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Atwater BlöktoberfestAtwater Blöktoberfest

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Atwater Brewery
Michigan, United States

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Fall

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Photo of americanbeerbuzz
4.62/5  rDev +38.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into a ice cold glass. also served out of the freezer at near freezing.

this is how i like most of my beers. The beer pours a lacy head to the top of the glass. Sits perfectly.

color is deep amber. nice autumnal color.

smell is bright and assertive on the nose. Hints of spice.

Taste is also spiced and bready. I have to agree with the prior review. The beer has got fall written all over it.

And though I'm waiting on Pizza delivery. I wouldn't mind a nice stew or even, better, a huge wedge of pumpkin pie with this.

Oh well pizza will do.

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Photo of gordavidson
4.35/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- A wonderful orange color with some beautiful rising streams of carbonation that are visible through the very clear beer. The head is very thick and heavy and dimples the top of the beer. The head retention is really good for the style.

S- Wonderful. This has just a little bit more to it than the average Oktoberfest. Very malty and fruity. I am getting a lot of apple in this. Not quite as spicy as some other beers of the style, but it surely does not suffer for it.

T- A wonderful malty profile that goes really well with the hops. This tastes really fresh- but I have no idea how old it is. I am really enjoying how smooth and carmely this is without being overly rich.

M- The carbonation hits you on the tip of the tongue but the rest of it is velvety smooth. The body of this beer is amazing. Not harsh, not flat, not overly smooth. Just right.

D- Damn tasty and I was very happy to see a single of this sitting around at the store. There seems to be something a little special to this one. Highly recommended.

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Photo of rodrjf
4.32/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Reddish with a deep brown and amber color, creamy head that disappears slowly looks nice. Had a sweet, malty smell, which is different from the other Oktoberfest I have had in the past. The taste was unique a kind malt richness from the beginning, medium sweetness compliments, caramel and butterscotch flavors with subtle hop finish. I drank it all night at HopCat in Grand Rapids. It was incredible!! I wish it was around on tap year round; (

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Photo of alexgash
4.3/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Coppery autumnal orange body with golden edges and a dense finger of beige/light khaki head. Nice lacing. Cookie dough malt nose with a hint of vanilla, caramel, and caramelized carrots. Faintly spicy hops. Doughy cookie malt sweetness up front, the way I like my Ofests. Notes of caramel and brown sugar in there as well. Light vegetal twang leads into a noble, slightly spicy, moderately bitter hop finish. Deliciously malty without being cloyingly sweet. Medium-bodied with an easy-drinking, creamy feel. Well done!

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Photo of woodychandler
4.29/5  rDev +28.8%
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.

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Photo of ypsifly
4.27/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Undated 12oz purchased at Merchant's in Dearborn and poured into a pint glass.

Dark brown with a light tan head that is an inch tall and leaves decent lace as it goes down.

Nice aromas of roasted caramel and some dry spicy hops. Suggestion of nuts. A bit sugary underneath. Well balanced.

The roast and caramel notes from the nose are tasted upfront and then fade into dry hops with some spice and a little warmth. Medium mouth with enough carbonation to give it a crisp finish.

Very drinkable. A great beer after doing some urban exploration in the D!

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Photo of williamherbert
4.17/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours red with an orange tinge. Very clear and glassy, like half of the pair of 3-D glasses. Nice bishop's collar at the top of the glass.

Earthy and gritty malt aroma, but with a very sweet candy-like aroma. Butterscotch. Nicely balanced with the shredded tobacco and dirt/soil. Really good.

A mix of sweet butterscotch and sweet caramel. Some strong yeast. The sweetness dominates, but the earthy malt is a great, gritty balance. Does the job for sure.

Smooth, buttery feel and oily too. A sweet (but not too sweet) Oktoberfest. Very drinkable and flavorful.

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Photo of claminat420
4.03/5  rDev +21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- poured a nice transparent amber color with a very light tan almost off white thick foamy head.

