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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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Zorro

California

3.38/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Gold colored beer with a slight chill haze and a small white colored head.

Smells mostly of malt and powdery yeast scent. Hops are not all that evident mostly a citrus aroma with a slight grassy edge.

Starts out pleasantly malty with a slight caramel and grain flavor. That is pretty much it, lots of grain and slight caramel flavor.

Mouthfeel is full.

Where this beer actually shines is in its mildness. Lager smooth and completely inoffensive with a big grain flavor, very easy on the taste buds.

Serving type: can

02-24-2010 02:45:09 | More by Zorro
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billab914

Virginia

3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2010 22:21:24 | More by billab914
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EPICAC

Massachusetts

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

Bombshell Blonde pours a cloudy golden, and is topped by a shiny, white head that fades to a film and leaves lace that clings to the sides of the glass. The aroma is fruity with lighter notes of toasty malts, and herbal hops.

There's a toasty, bready sweetness upfront that is constant underneath the building flavors. A mild banana fruitiness appears in the center, and moves into a a mild, grassy bitterness in the flavor. I thought this beer had a pleasing sweetness that was offset by a good depth of flavor. This blonde ale is medium to light-bodied, and has a nice crispness that's accentuated by the carbonation.

I was very pleased with this beer. It had a nice amount of flavor, and would make a great session beer.

Serving type: can

02-18-2010 02:35:54 | More by EPICAC
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Vengeance526

Louisiana

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

Pours a hazy golden orange color with a nice sized white head that hangs around a little while before dying down and leaving a little lacing.

Simple aroma of bread and citrus with a little caramel at the end.

Taste starts with some orange upfront, becomes a little bready and just a hint of caramel towards the finish. Not bad but a little plain.

Light to medium body with decent carbonation. Light and refreshing, fairly easy to drink but maybe a little bland. I would probably get bored of this after a couple.

Serving type: can

02-16-2010 09:05:46 | More by Vengeance526
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samie85

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a hazy orange with a white one finger head that quickly dissipates.

S-Carmel and bready malt notes with a hint of orange.

T- Orange citrus hops upfront with a bready malt backbone with an orange and lemon aftertaste and a bit of grain.

M-I would put the carbonation in this one on the heavy side of medium carb. It's almost light-bodied, yet it's very smooth.

D-Pretty easy drinking as most bloneds tend to be. This one has very full flavor though which I've really not experienced with this style before.

Serving type: can

02-13-2010 23:19:05 | More by samie85
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scruffwhor

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lots of foam and lacing after he pour from this headdy brew. A wheat beer like haze of amber, copper, and sediment. Very attractive looking beer. Toasted bready malts, some pilsner malts give a grainy smell and taste to this brew. While the yeast seems to impart an aroma ofdried apricots and light berries. The yeast seems to vamp up the berry flavors when you take a sip of seems to be exacerbated, but in a good way. The palate is a little powdery, but definetly grainy and full of character. This has turned out to be my favorite blonde I've had so far. I recommend anyone trying this beer.

Serving type: can

02-02-2010 08:58:00 | More by scruffwhor
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alleykatking

Indiana

3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz can.

A- Pours a semi-hazy golden straw color. Two finger very light tan almost dirty white head. This stays for most of the time I'm drinking it. Nice thick lacing all over the glass.

S- Nice sweet bready malts in this one. Some light citrus (orangey) hops in the back of the scent. Also, a light grainy presence. Nothing too overpowering in the aroma. Balanced but still a little too light for me.

T- Light citrus in the front end of this with a light almost banana off flavor. Bready malts in this due a nice job of making this more balanced then I thought it would of had. Light earthy musty flavor in the back end of the beer. Nothing over the top but just right for me.

M- Medium light mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the beer. Clean tasting through and through. Nice bready malts with a touch of orange on the palate and into the aftertaste. Nothing overpowering once again in the mouthfeel.

