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Bombshell Blonde - Southern Star Brewing Company

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475 Ratings
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Ratings: 475
Reviews: 196
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 13.98%
Wants: 12
Gots: 68 | FT: 1
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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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avalon07

South Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -1.1%

A: Poured from a can to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a cloudy texture. There was a quarter inch of foamy head, with solid lacing.

S: A big malty aroma, with traces of hops.

T: Tasted of lots of malt, a bready quality and some hops. Not bad, though blondes are rarely noted for their complexity.

M: A decent amount of carbonation and a dry finish. Light-bodied.

D: As this style of beer goes, this is a drinkable example. Solidly made and easy to drink.

05-30-2009 15:42:36 | More by avalon07
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Ruslanchik

Texas

4.18/5  rDev +12.4%

A: This beer pours a very hazy orange with a thin white head. It is quite a bit darker than I would expect for a blonde ale. It looks more like a hefeweizen.

S: The aroma is very sweet--a touch of sweet malt and some citrusy hops. A good balance here.

T: Bitterness and malt flavours are nicely balanced, but the flavor hops push though, defining the flavor.

M: The beer is smooth and creamy, with just the right amount of carbonation.

D: Definitely a session beer! This one is perfect for hot summer days. Not too heavy for a day at the lake and flavorful enough to still be good at a party that night.

05-28-2009 05:20:53 | More by Ruslanchik
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mynie

Indiana

3.58/5  rDev -3.8%

Kind of an odd pour. Very dark, very cloudy orange with a large head. From across the table it looks like an APA but when get closer it looks a bit paler near the bottom, dark black on top, bubbles cascading upward.

Smells like a Vienna lager, oddly enough. Decent dose of hops, pale and Vienna malt, big nodes of bready yeast.

Tastes exactly like it smells, like a cross between a Vienna and an American blonde with a big, biscuity yeast finish. Hops pervade all throughout, and all around it's a damn good balance between sweet grain and bitter hops.

05-21-2009 01:01:41 | More by mynie
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Atlas1

Texas

4.15/5  rDev +11.6%

The can reads "Clarity is overrated." Indeed.

I'm a fan of the resurgence in canned beer (good canned beer) and the fact that Southern Star is canning in Conroe, TX makes me happy. The Bombshell Blonde pours a slightly opaque amber color with a fat two finger head on top. Strong head with good lace. The nose delivers rich malty caramel with buttered toffee, candied sugar, and faint fruit smells. It tastes is in line with the aroma, with a strong malt presence and caramel flavoring. Light apple taste mixed in with vanilla and toffee. Just enough hop character to balance out the sweet malts. Very nice. Chewy mouthfeel delivers home.

A fine brew here in this blonde ale. Well-crafted and unique. Easily drinkable at 5% ABV. I will happily return to this blond Bombshell.

05-18-2009 22:56:13 | More by Atlas1
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HardTarget

Texas

4.08/5  rDev +9.7%

A) Hazy dark gold/orange amber glass holds a half finger of tight white lace that clings to the sides of the glass.

S) Heady orange blossom citric floral blend with a mild yeast character.

T) Excellent balance, doesn't taste sweet or bitter, but has light hop flavors and a malty grainy finish. A little yeast flavor punches up the beer.

M) Medium heavy body is surprising given the mild tastes, lower carbonation helps.

D) Yep, keep them coming. I can see this being a staple canned beer setting beer; lake, pool, sun, yum. Really nice work, very clean and flavorful. Blonde beer done right.

05-18-2009 22:31:25 | More by HardTarget
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philipquarles

Connecticut

3.68/5  rDev -1.1%

12oz can. Pours a hazy golden copper with a substantial off-white head that lasts and leaves nice lacing. Smells of sweet, light, honeyed malt and a hint of floral hops. The taste is mostly sweet, pale malt with a nice bready quality. Light hop bitterness. Refreshing. Medium body with low-ish carbonation. Nice blonde.

05-13-2009 23:40:01 | More by philipquarles
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Scardinoz

Texas

4.55/5  rDev +22.3%

Had this at the brewery in Conroe. Had a real good time. Great place and great people. Good food, too. Anyway...

A - Poured into a Southern Star pint glass, it exhibited a thick, welcoming head that hung around for a short while. Close behind it was a trace of lacing following it along the glass.

S - This 'bombshell' blonde ale prepares you for its finer qualities with an aroma of malts paired along side with an understated scent of warm bread. Towards the end you will find a note of citrus as it drifts by and entices you to bring it to your lips.

