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German Kölsch
Ranked #428
Ranked #45,171
3.38 | pDev: 15.68%
Atwater Brewery
Michigan, United States
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Photo of JimboBrews54
4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wheat back bone, slightly sweet nose. Pours hazy golden with quick white foam. The light cereal malts come out in the taste with a slight tartness and a dry finish. Light body, light fizz, slightly watery.

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Photo of TinyRicks
3.09/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I wasn't really sure what to expect with this beer. I recently tried Atwater's Dirty Blonde Ale - which I was extremely impressed with - so I decided to give D-Light a try. Verdict: not anything special. It tastes like a fancy Miller Lite... seriously. Which I don't find to be bad - however it's not something I'll pay 10.99 ever again for. It had very little flavor and lacked any interesting.

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Photo of Jon_Hendricks
4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours slightly hazy golden straw color.

Overall: D-Light has a very mild aroma with a little lemon, bread dough and grapefruit. Taste of lemon, pear, cracker, bread and light pepper. This beer is very smooth, crisp, and slightly dry. Wonderful summer beer.

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Photo of brandongoblue24
4.01/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a shaker pint.

L: Pale gold, with great clarity for a bottle-conditioned beer. A delicate, 2-finger white head which sank down to an eight inch, where it remained. A pretty, effervescent drink.

S: Subtle is the name of the game. Well balanced, with equal parts pear/cherry, citrus, and biscuity malts. Very clean.

T: Follows the nose. Well balanced, and pear/citrus combo comes out a bit stronger. Well done!

M: Crisp, clean, and refreshing. Good carbonation. Afterwards it was almost TOO crisp, leaning on slightly harsh even.

O: A well crafted, well balanced offering from Atwater. It's not going to knock your socks off, but then again, it's a Kolsch - it's not supposed to. Well done!

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Photo of Raime
3.28/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Atwater Brewing D-Light.

Atwater has always remained ' that ' brewery I go to when I'm in the singles section and just need something to finish out a mix a six. Seldom make anything that blows me away, but usually a solid beer for a $1.69 bottle. I'm hoping this one follows.

Look - Pours a slightly darker shade of yellow with a massive frothy and bubbly white head that lingers forever. Carbonation is massive and hurricane like and I also see floating sediment in my glass...for a Kölsch? Really guys? Quality control much?. Leaves some pretty good lacing. 3.5.

Smell - Alright then..Well this is a bit awkward but this beer smells like ( Insert Generic American Adjunct Lager Here ).. smells Creamed corn like. 3.

Taste - It really just tastes like a very finely balanced adjunct lager with a smidge of authentic honey. A bit of grapeyness. 3.25.

Feel - Body is heavily carbonated with a full mouthfeel. Quite creamy due to the well retained head. 3.5.

Overall - Welllll...where are the hops? I know these guys aren't meant to be overly loaded with flavor, but this one didn't even have a smidge of those guys. Do not get me wrong, if this were just a plain ole adjunct it would likely be my favorite due to the balance. isn't an adjunct. A better Kölsch would definitely be Lawn Seat by GLBC. I'd have this again...if given. But why pay $7.99 for a sixer when I can get the similar PBR for $10 a twelve?. 3.25

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Photo of Billet
4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid Kolsch style brew. It looks the part with a nice clear pale yellow appearance and good carbonation. Smell is light and mildly citrus. The flavors are smooth and somewhat subtle, on par for the style. Up front, there is a slight lemon grass flavor. The spicy noble hops have a very noticeable presence in the finish. It is a refreshing brew that is good anytime and also pairs well with food. Well done.

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Photo of superspak
3.66/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled in 8/2014. Pours slightly hazy golden straw color with a 2 finger dense and rocky white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Dense foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a large amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of lemon, apple, pear, cracker, bread, herbal, grass, light pepper, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Okay aromas with solid balance of pale malt, earthy hops, and fruity yeast notes. Pretty weak in strength and too fruity on the nose. Taste of lemon, pear, cracker, bread, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Light earthy/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, cracker, bread, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and robustness of pale malt, earthy hops, and fruity yeast ester flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and slightly dry mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.5%. Overall this is a nice and pleasant Kolsch style beer. Good balance and robustness of pale malt, earthy hops, and fruity yeast ester flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.21/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lady Miss Kier Kirby of Deee-Lite stopped by to drop off this beer from my favorite (?) hit-or-miss brewery earlier today! It was great to see her again after so many years.

From the bottle: "Beer Is Good Enjoy Responsibly".

