Atwater Bloktoberfest - Atwater Brewery

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Reviews: 69
Hads: 152
rAvg: 3.32
pDev: 20.18%
Wants: 1
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
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Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: weeare138 on 12-07-2005

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Photo of pmcadamis
1.7/5  rDev -48.8%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

A - A huge four finger khaki head threatens to spill over the edges of my oversized pint glass, and the resulting lace left in it's wake is crusty as hell. The head is pillowy, billowing, fluffy, airy, and it gets pitted and shaped as it slowly recedes to a solid two fingers and stays put. There is lace all over the place, and it looks crusty and crystalized. The brew is a deep, deep bronze-orange and slightly cloudy. This is one helluva good looking beer.

S - Light biscuity caramel malt and a big dose of mineral water / well water metallic notes. Salty and airy, with a note that reminds me of the way whole grain pasta smells when it's cooking.

T - Uhh. This is not good. Rotten apples that have been on the ground under the apple tree for several days in the hot summer sun. Red wine vinegar (O-fest are NOT the style to show astringent vinegar notes like a Flander's red), Italian salad dressing, and pumpkin innard scrapings left over from Jack-O-Lantern carving activities.

M - Medium bodied with a very off-putting foamy carbonation. Finishes sour and off-tasting. Blech.

D - Like a Hollywood bimbo, this beautiful brew is pretty on the outside, but foul on the inside. (1,187 characters)

Photo of mterrence5
1.74/5  rDev -47.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

This is supposedly a authentic german beer and i dont wanna knock a beer but this makes me not wanna go to germany. A dark amber color with very little head. Looks very murky and smells malty. Has very little intial taste but a strong hoppy almost butter taste like wine. This is maybe one of the worst beer ive ever had. The aftertast it terrible. (348 characters)

Photo of orangemoustache
1.99/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

This pours a nice reddish amber with a thick khaki cap that hangs tight and leaves some lacing,although it seems to slide away or evaporate. The nose smells of burnt plastic and some light malt sweetness. This is not good and there is very little that I can appreciate. The taste is just off,maybe a bad batch or old tho I doubt the later. The taste has some caramely malts that are overshadowed by soapy/plastic flavors,also acrid. I will retry this again next Fall,for now this one sucks azz. Barely drinkable,somehow I did it(it's my cross to bear). (552 characters)

Photo of Lauthaha
2.02/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a beer mug.

Appearance: Rich amber color, with about one finger's worth of head. Light to moderate lacing on the glass with visible carbonation. Doesn't look too bad at all, I'm anxious to give it a smell.

Smell: Pungent, hoppy scent. Definitely not the best beer I have ever smelled, but at least it has an aroma. Sadly, the aroma lingers in the back of my throat quite bitterly. Not impressed. I'm a bit nervous about tasting it.

Taste: It's not horrible; that's the best I can say. There's a gentle sweetness which is undeniably overwhelmed by the bitter, disgusting taste of poorly selected hops. The only place on my tongue which really responds is the "bitter" section, and that's never a good sign. Ugh.

Mouthfeel: Well, it's not good, and it's not bad. Mild, slightly crisp. Not watery, but definitely lighter than I would have expected.

Drinkability: No. Don't do it.

Would not recommend this beer to anybody. Except for a fifty-year smoker, perhaps; one whose taste buds have long since burned away. (1,050 characters)

Photo of detroiter
2.06/5  rDev -38%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I have a love and hate relationship with this brewery. I love i because its about 1.5 miles from my house, I hate it because most of their beer sucks.

This one is no exception.

When I opened the bottle the foam shot out of the top of the bottle. This made pouring a glass of it almost impossible.

It has the right color for an octo but it could definitely be darker.

Don't get much of a nose of this one, only a little caramel and mild hops, I'm guessing noble.

felt it lacks the body of a good octo, i'm hoping the carbonation problem had something to do with this.

Overall I would have to agree with people who said stay away from this beer. If you are looking for a good octo try Bell's. (697 characters)

Photo of aqsprint
2.11/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A- Great orange color. Good carb. Nice head.

S- This is going to be bad. Movie popcorn smell up front. Sweet malty in the back

T- Yep the unmistakable taste of Diacetyl. There is a soap flavor also that does not go well with my popcorn.

M- the mouth feel is fine, cant get past the buttery soap.

D- It was hard to finish the bottle.

