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Nimbus Dirty Güera (Blonde) Ale - Nimbus Brewing Company

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Nimbus Dirty Güera (Blonde) AleNimbus Dirty Güera (Blonde) Ale

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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 Lucklys
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

So far, the outside of the bottles have definitely proven to add more character to the brews inside the bottles, and they portray each of the flavors pretty spot on. When I first poured the Dirty Güera into the glass, the head was thin, the visible carbonation dissipated quickly, and the lacing was clean, leaving no residue as it subsided. The color can be described as a foggy orange "blonde." See what I did there? Unfortunately, from this point onward, there's really not a whole lot to say.

The smell was quite hard to get a hold of, being light and airy without much hops. I did manage to pull out some caramel, spiciness, lime and a malty sweet scent, but there's really not much there. I wish I had more to say, but even the flavor followed suit with a very light finish. Tasting went fairly quickly, and I found myself polishing off the first bottle within a few minutes just to try and get some characters out of it. I ended up with some extremely light caramel, honey, sweet malt, yeasty barley, and barely any hops. Along with the severe lack of hop flavor, there was zero aftertaste despite the wetness and good carbonation throughout the drink. I just could not keep a grasp on this beer, it rolled on and off my tongue without a second glance.

In the very small amount of detail I've given though, I found myself rather enjoying this beer for its simplicity, only wishing it was a tad bit stronger in the delivery. But how much can you really expect from a beer with "delicate flavor characteristics"? But this is beside the point that the beer is very light and has 4% alcohol/volume in a 12oz. bottle, so it's easy to drink on a hot day. They're like a dime a dozen, if you catch my drift, haha. Overall, definitely a summer beer perfect for those barbecues when you know you're gonna be swimming off all the ribs you just finished and don't want to drown. Light and easy.

Lucklys, Oct 25, 2010
Photo of Nerudamann
3.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look - Fair, light Golden quality to the color. About an inch of foam, that dissipated quickly. Good carbonation.

Smell - As malty-smelling as would be expected. Slight fruitiness/sweetness...maybe something along the lines of a pear or apple..thus a slight cider-like smell.

Taste - Malty tasting, but well-balanced. I almost sense a "smoked" essence to it. Hard to pin down. But it's present in the aftertaste. Fruity taste is still there, but less prominent.

Mouthfeel - Also well-balanced; not too watery or creamy in texture.

Drinkability - Good beer in general. Well-balanced with not too strong of an aftertaste, and not too filling. Worth coming back for and/or recommending.

Nerudamann, Sep 21, 2010
Photo of aeturtle
4.3/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Best way to describe this beer is balance.
Nice hint of vanilla on the nose from the honey used to brew.
Slight sweetness followed by tiny bit of bitterness to balance.
Very crisp.
Light bodied, light mouthfeel.
I like the low alcohol, its a true perfect session beer, just enough flavor but not too much to kill the pallet.

aeturtle, Sep 14, 2010
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
Photo of kpoole25
3.65/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I was surprised I liked this as much as I did. I'm not into light beers but if you are going to drink one, I'd try this one. Included in a world market gift pack. 12 oz bottle to glass. Golden yellow with adequate head. Nice aroma, a bit like BMC. Nice light malt taste, a little sweet, and maybe some bitter at the end. Nice easy drinker.

kpoole25, Feb 07, 2010
Photo of Muchosnachos
4.33/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This is my favorite low alcohol beer on draft! Granted I wish it was a little thicker and I wish the Nimbus dudes could find a way to get the ABV up to at least 4.5%, but this is a delicious light beer. I wouldn't want the flavor messed with at all. The color is very light leading the eye to believe the flavor will bore however, the aroma is far from pedestrian. Sweet flowery with hints of citrus. Feel is light but not watery. Taste is perfectly balanced for a summer beer. Carbonation is medium and just right. Admitted, I haven't had as pleasant an experience with the bottle as with the draft despite impeccable bottle art. I think this beer needs to be especially fresh and the bar needs to clean and maintain their equipment properly. No Anchovies

Muchosnachos, Jul 08, 2009
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 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 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 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 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 DarkerTheBetter
3.9/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Tayner for this one along with all the other Nimbus beers I've drank and didn't review.

This beer pours an ever-so-slightly foggy straw color with a slight hint of brown. The head exploded upon a slow pour and then fell to a nimbus like head. How appropriate. The big mess of lace this one left behind made up for a lot of the score.

