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Atwater Maibock - Atwater Brewery

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BA SCORE
76
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96 Ratings
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Ratings: 96
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 3.3
pDev: 20.61%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Atwater Brewery visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Maibock / Helles Bock |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: walleye on 06-15-2006)
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Photo of leadahmer
1/5  rDev -69.7%

leadahmer, Dec 07, 2013
Photo of Bighuge
1.05/5  rDev -68.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Golden body. Very hazy. LOTS of CO2 bubbles apparant. Big frothy rocky white head. (All signs that maybe this is a bit too carbonated.) Chemical smell of sulfur and of an electrical fire. Awful aroma. Carbonation is too high. The electrical fire aroma translates nicely over to the palate (or not nicely in this case). This beer is highly flawed. This is the first beer I will actually pour down the drain in years.

Bighuge, May 08, 2008
Photo of ZAP
1.4/5  rDev -57.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

This is not a very good beer.

Positives:

-Mild doughy/bready aroma

Negatives:

-Too carbonated (much too carbonated actually)
-Some apple like fruitiness on the aroma
-Hazy appearance. Does not look like a clean lager.
-Taste includes a strong grassy hoppiness, butterscotch, apple peal, and cooked vegetables. Add it all up and this is the worst tasting maibock I have encountered.

This tastes nothing like a maibock or lager and tossing out the category this just doesn't appeal to me.

ZAP, May 05, 2008
Photo of BuckeyeNation
1.58/5  rDev -52.1%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Polished tangerine with goldenrod borders. Atop the pristine liquid sits three fingers of manila colored foam that is whipped creamy and displays admirable persistence. A wide band of lace is beginning to appear as the head slowly melts. Could this possibly be a good beer from Atwater Block? Hard to imagine.

Uh... no. Not even close. How can a beer that looks this good smell this bad? The aroma is akin to moldy creamed corn stored too long in its tin can. Where is the malt, the hops, the beer-like qualities. I have now become a little afraid of upending the glass.

Atwater Block Mai-Bock tastes as bad as it smells. Since I can't improve on the above description, I won't try. Just think of any rotting vegetable matter made into a lightly sweet liquid and you'll get some idea of how this crap tastes. The only question is whether or not it deserves the lowest possible score.

Although I can't keep from hesitating each time the glass nears my lips... and can't keep from grimacing each time beer contacts taste buds... and since I've had worse... I'll have to go with the next-to-lowest score. Drinkability, however, is another story. Is another sip really necessary to assess the mouthfeel? Here goes...

Not impressed. It's too thin, though not watery, and is lazily carbonated. Forget further detail because I refuse to punish myself by drinking any more of this nauseating beer.

I'm flabbergasted that Atwater Block continues to keep their doors open. Mai-Bock is my seventh brew from this brewery and is the worst of a very nasty lot. What are the odds that I've gotten ahold of seven (seven!) bad bottles... from three different stores... in two different states... at two separate times? Since Cold Spring (formerly Gluek) has improved some of their products, I hereby nominate these guys for America's worst microbrewery. Gack!

BuckeyeNation, Aug 03, 2008
Photo of alexgash
1.7/5  rDev -48.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Slight haze suspended in a peachy gold body. Small, gauzey, cotton-white head, with nice lacing. Don't know about the haze though (it's not chill haze). Caramel and butterscotch malt sweetness mixes with cooked vegetables, vegetal hops, and sweetish brandy alcohol. Taste is blech. Sour bandaid infection is awful. Sorry Atwater but this is the second different beer I've had that has been a totally infected mess! Leave the wild fermentation to Jolly Pumpkin, eh? Drain pour.

alexgash, Apr 08, 2007
Photo of strohme2
2/5  rDev -39.4%

strohme2, Mar 13, 2014
Photo of LambClowder
2/5  rDev -39.4%

LambClowder, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of cokes
2.25/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Medium gold with a healthy stack of white froth that both retains and laces well.
Nose is loud and full of sweet creamed corn. It's absolutely monolithic, and a little traumatic, as it flashes me back to 8 years old and my mother's insistence that I not go outside and play baseball until those last two dumptruck-sized spoonfuls of said corn preparation were consumed. All jokes and anecdotes aside, the aroma is not attractive, and lacks any sort of depth via backup tones. Simple and flawed, though quite potent and off-putting.
It fares slightly better in the mouth. Creamed corn is still a major player, and probably THE major player, and I'm still very uneasy about it, but here at least it has company. Low levels of vanilla and butterscotch (which is out of place in itself) and bruised pear waver in and out. It concludes with a grassy hop flavor and bitterness that, while minor, serves to slake the mouth clean.
Slick textured, medium body with a low-level carbonation. I can't blame anything on how it feels.
There are big elements of this that I don't like at all. Some of it is my fault with my neuroses and biases, but the majority of the blame falls on the beer.

cokes, Apr 04, 2008
Photo of Morakaton
2.25/5  rDev -31.8%

Morakaton, Dec 07, 2013
Photo of woodychandler
2.43/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

I recently purchased this out of the singles cooler at the Friendly Greek and am curious to try it as their beers have been hit-or-miss for me thus far.

From the bottle: "Beer is good"; "Enjoy responsibly"; "High Gravity Lager".

I popped the cap and before I could make the pour, I had a small cap of head sneaking its way up through the neck of the bottle! Being that it was that carbonated, I employed a more gentle pour than I might have otherwise. The dense two-finger cap of French Vanilla-colored head looked like the top of an ice cream float, perfect for the approach of summer. Color was an oh-so-slightly hazy golden-yellow. Nose smelled strongly of Saaz hops, kind of skunky, catty, you get the idea. Mouthfeel was thick and viscous and the taste of the hops was a) off and b) much too heavy for the style. Finish retained a sharpness from the hops that rendered it fairly unpleasant in total. Another swing and a miss for this brewery.

woodychandler, Jun 20, 2013
Photo of Trent
2.5/5  rDev -24.2%

Trent, May 04, 2013
Photo of cbuckl14
2.5/5  rDev -24.2%

cbuckl14, Jun 18, 2014
Photo of Kerrie
2.5/5  rDev -24.2%

Kerrie, Mar 08, 2013
Photo of montageman
2.63/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a pint glass.

