Beach Bum Blonde Ale | Anheuser-Busch

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Beach Bum Blonde AleBeach Bum Blonde Ale

Brewed by:
Missouri, United States

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-26-2006

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Ratings: 248 |  Reviews: 174
Reviews by Nerudamann:
Photo of Nerudamann
3.35/5  rDev +13.6%
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of NJpadreFan
1.65/5  rDev -44.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

AB- Beach Bum Blonde

On tap at TGI Friday's in Block E- Minneapolis

Appearance- light orange/ yellow with no head. Chunks of ice are floating in the beer which has been served in a frosted mug.
Smell- not much, light hay/ straw.
Taste- Barn straw/ hay and sweet corn.
Mouthfeel- watery and sweet. Cheap flat soda comes to mind. Mostly the bad taste is drowned out by the wateriness of the beer.

Overall- This is a very bad attempt at a Blonde. AB has millions of dollars and after all their R&D they realized their minions love cheap p!ss beer. So they did the inevitable produced yet another 1. Stay far away from this p!ss.

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Photo of lungboy
2.22/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I had this at Rib Fest in Chicago. Served in a plastic cup from a tap.

The first thing I noticed was the nice orange color and the tight foam head. The first thing I tasted was the hops. I don't know what kind they were, but they had a gritty flavor, more asparagus than cannabis in character. It tastes like they used a bittering hop for aroma, but didn't put in enough to make it interesting. After that, the malts peered around the corner and said "hey." Then ducked back under the astringency. To me, it seemed like every flavor came up promising to be bold, then ducked away so as not to offend before making an impression. I feel no need to taste this one again.

Can someone over-think a beer? If so, this is quite possibly proof.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
4/5  rDev +35.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of two “House Brews” served up at Fat Fish Blue in Cleveland. Utterly crisp, clean, and clear blonde brew with a fantastic hop finish. I was very impressed, largely because I expected garbage. Pared well with an exceptionally spicy steak. Body is light, drinkability is through the roof, and hops are of the herbal to spiced variety. Really, there are hops here. I am very surprised.

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Photo of Mora2000
2.81/5  rDev -4.7%
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 hadlance
3/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of WVbeergeek
2.65/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Hemingway's Cafe' in Oakland, appears a clear golden tone with a white head that dwindles ratherly quickly leaves behind light lacing. Aroma has some fruity apple esters with more of tart spicy sweetness. Taste has a creamy sweetness with herbal hop flavor along with a spicy alcohol finish and a bit more of a tea leaf citrus blend going on. Mouthfeel is light bodied carbonation seems a bit fizzy still. Drinkability...well it's not what I'm going for especially for 4.50 a pint...glad I had a sample.

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Photo of LXIXME
2.5/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of biboergosum
3.13/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I like the 'Pry off" instruction on the cap - I guess it gives AB's normal target market one less litigious opportunity.

I gotta say, the malt and hop bills listed on the front label do sound impressive, now where's that other shoe...?

This beer pours a clear medium golden hue, with three fingers of thin creamy white head, which leaves some nice spidery root-like lace around the glass as it recedes. It smells of soapy grain, with some mild sweet citrus. The taste is grainy, fruity - a bit of citrus and banana - and some soapy, weedy hops. The carbonation is a bit too prickly, the body a bit south of medium weight, smooth, but with a bit of acidic edge, and it finishes dry and clean.

A pretty innocuous, but easy drinking blonde ale, nothing off-putting here, other than the lack of deliverance (heh) of the listed hop ingredients in the flavour profile. Also, I couldn't resist cracking this particular beer, after having Tree's Beach Blonde a few days ago - although I prefer the latter's imagery...

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Photo of secondtooth
3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This rich ale pours golden with medium lacing, and though it doesn't offer anything too remarkable or unique, it does shine with a crisp maltiness that walks all over the usual summer lager lineup. More than drinkable, Beach Bum would be an ideal middle-point for an inexperienced drinker (or seasoned lager fan) to be gently swayed into the wide and wonderful world of ales. Decent enough.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.92/5  rDev +32.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beach Bum delivers a shiny, glowing golden body with an orange cast beneath a full head of creamy white foam. The head retention is good, and it leaves some nice rings and craggy walls of lace at the outset of the glass.

The nose is spicy, lightly grassy, somewhat floral, and even a touch lemony; and beyond that there's a note of sweetish, lightly doughy malt.

The flavor delivers all that the nose suggests, and it's surprisingly crisp and hoppy given the "Beach Bum" moniker - this is anything but Corona, and the hops should please even the most die-hard fans of Czech pilsener! In comparison, it's bitterness is slightly restrained, it's a hair softer and smoother across the palate, and the maltiness is not quite as straightforward grainy with a bit of a bready side that pilsner doesn't normally have. On the other hand, this is a bit sharper in character than one might expect of a blonde ale, and there's not really any yeasty fruitiness... but there is a bit more malt to it than a pils.

It's fresh and clean and bright, very well-balanced, and remarkably drinkable with an easy going charm and enough hop character to keep you coming back for more. I'd gladly enjoy a few of these with friends at a BBQ, camping trip, or sports event. ...Worth trying, despite the label ;)

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Photo of Damian74
2.25/5  rDev -23.7%

Photo of JohnFatAss
3.58/5  rDev +21.4%
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 cliff1066
2.75/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of ArcTeryx
2.02/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I personally did not enjoy this beer very much. It smelled of corn and looked just like a lot of AHB's macro swill. I thought it tasted like a mix between Miller High Life and Miller Genuine Draft, with a much more alcoholic aftertaste. I found the highly alcoholic to be a big turn-off. There was also a lot of carbonation, ala MHL.