Smells of dehydrated bananas... lime... <sniff!> and maybe some... something. Nothing? There's really not much here at all. A little ash? Perhaps birchbarK? Too bad. What's there is nice, but there's just not much there.

Tastes light too with a hint of both creamed corn and corn chips with a honeydew, lemon zest and banana fruitiness. There's actually a bit of peppery yeast here too that really rounds things off. Feels quite dry at the end.

Feels light and crisp, almost frothy at times.

At 3.5%, this is really amazing. I could see myself drinking a whole hell of a lot of these over watching the Eagles lose.

DarkerTheBetter, Feb 14, 2008
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 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
3.05/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle.

Slightly hazy, golden color. Medium sized white head.

Sweet aroma. Honey & caramel. Herbal & flowery.

Taste followed aroma, and was more sweet than bitter. Seemed to be caramel, albeit pretty mild. A bit of lemon flavor. Pretty simplistic.

Light in body. Medium carbonation. Very refreshing.

OK, quite thirst quenching. Nothing special, though.

, May 01, 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 MUSHROOMCLOUD
3.83/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Deep, copper gold color with a 1/2" white head. Falls to a cap and retains there. Light lace.

S - Fruity malt. Candy sweet aroma. Very lightly hopped. Honey.

T - Honey like maltiness. Light fruit. Bready almost biscuit like malt in finish. Light, light (Saaz?) hops.

M - Thin, light body. Low carbonation.

D - Simple but tasty. Would be an incredible all-day and night session at 3.5%.

MUSHROOMCLOUD, Feb 13, 2007
Photo of aforwark
3.05/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Beer has a nice, rich golden color to it. Smells very light and drinkable. Taste was rather bland, not much happening for me on this one, but not horrible. Hardly any aftertaste, this could be a good thing or a bad thing depending on the person. Very drinkable, goes down smooth. If there was more to taste I would have given this a higher rating, but overall a decent beer.

aforwark, Dec 24, 2006
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 tonistruth
3.35/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

gotta love nimbus' bottle designs, bery creative and enjoyable

A- clear, golden straw in color, big fluffy white head with good retent, settles to ring, some lacing

S- floral, sweet, fruit scents, pear

T- malt sweetness, pear flavor, floral hops, bit buttery

M- smooth, its watery, but not paper thin, got some body to it.

D- very easy to drink, this is one of those brews made to appeal to macro drinkers and craft drinkers alike. Not my favorite, but its not horrible. Well brewed, i think brews like this are necessary to ween people off marcos.

tonistruth, Aug 21, 2006
Photo of Solomon420
3.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

So I actually get to be the first to rate this beer...NOICE!

Overall this is a nice easy beer for thos warmer summer days/nights. It pours a nice golden clear color with a nice fluffy head of foam. The smell is light and not overpowering at all. Some hops but very faint. The first swig reveals a pleasing and light beer to drink. Not dreadfully full of any one specific flavor, but still tasty none the less. I really liked this beer as its a great all around beer that will get the novice beer drinkers into some great hand crafted beers. My wife likes this one and she normally doesnt drink the beers I do, so its a great way to have something in common about beer :)

Solomon420, Jul 05, 2006
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 UberWasser
3.98/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly murky golden straw color. The head is off white, and pours at least four fingers thick, even on a gentle pour. As the head erodes a nice bit of lacing is left, and it clings to a clean glass nicely. Overall, an attractive enough beer.

Very interesting smell. Malt sweetness is present in the form of fruitiness, which is fitting, but there also are mild hints of citrus, as well as some earthiness, or even downright meatiness, which come from behind to confuse me. It throws me for a loop, and I like that.

Taste holds more of the same (a good thing). When just a little bit above fridge temp, a sweet malt fruitiness is at the forefront, but after swallowing a pronounced citrus rolls forward. It ends quite dry. However, as it warms, more complexity arises. The somewhat generic “fruity” taste evolves into what seems to be a dried apricot with a dash of honey that dilutes a little of the strength of the bitterness. Definitely a more intriguing brew than I was expecting. The mouthfeel is nothing extraordinary, but neither is it unpleasant. Enough body to please the mouth without hitting the stomach like a brick.

I found this to be a pleasently complex brew. Good job Nimbus. Better yet, it’s definitely drinkable all night long.

UberWasser, Oct 16, 2005
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 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
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Nimbus Dirty Güera (Blonde) Ale from Nimbus Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.