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Blonde Lager - Rahr & Sons Brewing Company

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Reviews: 75
Hads: 148
Avg: 3.36
pDev: 23.21%
Wants: 5
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
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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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Reviews: 75 | Hads: 148
Photo of HisDorian
2.84/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Went to Fort Worth for a wedding, and saw it in the grocery store... Decided to wait on buying it, and then they served it at the wedding last night, so I reached for it first.

Always interested in trying new beers, and especially a local brewery on the rise. Kind of a cool label, too.

Beer was poured into 16 oz plastic cup, no ridges. Not much head. Very little lacing. After building it up in my head, I was very disappointed in the smell.

First sip... watery consistency, bit of citrus behind it. Not too much though, like the hop bombs. I like the Christian Morlein Helles better. Definitely aimed at your macro drinkers.

About half way through, I was thinking about what my next beer should be.

Nothing too memorable, and nothing I would reach for normally. But for a free beer, I could probably drink one.

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Photo of elniko
3.49/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into Rahr pint glass.

A: Straw lager coloring, half finger head with nice lacing. High carbonation apparent. Solid looking brew.

S: Not much on the nose at all, nothing negative but nothing really positive to say either.

T & M: I had a Lowenbrau before I drink this beer and it provided a nice point of comparison. I found this to be a better balanced brew than the Lowenbrau. Malt apparent with the finish having just a slight touch of bitterness from the hops.

D: Very drinkable, I wish I had tried this brew before and will definitely be having again to support my local brewery. Well done.

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Photo of BeanBone
3.73/5  rDev +11%
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.

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Photo of hoplover82
2.9/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear yellow color with some sediment. Some pretty good white bubbly small head. No lacing.

The smell is slightly citrus and lots of pale malts.

The flavor sucks. Bad. Oxidizes funky crap.

Mouthfeel is watery and thin as all gets out.

Wouldn't ever have another.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
3.23/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a huge head with good retention and a pale yellow color.

Smell is of citrus and fresh cut grass, a bit of DMS lurks.

No frills lager. Not bad, but not good either. There is a citrusyness with some fresh cut grass.

Crisp and refreshing.

This is just a no frills lager, nothing special, not a great interpretationof the style.

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Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4/5  rDev +19%
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

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Photo of Bagman007
2.18/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in a bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Somewhat cloudy yellow coloring with just a little bit of head.

S- Very grainy, yeast like malt scent. Can't really detect any hops in the smell.

T- Extremely grainy, yeast like taste. Slight bitterness. Very macro like taste.

M- Light, watery feel with just a very slight bitterness to it.

D- The taste isn't good enough for me to want a second one. It's not the worst beer in the world, but not good enough for me to want a second.

Overall this seems like an attempt by Rahr's to attract macro drinkers to their brewery because it tastes a lot like I'm drinking a macro.

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Photo of BrewerB
3.22/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Jackie for the hookup on this beer!

A- Slightly hazy, light golden yellow, formed a thin white, fizzy head that collapsed quickly and slowly dissipated. Better retention, lighter hue, and more clarity are all points for improvement.

S- Strong presence of pilsner-grianiness. Light floral hop character. Corn-like presence appearing alter. Slight vegetal-like aroma seemed out of place. A little boost in hop aroma would help.

T- Grain flavor was moderate/low. Floral hop flavor also low. Finished dry with a low, mild lingering bitterness (not appropriate) and emphasis on the mild grain flavors (good). A bit out of balance here - bring the hops up, tone down the malt a tad.

M- Light bodied, slightly watery, too highly carbonated.

D- Luckliy I was only given one of these beers. I certainly wouldn't want/order a second. Be good to have around for some of my other friends to drink but after having a Weihenstephaner, I realize this beer needs some work to help it be a good example of a Munich Helles.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.06/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

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Photo of armock
3.06/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured a straw color with a huge white head that leaves lacing

S - Is of pale grainy malt a little corn slightly sweet

T - Follows the smell sweet grainy flavor only a slight bit more flavor than a macro

M - This beer has a fairly light body with a higher level of carbonation to it

D - This is a pretty easy to drink beer would probably be better in warmer weather its not bad theres just better beers coming out of Texas than this one

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Photo of beachbum1975
4.15/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from my brown 12 oz. bottle into my imperial pint glass. No freshness date to be seen. The color of this beer reminds me of the first pee I take after walking my dog in the morning - you know, the kind when you're dehydrated  . Day glow yellow, with the slightest cloudy haze. This one poured highly viscous with a bright, white 2 finger head that stuck around only for a brief time.

S: Sweet, fresh corn and buttery flavors mixed with the faintest light and bready yeast. Some mild sweetness picked up, as well.

T/M: With constant 90 degrees days here, I shifted my palate to away from hop bombs or black-death stouts - I'll save those bad-boy's for the fall and winter. With that said, this is light, crisp and refreshing beer with medium to high carbonation in the mouth. Much like the nose, I get corn, peppered butter and almost a Belgian-style candied sweets finish. Pleasant and refreshing. It's true to it's style in that it's the not the most multifaceted beer on the planet, but rather an easy crowd pleaser. Worked for me!

Oh and here's a big shout out to my buddy brewdlyhooked13 for this gift beer - after the HOT day I had it really hit the spot - cheers!

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.03/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
2.48/5  rDev -26.2%
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.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.6/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of JDV
1.59/5  rDev -52.7%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Clear, very light yellow with a horrendously strong skunk smell, some tart, sweet malt and somewhat sharp sourness in the taste. Really poorly done, and reminiscent in some ways to their oktoberfest in terms of sourness. Tastes a bit better than smell, but not by much. This is a poorly made beer and was bought fresh, just as their Oktoberfest was and both were undrinkable.

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Photo of rowew
3.71/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

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Photo of jbphoto88
2.88/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

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Photo of cartdan
3.16/5  rDev -6%
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.

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Photo of TexIndy
3.16/5  rDev -6%
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)

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Photo of dungaree
2.99/5  rDev -11%
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.

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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of aappleby
3.78/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.62/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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Photo of JudgeRoughneck
4.21/5  rDev +25.3%
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.

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Photo of AustinBeerLvr
4.07/5  rDev +21.1%
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.

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