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Atwater Winterbock - Atwater Brewery

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122 Ratings
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Ratings: 122
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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Photo of Mitchster


3.58/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2011 19:43:42 | More by Mitchster
Photo of beerphan


3.85/5  rDev +19.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2010 02:13:31 | More by beerphan
Photo of Kolsch


3.5/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-24-2010 16:41:17 | More by Kolsch
Photo of DavoleBomb


2.78/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2010 03:41:07 | More by DavoleBomb
Photo of DannyDan


2.6/5  rDev -19.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2010 05:13:04 | More by DannyDan
Photo of schoolboy


3.15/5  rDev -2.2%
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).

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2010 00:53:13 | More by schoolboy
Photo of BuckeyeNation


3.05/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2010 12:42:59 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of tigg924


2.42/5  rDev -24.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2010 15:51:33 | More by tigg924
Photo of kegger22


3.4/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2010 21:58:49 | More by kegger22
Photo of matty


3.88/5  rDev +20.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2010 18:41:49 | More by matty
Photo of beerguru15


2.58/5  rDev -19.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2010 04:42:59 | More by beerguru15
Photo of david131


4.28/5  rDev +32.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2009 04:57:31 | More by david131
Photo of DrDemento456


2.58/5  rDev -19.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2009 08:36:29 | More by DrDemento456
Photo of azazel


2.17/5  rDev -32.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2009 02:01:59 | More by azazel
Photo of GoalieRon33


3.68/5  rDev +14.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2009 23:00:05 | More by GoalieRon33
Photo of williamherbert

New York

1.5/5  rDev -53.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2009 17:21:03 | More by williamherbert
Photo of storksonm


3.53/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2009 01:26:37 | More by storksonm
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.4/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2009 13:16:09 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of Tone


2.95/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2009 01:59:11 | More by Tone
Photo of GRPunk


3.53/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2009 02:01:48 | More by GRPunk
Photo of roadhouse


2.88/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2009 04:10:56 | More by roadhouse
Photo of NJpadreFan

New Jersey

3.03/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2009 22:16:01 | More by NJpadreFan
Photo of SLeffler27

New York

3.48/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2009 21:15:28 | More by SLeffler27
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

2.38/5  rDev -26.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2009 04:10:49 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of alexgash


1.85/5  rDev -42.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2009 02:40:57 | More by alexgash
Atwater Winterbock from Atwater Brewery
75 out of 100 based on 122 ratings.