Blonde Lager | Rahr & Sons Brewing Company

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Blonde LagerBlonde Lager

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

Style: Munich Helles Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by TastyTaste on 09-21-2004

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Reviews: 75 | Ratings: 156
Photo of BeerSox
4.12/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into pilsner glass.

Perfectly clear light straw color. Fizzy off white head with low retention. Settles to a thin cap, then dissapears after a few minutes. No lacing.

Strong malty background with a very sweet aroma, vey clean smell.

Grainy maltiness along with very light hop twang. Husky aftertaste.

Light bodied, but not watery either, with spritzy carbonation. Very clean finish.

This is a great beer for warmer weather. Very refreshing and easily drinkable.

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Photo of BigRedN
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes. Consumed during trip to Ft. Worth, TX.

Appearance: Poured into a pint glass (best available glassware) from the 12 oz bottle. A tight white head forms on the clear gloden liquid. Fades to a ring, patchwork laceing.

Smell: A bit bready, almost yeasty. Hint of grassy and floral hops.

Taste: Mild, there is a bit of biscuity malt with a nice not over the top bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, lighter in body, crisp.

Drinkability: Easy drinker, had no problem putting a few of these back. I'd pick it if it was local.

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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 teg8612
3.8/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Very clear, pale yellow color. Looks light. Foamy head.

S- Malty with grassy hop notes. Lightly spicy.

T&M- Crisp and dry on the palate. Perfect summer seasonal or a good intro to craft beer. Grainy pils maltiness. Bitter with spicy hop finish and a hint of lemon. Very clean and nicely carbonated

D- A very good Helles. I drink this when I want to eat something spicy. This is my 6 of choice for summertime BBQ's. It should satisfy any level of beer drinker from the newbie to the snob.

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Photo of Melchizedek
3.95/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours yellow-gold with a modest but respectable head that subsides into intermittent lace. NB: Head holds better in a pilsner glass than in a pint glass. Steady, medium-light carbonation.

Fairly clean in the nose, a little grainy malt and a little hop spice. In the mouth, very smooth without being either slick or fizzy. Up front, a nice graininess, with a light sweetness that's quickly pushed aside by a great little hit of hops in the finish - somewhat grassy, spicy, not too obtrusive but definitely noticeable. I love the balance of this brew, and it's one of the few I've ever had that I consider genuinely refreshing. This pairs well with almost anything, but especially with lighter lunch fare - a ham sandwich on wheat was just lovely.

This is one I feel I should have reviewed by now and am liking more and more. I don't remember being wowed by this when I first tried it - maybe Fritz has tweaked the formula since then, but it's definitely grown in my esteem. I'm happy to have such a solid local alternative to BMC.

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.48/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle compliments of MUSHROMCLOUD

Pours a clear pale straw color with a thin white head that fades.Spotty lacing on the glass.

Aroma is malty with a slight fruitiness.

Taste is very mild and malty with a light fruitiness present. Rather refreshing.

Body is very light with good carbonation.

A drinkable brew that would be great on a hot summer day - although it also went down quickly on a warm spring night.

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Photo of goochpunch
3.85/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a straw color with a thin, white head and moderate carbonation. Smells grainy with a spicy hop presence. Flavors start off with sweetish malts, followed soon by a hop kick. Very grassy and floral. Palate washes clean just a little too quickly for my taste, however. Mouthfeel is a bit slick and lightbodied with moderate carbonation. Of the three year-rounds from Rahr, this is, by far, my favorite. Highly drinkable.

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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.


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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 pentathlete
3.78/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to assurabanipaul for this beer from OneBoxBIF.

Clear bright honey gold water with a small quickly disappearing white head. Huge bubbles in dozens of columns streaming up from the bottom of the pint glass. Wafts of mild grain can be detected but not much else in the nose. Taste is crispy malt with some corn flavors. Nothing unpleasant, refreshing finish. The mouthfeel is fine for the style, thin to medium, with a fuller feel midway through. This is an easy to drink style and this brew satisfies.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.28/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured into the glass crystal clear pale straw with a very low white and short lived head which did nothing to lace the glass.

The aroma was sulphury with some saaz-like hop aroma.

The flavor was grainy with a light caramel malt sweetness that was fleeting and with a slightly grassy hop presence.

The finish was dry with just a hint of hop character into the aftertaste. The body was medium light. The warmer this beer got the more cardboard flavor started to emerge. Drink cold! Pretty easy to drink while cold but with very little flavor and aroma.

12 ounce bottle.

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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 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 Dubblebock
4.1/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was my first offering from the Rahr Brewery. The packaging is very nice for starters. I found this sixer at Central Market for $6.99.

The Blonde Lager pours with a decent sized head and a clear, straw complexion. Reasonably well-carbonated, the bubbles waste no time in streaming to the top of the mug.

The taste is dense and dry, with an acorn bitterness that compliments the crackery malts. Interesting and fairly complex. There's a lot of texture to this beer. Well-balanced, it comes off clean and crisp and refreshing. This is a great summertime beer, one that would go well with barbecue and backyard ball games.

The mouthfeel is good. Drinkability is quite good. I'd recommend this one.

