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Beach Bum Blonde AleBeach Bum Blonde Ale

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Missouri, United States | website

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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Photo of bmwats
3.13/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint.

A: Kind of a dark golden hue. Pretty substantial carbonation rising to the surface. Pours about a 1 and a half finger, foamy, white head. Settles pretty quickly leaving some spider web lacing on the sides of the glass as a reminder. A decent amount of spider web lacing remains as you drink it down.

S: Light malty nose with a bit of a baked bread tone and a touch of honey. Also, a very light piny hop.

T: Again, very lightly malted. A little more hoppy than one might expect. A bit of Italian spice in there, but just a touch; and just the slightest hint of sweet.

M: Piny hop with a little sweet note to start. Kind of a steely lingering bitterness. A little drier in the finish than you'd normally expect from this style.

D: You can really pound through these. Nothing really stands out or overwhelms.

Atmosphere is pretty decent. Nice appearance... dark golden with a nice foamy head and a little bit of lace; nose is not strong, but does have a solid balance. Flavor is pretty decent. Nothing transcendental, but a nicely balanced, light-bodied brew. Overall, this is a pretty solid quaff.

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Photo of buschbeer
2.73/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured into a pint glass to three fingers of white head. It is yellow in color and clear. There is not much of a smell. It's kind of sweet. The taste is lackluster as well. It is very bland. It just has the faintest hints of hops and malt. It is watery and goes down like it.

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Photo of Brent
2.7/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

One of those mass market beers where it is hard to review, not because you have bad things to say - simply that it is hard to say much at all. Moderate malt body with no distinction. Very mildly hopped, so as not to offend the casual beer drinker - enough to be present and then not much more. Finish was clean with a vague lingering bitterness. I would describe this as vanilla, but vanilla at least has a distinctive flavor. This is more aptly described as generic.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.31/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a Thomas Hooker pint glass.

A: Poured a very clean looking golden straw yellow color with a two-finger head of rocky white foam which held on with some vigor. Clarity is sterling and carbonation ample.

S: Smells slightly zesty, but with an overall milled grain and toasted biscuit character. Incredibly light and almost non-existent.

T: Flavor is pretty simple; light toasted pale and wheat malts up front with a snappy hop zest around mid palate. Hop bitterness is so light it flashes by leaving a metallic graininess in its wake. Pretty watery, but drinkable on the whole.

M: Mouthfeel is crisp, sharp, clean and sorta refreshing. Like a barley pop with some more character.

D: Clean, albeit boring flavors all around. Beach Bum will find its place amongst the "craft" drinkers in the AB circle looking for a "great refreshing summer brew with some good taste." I'm not buying it though. Dress the craftsmanship anyway you want, but I'm never taking this one back to my place.

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Photo of dpodratsky3
2.91/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap in Seaside and the world famous Pickle's

A: Light orange in color, no real head, just some slight sticking to the side, it doesn't look bad, much better than bud light, but it doesn't really look like a blonde

S: Very minimal, think bud light, with a hint of citrus

T: Tastes very adjunct lager like, so I won't even describe that, somewhat fruity too though, almost a little orange

M: Same feel as BMC, light and carbonated

D: Nothing good, but its beach beer

Notes: Like my review hints at, this beer is definitely nothing special. Me and my friend drank this because we had never heard of it before and we weren't even planning on getting a beer. After drinking it, we came to the conclusion that it had to be a BMC product, turns out, it is. If any beer makes you think that, it can't be too good.

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Photo of Cubsfan1087
2.68/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was not very impressed with Beach Bum Blonde Ale. Compared to other summer season beers I've had (Sam Adams, Skinny Dip, Honey Moon, ect.) this one was just not up to par with the others. I found the flavor to be lacking. I really couldn't detect much flavor other than a poor aftertaste. There are better options if you want a summer beer.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.13/5  rDev +4.7%
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 AlCaponeJunior
1.86/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Part of a build it yourself sampler six pack.

Golden yellow and perfectly clear with a foamy head and obvious carbonation bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. Head dissipated after a bit and left some lacing. Nothing impressive to look at. Very average.

Smelled grainy and slightly citrusey with a touch of pine cone. Not impressed.

Tasted grainy with some hops and perhaps a touch of citrus. Again, not impressed.

Mouthfeel watery with nothing impressive about it at all.

