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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Reviews: 72 | Ratings: 281
Photo of jwff
3.4/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Since I'm in Denton givin my bud GP a visit I figured I'd try some of the local stock. Pours a dark orange that's crystal clear.. I like it. Smell is some grain/syrupy sweetness that surely does not offend. Taste is in the same line of smellin, except with some seltzery carbonation to finish the job. This beer sits well in the mouth and stomach, and would be very drinkable with even the greasiest of entrees.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 beerdiablo
3.38/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Fort Worth's Rahr brewery has taken the low road in beer.
By that I mean lagers. Bottom fermenting, get it?

Rahr's Red lager is an interesting addition to the line and is the brewer's favorite. Keeping with Rahr's style, this beer is very smooth, making it easy
to have 2-3 back to back in a session without weighing heavy on
your palate.

It does cause a bit of friction on the palate if too cold, the roasted, sweet flavors come out as the brew warms up and that's how I would recommend it - higher than what is currently shown on BA.

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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 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 BeerAngel
3.36/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

While this beer pours a beatiful clear pale amber/orange color with a soft and thick cream colored head, the smell is quite subtle. What's there smell pretty nice, but quite muted. The aroma consists of a soft grain with a slight hop presence. The taste is a smooth grainy taste with fresh cut grass notes and a small jagged edge of hop bitterness combined with the carbonation. This is a very light bodied beer that finishes slightly dry and roasty. Despite the somewhat smooth characteristic of this beer, drinkability isn't quite what I expected. Still a solid beer, but perhaps not my favorite style. Nonetheless, I hope Rahr does very well! Thanks to Aunt Beckie for bringing me this beer. Cheers!

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 kindestcut
3.4/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Rahr Red pours a dark red with little to no head. Of course, since this was a pour I didn't actually see (as are most of my tap reviews) I don't really take this into account when reviewing.

The aroma is faint with a typical amber malt/hops equilibrium. The taste is lighter than I would have expected. The maltiness is very subdued and the hops exist only as a background flavor.

This could be a better beer and I hope one day it is.

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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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Texas Red Amber Lager from Rahr & Sons Brewing Company
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