T - The warm, soft bread and American malts come first and gently fill your palate with a gentle suggestion of fruit trailing close behind. As it recedes it leaves behind a slight hop aftertaste that gives you one more thing to love as you set it down.

M - The feel of this ale gently but firmly filling your mouth with its bold character is one of its many great qualities. With a somewhat creamy introduction, its very slight carbonation is smooth and thoroughly enjoyable.

D - It does a good job of leaving you wanting more. It goes down smooth and after lowering the glass to the table, you already begin to miss it.

Overall, only the words "thoroughly enjoyable" could summarize this beer.

05-12-2009 16:33:57 | More by Scardinoz
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Fnord

Texas

3.8/5  rDev +2.2%

Appearance - Transluscent yellow. The head is off-white and even. Though it starts large, it dissipates fairly quickly, leaving traces on the glass.

Smell - Not a lot of nose. Kind of a straw-like smell.

Taste - Pleasant bready malt backbone, with a little grassy hops thrown in. A bit of alcohol in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - It's thicker than it first appears. Low carbonation. Just what I like.

Drinkability - Very drinkable, even for a blonde ale. It would be almost too easy to drink a six-pack of these.

Notes - I wasn't impressed with the appearance and smell, but the taste changed my mind. That's what's most important anyway, I guess. A great beer for converting the BMC heathens, or for when you're just thirsty.

05-11-2009 17:42:47 | More by Fnord
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Reino

Oregon

4.18/5  rDev +12.4%

Received as an extra in a trade with screach. Thanks for the chance to try another craft beer in a can, and another Texas brew.

Appearance- Poured pretty aggressively into a pint glass, Bombshell Blonde produces a very sexy, 2-finger cream colored head that stuck around for quite awhile before settling into a comfortable 1/2 finger of creaminess a top the body. Beautiful lace left behind, especially on the second half of the glass. The body itself is a full, dirty blonde hue. A very good looking beer.

Smell- The sweet aroma of the Vienna/American malts are quite pleasing. There's also slight citrus notes resting on top of some biscuit aroma. Not very overpowering, but a nice combination nonetheless.

Taste- Pretty straight forward biscuity goodness with a kiss of floral hops and nuttiness. Not very complex, and I don't really want it to be. It quenches my thirst and is malt forward in the right way. It almost reminds me of a blonde take on a nut brown ale.

MF- Much creamier than I'd expect from a blonde ale, but that is a good thing. Nice middle ground carbonation, and finishes slightly dry.

Drinkability- Not my favorite style, but I'll be damned if I couldn't drink a lot of this on a hot day, or even right now sitting in a 68 degree house. It doesn't taste or smell as good as a kickass IPA or RIS, but that shouldn't be what it's held up against. It's a blonde ale, and I can't think of another beer of the same style that I'd rather have. Great job Southern Star.

05-03-2009 22:00:22 | More by Reino
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mmcary

Texas

4.35/5  rDev +16.9%

Being from Houston, I am proud of the Texas craft brews we get, Shiner, Saint Arnold, Roar. All make serviceable brews, and in one instance, Saint Arnold Christmas ale, even exceptional. A recent discovery of mine is from Conroe and it is Southern Star. I am a big fan of the Pine Belt pale ale and just this weekend picked up the Bombshell Blonde ale.

A- First off the can is awesome, the artwork is simply great. The beer pours cloudy and is the color of hay, thin head and some lacing are left on the glass. You can tell this is un-filtered.

S- Smells bready and malty. Some spice and fruit come through as well.

T- This is the best part of this beer, it has a smooth taste, not too strong, not too light. A bready malty taste with some fruit, a little hop after bite. A really good summer beer, this hits the spot after some yard work in this humid area.

M- Very smooth again. It does not leave much aftertaste, some dryness is left, overall it is nice.

D- I could have several of these, very easy to drink, low ABV, but very flavorful.

Overall this is a great offering from Texas, anyone who enjoys Blondes should like this. I know it is slowly being distributed to other states, if you can not get this, drop me a line maybe we can trade!

05-03-2009 18:54:25 | More by mmcary
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elniko

Texas

4.18/5  rDev +12.4%

Picked up single can thanks to Rick at Lone Star Beverages.

A: Almost cider like quality to the appearance. Mild head, lacing, and carbonation. Solid looking brew.

S: Clean malty notes coming from nose, solid but nothing overwhelming.

