Atwater Brewery

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Fruit and Field Beer
Ranked #452
Ranked #41,605
3.61 | pDev: 12.74%
Atwater Brewery
Michigan, United States
Notes: Tropical paradise in a bottle. Get your mouth ready for the perfect balance of mango sweetness and refreshing wheat flavor. Clean and crisp on the tongue, fill your vessel with this laid-back sipper and set sail for the Isle of WHANGO. It was brewed to overwhelm but never overpower. Welcome to the jungle, baby.

14 IBU
Reviews: 12 | Ratings: 65 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by GRPunk:
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GRPunk from Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. bottle ($1.89 from Copper Vine), dated March/9/16, poured into a weizen glass.

A- A normal pour creates 1-finger of off white head atop a hazy, golden-yellow body. The head drops rather quickly to a thin film. There's a light lacing left behind, though much of it slowly dropped into the body.

S- Very fruity. Lots of tropical aromas, obviously the mango, but I could mistake it for a peach, melon, nectarine sort of thing. A delicate, wheat aroma plays second fiddle.

T- Interesting. There's a cream of wheat flavor with a kick of mango. The mango really Amos up in the end and overtakes the base beer attributes. Not bad if you're into a fruity beer, but it goes beyond an accenting flavor and is a little too overwhelming in my estimation. A little, black peppery bite creeps in toward the finish.

M- Medium-light, with a carbonation bite.

O- Not quite my style, though I could see it refreshing after a lawn mowing session in the summer heat. Probably not going to seek it out, but I could see picking up a sixer for a summer BBQ.

Mar 26, 2016
More User Reviews:
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WVbeergeek from West Virginia

4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

May 16, 2016
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.52/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Happy New Atwater Brewery Beer Sunday (Week 664)! Each week, I try to gather several beers out of my backlog from one particular brewery for a brewery horizontal. This week is the exceptionally hit-or-miss Atwater Brewery from Detroit, MI, beginning with this entry for The CANQuest (tm).

From the CAN: "Mango Wheat Ale brewed with natural flavor"; "Pairs with: Good Friends. Good Food. Good Times."; "Born in Detroit. Raised everywhere."; "We make the kind of beer that we love. Unaplogetic craft lagers and ales brewed with Detroit pride for people who enjoy great tasting beer. We're not seeking the approval of anyone else. We're just a group of hard working, beer loving folks that get to bottle our enthusiasm every day and share it with the world."

At last, an opportunity to CANduct a Crack! & inverted Glug. This action produced two fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, bone-white head with good retention that actually left good lacing in its wake. Color was a hazy Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 - 5). Nose had the by-now unmistakable tropical fruitiness of mango along with the tang of wheat. Mmm. Mouthfeel was kind of thin & watery, but not unexpectedly. The taste was decidedly fruity, very evocative of mango, but it was also quite sweet & even a little perfume-y. I wish that they had given the wheat more free reign to help offset some of the inherent sweetness. Finish was semi-sweet, but still very refreshing. It would be a nice quaffer on a hot, humid summer's day.

Nov 12, 2017
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n2492004 from Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

May 31, 2016
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Brad007 from Vermont

3.77/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy blonde hue with a thin head into my glass.

Sweet and crisp with a nice whiff of mango.

Mildly-sweet mango juice consistency here. Refreshing.

Finishes clean with toasty mango (as I describe it).

A very refreshing brew. This was included along with 11 other beers that I sampled from MI recently.

Aug 01, 2016
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tpeters from Michigan

4.06/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jul 05, 2016
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StoutHunter from Michigan

3.77/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

I picked up a bottle of Atwater's Whango for $2.09 at The Lager Mill. It's been a little while since I've tried a new beer from Atwater and I'm interested to see how this one turns out, so lets see how it goes. 2016 Vintage. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a weizen glass.

A- The label looks nice, it's got a weird look to it and it's eye catching. It poured a hazy burnt orange color that took on more of a golden orange color when held to the light with a fingers worth of bubbly off white head that died down to a thin ring that eventually faded away and it didn't leave much lacing behind. This is a decent looking beer, but I wish it had better head retention and lacing.

S- The aroma starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with a big mango puree and mango juice like aroma being the first to show up and it's followed by some sweetness with only a little bit of a doughy, wheat and grainy aroma, but other than that the aroma is dominated by the mango. This beer has a pretty nice aroma, but I wish it had a little bit of balance to it.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with the mango still being the first to show up and it's a little lighter than it was in the aroma, but it still imparts the same nice aspects. Up next comes the malts which show up a little more this time and more of a wheat, grainy, pale malt and doughy aspects come through this time and they bring a little balance to the taste. On the finish there's no bitterness with some sweetness taking it's place and there's a nice mix of mango and wheaty malt flavors in the aftertaste. This is a good tasting beer, it's got good balance and the mango comes through nicely.

