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Atwater Winterbock - Atwater Brewery

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75
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129 Ratings
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Ratings: 129
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 GarthDanielson
2.98/5  rDev -8%
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.

GarthDanielson, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of barnzy78
3/5  rDev -7.4%

barnzy78, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of magine
3.68/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a flute glass.

Pours a clear dark caramel colored amber. Brew has a nice think fluffy tan head. Head settles to a thin lace island. Pretty good lace left behind. Pretty good looking brew.

Brew smells of sweet caramel malts, subtle fruit hops, barley maybe. Biscuit yeasts as well. Decent, pleasant smelling brew.

Brew is smooth and balanced. Sweet caramel malts, some barley maybe. A bit of roasted nut or cocoa as well. A tad bit thin but by no means is bad. A slightly dry finish, good clean drinking brew. Tastes are good.

I am surprised by the reviews here, I found this to be a solid brew; tastes good, looks good and has a real drinkability for a higher alcohol brew. My first from Atwater, good brew.

magine, Apr 30, 2011
Photo of david18
3/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

david18, Feb 24, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
3.33/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Thorpe429, Feb 09, 2011
Photo of Buggabeer
3.4/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A poured into a pint glass and it is dark with a dark red look to it. The head faded fast. After first sip it died to nothing but a very thin film

S. Very sweet malt smell. Very pleasent. Caramel and fruit smell

T. Average taste not bad. Very nice on a cold PA evening. If you homebrew it taste just like scooping out your malt extract. SWEET

M Nice feel to it not over malty with a nice carbination.

D I would have another of these on a nice cold evening.

Buggabeer, Feb 03, 2011
Photo of StoutHunter
2.58/5  rDev -20.4%
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.

StoutHunter, Jan 07, 2011
Photo of Mitchster
3.58/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Mitchster, Jan 02, 2011
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 Kolsch
3.5/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap a 3 Rivers 6 Pack & Eatery, Delmont PA

Appearance: cola brown with very small head. Carbonation seems off on this as it appears flat.

Smell: plums and cinnamon.

Taste: similar to smell but am picking up a very dry spice to this. Weird, as I am not sure what it is. Almost tastes like dried cocoa right out of the spice rack. Taste is relatively smooth and on the sweeter side but not so much that it overpowers. Carbonation definitely needs picked on this beer.

Overall: I did not find it as offensive as others but rather run of the mill. I would have another if no other better choices.

Kolsch, Dec 24, 2010
Photo of DavoleBomb
2.78/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

DavoleBomb, Dec 19, 2010
Photo of DannyDan
2.6/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours into a dark bodied drink that has a large tan head with not much retention or lacing, I didn't notice much carbonation either.
The smell is of black cherries, bananas, sugar, molasses, and caramel, while the taste is a brown sugary syrupy taste with a hint of cherries and caramel that is rather weak. The after taste is a rather sour citrus fruit that spoiled. The mouth feel is very sticky and doesn't give any pleasure to the mouth at all. It would be a drinkable drink if it wasn't such a terrible beer. I know that Atwater Winter Bock is on my avoid this beer at all costs list.

DannyDan, Dec 07, 2010
Photo of schoolboy
3.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer may deserve better marks than what I gave it - being truer to style than I would prefer. I knew when I bought it that I probably wouldn't care much for it. I actually prefer much crappier, lighter weight poor examples of the style to something like this.

On it's own merits, the taste grows on you but the smell goes bad. It's a very roasty, yeasty (somewhat), skunky brew and just not my thing.

I usually avoid this style, especially the serious attempts like this one, but this one I will avoid more. I don't remember anything positive about Atwater, but I will try some of their others to see if I should be prejudiced against the brewery (I'll give them a chance).

schoolboy, Aug 06, 2010
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.05/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

BuckeyeNation, Mar 23, 2010
Photo of tigg924
2.42/5  rDev -25.3%
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.

tigg924, Mar 20, 2010
Photo of kegger22
3.4/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

kegger22, Feb 20, 2010
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 beerguru15
2.58/5  rDev -20.4%
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.

beerguru15, Jan 14, 2010
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 DrDemento456
2.58/5  rDev -20.4%
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.

DrDemento456, Dec 18, 2009
Photo of azazel
2.17/5  rDev -33%
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.

azazel, Dec 02, 2009
Photo of GoalieRon33
3.68/5  rDev +13.6%
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

GoalieRon33, Nov 19, 2009
Photo of williamherbert
1.5/5  rDev -53.7%
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.

williamherbert, Apr 11, 2009
Photo of storksonm
3.53/5  rDev +9%
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.

storksonm, Apr 10, 2009
Photo of beerthulhu
3.4/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

beerthulhu, Mar 14, 2009
Atwater Winterbock from Atwater Brewery
75 out of 100 based on 129 ratings.