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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

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

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Reviews: 72 | Ratings: 278
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 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 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 Kromes
3.62/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Went to the Rahr Brewery last night and had this on tap. I had this in the bottle before and it was really awful. I had suspected that the beer was tainted as it was very sour and metallic. Having this on tap, it was like night and day. Although it wasn't a great beer, it was way better than when I had it in the bottle.

Came out brownish red with a decent tan head. The aromas were of all malt, some caramel, no hop aromas here. The flavor was also dominated by malts, a little bit toasted malt and a little bit caramel sweet. Not a bad flavor, just sort of one sided and somewhat normal like a Killians, but I admit that it is definitely better than Killians. I have only had a few other red style lagers, but I would say this is the best of the bunch that I have tried.

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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 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 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 YonderWanderer
3.48/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew pours a dark shade of red, with some signs of carbonation. A bit of foam on top, but not much. Smell is of sweet malt, a hint of roasted grains, and some light hops. The taste follows - this is definitely a malty amber brew. Hops are faint, but present, and the sweetness of the malt dominates. Mouthfeel is smooth and crisp. Overall, this is a pretty good brew, and a great session beer. I'd recommend trying it.

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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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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 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 hiikeeba
3.35/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked up a six pack at Grape Vine Market in Austin.

A - Pours up crystal clear bronze/amber colored with a thin head that dissipates quickly.

S - Aroma, such as it is, is dominated by roasted malt. No hops detected. Almost porter-like.

T - Not very malty. The roast flavor is obvious in the finish. Otherwise, not much flavor. I would have thought this would have had more caramel flavor

M - Highly carbonated, but a little thin.

D - It's a very drinkable beer. Although the roastiness builds up.

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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 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 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 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 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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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 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 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 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 BigRedN
3.63/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes. Consumed during weeklong trip to Ft. Worth.

Appearance: Poured from 12 oz. bottle w/ twist off cap into a pint glass (it was all I had at the hotel besides a red wine glass). The beer is a nice lear amber. A little dark in the middle. Beer has a 1/4 inch head that lasts momentarily, leaves a little lacing.

Smell: Mostly malty, touch of caramel malts. Hop presence not noticed.

Taste: Malty with a touch bitter hop finish. A nice mild, malty, not sweet beer.

Mouthfeel: Smooth with good carbonation. Medium in body, not thin or watery.

Drinkability: Highly drinkable, I enjoyed my 6-pack and would buy again when in Ft. Worth.

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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 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 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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