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Dirty Blonde Ale | Atwater Brewery

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Dirty Blonde AleDirty Blonde Ale

Brewed by:
Atwater Brewery
Michigan, United States | website

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by montageman on 05-31-2008

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Reviews: 110 | Ratings: 459
Photo of plumberman63
2.43/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Very pale yellow, no head. Not much aroma, slight citrus. Taste about the same, slight sweet and citrus. Very thin/watery. Probably be a decent hot day beer. Not much better then coors light.

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Photo of TinyRicks
4.28/5  rDev +38.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Dirty Blonde is a great summer beer and the slight citrus flavor is just right in my opinion - not to much, not to little. Taste wise it's not as bitter as Oberon, but a little less sweet than Shock Top.

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Photo of Jon_Hendricks
3.75/5  rDev +21%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a cloudy gold color.

Overall: The aroma is of light citrus and light wheat. Taste of lemon, orange peel, coriander, wheat, bread, herbal and light pepper. Slight earthy herbal bitterness on the finish. Good balance and robustness of malt, spice, and hop flavors. Very easy drinking, summer beer.

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Photo of tekstr1der
3.82/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Similar to Blue Moon, just not as good. Pours a hazy straw golden with dissipated white head. Aroma is spicy with citrus. Flavor is pretty decent, very drinkable, with slight sweetness of malt and orange. Finish is fairly clean and dry, but just too low abv, and thus watery.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.08/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Bottled on: 8/2015.

Pours a murky orange with a foamy beige head that fades to nothing. Tiny dots of lace drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Small chunks of sediment sink to the bottom of the glass after the pour. Smell is of wheat, dried orange peel, spice, and yeast aromas. Taste is much the same with grain, dried orange peel, and spice flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer that is drinkable, but nothing really stands out about this one.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of DerekOfSeward
3.53/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Not my favorite beer. It has a citrusy tingle that feels a bit out of place in a beer. It doesn't taste great in cold weather, but it's a nice change of pace from the red ales I usually drink.

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Photo of hardysf
3.25/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

BEtter than that of a macro brew. Pours dirty golden, not clear at all. Smell of orange and spices. Citrus dominates the taste with some spices on the back end. Wheat malt notes are present as well. This style isnt really my thing, and I am not sure this is a great representation of the style either. A little light, A little flat, a little artificial.

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Photo of predikit
2.72/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a pale amber. Leaves a fizzy white head that left no lacing behind.

Smell is subtle, but mostly coriander takes up the entire aroma.

A very weak malt is overshadowed by coriander notes. The end has a minor citrus sweetness which is quickly swept away. No bitterness to be had, finish is a little dry.

Light bodied, thin and watery, leaves clean and crisp.

A pretty poor beer, but drinkable.

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Photo of gulli
3.57/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Another surprising beer that I wasn't expecting.
Such a refreshing taste, perfect for summer. About a 1 inch head, one finger. Lots of carbonation flowing continuously.
A light and spicy beer could easily drink three or four of these on a hot summer day.

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Photo of JustLikeMyDad
2.59/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

I drank it from the bottle, so I can't comment on the look.

It has a citrusy/orangeish smell mixed with a light beer fragrance. Light beer taste, with a heavy citrus flavor.

Good on a hot summer day, and for those who might not like beers.

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Photo of rapayn01
3.5/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Frankly, this reminded me of Blue Moon, though with a cloudier and slightly darker look. I bought this in a mix 12 pack in MIchigan and was disappointed in the collection as a whole. The orange taste was not particularly potent to my tastebuds.

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Photo of cryptichead
2.25/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Just cannot handle the sweet, nauseating (coriander and orange) flavor profile of this beer. Not as bad as Blue Moon, but close. I guess I am just not a fan of this particular iteration of a wheat ale.

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Photo of ARoman
2.81/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

12 oz bottle poured into a stange glass. The aroma is light, mellow, floral, biscuity, and waxy with a touch of coriander and citrus. There's a light haze to the orange yellow beer, topped with a white, filmy head that has moderate retention and lace. The taste is a medium sweet and medium light bitter. It's thin and oily with a fuzzy carbnoation and a medium body. The flavor is a bitter, spicy orange with a moderately lengthed finish that's zesty with a honey sweetness and leads to an aftertaste that's lightly waxy with bread notes.

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Photo of Chrissythebeerlover
4.89/5  rDev +57.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Absolutely love this beer. I drink this very often with my family since it is my mother's favorite. Great beer during the summer, really tasty and flavorful. Very citrusy and tastes great with an orange slice.