Don't let this review make you steer away from Atwater. They make good beer. This may be the only batch with this off flavor. I an going to give the Blocktoberfest another change next time I see a single. (543 characters)

Photo of crenegar
2.22/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I've seen a few other reviews of this beer talking about a butterscotch taste. Obviously these folks don't know what diacetyl is, hint: it's NOT supposed to be there. Well...maybe trace amounts here and there but it should not be foremost in the nose, what a turn off. I bought a sixtel of Penn's O'fest and one of these only to get home and tap the Block and get the diacetyl hit, yuck. I like the fact these guys do lagers and I've had their dunkel on before, pretty good. Tasted their stuff at GABF just last week but that was around 4pm...everything was starting to merge at that point. (590 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
2.42/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Hopefully it's not a chop-bloktoberfest, 'cause that'd result in a penalty. ...Sorry. Anyway, this stuff pours a clear burnt sienna topped by a finger of dirty white foam. The nose comprises old caramel, cardboard, and something else (and I'm gonna be a tad long-winded here): You know those air fresheners made from plunging cloves into an orange? Yeah, the last bit of the aroma smells just like one of those after several months of service. Suffice it to say, the smell is old and decrepit, and this is a fresh goddamn bottle. Nice start. The taste at least freshens up these components, but the end result is a muddled mess of bland, old malty "beer" filled with a couple cupboards of random spices, mostly clove. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slick feel. Overall, it's bad enough this is a generally bad beer, but to call it an Oktoberfest is an insult to the style. This seems like more of a crappy spiced winter warmer than anything, and even then it still sucks. Harsh words, I know, but if you drink this stuff (don't do that, by the way), you'll know from whence they came. (1,155 characters)

Photo of StoutHunter
2.48/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

I picked up a bottle of Atwater's Bloktoberfest a couple weeks ago for $1.75 at Boyne Country Provisions. I went to Boyne Country Provisions for a small Oktoberfest beer tasting with this beer being one of the two beers to sample, surprisingly I enjoyed this one a little more than Hofbraus Oktoberfest and I thought I should pick up a bottle to review, so lets see how it goes. Bottled in October 2013. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- The label is pretty typical for Atwater with the only difference being the Atwater dude holding a beer stein and wearing traditional Oktoberfest garb, it looks ok. It poured a nice caramel brown color that took on more of a copper/amber hue when held to the light withe two fingers worth of creamy off white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and left a good amount of spotty lacing behind. This is a pretty nice looking, I have no complaints. .

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness followed by a some malts that impart some toasted. stale and sweet malt aromas followed by a pretty big fruit aroma that might be from the yeast, it has a fruit aroma that I really can't put my finger on, but it reminds me a little of dark fruits. Towards the end come some toffee and caramel like aromas. The aroma isn't that great or true to style, the fruity aspect just seems out of place.

T- The taste seems to be fairly similar to the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness followed by some malts that impart a very grainy, stale malt and lightly toasted malt flavors followed by a slight buttery flavor. Up next comes that weird fruity aspect that's a little lighter then it was in the aroma and it has a mixture of dark fruit and green apple flavors to it. On the finish there's a watery toasted malt taste with a light amount of bitterness and a grainy and toasted malt aftertaste. The taste wasn't good, the fruity and light butter flavors hurt it.

M- Somewhat smooth, a little crisp, on the thicker side of being medium bodied with a good amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was ok , but it fell too thin and watery for the style.

Overall I thought this wasn't a good beer and it wasn't a good example of the style, it''s really confusing because when I had this from the bottle at the beer tasting it really didn't taste anything like this and it was much truer to style and little more robust than most Oktoberfests, but what I got was something that tasted, old, stale, watery, and muted, but it's a fresh beer, I just don't understand, but I'm still reviewing since this could mean that there's some crazy bottle variation. This beer didn't have good drinkability, it was a little smooth, but it was thin and watery with some off flavors and the taste did not hold my attention, one is more than enough for me, I wouldn't want to drink another one that tastes like this. What I liked the most about this beer was the appearance, it seems to be the only aspect that was the same as I remember it. What I liked the least about this beer was how different it tasted from the bottle I first had, there's no good reason why the two are so different. I would buy a single again in hopes I get one that doesn't taste like this, but I don't know if I'll see anymore this season and after this experience I'm not too eager to revisit it. I would recommend this one, but I would recommend the first bottle i tried, so it's too inconsistent for me to recommend to my friends All in all i'm confused with this beer, it just wasn't at all what I remember. Better luck next time guys, I wish this beer was more consistent since I enjoyed the first bottle i tried.. (3,701 characters)

Photo of OWSLEY069
2.49/5  rDev -25%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a clean copper/ orange-ish color, with a light tan head. In the aroma, sweet butterscotch and a small earthiness. In the taste, sticky-sweet butterscotch and a sweet earthiness. A smooth and medium to light bodied mouthfeel, with a sticky, dry butterscotch in the aftertaste. Quite sticky with butterscotch, but decent earthiness. (336 characters)

Photo of treyrab
2.56/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Picked this up about a month ago and finally decided to pour it, so I put it into my pint glass tonight.

