Texas Red Amber Lager
Rahr & Sons Brewing Company

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Style:
Lager - American Amber / Red
Ranked #112
ABV:
4.5%
Score:
78
Ranked #47,978
Avg:
3.43 | pDev: 14.29%
Reviews:
82
Ratings:
319
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Rahr & Sons Brewing Company
 
Texas, United States
Avail:
Year-round
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Gots
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SCORE
78
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IPAs_for_days_13 from Texas

3.13/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Pours a hazy/cloudy amber color without forming a head really. Smells sweet like caramel & roasted malts, biscuity. Taste follows the nose, malt forward, but decent amount of hop bitterness. Medium-bodied, high carbonation, crisp. This is an okay amber, nothing to special.

Mar 20, 2021
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

3.38/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a pint glass
Appearance – The beer is served a brick red color with a one finger head of off white foam. The head fades slowly over time leaving a decent sum of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the brew is heaviest of a lightly toasted malt smell mixed with some aromas of caramel and hay. Along with these smells comes a little bit of hay and grain.
Taste – The taste begins with a caramel sweetness mixed with a little bit of a lightly toasted malt flavor. The tastes create the base taste of the brew and last throughout the taste. Along with these base flavors, other tastes of a light grain and hay develop as the taste moves onto the end. A touch more sweetness of molasses comes to the tongue at the end, leaving one with a sweet, and lightly toasted, but very easy drinking taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is on the slightly lighter side with a carbonation level that is average. For the caramel sweet and lightly roasted nature of the brew, as well as the modest abv. the feel is pretty decent and makes for an easy drinker.
Overall – A easy drinking and lightly roasted red ale with a low abv. more session like style. Overall a nice football watching red ale.

Jan 24, 2020
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jeffdr123 from Florida

3.9/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap a Four Points in Houston. I liked this better than most folks on this site. It's a balanced malt and hop. Smooth like you'd expect from an amber but not too sweet.

Nov 07, 2019
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KilleenTx from Texas

3.61/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A disguised ESB amber colored white topped sipping beer. Reminded me of Red Hook. I drank it thinking “ if i had a really good hunch your back to eat cheese steak sandwich and a hockey game life would good for a bit”.

Feb 02, 2019
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Squire from Mississippi

3.85/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice amber gold color with off white cap and lacing.

Aroma of caramel malt and spicy, floral hops.

Taste is malt forward with a substantial hop presence that doesn't traipse off into bitterness. Malt is a toasty, caramel style and the hops skip between being spicy and floral with spicy winning out. Not terribly complex but very well put together.

Medium texture with balancing carbonation.

This is a straight forward amber that has more hop presence (in a good way) than I usually get with standard ambers. It does have that caramel character but the hops prevent it from wandering off into sweetness. Good stuff, food and company friendly.

Aug 23, 2018
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gvickery from Texas

4.05/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The look is absolutely perfect for the style. Pure copper, mostly clear, moderate head, nice lacing. Smell is somewhat subdued, toasted malt, honey, floral, nice. Taste is surprising, some light toasted malt, Pilsner graininess, and floral hops. It’s a really nice change to have the noble hops instead of the typical (cascade, centennial, liberty combo). It’s a great beer for the style, you will not be disappointed. Cheers

Jun 29, 2018
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WoodBrew from Ohio

3.78/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I got a can of this from a self made mixed six pack from Super Target in Frisco. It poured a clear amber with thin white head that is leaving a spotty lace. The scent had hints of caramel malt. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with good caramel presence. The mouthfeel is lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it's a solid beer.

Feb 18, 2018
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puck1225 from Texas

3.54/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad amber. Had it from the can into a chilled shaker pint at an Italian restaurant. Poured a nice amber color with decent head and lacing. Smell was a bit herbal and malty. The taste was fairly smooth with a decent malty richness. It went well with my gnocchi.

