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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
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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.

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Photo of Floydster


2.17/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Pint at Naja's Place

Super dry blonde that is good to drink on a hot day, but has very minimal taste

Poured with pretty much no head and bright golden color

Would not have this one again

No smell to it and tasted similar to a Budweiser Light to me, just with more alcohol

Serving type: on-tap

09-10-2007 00:47:23 | More by Floydster
Photo of jasonjlewis


3.33/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer has decent initial head that fades very very quickly. Has a nice pale malt smell, with faint hops. Taste is a little one dimensional and lack luster, but it makes the beer drinkable. A decent summer ale. Worth a try, but I fancy other summer ales more. Not a lot to say about the flavor profile. Not a whole lot going on.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2007 00:00:16 | More by jasonjlewis
Photo of gmfessen


3.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a light, clear golden color with a thin, bubbly, white head. Smell is nothing overpowering, mostly slightly sweet maltiness with just a hint of citrus. The taste is also pretty much all malt too but there is a slight spiciness about it and moderate hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly velvety with a modest carbonation. A decently drinkable brew, not the greatest out there but I do have to salute AB for "expanding their horizons".

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2007 16:04:17 | More by gmfessen
Photo of Hibernator


3.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Beach Bum Blonde Ale
12 oz brown bottle
Born on Date - July 13 2007
Served in a 20 oz tulip pint glass

Pours a golden yellow with mini carbonation bubbles that race to the top of the glass. Decent head on top

Whiffs of grains and sugary sweetness

Doughy and rather soft on the palate. Flavors of grains, sweet honey drizzle and cereal.

A decent beer overall and drinkable, but nothing worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2007 16:44:35 | More by Hibernator
Photo of Onslow


1.93/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

The smell is of fresh oranges and ????,
Has a low sized head and the lacing is abysmal to non existent...
The taste is very muddled and grainy ...

This was not very enjoyable and frankly the worst of the 'limited edition' seasonal brews from AB

.. I will take a lemon with me if i need refreshing!

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2007 17:15:57 | More by Onslow
Photo of allengarvin


3.63/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a 12-oz mug, this is a crystal clear pale gold colored beer, with a small, fading to nothing head. Nose is just... empty. A faint graininess, a little like freshly sawn saw-dust. Not bad, just not there. Taste, though, isn't terrible. It's got a fresh, slightly citrus character, a moderate amount of bitterness to keep dry the beer out a bit. Clean yeast character and a modestly dry finish.

Some better hop aroma and flavor would make this a respectable summer session beer. One of A-B's better efforts among their recent micro-attempts.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2007 22:46:54 | More by allengarvin
Photo of KI9A


3.48/5  rDev +18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I agree, I am enjoying AB's "craft" attempts. They actually make it to more bars than real crafts.

Poured a bit more golden than Budweiser, decent white head, and not bad lacing.

A bit a fruit aroma.

Taste was surprisingly good. Citrus, slight hops, and nice malty finish.

Not the best blonde I've had, but, very decent. Nice job AB.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2007 23:07:54 | More by KI9A
Photo of maddogruss

New Jersey

3.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I am enjoying A-B's craft brews. It interests me to watch the big boy go small. Anyway...

A: A light gold body with no head or lacing to note.

S: Smelled a little malty, but mostly alcoholic.

T: Alcohol was very much present in the taste of the beer. There were slight hints of malts, but nothing of much significance.

M: A light and refreshing mouthfeel that I feel was the best part of this beer.

D: This beer does seem pretty drinkable since it is a nice, light, refreshing, summer beer. Unfortunately, it is more alcoholic than malty, which takes away from its decent body and mouthfeel.

Serving type: on-tap

08-14-2007 01:07:28 | More by maddogruss
Photo of giblet


2.75/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

first of all i was not expecting much. it lived up to those expectations. poured pale with good carbonation. smelled decent. tasted ok not bad but not much in the way of taste. if this would not have been free i may not have had it. i am trying to find new stuff all the time but not so much from the macros.

not a bad thirst quencher but not a great blond.

suckem up and movem out.


