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Atwater WinterbockAtwater Winterbock

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Atwater Brewery
Michigan, United States

Style: Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Winter

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Added by CortexBomb on 12-02-2007

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Photo of woodychandler
4.76/5  rDev +43.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The annual summer break redding up of the living room was happening in earnest this afternoon when I came upon a plastic bag containing a six-pack carrier that included this beer. Wow!

From the bottle: I like the new labels with the XO intersection. This one has an ice-blue label and the worker is carrying a pair of skis! "high gravity lager (in script)"; "This malty, sweet, caramel colored German bock beer is brewed with imported malt and hops. Its uncommon smoothness and impeccable taste make it the perfect companion on a cold night."

My aggro pour produced a finger of fizzing, deep-tan head with moderate retention. Color was a gorgeous deep-ruby with NE-quality clarity. Nose was very malty, but not as sweet as I was expecting. Instead, it had a biscuit-like semi-sweet aroma and I was ready. Mouthfeel was thick and viscous and seemed content to sit on my tongue in a big dollop. The taste had a maple syrup flavor, but it was tempered by something, perhaps my inadvertent aging or the hops, but it was very tasty. Finish was semi-sweet with the maple syrup flavor continuing along with a mild smokiness.

This is Exhibit "A" with regard to what I have been saying about Atwater's beers - they are hit or miss with little in between. Chalk this up as a hit!

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Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.63/5  rDev +39.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This one pours a very nice coppery color that is clear and takes to the light nicely.There is a moderate, thick tan head that is more like leaven brad than foam. The head settles slow and leaves transparent lacing.

The nose is a nice peppery hopped malt mixture that speaks to a well tamed thick malt that has the ability to keep up with the hopping. This is like a ramped up Old Speckled Hen in flavors and the flavors are great. Sweet malt battling hops for dominance and neither winning out.

The moutfeel is very rich and perfect for this beer.

Overall I rate this one as exceptional. The flavors attack the palate and leave you satisfied. I highly recommend this one.

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Photo of nikoelnutto
4.62/5  rDev +39.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A- beautiful rust/copper that is nearly transparent. Thin head with decent lacing.

S- peppery, molasses, light alcohol notes. Some Belgian scent with a tartness in the back.

T- sweet, Brown sugar, pepper, alcohol (just the right amount) and only slightly bitter.

M- medium/light body with medium/high carbonation. Very pleasant drinking experience.

O- an exceptional Bock with lots to offer the refined pallette.

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Photo of AndyMSU
4.45/5  rDev +34.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Atwater is sometimes overlooked as a brewery, but their Winter Bock is an excellent beer. It pours dark with a very small head. There are hints of chocolate and a little bit of nuttiness in the taste & the smell. It's a malty brew without much in the way of hops. Its alcohol content is a little higher than one might expect at 7.5 ABV, but it doesn't have that hot, alcohol feel that might be expected. Overall, it's a really solid beer that I plan to have on hand as long as there's snow on the ground.

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Photo of gordavidson
4.27/5  rDev +29%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- A deep orange/ amber liquid with a gray/ tan head that is rather thin, but leaves a modest covering that has some decent retention.

S- Smells remarkably sweet, like vanilla frosting and caramel. I am really digging the smell. The lack or alcohol in the nose is a welcome surprise.

T- Sweet caramel and fruit with a vanilla frosting backing. As sweet and flavorful as this is, it is not too rich and the alcohol is well masked. Very nice.

M- A little undercarbonated, but it may be beneficial to keep is smoother and the alcohol less noticeable. Syrupy, but fine.

D- For the ABV and style, this is rather pleasant. The fruitiness and sweetness work well together. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of timmlimestone
4.26/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one fine beer. Maybe it is the fact that it is April and it was very well kept and so danged smooth it was a pleasure tobe part of this.

My wife drank the majority of it, and it made her happy. So that is good.

A - Amber witha nice head. Dark amber probably.

S - Nice smooth maltiness

T - Smooth and alcoholic. Impressive. just a great beer. A pleasure to drink and not too light on the music either.

M - Nice smooth feel and a full body.

D - I could and would. And I will.

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Photo of 33nickadams
4.23/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The label is different from what's on this site. It has a blue label now. Transparent, amber colored with a small amount of head. Nice bubbles coming up. Smells malty, bready and caramel-like. Tastes sweet, not a lot of hop quality to it. Bready and malty on the taste. Finishes crisp without much after taste. Mouthfeel is moderate, easy drinking and well carbonated. I wish more American craft brewers would brew bocks. This style is seriously under represented in the US. I feel that this is a great example of one too. Only comes out in the winter and since its so easy drinking and flavorful, I'll seek it out every year.