Jan 20, 2018
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Jbbdrinker from Texas

4.92/5  rDev +43.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This is probably the most balanced brew I've had. Strong, slightly spiced malt, a bit of cream, a touch of floral hops and the hint of warm alcohol. It stops just short of heavy to remain very drinkable. Prominent lace head, beautiful deep color, subtle nutty aroma and lingering toasted flavor.

Apr 21, 2017
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arizcards from North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Had a bottle with bbq lunch at Coopers in New Braunfels earlier today. No bottling date visible.

Beer was amber brown.

Nose was malty without a lot of side characteristics.

Taste was caramel malts with enough hopping to balance things out.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied and fairly refreshing and smooth after a nice hike along the Guadalupe river.

Overall not a bad beer, a nice compliment to the bbq.

Apr 09, 2017
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wejohnsn from Texas

3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The bottle says it is has ABV 5% but the description on BA says 4.5% Its not really red and its not Amber, it is more like a translucent brown. Notmuch of a head has some lacing. Not bitter at all. nice and refreshing. Could use some more Hops.

Sep 18, 2016
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infinitebruner from Arkansas

3.88/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

March 26, 2015

12 oz. bottle, pilsner glass

A – Very much a rich, red/amber color, suggesting caramel and Vienna malts. Very clear. A half-inch of off-white bubbles rises and then leaves quickly. Looks very clean.

S – A lot of fruit aroma, red delicious apples, green grapes, maybe blueberries. Crisp bread crust and light toffee malt, and some light floral hop notes.

T – A ton of the same fruitiness as on the nose, apples and cherry skin, a touch of blueberry. Floral, slightly herbal hops. The backbone is all malt, bread crust, biscuit, sweet caramel, and light toffee. Just a touch of hop bitterness throughout.

M – Although a bit sweet on the front end, carbonation is sudsy though moderate, and the touch of bitterness on the finish helps the balance. Medium-full in body with some residual sweetness, mildly juicy throughout. A touch of oiliness on the back end.

O – Not a style I gravitate towards, but one of the more impressive reds I’ve had. To style, flavorful yet mostly clean. A bit more carbonation and attenuation could serve it well.

Apr 25, 2016
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johnnyd10vt from Oklahoma

3.49/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Beautiful dark color, almost a brown. The head has just the slightest Amber tint to it. The smell is amazing, pure roasted malt. After the smell, the taste was a bit of a disappointment: the sweetness of the malt doesn't come through and the hops don't have much flavor, but the bitterness comes through on the start, middle, and finish. A drinkable beer, and I would have again, but not all it could be for my personal taste. Just too bitter without other complexities to set it off.

Apr 23, 2016
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

i like going to new airports and getting to try a couple of beers. this one was at the dallas airport, and it was a nice companion to a greasy mushroom swiss burger. i sort of have this theory that when alaskan amber and fat tire got big more than a decade ago now, every little brewery out there set out to clone it, or tweak it slightly and call it their own. this is another one of those red beers, malt driven but real clean, and its point of departure from those others is that it is in fact a lager. it looks like a classic amber, clear and rusty red, with a bubbly but short lived fizzy white head. right from the first whiff, it smells much drier than either of the two previously mentioned beers, which i dig, but it still has the red malt richness to it, and while it might lack aromatic depth, it certainly is what it says it is. the flavor is similarly a little one dimensional, but its a good dimension, fresh toasted slightly sweet but equally earthy red malt in good proportion, i really like that its a lager too, gives it a more crisp finish than i am used to in this style, and i think thats what makes it unique. its not unhoppy either, although more bitterness than flavor on that front. my first from these guys is maybe less ambitious than it could be, but its well done for certain and underrated here in my opinion...

Feb 21, 2016
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DefenCorps from Oregon

3.02/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle from Kroger.

About as nondescript as a beer can get, tasty but inoffensive. Toasted malt, a little honey, a mild grainy bitterness are present on the nose and palate. Light in body with a drying finish that's mildly bitter, this beer is cleanly fermented, which is a plus and makes this go down easy, but all told, there's not a whole lot going on.

