Bombshell Blonde - Southern Star Brewing Company

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Bombshell BlondeBombshell Blonde

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Reviews: 205
Hads: 543
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 7.24%
Wants: 20
Gots: 140 | 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: 205 | Hads: 543
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 UMNbeerhunter
3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Darkness goblet on 8/12/11

Pours a pretty honey colored orange yellow with a solid finger and a half of foamy white head. Nice appearance but I would like some more lacing.

Smells of sweet malt with a yeast backbone and a nice slap in the face of citrus hops. This is a great blonde, I cant complain about the smell.

Taste is very light on the pallet. A little bit of the sweet malt and some yeast flavors but it hits off with a honey lemon flavor that dominates. I would like some more malt sweetness but it is a great summer drinker.

Mouthfeel is light in the weight and has little or no carb or hop bitter characteristics.

Overall this is a great Blonde. Very well balanced and the citrus flavor makes it a great summer sipper.. (750 characters)

Photo of JonathanL7890
3.45/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

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. (563 characters)

Photo of BieresDesMoines
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice blonde color (duh) with a small head that leaves some good lace. The aroma is lots of melon fruitiness and a nice breadiness with some yeasty notes. The flavor is honey with some white grape and baguette plenty of fruity citrus notes and some mild hoppiness. Just delicious. (287 characters)

Photo of Fenris244
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Duvel tulip, 1 finger creamy white head, great retention, clear orangey amber in color

Some orange, sweet malt aromas, a hint of hops, small bits of honey aromas

Sweet malts, honey flavors, light hops balance the flavors well and a nuttiness on the finish, starts very sweet and quickly balances itself out with some hops an has the honey and nutty character on the finish.

Very smooth, pretty crisp, ridiculously drinkable and light in body

Overall usually not a big fan of the blonde ales but this one knocked my socks off, big fan of this brew (565 characters)

Photo of Sweasty
3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep hazy copper. Off white head. The head is short lived and leaves adequate lacing down the glass.

Smell: Toasty malt sweetness. Thats followed by a bity of yeastiness and some floral hop notes.

Taste: There's a nice malt/hop balance at work here. Light Citrusy/floral hops are followed by a bit of yeastiness and biscuity malt backing. The finish is grainy with more pronounced biscuit notes.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with adequate carbonation.

Another craft brew in a can - always a welcome sight. This is a nice session brew here. Its easy drinking and perfect for the hot summer months. Keep up the good work Southern Star. (645 characters)

Photo of MurphyMacManus
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. can into pint glass.

A: Somewhat cloudy gold. Big white head with huge bubbles and some stick.

S: Sweet, slightly floral.

T/M: Pale malt, slightly floral, a bit sweet up front, and some balancing bitterness in the finish. Nothing overpowers. Body is slightly heavier than a lager of comparable color.

D: Very much so. (328 characters)

Photo of Fnord
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (729 characters)

Photo of fatmcb1
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - This pours a typical golden color with less than a finger of light head. The head leaves very minimal lacing, and quickly dissipates to a very thin ring. The beer is very cloudy, particularly when held to light.

S - Only feint smells, first of caramel and malt, followed by light hops in the background.

T - Taste is a bit stronger than the smell. This is very malty, with hints of honey tropical fruit. It is void of hops up until the finish, which provides a slightly bitter aftertaste.

M - Creamier than the typical APA, and heavily carbonated.

This is a solid summer beer. I would have liked it to have more hops to balance the flavor. (647 characters)

Photo of Cheesemoose
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my pint glass with a solid 3 fingers of head which slowly dissipates into a fine film with no lacing.

A refreshing mild malt aroma, with a slight hoppiness. Earthy and wholesome.

Refreshingly delicious, good bit of maltiness, though not sweet, followed by a nice crispness from the hops. Very smooth, and enjoyable.

Slight carbonation with no alcohol flavors present. All around a very sessionable beer, would pair very well with a light lunch. No strong flavors to overpower any food offerings. (512 characters)

Photo of chefelf
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this one in Austin about a week ago. It was pretty good but I think it was probably also amplified by how badly I was craving a beer after a long day.

I just gave it a 3.0 in appearance given that I had it out of a can. I don't really know what separates a beer from having an "awful" appearance versus an "exceptional" appearance. You know, unless there were little bits of meat floating around in it or something. I suppose that would be pretty awful. (460 characters)

Photo of BgThang
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (404 characters)

Photo of dougofthefuture
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Received as an extra in a great trade with Adouble - thanks! Split this on a Saturday afternoon with the wife.

