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Atwater Winterbock - Atwater Brewery

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Ratings: 130
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 3.24
pDev: 19.75%
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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Photo of woodychandler
4.78/5  rDev +47.5%
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!

woodychandler, Jun 23, 2013
Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.5/5  rDev +38.9%

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.

AtrumAnimus, Nov 20, 2014
Photo of Bronson125
4.5/5  rDev +38.9%

Bronson125, Mar 04, 2013
Photo of AndyMSU
4.49/5  rDev +38.6%
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.

AndyMSU, Feb 11, 2013
Photo of timmlimestone
4.3/5  rDev +32.7%
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.

timmlimestone, Apr 19, 2008
Photo of david131
4.28/5  rDev +32.1%
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.

david131, Dec 30, 2009
Photo of 33nickadams
4.25/5  rDev +31.2%
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.

33nickadams, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of meatyard
4.1/5  rDev +26.5%
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.

meatyard, Dec 30, 2007
Photo of dswion
4/5  rDev +23.5%

dswion, Nov 30, 2012
Photo of Dyerseve
4/5  rDev +23.5%

Dyerseve, Dec 24, 2012
Photo of SaisonRichBiere
4/5  rDev +23.5%

SaisonRichBiere, Mar 06, 2013
Photo of Gemini6
4/5  rDev +23.5%

Gemini6, Jan 27, 2014
Photo of andruke
4/5  rDev +23.5%

andruke, Dec 24, 2012
Photo of tone77
3.9/5  rDev +20.4%
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.

tone77, Feb 02, 2013
Photo of Gehrig
3.9/5  rDev +20.4%
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.

Gehrig, Apr 02, 2008
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.9/5  rDev +20.4%
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.

feloniousmonk, Jan 17, 2009
Photo of matty
3.88/5  rDev +19.8%
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.

matty, Jan 27, 2010
Photo of Gavage
3.85/5  rDev +18.8%
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.

Gavage, Jan 21, 2009
Photo of beerphan
3.85/5  rDev +18.8%
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.

beerphan, Dec 29, 2010
Photo of SMark
3.8/5  rDev +17.3%
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.

SMark, Feb 28, 2008
Photo of SIRIUS2
3.78/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

SIRIUS2, Feb 20, 2008
Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.75/5  rDev +15.7%

SmellsofMahagony, Nov 21, 2014
Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev +15.7%

Sammy, Dec 04, 2013
Photo of kattmunkel
3.75/5  rDev +15.7%

kattmunkel, Jan 21, 2013
Photo of TheBeerDad
3.75/5  rDev +15.7%

TheBeerDad, Jul 07, 2014
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Atwater Winterbock from Atwater Brewery
75 out of 100 based on 130 ratings.