Fireman's Brew Blonde
Fireman's Brew, Inc.

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Style:
Lager - American
Ranked #452
ABV:
5%
Score:
72
Ranked #49,884
Avg:
3.06 | pDev: 17.97%
Reviews:
23
Ratings:
93
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Fireman's Brew, Inc.
 
California, United States
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Year-round
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Fireman's Brew BlondeFireman's Brew Blonde
Notes: Pilsner Style Lager

Our original golden lager is the lightest of our beers. Smooth, light malt flavors combine with just enough hops for balance to deliver a crisp and refreshing beer with a clean finish and no bitter aftertaste.
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JustCamIt from Virginia

2.31/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

A: cloudy yellow with a slight amount of bubbles and thin white head
S: light malt, grass, and straw
T: yeast
M: light body
O: Faint hops presence and sweetish after taste. Slightly better than the macrobrews.

Nov 30, 2018
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

2.91/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pours a macro yellow with slightly less clarity than a macro. 1/2" white head quickly dissipates. Aroma of some grain and like, literally, nothing else. No hops evident.

Taste, holy moly, this is bland. I know, its for when you want to "cool" down after a vigorous day with your bros comraderie yadda yadda, but you know, I've had lots of very good beers that were light and not packed to the gills with hops and malt etc. . . This is some homebrew level hobby turned business. A splash of barley, a splash of traditional hop, lots of water and carbonation, a somehow neutral lager yeast that contributes like, nothing.

The commercial tugjob from these guys is cringe worthy bad. Be the hero by supporting heroes? You're kidding right? This is some contract brewed beer with a weak ass marketing appeal. You didn't refer to one of the safer (despite pop culture in the face of facts) occupations that let's you drink beer at work as "heroes" did you? Driving a taxi or working in sanitation is more dangerous and essential to society, so let's not knock the wind out of ourselves patting on on our back? Shit don't quit your day job that is a weak crossover marketing attempt.

May 16, 2018
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

3.17/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from 12oz bottle into glass. No dating found. Logo is "Created by Firefighters to support Firefighters".
Mostly clear, straw colored body. Persistent white, creamy cap. No lacing.
Aroma of grain malts and slightly sweet hops.
Taste is sharper than aroma. Pale malt and wheat, some floral hops, a little yeast. Relatively balanced.
Crisp, clean finish and mouth feel, as advertised.
An easy drinking lager, with slightly better than AAL taste attributes.

Jan 25, 2018
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D1noB from Oklahoma

3.23/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This with a taste that is heavily controlled by the malts with a nice sweetness.

Taste Rating in Words: It's a pencil in a cool color. There are dozens of them around but at least this one is striped.

May 05, 2017
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Tone from Missouri

3.19/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear, straw color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of strong pale malt, wheat, hint of sweet malt, hint of yeast, hint of floral hops. Fits the style of an American Pale Lager. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong pale malt, slight sweet malt, hint of yeast, hint of floral hops, and wheat. Overall, weak appearance, quite sharp, decent blend and body.

Jan 05, 2017
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zeff80 from Missouri

2.98/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle. Poured out a clear, straw-yellow color with very little head. It smelled of floral notes and sweet caramel. Very sweet with caramel, toffee and a mild bitterness.

Oct 23, 2016
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Troy-Hawaii from Hawaii

2.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Bought from Tamuras $3.99 22oz. Light golden color, medium carbonation, not much taste. I was expecting a flavorful microbrew, but got what taste like a macrobrew. I think a 6 pack was selling for $11 so I was expecting much better. Would not buy again.

Nov 22, 2015
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hdf561 from Virginia

2.93/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into my English pub glass, golden yellow but a harsh smell. Taste is very good more flavorful than a macro but not as crafty as one would think, solid beer

Oct 17, 2015
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WoodBrew from Ohio

3.7/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

The Firemans Pilsner Lager is decent....easy drinking. It poured a hazy golden color with thin white head that is not leaving a lacing. The scent and taste follow most pilsners....the taste thou is not as crisp as others ive tried. The mouthfeel is medium in body with decent carbonation. Overall....not too shabby.

