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Bombshell Blonde - Southern Star Brewing Company

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Bombshell BlondeBombshell Blonde

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495 Ratings
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Ratings: 495
Reviews: 199
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 13
Gots: 74 | 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:
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

(Beer added by: armock on 10-25-2008)
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Photo of jeremy2027
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from can to Sam Adams Perfect Pint

Light brown, good head at first then dissipates.

Toasted caramel, slightly nutty flavor. A very interesting Blonde Ale not like any I have tried in the past.

Tastes of roasted malt and caramel.

light mouthfeel, medium carbonation.

A different take on a Blonde ale that works very well. This is my second offering from Southern Star and so far I am diggin their brews. One of the great Texas craft brews that I should have discovered a while ago.

jeremy2027, Jul 01, 2011
Photo of MeatnCheese
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Fairly cloudy for a Blonde, so says on the side of the can "clarity is overrated". Great color with a good half inch frothy head.

S: Slightly tart followed by sweet malts and a citrus and earthy hop finish.

T: Subdued but with good flavor. Grassy, easy malts and light hopping. Good balance but nothing overly exceptional.

M: Very refreshing but again, nothing exceptional. Would have enjoyed it more if it was a little lighter.

Overall a great session beer for the summer. Refreshing and light but with richer flavor. Packaging in cans is a plus for me since most summer activities involve drinking where glass in prohibited.

I would definitely buy this again.

MeatnCheese, Jan 31, 2011
Photo of theghost3
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy light copper with a 2-finger white head. Some head sticks around throughout.

The smell is a good combination of sweet malts, yeast & muted fruits. The taste is slightly bitter from roasted malt & herbal hops. A light fruit flavor is there too. The moutfeel is crisp but smooth.

This is an incredibly drinkable blonde ale. It's perfect on a hot day.

theghost3, Jun 14, 2009
Photo of davexisxrabid
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this in a trade with ottovon, thanks!

Poured into a pint glass. Very cloudy orange color with a nice fluffy 2 inch head. I can see why the back of the can states "clarity if overrated." Lots of visible carbonation. Great retention and lacing during the drinking period.

Aroma is sweet and like cooked mandarin oranges and a pine nut aroma with grassy hops.

Nice caramel and citrus sweet backbone with a touch of buttery flavor and a nice hope bitterness like a dash of lemon rind. Pretty well balanced without letting the sweet malts or bitter hops takeover.

Medium mouthfeel with a slight lingering hop bitterness. Pretty clean, crisp and refreshing. This would be good with a light meal.

Pretty good overall and easily a session beer. The low abv and abundance of flavor make this a cool session brew. Glad I got to try it.

davexisxrabid, Aug 13, 2009
Photo of MattMcGinnis
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Look: A golden blonde vixen with amber highlights, just like the hottie on the can. The beer is hazy with fine bubbles that loft into a light, off-white silky head about a finger-width deep.

Smell: The scent of that darling cowgirl's hair after a roll in the hay; sweet corn, malt, daffodils and toasted oats in a mild, pining breeze.

Taste: I'd kiss this taste right off her lips. Carmel, French bread, malty with a very slight hit of hops in a creamy smooth ale. Its light enough to drink on a hot summer day and rich enough to accompany a meal.

My full review is here: http://whatareyoudrinking.net/2011/01/this-tin-woman-has-heart-bombshell-blonde-ale/

MattMcGinnis, Jan 31, 2011
Photo of billab914
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish shaped pint glass. Pours a cloudy pale gold color with a big fluffy two inch white head. The head settled out but left pretty good lacing on the sides.

The aroma has a moderate bready, grainy malt smell to it with a little citrus and a slightly spicy/herbal aroma from the hops. The taste is malty and slightly sweet with some caramel and bready flavors.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good, the Vienna malt added a nice flavor to it that I enjoyed. It's definitely different then any other American Blonde that I have had before, but it was pretty good.

billab914, Feb 21, 2010
Photo of Cheesemoose
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my pint glass with a solid 3 fingers of head which slowly dissipates into a fine film with no lacing.

