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Bombshell BlondeBombshell Blonde
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%
 
 
Wants:
28
Gots:
168
For Trade:
1
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Photo of jasonjlewis
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice 1 finger head with great retention and a cloudy yellow color. I think yeast is still in the can.

Smell is of some citrusy hop with a bit of a honey malt characteristic underneath.

Taste has a low bitterness with a touch of honey malt sweetness, spicy hop flavor and some good aroma to add to it. Sort of like an extra pale ale in terms of body, sweetness, and hop flavor without too much hop bitterness. That being said there is a tiny hint of fusel alcohols in this beer.

This beer leaves a bit too much body on the palate for a blonde ale.

As the beer warms the grainy/grassy notes come out which I expect in a blonde ale.

Not bad. The beer has an interesting honey malt sweetness and a good hop flavor and aroma. However, there is a bit of fusel alcohol in this one which is sort of a turn off in a beer this light.

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Photo of MikeWard
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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 tasste, veryclean 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 indiapaleale
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour - more amber than blonde in color. Nice carbonation levels with a great looking head. Pretty nice looking pour I must say, I would've missed out on this if I had drank it straight from the can.

Aroma - slight hints of malty, grains and a bit of citrusy hops. Pretty mellow in aroma, nothing too intense but non-offensive that is for sure.

Taste - sweet and tangy with some subtle floral hop flavors. Some similarities between aroma and taste that is for sure. I'd say the maltiness is the biggest surprise this beer has to offer. This is not a watery blonde like some that I've had and stand out as one of the better versions of the style as far as I'm concerned. Nice work Southern Star.

Overall - solid, full-flavored Blonde ale. Nothing too crazy but thats what makes this extremely smooth and easy drinking. Another great candidate for camping and disc golf (or whatever other outdoor activity you find yourself doing).

Would I buy more of it? - sure, if I lived down in Texas I could see myself drinking a few of these from time to time.

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Photo of steve8robin
3.22/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

First brew I have ever tried from this brewery. 12oz can...

A: A slightly clear / slightly hazy golden straw color with a small white head that fades quickly to a lace. Decent.

S: A mild, hidden wheat scent upfront with not much else going on. A slight tea scent. Eh.

T: A hint of spicy strong wheat upfront blended with some tea in the middle and almost some mild spice and almost pumpkin flavors on the backend. Very easy and smooth. Good.

M: Medium body with a fabulous carbonation! A nice bready finish. Very good.

O: All in all, this is a solid brew. Not much going on in the scent but a very easy and natural taste. Great to try if you like session brews and have access.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
3.24/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Reviewed 10/25/2008 (Draft @ Southern Star Brewery, Conroe, TX):

Pours a golden yellow colored amber body, with a frothy white head, good lacing, somewhat diminishing. Somewhat fruity aroma, some pale hoppiness. No very strong. Hoppy dryish taste. Tasty light taste. Creamy-like.

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Photo of zrab11
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a Nice Golden Color with a 2 finger head

S-Has a pleasant smell of cirtus and yeast.

T- Has a nice yeast flavor with notes of citrus and spices

M-Light Bodied with nice carbonation

D- I really enjoyed this beer alot. VEry drinkable and very cheap. Will be picking this up to throw in my disc golf bag to drink on the course. Give this one a try if you havent

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Photo of tubeyes
3.17/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Not much head, minimal carbonation, deep amber, somewhat hazy yellow cloudiness
S- Little nose, dog park, grassy, clean
T- Some citrus, estery, wheaty
M- Light, crisp, nice aftertaste
O- Subtle after bite after swallowing, little lacing. Had in shaker pint at OSDH in Denton, paired with Mellow Mushroom's Red Skin Potato Pie pizza. They were both delicious.
[from note, drank 7/1/12]

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Photo of biggred1
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark, honey blonde with a massive rocky merengue like head of cream colored foam that lasts for days. Honeysuckle, pale malt and a touch of floral hops in the nose. Plenty of pale and Vienna malt flavors with a touch of honey and decent hop bittering in the finish. Creamy bodied with mild carbonation. A nice beer but not one I would go out of my way for.

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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 Tuck_leepulin
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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 kemoarps
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the can: "Clarity is overrated."
This beer pours a hazy straw colour with a beautiful off white head that dissipates quickly but leaves a nice fine... layer? Is that really the best word I could come up with for it? Anyway, it leaves a nice ___ on the top, which contributes to the lacing. I love watching the bubbles come up through this opaque brew.

The nose is almost fresh cut hay, Like straw harvested maybe a few days early. A bit of bready malt as well. Think a picnic in a barn on a warm summer afternoon/evening.