A: I am writing this review waiting for the head to go down on my beer. It is a colossal three finger head that nearly overflows the pint glass. The color is dark, clear copper with tons and tons of carbonation flowing up.

S: Really pale light smell here. No malt really comes through in the smell, but there is a huge scent of spices (cinnamon, nutmeg) that show.

T: Five minutes later the huge creamy head comes down enough for me to take a sip...Umm...not what I was expecting. It tastes like one of my homebrews that went bad. Very vinagary, apple cider flavors with WAY too much carbonation. The vinegar taste kills all other flavors.

I am hoping this was a bad batch, otherwise this is the worst attempt at an Oktoberfest I could ever imagine. Drain pourer? Quite possibly. (888 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
2.59/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Tried the Atwater Marzen Bloktoberfest at Boulevard's in J'Town, PA. The beer poured a rich amber with good carbonation that provided a decent head that laced somewhat. The smell included rye notes mixed in with sweet malt. The taste was primarily powered by barley and malt. Yikes, I do not like this beer. The taste includes strong rye that turned to like a sour mash almost. Lots of barely and malt. The mouthfeel was hurt by the pour taste. Best part about this beer was the end. Overall it up to you whether or not to try it...never hurts to tried a beer at least once. (574 characters)

Photo of KI9A
2.59/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: semi cloudy ruby red. Decent head, some lace.

S: Well, grape kool-aid is what I picked up right away. Damnedest thing..Thinking this is an old bottle?

T: Sweet, followed up by some bitterness from hops. Roasted malts mixed in. Nothing really standing out here. Not really what I expected for a MArzen, but, really not offensive.

M: Coats mouth with a somewhat wierd sourness.

D:
I dunno, took all i had to finish it. I guess it being February, maybe this brew is getting a bit tired. I love Marzens, but, this is not so good. (533 characters)

Photo of Baileyuk
2.64/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Please note this is a bottle review. Important as normal from atwater this is another slightly infected bottle. I went in with an open mind as the person who gave mw the bottle said it was great. It poured well with a good head, color and carbonation was not over the top in appearance. The smell was also okay, faint off malt smell but masked by spices and other positive smells.

In the taste there was obviously something off. There was a slightly vinegary taste along with a slightly fizzy sensation.you could tell that there was a decent brew in there somewhere but the offness definately shadowed this. Again if I come across a decent batvh, or have it on tap I will modify or add the appropriate review. (710 characters)

Photo of TheSSG
2.75/5  rDev -17.2%

Pours a huge, soapy, tan head that laces well. Sweet malt and spicy hop aroma, becomes almost astringent as the head settles. Ruby-crimson color. Starts with a toasted malt/caramel flavor. Builds to a low-medium bitterness. Caramel is sustained throughout.

I am not a fan of caramel flavors, and I am definitely not a fan of them in an Oktoberfest, so this isn't for me - at all. This is a total miss on what makes the style what it is. (440 characters)

Photo of jcdiflorio
2.85/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz brown long neck bottle with crimped cap.
Poured into a nonic glass,Clear,deep meduim amber color with a 2" off white rocky head leaving some small chunks of spot lacing. Very little carbination looks flat halfway down the glass.

Very fruity aromas, lots of apple/pear with a sweet candied malt nose,grassy with a touch of metallic and slightly vinious.

Fruity tastes also,green apple with some pear. Sweet sugary maltiness,slightly metallic and vinious. Good balance with a clean,tart,dry, lightly bittered finish. Has a German feel to the taste.

Seemed a bit light for an Octoberfest,especially when it comes to the malt,had a bit of a grainy edge,not one of the smoother ones.
Was on the harsh side going down didn't like the sugaryness.
Not a beer i would recommend. (778 characters)

Photo of kellyst
2.89/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a nice dark copper with a lasting, pillow offwhite head. Aroma is of grainy malts and fruity esters. Taste is ok, but not what I would expect for an oktoberfest. Sweet grains and caramel with a fruity yeast character. No noticeable bready, munich malt flavors. Not a bad beer, but not a good example of an oktoberfest. This one is low on drinkability for the style. (371 characters)

Photo of andrewjraab
2.95/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Burnt Sienna brown with little to no head retention.

S - Bread, yeasty, sweet, malts, caramel.

T - Malty, caramel, rich and robust. Not much balance with it and it just drinks too heavy. Something not quite right with this.

