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Dirty Blonde Ale - Atwater Brewery

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Dirty Blonde AleDirty Blonde Ale

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BA SCORE
73
okay

324 Ratings
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Ratings: 324
Reviews: 89
rAvg: 3.13
pDev: 18.85%
Wants: 4
Gots: 30 | 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:
Photo of elNopalero
2.71/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

elNopalero, Jan 16, 2013
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3/5  rDev -4.2%

tectactoe, Sep 09, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev +3.8%

SmellsofMahagony, Apr 28, 2014
Photo of Billolick
3.08/5  rDev -1.6%
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

Billolick, Sep 03, 2012
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2/5  rDev -36.1%

wattoclone, Sep 12, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +19.8%

Janeinma, May 28, 2013
Photo of pat61
3.5/5  rDev +11.8%

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.

pat61, Sep 16, 2014
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3/5  rDev -4.2%

Cynic-ale, Aug 01, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev +3.8%

GOBLIN, Mar 08, 2014
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2.94/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

WVbeergeek, May 11, 2013
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3/5  rDev -4.2%

mrosenfeld32, Sep 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev +27.8%

tallfellapgh, Mar 05, 2014
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3/5  rDev -4.2%

jmrybak, Jul 29, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +11.8%

cynical1027, Feb 21, 2012
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2.88/5  rDev -8%
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.

NJpadreFan, Apr 17, 2009
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4/5  rDev +27.8%

Ashley-Gambino, Feb 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev +27.8%

Nathan50, Mar 23, 2014
Photo of hreb
2.2/5  rDev -29.7%
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.

hreb, Jun 27, 2009
Photo of GDBEERMAN
2.25/5  rDev -28.1%
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).

GDBEERMAN, May 25, 2011
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3.55/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

WoodBrew, Nov 03, 2012
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3/5  rDev -4.2%

Damian74Shensky, Jun 10, 2013
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2.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

tempest, Jul 29, 2009
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3/5  rDev -4.2%

cliff1066, Dec 26, 2012
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Dirty Blonde Ale from Atwater Brewery
73 out of 100 based on 324 ratings.