1st Street Ale | No Label Brewing Company

78 Ratings

Brewed by:
No Label Brewing Company
Texas, United States

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by jngrizzaffi on 08-09-2013

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Ratings: 78 |  Reviews: 7
Reviews by BryanCarey:
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2.97/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Cloudy and orange/golden in color, First Street Ale has a nose that is one of sweet grain but little else. The white- colored foam on this beer is moderate and eventually fizzes out, leaving a small coating as you consume.

This beer features the taste of grains, including rice, along with some mild hops, a touch of honey, and biscuits. The body is creamy and the taste is generally crisp and refreshing. There is some metallic flavor present, but it only slightly distracts from the overall taste.

This beer was brewed as a tribute to No Label’s hometown of Katy, Texas and it is one of only a few craft beers to use rice as an ingredient. The reason is because rice has a long history with the city and the brewery was originally housed in some old rice dryers. The added rice might seem like an odd choice of ingredients, given its association with adjunct lagers, but it is actually not too bad in this instance.

First Street Ale is now a year- round beer so locals can enjoy it whenever they like. I don’t rank it among my favorite No Label products, but it is a good beer for warm weather or when in need of some simple refreshment.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of SmellsofMahagony
2.75/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of valkyre65
3/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of Dface
3.75/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tuckerster
3.02/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of needMIbeer
3.71/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LittleDog
3.98/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great swigging . Light flavor. I could drink all summer.

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Photo of ExaltedNecrosis
2.73/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A - Hazy yellow/gold, just under a finger of quickly dissipating white head.

S - The first thing I smell is metallic, with an underlying sweet smell of rice. Interesting aroma.

T - I was hoping it wouldn't taste like it smelled. The rice flavor is definitely there, but it has a metallic quality to it. This almost tastes like an adjunct lager, not a blonde ale. It gets a little better as it warms.

M - Light bodied, high carbonation. It's definitely crisp and refreshing.

O - I guess this is a good summer beer, but the metallic rice was an off putting flavor for me. I can't argue that it's not refreshing, though.

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Photo of BdM
3.04/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of Shafaegalo
3/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of jerefreakinmiah
3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of cmbeddoe7997
3.77/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AtrumAnimus
3.62/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

This one pours a cloudy golden blonde with a decent think white head that settles at a moderate rate leaving no lacing behind.

The nose is a sweet malt that has hints of citrus, coriander and pine.

The taste is decent and malty with fruity notes that give way to a mildly hopped beer that is quite satisfying an flavorful but will not satisfy a serious hop head. This is a more traditional ale that is actually quite good.

The mouthfeel is decent as well but is not great. Just good.

Overall the beer is very drinkable and not too heavy. This is a beer I would to to go to more on hot days when a lighter yet tasty beer is better suited to our hot and humid climate.

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Photo of blastoderm55
2.75/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of Beerucee
3.75/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Smooth to drink

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Photo of ToMakeEndsMeet
3.75/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of bundy462
3/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of ilikebeer03
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of ProImage79
3.75/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of Karibourgeois
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of BryantForestry
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of greenspointexas
4/5  rDev +22%

Photo of Sabre311
3.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of JordanEven
3.46/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

I feel like this rates better in my book than most the previous reviews, but I am biased because I really like wheat ales in general. Definitely not the best wheat beer I've had but I would buy it again. Fairly sweet, so not for you if that's a problem. As others mentioned, the biggest issue is it is overly carbonated. A decent attempt at redeeming rice in beer... could stand for a touch more citrusy hopes.

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Photo of SicemWT
2.75/5  rDev -16.2%

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