Bombshell Blonde | Southern Star Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Southern Star Brewing Company
Texas, United States | website

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.25%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by armock on 10-25-2008

BEER STATS
Reviews:
210
Ratings:
581
Avg:
3.72
pDev:
23.12%
 
 
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28
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Photo of fatmcb1
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - This pours a typical golden color with less than a finger of light head. The head leaves very minimal lacing, and quickly dissipates to a very thin ring. The beer is very cloudy, particularly when held to light.

S - Only feint smells, first of caramel and malt, followed by light hops in the background.

T - Taste is a bit stronger than the smell. This is very malty, with hints of honey tropical fruit. It is void of hops up until the finish, which provides a slightly bitter aftertaste.

M - Creamier than the typical APA, and heavily carbonated.

This is a solid summer beer. I would have liked it to have more hops to balance the flavor.

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Photo of gawnphishin
3.59/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into snifter.

A- Pours a hazy copper to yellow with a small frothy head that recedes quickly. No lacing.

S- Good wheat and bread and a slight overall sweetness. Little to no hop aroma.

T- Slightly astringent, with a lot of wheat/bread and a small amount of spicy hops.

M- Very dry but not thin.

D- It is a good beer for a hot day, there is little complexity. I really liked the small amount of hop spice, I just really wish there was a lot more.

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Photo of Siriusfisherman
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A cloudy gold with a nice bready head, bubbles rising through the glass, slight reddish tint.

Smell: A great blend of hops and bready notes, very well balanced and very fresh smelling.

Taste: Both the hop flavoring and the bread notes hit you right away in a gentle wave, developing into a full-fledged flavor that bitters as you swallow it. A great after-taste that gives off hints of spices.

Mouthfeel: Gives you the impression of a lack of carbonation, but I feel it works to effect. The beer sits in your mouth and nothing really hits you in the face. The carbonation is very soft, the hops are very pleasant, and the breadiness and spices bring a full sense of flavor to the palate.

Overall: This is one hell of a refreshing beer, and Southern Star have achieved it without sacrificing flavor. This is a great beer to drink, and it is very complex. There is no other Blonde ale that I drink the way I drink this one, it is in another league.

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Photo of MikeyLegend
3.57/5  rDev -4%
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 mynie
3.57/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Kind of an odd pour. Very dark, very cloudy orange with a large head. From across the table it looks like an APA but when get closer it looks a bit paler near the bottom, dark black on top, bubbles cascading upward.

Smells like a Vienna lager, oddly enough. Decent dose of hops, pale and Vienna malt, big nodes of bready yeast.

Tastes exactly like it smells, like a cross between a Vienna and an American blonde with a big, biscuity yeast finish. Hops pervade all throughout, and all around it's a damn good balance between sweet grain and bitter hops.

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Photo of John_M
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a slightly hazy, honey gold color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is pretty nice on this one, showing honey, warm wheatberry bread and a little orange citrus. Flavors tend to replicate the nose, though this beer is very light. Granted the alcohol is low, and this beer is not trying to be an imperial anything, but I still think a bit more flavor intensity would have been nice. Mouthfeel is almost light, and there's something of a watery quality in the finish. Drinkability is OK - it's apparent that the abv. is not very high - but there just isn't enough flavor to keep me interested in drinking a lot of this.

A nice enough beer for uncritical drinking on a warm day. Can't think of too many other situations where I would be interested in drinking a beer like this.

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Photo of barczar
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden color with a solid 1 inch ivory head that lingers, eventually dissipating into a nice pool of foam.

Aroma is light, fairly grainy, with a touch of corn and slightly sweet malt. Floral hops are subtle.

Flavor reveals more complexity, though grain still dominates. There's also a substantial corny aspect to the profile. Slight hints of green apple are somewhat offputting, carrying into a lightly bitter finish.

Body is a touch heavier than expected, with significant carbonation helping to keep the flavor fresh.

Overall, a very sessionable brew. Wouldn't pay 3 bucks a can for it again, though.

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Photo of DoktorZee
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into a pint glass. No canning or best before date on it.

A - not quite what I was expecting as it's midway between gold and amber in color and a bit hazy. Was expecting it to be a bit lighter in color and body. Very little head and almost no lacing. Just a bit of obvious carbonation.

S - the nose has a solid sweet bready malt element to it; no real hops to speak of

T - similar to the nose: just a hint of bitterness resolving into some big bready malt; not overly sweet, so it's still satisfying. Reminds me a bit of a maibock. Another thing to note is the abruptness of the finish - it's over very quickly.