Aug 11, 2015
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RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

3.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Fireman's Brew Blonde has a thin, white head, a hazy, golden appearance, and numerous clinging and streaming bubbles. Lacing is minimal. The aroma is of faint, sourdough bread, and the flavor is of the same, with mellow hop bitterness, and some sort of noticeable bite to it. Mouthfeel is medium, and Fireman's Brew Blonde finishes crisp, drinkable, and somewhat distinctive.

RJT

Jun 02, 2015
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DoctorQ9 from California

2.69/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

There is nothing bad about this beer except that it is completely unremarkable. I reminds me of a pseudo-craft beer produced by MillerCoors, InBEV, or those Australian blokes. Light body, light smell, average taste -- definitely one notch above factory beers but way below the bar set by craft brewers featured within BeerAdvocate.

One thing that really bothers me -- the Fireman's Brew company does not disclose on its website that it does NOT make its own beer. Their beers are contract brewed for them by Ukiah Brewing. Yet, their website touts their fireman "heritage" and even has a solicitation to buy common stock!

I wonder if this company is more about a marketing scheme than about craft brewing. In fact, I am still waiting on an email response from them about that very question!

Aug 03, 2014
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bubseymour from Maryland

3.52/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up as a single 12oz bottle from Total Wine in McLean VA. Can't find a bottle date so here it goes.

Has a very nice appearance for a pilsner. Lots of carbonation and nice head with good retention.

I really like the scent. Bready, malty & grassy. Not much hop presence but overall a really nice smelling brew.

The taste is a little weird. It's easy to drink with a crisp finish. Has a cheap adjunct taste to it though. Not much of the noble hop varieties are coming through in the taste. I'm really just getting an AAL type of taste out of this beer, and not a great one either.

It surprisingly has a very rich mouthfeel. Not fizzy or watery at all.

Well its not a beer I'd really go after again. It was fine for a sampling, but I really wouldn't recommend it to anyone. Just doesn't have much purpose at all.

May 16, 2014
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metter98 from New York

2.84/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A: The beer is hazy yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that quickly died down, leaving lacing on the surface and a thin collar of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of biscuit malts, pale malts, and sweetness are present in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is mostly dominated by flavors of pale malts and has some sweetness. No bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is rather sweet compared to other beers in the style but isn't overly difficult to drink given its lighter bodied mouthfeel. Nonetheless, it still seems to be bland.

Mar 28, 2014
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.13/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy light orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and some grassy or hay aromas. Taste is much the same with sugary and grassy flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer that is drinkable but pretty sweet flavor wise.

Mar 22, 2013
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Uncle_Jimmy from California

2.19/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Appearance- slightly hazy yellow - not sparkling. lots of fizz and 2 fingers of white foam. some lacing

Aroma- wet cardboard, corn some skunk

Taste- thin on the palette metallic watery corn. watered down herbal hops at the end.

Mouthfeel- dry thin fizzy

Overall- not that impressed, not even for a lawnmower beer. It is very watered down almost to the point of an american light lager.

Jan 27, 2013
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TMoney2591 from Illinois

2.53/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Moving from my buxom redhead to the foxy blonde. This stuff pours a clear golden-straw topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises wheat malt, very light grass, incredibly light lemon peel, and a smidgen of sweet flowers. The taste holds notes of funky wheat, really hard water, old grass, and aging flowers. The body is a hefty light, with a moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall, a pretty insipid "pilsner", one that resembles a badly knocked-off Becks clone or something.

Nov 12, 2012
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Jugs_McGhee from Colorado

2.35/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a conical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Bottle acquired as part of the variety box at a local Ralph's market. Reviewed live. Expectations are a bit below average.

Served slightly warmer than refrigerator cold. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a half finger head of no real cream, light thickness, and terrible (~<10 second) retention. Colour is a transparent blonde. Standard fare for the style. Neither unique nor special. Business as usual. No floating yeast particles are visible. Quite yeastless indeed.

Sm: Straw, creamed barley, dog saliva, and stale malted barley. A mild strength aroma. Not appealing or inviting.

T: Clean creamed barley with clean malts. Evocative of straw. A bit stale; certainly not fresh. Very bland, boring, and dull. Balanced, but built without inspiration.

Mf: Smooth and wet. A bit crisp. Perhaps a bit flat. Dull. Doesn't really complement the flavours of the body. Could be so much better. Needs more crispness and vibrance.

