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Bombshell Blonde - Southern Star Brewing Company

Bombshell BlondeBombshell Blonde

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422 Ratings
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Ratings: 422
Reviews: 196
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 13.67%


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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jdense

Oregon

3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Serving type: can

04-30-2011 15:07:17 | More by jdense
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Urbancaver

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale hazy orange with a bit of white head... Smells floral and a but hoppy. Tastes smooth and sweet with a nice kick of malts on the backbone. Vry drinkable and pretty tasty all things considered. Not something i would seek out but above average

Serving type: can

04-29-2011 00:15:21 | More by Urbancaver
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I didn't know what to expect from a Texas Blonde ale, but this one pours a slightly hazed honey golden hue with a bright white head. Aroma is pretty mellow layers of grassy herbal hops and sweet honey drizzled bread notes. Flavors more grassy herbal hops lending a slight bitterness with a nice honey dipped breadiness full all grain malts going on. No rough offness just a clean drinkable golden ale. Satisfying maltiness and even carbonation with a light to medium body straight from the can into my favorite mug. Overall experience so far with these Texan canned beers have been nothing but positive, if you see them grab some especially fresh pale ale or any form of the Buried Hatchet Stout.

Serving type: can

04-27-2011 00:09:16 | More by WVbeergeek
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dcloeren

Texas

4.4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy golden yellow-orange color with a finger of frothy white head. This beer is definitely unfiltered and opaque. "Clarity is overrated" is printed on the can and it couldn't be more right.

Smells of sweat carmel malt, yeast, biscuits, graham cracker and a little bit of citrus.

The taste is following the nose almost to the T with a little something extra that I think tastes like Nilla Wafers or a freshbaked cupcake with no icing. Its blowing up my taste buds and makes me happy that I have 5 more in the fridge. Has great depth and is VERY refreshing.

Mouthfeel is creamy and light to medium bodied. Crisp and clean with the perfect amount of carbonation to go with the body. Gives a very subtle drying after taste.

This blonde does it all without doing too much or trying to hard. Very refreshing and has a lot of depth to it. I cant wait to put a six pack in my cooler and go play a round of golf or go to the lake. Its a home run of a blonde for sure

Serving type: can

04-26-2011 22:54:29 | More by dcloeren
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seeswo

Ohio

3.2/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

Serving type: can

04-24-2011 05:27:10 | More by seeswo
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PGHeppJr

New York

3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Taken from notes 11NOV2010

Can purchased from Homewood Whole Foods and poured into a pint glass.

The creamy mouthfeel on this bubblegum bomb make for one easy drinker. "Clarity is over rated" on the back the can doesn't lie.

Not the quintessential blondie, but damn drinkable.

Serving type: can

04-15-2011 02:17:57 | More by PGHeppJr
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Reaper16

Alabama

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.

Serving type: can

04-14-2011 04:33:04 | More by Reaper16
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steve8robin

Massachusetts

3.33/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

Serving type: can

04-14-2011 02:36:41 | More by steve8robin
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cdizinno

South Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz. can as pictured.

A: Cloudy, golden amber color with a nice frothy white head that leaves an abundance of lacing.

S: Very pleasantly mild citrus, malt and the faintest hint of hops in the background.

T&M: Amazingly smooth, medium bodied ale. Tasty citrus with a mild tanginess on the end.

Well-balanced hop and malt flavor is very drinkable. One of the best blonde ales I've had in quite a while.

Serving type: can

04-05-2011 22:37:02 | More by cdizinno
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FreshmanPour77

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 3-18-11
Reviewed cold from a can to a glass

A - Poured a nice two fingers of foam, cloudy light orange color, lots of carbonation present. Nice head retention

S - Slight malt wheat combination. Bready aroma with some citrus notes

T/M - Lighter bodied brew with a bready after taste. Slight hop bitterness as well with a lighter malt body

D - Pretty good brew. Very easy to drink a few of these during a sitting, nice spring summer time brew. I would have this brew again and would recommend it

Serving type: can

03-28-2011 03:08:16 | More by FreshmanPour77
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zrab11

Indiana

4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a Nice Golden Color with a 2 finger head

S-Has a pleasant smell of cirtus and yeast.

T- Has a nice yeast flavor with notes of citrus and spices

M-Light Bodied with nice carbonation

D- I really enjoyed this beer alot. VEry drinkable and very cheap. Will be picking this up to throw in my disc golf bag to drink on the course. Give this one a try if you havent

Serving type: can

03-20-2011 19:11:18 | More by zrab11
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joshuacavett

Texas

5/5  rDev +34%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I can only say good things about this beer as it has served me so well after many tastings! I have had many cans of this delightful brew from Southern Star brewing out of Conroe, TX. Pours a hazy yellow/orange, smells deliciously sweet and drinks the same. Drinkability is extremely high as I could have one of these daily! Light on the hops and malts are balanced very well with the sweetness of this brew. Truly a delight!

Serving type: can

03-14-2011 22:17:37 | More by joshuacavett
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chefelf

New York

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this one in Austin about a week ago. It was pretty good but I think it was probably also amplified by how badly I was craving a beer after a long day.

I just gave it a 3.0 in appearance given that I had it out of a can. I don't really know what separates a beer from having an "awful" appearance versus an "exceptional" appearance. You know, unless there were little bits of meat floating around in it or something. I suppose that would be pretty awful.

Serving type: can

03-07-2011 18:34:44 | More by chefelf
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zhanson88

California

3.35/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one courtesy of atxdelivery as an extra in a trade. Thanks!

Appearance: Blonde Bombshell pours a light golden color with slight orange highlights and 1.5 fingers of white head. Retention is pretty nice, and lacing is very nice. Good looking beer.

