Blonde Lager - Rahr & Sons Brewing Company

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Ratings: 140
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 17.07%
Wants: 5
Gots: 13 | 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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Photo of kjkinsey
3.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of brentk56
3.08/5  rDev -7.8%
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

Photo of kylehay2004
3/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.6/5  rDev +7.8%
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 jaydoc
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.63/5  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 Kegatron
3.03/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Photo of Mora2000
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Photo of wrightst
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.03/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Photo of brandoman63
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Photo of Wasatch
3.05/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Photo of tdm168
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Photo of TurdFurgison
2.48/5  rDev -25.7%
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...

Photo of champ103
2.7/5  rDev -19.2%
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.

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.6/5  rDev +7.8%
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 cdwil
3/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of gtermi
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
2.48/5  rDev -25.7%
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.

Photo of TX-Badger
3/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.28/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Photo of allengarvin
4.03/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Crystal clear gold color, fine bubbles, and a small head that, unfortunately, dissipates very quickly.

Aroma: Nice sweet malt aroma and a light, quite spicy hop nose.

Flavor: Light grainy sweetness up front, with a pleasant bitterness, higher than many German helles but still quite moderate. Clean yeast character and a simple, dryish finish.

Mouthfeel: Moderate texture, medium carbonation. No faults, but nothing special.

A nice Helles, which is a style hard to judge because even the best examples have subtle flavors. It's not an exciting or bold style, but when done well, like this Rahr beer, it's very pleasant and quite drinkable.

Photo of kmpitz2
3.53/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a nice yellow color with a 2 finger head that stays nicely over the beer. The nose is pretty unpleasant. Lots of skunked business going on. I don't like it. The flavor is very grassey, with a rather big noble hop that fades quickly to more grassey flavors. The feel is the light side of moderate. Overall, the nose really offends. The flavor is much better than the nose. I would like this one in the summer. Not bad at all.

Photo of JamLand
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of bditty187
4.33/5  rDev +29.6%
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.

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Blonde Lager from Rahr & Sons Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 140 ratings.