Atwater Brewery

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Atwater Brewery
Michigan, United States
Ranked #380
Ranked #29,365
3.35 | pDev: 17.01%
Jan 05, 2022
Dec 07, 2005
Notes: None
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Rated: 3.25 by Nichols33 from Massachusetts

Jan 05, 2022
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Reviewed by rudiecantfail from Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
12 ounce can poured into a tulip glass.

L---Crystal clear, deep amber color. Giant tan head faded slowly. Very good lacing.

S---Malty. Brown bread and light caramel.

T---Same as the nose but with a light hop bitterness for balance.

F---Medium body with good carbonation.

O---A tasty enough Marzen. Nothing fancy, but not everything needs to be.
Nov 03, 2021
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Reviewed by chinchill from South Carolina

3.55/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
12 oz can - $2 from the Acme in Media, Pennsylvania. It has a BB date of 22 January 2022 stamped on the bottom.
Appearance. Fine looking with a clear body that may be a bit darker and more reddish than average for the style, topped by a tall, semi-durable beige head.
While this smells like a rather typical marzen, tasting reveals one that leans to the bitter and hoppy side and that has an overly bitter aftertaste.
Sep 26, 2021
Rated: 4 by coz from Illinois

Sep 22, 2021
Rated: 3.29 by HardyA34 from Michigan

Sep 23, 2020
Rated: 4 by kkazemi from North Carolina

Sep 05, 2020
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Reviewed by Chris-547 from Michigan

4.06/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
A nice classic Oktoberfest lager with an aroma of honey and malt, and a great dark amber color. This beer is a great choice for an Oktoberfest celebration, and stands up against some of the more popular local brews. All in all this is a nice lager for the fall season, and one I recommend to anyone who loves marzen style lagers
Jan 09, 2020
Rated: 2.75 by Shenk87 from Pennsylvania

Feb 04, 2019
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Reviewed by JimboBrews54 from Michigan

4/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Solid all around brew, refreshing, this is a crisp marzen with a good base of malty back bone to it. Nothing hoppy here and almost stands up to Bell's Oktoberfest, this is my second choice to that.
Dec 22, 2018
Rated: 3.27 by crash8per from Michigan

Oct 06, 2018
Rated: 3.02 by JosephY8s from Florida

Sep 16, 2018
Rated: 2.63 by Zopiac from Michigan

Sep 14, 2018
Rated: 4 by Rostie from Michigan

Feb 09, 2018
Rated: 3.21 by Jim67 from Michigan

Jan 18, 2018
Rated: 2.43 by BenHoppy from Michigan

Nov 18, 2017
Rated: 3.88 by miwestcoaster from Michigan

Oct 10, 2017
Rated: 3.44 by Giggy from Michigan

Sep 09, 2017
Rated: 3.98 by BobbyOlson from Michigan

Sep 09, 2017
Rated: 4 by Zach136 from Georgia

Apr 21, 2017
Rated: 4.59 by Cody_k_53 from Ohio

Apr 12, 2017
Rated: 3.25 by Timc32 from Michigan

Mar 02, 2017
Rated: 3.3 by cliff1066 from Virginia

Feb 07, 2017
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Reviewed by AngryDutchman from Pennsylvania

2.82/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75
Appearance - orange, creamy white half-finger head. Some lacing.
Aroma - malty/bready slightly sweet.
Taste - Munich/caramel, some bitterness but I don't really pick up much hop floral quality.
Feel - a little astringent.
Overall - another bottle from my son's "Secret Santa" six-pack and like the others, I get the sense that the bottle might be a bit out-of-date, which tends to diminish the flavor "pop" that the brewers intend. As presented here, it's just sort of okay.
Jan 07, 2017
Rated: 4.24 by PhillyNole from Pennsylvania

Dec 04, 2016
Rated: 3.65 by gulli from Michigan

Sep 28, 2016
Rated: 3.68 by PhillyStyle from Georgia

Sep 24, 2016
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Reviewed by NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Atwater Brewery "Blöktoberfest"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "BOTTLED ON J (July) 16" and sampled on 09/19/16
$2 @ ACME, Media, PA