I'd just assume drink OE8 to be honest. At least that stuff is cheep and drinkable, if not especially good. Given that OE8 is about a third the price and comes in cans, I know which one is more likely to make it to my next fishin' trip.

Made by bud? Tastes like it was made by bud. PASS.

ETA: I actually rated OE8 HIGHER. And the rating was deserved in both cases.

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Photo of secondtooth
3/5  rDev +0.3%
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 kinged8th
2.81/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 5

I was in gas station with a pretty limited selection. I looked over and saw this one so I took a closer look at the package. 23 IBU's got my attention. So I grabbed a 6 pack. Got home, poured it into a glass, got really stoked, and then I tasted it. Horrible! Another complete failure form the "big boys". Ill grab a Steel Reserve over this one next time.

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Photo of cdkrenz
2.72/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Tons of bright whote head on top of a golden yellow body. The head has some nice stamina as it fades to a hummocky surface.

S - Soapy aroma with a hint of malt.

T - Slightly sweet with an indication of a wheat brew. Not very complex flavor here.

M - This has a nice smooth feel to it. It goes down easy with nearly no abrasion.

~ Overall it's not bad. I would never pay for one in a tavern but I would select this over a Bud or Miller Lite.

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

Pours to a straw yellow, with an ok head but nothing to write home about. Not a lot of smell to go by. There is a weak almost stale hops flavor, smooth, but has an aftertaste of hops and malt. It seems like it sticks to your tongue. Decent, but not one to go out of your way for.

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Photo of WJVII
2.35/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a pint glass this brew has a pale yellow color with a 1 finger white head that settled quickly into a light cap, no lacing left. The aroma is slightly of hops, some corn lingers. There is no major hop tastes as is "advertised" on the bottle. In fact this is a thin, over carbonated, slightly hopped version of a bud light. Not happy with it, but it was a single bottle purchase for the review so not too mad.

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Photo of mothman
2.94/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into pint glass.

Pours 1 finger of fizzy white head. Decent retention leaving some nice lace. Color is a clear golden orange.

Aroma: Grain, corn, and some spices. Not a lot going on here. 2.5

Taste: Spices, grain, corn, almost like a typical adjunct lager. Very boring and bland.

Mouthfeel: crisp and highly carbonated. Light bodied. Ends with a grain flavored slight dry aftertaste.

Overall, this is a very boring beer and nothing I would ever buy. It just doesn't have a lot going on. Hardly any flavors, a lot similar to a macro. It is light, so it is somewhat drinkable.

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Photo of mralphabet
2.78/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 Oz poured into Pint glass

A: Yellow to golden in color... About a fingers worth of head that disappears quickly... No lacing.

S: Little malty, little corn/graininess and hint of citrus.. Nothing really jumps out at you.

T: Well the malt & grainy corn is there with a hint of citrus at the end. Again nothing jumping out at me

M: Light.... crisp

D: Good ABV, pretty easy on the tongue... Could drink a ton... But it just does not make you excited... little on a flat side.... It is like a lighter side of Shock Top which is much better, it takes the Citrus all the way...

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Photo of adarby
2.92/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Nice lightly golden appearance with a fairly resilient head. There really isn't much of a smell at all, most of the nasal experience comes from inhaling the CO2 into your nose. This beer has some flavors of highly dominating citrus, more or less like limes with a slightly hoppy aftertaste. I am a hop-head and like my beer bitter, though this is more of a sour and wouldn't rate this one very high on flavor. Out of a bottle this beer feels slightly over carbonated, yet very thin and light feeling.

Overall, with the sour aftertaste and overcarbonated feel and smell, I wouldn't consider drinking more than two or three of these in one setting. However, for the summer heat, I would bring these out in favor of what other beers are self-proclaimed as royalty.

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Photo of PintOHops
2.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance/Smell - Appeared a clear gold with a big sticky, frothy head , and pretty good retention. Lite-medium carbonation can be seen, and it left extremely broken/spotted lacing that's not even worth a mention. Smelled of soft, but fresh spicy, pine, citrus hop notes, some very mild tart grape/apple/raisin fruity notes follow. Finishing aromas consist of a dominant grainy/malty/musky/biscuit like profile, not bad overall.

Taste/Mouthfeel - Tasted of dominate malt, clean grain/biscuits, some very subtle citrus/pine/spice hop characteristics are apparent towards the finish, but nothing like in the aroma. Finishes clean and malty, with hints of semi sweet molasses, just a tad bit watery, and a little dry on the finish as well. Mouthfeel - It was lite & somewhat crisp, thin & smooth, it really matched the flavor profile perfectly.

