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
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 156 |  Reviews: 75
Photo of tdm168
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My brother-in-law shared one of these with me on my recent trip to Texas.

Pours a bright yellow with a quarter inch of soft, white head. Both the nose and the flavor are identical. Both are straw-like and wheaty with faint grassy hop notes. This has an overall light body that’s smooth and crisp.

This is a very simple beer. It’s too style, but leaves me wanting something a little more flavorful. The flavor is correct and it’s good, but it’s just not intense or forward enough for me. I’m glad I tried it though.

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Photo of bpackertx
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of huggies
3/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Sinewave
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of cdwil
3/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of CrashOverride
1/5  rDev -70.2%

Photo of duff247
3/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of gtermi
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of kmckinnon87
4/5  rDev +19%

Photo of WritersBlock
4/5  rDev +19%

Photo of RustyBoltz
3/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of brandoman63
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

Photo of zander4dawin
2.13/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A pale beer with a thin white head. Has a musky, skunky smell. A really dry beer with a papery, cardboard taste. Otherwise really plain. Aftertaste does not linger too long so it is not unbearable. Texas has a lot better blonde ales to offer such as Bombshell and Fireman's #4.

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Photo of videofrog
4/5  rDev +19%

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 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 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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Photo of txbrew81
2.58/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Deep golden color with a quickly dissapating head.

S: Sweet malty smell with a little bit of hop presence.

T: Storng malt prescence that tastes biscuity with a little hop on the finish. Not very flavorful. Does not taste like most german Helles I have had.

M: Decent mouthfeel, quaffable even with a slightly high carbonation.

O: Not impressed. It doesn't feel like it fits the style whatsoever, tastes more like a bland blonde ale. Not the worst beer in the world but I wont be picking it up again.

Edit: As this beer warms it does gain more flavor. Unfortunately it is a weird sour flavor that isn't very appealing.

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Photo of JimiG
4.25/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

With the brewery reopened, after a roof collapse due to snow, they have a new label and an incredible beer that is much improved over the old brew.

New label and pry top for the blonde!

I picked up a single at Whole Foods to check out the new bottle to see if the newly upgraded brewery improved their packaged product.

Decanted to a pint glass.

Pours a pretty golden rich color with a medium nice white head.

Nice malt and hop mix in the aroma. Tasty to the nose.

Perfect blend of malt and hop roll over the tongue and makes one think of a nice session beer. Very drinkable.
Light lacing.

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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 TurdFurgison
2.48/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Picked up at a Spec's in Houston, along with some Ugly Pug dark lager. The beer is pale golden yellow, about right for the style, with a thin head of fine-grained foam. The aroma is wrong, there's a sour note that doesn't belong at all (infection?). Outside of that smell, this is mainly a pale malt concoction, slightly sweet smelling, no real hops in the aroma that I could tell. The taste is just bad, I can't get past the slightly bitter and sour off-flavor. Peeking around the corner of this issue, I can taste a sort of bland beer, simple malts and that's about it.

This Helles lager was, I'm afraid, not good at all. I really enjoy this style but found this to have some off-flavors that I'd normally pass over as a bad bottle or something, except in this case I can see that several other reviewers have had the same experience. This means either the off flavors were intentional (but why?) or they have known quality issues and sell the beer anyway...

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Photo of Mora2000
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a very clear macro yellow with a white head. The aroma is hay, grass, bready malts and honey. The flavor is honey and bread with the aftertaste being some dirty, earthy hops. Light to medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not too good of a beer.

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Photo of Spineypanda
3.41/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an unfiltered straw/golden color and has a good sized head.
Smells different, like a bit of a light American hefeweizen.
Tastes like citrus to me, must be the hops. It is unfiltered to appearance, unless I got a bad bottle. Tastes pretty good though!

Next to try the black lager. This beer is nice and I would drink it again.

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Photo of fjordhook
3.9/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance: light golden beer that pours with a good head

smell: the malts are mostly prevalent, has a bitter smell too

taste: i felt the taste was much better than the smell, enjoyed the bite that the beer has

mouthfeel: loved drinking this one down, very light on the mouth

drinkability: felt good to drink but bite might not be for all. also could get tired of the bite if drank too often

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