Blonde Lager | Rahr & Sons Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Rahr & Sons Brewing Company
Texas, United States
rahrbrewing.com

Style: Munich Helles Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by TastyTaste on 09-21-2004

BEER STATS
Ratings:
156
Reviews:
75
Avg:
3.36
pDev:
16.37%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
23
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0
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Ratings: 156 |  Reviews: 75
Photo of jasonjlewis
3.23/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a huge head with good retention and a pale yellow color.

Smell is of citrus and fresh cut grass, a bit of DMS lurks.

No frills lager. Not bad, but not good either. There is a citrusyness with some fresh cut grass.

Crisp and refreshing.

This is just a no frills lager, nothing special, not a great interpretationof the style.

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Photo of Premo88
3.22/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. bottle poured into pilsener

L: standard-issue crystal clear yellow, tough the head really springs up, about 1 1/4-inch of white foam. some lacing.

S: very slight malt; mostly weak grain. over the last 1/5, the malt really shows through to the point of sweet biscuits; kind of cool, but it doesn't kick in until way too late.

T: awesome first sip; really sweet with some malt. after that -- way too much corn/grain and not nearly enough hops and barley. some bite up front but nothing major. ocassionally you get a good sweet finish, but it's too sporadic.

F: good carbonation; a little watery but still solid.

O: probably a perfect BBQ/summer beer, but a little too grainy for me to seek out again. if your only other options are the standard Bud-Miller-Coors offerings, drink this. it's better. but it doesn't stand out as a champion on its own.

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Photo of BrewerB
3.22/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Jackie for the hookup on this beer!

A- Slightly hazy, light golden yellow, formed a thin white, fizzy head that collapsed quickly and slowly dissipated. Better retention, lighter hue, and more clarity are all points for improvement.

S- Strong presence of pilsner-grianiness. Light floral hop character. Corn-like presence appearing alter. Slight vegetal-like aroma seemed out of place. A little boost in hop aroma would help.

T- Grain flavor was moderate/low. Floral hop flavor also low. Finished dry with a low, mild lingering bitterness (not appropriate) and emphasis on the mild grain flavors (good). A bit out of balance here - bring the hops up, tone down the malt a tad.

M- Light bodied, slightly watery, too highly carbonated.

D- Luckliy I was only given one of these beers. I certainly wouldn't want/order a second. Be good to have around for some of my other friends to drink but after having a Weihenstephaner, I realize this beer needs some work to help it be a good example of a Munich Helles.

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Photo of cheers2beers
3.17/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: This beer has a golden pilsner look with a tall white head that disapates rapidly, till it gets about a quarter inch tall then slows down to maintain a white ring around my glass. Lots of beading inside with no laceing to be found.

Smell: The smell is grassy hops,hay aromas present a slight stench to this one,a bready yeast and even medicinal.

Taste: The barnyard flavors are definitely present. A hay and grass hop character,mildly sweet malt,also an adjuct corn quaff is noted as well.Not bad just not over zealous about this one.

Mouthfeel: This beer is medium to thin bodied,low to medium carbonation,smooth and easy to drink.

Drinkability: This wasn't that bad,it just didn't have that buy me again factor.I would not recommend this beer.

Cheers2Beers

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Photo of TexIndy
3.16/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle with no dating info into a pint glass. It was light honey color with a bunch of little yeast bits floating around. It was a good pour so it had a large head to whittled down to a broken film. Light carb and tiny bit of lacing. The aroma was so-so. Kinda funky, skunked smell at first then it faded to not much of anything. The taste was OK with a crisp finish. I'm not a huge fan of the style so it wouldn't get great marks to begin with but this is middle of the road for the style. As it warms, the flavor starts to get a weird tang to it so drink cold. If it had a better taste, it could almost sneak into session beer territory but just misses. Overall, it's an OK beer but with so many other good beers out there I don't see me buying another unless it was a choice between Macro and this. Also, I'd try it on-tap once to see what that does for it. (One and done)

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Photo of cartdan
3.16/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a crystal clear light straw color from a 12 ounce bottle with a thin white head that dissipates quickly. Smell is clean with a hint of hops. The taste is very light, slight malt in the finish, no real hop bitterness. Body is medium-light. The beer goes down very easily, probably a good lawnmower beer for the summer time.

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Photo of ruzzal
3.15/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of JayS2629
3.15/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a pale yellow, nice clarity, fluffy white head that sticks around and leaves ok lacing.

The aroma is of buttered biscuit, bready, malty, touch of caramel with some grassy and floral elements.

Biscuit with touch of caramel, grass, and floral hints. Simple but good.

Thin, crisp, bright, and easy to drink.

Overall, an average, light bodied, easy drinking beer.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.08/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Clear medium golden color, lightly carbonated, with a small snow-white head and patchy lacing.

Aroma: Strong grapefruit hop aroma, no skunk, with an undercurrent of light malt.

Taste: Aggressive hops at the opening of the taste, beneath these there is a floor of slightly tart malt flavor. Finishes with an potent medicinal hop note, which lingers on for what seems like forever.

Mouth feel: Smooth and quite full, with excellent body, very pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: This beer is all about hops; in my opinion, it seems to be over hopped for the style, little of the expected malt character was present.

Many thanks to HardTarget for sharing this uncommon beer.

