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Atwater Winterbock - Atwater Brewery

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Ratings: 147
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 3.29
pDev: 18.84%
Wants: 1
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Bock |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: CortexBomb on 12-02-2007

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Ratings: 147 | Reviews: 67
Photo of mchegash
4/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - 4/5
Deep red orange, with a small amount of head. Quite clear. I see almost no carbonation rising up the beer.

Smell - 4/5
Sweet malts with flavors of dark fruit and caramelized sugar, with a hint of roastiness. Maybe a tiny bit of alcohol.

Taste - 4/5
Tastes basically how it smells. Sweet malts with some fruity/caramelized sugar flavors. Some earthy hops as well, with a little alcohol presence. I am quite happy with the taste.

Mouthfeel - 4/5
Medium body, smooth. Medium amount of medium-high intensity carbonation. Crisp.

Overall - 4/5
This was a solid beer. One of the few Atwater brews I genuinely like.

Photo of nikoelnutto
4.62/5  rDev +40.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A- beautiful rust/copper that is nearly transparent. Thin head with decent lacing.

S- peppery, molasses, light alcohol notes. Some Belgian scent with a tartness in the back.

T- sweet, Brown sugar, pepper, alcohol (just the right amount) and only slightly bitter.

M- medium/light body with medium/high carbonation. Very pleasant drinking experience.

O- an exceptional Bock with lots to offer the refined pallette.

Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.5/5  rDev +36.8%

This one pours a very nice coppery color that is clear and takes to the light nicely.There is a moderate, thick tan head that is more like leaven brad than foam. The head settles slow and leaves transparent lacing.

The nose is a nice peppery hopped malt mixture that speaks to a well tamed thick malt that has the ability to keep up with the hopping. This is like a ramped up Old Speckled Hen in flavors and the flavors are great. Sweet malt battling hops for dominance and neither winning out.

The moutfeel is very rich and perfect for this beer.

Overall I rate this one as exceptional. The flavors attack the palate and leave you satisfied. I highly recommend this one.

Photo of Dean14
3.39/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not as deep or complex as other bocks. A little too sweet, a little too thin. Alc high enough for a winter beer. Carbonation is light but not bad for the style. Overall drinkable but not one to seek out. Bocks are one of my favorites so my expectations were high. This is the first Atwater I've tried.

Photo of falloutsnow
3.19/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

From: Friar Tuck's, Savoy, IL
Date: Bottled 12/2012
Glass: Ayinger bock glass

Atwater's Winterbock is a lightly caramel-like and bread-like bock beer, but not really as malt-intense or complex as a traditional bock would be. I'm not sure of the malts, hops, yeast, or brewing process used, but I would be curious to see how this was made. A decent beer, but not something I feel the need to revisit again, unless it was fresh or on-tap.

Pours a 1cm tall head of light beige-colored foam that is made up of small-sized bubbles for a frothy appearance and has average retention of about one minute. Lacing is excellent, with interesting swiss-cheese like patterns clinging to the walls of the glass. Body is a dark amber-brown color, with light bringing out some lighter golden orange-brown hues. Carbonation visible through the transparent body, low in number and sluggish in activity.

Aroma is fairly disappointing, a weak caramel-like sweetness with a faint breadiness, slight cherry ester, and woodsy hop character. I expect a stronger aromatic profile from a bock, even if it is a year old.

Overall flavor is of moderate caramel malts with a strongly bread-like profile, some hop bitterness and woodsy character to balance out the sweetness. Front of palate tastes light caramel-like sweetness, bread, and light fruity esters. Mid-palate is of medium-low caramel-like sweetness with a bit of bread, tart cherry ester, and slightly spicy, woodsy hops. Back of palate features light caramel-like sweetness with bread, a bit of increase in bitterness and spiciness from hops. Aftertaste is of low to moderate bitterness from hops,

Beer is medium-bodied, with carbonation of medium-low intensity, resulting in a mouthfeel that is well-balanced between foaminess (3/5) and smoothness (2/5). Closes quite dry, with moderate stickiness on the palate and lips.

Photo of woodychandler
4.76/5  rDev +44.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The annual summer break redding up of the living room was happening in earnest this afternoon when I came upon a plastic bag containing a six-pack carrier that included this beer. Wow!

