1. Don't miss our 7th annual American Craft Beer Fest featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers this May 30 & 31 in Boston, MA! Buy your tickets now!
  2. BeerAdvocate on your phone?! True story. Try the beta now.

Southern Blonde - Diamond Bear Brewing Company

Southern BlondeSouthern Blonde

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

53 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 53
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.29
pDev: 17.33%

Brewed by:
Diamond Bear Brewing Company visit their website
Arkansas, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.18% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Malt Varieties - 2 Row Pale
Hop Varieties - Perle, Saaz
Original Gravity - 11.5*P
Bitterness Units - 28
Packaging Options - 12oz Bottles, 1/2bbl, 1/6bbl

(Beer added by: Gusler on 05-02-2002)
View: Beers (10) |  Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Reviewers
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | next › last »
Ratings: 53 | Reviews: 30 | Show All Ratings:
Photo of NickT2121


3.23/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A - poured into a pilsner glass I had.. Color is a very pale straw color with a soapy 1 finger white head that left rather quickly. Left good lacing tho. A lot of carbonation

S - is a grainy malt lemon citrus Smell not a lot

T - just like the smell a malty biscuit lemon taste. Kind of bland but refreshing

M - Light bubbly dry finish

O - it's an alright decent beer that I could see drinking on a hot day but I'm not gonna pick this up regularly.


Serving type: bottle

03-08-2014 22:22:39 | More by NickT2121
Photo of scratch69


3.28/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I poured a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Clear golden color with a fingers worth of head. Very little lacing.

Smell- Sweet malty aroma with some grain and grass.

Taste- Malt sweetness with a note of grain and just a hint of citrus.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied with an average amount of carbonation.

Overall- A decent beer but it's nothing spectacular.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2013 10:23:49 | More by scratch69
Photo of Fatehunter


2.83/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Into a pint glass. Clear straw color with a finger of head.
Smells like dry grain in a metal silo. Yeah, lots of dried grain.
A bit metallic taste with a dry bitterness wrapped around. A little puckering effect.
Fairly crisp texture, light body and moderate carbonation.
Not my favorite.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2012 19:00:44 | More by Fatehunter
Photo of Redrover


3.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Diamond bear blonde 12 oz brown longneck. It had freshness dating which I like to see.

Poured into a standard pint, the beer is yellow with a slight chill haze. It has a decent white head.

The beer has an aroma of grass, grains and some light lemon.

The taste is also a bit grainy. There is some slight citrus bursts at mid-sip and then some light spice on the finish.

The carbonation is very active but not gassy (if that makes sense). It is an easy beer to pair with non-spicy food.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2012 17:51:50 | More by Redrover
Photo of thain709


3.73/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Probably my only beer, ever, from Arkansas...thanks Deuane.

A - The beer poured a clear, yet hazy golden blonde body and produced two fingers worth of white head...although the head disappeared quickly, there was some nice, chunky lacing left

S - Sweet and grainy...caramel and toffee with a touch of buttered bread...fresh grains...it smelled like the Brew-house we just visited

T - The grain and caramel are also very dominate on the palate...the caramel and toffee add to sweetness level, but never become overpowering...the grain and malt bill add some depth to the beer and are able to cut back on the sweetness...there is a faint fruity flavor lingering...and the hops are also faint at the finish

M - Medium bodied...sweet caramel...a little too much carbonation...should be crisper

O - I thought this was a good representation of the Blonde Ale style...the nose was very attractive...like a brew-house...the flavors came together well, but were maybe too sweet for some

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2012 13:39:16 | More by thain709
Photo of emmasdad


3.08/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Many thanks to my smokin’ hot wife for bringing some Diamond Bear beers back from her recent trip to Arkansas. Poured a nice golden color with a fluffy white head. Aromas of hay, grass and light honey. On the palate, this one is light bodied, with flavors of hay, grass and light honey.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2011 23:38:38 | More by emmasdad
Photo of Nerudamann


3.85/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Pilsener glass.

Look - clear straw color with about 2 fingers of off-white foam that dissipates slowly. Very good carbonation.

