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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Reviews: 38 | Ratings: 230
Photo of Tone
3.31/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear gold color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of citrus (orange), pale malt, slight sweet malt, wheat, and slight floral hops. Fits the style of an American Blonde Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of pale malt, wheat, orange, and a hint of citrus hops. Overall, weak appearance, decent aroma, blend, and body.

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Photo of wingman14
4.07/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours golden yellow with a foamy white head. Smell is bready, herbal, and hops. Not very aromatic, but inviting. Taste starts more earthy and doughy and moves quickly into a good hop presence for a light beer. Light mouthfeel, nice and smooth, good carbonation. Overall a very flavorful light beer, nice on a warm summer day. Worth checking out.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.47/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Received from @Beer-Economicus in NBS BIF 007 – Thanks Darwin!
12 oz can dated 083117 on bottom. Stored at 42 degrees and served at 42 degrees in a hand-washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Appearance – 3.75.
Body – Light yellow, hazy.
Head – Large (Maximum five cm, controlled center pour), white, low density froth, shorter than average retention, diminishing to a three to four mm frothy ring and a thin complete layer.
Lacing – a couple of minuscule islands – basically none.
First pour – Very light yellow, clear.
Aroma – 3.5 - Light and grassy.
Flavor – 3.5 - Begins very light and a touch sweet with a distinct flavor of dimethysulfide. The DMS is intensified in subsequent belches. It ends with a slight bitterness. No malt flavor, no alcohol, no diacetyl.
Palate – 3 - Light, watery, soft carbonation.
Impression and summation – 3.5 – An unoffensive example of an unoffensive style, a step above an AAL. The grassiness in the aroma is enough to mask the dimethylsulfide. Unfortunately, the hops don’t hide the DMS in the taste although they do lessen its impact. Overall, another entry into the “Lawnmower Beer” class, one I could drink with few complaints.

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Photo of Hackattack
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is like a killer version of an American Adjunct. It is much like a Coors on steroids...the light flavor only with a malt background and hoppy touch.....very drinkable......and the one I'm drinking is a bit over 6 months old. I usually go for the freshest I can, however this was marked down to around 5 bucks a 6 pack. Glad I took the risk.

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Photo of drgonzo767
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a six pack of cans at The Keg, New Albany IN.

A: Light gold, light head, light lacing, light bubbling. Remember that word light.

S: Light bread, light herbal hops (very nice), some spice. That word again...

T: This is where I want to remember that word: light. There is zero excuse to drink an adjunct, especially a "light", with this kid of beer available. Upfront there is some sweetness, bread, a little bit of grass, then some very light hop notes of mild pine. This is a very clean tasting beer.

M: I think this is very dead on for the style. Light carbonation, finishes very clean. These go down very easy, I think this would be a great hot day beer for the backyard.

O: This is the beer you serve your friends who drink Bud Light. It's clean, refreshing, nothing strong in flavor that will turn them off. And that also makes it a great backyard brew for the summer, I can see me putting a case of this on ice for everyone. It's a darn good blonde ale that could turn some of your crappy-beer drinking friends to the good side.

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Photo of Tucquan
3.56/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on 2018-03-16 in Columbia, PA from a 12oz canned on 2017-10-17

A - Somewhat hazy straw-gold with a 1-finger head and nice lace

S - Bread, light honey, lemon and floral. Very mild.

T - Lightly toasted sourdough bread, light lemon and Pils malt, grassy spice. Mild bitterness (about like a Kolsch)

M - Light body and medium carbonation. Thirst quenching

O - No exceptional aromas of flavors but quite balanced and easy to drink.

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Photo of dcotom
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at O'Charley's, Grove City, Ohio. Served in a standard pint glass. Pale golden color, without much head due to the tentative taproom draw. This was the perfect choice with the burger and fries I had. Light to medium bodied, refreshing with a pleasant malt character and a nice pop of hop bitterness on the finish. A very good and very drinkable brew.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.81/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Golden body, clear pour, moderate white head, lots and lots of lacing down the side.

S - Pretty quiet, traditional spicy hops, a bit of funk. Very much built around a German core.

T - The flavor is mild pine and resin, with a mildly sweet malt middle, and a back that comes through harshly bitter.

M - Very drinkable, and a dry close.

O - There is nothing particularly exceptional, but it is a well crafted blonde brewed to align with a traditional German profile.

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Photo of strohme2
3.49/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Canned 7/13/2017, poured into tulip.
Bright gold, white head. Recedes quickly with a tiny bubbles around the rim.
Lemon, doughy and grains on the nose.
Light, lemon, some skunkiness, grainy.
It's drinkable, probably crushable on a hot day.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.11/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Picked up in Dayton at Belmont Party Supply while visiting a buddy last week. Bright and translucent golden color and big, white, short lived head. Biscuit and butter toned malt that turns a little sour as it warms.

Flavor is likewise close but slightly off, with some sour notes being joined by a lot of yeastiness, particularly in the finish. This has its pluses, and could potentially be a nice summer drinking beer. Possibly I got a bad can? On tap it didn't seem as sour. I'll look for this again next time I am in Dayton, but if this is the way it's supossed to taste, it will be my last.

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Photo of Rufus1
4.33/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Beer pours a pale straw gold with considerable haze. Two fingers of creamy white head that lingers for a while. Lacing but no legs which I assume is from the relatively low ABV. Smell is light herbal hops and bread. Taste is very smooth with a silky mouth feel due to the just right level of carbonation. Sweet malt up front followed by an almost unnoticeable hop bitterness. Juicy. Very drinkable. Great for a hot summer day smoking some fine baby backs. Definitely sessional.

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Photo of haines710
3.62/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a can while staying in Columbus Ohio. Pours a yellow straw color with a thin white head. This is a decent light beer. Definitely a session or lawn mower beer. Not my favorite style, but this one was pretty good. Easy to drink. Not a strong smell and no hop flavor at all.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
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 +15.3%
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 +13.6%
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 -0.3%
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 +12.8%
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 +4.2%
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 +16.1%
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 -3.1%
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
3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 tasteless, gets a touch sweet and malty in the middle, and finishes with a nice bready note.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.26/5  rDev -9.4%
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 -24.4%
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 -0.8%
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 +3.6%
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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Cougar from Rhinegeist Brewery
Beer rating: 3.6 out of 5 with 230 ratings