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Bombshell Blonde - Southern Star Brewing Company

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Bombshell BlondeBombshell Blonde

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208 Reviews
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Reviews: 208
Hads: 558
Avg: 3.72
pDev: 22.85%
Wants: 23
Gots: 149 | 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:
Beer added by: armock on 10-25-2008

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
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Photo of Weisseguy1
1.9/5  rDev -48.9%

A slightly cloudy, some lacing and two finger head down to a pencil sized head after settling
S bread like smell with a dank-banana aroma
T musky taste up front then to bread then lingering alcohol, bubbles throughout
O overall i feel this beer is great for someone who is not familiar with craft beer and is transitioning from adjunct lagers to the craft world. I feel I could use more malt to balance the back ends excitement.

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Photo of kaidasz
2.16/5  rDev -41.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

had high hopes for this as the brewery is right up the road. poured first can in perfect pint and the head quickly disapated w/no lacing. second bad sign was non-existant smell. i tried a second and wondered if the 6'er i bought at specs was tainted. ended up drain pouring the last 1/3 which is not my style.

i have 4 left and will pawn them off on neighbors to see if somethings amiss.

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Photo of Kevinator
2.31/5  rDev -37.9%
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.

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Photo of nhindian
2.61/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12oz can poured into a Dogfish Head Signature glass. Generously provided as an extra by Exiled, thanks Jason!

A - Pours a hazy, unfiltered goldenrod color with 3 huge fingers of soft white head. Insane retention as well, due in part to the creaminess and thickness of the head. It's lavish and almost like a pillow in the way it is rocky and mountainous. Lacing as well brings a very nice welcome with a thick, generous coating of foam all around the glass.

S - The nose opens with a pleasant breadiness as well as some yeast esters. Somewhat fruity throughout with a slight bitter hop presence in the finish. Overall fairly clean.

T - The flavors begin with a biscuit-like malt flavor, paving the way for the backbone to come. However, some band-aid phenols make themselves known almost immediately this, which kind of spoils it for me. In fact, the flavor, or lack thereof, is nearly completely barren after the start. It has a faint citrus flavor in the finish, but overall, everything is quite faint and disappointing after the great appearance and nice aroma.

M - Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with surprisingly light carbonation. Another detriment to this beer is the sub-par carbonation, which really needs to be beefed up. Still, it finishes clean and semi-dry.

D/O - Drinkability is low. Great look, promising smell, but the taste and mouthfeel stick the nails in the coffin. A pleasure to admire from far, but not the best beer to actually imbibe.

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Photo of jmarsh123
2.62/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a cloudy light gold with a thin white head. Some yeast particles float in the beer.

Smells of really sweet bready malts. No hop presence at all. Hopefully the taste is better cause this thing smells awful. I kind of thought it may be skunked until it tasted fine.

Bready malts coming through on the taste, but not nearly as overwhelming as the nose. Just a little hop bitterness which is about right for the style. A little pungent bitter aftertaste is detectable.

Fairly light mouthfeel although good and creamy for the style. Good carbonation, but not overdone as on a lot of lighter ales.

Overall this is a solid offering, especially since it comes in a sometimes more friendly can format, as long as I don't have to smell it much. It still doesn't close to unseating Sun King for my go to lighter ale.

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Photo of NewGeneric
2.72/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy golden orange color with medium-thick cream-colored foam that fades at a medium pace, leaving chunks of lacing around the glass.

S: Smells like grass and spent grains. Definitely leaves something to be desired.

T: Big malted barley flavors come through despite the muted nose. Caramel, toffee, nuts, toast, etc. are in season. Better than average, but not really good.

M: Drinks a little bit like soda. Not a ton of body, and my still feels fizzy after I finish swallowing.

D: While it does have some nice flavor going on, the mouthfeel is pretty much enough to say goodnight for me. I'd drink this before a Budweiser, but not much else.

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Photo of WoodBrew
2.74/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The Bombshell Blonde Ale from Southern Start is ok. The beer pours a nice clear golden color with bubbly white head that is leaving a spotty lace. The smell is underwhelming, some faint lemon/lemon grass zest. The taste is very sharp, starts with a lemon flare then turns to a grainy/bread finish. The mouthfeel is light to medium with good carbonation. Overall it is a decent beer.

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Photo of cavedave
2.76/5  rDev -25.8%
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.

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Photo of chinchill
2.77/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

12 oz can served in a pint glass.
Light amber color; hazy; with a semi-durable head.
Light, watery body with medium carbonation.
Somewhat unappealing aroma with a better flavor.
Still very light flavoring. light citrus. Really needs more malt.
O: no reason to recommend this beer.

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Photo of bonk0076
2.77/5  rDev -25.5%
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.

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Photo of augustgarage
2.83/5  rDev -23.9%
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).

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Photo of OWSLEY069
2.96/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a lightly hazy yellow to orange-ish color with a white head. In the aroma, a small dry malt and a note of dry hops. In the taste, a small pine like hop and a dry malt. A smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry pine hop in the aftertaste. A bigger hop than expected, but just ok, kind of average.

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Photo of Ryan011235
2.99/5  rDev -19.6%
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.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.03/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

"I speak two languages: Body and English."

