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Teufel Bock - Atwater Brewery

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Reviews: 31
Hads: 80
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 15.2%
Wants: 3
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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Atwater Brewery visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Weizenbock |  10.90% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: PittBeerGirl on 02-19-2009

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Reviews: 31 | Hads: 80
Photo of PatPower
1.61/5  rDev -57.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Bottled Feb 2011

Was really hoping to have a better offering from Atwater, seeing as I had to dump the last beer I had from them (Double Down Ale). Poured a nice colour, leaving a tall, light tan head. Don't recall much lacing, but wasn't exactly looking at any point. Smelled like bread, yeast, and small hints of nuts. The taste reminded me of eating 2 week old cabbage once on accident. I dumped the beer again. I liked the Voodoo Vator, but haven't had anything else that was all that good, or even drinkable from them. Too bad, because I can actually see the place almost from my front porch. I guess they're just not my thing. (633 characters)

Photo of Mitchster
2.96/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

$9.99 for a 4 pack of 12 oz'ers. 10.9% ABV, 20 IBU, OG=20.7P. Brewed with 60% wheat malt and hopped with Hersbrucker and Perle.

Pours out to a slightly hazy light brown/burnt orange, forming a tall creamy light yellow head with very good retention and excellent lacing. Mild to moderate carbonation. The nose has more of a candi sugar syrup smell to it, with not as much bananas or cloves as I would expect. Slight toast in the nose. Mouthfeel is syrupy with a dense body. The taste opens with the candi sugar taste, followed by a peculiar burnt sourness, like the wort was burnt. Lots of caramelization going on, then it's followed by a bitterness which is moderate, but too strong for the style. Touches of burnt rubber and crayola crayons in the aftertaste. A touch boozy and astringent.

Don't really care for this one. I should have grabbed a single. Not a very good Weizenbock. Moonglow, Aventinus, and Glockenspiel are MUCH better. (939 characters)

Photo of rdilauro
3/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Right from the start, I really didnt know what style of beer this was going to be. I could not find anything on the label.
It pours a fairly dark brew with , for me a total absence of any head.

The nose was a bit on the alcohol side, perhaps age in a bourbon cask. There seemed to be a good amount of malt here., but beyond that, I did not pick up anything else

The taste was big, but did not hold up to what I thought it was going to be. It was smoother and easier drinking. The malt hung onto my tounge and throat long after I finished this beer.

I was totally shocked, when I found out that this was a bock beer. This is something I need to educate myself on. The differences between a barley wine and a bock beer. (720 characters)

Photo of tlery
3/5  rDev -20%

A - Rusty, little to no head, no lacing.
S - Raisins, bourbon, prunes, a little bit of chocolate and yeast.
T - Caramel and toasted bread in the front, a little grassiness and hop bitterness in the mid, cedar and medicinal on the finish.
M - A little chewy, heavy, rich, definite alcohol heat.
O - Not a beer I'm going to revisit often, but glad I tried it nonetheless. It feels unbalanced and hastily assembled. (412 characters)

Photo of dfillius
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Aggressive pour yields 1/2 finger of lacy cream colored head with good retention. Hazy crimson amber liquid. Pretty.
S: Mmmmm! Phenolic yeast notes with biscuity malt. Banana, caramel, chocolate, pecan.
T: Caramel up front with odd green banana twinge. Twinge is a big negative. Some fruity phenols. A little too much caramel flavor. Better as it warms, but not great.
M: Furry and bitter/astringent. A bummer!
D: I would not order another and I won't buy again. Looked and smelled great but flavor was not smooth and a little imbalanced. (541 characters)

Photo of brc
3.4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

How many beers are there named after the devil? Anyway, this one pours very dark for a weizenbock, near black and very opaque in my goblet. Tan head settles to a ring in a few seconds.

The smell is quite yeasty and toasty when I open it, much like pretzels. In my glass I smell lots of dark fruit, with some alcohol presence. There's also something faintly unpleasant lurking in the background, something earthy or musty.

It's very sweet, and fairly hot. The flavors upfront are bright - cherries and figs. There's some cocoa, certainly, and hints of nuts. Some licorice and bitter herbs towards the finish, though it finishes very sweet.

It's got alot of bite, from the alcohol and related flavors. The mouthfeel seems a bit thin and syrupy rather than rich and full.

