Bombshell Blonde
Southern Star Brewing Company

Bombshell BlondeBombshell Blonde
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Style:
American Blonde Ale
Ranked #119
ABV:
5.25%
Score:
84
Ranked #35,475
Avg:
3.71 | pDev: 13.75%
Reviews:
220
Ratings:
630
From:
Southern Star Brewing Company
 
Texas, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  30
Gots
  187
SCORE
84
Good
Bombshell BlondeBombshell Blonde
Notes: A rich, creamy golden colored ale fermented at a cool temperature to give a clean finish. Hints of yeasty bread and a touch of hops combine to make a beer that is truly more than the sum of its parts.

20 IBU

Malt: Rahr Special Pale, Wyermann Vienna
Hops: Saphir, Sterling
Yeast: California Ale
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Photo of gvickery
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look is light to medium gold with a fluffy white head. Smell is light grain, yeasty, bread crust. I’ve had this on several occasions and for some reason I find that it tastes different each time I have it. This is probably my palate and not the beer though. Mostly, I find it slightly malty with some light citrusy hops and a little estery quality from the yeast. I think it’s an excellent example of the kolsch style, though I’m not a big kolsch fan. There’s nothing off-putting or offensive going on and it’s very well made. It’s got much more character than any of the big macro brews for sure. Southern Star makes very good beers and this is no exception.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.86/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a pale hazy orange-yellow color with a one finger head of white foam. The head fades rather fast to leave a light level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma is strongest of a grainy and slightly doughy aroma mixed with some sweeter aromas of citrus and banana. Along with these smells comes a very light candied smell along with some nice coriander, clove, and grass notes.
Taste – The taste begins with a grainy cracker taste that has a lighter level of sweetness of banana and light fruits of peach and apricot. As the taste advances to the middle of the profile, the sweet fades a bit and some coriander and clove flavors come to the tongue. At the end, the sweet resurges with the banana and light fruits coming back, all while some very light grassy and hay tastes come to the tongue as well, to leave one with a crisp and clean blond taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is on the thinner and crisper side with a carbonation level that is higher. For the mix of light spice, fruit, and grainy body the feel is great and makes for a refreshing but very flavorful brew.
Overall – I rather liked this blond. It was not over the top in sweetness, but yet had a nice balance of grain, sweet, spice and light hop. Overall rather well done.

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Photo of TrojanRB
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a pale gold with vigorous bubbles but not as much head as you’d expect

Nose is sweet grain and honey

Taste follows the nose, but it’s not an overpowering sweetness...nice amount of malt holding everything up

Crisp, vigorous carbonation, has just a touch of oiliness to it (it works in this instance) goes down really clean

Overall a great beer for a hot Texas day.

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Photo of IAmLegend1623
3.61/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of my favorite Texas beers. Perfect for a hot day relaxing on the beach or after pushing the lawnmower around the yard. Smooth and light and really refreshing.

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Photo of mjurney
3.79/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance:
Pale color, hazy. Fast rising bubbles. Frothy head. Fairly good head retention. Leaves some lacing behind.

Aroma:
Sweet pale malts, grainy, cracker, mild floral hops, crisp.

Taste/Finish/Body:
Sweet pale malts, grainy, grassy, cracker. Slight fruity yeast. Hop bitterness is low, I'm getting some floral-leafy character. Finish is mostly dry, lingers fairly long. Light-medium bodied, crisp, dry, refreshing, moderate carbonation, drinkability is high.

Overall:
It's a very good American Blonde Ale.

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Photo of HipCzech
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Serving: 12 oz can (stamped “032118”), poured into a 7 oz Libbey Gibraltar glass.

Appearance: Clear, bright, pale golden yellow; with a tall, bubbly head of persistent white foam.

Smell: Freshly baked white bread, cracked grains, and faintly floral hops.

Taste: Light and grainy, malty body with a hint of sweetness; earthy, leafy hops, and clean, bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Light body with moderate carbonation and crisp feel.

Overall: Very drinkable, refreshing brew for Houston’s year round heat. Now an old standby, the first local brewery to put something more flavorful than AAL in a can.

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Photo of JoshuaShort13
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Had on draft in a pint glass. It has a slightly dark yellow look. Not really much of a smell to it. It has a funky malt taste to it but goes down smooth with a little straw after taste. Not a bad local beer but not my favorite from Southern Star.

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Photo of brewerburgundy
3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft, pilsner glass.

Light golden beer with a nice white head.

Lightly toasted, herbal bite. Crisp and biting in its cleanliness and simplicity.

Wheat toast, toasted grain, and great woody, herbal hoppiness. It isn’t hoppy, but they used enough for a wonderful, deep flavor that is complimentary to the showcase of what malt can be without being sweet.

The body is crisp and filled with energetic bubbles. This is a refresher.

For years I’ve discounted this beer. Blonde ales, what do they have to offer? Well, simplicity, complexity, the showcase of a brewer’s technical skill, and a damn delicious beer, that’s what!

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Photo of 1ale_man
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Twelve ounce can to a tulip glass..
Slightly darker gold than a Bud Light. Clear. Bright.
Aroma of bread, hay, very slight citrus.
The taste follows the nose but more lemony citrus. Clean, dry, and yeast and bread on the end.
Body could be a tad heavier for my taste, but a very good beer.
Overall a great beer, one that I drink from time to time.
I would recommend this to anyone. Easy drinking beer.

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Photo of txmilligan
4.01/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass, and the pour yield a thin head that dissipated quickly. The aroma was weak and malty, barely standing out. The taste was just what I'm looking for in a pale or blonde ale - crisp flavor, low bitterness and refreshing aftertaste that fades quickly. Smooth and crisp. Another wonderful ale from Texas.

