Atwater D-light | Atwater Brewery

Atwater D-lightAtwater D-light
65 Ratings
Atwater D-lightAtwater D-light

Brewed by:
Atwater Brewery
Michigan, United States

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Frozensoul327 on 05-19-2007

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Ratings: 65 |  Reviews: 21
Photo of zaraspook
3.19/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Jonathan-Morgan
3.35/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of dmorgan310
3.63/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ikidunot
3.71/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TinyRicks
3.09/5  rDev -8%
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 +19%
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 +19.3%
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 jrborchert74
3.12/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Raime
3.28/5  rDev -2.4%
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 NSXAG
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of EvTocz
3.73/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JKG
4.21/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Local MI brew great lawnmower brew.

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Photo of Billet
4/5  rDev +19%
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 entenduintransit
2.9/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of IronLover
3.77/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of joe12pk
3.35/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of ESchweers
3.32/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of mlacanne
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Nice Kolsch style beer... Not quite up to the level of real Kolsch from Koln...

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Photo of superspak
3.66/5  rDev +8.9%
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 MKrauss
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Adrian-Keith
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of woodychandler
4.21/5  rDev +25.3%
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 bacher468
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.24/5  rDev -3.6%
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 _phil_d
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

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