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Bombshell Blonde - Southern Star Brewing Company

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Reviews: 207
Hads: 548
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 11.8%
Wants: 22
Gots: 144 | 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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Reviews: 207 | Hads: 548
Photo of SkeeterHawk
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! (2,177 characters)

Photo of Deuane
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
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... (774 characters)

Photo of chickencoop
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. (348 characters)

Photo of mcfisty
4.34/5  rDev +16.4%
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. (392 characters)

Photo of bonk0076
2.77/5  rDev -25.7%
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. (315 characters)

Photo of gory4d
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
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. (880 characters)

Photo of Kaiser81
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. (541 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
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. (848 characters)

Photo of TuffLuff
4.73/5  rDev +26.8%
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. (1,580 characters)

Photo of tatoodkelt
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. (594 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
4.34/5  rDev +16.4%
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. (1,428 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.47/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A fine Blonde ale with medium sweetness, English-like fruitiness, and a bit of kettle caramelization.

A very delicate and very pleasant floral, ester mix gives the impression of honey suckle and bubble gum. The beer seems to have a part Pilsner, part 2-row malt aroma along with a lot of fruitiness. Pears, apricots, and apples come to the forefront while the sweeter malt components and caramels follow closely behind. Soft herbal hops leave the nose a bit underwhelming.

I like the jab on the back of the can that says, "Clarity is overrated". I do agree but it makes this beer a bit less bright, thus less attractive than Blondes are noted. Caught somewhere between golden and straw, the beer starts with a stark white head that fades to a trace then remains. Slight lacing on the glass is a plus.

Even more fruity and sweet to taste than the nose suggested. An dominant green and red apple flavor makes me think there's some yeast issues going on here. Timid on attenuation, the beer remains sweet and less clean than refreshing. Mild hops struggle to offset the sweetness and offer slight herbal and floral taste.

The beer is a bit bigger than the crisper versions of Blondes that appeal to me. The extra sweetness and fruitiness proves to much in the end. Thanks Exiled! (1,281 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy honey color with a modest head that leaves a few strands of lace

Smell: Sweet biscuity malt with a hint of a herbacious, grassy character

Taste: Sweet and biscuity, up front, but with a growing grassy, herbacious and peppery bitterness that adds a lemony citrus character by mid-palate; after the swallow, the tart and sweet flavors blend together nicely, with a lingering touch of honey on the tip of the tongue

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body, creamy, with prickly carbonation

Drinkability: Not a beer I would have sought out had I not heard the review on Craft Beer Radio; not sure this qualifies as a blonde ale, I think it is a very creative take to define a new style (703 characters)

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

This beer, along with the Pine Belt Pale Ale, are staples in my fridge. I refuse to carry BMCs, so for all of my friends who insist on drinking something "not dark" I figure I should have something that I like as well.

A: "Clarity is over-rated" being their motto, you cannot complain when the beer is something a bit cloudier and darker than your typical Blonde. Good head. Ha!

S: Yeasty with notes of orange rind and floral esthers.

D: Wonderfully balanced beer! Enough hops to satisfy the hop lover, but not so much that the average drinker will complain. The yeast notes also provide an interesting background.

M: Somewhere between Medium and Medium/Heavy. A tad low on the carbonation, but otherwise good.

D: Picnic, beach, yard work, funerals; this beer is great anywhere and should be consumed by the sixer. Feel free to channel your inner-John Belushi. (865 characters)

Photo of maximum12
3.16/5  rDev -15.3%
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. (604 characters)

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this brew for winning SNF Squares - Week 5 from kiltedtxn and aggieboudreaux, Thanks Chris and Jason!

12oz can served in a pilsner glass.

Hazy brass color with a good sized head of white that left trails of lacing on the glass.
Smell is earthy, I also got some sour fruit smell - apricot & white grape.
Taste is like sourdough bread with light fruit flavors and bitterness on the back end.
Lighter bodied, crisp and refreshing.
Goes down real easy. (456 characters)

Photo of zdk9
3.94/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A full frothy head of white. Leaves some nice lines and pocadots of lacing. The color of the beer is very pale orange.

S- Pale malt smell. Maybe a touch of corn, but maybe that's just my imagination. It's an aroma of refreshment.

T- Just like the smell, the taste is refreshing, mostly some pale breadiness. But there is balancing bitterness- earthy and works well with the other flavors.

M- Refreshing, lingers just long enough to enjoy before the next quaff.

D- I like it. An easy drinker. Doesn't make you think. A def summer beer. (541 characters)

Photo of nlmartin
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Wagonvolks for sending this beer as part of Ryans Ghetto Bif. The beer was served chilled in a pint glass.

Appearance: The body of the beer is a dirty copper coloration. The head was about half inch high white in coloration. Good retention of the head is noted. Lacing speckles my glass marking its passage.

Smell: The biscuity aroma of the beer is covered in caramel and honey. Floral hops combine with citrus to create a marmalade aroma. Very nice!...