Certainly it's an interesting beer, and worth trying. It reminds me more of a Chimay blue driving a hotrod than a malty German dunkelweizen, but as a big dark on its own it's pretty good. The drinkability is a bit low for me because of the alcohol heat and the sweetness. (1,044 characters)

Photo of falloutsnow
3.42/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From: Binny's, Schaumburg, IL
Date: Best before April 2011
Glass: Founders snifter

Atwater's Teufel weizenbock is a sweet, somewhat caramel and cocoa-like version of the style that's lacking in complexity from esters and phenols that others in the genre feature. I could never really find myself enjoying the mix of flavors in this beer that much, and while that doesn't mean it's "bad," it's not one I'd return to, as I could just purchase four Aventinus bottles for the same price as a four-pack of this.

Pours a 2cm tall head of beige-colored foam, made up of small-sized bubbles, creating a frothy appearance. Retention is above average at around 1.5 minutes, the foam fading to a thin ring around the perimeter of the glass. Lacing is good, with some large patterns and medium numbers of dots clinging to the sides of the glass. Body is a dark golden orange color, with light bringing out brighter golden orange hues. Carbonation visible through the lightly hazy (20-30% opacity) body, moderate in number and activity.

Aroma is sweet, dense, of fairly rich medium-dark caramel with a bit of yeast, prune and cocoa, but noticeably nonexistent are the banana, bubblegum, nutmeg, and clove that I expect in weizenbocks.

Front of palate tastes light caramel-like sweetness with herb-like and woodsy hop bitterness, pear and apple-like fruit esters, slight yeast. Mid-palate of light caramel, prunes, modest cocoa, dry bread, faint raspberries, spicy ethanol, and modestly herbal and bitter hops. Back of palate detects herbal and bitter hops, cocoa, moderately dark caramel sweetness, and modest spicy ethanol. Aftertaste of light caramel, cocoa, spicy ethanol, bitter and strongly herbal hops.

Beer is medium-bodied, with carbonation of medium-low intensity, resulting in a smooth (3/5), somewhat foamy (2/5) mouthfeel that's suitable for the high ethanol content of the beer. Closes dryly, with medium-high levels of stickiness clinging to the palate. (1,959 characters)

Photo of gnemesis
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into snifter on 03/23/2011.
This beer is amber and reddish brown with a creamy white head. It dissipates quickly and left little lacing. The nose is full of caramel, biscuit, honey, and earth. Teufel has a few hops present, and adds a bit of nuttiness. I also pick up some apple notes. Medium body and medium carbonation. Dry finish and some late alcohol warmth noted. This is a good beer, not great. Alcohol is subdued considering its 10.9% ABV. (466 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a deep reddish brown color with a tan colored head on top. The smell of the beer had a decent amount of malts on the nose, there is also an earthy lager yeast aroma as well. The taste of the beer is nicely balanced between the malts and the bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel of the beer is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation. Overall it is a decent Bock to try. It's not something I would buy a whole case of it though. (456 characters)

Photo of Lemke10
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought a single bottle of this as part of a M&M 6-pack at Everett's in South Beloit, IL.

Pours a medium brown color with slight bubbles of carbonation rising to the top, however there is not much of a head to this beer. Has an overall nutty scent with some scent of wheats. The first taste that hits you is the nutty flavor mixed with biscuit. It's a smooth, refreshing, bold taste that finishes clean and dry. Decent brew but leaves a chalky after taste that I don't care for too much. (489 characters)

Photo of liamt07
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On draught at HopCat, into a weizen glass.

Copper brown in colour, with an offwhite head. Some lacing and only a little retention. Nose has some dark malts, grains and a light caramel sweetness. Perhaps only a bit of banana. Flavour has wheat, sweet dark malts notes, caramel and a bit of banana and bread. Medium body and medium high carbonation. Decent flavour but not something that stands out to me. (404 characters)

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a flute. Yeast roused before pouring. Notched freshness date indicated the month of bottling, though not the year. I'd guess this is at least a year old at the time of consumption, if not more.

A: Dark amber/red on the pour. Clarity is better than expected for the style; it is only slightly hazy. The rocky off-white head is long-lasting and impressive. Lots of clumpy lacing cements itself onto the sides of the glass.

S: Bready and wheaty with a porridge-like base smell. Pronounced esters of raspberry, golden raisin, and prune. Hints of peach cobbler. Caramel and warm vanilla. Pie crust, slight cocoa, and vague spice. No signs of alcohol on the nose.

