Texas Red Amber Lager - Rahr & Sons Brewing Company

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Texas Red Amber LagerTexas Red Amber Lager

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Ratings: 233
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 14.84%
Wants: 0
Gots: 35 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Rahr & Sons Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: TastyTaste on 10-05-2004

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Photo of Dizzy
3.98/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours reddish brown, with a white head that recedes relatively quickly. Aroma is malts, some toasted malts. Flavor is mostly malts, some slight hops evident. Medium-light bodied. This is a great session beer, its low in alcohol, good flavor but not overpowering.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.52/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rahr & Sons Texas Red has a medium-to-thin, cream-colored head, a clear, rust-red, bubbly appearance, and some lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of mild, sweet, tea-like breadiness, and the flavor is of sweet bread crust, tea, and very subtle hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Rahr & Sons Texas Red finishes crisp and refreshing.


Photo of skillerified
3.35/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very real red color, burnt amber really, with very little head fading quickly to no head. Clear and sharp. Mild carbonation. Nothin' to write home about here.

Two scents seem to pop up here. A fairly generic malt scent, nothing specific, just malt, and a sweet and equally generic floral scent. Again, nothing special here, neither good nor bad.

Sweet with a very bread-like and yeasty character. Just a small hint at that floral or herbal character in the nose. Nothing specific again.

Definitely on the lighter side of medium. Carb is good, adds just enough to the feel to let you know it's there. Sweet, but not overly, relatively well balanced.

A rather pedestrian beer. Maybe a decent session brew. Not really bad or good, I'd say. Brewed to compete with Shiner maybe? It's a little lighter, dryer and crisper than Shiner Bock. Maybe a decent alternative. At least it knows what it is, an Amber Lager, instead of calling itself a Bock, which Shiner really is not.

Photo of Melchizedek
3.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bit light in color, clear goldish amber, with a very nice head that hung on most of the way down the glass.

Smell is pretty standard American red/amber lager style, a bit of a funky malt bittersweetness, trending towards the sweet, grainy side, with metallic overtones. Taste doesn't introduce much new; malt a bit caramel-like, some biscuity flavors, with a hop bite that doesn't come through in the nose. It finishes more to the biscuity side. Mouthfeel is a little slick and somewhat thin, with carbonation perhaps a touch too strong.

This is a perfectly serviceable beer, more interesting than a macro and easy to enjoy without thinking too much about it. This would go nicely with barbecue, methinks.

Photo of bditty187
3.41/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Damn, this one got lost in my DBF for a month.

Clear, dull amber in hue, the liquid is almost coppery. There is a light stream of bubbles that slowly dance to the off-white head. At the apex the bubbles united long enough to create two fingers worth of head. Head retention was respectable. It took a few moments before the subsiding was noticeable; even then a tight cap had good staying power. The subsequent lacing was spotty. On the whole, this beer looks respectable. I’d take her home to mother.

The nose is clean. There are hints of caramel, dried fruits and nuts, and a whisper of grassy hops. The aromas are low in potency; this beer is not saying much. It is not clueing me in here, is this beer trying to be a weak Vienna Lager? Or is this a good Killians? I don’t know. This nose is too neutral for me, I can’t call it inviting.

The palate is a bit clearer on direction. Hell, I don’t need direction or a style really. Does this beer taste good? Yes. It is kind of simple, low malt profile with just a tickle of caramel. Dried fruit, nuts, and honey are in the mix. The hop bitterness is low, I like the grassy undercurrents. This beer taste like a simple Red Lager; what a ubiquitous style... yawn but yum. This beer is a crossover beer, nothing more nothing less. Every brewer needs one. It is a decent beer.

Medium in body, low but natural carbonation; the mouthfeel fits this beer well enough. It is workman-like.

Sure this beer is drinkable. It is also forgettable. If I could buy this beer locally it might warrant a once a year purchase. Of the three beers I’ve tried from Rahr’s this is by far the least impressive. Maybe this beer is just good and the other two were just that special? Whatever the case I am happy I tried it. Thanks assurbanipaul!

Photo of scootny
3.6/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Photo of KTCamm
3.49/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

4/3...pours dark copper, more medium. Some foam. Malty nose. Clean malt taste. Sweet. Firm carbonation. Good taste, a bit on the light side.

Photo of goochpunch
3.45/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a clear amber with a thin head that looks like frothed milk. Leaves substantial lacing. I smell a little toasted malt and some graininess. Very faint floral hops. Up front is the sweet, toasty malt with some cutting bitterness and flowery hop flavors. The aftertaste lingers on with some bready notes. Mouthfeel is light and bubbly, but not overly prickly. A little on the watery side. Not Rahr's greatest, but it's all around pretty decent and a great session beer to boot.

Photo of BeerSox
3.72/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pilsner glass, no exp. date.

Pours burnt orange with a fizzy egg shell head, about one finger thick. Settles into a frothy cap, with patchy lacing.

Bit of a sweet soy like aroma, also inpires thoughts of caramel.

Light malty flavor with a light hop finish. Aftertaste is slighty metallic. Nothing spectacular about the flavor, mostly what you would expect from a middle-colored lager. Sweeter flavors emerge as the beer warms.

Light bodied with higher carbonation, with a bit of a bite from the hops. Finishes dry with the metallic taste.

