Cougar | Rhinegeist Brewery

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Rhinegeist Brewery
Ohio, United States

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
This bright blonde ale shines a brilliant malt character. Born of breezes, captured sunlight and whifle, this beer is a balanced yet dry siren whose first sip calls for the third. Hopped with arguable restraint with Crystal and Bravo hops, Cougar stays fierce enough to raise eyebrows yet is tame enough to be called sessionable.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.2/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Clear yellow-gold, with a large fluffy white head that thins out from within, then collapses to a thin blanket leaving fishnet lace.

Smell is bready yet tingly bright herbal hops, a little astringent grass, and the faintest hint of butterscotch.

Light butterscotch actually starts out the flavor, with bread, grass, tangy yet slightly bitter grassy and floral hops.

Mild body, crisp and well carbonated.

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A nice pale gold and slightly hazy beer with a quickly fading white head that leaves a few specks clinging to the side of the glass. A subdued bready and toffee/caramel smell rise out of the glass. Nice slightly sweet taste with bready yeast, caramel and a tiny bit of fruitiness that ends dry with a ever so slight bitterness. Great beer.

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Photo of kentuckyboy
4.09/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Another beautifully crafted beer by Rhinegeist. A very smooth beer. I am not a fan of light beers but this is surely an exception! I could literally drink these all day ( not advised! ;) ) This, IMHO is how light beer was always MEANT to taste! This beer would go perfectly with nice All-American BBQ! Whether it be pulled pork, ribs, or chicken wings; this beer would be my "go to". That being said, onto the review:

L: A very nice, and VERY sexy, part-cloudy hue, and yellow straw color. Magnificent!
S: Not much to the smell. You can simply tell its a light beer. zero hop notes in this category ( which is not necessarily a bad thing! )
T: Delicious! It has a clean and semi-dry aftertaste, and leaves you begging for more.
F: Smooth. Creamy would be an overstatement, but its DEFINITELY refreshing (which is ALMOST contradictory considering its semi-dry aftertaste), but very smooth and very refreshing nonetheless.
F: Carbonation is, shall i say "perfect" ? o.O Come to think of it, this is perhaps the main reason i enjoyed this beer so much, because of its slightly less-than-moderate carbonation, combined with the light style and dry aftertaste. A well balanced brew, indeed!
O: Let me just say, i NEVER enjoyed light beers...EVER... until i drank this pearl of a concoction. Quite the experience if i do say so myself! It appears to be some sort of love potion and or sorcery. The name "Cougar" fits it well because this is, what i would imagine, some well-off-to-do middle aged divorced sexy house wife would be drinking. VERY CLASSY! Hats off, Rhinegeist!

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.59/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I bought a can of Cougar from Andersons in Reynoldsburg, OH. It poured a clear yellow with white head that is leaving a lace. The scent is faint biscuit. The taste is evenly balanced and easy to drink. There is bread base. The Mouthfeel is lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it's a good beer and worth a try.

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Photo of MarkQ617
4.06/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had this poured into a pint glass. The color was a translucent golden yellow...just what youd want from a blonde. The flavor and aroma were very light and bready...nice beer for day drinking. Very easy mouthfeel. Pretty good!

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Photo of jwhancher
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nice lawnmower or gateway beer. Pours almost clear blond with some fluffy white bubbles & head. Aromas of clean Pilsner malt, wheat & some subtle lemon hop aroma. Tastes mostly clean like white wheat bread and some citrus notes. Very easy drinking. Not a "wow" beer as there's no bold flavors or extreme qualities. Just nicely balanced. Would go good with plenty of foods or simply to relax on a hot summer day.

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Photo of BlakeA85
4.18/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz can into 12 oz mug. Pours a gorgeous pale golden with low clarity and carbonation.
Smells of hops, grass and quality grain/malt
Taste of sweet malt with a nice subtle finish of hops, doesn't leave a lingering bitterness.
Mouthful is medium bodied, goes down smooth.
Overall, this beer makes me proud to be a Cincinnati citizen. Excellent quality

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Photo of gutbuster
3.49/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear pale gold color with a frothing white head that dissipates quickly, leaving nothing but a smattering of lace along the edge of my glass.

