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:
157
Reviews:
75
Avg:
3.36
pDev:
16.07%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
24
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0
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Ratings: 157 |  Reviews: 75
Photo of firefightn24
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of swellcat
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of OKbrew89
3.51/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of monk2021
3.51/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TastyTaste
3.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium gold color with a proud 1/2" of creamy white head. Smell is of grassy and grainy malt, no trace of hops. Taste is very grassy, stands up with any euro lager, hops are in the background, light and floral, with some metallic flavors. Mouthfeel is full and well carbonated, and this would make a good sessioning beer. Thanks again to assurbanipaul.

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Photo of Mortarforker
3.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served 45 degrees

Pours a really good looking golden hue.Nice carbonation,I had this a few years ago and it really didn't have as much carbonation as it does now.It could just be me but I love the level of carbonation.It smells malty with a hint of biscuits and grain.Taste of sweet malt and lots of grain but I think it really taste good.Not much in the way of hop or bitters but it's still a good sip.Mouth feel is very light but o so pleasant.Would love one of these sitting at my favorite fishing hole on a hot day.Overall I would say this beer would be a great beer to get some newbies to try.But I will also enjoy a few of these the next time I cookout with my friends.Enjoy my friends!

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Photo of breakingbland
3.54/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Lagerquestrian
3.54/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LarryKemp
3.54/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The appearance might be the best part of this Helles. Its pale golden liquid is filled with lively bubbles cascading to the the bright long lasting white head.

The aroma is grainy with a very light hint ot noble hops. The aroma is clean with absolutely no off odors.

The flavor is very well balanced. It starts with a very mild sweetness and finishes with a hop bite on the sides of the tongue. It is very refreshing and clean but maybe too balanced for my taste.

The mouthfeel is light and the carbonation pings the roof of my mouth.

This is a very nice session beer. It could stand more maltiness in the aroma and taste. Maybe a little too hoppy to be a traditional Helles but quite drinkable.

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Photo of cgrunin
3.57/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.57/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours super light and clear with barely any head at first, but there were some bubbles rising giving it a fizzy sort of appearance and sound. The bubbles really slowed down after about 30 seconds to leave just a small ring around the top of the beer.

Aroma: Very light toasty malt presence along with a noticeable floral hoppy presence. Very clean.

Taste: The flavor is a lot more bold than the aroma suggested. It has an assertive sweet biscuity malt presence that has a good dose of hops to go along with it. The hops, though floral like the nose, also have a bit of a grassy quality to them. The carbonation is a bit light as this beer seems a bit too watery crossing the palate into the finish. There is a bit of a minerally "twang" left on the throat after finishing, as there was something in the water that isn't getting along with the bittering hops.

Opinion: It may have sounded like I was getting down on this beer, but it actually tastes pretty good. There are a couple things out of balance for my taste, but overall it is pretty palatable.

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Photo of JMad
3.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I drank this from a pint glass...

Pours a clear golden color with a pillowy off white head. The smell is mostly biscuits and grain, it is slightly sweet and buttery. It tastes almost like buttered popcorn with a touch of caramel, it's also kind of metallic and grainy. This beer is smooth with a medium body and perfect carbonation. I thought this beer was simple, full flavored and enjoyable.

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Photo of mjurney
3.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance:
Gold-straw color, clear. Tons of fine carbonation. Very nice head. Lacing looks great on the glass.

Aroma:
Clean and crisp aroma. Some grainy and a little spicy hops.

Taste:
Malty up front along with mild crisp bitterness at the end. Malt character is grainy, sweet, hint of grass and raw malts. Hop bitterness is pretty mild, spicy and crisp. Body is light. Well carbonated.

Finish:
Very clean and crisp. Sweet aftertaste, maybe a little touch of dryness.

Overall:
Not the best Helles, but it's pretty good.

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Photo of klub24
3.6/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.6/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The color is a lightly hazed golden with a nice level of carbonation. Only a tiny patch of bubbles constitutes this blond lager's head. The aroma consists of a mild, clean grainy sweetness with a touch of herbal hop. The taste consists of a mildly bready malt body with grain flavors becoming a force towards the middle of a sip. The overall sweetness factor is a little high, but not out of control. A touch of German hops gives this more character. Stylistically speaking, this beer seems like it fits somewhere between a very good all-malt lager and a helles. Anyway, this is an excellent session choice.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.6/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Helles gold that is slightly more pale than most beer of this style. The upper third of the glass is filled with a tight-bubbled crown of brightest white. It's crackly and coarse, but still manages to deposit several splotches of sudsy lace.