T: Caramel and biscuit open. Estery prune and raspberry grab center stage for a while. Coarse wheat and dry cocoa begin to emerge. Spicy alcohol and peachy tropical esters have been tamed somewhat over time, but they're still here. Pie crust. Very subtle clovey/metallic phenols. Ghost-like fruity and grassy/herbal hop character. Drying wheaty finish with hints of nutty yeast and cocoa.

M: Full and rather rich. Thickish body. Slightly weighty and chewy, but a bit fluffy and very creamy at the same time. Moderate carbonation. Soothing warmth from the alcohol.

O: Age tames the alcohol a bit, but this is still a little more simplified and rough around the edges compared to the better examples of the style. A very admirable effort though, and the rarity of the style in this neck of the woods means that this is one of the better Weizenbocks available. (1,547 characters)

Photo of jsisko01
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a blood amber color (like red wine) with a half inch thick, off-white head. Leaves a nice, creamy lacing.

Smell - Sweet, caramel, very malty, and toasted malts.

Taste - The flavors are very strong up front, especially bitter. Spicy hops, toasted malts, sweet, dark fruits, somewhat nutty, and kind of floral. Also has a small alcohol bite to it.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall - This is my first time trying this style of beer. I'm not exactly a fan (500 characters)

Photo of JamnesCameron
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a New Belgium globe. Pours a deep amber with a light tan head of about two fingers that is slow to drop. Some lacing evident.

Aromas sweet, card candy, caramel malt. No hop aroma.

Flavors of grainy malt, wheat, alcohol bite. No hop flavors. Apples and pears.

Mouthfeel is medium/light. Alcohol warmth.

Overall a nice weizenbock. Not a lot of complexity in the glass. Very warming. Nothing offensive, just not much there to make it stand out. (457 characters)

Photo of Bierman9
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a 4-pack of this recently at the Georgetown Deli ($10.99) and opted to quaff a couple on Sunday, 27JAN13.

Filled a small tulip with a deep, rich, slightly hazy chestnut/garnet brew. Head was thin, mostly a rim-job, off-white and fine. Lacing was rather sparse. Had some good malt on display in the nose, with a little caramel, and suggestions of alcohol heat. For the style, the mouthfeel was solid; medium bodied and fairly smooth going down.

Taste is malty all the way. Was a bit toasty, with hints of nuttiness, plus a touch of cookie dough. I also picked up flavors akin to brown bread. Everything got better as the bier warmed. Pretty good, all in all. Zum Wohl!!

3.9/5 rDev +2.1%look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Photo of BierFan
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: A hard pour gave a very thin khaki colored head. Dark brown almost black body. Very light carbonation. Once the head subsides it looks like a cola.

Smell: Lots of very sweet dark fruits. Prunes, raisins, and molasses. It definitely smells like a big dark beer.

Taste: Big sweet dark fruits upfront. Bready, wheat, and nutty. Moderate bitterness helps to round out the sweetness.

Drinkability: Very drinkable for the high ABV. (491 characters)

Photo of AdamGarcia
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Randalld for this xtra! Poured into SN 30th snifter.

A: Pours a deep, dark brownish red hue. Burnt siena...no, but that was the best color in the Crayola 64 box. Anyway, nice fluffy eggshell head comes from a swift pour. It clings to the glass very nicely. Decent retention.

S: Banana and clove. Big malty spine. Just a hint of astringency.

T: Deceiving. This dark monster starts out like a crisp summer weizen. Apple juice and granny smith peel. Banana and clove again. Biscuity and a little nutty.

M: Carb is good. I kind of expected a fuller mouthfeel but I guess its ok for the style. It just seems a little thin given the abv. could use a bit more viscosity.

D: honestly, I could drink this all night and that is dangerous. The near 11% abv is nowhere to be found.

I've never been a big fan of Atwater. This is by far their best offering as far as I'm concerned. Grab this one if you get the opportunity, you won't be dissapointed. (954 characters)

Photo of ElizabethCraig
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Hopcat

The appearance was a medium clear amber with a really lovely thick tan head.

Inhaling deeply resulted in a medium sweet malt scent, with a smoky 'subscent'. I don't think they used smoked malts, but something about the malts used gave smoke in the nose. Very nice.

