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Atwater DunkelAtwater Dunkel

Brewed by:
Atwater Brewery
Michigan, United States

Style: Munich Dunkel Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by AtLagerHeads on 09-18-2003

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Ratings: 76 |  Reviews: 59
Reviews by stouty1:
Photo of stouty1
2.83/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

POured a dark ruby red with a hin of a creamy head which turned into a light lace around the rim. Smells of malt, caramel, and astringent fruit. Tastes like a fruity wine. Slight bitterness but an overwhelming sour fruit, grapes. Slight sourness at the back of the throat. Mouthfeel is light and smooth. This resembles a red wine too much without the dryness.

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Photo of jcdiflorio
2.87/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

poured into a nonic glass from a 12oz brown bottle with a crimped on cap got this from WVbeergeek brought it over before the Penn Fest.

Clear mahogany color with deep reddish hues lets light pass through. 1" creamy off-white towards tan head dissapated quickly to a thin coating with a collar around the inside of the glass. Not much carbination looked a bit on the flat side left a few bits of spot lacing.

Light roasty aroma with some sweet carmell, fruitty with a plum/prune like aroma. Some slight hints of dried coco. Aromas were faint to moderate.

Predominatly malt tastes just a bit of everthing roasty/chocolaty/toffee/carmell nothing really stands out here. Some dark fruitty flavors, plum seemed to hit me. Finishes tart with some dryness and slightly grassy.

Light mouthfeel,some grainyness,with a slight bit of cloying. Not a bad tasting beer,slightly on the bland side. Not a beer i would want to drink a lot of.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.15/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance a caramel brown cola tone with a large tan beige head forms large bands of lace as it dwindles and between each sip. Aroma mild cocoa tone and mild cookie dough with a creamy mild lactic character and a touch of herbal hops. Flavor moderate roasty sweetness dark chocolate and a mild tart lactic creaminess blend nicely with herbal hops interesting mix of flavors touch of mineral fruity raisin quality in the finish. Mouthfeel is light to medium in body with a healthy amount of carbonation that almost gets in the way of drinkabiilty terrible compared to the velvet quality of Penn Dark. Drinkability is okay not a dunkel I would reach for again in the future I have a general issue with Atwater beers I can't quite put my finger on the reason why.

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Photo of pwoods
3.56/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. brown bottle, purchased at Party Source, poured into a flute. No dating.

A: Pours a gentle Mahogany with crimson tinting when back lit. A big eggshell head forms and hangs on for quite a bit. Nice fluffy lacing.

S: Malty and sweet. A tad yeasty and buttery.

T/M: Rich and sweet. Plenty of yeast as a nice tang to things. Malts are buttery and nutty with a bit of chewiness to them despite a semi thin body. Carbonation is decently high.

D: Easy to drink and a decent dunkel.

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Photo of zjungleist
3.33/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks pretty nice, apearing very deep brown, almost black, yet yielding easily to light. Fairly nice offwhite head as well. The smell is mainly lager yeast with a bit of black malt. In both the smell and the taste, hops are virtualy undetectable. There is a bit of depth to the malt profile, and there are some yeasty flavors as well. I am detecting a hint of a sour/sulphur aftertaste. It's gotta be either the yeast or the water. I've gotta say that is a pretty sizable flaw. The feel is bubbly, but also slightly sticky. I really wish I liked this beer more.

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Photo of MSUBrew
4/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.6/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Atwater Dunkel pours a dark brown body beneath a cremy head of tan that drops steadily to an average collar. Lacing is limited to a few spots and splashes here and there. The nose expresses a gentle, caramel-edged maltiness. In the mouth it's medium bodied and crisp with a perhaps slightly elevated carbonation given the style. The flavor is pretty much as the nose indicates, with mild dark-caramel and subtle roastiness, and a bit of fruitiness. It finishes dry, and acidic from the dark malts. A fairly average dunkel, but enjoyable nonetheless.

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Photo of Joonbabie
4.5/5  rDev +32%

Photo of cliff1066
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of nortmand
3.04/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown black with a very solid tan head.

Smell is dominated by astringency, also som light roasted grain smells.

Flavor indicates some definite contamination. Sour flavors dominate, also some cramy roast.

Would be a very nice beer, but the contamination takes away from the experience.

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Photo of wspscott
3.63/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle in pint glass

Pours with a thick 2-finger head, it is very dark but you can see through it. There is a slight 'bready' smell as it is poured. The taste is all malt, but not sweet, very little hop presence. It seems to dry out the tongue, doesn't leave lots behind. The mouthfeel is nice, a little on the creamy side, but not thick feeling. I am just beginning to explore the traditional (German-type) lagers, so I don't know if this is representative of the style. All in all, I think this is a beer worth trying, but I am not sure I will purchase again.

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Photo of tgavrilos
4.25/5  rDev +24.6%

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.61/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a tall glass mug. The liquid id a nice clear yet dark brown with good carbonation. The head is a tall two fingers tan and leaves some lace. A real good looking brew

The smell is very light and sweet malt. Not much to note.

The taste follows, a dunkel but not some what weaker in the taste then most, and less then the color would sugest.

The mouthfeel is ok, I would like more body. The carbonation was fine.

The drinkability was good, and easy drinking beer. Prosit MK

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Photo of MmmIPA
3.95/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pretty brownish/reddish body with a white head that falls pretty fast to a ring.The bottem of my flute is a lighter color then the top of the flute.Smell is some fruit and carmel.The taste isnt bad at all,it has some carmel notes and fruity notes as well.I see what people say about the carbonation,it is a bit overly carbonated,like soda.Very clean after taste,there is no lacing on my glass at all.I dont really know if I taste the hops in here.The mouthful is sweet and pleasent and on the light side.As the beer warms up it seems to water down in my opinion.But it still has that steller smell.I liked it,im glad I got a chance to try it.Good job to Atwater brewery.

