Atwater Voodoovator | Atwater Brewery

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Atwater VoodoovatorAtwater Voodoovator

Brewed by:
Atwater Brewery
Michigan, United States

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by jasonm on 10-18-2006

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Photo of dfillius
4.23/5  rDev +23%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass

A: Aggressive pour yields 2 fingers of tan head with great retention. Clear dark reddish brown liquid. A nice layer of head remains all the way through. Very good looking!
S: Tobacco, roasty toasty biscuity malt. Interesting and complex. This is the first beer I've smelled tobacco in, but it is there. Some black licorice is definitely lurking in the back as well.
T: Molasses, Li Hing Mui, soy sauce. This beer is more savory than sweet. Tasty, but different. There's a sweet caramelly flavor in the aftertaste later on.
M: Smooth with a little sharp bite. Pretty good. Creamy overall. Some bad breathy feel later.
D: I would order another and buy a sixer of this. A colder weather type of brew, say 50F or colder.

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Photo of jaidenjb
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of Lawnboy33
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.95/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - poured to release a huge head that dissipates swiftly to a ring, the beer is deep crimson, almost sanguine, tiny bubble streams ascend

S - true to form for DB's, roasted malts dominate, other characteristics support, caramel, toffee, and slight vanilla

T - the flavor mirrors the aroma, just a bit sweeter and more punch from the malts, gives the sweet flavors, the caramel, toffee, etc, have a burnt, caramelized sugar quality, and some chocolatiness

M - sweet, and dark, somewhat thick but still a great drink, slides down easy

D - i love me some DB's, and this one doesnt disappoint, very pleasant and warming beverage, well done

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Photo of SportsandJorts
2.91/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes

Appearance: mahogany to black. a finger of a tan head, leaves behind a slight lacing after slowly fading. Opaque.

Smell: large whiffs of chocolate, slight variation from lighter to darker chocolate. some breadiness and lager yeast sweetness

Taste: opens up with chocolate and does develop into much. some lager yeast.

Mouthfeel: no lager cleanness to it. fairly watery feel

Overall: an overly chocolate and most likely not well fermenated doppelbock. no cleanness and way too one sided.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.95/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a steamed glass. The liquid is dark with good carbonation and a nice rich tan head.

The smell is sweet with mild dark fruits.

The taste is quite nice. Dark fruits plums raison and a hint of spice.

The mouthfeel is rich and creamy, Medium body but quite nice indeed.

The drinkability is great I like this beer and am glad I have 3 more. Prosit und Zum Wohl. MK

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Photo of Winston3737
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of asabreed
2.91/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Fairly dark with deep amber coming through with any penetrating light. Off-white soapy and bubbly head initially that fades quickly with minimal lacing left.

Smell: Initial sourness, mild fruit and hints of sweeter malt flavors, but it's really hard to discern anything -- either right out of the fridge or long after it warms.

Taste: Malt flavors with mild sourness, some woodiness, maple, very mild roasted malts, and not really any hints of alcohol. Still, give me flavor with an alcohol burn. Everything's so muted, or there was so much put into it, that it's a mild mess of not much at all.

Mouthfeel: Too tingly and slick with way too much carbonation, which certainly isn't right for this style, or letting any flavors come through.

Drinkability: Easy to drink, with no hints of the 9.5% ABV, but still, a fairly flavorless brew. Had someone given me a few chances to name the style blind, I may have said: Stout, Porter, or ESB, maybe some others. But Doppelbock? No way. Glad I didn't buy a 4-pack and only got a bottle.

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Photo of Blakaeris
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown, almost black with ruby highlights. Head is off white with very little lacing.

Smell is subdued. Roasted malt with residual sweetness. Hints of chocolate.

Taste is dark malt and substantial nutty flavor. Hints of chocolate, light fruit. Enough earthy hops to bring balance.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Not as chewy as would be expected of a dopple.

