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Nimbus Dirty Güera (Blonde) Ale - Nimbus Brewing Company

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75 Ratings
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Ratings: 75
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 12.68%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Nimbus Brewing Company visit their website
Arizona, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  3.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-30-2003)
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Photo of Sammy
3.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to hopdog for a hitchhiker. Light blond colour with some honey mixed cloudiness and a good sized head. Malty sweet aroma. Easy drinking pale ale with unpasteurized honey and more on the sweet than the bitter, honey also buttresses the nmouthfeel.

Sammy, Dec 14, 2006
Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

t0rin0, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.08/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a clear, deep yellow body with an inch of pure white froth. Sure looks like a blonde. Light splatter of lace on the descent.

Smell: A clean, inviting maltiness with notes of softly toasted grains and breadcrusts with sweetish elements of caramel. Very little lemon from the hops, as the hops are kicking off notes of white pepper and spice.

Taste: Light pale maltiness with a touch of toasted grains, some toasted bread and sweetish touches of caramel and honey. Scantly fruity. Faint citrus along with some spiciness from the continental hops. Mildly bitter. Drying, though a final hint of sweetish malt accents on the finish with spiciness aided by the zip of crisp suds.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation with a little bit of zing to it.

Overall: I enjoyed it. A straight-forward but solid blonde ale.

ChainGangGuy, Sep 29, 2012
Photo of MarkyMOD
2.75/5  rDev -20.7%

MarkyMOD, Apr 05, 2012
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.45/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A deep gold color, it is quite clear and has a white head on top. It smells faintly of something that reminds me of some sort of soda, though I can't quite put my finger on it. There is a faint honey aroma perhaps. Tastes light with a bit of woodiness and it finishes with a bit of smokiness. A fairly dry beer that has a spicy note in the finish. As this beer warms up a nice amount of honey expresses itself. The mesquite honey is not strong but it adds complexity to an otherwise non descript style of beer.

Gueuzedude, Sep 17, 2003
Photo of Georgiabeer
3.05/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer was an extra in a recent trade, but for the life of me I can't remember who tossed it in. In any case, this is a pretty average beer, but at least I drank it during a heat wave, so it really hit the spot. Pours a hazy golden with almost no head. Smells of light dusty grain with a hint of grainy sourness. The taste is similar- cold and wet, with some slight grainy sourness and clean grain finish. Some more body than some of these types of beer have, and pretty drinkable, if somewhat uninteresting.

Georgiabeer, Jun 19, 2008
Photo of LXIXME
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

LXIXME, Feb 07, 2014
Photo of sendbeer
2.5/5  rDev -28%

sendbeer, Dec 03, 2012
Photo of dmorgan310
2.75/5  rDev -20.7%

dmorgan310, Jul 26, 2012
Photo of Gusler
3.6/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"Arizona Beerfest"!
It was nice to see the "Great Beer Lovers" from Nimbus at the beerfest, and they had several of their beers to sample.
The beer is a winsome golden blond on the pour, the head is modest and bright white, frothy in texture and as it erodes, leaves behind a nice bit of lace. Nose is all malt, clean and fresh, crisp and just the kind of beer we like to drink when the temperature hits 115 degrees. Finish has a delicate hop presence, mildly acidic and a pleasingly dry aftertaste.

Gusler, Mar 30, 2003
Photo of Dogbrick
3/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle from Park Lane Liquor in Lancaster, CA. The beer is a mostly clear orange-gold color with a medium thin and fluffy bone white head that dissipates steadily. Spotty lacing on the glass. Light floral hops and earthy malt in the nose. Light-bodied with a clean mouthfeel. Light hops, yeast and malt flavors. The finish is mildly spiced with a short and hoppy aftertaste. Overall the beer is a little below average, it simply doesn't pack much punch.

Dogbrick, Mar 14, 2008
Photo of DefenCorps
2.7/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle received from Solomon420 as an extra. Thanks! Into my Sam Smith pint

A: Brilliantly clear light yellow with a massive(4") white head that recedes to a ring leaving some lace. Decent

S: Light wheat aroma with lemon and a mild perfume. Decent

T: Really light (watery) with a mild citrus and perfume with a light, dry finish with a hint of floral character

M: Very watery with a ton of carbonation

D: Meh.

DefenCorps, Dec 13, 2008
Photo of cokes
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nearly clear pale straw with a tiny glint oranger. The head is tight, white, and lasts for a good while.
Grainy nose, with echo of spicy German (?) hops, and a small nod sweeter towards honey and caramel.
Grain, again, features most prominently in the taste. Biscuit, toasted bread, and tortilla chips. A vague smokiness is tossed in late. Honey adds a vague sweetness. Peppery lemongrass Noble hops conclude things in more of a slaking fashion than a bitter one.
Light bodied, obviously, with a steady, feisty CO2. It's built for washing down grub and quenching thirsts. It's hard not to slam it, and thus it succeeds mightily. It won't knock your socks off literally or figuratively, but it's a solid, basic rendition of a Blonde Ale.

cokes, Apr 21, 2008
Photo of tpd975
3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very pale yellow hue with a small head. No real retention or lace.

S: I really like the aroma. Smells like a big basket of peaches to me with a hint of corn like sweetness.

