Dirty Blonde Ale
Atwater Brewery

Dirty Blonde AleDirty Blonde Ale
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Style:
Wheat Beer - American Pale
Ranked #613
ABV:
4.5%
Score:
75
Ranked #49,092
Avg:
3.24 | pDev: 16.98%
Reviews:
124
Ratings:
540
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Atwater Brewery
 
Michigan, United States
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Dirty Blonde AleDirty Blonde Ale
Notes: From mild to wild this one’s the perfect companion for whatever you’re up for. Crisp wheat smoothness gives way to a touch of coriander snap and a kiss of sweet orange peel perk that lingers on your lips. With a beautiful cloudy golden hue and ample head this one makes you love her more with every pour.

8 IBU
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Reviews by huddyball:
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huddyball from New Hampshire

2.75/5  rDev -15.1%

Apr 06, 2013
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AtrumAnimus from Texas

4.23/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a perfect blonde color with a thin and rich white head. The head settles leaving a thin lace.

The nose is earthy and grassy with hints of bread, camphor and apples.

The taste is peppery hops n a dry malt bed with some pine, lavender and vanilla in the mix.

The mouthfeel is rich and satisfying with this particular style.

Overall a very drinkable and enjoyable beer.

Apr 06, 2015
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LaurenMichelsen from Michigan

3.94/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this beer this past summer. This beer is very easy to drink because it's very light but tasty. I would definitely recommend this beer if you enjoy light beers.

Dec 04, 2018
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dacrza1 from New Jersey

2.21/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

DATE: July 15, 2017... OCCASION: playing a family-wide game of Monopoly... GLASSWARE: Ommegang Rare Vos shaker... appears a slightly hazy, light straw colored body... small, lazy bubbles formulate an off-white head that taps out quickly... light bill of lemon, wheat, and pear--slightly astringent and not offering much in the way of the promised orange peel or coriander... light,, watery, a bit oily...like a white wine spritzer without the refreshing payoff.... more like a flat cream soda... cider-like apple brisk pepper, light wheat, soft orange peel, and cracker malts keep some of the low-end appeal... this is one that tastes as I remembered it did the last time--advertising as a summer beer, but like the label's suggestive lady, more trouble than it's worth, and not nearly as refreshing... sad when the remainder of a six-pack presents itself as a burden...

Jul 16, 2017
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Mindcrime1000 from South Dakota

3.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Overall, this is a somewhat "meh" lifeless offering compared to some others I've had. "Yeomanlike" comes to mind. It has a nice crisp finish, but the aroma and flavor are pretty bland.

Mar 18, 2018
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MatthewBair

3/5  rDev -7.4%

Oct 03, 2012
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Jim67 from Michigan

3.94/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dec 22, 2017
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WesWes from New York

3.58/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Aug 07, 2008
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BeerBeast from Florida

3.5/5  rDev +8%

Sep 19, 2014
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KennethBeer from Michigan

3.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Jan 10, 2018
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NJpadreFan from New Jersey

2.85/5  rDev -12%
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.

Apr 17, 2009
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tastymug from Washington

2.75/5  rDev -15.1%

Feb 09, 2013
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BlueTomorrow from Michigan

2.29/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Nov 10, 2018
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BuckeyeNation from Iowa

2.75/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

Nov 06, 2009
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OMG from Indiana

2.75/5  rDev -15.1%

Oct 16, 2012
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labisch from Michigan

3.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Feb 16, 2018
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Billolick from New York

3.08/5  rDev -4.9%
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

Sep 03, 2012
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pathead from Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -7.4%

Mar 01, 2014
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Jmar25 from Ohio

3.65/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Apr 21, 2018
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smcolw from Massachusetts

3.23/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden color, lightly cloudy (more than chill haze). Moderate head that doesn't leave any lace.

I smell olives, not sure why. Mild aroma of light colored malts. Not unpleasant.

It has some soured cream flavor on the initial sip...distracting but not awful. Very little wheat flavor. In fact, this tastes more like a cream ale. Good body with a high level of carbonation. Some lactose in the aftertaste but I can't detect any hop.

This is a reasonable beer to drink, but not to impress.

Jun 29, 2008
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ilikebeer03 from Texas

3.25/5  rDev +0.3%

Aug 03, 2014
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JimboBrews54 from Michigan

4/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Refreshing is a good way to put this beer into perspective. This one has a very wit feel to it, the nice part is that it does not try to do too much. Orange and citrus under tones bring out the wit flavoring, this keeps the beer crisp and clean tasting.

Oct 10, 2018
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

2.88/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

Aug 05, 2012
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Dbbaxter

2.75/5  rDev -15.1%

Oct 19, 2012
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Husky-Topper from New Jersey

4.04/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sep 08, 2018
Dirty Blonde Ale from Atwater Brewery
Beer rating: 75 out of 100 with 540 ratings