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Atwater D-light - Atwater Brewery

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46 Ratings
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Ratings: 46
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.28
pDev: 17.38%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Atwater Brewery visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Kölsch |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Frozensoul327 on 05-19-2007)
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Reviews by proc:
Photo of proc
4/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a solid, summertime, Kolsch from the fine folks at Atwater. Pours out to a bright gold in the glass with an average-sized head. Aroma is that of light citrus and bread dough. The taste is good, with lemon and other citrus flavors peaking their head out in front of the slightly yeasty finish. This is a very, easy to drink beer. Don't let the word "Light" in the title fool you. Its flavorful. I think I've found an addition to my summer beer rotation.

proc, Jun 18, 2007
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3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

DruC4, Jun 18, 2012
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3.65/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I found a bottle of this "retired" beer in Grand Rapids in October 2010 - perhaps its back, which is a good thing. Not the best Kolsch I've had but it's enjoyable. The beer poured straw-colored and slightly clouds, producing a huge long-lasting head. The smell and taste are typical but it is a bit bright. The date on the bottle was July 2010 so perhaps we should have enjoyed it earlier.

MarvinTheMarzen, Jan 09, 2011
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tgavrilos, Mar 14, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

EL48823, Jan 28, 2013
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3/5  rDev -8.5%

HardyA, Jun 08, 2013
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3/5  rDev -8.5%

StoutHunter, Oct 01, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

crowsnest, Aug 07, 2014
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3.7/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear yellow gold with a 1 finger snow white foamy head that was full of bubbles and faded slowly, leaving great foamy lacing that sicks to the glass; a very impressive looking brew from the tap.

Smells of sweet malt, grains, floral hops, wheat, lemon zest, grass, corn or that general lager smell, which is light, airy and basically the essence of beer.

Tastes of sweet malt, floral hops, wheat, citrus hops, lemon, grass, hay, light caramel and a malty sweetness that's almost like a hint of sugar; really it's just a good basic beer.

Mouthfeel was light, crisp and refreshing, with light, zippy carbonation, a very light body and a smooth easy feel as it flows over the tongue. This is a great session beer with just enough flavor to keep wit well above it's macro competition, with a nice crisp, clean finish - take that Bud

CHickman, May 12, 2011
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4.23/5  rDev +29%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lady Miss Kier Kirby of Deee-Lite stopped by to drop off this beer from my favorite (?) hit-or-miss brewery earlier today! It was great to see her again after so many years.

From the bottle: "Beer Is Good Enjoy Responsibly".

I like the pseudo-cascade when it comes off, and this was no exception. It quickly settled into two fingers (just!) of soapy, bone-white head with limited retention, although the lacing it left in its wake was nice. Deee-Lite was the background music and I could barely remain seated! Color was a pretty sunshine-yellow (SRM = >2, < 4) with NE-quality clarity. Nose smelled of all things lemon, but with a biscuit malt undertone. I thought of lemon biscotti, lemon scones, lemon meringue pie. You get the lemony idea, I am sure. Mouthfeel was thin and watery and I hope never to have a Kolsch that is otherwise. Kolsch is meant to be a light, summery, breezy beer that can act as an alternative to standard lagers. Which would you want? Coors Light Summer Brew or some nice Kolsch? I know where I stand and I stand behind this one. The taste was light and lemony and D-lightful. Atwater continues to confound me, but this one was a winner. The finish was airy and refreshing, semi-dry with a continued lemony zestiness that just cried out to be drank while on a picnic.

woodychandler, Jul 03, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -16.2%

Punqbert, Apr 17, 2013
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3/5  rDev -8.5%

Morakaton, Dec 30, 2013
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3/5  rDev -8.5%

jaidenjb, Oct 14, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -23.8%

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3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

dswion, Oct 26, 2012
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3.33/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Crystal clear presentation, with a lightly yellowish color. Decent head of white foam. Medium to medium low levels of carbonation. Minor lacing.

S: Fresh. Aromas of grain and light malt, mixed with a grassy straw character. Not bad.

