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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:
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Added by montageman on 05-31-2008

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Reviews:
110
Ratings:
464
Avg:
3.1
pDev:
37.42%
 
 
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Reviews: 110 | Ratings: 464
Photo of jb413
2.64/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A – Transparent gold/yellow with a foamy, soda-bubble head. To be honest, looks just like a cream soda. Very little lacing on the way down. Also, I can clearly see floating debris at the bottom (orange peel / coriander ?). Not sure if that’s standard practice with the style but this is not an attractive beer for me.

S - Light and citrusy, with orange and some floral notes. Average

T – A big, average citrus note. For me, the citrus is there throughout, yet it's more lemon/sour than orange. Wheat with maybe some hops but tough to tell.

MF – Light-bodied and very thin with perhaps a tad too much carbonation. Finish isn’t terrible though, and leaves a wet palate.

O - While I’m not familiar with the style, I have to imagine there are much better blondes out there. This one is not my cup of tea. Looked rather gross and tasted average. Perhaps a hot summer day would have made a difference, but not much. Would opt to purchase something else.

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Photo of sweett3k
3.99/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beer from the D. Pale light yellow with a fizzy head throgh out. Aroma of orange citrus and fanit spice notes. Fresh grain malt summery flavor. It is like a tasty verson of a lager. An easy session beer. A decent drinkable beer to enjoy at a Tigers baseball game.

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Photo of bushbeer75
2.8/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. brown bottle with label notched January 2011

Atwater Block Brewery Dirty Blonde Ale poured a very light hazy pale gold color producing a 1-finger white head that dissipated rather quickly. The nose is of light pale wheat and very light [lemon] citrus. Dirty Blonde’s flavor matches the nose…where is the coriander and orange peel as the label states?? I sure can’t seem to detect these tastes – very disappointing. Mouth feel is light with light carbonation. The ABV and the mouth feel/body make this ale an easy drinker.

After tasting Dirty Blonde I can see why the brew was classified [on B.A.] as an American Pale Wheat Ale as I thought that a beer spiced with coriander and orange should fall into the Witber style. Atwater, if you intended this brew to be a Witber you missed the mark.

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Photo of tone77
3.8/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 22 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, a touch of wheat and oranges. Taste is good, orange, coriander, very refreshing. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall this is a highly enjoyable summer time beer.

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

First had: bottle from Pinocchio's beer garden, Media, PA

Poured a slightly cloudy light golden-yellow with a fizzy white head that didn't retain much at all. Grainy, bready aroma, lightly toasted, with hints of citrus zest. Similar taste, biscuity, grainy, a yeasty sensation, mild wheat profile, crisp citrus an a touch of spice. Pretty good blonde ale, but not really my style. Light body, and fairly drinkable for a hot summer day I suppose.

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Photo of lsrose
2.77/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Got a bottle that was marked October 2010, so could have been partially bad from age.

A - Poured a golden color with a lot of carbonation and a tall head. Wayyyy too much carbonation and was some sediment in the bottom of the bottle.

S - Very yeasty and fruity smell of orange and other citrus.

T - Maybe tasted slightly better than I expected, or maybe different than I expected. Very acidic citrus taste.

O - Very acidic, over carbonated, didnt like this much but I could see a niche. It reminds me of Summer Shandy and lovers of that might really like this too.

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Photo of Hazer115
2.56/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: This beer does not necessarily hold true to its name, while it is blond, it’s crystal clear. It has a nice head immediately after pouring but doesn’t stick around very long.

S: Smell, well you pretty much have to put your nose in the beer to get any smell from it, but when you do get a smell, it's slightly hoppie.

T: Very little hopes, with a slight hint of fruit/banana.

M: For a 4.5% ale, this one feels a little heavy to me.

Overall, I'd say this is an ok beer to drink on a hot summer day, but for the price I was hoping for something a litter better.

