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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by proc on 06-21-2003

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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