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Photo of brentk56
3.08/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a hazy pale golden color with a modest, quickly descending head that leaves little lace

Smell: Bready and grainy with an unusual sweet, fruity element

Taste: Bready, up front, with the sweet fruity flavor making an appearance right away; by mid-palate, an odd sour note arrives and dominates into the finish, though the original flavors also return

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A rather unusual Helles, with the sweet fruit and sour elements adding a less than optimal complexity; the flavor should be much cleaner

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Photo of Wasatch
3.06/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks goes out to armock.

Pours a hazy golden pale yellow color, nice carbonation, nice three finger head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, slight yeast, some slight spice. The taste is sweet, malty, some yeast, slight spice. Medium body. Drinkable, not too bad of a brew.

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Photo of armock
3.06/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured a straw color with a huge white head that leaves lacing

S - Is of pale grainy malt a little corn slightly sweet

T - Follows the smell sweet grainy flavor only a slight bit more flavor than a macro

M - This beer has a fairly light body with a higher level of carbonation to it

D - This is a pretty easy to drink beer would probably be better in warmer weather its not bad theres just better beers coming out of Texas than this one

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Photo of BryanCarey
3.05/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Rahr & Sons Blonde pours to a pale straw color. The body of the beer is clear and the nose is crisp, combining pale malt with light grassy/earthy notes and biscuits. The foam isn’t too bad at first, but it doesn’t last very long and leaves little or no lacing.

Rahr & Sons Blonde has a bread- like flavor with some apple fruit notes up front, followed by the taste of light spice in the finish. The taste is sweet overall, but has just enough bitterness and light spice in the flavor profile to keep it from going overboard in the sweetness category.

This beer is certainly a drinkable one and it offers a good deal of crisp, clean, sweet malt to make it drinkable and acceptable to most. The body of the beer is a little thin, but I still find it good and its lightness makes it nice for the hot days of summer.

Overall, a good effort from Rahr & Sons and one I wouldn’t turn down if it was offered to me. It doesn’t blow you away, but it is quaffable and good as a session beer.

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Photo of Varus
3.05/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear, pale golden straw color, with some carbonation. Small head dissipates quickly after pour

S: Very faint biscuity smell

T: A slight biscuity taste that the nose hinted at, with a crisp slightly bitter finish

M: Light, but not watery

O: Light, crisp lager that is an easy substitute for any of the BMC lagers. Not too much to the taste, but a good thirst quencher for a hot day.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.03/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Served in a Pokal)
thanks to mhewes for this brew
A- This beer has a light copper yellow body with a good carbonation of tiny bubbles. There is a thin bubbly head that fades to a ring of foam.

S- The smell of dry pale malt with a faint Munich malt hint leads to a hint of buttered corn. This is overpowered by a green hop note that is still faint.

T- The slightly sweet raw grain flavor is followed by a soft sulfury noble hop finish that has a faint tang quality to it.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a big fizzy finish.

D- This beer was pretty light in flavor with some off flavors and a bit more malt character would go a long way.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.03/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear pale gold, with a couple fingers of foamy eggshell colored head. Thin fizzy retention, that bunches around the edges, leaving some decent looking lace back. The aroma is fairly heavy on the grainy malts, with some light grassy hops and citric tones.

The taste is pretty much the same, with maybe the hops being a little more aggressive with a dry spiciness to it. This is backed by that same sweetish mix of toasted bread and citric tang. The mouthfeel is lighter-medium bodied, with a sharpness to it and then a bit of a heavier feel underneath. The prominent sweetness adds some unneeded bulk to the body, that isn't doing the drinkibility any favors for me.

Not horrible but not exactly great either. The tang in this could have used some more bitterness for balance and crispness. Maybe the hops had faded some in this? I'd be willing to investigate a fresher bottle.

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Photo of bmurray10
3/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Hopmodium
3/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of frogfan
3/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of cdwil
3/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of MouthfulOfchris
3/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of dts311
3/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
3/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm currently out of the Bay area and on a work trip in Dallas, TX so I have been looking for some reasonably priced decent craft beer to sate my thirst. Downtown Dallas is full of cheap corner stores selling every variation of ice and malt liquor but alas other than Shiner Bock it's hard to find decent beer here. I finally found a restaurant with a decent beer selection on tap. Thanks to Hofbrau restaurant in the west end for the pour.

I had the the Rahr Blonde lager poured into a 16 oz. glass and watched as a straw gold coloured boldly carbonated lager filled the glass to brim. A foamy head forms. I'll be honest the color sort of looks like Budweiser. Oh well. It looks thirst quenching. Before I satisfy my thirst I proceed to smell the beer and am touched by mild grassy notes, hints of hay and earth. I also get floral tones from this beer. This part is pretty pleasant. There are some aspects of the beer that I can't tolerate as much. There is a potent sour character to the beer. I also detect apples, pear, and white wine.

The beer taste fine. Not great by any means but it's a git er done Texan sort of beer. The mix is hoppy, bitter and sweet. The malts are pale. It sort of taste like an amped up Budweiser. I actually like Budweiser so that isn't a problem but this is craft brew folks. I hope this isn't there best offering.

The mouthfeel is expected. It's slightly watery but retains a crisp edge. I'd say the malt to hop ratio is 70/30. I also taste some generic barley malt.

Overall: This beer simply isn't worth the time to try and get. It is hard enough finding good beer down here. You might as well crack a budweiser and accept the hegemony of BMC. Or if you want something darker go for the Shiner Bock.

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3/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of a0lbudman
3/5  rDev -10.7%

Blonde Lager from Rahr & Sons Brewing Company
3.36 out of 5 based on 156 ratings.
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