S- just can smell a very sweet malt scent.

T- a very rich sweet malty taste. maybe a very light caramel hint in there too.

M- a hearty medium bodied brew with just the right carbonation.

D- pretty good. can prolly knock down a whole six in one sitting.

Overall- this brew would be my definition of a nice hearty oktoberfest brew. drinking it i kinda wish it was already fall and i was watching a afternoon game (football) with nice stew of a cornish hen ready to be devoured afterwords.

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Photo of beerman207
4.03/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a nice deep amber with lots of floaties in the brew. Very good.

S- Very sweet malt coming in the nose.

T- Wow, the taste was excellent. Very impressed with the presence of malt, hop, and sweet tones in this ber.

M- carbonation for this brew is perfect. Medium body.

D- I was pleasantly suprised by this beer. I will need to get more

This is probably my favorite oktoberfest to date. Very impressed.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
4.02/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Rusted root orange with some auburn hues. Small head of tan foam bubbled off quickly. Lower carbonation.

S: Rich malty bread with some doughy yeast notes. Some sweet brown sugar. Light grains. Caramel notes are faint, yet add to the depth.

T: Nice; Caramel malts and dough, wheat and grain flavors. Some roasted character and the ghost of smoke. Earthy nuances are rampant in this one.

M: Nearly no carbonation, but it doesn't matter, it still works. Slightly heavy and dense on the tongue, goes down smooth.

D: I'd heard a lot about this one, and i'm glad I gave it a chance. I bet it's even better on tap. Worth seeking out.

Notes: Gotta look for this one next season. Good local offering.

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Photo of biggred1
4/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange amber with a creamy tan head that leaves some fine lace on the glass. The nose is caramel and toasted grain with mild floral hops. This is pretty good tasting beer but the hops taste domestic (not a bad thing), otherwise nice and rich malts with a nice bubblegum quality. Medium bodied and easy drinking. An above average Example of the style.

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Photo of drxandy
4/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz to standard pint, pours a reddish deep brown/amber, creamy head fades, looks nice

smells almost barleywine-ish, heavy malts, slight sweetness, bitter, roasty

taste is of a malt bang from the start, sweetness compliments, nice hop finish, good carbonation, bitterness lingers, caramel/slight butterscotch, nice overall

mouthfeel is a good weight, loads of flavor, easy to drink, a very nice take on the style, one of my favorite atwater offerings - too bad it's not around all year!

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Photo of cooperkeg
3.98/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not really my style of brew, but that's all my friend had at his place. I was very surprised to how true to style they were. The rich malt flavor was nice curbed by subtle hops. The carbonation was just enough to provide nice lacing as well as cleanse the pallet. Paired well with the burgers and brats. Thumbs up Atwater!

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Photo of dwren89
3.9/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: chestnut brown with auburn highlights, tan head of decent size, great clarity

Aroma: roastier than most marzen a, with nuttiness, a little coffee hint, and subtle floral hops. Malt is most of aroma

Taste: malty, with hints of chestnuts, coffee, and toasted bread, as well as floral hop finish. Very balanced.

Mouthfeel: crisp and easy drinkability. A wet and full kind of mouthfeel though. More full bodied than most American marzens. Medium carbonation

Overall: A much maltier marzen with more emphasis on the development of its malt character with hints of coffee, chestnuts, and toasted bread. Floral hops on the finish to balance

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Photo of Risser09
3.88/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter · Fridge temp · 2008

Appearance: Pours a dark brown with ruby highlights. An off white 1/2" head has small bubbles and great retention. Foamy lace clings to the glass.

Smell: Somewhat bitter and a little funky. A little bit nutty and sweet.

Taste: A nice, smooth beer is sweet with a candi sugar flavor. It reminds me of smarties or bottle caps. I really enjoy this flavor profile a lot, especially within a lager.

