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Beach Bum Blonde AleBeach Bum Blonde Ale

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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.

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Reviews: 174 | Ratings: 249
Photo of Poppypitbull
3.8/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this at the Junction in Springdale NJ during a gig. A girl at the bar suggested it after they ran out of Flying Fish Summer Ale. It poured nicely with a little head that went away in no time. Smells great, tastes even better. A very refreshing beverage indeed in a place that was brutal hot on stage with lights beating down on you!
I'm surprised this has anything to do with A-B considering the garbage they put out these days. This was a definite highlight.

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Photo of dubman003
4.32/5  rDev +44.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

If you see a little "beach bum" surfer on a tap handle. It's Beach Bum Blonde Ale. And it is excellent. Taste good and it isn't overly filling so you can do a bit of chugging. The tint is a blonde heading to red, and is really something I like to have sitting in front of me. It smells good, tastes good and is easy to drink. I can't promise the same reviews for this beer not on tap, but on-tap--whew, grab a couple pints.

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Photo of barefootbrewer
2.91/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured a golden clear with a thin head. The smell was faint and a bit malty. The taste was sweet and smooth with a touch of citrus. It has a medium body and a nice mouthfeel. This is a smooth and clean beer. I’d consider this an easily drinkable American beer.

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Photo of jettjon
2.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From the tap at a beach bar, pours yellow orange clear with many small bubbles. Head is thick white of fine bubbles which fades fast to a thin sheet. Lacing is moderate. Nose is fairly obscure, yeast and malt are all that is evident. Taste is initially sweetish malt, a definite light hops presence, some alcohol, and a mild chemical flavor that is not altogether unpleasant. Finishes on a light hoppy/bitter note. Drinkability is pretty good; this is a “summer ale” or lawnmowing beer.

Overall: Suprisingly decent offering from AB. Pretty good lite ale flavor. Worth a try if you see it somewhere.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
1.65/5  rDev -44.8%
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 garymuchow
3.55/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Lakewoods resort in Cable, Wi.
Aroma seems like a traditional macro lager type malt presentation. Somewhat soft mix of sweet and sour. No hops detected.
Water clear. Macro like golden-yellow. Firm dense very white head. Fair amount of lacing. Head isn't the longest lasting.
Flavor starts with malt, but an initially mild bitterness starts immediately then grows throughout the drink and finally finishes long and rather mild, but bitter nonetheless. Sharpenss to the malt and virtually no sweeetness (rather more sourness flavors, but mild).
Feel is done well. Soft and firm carbonation, leads to a very soft feel overall. Adequate thickness for style.
Not sure I like the flavor of the bitterness, but there is a summer thirst quenching quality that is appealing enough.

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Photo of karst
3.75/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the taps at the Anheuser-Busch tasting room after a VIP tour given to the St. Louis Brews homebrewers. The last of five brews tried and very solid American blond. A clear yellow with a lot of white head that laced and hung around. Pale and low lovibond barley keep the SRM low. A little on the sweet side but finished well and was drinkable in spite of its light body and thin mouthfeel. A little citrus in taste from some cascade flavor hops added to the imported Alsace and Hallertaus.

A definate candidate for a session.

I had a "test" blonde ale earlier served by A-B brewmaster that had a nicer mouthfeel and more substantial taste - hope it did not bring this one down.

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Photo of RBorsato
3.98/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted on-tap at the Dead River Pub in The Inn at Somerset Hills in Basking Ridge, NJ on 06/13/06.

Straw in color with a low white head. Nice grainy malt and faint hop aroma and flavor. Well balanced beer here. No adjunct character at all and nothing is off. Light-medium bodied, clean, and refreshing.

A nicely crafted Blonde Ale for A-B. One I would definitely have again.

Per AB website: Pale and caramel roasted barley malts. Hopped with imported Alsace and Hallertau hops, as well as Cascade hops. 5.4% ABV.

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Photo of granger10
2.5/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had this on tap at a bar in South Haven and I had no idea it was an Anheuser product until looking it up here. Bright clear yellow color with a thick foamy head that dissipates quickly and leaves no remnants of its being there. Aroma is somewhat spicy, almost tangy (like the juice) with a straight pale malt dryness. Taste is similar to aroma. I noticed an adjunct flavor that didn't dominate but it didn't leave the palate either. Slight spice and tang with a cereal like aspect. A bit muddled really and although not sweet, it seemed cloying by the end of the glass. Odd, not really enjoyable.

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Photo of Backer2004
3.8/5  rDev +27.1%
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 ArcTeryx
2.02/5  rDev -32.4%
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 ryantupy
3.2/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I ordered this one in Flordia with alligator tail thinkin it would be some cool local brewed beer. Only to find out it was simply a beer that they changes the name to and it was made my Anheuser Busch. Anyways I will never be drinkin this on the beach or anywhere else for that matter. It poured a light strawish yellow that was perfectly transcendent. Smelled very sweet and citrusy. Tasted far to lame and was a rather unenjoyable beer. While it did not taste bad it sinply did not taste unique or fun or complex. It was just straight up boring.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
2.65/5  rDev -11.4%
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 Jredner
3.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is light but has perfumey hops that smell both fruity and floral. Almost has a coriander wit type aroma, but much less concentrated. Body is clear gold with a diminishing thumb thick head. Fore is lightly hopped, but the hops are floral and pleasant. Fairly watery, but this has some flavor. Big citrus kick in the middle and finish tastes like orange peel and orange juice and it’s fairly well hopped flavor wise for the style and especially for a Bud product. Has a fairly lagery flavor in the far finish that is grainy and malty sweet, but this is not at all a bad beer.

