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Bombshell Blonde - Southern Star Brewing Company

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Bombshell BlondeBombshell Blonde

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BA SCORE
84
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501 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 501
Reviews: 199
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 13
Gots: 78 | 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 rtepiak
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a pleasant surprise of a brew with a nice bellowing head of ivory and a body of cloudy gold. this beer has sediment and you can drink it clear or cloudy... there is a lot of esters in the cloudiness... but the yeastiness does get a bit overboard. smell of zucchini bread and very delicate pineapple fruit. palate is not as exciting. fruit is subdued by yeastiness and the bitter is finish has a straw must to it. not bad. the infiltered aspect is a saving grace for the ester and gentle body... a bit too gentle at times.

rtepiak, Aug 06, 2010
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 SuperNova777
3.23/5  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...

SuperNova777, Aug 04, 2010
Photo of ryanmac06
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

ryanmac06, Aug 02, 2010
Photo of brownbeer
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Busternuggz scored this in a trade.

This beer is way too dark to be a blonde. More of a light amber. Toasty, sweet hazelnut, and honey in the nose. Similar taste, very much like a bizzare amber. The dry, toasty, hazelnut finish lingers long after you swallow. Very unexpected flavors in this beer. Pretty nice.

brownbeer, Jul 31, 2010
Photo of northaustin
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a pretty hazy blonde with a fat finger of even white head which lasts a long time but leaves no lacing.

smells like some dang old two row

tastes like it smells.

this is one of the better blondes ive had. its full flavored but it doesnt end up syrupy.

northaustin, Jul 29, 2010
Photo of Ryan011235
3/5  rDev -19.1%
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.

Ryan011235, Jul 27, 2010
Photo of MrHassellYaHurd
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The blonde pours a hazy golden yellow with lots of tight visible carbonation. Creamy white head sticks to the rim of the pint glass.

The first smells I notice are of grassy and slightly spicy hops. Light grainy notes are here, but fairly subtle. Very clean aroma with just a hint of fruityness; the emphasis is on the interplay between the sweet cereal grains and the spicy hops.

The sweet and grainy malt is foremost in the flavor here. A slight hop bitterness, but mostly a gentle noble-hop like spiciness. Quite pleasant overall--the flavors are subdued and understated, but they work together quite well. Medium-light bodied, with a prickly and grainy mouthfeel. Drinkability is excellent, and I think quite well suited for a hot summer day.

MrHassellYaHurd, Jul 13, 2010
Photo of GPHarris
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - poured a four-fingers thick fluffy white head into a nonic that settles into a thing ring with good lacing. the body is bright golden and clear.
s - bready and grainy with a hint of pale malt sweetness.
t - bready malts with a hint of spicy hops.
m - medium and slick.
d - great session beer.

GPHarris, Jun 25, 2010
Photo of Kromes
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A hazy blond color with a thick off-white colored head.

S: Somewhat of a boozy smell. Smells sweet and malty with a floral hop aroma.

T: The initial taste is of very sweet bready malt and a bit of yeast. There isn't too much hop flavor and bitterness, very slight in the finish. There is an overall tang to the beer though that seemed like it didn't belong.

M: Light and not overly carbonated.

D: The taste is good and the beer is light and refreshing with low carbonation. Makes this beer good and drinkable.

Kromes, Jun 16, 2010
Photo of busternuggz
4.18/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz can and split with a friend.
Dark golden/bronze color, pretty dark for a blonde, a little odd. Nice foamy off white head.
The smell was surprising, and very nice. Honey, hazelnut, and toast, very pleasant and a little sweet smelling. The taste follows suit with the same notes, delicious honey, hazelnut, and toast, moderately sweet but not cloying. Nice texture too, a little thick and creamy but still quite light, compliments the tastes nicely. Very drinkable, finished mine quick. I wish this was on draft somewhere around here, it would be a great one to have a pint or two of while hanging out.
Overall very tasty. A little odd for the style but I like that it has character.

busternuggz, Jun 15, 2010
Photo of number1bum
3.3/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

number1bum, May 30, 2010
Photo of Keffa
3.35/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Bought at Beverage Source in Newark Ohio.

Poured from a 12 oz. Can into a Unibroue tulip.

A- Dark gold, nice off-white head, sticky, rocky, lasting. Turns into 1/4 inch ring. Lacing on the glass stays through the whole glass. Looks excellent. Makes me want to drink it.

S- Caramel malt, yeast, not much else to be honest. Zero hop presence. Not nearly the same enthusiasm to drink after the smell.

T- Slight sweetness from the "Vienna" malt and a slight spicyness from the yeast. Very bready. Almost no hop again. If it weren't for the tiny bit on the finish I wouldn't have said they used hops. Disappointing to say the least.

