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Beach Bum Blonde Ale - Anheuser-Busch

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Reviews: 174
Hads: 246
Avg: 2.98
pDev: 23.49%
Wants: 2
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-26-2006

We wanted to create a beer with the same distinct crispness and color that you get in the days of early summer. Using a dry-hopping technique, hops are not only added to the brew kettle, but also included in the aging tank, giving the specialty beer its distinct and crisp hop aroma. The choice selection of pale and caramel roasted barley malt gives this beer its deep golden color that looks great in a glass.
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Photo of Knapp85
3.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this at the Copperhead Bar & Grille in Allentown. I wanted to try something I hadn't had before. This was the only choice at the time. So I got this beer in a pint glass can out with a nice little head on it and a little bit of a hazy yellow color. This beers aroma was pretty hoppy for a blond ale. The flavor was pretty crisp and nicely hopped. I found it to be pretty good , I don't know if I'd need to have it again. I would if I had too.

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Photo of BEERchitect
2.33/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bought a pint at my favorite Lexington Bierstube upon the bartenders recommendation....she's an idiot. Graini-ness, watery-ness, astringency, and vegetable-ness is evident right from the get-go. Looks pilsner-ish with promising head retention that soon fell flat. The aroma is purely of wet grain hulls. Tastes lightly lemony above the adjuct grain flavors. Vegetal and apples also decorate the banal flavors. Feels astingent in the jaws from a lemon rind and stressed grain flavors. Finishes with a fleeting hurry except for the bite-ey hook-up in the back of the thoat. It makes Budweiser look pretty good.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.13/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I like the 'Pry off" instruction on the cap - I guess it gives AB's normal target market one less litigious opportunity.

I gotta say, the malt and hop bills listed on the front label do sound impressive, now where's that other shoe...?

This beer pours a clear medium golden hue, with three fingers of thin creamy white head, which leaves some nice spidery root-like lace around the glass as it recedes. It smells of soapy grain, with some mild sweet citrus. The taste is grainy, fruity - a bit of citrus and banana - and some soapy, weedy hops. The carbonation is a bit too prickly, the body a bit south of medium weight, smooth, but with a bit of acidic edge, and it finishes dry and clean.

A pretty innocuous, but easy drinking blonde ale, nothing off-putting here, other than the lack of deliverance (heh) of the listed hop ingredients in the flavour profile. Also, I couldn't resist cracking this particular beer, after having Tree's Beach Blonde a few days ago - although I prefer the latter's imagery...

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Photo of zeff80
3.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Found at Hooter's in Columbia, MO.

A - It was a clear, golden color with a small head (could've been the bartender's pour).

S - It smelled of wheat and yeast.

T - There was a citrus flavor mixed in with the wheat and slight malt flavor.

M - It was crisp and light-bodied.

D - It is a pretty descent blonde ale. I was quite impressed by this offering from A-B.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.82/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saw this at a beer tent and had never heard of it before. I normally shy away from AB products but figured I would give it a shot. Poured was a pale golden yellow with a huge white head. The smell was actually ok, with hints of some fruitiness in there and a slight grainey toned. The flavor was actually, quite suprisingly good. This was not bad at all. Lots of light fruit with a big carbonated feel. Really a decent session beer and I was quite suprised by how good this actually turned up. AB may actually have something worth drinking here, will have to give it another try before I commit totally, but really not bad.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.18/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tick generously shared by myself.

A: The beer pours a golden straw color with a small and short lived white head.

S: Matching the appearance of the beer, this one smells strongly of straw. There is a light bread not as well as a healthy dose of corn. Mild yeast and some light, fruity esters.

T: The flavor offers up some pale malts to go along with the straw and grass. There is a light hop bitterness to it. Some apple and corn give it more sweetness.

M: Light in body with a medium level of carbonation.

O: Surfs up, brah.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.37/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On June 30th, 2007, AndoBrew delivered a beer that countless Georgia beer drinkers have been waiting for over a year to try! Beach Bum Blonde, Anheuser-Busch's answer to the summer drinking problem, is finally here!

Appearance: Pours a bright, see-through golden body wit a thin, off-white head.

Smell: A very subtle, subdued aroma of sweet grains.

Taste: Sweetish cereal grains, a tinny twang, and a trace of spiciness in the decidedly watery finish. This beer is doing nothing at all to help the stereotype that blondes are vapid and mindless.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied. Fizzy carbonation.

Drinkability: Let's thank AndoBrew and give him a big "Surf's Up!" for bringing this by.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.92/5  rDev +31.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beach Bum delivers a shiny, glowing golden body with an orange cast beneath a full head of creamy white foam. The head retention is good, and it leaves some nice rings and craggy walls of lace at the outset of the glass.

The nose is spicy, lightly grassy, somewhat floral, and even a touch lemony; and beyond that there's a note of sweetish, lightly doughy malt.

The flavor delivers all that the nose suggests, and it's surprisingly crisp and hoppy given the "Beach Bum" moniker - this is anything but Corona, and the hops should please even the most die-hard fans of Czech pilsener! In comparison, it's bitterness is slightly restrained, it's a hair softer and smoother across the palate, and the maltiness is not quite as straightforward grainy with a bit of a bready side that pilsner doesn't normally have. On the other hand, this is a bit sharper in character than one might expect of a blonde ale, and there's not really any yeasty fruitiness... but there is a bit more malt to it than a pils.

