Texas Red Amber Lager | Rahr & Sons Brewing Company

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Texas Red Amber LagerTexas Red Amber Lager

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

Style: American Amber / Red Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by TastyTaste on 10-05-2004

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Photo of Jbbdrinker
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.

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Photo of allengarvin
4.12/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear walnut color with only a slight head across the top.

Aroma: Slightly toasty, with some fine malt sweetness.

Flavor: Sweet malt up front, with moderate bitterness cutting the sweetness a bit. Hop flavor is mostly missing, but malt flavor is complex and satisfying: toasted nuttiness, slight caramel flavors, and at the finish, a springy cereal character with a gentle sugariness. Hop bitterness lingers but a moment, but helps the perception of drying the sweetness.

Body is medium, pleasantly creamy texture.

Very strong effort here. It stands out against most lagers I can think of from American micros.

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Photo of mjurney
4.12/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Deep amber color, clear. Good amount of carbonation rising up. Thich frothy head.

Barley malts, caramel, earthy.

Malty, toasted, caramel, a little sweetness. Hop bitterness is moderate, mainly earthy-leafy, a little spicy. Finish is semi dry. Body is medium, well carbonated, smooth, dry, a little crisp.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.09/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a really clear slightly reddish golden color with a ¼” head of small white bubbles (not very "Amber"). The head stuck around for every bit of a minute to end up being a pretty substantial ring around the top of the beer. Some pretty long lived lacing is left on the glass for some time after drinking.

Aroma: Sweet light crystal malt aroma with a little bit of a dry toast presence. A real subtle floral note is noticeable deep within the beer along with an almost British malt driven butteryness.

Taste: Really mild flavor, and definitely light enough that you could pound these back for most of the evening. Even though it is pretty light flavored, there is still a very noticeable sweetness that give you the impression that it finished with some remaining girth (TG=1.010?). The carbonation is adequate to keep the beer tasting alive without making it seem watery. The finish is also sweet with only enough hops to keep if from being cloying…while there is a bit of floral hops noticeable late in the finish. I don’t pick up any flaws.

Opinion: Well, this style of beer doesn’t mean to be too big, so you can’t expect it to be bold. It does cross your palate like a well intended beer, and not some ill-conceived macro-crap like Zeigenbock or the like. I really like the maltier beers, but I would actually have to say in this case that they may want to bump up the bittering just a tad as it leaves the palate very plain. The sweet balance and attenuation are all good and make it a refreshing, yet sufficiently flavorful beer. I could definitely see buying a 6-pack of this stuff to bring to a get-together when I have to drive myself home.

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Photo of Bagman007
4.06/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Clear amber coloring with very little red.

S- Has a scent of an even mixture of malts and sweet hops.

T- Fairly good balance, but it seems more malty than hoppy. Can't really taste the hops that much. Definitely kind of sweet.

M- Well carbonated and an extremely smooth beer.

D- Extremely drinkable. Definitely a session beer.

Overall a great Amber beer from my local Fort Worth brewery. I highly recommend it if you can get your hands on it.

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Photo of sgt_187em
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

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Photo of Dizzy
3.98/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours reddish brown, with a white head that recedes relatively quickly. Aroma is malts, some toasted malts. Flavor is mostly malts, some slight hops evident. Medium-light bodied. This is a great session beer, its low in alcohol, good flavor but not overpowering.

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Photo of LarryKemp
3.98/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Before starting this review, I must confess that I am a friend of Fritz Rahr and think a lot of him and his beers. I have drank all of his beers at the brewery and this is the first of his bottled beers that I have tried.

This beer poured a dark brownish amber that was very clear. Small bubbles drift constantly to the top of the glass. A thick white head that lasted a fairly long time stood aboue the liquid and its remenents cling to the side of the glass.

The aroma is a nice balance between malt and hops and not the kind of balance the zeros both out. As I drink this beer, at times the hops is more promenent and at other times it is the malt.

The malt sweetness takes charge in the taste. There is a little hop bitterness but basically this is a malty tasting beer.

The mouthfeel is a little less than medium and has a smoothness that approaches creaminess. The carbonation plays with the tongue and the roof of the mouth.

This is a fine, fine beer particularly for the first one out of the box. It is evident that Fritz and his staff have taken great pains to get it right the first time. I look forward to trying his other offerings at the brewery and in the bottle.

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Photo of AustinBeerLvr
3.93/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 12 ounce bottle into a pint style glass. Good dark glass bottle, just missing a freshness date!

A: Awesome amount of head! Nice dark golden amber color. The only thing that is missing is a little more lacing on the glass.

S: Surprisingly very hoppy for an amber lager. Very little malt noticeable. Mostly clean hops, reminds me of a helles.

T &M: Some caramel sweetness up front is quickly toned down by some very clean hops that quickly take over. Slight sweetness rides through and bitterness at the end is fairly minimal. Mouthfeel seems to be appropriate for the style, as this seems to be aimed at being a fairly easy drinking beer.

D: This is a very good lager. From the pour and description, I expected it to taste like a Vienna Lager, something like a Sam Adams Boston Lager. However, this brew doesn't have the complex malt flavors of other darker lagers I have tried. That being said, I still really like the taste of this beer. This would be a great choice to give to the guy who thinks all "dark beers" taste very strong, and introduce him to the wonderful world of craft beer. I would defenitely buy it again.

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Photo of Morris729
3.91/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I must say that I do love the Rahr bottle labels—especially this one with the crimson background and black silhouette of a longhorn head. It sort of has a “beast from Hell” look to it. As for the beer, it pours a medium amber color with a thick and frothy white head that very slowly recedes into a fluffy lace—very nice. The nose possesses some light floral notes but overall is a bit subdued. The taste begins with lightly caramel malts and a mild fruitiness followed by notes of black tea and a mildly spicy hop bitterness towards the finish. Smooth and easy-drinking—a great session beer.

