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Blonde Lager - Rahr & Sons Brewing Company

Blonde LagerBlonde Lager

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117 Ratings
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Ratings: 117
Reviews: 74
rAvg: 3.31
pDev: 17.52%


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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BerkeleyBeerMan

California

3/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-18-2011 05:16:08 | More by BerkeleyBeerMan
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fjordhook

Texas

3.93/5  rDev +18.7%
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

Serving type: on-tap

01-09-2010 03:41:45 | More by fjordhook
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kwakwhore

North Carolina

3.45/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-02-2009 17:18:11 | More by kwakwhore
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-11-2007 22:18:09 | More by NeroFiddled
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JudgeRoughneck

Louisiana

4.28/5  rDev +29.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-19-2006 01:36:54 | More by JudgeRoughneck
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kindestcut

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +28.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-06-2004 17:28:57 | More by kindestcut
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HardTarget

Texas

3.68/5  rDev +11.2%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

09-26-2004 03:39:01 | More by HardTarget
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assurbanipaul

Texas

3.8/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-21-2004 06:48:10 | More by assurbanipaul
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AlCaponeJunior

Texas

3.46/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a couple singles from Rahr to sample and review. 2nd time trying this one.

Light tan and clear with rising bubbles. Head was pretty darn good, about two fingers of fluffy white foam, and had some staying power this time around..

Aroma is clean and subdued, with some malts, grains, grass, bread.

Flavor is also very clean. I detect a nice floral component, some bready malts, some grains and grass, and a little sweetness. Hops are light and not very noticeable, but there’s enough bitterness to balance the beer nicely.

Body is very light and drinkability is high. Pleasant, but more like a blonde ale if you ask me,

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2013 10:41:20 | More by AlCaponeJunior
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Premo88

Texas

3.2/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. bottle poured into pilsener

L: standard-issue crystal clear yellow, tough the head really springs up, about 1 1/4-inch of white foam. some lacing.

S: very slight malt; mostly weak grain. over the last 1/5, the malt really shows through to the point of sweet biscuits; kind of cool, but it doesn't kick in until way too late.

T: awesome first sip; really sweet with some malt. after that -- way too much corn/grain and not nearly enough hops and barley. some bite up front but nothing major. ocassionally you get a good sweet finish, but it's too sporadic.

F: good carbonation; a little watery but still solid.

O: probably a perfect BBQ/summer beer, but a little too grainy for me to seek out again. if your only other options are the standard Bud-Miller-Coors offerings, drink this. it's better. but it doesn't stand out as a champion on its own.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2013 23:27:15 | More by Premo88
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Varus

Texas

3.05/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2012 04:19:28 | More by Varus
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Mortarforker

Texas

3.56/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served 45 degrees

Pours a really good looking golden hue.Nice carbonation,I had this a few years ago and it really didn't have as much carbonation as it does now.It could just be me but I love the level of carbonation.It smells malty with a hint of biscuits and grain.Taste of sweet malt and lots of grain but I think it really taste good.Not much in the way of hop or bitters but it's still a good sip.Mouth feel is very light but o so pleasant.Would love one of these sitting at my favorite fishing hole on a hot day.Overall I would say this beer would be a great beer to get some newbies to try.But I will also enjoy a few of these the next time I cookout with my friends.Enjoy my friends!

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2012 20:19:33 | More by Mortarforker
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BryanCarey

Texas

3.05/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2012 03:17:00 | More by BryanCarey
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tdm168

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2012 09:23:36 | More by tdm168
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zander4dawin

Texas

2.13/5  rDev -35.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2011 03:37:58 | More by zander4dawin
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JayS2629

Alabama

3.13/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2011 17:37:12 | More by JayS2629
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JMad

Texas

3.58/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2011 22:49:20 | More by JMad
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mjurney

Texas

3.58/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance:
Gold-straw color, clear. Tons of fine carbonation. Very nice head. Lacing looks great on the glass.

Aroma:
Clean and crisp aroma. Some grainy and a little spicy hops.

Taste:
Malty up front along with mild crisp bitterness at the end. Malt character is grainy, sweet, hint of grass and raw malts. Hop bitterness is pretty mild, spicy and crisp. Body is light. Well carbonated.

Finish:
Very clean and crisp. Sweet aftertaste, maybe a little touch of dryness.

Overall:
Not the best Helles, but it's pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2011 14:12:49 | More by mjurney
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txbrew81

Texas

2.58/5  rDev -22.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2011 21:32:53 | More by txbrew81
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JimiG

Texas

4.3/5  rDev +29.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2010 00:05:03 | More by JimiG
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.08/5  rDev -6.9%
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

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2010 23:29:19 | More by brentk56
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

2.48/5  rDev -25.1%
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...

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2010 12:36:10 | More by TurdFurgison
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Mora2000

Texas

3.5/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2010 03:59:32 | More by Mora2000
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Spineypanda

Texas

3.43/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an unfiltered straw/golden color and has a good sized head.
Smells different, like a bit of a light American hefeweizen.
Tastes like citrus to me, must be the hops. It is unfiltered to appearance, unless I got a bad bottle. Tastes pretty good though!

Next to try the black lager. This beer is nice and I would drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2010 23:41:14 | More by Spineypanda
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baseballrock

Texas

2.93/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2009 20:35:18 | More by baseballrock
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Blonde Lager from Rahr & Sons Brewing Company
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