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Atwater Winterbock - Atwater Brewery

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Reviews: 67
Hads: 148
rAvg: 3.32
pDev: 20.18%
Wants: 1
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
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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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Reviews: 67 | Hads: 148
Photo of Thorpe429
3.31/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (662 characters)

Photo of brentk56
2.36/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Pours a dark amber color with a tan head that fades rather quickly without leaving much lacing behind

Smell: Difficult to pick up to much on the nose, but what there is happens to have a sour wood aroma

Taste: The sour wood and cherry flavors arrive up front - interesting for a Flanders Red, but not for a bock; after the swallow, there are a lot of phenolics, as well, that are downright unacceptable

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: I'm afraid this one is a drain pour (517 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.06/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Black cherry with bright orange edges and a splendid looking crown that resembles brown sugar mousse. The two fingers of foam that was created on the pour took its sweet time melting to half that height. Better than acceptable lace solidifies the good score.

The nose seemed somewhat promising initially, but doesn't hold up on repeated sniffs. It's underpowered, with a steely caramel dominance and a muskiness that might prove to be interesting. At least it looks and smells like a dark bock, which are my favorite kind.

In addition to describing its aroma, 'solidly average' describes its flavor as well. Winter Bock tastes strong, but it isn't malty enough and has a background sourness that was hinted at in the nose... and that seems to be a common feature in Atwater Block beer.

Specifics include pretzel crust, steely caramel, tobacco, bitter nut skins and less-than-ripe fruit. Although warming sands off some of the initial rough edges, the final result isn't as polished or composed as it could have been. It isn't bad, though, especially considering the brewery.

The mouthfeel just does fill out enough in the bottom half of the bottle to be worthy of the style and the ABV. It's lagery smooth and is fine from a carbonation standpoint.

My hope that Winter Bock would be the first Atwater Block beer to earn an above average taste score was almost realized on this sunny Spring morning. Looks like Voodoovator is their last chance to impress. Barring any new releases, of course. (1,496 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.43/5  rDev -26.8%
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. (916 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.88/5  rDev +16.9%
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. (413 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.58/5  rDev +7.8%
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. (1,194 characters)

Photo of jwc215
2.43/5  rDev -26.8%
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. (814 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
4.76/5  rDev +43.4%
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! (1,274 characters)

Photo of Gavage
3.84/5  rDev +15.7%
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. (473 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
2.98/5  rDev -10.2%
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. (668 characters)

Photo of Tone
2.96/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy, dark burnt amber color and a clearer, lighter amber along the edges of the glass. 5/4 inch head of a tan color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of hops, roasted malt, raisin, slight alcohol, and a slight tart fruit aroma. Fits the style of a Bock. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with a high carbonation level. Initial tartness is almost overpowering and masks the other initial flavors so much that it appears to be quite watery. Lets hope that it improves with more tastes. Tartness and then a dryness dominate; with a slight hop and roasted malt flavor coming through the strongest. Becomes a little more smooth as you progress, but still too dry and tart for my tastes in a Bock. (704 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
3.38/5  rDev +1.8%
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. (1,274 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.88/5  rDev +16.9%
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. (274 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
3.73/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I got this bottle in a trade with jwc215. Thanks Joe!

It pours a clear reddish brown with a near 2 finger head of foam. I see some lacing and the head retention looks like it's going to be fine. Nice looking brew in the glass.

The smell has a nice roasted malt character, some sweet malt tones...smells good for the style.

The taste is of roasted malt with light chocolate, some earthiness, which is all good but there's an underlining flavour here that's mixed in...a sourness. It's not overly noticeable but it is there and it's not doing this brew any favours. Darn it. It makes it tough to take more sips...

The mouthfeel is medium and nice, the carbonation is on the light side of medium, and it finishes on the bitter side. Thankfully, I don't get any of the sourness there at all. Oh and head retention *was* way above average.

Drinkabilty? Not great because of the out of place sour notes but I still didn't have a problem finishing the bottle. A little tweaking and I think this would be a fine brew. (1,014 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
2.6/5  rDev -21.7%
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. (463 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
3.63/5  rDev +9.3%
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 (459 characters)

Photo of tigg924
2.5/5  rDev -24.7%
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. (458 characters)

Photo of Bung
3.48/5  rDev +4.8%
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. (490 characters)

Photo of alexgash
1.98/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

12 oz. bottle.

Maple syrup cola. Clean and clear. Solid finger of dirty khaki brown head. Sugary cookie and maple syrup malts on the nose along with cooked vegetable twang, and a woody sourness. Taste is dominated by sour infection and mineral water bitterness. Blech. Drainpour. I don't know why I gave Atwater another chance with their bottles, but never again. (364 characters)

Photo of hopdog
3.52/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle.

Poured a darker reddish color witha larger sized off white head. Lacing left on the glass Aromas of nuts, brown sugar, caramel, and fruity. Tastes of caramel, bread, and nuts. Tastes a little on the thin side and did not live up to the aroma. Alcohol well hidden.

Notes from 12/8/07 (298 characters)

Photo of StoutHunter
2.63/5  rDev -20.8%
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. (1,179 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
2.83/5  rDev -14.8%
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. (650 characters)

Photo of david18
3/5  rDev -9.6%
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. (463 characters)

Photo of Vancer
3.15/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cold winter night, how 'bout a big winter beer to get 'R done? Repeat from an earlier beer. No dating or abv on the label - why the hell not?

Deep mahogany brown pour, thick and rich tan head on this one. Sheets of lace look good, but can be mis-leading.

Not much on the aroma, just some light notes of spicy malts. Quaff has that spice note too, but with it comes a funky sour wood taste. Not the best winter beer, don't this I'll be after this one in the future. (466 characters)

Photo of Mitchster
3.6/5  rDev +8.4%
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. (916 characters)

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Atwater Winterbock from Atwater Brewery
77 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.