The straw characteristics carry through to the palate, alone with the mellow bready malts. Maybe a hint of hops on the finish, but not readily identifiable, almost like an afterthought.

kind of thick and chewy, but drinkable. I would continue with the farmhouse comparisons (man, I'm getting all nostalgic over here for childhood summers playing with hay bails). I'm not generally a big fan of blondes (at least not when it comes to beer...), but I really like this brew. I'd love it on a lazy summer afternoon. The fact that it is in cans also makes it that much more accessible to bring camping/hiking or to the beach or to a hayfield somewhere for a midsummer picnic. Grab a sixer if you see one and like the summer months. Well crafted and immensely enjoyable.

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Photo of GPHarris
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - poured a four-fingers thick fluffy white head into a nonic that settles into a thing ring with good lacing. the body is bright golden and clear.
s - bready and grainy with a hint of pale malt sweetness.
t - bready malts with a hint of spicy hops.
m - medium and slick.
d - great session beer.

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Photo of DavidST
3.3/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a pint can into a pint glass, non canned date. This pours a near clear light yellow color with a large off white head which has goo retention and leaves a lacing. The smells are of light grassy hops and crisp malts, something closer to a pilsener. The feel is medium to light. The taste is okay, pretty light with a little malts and hops, disappointing.

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Photo of dcloeren
4.38/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy golden yellow-orange color with a finger of frothy white head. This beer is definitely unfiltered and opaque. "Clarity is overrated" is printed on the can and it couldn't be more right.

Smells of sweat carmel malt, yeast, biscuits, graham cracker and a little bit of citrus.

The taste is following the nose almost to the T with a little something extra that I think tastes like Nilla Wafers or a freshbaked cupcake with no icing. Its blowing up my taste buds and makes me happy that I have 5 more in the fridge. Has great depth and is VERY refreshing.

Mouthfeel is creamy and light to medium bodied. Crisp and clean with the perfect amount of carbonation to go with the body. Gives a very subtle drying after taste.

This blonde does it all without doing too much or trying to hard. Very refreshing and has a lot of depth to it. I cant wait to put a six pack in my cooler and go play a round of golf or go to the lake. Its a home run of a blonde for sure

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Photo of Kromes
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A hazy blond color with a thick off-white colored head.

S: Somewhat of a boozy smell. Smells sweet and malty with a floral hop aroma.

T: The initial taste is of very sweet bready malt and a bit of yeast. There isn't too much hop flavor and bitterness, very slight in the finish. There is an overall tang to the beer though that seemed like it didn't belong.

M: Light and not overly carbonated.

D: The taste is good and the beer is light and refreshing with low carbonation. Makes this beer good and drinkable.

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Photo of samie85
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a hazy orange with a white one finger head that quickly dissipates.

S-Carmel and bready malt notes with a hint of orange.

T- Orange citrus hops upfront with a bready malt backbone with an orange and lemon aftertaste and a bit of grain.

M-I would put the carbonation in this one on the heavy side of medium carb. It's almost light-bodied, yet it's very smooth.

D-Pretty easy drinking as most bloneds tend to be. This one has very full flavor though which I've really not experienced with this style before.

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Photo of Reaper16
3.05/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz. can served into a pint glass

Pours a golden darkish-straw color. Somewhat hazy. A finger's worth of off-white head yields minimal lacing. Not much to say here; it's a boring looking blonde ale. Average stuff.

There isn't much at all going on in the nose. Biscuity malts dominate. But I also get a floral hop component: some honeysuckle, some dandelion. It's too grainy to really be anything higher than average, though.

Also, this beer bores on the palate. A grainy, bready malt base provides a skeleton. Too bad there isn't much flesh (in this metaphor) to make use of it. I get some white grapeskin flavor and there's a major plant stem characteristic going on.

The carbonation level seems alright; along with the beer's medium body, the mouthfeel is Bombshell Blonde's most appealing characteristic. Ultimately, though, I find this to be a boring, bland example of the blonde ale style. When people say that they don't usually like blonde ales, it's because of snooze-fests like this offering.

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Photo of cavedave
2.76/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Exiled for this.

Pours an almost clear gold, topped by a two finger off-white head. Nice look, better than the other two in this style I've tried. Only good feature of this beer.

Smell is all about the yeast, really strong yeast in the nose, not in a good way, with hints of sweet breadiness and grassy hop.

Medium flavor, full of rounded, and also strange, yeast flavors, followed by a bit of bread, finally some light hay flavors. Almost no hop to this, just some stale maltiness and languid sweet in what is a mostly innocuous but hardly delicious brew.

Mouthfeel is brightly carb.'ed, light bodied, not much offensive to the feel with a poor to non-existent finish.

Drinkability is not so good.

Impression: A mostly forgettable beer that I would not recommend unless offered as a freebie.

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Photo of ColdPoncho
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to tsatem for this!

A - Murky and cloudy amber/yellow. Thick white head with huge bubbles vanishes before my eyes.

S - lemon, black pepper, tomato, sweet malt.

T - Clean and crisp malt, some vanilla, touch of lemony zest.

M - smooth and creamy, quite light. A touch drying.

D - well this is very drinkable. tastes pretty good, pleasant, and not heavy.

