Atwater Hell Pale Lager | Atwater Brewery

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Atwater Hell Pale LagerAtwater Hell Pale Lager

Brewed by:
Atwater Brewery
Michigan, United States

Style: Munich Helles Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by proc on 06-21-2003

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Ratings: 36 |  Reviews: 34
Photo of RBorsato
4.42/5  rDev +40.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Labelled: "Atwater Block Brewery"

Clear straw color with a nice white head and subdued carbonation. Husky grainy malt aroma with light sweetness. Tastes much like it smells. Light-medium (leans medium) bodied with a malty grainy dry finish.

Nice grainy Helles lager.

Per BOM club notes: Malts: Pale malt, Munich, caramel. Hops: Cascade. 16 IBU. 5.2% ABV

Per Stoney Creek Br. Co website: ABV 5.0% IBU 16.0

'4???' lasered on bottom
Tasted: 01/09/05

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Photo of proc
4/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a fine pale lager. Back in the mid-90s, the Atwater Block Brewery in Detroit, brewed this beer. Today, the brewery is called "Stoney Creek" and it is good to see this one being brewed again. Pours out to a beautiful gold color in the glass with a generous head. Aroma is that of biscuits and a faint yeast. The taste is very, very good. You can taste and sense the wonderful hop balance in this beer. It is crisp and refreshing and surprisingly lower priced ($5.99/6-Pack) than most micros. This is a fine rendition of a German-style lager.

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Photo of walleye
4/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from the bottle. poured a hazey dark wheat with no head just a small white ring. aroma some malts, honey and light orange and some other sweet fruits. flavor tangeraine with a splash of orange on it than some orange zest qwith a little lemon zing at the finish. I think this is the best pale lager I have had. good lawn mowing beer since I just finished mowing the lawn.

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Photo of Sixpack595
3.98/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was really pleased with this one. Pours a nice gold with a fair bit of solit white head. Aroma was malty with a hint of Hops, and I sometimes cought a whiff of grain. Very refreshing and well balaced, hopped to perfection. This was the perfect beer to get through the blackout.

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Photo of weeare138
3.92/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub on 11/14/05...
Appears a shimmering gold with a lush white head that fades into a nice collar. Slow streams of carbonation come up to the top.
Smell is of a malty treat with tons of richness going on.
Taste is of ripened fruit with huge amounts of malt backing it up.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and crisp.
Drinkability...a malty winner and a pleasant surprise.

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Photo of moulefrite
3.8/5  rDev +21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not alot of complexity here but darned if it aint an easy to drink, refreshing beverage. The pour lacks a bit in the head dept and, there isn't much lace. But, the color is a super clean looking, buttery golden. It plain looks crisp, clean, and drinkable-and it is. Aromas are hearty, homey, grainy-comfort food esc. The mouthfeel is crisp and dry. Flavors offer up fresh bread and butter notes, a solid malty base and just an inkling of hop bitter. This is an easy to drink, well made brew that I'd be more than happy to find as an alternate to the usual Bud crap. I bet this would also please the Bud drinker if you substituted it while not telling him/her that it wasn't a "real" beer.

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.8/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice lager from this revived brewery. The look is a nice golden body with a large white and retentive head; some lacing, but not impressive. The nose portrays malt, some yeastiness, and a little bit of hops. The taste is less impressive, being a bit light in the yeasty/bready dimension than one would expect from a Helles. Still it is quite nice and has a crisp finish from its medium body. Easily drinkable.

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Photo of maxpower
3.75/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear golden color with a small white head that doesn't last very long, no lacing. Bready, grainy and flowery aromas, starts sweet and bready with nice balanced hop bitterness, light bodied, somewhat of a thin and watery mouthfeel, finishes clean and crisp, another good one from this brewery.

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Photo of SupaCelt
3.7/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer emerged from the bottle with a golden honey colour. A small head developed with a bone white appearance. It lasted not long whilst bubbles a plenty floated on up from the depths below. The nose was p'raps honey accented as well as a scosh corn syrup-titious. Heehaw. P'raps a pinch or two of a ginger like spicery. The flavours were much akin to the odours. Honey like. Somewhat syrup-titious, heehaw, in flavour and mouthfeel alike. Be not forgetful of the ginger or similar spicery as it plays a role in the flavour as well. This is quite drinkable. Not quite as crisp and refreshing as I would have liked with the somewhat syrupy aspect. Fairly light on flavours. This is somewhat odd, but altogether unoffensive. Easily drunk. Not bad for some serial swilling instead of reaching for a selection from the axis of evil...mwaahahahahahah.

