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Fireman's #4 - Real Ale Brewing Company

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574 Ratings
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Ratings: 574
Reviews: 166
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 15.74%
Wants: 5
Gots: 51 | 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 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
Photo of brewdlyhooked13


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

Appearance - pours a cloudy, hefe-like yellow. A thin head of white has a little fluff to it but dies out pretty fast. A few rings of lace.

Aroma - a lightly sweet grain smell, indistinctively fruity.

Taste - grainy, a detectable element of roast in there. Again, just a light sweetness, well done. Some balance on the swallow as the soft influence of hops enters the picture. Very palatable, it stays light and wanes into the aftertaste. Clean finish, a slight lemony tang.

Mouthfeel - light-bodied, some noticeable smoothness, though the crispness is more evident.

Drinkability - very sessionable and a great summer pick. Thanks to BGThang for sending me a few of these, put to good use in some August heat.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2008 02:40:20 | More by brewdlyhooked13
Photo of 1099


4.05/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

I finally broke down one morning after work and decided to go to Katz's on 6th street in Austin to have a drink. I saw this, and was intrigued, as I had never heard of it before. So, being a pioneer of new beer, I decided to give it a shot. Needless to say, I was very surprised and happy with my decision!

A: Very light yellow, slightly cloudy and had a bit of turbidity to it. I could see some residual yeast floating in it

S: Smelled yeasty, with a small whiff of alcohol, and very much like beer! I was impressed-this smells better than anything else I've ever tried

T: Out of this world GOOD! Very light on the palate, but nice and malty, and a little hoppy to finish. I could also detect a light lemony taste, which kind of reminded me of lemon scented pledge..Alcohol also makes a small appearance, but is quickly muted. Very nice overall balance

M: Kind of thin, almost like water, but hey, the taste more than makes up for that

D: Very high! I drank 6 pints in my first sitting, and expect to drink more the next go around

I had this beer with a #7 on the menu. It was worth the money, and anyone who goes to Katz's should try this...If you like good beer, you will not be disappointed in the least

Serving type: on-tap

08-07-2008 07:24:45 | More by 1099
Photo of drxandy


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

Got in trade thanks to Ben4881!
Notched between Aug and Sept.
12oz to standard pint, pours a golden lightly brown, foamy white head fades quick, highly carbonated

smells of sweet malts, hop bitterness, citrus, earthy

taste is of a nice malty blonde! hop presence comes in nicely and makes things pop, sweet citrus, carbonation is good, an overall nice blonde. Very refreshing on a hot day, but still flavorful enough for standard drinking, would pair excellent with a meal.

mouthfeel is carbonated, crisp, sweet and has a great weight, very nice!

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2008 18:58:35 | More by drxandy
Photo of BuckeyeNation


3.45/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"My sons think it's a fireman's pole and that I forgot to cut a hole through the floor into the kitchen."

--Pamela Anderson

Lightly foggy lemon peel with a head that maxes out at less than one finger despite an increasingly elevated pour. As I type, beer is now visible from a bird's eye view. Other than a few dribs and drabs of watery lace, the glass is virtually untouched. Not good.

I swear there was a hint of skunk when I popped the cap, but there's no trace of the little critter when I put my nose over the glass. Besides, the bottle is brown (not foolproof, but still). There isn't much to go on. Just lightly sweet cereal grains and a whiff of musky hops.

Fireman's #4 is actually a pretty decent American blonde ale. For one thing, it has good malty flavor, which is much more than half the battle when it comes to beer of this style. It's also decently hoppy, although the fruitiness of the Crystal hops could be jacked up a bit. At 21 IBUs, their bitterness is appreciated by this hophead.

The balance between sweet and bitter is nice, especially the semi-snappy conclusion. The lightly sugared golden maltiness becomes a little more aggressive in the bottom half of the bottle and a twist of lemon peel has arrived on the scene. A yeasty zestiness helps as well. This beer is ideal for warm weather and spicy food... both of which they have in abundance in the Lone Star state.

The mouthfeel, while nothing special, is above average. It's light-medium, with fine and very lightly fizzy carbonation. Not bad... not bad at all. The flavor profile definitely benefits from more (rather than fewer) bubbles.

Other than a lack of head formation and a lackluster nose, Fireman's #4 is good beer. Since the final three attributes are far more important to me than the first two, the overall score is not a reflection of how I really feel about this Real Ale ale. I'd drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2008 11:55:45 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of jordoo


3.63/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one in a trade with mhewes, thanks!

12oz bottle poored into a pilsner glass.

Very pale yelloe hazey color with one finger tight white head that hung in there pretty well. Smells of grainy and sweet malts, some grassy and spicey hops and a white grape/green apple sent. Taste is bpretty smooth with a good malt flavor with more hop hit than advertised in the nose and the aftertaste is that grape/apple that I smelled. Its nice on the mouth if light and has a good dry finish, certainly sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2008 13:51:40 | More by jordoo
Photo of diamondc


4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(Best before Sept 08)

A: Hazy, unfiltered dirty blonde color. Lots of big streaming bubbles to a thin head that dissipates too quickly in my pilsener glass.

S: Smells like baseball field, nectarines, tortilla chips .. kind of bizarre aroma going on, very intriguing and different from all the Belgian and pale ales I usually go for.

T: Much better than the aroma. Lots of citrus flavors going on, especially banana and nectarine. Lots of wheat tanginess in the middle. A kiss of earthy hops at the end.

M/D: Definitely a quaffer if I've ever had one. Carbonation is perfect and a great combination with spicy dishes.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2008 03:59:22 | More by diamondc
Photo of Goliath


2.63/5  rDev -23.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2008 02:11:36 | More by Goliath
Fireman's #4 from Real Ale Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 574 ratings.