M- Creamy, smooth. Nice feel, for sure. I wish the rest of the beer was this good.

D- It does give some semblance of drinkability, if a straight forward, malt heavy, non-balanced beer is your style. For me, I tried it. If I were offered it again, I would respectfully decline it.

Keffa, May 25, 2010
Photo of John_M
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a slightly hazy, honey gold color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is pretty nice on this one, showing honey, warm wheatberry bread and a little orange citrus. Flavors tend to replicate the nose, though this beer is very light. Granted the alcohol is low, and this beer is not trying to be an imperial anything, but I still think a bit more flavor intensity would have been nice. Mouthfeel is almost light, and there's something of a watery quality in the finish. Drinkability is OK - it's apparent that the abv. is not very high - but there just isn't enough flavor to keep me interested in drinking a lot of this.

A nice enough beer for uncritical drinking on a warm day. Can't think of too many other situations where I would be interested in drinking a beer like this.

John_M, May 20, 2010
Photo of krisandajt
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Going for a hat-trick of tasty brews courtesy of Adouble. Cheers!

Appearance: Poured from an artfully designed can into my SA Perfect Pint Glass, the beer is a cloudy, light gold color. Unlike my previous two beers from Southern Star, this one is lacking in the head department. There's only a thin ring of bubbles encircling the beer. The lacing, however, is good with some nice sticky rings stuck on the sides of the glass where the beer comes to settle.

Smell: Though I wasn't really expecting much of a nose due to the nature of the style, I'm not really picking up much of anything here. It's slightly sweet, but that's about it.

Taste: The beer has a malty, bready, biscuity kind of sweetness that reminds me a bit of a toned down Marzen. For the style, however, it's pretty spot on.

Mouthfeel: Here is where the beer really shines, IMO. It's got a great, smooth, easy drinking texture, and a nice light to medium body. It's just a refreshing brew.

Drinkability: If you are looking for an in-your-face, over the top beer...this isn't it. If you are looking for a simple, very drinkable brew to enjoy and relax with, here it is. This is the kind of beer you can just sit down and drink without having to think about or analyze. Enjoy it for what it is...I sure am.

krisandajt, May 09, 2010
Photo of emmasdad
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy pale golden color with a huge, rocky white head. Aromas of bready malt, light caramel and a hint of hops. On the palate, a nice mix of sweet malt and hops make this one quite drinkable. Nicely carbonation leads to a clean mouthfeel which creates a good, refreshing beer. Nothing out of the ordinary, just a good, simple canned beer.

emmasdad, Apr 26, 2010
Photo of Brenden
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is a hazy though somewhat less hazy than expected blonde (yes) yellow. A small white head forms and has fairly good staying power before fading to a sturdy foam. Light to moderate lacing is left behind.
A distinct herbal note is the first smell I notice, followed by a light honey-like sweetness mixed with a distinctive yeast note and rounded out by a fresh hops, then finished off by a balancing malt it. I could do with a little more strength and something about the yeast threw it off. Otherwise it's quite good.
The taste follows suit, with the hops making for a heady herbal, earthy flavor. The honey-like sweetness takes a moment to come out but lingers for a good, long time. Like the smell, it's tasty and well-rounded and would be better if it was stronger. The flavors are there, but I'm just on the verge of calling it "flavorful."
As claimed, this beer does have a smooth, creamy body, light to medium in depth with a nice nip of crispness to it.
There's plenty of drinkability to this one, though if it was stronger I'd be more inclined to it. All round a tasty brew, though.

Brenden, Apr 19, 2010
Photo of hosehead83
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a twelve ounce can into a standard pint glass
Cloudy gold in color with a moderate head of white foam
Aroma-Buttery biscuit, bread
Taste-Sweet malt, buttered biscuit, creamy, with a bit of a funky, earthy finish.
Overall, not too bad coming from a can, certainly drinkable and creamy, if a bit unbalanced in the finish

hosehead83, Apr 12, 2010
Photo of HiGravShawn
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Copper, slightly cloudy

S: Like biscuit, with a little fruit, some hop... nice...

T: A little tart, blander than I expected but still nice. The smell actually over sells it. Still a good beer.

M: Perfect

D: I could kill a case of cans on the river.

HiGravShawn, Mar 27, 2010
Photo of Jayli
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired this from gramatton so a big THANK YOU goes out to him!

A: This beer pours a hazy orange color with two finger of white creamy head. Head retains nicely leaving a thick coating of sticky lacing.

S: Nose is of pale malts, grain, touch of citrus and floral hops.