Lemons, a hint of oranges fused with a strong bread/wheat presence on the nose.

Flavors of bread and lemon mingle, with a lemon tartness up front and finishing with a breaded malt sweetness.

Light body with moderate carbonation. Slightly tart but smooth.

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Photo of jp32
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours clear straw yellow without any head retention. Looks bubbly and fizzy in the glass. The aroma is sweet and malty and surprisingly inviting. A note of sweet vanilla finishes the nose.

The flavor begins crisp and clear, it's sweet and malty in the middle, and finishes with a nice bready note. In my opinion, it subtly balances the sharpness and clarity of a pilsner with the malt sweetness of a marzen. It's a great beer!

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Photo of KYGunner
3.26/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Lots of wheat like malt flavor with a cardboard like taste throughout. I catch a lemony hop and some obvious starches before it finishes with a nutty almond. All this is delivered in a neatly light package with a very light drinkability.

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Photo of mrfrancis
2.72/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

There is not much to this one. It's really bland and unappealing. I am normally a fan of Rhinegeist, but this is one of a couple of their beers on which I would pass.

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Photo of SaltofOH
3.57/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

5-31-15. Threshold glass. Bottle dated. 05-2015.

Appearance: Pours a bright gold with 3 fingers just barely off-white head and VERY active carbonation. Fades to nothing quickly, decent lacing. Not enough retention.

Aroma: Beery. Malty. Not a whole lot else. Spot on for style.

Taste: Pretty sweet arrival, sweet mid-palate.

Mouthfeel: Midweight, with less carbonation than it looks like (but still lots). Slick finish - what I hate about blonde ales.

Overall: Meh. I love pilsners and lagers too much to like blonde ales. The just aren't clean enough for me, and remain a little too sweet. Probably would have been better ice cold. Perfect execution of a style I don't like.

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Photo of Weisenbeer
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A nice, bright blonde ale. I'm a big fan of this local brewer. They have others I prefer, but this will do in a pinch. Gents, suggest this one to your lady friends when your at their amazing tap room.

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Photo of GOBLIN
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright golden blonde . . . Almost shines in the glass. Crisp and clean . . . Refreshing beer. Not favorite by any means but Cougar has all the right characteristics I'm looking for in a golden blonde ale. Comes in cans and you can't beat that. In my best Arnold Schwarzenegger voice . . . I'll be back.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

ROAR! ...or something like that. Rhinegeist's light American ale does more than luring in the passing craft beer purveyor. It also gives the most seasoned enthusiast a taste that's worthwhile despite its lighter fare.

Deeply stained of gold and straw, the beer's near-bright character vividly promotes its creamy effervescence, delivering a frothy cotton foam to draw the senses close. Toasty-sweet and honied aromas topple the glass and reward the nose as citrusy hops brighten the encounter more than just a tad. Its taste is malty, slightly nutty and with soft savory character.

The beer unfolds on the middle palate with the toasted elegance of German marzen or oktoberfestbier. Savory and soft, a notion of buttered pecan slathers upon the tastebuds, but is quickly sharpened with the citrusy rebuttal of orange and lemon zest, taking a decidedly American tone.

Medium-light to finish, the beer's assertive carbonation wavers and allow for the citrusy perfume to turn herbally bitter in return. Balanced to near perfection, the ale closes with lager-like tendencies but with the understated complexity of ale.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.33/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

4.5 A: Nearly clear medium yellow color. Three fingers of pillowy white head. Retention is very good and plenty of lacing is left.

4.0 S: Dry graininess, wildflowers, spring water, dirty earthiness. Just a hint of floral and herbal hops. Really nice aroma on this.

4.5 T: Big graininess, sweet neutral maltiness. Earth, wildflower, mountain spring. Faint bitterness. Herbal hop flavor. Big flavor, far surpassing what the nose offers.