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Photo of Chaz
3.61/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly-hazy golden dirty-blonde in color, topped with a frothy, very pale tan head (head is the consistency of whipped cream). LOADS of suspended yeast, here -- I'm surprised I didn;t notice this fact the first time I enjoyed this one, as it looks more like a Belgian blonde or golden ale than anything. Loads of sticky lace here.

Sweet, malty//bready nose, more fruit-forward than anything (bananas, light pineapple/tropical fruit/mango), and with nothing resembling so much as the slightest American West Coast hop profile -- maybe a hit of Cascades and another, gentler hop for bitterness, but both are rather buried beneath the copious fruit notes. The nose here actually reminds me of the Southern Star Pine Belt Pale, so I'm guessing there's more than one shared ingredient (malt and/or hop).

Slightly-sweet, smooth and tongue-coating on the first sip, this one is as light and almost delicate as I remember it being. Nice dry, bready/biscuit malt character going on here, but the mouthfeel just won't quit! As such, it drinks bigger than the listed ABV, even despite bearing a minimal alcohol profile.

Highly drinkable, and biscuit malts and dry character linger --much less any real bitterness-- but Bombshell strikes me as an excellent food beer, and as an easy go-to for someone who's looking for something easier-going than a hoppy Pale or an assertive Pils.

Definitely worth a Tick or a Trade -- Hattip to Crusian for the cans! : )

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Photo of LittleDon
4.3/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy, darker than a blond but lighter than an amber. It appears golden with a tinge of red. It produces a very small head, but it's dense enough to produce a nice lace. There's no noticeable carbonation. I get faint hints of cherry in the aroma. Nice balance between the malt, hops, and alcohol. A thicker mouthfeel than you would expect, a bit on the chewy side. Finish is also well balanced, with both sweet and bitter notes.

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Photo of brownbeer
3.94/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Busternuggz scored this in a trade.

This beer is way too dark to be a blonde. More of a light amber. Toasty, sweet hazelnut, and honey in the nose. Similar taste, very much like a bizzare amber. The dry, toasty, hazelnut finish lingers long after you swallow. Very unexpected flavors in this beer. Pretty nice.

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Photo of beerpirates
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thx to bierschenker ( Tim ) for bringing this nice can to the tasting , thx buddy !

12 oz can poured into my tastingglass @a tasting with some awesome BA's -:)

A: This beer pours a very hazy orange with a thin white head. It is quite a bit darker than I would expect for a blonde ale. It looks more like a hefeweizen.

S: The aroma is very sweet--a touch of sweet malt and some citrusy hops. A good balance here.

T: Bitterness and malt flavours are nicely balanced,Honey , but the flavor hops push though, defining the flavor.

M: The beer is smooth and creamy, with just the right amount of carbonation.

D: Definitely a session beer! This one is perfect for hot summer days. Not too heavy for a day at the lake and flavorful enough to still be good at a party that night.

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Photo of nhindian
2.61/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12oz can poured into a Dogfish Head Signature glass. Generously provided as an extra by Exiled, thanks Jason!

A - Pours a hazy, unfiltered goldenrod color with 3 huge fingers of soft white head. Insane retention as well, due in part to the creaminess and thickness of the head. It's lavish and almost like a pillow in the way it is rocky and mountainous. Lacing as well brings a very nice welcome with a thick, generous coating of foam all around the glass.

S - The nose opens with a pleasant breadiness as well as some yeast esters. Somewhat fruity throughout with a slight bitter hop presence in the finish. Overall fairly clean.

T - The flavors begin with a biscuit-like malt flavor, paving the way for the backbone to come. However, some band-aid phenols make themselves known almost immediately this, which kind of spoils it for me. In fact, the flavor, or lack thereof, is nearly completely barren after the start. It has a faint citrus flavor in the finish, but overall, everything is quite faint and disappointing after the great appearance and nice aroma.

M - Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with surprisingly light carbonation. Another detriment to this beer is the sub-par carbonation, which really needs to be beefed up. Still, it finishes clean and semi-dry.

D/O - Drinkability is low. Great look, promising smell, but the taste and mouthfeel stick the nails in the coffin. A pleasure to admire from far, but not the best beer to actually imbibe.

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Photo of zhanson88
3.36/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one courtesy of atxdelivery as an extra in a trade. Thanks!

Appearance: Blonde Bombshell pours a light golden color with slight orange highlights and 1.5 fingers of white head. Retention is pretty nice, and lacing is very nice. Good looking beer.

Smell: Lots of sweet, bready malts and slight citrus and piney hops. Hops are very light, but that's not surprising considering the style. Still, not bad.

Taste: Bready malts and some sweetness are prevalent up front, with a light kick of hops on the back end. Finish is bready and slightly citrusy.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Light bodied, but the carbonation is really nice. Pretty smooth going down. This is a really well-done blonde ale, and very drinkable. It has just enough flavor to make it sessionable and give you a desire to have several.

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Bombshell Blonde from Southern Star Brewing Company
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