T: Light citrus, grain, straw, a touch of grass. Mild woodiness. Some grapeskin flavors. Very mellow.

M: Light, refreshing. Slightly crisp. Appropriate for the style.

D: Not bad. This could definitly be a sessioner. The slightly cork flavor that this brew exuded kind of threw me off, but not enough from skipping if again. Worth a try.

Frozensoul327, May 19, 2007
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3.7/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle (with no date found) poured into a pilsener glass. In honor of Bootsy Collins, I should have maybe drank from the boot. It may have contained the head on this thing.

A- F-ing gusher. The groove was not in the heart, as I lost a good 1/2 ounce on my table and felt like a fool sucking the foam from the bottle. Once in the glass it was pretty nice. Somewhere between straw and gold with some haze, a little sediment, and a ton of carbonation. The head was gigantic (is six or seven fingers a measurement?), pillowy, and white. Head retention was great and there were foamy rings left all over the glass. Aside from the initial eruption, it's a nice looking beer.

S- Pretty much a mix of grain and lemon. I'd call it delicate and a pretty good fit for the style. Nothing off-putting, and quite clean.

T- Lots of lemon and something of white grape skins. There's a gentle, grainy backbone. Maybe a little wheat in there to lighten things up and bring out a little creamy touch? The lemony, grape-like flavors really come through in the finish.

M- Soft and creamy. Moderate carbonation. Lemon makes for a bit of a pert, drying quality.

D- It's an easy drinker. No bells and whistles, but very solid all the same. I could see this being a great backyard BBQ type of beer. Maybe something to have with your basic dog at a ball game (yellow mustard only please). I think it could be a crowd pleaser.

GRPunk, Mar 13, 2011
Photo of BEERchitect
3.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Though their heart is in Koln, the Michgan-made Kolsch-style beer reels in a lot of influences from German lagers, general European lagers, bohemian pilsners and even American light lagers; particularly for its marketing campaign.

Kicking off with a grainy-sweet taste and a mild floral hop aroma, early impressions seem aswirl with light bread, confectioner's sugar and dough; along with light and fruity bouquet. Along with its lightly hazed straw appearance, there's little to separate its introduction from that of a lot of lighter fare beer.

While its sweetness slowly fades, what's left behind are the taste of whole grain, straw and grass. While fruitier tones morph towards apple skin and lemongrass, its partly herbal, partly citrusy side shows. Highlighted by mild sulfur undertones, the hybrid beer shows glimpses of crispness.

Its lasting memories are continued grainy-sweet texture with creamy light bread and a spicy hop bitterness. Slim spiciness extends afterwards, similar to German lager but its reluctance to dry confidently keeps the palate wanting more.

D Light can be sold as any beer from blonde ale to light lager, to bohemian pilsner and American adjunct lager. There's little character to the beer to pull it decidedly to any one style over the other. It lacks the subtle fruit character and utmost crispness to qualify as Kolsch.

BEERchitect, May 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev +22%

leadahmer, Dec 07, 2013
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3.08/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a hazy pale gold color with a 1/2" white head that fades to lacing. There are a few floaties present. The aroma is average. It has a dry pale malt scent along with a slight citrus edge. There is a light hop aroma as well. The taste is average as well. It has a weak and watery pale malt flavor that goes down like water and finishes a tad dry and bitter. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a low bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. This isn't my favorite Kolsch on the market, but someone new to craft beer may enjoy it.

WesWes, Aug 07, 2008
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2.93/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I tried this, but not really that familiar with the style. About near the end of life, having been bottled in Feb, six months ago. Color seems dark for the style, a bit hazy, and fading head with somewhat extensive lacing. Smells like nothing almost, some grain I suppose but not much else. Tastes like a richer average beer, some grain, some malt, low bitterness. After-taste not much after, which I suppose is typical. Effervescence is low, muted, slick, somewhat refreshing but overall un-substantive. I wouldn't want six of these sitting in the fridge. Like I said though, not really sure I know the style.

Bitter_Echo, Aug 30, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

RyanCFriedrich, Jul 10, 2013
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Atwater D-light from Atwater Brewery
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