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Dirty Blonde Ale | Atwater Brewery

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Dirty Blonde AleDirty Blonde Ale

Brewed by:
Atwater Brewery
Michigan, United States | website

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by montageman on 05-31-2008

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Reviews: 110 | Ratings: 459
Photo of mltobin
2.53/5  rDev -18.4%
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 -13.5%
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 +11.9%
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 +7.4%
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%
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 -23.5%
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 -16.8%
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 -12.9%
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 -11.3%
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 -51%
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 +2.3%
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 ClockworkOrange
2.58/5  rDev -16.8%
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 -5.5%
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 riversider76
3.16/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of plaid75
3.6/5  rDev +16.1%
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 goblue3509
2.86/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
2.81/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

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Photo of Risser09
4.03/5  rDev +30%
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.

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Photo of hreb
2.24/5  rDev -27.7%
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.

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Photo of jjayjaye
3.15/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.47/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

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Photo of beerman207
3.2/5  rDev +3.2%
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

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Photo of jwc215
3.92/5  rDev +26.5%
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 biggred1
3.03/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
2.85/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

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Dirty Blonde Ale from Atwater Brewery
73 out of 100 based on 110 ratings.