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Atwater Brewery
Michigan, United States

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of goodbyeohio
1.42/5  rDev -58.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

high gravity dopplebock, 9.5% 30 ibu

with my eyes, i see beer. innocent enough in it's brownness with tan clingy fizz. like a trojan horse or a siren, i approach voodoovator ignorantly and without fear.

smells like extremely burnt sugar, pepto bismal and plastic. tastes a tad sharp and nutty like special b, makes way for an earwax flavored saran wrap flavor that dominates and finishes with a bitterness that reminds me of hops but has no taste. oh no, im burping plastic now. after-finish lingers on notes of super-sweetened grape hi-c or kool aid.

probably the worst beer i've had in the past two years .

the definitive beer fail

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Photo of thegreg
1.74/5  rDev -49.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Dark, brown black pour, light head and a small amount of lacing.

Bouquet of green olives and soy sauce. Astringent mouthfeel. Altogether unpleasant. High alcohol content, so at least it's safe to drink. Did we get a bad bottle?

I know things are tough Detroit, but why at it out on us?

If you really like sour ales, give it a shot, otherwise pass.

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Photo of mactrail
1.92/5  rDev -44.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

Nice brownish head, interesting coppery brown color.

Dry, woody, astringent. Flavors are sour candy, old chewing gum, bitter apples. No malt sweetness. Hops lost in the bitterness of some other biological process. Completely undrinkable, but maybe it started out OK when it was fresh.

I'd say it's borderline spoiled, and the bacteria have been eating the sugar. We'll see whether Riverside Beverage in Chattanooga will give me money back for the four pack.

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Photo of BARFLYB
1.94/5  rDev -43.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

12oz single bottle poured into a regular kitchen glass. I figured I give this one a shot.

A- Atwater Voodoovator comes out of the bottle looking like dirty tap water from an old house. Once in the glass its a dark brown. A slow pour yielded a fizzing beige head that had some legs but faded to a thin skim.

S- Nothing really stands out in the smell for me. Initially some malts giving off caramel. Some grain and some peat. As it warms some metallic scents come to mind turning me off.

T- First sips, the sweetness is apparent from the two row malts used. Getting some extremely watered down chocolate milk in the middle. Some fruits such as berries, slight banana. Some apple and slight sourness with warming but with that comes the metal taste, ewwww. One thing this has going for it is the alcohol is hidden.

M- IMO this beers top quality with a slightly above medium body with carbonation not over or under standards. It has the feel of a dopplebock to bad the flavors are not there. I usually like to let my beer sit on the tounge for a bit to get the whole experience, but not with this one.

D- Not sessionable and not drinkable. I actually got an upset stomach from this and just wanted to sleep after consuming. I got through 8oz before giving up. The flavors just don't integrate well enough to satisfy.

Dopplebock no, more like doppleCROCK, I think im done with this brewery.

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Photo of bpw28
2.05/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Finger sized tan head, Deep Mahogany color, Good Lacing

Nose: Funky (not a good funky), Walnut, Tree Sap, Planty (like ripping a leaf in half and smelling it), Bready, Sweet Molasses, Woody

Taste: Funky that hits you (once again, not a good kind), Medium Roast, Odd Sticky Sweetness, Straw, Bready, Sour, Boozy, Thin Mouth feeling that feels almost watery

Final Thoguhts: I really don't like this one. Production is marked for Jan 2011 but it's 9.5 ABV and it was kept in pretty dark good conditions. It wasn't skunked. I'm surpised they let this one go out, it's really no good. The appearance looked great, but then you smell it and you just cringe. I normally like to put food pairing with the beers, this one I can't. I would never buy this one again unless they revamped a new recipe. I got to hand it to Atwater, I picked alot of things out of this one, it's just it wasn't all good.

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Photo of semibaked
2.08/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Pours the darkest of brown with about half an inch of tan foam that leaves no lacing.

S - A strange combination of Roasted Malts (good) and sourness (bad), don't know if that is intential, I am not an expert on dopplebocks.

T - I get some of the roasted malts and sourness from the smell, plus a little coffee and hops bitterness, but tastes watered down and it pretty bland.

M - Water, thin bodied, and unpleasant.

D - Very low drinkability, I am 0 for 2 when it comes to Atwater Block beers, if you like thin, funky smelling bland beers this is for you.

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Photo of KarlHungus
2.08/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

This beer is a gusher. Seconds after opening the bottle it was everywhere. It stopped once I poured some into a glass. However, it quickly filled the glass with foam well before the whole beer was poured. It took over ten minutes to fully pour this beer. How annoying. Once poured it is a clear dark brown color. The head is huge, and recedes slowly. The aroma is of caramel, burnt malt, and a hint of chemicals. It is a very weak aroma for a beer that claims to be 9.5% ABV. The taste is more powerful than the aroma, but that isn't a good thing. There is more malt which is nice, but there are more chemicals too which is surely a very bad thing. The mouthfeel is full bodied with way to much carbonation for a doppelbock. Overall, this is a really bad beer that I will never drink again.

