Fireman's #4
Real Ale Brewing Company

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American Blonde Ale
Ranked #580
Ranked #46,265
3.46 | pDev: 15.03%
Real Ale Brewing Company
Texas, United States
Fireman's #4Fireman's #4
Reviews: 202 | Ratings: 865 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of CTHomer
3.69/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: crystal clear; pale gold in color; with a fairly aggressive pour, a 1 finger white head that receded to a skim cap; nice lacing;

S: light grain; a hint of spice;

T: light grain with a bit of lemony tartness;

M: light bodied; moderate carbonation; lightly dry finish;

O: refreshing; easy drinking;

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CTHomer from Connecticut, Apr 25, 2020
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3.96/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes from 1/11/2020.
I received a can of Fireman's #4 in a beer Advent calendar I gut from WhichCraft Tap Room and Bottle Shop in my neighborhood in Austin.
Poured from a 12oz can into a tulip glass.
The appearance is clear golden with one finger of quickly receding white foam leaving a moderate amount of thin lacing. 3.25
The aroma is moderate in strength, and consists of coriander, citrus, a little hay, and malt. 4.00
The taste is closer to being medium than light. I taste coriander, a little apple, other notes of fruit, and a crisp clean finish. 4.00
The mouth feel is medium with enough carbonation to bump up the refreshing factor. 4.00
Overall, it is easy to drink without being boring. In 2006 through 2010, I had more pints of Fireman’s #4 than I dare to recall. This was my first time to have a Fireman’s in many years. I thought it might be nothing special but it is still a very good easy drinking beer. However, HefeWeisen by Live Oak is my go to easy drinking beer of choice that I almost always have in my fridge. I won't be buying Fireman’s any time soon. 4.00

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Hooded from Texas, Jan 12, 2020
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3.36/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a can into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a clear golden amber color with a one finger head of white foam. The head fades rather fast leaving a little bit of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the brew is rather strong of a bready and yeasty smell mixed with some aromas of a clove and coriander. Along with these smells comes a little bit of hay and caramel sweetness.
Taste – The taste begins with a caramel sweet and doughy taste that has a decent showing of a yeasty and clove and coriander spice right from the start. As the taste moves forward there is more and more doughiness with it taking on some more grainy notes. Along with these tastes comes some flavors of a fruitiness of a harvest fruit nature, with apple, peach, and apricot all there. At the end a touch of hay and grass come to the tongue and leave one with a sorta malty and sweet blond taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is average in thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is rather average. The feel is decent for the taste profile and the abv., but overall its nothing all that great.
Overall – An OK blond, with a decent more sweet taste. Easy drinking and a decent more session like brew overall.

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Photo of thegreatnicoli
3.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

The color was a little too macro-brew looking for my taste, but the smell was great, exactly what beer should smell like. The taste grows on you after a few sips and is good for easy drinking.

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Photo of oddcopter
3.56/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I am all for a little yeasty cloudiness, but served from a can into a beer glass mine had coagulated chunks floating around in it that eventually settled to the bottom. Otherwise, it was clear and somewhat pilsner like. Not sure what hops they used, but it has a noble bitterness and a light, crisp drinkability about it.

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Photo of LoamRock
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Satisfyingly strong for a thirst quencher. Nothing memorable about this brew except for the fact it reminds me of my favorite cheap beer, Miller High Life, though costs twice as much.

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LoamRock from Tennessee, Mar 04, 2019
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3.56/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz can best by 1/24/19. Golden color with fluffy white head. Floral/grass smell. Medium feel. Cracker malt flavor with some sweetness and a touch of floral hops. Good for the style.

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Photo of iguanodon
3.88/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

[Original rating 2016-05-19] Draft at Stubbs BBQ, Austin TX. I don’t get how this ends up at 27 percentile. This is a solid IPA, slightly hazy orange gold with no head. Aroma of citrus and sweet malt. The hops are well balanced with the malt.

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Photo of california_republic
2.94/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Look: Pale yellow with plenty of head. Nice clear and crisp looking.

Smell: I get a little bit of banana, apple, and clove. Yeasty and sweet but not cloying. Not particularly strong aroma however.

Taste: Crackery and it seems like they tried to put some hops in here, but the only thing that came through was the bitterness. There's little to none of the "zesty hops" that the can advertises. Lots of cracker which I enjoy but there isn't enough depth.

Feel: It's crisp and crackery, but the hops are so half baked that it would almost have been better to just make this a light beer and go with that. The only thing that comes through from the hops is the slight herbal bitterness, but it's not really balanced out by any zest that the description implies.

Overall: I'm not sure I enjoy this more than Blue Moon or even a light beer. There's just not a lot of flavor and it's not very remarkable. A bit of a disappointment. At $7.49/6 pack I'd honestly rather pay the extra 50 cents and get Blue Moon.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.45/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

clearly one of their more popular brews, but this was probably my least favorite of the real ale offerings i had in texas, its a pretty generic blonde ale, but truthfully, its really not even all that blonde, a little more malt color, flavor, and body to this than i am used to in the style, not quite toasted and still a far cry from heavy, but the crispness and refreshment value are lower than they could be because of it, and while i often clamor for more substance in these types of styles, in the texas head i think its a negative. pours brassy golden from the tap with very little head even though carbonation activity is fine in the feel. the malt is a little off dry, possibly corny, and with a light mineral or even metallic presence. some very light citrus hops in the end and a little bitterness to balance, but still almost entirely grain driven. flashes of honey and white bread, medium body, even a touch of oxidation, weird. i was expecting something much more drinkable here, and for its popularity, this really wasnt at the level of most of the others i had from these guys...

