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 Squire123
3.4/5  rDev +3.3%
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 Tone
3.8/5  rDev +15.5%
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 infinitebruner
3.22/5  rDev -2.1%
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 tkelley
3.13/5  rDev -4.9%
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 constantine_272
2.63/5  rDev -20.1%
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 BryanCarey
3.32/5  rDev +0.9%
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 mattcrill
2.18/5  rDev -33.7%
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 NickT2121
3.22/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A - poured into a pilsner glass I had.. Color is a very pale straw color with a soapy 1 finger white head that left rather quickly. Left good lacing tho. A lot of carbonation

S - is a grainy malt lemon citrus Smell not a lot

T - just like the smell a malty biscuit lemon taste. Kind of bland but refreshing

M - Light bubbly dry finish

O - it's an alright decent beer that I could see drinking on a hot day but I'm not gonna pick this up regularly.


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Photo of scratch69
3.29/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I poured a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Clear golden color with a fingers worth of head. Very little lacing.

Smell- Sweet malty aroma with some grain and grass.

Taste- Malt sweetness with a note of grain and just a hint of citrus.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied with an average amount of carbonation.

Overall- A decent beer but it's nothing spectacular.

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Photo of Fatehunter
2.86/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Into a pint glass. Clear straw color with a finger of head.
Smells like dry grain in a metal silo. Yeah, lots of dried grain.
A bit metallic taste with a dry bitterness wrapped around. A little puckering effect.
Fairly crisp texture, light body and moderate carbonation.
Not my favorite.

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Photo of Redrover
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Diamond bear blonde 12 oz brown longneck. It had freshness dating which I like to see.

Poured into a standard pint, the beer is yellow with a slight chill haze. It has a decent white head.

The beer has an aroma of grass, grains and some light lemon.

The taste is also a bit grainy. There is some slight citrus bursts at mid-sip and then some light spice on the finish.

The carbonation is very active but not gassy (if that makes sense). It is an easy beer to pair with non-spicy food.

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Photo of thain709
3.75/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Probably my only beer, ever, from Arkansas...thanks Deuane.

A - The beer poured a clear, yet hazy golden blonde body and produced two fingers worth of white head...although the head disappeared quickly, there was some nice, chunky lacing left

S - Sweet and grainy...caramel and toffee with a touch of buttered bread...fresh smelled like the Brew-house we just visited

T - The grain and caramel are also very dominate on the palate...the caramel and toffee add to sweetness level, but never become overpowering...the grain and malt bill add some depth to the beer and are able to cut back on the sweetness...there is a faint fruity flavor lingering...and the hops are also faint at the finish

M - Medium bodied...sweet caramel...a little too much carbonation...should be crisper

O - I thought this was a good representation of the Blonde Ale style...the nose was very a brew-house...the flavors came together well, but were maybe too sweet for some

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Photo of emmasdad
3.08/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Many thanks to my smokin’ hot wife for bringing some Diamond Bear beers back from her recent trip to Arkansas. Poured a nice golden color with a fluffy white head. Aromas of hay, grass and light honey. On the palate, this one is light bodied, with flavors of hay, grass and light honey.

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.83/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Pilsener glass.

Look - clear straw color with about 2 fingers of off-white foam that dissipates slowly. Very good carbonation.

Smell - clean pilsener smell. Hoppy, but a cleaner smelling hoppiness..probably a nobel, but I'm not sure which.

Taste and texture - again a very clean, pure feeling due to the hops used. Maybe slight hint of orange peel. Texture is a little more on the lighter, watery side, but still fairly well-balanced.

Drinkability - very nice brew! I like this one because it's very crisp and smooth, but still a hint a interesting hops being used.

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Photo of bmwats
3.65/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a standard pilsner.

A: Medium golden hue. Pretty heavy carbonation pours into about a one and a half finger, foamy, white head. Settles fairly slowly leaving some sticky residue behind. Plenty of nice spider web lacing remains as you drink it down. Carbonation continues to rise throughout.

S: Malty, really nutty, and a little woody. Maybe a slight hint of orange citrus.

T: A little less malty and a lot more hoppy than the nose lets on. Nicely hopped, smooth flavor with some nutty and peaty undertones.

M: Clean, light body, smooth. A nice sharp hop tone hits you in the beginning and lingers throughout.

D: Nice easy drinking brew you can enjoy sipping, or power it down if that's your thing.

Really solid atmosphere. Clean, fresh appearance with a nice color and full head. Nose has a nice nutty tone to offset the malt and hops... a little different. Flavor is crisp, clean, and hoppy. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

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Photo of BrewAskew
4.07/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a review of the newest recipe of Southern Blonde, which became available in bottles at the brewery on June 11, 2010. This label has undergone many changes over the years. It was originally a "Blonde Ale" and then a Czech Pilsner lager and in later descriptions a German Pils. I don't know what it is now...just "beer".