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Photo of ahking
3.69/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the brewery. Pours nice golden color, clear and crisp. True to style in every way except maybe not as malty. But this makes it nice and crisp. Brewer does a good job on the lagers. Light grassy hop aroma blends nice with the earthy malt flavors. Recommended.

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Photo of marc77
3.66/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear deep auric hue. Fluffy, persistent porcelain white head leaves frothy lace. Aroma comprised mostly of herbal hops with a floral kiss. Trace hay and cracker hints. Dextrin malt and vegetal sweetness arise after a deliberation. Clean and prosaic aromawise. Upfront in flavor is a surprisingly brisk, parching hop bitter bite more akin to a German pils than a Helles. Grassy hop flavors abound. Tremendously dry and well attenuated. Prevalent in malt character are notes of hay and dry white bread, but, underbaked doughy hints augment as the beer warms. Immaculately clean all around and simple. Thinnish in body, but just dextrinous enough to support the lean malt profile. Finishes bone dry, with virtually no lingering tastes, save a trace green hop flavor. A unique, enjoyable brew that seems to be a Helles / German pils hybrid. It grew on me.

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Photo of dmorgan310
3.6/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BitteBier
3.6/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly golden straw color with uniform, fine what head that dissipates quickly with minimal lacing. A bit of carbonation and sediment are present. The nose is characterized by a nondescript soft, grain smell and a bit of fruit. The taste isn't much more interesting. Grains dominate, with a bit of lemony tartness showing up and then giving way to a rather empty finish. Mouthfeel is soft with a bit of oil left on the lips. Easy to drink but not particularly exciting.

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Photo of granger10
3.51/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours an auburn red color on the bottom but the color transfers to a clear gold midway through. Nice foamy and creamy white head sits atop the liquid and holds up for a long time. Good lacing. Aroma was bready and somewhat spicy with almost a clove flavor. But it was on the weaker side. Taste was also good but a bit on the light side, even for the style. I got a banana/clove flavor along with some extra honeylike sweetness. Bready notes underneath. A slight grassy, herbal hop flavor lies underneath. Finish is a bit oily and buttery and not quite as refreshing as I would have hoped. Overall, a decent offering and something worth trying. Definitely a worthy "transition" beer for the macro drinkers.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Taken as a Lager this beer is pretty good. As a Helles it is just average. Pours a clear golden color with lots of small bubbles. Thin white head with minimal lacing. The aroma is fruity with some malt. Light-bodied with a clean palate. Flavors of fruit, malt and a touch of hops and yeast. The finish is kind of thin and lightly bitter. Overall this beer is blown away by the likes of GLBC but it’s ok.

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Photo of oberon
3.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poures a lighter dull golden with a thinner quickly dissapating white head,very muted aromas mainly light toastiness maybe a hint of lemon but its faint and reaching to say it.A somewhat flavorful lager toasted grain,mineral finish with a pleasant fruity/lemon note.a notch above a standard American brewed lager and would be good for a day out in the summer and I would think a good conversion beer.

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Photo of hustlesworth
3.16/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from the very beginning, something wasn't right about this beer. i sent one of my bartenders to the store giving very specific instructions on what to get: chimay blue label and atwater pale ale. he returned with the chimay but got atwater vanilla java porter instead of the ale. BLAH. so i went to the store later and returned the porter and found that what i thought was pale ale was actually atwater hell pale lager but i bought it anyway. this is my story.

A- hazy golden honey in color with a loose white 1 1/2in of foam that slowly settled to a ring of dense bubbles.

S- seemingly normal buttermilk biscuit with slightly herbal hop notes followed by malt, un-aged cheese, and sweaty feet.

T- i said aloud "what the hell?" metallic at first the BANG a strong apricot sour orange juice that immediately switches to grain and popcorn starchy white bread yeast. it goes from sour to flour with a grassy corn husk aftertaste.

MF- juicy and tart with great carbonation. not quite syrupy but not smooth either like my mouth doesn't know what to do.