I like the pseudo-cascade when it comes off, and this was no exception. It quickly settled into two fingers (just!) of soapy, bone-white head with limited retention, although the lacing it left in its wake was nice. Deee-Lite was the background music and I could barely remain seated! Color was a pretty sunshine-yellow (SRM = >2, < 4) with NE-quality clarity. Nose smelled of all things lemon, but with a biscuit malt undertone. I thought of lemon biscotti, lemon scones, lemon meringue pie. You get the lemony idea, I am sure. Mouthfeel was thin and watery and I hope never to have a Kolsch that is otherwise. Kolsch is meant to be a light, summery, breezy beer that can act as an alternative to standard lagers. Which would you want? Coors Light Summer Brew or some nice Kolsch? I know where I stand and I stand behind this one. The taste was light and lemony and D-lightful. Atwater continues to confound me, but this one was a winner. The finish was airy and refreshing, semi-dry with a continued lemony zestiness that just cried out to be drank while on a picnic.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.24/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Though their heart is in Koln, the Michgan-made Kolsch-style beer reels in a lot of influences from German lagers, general European lagers, bohemian pilsners and even American light lagers; particularly for its marketing campaign.

Kicking off with a grainy-sweet taste and a mild floral hop aroma, early impressions seem aswirl with light bread, confectioner's sugar and dough; along with light and fruity bouquet. Along with its lightly hazed straw appearance, there's little to separate its introduction from that of a lot of lighter fare beer.

While its sweetness slowly fades, what's left behind are the taste of whole grain, straw and grass. While fruitier tones morph towards apple skin and lemongrass, its partly herbal, partly citrusy side shows. Highlighted by mild sulfur undertones, the hybrid beer shows glimpses of crispness.

Its lasting memories are continued grainy-sweet texture with creamy light bread and a spicy hop bitterness. Slim spiciness extends afterwards, similar to German lager but its reluctance to dry confidently keeps the palate wanting more.

D Light can be sold as any beer from blonde ale to light lager, to bohemian pilsner and American adjunct lager. There's little character to the beer to pull it decidedly to any one style over the other. It lacks the subtle fruit character and utmost crispness to qualify as Kolsch.

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Photo of Bitter_Echo
2.92/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I tried this, but not really that familiar with the style. About near the end of life, having been bottled in Feb, six months ago. Color seems dark for the style, a bit hazy, and fading head with somewhat extensive lacing. Smells like nothing almost, some grain I suppose but not much else. Tastes like a richer average beer, some grain, some malt, low bitterness. After-taste not much after, which I suppose is typical. Effervescence is low, muted, slick, somewhat refreshing but overall un-substantive. I wouldn't want six of these sitting in the fridge. Like I said though, not really sure I know the style.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This one looks a bit too dark to me, and the nose strikes me as straight up apple juice. The flavor is decent, I suppose. A bit too tangy sweet with a higher grain tone than I would be expecting. There is a creamy aspect to it, which makes it a bit more pleasant. Kolsch seems a style that not many American breweries can really pull together. This one is, okay. A bit too heavy, but a decently drinkable beer.

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Photo of Dope
3.36/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: A very pale clear straw pour. Fluffy white head with great lacing. Decent retention.

S: Cereal grain, pear, grass and lemons.

T: Watery pale grain. A little lemony and grassy.

M: Very thin as you would expect.

O: Pretty much what you would expect from a Kolsch. Nothing special, it's pretty simple and watery.

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Photo of CHickman
3.69/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear yellow gold with a 1 finger snow white foamy head that was full of bubbles and faded slowly, leaving great foamy lacing that sicks to the glass; a very impressive looking brew from the tap.

Smells of sweet malt, grains, floral hops, wheat, lemon zest, grass, corn or that general lager smell, which is light, airy and basically the essence of beer.

Tastes of sweet malt, floral hops, wheat, citrus hops, lemon, grass, hay, light caramel and a malty sweetness that's almost like a hint of sugar; really it's just a good basic beer.

Mouthfeel was light, crisp and refreshing, with light, zippy carbonation, a very light body and a smooth easy feel as it flows over the tongue. This is a great session beer with just enough flavor to keep wit well above it's macro competition, with a nice crisp, clean finish - take that Bud

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Photo of GRPunk
3.72/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle (with no date found) poured into a pilsener glass. In honor of Bootsy Collins, I should have maybe drank from the boot. It may have contained the head on this thing.

A- F-ing gusher. The groove was not in the heart, as I lost a good 1/2 ounce on my table and felt like a fool sucking the foam from the bottle. Once in the glass it was pretty nice. Somewhere between straw and gold with some haze, a little sediment, and a ton of carbonation. The head was gigantic (is six or seven fingers a measurement?), pillowy, and white. Head retention was great and there were foamy rings left all over the glass. Aside from the initial eruption, it's a nice looking beer.

S- Pretty much a mix of grain and lemon. I'd call it delicate and a pretty good fit for the style. Nothing off-putting, and quite clean.

T- Lots of lemon and something of white grape skins. There's a gentle, grainy backbone. Maybe a little wheat in there to lighten things up and bring out a little creamy touch? The lemony, grape-like flavors really come through in the finish.

M- Soft and creamy. Moderate carbonation. Lemon makes for a bit of a pert, drying quality.

