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Fireman's #4 - Real Ale Brewing Company

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Ratings: 581
Reviews: 166
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 15.74%
Wants: 5
Gots: 54 | 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 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
Photo of whoneeds8


3.2/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2008 03:13:36 | More by whoneeds8
Photo of Jayli


2.78/5  rDev -19%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2008 20:05:18 | More by Jayli
Photo of orcasteve

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

nice and light flavor that seams to be based on the yeast in this beer. smels kind of sour but the smell lies because i dont taste soure in this one at all, i dont tast any hops in this one eather, this is a nice drinking light flavor beer that i would drink agan for sure

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2008 12:59:56 | More by orcasteve
Photo of xare


2.53/5  rDev -26.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2008 22:31:31 | More by xare
Photo of denflyr


3.35/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tough to see its full appearance since the restaurant I was at did not provide a glass to pour my beer into. However, from what I saw it was a mostly clear blonde ale, with just a bit of sediment at the bottom of the bottle.

Not a terribly aromatic beer since I did not detect too much from this beer.

The taste was pleaseant and I cannot complain. It paired well with the chicken fried steak on a hot afternoon. Maybe just the slightest bit of sweetness like other have noted. Also I completely agree about letting this beer warm a bit to experience it full affest. I got it right out of the ice box and I was less than impressed, but as it warmed I "warmed" to the beer.

A descent mouthfeel and not the least bit heavy heavy on my palate. If in a bind and this was on a list, I would drink this beer over just about anything else especially in a macro sense. Nice effort for a go to beer from the folks in Blanco!

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2008 12:50:54 | More by denflyr
Photo of EnojysAnyBeer


4.25/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very pleasant brew, don't drink it too cold or you probably won't taste anything

A- Pretty golden blonde color that looks like generic beer with plenty of different sized carbonation bubbles rising all over

S- Smell is sweet and inviting

T- Taste is also sweet, relaxing, almost earthy malts but with a slight Noble hop twang brought out by the carbonation. Got some roasty taste once is warmed a bit

M- Feel is excellent, with great carbonation and a light body

D- I could drink these for hours but would pair with food because there isn't a whole lot of flavor. Although ABV% is not listed I assume it is between 4%-5%.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2008 21:57:19 | More by EnojysAnyBeer
Fireman's #4 from Real Ale Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 581 ratings.