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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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Ratings: 61 |  Reviews: 49
Reviews by billybob:
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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More User Reviews:
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 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 weasbri
3.76/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big white head which, for the life of me, I couldn't help pouring over the rim of my glass. Light yellow color lies under the frothy head.
Lightly floral aroma. A bit tart and crisp in flavor, somewhat citrusy, with some floral hops coming through as well. There is also a decent malt flavor hanging around, and a nice hop bitterness in the aftertaste.
Overall, a decent crisp pils. Now that they are available locally, I'll have to try some more Atwater brews.

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Photo of Sammy
3.21/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Soapy white head, light body. Neutral aroma Creamy, some pilsner taste finishing metallic. Compelling effort to make it creamy. Not much of a pilsner, though a passable creamy beverage and beer. My Cold Stone creamy ice cream, though fattening, was better.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.87/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The bottle opens with a decent "crack", and Atwater Pilsner pours a very hazy, yellow-orange body with a greenish cast. It's very odd looking, kind of like dull brass. The creamy bright white head holds well and leaves some average lacing about the glass. As it sits, the yeast settles out and it clears a bit and becomes more golden.

The nose is enticing with a combination of grassy, lightly herbal, floral, and spicy hops over a mild, straw-like maltiness, all of which carry over into the flavor with the exception that the maltiness is more sweet. It's anchored by a solid bitterness though, which keeps everything in check. It finishes dry with a swirl of spicy hops and a short-lingering, solid bitterness.

In the mouth it's medium-light bodied and gently effervescent with a very fine--bubbled, natural carbonation.

It's a tasty and interesting beer that's kind of unique and interesting in its own way. Worth trying!

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Photo of cliff1066
3.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GeoffRizzo
3.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal clear off-yellow hue, with a medium sized, slightly rocky head; faint nose, some hops, outdoor freshness, all difficult to grasp. Thin, weak hop based body, very light bodied, carbonation almost immediately noticed. The body gets better, a great flowery hop backbone, a touch on the sweet end. Some zesty, lemon notes blend in rather nicely. Gets better as it warms, which is surprising based on the style; label states "Crisp, Clean, Consumable." Nothing wrong with this one; in fact a decent pils.

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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 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 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 Bierguy5
4.03/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle. Label states that this is the 97 GABF Silver medalist. Light golden in color, with lots of carbonation. Thick white fluffy head, that is very pillow lile, with super retention. Very light, pale aroma, with some grassy and herbal notes.Very light malty flavor with grassy notes. Pretty clean, but not quite as crisp as I would like. Great amount of lace on the sides of the glass. Good body, with a great amount of carbonation.Very well made, easy to drink. Finishes dry.

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Photo of Proteus93
3.97/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Huge, huge head... perhaps poured a little too quickly. Not too thick, but almost fills half the glass with it. Quite a lot of sediment floating around in there, though most sinks to the bottom quite quickly. A touch off for the head overkill , but otherwise, not too bad at all.

S: Light hops, quite clean and pleasant smelling.

T: Mild hops, hints of oats/barley, a little bitter on the finish. Quite clean.

M + D: Clean and crisp, rather dry, a nice feel which makes it quite drinkable. A little light, good for a summer day on the patio.

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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 weeare138
3.47/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a light gold with a small white head that fades quickly.
Smell is of a sweet and malty brew with corn syrup standing out.
Taste is of the same aromas.
Mouthfeel is smooth with a sugary corn syrup coming through. Slightly watery along the palate.

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Photo of Cresant
2.27/5  rDev -32%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured this undated brown 12 oz. bottle into a pilsner glass. I should say I tried to pour it. This beer had a ridiculous head. When I first began to pour I had to stop immediately--I had a 1/2" of beer and the reminder of the glass was filled with bright white soapy foam. I gently coaxed more into the glass. I looked at the bottle--even the beer in the bottle was developing an inch of head! I have had Belgian beers foam over, but not like this! It probably took over five minutes to empty this bottle into a glass. The body was cloudy/hazy and a dull pale yellow. The carbonation bubble rose intensely. The enormous head left a web of lace and never completely faded. Sediment collected at the bottom of the glass.

Smell was crisp and lemony. Light and somewhat zesty like an Alka-Seltzer tablet dropped into a glass of water.

Taste was also lemony and slightly tart. Green grass and salt. Finished relatively dry. the malts and hops flavors were muted, no noble hops were evident here.

Mouthfeel was thin to medium. Mild carbonation, it was all spent on the head! I hope this was an anomoly and not an accurate representation of this pilsner. I believe there were QC issues here.

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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 Hopheadjeffery
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of granger10
3.82/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright transparent golden hue with a two inch frothy white head. Lots of bubbles and good lacing. Quite lively without being out of control. Perfect appearance.

Weaker aroma with some corn syrup notes and a low, biting spicy acidity. Still, a bit too soft and sweet for my liking.

Flavors are abundant in this pils. A really sweet start with honey and sweet fruity flavors, mainly apple, on top. A bready sweet base and some pils malt lie under. Hops come in midway through and really dry the sweetness out. Malty base remains but the herbal, spicy quality of the hops provides a bitter flavor that is quite refreshing. Finish is drying and slightly spicy.

Moderate mouthfeel and lively. The flavors all come out, sometimes too much. Not the greatest blending of ingredients and I might like a bit more complexity from the hops and malts but overall the beer went down nicely.

Fairly drinkable but the sweetness and then bitterness would be too much for me to want to session over a long period of time. It was still refreshing and flavorful. I would definitely get this again.

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Photo of VaTechHopHead
3.21/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I think I made the same mistake as most the people on here seem to have made...I didn't think there was nearly as much carbonation as was in this brew. So needles to say when I poured it into my glass I got about 2 solid inches of foam. But wait a second, this is a pilsner right?? The appearance was cloudy and light yellow....something I would expect in a white ale or a hefeweizen. Anyway, not a bad beer....I'm not a big foam fan, but it was an interesting spin on a traditional pilsner.

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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 SupaCelt
3.77/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer showed a golden honey colour off the pour. The head was fizzy, white, and fast to dissolve. The effervescence factor is about low medium with plump sized bubbles. No lace formation noted. Clear and clean.

The nose carries a bit of a bready impression. A honey sweetness is the most notable scent. The hop factor seems tame and almost imperceivable. I would swear I smell a very low level ginger or cinnamon quality to it as well. Corn syrup to some extent also. Smells pleasant.

The taste carries with it a honey drizzled sweetness. There is actually a decent level of bitterness here despite the fact that I did not smell much hop activity. The finish holds a goodly amount of dryness as well. The sweetness may be a bit pronounced for the style, but the bitterness and dryness seem to be right on. Refreshing.

Mouthfeel is light. The pils body is very nice.

Drinkability is good. There is nothing offensive. The sweetness could become a factor late in a session though.

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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 BMoney575
3.59/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on 6-9-07

Pours a very pale and somewhat hazy yellow, with a quickly disappearing head.

Smell is all grassy hops, very clean and with a little fruitiness.

Taste is good, light and hoppy with a surprising malt character. The finish is smooth and lightly bready with a decent hop spiciness.

Mouthfeel is just right for the style, carbonation is spot-on.

Drinkability is very good, very crisp and well-balanced. An enjoyable beer, and a good choice for summer.

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Photo of ROGUE16
3/5  rDev -10.2%

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