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Fireman's #4 - Real Ale Brewing Company

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Ratings: 669
Reviews: 165
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 16.08%
Wants: 11
Gots: 102 | 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 spaceycasey
3.73/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had from a bottle from grocery store. Pore clear gold, excellent carbonation. Exactly how the style should look. Aroma is malty, sweet, no noticable hop aroma. A great beer from a day on the patio. If it were available in cans, would be my go-to lake/beach/river beer. Accessable to beer drinkers of all types - this is what I give my friends when only craft beer is available and they are BMC drinkers.

Photo of woodychandler
3.8/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Once more, a thin, bone-white head that dissipated into wisps even prior to arrival. Color was lemon-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a grainy, silage-like scent. Interesting! Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium with a slight peppery taste on the tongue. Finish was dry and refreshing.

Photo of MOB210SA
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Fireman's 4 pint glass.

Quickly poured produced 1 finger off white head died to quickly to small ring around the glass. No lacing on the glass. Light amber

Not a lot that I can get from the smell, nice slightly sweet yeasty, fruity smell.

Good mouthfeel, nice carbonation, overall very drinkable and a great beer for the people who dont like stronger/darker beer.

Photo of tatoodkelt
3.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Courtesy of gramatton, thanks again for the trade man!

Consumed 11/8/2009- from notes.

Brown 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Very clear gold with a steady stream of carbination feeding the 2 finger egg shell white head. Settled to a thin skim. Decent lacing.

S- Sweet crackers.

T- A little roasted grains, a little sweet, a faint almost metallic note and a little hops coming in at the end.

M- Light bodied, pretty crisp but a little dry.

D- Could be an easy summer cook out session beer.

Photo of Arbitrator
3.28/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Buffalo Billiard's in Austin.

A: Pours a clear straw-colored body with substantial effervescence up the glass. Has a couple of fingers of off-white head with great retention, lasting several minutes before collapsing into a light cap / donut on top of the brew. Leaves some lacing down the sides of the pint glass.

S: A dry, lager-like aroma of Noble hops and just the slightest hint of pale malt and toasted crackers. Nothing special or pungent, but it's not bad.

T: Malt is very subdued / attenuated, with the varieties in the nose manifesting themselves as a light adornment on the leafy, citrus (lemon) hop profile. Finishes dry and clean. Not the most flavorful beer, but it's pretty tasty.

M: Carbonation is spot-on for this; the fine bubbles accentuate the finish and whisk away the aftertaste, leaving the mouth clean and ready for another swig. Light-medium body.

D: I had two glasses and enjoyed them both. This seems like a good fallback beer if I'm playing pool (which I was) and there wasn't anything great on tap (which there wasn't).

Photo of techtatu
3.8/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice golden yellow color with about 2 fingers width of cream colored head. Aroma was not pretty good but it could be better. It had hints of honey and very subtle touch of hops. It taste like a carbonated mead.

A very smooth drink and something I would enjoy at a bar. Definitely a beer to suggest to first time beer drinkers, and a beer to take to gatherings.

Photo of ppoitras
3.28/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle received via trade from SSW117. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" bright white head over the clear light golden brew. Airy head collapses at reasonably quick pace, with minimal lace. Aroma is sweet pale and prominent vegetal. Taste is dominantly pale malt sweetness, with the earthy hops towards the end. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, and drinkability is okay as well. This one could be better.

Photo of DeathbySexyBT
3.28/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Photo of lawman834
3.43/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of Reagan1984
3.8/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Photo of Kegatron
3.63/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Photo of mynie
3.55/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Photo of drunkboxer1
4.05/5  rDev +18.4%
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

Photo of stephens101
3/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

Photo of brandoneast
3.65/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Photo of Tbn2
3.43/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of RuinationPress
2.25/5  rDev -34.2%
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...

Photo of elniko
2.8/5  rDev -18.1%
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.

Photo of htomsirveaux
2.88/5  rDev -15.8%
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.

Photo of Riccymon
3.65/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Photo of CrazyMacHarris99
3.23/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.85/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

Photo of jujubeast6000
2.85/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

Photo of JonathanL7890
3.65/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Photo of Bagman007
3.05/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

Fireman's #4 from Real Ale Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 669 ratings.