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Atwater PilsnerAtwater Pilsner

Brewed by:
Atwater Brewery
Michigan, United States

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Mitchster on 07-14-2003

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Photo of divineaudio
3.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

bottle into a pokal.

a - pours a deep gold color with a ridiculous amount of head. had to stop and let it settle before pouring the rest of the beer. leaves some sticky lace in the glass.

s - slightly pungent hop character, some dark fruity notes, toasty malt character.

t -light toasted malt, slightly spicy, nicely balanced by bitterness. finish is crisp and clean.

m - thin with too much carbonation.

o - pretty enjoyable, especially on a hot summer day. seems to match the style well, although i'm not too familiar with pilsners.

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Photo of jakeyb
3.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

I usually give the typical Appearance, Smell, Taste, Mouthfeel, Drinkability detailed reviews on the beer that I drink, but for the Atwater Pilsner, I will eskew my typical system, not because I disliked the beer, but more because I feel like that system is pointless for this beer. The Atwater Pilsner is exactly what it promises on the bottle: crisp, clean, and consumable. While this beer DID present itself with a subtle floral aroma and some yeasty/grainy/citrus(y) tasting notes, I felt that this beer was more of a solid, working-class mutt than a best in show. It is exceptionally drinkable, subtle, near-perfect carbonation, crisp, and exceptionally refreshing, this beer could go perfectly with nearly any occasion/meal. If I had to choose one "daily drinker" for the rest of my life based upon the beers that I have thus far tried, the Atwater Pilsner would go in the top running.

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Photo of BierFan
3.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Head is big, fluffy, and stiff. Slight haze to it due to bottle conditioning. The taste and aroma is of lemony hops and a little yeast. If there is one fault to this beer it would be that the yeast has too much of a presence.

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Photo of ChuckVee
4.01/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy gold with a nice frothy bone white head. The nose is mostly herbal / grassy with some lemon notes - very much like a mass produced lager, except without the sickening sweet corn aroma. The flavor is extremely crisp and dry with some pale malt flavors, faint fruitiness, and dominant spicy hops. The finish is long and spicy. Quenching by itself and satisfying with almost any kind of food as well.
This is my favorite American pils along with Victory's Prima. Just as good or even better than any pils that I drank in Germany or anywhere else in Europe.

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Photo of Billolick
3.4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ouncer, w/o freshness/bottling info. Pours cloudy, delicate yellowy, long lasting off white head and spots of lace left on the glass. Faint, grassy nose. Crisp and quite dry on the tongue and especially lingering in the mouth during and after the finish. Nothing special going on here, just a fairly drinkable and pleasant enough lager. I get the feeling this would would go well with a variety of foods, due to the hopping level and crispness of its approach

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Photo of albern
2.74/5  rDev -18%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer has a prodigious head of egg white foaminess and froth. Not very typical for a German Pilsner. The retention is about the best I've seen for the style and the beer billows into puffy lacing along the glass. This is also a very hazy yellowish beer with a heap of carbonation. The appearance gets a 5 for sure. The nose on the beer is mild grassy hops, some lemony scents in there, but not the typical lagery aroma. The nose is not assertive enough one way or another to get a strong sense of where this beer is heading.

And now for the taste. This beer has a very sharp bite to it, almost like super concentrated citric lemon and intense herbal weedy grass. The beer has a fairly smooth underbelly, but the sharpness is just too much, and almost has a soap in the mouth taste. There is also a dirty water feel and taste to this beer as well. Yikes! Such good beginnings and such a disappointment in the end. German Pilsners are just not supposed to be this challenging on the palate.

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Photo of plaid75
3.65/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured an herbal hop spice and a husky grain.

The taste was clean with a crisp grainy malt and a spicy noble hop. Spicy and nasally hop finish.

The mouthfeel was toward the lighter side of the style.

Overall a very easy to drink lager.

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Photo of mooseisloose
3.32/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Some of the BOTMC that I'm bigtime backlogged on, need to get on some reviews. This brew is a classic hallertau smell in the bottle. Pours to a bright yellow with a big macro bubble head that stands like a champ. Smells also of dandelions. Taste is crisp as they note, not much malts but what there is, is light and only slightly bittered by the hop background and a dandelion-like floweriness. This would be a great hot weather beer to drink cold. The style is on the mark with the classic (as they note) crispness and cleaness and yes consumable. Not my favorite style but a good brew. Head really laces like none I've seen on a lower gravity brew. Hopefully this one can outlast GM. It did

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Photo of yuenglings
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A:Nice light golden yellow with a good thick fomey head great laceing

S: Strong floral like herb like smell w/ a little bit of fruityness.

