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Blonde Lager - Rahr & Sons Brewing Company

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Reviews: 75
Hads: 147
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 16.86%
Wants: 5
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
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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: 75 | Hads: 147
Photo of JDV
1.59/5  rDev -53%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Clear, very light yellow with a horrendously strong skunk smell, some tart, sweet malt and somewhat sharp sourness in the taste. Really poorly done, and reminiscent in some ways to their oktoberfest in terms of sourness. Tastes a bit better than smell, but not by much. This is a poorly made beer and was bought fresh, just as their Oktoberfest was and both were undrinkable. (375 characters)

Photo of jujubeast6000
1.94/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Reviewed 11/2/2009 (bottle):

Pours a very light, clear dark yellow color body, with a big head, white, lasting. Vegetably aroma, grassy. I wish these smelled more enticing. Light taste, mostly clean aftertaste. Carbonated, grassy tasting. Not my style. Letting warm up a bit...a little better, but still not my first choice in almost any situation. (349 characters)

Photo of zander4dawin
2.13/5  rDev -37%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A pale beer with a thin white head. Has a musky, skunky smell. A really dry beer with a papery, cardboard taste. Otherwise really plain. Aftertaste does not linger too long so it is not unbearable. Texas has a lot better blonde ales to offer such as Bombshell and Fireman's #4. (277 characters)

Photo of Bagman007
2.18/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in a bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Somewhat cloudy yellow coloring with just a little bit of head.

S- Very grainy, yeast like malt scent. Can't really detect any hops in the smell.

T- Extremely grainy, yeast like taste. Slight bitterness. Very macro like taste.

M- Light, watery feel with just a very slight bitterness to it.

D- The taste isn't good enough for me to want a second one. It's not the worst beer in the world, but not good enough for me to want a second.

Overall this seems like an attempt by Rahr's to attract macro drinkers to their brewery because it tastes a lot like I'm drinking a macro. (626 characters)

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
2.48/5  rDev -26.6%
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. (564 characters)

Photo of TurdFurgison
2.48/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Picked up at a Spec's in Houston, along with some Ugly Pug dark lager. The beer is pale golden yellow, about right for the style, with a thin head of fine-grained foam. The aroma is wrong, there's a sour note that doesn't belong at all (infection?). Outside of that smell, this is mainly a pale malt concoction, slightly sweet smelling, no real hops in the aroma that I could tell. The taste is just bad, I can't get past the slightly bitter and sour off-flavor. Peeking around the corner of this issue, I can taste a sort of bland beer, simple malts and that's about it.

This Helles lager was, I'm afraid, not good at all. I really enjoy this style but found this to have some off-flavors that I'd normally pass over as a bad bottle or something, except in this case I can see that several other reviewers have had the same experience. This means either the off flavors were intentional (but why?) or they have known quality issues and sell the beer anyway... (961 characters)

Photo of Tbn2
2.48/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Picked a 12 oz bttle of this up visiting my brother in Dallas and looking for local brew.

Looks: Pours a clear golden body that supports a clean white head. Head retreats to the edges and leaves no lacing behind.

Smells: Some peppery, citrusy, and kinda grainy. Generally bland and I smell something weird metalic that doesn't get me too excited to drink this.

Tastes: Like it smells. Kinda bland with a bit of a peppery/citrusy hop flavor and a clean malty finish; bland and unexciting. There is a lingering taste of what I think is oxidation that reallu just buries any chance of the beer tasting good.

I was hoping for more here. I'm going to look these guys up again when I visit my brother and I'm sure things will taste much better. (742 characters)

Photo of txbrew81
2.58/5  rDev -23.7%
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. (625 characters)

Photo of champ103
2.66/5  rDev -21.3%
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. (616 characters)

Photo of HisDorian
2.84/5  rDev -16%
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. (820 characters)

Photo of jbphoto88
2.88/5  rDev -14.8%
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. (675 characters)

Photo of hoplover82
2.9/5  rDev -14.2%
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. (276 characters)

Photo of baseballrock
2.92/5  rDev -13.6%
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. (558 characters)

Photo of dungaree
2.99/5  rDev -11.5%
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. (452 characters)

Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
3/5  rDev -11.2%
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. (1,740 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.03/5  rDev -10.4%
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. (652 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
3.03/5  rDev -10.4%
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. (931 characters)

Photo of BryanCarey
3.05/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Rahr & Sons Blonde pours to a pale straw color. The body of the beer is clear and the nose is crisp, combining pale malt with light grassy/earthy notes and biscuits. The foam isn’t too bad at first, but it doesn’t last very long and leaves little or no lacing.

Rahr & Sons Blonde has a bread- like flavor with some apple fruit notes up front, followed by the taste of light spice in the finish. The taste is sweet overall, but has just enough bitterness and light spice in the flavor profile to keep it from going overboard in the sweetness category.

This beer is certainly a drinkable one and it offers a good deal of crisp, clean, sweet malt to make it drinkable and acceptable to most. The body of the beer is a little thin, but I still find it good and its lightness makes it nice for the hot days of summer.

Overall, a good effort from Rahr & Sons and one I wouldn’t turn down if it was offered to me. It doesn’t blow you away, but it is quaffable and good as a session beer. (994 characters)

Photo of Varus
3.05/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear, pale golden straw color, with some carbonation. Small head dissipates quickly after pour

S: Very faint biscuity smell

T: A slight biscuity taste that the nose hinted at, with a crisp slightly bitter finish

M: Light, but not watery

O: Light, crisp lager that is an easy substitute for any of the BMC lagers. Not too much to the taste, but a good thirst quencher for a hot day. (397 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
3.06/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks goes out to armock.

Pours a hazy golden pale yellow color, nice carbonation, nice three finger head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, slight yeast, some slight spice. The taste is sweet, malty, some yeast, slight spice. Medium body. Drinkable, not too bad of a brew. (302 characters)

Photo of armock
3.06/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured a straw color with a huge white head that leaves lacing

S - Is of pale grainy malt a little corn slightly sweet

T - Follows the smell sweet grainy flavor only a slight bit more flavor than a macro

M - This beer has a fairly light body with a higher level of carbonation to it

D - This is a pretty easy to drink beer would probably be better in warmer weather its not bad theres just better beers coming out of Texas than this one (444 characters)

Photo of Pegasus
3.08/5  rDev -8.9%
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. (692 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.08/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a hazy pale golden color with a modest, quickly descending head that leaves little lace

Smell: Bready and grainy with an unusual sweet, fruity element

Taste: Bready, up front, with the sweet fruity flavor making an appearance right away; by mid-palate, an odd sour note arrives and dominates into the finish, though the original flavors also return

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A rather unusual Helles, with the sweet fruit and sour elements adding a less than optimal complexity; the flavor should be much cleaner (579 characters)

Photo of JayS2629
3.15/5  rDev -6.8%
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. (369 characters)

Photo of TexIndy
3.16/5  rDev -6.5%
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) (894 characters)

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Blonde Lager from Rahr & Sons Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.