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Photo of MTNboy
2.43/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This beer has a lot of carbonation. The body is a pale gold color. The head and lace are both frothy white. I was pretty disappointed overall with almost everything about this beer. Aroma is fruity and citrusy. I thought the flavor is very sour and remind me of a grapefruit. The body was thin and watery.

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Photo of civilizedpsycho
2.67/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a pale gold color that is crystal clear despite a stirring of the bottle to agitate any remaining yeast. Does have a nice fluffy head.

Smell: Has a very wheaty backbone with hints of citrus lingering in the background. Not powerful aromas, but they're there.

Taste: Has a very slight citrus flavor, but on the whole, it is very bland. It tastes very watery and very little of the aromas make their presence known in the flavor.

Mouthfeel: Like the flavor, very watery. Very thin and not very impressive.

Drinkability: While this beer is not bad, it is certainly not good. If I want some wheat beers, there are better ones. If I want something light and refreshing, there are better things.

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Photo of bilyboy65
3.12/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Well this was not an exciting beer. The golden deliciousness of it's looks soon gave way to a quickly fading head. No carbonation lead to a flat taste (beer was not flat though). This is a very light bodied beer with no ill affects on the tongue as it passes by. Not a bad taste, but a little boring. Would probably be good on a very hot day when all you want is something cold.

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Photo of GDBEERMAN
2.26/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into standard pint glass. July 2010 bottling.

A: The body looks a bit light and has a clear starw hue to it. The head sinks fast and has a foamy look to it. The carbonation level seems to be out the roof.

S: The aroma is a bit low on the intensity aspect and has a touch of grass and straw character. Nothing exceeding average.

T/M: The upfront taste is lemon bitterness and that is unrefined and not balanced. The lemon is very artifical tasting and does not tend to mesh well with the high level of carbonation. Together there is a lemon soda element, that is not too pleasing. Hop character is minimal at best and the body is very thin.

O: Overall I feel that this brew falls short of style and does not represent a refreshing summer ale very well. The main concern I have is the astrigent lemon aspect and the high level of carbonation that gives a soda sensation. This is a slightly older bottle that a friend gave me, which they are still selling in store, past prime, but still on the market (maybe it should'nt be sold this far past bottling).

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Photo of Skeeter206
3.24/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I bought a 6 pack, this is the first one I've poured into a glass.

A~Dark straw color... slightly aggressive pour with barely 1/2 head that dissipated immediately... zero lacing looks like carbonated apple juice.

S~Smells o.k. slight malt and fruity notes in there but still not a very strong smell, just barely noticeable.

T~Very weak taste as well, kind of goes with the smell. Malty notes with slight coriander and orange notes in there. I've had 3 of these out of the bottle and I feel like the flavor was stronger out of the bottle than when poured into a glass. I don't know why that would be though.

M~Decently carbonated, but nothing special here either, a light to medium mouthfeel.

Overall I wouldn't buy this again, there are much better beers in the style. This reminds me a lot of shocktop except not quite as strong of a flavor(shocktop has a strong orange juice like flavor where this has little flavor at all with orange and coriander undertones)

The only reason I'm giving this a 3.5 is because out of a bottle the taste was stronger, I should have just kept to drinking it out of the bottle because once poured this is a very unappealing beer.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
2.56/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Great name and label but a boring beer. Poured only a 1/4" head which completely dissipated. Straw yellow color. Not much of an aroma at all, even after warming up. Very mild flavor and yes it has some orange peel and coriander but not really a showcase amount of it. Where's the excitement here folks? Not dirty, barely blonde.

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Photo of StoutHunter
2.78/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer came in an Atwater mixed twelve pack, I hope this ones better then the last witbier I had. Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a pilsner glass.

A- This beer pours a clear pale golden color with three fingers worth of white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed the rest of the time.

S- All I get from the aroma is orange peel and some light spices, not a lot going on here.

