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Dirty Blonde Ale - Atwater Brewery

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Dirty Blonde AleDirty Blonde Ale

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103 Reviews
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Reviews: 103
Hads: 434
Avg: 3.07
pDev: 38.44%
Wants: 6
Gots: 89 | 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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Reviews: 103 | Hads: 434
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.45/5  rDev +12.4%
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 BEERchitect
3.45/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

With a bright citrus taste and a malty rich underpinning, this dirty blonde beer lives up to its name as its hazy gold hues cast over the session with bright acidity and bready texture.

As the light and effortless ale lays on the front of the mouth, its mild candy coated sweetness is slightly of orange cream soda. From that pulls the citrus and tropical tones that seem like cream sickle, sherbet- equipped with nectarine and dried apricot.

With little wavering, its bready-sweet middle is like shortcake as the fruit sweetness piles on. The mild tangy balance from hops deliver elements of verbena, sassafras and alligator pepper to counter the lingering malt sweetness and heft.

Still, the ale resists much fade to dryness or crispness in finish, relying on the continuation of confectioners sweetness, cake-like malt texture and light aid from hops and spice. All this gives sweeter and richer impressions to side with those with a sweet tooth.

Favoring a sweeter finish, the ale appeals to fans of fruitier and sweeter ale. But its reluctance to dry in finish limits its drinkability and refreshment. Its fruity center does however make this dirty blonde an irresistible choice.

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Photo of zeff80
3.17/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Poured out a cloudy, pale, straw yellow color with a small, white, bubbly head of foam. It was very fizzy and left a little to no lace.

S - It smelled of citrus, lemon, wheat and some clove.

T - This has a powerful lemon flavor with a mild wheat taste. There was a hint of yeast.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a snappy, fizzy mouthfeel. A very light bodied brew.

D - This is an okay wheat beer. Just too much lemon for it to be a regular in my fridge.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.75/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

"I made myself platinum, but I was born a dirty blonde."

--Mae West

Ripe lemon rind with lemonade colored borders and plenty of uprushing carbonation. The two finger crown is dirty ivory in color and is a little crackly from an auditory standpoint. That usually means featureless foam and almost no lace... which is exactly the case.

As far as I can tell, any beer that uses coriander and orange peel is a wit, not an APWA. That said, DB smells like a slightly more citrusy pale wheat. It is sort of orange-like (and lemon-like), but there's no spiciness of any kind. It's also grainy-husky and thoroughly uninteresting.

Atwater Block has done it again. Or not done it again, depending on your point of view. Dirty Blonde is not recognizable as a member of any one particular style and is not good beer in a general sense. APWA is probably closest to the mark, so maybe I should take back my 'it's a witbier' change request.

Very little malt is appreciated, either in terms of flavor or sweetness. The unmalted wheat does add a certain tart tanginess, however. Orange peel is noted only because I know it's there, and coriander is still nowhere to be found. No flavor hook is a negative. No overt nastiness is a positive... of sorts.

The body/mouthfeel is too light, even for the ABV, and is lacklusterly bubbled. It starts out very near watery and gets there long before the finish.

The only positive thing that I can say about Dirty Blonde Ale is that it isn't as horrendous as most of what Atwater Block brews. Instantly forgettable beer is preferable sometimes because the truly wretched ones tend to stick with me longer than I'd like.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.33/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.96/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

You know she's dirty 'cause o' the tramp stamp. And the fact she's a Tigers fan. Anyway, this stuff pours a clear straw topped by a finger of lightly cream-white foam. The nose comprises soapy orange peel, light wheat, and a touch of white bread. The taste takes this formula and adds a healthy amount of random funk, for lack of a better word, as well as a hint of lemon zest for the sake of it. The body is a rather light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a wet feel. Overall, a meek little beer, one that just plain didn't do it for me.

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Photo of Rifugium
3/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of superspak
3.58/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | 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 WVbeergeek
3/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of smcolw
3.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden color, lightly cloudy (more than chill haze). Moderate head that doesn't leave any lace.

I smell olives, not sure why. Mild aroma of light colored malts. Not unpleasant.

It has some soured cream flavor on the initial sip...distracting but not awful. Very little wheat flavor. In fact, this tastes more like a cream ale. Good body with a high level of carbonation. Some lactose in the aftertaste but I can't detect any hop.

This is a reasonable beer to drink, but not to impress.

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Photo of jwc215
3.92/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy yellow with white head that fizzles down to a thin cover.

The smell is of orange, tart lemon, coriander/black pepper, some apricot/peach, with some lightly toasted bready.