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Photo of snaotheus
3.73/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle served in a tulip. Best before July 20, 2018. Brought to me by a friend.

Pours a clear golden with a biggish pale head and lots of carbonation. Smell is blonde -- lagery, yeasty, a little biscuit.

Taste is better, richer - malty, beery, fairly simple. Moderate hop bite, maybe more than I would expect for a blonde.

Mouthfeel is dry and surprisingly thick. Overall, I think it's pretty good.

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snaotheus from Washington, Jun 28, 2018
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4.78/5  rDev +38.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Another Real Ale Brewing Co. brew that's not getting its due?! I'm not even a fan of hoppy blondes, but this one's fantastic. IF you get lucky and find it within 3 months of it's bottled date. That's my guess as to why the ratings aren't upper fours/fives -the brewer leaves bottles out there in the stores until they're gone. So (swear I'm not exaggerating here) a clear vast majority of these I've seen in stores have been from a month away from the expiration, to a whopping two months late. Ugh.
C'mon Real Ale BC, bite the bullet and make sure your products aren't dated! Let Texas enjoy your awesome brews!

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Photo of gvickery
3.12/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very light hazy gold/yellow color. (Some have described it as a dark copper color, it is not. They must be confusing it with something else or just stupid) the smell is a little estery or diacetyl, to me at least. Not my favorite. It tastes ok, still a little off. It tastes like the fermentation temp was a little to high. It’s still not bad, there’s a little estery profile that turns me off but the mouthfeel is good and there’s not a lot of aftertaste.

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Photo of Jbbdrinker
3.67/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The dark amber brew pours with a short head that fades to tracery. Medium carbination and a sour malt aroma to start. Nice balace between the earthy malt and bitter, dry hops. This is an easy drinking, medium body brew. Has a sour aftertaste that grows as it warms. Not spectacular, but an interesting brew.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.78/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Copper colored with a fingernail of off white. I smell light grains and a suggestion of grassy hops. I taste light,crackery malt and a light dose of grassy hops. The mouth is light and crisp.

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Franziskaner from Missouri, Sep 27, 2017
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4.01/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice blonde beer pours a slightly hazy golden color with little to no head. A nice but weak beer smell with a really good flavor. A little more carbonated than I prefer but I could definitely drink it all night.

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MinerBob from Oklahoma, Feb 02, 2017
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2.38/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

I don't like this beer at all, it had a smoky/sulphury flavor that was not great.

too many other good blondes out there from texas (southern star and deep ellum are both better).

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Texter from Texas, Dec 02, 2016
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3.26/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured into a frothy head with decent lacing, and settled into a pale yellow, almost a hay color, with good carbonation and effervescence. Little to no aroma evident. First taste was was sharp and tangy, but very smooth. Follow up tasting offered a subtle flavor that was pleasant. No aftertaste to speak of, but a good feel. A very light blonde ale that is crisp and refreshing. This would be a good beer after a long day in the heat. I will get this again.

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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
3.37/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I had this beer many times and most recently at a sushi restaurant.

(L) It has a golden yellow hue and is fairly clear with a thin white head and some bubbles.

(A) It has a modest bready aroma

(T) The taste is of toasted malts, yeast, and some citrus, a bit bland but not very bland.

(F) The feel is slightly creamy, moderate carbonation, a tad watery. Overall it is a pretty good beer but not a top notch beer.

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Photo of BeerSamurai34
3/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Meh. It may just be because I don't care for blonde ales, so take this with a grain of salt. It was fine. Decent mouthfeel and an ok flavor profile, but not much going on with this one.

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Photo of puck1225
3.79/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had it from a bottle into a tall Pilsner glass with some nice spicy Indian food. Nice and light and slightly sweet. Smell was herbal and sweet. Nice head and lacing. Enjoyed it!

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Photo of hopflyer
3.59/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Unknown bottle date

Pours yellowish, light gold. Lively carbonation.

Grassy nose and some floral notes.

Hints of lemon on the taste with continued grassy, formal hops. Low bitterness. A touch of cream sweetness, vanilla. Some pepper.

Pretty light bodied but does carry some creaminess

It's an ok low ABV beer. Nice combo of flavors and easy drinking.

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hopflyer from Pennsylvania, Feb 20, 2016
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2.52/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I've not been too impressed by their stuff, but this is definitely the worst I've had while down here. It's a little metallic like well water, with faint touches of wheat and grape.

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Sabtos from Ohio, Dec 24, 2015
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3.99/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours slight hazy golden orange little head, smells of bitter crackery slight yeasty, tastes of crackery malt with yeasty bitterness slight coriander, smooth mouthfeel sweet smooth finish, moderate carbonation.

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ZBowden from Florida, Dec 24, 2015
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2.89/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Soft yellow colored body; lively carbonation with a foamy white head. Biscuit and cracker grain aroma; fresh cut grass; bare hint of citrus. Dull, almost wheat-like flavor; bitter with a metallic edge. Weak, watery, and flat mouthfeel; dry finish.

A bitter and twisted blonde ale, to be sure. Metallic and nearly astringent in character, it leaves one grasping for some redeeming taste qualities. Real Ale brews some respectable, tasty brews, but this blonde ale sample just can't live up to its look and aroma potential. The flavor borders on tasting like wet cardboard and makes me think I'm indulging in a weird-ass macro adjunct lager. Perhaps it was this bottle. I'd give it another shot on down the road, but it wouldn't be my first drink choice from this brewery.

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beergoot from Colorado, Nov 20, 2015
Fireman's #4 from Real Ale Brewing Company
Beer rating: 79 out of 100 with 865 ratings