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Blonde Lager - Rahr & Sons Brewing Company

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134 Ratings
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Ratings: 134
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 17.12%
Wants: 5
Gots: 10 | 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:
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(Beer added by: TastyTaste on 09-21-2004)
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Photo of kbub6f
4.1/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

There's one inch of dense, clean, white foam. Nice. Beer is very clear, pure gold, and sports some racy-fast carbonation. Some smooth, small shapes of lacing. The nose is nice, schpooncky Saaz, fruity, crackers, a little soap. Saazy, peppery front. Full, foamy middle, with a touch of corn and tangy fruit. Finish is quite bitter, some fantastic grains. Nice, nutty, fresh. The slight harshness of the finish tames with temperature. Overall, a really good helles. Love the grains!

kbub6f, Apr 23, 2005
Photo of Pegasus
3.08/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Pegasus, Apr 17, 2005
Photo of kmpitz2
3.53/5  rDev +6%
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.

kmpitz2, Mar 06, 2005
Photo of TastyTaste
3.53/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium gold color with a proud 1/2" of creamy white head. Smell is of grassy and grainy malt, no trace of hops. Taste is very grassy, stands up with any euro lager, hops are in the background, light and floral, with some metallic flavors. Mouthfeel is full and well carbonated, and this would make a good sessioning beer. Thanks again to assurbanipaul.

TastyTaste, Feb 09, 2005
Photo of allengarvin
4.03/5  rDev +21%
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.

allengarvin, Jan 27, 2005
Photo of LarryKemp
3.53/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The appearance might be the best part of this Helles. Its pale golden liquid is filled with lively bubbles cascading to the the bright long lasting white head.

The aroma is grainy with a very light hint ot noble hops. The aroma is clean with absolutely no off odors.

The flavor is very well balanced. It starts with a very mild sweetness and finishes with a hop bite on the sides of the tongue. It is very refreshing and clean but maybe too balanced for my taste.

The mouthfeel is light and the carbonation pings the roof of my mouth.

This is a very nice session beer. It could stand more maltiness in the aroma and taste. Maybe a little too hoppy to be a traditional Helles but quite drinkable.

LarryKemp, Dec 29, 2004
Photo of kindestcut
4.25/5  rDev +27.6%
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.

kindestcut, Dec 06, 2004
Photo of HardTarget
3.68/5  rDev +10.5%
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!

HardTarget, Sep 26, 2004
Photo of assurbanipaul
3.8/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

assurbanipaul, Sep 21, 2004
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Blonde Lager from Rahr & Sons Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 134 ratings.