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Rahr's Red Amber Lager - Rahr & Sons Brewing Company

Rahr's Red Amber LagerRahr's Red Amber Lager

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Ratings: 140
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 3.32
pDev: 14.76%

Brewed by:
Rahr & Sons Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Lager |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: TastyTaste on 10-05-2004)
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Photo of a0lbudman


3.59/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-It is a slightly hazy amber color with a red tint to it when held up to the light. It has a large almost white head that lingers and leaves a lace
S-grain, yeast, malt and some hop aroma
T-roasted malt with a good mix of hops in the aftertaste that makes this a beer to try again.
M-medium or light body with an active or high carbonation
O-this beer had a combination of grain, yeast, roasted, hops and malt smells and taste that make this a beer to try again

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2014 01:03:08 | More by a0lbudman
Photo of Premo88


3.8/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into pilsener

L: mahogany; deep darker brown with lots of amber; crystal clear; tan head over 1 inch to 1 1/4 inch of fluffy thick foam that laces at the top; not a lot of lacing after the head dissipates

S: man, at times -- ALL MALT. wonderful sweet bread/sweet biscuit malt presence ... very refreshing break from all the hop-crazy American brews. some grain at times, but the malt is really there.

T: bread; homemade bread ... very yeasty and lots of sweet malt; gets a bit medicinal at times, almost like a bock; a little grain here and there, grain like milo, rice and the barley -- no corn..

F: big carbonation after producing a big head; solid weight ... very nice

O: lots of taste and lots of malt. the full sweetness it promises never fully shows up -- that huge malty nose isn't fully mimicked in the taste. BUT it's good ... definitely better than average, and good enough that I'll be investigating this one further. i love malty English pale and brown ales, and honestly, this has a lot of those same notes (for a bit cheaper price). who says lagers can't stand toe-to-toe with ales?

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2013 21:59:33 | More by Premo88
Photo of Boto


3.45/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draught: This one pours a fairly clear reddish-amber color. There was a bit of an off white head on it. It left a little lacing. The aroma isn’t too bad. Pretty typical malts with some grassy notes, a decent enough lager aroma. The taste is also good, nothing really special, just good and easy to drink. Malts, some bitterness and biscuit notes. Pretty smooth. Easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

04-03-2013 00:34:53 | More by Boto
Photo of ranger7


3.44/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Hofbrau mug.
Drank on the side with a bowl of chili.
Not "Red Amber Lager", but "Texas Red" (from the six pack).

A - Amber (duh) with a thin layer of white foam.

S - Typical lager aroma; kind of creamy and malty.

T - Pretty good, nice balance: some malt and some hops.

M - Some carbonation, but not too much for the style. Light, but flavorful.

Summary - Nice. I like a lager every now and then and Rahr's is a pretty good one. It's not outstanding, but enjoyable, and it goes nice with some chili or maybe a burger.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2013 02:41:42 | More by ranger7
Photo of Labeorphile


3.79/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a lint glass. Solid two finger had with sticky lace all the way down. Nice coppery color with good bubble support.

Nose is a good balance of caramel and malt, hing of hoppiness, but not a lot.

Taste lines up with the nose. Maltiness in the front end with the caramel and hop bitterness coming through in the finish.

Good, slightly thick, mouthfeel makes this beer very drinkable and enjoyable. I'm not much of a lager fan and prefer ales, but this has a flavor complexity and solid maltiness that may change my mind.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2013 03:49:51 | More by Labeorphile
Photo of Beerdrinker254

3.83/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the time I ran across an amber lager. I've tried several amber ales in the past, but not a lager.

One thing I noticed from this amber lager is there is a nice crispness to it; which compliments the beer's thin mouthfeel. As I drink this I think I still prefer a solid amber ale, but this is a nice refreshing change.

There is nothing spectacular to note from it's smell. It has the general malt smell that I've experienced from several other ambers, and nothing really stuck out.

It taste is what I expected from an amber beer. It has a very bready, malty taste; which is consistent with a lot of ambers I've had. It's one of the things I like about it ambers. The bottom line is that it tastes good, and I can see myself turning this into a session beer.