T: Wow peachy in the flavor as well. The flavor is not bold. It goes from sort of watery to flavorful in waves. On the flavor side lots of peach skin. Hints of Mango, and dried apricot. There is a midly funky note hiding beneath as well. Interesting.

M: Very very very light, with low carbonation.

D: Good.

This beer has tons of potential. Give it a touch of body and some zippy carbonation for starters. Bring out the wonderful summer fruit flavors to cut through some of the water like components.

When you taste this one it's really good. Come on Nimbus perfect this one and it could be a solid summer brew. Until then I would still drink it on hot days if I could get it.

tpd975, Jun 22, 2009
Photo of cbutova
3.56/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- Poured to a small glass with a toasted golden body from the 12oz bottle. The white head forms with a thick and frothy consistency to about one finger. Good head retention.

S- Quite mild and lacking enough strength to really pick up much. Pale cracked grains, slight bread, light fruits and apple esters.

T- Mild once again with a balance of honey, yeast bread, light apple fruity esters, cracked pale grains and some herbal floral hops. There is something else to it that reminds me a bit of maple syrup.

MF- Light bodied with a very high carbonation that provides a crisp burn to the palate. Texture is quite creamy and foamy at the same time. Tiny bitterness.

Light and mild but delivers a nice touch of honey and at 3.5% has plenty of flavor to satisfy.

cbutova, Aug 12, 2014
Photo of jmdrpi
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

jmdrpi, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of crobinso
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

crobinso, Apr 03, 2013
Photo of Zach136
4/5  rDev +15.3%

Zach136, Jul 09, 2013
Photo of yemenmocha
2.98/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy blonde color (sorry couldn't resist). Thin head doesn't retain well.

Nose is light fruits such as honeydew melon.

Palate is sweet n sour with some tartness on the finish. Very light beer, but I'm suspicious of the sweet n sour element.

I'm growing very tired of sampling Nimbus beers due to their mediocrity. They have a few notable ones but the rest aren't worth finishing the glass.

yemenmocha, Sep 19, 2007
Photo of DogFood11
2.68/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

My local bevmo started carrying 4 or 5 offerings from nimbus. Unfortunately the fact they don't allow you to purchase singles has me backlogged on Nimbus brews. Poured this low alcohol blonde beer into a pils glass. Has a bit more color than most in this style, kind of a light copper body with a very slight haze.

First thoughts were that this is doughy and sweet but not overdone. Smells and tastes very fresh wich was a plus. I'm always a bit leary of such a low abv beer and Bevmo handling mixed together but not the case here. Carbonation works to cut the sweetness a bit and there is very little hop presence. Lemon comes into play throughout but mostly in the finish.

Notes: Ehhh...A boring example of a style. Granted this is not supposed to be Big or Bold but this is a pretty lifeless example. Watered and weak but if someone wants a decent BBQ daytime brew this would do the trick albeit there are much better choices.

DogFood11, Mar 28, 2007
Photo of Keith_R
4.25/5  rDev +22.5%

Keith_R, Jul 04, 2013
Photo of IntriqKen
3.45/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

At 3.5% this is one of the lightest craft beers around in my area so I picked it up to see how it would work as a lawnmower brew during the dog days of summer.

Poured a clear honey yellow with a half finger of craggy white on top that melts to very sticky lacing leaving a substantial mapping on the side of the glass.

Aroma is honey sweet malts with a little light fruitiness. Lots of honey sweetness, however.

Taste is again sweet honey that seems to finish to light lemon. this ends up tasting like a light summer tea without the tea. Light lemon hops at the end leave the mouth clean and dry almost as if you were driking iced tea.

Thin mouthfeel but as to be expected for the style.

Not spectacular, but not meant to be. Very clean and refreshing and would definitely work as something you could drink lots of during the dog days of summer.

IntriqKen, May 26, 2007
Photo of bennetj17
3.08/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap, the head was only about one finger with decent retention, color is a light gold with superb clarity and good active carbonation. Smell is very faint. Only slight bready malt aroma present. Taste is mild, light malt with a bit of citrus/lemon flavor and a slight nuttiness in the finish. Low, low bitterness. Very crisp, light body, carbonation is nice. This beer is very lager-like and sadly, macro-tasting. Not much flavor overall, but it is refreshing and I could see drinking it again on a hot day maybe...

bennetj17, Feb 20, 2006
Photo of khargro2
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

khargro2, Mar 19, 2013
Photo of pixieskid
4.1/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Another Nimbus beer that I have consumed who knows how much of, thought it was time for a review.

Update: Apparently there were issues with the honey fermenting in the bottle and for a while it was almost undrinkable.

Happy to report it is now tasting better than ever! So those of you who probably have had a bad experience, I think it is worth revisiting.

Pours a bright golden with a thin frothy white head.

Smell is of some sweet malt and honey (which is added).

Taste is very crisp and clean, very filtered with a slight carbonated bite. Notes of mild citrus hops and honey.

Finishes clean and crisp.

Honestly probably the best Nimbus Beer, a real session beer.

Side note, the abv is apparently up to around 4.5% these days and it is tasting better than it did for a while.

pixieskid, Jun 18, 2010
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Nimbus Dirty Güera (Blonde) Ale from Nimbus Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.