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Southern Blonde - Diamond Bear Brewing Company

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67 Ratings
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Ratings: 67
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.26
pDev: 16.87%
Wants: 3
Gots: 5 | 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:
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)
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Ratings: 67 | Reviews: 34 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by SheepNutz:
Photo of SheepNutz
3.58/5  rDev +9.8%
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!

SheepNutz, Jan 31, 2005
More User Reviews:
Photo of Tiernan
3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Tiernan, Dec 26, 2013
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.

tempest, Jun 17, 2008
Photo of cliff1066
3/5  rDev -8%

cliff1066, Dec 24, 2012
Photo of Fatehunter
2.83/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

Fatehunter, Sep 28, 2012
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

russpowell, Jul 14, 2008
Photo of bditty187
3.65/5  rDev +12%
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!”

bditty187, Oct 25, 2004
Photo of tkelley
3.14/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

tkelley, Sunday at 01:57 AM
Photo of DanE
3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

DanE, Jun 18, 2013
Photo of EagleTalon
4.08/5  rDev +25.2%
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.

EagleTalon, Jun 17, 2010
Photo of Ajlvt
3/5  rDev -8%

Ajlvt, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of Wherrin
4/5  rDev +22.7%

Wherrin, Aug 10, 2014
Photo of jtyson
2.5/5  rDev -23.3%

jtyson, Jan 06, 2013
Photo of JCurry
1/5  rDev -69.3%

JCurry, May 20, 2012
Photo of Gusler
3.58/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Gusler, Jun 05, 2003
Photo of BlueMoon10
3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

BlueMoon10, Jun 04, 2013
Photo of TheBishopco
2.75/5  rDev -15.6%

TheBishopco, May 04, 2012
Photo of mwclark2
3.4/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

mwclark2, Jun 13, 2010
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!

jwc215, Aug 21, 2008
Photo of Karibourgeois
3/5  rDev -8%

Karibourgeois, Apr 30, 2014
Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -8%

ygtbsm94, Oct 18, 2013
Photo of constantine_272
2.6/5  rDev -20.2%
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.

constantine_272, Jul 02, 2014
Photo of Benh777
3.32/5  rDev +1.8%

Benh777, Aug 19, 2014
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

RBorsato, Sep 02, 2003
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Southern Blonde from Diamond Bear Brewing Company
76 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.