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 wejohnsn
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.

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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 johnnyd10vt
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.

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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 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 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 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 KTCamm
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.

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Photo of ZBowden
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.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
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.


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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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Photo of a0lbudman
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

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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 Boto
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.

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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 ranger7
3.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Hofbrau mug.
Drank on the side with a bowl of chili.
Not "Red Amber Lager", but "Texas Red" (from the six pack).

A - Amber (duh) with a thin layer of white foam.

S - Typical lager aroma; kind of creamy and malty.

T - Pretty good, nice balance: some malt and some hops.

M - Some carbonation, but not too much for the style. Light, but flavorful.

Summary - Nice. I like a lager every now and then and Rahr's is a pretty good one. It's not outstanding, but enjoyable, and it goes nice with some chili or maybe a burger.

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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 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 JacksonATX
3.39/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very nice red lager. Color is absolutely perfect and out of the bottle had a surprisingly good head on it. Very creamy and malty beer. I'd say its very drinkable, with slight hop notes, but has an over all smooth taste. A little caramel flavor on the back end.

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Photo of JMad
3.49/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Drank from an English pub glass...

The beer pours an amber copper color with a bubbly tan head that quickly faded. Smells of nutty malt, dried fruit, caramel and its a bit vegetal. The taste is mostly bready malt flavors with some caramel, toasted nuts and earthy/ lemon hops. The beer is medium bodied with more carbonation than it should have and a very dry finish. This is an excellent amber/ red, I think I would choose this over most other ambers.

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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 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 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 NickTsU
3.45/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Beer poured a little head, and even had to aggravate myself and even then quickly dissapated.

S - Smell of caramel malt and light hops.

T - caramel and malt and a touch of hops. A very clean and refreshing beer.

M - A lighter bodied beer with slight carbonation.

D - This beer is clean and refreshing and will definately be having several of these with no problem.

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