Bombshell Blonde - Southern Star Brewing Company

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Bombshell BlondeBombshell Blonde

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Reviews: 205
Hads: 543
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 7.24%
Wants: 20
Gots: 140 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Southern Star Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  5.25% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: armock on 10-25-2008

A rich, creamy golden colored ale fermented at a cool temperature to give a clean finish. Hints of yeasty bread and a touch of hops combine to make a beer that is truly more than the sum of its parts.

20 IBU

Malt: Rahr Special Pale, Wyermann Vienna
Hops: Saphir, Sterling
Yeast: California Ale
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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.35/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a perfect pint.

3.0 A: Moderately hazed golden brownish color. One finger of frothy white head. Retention is a touch below average and no lacing is left.

3.0 S: Grassy/hay and lemon. Light biscuity maltiness and yeasty breadiness. The nose is pretty faint overall though.

3.5 T: Grassy hops with hay, lemongrass, and lemon zest. Pleasant biscuity sweetness with a light yeastiness. As good as the nose, but more powerful.

3.5 M: Light to lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Crisp despite the yeastiness and smooth. Could use some more creaminess though.

3.5 D: Fairly tame, but tasty and easy to drink. (632 characters)

Photo of DavidST
3.3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a pint can into a pint glass, non canned date. This pours a near clear light yellow color with a large off white head which has goo retention and leaves a lacing. The smells are of light grassy hops and crisp malts, something closer to a pilsener. The feel is medium to light. The taste is okay, pretty light with a little malts and hops, disappointing. (365 characters)

Photo of number1bum
3.3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

More thanks go out to krisandajt for this can.

Pours a cloudy tangerine-tinted, rich golden color with about one finger of ivory head. I would have expected a lighter color given that they call it a blonde ale. Keeps a thin but nto very full lace and leaves a bit of stick here and there.

Smell is lemony and sweet, with a bready quality to it. This smells an awful lot like a pale ale to me, with the citrus hops and some pale malt sweetness.

Taste stats off with some sweet malt, bread and a bit of grassy hop flavor. Biggest hop flavor is lemon, with a zesty quality to it. The finish is pretty sweet; too sweet in my opinion. Some good flavor here, but I need something to cleanse this sweetness off my tongue...

The mouthfeel on this one is way off from what I'd expect in a blonde or a lighter beer of any kind. It's a solid medium body but has a cloying quality with the sweet finish. Carbonation is pretty low, and it just finishes messy and leaving me want a sip of water.

Meh, I'm not in love with this one. It's decent, but odd. I'm not sure what kind of occasion I'd want to drink this on. It's not crisp or refreshing enough (it's not refreshing at all) to be a go to summer beer in my opinion, and that's the one place I could see it fitting. It doesn't, though. A puzzling little beer. I don't think I'd come back to it. (1,342 characters)

Photo of SuperNova777
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz can into a pint glass

A:Poured a golden color with small frothy head that quickly resides with no lacing at all

S:Has a sweet malty smell along with bread notes in the mix as well

T:Pretty mellow, small malt sweetness, and not as much bread notes as detected by the smell. Finishes out fairly smooth with nothing great going on with the aftertaste

M:Ligth body with not much carbonation

D:Not a horrible brew for the style. Decent creamy body with a smooth finish and easy drinkability

Probably will not have this one again thou... (556 characters)

Photo of ryanmac06
3.24/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - It looks just like a ABA should look like with the welcomed addition of potential for a 1-2 finger frothy head. Pored a hazy golden color.

S - The smell of this beer is very subdued. It doesn't lend anything to the taste of this beer. There is a faint bland malt smell

T - If there was any nose on this beer it would definitely help the taste. The beer comes in with a very bread dominated taste. Unfortunately the beer is not as well balanced as I would like and is overly malty. I realize this is a Blonde Ale but it comes across a bit bland.

M - The beer comes off thick and does a great job at coating the mouth. It starts think and finishes clean. The amount of carbonation exactly right for me.