T: Sort of like it smells with a sweet piney after taste

M: Smooth and a tid bit thin and watery w/ good carbonation

D: I recived three of these in a beer of the month club i have to say the first one i drank i hated i dont know if it was a bad bottle or what but im glad i drank the other two before i reviewed it. After the first one i find this beer very drinkable i would buy this agian good beer for sitting in playing poker

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Photo of SaintPeter
3.67/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

ABV 5%

Pours a brilliant, perfectly clear, golden color with a fluffy three finger white head. Leaves a tight knit lace and takes a couple of minutes to subside. A bubble floats up every once in while. Picture perfect of a Pils.

Light and crisp on the nose. Touch of honey and honey suckle. Typical pils smell, not much else.

Goes down malty at first and then changes and some light hop and corn and cereal grains appear. Then the corn takes over turning it into a corn beer. Finishes clean but there is still that pilsner sourness in the after taste.

Light, smooth mouthfeel, buttery, thick on the tongue. Not expected from such a light beer. Very pleasant.

A very drinkable beer, could and would have another, although, the thick body is filling. The motto of the beer is "Crisp, Clean, Consumable" and it is all that. A quality American pilsner.

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Photo of jiggahertz
3.76/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pale golden with a dense, soapy two finger head. Nice head retention.

S: Citrus hops and slightly yeasty.

T: The hops come through first up front, citrus and floral, followed by biscuity malts and a crisp hop finish.

M: High carbonation and medium bodied.

D: Goes down nicely, the finish is slightly bitter with what tastes like grapefruit providing some sourness.

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Photo of Minkybut
3.65/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 50 degrees. The beer was the color of beer! How bout that! It had a white head that was very thin. The taste was grassy with a slight bitter aftertaste ansd had hints of mallasses or cane suger. It was sort of a dry tasting beer. I really did not give it much of a high point score but I would buy this again.

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Photo of spanky167
4.12/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After reading a few reviews for this beer I found it odd that I didn't see anyone who noted the strong grape, grapefruit, and honey taste and smell this beer was packing. But anyway, great pilsner. I got it in a beer club I'm in and I will definately be looking in my local stores for this.

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Photo of climax
3.33/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

this pils poured a clear gold, a large head and nice sticky lace, lots of bubbles floating up foreshadowed the carbonation

smell was buttery in the front, grassy and a hint of lemon. got more and more caramel and fruit as it warmed

taste was very buttery aswell, bitter and crisp. grassy and bitter fruit followed, and a pretty dry hoppy finish

m - crisp, quite a bit of carbonation had a definite bite, light to medium bodied, fizzy in the mouth

easy to drink for sure if you can handle the carbonation and bitterness, the flavors seemed a bit subtle, but the beer got better the more i drank it. i kept swirling and sipping it searchin for what was in there and before i knew was gone

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Photo of Jwale73
3.24/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in my Warsteiner Pilsener. Poured a translucent pale, yellow-gold with a two inch frothy head honeycombed with holes. Head retained decent consistency and left behind cloud-like bands of lacing as it receded and the brew was consumed. Copious tiny bubbles are evident in solution and adhere to the sides of the glass. Nose is somewhat grassy with a hint of lemon peel and a touch of skunkiness. Taste consistent with nose, but also a little bready, followed by some citrus astringency and a light, lingering bitterness at the finish. Very light-bodied and effervescent without being biting. Not really my style, but was very easy drinking and would probably pair well with almost any meal.

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Photo of billybob
3.53/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a clear yellow golden color with a short foamy white head and leaves a light sheet of lace to the finish. grain malt with a medicinal aroma is what i get. taste peppery, herbal, slightly bitter hop finish. light mouthfeel with a crisp tight carbonation matched nicely with that peppery taste. easy to drink beer with a slightly differant pilsner taste.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.53/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Atwater- Pilsner

A- Bright clear yellow with a thick billowy white head. Good carbonation and head retention.
S- Strong bitter corn husk with flour and grass.
T- Big bitter husk/ grass hops dominate. Slight buttery cracker malt.
M- Very dry and quite bitter. Slick buttery finish.