On the six pack packaging it says Texas Red. I find this fitting since I absolutely see myself drinking this along side a bowl of Texas Red. For those of you who are unclear on what Texas Red is, it is true Texas Chili.

I recommend giving this beer a try. It is nothing exceptional, and I do not see myself rushing to the store to buy another six pack. It is a solid all round lagerthat is easy to drink, and the color is really something worth mentioning. I gave it a 4.5 because it looks fantastic to me.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2012 06:40:21 | More by Beerdrinker254
Photo of JacksonATX


3.4/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very nice red lager. Color is absolutely perfect and out of the bottle had a surprisingly good head on it. Very creamy and malty beer. I'd say its very drinkable, with slight hop notes, but has an over all smooth taste. A little caramel flavor on the back end.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2012 02:34:46 | More by JacksonATX
Photo of JMad


3.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Drank from an English pub glass...

The beer pours an amber copper color with a bubbly tan head that quickly faded. Smells of nutty malt, dried fruit, caramel and its a bit vegetal. The taste is mostly bready malt flavors with some caramel, toasted nuts and earthy/ lemon hops. The beer is medium bodied with more carbonation than it should have and a very dry finish. This is an excellent amber/ red, I think I would choose this over most other ambers.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2011 16:54:50 | More by JMad
Photo of sweett3k


3.08/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Was in the Dallas airport so I bellied up to the bar and ask the server, give your best Texas hand crafted brew. She gave me this beer in a pint glass and there was no head and had a reddish copper color. I would compare this beer to a Killigans. Had notes of rye and malt. Very light and easy to drink. Wish Texas has better beer.

Serving type: on-tap

06-13-2011 18:22:17 | More by sweett3k
Photo of videofrog


2.98/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Rep'd Cowtown all the way by pouring a 12 oz bottle into my TCU pint glass.

A: Nice amber color with a quickly dissipating white foamy head. No white lacing.

S: Very average here. Smell of biscuity malt and slight hops. Typical amber lager here in every way.

T: Pretty typical here as well. Again, the sweet, biscuity malts. Slight hops in the finish. Got a little of the tartness that others mentioned.

M: A little on the thin side for an amber lager. Carbonation was light. Mouthfeel clean and a little thin on the finish.

O: Good session beer to support my local brewery with. Nothing special, but nothing wrong with it, either. I tend to prefer limited and seasonal brews from Rahr's. Good gateway for BMC light lager drinkers.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2011 02:15:25 | More by videofrog
Photo of GarthDanielson

North Carolina

2.95/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, I picked this up from Central Market in Fort Worth while we were staying with a friend. The beer pours a dark amber-red with a thin, white, foamy head. There was a light aroma of semi-sweet caramel, but very subtle. Flavors are dark toasted malt initially, with some subtle hopping at the end. Smooth, but watery, especially on the finish. The aftertaste is sweet and slightly balanced with hops. This is an average red, and would make a decent go-to for guests that may not be fans of craft in general to start them on the road of transition.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2011 01:14:29 | More by GarthDanielson
Photo of NickTsU


3.48/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Beer poured a little head, and even had to aggravate myself and even then quickly dissapated.

S - Smell of caramel malt and light hops.

T - caramel and malt and a touch of hops. A very clean and refreshing beer.

M - A lighter bodied beer with slight carbonation.

D - This beer is clean and refreshing and will definately be having several of these with no problem.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2010 20:30:34 | More by NickTsU
Photo of tronester


3.03/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear dark reddish amber, with a thin tan head. Smells strongly of biscuit malt, and a hint of vinegar. Taste up front is major biscuit (victory) malt, thin malty middle, and an extremely tart finish. A hint of earthy hops in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel was nice, and smooth, however, with medium carbonation levels. Drinkability was below average, this beer just wasn't too appealing to me. IMO they used WAAAY too much victory malt, and the beer got more tart the more I drank.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2010 00:42:24 | More by tronester
Photo of fjordhook