Serving type: bottle

08-13-2007 10:32:40 | More by giblet
Photo of jasrbrd


3.98/5  rDev +34.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is Anheuser-Busch's first year bottling the Beach Bum Blonde Ale, and the bottle is no where near as good as the tap. I recently enjoyed a pitcher at a local Beef O'Bradys. It has a nice but very slight citrus flavor.
Another summer offering that is lighter and seems to go well with the hot Florida months. The bottles delivers this same flavor, but doesn't carry the " punch " of the draft.
I still would say either is worth a try.

Serving type: on-tap

08-09-2007 22:42:16 | More by jasrbrd
Photo of Zorro


3/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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


3.33/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Born on Date 6-16-2007

A - Pours a dark gold brown color - clear. Poured a light centimeter high head.

S - I'm hit with a malt smell. I'm guessing its the wheat malt. Not very strong.

T - Has a light flavor of the wheat and other malts. Finishes with a hop floral. Very little after taste.

M - Sharp mouthfeel, perhaps a bit overcarbonated.

D - Its a decent beer for drinking a few of. Not strong enough of a flavor to slow me down.

All and all, not too bad for a AB product. Happy they are trying more craft beers.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2007 03:39:45 | More by katan
Photo of Drew966


3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beach Bum Blonde Ale pours golden yellow with a white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. There is a very mild, sweet aroma. This beer is more flavorful than I would have expected from AB, especially in a blonde ale. Hops in particular are more prominent than I would have expected. Mediocre, but better than expected.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2007 00:25:38 | More by Drew966
Photo of BigBry

Alberta (Canada)

3.23/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tall 12 oz bottle (as pictured above), part of the "International Collection - Summer Beers Mixed 8 Pack" from Brandy. An "All Malt Limited Edition Seasonal Brew" born on date 13 May 07.
The beer is a yellow a gold color with a thin white head that quickly fades away. The smell, though light, has some pale malt along with a light hop aroma. The taste is good. There is a nice balance of pale malt flavor and finishes with a light hop taste. The mouthfeel is light bodied with good carbonation. Clean tasting, easy to drink. This is a pretty good blonde ale. Another one designed to be light, refreshing and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2007 13:46:01 | More by BigBry
Photo of biggmike


2.33/5  rDev -21%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Golden pour without much head. Kind of thin mouthfeel. Not much lacing on glass. Fruity taste, not heinous like most A-B products, but nothing memorable about it either. Smell was fruity as well, the smell was actually better than the taste. A-B should probably stick to making crappy pale lagers.

Serving type: on-tap

07-31-2007 09:53:54 | More by biggmike
Photo of mschofield


4.13/5  rDev +40%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a brillant dark straw/gold with a puffy two finger stark white head. A beautiful looking beer. Leaves sticky Brussels lace.

Grainy, light malt and floral aroma, nice, befits the style.

The taste, mouthfeel and drinkability are about as good as the appearance. It's grainy and floral, a touch sweet but still pretty drying. Mild fruitiness almost like when you brew a lager at a higher temp. Utterly clean. It's a really nice blonde ale, and it's reviewed as a blonde ale, it fits the style and does the job I expect from a blonde when it's 90 degrees with 70%+ humidity. Light and crisp, plus I could drink it all day.

It reminds me of the other Bud+ brew I've had, Demon Hop Yard, no it's not the best beer I've had, it doesn't compare to the best craft beers, but you know what it's better than quite a few micros I've had. I've shied away from posting a ton of my reviews lately, this and the Demon are the only 2 in a couple of years because the micros get a fair review and don't need my advocacy amoung advocates, these Bud+ brews just don't seem to get a fair shake.

This plays very well off some buffalo chicken pizza .. I had a couple of these out of a 6er a few days ago, and when I started eating the pizza tonight I knew I had to have one of these blondes in between and then with a slice. I think it would match any spicy food, it tastes more malty when enjoyed with spicy food.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2007 00:05:31 | More by mschofield
Photo of hopbar

New Jersey

2/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Sal's Bar and Liquor in Wash. Twp., NJ.
6 pack of 12 oz. bottles
May 2007 Expiration
Pint Glass

A: Poured a clear golden color with a sudsy head that quickly frittered away. Little lacing.

