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Blonde Lager - Rahr & Sons Brewing Company

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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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Photo of rowew
3.75/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

rowew, Mar 03, 2008
Photo of jbphoto88
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 cartdan
3.15/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a crystal clear light straw color from a 12 ounce bottle with a thin white head that dissipates quickly. Smell is clean with a hint of hops. The taste is very light, slight malt in the finish, no real hop bitterness. Body is medium-light. The beer goes down very easily, probably a good lawnmower beer for the summer time.

cartdan, Jan 17, 2008
Photo of TexIndy
3.15/5  rDev -5.4%
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)

TexIndy, Dec 28, 2007
Photo of dungaree
3/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

dungaree, Jun 16, 2007
Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light gold / very clear / mild carbonation / mild-moderate head

Tart sour creamy and bright toasty bread and floral hops

Puckering tartness via floral fruity hops. A little spicy too, they must be Eurohops. Powdery malt – toasty white bread – light sickly sweet touches. Finishes dry and mostly clean.

Nice carbonation thin body. Too much bubbly foam, quite gassy.

Light refreshing fairly easy to drink, but not the most thirst-quenching beverage.

MrHungryMonkey, Jun 04, 2007
Photo of aappleby
3.83/5  rDev +15%
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
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.63/5  rDev +9%
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.

NeroFiddled, May 11, 2007
Photo of JudgeRoughneck
4.28/5  rDev +28.5%
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 AustinBeerLvr
4.08/5  rDev +22.5%
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 BeerSox
4.13/5  rDev +24%
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 BigRedN
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes. Consumed during trip to Ft. Worth, TX.

Appearance: Poured into a pint glass (best available glassware) from the 12 oz bottle. A tight white head forms on the clear gloden liquid. Fades to a ring, patchwork laceing.

Smell: A bit bready, almost yeasty. Hint of grassy and floral hops.

Taste: Mild, there is a bit of biscuity malt with a nice not over the top bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, lighter in body, crisp.

Drinkability: Easy drinker, had no problem putting a few of these back. I'd pick it if it was local.

BigRedN, Sep 28, 2006
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.

blitheringidiot, Sep 09, 2006
Photo of teg8612
3.83/5  rDev +15%
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.

teg8612, Aug 29, 2006
Photo of Melchizedek
3.98/5  rDev +19.5%
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 MaltyGoodness
3.48/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle compliments of MUSHROMCLOUD

Pours a clear pale straw color with a thin white head that fades.Spotty lacing on the glass.

Aroma is malty with a slight fruitiness.

Taste is very mild and malty with a light fruitiness present. Rather refreshing.

Body is very light with good carbonation.

A drinkable brew that would be great on a hot summer day - although it also went down quickly on a warm spring night.

MaltyGoodness, Apr 14, 2006
Photo of goochpunch
3.88/5  rDev +16.5%
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 cheers2beers
3.18/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: This beer has a golden pilsner look with a tall white head that disapates rapidly, till it gets about a quarter inch tall then slows down to maintain a white ring around my glass. Lots of beading inside with no laceing to be found.

Smell: The smell is grassy hops,hay aromas present a slight stench to this one,a bready yeast and even medicinal.

Taste: The barnyard flavors are definitely present. A hay and grass hop character,mildly sweet malt,also an adjuct corn quaff is noted as well.Not bad just not over zealous about this one.

Mouthfeel: This beer is medium to thin bodied,low to medium carbonation,smooth and easy to drink.

Drinkability: This wasn't that bad,it just didn't have that buy me again factor.I would not recommend this beer.

Cheers2Beers

cheers2beers, Mar 31, 2006
Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours super light and clear with barely any head at first, but there were some bubbles rising giving it a fizzy sort of appearance and sound. The bubbles really slowed down after about 30 seconds to leave just a small ring around the top of the beer.

Aroma: Very light toasty malt presence along with a noticeable floral hoppy presence. Very clean.

Taste: The flavor is a lot more bold than the aroma suggested. It has an assertive sweet biscuity malt presence that has a good dose of hops to go along with it. The hops, though floral like the nose, also have a bit of a grassy quality to them. The carbonation is a bit light as this beer seems a bit too watery crossing the palate into the finish. There is a bit of a minerally "twang" left on the throat after finishing, as there was something in the water that isn't getting along with the bittering hops.

Opinion: It may have sounded like I was getting down on this beer, but it actually tastes pretty good. There are a couple things out of balance for my taste, but overall it is pretty palatable.

SkeeterHawk, Mar 15, 2006
Photo of pentathlete
3.83/5  rDev +15%
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.

pentathlete, Dec 03, 2005
Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.28/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured into the glass crystal clear pale straw with a very low white and short lived head which did nothing to lace the glass.

The aroma was sulphury with some saaz-like hop aroma.

The flavor was grainy with a light caramel malt sweetness that was fleeting and with a slightly grassy hop presence.

The finish was dry with just a hint of hop character into the aftertaste. The body was medium light. The warmer this beer got the more cardboard flavor started to emerge. Drink cold! Pretty easy to drink while cold but with very little flavor and aroma.

12 ounce bottle.

GCBrewingCo, Nov 26, 2005
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.

Gagnonsux, Nov 04, 2005
Photo of beerdiablo
3.75/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

beerdiablo, Oct 24, 2005
Photo of Dubblebock
4.1/5  rDev +23.1%
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 bditty187
4.33/5  rDev +30%
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
Blonde Lager from Rahr & Sons Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 135 ratings.