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Dirty Blonde Ale - Atwater Brewery

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400 Ratings
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Ratings: 400
Reviews: 104
rAvg: 3.16
pDev: 17.72%
Wants: 6
Gots: 65 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Summer

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Beer added by: montageman on 05-31-2008

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Ratings: 400 | Reviews: 104
Reviews by pb9613:
Photo of pb9613
2.83/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance – A golden/orange clear pour with a decent white head. The head retention and lacing are nothing to write home about but they do the job.

Smell – Coriander, oranges, sweet wheat but no hops.

Taste – Has a slight artificial orange taste with a sweet malty base. Could not find the hops.

Mouthfeel – Extremely light and smooth with decent carbonation.

Overall – Decent lawnmower beer but not on the buy list. I would not turn it down if I was offered one at a party.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Billolick
3.08/5  rDev -2.5%
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

Photo of pat61
3.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Photo of NJpadreFan
2.85/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

Photo of hreb
2.24/5  rDev -29.1%
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.

Photo of GDBEERMAN
2.26/5  rDev -28.5%
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).

Photo of WoodBrew
3.57/5  rDev +13%
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.

Photo of tempest
2.93/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Photo of Hazer115
2.56/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: This beer does not necessarily hold true to its name, while it is blond, it’s crystal clear. It has a nice head immediately after pouring but doesn’t stick around very long.

S: Smell, well you pretty much have to put your nose in the beer to get any smell from it, but when you do get a smell, it's slightly hoppie.

T: Very little hopes, with a slight hint of fruit/banana.

M: For a 4.5% ale, this one feels a little heavy to me.

Overall, I'd say this is an ok beer to drink on a hot summer day, but for the price I was hoping for something a litter better.

Photo of Brutaltruth
3.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed from the can in a pint glass. This blonde ale pours a lightly murky blonde with a moderate white head that dissipates quickly to a light ring and little lacing. Nose of lemon zest, orange zest, wheat, and light sweet bread. Flavors follow the nose rather simply with lemon zest and orange appearing to the back followed by a light coriander bite, a mellow wheat flavor is also present on all sides. Drinkable standard American Pale Wheat. Perhaps a step up from Blue Moon as a decent session ale after a nice day of mowing the lawn. All in all, nice without being overbearing on the citrus flavors with a smooth flowing mouth feel and light carbonation. Solid ale.

Photo of tone77
3.8/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 22 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, a touch of wheat and oranges. Taste is good, orange, coriander, very refreshing. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall this is a highly enjoyable summer time beer.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a pale staw/blonde, fairly translucent with a 1 finger, fizzy bone white head that quickly settled within the first minute to a patchy covering. Light and lazy carbonation makes its way upward while no visible lacing was left.

S: fresh orange peels and a dominant pale wheat aroma, which was limited in strength and complexity. Soft, mundane at times, was only slightly better then average per style. I failed to detect any coriander.

T: The flavor starts off with lightly tart tangerines and a pale wheat malting making for a good start. Light hints of lemon peels, lime add quenching citrus tones. Overall a nice wheat base, that delivers a subtle dryness to the overall palate is nicely offset with some thirsty wet citrus and lime notes balancing things out.

M: delivers a good tingle of carbonation, fizzy with a medium full body. Playful and edgy feel, perhaps a bit to much so per style, but does livens things up.

D: Overall better the average showing here. A nice dry pale wheat backing with wet citrus and lime notes blend together making for a decent summer time blonde. Goes down easily enough, would beat the heat with just the right amount of abv at 4.5% making for a good lawnmower beer.

Photo of SickGnar
3/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Tawny, flat golden, clear with very few bubbles. Big white head that falls super fast to nothing and leaves no lace.

S: Lemony & sort of herbal. Coriander? Only vaguely and lightly hoppy. Light crackery malts. Quite a clean and light aroma – other than the lemony-herbal note.

T: Really lemony in an herbal way. Coriander. I guess this is a spiced beer. Sort of a wit impression, but not really in a good way. No real hops. Thin light grainy malts that are just a touch crackery.

M: Light to just leaning toward medium-light with carbonation on the soft side. Sort of thin and a bit watery.

D: Light, thin, lemony. Sort of a less than well done lemony summer beer. Not that anything is terribly worng, but nothing is very good either. Perhaps a hot weather throw ‘em back brew.

Photo of BierFan
2.37/5  rDev -25%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: The head was a quick fizzle that only lasted a couple seconds. The body is yellow and mostly clear. Worst looking witbier I've ever had.

Smell: Some coriander. That's about it.

Taste: First thing I experience is some sourness. After that a little coriander. No flavor after that. Bland.

Mouthfeel: Far too watery.

Drinkability: I suppose I could drink a few of these in a sitting. But why would I want to?

Photo of Dodo2step
2.76/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

P- Tavern in Pittsburgh

A- a cloudy hazy pale wheat yellow pour. Very carbonated and fizzes a lot. no head to see.