T: Taste starts with a bit of lemon citrus hops. Malt character quickly takes over - pale malts, grain and a hint of biscuit fill through the middle. Finish then has a fruity nature of some apple and banana in the finish coupled with a hint of floral hops.

M: Light body, medium carbonation, with a light but creamy feeling on the tongue.

D: Well balanced, nicely blended, decent representation of style, goes down very easy and definitely one to sit with for a while.

Jayli, Mar 23, 2010
Photo of ppoitras
3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz can obtained via Local BIF from twiggamortis420. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint, formed a 1 1/4" beige head above the cloudy amber brew. Dense bubbly head recedes slowly, with prevalent chunky lacing. Aroma is sweet, with a fruity bubble-gum tinge to it. Taste mirrors the nose mostly, but near the close hits an earthy hoppiness that I could have done without. Mouthfeel is smooth but kind of thin, and drinkability is okay as well.

ppoitras, Mar 21, 2010
Photo of dougofthefuture
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Received as an extra in a great trade with Adouble - thanks! Split this on a Saturday afternoon with the wife.

A - Pours a cloudy straw colored orange/yellow with a very soapy two finger orange head.

S - Nice yeasty, slightly orange aroma. Surprisingly strong.

T & M - Yeast and bright citrus up front as in the nose, but the body is kind of thin. Carbonation is pretty minimal as well. Very good, but no real "wow" factor here.

D - This would make a nice summer session beer for sure. Lots of flavor for what it is, and it goes down easy. Taste might suffer a bit, but there are times when this would really hit the spot. Another beer I wish we had here in MN!

dougofthefuture, Mar 20, 2010
Photo of AustinBeerLvr
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can into a shaker pint glass. No freshness date, but not to worry, as it's brewed just right down the road in Conroe.

A: Much darker than what you would expect for a blonde ale, as the body is a amber/copper color with lots of bits and pieces of stuff floating around, hence their logo "clarity is overrated." Not much head retention, but a little left, and some pretty good lacing on the glass.

S: Toasty malts dominate the nose, with the paler malts more evident upon a few more smells. Nice citrus character from the hops along with a bit of esters shine through as well.

T&M: Starts off with a earthy toasted sweetness, and a cleaner more refined texture than what you would generally expect from an ale. Their website states it is fermented colder than most ales, which explains the more lager like characteristics. That said, some fruity ester flavors do make themselves present as the beer warms a bit. This is the most complex "blonde ale" I have ever had, as the taste transitions from the toasted malt flavors to a nice citrus bite from the hops in the end that is nicely accommodated by a trail of residual sweetness. Hint of alcohol in there as well. Mouthfeel is very rich for a blonde ale, arguably just a bit much for the style.

D&Notes: This is actually a good brew, but odd as it may sound, may just be a bit too rich and flavorful for what somebody expects for the style. It really doesn't taste much like a blonde ale, as in a blind taste test, I would say one could easily take it for a light vienna lager or amber ale. That being said, with a semi-complex flavor, moderate ABV, and the fact that it's canned, this is a great anytime, anywhere session beer for a beer geek.

AustinBeerLvr, Mar 20, 2010
Photo of AdamGarcia
3.45/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to JJFoodie for this xtra.

A: Pours a hazy straw color. Certainly better looking than a Budweiser. Head should've taken off it's coat and stayed a while.

S: I struggled to find much in the smell dept while this was cold. As it warms I'm getting a lot of bready aroma.

T: Not terrible. Actually, its ok...especially if I'm rating with style in mind. Lots more flavor than anything from BMC, even a little bit of hop presence.

M: Carbonation alright. Kinda prickly mouthfeel.

D: Could definitely put back a few of these on a sunny day.

I cracked this beer after an indoor soccer game cause I wanted something mild. This would make a nice summer session beer. I would probably pick up some of this if it were available to me because it would be acceptable to my non-craft beer drinking friends. Glad I got to try it.

AdamGarcia, Mar 18, 2010
Photo of Reagan1984
3.35/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Rbald42 for sending me this beer. Great guy.

Pours from the can with a big fluffy white head that hangs around for quite some time. The beer was a touch darker than I had expected. A light amber color with lots of gold highlights. Kind of a dull finish. Clinging lacing everywhere.

Aroma is a dough, light malt with a lot of yeasty notes.

Flavor does follow the aroma and was doughy to me. Almost undercooked...(tasting) There is a yeast flavor and a little chalk. A touch grassy.

Body is light again a little chalk grit.

Drinkable but not complex. You don't beg for another. Lawnmower beer.

Glad I had the opportunity to try this.

Reagan1984, Mar 14, 2010
Bombshell Blonde from Southern Star Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 501 ratings.