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Dirty Blonde Ale - Atwater Brewery

Dirty Blonde AleDirty Blonde Ale

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Ratings: 256
Reviews: 81
rAvg: 3.11
pDev: 18.65%

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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Photo of Doerrijustmether


3.04/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

I was a little disapointed in this beer. i am a big fan of Atwater brewry and had high hopes for this one.

Pour was good. little head, light orange very cloudy, looked good.

smell was ok. defiantly got orange right off the bat, a little corriander background.

the beer was a little colder than it shoudl have been, flavor was good, smooth drink, i am very disapointed in the body. Very thin feel that does not pack a punch, goes down smooth but left feeling underwhelmed.

i give this a 3.0. i would not buy this beer at the store for enjoyment, however i would have again if offered at a gathering where it was accessable vs. the Buds and the Millers.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2014 23:34:23 | More by Doerrijustmether
Photo of Jensen83

District of Columbia

3.53/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It's a good beer but it needs a liitle bit on each corner:

A: Could have a little more gas to get some foam.

S: Some smell would be nice. Very plain.

T: Surprisingly good taste. Very rich but still light. Could drink ten a night.

M: smoooth

O: a solid beer

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2014 05:28:09 | More by Jensen83
Photo of W0rter


2.23/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Lacks any kind of a kick. No head retention. If you don't aggressively pour this beer it has no head to start with. If you pour aggressively the weak bubbly head won't last two sips. Seems to taste better while cold. if you drink it slowly it'll lack any flavor at the end. Nice color but very weak carbonation. Not my cup of tea. I'm by no means a hop head as summer brews, helles, kolsch and Belgian Saison are my favs. I thought I liked Pale Wheat Ales but this one is telling me I don't.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2013 18:31:44 | More by W0rter
Photo of BeerKangaroo


3.83/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled May 2013:

Into a pint glass:

A: clear yellow body with a one finger white foamy head that concaves a bit and softly clings to the edges, nice lookin' filmy head of a valley appears after a minute, some carbonation is seen rising

S: light citrus, lil' bit of bubblegum but really subdued, light wheat

T: all previously mentioned flavors combined nicely, sweet sticky aftertaste and finish

M: light, sessionable, carbonation seems a bit under-carbonated for the style but actually I think I'm starting to like my APWA's this way, becomes a bit smooth and creamy

O: actually, I think I like this one, it would be great on a hot summer day, despite the other reviews on this one, I say give it a try. There's a nice refreshing quality to this beer and probably doesn't have enough hops for the hopheads to go crazy about, but hey, its an APWA, whaddaya expect...

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2013 17:58:54 | More by BeerKangaroo
Photo of WVbeergeek


2.94/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2013 16:23:54 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of elNopalero


2.71/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2013 07:09:34 | More by elNopalero
Photo of Schmaltz

2.03/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

I must "down-rate" this beer because it is labeled as a Belgian white, but comes across more like a nut-brown. Very sweet, caramel, roasted malt and nut flavor. I was convinced there was a bottling-line mix-up, but it has the hazy appearance of a wit, although a bit more golden-hued than straw-colored. I struggle to find the orange and coriander amidst the cloying sugariness and roasted grain flavors in this brew. If this were a nut-brown, I'd probably give it good marks.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2012 01:49:41 | More by Schmaltz
Photo of mountdew1

New Hampshire

2.95/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2012 00:33:16 | More by mountdew1
Photo of Lauthaha


3.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a beer mug.

Appearance: Little to no head. What is there is pretty sticky. Beer itself is a hazy, unadulterated blonde color.

Smell: Beer claims to be made with orange peel and coriander. I believe it...a little bit of malty goodness, but lots of sweetness.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Very hefe. Gentle carbonation, slight bitterness and a little bit of malt on the palate, and then the aftertaste is all coriander. After a few moments on the tongue, the beer loses elasticity.

Overall: Eh. It's beer, and it's a little different, which is good on a tasting night like tonight. Still, won't be keeping this one in rotation.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2012 02:15:54 | More by Lauthaha
Photo of gatornation


2.78/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- pours a mostly clear lemon yellow color with almost no head and a small film and collar no lacing

S- was malts and gran with some bread, a touch of fruit some spice and lemon peel

T- was malt and wheat with some orange peel a touch of hops

M- low carbonation smooth and mostly malts and grain

O- below average wheat not one i will buy again

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2012 22:21:04 | More by gatornation
Photo of SickGnar


3/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2011 03:21:17 | More by SickGnar
Photo of pb9613


2.85/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2011 22:47:35 | More by pb9613
Photo of Dope


3.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: A golden/orange clear pour with a decent white head. Decent retention and lacing too.

S: Orange, coriander, and a little wheat - not much else.

T: A sort of artificial orange with a wheaty malt base. Simple and smooth.

M: Light and smooth.