T- The flavors are on the light side for a witbier. All the typical witbier flavors are their, they are just as not as strong as they should be. This beer is pretty unbalanced, the orange peel doesn't let other flavors come through.

M- Medium light bodied with good carbonation.

D- The alcohol and the flavor in this beer all come off pretty light so drinking a couple of these wouldn't be a problem but the flavor doesn't warrant drinking more then one.

Overall this was a pretty lack luster brew with not a lot going for it. It seems like this beer was trying to be a nice summer time witbier like oberon but instead it came out too watered down. I don't think I will be revisiting this brew anytime soon.

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Photo of OneDropSoup
2.81/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Has April 2010 punched out of the label. I'm assuming that's a "Bottled on" & not a "Best before."

Poured into a pilsner: Golden straw body, hazy but clear enough to see lots of fast nucleation. Loads of loose, white head that drops to about a half finger.

Smells of orange peel, spices, with a kind of plastic character that I'm not too keen on. Kind of unclean in a clinical way, if that makes any sense.

Taste is strongly peachy and orangey, in a bubble gum kind of way, but after you've been chewing it for too long & the flavor has worn out. There's a dryness like seltzer water. A little bready, but mostly this beaten down orange.

Thin but very effervescent & a little prickly, like it's too excited or something. Too much mouthfeel for the taste, if you can believe that.

Not a lot to say about this one that's any better than "average." Taste & smell are both thin & a little flawed, & the mouthfeel is just kind of weird. Can't say I'm a fan.

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Photo of carlborch
2.1/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours with a slight yeasty haze. Light-golden color. The initial off-white head of about 1/2 inch dissipates almost immediately. Carbonation is light. The malt is very light with hints of straw. Some petillance on the initial palate, followed by a light center and finish. The finish is rather short. The body is very light. Lace does not form. The orange peel and coriander is not evident. Some ale and wheat characteristics in the nose, albeit very faint. Somewhat sweet and slick The alcohol is not noticeable. Refreshing but exciting.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.5/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at Joe Canal's in Marlton since I was passing through and had never seen a beer from these guys in my neck of the woods before. I love this style and although this wasn't the best of this style that I've had, I can't understand why it's rated as low as it is!

Typical pour and look to this beer - a transluscent golden hue, fluffy head, and a bit of lacing to boot. The mouthfeel had some wheat to it but was a bit on the thin side with notes of citrus and lemon zest. The coriander couldn't be felt until the aftertaste but it provided just a hint of spice and kick to the taste.

This didn't have the grass and clove taste that most Witbiers do but nevertheless, it's a good summer offering. Because the ABV% is low, it's not hard to down a few in a sitting. Nothing stands out about this but for me, it was a pleasant surprise and a fitting drink during the warm nights that we've had so far this month!

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.67/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This ale comes out of the tap a hazy light golden yellow with a decent white head. Aroma is not strong but fairly wheaty and appealing. Flavor is firm and wheaty with a good citrusy, mainly lemony, undertone. Texture is fairly smooth and quite fizzy.

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Photo of decadance
3.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Cloudy Gold, Short head which leaves quickly.

S - Citrus and coriander, just like the label says. Not good coriander, just bucket loads. Like someone was growing cilantro and for got to use it.

T - I like coriander, but this beer is not balanced at all. There is little to enjoy in the flavor department.

M - Good news is it feels decent on the tongue, kind of silky actually.

D - Maybe if you like a one note beer made with a single spice...it would be for you. It simply is not for me.

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Photo of americanbeerbuzz
4.11/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a "weizzen" style glass, though this beer is an American Wheat, but the glass fits the style all the same.

Pours a two finger head and retains a nice luster. Color is exactly what I want to see from this style of beer. Hazy, cloudy and sort of deep lemon yellow.

It has a nice mouthfeel, an orange coriander flavor that is long lasting, about halfway into the beer i'm feeling like I will drink another after I gulp the rest of this down.

Cheers!

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