Dr: Drinkable but boring and stale. I wouldn't have it again, nor would I recommend it to friends. Dull and bland. Leave this one on the shelf, lads.

D+

Mar 17, 2012
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RoyalT from Ohio

2.29/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance - This poured a hazy orangish-yellow in color with a nice, full, white head that showed good retention and left a film on the inside of my glass.

Smell - This is a soft aroma of light malt with some orange-like grain.

Taste - The orange sweetness that I picked up at the smell gagged me at the taste. The malt is absent and this doesn't even seem like a beer.

Mouthfeel - This is light to medium-bodied with some healthy carbonation.

Sinkability - This was putrid. It was overly sweet, lacked any real malt flavor, and tasted rotten.

Nov 21, 2010
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LycraCladChamp from California

3.53/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance:bright, clear with a long lasting head. The lacing however, fell rather quickly.

Aroma: Rather low grain aroma, no DMS or sweetness present, no real hop aroma.

Taste: no real maltyness presence, no real hop presence, balanced between hops and malt. has a yeasty finish (which i enjoy)

Mouthfeel: on the thinner side but still enough. higher in carbonation. not really creamy.

Drinkability: I enjoyed this beer a bunch. I will be purchasing this again soon.

Sep 16, 2010
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Jason from Massachusetts

3.13/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle.

Slight fizzle to the head but it stays around, faintly chill hazed yellow color. Lemony, yeasty, grainy aroma though clean for the most part. Ale-like body / mouth feel with a slick crispness. Lemony and grainy throughout, spicy hop bitterness to balance. Yeast goes nutty and actually compliments the grain. Relatively clean after taste.

Not half bad, not as clean or crisp as I would like to see in this lager but again ... not half bad.

Sep 08, 2010
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theopholis from California

2.77/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance- Body is a fairly clear apple juice color. Continually effervesces, but has a very, very small head (despite an aggressive pour). Lacing is also very short lived. .

Smell- Very nice malt sweetness, with hints of hay, and just enough corn to make it interesting. Very crisp when it's first poured, but starts to get overly sweet and cloying as it warms. Very inviting however.

Taste- Tastes nothing like it smells like. Some malt sweetness comes through in the taste, but a more more vegetative flavor predominates. Flavor is quite thin. A slightly sour after-taste.

Mouthfeel- Light body. Maybe a tad over-carbonated. Probably causes the thin taste.

Drinkability- Ehhh....not awful, but not a great blond either.

Jul 03, 2010
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lamergod from Singapore

3.44/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Seved on a bottle,poured on a beer mug.Together with grilled fish with some kind of sauce that's sweet and spicy.

Appearance-Piss yellow with a 2 finger gassy head.Lots of carbonation.

Smell-It smelled very malty.Seem to have some kind of fruit characteristic to it.Not much hops that I can smell of.

Taste-Very similar to the beer.Lots of malt and fruit taste.Could taste some hops.No aftertaste.

Mouthfeel.Nothing exceptional,nothing bad.

Drinkability.Very light beer.Good beer for the summer!

Heaps better than it's brother the Red Ale.That was bad!Especially the aftertaste of that beer.

Feb 27, 2010
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scottoale from California

3.48/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. brown longneck with bottling code printed on bottle below the label. Pours a slightly hazy light amber gold with a 1/2" of white bubbley head that retains well. A small amount of lace sticks as the head eventually recedes.

The smell is sweet and fruity malt with some grassy hop notes and some bubblegum as well.

The flavor is much like the smell with a fairly sweet maltiness upfront, followed by a mild grassy hop that just balances the brew. As it warms a bit, the bubblegum flavor becomes more pronounced and lingers some in the aftertaste. The strange thing about this bubblegum like flavor is that some bottles out of the six-pack had it, a couple of them didn't. The ones that didn't had a wheat type flavor instead...not nearly as sweet.

Nice carbonation with a fairly light body lead to a pleasantly smooth mouthfeel...quite drinkable and mild in the alcohol. Their slogan "Extinguish your thirst" is quite appropriate for this beer. I liked this much better than their Redhead Ale.

Sep 06, 2009
Fireman's Brew Blonde from Fireman's Brew, Inc.
Beer rating: 72 out of 100 with 93 ratings