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Atwater Bloktoberfest - Atwater Brewery

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Reviews: 68
Hads: 157
rAvg: 3.31
pDev: 20.24%
Wants: 1
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
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Atwater Brewery visit their website
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 Pauly2X
3.33/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Deep copper, solid half finger head, good lacing.

S- Nutty, caramel sweet aroma.

T- Slight caramel sweetness up front, this is quickly dominated by nutty dryness which runs to the finish.

M- Slightly fizzy, otherwise good.

D- Decent I suppose.

A very typical American Oktoberfest, but nothing special. (309 characters)

Photo of drxandy
4/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz to standard pint, pours a reddish deep brown/amber, creamy head fades, looks nice

smells almost barleywine-ish, heavy malts, slight sweetness, bitter, roasty

taste is of a malt bang from the start, sweetness compliments, nice hop finish, good carbonation, bitterness lingers, caramel/slight butterscotch, nice overall

mouthfeel is a good weight, loads of flavor, easy to drink, a very nice take on the style, one of my favorite atwater offerings - too bad it's not around all year! (489 characters)

Photo of riversider76
3.56/5  rDev +7.6%
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! (258 characters)

Photo of Baileyuk
2.64/5  rDev -20.2%
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 toolbrew
3.65/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Highly carbonated when it came out of the bottle. A two inch thick, creamy head that fell into a small, slightly off white one which is lasting all the way down the glass, leaving some behind. A ruddy copper color beneath.

A spicy aroma - smells 'belgian-esque'. Maybe mild clove?

I get that spice at first, followed by a sweet, mild malt finish.

Tastes slightly oily, but goes down easily with a tangy sensation on the back of the tongue.

Good oktoberfest - I would certainly have this again. (499 characters)

Photo of treyrab
2.56/5  rDev -22.7%
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 aqsprint
2.11/5  rDev -36.3%
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 malty
3.86/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear ruby russet color with a creamy loose sustained 1/2" light khaki head. Nice small visible uprising carbonation. Gorgeous sheets of globular & sticky lace.

The scent is somewhat sweet (malty) & toasty. The lager yeast, with it's clean & stony notes, counterweighs the nougat-like malty goodness.

Nice malty showcase on this one! Clean & creamy all at the same time. The lightly toasted malts bring forth the sweet & bready elements a good Oktoberfest is known for. There's a little spiciness way at the back and you can feel it on the back edges of your tongue. I detect lightly toasted pine nuts also.

Mouthfeel is almost medium bodied with lower than average carbonation. The finish is a little spicy with a clean ending.

Drinkability is very good. The below average carbonation really let's you gulp it down effortlessly.

Overall a very nice rendition of a traditional German gem. A great balance of the sweet & toasty malts with a little grit & light spice at the end. Not at all cloying and very fresh & tasty. I believe I just might order a keg of this for my first annual Oktoberfest party in a few weeks. (1,132 characters)

Photo of cooperkeg
3.98/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not really my style of brew, but that's all my friend had at his place. I was very surprised to how true to style they were. The rich malt flavor was nice curbed by subtle hops. The carbonation was just enough to provide nice lacing as well as cleanse the pallet. Paired well with the burgers and brats. Thumbs up Atwater! (322 characters)

Photo of david131
4.35/5  rDev +31.4%
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. (1,023 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.63/5  rDev +9.7%
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. (763 characters)

Photo of alexgash
4.3/5  rDev +29.9%
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! (518 characters)

Photo of berserker256
3.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Darker kind of broze-orange color just as many Oktoberfest beers are. Nice lasting creamy head. I can't believe I just typed "creamy head". Gross. Smells good but has just a hint of unpleasant earthyness. And it tastes good but suffers from the same minor defect as the smell. A hint of earthy bitterness. Overall a decent beer. Maybe I'll drink more at the Dakota Inn at 6 Mile and John R for the Oktoberfest. Prost! (417 characters)

Photo of jcdiflorio
2.85/5  rDev -13.9%
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 Frozensoul327
4.02/5  rDev +21.5%
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. (710 characters)

Photo of ypsifly
4.27/5  rDev +29%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Undated 12oz purchased at Merchant's in Dearborn and poured into a pint glass.

Dark brown with a light tan head that is an inch tall and leaves decent lace as it goes down.

Nice aromas of roasted caramel and some dry spicy hops. Suggestion of nuts. A bit sugary underneath. Well balanced.

The roast and caramel notes from the nose are tasted upfront and then fade into dry hops with some spice and a little warmth. Medium mouth with enough carbonation to give it a crisp finish.

Very drinkable. A great beer after doing some urban exploration in the D! (564 characters)

Photo of proc
3.75/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A solid, fall offering from Atwater. Pours out to a dark brown in the glass with a slight head. The aroma is that of roasted malt. The taste is quite good, with the malty goodness giving way to a light, but noticeable sweetness on the swallow. The beers from this brewery continue to fly under the radar for some reason. They are always solid and affordable. This is a very good Octoberfest. (391 characters)

Photo of weeare138
3.53/5  rDev +6.6%
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. (390 characters)

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Atwater Bloktoberfest from Atwater Brewery
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