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Photo of BostonHops
2.18/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass. no bottle date.

pours an opaque mahogany tone with ruddy highlights; foamy, finger plus head recedes fairly quickly into a thin cap. patchy lacing.

nose is caramel/roasted malty, a sourness i can't put my finger on, a touch of molasses, and a twang of metal. flavor follows with some malt, spice, and a hint of grossness. not too impressed. 9.5% ABV very well-hidden, so it has that going for it... otherwise, a pretty forgettable beer IMO.

thin, watery mouthfeel with medium-high carbonation. the best thing i can say about this beer it that it's not a drainpour. other than that, don't waste your money.

originally reviewed: 01-06-2011

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Photo of PEBKAC
2.2/5  rDev -36%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Hesitantly put one of these into my mixed 6 last beer run & have been hiding from my responsibilities ever since.

Rounded pint glass. Left out to warm some. No BB date.

Pour is all bubble bath foam. As it settles, a dark muddled brown with a spoonful of protein shake.

Smell is movie theater popcorn & maple syrup. Back end is licorice, pennies, stale water, & booze.

Taste isn't all that bad. Chocolate caramel, strong rum-raisin, toasty brown bread, touch of sweetened grassy citrus clocking in at about 2.4IBUs... :P There's oxidation on the back end though(newspaper).

Feel is near flat, oily, & almost syrupy. Getting more & more difficult with each sip, it starts to turn my stomach & give me an ugly headache all at once. Ugh. I bet this is tolerable on draft though.

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Photo of mcallister
2.22/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Very dark transcendent shade of mahagony. What light can get it illimunates ruby colors. Head is large and overly carbonated for a DB in my opinion. Very long retention with a thin full layer of lace behind.

Hmmm well caramel and toffee notes with a ever so light milk chocolate, but an odd off sour odor really mirks things up and leaves me curious.

This beer just simply doesn't have much going on with it and almost tastes like it's a little infected. Sour notes rivaling that of a Jolly Pumpkin brew. The only real flavors are burnt caramel and chocolate squares of different variety. Mouth is a bit creamy but there is no finish to help this stand up and out. Very dissapointed after sampling there Dunkel which I found to be very sessionable.

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Photo of perrymarcus
2.31/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass. no bottle date.

pours an opaque mahogany tone with ruddy highlights; foamy, finger plus head recedes fairly quickly into a thin cap. patchy lacing.

nose is caramel malt, a sourness i can't put my finger on, a touch of molasses, and a poke of metal.

flavor follows with some malt, spice, and a hint of grossness. not too impressed. 9.5% ABV very well-hidden, so it has that going for it... otherwise, a pretty forgettable beer IMO.

thin, watery mouthfeel with medium-high carbonation. for what it's worth, it goes down easy enough. not easy enough to salvage the score, but, well, there it is.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.36/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Picked this up in Michigan over the holidays. Served in a tulip.

Pours a dark brown with a bit of a reddish tint to it. Quite a gusher. Pretty big tan head with a bit of retention and a slight amount of lacing. The nose is pretty odd with some dark fruits and molasses plus a bit of cherry character. Seems like this might be unintentional. The flavor further adds to this suspicion and I'm thinking this bottle might be on the verge of infection. The cherry taste isn't really melding into the profile of the beer and there's a bit of a pucker factor beginning to form. Feel is full of prickly carbonation. Not impressed with this one at all.

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Photo of morimech
2.45/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a dark brown with a red tint. A large tan head forms and has excellant retention before settling to a thick cap. Heavy lacing is left on the glass. At least it looks good. Has a aroma like red wine that has turned. Hints of vinegar and cough syrup. The flavor is not that impressive as well. Slightly sour with a touch of vinegar. I expected a malt bomb and was greated with a slightly sour dark lager. The malt just disappeared. Dispite the high ABV, alcohol was not detected. The body is average but may be hurt more by the flavor profile. Does not feel as big as the brewer claims. This will be a beer that I will avoid in the future. Not well made and tastes nothing of a doppelbock.

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Photo of Metalmonk
2.51/5  rDev -27%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Very healthy "zisss!" upon opening the cap, and no wonder, as this almost gushed on me. Caught it in time and receive a nice two-finger head of light tan. Color is a ruby-infused dark brown. Attractive sheets of lace.

Big mineral/metal presence in the nose, and some dark fruit (plum, grape) trying to shove through. Hops are breezy and the yeast is also present. Reminds more of a few Belgian stouts I've had than any doppelbock. Somehow it feels all wrong, and I'm not entirely least not with the aroma...

