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Atwater Bloktoberfest - Atwater Brewery

Atwater BloktoberfestAtwater Bloktoberfest

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Ratings: 112
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 18.15%

Brewed by:
Atwater Brewery visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: weeare138 on 12-07-2005)
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Photo of BuckeyeNation


3.23/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2009 13:33:35 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of BEERchitect


3.68/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

We have been inodated by so many Oktoberfests this year. This beer is the latest to arrive to the area. The beer opens with a orange, rust color, not quite clear or clean, mild carbonation and light head formation / retention, but takes on a creamy demeanor. Smells sweet with German (Vienna) malts, along with a toasty grain aroma and a light sweaty / dusty note. Tastes quite bready sweet / malty with a substantially firm texture and creaminess. A good blend of grains and malts showcase the rich sweetness; yet tempered by hoppy bitterness (don't think they are noble hops) without giving much flavor or any aromatics. Finishes quite clean, crisp, and a bit dry and powdery. Good beer, but is run-of-the-mill compared to a lot other micro-brewed Oktoberfests.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2007 14:02:32 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

2.98/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2012 15:57:31 | More by oberon
Photo of TMoney2591


2.43/5  rDev -27.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2013 05:24:58 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.63/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep brownish orange color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, spices, grain, some fruit and a little bit of hops.

T: The taste is bready and malty as you would expect with flavors of spices, caramel, grain and some fruit. The spiciness is a bit more prevalent than in most other O-fests. There's a decent hops presence that brings some balance and bitter bite in the finish. The after-taste is bready.

M: Crisp a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: A little tasty, goes down easy, not too filling, good kick, decent representation of style even though the spiciness makes it taste more like a Pumpkin Ale or a Winter Warmer, overall it's not too bad but there are better beers available in the style.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2008 03:12:06 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of WesWes

New York

3.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a ruby red color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a dry, yet malty scent that boasts of Munich and roasted malts along with some light yeast esters. The taste is average. This bottle is a bit oxidized, but the malt flavor boasts of Munich and roasted malts. It has just a touch of sweetness with a dry roasted backbone. It goes down easy and finishes quite dry. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. This is pretty good beer, although I'd rather have it fresher. I'm not a fan of the roasted character. I like this style to be more traditional in nature.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2008 02:05:15 | More by WesWes
Photo of Knapp85


3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a pretty good looking amberish orange color with a white foamy head on top. The lacing was minimal and the rentions was a just a little better. The smell of the beer had plenty of sweet caramel aromas and some spice on the nose. The taste of the beer follows the same path as the nose, it gives off a good amount sweet flavors that get mixed with the spices pretty well. The mouthfeel of the beer was smooth and had a medium body to it. Overall not too bad.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2011 02:15:19 | More by Knapp85
Photo of weeare138


3.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewpub on 11/15/05...
Appears a copper toned amber with a lush head that never fades. Tons of lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of malt and sugar with only some of the German traits standing out.
Taste is of a slightly malty mix of Vienna malt and citrus hops. Theres a mild sourness that isn't very noticeable.
Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with a semi-dryness.

Serving type: on-tap

12-07-2005 22:10:45 | More by weeare138
Photo of plaid75

New York

3.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at the Waterfront, Brooklyn.

Poured a medium amber hue with a short lived one finger loosely assembled head. There was decent retention and little lacing.

The smell featured a sweet caramel with a secondary breadiness.

The taste consisted of an earthy caramel and a rather vibrant noble spice. Some breadiness as well.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a good mid level American version.

Serving type: on-tap

10-13-2009 17:27:30 | More by plaid75
Photo of superspak


3.38/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled in Sept 2012. Pours lightly hazy copper color with a 1 finger fairly dense off white head with very good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Good soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of apple, pear, caramel, toast, biscuit, raisin, nuttiness, molasses, and herbal spiciness. Ok aromas with decent balance; but they are far too fruity and phenolic. Taste of caramel, toast, biscuit, pear, apple, nuttiness, molasses, earth, and herbal spiciness. Lingering notes of toast, caramel, biscuit, nuttiness, earth, and herbal spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Very solid balance of flavors with a fairly robust feel; minimal cloying after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy, slick, and crisp mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very solid oktoberfest. Some good flavor balance and robustness; quite easy and smooth to drink. This was pretty enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2012 03:01:17 | More by superspak
Photo of OWSLEY069


2.48/5  rDev -26.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2010 13:06:27 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of DrDemento456


3.4/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - No head to speak of just a weak ring of lace. Color is of a very dark brown which is clear.

S - Smells more of sweetness which is great. Toasted grains and caramel sweetness a plenty.

T - Toasted malts come off a bit aggressive in mid drink with touches of hops and a sweet finish. Almost chalky but not in a disgusting way. Not bad.

M - Light to medium it hides the ABV well.

Overall even though it is sweet its not really that great. And carbonation is lacking since the date is marked "August 2011" I assume I waited too long to drink this one but it's weird to see it almost carbonation-less after a couple of months. It's an OK beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2011 01:29:56 | More by DrDemento456
Photo of alexgash


4.33/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Coppery autumnal orange body with golden edges and a dense finger of beige/light khaki head. Nice lacing. Cookie dough malt nose with a hint of vanilla, caramel, and caramelized carrots. Faintly spicy hops. Doughy cookie malt sweetness up front, the way I like my Ofests. Notes of caramel and brown sugar in there as well. Light vegetal twang leads into a noble, slightly spicy, moderately bitter hop finish. Deliciously malty without being cloyingly sweet. Medium-bodied with an easy-drinking, creamy feel. Well done!

