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Blonde Lager - Rahr & Sons Brewing Company

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Ratings: 141
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 16.82%
Wants: 5
Gots: 14 | 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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3.6/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.6/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The color is a lightly hazed golden with a nice level of carbonation. Only a tiny patch of bubbles constitutes this blond lager's head. The aroma consists of a mild, clean grainy sweetness with a touch of herbal hop. The taste consists of a mildly bready malt body with grain flavors becoming a force towards the middle of a sip. The overall sweetness factor is a little high, but not out of control. A touch of German hops gives this more character. Stylistically speaking, this beer seems like it fits somewhere between a very good all-malt lager and a helles. Anyway, this is an excellent session choice.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.6/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Helles gold that is slightly more pale than most beer of this style. The upper third of the glass is filled with a tight-bubbled crown of brightest white. It's crackly and coarse, but still manages to deposit several splotches of sudsy lace.

The aroma is akin to slightly sweetened, untoasted barley. Some hoppiness, even a little, would be wonderful. I'd settle for floral, herbal, earthy, spicy or any combination thereof. Still above average, but that's as far as it goes.

Blonde Lager tastes more like an American macro lager done right than a Munich helles lager. By 'done right', I mean that it has none of the nastiness that usually accompanies the former style. The flavor profile is dominant by honey-drizzled cereal grains and is on the simple side. Nothing wrong with that.

Hop flavor and bitterness is now noted, though this is first and foremost a malt-forward lager. It tastes fresh and clean... and isn't quite as bright a helles should be. It's good enough to be consumed solo and should go well with all manner of foods, even spicy Texas brisket.

The body/mouthfeel gets it done without managing to impress. It's closer to light than medium and has a low-end amount of carbonation... which is all perfectly designed to keep excessive burping at bay during an extended session... which this 4.6% beer is perfectly suited for.

Rahr & Sons Blonde Lager is a pretty good effort that doesn't stand out from the crowd. That's exactly how I felt about Ugly Pug Black Lager. That said, I wouldn't mind having a brewery like this set up shop in this Millstream-only state. Thanks mhewes.

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 HardTarget
3.63/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Aroma: Faint, but mildly pleasing whiffs of light malt and some fruit notes, lemon and peach, but again, very faint.
Appearance: Painfully clear yellow glass with a slight white head that faded to a few clumps.
Flavor: Mild, but the style is supposed to be, a good hop presence balanced well with fair malt backing, balance to a floral hop but not bitter.
Mouthfeel: Thin body, moderate carbonation.
Overall Impression: A refreshing brew. It was in the neighborhood of an American Macro Lager in flavor, but enough taste to keep me interested. Enjoyed on tap at the Flying Saucer: Ft. Worth after a few palate wreckers, so my review is probably a bit off. I’ll look forward to trying a more mature brew, but a promising start for a Texas brewery!

Photo of blitheringidiot
3.65/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apearrance is a clear golden hue, deflated ivory cap to a scattered cover, loaded with bubbles.

Light buttered bread and honey nose.

First swigs: Lite biscuit & slightly dry with a nuttiness. A bready backing. Squeaky clean.

Last swigs: A refreshing Helles with hints of honey.

Photo of beerdiablo
3.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fort Worth’s Rahr brewery has taken the low road in beer.
By that I mean lagers. Bottom fermenting, get it?

This crisp, Helles-style beer is slightly pale and settles into a small head.
It’s very quaffable and goes well with spicy food and pizza.

I’d rate this as a session lager and one beer to provide for guests that usually partake from the usual macro brews. This is a good way to get people to start drinking locally.

Photo of rowew
3.71/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz longneck, label has a longhorn on it. Couldn't find a date or abv.

Appearance: Clear golden color, nice head at the start, fades to a nice amount of lacing on the top.

Smell: Simple grain aromas, just a hint of metallic.

Taste: Nice simple grain flavor, just a bit of hops in there.

Overall impression: Simple, drinkable beer. Nothing too exciting, but its a nice flavor and easy to make a session out of it.

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 brandoman63
3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of wrightst
3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of mdterps
3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of beerforpresident
3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of assurbanipaul
3.76/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear bright bronze color, no head. Light aroma of pale, sweet malt and faint hops.

Taste is initially sweet and nutty, pale malt. Finish is initially dry with faint floral notes, slightly bitter and astringent. Just a hint of floral notes in the flavors, barely there. Later on, it turns into a lingering sweetness as the bitterness fades after a few pints.

Light body, very drinkable. Will give it a couple of months (brand new brewery, after all) before a final judgment. Although, after a couple of sessions now, this beer is growing very favorable.

Edit, 12/28/2004: Resampled from bottle, ratings upgraded slightly. Better head retention, white and frothy, cleaner aroma but still mild. Very light and attractive sitting in a glass with very fine carbonation.

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

Thanks to assurabanipaul for this beer from OneBoxBIF.

Clear bright honey gold water with a small quickly disappearing white head. Huge bubbles in dozens of columns streaming up from the bottom of the pint glass. Wafts of mild grain can be detected but not much else in the nose. Taste is crispy malt with some corn flavors. Nothing unpleasant, refreshing finish. The mouthfeel is fine for the style, thin to medium, with a fuller feel midway through. This is an easy to drink style and this brew satisfies.

Photo of teg8612
3.8/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Very clear, pale yellow color. Looks light. Foamy head.

S- Malty with grassy hop notes. Lightly spicy.

T&M- Crisp and dry on the palate. Perfect summer seasonal or a good intro to craft beer. Grainy pils maltiness. Bitter with spicy hop finish and a hint of lemon. Very clean and nicely carbonated

D- A very good Helles. I drink this when I want to eat something spicy. This is my 6 of choice for summertime BBQ's. It should satisfy any level of beer drinker from the newbie to the snob.

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 Morris729
3.88/5  rDev +16.5%
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.

Photo of fjordhook
3.9/5  rDev +17.1%
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

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 WritersBlock
4/5  rDev +20.1%

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4/5  rDev +20.1%

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4/5  rDev +20.1%

Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4/5  rDev +20.1%
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

Blonde Lager from Rahr & Sons Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 141 ratings.