Notes: Very nice appearance with a clear copper body beneath an inch-plus thick head of yellowed off-white that held remarkably well and left some very nice full sheets of Belgian lace at the outset. Aroma of rich, toasty, fruity, and caramelish malt - basically Vienna malt - with some spicy and grassy hops in the background. The flavor followed suit, adding in a fuller spiciness, and it's hard for me to imagine that it all came from the hops, which isn't good for a beer of just 6.2% ABV. However the alcohol that was there wasn't too aggressive that the malt wasn't able to balance it, and it didn't come off as "hot". As expected, the finish was dry and spicy with a bit of caramel/brown sugar, grass, and dried leaves lingering. Somewhat disappointing in that it offered much more promise and an overall great start, and then faltered with its slightly high alcohol/spiciness hindering its drinkability in the end.
Sep 19, 2016
Rated: 3.79 by Fishwhisperer from Michigan

Sep 19, 2016
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Reviewed by Tripel_Threat from Michigan

3.74/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Had on tap, served in a shaker pint. No head to speak of, just a swirl of foam. Not much for lacing, either. Copper color. Caramel malts, floral/grassy hop aroma. Quite flavorful and smooth, sweet and malty, with a slight peppery/bitter bite. A hair more bitter than other marzens, but not too bad. Paired well with the bacon/pineapple/BBQ burger on my plate.
One of Atwater's better offerings, coming from someone who's not a big fan of Atwater.
Sep 12, 2016
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Reviewed by thomasdidymus55 from Michigan

3.22/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
Look....nice copper color with better lace retention than head.
Taste...a little soapy...hops on tops...lingering bitterness.
Feel...its crispy..pretty much what a marzen should be..
Overall...a little too hoppy and bitter for my liking...would never turn one down.
Sep 08, 2016
Rated: 3.55 by Taphouse_Traveler from Florida

Aug 29, 2016
Rated: 3.56 by tbeer40 from New Jersey

Aug 25, 2016
Rated: 2 by red94tt from Michigan

Apr 05, 2016
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Reviewed by jancona from Pennsylvania

3.31/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25
This beer has a lot of the elements you want in a Marzen, though the ratios and taste are off. The look is spot on: dark amber, bit of foam that recedes, nice lacing. Smell has sweet malts, a bit of apple. The flavor had a metallic taste at first, sweet malt, funky apple cider, and bit too much on the hop side (outright bitter). Nice carb feel. Not one I would seek out again. I will stick with my Hacker Pschorr!
Dec 10, 2015
Rated: 3.5 by km02600 from Michigan

Dec 06, 2015
Rated: 3.34 by hozersr from Pennsylvania

Nov 26, 2015
Rated: 3.32 by Barleycorn from Pennsylvania

Nov 08, 2015
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Reviewed by woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.29/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
I have been winnowing through the backlog of beer here at Chez Woody, eschewing hoppy IPAs & DIPAs for everything else that seems to get short shrift. I have several Oktoberfest/Marzens lined up for this evening.

From the bottle: "Marzen Style Lager [-] A German tradition celebrating the harvest"; "Our GABF Silver Medal Winner".

Finally, a cap that actually Pop!ped off as opposed to being a screw-top! I celebrated with a heavy-handed pour that produced two fingers of dense,rocky, deep-tan head with great retention. Color was Deep Amber/Light Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-plus quality clarity. Nose held a pleasant blend of biscuit malt and grassy hops. I was becoming anxious to try this one! Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, big for the style. The taste was unexpectedly skewing towards bitter, with a bready/biscuity maltiness that melded well with the grassy Noble hops. I would have to say that the finish was downright dry, which was again unusual for the style. It went extremely well with the pretzel(s) that I always have standing by for just such an occasion.
Nov 07, 2015
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Reviewed by Billet from Michigan

4/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Looks very nice in the glass, fairly clear with a medium amber color with some orange tint. Light carbonation, about right for the style. Thin but decent head retention, typical for a craft lager. Has a slightly fruity smell, probably from the hops. The taste was a bit more bitter than other Octoberfests I have had, not really true to style I think. It tastes kind of like a hoppy Pilsner with some Munich malts added. The hops really stand out, but not over the top. I'm glad I decided to try this one, it is certainly worth having.

Update for 2018: This beer is REALLY tasting great this year. It has a very nice malt foundation with a hoppy but smooth flavor. Very enjoyable!

2019: Still a really great tasting beer. I wish it were available year round.
Nov 03, 2015
Rated: 3.27 by chuckgietzen from Michigan

Sep 22, 2015
Blöktoberfest from Atwater Brewery
Beer rating: 77 out of 100 with 202 ratings