Blonde Lager - Rahr & Sons Brewing Company

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Ratings: 143
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 16.82%
Wants: 5
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Rahr & Sons Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Munich Helles Lager |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: TastyTaste on 09-21-2004

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Reviews by Pegasus:
Photo of Pegasus
3.08/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Clear medium golden color, lightly carbonated, with a small snow-white head and patchy lacing.

Aroma: Strong grapefruit hop aroma, no skunk, with an undercurrent of light malt.

Taste: Aggressive hops at the opening of the taste, beneath these there is a floor of slightly tart malt flavor. Finishes with an potent medicinal hop note, which lingers on for what seems like forever.

Mouth feel: Smooth and quite full, with excellent body, very pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: This beer is all about hops; in my opinion, it seems to be over hopped for the style, little of the expected malt character was present.

Many thanks to HardTarget for sharing this uncommon beer.

More User Reviews:
Photo of mattcrill
4.25/5  rDev +27.6%

Aroma: Slightly sweet crackery Pilsner malt base up front. Light earthy hop bitterness. Relatively clean lager character.

Appearance: Nearly clear golden pour with a low white head that retains well. Appears still in the glass.

Flavor: More crackery Pilsner goodness with a firm earthy hop bitterness that balances this beer well. Balance is nearly even. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste is slightly lingering with pleasant cracker-like malt notes.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with medium-high carbonation. No alcohol heat or astringency.

Overall impression: A refreshing sessionable lager. This beer deserves more love. Well crafted and enjoyable. Rahr is such a good brewery that delivers every time I have something from them.

Photo of JudgeRoughneck
4.21/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The first thing that stands out about this beer is its appearance. It is a lovely crystal clear glowing shiny gold with big fat carbonation bubbles slowly making their way to the top. The head leaves something to be desired but it is a very pretty beer none the less. I get only faint sweet grain aromas.

This is a delicous and refreshing beer that blalnces a robust grain sweetness with restrained hop bitter carried by a slight grain astringency. Occasionally I get subtle fruit notes (strawberry?) but really its the grain that does the talking in this beer and thats a good thing.

Mouthfeel is rich and creamy but firmly carbonated. Special.

Photo of Mora2000
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a very clear macro yellow with a white head. The aroma is hay, grass, bready malts and honey. The flavor is honey and bread with the aftertaste being some dirty, earthy hops. Light to medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not too good of a beer.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.03/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Served in a Pokal)
thanks to mhewes for this brew
A- This beer has a light copper yellow body with a good carbonation of tiny bubbles. There is a thin bubbly head that fades to a ring of foam.

S- The smell of dry pale malt with a faint Munich malt hint leads to a hint of buttered corn. This is overpowered by a green hop note that is still faint.

T- The slightly sweet raw grain flavor is followed by a soft sulfury noble hop finish that has a faint tang quality to it.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a big fizzy finish.

D- This beer was pretty light in flavor with some off flavors and a bit more malt character would go a long way.

Photo of jbphoto88
2.88/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a thin, thin blond straw color. There is an inch of head that dissipates quickly leaving patches of itself in the beer and on the glass.
The smell isn't awful but it is almost non-existent. There is not a lot going on for the nose, maybe some light wheat scents followed by some light malts but not a lot.
Taste is less then fair. It kind of tastes like hay, a cheap wheat or poor malts. Just like the smell there is not a whole lot there. The little flavor that is there fades fast and doesn't flatter the beer or keep my taste buds interested.
If I had to buy it again I would put the beer back on the shelf and buy coors or miller. This beer is very unimpressive.

Photo of Melchizedek
3.95/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours yellow-gold with a modest but respectable head that subsides into intermittent lace. NB: Head holds better in a pilsner glass than in a pint glass. Steady, medium-light carbonation.

Fairly clean in the nose, a little grainy malt and a little hop spice. In the mouth, very smooth without being either slick or fizzy. Up front, a nice graininess, with a light sweetness that's quickly pushed aside by a great little hit of hops in the finish - somewhat grassy, spicy, not too obtrusive but definitely noticeable. I love the balance of this brew, and it's one of the few I've ever had that I consider genuinely refreshing. This pairs well with almost anything, but especially with lighter lunch fare - a ham sandwich on wheat was just lovely.

This is one I feel I should have reviewed by now and am liking more and more. I don't remember being wowed by this when I first tried it - maybe Fritz has tweaked the formula since then, but it's definitely grown in my esteem. I'm happy to have such a solid local alternative to BMC.

Photo of tdm168
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My brother-in-law shared one of these with me on my recent trip to Texas.

Pours a bright yellow with a quarter inch of soft, white head. Both the nose and the flavor are identical. Both are straw-like and wheaty with faint grassy hop notes. This has an overall light body that’s smooth and crisp.

