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Dirty Blonde Ale - Atwater Brewery

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Reviews: 102
Hads: 427
Avg: 3.08
pDev: 38.31%
Wants: 6
Gots: 85 | FT: 1
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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: 102 | Hads: 427
Photo of civilizedpsycho
2.67/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

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Photo of bilyboy65
3.12/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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2.26/5  rDev -26.6%
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).

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Photo of Skeeter206
3.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I bought a 6 pack, this is the first one I've poured into a glass.

A~Dark straw color... slightly aggressive pour with barely 1/2 head that dissipated immediately... zero lacing looks like carbonated apple juice.

S~Smells o.k. slight malt and fruity notes in there but still not a very strong smell, just barely noticeable.

T~Very weak taste as well, kind of goes with the smell. Malty notes with slight coriander and orange notes in there. I've had 3 of these out of the bottle and I feel like the flavor was stronger out of the bottle than when poured into a glass. I don't know why that would be though.

M~Decently carbonated, but nothing special here either, a light to medium mouthfeel.

Overall I wouldn't buy this again, there are much better beers in the style. This reminds me a lot of shocktop except not quite as strong of a flavor(shocktop has a strong orange juice like flavor where this has little flavor at all with orange and coriander undertones)

The only reason I'm giving this a 3.5 is because out of a bottle the taste was stronger, I should have just kept to drinking it out of the bottle because once poured this is a very unappealing beer.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
2.56/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Great name and label but a boring beer. Poured only a 1/4" head which completely dissipated. Straw yellow color. Not much of an aroma at all, even after warming up. Very mild flavor and yes it has some orange peel and coriander but not really a showcase amount of it. Where's the excitement here folks? Not dirty, barely blonde.

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Photo of StoutHunter
2.78/5  rDev -9.7%
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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Photo of OneDropSoup
2.81/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Has April 2010 punched out of the label. I'm assuming that's a "Bottled on" & not a "Best before."

Poured into a pilsner: Golden straw body, hazy but clear enough to see lots of fast nucleation. Loads of loose, white head that drops to about a half finger.

Smells of orange peel, spices, with a kind of plastic character that I'm not too keen on. Kind of unclean in a clinical way, if that makes any sense.

Taste is strongly peachy and orangey, in a bubble gum kind of way, but after you've been chewing it for too long & the flavor has worn out. There's a dryness like seltzer water. A little bready, but mostly this beaten down orange.

Thin but very effervescent & a little prickly, like it's too excited or something. Too much mouthfeel for the taste, if you can believe that.

Not a lot to say about this one that's any better than "average." Taste & smell are both thin & a little flawed, & the mouthfeel is just kind of weird. Can't say I'm a fan.

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Photo of carlborch
2.1/5  rDev -31.8%
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.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at Joe Canal's in Marlton since I was passing through and had never seen a beer from these guys in my neck of the woods before. I love this style and although this wasn't the best of this style that I've had, I can't understand why it's rated as low as it is!

Typical pour and look to this beer - a transluscent golden hue, fluffy head, and a bit of lacing to boot. The mouthfeel had some wheat to it but was a bit on the thin side with notes of citrus and lemon zest. The coriander couldn't be felt until the aftertaste but it provided just a hint of spice and kick to the taste.

This didn't have the grass and clove taste that most Witbiers do but nevertheless, it's a good summer offering. Because the ABV% is low, it's not hard to down a few in a sitting. Nothing stands out about this but for me, it was a pleasant surprise and a fitting drink during the warm nights that we've had so far this month!

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.67/5  rDev +19.2%
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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Photo of decadance
3.38/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Cloudy Gold, Short head which leaves quickly.

S - Citrus and coriander, just like the label says. Not good coriander, just bucket loads. Like someone was growing cilantro and for got to use it.

T - I like coriander, but this beer is not balanced at all. There is little to enjoy in the flavor department.

M - Good news is it feels decent on the tongue, kind of silky actually.

D - Maybe if you like a one note beer made with a single spice...it would be for you. It simply is not for me.

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Photo of americanbeerbuzz
4.11/5  rDev +33.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a "weizzen" style glass, though this beer is an American Wheat, but the glass fits the style all the same.

Pours a two finger head and retains a nice luster. Color is exactly what I want to see from this style of beer. Hazy, cloudy and sort of deep lemon yellow.

It has a nice mouthfeel, an orange coriander flavor that is long lasting, about halfway into the beer i'm feeling like I will drink another after I gulp the rest of this down.


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Photo of mltobin
2.53/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I picked up a single bottle of this from State Line Liquors in Elkton, Maryland when coming back from a trip to Baltimore. The appearance is a honey color a head just smaller than one finger, an good looking beer. Smell is a bit of citrus, but very faint other than that. Taking a sip, the taste has lemons, but also a near soapiness to it. Mouthfeel has more of that citrus, which is nearly overbearing. The drinkability of this beer from Atwater Block is not very good due to the aforementioned characteristics.