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Photo of infinitebruner
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.

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Photo of TastyTaste
3.88/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. Brown glass bottle. Thanks to assurbanipaul for the sample. Pours a very nice scarlet red color, that is a nice bright color when held to light. Smell is faintly grassy, somewhat carmely, and slightly nutty. Big malt flavors dominate this beer, making a nice balance between roasted malt and grassy flavors. Mouthfeel is full and robust, and drinkability is also very pleasing.

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Photo of assurbanipaul
3.85/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark caramel color with a thin head. Aroma is a mild malty sweetness with a trace of hops.

Taste is mostly caramel malts but a faint bittering of hops lends a gentle spiciness and body. Flavor is just barely shy of a pale ale.

Medium body but balanced and does not grow tiring. A very good session beer, it definitely grows on you after a while.

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Photo of Premo88
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 (for a bit cheaper price). who says lagers can't stand toe-to-toe with ales?

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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.82/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smells of low malty sweetness – toasty caramel - low fruity floral hop. Pours orange copper – clear – low head. Tastes of warm malt – low floral hop – lightly spicy – caramel sweetness – nice little tartness – medium-low bitterness. Thin body – medium spicy carbonation – tart with just a hint of dryness. Final thoughts: Really grows on me. A smooth and refreshing, easy, nice summer beer. I would imagine Rahr’s Red would session great.

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Photo of kbub6f
3.8/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One finger of pale tan, dense, foamy, slow head. Nice again. The beer is slightly hazy and a dark red-brown. Sheets and swoops of lacing. Sugar in the nose, nuts, a little soap. Malty, nutty, sweet and fruity up front. The middle shows thick malt and fruit, dark caramel. Tangy fruity and really very bitter at the end. It's good: quite fruity and nutty with solid caramel. Moreso with temperature. This is really much better warm.

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Photo of Beerdrinker254
3.79/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the time I ran across an amber lager. I've tried several amber ales in the past, but not a lager.

One thing I noticed from this amber lager is there is a nice crispness to it; which compliments the beer's thin mouthfeel. As I drink this I think I still prefer a solid amber ale, but this is a nice refreshing change.

There is nothing spectacular to note from it's smell. It has the general malt smell that I've experienced from several other ambers, and nothing really stuck out.

It taste is what I expected from an amber beer. It has a very bready, malty taste; which is consistent with a lot of ambers I've had. It's one of the things I like about it ambers. The bottom line is that it tastes good, and I can see myself turning this into a session beer.

On the six pack packaging it says Texas Red. I find this fitting since I absolutely see myself drinking this along side a bowl of Texas Red. For those of you who are unclear on what Texas Red is, it is true Texas Chili.

I recommend giving this beer a try. It is nothing exceptional, and I do not see myself rushing to the store to buy another six pack. It is a solid all round lagerthat is easy to drink, and the color is really something worth mentioning. I gave it a 4.5 because it looks fantastic to me.

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Photo of Labeorphile
3.79/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a lint glass. Solid two finger had with sticky lace all the way down. Nice coppery color with good bubble support.

Nose is a good balance of caramel and malt, hing of hoppiness, but not a lot.

Taste lines up with the nose. Maltiness in the front end with the caramel and hop bitterness coming through in the finish.

Good, slightly thick, mouthfeel makes this beer very drinkable and enjoyable. I'm not much of a lager fan and prefer ales, but this has a flavor complexity and solid maltiness that may change my mind.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
3.73/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Great thick frothy head with insane retention. Nice amber color.

Smell: is of toasted and caramel malts. Apple phenol comes out. WOW! I am impressed. Torn between the .5s on apperance and smell so I balanced it out. It could be 4.5, 4.5 more like 4.75 appearance, 4.25 smell.

Taste is of toasted malts with a caramel malt sweetness. Hop bitterness is moderately low but provides a slight pineyness and citrusiness. The hop flavor is not strong enough for me to identify it 100%. I may be unfamiliar with the hop style as these beers are supposedly made with mostly german hops and I cannot identify them that well. Overall, this beer is good. But it is a little too sweet and needs a little more fullness.

Smooth mouthfeel but somewhat watery.

This beer is very easy to drink but somewhat lackluster. Very quaffable and a beer I would drink watching football with my friends so I could pay attention.

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Photo of BeerSox
3.72/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pilsner glass, no exp. date.

Pours burnt orange with a fizzy egg shell head, about one finger thick. Settles into a frothy cap, with patchy lacing.

Bit of a sweet soy like aroma, also inpires thoughts of caramel.

Light malty flavor with a light hop finish. Aftertaste is slighty metallic. Nothing spectacular about the flavor, mostly what you would expect from a middle-colored lager. Sweeter flavors emerge as the beer warms.

Light bodied with higher carbonation, with a bit of a bite from the hops. Finishes dry with the metallic taste.

This is a nice beer to have on a warm sunny day. You can knock back a few of these without a problem.

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Photo of Penrodeo
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
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...

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Photo of ppoitras
3.66/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from assurbanipaul as part of Too Much Beer (2MB) BIF. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1 1/2" beige head over the amber brew. Head fades very slowly, with hearty hunks of lacing throughout. Aroma is balanced, lightly fruity. Taste has a light malt sweetness, nicely balanced by somewhat generic hoppy bitterness. Mouthfeel is good, with a clean finish, and drinkability is very good in the session type of way. A beer to have when you're having more than one, perhaps.

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

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.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
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.

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