Taste: The flavors mirror the aroma. This beer is well balanced malty and hops. Again very nice and well executed.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability: The beer has a light body. It never dips into the thin bodied notes. The carbonation is active and totally appropriate to this beer. This is a beer that I could session with and never be bored. Well played! (815 characters)

Photo of roblowther
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Canned beer from Texas, my motherland and home to the best BBQ, no doubt.
Dark cloudy burnished gold. The head is creamy white and leaves very nice lacing. Smells of hops, strawberries, and a subtle pine note. So far WAY up there on the canned beer scale. Taste is freakin awesome. Nice, nice balance of malt and hops, again, delicate hops and a faint strawberry taste. A sharp finish, not too assertive. Very very, very very nice. Mouthfeel is soft and a touch undercarbonated. Drinkability is very good. An afternoon in the making, for sure. (543 characters)

Photo of diamondc
4.27/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally arrived in this part of South Texas. $7.99 for a 6 pack.

A: Humongous, fluffy head billowing out of my pilsener glass. Hazy, unfiltered, tiny flecks of sediment swimming in the beer. There's some light scattered lacing, too.

S: Lot of honey on the nose, some nuttiness, buttered toast aromas, caramel. After a few deep sniffs there's some earthiness there, like today's grass clippings mixed with mud.

T: The malt is definitely the highlight here. Lots of honey, biscuit like flavors. Reminds me a lot of Fat Tire. Some citrus lingers in the background with some moderate grassy hops keeping the sweetness in check. Complex for a blonde ale!

M/D: This beer is a huge surprise. I was expecting something like Fireman's #4 which is a simple & drinkable ale, but this beer is way more complex tasting. The mouthfeel is the very definition of 'creamy' and begs for more sips. (885 characters)

Photo of PEBKAC
3.86/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Watching the "Battle 360" series on the History Channel. Choice seems appropriate enough. :)

The can must have taken a hit while shuffling through the fridge... we have a bleeder. Pils glass pour, glass just wide enough to act as a supporting hand & drip tray all in one.

A thick, muggy, honey amber that is not the ditsy blonde I payed upfront for. She has a little grit in her teeth too. Head isn't pretty: a scabby, mushy oatmeal color & consistency, with specks of black pepper/sediment/lice/whatever.

Smell is honey-sweet malt, peppery yeast, mild bittergreen hops, sweat & turning fruit. Too subtle here.

Taste is upfront with dough & soft fruit. Very, very mild grassy & sweet floral hops, even maybe a little like golden tea. Toasted finish.

A touch buttery, with cask-ish carbonation.

A fake blonde, but still a lot of fun. :) (842 characters)

Photo of davexisxrabid
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this in a trade with ottovon, thanks!

Poured into a pint glass. Very cloudy orange color with a nice fluffy 2 inch head. I can see why the back of the can states "clarity if overrated." Lots of visible carbonation. Great retention and lacing during the drinking period.

Aroma is sweet and like cooked mandarin oranges and a pine nut aroma with grassy hops.

Nice caramel and citrus sweet backbone with a touch of buttery flavor and a nice hope bitterness like a dash of lemon rind. Pretty well balanced without letting the sweet malts or bitter hops takeover.

Medium mouthfeel with a slight lingering hop bitterness. Pretty clean, crisp and refreshing. This would be good with a light meal.

Pretty good overall and easily a session beer. The low abv and abundance of flavor make this a cool session brew. Glad I got to try it. (834 characters)

Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.79/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to screach for tossing in another canned extra from this brewery.

Pours a golden color with at least two fingers of fluffy head, fades at a slow rate, lots of floaties in the glass, as the can says, "Clarity is overrated."

The smell is almost nonexistent, I can barely make out even the sweet malt.

Taste is light and crisp yet also has a soft edge to it, carbonation is good, mostly sweet malt with a hint of citrus, a good smoothness to it, slight bitterness in the aftertaste.

Not usually a fan of blonde ales but I'd say this is one of the better ones I've had. (576 characters)

Photo of jasonjlewis
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice 1 finger head with great retention and a cloudy yellow color. I think yeast is still in the can.

Smell is of some citrusy hop with a bit of a honey malt characteristic underneath.

Taste has a low bitterness with a touch of honey malt sweetness, spicy hop flavor and some good aroma to add to it. Sort of like an extra pale ale in terms of body, sweetness, and hop flavor without too much hop bitterness. That being said there is a tiny hint of fusel alcohols in this beer.

This beer leaves a bit too much body on the palate for a blonde ale.

As the beer warms the grainy/grassy notes come out which I expect in a blonde ale.

Not bad. The beer has an interesting honey malt sweetness and a good hop flavor and aroma. However, there is a bit of fusel alcohol in this one which is sort of a turn off in a beer this light. (836 characters)

Photo of LittleDon
4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy, darker than a blond but lighter than an amber. It appears golden with a tinge of red. It produces a very small head, but it's dense enough to produce a nice lace. There's no noticeable carbonation. I get faint hints of cherry in the aroma. Nice balance between the malt, hops, and alcohol. A thicker mouthfeel than you would expect, a bit on the chewy side. Finish is also well balanced, with both sweet and bitter notes. (429 characters)

Bombshell Blonde from Southern Star Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 207 ratings.