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Atwater Voodoovator - Atwater Brewery

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Ratings: 340
Reviews: 198
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 15.9%
Wants: 5
Gots: 14 | FT: 1
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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 BierFan
3.6/5  rDev +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.

BierFan, Dec 18, 2008
Photo of meatyard
3.43/5  rDev -0.9%

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.

meatyard, Dec 16, 2008
Photo of Sammy
3.38/5  rDev -2.3%

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.

Sammy, Dec 14, 2008
Photo of roadhouse
3.58/5  rDev +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.

roadhouse, Nov 25, 2008
Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.6/5  rDev +4%

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.

KickInTheChalice, Nov 25, 2008
Photo of beerthulhu
3.88/5  rDev +12.1%

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.

beerthulhu, Nov 22, 2008
Photo of hopdog
3.73/5  rDev +7.8%

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

hopdog, Nov 21, 2008
Photo of BattleRoadBrewer
4.28/5  rDev +23.7%

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.

BattleRoadBrewer, Nov 18, 2008
Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.95/5  rDev +14.2%

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

sinstaineddemon, Oct 29, 2008
Photo of jwc215
2.88/5  rDev -16.8%

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.

jwc215, Oct 26, 2008
Photo of Gavage
3.1/5  rDev -10.4%

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.

Gavage, Oct 25, 2008
Photo of dsa7783
3.53/5  rDev +2%

Single twelve-ounce bottle purchased from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield...
Appearance: Deep,dark purple color... Minimal tan head, minor lacing...
Smell: Non-descript, unassertive aroma... Heavy malts detectable...
Taste: Ultra-strong malt backbone... Hints of caramel and chocolate... Raisins and plums also detectable...
Medium-bodied mouthfeel...
One thing I really liked about this beer was that despite the hefty 9.5% ABV, it went down pretty easily and hardly any alcohol was detected... Kudos on the drinkability, yet the overall taste definitely could've been richer and thicker...

dsa7783, Oct 20, 2008
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.45/5  rDev -0.3%

Atwater- Voodoovator

A- Very dark brown almost black with a small 1 ring lacing head.
S- Very sweet brown sugar, raisins, and toffee malt.
T- Very sweet and malty up front with a light fruity cola corn syrupy body and finish.
M- Sweet and slightly cloying, finishes off a bit flat and syrupy.

Overall- Starts off nicely but slowly fizzles out near the end. Regardless give it a try. My 1st from Atwater and decent enough.

NJpadreFan, Oct 15, 2008
Photo of ATPete
3.83/5  rDev +10.7%

12oz bottle

My first from Atwater. The Voodoovator pours a semi transparent brown color with ruby red highlights an a small off white head. Sweet and nutty roasted grains in the nose. Smokey and sweet to the tongue, lots of woody/earthy tones and chocolate malt, cherry and baked banana flavors. No hop character or spice to speak of, no booze either. Medium bodied and pretty damn drinkable.

ATPete, Oct 14, 2008
Photo of auxiliary
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

appearance - Dark black color with a nice tan-brown head. Nice lace left on the glass too.

smell - Roasted malt, some sour notes here.

taste - Chocolate is present, malts, and some sour or hops present at the end.

mouthfeel - medium body.

drinkability - I thought I was going to love this beer. I didn't dig the sourness at the end, it was hard to finish off the beer. If you lilke sour beers, porters and stouts, you like this a lot.

auxiliary, Oct 04, 2008
Photo of brewandbbq
2.63/5  rDev -24%

Pours clear, dark mahogany, with a quarter inch of off-white head. Retention is short-lived and no lacework.

Aromatics are a blend of rich malt, fruit-laden acid, and a smidge of caramel and chocolate. Strangely fruity for a Lager and the acid is very odd. Almost cherry-like.

Medium bodied and a bit chewy. Light carbonation adds a syrupy mouthfeel.

Tart fruit and rich malt lead off the palate.
Cherries atop balsamic drizzeled dough.
Bitterness is subdued as well as alcohol.
The fruity tartness lingers and the beer finishes with a frim acid grip.

