Bombshell Blonde - Southern Star Brewing Company

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Bombshell BlondeBombshell Blonde

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516 Ratings
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Ratings: 516
Reviews: 200
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 14
Gots: 92 | 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 masterofsparks
2.25/5  rDev -39.4%

Photo of augustgarage
2.8/5  rDev -24.5%
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).

Photo of facundoCNB
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a hazy golden pour with a finger of foamy white head and good lacing. smells of lemon, grass, banana, bready. tastes sweet up front with a lemon zest. hints of pepper, a bitterness in the finish that tastes very grassy/earthy and a nice bready backbone. this is all over for a blonde ale!
fizzy on the tongue, creamy on the palate, light body and pretty refreshing. for a beer style that's so plain (blonde ale) this is pretty excellent. great tasting and perfect for the summer!

Photo of bbadger
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of jmarsh123
2.68/5  rDev -27.8%
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.

Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Photo of PhatAtUT
5/5  rDev +34.8%

Photo of Danobold
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of Brabander
4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

We had a beertasting at Beerpirates place on sunday the 15th of may 2011. Jeffo, Claark13, Bierschenker, beerpirates and i drank a whole bunch of beers. Thanks for your hospitality Wim!

Poured in my Westvleteren tasting glass this beer looks normal, nothing fancy. This beer is a real sessionbeer to be used between some stouts.

I love blond beer and that makes that i am giving this good brew a high rating. A very soft and tasty beer.

Photo of jwinship83
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can drank out of my samuel adams perfect pint glass.

A- the pour yields a hazy glowing golden colored body with a finger of bright white head on top. the head stays around for a little before falling, and leaves behind small spots of lacing.

S- the first thing i pick out of the nose oddly enough, are floral and grassy hops. i wasnt sure what to expect, but nothing like this. after that i get some sweet pale and bready malts. not much else going on in here. simple and to the point.

T- the taste starts out with more of the bready and pale malts that i could smell, which impart a mild yet pleasant sweetness. after that i get more of the floral and grassy hops. not as strong as i thought it would be from the nose. nicely balanced.

M- the body is on the fuller side of light. the carbonation is just above average, but it works well here.

O- i really enjoy beers in cans, and im glad the craft beer movement is heading that way. the more camping/beach options i have, the better. i can see my cooler containing this next time i head for an outdoor adventure.

Photo of bump8628
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of Urbancaver
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale hazy orange with a bit of white head... Smells floral and a but hoppy. Tastes smooth and sweet with a nice kick of malts on the backbone. Vry drinkable and pretty tasty all things considered. Not something i would seek out but above average

Photo of FreshmanPour77
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 3-18-11
Reviewed cold from a can to a glass

A - Poured a nice two fingers of foam, cloudy light orange color, lots of carbonation present. Nice head retention

S - Slight malt wheat combination. Bready aroma with some citrus notes

T/M - Lighter bodied brew with a bready after taste. Slight hop bitterness as well with a lighter malt body

D - Pretty good brew. Very easy to drink a few of these during a sitting, nice spring summer time brew. I would have this brew again and would recommend it

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.

Photo of jdense
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Six pack of 12 oz. cans carried back from San Antonio, enjoyed with beer buddy 4.25.11.

Cloudy straw yellow body, multiple streams of rapidly rising carbonation under one finger small bubble head, medium dissipation with some lacing. Some fruity esters in the nose, meyer lemon, bready malts. Taste mirrors nose, not a lot going on here. Mouthfeel is on the light side of medium, decent effervescence. Not a lot going on here, but taste pretty good and tres drinkable, I can see myself popping one of these after mowing the lawn on a hot summer day. Very sessionable.

EDIT: After having another can I believe this may be better classified as a Kolsch, big lemony esters. In any case, very refreshing, nice summertime quencher.

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.

Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.55/5  rDev +22.6%
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!

Photo of Karibourgeois
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of deadliest
4.13/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A thick and murky amber-gold pour with a creamy head. Bits of would-be sediment float motionless, only a wispy collection of which few make it to the bottom on the glass. This isn't a beer that advertises too much with it's aroma. Pleasant smelling, but a bit weak.

Sweet, bready malts dominate the profile. Just enough faint hops to keep you from asking questions.

Mouthfeel and drinkability are both top-notch. Smooth, silken texture that sticks around just long enough to show off a pleasantly sweet aftertaste.

Photo of Etan
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of Basoos1
2/5  rDev -46.1%

Photo of Kramerbarthomer
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of robwestcott
3.05/5  rDev -17.8%
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.

Photo of Jimmys
3.54/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can into tulip. no canned on date.

A: a lot of haze on a orange/blond body. head is bright white and bubbly. way too much haze for the style.

S: a slight oxidation. a lot of chewy pilsner malt. a little bit of sweet, bubblegum-like fruitiness.

T: similar to the nose, an obvious oxidation, but not to the point of un-drinkability. some grain. certainly in the finish. very limited bitterness.

M: average carb on a light body.

D: all-in-all not too shabby. eliminate the haze and the oxidation and you have a solid drinkable blond from this Texas brewery.

Photo of BlueMoon10
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Bombshell Blonde from Southern Star Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 516 ratings.