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Photo of EmGM
4.06/5  rDev +31%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Look: hazy bright gold
Smell: citrus, earthy, spice, bread
Taste: a tad malty, light peppery taste, definitely taste the citrus, tad grassy
Aftertaste: a bit of a light hop aftertaste due to the citrus and lighter tones
Overall: pretty okay, would have again

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Photo of OhioLimoncello
3.97/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The label has a mm/yy 'Bottled On' indicator. I was able to find an Apr '15 in Columbus, OH, on April 24, 2015. The beer poured into a pint glass with a very thin head, however, it was consistently fed with many streams of small, bubbly carbonation.

The orange is very prevalent, and the coriander is not overdone. I will definitely buy again!

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Photo of Wookieboy1
2.69/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

I normally live this one, but the bottled on dare lists July 2014! Why do "reputable" liquor merchants continue to sell old beer! Hopefully the next time I pick these up, I can rate higher

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Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.23/5  rDev +36.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a perfect blonde color with a thin and rich white head. The head settles leaving a thin lace.

The nose is earthy and grassy with hints of bread, camphor and apples.

The taste is peppery hops n a dry malt bed with some pine, lavender and vanilla in the mix.

The mouthfeel is rich and satisfying with this particular style.

Overall a very drinkable and enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.4/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

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Photo of idrinkbeer13
3.72/5  rDev +20%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like this and didn't think I would. Smells like cheap beer, but is smooth going down. Mellow flavor, this would be a great beer for newbies. Not the best I've had, but not a bad choice if you want something lighter.

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Photo of superspak
3.53/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled in 9/2014. Pours lightly hazy bright golden color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon, orange peel, coriander, wheat, cracker, bread, herbal, straw, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of pale malt, spice, and earthy hop notes; with decent strength. Taste of lemon, orange peel, coriander, wheat, cracker, bread, herbal, straw, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Slight earthy herbal/spice bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, orange peel, coriander, wheat, cracker, bread, straw, grass, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Good balance and robustness of pale malt, spice, and earthy hop flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and slightly bready mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.5%. Overall this is a very solid spiced pale wheat ale style. All around good balance and robustness of pale malt, spice, and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A pleasantly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of mchegash
3.43/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - 4/5
Pours a hazy orange yellow. One finger of head. Can see a slightly less than average amount of carbonation rising through the beer.

Smell - 3.5/5
Smells of orange and coriander. There is a slight breadiness as well.

Taste - 3.25/5
Tastes pretty much like the smell although there is a slight metallic flavor as well and there is also a strong metallic aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - 3.5/5
In between light and medium bodied. Carbonation is fairly light. Beer is pretty smooth.

Overall - 3.5/5
This was an okay beer. Nothing special but not terrible.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

a generic blonde that tastes pretty good on the whole, and satisfies just fine when youve already been drinking all day, but probably cant hold its own against even the upper middle class of craft brewed blonde ales. its thicker, heavier, but that has its merit too. i like its uplifted carbonation and its thin sweetness. medium tinny middle though, and an old semi-stale hop complexion thats underdone and missing something. still, its refreshing in the right context, not as good as others from these guys, but a decent brew. i always find it a little weird when a brewery can rock out a barrel aged imperial brew, but cant dial in a real basic thing like this one, it almost seems lazy or complacent rather than incompetent, and maybe thats a greater offense...

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Photo of pat61
3.5/5  rDev +12.9%

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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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer is served a lightly hazed golden-yellow color with a tiny white fizzy head. The head fades quite fast leaving only a light level of foam on the sides of the glass.

Smell- The aroma is heaviest of a lightly toasted wheat smell mixed with a little bit of orange and lemon. Some more yeasty and grassy aromas are there as well and are mixed with the aforementioned as well as a small amount of a floral aroma.

Taste – The taste begins with a light wheaty and slightly cracker flavor with some orange sweetness. A yeasty flavor develops later on in the taste all while the orange flavor dwindles with it being replaced by a little bit of lemon and grapefruit. Some grainy flavors as well as a bit of a grassy hop come to the tongue at the very end, leaving a rather crisp and light wheat flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is very light in nature with a crisp feel and a higher carbonation. For the mix of wheat and citrus as well as the lighter abv. of the brew, the thin body and high carbonation are rather appropriate for make for a nice crisp and refreshing brew.

Overall – Not a flavor powerhouse, but a good sessionable drinker on a nice warm summer day. An alright brew overall.

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Dirty Blonde Ale from Atwater Brewery
73 out of 100 based on 110 ratings.