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2007 00:33:20 | More by alexgash
Photo of Hojaminbag


3.03/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2010 21:02:56 | More by Hojaminbag
Photo of WoodBrew


2.58/5  rDev -23.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-14-2011 03:24:29 | More by WoodBrew
Photo of albern


3.25/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is one of the least sweet caramelized Marzens I've had, and it really is pushing the style beyond its normal character. The beer pours a nice clear, amber mahogany color with a slightly tannish foamy and creamy head that retains for a while and laces a bit. The nose on the beer is your very typical heavy sweet malt, caramelized, slightly syrupy aroma. The beer is a medium bodied and a moderate carbonation beer.

This beer has an unusual taste. There is a slightly dry, slightly spicy maltiness to the beer, maybe a bit like tobacco, maybe a bit musty, a bit of a dry roasted bland flavor. This just does not taste like a Marzen. The taste is fairly uninteresting, although things come on a bit more in the finish, and the beer does leave a residue in the mouth and an aftertaste. I'm thinking that some of the heaviness of the beer is from the ABV and malty palate. The bitterness is just odd, and seems to be more from a spiciness than a leafy hop presence and with a modest 30 IBU, perhaps the spiciness is not all hop related. As the beer settles, I'm just getting a one dimensional malty palate, and little else. I'll pass on this one.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2008 18:54:12 | More by albern
Photo of pmcadamis


1.6/5  rDev -52.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2009 16:26:17 | More by pmcadamis
Photo of allergictomacros

Ontario (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Whoa. Huge, rocky head off the pour. Liquid is a clear copper-red. Nose is rich and malty, with a heavy dose of fruit and caramel and apple. Flavour is equally rich and slighly on the acidic side. Lots of fruit and a good dose of hop bitterness to boot. Very aggressive on the palate. Mouthfeel is very zippy with a heavy carbonation and medium-light body. Not the most drinkable oktoberfest - loaded with flavour but a bit rough.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2009 18:07:54 | More by allergictomacros
Photo of Frozensoul327


4.08/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Rusted root orange with some auburn hues. Small head of tan foam bubbled off quickly. Lower carbonation.

S: Rich malty bread with some doughy yeast notes. Some sweet brown sugar. Light grains. Caramel notes are faint, yet add to the depth.

T: Nice; Caramel malts and dough, wheat and grain flavors. Some roasted character and the ghost of smoke. Earthy nuances are rampant in this one.

M: Nearly no carbonation, but it doesn't matter, it still works. Slightly heavy and dense on the tongue, goes down smooth.

D: I'd heard a lot about this one, and i'm glad I gave it a chance. I bet it's even better on tap. Worth seeking out.

Notes: Gotta look for this one next season. Good local offering.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2006 23:45:06 | More by Frozensoul327
Photo of david131


4.38/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- A wonderful orange color with some beautiful rising streams of carbonation that are visible through the very clear beer. The head is very thick and heavy and dimples the top of the beer. The head retention is really good for the style.

S- Wonderful. This has just a little bit more to it than the average Oktoberfest. Very malty and fruity. I am getting a lot of apple in this. Not quite as spicy as some other beers of the style, but it surely does not suffer for it.

T- A wonderful malty profile that goes really well with the hops. This tastes really fresh- but I have no idea how old it is. I am really enjoying how smooth and carmely this is without being overly rich.

M- The carbonation hits you on the tip of the tongue but the rest of it is velvety smooth. The body of this beer is amazing. Not harsh, not flat, not overly smooth. Just right.

D- Damn tasty and I was very happy to see a single of this sitting around at the store. There seems to be something a little special to this one. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2007 01:41:49 | More by david131
Photo of StoutHunter


2.45/5  rDev -27.1%
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..

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2013 03:48:18 | More by StoutHunter
Photo of mikereaser


3.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber color in to my East End Brewing pint glass
Left a thin white head and little lacing to speak of

S - hints of nut, caramel

T - Caramel taste but also a slight citrus at the end.

M/D - slightly fizzy, not my favorite example of an Oktoberfest. I'm not saying its bad, but just unremarkable.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2008 01:27:34 | More by mikereaser
Photo of biggred1


4/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange amber with a creamy tan head that leaves some fine lace on the glass. The nose is caramel and toasted grain with mild floral hops. This is pretty good tasting beer but the hops taste domestic (not a bad thing), otherwise nice and rich malts with a nice bubblegum quality. Medium bodied and easy drinking. An above average Example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2009 00:38:17 | More by biggred1
Photo of riversider76

New York

3.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber/copper with hints of orange. Thin tan head with decent retention and lacing. Aroma is of roasted malts and spice. Body is the heavy side of medium and carbonated. Taste is of roasted almond and fruit.Sweet honey like finish.Not a bad little brew!

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2008 22:22:00 | More by riversider76
Photo of williamherbert

New York

4.15/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours red with an orange tinge. Very clear and glassy, like half of the pair of 3-D glasses. Nice bishop's collar at the top of the glass.

Earthy and gritty malt aroma, but with a very sweet candy-like aroma. Butterscotch. Nicely balanced with the shredded tobacco and dirt/soil. Really good.

A mix of sweet butterscotch and sweet caramel. Some strong yeast. The sweetness dominates, but the earthy malt is a great, gritty balance. Does the job for sure.

Smooth, buttery feel and oily too. A sweet (but not too sweet) Oktoberfest. Very drinkable and flavorful.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2008 04:04:01 | More by williamherbert
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Atwater Bloktoberfest from Atwater Brewery
77 out of 100 based on 112 ratings.