Smell - clean pilsener smell. Hoppy, but a cleaner smelling hoppiness..probably a nobel, but I'm not sure which.

Taste and texture - again a very clean, pure feeling due to the hops used. Maybe slight hint of orange peel. Texture is a little more on the lighter, watery side, but still fairly well-balanced.

Drinkability - very nice brew! I like this one because it's very crisp and smooth, but still a hint a interesting hops being used.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2010 05:24:14 | More by Nerudamann
Photo of bmwats


3.65/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a standard pilsner.

A: Medium golden hue. Pretty heavy carbonation pours into about a one and a half finger, foamy, white head. Settles fairly slowly leaving some sticky residue behind. Plenty of nice spider web lacing remains as you drink it down. Carbonation continues to rise throughout.

S: Malty, really nutty, and a little woody. Maybe a slight hint of orange citrus.

T: A little less malty and a lot more hoppy than the nose lets on. Nicely hopped, smooth flavor with some nutty and peaty undertones.

M: Clean, light body, smooth. A nice sharp hop tone hits you in the beginning and lingers throughout.

D: Nice easy drinking brew you can enjoy sipping, or power it down if that's your thing.

Really solid atmosphere. Clean, fresh appearance with a nice color and full head. Nose has a nice nutty tone to offset the malt and hops... a little different. Flavor is crisp, clean, and hoppy. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2010 02:41:25 | More by bmwats
Photo of EagleTalon


4.08/5  rDev +24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a review of the newest recipe of Southern Blonde, which became available in bottles at the brewery on June 11, 2010. This label has undergone many changes over the years. It was originally a "Blonde Ale" and then a Czech Pilsner lager and in later descriptions a German Pils. I don't know what it is now...just "beer".

Pours to a thin white head with minimal lacing and brilliantly clear pale yellow-gold color. Aroma is spicy hops and pale malt. Flavor is a rush of spicy hop flavor and bitterness with a grainy, biscuity dry finish with hints of butter and malt. Carbonation is strong and mouthfeel is very light. This version seems to taste slightly lighter alcohol-wise (I could be wrong). This beer is ready for this year's hot summer.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2010 23:30:20 | More by EagleTalon
Photo of Gyle41386

South Carolina

2.73/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Thanks to PerzentRizen for the bottle. Poured into a stange.

Light golden pour. Very bubbly. Large white head forms quickly and retains very well. It's almost a bother to wait for the foam to recede, actually. Very sticky lacing.

Nice pils aroma. Grainy and lightly spicy. Lemony, as well.

Flavor is lightly fruity, like a weird cross between lemon and green apple. Spicy hops and grains, too. Weird, somewhat metallic finish.

Light bodied, creamy texture. Unfortunately, this isn't a great offering, and is mostly forgettable. Some off flavors and an all-around lack of interest resulted in this one finding the drain.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2010 04:39:29 | More by Gyle41386
Photo of mwclark2


3.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

V: Clear golden pour with one finger of off-white head which leaves a bit of lacing as it dissipates.

A: Freshly crushed grains and a touch of yeast. Smells inviting.

T: Bready at first, then a tart grassy sourness. Doesn't seem like it's from hops at first, but after a few drinks it starts to resemble hop bitterness. Some yeasty flavors are present.

M: Medium-light bodied. Low carbonation. Easy to drink.

D: All-around a good beer! I enjoyed everything about it except that the finishing bitterness was a bit stronger than what I was expecting. After a while it gets better though.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2010 01:37:03 | More by mwclark2
Photo of elniko


3.15/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A: Golden amber with nice frothy head and lacing. Carbonation apparent. Good looking brew.

S: Not much on the nose to speak of.

T & M: Taste has definite tartness to it. Mouthfeel a little thin and finish has strange quality that I can't quite place.

D: Drinkable, although I won't be having again since Diamond Bear doesn't distribute in Dallas as far as I'm aware.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2009 19:05:45 | More by elniko
Photo of htomsirveaux


2.95/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle tried 11 May 2008.

