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Blonde Lager - Rahr & Sons Brewing Company

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137 Ratings
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Ratings: 137
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 17.37%
Wants: 5
Gots: 11 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: TastyTaste on 09-21-2004)
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4.5/5  rDev +34.7%

lmpaisan, May 05, 2014
Photo of Jehhorton
4.5/5  rDev +34.7%

Jehhorton, Oct 13, 2014
Photo of bditty187
4.33/5  rDev +29.6%
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.

bditty187, Sep 13, 2005
Photo of JimiG
4.3/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

With the brewery reopened, after a roof collapse due to snow, they have a new label and an incredible beer that is much improved over the old brew.

New label and pry top for the blonde!

I picked up a single at Whole Foods to check out the new bottle to see if the newly upgraded brewery improved their packaged product.

Decanted to a pint glass.

Pours a pretty golden rich color with a medium nice white head.

Nice malt and hop mix in the aroma. Tasty to the nose.

Perfect blend of malt and hop roll over the tongue and makes one think of a nice session beer. Very drinkable.
Light lacing.

JimiG, Aug 26, 2010
Photo of JudgeRoughneck
4.28/5  rDev +28.1%
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.

JudgeRoughneck, Nov 19, 2006
Photo of mattcrill
4.25/5  rDev +27.2%

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.

mattcrill, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of kindestcut
4.25/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my first review in a two-review series entitled "A Tale of Two Blondes."

The Rahr Blonde Lager pours a dark yellow bordering on a light orange...a little darker than I would have imagined. The head was moderate. The beer looks good...and intriguing given the color.

The aroma is sweet and malty although not overpowering at any level. The real surprise here is the taste. This is a very flavorful beer...not too sweet but with enough malty goodness to blend effortlessly with the faint hops. This is one that could become a session beer for me.

kindestcut, Dec 06, 2004
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4.25/5  rDev +27.2%

OCdrummer7271, Dec 07, 2012
Photo of beachbum1975
4.15/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from my brown 12 oz. bottle into my imperial pint glass. No freshness date to be seen. The color of this beer reminds me of the first pee I take after walking my dog in the morning - you know, the kind when you're dehydrated  . Day glow yellow, with the slightest cloudy haze. This one poured highly viscous with a bright, white 2 finger head that stuck around only for a brief time.

S: Sweet, fresh corn and buttery flavors mixed with the faintest light and bready yeast. Some mild sweetness picked up, as well.

T/M: With constant 90 degrees days here, I shifted my palate to away from hop bombs or black-death stouts - I'll save those bad-boy's for the fall and winter. With that said, this is light, crisp and refreshing beer with medium to high carbonation in the mouth. Much like the nose, I get corn, peppered butter and almost a Belgian-style candied sweets finish. Pleasant and refreshing. It's true to it's style in that it's the not the most multifaceted beer on the planet, but rather an easy crowd pleaser. Worked for me!

Oh and here's a big shout out to my buddy brewdlyhooked13 for this gift beer - after the HOT day I had it really hit the spot - cheers!

beachbum1975, Jul 30, 2008
Photo of BeerSox
4.13/5  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.

BeerSox, Oct 06, 2006
Photo of Dubblebock
4.1/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was my first offering from the Rahr Brewery. The packaging is very nice for starters. I found this sixer at Central Market for $6.99.

The Blonde Lager pours with a decent sized head and a clear, straw complexion. Reasonably well-carbonated, the bubbles waste no time in streaming to the top of the mug.

The taste is dense and dry, with an acorn bitterness that compliments the crackery malts. Interesting and fairly complex. There's a lot of texture to this beer. Well-balanced, it comes off clean and crisp and refreshing. This is a great summertime beer, one that would go well with barbecue and backyard ball games.

The mouthfeel is good. Drinkability is quite good. I'd recommend this one.

Dubblebock, Oct 19, 2005
Photo of kbub6f
4.1/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

There's one inch of dense, clean, white foam. Nice. Beer is very clear, pure gold, and sports some racy-fast carbonation. Some smooth, small shapes of lacing. The nose is nice, schpooncky Saaz, fruity, crackers, a little soap. Saazy, peppery front. Full, foamy middle, with a touch of corn and tangy fruit. Finish is quite bitter, some fantastic grains. Nice, nutty, fresh. The slight harshness of the finish tames with temperature. Overall, a really good helles. Love the grains!

kbub6f, Apr 23, 2005
Photo of AustinBeerLvr
4.08/5  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.

AustinBeerLvr, Oct 10, 2006
Photo of allengarvin
4.03/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Crystal clear gold color, fine bubbles, and a small head that, unfortunately, dissipates very quickly.

Aroma: Nice sweet malt aroma and a light, quite spicy hop nose.

Flavor: Light grainy sweetness up front, with a pleasant bitterness, higher than many German helles but still quite moderate. Clean yeast character and a simple, dryish finish.

Mouthfeel: Moderate texture, medium carbonation. No faults, but nothing special.

A nice Helles, which is a style hard to judge because even the best examples have subtle flavors. It's not an exciting or bold style, but when done well, like this Rahr beer, it's very pleasant and quite drinkable.

allengarvin, Jan 27, 2005
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4/5  rDev +19.8%

WritersBlock, Dec 09, 2011
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4/5  rDev +19.8%

TejasMtnBiker, Aug 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev +19.8%

videofrog, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Clear, dark-blonde colored body with a pretty decent head and lacing for a Munich Helles Lager

S- Lightly spiced biscuit-flavored malt spiced lightly with light hops, maybe Hallertau and Saaz

T- Taste is very well balanced and crisp. Clean, lager flavor and delivery

M- Light beer goes down smooth like water. Very small CO2 bubbles

D- Goes well with a small meal or snack due to low 4.5%ABV and light characteristics

An all around good Munich Helles Lager that is as good as Weihenstephaner; if not better. Somewhat better than Spaten and Paulaner

EnojysAnyBeer, Feb 01, 2009
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4/5  rDev +19.8%

Tuck_leepulin, Aug 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev +19.8%

kmckinnon87, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of Melchizedek
3.98/5  rDev +19.2%
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.

Melchizedek, Jun 10, 2006
Photo of fjordhook
3.93/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance: light golden beer that pours with a good head

smell: the malts are mostly prevalent, has a bitter smell too

taste: i felt the taste was much better than the smell, enjoyed the bite that the beer has

mouthfeel: loved drinking this one down, very light on the mouth

drinkability: felt good to drink but bite might not be for all. also could get tired of the bite if drank too often

fjordhook, Jan 09, 2010
Photo of Morris729
3.9/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color with a foamy white head that settles into a wispy lace. Nose is rather delicate with notes of sweet malt, fresh grain, and floral hops with some faint notes of lemon grass. Moderate in body with a good amount of active carbonation. Taste begins with a light grain sweetness followed by some dry cracker notes and finally some spicy hops towards the finish. A very nice session beer. In fact, it’s hard to think of many superior choices than this to help battle the Texas summer.

Morris729, Aug 03, 2005
Photo of goochpunch
3.88/5  rDev +16.2%
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.

goochpunch, Apr 14, 2006
Photo of aappleby
3.83/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

aappleby, May 23, 2007
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Blonde Lager from Rahr & Sons Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 137 ratings.