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Atwater Voodoovator - Atwater Brewery

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Ratings: 329
Reviews: 197
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 15.9%
Wants: 5
Gots: 11 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Atwater Brewery visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: jasonm on 10-18-2006)
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Photo of Bierman9

New Hampshire

3.98/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Yesterday (30MAY09) I picked up a 4-pack of this ($10.29 plus dep) at The Liquor Shop. After a little yard-work, I headed to the 'Zebo with 2 bottles, an imperial pint glass, and the stereo tuned to classic rock, WZLX 100.7 FM. Life is good!

Poured a clear, deep, rich chestnut hue, with garnet sparkles at the edges. Beauteous! Head was creamy and tan, topping off at 1/4" and then proceeding to go through a slow ebb to end at a thin covering. Nice stick was left behind. Nose was malty, with caramel (as opposed to what the label says, "...derived from two 'carmel' malts...". Good brewers; poor proof-readers! Has some toffee, too, with a bit of flowery-ness as well. Though fairly smooth on the tongue, it lacks a bit in the body-department (especially for a DBock).

Flavor leads-off with some light sweetness. Not overly strong, as the label suggests, but just enough. A nice level of caramel and toffee kick in to produce a solid malt backbone. A hint of brown sugar comes into play, followed by some subtle floral hopping. A pleasant level of sweetness lingers on the palate, though there could be more malt, imo. And, this is 9.5% ABV? Really? Where?? It's verry well-hidden. Better as it warms, of course, Voodoo is a solid, middle-tier Doppel.


look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | drink: 4


Serving type: bottle

05-31-2009 19:57:40 | More by Bierman9
Photo of youngblood


4.3/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Duvel tulip glass.
A - Contrary to what the bottle says, this does not pour black. It pours a very muddy dark brown with about a finger of tan head. Nice bit of visible carbonation.
S - Holy smokes, there's loads of bananas in this! I get a bit of caramel and clove also.
T - The predominent flavor is that banana/alcohol flavor, but it's by no means over powering. As the beer warms, I'm getting some strawberry and even kiwi in this. This is just a very fruity beer!
M - Slightly carbonated, but goes down very smooth, slightly chewing.
D - Hides the alcohol bite very well for an almost 10% and I could've put back a couple more of these. Great warming beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2009 12:09:49 | More by youngblood
Photo of steelerguy

New York

3.35/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Poured a dark and clear brown. When I say clean, I mean held up to a light you can barely see through it but no sign of haze. One finger tan head that faded to a covering as I drank. A little lacing.

S - Nice malt smell but it is kind of faint and that was about all I got from it. Some very faint roasted notes.

T - Smooth flavor, some caramel sweetness to the malt. A little mocha type flavor from the roasted malts, little coffee and little chocolate. Not much alcohol warmth which I expect from an almost 10% beer. Like the smell, fairly one dimensional.

M - Seemed a little over attenuated, a little thin for a doppelbock.

D - Pretty damn drinkable, not sure if this is good or bad. I expect a doppelbock to complex and challenge the drinker to notice all the subtle flavors, smells, and mouthfeel. This beer just kind of goes down and you don't think about it.

Note: A little surprised that they spell it dopplebock on the label of the beer. Either call it a double bock or a doppelbock.

Edit: Lowered the taste and mouthfeel scores a half point. I had a few more of these and it is just too thin. The taste is not bad but lacking anything special. I am also going to say this is not a 9.5% beer. Maybe it was just the batch I had but I have had enough strong beer to know what it should taste and feel like and this just doesn't have it. I wold be surprised if it was over 8%.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2009 00:52:04 | More by steelerguy
Photo of BARFLYB


1.9/5  rDev -45.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

12oz single bottle poured into a regular kitchen glass. I figured I give this one a shot.

A- Atwater Voodoovator comes out of the bottle looking like dirty tap water from an old house. Once in the glass its a dark brown. A slow pour yielded a fizzing beige head that had some legs but faded to a thin skim.

S- Nothing really stands out in the smell for me. Initially some malts giving off caramel. Some grain and some peat. As it warms some metallic scents come to mind turning me off.

T- First sips, the sweetness is apparent from the two row malts used. Getting some extremely watered down chocolate milk in the middle. Some fruits such as berries, slight banana. Some apple and slight sourness with warming but with that comes the metal taste, ewwww. One thing this has going for it is the alcohol is hidden.

M- IMO this beers top quality with a slightly above medium body with carbonation not over or under standards. It has the feel of a dopplebock to bad the flavors are not there. I usually like to let my beer sit on the tounge for a bit to get the whole experience, but not with this one.

