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Blonde Lager - Rahr & Sons Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
77
okay

135 Ratings
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Ratings: 135
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 17.12%
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: TastyTaste on 09-21-2004)
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3/5  rDev -9.9%

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3/5  rDev -9.9%

dts311, Feb 22, 2014
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3/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm currently out of the Bay area and on a work trip in Dallas, TX so I have been looking for some reasonably priced decent craft beer to sate my thirst. Downtown Dallas is full of cheap corner stores selling every variation of ice and malt liquor but alas other than Shiner Bock it's hard to find decent beer here. I finally found a restaurant with a decent beer selection on tap. Thanks to Hofbrau restaurant in the west end for the pour.

I had the the Rahr Blonde lager poured into a 16 oz. glass and watched as a straw gold coloured boldly carbonated lager filled the glass to brim. A foamy head forms. I'll be honest the color sort of looks like Budweiser. Oh well. It looks thirst quenching. Before I satisfy my thirst I proceed to smell the beer and am touched by mild grassy notes, hints of hay and earth. I also get floral tones from this beer. This part is pretty pleasant. There are some aspects of the beer that I can't tolerate as much. There is a potent sour character to the beer. I also detect apples, pear, and white wine.

The beer taste fine. Not great by any means but it's a git er done Texan sort of beer. The mix is hoppy, bitter and sweet. The malts are pale. It sort of taste like an amped up Budweiser. I actually like Budweiser so that isn't a problem but this is craft brew folks. I hope this isn't there best offering.

The mouthfeel is expected. It's slightly watery but retains a crisp edge. I'd say the malt to hop ratio is 70/30. I also taste some generic barley malt.

Overall: This beer simply isn't worth the time to try and get. It is hard enough finding good beer down here. You might as well crack a budweiser and accept the hegemony of BMC. Or if you want something darker go for the Shiner Bock.

BerkeleyBeerMan, Jun 18, 2011
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3/5  rDev -9.9%

kew, Jan 19, 2012
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3/5  rDev -9.9%

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3/5  rDev -9.9%

huggies, Jan 15, 2012
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3/5  rDev -9.9%

duff247, Dec 18, 2011
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3/5  rDev -9.9%

RustyBoltz, Nov 28, 2011
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3/5  rDev -9.9%

TX-Badger, Jun 08, 2014
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3/5  rDev -9.9%

98green, Sep 10, 2014
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3/5  rDev -9.9%

kylehay2004, Jun 28, 2014
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3/5  rDev -9.9%

Tech_Savy, Aug 20, 2012
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2.93/5  rDev -12%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

a - this beer has a straw golden color and is slightly cloudy from a the small amount a debre it contains.

s - subtle earthy aromas, with some yeast characters.

t - clean tasting for the most part, it does have a bit of malty bitter finish.

m - as stated before, clean. also this bottle was a twist off and i believe that might have something do with the slight lack of carbonation. this particular brew seems okay, but the last two i drank for my 6 pack were flat.

d - goes down easy. there are other lagers i would prefer to drink but this one is okay.

baseballrock, Dec 30, 2009
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2.9/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

jbphoto88, Jan 24, 2008
Photo of HisDorian
2.85/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Went to Fort Worth for a wedding, and saw it in the grocery store... Decided to wait on buying it, and then they served it at the wedding last night, so I reached for it first.

Always interested in trying new beers, and especially a local brewery on the rise. Kind of a cool label, too.

Beer was poured into 16 oz plastic cup, no ridges. Not much head. Very little lacing. After building it up in my head, I was very disappointed in the smell.

First sip... watery consistency, bit of citrus behind it. Not too much though, like the hop bombs. I like the Christian Morlein Helles better. Definitely aimed at your macro drinkers.

About half way through, I was thinking about what my next beer should be.

Nothing too memorable, and nothing I would reach for normally. But for a free beer, I could probably drink one.

HisDorian, Apr 05, 2009
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2.85/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear yellow color with some sediment. Some pretty good white bubbly small head. No lacing.

The smell is slightly citrus and lots of pale malts.

The flavor sucks. Bad. Oxidizes funky crap.

Mouthfeel is watery and thin as all gets out.

Wouldn't ever have another.

hoplover82, Feb 01, 2009
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2.75/5  rDev -17.4%

Sazz9, Jul 23, 2013
Photo of champ103
2.7/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear golden yellow color. At first a white head rises to over two fingers. The foam quickly recedes to a ring. Very light lace.
S: Sweet malt, cereal, and grain. A metallic twang with some chemical aroma. No depth at all.
T: Sweet malt and grain. A very light bitterness lingers on. A clean taste with no off flavors. Pretty bland though.
M/D: A light body with crisp carbonation. Watery and thin. Not hard to drink, but I am probably not going to make a session of this.

Overall kind of bland. A no frills drink that would be good at a BBQ or party. I will probably avoid this for the most part though.

champ103, Oct 13, 2009
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2.58/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Deep golden color with a quickly dissapating head.

S: Sweet malty smell with a little bit of hop presence.

T: Storng malt prescence that tastes biscuity with a little hop on the finish. Not very flavorful. Does not taste like most german Helles I have had.

M: Decent mouthfeel, quaffable even with a slightly high carbonation.

O: Not impressed. It doesn't feel like it fits the style whatsoever, tastes more like a bland blonde ale. Not the worst beer in the world but I wont be picking it up again.

Edit: As this beer warms it does gain more flavor. Unfortunately it is a weird sour flavor that isn't very appealing.

txbrew81, May 23, 2011
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2.5/5  rDev -24.9%

hAle2theWort, Oct 15, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -24.9%

GMB, Sep 16, 2012
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2.48/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance - pours a lemony yellow with fine particulates suspended throughout. A thin fizzy white head hangs around for a minute before evaporating.

Aroma - nothing distinct, just a standard grainy smell.

Taste - light grain, turning lemony and a bit sour. Some decent grain depth comes through after a few swallows, which does good to keep this from tasting like a dry lemon shandy. Finish is dry and tart.

Mouthfeel - thinnish, crisp and light.

Drinkability - I didn't care much for this. Just too sour like lemon rind, I was expecting more of a malty beer.

brewdlyhooked13, Jul 26, 2008
Blonde Lager from Rahr & Sons Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 135 ratings.