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Blonde Lager - Rahr & Sons Brewing Company

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Ratings: 141
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 16.82%
Wants: 5
Gots: 15 | 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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Photo of JMad
3.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I drank this from a pint glass...

Pours a clear golden color with a pillowy off white head. The smell is mostly biscuits and grain, it is slightly sweet and buttery. It tastes almost like buttered popcorn with a touch of caramel, it's also kind of metallic and grainy. This beer is smooth with a medium body and perfect carbonation. I thought this beer was simple, full flavored and enjoyable.

Photo of mjurney
3.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance:
Gold-straw color, clear. Tons of fine carbonation. Very nice head. Lacing looks great on the glass.

Aroma:
Clean and crisp aroma. Some grainy and a little spicy hops.

Taste:
Malty up front along with mild crisp bitterness at the end. Malt character is grainy, sweet, hint of grass and raw malts. Hop bitterness is pretty mild, spicy and crisp. Body is light. Well carbonated.

Finish:
Very clean and crisp. Sweet aftertaste, maybe a little touch of dryness.

Overall:
Not the best Helles, but it's pretty good.

Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
3/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm currently out of the Bay area and on a work trip in Dallas, TX so I have been looking for some reasonably priced decent craft beer to sate my thirst. Downtown Dallas is full of cheap corner stores selling every variation of ice and malt liquor but alas other than Shiner Bock it's hard to find decent beer here. I finally found a restaurant with a decent beer selection on tap. Thanks to Hofbrau restaurant in the west end for the pour.

I had the the Rahr Blonde lager poured into a 16 oz. glass and watched as a straw gold coloured boldly carbonated lager filled the glass to brim. A foamy head forms. I'll be honest the color sort of looks like Budweiser. Oh well. It looks thirst quenching. Before I satisfy my thirst I proceed to smell the beer and am touched by mild grassy notes, hints of hay and earth. I also get floral tones from this beer. This part is pretty pleasant. There are some aspects of the beer that I can't tolerate as much. There is a potent sour character to the beer. I also detect apples, pear, and white wine.

The beer taste fine. Not great by any means but it's a git er done Texan sort of beer. The mix is hoppy, bitter and sweet. The malts are pale. It sort of taste like an amped up Budweiser. I actually like Budweiser so that isn't a problem but this is craft brew folks. I hope this isn't there best offering.

The mouthfeel is expected. It's slightly watery but retains a crisp edge. I'd say the malt to hop ratio is 70/30. I also taste some generic barley malt.

Overall: This beer simply isn't worth the time to try and get. It is hard enough finding good beer down here. You might as well crack a budweiser and accept the hegemony of BMC. Or if you want something darker go for the Shiner Bock.

Photo of txbrew81
2.58/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Deep golden color with a quickly dissapating head.

S: Sweet malty smell with a little bit of hop presence.

T: Storng malt prescence that tastes biscuity with a little hop on the finish. Not very flavorful. Does not taste like most german Helles I have had.

M: Decent mouthfeel, quaffable even with a slightly high carbonation.

O: Not impressed. It doesn't feel like it fits the style whatsoever, tastes more like a bland blonde ale. Not the worst beer in the world but I wont be picking it up again.

Edit: As this beer warms it does gain more flavor. Unfortunately it is a weird sour flavor that isn't very appealing.

Photo of JimiG
4.25/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

With the brewery reopened, after a roof collapse due to snow, they have a new label and an incredible beer that is much improved over the old brew.

New label and pry top for the blonde!

I picked up a single at Whole Foods to check out the new bottle to see if the newly upgraded brewery improved their packaged product.

Decanted to a pint glass.

Pours a pretty golden rich color with a medium nice white head.

Nice malt and hop mix in the aroma. Tasty to the nose.

Perfect blend of malt and hop roll over the tongue and makes one think of a nice session beer. Very drinkable.
Light lacing.

Photo of brentk56
3.08/5  rDev -7.5%
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 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...

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.

Photo of Spineypanda
3.41/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Photo of fjordhook
3.9/5  rDev +17.1%
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

Photo of baseballrock
2.92/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

Photo of jujubeast6000
1.94/5  rDev -41.7%
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.

Photo of champ103
2.66/5  rDev -20.1%
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 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.

Photo of kwakwhore
3.43/5  rDev +3%
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.

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.

Photo of HisDorian
2.84/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

Photo of elniko
3.49/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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.

Photo of hoplover82
2.9/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

Photo of jasonjlewis
3.23/5  rDev -3%
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.

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

Photo of Bagman007
2.18/5  rDev -34.5%
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.

Photo of BrewerB
3.22/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Photo of Wasatch
3.06/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Blonde Lager from Rahr & Sons Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 141 ratings.