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Dirty Blonde Ale - Atwater Brewery

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Dirty Blonde AleDirty Blonde Ale

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Ratings: 315
Reviews: 88
rAvg: 3.13
pDev: 18.85%
Wants: 4
Gots: 27 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: montageman on 05-31-2008)
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Reviews by elNopalero:
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2.71/5  rDev -13.4%

This is dated from October 2012, enjoyed—well, opened—at the end of 2012.

It pours a hazy golden color with no foam. I get a estery, yeasty aroma—but an old yeasty aroma, not something fresh. For a beer that’s only a few months out I wouldn’t expect that.

The flavor has a refreshing crispness to it. I get more life from the flavor than the aroma—there’s some coriander and orange peel, with a more pronounced yeasty ester profile. However it drops off with a flat finish and an unwelcome malty corn sweetness. Not one I’d have again.

01-16-2013 07:09:34 | More by elNopalero
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3/5  rDev -4.2%

09-09-2012 22:07:55 | More by tectactoe
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3.25/5  rDev +3.8%

04-28-2014 05:21:50 | More by SmellsofMahagony
Photo of Billolick

New York

3.08/5  rDev -1.6%

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

09-03-2012 22:42:42 | More by Billolick
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2/5  rDev -36.1%

09-12-2012 14:08:54 | More by wattoclone
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3.75/5  rDev +19.8%

05-28-2013 00:15:55 | More by Janeinma
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3/5  rDev -4.2%

08-01-2013 01:39:22 | More by Cynic-ale
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3.25/5  rDev +3.8%

03-08-2014 04:49:02 | More by GOBLIN
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West Virginia

2.94/5  rDev -6.1%

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.

05-11-2013 16:23:54 | More by WVbeergeek
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3/5  rDev -4.2%

09-07-2012 17:35:00 | More by mrosenfeld32
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4/5  rDev +27.8%

03-05-2014 01:11:45 | More by tallfellapgh
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3/5  rDev -4.2%

07-29-2014 05:04:28 | More by jmrybak
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3.5/5  rDev +11.8%

02-21-2012 03:09:17 | More by cynical1027
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New Jersey

2.88/5  rDev -8%

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.

04-17-2009 19:51:52 | More by NJpadreFan
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4/5  rDev +27.8%

02-17-2014 18:56:31 | More by Ashley-Gambino
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +27.8%

03-23-2014 18:31:05 | More by Nathan50
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2.2/5  rDev -29.7%

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.

06-27-2009 02:12:25 | More by hreb


2.25/5  rDev -28.1%

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).

05-25-2011 20:24:53 | More by GDBEERMAN
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3.55/5  rDev +13.4%

Trying the Dirty Blonde...that's how I like my blondes!!! Anyway...the beer pours a cloudy yellow with thin white head that is not lacing. The smell includes orange zest and floralness. The taste carries much the same as the smell but has a nice wheat base to it. The mouthfeel is lighter in body with decent carbonation. Overall it isnt a bad beer.

11-03-2012 22:55:59 | More by WoodBrew
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South Carolina

3/5  rDev -4.2%

06-10-2013 21:35:27 | More by Damian74Shensky
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2.93/5  rDev -6.4%

On-tap at Liberty St. Tavern in Allentown, PA. Appears hazy dark blonde. There's nothing very remarkable about this beer. It was a slightly sweet wheat malt flavor so it kind of just tastes like sugary liquid bread. No hops to speak of and while it's easy-drinking and balanced, it's not really a pleasure to drink. It just does nothing for me.

07-29-2009 02:28:03 | More by tempest
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3/5  rDev -4.2%

12-26-2012 02:24:42 | More by cliff1066
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3.5/5  rDev +11.8%

03-29-2014 20:54:35 | More by Dustin_A_Stoutdrinker
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3/5  rDev -4.2%

02-01-2014 21:10:58 | More by beergorrilla
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4/5  rDev +27.8%

08-13-2012 01:42:54 | More by mzeld
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Dirty Blonde Ale from Atwater Brewery
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