T & M: I am generally not a fan of blond ales but this brew is the exception. I really enjoyed this beer. Light mouthfeel, malt does now overwhelm as I've encountered in other blonds. Crisp, clean finish.

D: Very drinkable, I will be seeking this beer out again.

04-27-2009 23:30:42 | More by elniko
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TexIndy

Texas

3.48/5  rDev -6.5%

Poured from a 12oz can into a pint glass. No dating info but just released so I know it's fresh. It was a cloudy light golden honey color. A few lazy carb streams and come sticky lace. It had a good sized off-white head that stuck around for awhile and settled into a thin film and collar.

The aroma was malty and sweet with really no hop presence. The taste followed the aroma. Crisp, clean and drinkable. Good session beer for hot days. Also probably a good BMC conversion beer. Mouthfeel had a bit too much carb.

Overall, a good beer that I mildly recommend if you can easily find it (especially if in a buddy's fridge). For me, it doesn't have enough flavor to warrant buying many unless on tap and limited choices or a friend has it.

04-27-2009 01:49:02 | More by TexIndy
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whoneeds8

Texas

3.83/5  rDev +3%

Poured into a pint glass pale straw yellow with a nice thick white head. Lacing all the way down the glass. Smell is very fruity, suprisingly strong. Taste is very malty, with hints of various fruit flavors. The hop bite at the end leaves a slight dry feel, which is the only downer. This is going to be a great Texas Summer beer.

04-24-2009 00:47:28 | More by whoneeds8
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BeanBone

Texas

4.13/5  rDev +11%

Appearance: Hardly blonde in color, this is a lovely shade of golden-amber. There are a million particles of sediment suspended in the body, living up to the "clarity is overrated" slogan on the can. The finger of craggy head is off-white in color and features great retention and lacing. I could stare at this all day.

Aroma: Sweet, bready and biscuity malt with a few hints of citrus and earthy hops.

Taste: The same solid malt backbone is firmly in charge here. The profile runs the gamut from husky, to bready, to biscuity, to caramel-like. There's a splash of citrus and mild hop bitterness in the finish for balance. The aftertaste keeps the malt chorus going.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and smooth with mild carbonation. It finishes clean.

Drinkability: Top-notch, I could drink this all night.

Verdict: Perfect for sessioning, Bombshell is just a mild and friendly beer. Every brewery has to have an offering or two in their lineup that appeals to the fans of "lighter" beers, luckily this one has soul and flavors in abundance. A perfect companion for a hot Summer day here in Texas.

04-22-2009 17:55:29 | More by BeanBone
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HopHead84

California

3.88/5  rDev +4.3%

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.

04-21-2009 06:33:37 | More by HopHead84
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twiggamortis420

Texas

4.55/5  rDev +22.3%

Good looking package with a bright teal can and blonde cowgirl riding a bomb. Pours a hazy dark gold color with a light cream colored head that does not stay around long but does leave some nice lacing behind.

Smell is wonderfully malty with just a touch of earthy hop aroma. It has a sweet nose with emphasis on candy corns, 3 musketeers and caramel that has been sitting in some moist dirt for a few days.

Taste is very unique and tasty. It has plenty of husky, grainy maltiness and a noticeable hop presence. Sweet toffee and caramel flavors are followed up by a mild bitter finish. The mouthfeel is full and creamy with no lack of flavor power. This blows away all other blonde ales I have had, which to me is a fairly weak style to begin with. I've already gone through 2 sixers and will be buying many more as it will make a fantastic summer beer. Love it.

04-18-2009 00:18:26 | More by twiggamortis420
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allengarvin

Texas

3.73/5  rDev +0.3%

This beer is pale gold, appropriate for the style, with a large very fluffy, not dense head. Good head retention, though it falls eventually. The nose offers plenty of malt, light and sweet and not at all grainy, with a hint of fruitiness. The flavor is solidly malty, and lies on the sweet side of things. Bitterness is low and hop flavor nonexistent. A little fruity at the finish.

One of the better blonde ales I've had, though it's not a style I seek out. The bready maltiness makes it a step above most grainy offerings.

04-13-2009 00:53:08 | More by allengarvin
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BgThang

Texas

3.83/5  rDev +3%

This beer pours golden with alot of head. To me this is definitely a beer for the people who are wanting something lighter for those hot summer days after mowing the lawn.
The smell is fruity, sweet, bread with some malt undertones.

I can drink many of these easily and could prolly keep going.
I am taking some of these to my BMC friends to see what they think. Show them there is other beer out there.