This is a very simple beer. It’s too style, but leaves me wanting something a little more flavorful. The flavor is correct and it’s good, but it’s just not intense or forward enough for me. I’m glad I tried it though.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.62/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The yellow-gold body of Rahr's helles is just slightly cloudy beneath it's short but creamy head of bright white foam. The retention is average, and lacing is limited. In the nose it's gently yeasty over a firm maltiness that's just lightly grainy and subtly sweetish, and backed by floral and grassy hop notes. The flavor continues in the same vein, and it's nicely balanced between gently grainy and subtly husky malt and grassy and floral hops. It's delicately sweet, balanced by a firm bitterness, and it finishes honeyish with an edge of mineralish and grassy hops that linger shortly on the palate. Enjoyable.

Photo of Kegatron
3.03/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear pale gold, with a couple fingers of foamy eggshell colored head. Thin fizzy retention, that bunches around the edges, leaving some decent looking lace back. The aroma is fairly heavy on the grainy malts, with some light grassy hops and citric tones.

The taste is pretty much the same, with maybe the hops being a little more aggressive with a dry spiciness to it. This is backed by that same sweetish mix of toasted bread and citric tang. The mouthfeel is lighter-medium bodied, with a sharpness to it and then a bit of a heavier feel underneath. The prominent sweetness adds some unneeded bulk to the body, that isn't doing the drinkibility any favors for me.

Not horrible but not exactly great either. The tang in this could have used some more bitterness for balance and crispness. Maybe the hops had faded some in this? I'd be willing to investigate a fresher bottle.

Photo of bditty187
4.3/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear, pale gold-yellow in hue, the liquid is far from inspiring, even for the style. White head, at the apex the bubbles reached a finger and a half in height. Head retention was pretty good; it was slow to subside to a modest sized white cap. A thin, soapy cap lasted the entire consumption. The subsequent lacing was organized but not very widespread; there were just a couple thin rings. Nevertheless, I like how this beer looks. Sure, I wish there was a more developed shade to the liquid but I’m not going to lose any sleep over it.

The nose is speaking in German and I don’t even hear a Texas twang. I am impressed. In other words, I smell a grainy Pils maltiness that is merely a foundation as hints of caramel-husk and dried bread develop. Hops are traditional as well, spicy German hay with a kiss of flowers. Moderate potency. This beer has great articulation. What is the deal with the wussy-sounding name, “Blonde Lager”? Come on! It sounds like a nondescript brewpub beer and based on the nose alone I know this beer is “real German.” Give it a damn name to match!

The palate is delicious. I can’t put it any simpler than that. The malt foundation is tremendous with dried bread, crackers, caramel-husk, with a big Pils finish. It is impressive from start to finish. Prickly bitterness is found throughout, spicy hay with a smattering of lemon bread. The finish seemed to be dry… and then, boom (!)… a big blast of juicy malt. I can’t help but take another sip. And another. Long aftertaste, all the key points resonate well. This is a very good domestic version of a Helles. I don’t think it is good as the Thomas Hooker offering but it is as good as anything else I’ve had. Impressive. Hell, I love this beer. Flawless.

Medium in body, firm and healthy; the mouthfeel fits this beer very well. I like the moderate carbonation, lightly prickly… cleansing and refreshing.

Oh yeah… this is a very drinkable beverage. I would quaff this beer very often if I could. This beer, I think, would work for beer geeks and neophytes. First of all, it is tasty with plenty of subtle complexities. IMO, this is a hard style to get right and Rahr nailed it. Texas should be proud. Thanks assurbanipaul, this beer kicked major ass. Recommended.

Photo of dungaree
2.99/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Good head retention, about 1/2 inch. Looks very promising. Nice golden color with lots of bubbles. Nice lacing on the glass.

The smell is disappointing. Very faint smell of indistinguishable flavors. Not much taste on the front of the tongue. Nice lingering grainy tastes on the back and sides. Would be very good with a plate of cheese enchiladas and rice.

I still need to learn more about the style before grading too hard. Overall refreshing.

Photo of goochpunch
3.85/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a straw color with a thin, white head and moderate carbonation. Smells grainy with a spicy hop presence. Flavors start off with sweetish malts, followed soon by a hop kick. Very grassy and floral. Palate washes clean just a little too quickly for my taste, however. Mouthfeel is a bit slick and lightbodied with moderate carbonation. Of the three year-rounds from Rahr, this is, by far, my favorite. Highly drinkable.

Photo of BeerSox
4.12/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into pilsner glass.

Perfectly clear light straw color. Fizzy off white head with low retention. Settles to a thin cap, then dissapears after a few minutes. No lacing.

Strong malty background with a very sweet aroma, vey clean smell.

Grainy maltiness along with very light hop twang. Husky aftertaste.

Light bodied, but not watery either, with spritzy carbonation. Very clean finish.

This is a great beer for warmer weather. Very refreshing and easily drinkable.

Photo of cheers2beers
3.17/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: This beer has a golden pilsner look with a tall white head that disapates rapidly, till it gets about a quarter inch tall then slows down to maintain a white ring around my glass. Lots of beading inside with no laceing to be found.

Smell: The smell is grassy hops,hay aromas present a slight stench to this one,a bready yeast and even medicinal.

Taste: The barnyard flavors are definitely present. A hay and grass hop character,mildly sweet malt,also an adjuct corn quaff is noted as well.Not bad just not over zealous about this one.