M - medium body but with very little carbonation; no booziness.

D - nicely drinkable - a good all weather beer.

Solid beer, but not quite what I was expecting for a Blonde; is a bit more malty than I was expecting.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden color with a thin foamy/carbonated head. Head retention is non-existent. Lacing is minimal. Stale fruit, straw-like aroma. Mainly malty taste with a slight lager taste at the end. More straw. Slight bitterness. Light bodied. Decent but not great.

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Photo of chickencoop
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The first point and really only valid point i'll make here is cans are much easier to jam in your suitcase and survive the trip, no broken bottles that leak all over your chones, nuff said.
I liked this beer, refreshing, not much of an aftertaste, citrusy and clean. Can is retro and all so way to go with that if you like that stuff, pick some up.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.52/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a twelve ounce can into a standard pint glass
Cloudy gold in color with a moderate head of white foam
Aroma-Buttery biscuit, bread
Taste-Sweet malt, buttered biscuit, creamy, with a bit of a funky, earthy finish.
Overall, not too bad coming from a can, certainly drinkable and creamy, if a bit unbalanced in the finish

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Photo of Jimmys
3.51/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can into tulip. no canned on date.

A: a lot of haze on a orange/blond body. head is bright white and bubbly. way too much haze for the style.

S: a slight oxidation. a lot of chewy pilsner malt. a little bit of sweet, bubblegum-like fruitiness.

T: similar to the nose, an obvious oxidation, but not to the point of un-drinkability. some grain. certainly in the finish. very limited bitterness.

M: average carb on a light body.

D: all-in-all not too shabby. eliminate the haze and the oxidation and you have a solid drinkable blond from this Texas brewery.

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Photo of icehawk
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can 

 Appearance: Clear golden yellow with bubbly white head 

 Aroma: Fairly muted yeast 

 Taste: Toasted bread 

 Palate: Cleansing palate, light body, minimal, clean aftertaste 

 Overall: Very drinkable, while still having good character. Good, clean, drinkable beer.

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Photo of Urbancaver
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale hazy orange with a bit of white head... Smells floral and a but hoppy. Tastes smooth and sweet with a nice kick of malts on the backbone. Vry drinkable and pretty tasty all things considered. Not something i would seek out but above average

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Photo of TexIndy
3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz can into a pint glass. No dating info but just released so I know it's fresh. It was a cloudy light golden honey color. A few lazy carb streams and come sticky lace. It had a good sized off-white head that stuck around for awhile and settled into a thin film and collar.

The aroma was malty and sweet with really no hop presence. The taste followed the aroma. Crisp, clean and drinkable. Good session beer for hot days. Also probably a good BMC conversion beer. Mouthfeel had a bit too much carb.

Overall, a good beer that I mildly recommend if you can easily find it (especially if in a buddy's fridge). For me, it doesn't have enough flavor to warrant buying many unless on tap and limited choices or a friend has it.

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Photo of BeersCriteria
3.47/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a hazy yellow with a white head.

S- Malty and bready along with a wheaty aroma.

T- The taste was malty and bready, like drinking brioche bread, it sort of reminded me of drinking a Boddingtons, the breadiness quality of it. It was a good blonde ale overall.

Food Pairing- I had this with pizza and it was a great combination.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.47/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A fine Blonde ale with medium sweetness, English-like fruitiness, and a bit of kettle caramelization.

A very delicate and very pleasant floral, ester mix gives the impression of honey suckle and bubble gum. The beer seems to have a part Pilsner, part 2-row malt aroma along with a lot of fruitiness. Pears, apricots, and apples come to the forefront while the sweeter malt components and caramels follow closely behind. Soft herbal hops leave the nose a bit underwhelming.

I like the jab on the back of the can that says, "Clarity is overrated". I do agree but it makes this beer a bit less bright, thus less attractive than Blondes are noted. Caught somewhere between golden and straw, the beer starts with a stark white head that fades to a trace then remains. Slight lacing on the glass is a plus.

Even more fruity and sweet to taste than the nose suggested. An dominant green and red apple flavor makes me think there's some yeast issues going on here. Timid on attenuation, the beer remains sweet and less clean than refreshing. Mild hops struggle to offset the sweetness and offer slight herbal and floral taste.

The beer is a bit bigger than the crisper versions of Blondes that appeal to me. The extra sweetness and fruitiness proves to much in the end. Thanks Exiled!