D - This is a very easy drinking beer that is refreshing. If there were more balance in taste I think it would definitely add to it's drinkability. (859 characters)

Photo of jujubeast6000
3.24/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Reviewed 10/25/2008 (Draft @ Southern Star Brewery, Conroe, TX):

Pours a golden yellow colored amber body, with a frothy white head, good lacing, somewhat diminishing. Somewhat fruity aroma, some pale hoppiness. No very strong. Hoppy dryish taste. Tasty light taste. Creamy-like. (280 characters)

Photo of steve8robin
3.22/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

First brew I have ever tried from this brewery. 12oz can...

A: A slightly clear / slightly hazy golden straw color with a small white head that fades quickly to a lace. Decent.

S: A mild, hidden wheat scent upfront with not much else going on. A slight tea scent. Eh.

T: A hint of spicy strong wheat upfront blended with some tea in the middle and almost some mild spice and almost pumpkin flavors on the backend. Very easy and smooth. Good.

M: Medium body with a fabulous carbonation! A nice bready finish. Very good.

O: All in all, this is a solid brew. Not much going on in the scent but a very easy and natural taste. Great to try if you like session brews and have access. (682 characters)

Photo of tempest
3.21/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a can at Whole Foods. Clean but a bit boring. Just very subtle pale malt and a hint of herbal hops. This is a very light tasting ale, though the body isn't too thin. It's a fine lawnmower beer, probably a good beer for a party with mixed beer appreciation, but I wouldn't buy it for myself. (300 characters)

Photo of seeswo
3.21/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy yellow with a full white head. Smells like a slightly soured belgian ale. Taste is like lemon-rind and tea brewed bready malts. Just a hint of that soured nose. Really odd. Mouthfeel is big carbonation and a medium body. Overall, this beer is alright. Something seems off. (283 characters)

Photo of tubeyes
3.17/5  rDev -15%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Not much head, minimal carbonation, deep amber, somewhat hazy yellow cloudiness
S- Little nose, dog park, grassy, clean
T- Some citrus, estery, wheaty
M- Light, crisp, nice aftertaste
O- Subtle after bite after swallowing, little lacing. Had in shaker pint at OSDH in Denton, paired with Mellow Mushroom's Red Skin Potato Pie pizza. They were both delicious.
[from note, drank 7/1/12] (387 characters)

Photo of maximum12
3.16/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to TexasStout for this can in a recent trade. Really enjoyed the Pine Belt Ale, looking to go 2 for 2 on Southern Star.

Poured into my New Belgium snifter and bubbles up with a big blond wig to go with the rather nice blond body. Smells a bit pale & grassy.

Bombshell doesn't quite live up to her name. The malt turns it very biscuity, with a background of cut grass in plastic bags that have just started to get wet. Ever so slight hop presence, as if they're just along for the ride. Pretty gentle. Easy to drink.

Decent enough beer. Once you get beyond her looks, there's not much to her. (604 characters)

Photo of FLima
3.15/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Slightly hazy golden color with practically no head.
Yeasty aroma with hints of smoke and papaya.
Flavor of yeast, lots of grains and hay, papaya with cassis liquor, lemongrass, minerals and medicinal herbal hops. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Light body with appropriate carbonation
Decent blond ale, though I don't really like the hay and papaya combo.
Ap.3 Ar.3 Sab.3,25 Sens.3 Cj.3,25 (385 characters)

Photo of Premo88
3.09/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

12 oz. can poured into nonic
(paper label on can says 11/24/14 ... bought can as a loose single at HEB, and no dating on actual can)

L: 50/50 opaque/clear gold ... no amber in it but there floaties, lots of them which is standard for Southern Star; decent 1/2-inch head of white foam that disappears quickly but leaves a tidy tight collar; slight lacing

S: creamed corn, corn, sour grain

T: sweet creamed corn ... malty mush with only the slightest hint of a black-pepper/English hop bitterness in the lingering aftertaste; loads of grain; hay

F: very nice ... an easy drinker with average carbonation

O: mostly a creamed corn mush but that lingering bitterness, though very subtle, helps smooth out the big sweetness up front; typical of the style, it's got a lot of American adjunct lager-like taste to it, but there's nothing wrong with it at all. a beer best suited for the hot months and while not remarkable in any way, I might call for one from time to time out and about. (990 characters)

Photo of RDHerm
3.08/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received as an extra in a recent trade.