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Photo of kenito799
4.07/5  rDev +38%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

20 oz pint at www.cowboybar at Denver International Airport.

Pours a bright golden color with foamy white head, little lacing.

Fresh crisp aroma with a hint of sweet fruity citrus. This is a super-refreshing beer, clean crisp, nice balance of medium-body malt and a mild hoppy finish with a hint of apricot in the finish. Excellent session beer, perfect for a three hour flight delay.

I didn't know this was an A-B product, and I must tip my hat to them--I really enjoyed this beer and would not mind having it again. Definitely not a macro-lager, this is a well-made blonde ale!

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Photo of mdvatab
3.83/5  rDev +29.8%
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 Backer2004
3.8/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I don't care if this is AB or not, I liked it and drank more than my share's worth at a 4th of July picnic. Right from the tap, this is just as good as anything I'd enjoy at a hot summer BBQ. Too much carbonation. Fresh hops and very drinkable, it's nothing I would buy a six pack of, my would always drink it if it's free, hot, and the other choices are limited.

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Photo of nortmand
2.63/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Crystal clear and yellow with frothy head.

Aroma is all corn, all the time. Wet, hot corn.

Mostly corn on the palate. Ends with a faint bitterness. Leaves cooked corn aftertaste.

This corny beer is corny. Light bodied and somewhat refreshing despite the corn flavor. Did I mention that this beer has a lot of corn character?

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Photo of MMAJYK
2.97/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Had a try on this one at the Duluth Airport Duluth MN from the tap.

A- Bright yellow with decent head. Noticed a black spec or 2 in mine, not sure why?

S- Light beer smell with citrus around the edge. Not overwhelming, but OK smell.

T- Commercialized light beer taste, with citrus (lemon-orange) hints. Kind of watery to me, no backbone.

M- Watery and nothing special. Goes down like a bud light or equivalent.

D- Would be easy to pound down a few, but the taste is not good enough to. Light on the stomach, and not bad. I just would not want this to be the beer I supply for my friends at a tasting party or anything.

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Photo of GeoffRizzo
2.73/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

From notes (on tap at Grant’s Farm). Light golden hue, a thin white head forms around the plastic offering cup. Some light fruit offerings in the aroma department—orange peel and lemon, tender hops are also to note. Crisp and light bodied, yet refreshingly satisfying. Grainy malts and light hops noted as well. Wisks of citrus flavorings, coupled with a touch of adjunct-like tastings. Starts out well, yet becomes boring; somewhat refreshing and cleansing on a hot, humid St. Louis afternoon.

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Photo of philipquarles
2.81/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a perfect clear gold with a nice, fluffy head. Doesn't stick around for very long, though it does leave decent lacing.

Smells of malt (pilsener, surprisingly enough), hops, and very faint fruit esters. Tastes of malt and a bit of hops, but not much else. Leaves a slightly bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is rather boring and watery. It's a drinkable beer in that it's unoffensive, but it's certainly not good.

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Photo of beerthulhu
2.6/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured a maize-orange with a bright clarity. A bright white 3 finger foamy head sits atop with a respectable retention rate. The lacing was thick and splotchy, almost sudsy as it clumped in patches around the glass perimeter. Visible effervesce was light with random single co2 bubbles rising at a moderate rate. Maybe its just prejudice but the appearance, still came off very macro-like in nature.

S: fresh orange peels against a pale wheat backing. Very soft lemon flower hopping is noted but really nothing to write home about sitting safely on the fence sure not to impress nor offend.

T: The flavor did have a decent tartness to it of orange grinds with a decent lemony flowery hopping. Some distinct tartness starts things off well enough but gets watery in flavor soon after. A floral hopping of dried lemons, moderate in strength is detected on the finish but it is the strangely odd taste of lemon pledge that sours things a bit. Yes lemon pledge furniture polish which brings this down to a sub-par rating.

M: light, very watery and definitely the low point of a drink, just when you thought things couldn't be worse. Unimpressive, and watery all the way around.

D: Below ave. drinkability here, with the lemon pledge off flavors coming through making for a less then average finish. Would not reach for a second one, let alone consider a six pack or future purchase. Just did not go down as smooth as a summer blonde should, even with its watery nature. Very macro-like drink that starts off average and goes down hill from there. Wouldn't blame anyone for dumping this mid-way through, you just aren't going to get much out of this so why bother,

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.45/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, "born on date" of May 13, 2007. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a clear bright gold color with an inch white head. Head retention is low, but lacing is good. It smells like sweet malt and some grassy hops. It tastes like sweet malt, lemon, bread and grassy hops. Mouthfeel is light and crisp with a good bit of carbonation. Drinkability is good, it goes down smooth and is easy to drink. Not a bad summer beer at all, it's nice and refreshing. I'd buy it again.

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Photo of UnderPressure
3/5  rDev +1.7%

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Beach Bum Blonde Ale from Anheuser-Busch
Beer rating: 2.95 out of 5 with 248 ratings