2.98/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this on tap at the rahr brewery during the national championship.

appearance: brownish red in color, at first glance it doesn't look too bad

smell: very hoppy and malty smell, nothing out of the ordinary

taste: just as it smells it was a very hoppy and malty beer, has the same bite i found in other rahr beers

mouthfeel/drinkability: felt surprisingly smooth even though i felt it lacked in taste

Serving type: on-tap

01-09-2010 08:58:38 | More by fjordhook
Photo of thirdeye11


2.58/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Presentation: Poured from draft tap into Rahr Stormcloud IPA 20oz imperial pint glass.

A: The beer pours a really nice red and amber color, but without any head and very minimal lacing. Color is great though.

S: Maybe some cascade hops in the taste, now that I'm reading it is also a lager I'm understanding the flavor profile a bit more. Nothing really stand out in the nose, but it smells like a good beer.

T: Taste is very odd. As with all Rahr beers the malt profile is bitter and I don't like that about them. It stays on your palette for a while. This is not one of their better offerings because the lager bite hurts the bitterness further. Maybe some cascade hops in the taste too though, not my favorite variety.

M: Really average in every way. Carbonation, weight, are all just average. Not bad or good in any way.

D: I couldn't have more than one of these unless it was the only beer left at the brewery.

Serving type: on-tap

05-03-2009 21:26:38 | More by thirdeye11
Photo of Kromes


3.63/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Went to the Rahr Brewery last night and had this on tap. I had this in the bottle before and it was really awful. I had suspected that the beer was tainted as it was very sour and metallic. Having this on tap, it was like night and day. Although it wasn't a great beer, it was way better than when I had it in the bottle.

Came out brownish red with a decent tan head. The aromas were of all malt, some caramel, no hop aromas here. The flavor was also dominated by malts, a little bit toasted malt and a little bit caramel sweet. Not a bad flavor, just sort of one sided and somewhat normal like a Killians, but I admit that it is definitely better than Killians. I have only had a few other red style lagers, but I would say this is the best of the bunch that I have tried.

Serving type: on-tap

04-05-2009 22:54:08 | More by Kromes
Photo of Bagman007


4.08/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Clear amber coloring with very little red.

S- Has a scent of an even mixture of malts and sweet hops.

T- Fairly good balance, but it seems more malty than hoppy. Can't really taste the hops that much. Definitely kind of sweet.

M- Well carbonated and an extremely smooth beer.

D- Extremely drinkable. Definitely a session beer.

Overall a great Amber beer from my local Fort Worth brewery. I highly recommend it if you can get your hands on it.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2009 04:22:50 | More by Bagman007
Photo of rgrholmes168


2.78/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

The beer poured with a one finger head. The foam quickly disappated and little lace was left behind. The beer is dark brown/red with a little bit of carbonation.

Only after reading the bottle, I could detect a slight caramel smell.

The taste of Rahr beer can be touch and go at times. I could taste the malt coming through. The taste wasn't bad, but not good.

The mouthfeel left a little bit to be desired.

Drinkability- average.

Not a bad beer, but I wish that my local brewery put out a better product.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2008 02:17:49 | More by rgrholmes168
Photo of ccrida


3.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Cousin's BBQ in the Dallas Airport, poured into a plastic cup, Rahr's Red is a murky pale aubrun brown with a small, tight and creamy khaki head.

Smell is mostly caramel, and butterscotch, something about it is a little off - so much so the bartender insisted on pouring me a generous sample first, because "people either love it or hate it." Probably just a fragile beer in dirty tap lines that has kicked fast enough. But having never had it, I dunno, she said the taps don't change even if the kegs do so maybe not.

Taste is simple, malty and sweet, cleaner then the nose, which had a little tang to it. Reminiscent of birch beer.

Mouthfeel is watery, with a lighter body.

Drinkability isn't bad, I didn't care for the smell at all, but the taste was fine...but not so much that I opted for a whole pint! Nevertheless, if I was served this at a keg party or something, I'm probably have no problem drinking a few.