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Photo of JessiL
4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours with a slight haze. It is an unfiltered beer, so that is to be expected. The aroma is sweet/caramel. This is a full bodied beer that goes down nice and smooth. Although full bodied, this beer is not overly heavy, so you can drink it on a nice warm summer day or a nice winter's eve. Both would be enjoyable.

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Photo of ordybill
3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 OZ can into a pint glass. The appearance is a hazy golden orange with a small white head. The aroma is lemon, wheat and malt. The flavor is a nice blend of citrus and malt. A decent version of a blonde ale.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.26/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Can. A darker blonde color. Darker than most blondes. Aroma is mild. Smells like a soft blonde ale. Flavor is more intrigung but not by much. I dont pick up much hoppiness. It is mostly a mix of cereal, yeast and biscuit. Not a beer that stands up to competition; this was one of several beers I sampled in a short period of time. This one came off as boring and the whole "Let's equate our Blonde Ale to a blonde chick" schtick makes me want to run into traffic.

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Photo of outdoor7or24
3.81/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can from Curt in Houston n thanks!
A:
S: lemon, hay, cracker, light malt
M: light body worth semi dry finish
T: lemon, hay, cracker, pale malt, slight hint of citrus hop
O: great summer brew or when you want a lighter brew with great flavor

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Photo of Slaterlovesbeer
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Truly a blonde bombshell. nice head. Beautiful goldenbstraw color. Aromas of hay, grain and light hops. Flavor is smooth and balanced. Not overwhelming. Very refreshing on a hot day as I review this. Definatly would buy again. Not a huge fan of blondes but this one is very mild. Will buy again.

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Photo of Edman5P
3.76/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy gold color with a quick dissipating head.. Nice creamy malts with very little or no hop taste on the palate.. Good to drink anytime anywhere with anyone

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Photo of MikeyLegend
3.57/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz can into a pint glass, this creamy ale had significant head. A strong bready smell is detectable instantly. Not as thin-bodied as some ales, this beer is creamy and delicious. I tend to like my beers a little more bitter than this sweet ale, but its a great drinkable beer.

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Photo of Premo88
3.09/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

12 oz. can poured into nonic
(paper label on can says 11/24/14 ... bought can as a loose single at HEB, and no dating on actual can)

L: 50/50 opaque/clear gold ... no amber in it but there floaties, lots of them which is standard for Southern Star; decent 1/2-inch head of white foam that disappears quickly but leaves a tidy tight collar; slight lacing

S: creamed corn, corn, sour grain

T: sweet creamed corn ... malty mush with only the slightest hint of a black-pepper/English hop bitterness in the lingering aftertaste; loads of grain; hay

F: very nice ... an easy drinker with average carbonation

O: mostly a creamed corn mush but that lingering bitterness, though very subtle, helps smooth out the big sweetness up front; typical of the style, it's got a lot of American adjunct lager-like taste to it, but there's nothing wrong with it at all. a beer best suited for the hot months and while not remarkable in any way, I might call for one from time to time out and about.

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Photo of Kaiyotee
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Golden, somewhat hazy
Smell: Crisp Lime; wheat
Taste: Definitely has a bready finish like the can states
Feel: Smooth, creamy

Nice malt/hop balance

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Photo of ZBowden
3.72/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours hazy gold with small white head, smells of wheat and bready malts, tastes heavy on yeast and roasty malts, thin smooth mouthfeel. This beer would go well with a game of baseball.

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Photo of FLima
3.15/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Slightly hazy golden color with practically no head.
Yeasty aroma with hints of smoke and papaya.
Flavor of yeast, lots of grains and hay, papaya with cassis liquor, lemongrass, minerals and medicinal herbal hops. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Light body with appropriate carbonation
Decent blond ale, though I don't really like the hay and papaya combo.
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Photo of MikeWard
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

from a can, six pack recently picked up in SC. freshness is hard to figure out, code as follows 40509D3CD016 BD4213 Could have been canned in January or July

slightly hazy yellow, light carbonation,small head, leaving just a ring. Thin lacing. Slightly musty odor ,with some lemon. Lemon came through in the taste, very clean and simple taste. Very chuggable, the hotter the day, the better it would be. Slightly dry finish.

Decent blond.

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Photo of Tuck_leepulin
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

12oz can with no date poured into a Becker pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy straw yellow with 1/2 finger of head that quickly receded into a thin ring

Smell: Strong grain malt presence

Taste: Similar to the nose with a strong biscuit, sweet malt note with a little floral hop bitterness in the finish

Mouthfeel: Slightly creamy for the style and well carbonated

Overall: A nice thrust quencher for a hot day. I know this brew particularly has helped turn many of my friends into craft beer fans. This is light, crisp and unoffensive.

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Photo of metter98
3.71/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is relatively clear yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of sweet malts and soda bread are present in the nose.
T: a The taste is similar to the smell and also has notes of doughy bread.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink and is quite flavorful for a blonde ale, making it a good representation of the style.

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Photo of Hops4Pops
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can.
A: Aggressive pour into a Southern Start pint glass. Good carbonation. Not too much. One half inch head quickly receding into a partially covered surface. Small amount of lacing on side of glass that disappears quickly. Medium golden amber color. Unfiltered and a bit cloudy.
S: Small amount of malt, bread note and barely detectable hops.
T: Light tasting. Tastes just like it smells.
M: Light and creamy with a smooth crisp finish and just a slight bitterness.
O: The gateway beer into the Southern Star craft brewery. Its nice. Certainly nothing out of place here. Very balanced. Could be a good choice for the beach or pool.

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Bombshell Blonde from Southern Star Brewing Company
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 630 ratings