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Dirty Blonde Ale - Atwater Brewery

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321 Ratings
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Ratings: 321
Reviews: 89
rAvg: 3.13
pDev: 18.85%
Wants: 4
Gots: 29 | FT: 1
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 allengarvin
2.16/5  rDev -31%

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.

allengarvin, Jun 09, 2014
Photo of wrightst
3.5/5  rDev +11.8%

wrightst, Jun 06, 2014
Photo of balinor
2.75/5  rDev -12.1%

balinor, Jun 06, 2014
Photo of todesengel135
3.75/5  rDev +19.8%

todesengel135, Jun 05, 2014
Photo of montydesi
1.25/5  rDev -60.1%

montydesi, Jun 02, 2014
Photo of robertjskelton
3.75/5  rDev +19.8%

robertjskelton, May 28, 2014
Photo of MichiganderHB
3/5  rDev -4.2%

MichiganderHB, May 22, 2014
Photo of BEERchitect
3.45/5  rDev +10.2%

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.

BEERchitect, May 21, 2014
Photo of smartassboiler
3/5  rDev -4.2%

smartassboiler, May 11, 2014
Photo of ThatsStout
1.25/5  rDev -60.1%

ThatsStout, May 11, 2014
Photo of Texasfan549
3/5  rDev -4.2%

Texasfan549, May 09, 2014
Photo of amalburg
3.5/5  rDev +11.8%

amalburg, May 01, 2014
Photo of barczar
3.34/5  rDev +6.7%

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.

barczar, Apr 28, 2014
Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.25/5  rDev +3.8%

SmellsofMahagony, Apr 28, 2014
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3/5  rDev -4.2%

sween100, Apr 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev +27.8%

Todd_Thelen, Apr 26, 2014
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3/5  rDev -4.2%

JosephRAD, Apr 17, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev +3.8%

jlmathis, Apr 04, 2014
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1.75/5  rDev -44.1%

clager, Apr 04, 2014
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3/5  rDev -4.2%

Giggy, Mar 29, 2014
Photo of Dustin_A_Stoutdrinker
3.5/5  rDev +11.8%

Dustin_A_Stoutdrinker, Mar 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev +27.8%

Nathan50, Mar 23, 2014
Photo of nheinzie57
3/5  rDev -4.2%

nheinzie57, Mar 22, 2014
Photo of GoHabsGo
3/5  rDev -4.2%

GoHabsGo, Mar 18, 2014
Photo of David_G
1.75/5  rDev -44.1%

David_G, Mar 12, 2014
Dirty Blonde Ale from Atwater Brewery
73 out of 100 based on 321 ratings.