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Fireman's #4 - Real Ale Brewing Company

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Ratings: 642
Reviews: 165
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 16.08%
Wants: 10
Gots: 87 | 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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4/5  rDev +17%

dehjosh, Nov 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev +17%

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4/5  rDev +17%

ATXRyan, Nov 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev +17%

PhatAtUT, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +17%

ckeegan04, Nov 15, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Texasfan549, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +17%

bentwookie, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev +17%

jl28r1, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev +17%

videofrog, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of TheAlamoWrocker
3.58/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a 355 mL bottle into a JFF is my BFF novelty pint glass.

A: Poured a fairly thin head which mostly dissipated quickly. The colors are interesting, it comes off as a yellow with a slight lime. Minor carbonation rises from the bottom.

S: Some minor citrus smells arise. Minor hops arise, but it's mostly the citrus that takes up this smell.

T: A citrus zest definitely hits the palate on first take. That same zest stays on the palate which make up this drinks slight aftertaste. Some minor malty bread flavors come in throughout the take in, but nothing spectacular.

M: The mouthful is definitely nice for the style. The body is light with a fairly decent amount of carbonation.

O: This is not a complex beer, but it is nicely balanced and a great drink for those not desiring something complex. This is more zest rather than hops or malts.
This is a summer drink and will help help during a long day outside.

TheAlamoWrocker, Nov 11, 2011
Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.03/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

BeerFMAndy, Nov 02, 2011
Photo of nukem5
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
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 +4.7%
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 +0.3%
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 +6.7%
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 -0.6%
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 +3.8%
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 -31.3%
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 +9.6%
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 -3.5%
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 +0.3%
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 -1.2%
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 -11.4%
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 -5.6%
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 +2.3%
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
Fireman's #4 from Real Ale Brewing Company
76 out of 100 based on 642 ratings.