Pours to a thin white head with minimal lacing and brilliantly clear pale yellow-gold color. Aroma is spicy hops and pale malt. Flavor is a rush of spicy hop flavor and bitterness with a grainy, biscuity dry finish with hints of butter and malt. Carbonation is strong and mouthfeel is very light. This version seems to taste slightly lighter alcohol-wise (I could be wrong). This beer is ready for this year's hot summer.

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Photo of Gyle41386
2.78/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Thanks to PerzentRizen for the bottle. Poured into a stange.

Light golden pour. Very bubbly. Large white head forms quickly and retains very well. It's almost a bother to wait for the foam to recede, actually. Very sticky lacing.

Nice pils aroma. Grainy and lightly spicy. Lemony, as well.

Flavor is lightly fruity, like a weird cross between lemon and green apple. Spicy hops and grains, too. Weird, somewhat metallic finish.

Light bodied, creamy texture. Unfortunately, this isn't a great offering, and is mostly forgettable. Some off flavors and an all-around lack of interest resulted in this one finding the drain.

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Photo of mwclark2
3.45/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

V: Clear golden pour with one finger of off-white head which leaves a bit of lacing as it dissipates.

A: Freshly crushed grains and a touch of yeast. Smells inviting.

T: Bready at first, then a tart grassy sourness. Doesn't seem like it's from hops at first, but after a few drinks it starts to resemble hop bitterness. Some yeasty flavors are present.

M: Medium-light bodied. Low carbonation. Easy to drink.

D: All-around a good beer! I enjoyed everything about it except that the finishing bitterness was a bit stronger than what I was expecting. After a while it gets better though.

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Photo of elniko
3.16/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A: Golden amber with nice frothy head and lacing. Carbonation apparent. Good looking brew.

S: Not much on the nose to speak of.

T & M: Taste has definite tartness to it. Mouthfeel a little thin and finish has strange quality that I can't quite place.

D: Drinkable, although I won't be having again since Diamond Bear doesn't distribute in Dallas as far as I'm aware.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
2.98/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle tried 11 May 2008.

Pours with a large white head. Well carbonated. Clear bright golden yellow color. Aroma of toasted white bread. Lightly malty, quickly replaced by a slight sourness. Somewhat vegetal. Finishes faintly bitter. Medium body. Minimal ethanol.

Unlikely to get this again.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.08/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear, yellow-gold body with no real head. Like many blondes I've met, it's sportin' a gorgeous body, but there's just not much going on up top.

Smell: Light pale malts, a bit of grain and a drizzle of clearance honey.

Taste: Light pale maltiness with a mild honey-like sweetness and light hint of grain. Minor spicy hop character and bitterness provides a little bite. Starts heading towards Watery Town near the end. Relatively dry, crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Not inherently bad, but it is just another ho-hum blonde.

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Photo of ATLbeerDog
2.5/5  rDev -24%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

From a 12 ounce bottle - Pours a clear light pale yellow. Below average carbonation, and almost no lacing. Smells of honey and mild malts. First sip is surprisingly balanced with just enough of a malt bodied. Not too sweet, not too bitter. On a whole not too bad.

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Photo of jwc215
3.98/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to russpowell for this!

Freshness date of 03/09 notched on label.

Pours bright golden - nice clarity - large, foamy white head. Some lacing sticks.

The smell is of fresh grain and hay/grassy undertones.

The taste is of sweet grain and bitter grassy notes and lemon zest. Crisp finish.

It has a crisp, yet somewhat creamy, that leans towards medium-bodied. Texture a bit odd for style, but it is refreshingly smooth.

This is a true "session" beer. Malty for a pils, but there's enough balance to keep it going. Better than the "pseudo-pils" macros, for sure. A nice thirst-quencher!

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Photo of russpowell
3.65/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours effervescent & golden with 2 fingers of whippy ivory head. Above average lacing & head retention

S: Some grassyness & a touch of lemon & breadyness when warm

T: Lemony hops, slight breadyness, slight peppery hops & a touch of grainyness. grainyness & a bit of soapy hops as this warms. Finishes with strong citrus hops & some detracting husky grainyness

MF: Light/medium bodied with lively carbonation, which helps push the hops again. There's also a nice softness that promotes drinkability

Drinks pretty easy, not gonna confuse this with budvar or prima pils, but not a bad Czech pils to kick back with & fight the summer heat

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Photo of tempest
3.65/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single in Fayetteville.

Maybe it's a czech pilsener, maybe it's an American all-malt lager, either way it's good beer. I say this because the biscuit and bready malts a little cleaner than most czech pils I've tried, but then again, this beer also succeeds at being more flavorful. There's also a mild, but pleasant grassy ad herbal hops kick that provide a tasty balance. Definitely a great beer for Arkansas heat.

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