The taste was of sweet molasses (of medium sweetness/intensity) with a pleasant earthy peat in the finish. This beer really fit the setting of Hopcat - the molasses picking up the gorgeous wood in the bar, the earthyness as the reflection of the down-to-earth and very beer-wise staff.

This is the beer that made me determined to visit Atwater on our next trip to Michigan. Very well done! (680 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.96/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hopefully I'll like this offering more than most of the others form this brewery in the "D".Poured into a weizen glass a rich deep burnt orange infused amber with a sticky one finger off white head that settles nicely into a frothy mass leaving one big sheet of lace.Some green apple and bubble gum notes in the,not real assertive but not bad.A full rich feel to the beer adds to the drinkability,some dark fruit,banana/clove like yeasty notes,sweet alcohol,and caramel toffee on the palate.The best beer from AB to date for me,it's big but still quite drinkable,nice job here. (577 characters)

Photo of Amalak
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Deep copper, but fairly see-through. Lots of little bubbles throughout. Very mild tan head and lace. Dissipates quickly.

S. Very strong malt scent. Some nut. And kind of a cotton candy scent.

T. It has a nutty taste to it. Quite malty. An undertone of dark fruit flavor. It has a sweet watermelon aftertaste. It has a mild bread toast kind of taste.

M. Very smooth, but with a tingle of carbonation. Refreshing.

O. Flavorful and smooth, a bit too sweet but that is just knitpicking. (490 characters)

Photo of david131
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A slightly murky deep orange-amber liquid with a thin bone white head.

S- Apple juice, apple cider, slightly funky, and some alcohol.

T- Same as the aroma. The alcohol is ever so slightly warming, but is not harsh. Sweet and dry.

M- Crisp, clean, dry, and smooth.

D- A unique offering that drinks nicely, especially for the ABV. (335 characters)

Photo of Mcculler
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an amber brown with a small, creamy, off-white head that leaves little lacing

Smells of cherries, grapes, prunes, mild vinegar, meat and alcohol.

In the taste the alcohol is very well masked - and grapes, prunes, vinegar, meat, biscuits, and bitter herbs are well integrated.

Creamy - but not thick - mouthfeel with pleasantly tight carbonation.

Very drinkable for over 10% alc.

This is a very pleasant beer: complex if also - somehow - not a revelation. (466 characters)

Photo of PittBeerGirl
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a Weizen Dopplebock. Had it tonight on-tap at Bocktown...and surprised this isn't in the database yet. Poured into a snifter.

A- Body is a hazy, somewhat cloudy transparent mahogany color. Served with a nice 1 finger white creamy head that has great retention. Lacing left all the way down the glass.

S- Chocolate malt, sweet bready yeast, phenols, and a hint of caramel and nuttiness.

T- Much like the smell but more pronounced. Upfront is a balance of malt presence between chocolate, caramel and nutty. There is a hefty sweet, bready yeast backbone. There is a bit of astringency to the finish...but nothing over the top as the flavors intensify. What is left to linger is an alcohol heat and a sweet bready yeast.

M- Low to medium carbonation and a nice medium body that is heavy is bready yeast and astringency. The astringency is kept in check and is not over the top in any way but is definitely a component of the body.

D- This is a very good beer and probably the best from this brewery that I have tried. I've had a few other "weizen dopplebocks" and this is probably the best of the ones I have sampled. This one is also a very big beer at 10.9%...the ABV is detectable but drinks more like a 8-9% beer. (1,227 characters)

Photo of tmoneyba
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft sample at MBG Winterfest 2009.

Poured cleard dark brown color with a large frothy off-white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Moderate spicy roasted malt aroma. Medium body with a sticky texture and soft carbonation. Medium roasted bittersweet flavor with a medium bittersweet and small alcohol bite finish of moderate duration.

Solid drinkable brew. (371 characters)

Photo of Frosty80
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Color: pours light golden brown. sits a translucent dark amber

Smell: powerful melanoidins and bready malt followed by strong notes of dark fruit all sitting on a good wheat foundation.

Taste: rich combination of melanoidins, dark fruit, vanilla, wheat flavor and a hint of chocolate. very low hop bitterness. finish is slightly sweet and bready with a hint of alcohol which doesnt linger

Mouthfeel: full-medium body with medium carbonation. very rich and creamy

Notes: very delicious beer. complex and rich in flavor with a decent amount of alcohol to boot. great beer for a cool evening (592 characters)

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