A refreshing mild malt aroma, with a slight hoppiness. Earthy and wholesome.

Refreshingly delicious, good bit of maltiness, though not sweet, followed by a nice crispness from the hops. Very smooth, and enjoyable.

Slight carbonation with no alcohol flavors present. All around a very sessionable beer, would pair very well with a light lunch. No strong flavors to overpower any food offerings.

Cheesemoose, Oct 01, 2010
Photo of PEBKAC
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Watching the "Battle 360" series on the History Channel. Choice seems appropriate enough. :)

The can must have taken a hit while shuffling through the fridge... we have a bleeder. Pils glass pour, glass just wide enough to act as a supporting hand & drip tray all in one.

A thick, muggy, honey amber that is not the ditsy blonde I payed upfront for. She has a little grit in her teeth too. Head isn't pretty: a scabby, mushy oatmeal color & consistency, with specks of black pepper/sediment/lice/whatever.

Smell is honey-sweet malt, peppery yeast, mild bittergreen hops, sweat & turning fruit. Too subtle here.

Taste is upfront with dough & soft fruit. Very, very mild grassy & sweet floral hops, even maybe a little like golden tea. Toasted finish.

A touch buttery, with cask-ish carbonation.

A fake blonde, but still a lot of fun. :)

PEBKAC, Aug 15, 2009
Photo of Pegasus
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear depp gold, with moderate, dense white head, which retains well. The lacing is thick and glass-coating, The carbonation moderate.

Aroma: Somewhat sweet a bit like honey, with grassy and lesser grapefruit rind notes.

Taste: Quite malty, the opening of the test is like fresh-baked bread drizzled with honey. As the taste progresses, there are floral hop notes, and towards the close, some mild medicinal hops. The taste finishes rather cleanly.

Mouth fee: Smooth, soft, quite pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: An excellent, refreshing summer beer, very well done.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve-ounce aluminum can, served in a Chimay chalice.

Presentation

Pegasus, Jul 29, 2012
Photo of mryuk
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a very nice golden yellow with 1.5 fingers of creamy head. very unfiltered with a bunch of sentiment.

smell is very light and subdued in general. there is definitely some sweet malty aromas with small but noticeable amount of hops.

taste is smooth and creamy. lots of yeast and maybe a hint of corn. more bitter than expected.

mouth is medium bodied with good carb. very light and refreshing in general.

I enjoyed this beer more than expected. not ususally a lighter beer person but this one worked for me. very light and refreshing. Great summer beer.

mryuk, Feb 27, 2011
Photo of indiapaleale
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour - more amber than blonde in color. Nice carbonation levels with a great looking head. Pretty nice looking pour I must say, I would've missed out on this if I had drank it straight from the can.

Aroma - slight hints of malty, grains and a bit of citrusy hops. Pretty mellow in aroma, nothing too intense but non-offensive that is for sure.

Taste - sweet and tangy with some subtle floral hop flavors. Some similarities between aroma and taste that is for sure. I'd say the maltiness is the biggest surprise this beer has to offer. This is not a watery blonde like some that I've had and stand out as one of the better versions of the style as far as I'm concerned. Nice work Southern Star.

Overall - solid, full-flavored Blonde ale. Nothing too crazy but thats what makes this extremely smooth and easy drinking. Another great candidate for camping and disc golf (or whatever other outdoor activity you find yourself doing).

Would I buy more of it? - sure, if I lived down in Texas I could see myself drinking a few of these from time to time.

indiapaleale, Jan 04, 2010
Photo of jdense
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Six pack of 12 oz. cans carried back from San Antonio, enjoyed with beer buddy 4.25.11.

Cloudy straw yellow body, multiple streams of rapidly rising carbonation under one finger small bubble head, medium dissipation with some lacing. Some fruity esters in the nose, meyer lemon, bready malts. Taste mirrors nose, not a lot going on here. Mouthfeel is on the light side of medium, decent effervescence. Not a lot going on here, but taste pretty good and tres drinkable, I can see myself popping one of these after mowing the lawn on a hot summer day. Very sessionable.

