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Dirty Blonde Ale - Atwater Brewery

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Dirty Blonde AleDirty Blonde Ale

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103 Reviews
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Reviews: 103
Hads: 434
Avg: 3.07
pDev: 38.44%
Wants: 6
Gots: 89 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Atwater Brewery visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: montageman on 05-31-2008

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Reviews: 103 | Hads: 434
Reviews by Skeeter206:
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3.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I bought a 6 pack, this is the first one I've poured into a glass.

A~Dark straw color... slightly aggressive pour with barely 1/2 head that dissipated immediately... zero lacing looks like carbonated apple juice.

S~Smells o.k. slight malt and fruity notes in there but still not a very strong smell, just barely noticeable.

T~Very weak taste as well, kind of goes with the smell. Malty notes with slight coriander and orange notes in there. I've had 3 of these out of the bottle and I feel like the flavor was stronger out of the bottle than when poured into a glass. I don't know why that would be though.

M~Decently carbonated, but nothing special here either, a light to medium mouthfeel.

Overall I wouldn't buy this again, there are much better beers in the style. This reminds me a lot of shocktop except not quite as strong of a flavor(shocktop has a strong orange juice like flavor where this has little flavor at all with orange and coriander undertones)

The only reason I'm giving this a 3.5 is because out of a bottle the taste was stronger, I should have just kept to drinking it out of the bottle because once poured this is a very unappealing beer.

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3.5/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.08/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce can, without freshness/canning date info.

The poor is hazed medium tangerine, fine bubble off white head, leaves some fine lacing on the glass.

Sniff reveals just some faint wheat malts, and a very faint fruitiness.

Slight drying in the finish. Forgettable little brew, would be decent on a very hot summer day with a light lunch. Besides that situation not much chance I would go for this one again

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2/5  rDev -34.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +22.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +14%

Fruity malty nose, some spice, orange
Hazy gold, 2” off white head dissipates to a film
Palate: a mixed bag blend of Kolsch and Belgian Wit that gets confusing. Has the orange and coriander but not the yeast character of the Wit, has a hint of Kolsch yeast, and enough wheat to evoke an American wheat ale but the result does too little with too much.
Medium to a little above on the carbonation, medium body.

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3/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.25/5  rDev +5.9%

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3/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Slightly hazed body, eggshell white head forms a cloudy three fingers worth with fine even lacing. Aroma has a nice sharp wheat and citrus combo with very mild spice additions, limited coriander which is usually a good thing for my palate. Flavor wise there's some biscuit bread dough layers with a very chalky yeast in the finish, slight hint of citrus peel and coriander with a relatively lackluster overall flavor. Carbonation is light, not much on the palate as far as textures go but still not a horrible beer, under 4.5% it's light and refreshing and keeps you wanting to experience the next sip. It has a trademark Atwater characteristic it misses the mark on the style and ends in a generic watered down version of a witbier, I appreciate it for what it is but can't really look at this as a beer I want to keep buying.

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3/5  rDev -2.3%

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3/5  rDev -2.3%

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4/5  rDev +30.3%

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3/5  rDev -2.3%

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3/5  rDev -2.3%

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2.97/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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3.5/5  rDev +14%

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3/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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2.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Atwater- Dirty Blonde

A- Light pale yellow with a small filmy head. No lacing.
S- Faint lemon and orange. Touch of honey and grass.
T-Light sweet honey and orange tainted wheat. Light grainy malt body.
M- Very light and watery. Sweet honey throughout. Finishes off malty.

Overall- Weak and watery but easy to drink and slightly refreshing on a hot day.

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4/5  rDev +30.3%

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3.15/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +30.3%

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2.24/5  rDev -27%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Cold 12 oz bottle poured into 20oz pint glass. Beer pours like soda, with giant bubbles, forming no head. Beer is very pale and slightly clouded.

First sip is refreshing...like water. Bland, bland, bland. fizzy, then nothing. There's a slight citrus/spice/irrelevant note. A bad beer.

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2.26/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into standard pint glass. July 2010 bottling.

A: The body looks a bit light and has a clear starw hue to it. The head sinks fast and has a foamy look to it. The carbonation level seems to be out the roof.

S: The aroma is a bit low on the intensity aspect and has a touch of grass and straw character. Nothing exceeding average.

T/M: The upfront taste is lemon bitterness and that is unrefined and not balanced. The lemon is very artifical tasting and does not tend to mesh well with the high level of carbonation. Together there is a lemon soda element, that is not too pleasing. Hop character is minimal at best and the body is very thin.

O: Overall I feel that this brew falls short of style and does not represent a refreshing summer ale very well. The main concern I have is the astrigent lemon aspect and the high level of carbonation that gives a soda sensation. This is a slightly older bottle that a friend gave me, which they are still selling in store, past prime, but still on the market (maybe it should'nt be sold this far past bottling).

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Dirty Blonde Ale from Atwater Brewery
72 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.