4.0 M: Light to lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Creamy for the body.

4.5 D: Very solid beer. One of my favorites from RG.

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Photo of metter98
3.52/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is rather hazy light yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that died down, leaving some lacing on the surface and a narrow collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of floral and grassy hops are present in the nose along with hints of biscuit malts.
T: The taste has flavors of biscuit malts with ever so subtle hints of sweetness and a very light amount of bitterness from the hops.
M: It feels light-bodied (but not watery) on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is super light in body and goes down easily. It's not especially flavorful, but makes for a good lawnmower beer when you want something that's easy to drink but doesn't have any adjuncts.

Serving type: can

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Photo of monochromebrewing
3.91/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Beer is a very solid blonde ale. It has a nice aroma and look. The taste is very full body for a blonde but also very drinkable which is what I want in a blonde ale. It also has a lingering after taste that is pleasant

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Photo of UKBeerman
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Many places in the Cincinnati area have this on tap. It is a pleasant and easy drinking golden beer that goes down sweet and smooth with little bitterness and only a lightly hopped flavor and aroma. It is smooth and well balanced. My wife can even drink it....and that is saying something.

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Photo of rangahy
4/5  rDev +8.7%

decent golden beer. Always happen when I see it on the menu, because I know my mom will be able to enjoy her dinner with a beer. I say that in all seriousness.

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Photo of GilGarp
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

12 oz can served cold into a shaker pint glass. No date stamp found.

Cougar is a hazy straw yellow color with thick white head. It settles somewhat quickly and leaves no lace behind.

Aroma is sweet and very low in hops.

Flavor is mild and sweet, low in bitterness, but balanced.

Mouthfeel is light in body and properly carbonated.

Overall a nice American blonde. Every brewery should have a crowd pleaser and this one likely fits that bill for Rhinegeist.

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.22/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12oz can (no date) poured into a shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Clear light gold. Initial white head died back to a very thin ring at the edge and the barest of skin of foam across the top. A little bit of lacing - small islands and some small strands that would slowly slide down the glass.

Smell: Leafy, cut grass, and grains.

Taste: Crisp with a clean malt up front and the moving into a different sweetness to the malt...honey? Finish is mild citrus with a crisp bitter finish and some more of that grain earthiness that I got in the aroma.

Mouthfeel: Slick and surprisingly sticky. Light carbonation but still a little prickly on the palate.

Overall / Drinkability: and done I'm afraid. Not interesting enough for me to want another. It's just okay in the end. I had it by itself and it may be better with food. Clashed with thai lime chile maybe not with spicy food.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.82/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours slightly hazed orange blossom honey golden with a bright egg shell white hued head forms nicely with great retention and intricate lacing layered. Aroma pale malts express with biscuit bread dough hint of herbal and faint citrus hop accents just barely peak through. Let's see how it tastes, pleasant bready quality hints of fruit in the backend clean well constructed blonde ale, it looks like I have to seek out the Truth their IPA gets really solid scores and I love the artwork and color schemes on these cans. More about the flavor, really well built solid hop notes the can mentions Bravo and Crystal hops, I couldn't have picked those two out here but they add to a nice crisp dry finish, there's also some powdered yeast notes on the palate as well. Mouthfeel is lighter bodied alcohol I will classify as sessionable at 4.8% abv this is the no brainer, cruise control drinking beer...I wish my cousin would have brought more than a can from Cincy. He said he tried to bring me more but he had no self control. Overall very enjoyable easy to drink and enjoy, not a beer to overanalyze it is simply done yet really tasty.

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Photo of stewart124
3.86/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours golden to orange in color with just a big of white head. The lacing looks to be setting up quite nicely. Brilliant clarity.

Huge bready malt character in the nose. Bits oh straw and a lemon zest come through as well.

This is bigger in body than I anticipated and it has a chewier mouthfeel that really makes this enjoyable. Just a touch of earthy hops that add some grassy notes and a bit of green pepper.

This is a very solid blonde ale. Easy drinking and it probably bridges the gap for those just getting into craft beer.

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Photo of patpbr
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Poured copper with a bit or orange. and a light head.
S - Nothing jumps out other then grain and a bit of lemon.
T - Malty flavors of grain and carmel. A bit of hop is noticed.
M - Light to medium body. very smooth.
O - Nothing outstanding from this one, but very easy to drink.

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Cougar from Rhinegeist Brewery
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