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Texas Red Amber LagerTexas Red Amber Lager
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Amber / Red Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by TastyTaste on 10-05-2004

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Reviews:
72
Ratings:
278
Avg:
3.43
pDev:
28.28%
 
 
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Reviews: 72 | Ratings: 278
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.

RJT

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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 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 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 Pegasus
3.58/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Deep reddish golden color, with a touch of haziness, a large, persistent white head, and scattered, patchy lacing.

Aroma: Sweet caramel corn and honey notes dominate the aroma, with slight notes of alcohol, and noble hops.

Taste: Light roasted malt flavor with a slight nuttiness from start to finish, and subdued notes of sweet caramel. The finish is rather dry with mild bitter floral hops.

Mouth feel: Smooth and quite pleasant, with soft carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: Smooth and very flavorful, an easy to drink session beer.

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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 bditty187
3.41/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Damn, this one got lost in my DBF for a month.

Clear, dull amber in hue, the liquid is almost coppery. There is a light stream of bubbles that slowly dance to the off-white head. At the apex the bubbles united long enough to create two fingers worth of head. Head retention was respectable. It took a few moments before the subsiding was noticeable; even then a tight cap had good staying power. The subsequent lacing was spotty. On the whole, this beer looks respectable. I’d take her home to mother.

The nose is clean. There are hints of caramel, dried fruits and nuts, and a whisper of grassy hops. The aromas are low in potency; this beer is not saying much. It is not clueing me in here, is this beer trying to be a weak Vienna Lager? Or is this a good Killians? I don’t know. This nose is too neutral for me, I can’t call it inviting.

The palate is a bit clearer on direction. Hell, I don’t need direction or a style really. Does this beer taste good? Yes. It is kind of simple, low malt profile with just a tickle of caramel. Dried fruit, nuts, and honey are in the mix. The hop bitterness is low, I like the grassy undercurrents. This beer taste like a simple Red Lager; what a ubiquitous style... yawn but yum. This beer is a crossover beer, nothing more nothing less. Every brewer needs one. It is a decent beer.

Medium in body, low but natural carbonation; the mouthfeel fits this beer well enough. It is workman-like.

Sure this beer is drinkable. It is also forgettable. If I could buy this beer locally it might warrant a once a year purchase. Of the three beers I’ve tried from Rahr’s this is by far the least impressive. Maybe this beer is just good and the other two were just that special? Whatever the case I am happy I tried it. Thanks assurbanipaul!

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

Pours out a clear amber with a thin head that looks like frothed milk. Leaves substantial lacing. I smell a little toasted malt and some graininess. Very faint floral hops. Up front is the sweet, toasty malt with some cutting bitterness and flowery hop flavors. The aftertaste lingers on with some bready notes. Mouthfeel is light and bubbly, but not overly prickly. A little on the watery side. Not Rahr's greatest, but it's all around pretty decent and a great session beer to boot.

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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 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 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 scootny
3.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from stumac. Served in a tulip tumbler. A ruddy amber with healthy lacing of about two fingers. Spots of it on the glass as I drink. The beer is clear and shows moderately active carbonation.

Smell is sweet malt and roasted grains. Floral hops and a yeast fruityness

Taste is smooth and malty. The roasted smell shows up in the swallow as well as a crackery finish blended with a clean hop bittering.

Mouthfeel features a medium light weight with an active carbonation on the tongue and mouth.

Drinkability is good as it is an easy drinking brew. Good with pizza.

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Texas Red Amber Lager from Rahr & Sons Brewing Company
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