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Atwater Winterbock - Atwater Brewery

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134 Ratings
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Ratings: 134
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 3.25
pDev: 19.69%
Wants: 1
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Atwater Brewery visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Bock |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: CortexBomb on 12-02-2007)
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Reviews by DMarlinJ:
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3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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Photo of SIRIUS2
3.78/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

A: Dark brown brown with a light haze. Small head that dissipates quickly to a thin ring of bubbles. No real lacing to note.

S: There is a bit of a caramel roasted malt smell on the nose.

T: Malts of medium toast envelope the tongue at first but the overall flavor is rather light in nature. A slight sweetness is revealed just before the swallow, where the hop bitterness balances the finish making it quick and clean.

M&D: Mouthfeel was decent but the finish was just a tad watery. Drinkability is better than average but I was expecting a little more malt for a bock. Overall it's an enjoyable brew - Recommended.

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.75/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of tigg924
2.42/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: red/brown in color, clear, 1 inch head, medium carbonation

Smell: toasted malt and grain

Taste: toasted malt, grain, caramel,cinnamon, and toffee

Mouthfeel: medium/light body, medium carbonation, semi-sweet

Drinkability: A below average bock that loses its charm as it warms. The alcohol is high and I really had no desire to finish it after getting half way through. Will pass on in the future. The taste just did not come together for me.

Photo of cynical1027
2.5/5  rDev -23.1%

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.03/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Atwater- Winter Bock

A- Dark ruby red with a moderate size foamy head. No lacing.
S- Sweet sugary malt with hints of vanilla.
T- Sweet sugary grape/ cherry malt with a touch of caramel and vanilla. Slight oaky finish.
M- Very sweet and syrupy. Mild woodsy dry finish.

Overall- Sweet yet bland. Boring, I'll pass on this next time.

Photo of SMark
3.8/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer was poured into an Imperial pint glass at 48° from a 12 ounce bottle. There was no date information on the bottle. There was approximately one finger of off white yellowish head. A slight amount of foam stayed on the glass as the head dissipated. The beer was a clear medium brown color.

A nice browned malt aroma was the first noticeable fragrance with a slight yeasty smell noted after. There seemed to be a hint of brown ale to come.

Hops gave the first taste a little bit of bitterness. The sweet malt quickly took over with a much smoother second and subsequent taste. There was a very nicely roasted taste which was indicated in the aroma.

This was not a real short tasting beer but could have lingered a little longer considering the smoothness and the interjection of bitterness at times. Not sure of the alcohol content which some say is 7.5% but that would verify some of the bite.

I could drink more of these but not in one setting. This could be enjoyed very easily as recommended on a cold night. Friends would probably make it even better.

Photo of DruC4
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of harkjohnny
1.53/5  rDev -52.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

my old man picked me up a case of their Block Party mix pack for $10.99. a CASE! how could I turn down such a deal? I was pretty stoked to try this stuff and of the 4 beers in here only one is drinkable (the Dunkel). They are all overcarbonated and taste like a bad extract homebrew.

This particular brew exhibits harsh flavors and the 'twang' you get from a typical amateur homebrew.

I could only hope that the reason they are selling these off this cheap is to get rid of the product, but is that really doing this brewery any good?! I certainly would not purchase again.

Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of dirtylou
3.63/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz single, probably from Riley's

appearance: pours into an imperial pint glass, dark copper-amber body, creamy tan head with pretty decent retention

smell: tart yeast presence hits first, toasted malt and toasted nut, caramel, light hops

taste: ehhh - creamy caramel malts, toasted peanut, light euro hops, tart yeast, light alcohol. a decent bock but not really worthy of a repurchase

mouthfeel: astringent, medium-light, a touch tart

drinkability: ok

Photo of 33nickadams
4.25/5  rDev +30.8%
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 kattmunkel
3.75/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of Trent
3.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Kolsch
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%
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 AndyMSU
4.49/5  rDev +38.2%
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 CortexBomb
3.68/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pour is beautiful dark amber with a 1inch white head on top. The smell is sugary with a strong malted edge. Brown sugar. Dark fruits. A bit boozy.

The taste is a sugary off sweet, milk twang combined with light floral tones and with a strong alcoholic underbody. Exceptionally malty and different.

Mouthfeel is moderately thick, and also has a few top of the mouth tingles. Drinkability seems good, an assertive beer, but not difficult to drink. Also quite cheap. I will likely pick this up again.

The bottom line: Atwater delivers what they promise, this beer is definitely a winter style bock...thick, a bit boozy, and definitely a beer that tastes better when the snow is falling.

Photo of Bung
3.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark amber pour with a solid white head. The head actually did not stick around too long for me. Smells of some malt but more of some red fruits and apple. Quite carbonated and lively with medium body to it. Tastes upfront similar to the nose, but there is a bit of sourness as others have noticed. I was worried at first, but this did not seem to linger. Not as sweet as it could have been, some smokey tones present through the finish. Descent drinkability to this. All in all, not bad.

Photo of tone77
3.9/5  rDev +20%
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 beerthulhu
3.4/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a clear, dark, cherry redwith a ½ finger fizzy khaki colored head that lapsed after the first minute. No lacing was left while a fairly strong and rapid visible carbonation showered upward.

S: malty with sweet toasted caramel, dried cherries and some ripe dark fruit. The aroma started out strong enough, but quickly recessed after the first minute or two despite the carbonation remaining strong.

T: sweet, with dry toasted caramel, cherries, and some sweet plums. The maltiness appeared fairly good at the start, but much like the aroma, trailed and thinned out in the finish. Some light nuttiness, toasted malt and raisins round out the flavor. Overall I thought the flavor was better then average but falls short of being good due to its thinning finish. Sweet, fruity, with a decent start for the malting, the flavor was decent but failed to warm you on that cold wintery night as advertised.

M: Medium bodied, very smooth and slick texture wise. Despite its strong showing the carbonation was fairly calm in the mouth. Upon warming some maltiness was evident with some dry toasted notes.

D: ok, a casual downer, good for one or two before becoming mundane. Wouldn't rush out for a sixpack, much better examples out their but worth a try as a single.

Photo of tommy5
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of aaronwillen
3.72/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of Rohkey
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of HardyA
3.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of biggred1
3.55/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dark amber with a nice light tan head, minimal lace. Smells pretty malty and sweet, bubbblegum and caramel. Tastes much like the smell, fairly light for a bock I think but pleasant and malty with some detectable cinnamon spice. Fairly thin mouthfeel and easy drinking for a beer that states "high gravity lager" on the label like a lot of cheap malt liquors do. I don't know the ABV but I think the alcohol is well hidden. Tasty, if not spectacular.

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Atwater Winterbock from Atwater Brewery
76 out of 100 based on 134 ratings.