D- This is a very drinkable beer. I was surprised with this one. I am starting to remember that just because it comes in a can doesn't mean it will be bad. Would recommend to anyone who wants to either try the style or come back to a good beer in the style.

Serving type: can

01-30-2010 06:29:14 | More by alleykatking
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Received in trade from TexIndy, Thanks for the opportunity.

Pours a cloudy pale golden color with a monstrous creamy white head that shows much resilience. Fruity bready aromas waft in front of my nose with some bitter citrus as a supporting player. Taste is creamy rich and malty with lots of fruit citrus and honey. Rich creamy velvety mouthfeel, medium level of carbonation, light to medium body. I am very impressed with this one. Very light and flavorful. I could see downing many of these if I still lived in Houston.

Serving type: can

01-29-2010 23:57:50 | More by johnnnniee
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JAramini

New York

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

Blondes are not one of my favorite styles, but this might be converting me.

A hazy blonde color ("Clarity is overrated" on the can). Good lacing all the way down even though the head faded fast.

Fruity aromas and flavors. Very smooth and creamy. Nice mouthfeel and flavors. Much creamier and richer tasting than the ABV would lead you to expect.

Very drinkable, very smooth. I will have to drink more blondes because I just might like this style.

Serving type: can

01-29-2010 03:14:53 | More by JAramini
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jpaltan

Texas

4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Golden colored, quite cloudy and hazy, making slightly opaque. head is thick and frothy and sticks down the sides. smell is a bit fruity. mostly pear and apple. little hop aroma. taste follows the smell, with hints of pear. hints of a bready finish. definately a nice malt background on it. a slight bitterness closes out the finish. drinkability is incredibly high on this one.

Serving type: can

01-23-2010 05:04:39 | More by jpaltan
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Mora2000

Texas

4.28/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden orange with a nice, one-finger white head. The beer is slightly hazy. The aroma is wheat, lemon, malt and some honey. The flavor is very nice, with some citrus and honey and biscuit malt. I also get a little caramel characteristic in the flavor. The mouthfeel is medium and very creamy. Medium carbonation. A great blonde ale and it is nice to see a brewery actually try and pack flavor into a beer of this style, instead of just brewing a watered-down beer, calling it a blonde ale and targeting BMC drinkers.

Serving type: can

01-18-2010 22:53:27 | More by Mora2000
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rpstevens

New Hampshire

3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to maximum12 for yet another secret santa beer. Poured from a can into a smuttynose pint glass. The pour yields a hazy golden orange body with a thick frothy bone white head. When held up to the light the beer is foggy and hazy, adding an inviting depth to the appearance.

The smell is crisp graham cracker malt, sharp wheat, lemon zest and a hint of floral and citrus hops.

The taste follows the smell very closely. This one is very malt forward, but it's a crisp, sharp, light malt. Lots of light and sweet graham cracker introduces the flavors, followed by a crisp light lemon hop character, further evened out by some fresh cut grass hoppiness.

The beer is well carbonated, has a light sharp mouthfeel and crisp finish. It takes all the desirable traits of an american macro (light, easy to drink, crisp mouthfeel) and adds a bit of body, depth and a very nice balanced flavor. This is something I would definitely like to see in New England, especially during the summer months.

Serving type: can

01-14-2010 17:31:40 | More by rpstevens
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indiapaleale

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Serving type: can

01-04-2010 01:09:11 | More by indiapaleale
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Wasatch

Utah

3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Serving type: can

01-03-2010 00:58:23 | More by Wasatch
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SkeeterHawk

Texas

4.55/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I have Southern Star beers on tap all the time and don't really get a chance to review them as it may be "Big Ass Beer" night at Molly's in the Woodlands or something and I will have had plenty...with no palate left for reviewing. I finally have some of the Blonde that I bought for friends to hopefully "convert" them. Anyway, on to the review...

Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy yellow color with a slight orangish hue to it. There was a 1/4" head of loose bubbles right after the pour, and after about 30 seconds that mutated into about a 1/2" thick creamy looking head...nice. There are plenty of bubbles rising to keep the head thick even a few minutes after the pour it was still as thick as ever.

Aroma: I initially get a fresh hop bouquet with a pronounced bready malt background. These aromas are very distinct and separate. After the beer sits, the malt gets quite a bit more bready and takes on a wheat-beer like quality. As it sits further, there is a honey malt coming out to play with the other aromatics that are still present.

Taste: The flavor follows the aroma pretty closely with the fresh floral hops and the bready malt. The beer is significantly creamier than any other examples of this style that I have had, and this is quite pleasant. The carbonation is a little on the high side, but this does the beer well in the drinkability category as it slips across the palate rather quickly and ends up being a very quick one to go down. The finish is clean and refreshing with no alcohol noticeable. The creaminess and the carbonation carry the beer into the finish rather quickly. There is only enough bittering hops to keep the beer from being sweet, but the malt in the dominant player in the finish.

Opinion: I might be jaded as this brewery is just minutes from my house, so I am getting the beer as fresh as it can be. This is a session beer, and I think that it is a very good example of the style. I like the complexity to the malt on the palate and the fact that the hops are noticeable, but play a supporting role in the finish. All this combines into what I would call one of the best examples of this style. I would definitely recommend it!

Serving type: can

01-02-2010 01:01:16 | More by SkeeterHawk
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Deuane

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +4%
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...

Serving type: can

12-24-2009 15:01:26 | More by Deuane
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chickencoop

California

3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The first point and really only valid point i'll make here is cans are much easier to jam in your suitcase and survive the trip, no broken bottles that leak all over your chones, nuff said.
I liked this beer, refreshing, not much of an aftertaste, citrusy and clean. Can is retro and all so way to go with that if you like that stuff, pick some up.

Serving type: can

12-18-2009 02:58:15 | More by chickencoop
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mcfisty

Texas

4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A= Pours a murky orange with pillowy white head.

s= Smells of freshly crushed vienna malts and bread crust. Nice play between the malt and the yeast here.

F= Follows the aroma, faint spice from hops alongside the baked bread.

M= Is somewhat light but fluffy, nice play of carbonation.

D= Is out of sight. Could drink this all day and not get bored, which is rare for most texas blondes.

Serving type: can

12-17-2009 17:15:13 | More by mcfisty
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bonk0076

Wisconsin

2.75/5  rDev -26.3%
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.

Serving type: can

12-14-2009 19:10:18 | More by bonk0076
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gory4d

New York

4.22/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pleasant apricot color with a thick white head that leaves some lacing. There are lots of little floaters suspended in it, and there are striations of color toward the top, with a distinct pale, cloudy band just below the head. It's not a pristine appearance, but a very interesting one. The smell is mild but pleasant, with notes of stone fruit, biscuit, tangy yeast, and minerals. The taste is again nothing too assertive, but is quite delicious: apricot, wheat bread, chewy yeast, some faint piny notes in the finish. It's a little like some Belgian pale ales -- reminds me a little of Taras Boulba. It's highly carbonated, which is perfect for its rather thick body. It's too complex and meaty for a lawnmower beer, but I could see putting away a good few of these in a sitting. Glad I found this on my visit to Victoria, TX -- too bad it's not in every store in town.

Serving type: can

12-14-2009 05:02:13 | More by gory4d
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Kaiser81

California

3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Mora2000 for this as an extra.
I poured from a can into a pint glass.

A - pours a hazy golden color with 2 fingers worth of a frothy, thick head. It dissipates to about a cm rather quickly. There is decent lacing on the glass

S - Citrusy, maybe some lemon in there. No real presence of malt.

T - tart and citrusy with a tiny bit of a hop finish.

M - Light body with light carbonation. Crisp and refreshing.

D - I could definitely keep drinking this. It's kind of like a bmc on steroids; ya know, with actual flavor. Good brew.

