Rahr's Red Amber Lager - Rahr & Sons Brewing Company
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4.13/5 rDev +23.3%
Appearance: Pours a clear walnut color with only a slight head across the top.
Aroma: Slightly toasty, with some fine malt sweetness.
Flavor: Sweet malt up front, with moderate bitterness cutting the sweetness a bit. Hop flavor is mostly missing, but malt flavor is complex and satisfying: toasted nuttiness, slight caramel flavors, and at the finish, a springy cereal character with a gentle sugariness. Hop bitterness lingers but a moment, but helps the perception of drying the sweetness.
Body is medium, pleasantly creamy texture.
Very strong effort here. It stands out against most lagers I can think of from American micros.
01-11-2005 02:15:10 | More by allengarvin
4.08/5 rDev +21.8%
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.
01-01-2009 04:22:50 | More by Bagman007
4.08/5 rDev +21.8%
Appearance: Pours a really clear slightly reddish golden color with a ¼ head of small white bubbles (not very "Amber"). The head stuck around for every bit of a minute to end up being a pretty substantial ring around the top of the beer. Some pretty long lived lacing is left on the glass for some time after drinking.
Aroma: Sweet light crystal malt aroma with a little bit of a dry toast presence. A real subtle floral note is noticeable deep within the beer along with an almost British malt driven butteryness.
Taste: Really mild flavor, and definitely light enough that you could pound these back for most of the evening. Even though it is pretty light flavored, there is still a very noticeable sweetness that give you the impression that it finished with some remaining girth (TG=1.010?). The carbonation is adequate to keep the beer tasting alive without making it seem watery. The finish is also sweet with only enough hops to keep if from being cloying while there is a bit of floral hops noticeable late in the finish. I dont pick up any flaws.
Opinion: Well, this style of beer doesnt mean to be too big, so you cant expect it to be bold. It does cross your palate like a well intended beer, and not some ill-conceived macro-crap like Zeigenbock or the like. I really like the maltier beers, but I would actually have to say in this case that they may want to bump up the bittering just a tad as it leaves the palate very plain. The sweet balance and attenuation are all good and make it a refreshing, yet sufficiently flavorful beer. I could definitely see buying a 6-pack of this stuff to bring to a get-together when I have to drive myself home.
03-15-2006 00:30:04 | More by SkeeterHawk
4/5 rDev +19.4%
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.
10-30-2006 00:09:03 | More by Dizzy
3.98/5 rDev +18.8%
Before starting this review, I must confess that I am a friend of Fritz Rahr and think a lot of him and his beers. I have drank all of his beers at the brewery and this is the first of his bottled beers that I have tried.
This beer poured a dark brownish amber that was very clear. Small bubbles drift constantly to the top of the glass. A thick white head that lasted a fairly long time stood aboue the liquid and its remenents cling to the side of the glass.
The aroma is a nice balance between malt and hops and not the kind of balance the zeros both out. As I drink this beer, at times the hops is more promenent and at other times it is the malt.
The malt sweetness takes charge in the taste. There is a little hop bitterness but basically this is a malty tasting beer.
The mouthfeel is a little less than medium and has a smoothness that approaches creaminess. The carbonation plays with the tongue and the roof of the mouth.
This is a fine, fine beer particularly for the first one out of the box. It is evident that Fritz and his staff have taken great pains to get it right the first time. I look forward to trying his other offerings at the brewery and in the bottle.
12-28-2004 02:35:30 | More by LarryKemp
3.93/5 rDev +17.3%
I must say that I do love the Rahr bottle labelsespecially this one with the crimson background and black silhouette of a longhorn head. It sort of has a beast from Hell look to it. As for the beer, it pours a medium amber color with a thick and frothy white head that very slowly recedes into a fluffy lacevery nice. The nose possesses some light floral notes but overall is a bit subdued. The taste begins with lightly caramel malts and a mild fruitiness followed by notes of black tea and a mildly spicy hop bitterness towards the finish. Smooth and easy-drinkinga great session beer.
08-02-2005 23:29:14 | More by Morris729
3.9/5 rDev +16.4%
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.
02-08-2005 00:54:30 | More by TastyTaste
3.9/5 rDev +16.4%
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.
07-12-2007 00:45:09 | More by AustinBeerLvr
Rahr's Red Amber Lager from Rahr & Sons Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 159 ratings.