Pours a deep, opaque golden yellow color with yellow highlights. Has a very thick white head that thins out pretty quick, leaving a solid ring that holds for the duration. Decent amount of lacing for a beer of this style.

Light aroma. Strong notes of sweet malts and bread, with a hint of honey and a slight touch of hops.

Taste is rather bland. Initial flavor of sweet malts, balanced out with a slight hoppy bitterness. There is a solid note of citrus throughout, and just a little bit of spice. Taste leaves the pallet almost immediately.

Lighter body. Great carbonation level. Crisp, smooth, and quite refreshing.

This is not a bad tasting beer by any means, it's just on the unimpressive side. Even still, it's light, smooth, and refreshing, and for someone looking for a beer they can suck down a few of on a lazy afternoon, this is honestly a solid choice. (909 characters)

Photo of Reaper16
3.05/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz. can served into a pint glass

Pours a golden darkish-straw color. Somewhat hazy. A finger's worth of off-white head yields minimal lacing. Not much to say here; it's a boring looking blonde ale. Average stuff.

There isn't much at all going on in the nose. Biscuity malts dominate. But I also get a floral hop component: some honeysuckle, some dandelion. It's too grainy to really be anything higher than average, though.

Also, this beer bores on the palate. A grainy, bready malt base provides a skeleton. Too bad there isn't much flesh (in this metaphor) to make use of it. I get some white grapeskin flavor and there's a major plant stem characteristic going on.

The carbonation level seems alright; along with the beer's medium body, the mouthfeel is Bombshell Blonde's most appealing characteristic. Ultimately, though, I find this to be a boring, bland example of the blonde ale style. When people say that they don't usually like blonde ales, it's because of snooze-fests like this offering. (1,007 characters)

Photo of robwestcott
3.05/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

thanks to drabmuh for this one.

poured from the can to a sun king shaped pint glass a cloudy honey'd sunlight orange with a thin wispy, short lasting head leaving little, if any, retention.

aroma of earthy hops and not much else.

again, earthy hops, maybe a hint of sweet malt - a little one dimensional this one.

thin, highly carbonated, bubbling on the palate.

drinkable ? i suppose, but i don;'t think i'd have another.

but hey, the label is way cool. (460 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.03/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

"I speak two languages: Body and English."

--Mae West

Pumpkin orange with a swirling storm of fine yeasties that remain in suspension. The can reads "Clarity is overrated"... and I couldn't agree more. An airy chunk of bone colored foam looks decent enough and leaves a few stray scraps of lace. The liquid alone is responsible for the above score.

The fact that the nose doesn't impress is more a function of the style than the beer itself. It's mildly earthy and herbal, with a moderate sour fruitiness that might be an issue on the palate. Saphir and Sterling hops don't make much of an olfactory splash.

Bombshell Blonde is not as good as Pine Belt Pale Ale, and that Southern Star Brewing Co. offering was not among my favorites of the style. It doesn't contain much malt and sour fruit plays too big a role in the flavor profile. More ingredients all around is the only way this blonde ale has a chance to seriously compete.

Flavors include pale-to-slightly-toasted grains, unripe peaches, lemon juice... and that's about it. Even though beer of this style isn't (and shouldn't have to be) deep or complex, it needs to bring something more to the table than this. In a word... lackluster.

Using the name as a jumping off point, this SSBC brew is like a moderately attractive movie star with an eating disorder. The body is way too thin and reaches watery long before the finish. Less than committed carbonation doesn't help.

Southern Star Bombshell Blonde should be renamed Pop Gun Blonde. Even that, though, implies more power and personality than this rail thin brew delivers. Each and every one of you, no matter where you live, should be able to find better beer than this. (1,690 characters)

Photo of Ryan011235
2.99/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass on 12/24/09

Slightly hazy & pale shade of medium-light amber. Nearly two finger head seems to hold up well. Pretty good retention & lacing throughout.

Earthy hop aroma with a touch of spiciness. Hints of grain & wheat. Some of the pale malts poke through, though the nose seems muted on the whole. Grassy undertones.

Tastes as the nose would suggest, but stepped up a notch. A decent amount of hoppy bitterness hits upfront; though it tames quickly, spiciness lingers. Moderate malt backdrop via toasted bread. Overall, well balanced & a bit underwhelming.