A - Pours a cloudy straw colored orange/yellow with a very soapy two finger orange head.

S - Nice yeasty, slightly orange aroma. Surprisingly strong.

T & M - Yeast and bright citrus up front as in the nose, but the body is kind of thin. Carbonation is pretty minimal as well. Very good, but no real "wow" factor here.

D - This would make a nice summer session beer for sure. Lots of flavor for what it is, and it goes down easy. Taste might suffer a bit, but there are times when this would really hit the spot. Another beer I wish we had here in MN! (665 characters)

Photo of RDHerm
3.08/5  rDev -17.4%
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. (909 characters)

Photo of Weisseguy1
1.9/5  rDev -49.1%

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. (430 characters)

Photo of ZBowden
3.72/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours hazy gold with small white head, smells of wheat and bready malts, tastes heavy on yeast and roasty malts, thin smooth mouthfeel. This beer would go well with a game of baseball. (184 characters)

Photo of jpaltan
4.08/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Golden colored, quite cloudy and hazy, making slightly opaque. head is thick and frothy and sticks down the sides. smell is a bit fruity. mostly pear and apple. little hop aroma. taste follows the smell, with hints of pear. hints of a bready finish. definately a nice malt background on it. a slight bitterness closes out the finish. drinkability is incredibly high on this one. (378 characters)

Photo of Roeters
3.96/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cracked this can on the first upper 80 degree day in west Michigan.

A: nice golden yellow color with a thin cream colored head kinda cloudy as you we expect from an unfiltered beer.

S: very clean little sweet grain, with

T: slightly bready minimal hop flavor

M: very light bodied, light carbonation

O: great beer wish I had a yard to mow and a full case of these to drink. Just what was needed after finishing work. (421 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 mryuk
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a very nice golden yellow with 1.5 fingers of creamy head. very unfiltered with a bunch of sentiment.

smell is very light and subdued in general. there is definitely some sweet malty aromas with small but noticeable amount of hops.

taste is smooth and creamy. lots of yeast and maybe a hint of corn. more bitter than expected.

mouth is medium bodied with good carb. very light and refreshing in general.

I enjoyed this beer more than expected. not ususally a lighter beer person but this one worked for me. very light and refreshing. Great summer beer. (562 characters)

Photo of Kaiyotee
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Golden, somewhat hazy
Smell: Crisp Lime; wheat
Taste: Definitely has a bready finish like the can states
Feel: Smooth, creamy

Nice malt/hop balance (154 characters)

Photo of MEsquandoles
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. can from 6pk, poured into pint sized UK shaped glass. Bottom of can roused and poured as well. Also available on draft. Website shows 5.25% and 20 IBU. I'm sure this is the brewery's best seller.

Looks like hefeweizen. Golden with apricot, hazy with some oily swirls, some yeast particles. Good head retention.

Smells of Vienna malt, biscuity and bready, some pale ale malts, apricot. Not much hop aroma in this sample.

Flavor is same as aroma, but with a wave of bitterness and subtle German hops and tangerine. That Vienna Malt reminds me of Oktoberfests, but this has way more going on. Lightly buttered biscuits with a lil honey. A little earthiness and spice, maybe coriander (I'm pretty sure this is not spiced though).

Very creamy, feels great. A little slick and oily. Very yeasty for Blonde Ale - but not too estery. Lots of subtleties. Easy to drink, but doesnt have the "poundability" like a drier, less complex, less heavy Blonde Ale.

This is an American Golden Ale - sure a "Blonde Ale" - but it leans towards a lesser hoppy Pale Ale, Cream Ale, and Wit. Unique and definitely worth trying. And revisiting. (1,131 characters)

Photo of joshuacavett
5/5  rDev +34%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I can only say good things about this beer as it has served me so well after many tastings! I have had many cans of this delightful brew from Southern Star brewing out of Conroe, TX. Pours a hazy yellow/orange, smells deliciously sweet and drinks the same. Drinkability is extremely high as I could have one of these daily! Light on the hops and malts are balanced very well with the sweetness of this brew. Truly a delight! (424 characters)

Photo of Reino
4.18/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (1,494 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)

Bombshell Blonde from Southern Star Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 205 ratings.