What a weird Dopplebock. Either contaminated or I have no idea what they were going for here.

brewandbbq, Sep 26, 2008
Photo of Matty1918
3.85/5  rDev +11.3%

Thanks to csmiley for this sample.

Pours a cloudy, brown with a small head. Not much retention and not much lacing.

Aroma is of cherries, molases and sweet malts.

First tatse is very sweet....cherries, molases with toasted malts at the end.

the alcolhol is hidden but this is a sipper. Very sweet.

Matty1918, Sep 14, 2008
Photo of oneredarm
2.88/5  rDev -16.8%

Atwater Block Brewery VooDoo Vator

A - poured down the middle to expose a thick head that dissapates to a thin layer with no lacing. Very nice cloudy amber color with good carbonation.

S - Nothing really stood out here. I get a little hop, but that is about it.

T - This beer tastes a lot like a Killians Red. A slight malt flavor in the end helps a little.

M - A lot lighter than I had hoped for a Dopplebock.

D - I would probably drink this in the summer on a hot day. It goes down quick and is refreshing and light. However, at 9.5 ABV, i would be hesitant to drink more than 3 or 4.

Poured into a New Holland Brewing pint glass.
Temp - 45 degrees.

oneredarm, Sep 11, 2008
Photo of GRPunk
3.95/5  rDev +14.2%

Bottle poured into a mug.

A- The body was a clean, dark brown with lots of small bubbles of carbonation. There was a 2 finger, tan head that never really fully dropped and left some light sticky spots on the glass.

S- It was heavy on the sweeter malts giving a slightly fruity feeling. I picked up something of a raisin aroma mixed with caramel.

T- There were great malt flavors, again of caramel and raisin. The alcohol is very well hidden.

M- It's a little higher on the carbonation and it had a little hop bite. Overall, there was a really nice, full feel that I'd expect from a Doppelbock.

D- It's a good drinker. The deceptive strength can really sneak up on you if you're not careful.

GRPunk, Sep 08, 2008
Photo of AltBock
4.15/5  rDev +19.9%

12 oz. bottle with picture of a skull on it. Not your run of the mill skull, a pimp skull. This skull has one of those feather pimp hats on its head. Above the pimp skull is the name of the beer in big green neon letters. To the right of the skull is a description of the beer and a few of the beer's specifications. To the left of the skull is the Atwater symbol of a construction worker toasting the city of Detroit on the Windsor side of the river. No date or batch number anywhere on the bottle.

Appearance: When poured into a Boonville pint glass, this Doppelbock is an extremely dark and murky chestnut brown. To tell you the truth, it was hard to tell what shade of brown it really was because the beer was so damn murky. Even the cherry red highlights were murky. On top of this murky brew was a tiny fizzy head of foam. From what I could see, it was about 1/4 of an inch in height and was an off white color. Since the head of foam was very fizzy, it lasted for only a few seconds and then it completely disappeared. I still can't get over how murky this Doppelbock really was. I doubt I'll ever see another murky Doppelbock like this again.

Smell: Not only was the appearance unique, but the aroma too. The aroma was lightly sour. It wasn't as sour as a Flemish sour, but it was sour for a Doppelbock. This aroma was pleasantly sour with roasted malts, a splash of milk chocolate, a hint of tart cranberries, and then finishes up with some crushed red raspberries. It was a little bit of Doppelbock mixed in with a little Flemish Sour. Very unique and very good.

Taste: The aroma was the precursor to what this beer was going to taste like. The taste was a little bit more sour than what the aroma suggested and there were more berries in here as well. The taste was sour and lightly dry with a pinch of dark roasted malts, a splash of milk chocolate, a very subtle touch of coffee, dried yeast, tart cranberries, a hint of black cherries, crushed red raspberries, and then this dark berry brew finishes up with a slight taste of sweet alcohol. There were more sour qualities than Doppelbock qualities, but it was still a damn good Doppelbock taste. It could have increased the dark roasted flavors and tone down the the tart berry flavors, but it's a unique dopplebock. What are you going to do?