This doesn't taste much like a doppelbock...or anything else for that matter. At least, not anything I'd want to revisit. It's predominantly metallic, like sucking on a wet aluminum can, with a vinous quality that can't save it. An extremely weak malt presence, covered up by tart fruit (esp. sour green apple) and sheet metal. Where is that sweet malt promised on the label? The alcohol is repressed, which, at this point, I'm not sure is a good or bad thing. Tart finish, like Sweet Tarts candy, with more aluminum siding spoiling the experience. Extremely dry.

Mouthfeel is pretty good...lightly puckery, with just the right amount of carbonation and slickness. But, who cares at this point, right?

Not good. When I picked this up I thought "hmm, never even heard of Atwater Block Brewery." Guess I know why. With Founders and Bell's in their backyard, they don't stand a chance with a beer like this. I would, however, try some of their other stuff in hopes they can do better.

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Photo of biglite351
2.56/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A - lasting foam, cloudy red brown color.

S - a little fruity, not that appealing.

T - sweet and mildly fruity. Mildly bitter after taste.

M - tingle all over the sides of the tongue. Slight coating, not watery.

D - not my bag, but I could see people liking it.

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Photo of jlindros
2.58/5  rDev -25%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Pours a big somewhat thick rich almost 2 finger head that sticks around for a while. The beer is super dark brown, almost black.

N: Lots of sweet malts, syrups, extract like aromas, a slight sour tangy fruit even, with off aromas. A little spicy rye almost, with touch of booze and lots of sweet malts.

T: Bleh! WTF! Some sweet malts, very sweet, lots of syrups and bad tasting extracts, just bad! A really weird almost rye extract and other weird bad flavors I can't really put my finger on. It has a weird tangy flavor too. GOD this is bad!

M: Medium body with decent carbonation.

F: Finishes with more of the really bad flavors, some bitterness (not hops), and syrupy flavors. ALso some tingly booze and not so tasty. Bleh, I'm thinking drain pour!

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Photo of Traquairlover
2.61/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12-oz bottle poured into a pilsner.

A = Clear reddish brown with a medium tan head of about one finger, decent retention, slightly too many carbonation bubbles and of varying sizes. Looks more like soft drink carbonation than beer.

S = There is a strange and strong sour yeast smell up front than lessens slightly when swished revealing more standard caramel, chocolate scents.

T = This beer is very unintegrated. The alcohol is a little too upfront and it has a sour yeasty flavor that is too prominent, at first there is a little bit of caramel but it is quickly overpowered by a funky yeasty tar taste, midpalate the taste gets kind of watery but then a strong bitterness shows up to end with a long relatively dry finish.

M = Medium bodied, maybe just a light lighter than that, a little strongly carbonated in feel but it does not overfoam in the mouth, decent mouthcoating.

D = This is a somewhat interesting beer, but it does not lend itself to an enjoyable drink nor do I particularly want to return to this beer soon.

[Note: Looking at other reviews of this beer after I posted mine, I do not see any other mentions of sourness or yeastiness (though one review mentioned a slight smell of metal which could hint at the same thing). It is possible the bottle I drank was compromised. Nothing about it struck me as infected, but I will try another bottle and see if I think I should revise my review or not. As it stands though this is easily one of my least favorite doppelbocks.]

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Photo of brewandbbq
2.63/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours clear, dark mahogany, with a quarter inch of off-white head. Retention is short-lived and no lacework.

Aromatics are a blend of rich malt, fruit-laden acid, and a smidge of caramel and chocolate. Strangely fruity for a Lager and the acid is very odd. Almost cherry-like.

Medium bodied and a bit chewy. Light carbonation adds a syrupy mouthfeel.

Tart fruit and rich malt lead off the palate.
Cherries atop balsamic drizzeled dough.
Bitterness is subdued as well as alcohol.
The fruity tartness lingers and the beer finishes with a frim acid grip.

What a weird Dopplebock. Either contaminated or I have no idea what they were going for here.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.63/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

During several of my previous dozen reviews of Atwater Block beer, I proclaimed this brewery one of the worst in America. This big lager is their strongest and is generally considered to be their best, so will it be the one to finally break the 3.0 taste score ceiling? Hey, maybe a snifter will help.

A huge escape of CO2 on crown cracking led to 1 part murky chestnut beer and 9 parts golden ecru colored cap. Looks like this might be the second overbubbled brew in a row. The head stays huge for a ridiculously long time, is Matterhorn rocky as it melts, and doesn't lay down much lace in the end.

The nose is doppelbock average (and that's being kind). It's appropriately dark caramel malty with some background nutty earthiness. Nothing to get too excited about and warming adds nothing of note. Okay, here is the moment of truth.

Voodoovator would have qualified as a disappointment if expectations had been even slightly high. How can these guys continue to brew/bottle such bland (and occasionally aggressively nasty) beer across such a wide range of styles? It really does boggle the mind.