It's fresh and clean and bright, very well-balanced, and remarkably drinkable with an easy going charm and enough hop character to keep you coming back for more. I'd gladly enjoy a few of these with friends at a BBQ, camping trip, or sports event. ...Worth trying, despite the label ;)

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.15/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 7/10/09 at Doherty's East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep yellow color, with a short white head that fades very quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is very faint but contains light malts, lemon and a touch of hops.

T: The taste likewise doesn't have much to it, flavors of lemon and bready grains. There's a thin malt character but about what exactly you'd expect from a beer in this style. The hops presence is mild and bring a little bit of balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: A little tasty, goes down easily, not filling at all, mild kick, decent representation of style, it's not a bad beer but there are better light alternative out there.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
2.65/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Hemingway's Cafe' in Oakland, appears a clear golden tone with a white head that dwindles ratherly quickly leaves behind light lacing. Aroma has some fruity apple esters with more of tart spicy sweetness. Taste has a creamy sweetness with herbal hop flavor along with a spicy alcohol finish and a bit more of a tea leaf citrus blend going on. Mouthfeel is light bodied carbonation seems a bit fizzy still. Drinkability...well it's not what I'm going for especially for 4.50 a pint...glad I had a sample.

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Photo of jwc215
3.13/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had on-tap at Cheeseburger Paradise in Woodbridge, NJ.

Pours straw yellow with a thick, foamy white head that slowly descends to a patch.

Not much of a smell, but inoffensive. Light, general fruitiness.

The taste is clean - sweet biscuity notes and a light tropical fruitiness. Crisp finish.

Well, it's certainly filtered. Rather lackluster feel, though not too watery.

Inoffensive and clean. Nothing "bad" about it, clean and inoffensive, though boring. Typical/average for the style. I didn't realize that it was made by A-B until finished with it, and I do have to say that for the brewery and style, it's okay and decent enough to wash down a burger with, but even still, not worth seeking out and it is rather bland.

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Photo of mothman
2.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into pint glass.

Pours 1 finger of fizzy white head. Decent retention leaving some nice lace. Color is a clear golden orange.

Aroma: Grain, corn, and some spices. Not a lot going on here. 2.5

Taste: Spices, grain, corn, almost like a typical adjunct lager. Very boring and bland.

Mouthfeel: crisp and highly carbonated. Light bodied. Ends with a grain flavored slight dry aftertaste.

Overall, this is a very boring beer and nothing I would ever buy. It just doesn't have a lot going on. Hardly any flavors, a lot similar to a macro. It is light, so it is somewhat drinkable.

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Photo of WesWes
3.85/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a gold color with a thin white head that quickly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a light and refreshing pale malt scent along with a light hop aroma. It appears crisp and clean. The taste is good. It has a smooth pale malt flavor that goes down very easily and finishes clean with a light hop taste. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a pretty good blonde ale. It's nothing too incredible, but it's an easy drinker. I'm glad to see AB taking a stab at different styles.

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Photo of Mora2000
2.81/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a clear golden color with a white head. The aroma is orange citrus with some biscuit malt. Somewhat surprisingly, the beer doesn't smell bad at all. The flavor is not as good as the smell. While I get a little bit of biscuit malt as well as some orange and pine notes, the overall flavor is very faint. The beer is very watery and has medium carbonation. There is just really not much too this beer. Not one to seek out.

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Photo of Gavage
3.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: crystal clear yellow color with a 1/4" head that quickly falls to a spotty surface foam. No lacing develops. Plenty of tiny carbonation bubbles rising feverishly to the surface.

Smell: faint citrus tones and easily detectable sugary sweetness.

Taste: some soft orange citrus, hay, and a pretty strong sugary sweetness. Malt levels are mild. Bitterness is non-existant. Non offensive but slighty sweet compared to other blondes.

Mouthfeel:crisp at the start and finish. Clean aftertaste. Light in body.

Drinkability: average at best. I think some of the other A-B offerings in this line of specialty beers are better. Give it a try, but this didn't do it for me when the bar has DFH, Smutty, and Victory as alternative choices.

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Photo of Zorro
3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An interesting beer. A freakishly clear yellow colored beer with a tall white colored head.

There is an unexpected banana aroma to this beer I did not expect. There is also another fruity aroma here that I can best describe as apricot. Not very hoppy at all mostly I smell sweet and fruit. I really can't pick out the hops in this much less ID or describe them.

The flavor begins sweet and a little spicy, the Hops I could not smell are tastable, Nobel hops, not very surprising considering that this is made by a mainly Lager manufacturer. The flavor reminds me of Michelob with that sweet taste and spicy flavor. Far more hops than a Michelob this is decently bitter but not very complex.

The mouthfeel is good not great but ale thick.

An OK drinkable beer but not one I can see buying again. Basically this is Michelob in ale form. Worth trying once I guess but I really can't see picking this over a Michelob Lager if this was one of the meager choices.

