Atwater Maibock - Atwater Brewery

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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:
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(Beer added by: walleye on 06-15-2006)
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3/5  rDev -9.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

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3/5  rDev -9.1%

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.

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3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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3/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of jss79
4.11/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I am going to prefice that I am having this out in the shed with a pipe of Massanutten. So now down to business, I enjoyed the initial sensation of taste with the Black Keys killing it to Little Black Submarines. It was refreshing for a 7.5%. The nose was lacking for me, but the back door caused the score, with a bit of Floyd playing, I liked it's finish. Cheers.

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3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -24.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

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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.

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3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev +21.2%

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4.05/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a fizzy straw. Good clarity, but the small bubbly head is not overly appealing.

Smell is biscuits, biscuits, and more biscuits - just what a maibock should be. Hint of grape too.

Taste is bready like the nose, clean finish. Very true to style. Digging this.

Mouthfeel is smooth, drinkable, and less thin than the appearance would lead on.

Really surprised to see the low ratings for this beer. Really a strong showing for an american maibock.

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3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.43/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-Tap

Atwater Maibock poured a slightly cloudy peach like gold color into a pilsner glass forming a nice 2-finger white head that left behind nice rings of lacing. The nose is mild, smells of sweet malt, and a little bready. The taste is similar to the nose but a little heavier with the sweet malt upfront followed by grassy hop bitterness. The mouth feel is, smooth, crisp and dry from the hops
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To date, Atwater Maibock is my favorite Atwater brew – worth a try if you like the style.

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3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Atwater Maibock from Atwater Brewery
76 out of 100 based on 96 ratings.