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Atwater Traverse City Cherry Wheat - Atwater Brewery

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Atwater Traverse City Cherry WheatAtwater Traverse City Cherry Wheat

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BA SCORE
73
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86 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 86
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.1
pDev: 17.42%
Wants: 0
Gots: 12 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Atwater Brewery visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  ABV ?

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: GRPunk on 04-08-2012)
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Reviews by tectactoe:
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2.31/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Pours a hazy copper color with a white head that dissipates rather quickly, leaving no lacing on the glass. The aroma, especially for being a "cherry wheat" beer, is very hard to pick up on. Some cherries, wheat, sweet malt, and a touch of floral hops come out, but you have to REALLY sit there and concentrate and smell. It's far too weak. The taste isn't much better. Tart cherries up front, much like cherry "juice" rather than cherry "beer" - very soft and bland. The wheat flavor is strong, almost overpowering much of the cherry taste. The beer left a weird, chalky feeling in my mouth afterwards. Medium body, medium carbonation.

Overall, a mediocre beer at best. Bland and boring, and the aromas/flavors that ARE there, aren't very good. Steer clear of this one.

tectactoe, Oct 04, 2012
More User Reviews:
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3.25/5  rDev +4.8%

williamjbauer, Aug 29, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -11.3%

DruC4, Aug 22, 2014
Photo of Sammy
3.43/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Basic beer, drinkable. Mild cherry aroma and understated in taste. Built up mouthfeel, as if I am rolling over a gumball. Nothing special, though cherry makes it half interesting. Fast dissipitating head.Bottle from Steve in Warren.A good idea that needs better execution.

Sammy, Feb 03, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -19.4%

Danielr26, Feb 18, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev +4.8%

westcubs, Aug 31, 2012
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3/5  rDev -3.2%

jduprey007, Mar 16, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -11.3%

MahjongNucleus, Jul 20, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Kunstman, Oct 11, 2012
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3/5  rDev -3.2%

LJWalker, Dec 11, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +12.9%

enelson, Oct 18, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +21%

tommy5, Jun 10, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -11.3%

dasunder, Dec 10, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -19.4%

radiofish, Jul 09, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -19.4%

CWhite, Sep 30, 2012
Photo of carlborch
3.36/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Highly carbonated! Pours a large (3 inch) off-white-to-white creamy head which never fully dissipates. Spicy wheat and light cherry in the nose. Light body with a touch of acidity on the palate. Very light cherry notes on the palate (ever chew/suck on cherry pits?). Poured with a slight haze and makes beautiful Belgian lace. Refreshing, and bright with a medicinal hint. Lingers nicely. Final pour released much yeast which fell to the bottom of the glass.

carlborch, Sep 23, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -11.3%

HardyA, Jun 14, 2013
Photo of StoutHunter
2.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I picked up a bottle of Atwater's Traverse City Cherry Wheat for $1.69 today at The Lager Mill. This is a new brew for Atwater, saw it at the store today and thought I should give it a try, so lets see how it goes. It was notched April 2012. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a tulip.

A- The label is pretty typical for Atwater, but I like the color and the cherry tree by the Grand Traverse Bay, it's above average for them. It poured a slightly brown copper color that took on a nice copper/amber color when held to the light and it had two fingers worth of head that died down to a thin ring that left some spotty lacing. The beer doesn't look too bad.

S- The aroma is little lighter then I expected. The first thing that I pick up are the cherries which impart a cherry juice aroma, the cherries aren't the intense and don't smell artificial. After that comes some basic wheat and malt aromas that were pretty light and imparted a light wheaty and slightly malty aroma with a medium amount of sweetness. The aroma was a little bland, I would say it's average at best.

T- The taste seems to be just about as bland as the aroma was. It starts off with some cherries that don't stick out nearly as much as I would like them to and they impart a light cherry juice flavor that is slightly tart, GRPunk is right it does taste similar to those Cherry Capri Suns. After that comes some wheat and malts that have a lower amount of sweetness and impart a light wheat flavor along with a light amount of toasted bread and cracker flavors. The finish is a little tart with a light amount of bitterness and a cracker like aftertaste with a very light amount of cherries. The flavor wasn't impressive, the wheat and cherry flavors were just too light and that made the flavor boring and a pretty bland.

M- Somewhat smooth, crisp, dry, on the medium side of being light bodied and it had a slightly fizzy medium amount of carbonation. Not that bad, the fizzy carbonation works somehow.

Overall I wasn't impressed with this beer and I thought it was a pretty lackluster attempt at a Cherry Wheat Beer, the flavors and aromas were just too muted which made this beer come up short in the realm of Cherry Wheat beers. It didn't have good drinkability, the tartness didn't make it that smooth, and the bland flavors couldn't hold my attention, one is enough for me, no need for another. What I liked most about this beer was the appearance and the mouthfeel they weren't that bad and seemed on par for the style. What I liked least about his beer was the aroma and taste, they were both pretty bland and the great flavors and aromas that should have stuck out, didn't. I wouldn't buy this beer again, I would choose Sam Adams Cherry Wheat over this beer and I don't even like that beer that much, I wouldn't recommend this beer. Atwater can be hit or miss and in my book this was a miss, it was bland and it just missed the mark on what a good Cherry Wheat should be like, I won't be returning to this beer, better luck next time guys.

StoutHunter, May 14, 2012
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2.25/5  rDev -27.4%

minarobin, May 22, 2014
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3/5  rDev -3.2%

bshiban, Jun 28, 2013
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3.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Going into this I know it's an old bottle (bottled in July) but hopefully it will be worth the dollar I paid.

A - Man I had no idea a "cherry" or "wheat" beer can be such a shade of dark brown. Head seems pretty good giving me less than a 1/4 inch that pulls back to a thick lace ring that sticks around for quite a bit.

S - Not bad the cherry is there but not in a "preservative" way. I am actually glad this beer doesn't smell like cherry cough syrup. Not getting much wheat either.

T - Well there is the wheat it's in the finish. My impression of this is not bad it's just not really much of anything. Cherry is there but far from tart and even the wheat tends to disappear after a few sips. The only redeeming factor is that it it is fairly sweet with no off flavors.

M - Thin and watery with not much flavor.

Overall definitely no Samuel Smith Cherry or even Founders cherry but it is still a very drinkable fruit beer. If anything I am not sure the hate since it's more beer than "fruit juice" since mostly manly of drinkers hate that sort of thing. Not worth a revisit, yet in my opinion better than Samuel Adams Cherry wheat.

DrDemento456, Dec 07, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +12.9%

marcb105, Jun 14, 2013
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3/5  rDev -3.2%

GeorgiaBeerGuy, Apr 09, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -11.3%

bundy462, Jul 16, 2014
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Atwater Traverse City Cherry Wheat from Atwater Brewery
73 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.