From the bottle: I like the new labels with the XO intersection. This one has an ice-blue label and the worker is carrying a pair of skis! "high gravity lager (in script)"; "This malty, sweet, caramel colored German bock beer is brewed with imported malt and hops. Its uncommon smoothness and impeccable taste make it the perfect companion on a cold night."

My aggro pour produced a finger of fizzing, deep-tan head with moderate retention. Color was a gorgeous deep-ruby with NE-quality clarity. Nose was very malty, but not as sweet as I was expecting. Instead, it had a biscuit-like semi-sweet aroma and I was ready. Mouthfeel was thick and viscous and seemed content to sit on my tongue in a big dollop. The taste had a maple syrup flavor, but it was tempered by something, perhaps my inadvertent aging or the hops, but it was very tasty. Finish was semi-sweet with the maple syrup flavor continuing along with a mild smokiness.

This is Exhibit "A" with regard to what I have been saying about Atwater's beers - they are hit or miss with little in between. Chalk this up as a hit!

Photo of JohnnyHopps
2.9/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pouring a copper color from the bottle, the aroma was faint and would be best described as dirty malts. The initial taste starts promising but ends up as a weird mix of honey and raisin. These two characteristics are part of a winter beer, yet it lacks the syrupy malts and spices. In the aftertaste, one might note the flat mouthfeel with the dirty malt aftertaste. I really like the bock style, but this one literally has almost nothing positive.

Photo of Omnium
3.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bottle > Pint Glass
A - Pours a moderate amber, nice 2 finger head, little lacing though.
S - Sweet malts, dried fruits, caramelized apples, dried flowers, and some spice.
T - Has an OK hop bitterness thats on the drier darker side, more of the malts coming in at the end, with a lot of sweet dried fruit flavor clinging on.
M - Nothing good really hangs on your palate here except some yeast.
O - While its not the worst, its a far cry from a good winter beer, and a bock. But it does present some interesting qualities that make it ok for trying at least once.

Photo of superspak
3.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled in 11/2012. Pours lightly hazy reddish copper color with a 1 finger dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of caramel, raisin, apple, molasses, toast, dark bread, light nuttiness, herbal, earth, and light spicy alcohol. Pretty nice and pleasant aromas with solid balance, strength, and complexity. Taste of caramel, raisin, apple, molasses, toast, toffee, dark bread, light nuttiness, floral, light pepper, and herbal earthiness. Lingering notes of caramel, light fruits, molasses, toast, toffee, dark bread, light nuttiness, pepper, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Pretty nice flavor balance and robustness, with solid complexity; with slight cloying spiciness on the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy and crisp mouthfeel that is ok. Alcohol is well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a pretty good doppelbock. Solid flavor balance and complexity; and quite smooth to sip on. A pleasantly enjoyable offering.

Photo of AndyMSU
4.45/5  rDev +35.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Atwater is sometimes overlooked as a brewery, but their Winter Bock is an excellent beer. It pours dark with a very small head. There are hints of chocolate and a little bit of nuttiness in the taste & the smell. It's a malty brew without much in the way of hops. Its alcohol content is a little higher than one might expect at 7.5 ABV, but it doesn't have that hot, alcohol feel that might be expected. Overall, it's a really solid beer that I plan to have on hand as long as there's snow on the ground.

Photo of civilizedpsycho
3.62/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a copper color that is semi-transparent. Has a small, bubbly head that dissipates fast.

Smell: Has a nice, sweet caramel smell. Hints of roasty malts. Interesting and I was not expecting it.

Taste: Again, sweet malt with a hint of a roast coffee flavor. Not much hop presence. It's a little sweet for my taste and could be a little smoother.

Mouthfeel: Decent body that's not too watery and doesn't have too much carbonation.

Overall: High ABV always brings this rating down a little bit for me as it causes me to pay extra close attention to my consumption. I could certainly get this again and enjoy it, but it's nothing that really blew me away.

Photo of tone77
3.88/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a deep caramel color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is malty, a bit bready. Taste is good. Malts, bready, a touch of nuts, just a bit of alcohol is present. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is an excellent example of this style.

