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Southern Blonde - Diamond Bear Brewing Company

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Southern BlondeSouthern Blonde

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78
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35 Reviews
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Reviews: 35
Hads: 73
rAvg: 3.3
pDev: 14.85%
Wants: 4
Gots: 8 | 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
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
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Reviews: 35 | Hads: 73
Reviews by SheepNutz:
Photo of SheepNutz
3.57/5  rDev +8.2%
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! (486 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of Tiernan
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of SirHopsHoppington
3.48/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of tempest
3.65/5  rDev +10.6%
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. (428 characters)

Photo of cliff1066
3/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Fatehunter
2.86/5  rDev -13.3%
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. (288 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.65/5  rDev +10.6%
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 (638 characters)

Photo of bditty187
3.62/5  rDev +9.7%
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!” (1,850 characters)

Photo of tkelley
3.13/5  rDev -5.2%
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. (279 characters)

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of DanE
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of EagleTalon
4.07/5  rDev +23.3%
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. (749 characters)

Photo of Ajlvt
3/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Wherrin
4/5  rDev +21.2%

Photo of jtyson
2.5/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of JCurry
1/5  rDev -69.7%

Photo of Gusler
3.57/5  rDev +8.2%
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. (486 characters)

Photo of BlueMoon10
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of TheBishopco
2.75/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of infinitebruner
3.22/5  rDev -2.4%
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. (774 characters)

Photo of mwclark2
3.45/5  rDev +4.5%
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. (589 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.98/5  rDev +20.6%
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! (594 characters)

Photo of Karibourgeois
3/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -9.1%

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Southern Blonde from Diamond Bear Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.