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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:
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(Beer added by: TastyTaste on 09-21-2004)
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Photo of TurdFurgison
2.48/5  rDev -25.5%
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...

TurdFurgison, Feb 24, 2010
Photo of Mora2000
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Mora2000, Feb 21, 2010
Photo of Spineypanda
3.43/5  rDev +3%
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.

Spineypanda, Feb 14, 2010
Photo of fjordhook
3.93/5  rDev +18%
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

fjordhook, Jan 09, 2010
Photo of baseballrock
2.93/5  rDev -12%
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.

baseballrock, Dec 30, 2009
Photo of jujubeast6000
1.88/5  rDev -43.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Reviewed 11/2/2009 (bottle):

Pours a very light, clear dark yellow color body, with a big head, white, lasting. Vegetably aroma, grassy. I wish these smelled more enticing. Light taste, mostly clean aftertaste. Carbonated, grassy tasting. Not my style. Letting warm up a bit...a little better, but still not my first choice in almost any situation.

jujubeast6000, Dec 20, 2009
Photo of champ103
2.7/5  rDev -18.9%
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.

champ103, Oct 13, 2009
Photo of Kegatron
3.03/5  rDev -9%
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.

Kegatron, Sep 03, 2009
Photo of kwakwhore
3.45/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

kwakwhore, Aug 02, 2009
Photo of Tbn2
2.48/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Picked a 12 oz bttle of this up visiting my brother in Dallas and looking for local brew.

Looks: Pours a clear golden body that supports a clean white head. Head retreats to the edges and leaves no lacing behind.

Smells: Some peppery, citrusy, and kinda grainy. Generally bland and I smell something weird metalic that doesn't get me too excited to drink this.

Tastes: Like it smells. Kinda bland with a bit of a peppery/citrusy hop flavor and a clean malty finish; bland and unexciting. There is a lingering taste of what I think is oxidation that reallu just buries any chance of the beer tasting good.

I was hoping for more here. I'm going to look these guys up again when I visit my brother and I'm sure things will taste much better.

Tbn2, Apr 08, 2009
Photo of HisDorian
2.85/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

HisDorian, Apr 05, 2009
Photo of elniko
3.58/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

elniko, Apr 05, 2009
Photo of BeanBone
3.73/5  rDev +12%
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.

BeanBone, Mar 04, 2009
Photo of hoplover82
2.85/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

hoplover82, Feb 01, 2009
Photo of jasonjlewis
3.2/5  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.

jasonjlewis, Feb 01, 2009
Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4/5  rDev +20.1%
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

EnojysAnyBeer, Feb 01, 2009
Photo of Bagman007
2.17/5  rDev -34.8%
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.

Bagman007, Jan 12, 2009
Photo of BrewerB
3.23/5  rDev -3%
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.

BrewerB, Dec 24, 2008
Photo of Wasatch
3.05/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

Wasatch, Dec 09, 2008
Photo of armock
3.05/5  rDev -8.4%
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

armock, Dec 04, 2008
Photo of beachbum1975
4.15/5  rDev +24.6%
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!

beachbum1975, Jul 30, 2008
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.03/5  rDev -9%
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.

rhoadsrage, Jul 29, 2008
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
2.48/5  rDev -25.5%
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.

brewdlyhooked13, Jul 26, 2008
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.6/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

BuckeyeNation, Jul 03, 2008
Photo of JDV
1.58/5  rDev -52.6%
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.

JDV, Mar 15, 2008
Blonde Lager from Rahr & Sons Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 135 ratings.