04-06-2009 16:32:09 | More by BgThang
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lonestar1836

Texas

3.48/5  rDev -6.5%

A: golden honey yellow with little floaters (it IS unfiltered), white foamy head

S: slightly metalic with lisghtly sweet smell (actualy not much in the smell department)

T: sweet and creamy

M: medium carbonation and very smooth

D: pretty good and i love the lable art

04-05-2009 05:26:02 | More by lonestar1836
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omnigrits

Texas

3.85/5  rDev +3.5%

Definitely one of the oddest beers I've drunk recently. And this new craft-beer-in-a-can trend is one that, as a bartender with limited space for stock, is one that I encourage other breweries to try.

Pours a hazy light copper colour with a minimal head that doesn't subside too much. The first thing I though when I stuck my nose into the glass was 'Dang it, I forgot to make bread today!'. There's an overwhelming smell of bread dough with some floral undertones and a malty sweetness. The taste is... not challenging. By that, I mean it's good but fairly middle of the road. Not too sweet, not too hoppy, not too bitter, and with a medium body. This style of beer (when brewed by a craft brewer) is almost craft beer with training wheels, and is hopefully a stepping stone for the macro beer drinker to develop a more discerning palate. For someone who drinks something like Arrogant Bastard or Sierra Nevada Torpedo, this beer will be as easy to drink as a glass of water, but for someone who wants to try something other than Budmilloors, it's a great first step into beer advocacy.

04-02-2009 22:01:56 | More by omnigrits
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wagenvolks

Texas

3.83/5  rDev +3%

12 oz. can into a Unibroue tulip. Gotta love the canned craft beer movement.

Pours a dirty, copper-blond hue with lots of haze from the tiny chunks of yeast. Good retention on the inch of eggshell-white head, as it leaves a plethora of lace along the inside of the glass. For a Blond Ale, the aroma rocks, as it adds delicate notes of flora hops that balance lightly toasted biscuit and caramel malts. A hint of passion fruit and mango chime in from the yeast esters.

Flavor starts off with some biscuity sweetness from the pale malts that combines with nutty notes along the way. Hops are fairly muted, but distinctively floral and saved for the back of the palate where they add a slight bitterness to the finish. Mouthfeel is solid, with a great carbonation level, medium-thin body, and a smooth (somewhat dry) finish that both refreshes and leaves me wanting another sip. This Blonde Bombshell did her job well; keep up the good work Southern Star!

03-28-2009 06:48:33 | More by wagenvolks
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JonathanL7890

Texas

3.43/5  rDev -7.8%

On tap at the Dig Pub.

A 2 finger white foamy head and a golden yellow color.

Smell: Malty, floral hops, Some type of noble hops.

Taste: Malty, bready, very little bitterness. About the lowest IBU beer I've ever had for this style.

Mouthfeel: good -- although a little more malt or doing a decoction would make this a much better beer.

Drinkability: Excellent. Great for a Texas summer. I expect this will stake out a permanent tap at the Dig and will compete favorably with Firemans #4.

Overall, a very nice beer. I wish it had a little better mouthfeel.

03-10-2009 21:15:38 | More by JonathanL7890
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jujubeast6000

Texas

3.28/5  rDev -11.8%

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.

02-22-2009 19:38:47 | More by jujubeast6000
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champ103

Texas

4.35/5  rDev +16.9%

A: Pours a cloudy golden/yellow color. A small white head forms with good lace down the glass.
S: A sweet malty aroma. Kind of nondescript but enjoyable.
T: Fruity and sweet malt. Orange and lemon flavors. Not very complex, but it hits the spot. A slight hop twang as the flavor lingers.
M/D: A medium body that is perfectly carbonated for my tastes. Very creamy and smooth to drink. An easy choice for a session beer.

I had this at the Oktoberfest party. This and Real Ale are the two standards for the style IMO. Easy to drink, a good flavor, and not too heavy. Hard to beat on a hot day, or anytime.

10-26-2008 04:33:40 | More by champ103
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armock

New York

4.2/5  rDev +12.9%

Had on tap at the Brewery during its first weeks release.

A - Slightly hazy yellow color with a white head that leaves lacing

S - Has a faint smell slightly sweet malt

T - Follows the scent with light flavors

M - This beer has a light body with medium caarbonation to it

D - This is a session beer all the way generally not a style that gets me excited but I could drink this all day while watching sports worth trying

10-25-2008 19:31:21 | More by armock
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Bombshell Blonde from Southern Star Brewing Company
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