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Beach Bum Blonde Ale - Anheuser-Busch

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Ratings: 238
Reviews: 174
rAvg: 2.95
pDev: 20%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-26-2006)
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Photo of t0rin0


3/5  rDev +1.7%

08-18-2012 19:55:20 | More by t0rin0
Photo of djrn2

New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -15.3%

09-01-2013 13:31:37 | More by djrn2
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +30.5%

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.

05-27-2007 17:36:33 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of BEERchitect


2.3/5  rDev -22%

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.

06-09-2006 14:38:41 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of womencantsail


3.18/5  rDev +7.8%

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.

08-09-2011 18:43:39 | More by womencantsail
Photo of ChainGangGuy


2.35/5  rDev -20.3%

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.

07-01-2007 22:01:29 | More by ChainGangGuy
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2.5/5  rDev -15.3%

10-20-2013 13:53:16 | More by jaydoc
Photo of Knapp85


3.23/5  rDev +9.5%

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.

04-09-2011 23:32:57 | More by Knapp85
Photo of zeff80


3.1/5  rDev +5.1%

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.

09-12-2006 23:02:00 | More by zeff80
Photo of biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.13/5  rDev +6.1%

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...

07-11-2010 00:06:13 | More by biboergosum
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3.93/5  rDev +33.2%

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 ;)

06-10-2007 15:11:36 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.15/5  rDev +6.8%

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.

07-11-2009 03:14:38 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of nickfl


2.5/5  rDev -15.3%

01-15-2012 19:23:07 | More by nickfl
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West Virginia

2.63/5  rDev -10.8%

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.

07-03-2006 22:39:21 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of WesWes

New York

3.88/5  rDev +31.5%

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.

07-24-2007 00:47:57 | More by WesWes
Photo of Mora2000


2.78/5  rDev -5.8%

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.

10-08-2010 01:59:52 | More by Mora2000
Photo of jwc215


3.13/5  rDev +6.1%

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.

07-05-2007 13:40:05 | More by jwc215
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

3.05/5  rDev +3.4%

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.

05-29-2006 19:26:34 | More by Gavage
Photo of Zorro


3/5  rDev +1.7%

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.

08-07-2007 06:00:29 | More by Zorro
Photo of mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

2.95/5  rDev 0%

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.

09-23-2009 23:06:52 | More by mothman
Photo of Wasatch


2.98/5  rDev +1%

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.

11-26-2008 04:48:24 | More by Wasatch
Photo of ejimhof


2.5/5  rDev -15.3%

05-15-2012 21:48:14 | More by ejimhof
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New York

3.4/5  rDev +15.3%

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.

07-24-2007 00:43:07 | More by plaid75
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New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -15.3%

05-25-2014 02:44:09 | More by Latarnik
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New Mexico

2.5/5  rDev -15.3%

01-01-2014 01:05:38 | More by LXIXME
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Beach Bum Blonde Ale from Anheuser-Busch
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