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 thirdeye11
2.6/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Presentation: Poured from draft tap into Rahr Stormcloud IPA 20oz imperial pint glass.

A: The beer pours a really nice red and amber color, but without any head and very minimal lacing. Color is great though.

S: Maybe some cascade hops in the taste, now that I'm reading it is also a lager I'm understanding the flavor profile a bit more. Nothing really stand out in the nose, but it smells like a good beer.

T: Taste is very odd. As with all Rahr beers the malt profile is bitter and I don't like that about them. It stays on your palette for a while. This is not one of their better offerings because the lager bite hurts the bitterness further. Maybe some cascade hops in the taste too though, not my favorite variety.

M: Really average in every way. Carbonation, weight, are all just average. Not bad or good in any way.

D: I couldn't have more than one of these unless it was the only beer left at the brewery.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
2.6/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The beer poured into the glass slightly hazy golden copper with and off-white head which lasted well to lace the glass.

The aroma was caramel with a light spice and earthiness.

The flavor was astringent with light caramel and a decent hop bittering. The tannins in the flavor were not good at all.

The finish was more astringent mouthfeel with a lasting grainy and husky flavor into the aftertaste. The body was medium light. This was a very poorly crafted brew that while supposedly a lager was not clean at all and was not very tasty. Skip it.

12 ounce bottle.

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Photo of rgrholmes168
2.8/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

The beer poured with a one finger head. The foam quickly disappated and little lace was left behind. The beer is dark brown/red with a little bit of carbonation.

Only after reading the bottle, I could detect a slight caramel smell.

The taste of Rahr beer can be touch and go at times. I could taste the malt coming through. The taste wasn't bad, but not good.

The mouthfeel left a little bit to be desired.

Drinkability- average.

Not a bad beer, but I wish that my local brewery put out a better product.

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Photo of TexIndy
2.93/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle with no dates. Nice light amber color with a good head to start. The smell was on the bland side and malty without any noticeable hops. I was really hoping to like this one since it's local and wanting to support local efforts. Unfortunately, the taste followed the smell and was pretty bland. It had no hops and was weak and a somewhat watery (mouthfeel very watery as well). There are others in the style that I like so not a style issue. This one is on-par with most macros for me. Don't recommend unless to mark off list. (2.5, NA, ML, N)

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Photo of Higravity
2.93/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Well this was the loser of the bunch and I by loser I mean not as good as the others from Rahr. Nice color, amber quick disapearing white head. Smells of lager yeast and muncih malt sweetness. Taste is blandish and a little indifferent, there is some toffee kind of flavors here but not enough, still it is clean and it would do well for a session whistle wetting beer.

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Photo of lawman834
2.94/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Clear and Quite Red. Thin off-white head dissipates quickly.

S-Skunky. This is my 2nd Rahr Offering (Ugly Pug Black) and it smelled the same way. Beyond the skunkiness, there is some roasted malt. No hops.

T-Skunky. It carries right over from the smell. Beyond that, it's pretty watery.

M-Thin and watery.

D-This beer has an acceptable drikability despite it's shortcomings. Not really enjoyable, but it's not hard to drink.

I really want to like this brewery because it's in DFW, but I'm afraid that I'm done trying thier less than stellar offerings.

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Photo of charlesw
2.95/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Well, you know, I'm pretty surprised that this scores higher than, well, the Red Tail Ale that I just had. I mean, well, yeah. I liked the Red Tail better. So, that's not much for constructive criticism, is it? Well... It's very light on the body. Hmm. Looking at the different weights on the different parts I guess I see the problem - too much weight on the appearance. Well, this one sure looks nice - a deep amber with a smallish white head. Yes, the head is quickly gone, but the lacing lasts. The taste isn't, well, bad or anything - it's just so light and airy... There's not much there to taste! No hops, very light malts, thin. I guess that's much my experience with this one - thin... Not bad, or anything, but I can't really see myself going out and buying this to have this, you know?

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Photo of aappleby
2.95/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Tried this while visiting my folks in Arlington - a bit disappointing. Flavor is generic malty, nothing amazing. Little head, minimal body. My impression was that it reminded me of a Samuel Adams Boston Lager that had been watered down. The other reviews of this beer were rather more positive, perhaps I just stumbled upon a bad batch.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
2.95/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, I picked this up from Central Market in Fort Worth while we were staying with a friend. The beer pours a dark amber-red with a thin, white, foamy head. There was a light aroma of semi-sweet caramel, but very subtle. Flavors are dark toasted malt initially, with some subtle hopping at the end. Smooth, but watery, especially on the finish. The aftertaste is sweet and slightly balanced with hops. This is an average red, and would make a decent go-to for guests that may not be fans of craft in general to start them on the road of transition.