EDIT: After having another can I believe this may be better classified as a Kolsch, big lemony esters. In any case, very refreshing, nice summertime quencher.

jdense, Apr 30, 2011
Photo of zander4dawin
3.89/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A cloudy dark golden beer with a fluffy white head. Smells and tastes bready and rich. Very creamy body, smooth, buttery. Totally not filtered. Best "all-purpose" beer made in Texas. Very little hops added, but comes off as distinctively balanced.

zander4dawin, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of Hops4Pops
3.89/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can.
A: Aggressive pour into a Southern Start pint glass. Good carbonation. Not too much. One half inch head quickly receding into a partially covered surface. Small amount of lacing on side of glass that disappears quickly. Medium golden amber color. Unfiltered and a bit cloudy.
S: Small amount of malt, bread note and barely detectable hops.
T: Light tasting. Tastes just like it smells.
M: Light and creamy with a smooth crisp finish and just a slight bitterness.
O: The gateway beer into the Southern Star craft brewery. Its nice. Certainly nothing out of place here. Very balanced. Could be a good choice for the beach or pool.

Hops4Pops, Dec 19, 2013
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from gramatton, so a big "Thank you" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep yellow color with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light caramelized malts, citrus and a good amount of hops.

T: The taste is pretty well-balanced with sweet flavors of citrus and caramel, a strong but not over-powering hops bitterness and a heart but not over-powering malt character. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a good mild beer with a lot of flavor and substance to make it one that you can pound down several of throughout an evening.

TheManiacalOne, Nov 14, 2009
Photo of AleWatcher
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to Twiggamortis420 for sending me this one in the Chillin and Grillin BIF.

Pours a golden, bright, slightly hazy (I'm thinking chill hazed) color. Nice tight white head of about one finger with some spotty chunky lacing. There are some particles floating around in here too.

A real easy, refreshing taste to this beer. My wife stole a sip and liked it too. This is a beer that you could really drink when you just want to have a beer. Almost a citrusy note, but not quite. A fresh note and a sweet malt makes this pretty tasty.

Light body with plenty of carbonation. Not the most amazing beer ever, but this is a solid canned craft option.

AleWatcher, Aug 04, 2010
Photo of obrike
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Now this is a fun beer!

Highly sessionable at 5.25...super easy drining brew that pours a honey gold. Light head that fades pretty quickly...a light ring remaining for entirety.

Faint scent...some toasted sweet malt...no real hops to speak of.

Yum...this is good! I'm a bit suprised after the fairly light scent. Almost a buttery, toasted malt taste...a bit o honey on the after taste. Velvety smooth, so easy to drink. A nice example of an easy drinking summer beer with a bit of a different and tasty flavor than the norm.

Good job Southern Star.

obrike, Jul 10, 2011
Photo of Pellinore1
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to OakedCanuck for this can.

Pours slightly cloudy blonde, with abundant carbonation. Two fingers of head dissipate quickly.

I smell light, floral hops, with bready, yeasty notes in the background.

The hops fall back a bit in this beer's flavor, leaving a pleasant balance of malt, floral hops, and yeast.

For all its carbonation, this beer is a very smooth drink. Medium-bodied and almost creamy, it was not what I expected from its appearance. Drinkability is good, but I would find it moreso if it was just a bit lighter.

Pellinore1, Dec 30, 2010
Photo of Deuane
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my main man in Texas jasonjlewis for the extra hookup! I love Pine Belt Pale so let's give their blonde a whirl.

A-Slightly hazy (clarity is overrated) orange-copper with a medium off-white head that reduced to a thin ring and left decent lace.

S-Biscuit malt a touch of cornbread and a nice, light fruitiness.

T-Good biscuit malt base with a spicy hop zip, bit of lemon zest and a mellow apple fruitiness. A surprising amount of flavour for such a "light" beer.

M-Medium-light bodied fairly sharp and crisp with good lingering spicy notes.