Mouthfeel: For such a "High Gravity Lager" with a 9.5 ABV%, this was more of a medium bodied beer than a full bodied beer. The aftertaste was lightly sour and dry with a small touch of roasted malts, black cherries, and few cranberries. The sour aspect of this beer completely covered up the high ABV%. There was no sign of the ABV% anywhere.

Drinakbility: I like pleasantly sour Doppelbocks, but this one needs to lower the tart and sour flavors and increase the roasted flavors. A little bit more dark roasted flavor should do this beer some justice. Would I drink this beer again? If I was in the mood for a sour berry Doppelbock, I most certainly would.

AltBock, Sep 07, 2008
Photo of karengarys
2.83/5  rDev -18.2%

This pours nice and dark and clean and leaves very fluffy bubbles on top.

Smells somewhat sweet.

Taste isn't quite there. It is kind of thin and runny strange, like spoiled water or something. I can't describe it, but I don't like it. Then there are hops, but it is - lemon - that's it, kind of like unsweetened lemon juice or something. Not what I'd want in a dopplebock. The alcohol is well hidden, but not in a way I enjoy.

mouthfeel is wet. Not bad, there are some bubbles, but it is kind of flat too.

The body is thin.

I'm a dopplebock fan, one of my favorite styles. This is missing that rich chewy malty body that makes a dopplebock what it is.

karengarys, Sep 05, 2008
Photo of merlin48
3.48/5  rDev +0.6%

Twelve ounce bottle is a gusher, pouring a dark mahogany body with an immense tan head that overflows the glass. Ouch! Lots of clumpy lacing.

Aroma of molasses, brown sugar, spicy hops, and red apples.

Mouthfeel is thin for style and overcarbonated.

Taste has a malty dominence, with caramel, brown sugar, and toffee notes. A note of red apples adds a sourness that seems out of place. Spicy hop bitterness is present but subtle. Alcohol is hidden very well.

Don't know about this one. Nicely drinkable but has some serious flaws.

merlin48, Aug 30, 2008
Photo of Jwale73
3.55/5  rDev +2.6%

Served in a flute. Pour was a gusher; glass was 80% rocky, tan-colored foam that continued to ooze forth from the bottle during the tasting. Brew was a fairly translucent brown with ruby red highlights when backlit; lots of sticky lacing present on this one. Nose was malt, brown sugar towards the back and toffee/caramel in the middle. Taste consistent with nose, but a chocolatey character dominates. Mouthfeel is what ruined this beer for me. Somewhere between light- and medium bodied, but way too much carbonation made it difficult to drink. Drinkability was greatly compromised by the over-carbonation on this brew; however, alcohol was very well-hidden for the abv. Might need to revisit this one again in hopes that it was just a bad bottle.

Jwale73, Aug 28, 2008
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.8/5  rDev +9.8%

Atwater Block, VoodooVator doppelbock high-gravity lager

"9.5% Alc. by Vol. Open It!" Says the label. What did they think I was gonna do with it?

Dark brown, nearly black, big creamy tan head.

Sweet, roasty, malt-driven nose. Caramel aplenty. Rich and toffeeish. Delightful.

Much of the same in the taste, though a bit short on the finish. A bit too medium in the mouthfeel. A bit too strong in the alcohol.
But, tasty, it's true.
Quite tasty.

feloniousmonk, Aug 22, 2008
Photo of IronCitySteve
3.58/5  rDev +3.5%

A: A deep dark brown almost black color. Lots of foam head, probably from my bad pour. A decent amount of carbonation.

S: Lots of roasted malt. Caramel, chocolate, raisins and some bourbon scents. Very big and very robust.

T: Taste was complex but put together well. A good malt brew with ample flavoring of chocolate, vanilla and some caramel.

M: A nice smooth creamy mouthfeel. I think it is pretty spot on for the style.

D: An excellent doppelboack. A high ABV limits how many I would have, but if you enjoy this style, this is a great beer.

IronCitySteve, Aug 15, 2008
Atwater Voodoovator from Atwater Brewery
79 out of 100 based on 340 ratings.