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Photo of videofrog
2.98/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Rep'd Cowtown all the way by pouring a 12 oz bottle into my TCU pint glass.

A: Nice amber color with a quickly dissipating white foamy head. No white lacing.

S: Very average here. Smell of biscuity malt and slight hops. Typical amber lager here in every way.

T: Pretty typical here as well. Again, the sweet, biscuity malts. Slight hops in the finish. Got a little of the tartness that others mentioned.

M: A little on the thin side for an amber lager. Carbonation was light. Mouthfeel clean and a little thin on the finish.

O: Good session beer to support my local brewery with. Nothing special, but nothing wrong with it, either. I tend to prefer limited and seasonal brews from Rahr's. Good gateway for BMC light lager drinkers.

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Photo of rowew
3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12 oz longneck, no freshness info. Picked up a six pack on a recent trip to the DFW area.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a medium head, very good retention.

Smell: Bready malts and a bit of sweetness.

Taste: Just like the smell - bready malts, a bit of sweetness, and no hint of hops what so ever.

Overall impression: meh. Very average amber lager - drinkable, but I certainly wouldn't seek this out again, and would probably take a Shiner instead if given the choice.

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.01/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle courtesy of Mushroomcloud.

Pours a clear peach color with a small white head that fades.Mild lacing on the glass.

Aroma is very delicate - just a slight amount of malt detected with a mild fruitiness.

Taste is very light and malty upfront with just a slight fruitiness. No noticable hops, very light bitterness. Not bad, just not much flavor.

Body is very thin, carbonation is on the low side.

I had no problems drinking this, but just not much to it at all. It's greatest value is that it would be very refreshing in the hot summer sun.

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Photo of fjordhook
3.01/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this on tap at the rahr brewery during the national championship.

appearance: brownish red in color, at first glance it doesn't look too bad

smell: very hoppy and malty smell, nothing out of the ordinary

taste: just as it smells it was a very hoppy and malty beer, has the same bite i found in other rahr beers

mouthfeel/drinkability: felt surprisingly smooth even though i felt it lacked in taste

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Photo of DefenCorps
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.

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Photo of tronester
3.03/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear dark reddish amber, with a thin tan head. Smells strongly of biscuit malt, and a hint of vinegar. Taste up front is major biscuit (victory) malt, thin malty middle, and an extremely tart finish. A hint of earthy hops in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel was nice, and smooth, however, with medium carbonation levels. Drinkability was below average, this beer just wasn't too appealing to me. IMO they used WAAAY too much victory malt, and the beer got more tart the more I drank.

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Photo of sweett3k
3.08/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Was in the Dallas airport so I bellied up to the bar and ask the server, give your best Texas hand crafted brew. She gave me this beer in a pint glass and there was no head and had a reddish copper color. I would compare this beer to a Killigans. Had notes of rye and malt. Very light and easy to drink. Wish Texas has better beer.

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Photo of beeragent
3.13/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle, into a pint glass. The beer pours a dark copper/reddish color, forming a 1/2 inch tan head, that leaves light spots of lace on the glass. The aroma is very light, consisting light malts, and what smells like grain. The taste is also a bit lacking in flavor, starting with a hint of malts, and ending with a touch of hops. By no means complex. Smooth light mouthfeel. If it were'nt for the lack of flavor, this could be a very drinkable ale, but no flavor equals bad beer. Overall, this just seemed like a "light beer." However, I could see using this beer as a starting point for BMC drinkers wanting to expand.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.13/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: Fairly neutral aroma with hints of honey and caramel
Appearance: Deep red with good clarity in the glass, a thin collar of light tan lasts a while but doesn’t lace.
Flavor: A slightly bitter twang to a roasted malt base. I get some mineral flavors and a good dose of hops.
Mouthfeel: Medium body, a bit fizzy.
Overall Impression: A bit harsh overall for a red with the malts seemingly a bit over roasted or perhaps over-sparged (a bit astringent). I had no trouble drinking this and I’ll pick some more up next time I see it. My first sample from the tap seemed a bit more mellow and tasty.