Smell: Lots of sweet, bready malts and slight citrus and piney hops. Hops are very light, but that's not surprising considering the style. Still, not bad.

Taste: Bready malts and some sweetness are prevalent up front, with a light kick of hops on the back end. Finish is bready and slightly citrusy.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Light bodied, but the carbonation is really nice. Pretty smooth going down. This is a really well-done blonde ale, and very drinkable. It has just enough flavor to make it sessionable and give you a desire to have several.

Serving type: can

03-04-2011 04:01:04 | More by zhanson88
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mryuk

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Serving type: can

02-27-2011 20:21:39 | More by mryuk
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BeardedRiker

Texas

4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed Southern Star's Pine Belt Pale Ale enough to warrant grabbing a 6-pack of the Bombshell Blonde. This blonde is excellent.

It pours slightly a slightly hazy and golden, with the unfiltered particulates floating about even in the beer, and makes a frothy but bubbly white head.

The smell is of citrus, its bready from the wheat and yeast, and slightly spicy from hops.

The Bombshell Blonde tastes great. I would prefer a more full-bodied feel, because that's what I always like, but there are some great flavors. The yeast is there, as is the citrus tang, but what I think makes this beer stand out is the lingering flavor of the hops that adds bitterness and gives the beer full flavor.

It's like a German hefeweizen mixed with a light pale ale. A good beer here!

Serving type: can

02-25-2011 18:50:40 | More by BeardedRiker
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Chaz

Minnesota

3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly-hazy golden dirty-blonde in color, topped with a frothy, very pale tan head (head is the consistency of whipped cream). LOADS of suspended yeast, here -- I'm surprised I didn;t notice this fact the first time I enjoyed this one, as it looks more like a Belgian blonde or golden ale than anything. Loads of sticky lace here.

Sweet, malty//bready nose, more fruit-forward than anything (bananas, light pineapple/tropical fruit/mango), and with nothing resembling so much as the slightest American West Coast hop profile -- maybe a hit of Cascades and another, gentler hop for bitterness, but both are rather buried beneath the copious fruit notes. The nose here actually reminds me of the Southern Star Pine Belt Pale, so I'm guessing there's more than one shared ingredient (malt and/or hop).

Slightly-sweet, smooth and tongue-coating on the first sip, this one is as light and almost delicate as I remember it being. Nice dry, bready/biscuit malt character going on here, but the mouthfeel just won't quit! As such, it drinks bigger than the listed ABV, even despite bearing a minimal alcohol profile.

Highly drinkable, and biscuit malts and dry character linger --much less any real bitterness-- but Bombshell strikes me as an excellent food beer, and as an easy go-to for someone who's looking for something easier-going than a hoppy Pale or an assertive Pils.

Definitely worth a Tick or a Trade -- Hattip to Crusian for the cans! : )

Serving type: can

02-24-2011 22:55:11 | More by Chaz
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.2/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

Serving type: can

02-23-2011 04:53:45 | More by tempest
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gawnphishin

Texas

3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into snifter.

A- Pours a hazy copper to yellow with a small frothy head that recedes quickly. No lacing.

S- Good wheat and bread and a slight overall sweetness. Little to no hop aroma.

T- Slightly astringent, with a lot of wheat/bread and a small amount of spicy hops.

M- Very dry but not thin.

D- It is a good beer for a hot day, there is little complexity. I really liked the small amount of hop spice, I just really wish there was a lot more.

Serving type: can

02-22-2011 04:17:50 | More by gawnphishin
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augustgarage

California

2.8/5  rDev -24.9%
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).

Serving type: can

02-18-2011 01:31:46 | More by augustgarage
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cavedave

New York

2.73/5  rDev -26.8%
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.

Serving type: can

02-14-2011 00:02:58 | More by cavedave
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JMad

Texas

3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured a 12 oz can into a pint glass...

The liquid was hazy and golden there was a thick, white, bubbly head that reduced to a thin ring.

I first noticed a buttery, sugar, cookie smell. There is just a hint of floral hops in the background of the sweet malt.

When I take a sip there is just a slight bitter bite, then some buttery flavors, biscuits, honeyand some sweet malt.

It has a light to medium body, lots of carbonation, pretty average.

This is a solid blonde, the best part about it is the smell, I found it more flavorful than most blondes as well.

Serving type: can

02-13-2011 23:54:58 | More by JMad
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Kevinator

Texas

2.3/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

It's too bad the beer didn't match up to the buxom blonde on the can. The best things about this beer were the appearance (it didn't look like an adjunct lager) and the mouthfeel, which was thicker than I expected. But let's be honest, who buys a beer for these two charactistics alone? The taste factor dropped off for me because it had a strange lingering aftertaste that I couldn't put my finger on. Not repulsive, just weird. It didn't make me anticipate the next sip though. If you have no hair on your chest and this is a favorite style of yours, then give it a try. However, this brewery has much better offerings like the Pale Ale and Pro-Am. Not something I would seek again unless they attempted an imperial version.

Serving type: can

02-08-2011 06:56:43 | More by Kevinator
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ColdPoncho

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to tsatem for this!

A - Murky and cloudy amber/yellow. Thick white head with huge bubbles vanishes before my eyes.

S - lemon, black pepper, tomato, sweet malt.

T - Clean and crisp malt, some vanilla, touch of lemony zest.

M - smooth and creamy, quite light. A touch drying.

D - well this is very drinkable. tastes pretty good, pleasant, and not heavy.

Serving type: can

02-07-2011 21:28:45 | More by ColdPoncho
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MurphyMacManus

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Serving type: can

02-07-2011 03:11:46 | More by MurphyMacManus
Bombshell Blonde from Southern Star Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 422 ratings.