Flavor intensity is shockingly low, as if there's a layer of cotton between beer and buds. Specifics include chocolate and dark caramel stored too long in a tin can, bitter nut skins, and a small shot of grain alcohol. Needless to say, there's no depth/breadth/complexity here at all. Only a lack of the aggressive nastiness noted above keeps the score from falling further.

The mouthfeel might be the worst of the worst. It's way too thin for the style and harsh bubbles seem to exist on the outside of the liquid rather than buried within, as they should be. Sorry, this is not a pleasurable experience.

My 13th Atwater Block review was no more lucky than the previous 12. Voodoovator is definitely not recommended. Actually, luck has nothing to do with the brewing of good beer. The process is 100% skill, which is where this outfit falls woefully short. Again... and again... and again... ad infinitum.

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Photo of silentjay
2.65/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

not a big fan of dopplebocks, but I have been gravitating more towards them recently than before. will try to review to style rather than my preferences.

cool looking bottle with a new orleans feel to it with the skull and fedora hat. bottle describes the beer as "big, black and sweet" though the pour is a dark brown that light easily penetrates. not black like they described, but still dark for the style. head is a nice, appealing tan (think coffee with cream) color. the head is the best part of this beer.

smell is rather faint, little chocolate, little burnt coffee, lot of molasses.

taste is rather light for a dopplebock with such strength. bit roasty, but not as much caramel as i would expect or like. Leaves a hard-to describe aftertaste: very malty, but not too pleasant, if i knew malt varieties better, i may be able to pinpoint it. more flavor in the aftertaste than upfront, actually.

mouthfeel is lacking. it says on the bottle that its "the smoothest High-Gravity beer this side of the "pond"" Its got a black-lager type feel which is a little thin for a dopplebock I would think, if thats what they think of "smooth".

Drinkability is average at best. alcohol is hidden well, but kinda flavorless and thin on the tongue for a doppelbock. add some more coffee flavor and you'd have a decent black lager, but still something i would pass on. Have yet to try an Atwater Block Beer I like (having also tried the vanilla java porter), but I would try another.

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Photo of aforbes10
2.67/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to kkulacki for the gift. Pours unceremoniously, short lived head, overly carbonated look. Brownish red. Sweet and tinny odor, some chocolate and toffee smell too. Tastes malty, and a little bit like fake cherry juice, with a metallic note to it too. Maltiness is sweet and slightly astringent on the finish. An unbalanced, kind of weird dopplebock that doesn't impress me too much

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Photo of PicoPapa
2.7/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle. No freshness date. Poured a dark brown with a massive head that looks like a root beer float. Luckily I'm not in a big hurry to drink this one. This beer smells boozey. Aromas of molasses, spices and caramel malts. This beer tastes like liquid alcoholic black licorice. A bit too much spice taste also. I know this beer is 9.5% ABV but this is one alcoholic tasting Doppelbock. I like licorice more than most people but I am not really digging this beer.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
2.72/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer seemed to have some particles suspended in it, which I had some trouble getting over. But it didn't taste bad; malty like a bock but also a bit like marshmallows.

It poured a thin, dark, brown-red with a quickly fading head and a weird suspension of particles that never settled out, but didn't really bother me as I drank it. Aroma was sweet and toffee-ish, but I also got a marshmallow aroma. Flavor was tangy and spirit like, but with some cerealness. Flavor was very mild though; much more so than I expected. Mouthfeel was unremarkable.

I just didn't get a lot of enjoyment out of this beer, but it wasn't bad either. I bought this as a 12oz single from Brew&Brew in North Ridgeville, OH.

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Photo of
2.73/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12oz. bottle

Rich, clear, dark copper color. Medium sized, tan head. Creamy. Some legs and lacing. Good looking beer.

Smell was sweet cherries, dark. Toffee. Bit of butter.

Taste was much less sweet than expected, tart cherries and other fruit. Quite a bit of citrus.

Medium body, not full enough in my opinion. Medium to high carbonation. Rather dry.

Not my thing for this style. Too much bitterness for a dopplebock, not enough malt and associated character. Mouthfeel seems wrong.

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Photo of tatoodkelt
2.78/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Got this one from my buddy and fellow BA 46an2, thanks again Dan!

Consumed 12/13/2009- from notes.

Brown 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Very dark chocolate milk brown with a chunky tan head that faded to a thin ring. Decent lacing.

S- A roasty caramel sweetness.

T- Some of the nose but also a weird metallic/chemical flavor that got more evident the farther into the glass I got.

M- Medium bodied and creamy.

D- I'm hoping this was a bad batch because I really like this style but I'm wondering since I had a bad experience with the other Atwater brew I had tried previously. I'll try it again if I see it but I'm not holding my breath.

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Atwater Voodoovator from Atwater Brewery
3.44 out of 5 based on 414 ratings.
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