Southern Blonde - Diamond Bear Brewing Company

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Southern BlondeSouthern Blonde

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Ratings: 72
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.26
pDev: 16.26%
Wants: 4
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
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:
Beer added by: Gusler on 05-02-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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
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Photo of tempest
3.65/5  rDev +12%
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.

Photo of Fatehunter
2.86/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

Photo of russpowell
3.65/5  rDev +12%
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

Photo of bditty187
3.62/5  rDev +11%
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!”

Photo of tkelley
3.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a SA Perfect Pint glass.

N - something kind of gardeny I think.

T - a little bit of apple flavor. Otherwise a low malt and hops character. Pretty much a "beer" flavor I guess. Not impressive.

M - decent enough. Not flat and too bubbly.

O - men. Okay.

Photo of EagleTalon
4.07/5  rDev +24.8%
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.

Photo of Gusler
3.57/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a limpid gold color; the head is portly in size, bright white in color and the texture frothy, as it subsides the lace forms a nice sealing sheet upon the glass. Malt sweet and crisp nose, quite pleasant as these “Blondes” go, start is somewhat sweet, loaded with malt, and top is fair to middling in its feel upon the palate. Finish is bitingly acidic, the hops pleasant in their spicy bite, quite dry aftertaste, quite refreshing on this hot summer day in the desert.

Photo of infinitebruner
3.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

February 16, 2015

12 oz can, pint glass

A – Light to medium gold, mostly clear, with a half inch of white head, fairly low retention.

S – Fairly clean lager yeast, some doughy malt with a touch of water cracker or communion wafer. Some earthy hop aroma, very mild, with a touch of low hop bitterness.

T – Crackers, undercooked white bread, and some grainy sweetness. Hops are herbal, a bit spicy, but very low in the mix. Hop bitterness is low as well.

M – Moderate carbonation, medium-full body, the malty sweetness is the balance, with light background of hop bitterness. Not particularly dry considering the style.

O – Just a very unremarkable lager, with the sweetness and mouthfeel suggesting it did not attenuate fully. Leaves a lot to be desired.

Photo of mwclark2
3.45/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Photo of jwc215
3.98/5  rDev +22.1%
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!

Photo of constantine_272
2.63/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Bright clear golden color. Highly carbonated leaving a continuous thin white layer of foam.

S: Strong carbonic mineral. Mild bit of yeasts and wheat. A fair bit of musk..

T: Again like the smell, mineral. Lots of carbon, tin, copper and iron. Sweet wheat and mild malt laced with skunks musk. Overly sweet greasiness finishes. Not a fan.

M: Sweetness leaves a long standing aftertaste and traps some of the yeast. It's thin except for the fatty aftertaste.

O: Not my style. Way overly cloyingly sweet destroys the finish. I wasn't a huge fan of the mineral taste, but I can enjoy that if it weren't for the syrupy sweetness.

Photo of RBorsato
4.13/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled version contracted brewed by Gluek Brewing Co. - Cold Springs, MN.

Pale straw color with a bit of suspended sediment and a full white head, good carbonation, and some lace rings. Light fruity aroma and light graininess. Grainy malt flavor dominates - very refreshing. Light-medium bodied and smooth.

Very drinkable -- A great intro to micros for the macro crowd.

Per M.J. notes: 100% 2-row pale malt

Per DB website:
Malts: 2 Row Pale
Hops: Perle and Saaz
ABW 4.14%
OG 11.5P
IBUs 28

Photo of bmwats
3.65/5  rDev +12%
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.

Photo of Redrover
3.5/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Photo of packetknife
3.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

..the Southern female - the most flagrant cheater in the mutual disarmament pact know as feminism. Lipstick! Hairdos! Submissiveness! -- 'Moneyball', Michael Lewis

Pours a light bubbly gold with a bleached white porous head. Smells lightly of lemon zest with a bit of malt that hit and the very end of my inhalation. Lightly buttery across the tongue fading into something I can only describe as sucking on a Reisen candy. Dry, very lightly carbonated, and very drinkable. Now I want to be in Florida watching minor league ball w/ this beer on tap.. but only if it's about ten degrees cooler.

Photo of emmasdad
3.08/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Photo of NickT2121
3.22/5  rDev -1.2%
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.


Photo of thain709
3.75/5  rDev +15%
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 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 a brew-house...the flavors came together well, but were maybe too sweet for some

Photo of elniko
3.16/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Photo of beerguy101
2.26/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Light gold color. Medium head. Aroma is grainy and slightly sweet, a touch medicinal. A medium bodied blonde ale. Malts are very sweet and taste of honey. Hops are slightly spicy. There is a slight buttery taste and a touch of honey flavor. DAMN! No wonder this stuff taste like honey, its contract brewed by Gluek!! But, as blonde ales goes this one is at least sort of drinkable. Slightly too sweet, but not all that objectionable. Mouthfeel is medium. Finish is clean and crisp. Finish is sweet.

Photo of clvand0
3.02/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Photo of SheepNutz
3.57/5  rDev +9.5%
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!

Photo of ATLbeerDog
2.5/5  rDev -23.3%
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.

Photo of HardTarget
4.12/5  rDev +26.4%
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.

Photo of scruffwhor
2.57/5  rDev -21.2%
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.

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