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Photo of Vancer
3.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Well, on tap , MY tap! My son works at an AB distributor, and he got a 1/6 barrel for our home tapper.

Actually, for a blond ale, this one fits the style quite well. Of course, you’re going to get a golden yellow pour with a lite white head. Some minimal lacing. Just some small hints of malt in the aroma. A fairly decent pilsner-like taste, on the dry side – very crisp finish. Plain and weak, but blond ales are not gonna be malt/hop bombs.

The women in the household like it, so there ya go……thumbs up for a good endeavor by AB.

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Photo of Higravity
3.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

The lastest Bud attempt, I had to try it. Nice golden color but the head and any form of retention was lost right away no lacing. Smell is not bad, a good fruityness, a little peachy, and a touch of malt sweetness. I think the yeast they use in these special bud releases is not right the beer is ok with a decent depth of malt character and a little fruity esters but there is also some off that is bothersome. The body is probably a little too thick of all thing for a blonde, but I had two glass so it wasn't horrible. If you are curious ...

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Photo of lpayette
2.44/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Tried a sample of this at the bar the other night. Pours very nicely, can't complain there. The smell was slightly better than the taste as I don't recall smelling anything "cheap" in it. I know that budweiser uses rice, but I'm not sure about if they use corn to lighten the flavor of bud... Anyway, what I'm getting at is that this to me had a hell of a lot of corn flavor to it. Very similar to budweiser in many respects- and the two other people with me that tried it agreed.

Not a terrible beer overall, but I wasn't impressed with it in all the categories- especially taste. I'd certainly choose this over bud or bud light though.

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Photo of mynie
2.36/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Buffalo Wild Wings in Iowa City. It was the only one there I hadn't tried yet, and I figured if I'm gonna be spending 3.50 on a pint of a macro I might as well at least get something new out of the deal.

Pours dark golden with no head, no lacing. Not a bad color, though, and the lack of a head might be the result of the bartender catering to the desires of the local crowd. I'll give it the benefit of the doubt.

Smells like light adjunct. Not the same, bittersweet funk of Budweiser--so not offensive, but still light, corny, and not very good.

Tastes start off with a suprising lemon tartness which falls quickly into sub par adjunct grain--lots of icky rice and corn. Ends on a distinct taste of foul metal. Full flavored Busch with a lemon. Still, there's *something* there, I'll give it that.

I had to ask for a lemon, after refusing a lemon. I can normally get behind macros more so than a lot of BAs, because hey, they're still beer, but the particular mixture of cheap grained used by AB never works for me. This is one to avoid unless your only other options are Bud and Bud Light.

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Photo of lungboy
2.22/5  rDev -25.8%
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 BEERchitect
2.33/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bought a pint at my favorite Lexington Bierstube upon the bartenders recommendation....she's an idiot. Graini-ness, watery-ness, astringency, and vegetable-ness is evident right from the get-go. Looks pilsner-ish with promising head retention that soon fell flat. The aroma is purely of wet grain hulls. Tastes lightly lemony above the adjuct grain flavors. Vegetal and apples also decorate the banal flavors. Feels astingent in the jaws from a lemon rind and stressed grain flavors. Finishes with a fleeting hurry except for the bite-ey hook-up in the back of the thoat. It makes Budweiser look pretty good.

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Photo of czoch75
3.51/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I tried this last night at the local Hooter's in town and was somewhat impressed with it especially coming from AB. Heard an advertisement on the radio for it, so I stopped by to try it out.

A: very well carbonated, with pretty good lacing and nice clear golden color to it.

S: not much of a smell to it, I was expecting that coming from a macro so not really disappointed by it. Did pick up a slight hint of hop and malt.

T: I thought the taste was above average considering that I was keeping my expectations low. It did have a bit more flavor than your typical AB product. Nice sweet taste to begin with, and a bitter finish but well balanced out.

M: Nice light beer with a crisp feel throughout. Also a clean aftertaste.

D: this would be a very good session beer and something light enough for the hot summer days.

Overall a good offering from AB that I thought was above average. I would even go so far as to say that I would buy this packaged on occasion if it was ever offered as such.

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Photo of supercolter
3.4/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ok so it looks like I am in the minority on this one but I didn't think this was too bad...especially for a macro

A- finger and a half of head, very carbonated, decent lacing
S- There just isnt anything here, I had to come up with something though so tiny bit of citrus, maybe an even tinier bit of hops
T- Ok, some sugary taste, maybe honey up front, bitter lime and hop finish- not the greatest, but i was surprised by the complexity so it won some extra rating
M- very light, carbonated, crisp the whole way down
D- nice and crisp, but a bit bitter to slam

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Photo of mcallister
2.82/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very boring looking golden color with a very small white head that disspates quickly with very little lacing and light carbontaion I can see.

Wheat toast, corn, light hop and malt aromas.

Okay taste, peach, apricot, wheat, very light hops little malt. Much more carbonated in the mouth than in sight nice and crisp. Definitely a session type of beer not much else.

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Photo of Gavage
3.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: crystal clear yellow color with a 1/4" head that quickly falls to a spotty surface foam. No lacing develops. Plenty of tiny carbonation bubbles rising feverishly to the surface.

Smell: faint citrus tones and easily detectable sugary sweetness.

Taste: some soft orange citrus, hay, and a pretty strong sugary sweetness. Malt levels are mild. Bitterness is non-existant. Non offensive but slighty sweet compared to other blondes.

Mouthfeel:crisp at the start and finish. Clean aftertaste. Light in body.

Drinkability: average at best. I think some of the other A-B offerings in this line of specialty beers are better. Give it a try, but this didn't do it for me when the bar has DFH, Smutty, and Victory as alternative choices.

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