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Southern Blonde | Diamond Bear Brewing Company

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Southern BlondeSouthern Blonde

Brewed by:
Diamond Bear Brewing Company
Arkansas, United States

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.18%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Malt Varieties - 2 Row Pale
Hop Varieties - Perle, Saaz
Original Gravity - 11.5*P
Bitterness Units - 28
Packaging Options - 12oz Bottles, 1/2bbl, 1/6bbl

Added by Gusler on 05-02-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of socon67
3.29/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Skillet
3.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Squire123
3.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Light yellow color with white cap and nice lacing.

Aroma: Not much to catch, more malt apparent than hops, little in the way of hops actually. As it sits and warms a bit the malt is even more forward. Nice, clean malt aroma.

Taste: Rounded, middle malt flavor. Not a strong flavor but undeniably there. Some medium yeasty bread with sight vegetal undertaste. Hops remain in the background without ever making a real appearance, like a supporting player who had most of his scenes cut from the final movie.

Texture: Good middle feel for the style, very European.

Overall: What's there is just not enough there. Reminds me of a generic Euro brew sold under a house label. Solid, well made, more flavor than macros by a long shot, just not first string.

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Photo of DrAnnaNemis
2.18/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Photo of Tone
3.8/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, gold color. 2/3 inch head of a white color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of slight hops, wheat, pale malt, hint of sweet malt, and a hint of yeast. Fits the style of a German Pilsner. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with a high carbonation level. Tastes of slight hops, wheat, pale malt, hint of sweet malt, and a hint of yeast. Overall, good appearance, aroma, blend, and body.

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Photo of NastyNorseman
3.04/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of jpuetz
3/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.25/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of infinitebruner
3.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

February 16, 2015

12 oz can, pint glass

A – Light to medium gold, mostly clear, with a half inch of white head, fairly low retention.

S – Fairly clean lager yeast, some doughy malt with a touch of water cracker or communion wafer. Some earthy hop aroma, very mild, with a touch of low hop bitterness.

T – Crackers, undercooked white bread, and some grainy sweetness. Hops are herbal, a bit spicy, but very low in the mix. Hop bitterness is low as well.

M – Moderate carbonation, medium-full body, the malty sweetness is the balance, with light background of hop bitterness. Not particularly dry considering the style.

O – Just a very unremarkable lager, with the sweetness and mouthfeel suggesting it did not attenuate fully. Leaves a lot to be desired.

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Photo of searsclone
3.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of spycow
3/5  rDev -8%

Photo of SirHopsHoppington
3.48/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of tkelley
3.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a SA Perfect Pint glass.

N - something kind of gardeny I think.

T - a little bit of apple flavor. Otherwise a low malt and hops character. Pretty much a "beer" flavor I guess. Not impressive.

M - decent enough. Not flat and too bubbly.

O - men. Okay.

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Photo of Jhansengranger
3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of batt6343
3.32/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Benh777
3.32/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Wherrin
4/5  rDev +22.7%

Photo of constantine_272
2.63/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Bright clear golden color. Highly carbonated leaving a continuous thin white layer of foam.

S: Strong carbonic mineral. Mild bit of yeasts and wheat. A fair bit of musk..

T: Again like the smell, mineral. Lots of carbon, tin, copper and iron. Sweet wheat and mild malt laced with skunks musk. Overly sweet greasiness finishes. Not a fan.

M: Sweetness leaves a long standing aftertaste and traps some of the yeast. It's thin except for the fatty aftertaste.

O: Not my style. Way overly cloyingly sweet destroys the finish. I wasn't a huge fan of the mineral taste, but I can enjoy that if it weren't for the syrupy sweetness.

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Photo of ariceclemson
3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of BryanCarey
3.32/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Yellowish in color with a hazy body and frothy white head, Southern Blonde features a nose of grain and light citrus. The scent isn’t very pronounced, but the beer does leave some lace as you drink even if the head does diminish to almost nothing in a matter of minutes.

This beer has a flavor profile that is cracker- like, a little grainy, and a little citrusy. There is some toffee in there as well, with some underlying nuttiness and some grassiness. The flavor of green apples even makes its presence known at certain points, mixing with the lemon/citrus flavor in an interesting way.

Southern Blonde is the first beer I have ever tried from Diamond Bear Brewing and one of the very few craft beers I have ever tasted from the state of Arkansas. It’s a decent beer overall. I don’t know if I would consider it a stellar example of a German style pilsner, but it does have enough going for it to recommend.

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Photo of Chucker17
3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Karibourgeois
3/5  rDev -8%

Photo of mattcrill
2.18/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Aroma: Soft crackery malt notes up front. A little bit of corn-like sweetness and mild flowery hop nose. Very muted.

Appearance: Hazy golden pour with a moderate white cap. The head falls quickly and lacing is noted on the glass.

Flavor: Mild corn-like sweetness followed by some earthy hop bitterness. A little bit of apple flavor but not estery. Balance is firmly bitter. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste is lingering and slightly bitter.

Mouthfeel: Moderately high carbonation with a medium-light body. No alcohol heat or astringency.

Overall impression: Meh. Too much malt character for a German Pilsner. Kind of misses the mark all the way around.

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Photo of Headgoober
2.5/5  rDev -23.3%

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Southern Blonde from Diamond Bear Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.26 out of 5 with 79 ratings
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