D- Not sessionable and not drinkable. I actually got an upset stomach from this and just wanted to sleep after consuming. I got through 8oz before giving up. The flavors just don't integrate well enough to satisfy.

Dopplebock no, more like doppleCROCK, I think im done with this brewery.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2009 04:44:54 | More by BARFLYB
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly

New York

3.55/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served in a beer mug.

L - very dark brown color with a short lived tan head that managed to leave some lacing.

S - sweet caramel malt and roasted malt.

T - pretty sweet brew, lots of sweet caramel flavor with roasty notes and as it warms the alcohol becomes more noticable.

F - medium bodied with a creamy feel.

D - overall, it's 'different' and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2009 23:53:20 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
Photo of dfillius


4.2/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass

A: Aggressive pour yields 2 fingers of tan head with great retention. Clear dark reddish brown liquid. A nice layer of head remains all the way through. Very good looking!
S: Tobacco, roasty toasty biscuity malt. Interesting and complex. This is the first beer I've smelled tobacco in, but it is there. Some black licorice is definitely lurking in the back as well.
T: Molasses, Li Hing Mui, soy sauce. This beer is more savory than sweet. Tasty, but different. There's a sweet caramelly flavor in the aftertaste later on.
M: Smooth with a little sharp bite. Pretty good. Creamy overall. Some bad breathy feel later.
D: I would order another and buy a sixer of this. A colder weather type of brew, say 50F or colder.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2009 01:04:11 | More by dfillius
Photo of WJVII


3.23/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass this brew is a dark purple color with a brownish head that formed with an aggressive poor. The aroma is clove, some cherry, and a roasted malt. The taste is a little gritty and has some fruitiness that I was not expecting. The overall aftertaste is of metal. Not the greatest example of a doppelbock.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2009 23:23:36 | More by WJVII
Photo of techcommdood

New York

3.03/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very dark amber/brown though see-through clear. Very little head to speak of.

Not much of anything going on in the nose. Faint traces of malts and hops with a tiny bit of citrus but honestly this was not a "nosy" beer at all.

Very sweet and malty with a light sour taste to it. A lot of roasted grains coming through in the flavor.

This is a very thick-feeling beer. It's not thick like an old ale, but feels thick and almost milky.

I'm a sucker for a thick beer so this one worked well for me, though others migh find it too thick or syrupy to enjoy.

This one's about average for me. I was hoping for more up front in the nose but given it's a doppelbock there's not going to be too much there compared to a stronger ale. The slight sourness was a pleasant surprised but other than that I was relatively ambivalent about it.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2009 15:59:22 | More by techcommdood
Photo of SLeffler27

New York

3.35/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

An enormous, frothy, light brown head explodes in my pilsner glass, leaving little room for the crystal clear, garnet red Doppelbock beneath. The head eventually converts to seafoam, allowing the rest of this bottle to be poured. As it's consumed, lace coats the glass.
Sweet malts and some molasses with coffee are followed by tones of white wine.

The flavor leans toward the white wine, while some maple syrup and a hint of chocolate subtly enter in a lingering finish. There is no attempt at balance, leaving me to wonder if there are even any hops in this beer. Caution: Don't let this one warm, as it opens to patently unpleasant flavors.

Soft carbonation, combined with a smooth, medium body, a little trace of alcohol, lead to a very sticky residue on the lips.

Have this one on its own or with cheese, but, whatever you do, don't let it warm.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2009 21:17:51 | More by SLeffler27
Photo of Frosty80


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

Color: Cloudy dark brown with amber highlights

Smell: just a very light, wet, malty sweetness

Taste: the usual malt presence with a little hint of sugary sweetness. little yeast in the finish

Mouthfeel: pretty smooth. low-med body with low carbonation.

Notes: thought i remembered this beer being a little more rich the first time i had it. seems like it should be for not just a dopplebock but also having a high gravity. you can never tell the alcohol is there. now im thinking its kinda pricey for what you get. great beer though

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2009 00:07:16 | More by Frosty80
Photo of LilBeerDoctor

New York

3.05/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle. Pours a dark brown with a small light tan head. Aroma of pizza dough. Flavor is malty and quite sweet (sugary sweet). Some wheaty grains too. This was an ok beer I guess, but a little bland and sweet.
Aroma: 6/10
Appearance: 4/5
Flavor: 6/10
Palate: 3/5
Overall: 14/20

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2009 15:25:10 | More by LilBeerDoctor
Photo of htomsirveaux


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

12 oz. bottle tried 27 Sep 2008. Gift from Phil, thanks.

Used a dimpled 0.4 L glass stein. Large light brown head. Almost opaque cloudy ruby brown color. Sweet burnt sugar aroma and licorice with some sourness. Starts tart and roasty. Fairly malty throughout, some licorice in the finish. Aftertaste reminiscent of cherry pits. Ethanol doesn't seem like 9.5%. Medium light body.