O: Good lawnmower beer, a basic wheat beer with a touch of fruit to help out. The ratings are low but don't be dissuaded, it's just simple.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2011 22:09:53 | More by Dope
Photo of GarthDanielson

North Carolina

2.68/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is a bright, pale, hazy, yellow-gold with a half inch, bright white, foamy head that settles rapidly into a thin film. Roasted malt nose, with a slight highlight of orange citrus and some spicing, but too faint to pick out specifics. The beer is watery, with a cereal roast initial flavor that stands over all other taste profiles. There is a tangy malt sweet highlight, and a splash of citrus, but all the flavors seem watered down, overall. The aftertaste is a very, very, very slight citrus tart, and the finish is blink of an eye quick. Not even long enough to think too much about the flavors that aren't there.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2011 01:33:09 | More by GarthDanielson
Photo of jb413


2.63/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A – Transparent gold/yellow with a foamy, soda-bubble head. To be honest, looks just like a cream soda. Very little lacing on the way down. Also, I can clearly see floating debris at the bottom (orange peel / coriander ?). Not sure if that’s standard practice with the style but this is not an attractive beer for me.

S - Light and citrusy, with orange and some floral notes. Average

T – A big, average citrus note. For me, the citrus is there throughout, yet it's more lemon/sour than orange. Wheat with maybe some hops but tough to tell.

MF – Light-bodied and very thin with perhaps a tad too much carbonation. Finish isn’t terrible though, and leaves a wet palate.

O - While I’m not familiar with the style, I have to imagine there are much better blondes out there. This one is not my cup of tea. Looked rather gross and tasted average. Perhaps a hot summer day would have made a difference, but not much. Would opt to purchase something else.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2011 00:18:01 | More by jb413
Photo of sweett3k


4/5  rDev +28.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2011 23:15:49 | More by sweett3k
Photo of bushbeer75


2.78/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. brown bottle with label notched January 2011

Atwater Block Brewery Dirty Blonde Ale poured a very light hazy pale gold color producing a 1-finger white head that dissipated rather quickly. The nose is of light pale wheat and very light [lemon] citrus. Dirty Blonde’s flavor matches the nose…where is the coriander and orange peel as the label states?? I sure can’t seem to detect these tastes – very disappointing. Mouth feel is light with light carbonation. The ABV and the mouth feel/body make this ale an easy drinker.

After tasting Dirty Blonde I can see why the brew was classified [on B.A.] as an American Pale Wheat Ale as I thought that a beer spiced with coriander and orange should fall into the Witber style. Atwater, if you intended this brew to be a Witber you missed the mark.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2011 15:12:59 | More by bushbeer75
Photo of tone77


3.83/5  rDev +23.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2011 14:29:50 | More by tone77
Photo of Rifugium


3/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First had: bottle from Pinocchio's beer garden, Media, PA

Poured a slightly cloudy light golden-yellow with a fizzy white head that didn't retain much at all. Grainy, bready aroma, lightly toasted, with hints of citrus zest. Similar taste, biscuity, grainy, a yeasty sensation, mild wheat profile, crisp citrus an a touch of spice. Pretty good blonde ale, but not really my style. Light body, and fairly drinkable for a hot summer day I suppose.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2011 18:44:34 | More by Rifugium
Photo of lsrose


2.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Got a bottle that was marked October 2010, so could have been partially bad from age.

A - Poured a golden color with a lot of carbonation and a tall head. Wayyyy too much carbonation and was some sediment in the bottom of the bottle.

S - Very yeasty and fruity smell of orange and other citrus.

T - Maybe tasted slightly better than I expected, or maybe different than I expected. Very acidic citrus taste.

O - Very acidic, over carbonated, didnt like this much but I could see a niche. It reminds me of Summer Shandy and lovers of that might really like this too.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2011 01:08:18 | More by lsrose
Photo of Hazer115


2.58/5  rDev -17%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2011 22:28:14 | More by Hazer115
Photo of MTNboy


2.38/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This beer has a lot of carbonation. The body is a pale gold color. The head and lace are both frothy white. I was pretty disappointed overall with almost everything about this beer. Aroma is fruity and citrusy. I thought the flavor is very sour and remind me of a grapefruit. The body was thin and watery.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2011 18:18:43 | More by MTNboy
Photo of civilizedpsycho


2.63/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a pale gold color that is crystal clear despite a stirring of the bottle to agitate any remaining yeast. Does have a nice fluffy head.

Smell: Has a very wheaty backbone with hints of citrus lingering in the background. Not powerful aromas, but they're there.

Taste: Has a very slight citrus flavor, but on the whole, it is very bland. It tastes very watery and very little of the aromas make their presence known in the flavor.

Mouthfeel: Like the flavor, very watery. Very thin and not very impressive.

Drinkability: While this beer is not bad, it is certainly not good. If I want some wheat beers, there are better ones. If I want something light and refreshing, there are better things.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2011 19:17:14 | More by civilizedpsycho
Photo of bilyboy65


3.13/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Well this was not an exciting beer. The golden deliciousness of it's looks soon gave way to a quickly fading head. No carbonation lead to a flat taste (beer was not flat though). This is a very light bodied beer with no ill affects on the tongue as it passes by. Not a bad taste, but a little boring. Would probably be good on a very hot day when all you want is something cold.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2011 22:59:28 | More by bilyboy65


2.25/5  rDev -27.7%
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).

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2011 20:24:53 | More by GDBEERMAN
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Dirty Blonde Ale from Atwater Brewery
72 out of 100 based on 256 ratings.