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Fireman's #4 - Real Ale Brewing Company

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Ratings: 562
Reviews: 165
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 15.74%
Wants: 5
Gots: 43 | 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 duff247


3/5  rDev -12.5%

12-18-2011 07:12:45 | More by duff247
Photo of matjack85


4.1/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the Dive Bar in Downtown Houston. The Dive is part of the downtown Aquarium complex (hence the name) and I was there during happy hour (3-7pm) and ordered this on the advice of the bartender there. 14oz glass for $4.

The beer poured a clear golden/yellow color, pretty typical for a blonde ale. The 1-finger white head had good retention and tons of lacing.

The beer had a citrusy (lemony) smell along with other fruits and some biscuity malt.

Initially fruity flavor with some malty sweetness. The sweetness subsides a bit and turns to biscuity dry malt, but the fruit flavor never goes away. A slightly funky fruity yeast flavor also adds to the complexity. I like this one.

Light bodied, crisp, and highly carbonated. Refreshing, with a finish on the dry side after an initial sweetness.

As a Chicagoan, I never heard of this Texas brewery before nor had I tried any of their products, but if this is an example of what they have to offer, I'll be on the lookout for more of their stuff. This was a very good blonde ale.

Serving type: on-tap

10-11-2012 07:02:18 | More by matjack85
Photo of Redrover


2.98/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Another local offering on tap at the Flying Saucer in Houston. Served in a 22oz pilsner glass, the beer is light gold with a chill haze. Off-white head. Rings of lace.

The aroma is light. I get some light grains and hints of grass. Mild citrus in the background.

The taste is mild even for a golden ale. A bit of grains, a hint of green apples and the very faintest whisper of citrus. A bit of vanilla when the beer is 7/8s gone.

The mouth is medium with a nice trace of thickness and gentle carbonation.

This is a bit to mild mannered to be anything but the gentlest of crossover beers. I’ve liked everything I have had from this brewery, I just like this one a little less.

Serving type: on-tap

11-09-2007 19:57:11 | More by Redrover
Photo of Gatordaddy


3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

06-07-2013 05:43:18 | More by Gatordaddy
Photo of st9647v3

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

03-08-2014 03:53:43 | More by st9647v3
Photo of Arbitrator


3.28/5  rDev -4.4%
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).

Serving type: on-tap

09-19-2009 17:56:12 | More by Arbitrator
Photo of jheezee


3/5  rDev -12.5%

12-14-2011 04:47:36 | More by jheezee
Photo of Pegasus


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

Appearance: Clear medium golden color with abundant carbonation, a large white head and lots of lace.

Aroma: Slightly sweet, malty aroma with lots of citrus hops.

Taste: Full at rich light malt at the start of the taste, soon gives way to aggressive citrus hop flavors. Finishes dry with slightly tart malt and lingering hop bitterness

Mouth feel: Very smooth and pleasant with lots of carbonation, refreshing.

Drinkability/notes: Tasted on tap at the brewery during the RealAle Seventh Anniversary Celebration in Blanco, TX on June 28th, 2003. According to the good folks at RealAle, this beer may be offered in bottles soon. Alas, there are no plans to offer the much-beloved Coffee Porter in bottles.

Serving type: on-tap

07-13-2003 08:27:00 | More by Pegasus
Photo of IrishColonial


3/5  rDev -12.5%

04-15-2014 22:38:50 | More by IrishColonial
Photo of JamLand


3/5  rDev -12.5%

06-28-2013 22:53:34 | More by JamLand
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 2dogbrew


3/5  rDev -12.5%

11-20-2013 23:44:28 | More by 2dogbrew
Photo of JDV


2.93/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft at Billy’s in Austin. Slightly cloudy yellow color, similar to some hefeweizens. Light smell of corn, malt, and spices. Similar taste, with a little hearty corn like malt taste followed by some light coriander-ish spice. Mild, easy drinking beer. Almost like a light hefeweizen. Nothing to write home about, but a decent simple beer.

Serving type: on-tap

01-07-2008 22:23:21 | More by JDV
Photo of TX-Badger


3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

01-08-2013 02:33:52 | More by TX-Badger
Photo of HardTarget


4.18/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Nice firm aroma of what I believe are cascade hops, a fresh grapefruit smell.
Appearance: Bright clear sunny yellow with a thin white head that left minimal lace.
Flavor: The grapefruit adds strongly to the taste, but a slight undercurrent of spice. Coriander perhaps? Not enough to get a good reading but added some complexity. It may have just been the malt poking its head out.
Mouthfeel: Medium light body, a touch heavy on carbonation but a nice clean finish.
Overall Impression: A light refreshing tasty beer. Pretty straightforward, but a touch of intricacy lends itself to a good summer thirst quencher or session beer.

Serving type: on-tap

04-06-2004 04:35:32 | More by HardTarget
Photo of whatname


3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

01-08-2014 02:51:53 | More by whatname
Photo of zonker17


3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

07-27-2012 02:16:09 | More by zonker17
Photo of RonaldTheriot


4.38/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Real Ale’s Fireman’s #4 Blonde Ale has a medium, fluffy, white head and a somewhat hazy (especially after the bottom of the bottle is swished), yellow appearance, with lots of bubbles and a good amount of residual lacing. The aroma is of faint lemon and white wheat bread. Taste is of soft, white bread, lemon, and mild hops. Mouthfeel is medium and spongy, and Fireman’s #4 finishes mild and refreshing. Overall, this is a good one to have.


Serving type: bottle

08-20-2012 14:09:14 | More by RonaldTheriot
Photo of elNopalero


3.43/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2011 22:33:22 | More by elNopalero
Photo of far333


3.28/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-08-2011 21:12:36 | More by far333
Photo of Onenote81

North Carolina

3.48/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2011 18:11:20 | More by Onenote81
Photo of MDDMD


3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

04-25-2014 03:27:14 | More by MDDMD
Photo of Jame515


3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

09-05-2013 22:12:10 | More by Jame515
Photo of AlCaponeJunior


3.61/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden and perfectly clear. A few rising bubbles. Head was pretty good and lacing is ok.

Aroma is grainy, sweet, a little citrus, and maybe some biscuit.

Taste is pretty good and about what I expect from a blonde ale. Grains, grasses, biscuit malt, sweetness, a little hops bite and a touch of citrus.

Feel is light and drinkable, but yet more ale-like. It's kinda like an adjunct lager, but with more body and taste. Pretty spot-on for the style.

I like this beer. It was cheep and tastes good. More success from RABC.

Serving type: can

01-20-2013 18:27:46 | More by AlCaponeJunior
Photo of Hopmodium


3.5/5  rDev +2%

05-25-2012 00:43:01 | More by Hopmodium
Fireman's #4 from Real Ale Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 562 ratings.