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Photo of Wasatch
2.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clean/clear golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some spice. The taste is sweet, malty, and spicy. Medium body. Kinda drinkable, not too bad, but I've had better blonde ale's.

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Photo of Duff27
3.11/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- One inch white head atop a dark golden beer. Lots of effervescence...laser etched glass I think. Good lacing and head retention.

S- Slight honey.

T- More pronounced honey but not overpowering. Some citrus.

M- Feels good in the mouth. Smooth, mid carbonated.

D/O- Nothing off-putting but overall nothing more than a thirst quencher. Good for a summer day when ABInBev products are the only thing on tap ;)

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Photo of plaid75
3.38/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured the typical Budweiser grainy aroma.

The taste consisted of sweet malts with a hint of flowery hop. Light doughy finish with some lingering spice.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness.

Overall a decent ale. Tastes very much like Michelob - perhaps with ale yeast.

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Photo of beerthulhu
2.6/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured a maize-orange with a bright clarity. A bright white 3 finger foamy head sits atop with a respectable retention rate. The lacing was thick and splotchy, almost sudsy as it clumped in patches around the glass perimeter. Visible effervesce was light with random single co2 bubbles rising at a moderate rate. Maybe its just prejudice but the appearance, still came off very macro-like in nature.

S: fresh orange peels against a pale wheat backing. Very soft lemon flower hopping is noted but really nothing to write home about sitting safely on the fence sure not to impress nor offend.

T: The flavor did have a decent tartness to it of orange grinds with a decent lemony flowery hopping. Some distinct tartness starts things off well enough but gets watery in flavor soon after. A floral hopping of dried lemons, moderate in strength is detected on the finish but it is the strangely odd taste of lemon pledge that sours things a bit. Yes lemon pledge furniture polish which brings this down to a sub-par rating.

M: light, very watery and definitely the low point of a drink, just when you thought things couldn't be worse. Unimpressive, and watery all the way around.

D: Below ave. drinkability here, with the lemon pledge off flavors coming through making for a less then average finish. Would not reach for a second one, let alone consider a six pack or future purchase. Just did not go down as smooth as a summer blonde should, even with its watery nature. Very macro-like drink that starts off average and goes down hill from there. Wouldn't blame anyone for dumping this mid-way through, you just aren't going to get much out of this so why bother,

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Photo of harpus
2.31/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A- it seems to light to be a blonde almost a little thin and not as consistent as i would of liked.

S- the smell was a mix of corn and citrus but it wasn't over powering.

T- the taste wasn't as dry as i was hoping for. it almost had a watered down tang to it.

M- it was pretty smooth and had a little bit of tang to it.

D- this wasn't the best blonde i have had by any means but at the local pub on a warm day you have one or two of these with their famous muffietta sandwich which as a relish topping and it really gives the sandwich a good flavor.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.45/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, "born on date" of May 13, 2007. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a clear bright gold color with an inch white head. Head retention is low, but lacing is good. It smells like sweet malt and some grassy hops. It tastes like sweet malt, lemon, bread and grassy hops. Mouthfeel is light and crisp with a good bit of carbonation. Drinkability is good, it goes down smooth and is easy to drink. Not a bad summer beer at all, it's nice and refreshing. I'd buy it again.

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Photo of clayrock81
2.68/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this at a wing joint in Chesapeake. Was on tap so I ordered it and was greeted w/ one-finger head that receeded and didn't leave lacings. The body is a light golden color, nothing spectacular. There is some faint citrus/yeast picked up in the smell, and that is what it tasted like. For a blonde ale I expected there to be more malt or more hops in it for that little bit of extra taste/dryness. This was just watery and more of a American Pale Wheat Ale since it was really smooth and citrusy in my mouth. I'd have a couple of these for a dollar draft now and then, but nothing to buy a 6-pack for.

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Photo of drpimento
2.28/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

eh. ah, um, er, shucks. *burp* It is a beer. Confidant of that. Nothing offending. Much. Better than nothing, I guess. Think I have to trim my toe nails now. Oh, that's right, this beer. Clear, yellow, somewhat fizzy. Beery, a littlle bittersweet. Forgetful. Some head and lace at least.

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Photo of mrfrancis
2/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Pours a clear gold with a fizzy white head that disappears within seconds. Lacing is decent. Really nothing to write home about.

S: Aromas of lemon, herbs, straw, and grass fill the nose, but there is a mildly skunked aroma there too. Obviously, this bottle has been sitting too long, but it's too late to turn back now.

T: Notes of lemon, orange zest, grass, straw, damp hay, herbs, and minerals wash across the palate. The finish is fleeting with a quick punch of lemon, grass, and straw flavors.

M: Very light in body and dry. Carbonation is extremely crisp. This strikes me as being a rather gassy beer. I wouldn't want to have more than one of these at a time.

O: If I had a fresher bottle of this to review, I'm not sure that I would give it any higher of a rating. To me, this is just a standard macro attempt at an ale. It's predictable stuff that lacks depth and substance. I won't be seeking it out again if I can help it.

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Beach Bum Blonde Ale from Anheuser-Busch
70 out of 100 based on 174 ratings.