D- It's an easy drinker. No bells and whistles, but very solid all the same. I could see this being a great backyard BBQ type of beer. Maybe something to have with your basic dog at a ball game (yellow mustard only please). I think it could be a crowd pleaser.

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Photo of MarvinTheMarzen
3.65/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I found a bottle of this "retired" beer in Grand Rapids in October 2010 - perhaps its back, which is a good thing. Not the best Kolsch I've had but it's enjoyable. The beer poured straw-colored and slightly clouds, producing a huge long-lasting head. The smell and taste are typical but it is a bit bright. The date on the bottle was July 2010 so perhaps we should have enjoyed it earlier.

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Photo of WesWes
3.08/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a hazy pale gold color with a 1/2" white head that fades to lacing. There are a few floaties present. The aroma is average. It has a dry pale malt scent along with a slight citrus edge. There is a light hop aroma as well. The taste is average as well. It has a weak and watery pale malt flavor that goes down like water and finishes a tad dry and bitter. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a low bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. This isn't my favorite Kolsch on the market, but someone new to craft beer may enjoy it.

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Photo of montageman
1.85/5  rDev -45.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Very clear, pale yellow with a bone white head that disappears quickly.

S: Not much - some grassiness maybe a little grain.

T: Watered down at best. Some faint bitterness with a bit of sweetness.

M: Thin and not well carbonated like water.

D: If you like flavorless stuff, this is easy drinking. Otherwise find something else - Recommendation to avoid.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.08/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pale straw soaked in orange juice. Multiple bubbles zip through a fine particulate haze before plunking into the underside of a bone white cap that looks like something one might find atop a BMC lager. The foam is airy, stiff, unsticky and doesn't leave much lace.

The three words that come to mind when I put my nose over the pint glass are 'Euro', 'pale' and 'lager'. Never mind that D Light is American and is an ale (it is pale, though). Musty hops and an unpleasant off-aroma do not add up to anything worthwhile. Do these guys brew with untreated Detroit River water?

This stuff tastes like macro swill. A borderline nasty, grainy huskiness dominates the flavor profile. I'm not sure why I mentioned hops when describing the aroma because I certainly don't taste any. I'll say one thing, D Light has more flavor than most light beers. Too bad that flavor sucks.

Yeah, this is a kolsch, but it's also a 'light ale'. The calorie and carb counts are 128 and 9.2 respectively. For comparison's sake, Sam Adams Light weighs in at 124 and 9.7. The beer's mouthfeel is full-on thin with a decent amount of carbonation that, unfortunately, isn't making this experience any more pleasant.

I've now had four Atwater Block Brewing Co. beers and they've all been varying degrees of lousy. D(readful) Light is the worst one yet. By a long shot. I'm not kidding about the Detroit River water. Either the brewery has some serious quality control issues or they should taste their beer before releasing it onto an unsuspecting public.

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Photo of onsite416
4.4/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a very enjoyable Kolsch. They do a great job brewing this super summertime beer. I brought in some Kolsch glasses and we polished off quite a few with the Owner, Mark Reith.

Appearance - very clear and golden.

Smell - crisp, clean with citrus overtones

Taste - same as it smelled. Very clean

Mouthful - tangy

Drinkability - super summertime beer. Alcohol content is mid 5's so you can have a few (lol) and still walk.

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Photo of hellcatsjg
3.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Light and golden color with a two finger head that quickly drops to a very tiny amount.

Smell: Citrus and grapes. Nice but sort of faint.

Taste: Again, slight citrus and grape flavors and a bit of malty flavor. Good flavor for the style but lighter than many craft beers, which may take some by surprise.

Mouthfeel: Very crisp, clean and smooth. Leaves little taste after each sip.

Drinkability: This is a beer that you could have several of. Not overpowering in any way and very refreshing. Glad I tried this while still summertime, not a winter beer. Enjoy while still warm outside. Good job here for the style.

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Photo of proc
4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a solid, summertime, Kolsch from the fine folks at Atwater. Pours out to a bright gold in the glass with an average-sized head. Aroma is that of light citrus and bread dough. The taste is good, with lemon and other citrus flavors peaking their head out in front of the slightly yeasty finish. This is a very, easy to drink beer. Don't let the word "Light" in the title fool you. Its flavorful. I think I've found an addition to my summer beer rotation.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
3.37/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Crystal clear presentation, with a lightly yellowish color. Decent head of white foam. Medium to medium low levels of carbonation. Minor lacing.

S: Fresh. Aromas of grain and light malt, mixed with a grassy straw character. Not bad.

T: Light citrus, grain, straw, a touch of grass. Mild woodiness. Some grapeskin flavors. Very mellow.

M: Light, refreshing. Slightly crisp. Appropriate for the style.

D: Not bad. This could definitly be a sessioner. The slightly cork flavor that this brew exuded kind of threw me off, but not enough from skipping if again. Worth a try.

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