M- Smooth, a little refreshing, not too crisp, medium bodied with a lighter amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel is decent but I wish it had more carbonation. The mouthfeel is decent, but I wish it had more carbonation.

Overall I thought this was a pretty nice beer and a nice example of the style, it really lived up to being a mango wheat beer and while it wasn't too balanced in the aroma the balanced really started to come out more in t he taste and it made for a nice beer. This beer had nice drinkability, I could drink a few of these when it's hot out and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a wheat beer with a good amount of mango in it. What I like the most about this beer is the taste, it's good and it's very well balanced. What I like the least about this beer is the appearance and mouthfeel, they both could use a little work. All in all I liked this beer, it's a good summer time beer and it stays true to it's description. It's one of the better Atwater beers I've had and it's above average for the style. Nice job guys, this is a tasty summertime beer.

Jun 29, 2016
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superspak from Ohio

3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 3/9/2016. Pours hazy golden yellow color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of juicy mango, melon, peach, honey, wheat, cracker, and light herbal/grassy hop earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of mango and pale malt sweetness; with solid strength. Taste of juicy mango, melon, peach, honey, wheat, cracker, and light herbal/grassy hop earthiness. Light herbal/spicy bitterness and fruit tanginess and on the finish; with lingering notes of mango, melon, peach, honey, wheat, cracker, and herbal/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice robustness and balance of mango and pale malt sweetness; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from bitterness/fruit tang as well. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready, and lightly sticky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.9%. Overall this is a nice fruited wheat ale. All around good robustness and balance of mango and pale malt sweetness; and very smooth, refreshing, and flavorful to drink for the low ABV. A nicely enjoyable offering.

Apr 17, 2016
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archero from Texas

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aug 15, 2016
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ColSanders123 from Georgia

3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dec 13, 2017
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Texasfan549 from Texas

3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

May 05, 2016
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yaksurf from North Carolina

2.85/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.25

May 21, 2016
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Taphouse_Traveler from Florida

3.59/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jun 18, 2017
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Danielr26 from Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Apr 24, 2016
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TurboBrew from Michigan

3.26/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

May 16, 2016
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Raime from Greenland

4.09/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Usually Atwater beers do not impress me in the least. Of the twelve I've consumed, i'd only bother returning to two of them. I was actually handed this. Don't expect much but we'll see.

Look - Mildly murked golden hue with a finger and a half of white head that sticks around pretty well and leaves a decent lace upon a finished glass.

Smell - Well wouldn't ya know it basically smells like mango juice and wheat, met half and half in the middle of each.

Taste - Yep. Exactly as the nose implied however the mango juices take a much more obvious stronghold over the wheat BUT the wheat does not once get lost in the crowd and remains tastefully apparent.

Feel - Lightish medium body with a high carbonation. Somewhat creamy due to head retention. Finish is nearly bone dry.

Overall - If you rate this to style ot achieves exactly what it set out to do. If this were an IPA with this flavor profile achieved through hops over artificial flavoring, it would sit much higher for most. I, however, rate to style and overall enjoyment of a beer. I liked this and would have zero problem throwing back a twelve pack of these on a full moonlight night around the pool. I think next time around they should ditch the wheat and add another fruit. Wouldn't mind seeing this one given a multitude of experimental variations. Try it out.

Jun 17, 2017
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SerialTicker from Michigan

3.35/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served at Frankenmuth's World Expo of Beer 2016.

I've read this is supposed to be a Witbier... is it? Uh, I think BA's description of fruit beer is more accurate. Straight up mango juice with a "meh" wheat-like base. I guess for Atwater's standards it's decent, but there's no reason to come back to this. Just not very pleasant to drink with so many better fruit offerings out there.

May 24, 2016
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Dicers from Colorado

3.61/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

May 08, 2016
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j0hnc2468 from New York

3.79/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Apr 22, 2016
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HardyA from Michigan

4.13/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

May 07, 2016
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PackenGreen from Michigan

3.59/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sep 08, 2018
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Karibourgeois from Texas

3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Jan 24, 2019
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tommy5 from Michigan

3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jul 03, 2017
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Hearneator from Delaware

4.2/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Apr 30, 2016
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BigGold from Mississippi

3.64/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had at the Ann Arbor Summer Festival, Michigan, on draft into plastic beer cup. An effort at balancing the added mango fruit with wheat spice and hop bite, but a little too juicy for me. Still, nice on an Ann Arbor summer evening.

Jul 05, 2018
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