Dec 31, 2015
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sgt_187em from Texas

4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty good beer. Sweet malts with low bitterness. Tasted most of the bitterness in the after taste. Had a small sting in the carbonation, but mostly a Somewhat smooth Medium body. Poured out a brown/bronze color with a small head and little clarity. I'll buy again

Dec 30, 2015
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Penrodeo from Kansas

3.69/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Tasted straight from the bottle. Light smell, not indicative of the flavors present. Biggest flavor comes from the malts, slightly roasted and smoky flavor. Not a huge hop presence but a surprisingly bitter, dry finish that was pleasant.

Sep 02, 2015
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KTCamm from New Jersey

3.49/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

4/3...pours dark copper, more medium than dark. Some white foam. Malty nose. Clean malt taste. Sweet. Firm carbonation. Good taste, a bit on the light side.

Apr 11, 2015
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ZBowden from Florida

3.46/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured clear copper bronze with little head, smelled of sweet bready malts and grains, tastes bready and malty with a nice finish of bitterness, thin mouthfeel.

Dec 22, 2014
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RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

3.52/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rahr & Sons Texas Red has a medium-to-thin, cream-colored head, a clear, rust-red, bubbly appearance, and some lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of mild, sweet, tea-like breadiness, and the flavor is of sweet bread crust, tea, and very subtle hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Rahr & Sons Texas Red finishes crisp and refreshing.

RJT

Jul 31, 2014
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ssteakley from Washington

3.66/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

a0lbudman
Alabama
Has the right idea, this is a remarkable red for a Texas brew. I am actually proud this brew is from Texad,after tasting over 6 fine red ales in the PNW I am proud to be a Native Texan, sure hope there is more to come in Texas. These guys are obviously learning and they will soon master the craft.

May 03, 2014
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AlCaponeJunior from Texas

3.63/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I found this one to be pretty typical of what I think of when I see something that's labeled "red." Nicely colored quite reddish, with a good head and lace. Aroma and flavor are pretty malty with a nice hops bite and a slightly lingering bitterness from the hops. Medium bodied and smoothly carbonated. Overall I see no reason why I wouldn't buy it again when I'm in the mood for a red. This brewery hasn't disappointed me so far.

May 01, 2014
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a0lbudman from Alabama

3.57/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-It is a slightly hazy amber color with a red tint to it when held up to the light. It has a large almost white head that lingers and leaves a lace
S-grain, yeast, malt and some hop aroma
T-roasted malt with a good mix of hops in the aftertaste that makes this a beer to try again.
M-medium or light body with an active or high carbonation
O-this beer had a combination of grain, yeast, roasted, hops and malt smells and taste that make this a beer to try again

Mar 14, 2014
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Premo88 from Texas

3.84/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into pilsener

L: mahogany; deep darker brown with lots of amber; crystal clear; tan head over 1 inch to 1 1/4 inch of fluffy thick foam that laces at the top; not a lot of lacing after the head dissipates

S: man, at times -- ALL MALT. wonderful sweet bread/sweet biscuit malt presence ... very refreshing break from all the hop-crazy American brews. some grain at times, but the malt is really there.

T: bread; homemade bread ... very yeasty and lots of sweet malt; gets a bit medicinal at times, almost like a bock; a little grain here and there, grain like milo, rice and the barley -- no corn..

F: big carbonation after producing a big head; solid weight ... very nice

O: lots of taste and lots of malt. the full sweetness it promises never fully shows up -- that huge malty nose isn't fully mimicked in the taste. BUT it's good ... definitely better than average, and good enough that I'll be investigating this one further. i love malty English pale and brown ales, and honestly, this has a lot of those same notes

May 26, 2013
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Boto from Connecticut

3.44/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draught: This one pours a fairly clear reddish-amber color. There was a bit of an off white head on it. It left a little lacing. The aroma isn’t too bad. Pretty typical malts with some grassy notes, a decent enough lager aroma. The taste is also good, nothing really special, just good and easy to drink. Malts, some bitterness and biscuit notes. Pretty smooth. Easy to drink.

Apr 03, 2013
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