Serving type: can

11-29-2009 04:45:58 | More by Kaiser81
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.88/5  rDev +4%
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.

Serving type: can

11-14-2009 21:54:05 | More by TheManiacalOne
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TuffLuff

Texas

4.78/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Popped a can from a 6-pack, poured it in to a pilsener glass. The beer manager at the Whip-In in Austin recommended this one, and he delivered exactly what I asked for.

A- Golden, cloudy, looks like ambrosia to me. An ample, creamy head leaves plenty of lacing on the glass.

S- Mmmm. Delicious, yeasty bread. Biscuits. Citrus lurking in there, too, for sure.

T - Subtle and incredibly delicous. Biscuits! YEAST! Bread! BEER! Water! Almost savory. Not too sweet, just a hint of citrus and honey. Yeasty like unfiltered hefeweizen but with none of the typical hefe banana/pear/clove flavors (which I personally dislike). Just enough hop bitterness to complete the flavor. Very clean finish. Incredibly refreshing. Devotees of extreme beer should look elsewhere, but thirsty folks looking for a delicious brew to drink any time at all should snap this up on sight.

M - More body than your average beer with such a gentle flavor, for sure. The sediment adds a creamy thickness, and there's just the right amount of carbonation.

D - Goes down like water, if water was much, much more delicious. The definition of a session beer. Not too much carbonation, so it won't make you all bloated and belchy. And the mild, tasty flavor combined with clean finish means that every sip just leaves me wanting another.

I love this beer, and it's one that beeradvocate has the right idea about. Many times, I think that the BA reviewers are blind to the charms of beers with a milder flavor, but apparently this one bridges the gap. Positively delightful, and an incredible bargain to boot.

Serving type: can

11-11-2009 03:02:11 | More by TuffLuff
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tatoodkelt

Maryland

3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to gramatton for the trade!

Consumed 11/8/2009- from notes.

12oz can poured into a shaker glass.

A- Super cloudy golden yellow topped off by a frothy two finger white head. Great retention and decent lacing. Looks alot more like a hefe than a blonde.

S- Grassy, biscuity and a little sweet.

T- Grassy and biscuity up front then a little citrus hint at the end.

M- Medium bodied, very smooth and creamy.

D- Pretty easy to drink. Could see this being a great summer time session brew. I'm not normally a fan of the style but this is alot more like a hefe than any blonde I've had.

Serving type: can

11-10-2009 19:36:47 | More by tatoodkelt
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

My original CAN review was lost recently so I feel fortunate to have another CAN in my inventory to re-review.

From the CAN: "Bombshell Blonde is brewed with American Pale and German Vienna malts that combine to give this ale its distinctive smooth, creamy body. Just enough hops are added to this rich golden-colored ale to perfectly balance its bready finish. It is non-filtered, non-pasteurized; no additives or preservatives are ever added to take away from its delicate taste. Whether enjoyed on the golf course, on the beach, or simply sitting at home, one sip from this bombshell will blow you away. Clarity is overrated. Break the circle - cut the plastic rings." The blonde riding the bombshell is reminiscent of Slim Pickens at the finale of "Dr. Strangelove". Ha!

Upon cracking open the CAN, head began to foam up, as though it could not wait to escape. Pretty dang full CAN as it turns out. My aggressive pour resulted in a foamy, soapy two fingers of ecru head with good retention. The color was a really cloudy, extra-hazy honey-golden shade. Nose was an interesting mix of grassy hops and biscuity/bready malt. Mouthfeel was somewhat full, almost creamy with that same grassy/bready admixture of flavors on the tongue that I noted on the nose. Wild! The finish gave way to the bready/biscuity flavor which was just fine. Man, I really liked this beer and could definitely see it filling my cooler in the summer.

Serving type: can

10-31-2009 21:51:45 | More by woodychandler
Bombshell Blonde from Southern Star Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 422 ratings.