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Atwater Winterbock - Atwater Brewery

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123 Ratings
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Ratings: 123
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 3.22
pDev: 19.88%
Wants: 1
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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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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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.78/5  rDev +48.4%
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!

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2013 02:22:40 | More by woodychandler
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Bronson125

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +39.8%

03-04-2013 04:00:11 | More by Bronson125
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AndyMSU

Michigan

4.49/5  rDev +39.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2013 00:16:59 | More by AndyMSU
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timmlimestone

Wisconsin

4.3/5  rDev +33.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one fine beer. Maybe it is the fact that it is April and it was very well kept and so danged smooth it was a pleasure tobe part of this.

My wife drank the majority of it, and it made her happy. So that is good.

A - Amber witha nice head. Dark amber probably.

S - Nice smooth maltiness

T - Smooth and alcoholic. Impressive. just a great beer. A pleasure to drink and not too light on the music either.

M - Nice smooth feel and a full body.

D - I could and would. And I will.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2008 03:12:09 | More by timmlimestone
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david131

California

4.28/5  rDev +32.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- A deep orange/ amber liquid with a gray/ tan head that is rather thin, but leaves a modest covering that has some decent retention.

S- Smells remarkably sweet, like vanilla frosting and caramel. I am really digging the smell. The lack or alcohol in the nose is a welcome surprise.

T- Sweet caramel and fruit with a vanilla frosting backing. As sweet and flavorful as this is, it is not too rich and the alcohol is well masked. Very nice.

M- A little undercarbonated, but it may be beneficial to keep is smoother and the alcohol less noticeable. Syrupy, but fine.

D- For the ABV and style, this is rather pleasant. The fruitiness and sweetness work well together. Definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2009 04:57:31 | More by david131
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33nickadams

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +32%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2013 00:54:18 | More by 33nickadams
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meatyard

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is a clear dark amber with a thick off-white head that leaves dabs of lacing around the glass.
The smell is of dark, toasted caramel malt with a hint of alcohol.
The taste is very malty, a dark toasted malt flavor with a light bitterness and a hint of alcohol.
Mouthfeel is medium.
Drinkability is very good.

I like the bock & doppelbock styles. This is a pleasurable drinking beer with a pleasnt taste.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2007 00:50:23 | More by meatyard
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dswion

Michigan

4/5  rDev +24.2%

11-30-2012 00:47:47 | More by dswion
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Dyerseve

Michigan

4/5  rDev +24.2%

12-24-2012 00:44:47 | More by Dyerseve
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SaisonRichBiere

Michigan

4/5  rDev +24.2%

03-06-2013 22:23:12 | More by SaisonRichBiere
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Gemini6

Michigan

4/5  rDev +24.2%

01-27-2014 20:04:46 | More by Gemini6
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andruke

Michigan

4/5  rDev +24.2%

12-24-2012 21:01:56 | More by andruke
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +21.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2013 09:55:01 | More by tone77
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Gehrig

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Atwater Winter Bock pitches two fingers of white froth atop an amber body, decently lacing the pint glass. Chocolate and caramel confront the nose, along with bready malt, but the nose is too subtle. The taste is fuller and bolder, with the chocolate and bready malt emerging more prominently. Smooth with modest hints of hop bitterness, Atwater Winter Bock is a solid if unspectacular version of Bock. Easy on the palate if lacking in complexity and boldness, a fine find at the sterling Sun Singer.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2008 04:24:02 | More by Gehrig
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

3.9/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear and reddish brown appearance, good sized, cramy beige head. Nice looking bock.

Sweet malty aroma, caramel and toffee...very good.

Taste: more sweetness,but still nicely balanced, good and even, caramel malt is king, nice and juicy...crisp and moderatedly carbonated...nice medium body.
Very drinkability, excellent flavor,if not too complex, but, why should it be...just a nice, right-on bock. Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2009 10:12:52 | More by feloniousmonk
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matty

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light brown colored beer with a slowly fading head.Aroma is candied dark fruit.Taste is the same dark fruit,sugar cane and caramel malt.Smooth and drinkable with no evidence of the higher alcohol content.I can see myself buying this again and would recommend to my buddies.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2010 18:41:49 | More by matty
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Gavage

New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a lovely copper mahogony color with a nice 2" head that lasts quite a while.

Smell: caramel and malt sweetness is easy to detect.

Taste: nice malty profile with some caramel, ripe black plums, hints of alcohol, and a nice bitterness. A nice flavorful bock.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Smooth from start to finish. Aftertaste is surprisingly brief.

Drinkability: nice drinkability but the alcohol will catch up to you after a few of these. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2009 13:16:06 | More by Gavage
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beerphan

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle -> sa taster
no date

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2010 02:13:31 | More by beerphan
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SMark

Illinois

3.8/5  rDev +18%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2008 02:53:29 | More by SMark
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SIRIUS2

North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev +17.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2008 02:02:06 | More by SIRIUS2
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +16.5%

12-04-2013 04:25:38 | More by Sammy
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kattmunkel

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +16.5%

01-21-2013 23:38:51 | More by kattmunkel
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TheBeerDad

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +16.5%

07-07-2014 00:42:35 | More by TheBeerDad
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mchenry1313

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +16.5%

04-28-2014 01:01:00 | More by mchenry1313
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gulli

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +16.5%

04-07-2013 23:01:44 | More by gulli
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Atwater Winterbock from Atwater Brewery
75 out of 100 based on 123 ratings.