Drinkability/Final thoughts - Well I don't know much about this style of beer, other than the small description here on Beeradvocate. This one was very refreshing, crisp & clean, Lager like really, Id say just about anyone can throw back a 6pack or more of this beer on a hot summer day, I certainly could. Not bad overall, but I would explore the style more before grabbing this brand, certainly look for better. Cheers to all!

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Photo of beerthulhu
2.6/5  rDev -13%
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 Arnie2709
2.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer isn't my favorite. Not quite a horrible beer as stated in some previous review. There just really isn't anything really special beer. I do agree with some of the after taste comments that were made though. I'm not quite sure what it is but I'm not a huge fan of it. Has ok smell and taste nothing that really jumps out. mouthfeel is of most marcros that role of the liquor stores daily. decently drinkable though. Not too impressed.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.15/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 7/10/09 at Doherty's East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep yellow color, with a short white head that fades very quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is very faint but contains light malts, lemon and a touch of hops.

T: The taste likewise doesn't have much to it, flavors of lemon and bready grains. There's a thin malt character but about what exactly you'd expect from a beer in this style. The hops presence is mild and bring a little bit of balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: A little tasty, goes down easily, not filling at all, mild kick, decent representation of style, it's not a bad beer but there are better light alternative out there.

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Photo of froghop
1.83/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

pours a very clear yellow with a small white head, and not much lacing.

smell is faint, not really much there.

taste is of some grain, like a souped up bud with a touch of wheat, ends funky with a bad aftertaste.

really not that good at all, typical bud.

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Photo of stockingcpl
3.1/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: This brew pours with a nive honey gold. Head is traditional macro-brew style with presence during puring, but quickly dissipating. Lacings are minimal to non-existant, but surface spiderwebbing is observed. Not bad but not excellent.

Smell: Very faint malt. Almost no hop aroma.

Taste: There is a nice sweetness during onset. Carbonation caries flavor well. Initial sweetness blurs to light maltiness during mid. There is a very faint spiciness. Not bad. Light overall presence.

Mouthfeel: Very tasty or a light macro-brew. Palate clears quickly. No aftertaste.

Drinkability: Light. GREAT for a hot summer day by the pool.

Overall: Not a bad selection. The marco-brew name will be acceptable to non-drinkers. The flavor would be good for a session beer. Excellent for tailgating or pool parties.


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Photo of matty
3.35/5  rDev +12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark yellow colored beer with a rapidly fading head.Aroma is fruity.Taste is pineapple,citrus and malts.A pretty decent brew that goes down decently.It's nothing that will knock your socks off but still overall a pretty good experience.I probably would try again.

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Photo of dbmcrorie
3.07/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Playwright on Temple St. (New Haven, CT).

Clear gold/yellow. Weak white head with little retention. Small bubbly caps left behind. Lots of bubbles rising within the glass, reminiscent of champagne.

Lots of cotton candy sweetness; also notes of bubble gum. Faint citrusy hops with a good floral bouquet. Some grain coming through with no malty sweetness. But not enough to provide balance to the hops. Hints of saltwater taffy.

The first sip seemed a bit off and reminded me of skunky lager. But after a few more sips, it seemed that the profile was able to come out and play.
Grainy with a tropical fruit aftertaste. Banana, pineapple, and passion fruit. Very pale malt up front with sour hops to follow; the hops seem to go just a bit too far on this one. The bitterness is a bit higher than the malt can keep up with. It seems the hops should have been added a bit later to up the aroma and lower the flavor. Full bodied with a heavy/sticky mouthfeel. Fizzy carbonation dances along the tongue to a very long finish.

Makes me want to sit on a beach covered in palm trees.
The aroma and flavors are not overwhelming. But the body is surprisingly heavy. Definitely not a thirst quencher, but would be tasty during the evening, paired with Hawaiian glazed ham, a fruit salad, and/or any fruit-based entrees or desserts.


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Photo of BeerMark
3.3/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beach Bum Blonde Ale pours a pale golden color with a 2 finger head. Smells malty and sweet. Tastes good with smooth malty flavor which is a little on the sweet side. Finishes with very little hop flavor. This beer bring to mind the sweetness of a Red Stripe but it's quite better in flavor. Could be a fine session beer on a hot Southern day. I detect some metallic taste here but It's still fairly drinkable.

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