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Photo of MrStark
2.68/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Appearance is a hazy pale golden yellow with a small soapy like white head that dissipated to a thin cap in very short time.

Smell is very faint as I could barely detect anything save for a mild hint of citrus and wheat.

Taste is on par with the smell. It seems pretty bland with to me an overpowering taste of lemon that covers up any other flavors such as the wheat. Nothing much for complexity in this flavor.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with crisp carbonation.

Drinkability is just ok. It does go down easy and is pretty crisp, but the lack of complexity in the flavor doesn't make me want to come back for more.

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Photo of beerphan
3.47/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle -> pint
no date

Pours a clear orange with a small wispy head thats gone after a few seconds. No lace. Bubbles line the glass and carbonation is steady and abundant.

Nose: faint orange light grain

Crisp thin body that drink easy enough. Not much flavors here, but thats not a bad thing. Touches of oranges and light herbs. Clean malt with little or no bitterness or hop flavors, slightly sour.

A decent wit beer, especially for the price i paid ($3.50 six-pack off a buddy who bought a case, thanks neil)

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.33/5  rDev +8.1%
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 GRPunk
3.44/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a pilsener glass.

A- It poured with about a 1-finger, white head that falls to a decent lace and left some pretty good sticky spots. The body was a clean, golden-yellow with light carbonation. It seemed a touch too "clean" for the style.

S- Initially, I got a lot of fruity, berry-like aroma with some wheaty characteristics. There was little musty yeast scent with an earthy feel. Spicy qualities became more apparent as the beer sat.

T- More fruit tones as suggested in the aroma (mixed berries at first) with light wheaty and yeasty characteristics. Again, it had an earthy angle. Spices and citrus flavors came through as the beer warmed slightly.

M- Very clean with moderate carbonation. A little bite from the citrus and spice.

D- It was a touch over-spiced for my taste, which would keep me from drinking more than 1 or 2 in a sitting. I'd like a little more "beer" and less flavoring. It wasn't quite as refreshing as other examples of the style.

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Photo of BierFan
2.37/5  rDev -23.1%
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?

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Photo of buschbeer
2.58/5  rDev -16.2%
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.


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Photo of GoalieRon33
2.7/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

a- golden, slightly pale. white head that quickly dissipates.

s- some bready undertones, with some coriander present. somewhat neutral smell. nothing special.

t- not good. muted flavors led to a feeling of almost a stale beer. much like a white ale, but with a weird coriander flavor. almost as if a "pseudo" spice.

m- medium body. ok, but with too much carbonation. throat tickler (snicker)

d- tough to get a whole bottle down. Atwater usually makes enjoyable stuff, but they missed on this one. seems to me that they tried to copy SA summer ale but totally came up empty.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.75/5  rDev -10.7%
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 semihobo
1.52/5  rDev -50.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

12 oz with no date, from a mix and match sixpack at Trader Joe's. Aside: did you know you can break up any sixpacks you want at Trader Joe's, cans, bottles, 4-packs, whatever, and they'll ring up each bottle at 1/6 the cost of the sixpack? Makes for pretty cheap singles selection.

Anyway, drinking more Michigan beer, I got this.

The appearance is a big warning sign ... head rose fast and died faster and was all large bubbles, like a soda. Huge bubbles are rising furiously, also soda-like. I hear fizzing. Ghostly pale yellow color, just slightly opaque, looks kinda like gray water. There's a "dirty blonde" woman on the bottle... she has the Tigers logo tattooed on her lower back, ugh. Hope she looks better than this beer.

Smell is sour wheat, corn, more funky than lemony. A little caramelized sugar.

I thought I smelled corn... is this beer really adjunct based? Did not see that one coming. Tastes like lemonade + adjuncts. Sour up front, heck sour the whole way through with a grainy finish. No hops whatsoever. Extremely watery.

Low carbonation, super lightweight mouthfeel. Finish is lingering unpleasant sourness.

Misses the style badly, not impressive when held to any standard much less your average APWA. About what I'd expect from Bud Light with Lemon. Glad I only bought one.

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Photo of zeff80
3.17/5  rDev +2.9%
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 ClockworkOrange
2.58/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A 12 ounce bottle poured into my standard shaker glass. The ale appears a hazed deep yellow color with barely a finger of quickly fading off white head. Nose and flavor are of lightly toasted grains, sweet dinner rolls, very mild notes of citrus and spices. A tad thin in body with ample carbonation. As with most beers from this brewery, simply not worth your time or calories.

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Photo of tempest
2.93/5  rDev -4.9%
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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Dirty Blonde Ale from Atwater Brewery
72 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.