Dirty Blonde Ale | Atwater Brewery

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BEER INFO

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
111
Ratings:
467
Avg:
3.1
pDev:
37.42%
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
106
For Trade:
1
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Reviews: 111 | Ratings: 467
Reviews by semihobo:
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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 AtrumAnimus
4.23/5  rDev +36.5%
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.

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Photo of tectactoe
3/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.25/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of petewheeler
3.5/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Billolick
3.08/5  rDev -0.6%
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

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2/5  rDev -35.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +21%

Photo of pat61
3.5/5  rDev +12.9%

Fruity malty nose, some spice, orange
Hazy gold, 2” off white head dissipates to a film
Palate: a mixed bag blend of Kolsch and Belgian Wit that gets confusing. Has the orange and coriander but not the yeast character of the Wit, has a hint of Kolsch yeast, and enough wheat to evoke an American wheat ale but the result does too little with too much.
Medium to a little above on the carbonation, medium body.

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3/5  rDev -3.2%

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3.25/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of WVbeergeek
3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Slightly hazed body, eggshell white head forms a cloudy three fingers worth with fine even lacing. Aroma has a nice sharp wheat and citrus combo with very mild spice additions, limited coriander which is usually a good thing for my palate. Flavor wise there's some biscuit bread dough layers with a very chalky yeast in the finish, slight hint of citrus peel and coriander with a relatively lackluster overall flavor. Carbonation is light, not much on the palate as far as textures go but still not a horrible beer, under 4.5% it's light and refreshing and keeps you wanting to experience the next sip. It has a trademark Atwater characteristic it misses the mark on the style and ends in a generic watered down version of a witbier, I appreciate it for what it is but can't really look at this as a beer I want to keep buying.

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3/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of mrosenfeld32
3/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of tallfellapgh
4/5  rDev +29%

Photo of jmrybak
3/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of goast8127
3/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of JMS1512
3.6/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DCHritz
2.97/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of cynical1027
3.5/5  rDev +12.9%

Photo of chuckgietzen
3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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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4/5  rDev +29%

Photo of geodonnokepyo
3.15/5  rDev +1.6%

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4/5  rDev +29%

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Dirty Blonde Ale from Atwater Brewery
73 out of 100 based on 111 ratings.
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