This is a nice beer to have on a warm sunny day. You can knock back a few of these without a problem.

Photo of charlesw
2.95/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Well, you know, I'm pretty surprised that this scores higher than, well, the Red Tail Ale that I just had. I mean, well, yeah. I liked the Red Tail better. So, that's not much for constructive criticism, is it? Well... It's very light on the body. Hmm. Looking at the different weights on the different parts I guess I see the problem - too much weight on the appearance. Well, this one sure looks nice - a deep amber with a smallish white head. Yes, the head is quickly gone, but the lacing lasts. The taste isn't, well, bad or anything - it's just so light and airy... There's not much there to taste! No hops, very light malts, thin. I guess that's much my experience with this one - thin... Not bad, or anything, but I can't really see myself going out and buying this to have this, you know?

Photo of TexIndy
2.93/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle with no dates. Nice light amber color with a good head to start. The smell was on the bland side and malty without any noticeable hops. I was really hoping to like this one since it's local and wanting to support local efforts. Unfortunately, the taste followed the smell and was pretty bland. It had no hops and was weak and a somewhat watery (mouthfeel very watery as well). There are others in the style that I like so not a style issue. This one is on-par with most macros for me. Don't recommend unless to mark off list. (2.5, NA, ML, N)

Photo of sweett3k
3.08/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

Photo of Kromes
3.62/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Photo of aappleby
2.95/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Tried this while visiting my folks in Arlington - a bit disappointing. Flavor is generic malty, nothing amazing. Little head, minimal body. My impression was that it reminded me of a Samuel Adams Boston Lager that had been watered down. The other reviews of this beer were rather more positive, perhaps I just stumbled upon a bad batch.

Photo of jwff
3.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Since I'm in Denton givin my bud GP a visit I figured I'd try some of the local stock. Pours a dark orange that's crystal clear.. I like it. Smell is some grain/syrupy sweetness that surely does not offend. Taste is in the same line of smellin, except with some seltzery carbonation to finish the job. This beer sits well in the mouth and stomach, and would be very drinkable with even the greasiest of entrees.

Photo of hiikeeba
3.35/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

Photo of jasonjlewis
3.73/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

Photo of Pegasus
3.58/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Deep reddish golden color, with a touch of haziness, a large, persistent white head, and scattered, patchy lacing.

Aroma: Sweet caramel corn and honey notes dominate the aroma, with slight notes of alcohol, and noble hops.

Taste: Light roasted malt flavor with a slight nuttiness from start to finish, and subdued notes of sweet caramel. The finish is rather dry with mild bitter floral hops.

Mouth feel: Smooth and quite pleasant, with soft carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: Smooth and very flavorful, an easy to drink session beer.

Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.01/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle courtesy of Mushroomcloud.

Pours a clear peach color with a small white head that fades.Mild lacing on the glass.

Aroma is very delicate - just a slight amount of malt detected with a mild fruitiness.

Taste is very light and malty upfront with just a slight fruitiness. No noticable hops, very light bitterness. Not bad, just not much flavor.

Body is very thin, carbonation is on the low side.

I had no problems drinking this, but just not much to it at all. It's greatest value is that it would be very refreshing in the hot summer sun.

Photo of ppoitras
3.66/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from assurbanipaul as part of Too Much Beer (2MB) BIF. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1 1/2" beige head over the amber brew. Head fades very slowly, with hearty hunks of lacing throughout. Aroma is balanced, lightly fruity. Taste has a light malt sweetness, nicely balanced by somewhat generic hoppy bitterness. Mouthfeel is good, with a clean finish, and drinkability is very good in the session type of way. A beer to have when you're having more than one, perhaps.

Photo of JMad
3.49/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Photo of TastyTaste
3.88/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. Brown glass bottle. Thanks to assurbanipaul for the sample. Pours a very nice scarlet red color, that is a nice bright color when held to light. Smell is faintly grassy, somewhat carmely, and slightly nutty. Big malt flavors dominate this beer, making a nice balance between roasted malt and grassy flavors. Mouthfeel is full and robust, and drinkability is also very pleasing.

Photo of AustinBeerLvr
3.93/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 12 ounce bottle into a pint style glass. Good dark glass bottle, just missing a freshness date!

A: Awesome amount of head! Nice dark golden amber color. The only thing that is missing is a little more lacing on the glass.

S: Surprisingly very hoppy for an amber lager. Very little malt noticeable. Mostly clean hops, reminds me of a helles.

T &M: Some caramel sweetness up front is quickly toned down by some very clean hops that quickly take over. Slight sweetness rides through and bitterness at the end is fairly minimal. Mouthfeel seems to be appropriate for the style, as this seems to be aimed at being a fairly easy drinking beer.

D: This is a very good lager. From the pour and description, I expected it to taste like a Vienna Lager, something like a Sam Adams Boston Lager. However, this brew doesn't have the complex malt flavors of other darker lagers I have tried. That being said, I still really like the taste of this beer. This would be a great choice to give to the guy who thinks all "dark beers" taste very strong, and introduce him to the wonderful world of craft beer. I would defenitely buy it again.

Photo of vincehayter
4.11/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Spicy, malty notes on the nose, smooth feel, nice balanced flavor. Good with food.

Photo of GarthDanielson
2.95/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

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Texas Red Amber Lager from Rahr & Sons Brewing Company
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