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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: 147 | 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: 208 | Hads: 558
Photo of gory4d
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

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Photo of Pellinore1
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to OakedCanuck for this can.

Pours slightly cloudy blonde, with abundant carbonation. Two fingers of head dissipate quickly.

I smell light, floral hops, with bready, yeasty notes in the background.

The hops fall back a bit in this beer's flavor, leaving a pleasant balance of malt, floral hops, and yeast.

For all its carbonation, this beer is a very smooth drink. Medium-bodied and almost creamy, it was not what I expected from its appearance. Drinkability is good, but I would find it moreso if it was just a bit lighter.

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Photo of philipquarles
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of acevenom
3.36/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy gold with a massive, fluffy biege head. The head dissipates slowly, leaving some lacing on the side of the glass. The head retains very well. The smell is pretty mild, but I can detect some breadiness as well as some citrus. The taste is bready with some strong citrus flavor. There is some bitterness on the back end. The body is light to medium. The beer is refreshing and easy to drink. Overall, this is a good beer. This would be great for drinking on a hot summer day.

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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 PEBKAC
3.86/5  rDev +3.8%
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. :)

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Photo of megahurts4
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Southern Star Bombshell Blonde

Appearance: cloudy orange, medium head, and good lacing.

Smell: light hops and grain.

Taste: grains, apples, orange peel, and subtle hops.

Mouthfeel: medium-light.

This is a good brew. The texture is nice and the flavors are pleasant. I am increasingly liking canned beer.

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Photo of obrike
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Now this is a fun beer!

Highly sessionable at 5.25...super easy drining brew that pours a honey gold. Light head that fades pretty quickly...a light ring remaining for entirety.

Faint scent...some toasted sweet malt...no real hops to speak of.

Yum...this is good! I'm a bit suprised after the fairly light scent. Almost a buttery, toasted malt taste...a bit o honey on the after taste. Velvety smooth, so easy to drink. A nice example of an easy drinking summer beer with a bit of a different and tasty flavor than the norm.

Good job Southern Star.

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Photo of Atlas1
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of jkrich
3.41/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. can with no freshness date poured a slightly hazy, golden-orange with a creamy, sustained head.

Very faint, sweet malty aromas.

This is very malty yet extremely refreshing. Nothing cloying even as the ale warms. There is a slightly fruity, bitter hoppiness in the background.

Light bodied with good spritzy carbonation. There is an off-putting bitter flavor that does detract from the mouthfeel.

The refreshing light body and low ABV make this a good quaffer for the spring or summer. It is not very complex and the aforementioned strange bitter flavor keeps this one from a higher rating. Still well worth trying.

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Photo of rpstevens
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Photo of zdk9
3.94/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of theghost3
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy light copper with a 2-finger white head. Some head sticks around throughout.

The smell is a good combination of sweet malts, yeast & muted fruits. The taste is slightly bitter from roasted malt & herbal hops. A light fruit flavor is there too. The moutfeel is crisp but smooth.

This is an incredibly drinkable blonde ale. It's perfect on a hot day.

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Photo of roblowther
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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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 patpbr
3.69/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Poured into a pint with a full head and hazy amber color.
S - Malt and Bread, a little hops.
T - Similar to the smell. Notice grass, lemon. Its a little sweet and the hops are mild. Its creamy
M - Medium body and higher carbonation.
O - It was served Ice cold, will try it again on a hot day.

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Photo of icehawk
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can Appearance: Clear golden yellow with bubbly white head Aroma: Fairly muted yeast Taste: Toasted bread Palate: Cleansing palate, light body, minimal, clean aftertaste Overall: Very drinkable, while still having good character. Good, clean, drinkable beer.

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Photo of BeanBone
4.13/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of cdizinno
4.41/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz. can as pictured.

A: Cloudy, golden amber color with a nice frothy white head that leaves an abundance of lacing.

S: Very pleasantly mild citrus, malt and the faintest hint of hops in the background.

T&M: Amazingly smooth, medium bodied ale. Tasty citrus with a mild tanginess on the end.

Well-balanced hop and malt flavor is very drinkable. One of the best blonde ales I've had in quite a while.

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Photo of elniko
4.12/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of depechemode1983
4.42/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a cloudy golden orange. has a thick off-white head that lingers with high volume for a while and is gone in almost an instant..

S- In the nose there are notes of honey, chamomile, and dates and a slight undertone of banana. A very sweet nose with moderate bitterness from the hops.

T - Taste like bananas and honey and mild bitter hops with undertones of apple and sour strawberries. Lots of fruit flavors in the taste.

M - Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth and slick. Moderate carbonation and a soft feel.

O - As drinkable as it gets. Balanced taste, pleasing mouth feel, moderate ABV. A damn good session beer. Worthy of multiple purchases.

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Photo of Vengeance526
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of whoneeds8
3.87/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of SWMeyer4141
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance-Hazy light brown, some yellow as well. 1 Finger white head with dissipates pretty quickly.

Smell-Sweet honey, light caramel. I get some banana. Very subtle.

Taste-Wasted expecting it to taste this good. Black peppered honey. Nice malt balance. Caramalized bananas. Good clean flavors. Very sweet upfront but doesn't overpower the beer.

Mouthfeel-Extrememely Smooth and Refreshing. So easy to drink, really coats the mouth. Perfect carbonation with some nice body. Not watery at all compared to other Blonde's.

Overall-This is kind of a hybrid between a Hefeweizen and a Blonde Ale. Love the fact that it's canned, and a 7.99 six pack is great for a summer beer.

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Photo of krisandajt
3.76/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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