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Purple Gang Pilsner - Atwater Brewery

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BA SCORE
74
okay

45 Ratings
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Ratings: 45
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 3.14
pDev: 15.92%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Atwater Brewery visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: StoutHunter on 03-15-2012)
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leadahmer

Michigan

1/5  rDev -68.2%

12-07-2013 01:02:27 | More by leadahmer
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KCM

Wisconsin

2.25/5  rDev -28.3%

10-23-2012 00:11:04 | More by KCM
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radiofish

Michigan

2.5/5  rDev -20.4%

07-09-2013 03:52:48 | More by radiofish
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dannyfayy

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -20.4%

04-29-2014 16:27:20 | More by dannyfayy
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StoutHunter

Michigan

2.65/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I picked up a bottle of Atwater's Purple Gang Pilsner for $1.69 at The Lager Mill. It's another unusually warm day in Michigan and a Pilsener sounds good, lets see how it goes. Bottled in Feb. 2012. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a Pilsener glass.

A- The label is the normal plain one they use for their beers with a purple tint. It poured a slightly hazy pale golden yellow color with two and a half fingers worth of white head that died down to a thin layer that stayed till the end and left a little lacing. This beer looks OK.

S- The aroma is dominated by tons of bready pale malts that have a medium amount of sweetness and imparts lot of white and brown bread grainy aromas. Next comes a pretty noticeable sweet fruity aroma that is similar to a fruit jam. At the end I get a light amount of floral and earthy hops. The aroma isn't true to style, the jam aromas seems to replace the hop aromas that you normally get with the style.

T- The taste is somewhat similar to the aroma. It starts out with sweet malts up front that imparts lots of grainy and bready flavors. Next is a real slight fruit flavor followed by a really light amount of earthy hops. Instead of having a bitter finish the sweetness seems to overpower what little bitterness that showed up and it had a bready aftertaste. Not true to style and not interesting.

M- Smooth, sweet, creamy, on the light side of being medium bodied, and it had a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was ok, but Pilsners should be crisp not creamy.

Overall I thought this was a mediocre beer and a below average Pilsner, Almost every aspect of this beer was out of wack. It did have ok drinkability since it was smooth and mild, but it couldn't hold my attention and I wouldn't want another one. What I liked most about this beer was the look, it was the only thing that was Pilsner like about this beer. What I liked least about this beer was everything else, it missed the mark for the style. I wouldn't buy this beer again and I don't recommend it. I was unimpressed, it was a ways away from being a good Pilsner, too many flaws. I haven't had good luck with Atwater lately, there's been much more misses then hits, I am starting to loose hope in this brewery. A Purple Gang Pilsner from Hideout Brewing company was in BA's database, this bottle says nothing about that company.says it's an Atwater beer so that's how I'm reviewing it.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2012 03:56:41 | More by StoutHunter
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tectactoe

Michigan

2.75/5  rDev -12.4%

09-16-2012 17:57:38 | More by tectactoe
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Hobby

Michigan

2.75/5  rDev -12.4%

11-09-2012 14:42:20 | More by Hobby
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TMoney2591

Illinois

2.99/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

I know it's wrong, but I just can't help thinking about the One-Eyed, One-Horned, Flying Purple People Eater here... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear straw topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises flowers, light dry grass, and mild white bread. The taste brings in more of the same, just decidedly muted, watered-down, bland. The body is a hefty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a mildly crisp finish. Overall, this is just a boring, less-than-run-of-the-mill pils.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2013 02:33:42 | More by TMoney2591
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DanGeo

Michigan

3/5  rDev -4.5%

05-20-2013 01:28:46 | More by DanGeo
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zonker17

Texas

3/5  rDev -4.5%

11-05-2012 23:59:52 | More by zonker17
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Danielr26

Michigan

3/5  rDev -4.5%

02-18-2013 16:09:05 | More by Danielr26
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HardyA

Michigan

3/5  rDev -4.5%

04-16-2013 01:46:21 | More by HardyA
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Dromeda


3/5  rDev -4.5%

08-15-2012 23:18:15 | More by Dromeda
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Punqbert

Michigan

3/5  rDev -4.5%

04-17-2013 01:30:43 | More by Punqbert
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jaidenjb

Ohio

3/5  rDev -4.5%

05-28-2012 19:12:41 | More by jaidenjb
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akttr

Michigan

3/5  rDev -4.5%

08-24-2012 02:53:29 | More by akttr
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mcrawford

Michigan

3/5  rDev -4.5%

09-27-2013 18:37:15 | More by mcrawford
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chewy6935

Michigan

3/5  rDev -4.5%

11-12-2013 03:14:58 | More by chewy6935
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downeyj4

Michigan

3/5  rDev -4.5%

09-20-2013 18:28:24 | More by downeyj4
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BlissJunkie

Michigan

3/5  rDev -4.5%

07-22-2013 18:25:59 | More by BlissJunkie
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FroggieG

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -4.5%

05-13-2013 13:55:22 | More by FroggieG
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buddha5050

Michigan

3/5  rDev -4.5%

06-06-2014 03:50:30 | More by buddha5050
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hackmann

Michigan

3.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: pale gold and a slightly hazy with a huge white head that stays around. Good lacing on the glass

Aroma: typical very light pilsner bouquet. White bread.

Flavors: light grains, white bread, and mild hop bitterness. While it is a typical pilsner taste; it is a tasty typical pilsner. Should be nice on a summer day.

Mouthfeel: moderate-low carbonation, smooth, mild malts and hops

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2012 19:50:41 | More by hackmann
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

3.13/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I frankly have no idea where this bottle came from. I imagine that Tone77 dropped it off for me. but he did not review it, so maybe it came from someone else.

From the bottle: "Beer is Good Enjoy Responsibly".

The whole rhythm section was the Purple Gang and I was ready to rock! I got a finger of fizzy off-white head from my pour which quickly dissipated. Color was champagne-golden, a shade that I had never encountered in beer. Nose had a light Saaz hops presence. Mouthfeel was medium and the hops lent it a grassy taste on the tongue. Finish was semi-dry and refreshing, but it really did not strike me as anything out of the ordinary. Oh well. They can't all be out-of- the-park home runs.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2012 23:30:10 | More by woodychandler
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Alextricity

Michigan

3.13/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Drank straight from the bottle at Green Dot Stables in Detroit, Michigan.

Appearance: As I said, straight from the bottle. After a few glass swirls, there was a pretty impressive head going on in the glass... minimal bottle lacing. Appeared to not be hazy through the brown bottle.

Smell: A lot of hay aromas out of this ... some sweetness. Not much of a malt presence, in my opinion. Really just smelled slightly better than an adjunct lager.

Taste: Meh. Semi-sweet hay and maybe corn flavors. I'm not sure if adjuncts are used here, but it's not all-too impressive. Half way through the bottle, I had basically had enough. It's drinkable and fine, but there's nothing great about it ... there's not much to get excited of in terms of most pilseners, but this was ESPECIALLY one to be unimpressed by.

Decent. Drinkable. Alright. Not something I'll seek out again, but it's definitely not terrible.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2013 04:38:58 | More by Alextricity
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Purple Gang Pilsner from Atwater Brewery
74 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.