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Photo of TenHornsProud
3.46/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy orange with a big white head that is surprisingly viscous.

Smells of some sweetness, some bready malt, slightly floral/soapy character.

Floral hop notes up front that meld into a slightly sweet/honey like character with a clean, almost no bitterness finish...some yeast character

Light bodied with a higher amount of carbonation make this one quite easy to drink.

I like this beer even though there isn't much going on...some floral hop and biscuit notes. It's one of the better blondes I've had.

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Photo of lonestar1836
3.46/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: golden honey yellow with little floaters (it IS unfiltered), white foamy head

S: slightly metalic with lisghtly sweet smell (actualy not much in the smell department)

T: sweet and creamy

M: medium carbonation and very smooth

D: pretty good and i love the lable art

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Photo of JonathanL7890
3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Dig Pub.

A 2 finger white foamy head and a golden yellow color.

Smell: Malty, floral hops, Some type of noble hops.

Taste: Malty, bready, very little bitterness. About the lowest IBU beer I've ever had for this style.

Mouthfeel: good -- although a little more malt or doing a decoction would make this a much better beer.

Drinkability: Excellent. Great for a Texas summer. I expect this will stake out a permanent tap at the Dig and will compete favorably with Firemans #4.

Overall, a very nice beer. I wish it had a little better mouthfeel.

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Photo of shanenoel90
3.44/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Good beer for those who like American Blonde Ales. I am not particularly a fan of this style but wouldn't mind drinking this one if there were no other styles available.

Good taste when you drink it but the aftertaste is not to my preference. The fact that it comes in a can is not optimal, I think that bottle would help the way this beer is drank.

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Photo of AdamGarcia
3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to JJFoodie for this xtra.

A: Pours a hazy straw color. Certainly better looking than a Budweiser. Head should've taken off it's coat and stayed a while.

S: I struggled to find much in the smell dept while this was cold. As it warms I'm getting a lot of bready aroma.

T: Not terrible. Actually, its ok...especially if I'm rating with style in mind. Lots more flavor than anything from BMC, even a little bit of hop presence.

M: Carbonation alright. Kinda prickly mouthfeel.

D: Could definitely put back a few of these on a sunny day.

I cracked this beer after an indoor soccer game cause I wanted something mild. This would make a nice summer session beer. I would probably pick up some of this if it were available to me because it would be acceptable to my non-craft beer drinking friends. Glad I got to try it.

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Photo of jkrich
3.41/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. can with no freshness date poured a slightly hazy, golden-orange with a creamy, sustained head.

Very faint, sweet malty aromas.

This is very malty yet extremely refreshing. Nothing cloying even as the ale warms. There is a slightly fruity, bitter hoppiness in the background.

Light bodied with good spritzy carbonation. There is an off-putting bitter flavor that does detract from the mouthfeel.

The refreshing light body and low ABV make this a good quaffer for the spring or summer. It is not very complex and the aforementioned strange bitter flavor keeps this one from a higher rating. Still well worth trying.

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Photo of Zorro
3.4/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Gold colored beer with a slight chill haze and a small white colored head.

Smells mostly of malt and powdery yeast scent. Hops are not all that evident mostly a citrus aroma with a slight grassy edge.

Starts out pleasantly malty with a slight caramel and grain flavor. That is pretty much it, lots of grain and slight caramel flavor.

Mouthfeel is full.

Where this beer actually shines is in its mildness. Lager smooth and completely inoffensive with a big grain flavor, very easy on the taste buds.

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Photo of Keffa
3.39/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Bought at Beverage Source in Newark Ohio.

Poured from a 12 oz. Can into a Unibroue tulip.

A- Dark gold, nice off-white head, sticky, rocky, lasting. Turns into 1/4 inch ring. Lacing on the glass stays through the whole glass. Looks excellent. Makes me want to drink it.

S- Caramel malt, yeast, not much else to be honest. Zero hop presence. Not nearly the same enthusiasm to drink after the smell.

T- Slight sweetness from the "Vienna" malt and a slight spicyness from the yeast. Very bready. Almost no hop again. If it weren't for the tiny bit on the finish I wouldn't have said they used hops. Disappointing to say the least.

M- Creamy, smooth. Nice feel, for sure. I wish the rest of the beer was this good.

D- It does give some semblance of drinkability, if a straight forward, malt heavy, non-balanced beer is your style. For me, I tried it. If I were offered it again, I would respectfully decline it.

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Bombshell Blonde from Southern Star Brewing Company
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