Not sure what I was expecting with this beer. Atwater has let me down in the past, but this beer is different. It's not bad by any means. The golden color is offset by the huge white head that sticks around forever - it took me at least an hour to drink this and the head never faded. There is plenty of carbonation, but that is subdued with time. Tropical fruit is on the nose - pineapple and maybe some banana. The taste is harder to place with nondescript flavors that are kind of mashed together, but it is distinctly sweet with a slightly bitter finish. Mouthfeel is fine - a little syrupy, but nothing great. It took me a while to finish this one and not because it's a sipper necessarily. The ABV is 7.5%, which is big enough to warrant sipping, but this beer does not get much better as it warms. A decent offering. Mild recommendation.

montageman, Jul 27, 2008
Photo of macpapi
2.8/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Picked up a single of this beer at the corner store. Reduced price makes me wonder if it's out of date (can't find a drink-by date or batch number on the bottle.)

Pours a light brown or yellowish color with a full white head. A bit murky throughout.

Smells of wheat and yeast. There is also a lemon-type presence that seems a bit out of place for the style. Pretty sharp on the nose.

Taste is malty with a lot of surprising tartness. Fruity and absolutely no balance.

Mouthfeel is relatively light and crisp. Sharp on the tongue.

On the whole this is not a great beer. Tartness is out of place, leading to my feeling that this may have been out of date. Lack of balance is also a drawback.

macpapi, May 07, 2007
Photo of VncentLIFE
2.89/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pour is a golden straw yellow with a nitrogen like head. Thick and creamy fed by more bubbles than a nitro beer.

The smell is the saving grace of this beer. It is incredible. Incredibly smooth and sweet, with Pilsner and 2-row just littered all over. Small hint of noble hops give it just enough balance to keep it in line. Smells incredible, like a double German Pilsner.

Now the taste, oh my. Not good. Upfront assault of noble medicinal hops come like a bat out of hell with no regard for subtlety. All that nice, light, slick, sweet smelling malts are just lost amongst the bitterness. Its like they added too much of the hops too early in the boil or something. What malt sweetness I find is late, damn near the finish, and is a bit dry and grainy (similar to Great Lakes only way worse). The taste is just a gargled mess.

The overloading bitterness just wont disappear as it finishes way to bitter. Late flashes of medicinal and even fainter grassy notes come as everything fades away and is gone.

If only the beer could taste like the smell and late finish. It smelled sweet and balanced with a nice noble hop presence, but in all actuality, its just a jumbled mess.

VncentLIFE, Apr 25, 2013
Photo of cynical1027
3/5  rDev -9.1%

cynical1027, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of maxwelldeux
3/5  rDev -9.1%

maxwelldeux, Jun 03, 2013
Photo of MichiganderHB
3/5  rDev -9.1%

MichiganderHB, Jan 26, 2014
Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -9.1%

ejimhof, Sep 07, 2013
Photo of drbenderdo
3/5  rDev -9.1%

drbenderdo, Jun 30, 2013
Photo of warnerry
3.03/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a deep golden brown with one finger of white head. Head fades pretty quickly and leaves very little lacing. Also has a lot of suspended material, which is interesting for a lager...

S - Bubblegum, toasted grain and a faint amount of citrus. Pretty good.

T - Taste is similar to smell, with the addition of an unfortunate unpleasant metallic taste, and some herbal hops. Alcohol is not really apparent.

M - Medium mouthfeel is a bit sweet initially, and finishes earthy and dry, again a bit metallic.

O - Not a bad beer, but this is a style I like quite a bit, and this one doesn't really stand out. Also, the metallic aspect really knocks it down a notch.

warnerry, May 27, 2012
Photo of david131
3.08/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- A clear light orange liquid with a thin and splotchy white head and some streams of carbonation. Looks a bit limp.

S- Honey, almonds, butter, and caramel. Smells relatively light.

T- Sweet fruits, a touch of alcohol, and caramel.

M- A bit astringent from the alcohol. Not very good.

D- Not terrible, but not something I would seek out again. Drinks alright for the ABV.

david131, Apr 04, 2010
Photo of brentk56
3.08/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Bursts out with a massive head that sits atop the hazy golden liquid; looks good once it settles down but way too much head at the outset

Smell: Bread and butterscotch

Taste: Bready opening, but the butterscotch quickly becomes dominant; by mid-palate, there is a developing herbacious character that becomes somewhat grainy in the finish, though the sweetness lingers in the back along with some fusel alcohol

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation; some warmth in the gullet

Overall: Looking over the reviews, this beer may have improved over the last few years but it is still not anywhere near the top of list for the style

brentk56, May 04, 2011
Photo of Kooz
3.11/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

This is as "no frills" a label and beer generally that I've ever seen. It pours to a straw yellow with no head. Not much to it visually.

Smells slightly sweet and alluring.

Tastes slightly honey-sweet up front, but gets very bitter very quickly. Not terribly complex, but not bad. It took a few sips to get used to it.

More body than I anticipated, decent mouthfeel overall. Crisp, but a bit too much bite.

Overall, it is better than I anticipated, but not something I'd be likely to try again.

Kooz, Mar 26, 2014
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Atwater Maibock from Atwater Brewery
76 out of 100 based on 96 ratings.