Photo of 33nickadams
4.23/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The label is different from what's on this site. It has a blue label now. Transparent, amber colored with a small amount of head. Nice bubbles coming up. Smells malty, bready and caramel-like. Tastes sweet, not a lot of hop quality to it. Bready and malty on the taste. Finishes crisp without much after taste. Mouthfeel is moderate, easy drinking and well carbonated. I wish more American craft brewers would brew bocks. This style is seriously under represented in the US. I feel that this is a great example of one too. Only comes out in the winter and since its so easy drinking and flavorful, I'll seek it out every year.

Photo of gopens44
2.7/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This one when poured resembles a brown ale from top to bottom with a thin head and lacing that falls like a bad tent. Amber color is nice to appreciate. Smell lacks, well, smell. Something nutty and hay was about it. Taste takes in more facets than the smell, but more doesn't mean better. Front end is pleasant with a banana bread thing happening, but it doesn't stick around long enough to get an counter the pungent nature of an earthy and slightly sour bitterness, which lingers on the tongue after this thin and slightly oily beverage. Overall, its kind of all over the place and not incredibly pleasant.

Photo of GarthDanielson
2.98/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pokal, the beer is a slightly hazed, ruby-amber coloring with a thin, low profile, frothy biege head. Aromas are roasted malty sweetness, with a slight hops presence, and an overall toffee essence. The beer has strong roasted malt flavors, as previewed with the aromas, with a slight coffee profile. Nutty highlights throughout, as well. The aftertaste is light, with some of the bitterness from the coffee flavors and the slight hops presence shining through a bit more. Light, slick cling along the glass while you drink. The finish is light and nondescript, with a slight kick of sharp bitter at the very end. Average brew for the style.

Photo of magine
3.65/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a flute glass.

Pours a clear dark caramel colored amber. Brew has a nice think fluffy tan head. Head settles to a thin lace island. Pretty good lace left behind. Pretty good looking brew.

Brew smells of sweet caramel malts, subtle fruit hops, barley maybe. Biscuit yeasts as well. Decent, pleasant smelling brew.

Brew is smooth and balanced. Sweet caramel malts, some barley maybe. A bit of roasted nut or cocoa as well. A tad bit thin but by no means is bad. A slightly dry finish, good clean drinking brew. Tastes are good.

I am surprised by the reviews here, I found this to be a solid brew; tastes good, looks good and has a real drinkability for a higher alcohol brew. My first from Atwater, good brew.

Photo of david18
3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I don't like winter bocks and didn't order this when it went on tap at the Amsterdam Ale House but I remembered that I wanted to try everything new that I hadn't tried. I ordered this beer and it tasted pretty much exactly as I expected but I'm glad I ordered it.

Color was a dark brown with a very light head considering the color. Flavor has a combination of alcohol, dark malt but overall light mouthfeel. Overall, a pleasant beer but not one I'll have again.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.31/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up in Michigan over Christmas. Served in a tulip.

Pours a pretty dark crimson color with a bit of a mahogany tint. Very slight tan head with a bit of retention and quite a bit of spotty lacing. The nose brings forward a bit of dark, slightly-tart cherry. Dark fruits are present throughout. Taste improves a good deal on the nose. There are some dry dark fruits plus some molasses. Cherry notes are there as well. Slightly woody, actually. Mouthfeel is light to medium with a severely-dry finish, all things considered. Drinkability is alright. Nothing really wrong with this, but the finish is quite odd and I didn't particularly care for the nose.

Photo of Buggabeer
3.45/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A poured into a pint glass and it is dark with a dark red look to it. The head faded fast. After first sip it died to nothing but a very thin film

S. Very sweet malt smell. Very pleasent. Caramel and fruit smell

T. Average taste not bad. Very nice on a cold PA evening. If you homebrew it taste just like scooping out your malt extract. SWEET

M Nice feel to it not over malty with a nice carbination.

D I would have another of these on a nice cold evening.

Photo of StoutHunter
2.63/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I got this beer in a mixed twelve pack from Atwater. It's another cold winter night in mid Michigan so a winter bock sounds like a good choice. Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a pint glass.

A- This beer pours a very dark brown color with a finger and a half worth of off white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed the rest of the time.

