Dirty Blonde Ale - Atwater Brewery

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Dirty Blonde AleDirty Blonde Ale

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Reviews: 99
Hads: 412
rAvg: 3.02
pDev: 19.54%
Wants: 6
Gots: 76 | FT: 1
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Atwater Brewery visit their website
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: 99 | Hads: 412
Photo of mchegash
3.45/5  rDev +14.2%

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 - 3.125/5
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.

Weighting: Appearance 15%, Smell 15%, Taste 35%, Mouthfeel 15%, Overall 20% (641 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.45/5  rDev +14.2%
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... (765 characters)

Photo of pat61
3.5/5  rDev +15.9%

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. (412 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.4/5  rDev +12.6%
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. (1,278 characters)

Photo of Gear54
3.53/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From a bottle to a pilsner glass.

A: light gold very transparent. Light wispy head and no lace

S: strong citrus aroma to this one like oranges and grapefruit

T: not as flavorful as the smell might indicate. Still picking up citrus notes but it's mild enough that it's hard to pick out which fruit.

M: light mouthfeel, very easy to drink.

O: A sold beer if you have been working outside all day and need a refreshing brew. Of you looking for a flavor bomb try something else. (482 characters)

Photo of Badger6
3.05/5  rDev +1%
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. (567 characters)

Photo of MikeWard
3.07/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a pint glass. Bottled April 2014.

Actually bought this by mistake, had some memories of a beer with similar name that the missus actually enjoyed. This was not it.

Hazy dirty blond color with some dark floaties. (The coriander?) Thin head, minimal lacing.

Only getting a little belgian yeast on the nose. No spices, no orange peel.

Did get a faint touch of spice in the mouth, along with the yeast. No other taste at all.

Mouth was really disappointing. Extremely watery. No orange taste at all, and struggling to find the coriander.

Overal, a pretty unispiring beer. Refreshing on a very hot day, perhaps, cant think of any other positive reason for buying it. (688 characters)

Photo of allengarvin
2.2/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.75

This is a cloud pale gold with a small head that quickly fades to film. The aroma is unpleasant... very vegetal. Ugh, flavor follows the smell, except also doughy, limpid, disgusting. Glad I only bought one of these. Probably the worst beer I've had in at least a couple years. (277 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.45/5  rDev +14.2%
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. (1,188 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.35/5  rDev +10.9%
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. (518 characters)

Photo of Doerrijustmether
3.04/5  rDev +0.7%
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. (664 characters)

Photo of SerialTicker
3.19/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Had on-tap at Boat Works in St. Clair Shores, Michigan.

I got this after the keg of the beer I did want blew. I didn't exactly want it, but I hadn't had it, so why not try it. Dirty Blond has an orange juice sort of color with a lot of haze. Nice little head on top of it. Decent lacing. It looks pretty good. The smell and taste are almost the same, but the smell is a bit better. This tastes like I imagine a combination of Bud Light and orange juice might. This has a sort of flavor that doesn't shout "QUALITY"... it tastes somewhat cheap. But, it's inoffensive and easy drinking. The mouthfeel is quite nice on this brew, which is good, because I'd not recommend this beer if it weren't for that.

The main problem I have with this beer, as stated, is that it tastes cheap. There's not much of a hop presence at all. I taste sorts of corn and cheap grains and such. Not bad, not particularly good. This would be a fine option for people trying to step into craft beer, as it's inoffensive, tastes like it could be a Shock Top sort of creation, and there's virtually no bitterness.

Average at the very best. (1,113 characters)

Photo of Jensen83
3.49/5  rDev +15.6%
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 (261 characters)

Photo of W0rter
2.28/5  rDev -24.5%
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. (491 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
3/5  rDev -0.7%
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. (827 characters)

Photo of elNopalero
2.69/5  rDev -10.9%
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. (554 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
3.57/5  rDev +18.2%
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. (349 characters)

Photo of Schmaltz
2.1/5  rDev -30.5%
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. (476 characters)

Photo of mountdew1
2.93/5  rDev -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. (534 characters)

Photo of Billolick
3.08/5  rDev +2%
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 (411 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
2.88/5  rDev -4.6%
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. (1,580 characters)

Photo of Lauthaha
3.47/5  rDev +14.9%
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. (643 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
2.96/5  rDev -2%
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. (585 characters)

Photo of thecheapies
2.91/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Yup, dirty blonde in color. Lots of haze. Was dealt an overpour, so no chance for head formation. 2.0

Strong coriander and wheat grains. Slight tart Pez candy smell. 3.5

Mildly wheaty and very coriander-forward. Too much yeasty muck flavor. Drier finish with not much bitterness. This beer needs toned down. 3.0

Glazed feel, bolstering a thinner body. Way too light on the carbonation. Much room for improvement. 2.5

Below average ale, due to imbalance. 2.5 (461 characters)

Photo of gatornation
2.75/5  rDev -8.9%
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
grain

M- low carbonation smooth and mostly malts and grain

O- below average wheat not one i will buy again (354 characters)

Dirty Blonde Ale from Atwater Brewery
71 out of 100 based on 99 ratings.