D-Southern Star does it again. A very nicely done, sessionable American Blonde. Plenty of flavour, light and easy to drink. This one would stand up nicely at a Texas BBQ on a hot, dry summer day deep in the heart of...

Deuane, Dec 24, 2009
Photo of HopHead84
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Thickerfreakness for this one. Poured from a can and into an imperial pint glass. The beer is a hazy dark orange. It's effervescent with a one finger white head. The head quickly disappears and leaves no lacing.

The aroma is of citrus hops: mostly lemon and some grapefruit, with some earthiness to it. The hops are well balanced by a light caramel malt foundation. The beer smells somewhat yeasty. No alcohol is noticeable. The taste is a hoppy leaning blond. It has a peppery spiciness to it, almost a nod to the
Saison. Citrus is present, some lemon and grapefruit, as well as grassy notes. No alcohol is noticeable in the flavor. The malt is light and bready.

The beer is light-medium bodied with good carbonation.

This Blonde might not be a bombshell, but I'd definitely penetrate her aluminum lining and session her with rock hard resolve. A very solid beer.

HopHead84, Apr 21, 2009
Photo of merddyn2002
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

not bad at all. I could easily kill a six pack of these on a hot afternoon. Very light and refreshing. Mouthfeel is a little on the thin side, but other than that I would never complain about being handed one of these.

These are just over $5 for a 6er at my local specs. My uncle who swears by coors light drank a can and said it was good. That says something for a man who's never had anything other than coors his whole life.

merddyn2002, Aug 22, 2010
Photo of MEsquandoles
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. can from 6pk, poured into pint sized UK shaped glass. Bottom of can roused and poured as well. Also available on draft. Website shows 5.25% and 20 IBU. I'm sure this is the brewery's best seller.

Looks like hefeweizen. Golden with apricot, hazy with some oily swirls, some yeast particles. Good head retention.

Smells of Vienna malt, biscuity and bready, some pale ale malts, apricot. Not much hop aroma in this sample.

Flavor is same as aroma, but with a wave of bitterness and subtle German hops and tangerine. That Vienna Malt reminds me of Oktoberfests, but this has way more going on. Lightly buttered biscuits with a lil honey. A little earthiness and spice, maybe coriander (I'm pretty sure this is not spiced though).

Very creamy, feels great. A little slick and oily. Very yeasty for Blonde Ale - but not too estery. Lots of subtleties. Easy to drink, but doesnt have the "poundability" like a drier, less complex, less heavy Blonde Ale.

This is an American Golden Ale - sure a "Blonde Ale" - but it leans towards a lesser hoppy Pale Ale, Cream Ale, and Wit. Unique and definitely worth trying. And revisiting.

MEsquandoles, Sep 02, 2010
Photo of MurphyMacManus
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. can into pint glass.

A: Somewhat cloudy gold. Big white head with huge bubbles and some stick.

S: Sweet, slightly floral.

T/M: Pale malt, slightly floral, a bit sweet up front, and some balancing bitterness in the finish. Nothing overpowers. Body is slightly heavier than a lager of comparable color.

D: Very much so.

MurphyMacManus, Feb 07, 2011
Photo of Wasatch
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to JJFoodie for this brew.

Pours a very nice cloudy yellow color, nice carbonation, HUGE three-finger foamy head, which settles down to some very nice sticky lacing. The nose is malty, slight yeast note, citrus. The taste is sweet, malty, nice little touch of yeast, also some nice citrus notes. Light/Medium body. Drinkable, a very nice easy drinker.

Wasatch, Jan 03, 2010
Photo of facundoCNB
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a hazy golden pour with a finger of foamy white head and good lacing. smells of lemon, grass, banana, bready. tastes sweet up front with a lemon zest. hints of pepper, a bitterness in the finish that tastes very grassy/earthy and a nice bready backbone. this is all over for a blonde ale!
fizzy on the tongue, creamy on the palate, light body and pretty refreshing. for a beer style that's so plain (blonde ale) this is pretty excellent. great tasting and perfect for the summer!

facundoCNB, Jul 07, 2012
Bombshell Blonde from Southern Star Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 495 ratings.