Mouthfeel: This beer is medium to thin bodied,low to medium carbonation,smooth and easy to drink.

Drinkability: This wasn't that bad,it just didn't have that buy me again factor.I would not recommend this beer.

Cheers2Beers

Photo of TexIndy
3.16/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle with no dating info into a pint glass. It was light honey color with a bunch of little yeast bits floating around. It was a good pour so it had a large head to whittled down to a broken film. Light carb and tiny bit of lacing. The aroma was so-so. Kinda funky, skunked smell at first then it faded to not much of anything. The taste was OK with a crisp finish. I'm not a huge fan of the style so it wouldn't get great marks to begin with but this is middle of the road for the style. As it warms, the flavor starts to get a weird tang to it so drink cold. If it had a better taste, it could almost sneak into session beer territory but just misses. Overall, it's an OK beer but with so many other good beers out there I don't see me buying another unless it was a choice between Macro and this. Also, I'd try it on-tap once to see what that does for it. (One and done)

Photo of BeanBone
3.73/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Slightly hazy, pale golden body with a decent white head. Below average lacing.

Aroma: Faint, sweet barley with grassy hops and a hint of apple.

Taste: Crisp, grassy, and somewhat subdued hop flavor up front balanced with honey malt bring up the rear. Some apple cider flavors mixed in. The best way I can think of to describe this is as a richer macro without the shitty twang. Somewhat thin, but that's very appropriate for the style. Mildly bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body with fine carbonation. Finish dries slightly.

Drinkability: Very easily drinkable and refreshing, this is perfect for a Texas barbecue.

Verdict: This is the beer that the macros should be. If you're looking for something simple and drinkable that won't offend at your next BBQ, you'll do a lot better with a case of this than the normal Bud/Miller/Coors fare.

Photo of aappleby
3.78/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Much better than Rahr's Red - this one actually tastes like they know what they're doing. Lovely foamy head, perfect balance of bitterness and maltiness and a nice richness in the aftertaste. The aroma isn't all that great (reminds me of citrus and wet dog) but the flavor and balance combined with the light-ish body (but not watery) make this a beer I could easily see myself drinking 3-4 of while watching a movie.

Photo of jasonjlewis
3.23/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a huge head with good retention and a pale yellow color.

Smell is of citrus and fresh cut grass, a bit of DMS lurks.

No frills lager. Not bad, but not good either. There is a citrusyness with some fresh cut grass.

Crisp and refreshing.

This is just a no frills lager, nothing special, not a great interpretationof the style.

Photo of JayS2629
3.15/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a pale yellow, nice clarity, fluffy white head that sticks around and leaves ok lacing.

The aroma is of buttered biscuit, bready, malty, touch of caramel with some grassy and floral elements.

Biscuit with touch of caramel, grass, and floral hints. Simple but good.

Thin, crisp, bright, and easy to drink.

Overall, an average, light bodied, easy drinking beer.

Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.48/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle compliments of MUSHROMCLOUD

Pours a clear pale straw color with a thin white head that fades.Spotty lacing on the glass.

Aroma is malty with a slight fruitiness.

Taste is very mild and malty with a light fruitiness present. Rather refreshing.

Body is very light with good carbonation.

A drinkable brew that would be great on a hot summer day - although it also went down quickly on a warm spring night.

Photo of JMad
3.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I drank this from a pint glass...

Pours a clear golden color with a pillowy off white head. The smell is mostly biscuits and grain, it is slightly sweet and buttery. It tastes almost like buttered popcorn with a touch of caramel, it's also kind of metallic and grainy. This beer is smooth with a medium body and perfect carbonation. I thought this beer was simple, full flavored and enjoyable.

Photo of kwakwhore
3.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Yellow pour on tap with a decent white head. Hint of macro skunk in the aromas. Fortunately not present in the flavor, which consists of a bit of lemon, a touch of biscuity malt and bit of bitterness in the finish. Not bad but nothing to write home about. Light mouthfeel, appropriate for the style. An easy beer to drink , certainly an acceptable summer choice, but not anything I'd go too far out of my way to get.

Photo of TastyTaste
3.53/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium gold color with a proud 1/2" of creamy white head. Smell is of grassy and grainy malt, no trace of hops. Taste is very grassy, stands up with any euro lager, hops are in the background, light and floral, with some metallic flavors. Mouthfeel is full and well carbonated, and this would make a good sessioning beer. Thanks again to assurbanipaul.

Photo of AustinBeerLvr
4.07/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just purchased a sixer of this tonight. Poured one into a glass, and I was very pleasantly surprised by the full golden lager appearence. The only downside was the beer left little lacing as it was consumed.

Took a sniff of the beer, it was also very good and full of hops. The first sip made me think of the classic German helles lagers I tried just last week while visiting Munich. The beer has a very nice full flavor to it for the style, the only real difference being that it's not quite as sweet as some of the other lagers of the style. The mouthfeel is not watery, but also not too heavy.

Although I have lived in Texas for a few years, this is my first time to try this beer. I am pleasantly suprised by it as I was honestly just expecting another lager. This is a great session brew and would also go very well with a variety of types of food.

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