Overall expected a bit more malty presence from this beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2009 05:48:05 | More by htomsirveaux
Photo of GJ40

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at Foran's in Detroit.

A - Mahogany with light passing through only the outer edges of the glass. A big creamy head that leaves lots of lacing.

S - Sweet malts and molasses.

T - Mildly sweet, smooth and dark but without any roasted flavors. Some hop bitterness in the finish. You can hardly taste the 9.5% alcohol.

M - Low carbonation (like a lot of the beers at Foran's) with a good consistency.

D - A very balanced beer that's easy to drink. I really liked this one.

Serving type: on-tap

01-15-2009 13:19:21 | More by GJ40
Photo of cdkrenz


3.15/5  rDev -9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thank you Chris Meyer.

A - Two full inches of deep brown, cola like head. It has stamina enough to maintain itself as a frothy and humocky layer on top of a very dark brown body. When held to light purple tones are visible.

S - Molasses, anise, chocolate, and pungent fruits. The only hindrance is the lack of potency.

T - Black licorice and a hint of chocolate. There's actually an emptiness in the middle of this brew. At its end a mild malt taste is discovered.

M - The empty flavor is attributable to the mild texture of this doppelbock. I should note however that this is a very smooth brew until it hits the bottom of my throat where it leaves a coarse point. This point is actually a benefit as it indicates a request to keep drinking.

~ The look and aroma are obviously the finer qualities in this brew. I expect allot from a doppel and I believe this is a good beer. But, it's not something I'll purchase for myself. I did get this as a gift and it came in a four pack. I've set the other three aside and will cellar them for future consumption. When the time is right I'll crack another and add notes to this review.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2008 20:13:27 | More by cdkrenz
Photo of BierFan


3.6/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a cervoise.

Appearance: Barely there light tan head with a dark dark hazy brown body. It's almost black.

Smell: Aroma is pretty light for a doppelbock. Dark malty and sweet. A little alcohol presence.

Taste: Kind of a letdown. Like the smell the taste is kinda light.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2008 00:32:56 | More by BierFan
Photo of meatyard


3.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Is a clear, deep, dark, reddish brown with a fluffy tan head that leaves spotty lacing. Persistent carbonation visible. You should pour gently because the head keeps climbing.

S-Is mostly malt and a little toast.

Taste-Is bigger than the smell but more of the same. I also taste some dark, dried fruit like raisins.

M-Feels just about right for a doppelbock, smooth with medium body.

D-Pretty high ABV but fairly good drinkability.

This is a decent DB, not nearly a favorite. It lacks in some areas but worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2008 03:22:55 | More by meatyard
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours brownish with light brown overflowing head. Smell is strong malty. Taste is a bit harsh, its fresh and carbonation is above average. There is strong malt and it is boozy, even a little woody and corny. Not so drinkable.Medium mouthfeel.Found at The Village Beer Merchant this week.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2008 03:29:53 | More by Sammy
Photo of roadhouse


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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pilsener glass.

Appears a clear dark brownish mahogany with a one and a half inch off-white head. Leaves some decent lacing behind.

The aroma is of caramel malts, a slight bready toastiness, toffee, and something kind of like vanilla. Not bad, but kind of one dimensional.

The taste is of caramel malts initially followed by some dark fruit character and a bit of toasted malt. Finish is somewhat strange, kind of like tart cherries.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, crisp, clean, smooth, and drinkable. Nothing to complain about.

Not the worst Doppelbock I've had but certainly not the best. It's alright but I probably wouldn't buy it again. Does hide the alcohol quite well though.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2008 07:05:13 | More by roadhouse
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3.6/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark caramel color with a small but noticeable head.

Smell: Roasted malt, caramel and chocolate.

Taste: Soft flavors of coffee, chocolate, and caramel can all be detected.

Mouthfeel: Medium body.

Drinkability: The second time I tried this, I noticed how much smoother it is once poured into a glass. The first time I drank it directly from the bottle, which did not allow all of the flavors to percolate as well.

Served from a bottle into a a tulip.

As one of my first experiences with Weizenbocks, I thought this was rather enjoyable. Despite having a strong flavor, it is easily more drinkable that some heavier beers with similar taste characteristics.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2008 03:34:24 | More by KickInTheChalice
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New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a dark, chestnut brown with a flat, fizzy medium khaki colored head which quickly dissipated leaving no visible lacing behind.

S: light coffee with a dark roasted malting. Overall was rather soft with just a hint of fresh smoked wood amber and peat moss. I liked the smell, but you had to struggle at times to really appreciate it and wish it had a better showing here.