Mouthfeel: Lots of carbonation make this a lively beer. Medium body, smooth swallow, nice.

Drinkability: I really like this lager. It's a great beer to drink. I could drink a bunch of these, no problem.

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Photo of throwthechaff
3.88/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I first want to say that I am not the biggest fan of most octoberfest brews, but this one just rubbed me right. Its got a nice medium perfect body which makes it so smooth and easy to drink. It also has a nice caramel finish that is subtle enough and not to overpowering. I feel like this is a must try compared to most of the microbrewed octoberfests out there.

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Photo of malty
3.86/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear ruby russet color with a creamy loose sustained 1/2" light khaki head. Nice small visible uprising carbonation. Gorgeous sheets of globular & sticky lace.

The scent is somewhat sweet (malty) & toasty. The lager yeast, with it's clean & stony notes, counterweighs the nougat-like malty goodness.

Nice malty showcase on this one! Clean & creamy all at the same time. The lightly toasted malts bring forth the sweet & bready elements a good Oktoberfest is known for. There's a little spiciness way at the back and you can feel it on the back edges of your tongue. I detect lightly toasted pine nuts also.

Mouthfeel is almost medium bodied with lower than average carbonation. The finish is a little spicy with a clean ending.

Drinkability is very good. The below average carbonation really let's you gulp it down effortlessly.

Overall a very nice rendition of a traditional German gem. A great balance of the sweet & toasty malts with a little grit & light spice at the end. Not at all cloying and very fresh & tasty. I believe I just might order a keg of this for my first annual Oktoberfest party in a few weeks.

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Photo of tubacharlie
3.85/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A quick pour produces an off-white foamy head with good creaminess and lacing. The beer is a dark amber color, very clear, with random carbonation rising slowly from the bottom.

Slight spiciness in the nose, with a hint of nutmeg or cardamom, mixed with brown bread aromas. The taste has a rich complexity of dark breads and hints of Bing cherry in the back of the palate. A good dose of spicy hop bitterness is tempered somewhat by the mellow grain bill.

A nice wash for some knockwurst and sauerkraut.

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Photo of Billet
3.77/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of proc
3.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A solid, fall offering from Atwater. Pours out to a dark brown in the glass with a slight head. The aroma is that of roasted malt. The taste is quite good, with the malty goodness giving way to a light, but noticeable sweetness on the swallow. The beers from this brewery continue to fly under the radar for some reason. They are always solid and affordable. This is a very good Octoberfest.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
3.74/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.7/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

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Photo of plaid75
3.65/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at the Waterfront, Brooklyn.

Poured a medium amber hue with a short lived one finger loosely assembled head. There was decent retention and little lacing.

The smell featured a sweet caramel with a secondary breadiness.

The taste consisted of an earthy caramel and a rather vibrant noble spice. Some breadiness as well.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a good mid level American version.

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Photo of toolbrew
3.65/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Highly carbonated when it came out of the bottle. A two inch thick, creamy head that fell into a small, slightly off white one which is lasting all the way down the glass, leaving some behind. A ruddy copper color beneath.

A spicy aroma - smells 'belgian-esque'. Maybe mild clove?

I get that spice at first, followed by a sweet, mild malt finish.

Tastes slightly oily, but goes down easily with a tangy sensation on the back of the tongue.

Good oktoberfest - I would certainly have this again.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.65/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep brownish orange color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, spices, grain, some fruit and a little bit of hops.

T: The taste is bready and malty as you would expect with flavors of spices, caramel, grain and some fruit. The spiciness is a bit more prevalent than in most other O-fests. There's a decent hops presence that brings some balance and bitter bite in the finish. The after-taste is bready.

M: Crisp a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: A little tasty, goes down easy, not too filling, good kick, decent representation of style even though the spiciness makes it taste more like a Pumpkin Ale or a Winter Warmer, overall it's not too bad but there are better beers available in the style.

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