Pours with a large white head. Well carbonated. Clear bright golden yellow color. Aroma of toasted white bread. Lightly malty, quickly replaced by a slight sourness. Somewhat vegetal. Finishes faintly bitter. Medium body. Minimal ethanol.

Unlikely to get this again.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2009 05:43:59 | More by htomsirveaux
Photo of ChainGangGuy


3.08/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear, yellow-gold body with no real head. Like many blondes I've met, it's sportin' a gorgeous body, but there's just not much going on up top.

Smell: Light pale malts, a bit of grain and a drizzle of clearance honey.

Taste: Light pale maltiness with a mild honey-like sweetness and light hint of grain. Minor spicy hop character and bitterness provides a little bite. Starts heading towards Watery Town near the end. Relatively dry, crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Not inherently bad, but it is just another ho-hum blonde.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2008 14:06:00 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of ATLbeerDog


2.5/5  rDev -24%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

From a 12 ounce bottle - Pours a clear light pale yellow. Below average carbonation, and almost no lacing. Smells of honey and mild malts. First sip is surprisingly balanced with just enough of a malt bodied. Not too sweet, not too bitter. On a whole not too bad.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2008 02:33:18 | More by ATLbeerDog
Photo of jwc215


3.98/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to russpowell for this!

Freshness date of 03/09 notched on label.

Pours bright golden - nice clarity - large, foamy white head. Some lacing sticks.

The smell is of fresh grain and hay/grassy undertones.

The taste is of sweet grain and bitter grassy notes and lemon zest. Crisp finish.

It has a crisp, yet somewhat creamy, that leans towards medium-bodied. Texture a bit odd for style, but it is refreshingly smooth.

This is a true "session" beer. Malty for a pils, but there's enough balance to keep it going. Better than the "pseudo-pils" macros, for sure. A nice thirst-quencher!

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2008 22:58:04 | More by jwc215
Photo of russpowell


3.65/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours effervescent & golden with 2 fingers of whippy ivory head. Above average lacing & head retention

S: Some grassyness & a touch of lemon & breadyness when warm

T: Lemony hops, slight breadyness, slight peppery hops & a touch of grainyness. grainyness & a bit of soapy hops as this warms. Finishes with strong citrus hops & some detracting husky grainyness

MF: Light/medium bodied with lively carbonation, which helps push the hops again. There's also a nice softness that promotes drinkability

Drinks pretty easy, not gonna confuse this with budvar or prima pils, but not a bad Czech pils to kick back with & fight the summer heat

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2008 23:10:31 | More by russpowell
Photo of tempest


3.65/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single in Fayetteville.

Maybe it's a czech pilsener, maybe it's an American all-malt lager, either way it's good beer. I say this because the biscuit and bready malts a little cleaner than most czech pils I've tried, but then again, this beer also succeeds at being more flavorful. There's also a mild, but pleasant grassy ad herbal hops kick that provide a tasty balance. Definitely a great beer for Arkansas heat.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2008 01:31:22 | More by tempest
Photo of scruffwhor


2.58/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- A too watery yellow color, but the bubbling definetly makes up for it as well as a well sustained head throughout most of the beer.

Smell- Almost wanna say it smells worse than Budweiser. Definetly tinny and sweat sockey. Some crappy crystal malts are duely noted.

Taste- Crisp, yet crappy malt tase. The mettalic tange of this beer is accentuated when its straight from fridge cold. Let it warm up a bit to be enjoyed the most. A bit of bitterness but I can't figure out if its hops or just carppy brewing.

Mouthfeel- The warmer it gets, the more flavor disappears from the beer. Very watery after awhile and leaves nothing to be remebered.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2006 01:50:35 | More by scruffwhor
Photo of HardTarget


4.13/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled in the Little Rock Airport Bar “Ouachita BrewHouse”, where they had BMC, and 3 Diamond Bear samples, the Red, Blonde, and Pale.

Aroma: A light citric lemon smell that I have to assume was a hop effect.

Appearance: A very clear golden yellow glass with a finger of white short lived head that collared an left a trace or two of lace.