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Photo of ccrida
3.21/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Cousin's BBQ in the Dallas Airport, poured into a plastic cup, Rahr's Red is a murky pale aubrun brown with a small, tight and creamy khaki head.

Smell is mostly caramel, and butterscotch, something about it is a little off - so much so the bartender insisted on pouring me a generous sample first, because "people either love it or hate it." Probably just a fragile beer in dirty tap lines that has kicked fast enough. But having never had it, I dunno, she said the taps don't change even if the kegs do so maybe not.

Taste is simple, malty and sweet, cleaner then the nose, which had a little tang to it. Reminiscent of birch beer.

Mouthfeel is watery, with a lighter body.

Drinkability isn't bad, I didn't care for the smell at all, but the taste was fine...but not so much that I opted for a whole pint! Nevertheless, if I was served this at a keg party or something, I'm probably have no problem drinking a few.

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Photo of kmpitz2
3.21/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Lets see what this brings us. The beer pours a nice clean clear amber color with a finger of head that falls to coat the beer. The nose is slight caramel and lotso f other business that I don't like. I would guess its is hop that doesn't giveo ff the good smell, but there is definately something. The flavor is just okay. The hop is not as offensive, but it just tastes dirty with a metallic aftertaste. There is some caramel sweetness in there, but the hop hides it. The feel is rather thin and bubbly. I would like at least a medium body. This is definately not my favorite beer. The nose and flavor are just not nice, and the feel is lacking.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
3.22/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A fair offering from Texas. Pours out to a light amber color with a small white head. Medium low carboantion, some notes of lace. Aromas of caramel malts and grassy earth. Not bad. Taste was light and slightly bland; dry malts mix with medium bodied hops. Mouthfeel is mediocre, with some smoothness about itself. Drinkability is north of average. This isn't great stuff, but it's definitly worthy of drinking. Special thanks goes out to assurbanipaul for the sample.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The color is a pale shade of amber with a tall, thick head. The aroma is of mild malt strength with a touch of caramel. The taste isn't as full-flavored as expected, this seems a little watery. The smooth malt body is enhanced by a caramel flavor mixed with a mild smokiness. A touch of herbal German hop flavor rounds this beer out. Drinkability is good, but, for flavor, there are better amber lager choices out there.

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Photo of Melchizedek
3.3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bit light in color, clear goldish amber, with a very nice head that hung on most of the way down the glass.

Smell is pretty standard American red/amber lager style, a bit of a funky malt bittersweetness, trending towards the sweet, grainy side, with metallic overtones. Taste doesn't introduce much new; malt a bit caramel-like, some biscuity flavors, with a hop bite that doesn't come through in the nose. It finishes more to the biscuity side. Mouthfeel is a little slick and somewhat thin, with carbonation perhaps a touch too strong.

This is a perfectly serviceable beer, more interesting than a macro and easy to enjoy without thinking too much about it. This would go nicely with barbecue, methinks.

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Photo of teg8612
3.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a reddish amber. Light and clear. Low white head.

S- Very subtle aroma of malt, some fruit.

T- Mild carmel maltiness with a tinge of fruity sweetness. Dry and not bitter with only mild hops at the finish.

M- Mild carbonation and low malt gives this a light bodied feel. Very clean.

D- Not a big beer and lighter which is fine as the style isn't big in nature. Not as much body as other Reds but it is pretty good. Very drinkable and refreshing. Session away with this one.

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Photo of skillerified
3.35/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very real red color, burnt amber really, with very little head fading quickly to no head. Clear and sharp. Mild carbonation. Nothin' to write home about here.

Two scents seem to pop up here. A fairly generic malt scent, nothing specific, just malt, and a sweet and equally generic floral scent. Again, nothing special here, neither good nor bad.

Sweet with a very bread-like and yeasty character. Just a small hint at that floral or herbal character in the nose. Nothing specific again.

Definitely on the lighter side of medium. Carb is good, adds just enough to the feel to let you know it's there. Sweet, but not overly, relatively well balanced.

A rather pedestrian beer. Maybe a decent session brew. Not really bad or good, I'd say. Brewed to compete with Shiner maybe? It's a little lighter, dryer and crisper than Shiner Bock. Maybe a decent alternative. At least it knows what it is, an Amber Lager, instead of calling itself a Bock, which Shiner really is not.

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