Atwater Bloktoberfest - Atwater Brewery

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Ratings: 152
Reviews: 70
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 16.77%
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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Ratings: 152 | Reviews: 70
Photo of crenegar
2.22/5  rDev -33.5%
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.

Photo of Lauthaha
2.02/5  rDev -39.5%
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.

Photo of cagocubs
3.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a nice amber with a 1 finger tan head that recedes and doesn't lace.

S: Can nose in the caramel and hops. Some earthy elements as well.

T: Good malts, hops, and sweetness. Some caramel taste.

M: Smooth, creamy, and coats the mouth nicely. Good carbonation.

D: Easy to drink octoberfest. Not the best example of a marzen, but a good overall beer.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Photo of justincolts
3.49/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a head that evaporates very quickly, to almost nothing. Has a very amber brown look that is impressive. Nothing offensive in the smell, but has a smell that somewhat reminds me of a smell typical of brown ales. Maybe a caramel malt flavor, nothing particularly notable though. Has a smooth feeling and is easily drinkable.

Photo of biggred1
4/5  rDev +19.8%
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.

Photo of plaid75
3.65/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Photo of beerman207
4.03/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a nice deep amber with lots of floaties in the brew. Very good.

S- Very sweet malt coming in the nose.

T- Wow, the taste was excellent. Very impressed with the presence of malt, hop, and sweet tones in this ber.

M- carbonation for this brew is perfect. Medium body.

D- I was pleasantly suprised by this beer. I will need to get more

This is probably my favorite oktoberfest to date. Very impressed.

Photo of throwthechaff
3.88/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I first want to say that I am not the biggest fan of most octoberfest brews, but this one just rubbed me right. Its got a nice medium perfect body which makes it so smooth and easy to drink. It also has a nice caramel finish that is subtle enough and not to overpowering. I feel like this is a must try compared to most of the microbrewed octoberfests out there.

Photo of americanbeerbuzz
4.62/5  rDev +38.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into a ice cold glass. also served out of the freezer at near freezing.

this is how i like most of my beers. The beer pours a lacy head to the top of the glass. Sits perfectly.

color is deep amber. nice autumnal color.

smell is bright and assertive on the nose. Hints of spice.

Taste is also spiced and bready. I have to agree with the prior review. The beer has got fall written all over it.

And though I'm waiting on Pizza delivery. I wouldn't mind a nice stew or even, better, a huge wedge of pumpkin pie with this.

Oh well pizza will do.

Photo of claminat420
4.03/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- poured a nice transparent amber color with a very light tan almost off white thick foamy head.

S- just can smell a very sweet malt scent.

T- a very rich sweet malty taste. maybe a very light caramel hint in there too.

M- a hearty medium bodied brew with just the right carbonation.

D- pretty good. can prolly knock down a whole six in one sitting.

Overall- this brew would be my definition of a nice hearty oktoberfest brew. drinking it i kinda wish it was already fall and i was watching a afternoon game (football) with nice stew of a cornish hen ready to be devoured afterwords.

Photo of gmfessen
3.11/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Photo of allergictomacros
3.56/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Photo of pmcadamis
1.7/5  rDev -49.1%
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.

Photo of KI9A
2.59/5  rDev -22.5%
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.

Photo of albern
3.3/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Photo of Risser09
3.88/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter · Fridge temp · 2008

Appearance: Pours a dark brown with ruby highlights. An off white 1/2" head has small bubbles and great retention. Foamy lace clings to the glass.

Smell: Somewhat bitter and a little funky. A little bit nutty and sweet.

Taste: A nice, smooth beer is sweet with a candi sugar flavor. It reminds me of smarties or bottle caps. I really enjoy this flavor profile a lot, especially within a lager.

Mouthfeel: Lots of carbonation make this a lively beer. Medium body, smooth swallow, nice.

Drinkability: I really like this lager. It's a great beer to drink. I could drink a bunch of these, no problem.

Photo of orangemoustache
1.99/5  rDev -40.4%
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).

Photo of WesWes
3.33/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of scottg
3.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz poured into a pint glass.

Pours a clear medium amber with a thick off white head made up of lots of large bubbles with good retention. Earthy aromas, grains, noble hops, clean malt, a little musky. Chocolate malt flavor up front with some caramel and a middle tasting like musky, corn husk. Medium high carbonaion with a medium body, coats the mouth, easy drinking.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.65/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Photo of williamherbert
4.17/5  rDev +24.9%
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.

Photo of mikereaser
3.51/5  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.

Photo of animal69
3.13/5  rDev -6.3%
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...

Photo of mterrence5
1.74/5  rDev -47.9%
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.

Atwater Bloktoberfest from Atwater Brewery
77 out of 100 based on 152 ratings.