O - Decent not great. I really wouldn't recommend this considering all the great options available for this style. (347 characters)

Photo of oberon
2.98/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Sad to say but just another average beer from Atwater,I was hoping this would be a little better.Poured a bottle and a half into a 1/2 liter stein,a lighter copper/bronze with a thinner but well sustained white head atop.Brown sugar and caramel malts in the nose,mainly on the sweeter side with no crispness our dough to it.Thin feel that doesn't help the thinner sweet flavors any,there is a little dryingness to it in the finish buthere just is no complexity.It's average on par with Lenie's and not as good as Sam Adams,sonot very good. (539 characters)

Photo of divineaudio
3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz into my atwater pint glass. best before date clearly marked.

a - pours copper in color, totally transparent, with a thin cap of coarse, off white head. leaves a few thin legs of lacing in the glass.

s - carmel, cookie dough, faint hop spice.

t - carmel malt with a little spiciness on the middle of the tongue. notes of diacetyl and just enough earthy bitterness keeps things balanced. not much going on here.

m - medium body, buttery, coarse co2 profile and not quite enough carbonation.

o - easily drinkable i guess but just average as far as the style goes. would have been better without the diacetyl and with a just little more hops. with so many other great marzen/oktoberfest beers out there i don't see myself returning to this one. (751 characters)

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.03/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Atwater Bloktoberfest has a dark orange body with a big beige head.

The aroma is fruity with some earthy hops and some caramel malt.

The flavor tastes a lot like some sort of fruity jam or jelly, with just a hint of earthy hops in the background. The malt that is there is caramel flavored, which is a little bit strange for an o-fest.

The carbonation is a little bit lazy, but the body is appropriate.

You won't hate this beer, but there's a good chance you will only buy it once. If I tasted it blind I would not think it was an oktoberfest. (547 characters)

Photo of gmfessen
3.11/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a pilsner glass, beer almost jumps out of the bottle, almost seems over carbonated. Beer is a medium copper-orange color with a thick, pillowy cream colored head that leaves gobs of sticky lacing on the glass. The nose is malty sweet, mostly caramel with a touch of fruit and spice. The taste is also sweet but has an unpleasant husky graininess to it. There are some caramel notes and lightly toasted flavors that are decent. The mouthfeel is a little light in body but the carbonation is great, the head is just right to give you a beer mustache. Overall, a decent Marzen but nothing spectacular, pretty middle of the road. (653 characters)

Photo of animal69
3.13/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a clear deep copper color w/ a thin off white head that dissipates quickly leaving little lacing in my pilsn glass :not a strong smell, some raisony caramel notes and alcohol ; taste is sweet nutty caramel mostly w/ a bitter slightly metallic finish, some subtle dark fruit notes detected as well ; med. bodied and just a tad sticky feeling, not highly carbonated at all ; quite drinkable for a 6.2% ABV brew, not a spectacular fest but not a bad one either... (466 characters)

Photo of MDekker
3.19/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours out a ruby tinged dark brown, with a nice finger of creamy head that survives for quite a while. It looks quite nice.

S: Not what I expected - a very strong mossy, earthy aroma with hints of rye bread as well. I can't detect any of that malty, grain like smell that I'm used to with an Oktoberfest. Kind of..weird.

T: Some of the same stuff here too. I assume this isn't spoiled, but it's strange. Slight caramel notes start it off but get shoved aside by this giant organic flavor that I can't quite place. Huge hops? Not quite, but it's something. And still weird.

M: Chewy, quite creamy, but just a smidge too fizzy.

D: I'm just not pumped for another. Too bad. (677 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bronzed orange peel with way too many uprushing bubbles. A careful pour produced more foam than beer (and it will take several minutes for proportions to be reversed). The beige colored crown is soft and is uninterested in leaving much lace.

The nose is slightly better than decent. It's underpowered and a tad sourish, but isn't too far out of whack. The toasted and earthy underpinnings of the style can be appreciated more as the beer gains a few degrees.

Will Bloktoberfest be the first Atwater Block beer (out of 11... and counting) that will earn a taste score higher than 3.0? No, it will not. It's at least as 'good' as Cherry Stout, but neither are any better than middle-of-the-road for their respective styles.

Given the style and the ABV, there should be more malt in the house. And the flavor ought to be bolder as well. Specifics include toasted bread covered with apricot jelly, lemon zest and a small handful of chopped nuts. Something seems slightly off, although I'm not sure what. At least it's only slightly off rather than waaay off, like most beer from these guys.

The mouthfeel is pretty okay. It has just enough size and isn't as insanely bubbled as I'd feared. Actually, as is often the case with highly carbonated beer, it passes through the sweet spot quickly and feels lackluster in the bottom half of the bottle.

Given my previous (less than pleasurable) experiences with Atwater Block Brewery beer, Bloktoberfest could almost be considered a success. Almost, but not quite. To be painfully honest, I fully expect to plan a review of an ABB beer one of these days, only to find that the brewery has closed. (1,640 characters)

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Atwater Bloktoberfest from Atwater Brewery
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