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Atwater Winterbock - Atwater Brewery

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Reviews: 66
Hads: 151
Avg: 3.3
pDev: 28.48%
Wants: 1
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Atwater Brewery visit their website
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: 66 | Hads: 151
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.06/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

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Photo of tigg924
2.5/5  rDev -24.2%
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.

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Photo of kegger22
3.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Atwater Winter Bock was brown in color with a one finger, beige head with decent retention.

The aroma was a sweet malt mustiness.

The taste was a little disappointing, there was some caramel sweetness and dark fruit, but the copper penny after taste dragged it down.

The mouth feel was medium bodied, oily and adequately carbonated.

Drinkability was OK; I wouldn't turn another one down, but wouldn't go out of my way for it.

Generally, I have been disappointed by all the Atwater products that I have sampled, which is a shame since I live in Michigan, I would dearly love for them to have a winner.

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Photo of matty
3.85/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

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Photo of beerguru15
2.58/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Have to say, this definately wasn't what I was expecting when trying this one.

The color is a Dark Amber Color that had a light brown/off white head

The smell is sweet, but I couldn't distinquish a notable hint of anything.

The taste was decent, wasn't really that strong of a bock, kind of a weaker after taste, but at the same time was smooth.

Not a strong mouthfeel as the beer was quite smooth, and not overbearing

The beer was drinkable but nothing I'd really consider buying again if I didn't have to. Had a little bit higher expectations for it, but I can see that it has the possibility in being a good beer.

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Photo of david131
4.27/5  rDev +29.4%
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.

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Photo of DrDemento456
2.6/5  rDev -21.2%
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.

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Photo of azazel
2.28/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Pours dark with a reddish tone. The aroma is good and makes you want to take a drink. Unfortunately once you take a drink your taste buds are assaulted by a barrage of sour cherry. At first you think that it could have been a mistake but so you cleanse your palette and attempt another drink only to be met again with the lingering taste of sour cherries. Carbonation is average to slightly higher than average.

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Photo of GoalieRon33
3.67/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a- Dark brown with a slight reddish tinge, seemed a little bit cloudy

s- A little sour, with a deep malty sweetness to follow. Heavy, with hints of alcohol

t- Sweet, with a little smoke. Slight alcohol burn. Almost a cherry taste similar to SA cherry wheat, but overall unique

m- medium bodied, not as thick as they claim it to be, but ok

d- a little on the heavy side; overwhelming at first. enjoyed best a little warmer than fridge temp

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Photo of williamherbert
1.55/5  rDev -53%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

Well-bodied and glassy ruby red look. One finger of rose-white head. Nice, deliberate carbonation. Looks really nice.

Very very sour aroma, but in a metallic, cherry medicine way. Pure cough syrup. Downright unappetizing. Hint of grapefruit/citrus.

Severely sour malt taste. Puckery but not in a good way. Like a sweet tart dipped in Robitussin. Sour, cloying saccharine cherry. Not a good tasting beer.

The feel is creamy and fizzy. Good enough. Not a good beer, sorry to say. I could finish about half and then I had to dump the rest down the drain. Too bad really.

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Photo of storksonm
3.53/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pint Glass

Got this one a little late. Even before I poured the beer it was starting to foam out of the bottle. When I poured it out came a nice dark head and kept quite nicely. Nice dark ruby color to it. It smelled a little skunky and slightly smoked. It tasted quite like it smelled. You couled tast a little licorice it it also. Its mouthfeel was a smooth but almost hard water taste to it, kind of gave it a drier aftertaste with a sweet smoked malt taste. Overall it seems like an alright bock.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.38/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of Tone
2.96/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

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Photo of GRPunk
3.53/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a mug.

A- A normal pour left a 1 finger, tan head. The body was a clean, deep brown with medium to heavy carbonation. The head eventually dropped to a full lace that left some decent sticky spots on the glass.

S- Initial rush of sweet malts, but still pretty mild. Mostly a raisin-like sweetness mixed with some roasted grains.

T- It's pretty malty. I get some light, raisin-like flavors mixed with some roasty tones. The finish was slightly bitter/sour.

M- Medium carbonation, very little bite from hops or anything else. I'd call it pretty clean.

D- It's a pretty easy drinker. It says "HIgh Gravity Lager" on the label, and the alcohol is very well hidden. A nice lager for the cooler months. It's somehow missing a "wow" factor that would make me want to search it out.

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Photo of roadhouse
2.91/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I never hear anything good about Atwater but figure I'd give it a shot since I enjoy Bocks.

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

Appears a nice shade of reddish brown, pretty clear, with a one inch plus off-white head. Leaves some pretty nice lacing.

Aroma is is pretty bland. There's basically nothing but a bit of sweet maltiness, very light dark fruit character but nothing specific, and a touch of toastiness.

Taste is similarly bland, especially for a Bock. It's very strange, there's a bit of sweet malts and a fruit character kind of like cherries but it's somewhat metallic. That's about it.

Mouthfeel is medium-light, fairly crisp with a slight creaminess, but it suffers from a bit of harshness and metallic feel.

This is pretty much a lame excuse for a Bock. The only thing good about it is the appearance.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.03/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.48/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A big, dense coffee head slowly drops, leaving ample sticky lace on the walls of a tulip glass. The Bock itself is a clear, dark, garnet red with some carbonation.

Sweet, tart candy overwhelms the subtlety of white wine and pears.

Fairly balanced with a tilt toward toasted malt and rather divergent from the aroma. There is pronounced acidity here.

This one is surprisingly dry with a light body and watery texture, complimented by soft carbonation and some astringency.

An ok beer, but not quite the Bock I prefer. This will do when food or company is the focus and you want a decent beer.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.43/5  rDev -26.4%
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.

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Photo of alexgash
1.98/5  rDev -40%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
2.36/5  rDev -28.5%
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

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Photo of Vancer
3.15/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of Gavage
3.84/5  rDev +16.4%
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.

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Photo of Bung
3.48/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.73/5  rDev +13%
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.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.88/5  rDev +17.6%
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.

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Atwater Winterbock from Atwater Brewery
77 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.