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Photo of bditty187
4.3/5  rDev +28%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear, pale gold-yellow in hue, the liquid is far from inspiring, even for the style. White head, at the apex the bubbles reached a finger and a half in height. Head retention was pretty good; it was slow to subside to a modest sized white cap. A thin, soapy cap lasted the entire consumption. The subsequent lacing was organized but not very widespread; there were just a couple thin rings. Nevertheless, I like how this beer looks. Sure, I wish there was a more developed shade to the liquid but I’m not going to lose any sleep over it.

The nose is speaking in German and I don’t even hear a Texas twang. I am impressed. In other words, I smell a grainy Pils maltiness that is merely a foundation as hints of caramel-husk and dried bread develop. Hops are traditional as well, spicy German hay with a kiss of flowers. Moderate potency. This beer has great articulation. What is the deal with the wussy-sounding name, “Blonde Lager”? Come on! It sounds like a nondescript brewpub beer and based on the nose alone I know this beer is “real German.” Give it a damn name to match!

The palate is delicious. I can’t put it any simpler than that. The malt foundation is tremendous with dried bread, crackers, caramel-husk, with a big Pils finish. It is impressive from start to finish. Prickly bitterness is found throughout, spicy hay with a smattering of lemon bread. The finish seemed to be dry… and then, boom (!)… a big blast of juicy malt. I can’t help but take another sip. And another. Long aftertaste, all the key points resonate well. This is a very good domestic version of a Helles. I don’t think it is good as the Thomas Hooker offering but it is as good as anything else I’ve had. Impressive. Hell, I love this beer. Flawless.

Medium in body, firm and healthy; the mouthfeel fits this beer very well. I like the moderate carbonation, lightly prickly… cleansing and refreshing.

Oh yeah… this is a very drinkable beverage. I would quaff this beer very often if I could. This beer, I think, would work for beer geeks and neophytes. First of all, it is tasty with plenty of subtle complexities. IMO, this is a hard style to get right and Rahr nailed it. Texas should be proud. Thanks assurbanipaul, this beer kicked major ass. Recommended.

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Photo of Morris729
3.88/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color with a foamy white head that settles into a wispy lace. Nose is rather delicate with notes of sweet malt, fresh grain, and floral hops with some faint notes of lemon grass. Moderate in body with a good amount of active carbonation. Taste begins with a light grain sweetness followed by some dry cracker notes and finally some spicy hops towards the finish. A very nice session beer. In fact, it’s hard to think of many superior choices than this to help battle the Texas summer.

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Photo of kbub6f
4.08/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

There's one inch of dense, clean, white foam. Nice. Beer is very clear, pure gold, and sports some racy-fast carbonation. Some smooth, small shapes of lacing. The nose is nice, schpooncky Saaz, fruity, crackers, a little soap. Saazy, peppery front. Full, foamy middle, with a touch of corn and tangy fruit. Finish is quite bitter, some fantastic grains. Nice, nutty, fresh. The slight harshness of the finish tames with temperature. Overall, a really good helles. Love the grains!

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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 kmpitz2
3.44/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a nice yellow color with a 2 finger head that stays nicely over the beer. The nose is pretty unpleasant. Lots of skunked business going on. I don't like it. The flavor is very grassey, with a rather big noble hop that fades quickly to more grassey flavors. The feel is the light side of moderate. Overall, the nose really offends. The flavor is much better than the nose. I would like this one in the summer. Not bad at all.

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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 allengarvin
4.04/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Crystal clear gold color, fine bubbles, and a small head that, unfortunately, dissipates very quickly.

Aroma: Nice sweet malt aroma and a light, quite spicy hop nose.

Flavor: Light grainy sweetness up front, with a pleasant bitterness, higher than many German helles but still quite moderate. Clean yeast character and a simple, dryish finish.

Mouthfeel: Moderate texture, medium carbonation. No faults, but nothing special.

A nice Helles, which is a style hard to judge because even the best examples have subtle flavors. It's not an exciting or bold style, but when done well, like this Rahr beer, it's very pleasant and quite drinkable.

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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 kindestcut
4.2/5  rDev +25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my first review in a two-review series entitled "A Tale of Two Blondes."

The Rahr Blonde Lager pours a dark yellow bordering on a light orange...a little darker than I would have imagined. The head was moderate. The beer looks good...and intriguing given the color.

The aroma is sweet and malty although not overpowering at any level. The real surprise here is the taste. This is a very flavorful beer...not too sweet but with enough malty goodness to blend effortlessly with the faint hops. This is one that could become a session beer for me.

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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 assurbanipaul
3.76/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear bright bronze color, no head. Light aroma of pale, sweet malt and faint hops.

Taste is initially sweet and nutty, pale malt. Finish is initially dry with faint floral notes, slightly bitter and astringent. Just a hint of floral notes in the flavors, barely there. Later on, it turns into a lingering sweetness as the bitterness fades after a few pints.

Light body, very drinkable. Will give it a couple of months (brand new brewery, after all) before a final judgment. Although, after a couple of sessions now, this beer is growing very favorable.

Edit, 12/28/2004: Resampled from bottle, ratings upgraded slightly. Better head retention, white and frothy, cleaner aroma but still mild. Very light and attractive sitting in a glass with very fine carbonation.

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