Flavor: A nicely balanced beer with a slightly nutty taste and a crisp hop finish. A lot of bready notes. I think it could pass as a Dortmunder, but I haven’t had enough of the style to make the call.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and smooth texture with a dry finish and a light pucker.

Overall Impression: Very easy to drink but very filling. It was both refreshing and satisfying in one glass. I sampled a number of times from a keg over the weekend but wasn’t in a place to review (drinkin’ not geekin’). The bottle was a bit heavier in feel. All in all, a really good beer that made the wait for my plane time well spent.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2005 04:24:11 | More by HardTarget
Photo of SheepNutz


3.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a snifter. It pours a light gold color with one finger of head that dies off quickly. There is almost no lacing. The smell is light and very grassy. A hint of pale malt in there. It smells like a pils. The taste is malty at first and slightly sweet. The finish is grassy all over. The mouthfeel is light and a touch watery. The drinkability is fair. An average blonde ale. It was good to be drinking an Arkansas beer as my UK Wildcats defeated them. Thanks Kev!

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2005 03:28:11 | More by SheepNutz
Photo of clvand0


3.03/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to kmpitz2 for this one. It pours a very light yellow color with very little head and no lacing. The aroma is mild. Has some slight malt character and a bit of grain. The flavor is very thin and not what I expect from a blonde. Drinkability was ok, but I wasn't impressed with this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2005 12:43:44 | More by clvand0
Photo of kmpitz2


3.2/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a rather yellow color with a small head that fades to nothing. I'd like a touch more color in there. The nose is rather grainey, lacking the sweetness I would like to see. The flavor is less grainey than the nose would tell me, but there still is not the sweetness I would like to see. The feel is a touch below moderate, with a nice bubble to keep it true. Overall, this is not my favorite beer, but its not all that bad.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2005 02:13:18 | More by kmpitz2
Photo of feloniousmonk


3.3/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

appearance: slight haze, pale, faded yellow, close to pear peel, tiny, then gone head.
Aroma: green apples and pears, lemons, musty, light hops, very meek, overall.
Taste: huh. Kind of a dud on the palate, though the flavor is smooth...pear-ish taste, very light body, whisperish finish. Any easy drinker, though too pale for my taste, ...nothing wrong with it, either, I just find it a bit unremarkable.
Not bad...but...

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2005 08:34:21 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of bditty187


3.65/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Soft, pale gold in hue, it doesn’t look sickly – that is a good thing! The head was white in color, at the apex the foam was one finger in height, the compact grouping of bubbles subsided to a fizzy cap. Animation did race to reinforce the head but to little avail. This is an average looking beer but Blondes are not lookers when it comes to beer. There wasn’t much subsequent lacing. The nose is malty, very soft and pliable; it is not toasty or caramely, just doughy. Lemon zest is in the mix as well. So the nose smells a little like some kind of lemon cookie dough. I got a very weak hint of grain too. The nose is clean and straightforward, as to be expected for the style. Modest potency but I’d still call the bouquet inviting. The palate is better than expected and definitely hoppier than the nose indicated. I’m impressed with the overall crispness; it manages to cut the malt and thus adding a little something extra to the taste. Sure, bitterness is moderate at best but it is big enough for this beer. Hops only add flavor at the finish and aftertaste, hints of citrus and a spicy dryness. Like the nose said, it is pleasantly malty, nice and soft with a light sweetness. The palate is simplistic but likeable. I can’t find any faults in it. Frankly, it is hard to be a world-beater when you’re a Blonde. Maybe it could be a little crisper but it is acceptable “as is.” Medium in body, low but natural carbonation helps create a soft and pleasant mouthfeel. This aspect of the beer is good, nothing noteworthy but its okay. This is an easy drinking beer, it really is, and I found it effortless to get a long with. Would I seek it out again? No. Could I quaff a six-pack if I’m in Arkansas? Sure. Give me a bag of pretzels and I’m good to go. Thank you, rugger for supplying me with my first beers from “The Natural State!”

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2004 02:20:47 | More by bditty187
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | next › last »
Southern Blonde from Diamond Bear Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.