Beach Bum Blonde Ale

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American Blonde Ale
Ranked #802
Ranked #48,192
2.94 | pDev: 19.73%
Missouri, United States
Beach Bum Blonde AleBeach Bum Blonde Ale
Notes: We wanted to create a beer with the same distinct crispness and color that you get in the days of early summer. Using a dry-hopping technique, hops are not only added to the brew kettle, but also included in the aging tank, giving the specialty beer its distinct and crisp hop aroma. The choice selection of pale and caramel roasted barley malt gives this beer its deep golden color that looks great in a glass.
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Photo of GossageBrewery
2.4/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured this American Blonde Ale from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Poured a clear straw color, produced a thin white head, Poor retention and leaves no lacing on the glass. The aroma of this blonde ale smells of cereal grains, corn and fruit. Light in body, this blonde ale has a flavor of malted grain, some mild hop bitterness, warm grits , and red apples. Overall, this blonde ale isnt much to talk about, mass produced, seems its of higher quality then some of AB's mass produced lagers, but there are much better craft brewed blonde ales out there. Lawn Mower Beer Status.

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Photo of BillH200174
2.63/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pale yellow color with an off-white head. There isn’t too much to the aroma except some pale maltiness. The flavor also has some pale malt, some citrus, and a slightly sour quality, but for the most part it is grainy and bland. Light to medium-light body. This is a drinkable session beer.

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Photo of mrfrancis
2/5  rDev -32%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Pours a clear gold with a fizzy white head that disappears within seconds. Lacing is decent. Really nothing to write home about.

S: Aromas of lemon, herbs, straw, and grass fill the nose, but there is a mildly skunked aroma there too. Obviously, this bottle has been sitting too long, but it's too late to turn back now.

T: Notes of lemon, orange zest, grass, straw, damp hay, herbs, and minerals wash across the palate. The finish is fleeting with a quick punch of lemon, grass, and straw flavors.

M: Very light in body and dry. Carbonation is extremely crisp. This strikes me as being a rather gassy beer. I wouldn't want to have more than one of these at a time.

O: If I had a fresher bottle of this to review, I'm not sure that I would give it any higher of a rating. To me, this is just a standard macro attempt at an ale. It's predictable stuff that lacks depth and substance. I won't be seeking it out again if I can help it.

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Photo of CaptJackHarkness
3.32/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light orange/yellow body with a thin fizz of head, head dissapears instantly and spotty lacing. Aroma is citrusy and unremarkable. Taste surprises based on smell and appearance, being a nicly balanced mildly bitter brew. (Alsace, Hallertau & Cascade are listed as hops. Decent, but more of a summer brew!

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Photo of TippySelenoid
3.17/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass.

This beer is a clear gold with a white that maintains a nice lace to the bottom of the glass.

It doesn't really smell. Some malts? Grass?

It tastes malty with a bit of grassy hops.

It's pretty bubbly.

This is drinkable, but not really enjoyable. Pretty average and forgettable.

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Photo of jsisko01
4.66/5  rDev +58.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance - Pours a clear, crisp looking golden color. Had about a half inch head that disappeared quickly..

Smell - I can smell a hint of caramel and citrus. Can't really point out the other smells.. It smells a lot like most common beers, such as Budweiser or Busch.

Taste - I can taste the roasted barley and some spices. I can very faintly taste the caramel. Has a somewhat bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Has a very thin feel to it.. Very crisp. Quite a bit of carbonation.

I'd say this is a pretty good beer

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Photo of JohnFatAss
3.58/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a very nice golden color with a white head that recedes quickly.

Faint, but pleasant smell. Hops & Citrus.

This blonde ale reminds of Pilsners.

Clean, crisp taste, with a some bitterness to balance things out.

AB can make some good beers, and this is one of them.

Very enjoyable.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.18/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tick generously shared by myself.

A: The beer pours a golden straw color with a small and short lived white head.

S: Matching the appearance of the beer, this one smells strongly of straw. There is a light bread not as well as a healthy dose of corn. Mild yeast and some light, fruity esters.

T: The flavor offers up some pale malts to go along with the straw and grass. There is a light hop bitterness to it. Some apple and corn give it more sweetness.

M: Light in body with a medium level of carbonation.

O: Surfs up, brah.