The taste is of tart lemon/orange. A malty backbone gives a touch of sweetness with a bready, spicy dry finish.

The body is light. Carbonation is on the border of prickly and effervescent (despite not seeing much bubbles).

The other beers I've had from this brewery have had a tart/sour undertone. Maybe because of the style, it works well here. It's an American Pale Wheat with wit spicing, that works well here. A refreshing summer-time brew!

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Photo of WesWes
3.58/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a hazy gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a light pale wheat scent along with a bit of coriander and orange peel. It's refreshing with a citrus edge. The taste is decent as well. It has a dry wheat malt flavor that's light and easy drinking. It's quite citrusy with just a hint of coriander. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a pretty good drinker. It's on par with Coors' Blue Moon.

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Photo of woodychandler
2.88/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

CAN you believe it?!? Once again, I feel CANpelled to open my review with a disclaimer. Yes, the serving type really was a CAN, again courtesy of Friday's visit to Pinocchio's. It would be extremely poor form to attribute a non-CANned beer to The CANQuest (TM) and I have never knowingly done so.

From the CAN: "Beer is good."; "Enjoy Everyday!"

Oooh, so you're a Dirty Blonde, eh, baby? Just remember, it's only kinky the first time. After that, it's de rigeur. Plus, who is to decide what is "dirty" and what is not? Huh, the "Dirty Blonde" distinction refers to your natural hair color? Well, why didn't anybody tell me until now? Just as Emily Litella often said, "Never mind."

The Crack revealed another brimful CAN and the excitement led to an inverted Glug, it turn leading to a fizzy finger of bone-white head that quickly reduced to wisps. Color was a hazy lemon-yellow. Nose smelled more like a Wit (note from the CAN: "Ale Brewed with Orange Peel and Coriander."), thanks to the adjuncts. I definitely caught the orange peel initially, followed by the inherent spiciness of the coriander on the nose. Mouthfeel was medium and the taste was much more like a Wit than an APWA. I would submit a correction, but the BFG program has been disestablished, so apparently the program will somehow pick up this discrepancy at some point. In the meantime, I will CANsider it as an APWA. It had a nice orange citrusiness on the tongue, followed by the peppery spiciness of the coriander. Finish was quite dry, very nice for summer. I'd take a Dirty Blonde to the beach with me.

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Photo of Billolick
3.08/5  rDev +0.3%
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

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Photo of tempest
2.93/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
2.7/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.57/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

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Photo of plaid75
3.6/5  rDev +17.3%
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.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.47/5  rDev +13%
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.

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Photo of tone77
3.8/5  rDev +23.8%
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.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.02/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Cloudy and muddled light orange body. Creamy one finger white head. Lace comes in droopy rings. Strong aroma of coriander and orange peel. It's nice though. I like it. Plus some faint lemon zest and biscuity malt aromas. The flavor is a little too high on the artificial "orange" notes. There's some tangy wheat tones as well. A little too tangy and sour. Mouthfeel is a little flaccid and lifeless. This one is average at best.

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Photo of pat61
3.5/5  rDev +14%

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 barczar
3.35/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a hazy golden with a frothy white head.

Peaches, tangerines, wheat, and a crackery dryness form the aroma. Fairly subtle.

Flavor reveals a soft wheat backbone, somewhat water, and subtle yeast esters. There's an overwhelming peach character that at least adds something discernible.

Body is moderate to a touch light, with fairly high carbonation.

More fruit-forward than I expected. Certainly not the most complex profile, but a drinkable beer. Could use more wheat and malt character, along with some hops.

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Photo of Jwale73
2.45/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Served in a tumbler. Poured a pale, translucent straw color with lots of tiny effervescent bubbles and some tiny yeast floaties. Two inch, rocky white head began to collapse within seconds before settling into a thin foamy cap. Some lacing, but poor adhesion. Scent was clean, pale wheat, some citrus and a light hoppiness. Taste was weak and watery; a pale comparison of the nose (no pun intended), with a great deal of citric acid coming forth. Mouthfeel was bitingly astringent and light-bodied. Carbonation was also a little high. Considering this brew would and should qualify for a session beer based on style and character, I was dissapointed at how it all came together and how unrefreshing it was.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.67/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This ale comes out of the tap a hazy light golden yellow with a decent white head. Aroma is not strong but fairly wheaty and appealing. Flavor is firm and wheaty with a good citrusy, mainly lemony, undertone. Texture is fairly smooth and quite fizzy.

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Dirty Blonde Ale from Atwater Brewery
72 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.