing.

S - Clean and light. There are some grain notes up front that are followed by a lemony hops aroma.

T - simple and toned down. There is a lemon twang at start but is complimented nicely by wheat undertones. Almost bready but not quite. It finishes clean and crip.

M - Light bodied with high carbonation. Very refreshing moutfeel.

D - Extremely drinkable. This is a good beer to have while cooking outside on a hot day.

depechemode1983, Dec 14, 2010
Photo of mjurney
4.28/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

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

Taste:
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.

mjurney, Oct 31, 2010
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.

Thorpe429, Oct 24, 2010
Fireman's #4 from Real Ale Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 632 ratings.