S: Typical beer smell; you get almost a metal or iron smell.

T: Somewhat malty but not much to taste.

M: Lots of bubbles; refreshing when served; good for a hot beach day when your mouth is dry and sandy.

D: Believe me, I am a fan of Budweiser and not afraid to say it. I think Anheuser-Busch makes mass quantities of respectful beer. However, the Beach Bum was simply that, a bum. Not impressive and not something I plan on trying again. I am curious to still try their other seasonal brews though.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2007 16:21:26 | More by hopbar
Photo of nortmand


2.58/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Crystal clear and yellow with frothy head.

Aroma is all corn, all the time. Wet, hot corn.

Mostly corn on the palate. Ends with a faint bitterness. Leaves cooked corn aftertaste.

This corny beer is corny. Light bodied and somewhat refreshing despite the corn flavor. Did I mention that this beer has a lot of corn character?

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2007 21:19:11 | More by nortmand
Photo of WesWes

New York

3.88/5  rDev +31.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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


2.83/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Dark yellow with some orange more of copper color. Definitely too dark to be called a blonde. I got this on tap. I don’t know whether to blame the bartender or the beer but there was a crazy amount of foam. An alright amount of lace

Smell- An overwhelming fruity scent. Very citrus like.

Taste- Peach with some lemon like essence.

Mouthfeel- Nothing I can really say other than maybe a fluffy average.

Drinkability- Alright maybe a little refreshing. Even though kind of drank like a winter beer.

Serving type: on-tap

07-24-2007 00:45:19 | More by MTNboy
Photo of plaid75

New York

3.4/5  rDev +15.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2007 00:43:07 | More by plaid75
Photo of kenito799

New York

4.08/5  rDev +38.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

20 oz pint at www.cowboybar at Denver International Airport.

Pours a bright golden color with foamy white head, little lacing.

Fresh crisp aroma with a hint of sweet fruity citrus. This is a super-refreshing beer, clean crisp, nice balance of medium-body malt and a mild hoppy finish with a hint of apricot in the finish. Excellent session beer, perfect for a three hour flight delay.

I didn't know this was an A-B product, and I must tip my hat to them--I really enjoyed this beer and would not mind having it again. Definitely not a macro-lager, this is a well-made blonde ale!

Serving type: on-tap

07-23-2007 15:49:48 | More by kenito799
Photo of HardTarget


3.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle Inspection: Born on date of 30MAY07 (sampled 21JULY07). 5.4% abv.

Aroma: More than I expected. Malt is full, hops are earthy.

Appearance: Modest collar gives some lace from the clear gold glass.

Flavor: Average taste. Standard issue beer. Nothing to see here folks, move along.

Mouthfeel: Moderate body

Overall Impression: More daring that I expected in the nose, but the body shows the true cafeteria food soul of A-B.

Thanks to Pegasus for the karma point.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2007 06:46:15 | More by HardTarget
Photo of chilidog


3.33/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I could not get to thisone on tapp, glad to see they bottled it. A fair shot at a summer brew.

It pours a nice copper-like gold. A one finger white head attop stays abit. Lace is spotty at best.

The aroma, not much other than the typical.

The taste is clean and crisp. Slight hop, lemon zest.

Mouthfeel is soft, leaves hinks of cotten.
Drinkability, sure, a good summer offering with a at home summer label

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2007 04:43:24 | More by chilidog
Photo of Leebo2007

North Carolina

3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

The beer has a fruity smell and great fruit flavor. The hops help with the fruit aroma but there is not enough KICK to keep it going. The beer loses some steam after room temp hits it. This is a great summer beer and is definitely better on draft than in the bottle.

Serving type: on-tap

07-13-2007 01:27:09 | More by Leebo2007
Beach Bum Blonde Ale from Anheuser-Busch
69 out of 100 based on 238 ratings.