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Dirty Blonde Ale - Atwater Brewery

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Reviews: 101
Hads: 423
rAvg: 3.02
pDev: 19.54%
Wants: 6
Gots: 79 | 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: 101 | Hads: 423
Photo of semihobo
1.52/5  rDev -49.7%
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. (1,301 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.17/5  rDev +5%
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. (462 characters)

Photo of ClockworkOrange
2.58/5  rDev -14.6%
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. (378 characters)

Photo of tempest
2.93/5  rDev -3%
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. (344 characters)

Photo of riversider76
3.16/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy golden with a thin white head. Not much retention,but a decent lacing. Aroma is of tart fruits. Body is light with a bit of carbonation.Taste is of orange peel and sweet tart fruits. This is a little too sugary for my taste, but you might like it. (260 characters)

Photo of plaid75
3.6/5  rDev +19.2%
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. (489 characters)

Photo of goblue3509
2.86/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy light yellow color with a small head that fades very quickly. The beer leaves no lacing at all to it. The smell is of wheat with a hint of floral aromas. The taste is of wheat with a little hint of citrus. There is a moderate to high amount of carbonation. The overall drinkability is okay. It isn't very complex and the beer leaves you wanting more as opposed to other wheat beers. (395 characters)

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
2.81/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

Clear yellow color with a white head that thinned to a layer and left a few spots of lacing.
The smell is sour citrus.
The taste is rather sour as well, sour white grapes with a bit of malted wheat thrown in.
Light bodied with good carbonation for the style.
It's got low abv and it goes down easy, it's just a little too sour/acidic for my liking. (394 characters)

Photo of Risser09
4.03/5  rDev +33.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner - fridge - 2009

Appearance: Pours a golden yellow color with lots of freely flowing carbonation. A 1.5" white head builds and shows great retention. No lace remains behind.

Smell: Wheat, coriander, fresh flowers, and not very much beyond that. No noticeable hop aromas.

Taste: Sweet orange and coriander bring about a subtle spiciness. A sweet initial wheat flavor turns into a buttery, creamy wheat malt flavor. it's enjoyable how the beer plays out from start to finish. It definitely lives up to the name Dirty Blonde where it starts out light and fresh then turns so buttery.

Mouthfeel: Sweet, fresh, but also creamy in the finish. Plenty of carbonation with no alcohol burn at all. Wheat finish.

Drinkability: A great session beer. Not a mind-blowing beer, but it sure is smooth, tasty and easily approachable. A sizer would go down easily. Worth seeking and trying. (911 characters)

Photo of hreb
2.24/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Cold 12 oz bottle poured into 20oz pint glass. Beer pours like soda, with giant bubbles, forming no head. Beer is very pale and slightly clouded.

First sip is refreshing...like water. Bland, bland, bland. fizzy, then nothing. There's a slight citrus/spice/irrelevant note. A bad beer. (285 characters)

Photo of jjayjaye
3.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Credit for Bottle Art. Pours an ultra pale hazy golden color, visibly effervescent, with a loose foamy white head that fades quickly to spotty patterns of lacing. The smell is descent. From the bottle residue it was sweet and the initial pour was all about the orange peel with hints of the corriander that got stronger as it warmed. The mouth feel isn't as lively as it appears although it is light. The wheat flavor is initially strong up front then the spicy character kicks in. Drink it quickly while its cold. (514 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
3.47/5  rDev +14.9%
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. (1,220 characters)

Photo of beerman207
3.2/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours yellow - copper color with 2 fingers of head and no lacing

S - The smell is of orange, coriander, pepper, peach, and perhaps even some bread

T - The taste is sour with lemon and orange coming through. The body is lots of malt with spicy and very dry finish and a bread (wheat) taste as well.

M - Carbonation is quite pronounced

D - In conclusion, I don't know whether I personally like this beer or not. I got one of these for a friend so I'll be interested to see the reaction to this beer. Very few reviews on here and the range is pretty big. Overall, I believe this is sessionable and a nice summer brew (621 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.92/5  rDev +29.8%
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! (633 characters)

Photo of biggred1
3.03/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy blonde with a skim of white foam that leaves a little sliding lace on the glass. Smells of dishwater, orange candy and faint spice. Tastes kind of like an orange dream = Orange and vanilla ice cream soda with some mild yeasty funkiness. Light bodied and creamy. Tastes too artificial and processed for me. (310 characters)

Photo of NJpadreFan
2.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Atwater- Dirty Blonde

A- Light pale yellow with a small filmy head. No lacing.
S- Faint lemon and orange. Touch of honey and grass.
T-Light sweet honey and orange tainted wheat. Light grainy malt body.
M- Very light and watery. Sweet honey throughout. Finishes off malty.

Overall- Weak and watery but easy to drink and slightly refreshing on a hot day. (354 characters)

Photo of Dodo2step
2.76/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

P- Tavern in Pittsburgh

A- a cloudy hazy pale wheat yellow pour. Very carbonated and fizzes a lot. no head to see.

S- citrus coriander and orange. yeasty and wheaty. a lemon zest hint as well.

T- carbonated lemon juice. very odd and not all that great but alright. very bland on hops and malts. In fact it is unmalted from the bottle description. A bitter sour yeast flavor as well.

M- chewy and creamy. carbonated and not a decent feel in the mouth as a whole. Complex and not a good complex.

D- too much carbonation. im glad i only bought 3 because they hard to put back and gives you gas. (596 characters)

Photo of tburkhart
2.46/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

pours a hazy golden. It took awhile to pour as the head was quite excessive and I had to let it die down a few times.

Smell is a bit sour.

Taste is similar to the smell.

Not a very good beer. I think Atwater has some issues in the bottling line. Not recommended. (265 characters)

Photo of WakeandBake
3.77/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy light gold,with a thin white head and some sediment floating about.Aroma of orange peel,coriander, some hints of grass,and other faint spices.Nice crisp fruit flavor,spice,and hops,would liked to have tasted more of the wheat,thin body,nice mouthfeel.Pretty darn drinkable. (286 characters)

Photo of beerad666
3.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this into an American pint glass, it poured a cloudy yellow gold color. There was a huge amount of sediment in this beer which was floating around all over the place after the pour. The smell of citrus was incredibly strong along with the yeast. There was a slight sour taste towards the end when drinking. But for me there was just way too much carbonation in this beer, it felt like I was drinking a sparkling cider.

Drinkability is ok... could work nicely with an order of hot wings. (497 characters)

Photo of billybob
2.06/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

pours a cloudy yellow with a two finger white head that looks good for a minute or two then quickly fades. very faint aroma of citrus and coriander. sharp taste of citrus more lemon than orange with a slightly pepper finish. mouthfeel was watery no body to it. lacking in many ways. (282 characters)

Photo of rightsideways
1.38/5  rDev -54.3%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

I was looking forward to this one as i'd yet to try it. it came to me in a glass and the foam had been poured off. this isn't the fault of the brewer so maby it had great head. the main problem with this beer was infection. I'm sure it was an infection because when i sniffed it i thought for a second maybe i was at the movies about to dig into a 12 dollar medium popcorn. it had a very noticeable diacetyl aroma and taste. past the buttery flavor i could taste blueberry almost which i'm sure wasn't intended either. it'd be interesting to taste one from a different batch. (575 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
2.45/5  rDev -18.9%
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. (706 characters)

Photo of Bighuge
3.02/5  rDev 0%
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. (428 characters)

Photo of WesWes
3.58/5  rDev +18.5%
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. (509 characters)

Dirty Blonde Ale from Atwater Brewery
71 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.