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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
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Photo of SIRIUS2
3.75/5  rDev +14%
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 tigg924
2.5/5  rDev -24%
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 NJpadreFan
3.03/5  rDev -7.9%
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
3.78/5  rDev +14.9%
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 harkjohnny
1.55/5  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 dirtylou
3.63/5  rDev +10.3%
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
4.23/5  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 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 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 CortexBomb
3.7/5  rDev +12.5%
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
3.48/5  rDev +5.8%
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
3.88/5  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 beerthulhu
3.38/5  rDev +2.7%
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 biggred1
3.55/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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 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 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 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 DrDemento456
2.6/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - Dark reddish in color with dark tones.
S - Cherry and wheat.
T - Expected like a winter warmer with spice but got.. malt cherry. And ugh like a sour hit in the finish.
M - Bark like flavor and malt is thinner than expected.
D - Having a hard time finishing the glass but it's not nasty enough for a drain pour.

I had their Vanilla Java Porter and it was pretty good but with the name "winter bock" I guess it achieved a sort of sour bitter cherry wheat beer.

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 dsa7783
3.6/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Single, twelve-ounce bottle purchased from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield...
Appearance: Dark, caramel, brown...
Smell: Ginger, spices, brown sugars...
Taste: Not as thick or rich as some Bocks, but smooth, easily drinkable...
MOuthfeel: Light-to-medium-bodied
Drinkability: Easily downable...
Recommended...

Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.43/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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

A: The beer is a deep reddish brown color with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of strong vanilla, spices, caramelized malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is malty and intensely sweet and spicy up front with flavors of vanilla, caramel and a weird minty & woody bite to it that just throws everything completely off. There's a mild hops presence. The after-taste is slight sweet.

M: Crisp but not very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Flavorful but the awkward taste is tough to get past, not too filling, decent kick, not the best representation of style. I wasn't very hopeful but gave the beer a fighting chance. I poured it and the look and smell made me think it might be pretty good. However it all went downhill from there once I tasted it.

Photo of jwc215
2.43/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours rubyish brown with a thin tan head that becomes patchy, then disappears.

The smell is of mild sour fruitiness.

The tase is of sour cherries - sourness leans towards vinegar. Chalky, with some chocolate ina cocoa powder way. The sweetness and any hint of rich maltiness, which does try to peek through at times, is detracted by the underlying sourness. It has a tangy finish.

Mild-to-moderate carbonation. Not thin, but thin for style.

An odd brew with sourness and astringency that detract too much. This brewery is 0-3 for me. Getting rid of this underlying sourness that isn't quite right here would help - I noticed it in the other two as well (esp. the Voodoovator). This doesn't work for me, but I was almost able to finish it, because the malt has some potential, but can't compete with detractors.

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 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!

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