S- citrus coriander and orange. yeasty and wheaty. a lemon zest hint as well.

T- carbonated lemon juice. very odd and not all that great but alright. very bland on hops and malts. In fact it is unmalted from the bottle description. A bitter sour yeast flavor as well.

M- chewy and creamy. carbonated and not a decent feel in the mouth as a whole. Complex and not a good complex.

D- too much carbonation. im glad i only bought 3 because they hard to put back and gives you gas.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hmm, this one was kind of an enigma for me, changing as I went through the glass, served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 01/29/2010.

The pour was decent, light golden in color with a decent bit of cloudiness to it that never really did settle out much. Small puff of white on top of the glass faded out quite quickly leaving behind only some light lacing. Aroma is loaded with coriander and lemon zest but is rather one sided to be honest. Still decent with a clean, smooth feel to it, not as crisp as I would have thought but it still worked for it overall. Small dosed of coriander and lemon zest, hints of grass and light grians. Long, bright and lemon filled finish was long on the tongue after the sip was gone.

Overall a decent offering and better then I thought it would be although still nothing special.

Photo of buschbeer
2.58/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I poured this libation into a Smithwick's pint glass to a generous white head that quickly shrunk to a light skim. It is straw in color. The aroma is very weak. I get slight citrus notes, mostly orange. The taste is weak as well. I get the orange peel and that's about it. It does go down like water since it isn't much more flavorful than water.

Cheers!

Photo of Badger6
3.05/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into as pint glass.

Not sure what happened here. I guess it's called 'dirty' because it has a cloudy appearance, and muddled aroma and taste. Smells like a wheat beer, with hints of some spiciness, nothing special though. But the flavor...let's just agree that it's got all the stuff you'd expect and some more. Feels weak and watery, medium body, some carbonation. I am not impressed. I've had other Atwater offerings, and this is by far the worst I've had, and does not represent the overall quality you should expect.

Sorry guys, it just wasn't good.

Photo of carlborch
2.1/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours with a slight yeasty haze. Light-golden color. The initial off-white head of about 1/2 inch dissipates almost immediately. Carbonation is light. The malt is very light with hints of straw. Some petillance on the initial palate, followed by a light center and finish. The finish is rather short. The body is very light. Lace does not form. The orange peel and coriander is not evident. Some ale and wheat characteristics in the nose, albeit very faint. Somewhat sweet and slick The alcohol is not noticeable. Refreshing but exciting.

Photo of mountdew1
2.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a weizen glass. Color was a slightly cloudy golden color with a 2 finger bubbly head. Head quickly started to dissapate, but switched to a thicker foam as it went. Fair amount of carbonation rose from the bottom. Didn't cling at all. Aroma was slightly grainy, but also seemed a bit sour. Flavor came across as a very watery fruity flavor. A hint of banana, but all was on the thin side. Felt overly watery in the mouth. Needed a little more chew, but was nicely carbonated. Overall not terrible, just seemed a little off.

Photo of plaid75
3.6/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Waterfornt Ale House, Brooklyn, New York.

Poured a hazy dark straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and good lacing.

The smell featured light coriander, orange and wheat zest.

The taste consisted of a soft wheat malt, some yeast esters and a subtle coriander spice.

The mouthfeel was toward the thinner side of the style and a touch more carbonated.

Overall a decent wit. What it lacks on complexity it makes up for in drinkability.

Photo of sweett3k
3.99/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beer from the D. Pale light yellow with a fizzy head throgh out. Aroma of orange citrus and fanit spice notes. Fresh grain malt summery flavor. It is like a tasty verson of a lager. An easy session beer. A decent drinkable beer to enjoy at a Tigers baseball game.

Photo of biggred1
3.03/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy blonde with a skim of white foam that leaves a little sliding lace on the glass. Smells of dishwater, orange candy and faint spice. Tastes kind of like an orange dream = Orange and vanilla ice cream soda with some mild yeasty funkiness. Light bodied and creamy. Tastes too artificial and processed for me.

Photo of StoutHunter
2.78/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer came in an Atwater mixed twelve pack, I hope this ones better then the last witbier I had. Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a pilsner glass.

A- This beer pours a clear pale golden color with three fingers worth of white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed the rest of the time.

S- All I get from the aroma is orange peel and some light spices, not a lot going on here.

T- The flavors are on the light side for a witbier. All the typical witbier flavors are their, they are just as not as strong as they should be. This beer is pretty unbalanced, the orange peel doesn't let other flavors come through.

M- Medium light bodied with good carbonation.

D- The alcohol and the flavor in this beer all come off pretty light so drinking a couple of these wouldn't be a problem but the flavor doesn't warrant drinking more then one.

Overall this was a pretty lack luster brew with not a lot going for it. It seems like this beer was trying to be a nice summer time witbier like oberon but instead it came out too watered down. I don't think I will be revisiting this brew anytime soon.

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Dirty Blonde Ale from Atwater Brewery
73 out of 100 based on 400 ratings.