D- surprisingly drinkable, the shock value of the taste would inhibit me from buying another at a pub, but the fact that there's 5 more in my fridge makes another one of these slightly more enticing.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.15/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appears a clear honey tinged golden color large white head disappears at a moderate pace leaves behind uneven layers of lacing. Aroma has a mild sweet biscuit tone touch of honey graham crackers pleasant sweetness with a mild light hop profile a good mix overall. Flavor a rolling sweetness pretty clean and mild with a light hop finish finishes with a bit of a biscuit malt layer that comes off balanced. Mouthfeel has an even mouthfeel lighter bodied with some cloying carbonation that carries to the back of the throat. Drinkability is great a decent session lager I could have a couple of these but after that I would begin to get board and would crave some more flavor pretty drinkable and clean and mellow like the style should be...this is definitely their crossover beer.

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Photo of ThaBobfather
3.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a straw yellow color with almost 3 inches of white head. (Almost overflowed by imperial pint glass)
Smells got some bread/grain notes and light malt quality.
Taste again has the grainy flavor with pour quality malt backup.
Finish is clean but there isn't really anything left for me after-taste wise.
Drinks pretty well, but find my a helles lager that doesn't...
I'm not typically a hater but Atwater Hell kind of lives up to the name...

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Photo of BEERchitect
2.92/5  rDev -7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Another American rendition of a German classic, and another half-hearted attempt toward quality. The fizzy pour leads to a hazy (bottle conditioned?) straw complexion with a quickly evaporating foamstand and dulled carbonation. The aromas are rich and varies between pilsner malts and adjunct grains (corn?). Blended in is the moderate scent of European-type hops (Haullertau?). The flavors contribute little in improvement. A heavier than normal sweet, vegital tastes is hardly tempered by the bittering or flavoring hops; nor does the lightened carbonation help at all. Slick on the toung with a buttery flavor late. Though not a total disaster in drinking, the brew falls well short of even fair German Helles. Probably not as true to style as Anheuser Busch Burnin' Helles.

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Photo of TheBungyo
2.92/5  rDev -7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured ultra cloudy into my pint glass. It was a sickly color that reminded me of Crazy Ed's Chili Beer ... or apple juice with no head
I couldn't smell a thing! Nothing ... well maybe an apple juice like sweetness but that's it.
Taste is sour then sweet, followed by a fruity tartness and then grain. The fruit also kind of reminds me of apple juice. Very odd. The grain is quite pleasing though, perhaps the most pleasing aspect of this beer. Mouthfeel is quite nice and full. Not in a hurry to drink this again, not unpleasant but not remarkable.

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Photo of LarryKemp
2.91/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A very pale yellow with an inch of bright white head that quickly settles into a thin white layer of bubbles across the top of the liquid.

The aroma was very scant. A hint of malt was all I got. There were no off smells.

Very clean taste. A small amount of malt sweetness and again no hops. As close to water as a beer has been to my taste buds in a long time. There were no off tastes.

The mouthfeel was great. A near medium-mouthfeel with enough carbonation to tickle the sides of my tongue. Very refreshing beer.

Overall, I would say this beer is boring!!! Not bad but not good. The label says it "is a light and crisp lager." If the malt bill was bigger and not so light this might be an excellent beer, but as it is I would only recommend it to my Coors Lite friends.

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Photo of boblog
2.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Light and clear golden wheat straw color. Small head with no lacing at all.
Smell: Not much scent, but sharp almost wine like hop scent is detectable.
Taste: Fairly typical american lager. Light malts, leaving a slight hop bitterness aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Typical light bodied lager.
Overall: Decent but not exciting. Fairly drinkable, but I would recommend many other beers before this one.

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Photo of jcdiflorio
2.87/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

poured into a nonic glass from a 12oz long neck brown bottle with a crimped on cap brought over by the WVbeergeek before the Penn Fest.

Clear,light amber color with a 2" white head that fizzled quickly to a very thin coating of foam not leaving any real lacing. Just a few bubbles rising almost flat looking.

Fruity aroma,green apple aromas with some light carmell notes and a slight grassy note.

Clean taste,fruity green apple tastes like in the aroma,tart with a syrupy taste,no hop tastes detected. Reminds me of a light wine even has a dry sweet finish.

Light to medium mouthfeel with a slight prickely feel. Didn't have a hard time finishing this beer, just not anything here to make me want another.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
2.82/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer first distinguished itself by the amount of head present - it seemed to sort of gush all over the place. Body seemed a bit thin and was a clear (but not brilliant) yellow. Aroma was slightly sweet; not quite corny or grainy...almost mediciney, although I read soap in another review and could agree with that too. Flavor is slightly sweet but rather metallic and soapy. Mouthfeel is OK.

I won't be driving any great distance to have this again. I bought this 12oz single at Brew&Brew in North Ridgeville, OH.

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