Lighter side of medium bodied with moderate carbonation; more creamy than prickly. Resin & grainy grit in there. Earthy finish.

Nothing stands out as particularly good or memorable. It's just ok. After this 6 pack, I'm done with this one. (827 characters)

Photo of OWSLEY069
2.96/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a lightly hazy yellow to orange-ish color with a white head. In the aroma, a small dry malt and a note of dry hops. In the taste, a small pine like hop and a dry malt. A smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry pine hop in the aftertaste. A bigger hop than expected, but just ok, kind of average. (314 characters)

Photo of augustgarage
2.83/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Courtesy of lnashsig (thanks!) - poured from a 12oz can into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Hazy orange peel body with faint golden-amber highlights and a lasting small stand of ivory foam. Sandy quick running lacing, average retention.

Smells much like a loaf of fresh (mass produced?) wheat bread - very doughy and sweet with the suggestion of butterscotch as well.

If this were a home-brew I would seriously wonder if a bag of Werther's Originals had been dumped into the wort, as this has a distinctive butterscotch/toffee sweetness similar to granny candy. Hops are AWOL unless they are contributing the faintly medicinal note I'm getting? Vienna malt adds a very delicate breadiness which is nice, but the finish is bordering on cloying. Hard to rate, as I appreciate that it is flavorful, but don't like said flavors...

Medium-light bodied, creamy, and well carbonated.

Partly refreshing, but then much too sweet with a constant butterscotch note (not diacetyl though) which grows very tiresome (although my girlfriend enjoyed it much more than me so YMMV). (1,076 characters)

Photo of chinchill
2.77/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

12 oz can served in a pint glass.
Light amber color; hazy; with a semi-durable head.
Light, watery body with medium carbonation.
Somewhat unappealing aroma with a better flavor.
Still very light flavoring. light citrus. Really needs more malt.
O: no reason to recommend this beer. (282 characters)

Photo of bonk0076
2.77/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy straw color with a very ambitious head that leaves a nice lacing behind. Aroma is slightly sweet, corn, honey and wheat notes. Taste is predominantly sweet, the result of bread, wheat and corn flavors. No bitterness whatsoever in this beer. Features an extremely short finish with no aftertaste at all. (315 characters)

Photo of cavedave
2.76/5  rDev -26%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Exiled for this.

Pours an almost clear gold, topped by a two finger off-white head. Nice look, better than the other two in this style I've tried. Only good feature of this beer.

Smell is all about the yeast, really strong yeast in the nose, not in a good way, with hints of sweet breadiness and grassy hop.

Medium flavor, full of rounded, and also strange, yeast flavors, followed by a bit of bread, finally some light hay flavors. Almost no hop to this, just some stale maltiness and languid sweet in what is a mostly innocuous but hardly delicious brew.

Mouthfeel is brightly carb.'ed, light bodied, not much offensive to the feel with a poor to non-existent finish.

Drinkability is not so good.

Impression: A mostly forgettable beer that I would not recommend unless offered as a freebie. (808 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
2.74/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The Bombshell Blonde Ale from Southern Start is ok. The beer pours a nice clear golden color with bubbly white head that is leaving a spotty lace. The smell is underwhelming, some faint lemon/lemon grass zest. The taste is very sharp, starts with a lemon flare then turns to a grainy/bread finish. The mouthfeel is light to medium with good carbonation. Overall it is a decent beer. (382 characters)

Photo of NewGeneric
2.72/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy golden orange color with medium-thick cream-colored foam that fades at a medium pace, leaving chunks of lacing around the glass.

S: Smells like grass and spent grains. Definitely leaves something to be desired.

T: Big malted barley flavors come through despite the muted nose. Caramel, toffee, nuts, toast, etc. are in season. Better than average, but not really good.

M: Drinks a little bit like soda. Not a ton of body, and my still feels fizzy after I finish swallowing.

D: While it does have some nice flavor going on, the mouthfeel is pretty much enough to say goodnight for me. I'd drink this before a Budweiser, but not much else. (684 characters)

Bombshell Blonde from Southern Star Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 205 ratings.