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Fireman's #4 - Real Ale Brewing Company

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Ratings: 695
Reviews: 174
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 16.08%
Wants: 14
Gots: 137 | 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:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 02-23-2003

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Ratings: 695 | Reviews: 174
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.

Photo of bisonkron
3.18/5  rDev -7%
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.

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.

Photo of ZenAgnostic
3.29/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Photo of far333
3.24/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Photo of tbrink
3.63/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Photo of mountsnow1010
3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
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!

Photo of Fatheranderson
3.63/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Photo of Onenote81
3.45/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

Photo of gkunkle
3.2/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Photo of depechemode1983
3.8/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Photo of mjurney
4.25/5  rDev +24.3%
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.

Photo of Thorpe429
2.83/5  rDev -17.3%
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.

Photo of yourefragile
3.44/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle received in a trade, poured into a nonic.

This was a competent, enjoyable blonde whose only real weakness was its appearance (which isn't really all that important after all). Flavor is a blend of light, sweet malts with a slight toast grain edge and a pleasant hop bitterness in the finish. Aroma is simple and inoffensive grassy and pale malt blend. Mouthfeel is thicker and fuller than your average macro swill with a robust body and lingering earthy and grassy finish. Appearance is a pale, unfiltered golden cloud with minimal head produced by a vigorous pour. An average, enjoyable blonde, thanks to whoever sent me this!

Photo of JMad
3.66/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle to a pint glass...
Pours a pale yellow color with a white head that left some awesome lacing.
Smells of hay and crisp water.
Tastes a bit grassy and bready, hints of tangy lemony hops.
Light bodied.
This is a great sessionable beer, very refreshing.

Photo of Mora2000
3.51/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was a bottle of Alamo Golden Ale, which is the same beer as Fireman's #4. They are two distinct beers on this site, but since the brewers said they are the same beer, I put the review under this entry.

The beer pours a hazy straw yellow color with a white head. The aroma is wheat, lemons and grassy hops. The flavor is lemons, wheat, grass and biscuit malt. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Very drinkable. Not too exciting, but there is nothing wrong with the beer.

Photo of Xul
3.9/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Dajtai007 for the extra.

A: Pours a clear, pale golden capped by a finger of foamy white head. Retention is moderate as it settles into a thin layer of foam, leaving some light lacing down the glass.

S: Bready malts up front with some moderate noble hops evident, followed by floral character and some faint lemon zest.

T: Lightly toasted grains up front, followed by some light bitterness, floral character, and light fruits - lemon zest, green apple, and faint citrus.

M: Light bodied with moderate to high, lively carbonation.

D: Goes down easy, no flaws to speak of.

Photo of LacquerHead
3.21/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at the Executive Surf Club in CC TX

On tap - it was served in a regular pint glass.
It poured a very pale yellow with a foamy white head - descent retention that settled to a very thin lace.

S: weak hops aroma, otherwise not much to it.

T: Lacked luster. It had a pale hoppiness to it, but it was on the weak side. To me there was no real malt flavor to speak of. What little malts were there tasted like toast bread. I didn't know the style at the time and figured it was some sort of slightly hopped lager style brew...

The drinkability was descent - it had a crisp clean texture on the palate and didn't really leave an aftertaste.

It was not full flavored enough to keep me going back. I would drink this at a bar while in TX if it were on special. I paid $4.75 for a pint and it was not worth it. If Real Ale was going for something that "Light Beer" drinkers could handle then they succeeded. To me this beer seemed to go for mass appeal and I would recommend this as a much better alternative to people use to the adjunct lager scene.

Photo of box299
3.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I don't disagree with the band-aid smell comment from another reviewer. I would say that the taste was very thin. I want to the rhe Ila right after and I think that this beer made that beer taste better... and unerring rated quality I might add. This beer is fine foe a hot summer day but more than two in a session would get on my nerves.

Photo of cpetrone84
2.44/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A-pours a slightly hazy pale golden yellow with a tight bubbly white head.