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Photo of jmvecchio1
2.38/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Beach Bum Blonde pours our a golden blonde with a finely bubbled white head on top. The aroma off the beer is of grains, grass, and maybe some citrus (lemon) hop. It's to be noted that the beer is dry-hopped, but Michelob doesn't note which hop variety - or varieties - are used. The taste is surprisingly malty given it's light hue. You get a lot of biscuity notes which are well balanced by the hops in the beer. The swallow of the beer is clean and very light, but some of the hop snap does linger a little further into the drink.

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Photo of Duff27
3.11/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- One inch white head atop a dark golden beer. Lots of effervescence...laser etched glass I think. Good lacing and head retention.

S- Slight honey.

T- More pronounced honey but not overpowering. Some citrus.

M- Feels good in the mouth. Smooth, mid carbonated.

D/O- Nothing off-putting but overall nothing more than a thirst quencher. Good for a summer day when ABInBev products are the only thing on tap ;)

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4/5  rDev +36.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was sampled from the tap at the Anheuser-Busch brewery in St. Louis, Missouri. Beach Bum Blonde Ale has a thick, creamy, off-white head and a bright, hazy yellow-orange color. Lots of lacing is left behind. The aroma is of citrus and hops, with lightly toasted malts as well. The taste is a delicious mix of malt breadiness and strong citrus, making one almost think it was flavored with juice, which it is not. Floral hoppiness is a pleasant note here at the end of the sip. The mouthfeel is light to medium, and Beach Bum finishes refreshing, crisp, and dry. Overall, this is a very enjoyable beer, and I would like to have it again.

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Photo of david18
3/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I recently had this on a trip to Orlando, where it was the only beer on draft that whose name I didn't recognize. I actually thought it was a craft beer but I'm not too surprised to see that it's Anheuser-Busch.

The appearance was very light straw with a very active head, maybe almost too much carbonation.

Aroma had a slight malt. Not terrible and definitely present.

Flavor was ok, and somewhat refreshing. Not the best but not terrible.

I'm actually glad I didn't know it was AB or I might not have tried it. I'll try it again if it's the only thing available.

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Photo of bastardface
3.34/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was a pretty good beer. It is nothing special but is averagely good. I got it on tap which came out as a light golden yellow color. Not fairly impressive. The taste was satisfactory with no real overbearing tastes to it. It has no bite and no bad aftertaste. If you want an average beer that will not disappoint you I recommend this.

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a stein glass.

Look - slightly pale golden color, clear, with about half a finger's worth of off-white foam that dissipates quickly.

Smell - seems to smell more malty than hopy. Can't smell the Hallertau or Cascade hops.

Taste and Mouthfeel - definitely more hopy in taste, but it's a little more felt than tasted. A bitter bite and somewhat acrid taste (maybe from the alsace?). Pretty well balanced in texture, but leans a little more toward the watery side. Slightly bitter aftertaste.

Overall - not a bad brew, but not very interesting or intriguing.

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Photo of mdvatab
3.83/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into imperial pint glass.
Bottle dated 3/24/2011 (2011 083)

Aroma: Light, grainy sweetness. Fragrant orange and apricot hop aroma.

Appearance: 1.5 fingers of off-white foam, which sticks around for a while. The body of the beer is gold as a 24 carat necklace. Beautiful effervesence shows through the crystal clear class of beer.

Flavor: Honey graham cracker sweetness. Low hop flavor, and subtle bitterness peaks toward the end. Not as much here as the aroma indicated might be.

Mouthfeel: Medium to medium-high carbonation. Medium-light body. Definitely an all-around clean profile.

Overall: Extremely refreshing, if a bit more watery than the aroma lead me to anticipate. Still, this brew offers a much more interesting aroma and flavor profile than an American lager. A fantastic addition to my lawnmower beer list! If only it were available in cans for days at the pool/beach...

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Photo of TheSarge
3.49/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours quite nicely. Has a tight forming two finger thick head of bright white, and a clear golden colored body.

The aroma is a little orangish and slight lavender.

In the taste I get the orange trait again, but there is a slight husky graininess too.

Feels crisp and clean as well as wetting to the palate.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this at the Copperhead Bar & Grille in Allentown. I wanted to try something I hadn't had before. This was the only choice at the time. So I got this beer in a pint glass can out with a nice little head on it and a little bit of a hazy yellow color. This beers aroma was pretty hoppy for a blond ale. The flavor was pretty crisp and nicely hopped. I found it to be pretty good , I don't know if I'd need to have it again. I would if I had too.

