1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Bombshell Blonde - Southern Star Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Bombshell BlondeBombshell Blonde

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
84
good

516 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 516
Reviews: 200
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 14
Gots: 90 | 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)
View: Beers (18) | Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 516 | Reviews: 200 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of OgreSanchez
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

Photo of cavedave
2.73/5  rDev -26.4%
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.

Photo of kemoarps
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the can: "Clarity is overrated."
This beer pours a hazy straw colour with a beautiful off white head that dissipates quickly but leaves a nice fine... layer? Is that really the best word I could come up with for it? Anyway, it leaves a nice ___ on the top, which contributes to the lacing. I love watching the bubbles come up through this opaque brew.

The nose is almost fresh cut hay, Like straw harvested maybe a few days early. A bit of bready malt as well. Think a picnic in a barn on a warm summer afternoon/evening.

The straw characteristics carry through to the palate, alone with the mellow bready malts. Maybe a hint of hops on the finish, but not readily identifiable, almost like an afterthought.

kind of thick and chewy, but drinkable. I would continue with the farmhouse comparisons (man, I'm getting all nostalgic over here for childhood summers playing with hay bails). I'm not generally a big fan of blondes (at least not when it comes to beer...), but I really like this brew. I'd love it on a lazy summer afternoon. The fact that it is in cans also makes it that much more accessible to bring camping/hiking or to the beach or to a hayfield somewhere for a midsummer picnic. Grab a sixer if you see one and like the summer months. Well crafted and immensely enjoyable.

Photo of DavidST
3.28/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a pint can into a pint glass, non canned date. This pours a near clear light yellow color with a large off white head which has goo retention and leaves a lacing. The smells are of light grassy hops and crisp malts, something closer to a pilsener. The feel is medium to light. The taste is okay, pretty light with a little malts and hops, disappointing.

Photo of nheinzie57
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of LittleDon
4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

Photo of J_Dub
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of zhanson88
3.35/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one courtesy of atxdelivery as an extra in a trade. Thanks!

Appearance: Blonde Bombshell pours a light golden color with slight orange highlights and 1.5 fingers of white head. Retention is pretty nice, and lacing is very nice. Good looking beer.

Smell: Lots of sweet, bready malts and slight citrus and piney hops. Hops are very light, but that's not surprising considering the style. Still, not bad.

Taste: Bready malts and some sweetness are prevalent up front, with a light kick of hops on the back end. Finish is bready and slightly citrusy.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Light bodied, but the carbonation is really nice. Pretty smooth going down. This is a really well-done blonde ale, and very drinkable. It has just enough flavor to make it sessionable and give you a desire to have several.

Photo of JMad
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured a 12 oz can into a pint glass...

The liquid was hazy and golden there was a thick, white, bubbly head that reduced to a thin ring.

I first noticed a buttery, sugar, cookie smell. There is just a hint of floral hops in the background of the sweet malt.

When I take a sip there is just a slight bitter bite, then some buttery flavors, biscuits, honeyand some sweet malt.

It has a light to medium body, lots of carbonation, pretty average.

This is a solid blonde, the best part about it is the smell, I found it more flavorful than most blondes as well.

Photo of HumphreyLee
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of EPICAC
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bombshell Blonde pours a cloudy golden, and is topped by a shiny, white head that fades to a film and leaves lace that clings to the sides of the glass. The aroma is fruity with lighter notes of toasty malts, and herbal hops.

There's a toasty, bready sweetness upfront that is constant underneath the building flavors. A mild banana fruitiness appears in the center, and moves into a a mild, grassy bitterness in the flavor. I thought this beer had a pleasing sweetness that was offset by a good depth of flavor. This blonde ale is medium to light-bodied, and has a nice crispness that's accentuated by the carbonation.

I was very pleased with this beer. It had a nice amount of flavor, and would make a great session beer.

Photo of Pellinore1
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Photo of philipquarles
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of GOBLIN
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of sonofliberty2
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of acevenom
3.38/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Photo of CorgiDad
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of Lukebell15
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of PEBKAC
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
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. :)

Photo of beerpirates
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thx to bierschenker ( Tim ) for bringing this nice can to the tasting , thx buddy !

12 oz can poured into my tastingglass @a tasting with some awesome BA's -:)

A: This beer pours a very hazy orange with a thin white head. It is quite a bit darker than I would expect for a blonde ale. It looks more like a hefeweizen.

S: The aroma is very sweet--a touch of sweet malt and some citrusy hops. A good balance here.

T: Bitterness and malt flavours are nicely balanced,Honey , but the flavor hops push though, defining the flavor.

M: The beer is smooth and creamy, with just the right amount of carbonation.

D: Definitely a session beer! This one is perfect for hot summer days. Not too heavy for a day at the lake and flavorful enough to still be good at a party that night.

Photo of megahurts4
4/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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

Photo of tubeyes
3.2/5  rDev -13.7%
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]

Photo of nhindian
2.53/5  rDev -31.8%
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.

Photo of jl28r1
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of jerefreakinmiah
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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