S-the nose starts with bready malt, taken over by yeast and floral notes. a strong phenol takes over bringing in lots of bandaid notes.

T-the taste is better than the nose but not good. phenols seem to have taken hold and bring lots of medicinal notes. a bready yeast with floral notes and touch of lemon are present but faint.

M-smooth on the palate, thin light body with low carbonation.

D-not a good beer, maybe infected; but problems all over. medicinal and under carbonated.

Photo of Ek0nomik
3.92/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured In: Wine Glass
Attained through a trade (Thanks Neil)

Appearance: The pour was a straw and dandelion color with a finger of head resting on top. The head retention was low, along with the lace. There is a small amount of effervescence.

Smell: The nose is full of grain malt, a little spice from the yeast and a little dab of floral hops. I'll admit, the nose isn't extremely flattering to me, but it does seem to be spot on for style. The grainy malt really shines through, and reminds me of some of the macro lagers I'd drink on Thursday's in college. This beer clearly has a little more hop influence to its name, but nonetheless it isn't a draw dropping scent. But, for styles sake, I'm going to rate it higher than some might.

Taste: The palate is very similar to the nose. Grainy malt right up front and it sits throughout the tasting except for the end where the mild hop bitterness comes through and a slight floral and citrus flavor from the hops.

Mouthfeel: While I'm not a huge fan of the style, the feel of this was perfect. Medium bodied, slightly on the thin side, crisp carbonation up front but it fades away rapidly making it easy to sip on.

Drinkability: The low ABV and great mouth feel make this an incredibly easy beer to drink. The nose and palate, seem right in line with the style, although it's not my favorite.

Photo of theboozecruise
3.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a pint glass.

Picked this one up in Houston, a very nice, drinkable ale. Lighter than expected, with a very weak aroma, but all that was forgotten upon first sip. A very tasty ale that I will continue to recommend to friends.

The above was an old review from 2008... got another one of these from a friend in Texas and it's time to re-review!

Nice head, light gold color... nothing all that special to look at other than the large bubbly head. As before there's not much aroma at all, very muted, but slightly malty. Very slightly.

Yeah, as noted before the taste is remarkably stronger than the aroma. Biscuity and slightly hopped even. Definitely pretty good and very drinkable. Solid blond ale, glad I got to try it again!

Photo of glid02
3.63/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Pesca in San Antonio, TX.

Pours a clear straw color with a half-finger white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of light malts with a tinge of hop bite - mostly floral notes but with hints of earthiness.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Sweet light malt flavors are tempered by solid amounts of hops, imparting a good amount of bitterness and slightly leafy flavors. The hops carry through to a crisp ending.

Mouthfeel is alright. It's got a nice thickness however the carbonation is a bit on the heavy side.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall I thought this was a decent beer however the flavors weren't robust enough to be anything more than that.

Photo of wagenvolks
3.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint on-tap at Fowler's Wings & Bar, Cedar Park, TX.

Attractive 'golden light' color (the sunset variety) with an active carbonation level. The off-white cap of head does an OK job at retention, eventually settling to a wispy ring of foam. Pleasing, mild aroma of herbal hops and wheat. Malts smell crisp and crackery, with some lemon and yeasty fruit esters in the background.

Flavor matches the aroma well, with a bit more hoppiness/fruitiness on the front of the tongue. Malts are slightly grainy and taste of bleached bread dough and wheat. A slightly hoppy aftertaste fits the style well, but it was the clean profile of this brew that really impressed me, as it washed down the hot wings well. Body is light and nicely-carbonated. Overall a tasty brew by Real Ale. Not quite up to Southern Star's Blonde Bombshell, but it's a distant second. I'd easily have this again, but probably only on-tap, and probably only when the other options are all macros (as was the case today).

Photo of WwRGSwW
3.13/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy yellow straw color, with a small fruity aroma and small amounts of malt.

Its a light bodied beer, with a low bitterness in the aftertaste. This is a great beer. and I was able to drink 4 in one sitting... so this serves for a good drinkability.

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Fireman's #4 from Real Ale Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 695 ratings.