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Atwater D-light - Atwater Brewery

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Reviews: 18
Hads: 58
Avg: 3.39
pDev: 28.91%
Wants: 0
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Atwater Brewery visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Kölsch |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Frozensoul327 on 05-19-2007

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Reviews: 18 | Hads: 58
Reviews by proc:
Photo of proc
4/5  rDev +18%
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.

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3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of MarvinTheMarzen
3.65/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +32.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.21/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Local MI brew great lawnmower brew.

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3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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3/5  rDev -11.5%

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3/5  rDev -11.5%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of CHickman
3.69/5  rDev +8.8%
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

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Photo of SometimesIfart
3.28/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Atwater Brewing D-Light.

Atwater has always remained ' that ' brewery I go to when I'm in the singles section and just need something to finish out a mix a six. Seldom make anything that blows me away, but usually a solid beer for a $1.69 bottle. I'm hoping this one follows.

Look - Pours a slightly darker shade of yellow with a massive frothy and bubbly white head that lingers forever. Carbonation is massive and hurricane like and I also see floating sediment in my glass...for a Kölsch? Really guys? Quality control much?. Leaves some pretty good lacing. 3.5.

Smell - Alright then..Well this is a bit awkward but this beer smells like ( Insert Generic American Adjunct Lager Here ).. smells Creamed corn like. 3.

Taste - It really just tastes like a very finely balanced adjunct lager with a smidge of authentic honey. A bit of grapeyness. 3.25.

Feel - Body is heavily carbonated with a full mouthfeel. Quite creamy due to the well retained head. 3.5.

Overall - Welllll...where are the hops? I know these guys aren't meant to be overly loaded with flavor, but this one didn't even have a smidge of those guys. Do not get me wrong, if this were just a plain ole adjunct it would likely be my favorite due to the balance. But..it isn't an adjunct. A better Kölsch would definitely be Lawn Seat by GLBC. I'd have this again...if given. But why pay $7.99 for a sixer when I can get the similar PBR for $10 a twelve?. 3.25

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Photo of woodychandler
4.21/5  rDev +24.2%
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.

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2.75/5  rDev -18.9%

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3/5  rDev -11.5%

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3/5  rDev -11.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -26.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Frozensoul327
3.37/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

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Photo of GRPunk
3.72/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

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3.24/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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4/5  rDev +18%

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Atwater D-light from Atwater Brewery
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