The aroma is akin to slightly sweetened, untoasted barley. Some hoppiness, even a little, would be wonderful. I'd settle for floral, herbal, earthy, spicy or any combination thereof. Still above average, but that's as far as it goes.

Blonde Lager tastes more like an American macro lager done right than a Munich helles lager. By 'done right', I mean that it has none of the nastiness that usually accompanies the former style. The flavor profile is dominant by honey-drizzled cereal grains and is on the simple side. Nothing wrong with that.

Hop flavor and bitterness is now noted, though this is first and foremost a malt-forward lager. It tastes fresh and clean... and isn't quite as bright a helles should be. It's good enough to be consumed solo and should go well with all manner of foods, even spicy Texas brisket.

The body/mouthfeel gets it done without managing to impress. It's closer to light than medium and has a low-end amount of carbonation... which is all perfectly designed to keep excessive burping at bay during an extended session... which this 4.6% beer is perfectly suited for.

Rahr & Sons Blonde Lager is a pretty good effort that doesn't stand out from the crowd. That's exactly how I felt about Ugly Pug Black Lager. That said, I wouldn't mind having a brewery like this set up shop in this Millstream-only state. Thanks mhewes.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.62/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The yellow-gold body of Rahr's helles is just slightly cloudy beneath it's short but creamy head of bright white foam. The retention is average, and lacing is limited. In the nose it's gently yeasty over a firm maltiness that's just lightly grainy and subtly sweetish, and backed by floral and grassy hop notes. The flavor continues in the same vein, and it's nicely balanced between gently grainy and subtly husky malt and grassy and floral hops. It's delicately sweet, balanced by a firm bitterness, and it finishes honeyish with an edge of mineralish and grassy hops that linger shortly on the palate. Enjoyable.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.63/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Aroma: Faint, but mildly pleasing whiffs of light malt and some fruit notes, lemon and peach, but again, very faint.
Appearance: Painfully clear yellow glass with a slight white head that faded to a few clumps.
Flavor: Mild, but the style is supposed to be, a good hop presence balanced well with fair malt backing, balance to a floral hop but not bitter.
Mouthfeel: Thin body, moderate carbonation.
Overall Impression: A refreshing brew. It was in the neighborhood of an American Macro Lager in flavor, but enough taste to keep me interested. Enjoyed on tap at the Flying Saucer: Ft. Worth after a few palate wreckers, so my review is probably a bit off. I’ll look forward to trying a more mature brew, but a promising start for a Texas brewery!

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apearrance is a clear golden hue, deflated ivory cap to a scattered cover, loaded with bubbles.

Light buttered bread and honey nose.

First swigs: Lite biscuit & slightly dry with a nuttiness. A bready backing. Squeaky clean.

Last swigs: A refreshing Helles with hints of honey.

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Photo of Patrickt22
3.68/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of beerdiablo
3.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fort Worth’s Rahr brewery has taken the low road in beer.
By that I mean lagers. Bottom fermenting, get it?

This crisp, Helles-style beer is slightly pale and settles into a small head.
It’s very quaffable and goes well with spicy food and pizza.

I’d rate this as a session lager and one beer to provide for guests that usually partake from the usual macro brews. This is a good way to get people to start drinking locally.

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Photo of rowew
3.71/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz longneck, label has a longhorn on it. Couldn't find a date or abv.

Appearance: Clear golden color, nice head at the start, fades to a nice amount of lacing on the top.

Smell: Simple grain aromas, just a hint of metallic.

Taste: Nice simple grain flavor, just a bit of hops in there.

Overall impression: Simple, drinkable beer. Nothing too exciting, but its a nice flavor and easy to make a session out of it.

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Photo of BeanBone
3.73/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Slightly hazy, pale golden body with a decent white head. Below average lacing.

Aroma: Faint, sweet barley with grassy hops and a hint of apple.

Taste: Crisp, grassy, and somewhat subdued hop flavor up front balanced with honey malt bring up the rear. Some apple cider flavors mixed in. The best way I can think of to describe this is as a richer macro without the shitty twang. Somewhat thin, but that's very appropriate for the style. Mildly bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body with fine carbonation. Finish dries slightly.

Drinkability: Very easily drinkable and refreshing, this is perfect for a Texas barbecue.

Verdict: This is the beer that the macros should be. If you're looking for something simple and drinkable that won't offend at your next BBQ, you'll do a lot better with a case of this than the normal Bud/Miller/Coors fare.

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Photo of brandoman63
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

Photo of wrightst
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

Blonde Lager from Rahr & Sons Brewing Company
3.36 out of 5 based on 157 ratings.
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