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Bombshell Blonde - Southern Star Brewing Company

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465 Ratings
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Ratings: 465
Reviews: 196
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 13.98%
Wants: 11
Gots: 61 | 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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nhindian

Pennsylvania

2.53/5  rDev -32%
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.

Serving type: can

09-06-2011 00:27:27 | More by nhindian
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jl28r1

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

05-18-2013 16:18:28 | More by jl28r1
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tubeyes

Texas

3.2/5  rDev -14%
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]

Serving type: on-tap

07-25-2012 01:22:19 | More by tubeyes
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beerpirates

Belgium

3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Serving type: can

05-16-2011 17:50:03 | More by beerpirates
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ChaseTheAce

Texas

4/5  rDev +7.5%

02-15-2012 05:07:28 | More by ChaseTheAce
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mgr78704

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

06-30-2014 14:19:38 | More by mgr78704
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Chaz

Minnesota

3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly-hazy golden dirty-blonde in color, topped with a frothy, very pale tan head (head is the consistency of whipped cream). LOADS of suspended yeast, here -- I'm surprised I didn;t notice this fact the first time I enjoyed this one, as it looks more like a Belgian blonde or golden ale than anything. Loads of sticky lace here.

Sweet, malty//bready nose, more fruit-forward than anything (bananas, light pineapple/tropical fruit/mango), and with nothing resembling so much as the slightest American West Coast hop profile -- maybe a hit of Cascades and another, gentler hop for bitterness, but both are rather buried beneath the copious fruit notes. The nose here actually reminds me of the Southern Star Pine Belt Pale, so I'm guessing there's more than one shared ingredient (malt and/or hop).

Slightly-sweet, smooth and tongue-coating on the first sip, this one is as light and almost delicate as I remember it being. Nice dry, bready/biscuit malt character going on here, but the mouthfeel just won't quit! As such, it drinks bigger than the listed ABV, even despite bearing a minimal alcohol profile.

Highly drinkable, and biscuit malts and dry character linger --much less any real bitterness-- but Bombshell strikes me as an excellent food beer, and as an easy go-to for someone who's looking for something easier-going than a hoppy Pale or an assertive Pils.

Definitely worth a Tick or a Trade -- Hattip to Crusian for the cans! : )

Serving type: can

02-24-2011 22:55:11 | More by Chaz
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Atlas1

Texas

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.

Serving type: can

05-18-2009 22:56:13 | More by Atlas1
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obrike

Texas

3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Serving type: can

07-09-2011 23:56:29 | More by obrike
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GOBLIN

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

03-07-2014 02:10:20 | More by GOBLIN
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jerefreakinmiah

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

07-19-2013 05:17:12 | More by jerefreakinmiah
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TheMrFarnham

Oklahoma

3/5  rDev -19.4%

07-15-2013 18:37:20 | More by TheMrFarnham
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rpstevens

New Hampshire

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.

Serving type: can

01-14-2010 17:31:40 | More by rpstevens
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slowdaddy

Alabama

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

08-19-2012 16:36:37 | More by slowdaddy
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Thickfreakness

New York

4/5  rDev +7.5%

02-21-2012 03:30:04 | More by Thickfreakness
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JeffSuttonTX

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

03-10-2013 21:30:49 | More by JeffSuttonTX
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LSUPT

California

4/5  rDev +7.5%

11-17-2011 06:37:54 | More by LSUPT
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J_Dub

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

06-07-2013 23:13:17 | More by J_Dub
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theghost3

Louisiana

3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Serving type: can

06-14-2009 02:46:55 | More by theghost3
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Kornoms

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

03-01-2012 04:36:40 | More by Kornoms
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Shafaegalo

Texas

3/5  rDev -19.4%

02-11-2014 02:26:00 | More by Shafaegalo
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gory4d

New York

4.22/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

Serving type: can

12-14-2009 05:02:13 | More by gory4d
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TexAggie011

Texas

2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

12-25-2011 20:30:10 | More by TexAggie011
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zdk9

Texas

3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2009 05:06:29 | More by zdk9
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roblowther

Texas

4.13/5  rDev +11%
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.

Serving type: can

09-07-2009 20:33:12 | More by roblowther
Bombshell Blonde from Southern Star Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 465 ratings.