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Photo of edskirk3
2.2/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a very dark ruby, nearly black. Almost no head to speak of.

Almost no aroma to speak of either. I only get a slight scent of sweetness, like black tea.

The whole palate seems watered down, muffled just like the aroma. No hop presence to speak of.

Verdict: I am not impressed. Atwater Dunkel is one-dimensional, and a weak dimension at that.

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Photo of metter98
3.52/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear dark amber in color and poured with a thin white head that faded away leaving only a ring of bubbles on the surface around the edge of the glass.
S: The aroma is somewhat sweet and has some notes of caramel.
T: The overall taste is very similar to the smell.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very easy to drink and is also a good representation of the style.

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Photo of dannyfayy
3/5  rDev -12%

Photo of Tyrawlings
3/5  rDev -12%

Photo of StoutHunter
4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a 6 pack of this the other day since I was in the mood for a nice dunkel so I figured I would give it a try. Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- This beer poured a deep brown color with 3 fingers worth of tan lumpy head that died down to a half a fingers worth that stayed the rest of the time.

S- There's a mild presence of sweet slightly roasted malts, but that is quickly over powered by a very plastic like chemical smell. After reading some reviews I found a BA that said it smelled like some plastic water wings or a inflatable raft and I would say that is pretty dead on. The aroma is overall very confusing and bad.

T- Luckily the plastic doesn't carry through to the taste. The lightly roasted malts have a nice presence and are balanced well with the mild and grassy hops. Typical taste for a dunkle, nothing different just the normal flavors done well and balance well.

M- Medium bodied and overly carbonated.

D- I could have a couple of these, no problem. This beer goes down pretty smooth.

Overall this was a bit of a let down. I have had this beer before and liked it, but this batch seems off, every bottle from the 6 pack so far has been over carbonated and plagued with that horrid plastic smell. The taste was about were it should be for the style but the smell and over carbonation holds this beer back from hanging with the rest of the good dunkels. I think Atwater should look into some quality control issues with this brew.

EDIT: After finishing the rest of the 6 pack I found that some beers were even more of a gusher then the one i reviewed, and that 3 out of the 6 bottles had been infected with that horrible plastic taste.

EDIT2: Shortly after reviewing this beer I contacted the brewery to tell them about my infected six pack, they responded the next day, they apologized and told me it was and old batch and that they would be happy to contact my distributor and get me a replacement. Three weeks later I got an email from my local distributor telling me that they had dropped my beer of at local store. I went to pick it up and found they had given me two six packs instead of the one replacement. I think it was very nice of Atwater to do this, it shows that they really do care about their customers. This batch was spot on and just as good as I remembered. I have updated the rating to reflect this. Thanks Atwater from making a great dunkel and for taking care of your customers.

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Photo of weeare138
4.2/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On draft at the brewpub on 11/15/05...
Appears a murky amber/brown with a lush creamy white head and tons of carbonation pumping up to the top.
Smell is of a malt bomb with tons of malty sweetness.
Taste is malty and rich. A lite bit of chocolate syrup swirling in the mix.
Mouthfeel is smooth, crisp, and sweetly refreshing. I'm usually not a huge fan of this style but I thouroghly enjoyed this.

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Photo of david18
3.6/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was my review from just a couple of weeks ago in bottle:

I bought this beer at my corner market for the sole reason that I had never seen it before. Overall it was a pretty good beer, and I'd be interested to try it on tap but I probably wont buy it in a bottle again.

Color was pretty dark, light brown to dark copper. Not a whole lot of aroma to it, a iittle biscuity. Taste was ok, refreshing, I don't think too strong.

Overall not bad and a good choice if most of the others are macros or beers you're bored with.

Serving type: bottle


The draft version was about the same as the bottle but may have been more enjoyable on draft as it had a nice dark color and flavor profile while being a light drinker in alcohol, making it sessionable.

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Photo of marc77
2.76/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Deep bister with a trace haze. Tall, dense, pitted light beige head leaves lace. Hints of bitter cocoa and smoky black malt in aroma. Toasted malt and dilute nut hints surface as the beer warms. Prosaic aromawise. In flavor, prevalent in malt character is acidic roasted grain tartness. Sweetness is meager, with tepid notes of dark caramel and toffee providing token balance. Lightly bittered, yet overtly dry due to the high attenuation. Trace herbal hop flavor. Thin in body and only a notch above watery. Dark chocolate hints surface as the beer breathes, but remain overly understated. Finishes with burnt nut hints fleeting quickly into a bland void. A simplistic and unimpressive dunkel.

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Photo of mrmanning
1.94/5  rDev -43.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Bottle sample courtesy of my friend Nick- A deep cola pour with a frothed beige cap. Nose of spoiled cabbage and smoke, some fruit. Tastes of sweet cabbage, smokey chocolate, bitter fruits. Medium bodied, nasty cabbage aftertaste. Unfortunately a drainpour.

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Photo of styleisking
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of plaztikjezuz
2.46/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

bought a 12 oz bottle at odies big ten in lansing michigan. ($1.69)
pours a mohogany with a finger thick tan head, that falls down to 1 cm thick.
the aroma is malty, but not claen, there is a hint of sourness.
the flavor malty, little sweet, then followed by a light sourness, this beer is bad, thats bad meaning bad, infected.
i have had atwater before and there lagers are great, i have had this before i reviewed this beer, and i will try it again and re-review it. but i hate getting a sour beer, it not to sour but, i am dumping this brew. (plays taps) <i'm also going to write the brewery and complain!

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Atwater Dunkel from Atwater Brewery
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