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Bombshell Blonde - Southern Star Brewing Company

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Ratings: 475
Reviews: 196
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 13.98%
Wants: 12
Gots: 68 | 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 ChaseTheAce


4/5  rDev +7.5%

02-15-2012 05:07:28 | More by ChaseTheAce
Photo of LittleDon


4.33/5  rDev +16.4%

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.

07-05-2009 20:03:03 | More by LittleDon
Photo of nhindian


2.53/5  rDev -32%

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.

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


3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

05-18-2013 16:18:28 | More by jl28r1
Photo of mgr78704


3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

06-30-2014 14:19:38 | More by mgr78704
Photo of beerpirates


3.95/5  rDev +6.2%

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.

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

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

07-19-2013 05:17:12 | More by jerefreakinmiah
Photo of tubeyes


3.2/5  rDev -14%

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]

07-25-2012 01:22:19 | More by tubeyes
Photo of Chaz


3.63/5  rDev -2.4%

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! : )

02-24-2011 22:55:11 | More by Chaz
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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

03-07-2014 02:10:20 | More by GOBLIN
Photo of Atlas1


4.15/5  rDev +11.6%

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.

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


3.88/5  rDev +4.3%

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.

07-09-2011 23:56:29 | More by obrike
Photo of TheMrFarnham


3/5  rDev -19.4%

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

3.68/5  rDev -1.1%

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.

01-14-2010 17:31:40 | More by rpstevens
Photo of J_Dub


3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

06-07-2013 23:13:17 | More by J_Dub
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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

New York

4/5  rDev +7.5%

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


4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

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


4/5  rDev +7.5%

11-17-2011 06:37:54 | More by LSUPT
Photo of theghost3


3.93/5  rDev +5.6%

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.

06-14-2009 02:46:55 | More by theghost3
Photo of Shafaegalo


3/5  rDev -19.4%

02-11-2014 02:26:00 | More by Shafaegalo
Photo of Kornoms


3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

03-01-2012 04:36:40 | More by Kornoms
Photo of gory4d

New York

4.22/5  rDev +13.4%

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.

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

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

08-10-2014 23:31:16 | More by sonofliberty2
Photo of Lukebell15


3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

11-15-2013 02:52:29 | More by Lukebell15
Bombshell Blonde from Southern Star Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 475 ratings.