S- The aroma is dominated by lot of caramel malts with some metallic tones to it, I can also pick up a small amount of dark fruits.

T- Just like the aroma there is some caramel malts sweetness and some dark fruits that make up the main flavors of this beer. After taking a couple sips I find this beer tastes pretty similar to Shorts Bellaire Brown. The metallic taste carried on from the aroma which was a little off putting.

M- Medium bodied with descent carbonation.

D- Drinkability is average at best. I would possibly have another one but only if there wasn't anything better to chose from, but the alcohol was well hidden.

Overall this was an average bock, there was nothing that made it stick out from all the other bocks and the metallic taste was off putting. I don't think I will revisit this beer anytime soon.

Photo of Mitchster
3.6/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

$9.99 for a 6'er @ BevCo. 7.5% ABV and 30 IBU per the website. No ingredients listed.

Pours out to a very clear dark walnut, forming a tall and creamy tan head with very good retention and adequate lacing. Carbonation is moderate. The aroma is as it should be, a clean lager with predominate malt nose of carob, cola, roasted nuts, figs and dates. The mouthfeel is smooth, with a creamy finish and a medium-dense body. The taste is actually quite nice, very true to style. Opening with a mild hop presence, followed by cola, dark cherries, and carob, but the nicest part is the lingering dark fruit and roasted nuts nicely balanced by a mild bitterness. Toasty and woodsy, with a little burnt sugar in the aftertaste. No appreciable off-flavors.

I'm not a big fan of bocks in general, but this is one of the better ones I've had. A solid beer, but not something I'm gonna go buy again. If you like bocks, try this.

Photo of beerphan
3.83/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle -> sa taster
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Pours a dark crimson tinged brown with a huge slight off white head that has some decent staying power before settling down to a thin lopsided pillow. Lacing appears in thick crusty rings. Carbonation is abundant and unheeding.

Nose: Faint sugar and sherry

Smooth thick mouthfeel. Super sweet caramel dominate, with some toffee. Some roasty flavors, almost burnt cookie like. A medium bitterness finishes the brew out slightly chalky. Booze is well hidden and dangerously unnoticeable.

Hmm.. Interesting brew, the first Bock I've really like and also the first Atwater Brew I found worth repeating.

Photo of Kolsch
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap a 3 Rivers 6 Pack & Eatery, Delmont PA

Appearance: cola brown with very small head. Carbonation seems off on this as it appears flat.

Smell: plums and cinnamon.

Taste: similar to smell but am picking up a very dry spice to this. Weird, as I am not sure what it is. Almost tastes like dried cocoa right out of the spice rack. Taste is relatively smooth and on the sweeter side but not so much that it overpowers. Carbonation definitely needs picked on this beer.

Overall: I did not find it as offensive as others but rather run of the mill. I would have another if no other better choices.

Photo of DavoleBomb
2.83/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a stange.

4.0 A: Dark amber brown color. Two and a half fingers of light tan dense frothy head. Average retention and minimal lacing.

3.5 S: Dry and super musky. Toffee and nuts are the main flavor aromas.

2.5 T: Weird. One of the main flavors is a astringent nutty tannic woodiness. Caramel, toffee, and a mild metallic sourness. Not very good.

3.5 M: Medium body. Slightly higher than desired amount of carbonation, but not bad. Reasonably creamy. Leaves an astrigent bitter aftertaste.

2.0 D: This isn't very good. Taste is a weird combination of stuff I don't really want. Smell is strangely funky. I'll pass on this next time.

Photo of DannyDan
2.67/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours into a dark bodied drink that has a large tan head with not much retention or lacing, I didn't notice much carbonation either.
The smell is of black cherries, bananas, sugar, molasses, and caramel, while the taste is a brown sugary syrupy taste with a hint of cherries and caramel that is rather weak. The after taste is a rather sour citrus fruit that spoiled. The mouth feel is very sticky and doesn't give any pleasure to the mouth at all. It would be a drinkable drink if it wasn't such a terrible beer. I know that Atwater Winter Bock is on my avoid this beer at all costs list.

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Atwater Winterbock from Atwater Brewery
76 out of 100 based on 147 ratings.