Serving type: on-tap

10-21-2008 21:36:13 | More by ccrida
Photo of YonderWanderer


3.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew pours a dark shade of red, with some signs of carbonation. A bit of foam on top, but not much. Smell is of sweet malt, a hint of roasted grains, and some light hops. The taste follows - this is definitely a malty amber brew. Hops are faint, but present, and the sweetness of the malt dominates. Mouthfeel is smooth and crisp. Overall, this is a pretty good brew, and a great session beer. I'd recommend trying it.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2008 18:58:11 | More by YonderWanderer
Photo of scootny

New York

3.6/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from stumac. Served in a tulip tumbler. A ruddy amber with healthy lacing of about two fingers. Spots of it on the glass as I drink. The beer is clear and shows moderately active carbonation.

Smell is sweet malt and roasted grains. Floral hops and a yeast fruityness

Taste is smooth and malty. The roasted smell shows up in the swallow as well as a crackery finish blended with a clean hop bittering.

Mouthfeel features a medium light weight with an active carbonation on the tongue and mouth.

Drinkability is good as it is an easy drinking brew. Good with pizza.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2008 01:34:58 | More by scootny
Photo of beeragent


3.13/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle, into a pint glass. The beer pours a dark copper/reddish color, forming a 1/2 inch tan head, that leaves light spots of lace on the glass. The aroma is very light, consisting light malts, and what smells like grain. The taste is also a bit lacking in flavor, starting with a hint of malts, and ending with a touch of hops. By no means complex. Smooth light mouthfeel. If it were'nt for the lack of flavor, this could be a very drinkable ale, but no flavor equals bad beer. Overall, this just seemed like a "light beer." However, I could see using this beer as a starting point for BMC drinkers wanting to expand.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2008 13:03:37 | More by beeragent
Photo of lawman834


2.95/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Clear and Quite Red. Thin off-white head dissipates quickly.

S-Skunky. This is my 2nd Rahr Offering (Ugly Pug Black) and it smelled the same way. Beyond the skunkiness, there is some roasted malt. No hops.

T-Skunky. It carries right over from the smell. Beyond that, it's pretty watery.

M-Thin and watery.

D-This beer has an acceptable drikability despite it's shortcomings. Not really enjoyable, but it's not hard to drink.

I really want to like this brewery because it's in DFW, but I'm afraid that I'm done trying thier less than stellar offerings.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2008 16:29:27 | More by lawman834
Photo of hiikeeba


3.33/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked up a six pack at Grape Vine Market in Austin.

A - Pours up crystal clear bronze/amber colored with a thin head that dissipates quickly.

S - Aroma, such as it is, is dominated by roasted malt. No hops detected. Almost porter-like.

T - Not very malty. The roast flavor is obvious in the finish. Otherwise, not much flavor. I would have thought this would have had more caramel flavor

M - Highly carbonated, but a little thin.

D - It's a very drinkable beer. Although the roastiness builds up.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2008 00:34:32 | More by hiikeeba
Photo of jasonjlewis


3.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Great thick frothy head with insane retention. Nice amber color.

Smell: is of toasted and caramel malts. Apple phenol comes out. WOW! I am impressed. Torn between the .5s on apperance and smell so I balanced it out. It could be 4.5, 4.5 more like 4.75 appearance, 4.25 smell.

Taste is of toasted malts with a caramel malt sweetness. Hop bitterness is moderately low but provides a slight pineyness and citrusiness. The hop flavor is not strong enough for me to identify it 100%. I may be unfamiliar with the hop style as these beers are supposedly made with mostly german hops and I cannot identify them that well. Overall, this beer is good. But it is a little too sweet and needs a little more fullness.

Smooth mouthfeel but somewhat watery.

This beer is very easy to drink but somewhat lackluster. Very quaffable and a beer I would drink watching football with my friends so I could pay attention.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2007 05:03:31 | More by jasonjlewis
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Rahr's Red Amber Lager from Rahr & Sons Brewing Company
76 out of 100 based on 140 ratings.