T: The flavor yielded a fresh smokey woodiness with dark roasted grains. Hints of coffee, peat and dark burnt caramel/molasses add just a hint of sweetness similar to a Scottish ale. Some dark ripe fruit (plums) add subtle hints as well. There's a nice light smokiness which plays well against the underlying sweetness of the malt. While it stumbled out of the gate appearance and smell wise the flavor made amends with a strong showing. A nice earthy bitterness lingers about after the swallow.

M: a really nice carbonation that brought things to life here highlighting the dark sweet nature of the beer on the tongue. Extremely smooth and silky and left a nice residual malt coating on the tongue.

D: A solid good drinking doublebock. Rich, rewarding and fit to style and wont go to waste. A solid good recommend.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2008 13:56:16 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of hopdog


3.73/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle.

Poured a medium mahogany color with a large sized off white head. Aromas of caramel, toasted nuts, earthy and toffee. Tastes of caramel, brown sugar sweetness, and some dark fruits. Definitely malty sweet. Alcohol well hidden.

Notes from 5/24/07

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2008 15:13:25 | More by hopdog
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4.28/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served cool from 12 oz brown bottle into a Boston Lager glass.

Pour is crystal clear and cola colored, light pour with little body. Nice light tan 3/8" head. No lacing.

Aroma is subtle Munich maltiness.

Flavor is mild, caramel and nutty. Very balanced, low bitterness, with a nice dry finish, no cloying sweetness that ruins many doppelbocks.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin, you'd never guess that this was a 9.5% beer.

Drinkability is great--even dangerous. No hint of the high alcohol content, not cloying, no boozy nose, just a clean, dark, malty beer. Highly recommended.

Really really good experience. I generally don't like DB's because they are too rich and syrupy, but this beer is refreshing--even chugalicous--not gooey, goes down like a bock or dunkel. I'd love to be able to get this on tap. Goes great with a meal.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2008 05:07:35 | More by BattleRoadBrewer
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3.95/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - poured to release a huge head that dissipates swiftly to a ring, the beer is deep crimson, almost sanguine, tiny bubble streams ascend

S - true to form for DB's, roasted malts dominate, other characteristics support, caramel, toffee, and slight vanilla

T - the flavor mirrors the aroma, just a bit sweeter and more punch from the malts, gives the sweet flavors, the caramel, toffee, etc, have a burnt, caramelized sugar quality, and some chocolatiness

M - sweet, and dark, somewhat thick but still a great drink, slides down easy

D - i love me some DB's, and this one doesnt disappoint, very pleasant and warming beverage, well done

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2008 15:36:26 | More by sinstaineddemon
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2.88/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours (almost) black with a thin head that immediately disappears, leaving a few, scant, fizzy bubbles that die off.

The smell is of some dark maltiness, some sourish/tart fruitiness - cherries is my closest reference (and a touch of molasses?). Vague.

The taste is of sweet molasses and cocoa powder with an odd sourish fruitiness. There is some balancing bitterness, though it's not bitter. I suppose the bitterness can be put into the "earthy" category, though "non-descript" would fit as well. The components of balance are all there, but the sweetness, bitterness and sourness do not really blend that well. They are a bit "all over the place". There is an astringency to it, to boot. Yet, it's not really that "bad", not your average DB either. "Mediocre" and "odd" fit it well enough, IMO. Not too crazy about the aftertaste.

There's an almost slimy slickness to it. It is medium-bodied, even on the fuller side. Odd texture.

Well, it misses the mark compared to the classics of the style by a mile or three. Although enough is "there" to go in that direction. Out of style, or different interpretation of the style, well - even there, nothing special. Not too fond of the sourness that doesn't blend particularly well. Still, it has something to make the oddness not "bad". The alcohol is reasonably well-covered. Finishing "one" is fine. But, wouldn't get this one again.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2008 23:09:02 | More by jwc215
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New Jersey

3.1/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: pours a dark brown color with a wispy head. No lace develops.

Smell: roasted malts and sugary sweetness comes out of the glass.

Taste: roasted malts, prunes, brown sugar, and some mild bitterness make up a weak flavored doppelock. Alcohol is mildly noticeable.

Mouthfeel: smooth and a bit thin throughout. Some dryness arrives at the finish. Aftertaste is long as the malt sweetness lingers a while. Lighter side of a medium bodied beer.

Drinkability: so-so at best. This one needs to be a thicker in body and mellow the alcohol a bit for a more drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2008 22:33:52 | More by Gavage
Atwater Voodoovator from Atwater Brewery
79 out of 100 based on 329 ratings.