Overall- not bad but after a few you will have serious cottonmouth.

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Photo of Gmann
2.93/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear straw color with a small pure white head that settled into a sparse cap. The aroma has a slight buttery scent, which is odd for a Pils, bready and some fruity aromas as well. The buttery profile carries into the taste, it doesn't have the cracker malt that I associate with a good pils. Some fruity notes flash in, perhaps pear, and in the end there is a bittering hop. The feel is light with softer carbonation; finishes dry. The finish seems to be on par for a true pils. The buttery characteristic kind of kills this brew for me, I don't want to see it in a pils. Other than that, the brew is decent.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.53/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a pilsner glass.

L - clear yellow color with a white head that left some lacing.

S - grainy, grassy aroma.

T - first hit is kind of earthy, then a bit grainy, then a light dry bitterness comes around for the finish.

F - light bodied with crisp carbonation.

D - it goes down easy and I could probably pound a few of these on a warm summer day/night.

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Photo of bonkers
3.51/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got this as part of a beer of the month club membership. I poured a 12 ounce bottle into my SA pint glass. It pours a pale, clear yellow with a 2 finger white head. The nose is a bit bland, some grassy and herbal notes, but I expect more. The brew has a pleasant bitterness and a crisp, clean finish. The beer is light bodied. I agree with the bottle when it says it is "consumable". Not the best pilsner, but not bad.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Here comes the beer, all spewing out of the bottle making a mess.... it's already pissin' me off.

Well, the beer's carbonated and has good head formation-- probably to a fault. The bubbly appearance also brings a murky golden, straw hue that isn't exactly a trademark of pilsners.

Aromas are quite fruity and floral with a hint of phenolic plastics and clove. Strong apple flavors take over most of the softer malt profiles.

Flavors fare about as well with an acid, citrus fruit flavor of pineapples, red apples, crab apples... it's all about the apples. But there is a soft malt flavor there that gives some doughy, sugar cookie tastes.

Somewhat tart and acidic in the textures, but with a fullness that keeps the beer from finishing with the dry, crisp, refreshing mouthfeel that is what is great about well-crafted pilsners.

Ultimately not a bad beer, but a bunch of the small details are off and makes the beer somewhat artisinal-- too bad this flavor profile does not embrace that kind of variety.

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Photo of nick76
3.22/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The aroma is quite malty with a dough like character. Also there are hops and yeast nibbling at your nose. The appearance is pale gold with a large four finger head that falls to a thin head. The flavor is like the aroma. It's very doughy with grassy and tinny hops. The palate is right for the style. Overall it's a pretty good pilsner.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.36/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Slows BBQ in Detroit. The beer was hazed and yellow, a little pale colored with a nice thick foam. The aroma is very similar to some Kolsch beers I've had, a little funky and herbal while remaining somewhat neutral in terms of olfactory strength. The taste is the same, grassy and funky and tasty but noth entirely like any pilsner I've had before. The body is medium, about right for the style, and drinkability is pretty good as it's easy to pound and tasty. Overall a very good beer but maybe not easily pegged as a pilsner.

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Photo of Gavage
3.03/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: pours a slightly hazy golden yellow color. A big 3" head falls slowly. Loads of carbonation bubbles rise from the glass bottom.

Smell: a light grass aroma is all you can detect.

Taste: profile was a light and grainy bready maltiness with some grass and mild bitterness. Some tart green grape tones linger in the background.

Mouthfeel: too crisp throughout as the carbonation seemed a bit strong. Very prickly on the tongue. Lighter side of a medium bodied beer. Aftertaste is almost clean.

Drinkability: so-so at best. This will not excite you at all and the high carbonation levels are a turnoff in the mouthfeel.

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Photo of argock
2.87/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date.

A: Very light but hazy yellow with lots of yeast sediment. Huge foamy head with surprisingly little retention and average lace.

S: Heavy Saaz and Tettnang hops aromas with some grainy, biscuity malt and yeast aromas. Strange sourness which doesn't really reach tartness.

T: Pilsner-like but not exactly in the style because of the sourness thrown in with the sweet graininess.

M: Very thin and low on body with too much carbonation.

D: Disappointing overall with sourness that really kills this beer.

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