Not a bad beer. Certainly worth a try. There are no off flavors, but nothing to make this one really great either. Very balanced, and I found the woody, nutty flavors interesting.

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Photo of BrewtalHonesty
2/5  rDev -41.9%

Photo of AmitC
4.04/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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 jsurfs82
3.4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I want to like Atwater as I am a huge fan of Michigan craft beers and Detroit has a small piece of my heart but I have just not had anything from Atwater that has gotten me excited. This beer is as dark as a stout, smells, tastes almost like a stout, I can hardly tell if this is even lagered. Will not be going for this one again.

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Photo of roadhouse
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pilsener glass.

Appears a clear dark brownish mahogany with a one and a half inch off-white head. Leaves some decent lacing behind.

The aroma is of caramel malts, a slight bready toastiness, toffee, and something kind of like vanilla. Not bad, but kind of one dimensional.

The taste is of caramel malts initially followed by some dark fruit character and a bit of toasted malt. Finish is somewhat strange, kind of like tart cherries.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, crisp, clean, smooth, and drinkable. Nothing to complain about.

Not the worst Doppelbock I've had but certainly not the best. It's alright but I probably wouldn't buy it again. Does hide the alcohol quite well though.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.62/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark caramel color with a small but noticeable head.

Smell: Roasted malt, caramel and chocolate.

Taste: Soft flavors of coffee, chocolate, and caramel can all be detected.

Mouthfeel: Medium body.

Drinkability: The second time I tried this, I noticed how much smoother it is once poured into a glass. The first time I drank it directly from the bottle, which did not allow all of the flavors to percolate as well.

Served from a bottle into a a tulip.

As one of my first experiences with Weizenbocks, I thought this was rather enjoyable. Despite having a strong flavor, it is easily more drinkable that some heavier beers with similar taste characteristics.

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Photo of ColdOneKev
3.75/5  rDev +9%

Photo of mattcrill
3.68/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Intense Munich malt aroma. Dark fruit and sour cherry esters on the nose. No hop aroma or off aromatics.

Appearance: Dark shoe leather brown pout with a sticky white head.

Flavor: More dark sour cherries with bready and rich doughy malt notes. Just a touch of spicy hop bitterness to level the malt and fruit flavors. Finish is clean but a touch sweet and lingering.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Just a slight grain astringency and no alcohol heat.

Overall impression: A big, malty, slightly sour lager. The sourness is suprising. I'm wondering if it's the combination of 2 crystal malts and munich in the grist (per the website). It didn't seem sour like it was infected but I just kept getting those sour cherry notes which makes me think it was malt and yeast driven. Big and interesting but not sure I'll revisit.

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Photo of pwoods
4.15/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. brown bottle, purchased at Party Source, poured into a pint.

A: Deep brown with lots of visible ruby hues in the light. 1ish fingers of highly carbonated light tan head. Not tons of retention and minimal lacing.

S: Deep roasted matls, brown sugar, and an awesome caramel character. Coffee plays an undertone.

T/M: Cooked brown sugar and dried dark fruits. Malts are very robust. Body is medium and carbonation is a bit above average. Alcohol comes out a bit in the finish but mostly hidden throughout.

D: Very tasty and dangerously drinkable. I hope theres more left at the store.

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Photo of Segelstrom
3.98/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BlissJunkie
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of meatyard
3.41/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Is a clear, deep, dark, reddish brown with a fluffy tan head that leaves spotty lacing. Persistent carbonation visible. You should pour gently because the head keeps climbing.

S-Is mostly malt and a little toast.

Taste-Is bigger than the smell but more of the same. I also taste some dark, dried fruit like raisins.

M-Feels just about right for a doppelbock, smooth with medium body.

D-Pretty high ABV but fairly good drinkability.

This is a decent DB, not nearly a favorite. It lacks in some areas but worth trying.

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Photo of Buck_Jones
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of DruC4
3.75/5  rDev +9%

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 redleg411
3/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Atwater Voodoovator from Atwater Brewery
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