--Mae West

Pumpkin orange with a swirling storm of fine yeasties that remain in suspension. The can reads "Clarity is overrated"... and I couldn't agree more. An airy chunk of bone colored foam looks decent enough and leaves a few stray scraps of lace. The liquid alone is responsible for the above score.

The fact that the nose doesn't impress is more a function of the style than the beer itself. It's mildly earthy and herbal, with a moderate sour fruitiness that might be an issue on the palate. Saphir and Sterling hops don't make much of an olfactory splash.

Bombshell Blonde is not as good as Pine Belt Pale Ale, and that Southern Star Brewing Co. offering was not among my favorites of the style. It doesn't contain much malt and sour fruit plays too big a role in the flavor profile. More ingredients all around is the only way this blonde ale has a chance to seriously compete.

Flavors include pale-to-slightly-toasted grains, unripe peaches, lemon juice... and that's about it. Even though beer of this style isn't (and shouldn't have to be) deep or complex, it needs to bring something more to the table than this. In a word... lackluster.

Using the name as a jumping off point, this SSBC brew is like a moderately attractive movie star with an eating disorder. The body is way too thin and reaches watery long before the finish. Less than committed carbonation doesn't help.

Southern Star Bombshell Blonde should be renamed Pop Gun Blonde. Even that, though, implies more power and personality than this rail thin brew delivers. Each and every one of you, no matter where you live, should be able to find better beer than this.

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Photo of Reaper16
3.05/5  rDev -18%
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.

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Photo of robwestcott
3.05/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

thanks to drabmuh for this one.

poured from the can to a sun king shaped pint glass a cloudy honey'd sunlight orange with a thin wispy, short lasting head leaving little, if any, retention.

aroma of earthy hops and not much else.

again, earthy hops, maybe a hint of sweet malt - a little one dimensional this one.

thin, highly carbonated, bubbling on the palate.

drinkable ? i suppose, but i don;'t think i'd have another.

but hey, the label is way cool.

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Photo of RDHerm
3.08/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received as an extra in a recent trade.

Pours a deep, opaque golden yellow color with yellow highlights. Has a very thick white head that thins out pretty quick, leaving a solid ring that holds for the duration. Decent amount of lacing for a beer of this style.

Light aroma. Strong notes of sweet malts and bread, with a hint of honey and a slight touch of hops.

Taste is rather bland. Initial flavor of sweet malts, balanced out with a slight hoppy bitterness. There is a solid note of citrus throughout, and just a little bit of spice. Taste leaves the pallet almost immediately.

Lighter body. Great carbonation level. Crisp, smooth, and quite refreshing.

This is not a bad tasting beer by any means, it's just on the unimpressive side. Even still, it's light, smooth, and refreshing, and for someone looking for a beer they can suck down a few of on a lazy afternoon, this is honestly a solid choice.

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Photo of Premo88
3.09/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

12 oz. can poured into nonic
(paper label on can says 11/24/14 ... bought can as a loose single at HEB, and no dating on actual can)

L: 50/50 opaque/clear gold ... no amber in it but there floaties, lots of them which is standard for Southern Star; decent 1/2-inch head of white foam that disappears quickly but leaves a tidy tight collar; slight lacing

S: creamed corn, corn, sour grain

T: sweet creamed corn ... malty mush with only the slightest hint of a black-pepper/English hop bitterness in the lingering aftertaste; loads of grain; hay

F: very nice ... an easy drinker with average carbonation

O: mostly a creamed corn mush but that lingering bitterness, though very subtle, helps smooth out the big sweetness up front; typical of the style, it's got a lot of American adjunct lager-like taste to it, but there's nothing wrong with it at all. a beer best suited for the hot months and while not remarkable in any way, I might call for one from time to time out and about.

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Photo of FLima
3.15/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Slightly hazy golden color with practically no head.
Yeasty aroma with hints of smoke and papaya.
Flavor of yeast, lots of grains and hay, papaya with cassis liquor, lemongrass, minerals and medicinal herbal hops. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Light body with appropriate carbonation
Decent blond ale, though I don't really like the hay and papaya combo.
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Photo of maximum12
3.16/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to TexasStout for this can in a recent trade. Really enjoyed the Pine Belt Ale, looking to go 2 for 2 on Southern Star.

Poured into my New Belgium snifter and bubbles up with a big blond wig to go with the rather nice blond body. Smells a bit pale & grassy.

Bombshell doesn't quite live up to her name. The malt turns it very biscuity, with a background of cut grass in plastic bags that have just started to get wet. Ever so slight hop presence, as if they're just along for the ride. Pretty gentle. Easy to drink.

Decent enough beer. Once you get beyond her looks, there's not much to her.

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Photo of tubeyes
3.17/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Not much head, minimal carbonation, deep amber, somewhat hazy yellow cloudiness
S- Little nose, dog park, grassy, clean
T- Some citrus, estery, wheaty
M- Light, crisp, nice aftertaste
O- Subtle after bite after swallowing, little lacing. Had in shaker pint at OSDH in Denton, paired with Mellow Mushroom's Red Skin Potato Pie pizza. They were both delicious.
[from note, drank 7/1/12]

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Photo of tempest
3.21/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

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Photo of seeswo
3.21/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

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Photo of steve8robin
3.22/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

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Photo of ryanmac06
3.24/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

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Bombshell Blonde from Southern Star Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 208 ratings.