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Photo of boudreaux
3.82/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a bright, lively golden color; brilliant orange highlights when held to the light; tight, rocky head of pure white crown; the head diminishes slightly, leaving solid rings of lace on the surface and sides of the glass

S: at first, spicy due to the dry-hopping; nice floral and citrus notes; also warm, bready malts underneath the hops; very clean

T: consistent with the nose; aggressive hops up front, with good floral and citrus flavors; balanced with slight sweetness of caramel malts; bready maltiness also present

M: smooth and substantive; finishes clean and dry; also warm and bready character
D: very drinkable summer ale; surprisingly balanced and well done

I'm surprised that A-B produced such a quality brew. Definitely doesn't taste like a beer from the brewery famous for the macro-brewed Bud and Bud Lite

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Photo of wcudwight
2.29/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bright clear golden color with a long lasting 1/4" white head and sticky lacing rides the glass as the beer empties. Looks promising.
Smells like overly ripe fruit, caramel and butter. Not very appealing.
The bottle says the beer is dry hopped but you really can't tell from the aroma and flavor. Taste like caramel and butterscotch. It's got a bit of sharpness to it that I like. Light bodied summer beer that I'll probably turn down.

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Photo of industrialswill
4/5  rDev +36.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found a bottle of this at the discount store for $1.19.
Golden, medium foam and carbonation.
Nice smell, not a stinky beer by any means.
Tastes wonderfull, there is more malt here than hops, but overall a very well balanced and drinkable beer.
Very good!
I will drink this any day in favor of some "real" craft beer that have higher overall ratings.
I try to always look beyond the label and just drink the beer.

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Photo of matjack85
3.41/5  rDev +16%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I found this single 12oz brown bottle in a discount cart at the Binny's in Plainfield, IL for 99¢. After finding the born on date of April 19, 2008 I see now why it's being discounted. The beer is over 2 years old! - but here is my review anyway.

The beer poured a rich golden color making a 1-finger white head that dissipated quickly, but it did leave some nice lacing behind as I drank it.

Not much smell to this despite their claim of dry hopping for the expressed purpose of adding aroma. What you get is a mild fruit and citrus hop smell along with a little homey/caramel sweetness. Nice, but not enough of it.

I was surprised by the good balance here between caramel malt sweetness and lermony/orange citrus hoppiness.There also seems to be a touch of something spicy as well. Not a ton of flavor, but it's nice.

Light, refreshing, and very spritzy with high carbonation.

Very drinkable with no trace of alcohol. It won't replace Shock Top as my favorite AB product, but this is not bad.

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Photo of jar2574
3.13/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Looks a lot like a typical macro lager except with a slightly thicker, more durable, stickier head, and except that it's orange-yellow instead of just yellow. It might also be a little less transparent. The head does a good job sticking to the sides on the way down.

Smells of pine, some hops and a little honey-sweetness. Taste is OK. Not bad but not great. Smooth. Not a ton of flavor. Maybe some malts. Maybe a tiny touch of hops. But it's a pretty mellow, harmless, carbonated beverage that makes you almost forget you're drinking beer.

That said, it's pretty easy to drink, and tastes better than most offerings out of Anheuser-Busch.

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Photo of Mora2000
2.81/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a clear golden color with a white head. The aroma is orange citrus with some biscuit malt. Somewhat surprisingly, the beer doesn't smell bad at all. The flavor is not as good as the smell. While I get a little bit of biscuit malt as well as some orange and pine notes, the overall flavor is very faint. The beer is very watery and has medium carbonation. There is just really not much too this beer. Not one to seek out.

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Photo of FickleBeast
3.15/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Pours bright yellow with a half finger of foam that fades quickly. aroma is mild, some sweetness, slight corn aroma, nothing particularly appetizing.

First sip is mild, some fruitiness from the yeast, more body than expected. It's not half bad for a blonde ale. decently bodied and has a nice sweet flavor. would like it if the hops came though a bit more and it finished a little drier, but not terrible. no off flavors.

I wouldn't seek this out, but I feel this is better than some that were in my mixed summer 6 pack.

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Photo of harpus
2.31/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A- it seems to light to be a blonde almost a little thin and not as consistent as i would of liked.

S- the smell was a mix of corn and citrus but it wasn't over powering.

T- the taste wasn't as dry as i was hoping for. it almost had a watered down tang to it.

M- it was pretty smooth and had a little bit of tang to it.

D- this wasn't the best blonde i have had by any means but at the local pub on a warm day you have one or two of these with their famous muffietta sandwich which as a relish topping and it really gives the sandwich a good flavor.

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Beach Bum Blonde Ale from Anheuser-Busch
Beer rating: 69 out of 100 with 248 ratings