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Atwater Winterbock - Atwater Brewery

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BA SCORE
75
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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
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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tommy5

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

09-06-2013 23:27:17 | More by tommy5
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FroggieG

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -6.8%

09-02-2013 22:47:38 | More by FroggieG
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FinchSCF

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev +0.9%

08-22-2013 02:16:12 | More by FinchSCF
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capuchinpilates

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -6.8%

08-20-2013 15:23:02 | More by capuchinpilates
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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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JohnnyHopps

Indiana

2.85/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pouring a copper color from the bottle, the aroma was faint and would be best described as dirty malts. The initial taste starts promising but ends up as a weird mix of honey and raisin. These two characteristics are part of a winter beer, yet it lacks the syrupy malts and spices. In the aftertaste, one might note the flat mouthfeel with the dirty malt aftertaste. I really like the bock style, but this one literally has almost nothing positive.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2013 23:29:58 | More by JohnnyHopps
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GinsuDave

Michigan

3/5  rDev -6.8%

05-17-2013 01:07:49 | More by GinsuDave
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mcewesr

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev +0.9%

04-16-2013 18:22:11 | More by mcewesr
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HardyA

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev +0.9%

04-16-2013 01:45:21 | More by HardyA
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Omnium

Pennsylvania

3.3/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bottle > Pint Glass
A - Pours a moderate amber, nice 2 finger head, little lacing though.
S - Sweet malts, dried fruits, caramelized apples, dried flowers, and some spice.
T - Has an OK hop bitterness thats on the drier darker side, more of the malts coming in at the end, with a lot of sweet dried fruit flavor clinging on.
M - Nothing good really hangs on your palate here except some yeast.
O - While its not the worst, its a far cry from a good winter beer, and a bock. But it does present some interesting qualities that make it ok for trying at least once.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2013 23:19:34 | More by Omnium
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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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SaisonRichBiere

Michigan

4/5  rDev +24.2%

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

Michigan

3.58/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2013 06:15:34 | More by superspak
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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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civilizedpsycho

Michigan

3.6/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a copper color that is semi-transparent. Has a small, bubbly head that dissipates fast.

Smell: Has a nice, sweet caramel smell. Hints of roasty malts. Interesting and I was not expecting it.

Taste: Again, sweet malt with a hint of a roast coffee flavor. Not much hop presence. It's a little sweet for my taste and could be a little smoother.

Mouthfeel: Decent body that's not too watery and doesn't have too much carbonation.

Overall: High ABV always brings this rating down a little bit for me as it causes me to pay extra close attention to my consumption. I could certainly get this again and enjoy it, but it's nothing that really blew me away.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2013 21:41:19 | More by civilizedpsycho
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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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Rohkey

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

01-30-2013 16:52:35 | More by Rohkey
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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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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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Phinner

Michigan

2.5/5  rDev -22.4%

01-08-2013 22:23:20 | More by Phinner
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Trent

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev +0.9%

12-26-2012 23:44:37 | More by Trent
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wembly13

West Virginia

2.75/5  rDev -14.6%

12-26-2012 13:20:59 | More by wembly13
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andruke

Michigan

4/5  rDev +24.2%

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

Michigan

4/5  rDev +24.2%

12-24-2012 00:44:47 | More by Dyerseve
Atwater Winterbock from Atwater Brewery
75 out of 100 based on 123 ratings.