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Photo of meatyard
4.1/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is a clear dark amber with a thick off-white head that leaves dabs of lacing around the glass.
The smell is of dark, toasted caramel malt with a hint of alcohol.
The taste is very malty, a dark toasted malt flavor with a light bitterness and a hint of alcohol.
Mouthfeel is medium.
Drinkability is very good.

I like the bock & doppelbock styles. This is a pleasurable drinking beer with a pleasnt taste.

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Photo of Billet
4.04/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From bottle to glass. The bottle is dated Oct 2015, about 3 months old.

The beer pours with a thin tan head and has a clean looking transparent brownish amber color. For a darker beer, it has excellent clarity.

The smell is a toffee or caramel like sweetness. The flavor is nice and malty with some mild caramel flavored sweetness. It is very smooth and has minimal bitterness or roasted flavors.

Overall, it is similar to a Brown or Amber Ale, but has that lighter mouth feel and overall cleaner flavor of a lager. Well done.

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Photo of mchegash
4/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - 4/5
Deep red orange, with a small amount of head. Quite clear. I see almost no carbonation rising up the beer.

Smell - 4/5
Sweet malts with flavors of dark fruit and caramelized sugar, with a hint of roastiness. Maybe a tiny bit of alcohol.

Taste - 4/5
Tastes basically how it smells. Sweet malts with some fruity/caramelized sugar flavors. Some earthy hops as well, with a little alcohol presence. I am quite happy with the taste.

Mouthfeel - 4/5
Medium body, smooth. Medium amount of medium-high intensity carbonation. Crisp.

Overall - 4/5
This was a solid beer. One of the few Atwater brews I genuinely like.

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Photo of tone77
3.88/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a deep caramel color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is malty, a bit bready. Taste is good. Malts, bready, a touch of nuts, just a bit of alcohol is present. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is an excellent example of this style.

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Photo of Gehrig
3.88/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Atwater Winter Bock pitches two fingers of white froth atop an amber body, decently lacing the pint glass. Chocolate and caramel confront the nose, along with bready malt, but the nose is too subtle. The taste is fuller and bolder, with the chocolate and bready malt emerging more prominently. Smooth with modest hints of hop bitterness, Atwater Winter Bock is a solid if unspectacular version of Bock. Easy on the palate if lacking in complexity and boldness, a fine find at the sterling Sun Singer.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.88/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear and reddish brown appearance, good sized, cramy beige head. Nice looking bock.

Sweet malty aroma, caramel and toffee...very good.

Taste: more sweetness,but still nicely balanced, good and even, caramel malt is king, nice and juicy...crisp and moderatedly carbonated...nice medium body.
Very drinkability, excellent flavor,if not too complex, but, why should it be...just a nice, right-on bock. Good stuff.

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Photo of matty
3.85/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light brown colored beer with a slowly fading head.Aroma is candied dark fruit.Taste is the same dark fruit,sugar cane and caramel malt.Smooth and drinkable with no evidence of the higher alcohol content.I can see myself buying this again and would recommend to my buddies.

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Photo of Gavage
3.84/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a lovely copper mahogony color with a nice 2" head that lasts quite a while.

Smell: caramel and malt sweetness is easy to detect.

Taste: nice malty profile with some caramel, ripe black plums, hints of alcohol, and a nice bitterness. A nice flavorful bock.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Smooth from start to finish. Aftertaste is surprisingly brief.

Drinkability: nice drinkability but the alcohol will catch up to you after a few of these. Worth a try.

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Photo of beerphan
3.83/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle -> sa taster
no date

Pours a dark crimson tinged brown with a huge slight off white head that has some decent staying power before settling down to a thin lopsided pillow. Lacing appears in thick crusty rings. Carbonation is abundant and unheeding.

Nose: Faint sugar and sherry

Smooth thick mouthfeel. Super sweet caramel dominate, with some toffee. Some roasty flavors, almost burnt cookie like. A medium bitterness finishes the brew out slightly chalky. Booze is well hidden and dangerously unnoticeable.

Hmm.. Interesting brew, the first Bock I've really like and also the first Atwater Brew I found worth repeating.

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Photo of SMark
3.78/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer was poured into an Imperial pint glass at 48° from a 12 ounce bottle. There was no date information on the bottle. There was approximately one finger of off white yellowish head. A slight amount of foam stayed on the glass as the head dissipated. The beer was a clear medium brown color.

A nice browned malt aroma was the first noticeable fragrance with a slight yeasty smell noted after. There seemed to be a hint of brown ale to come.

Hops gave the first taste a little bit of bitterness. The sweet malt quickly took over with a much smoother second and subsequent taste. There was a very nicely roasted taste which was indicated in the aroma.

This was not a real short tasting beer but could have lingered a little longer considering the smoothness and the interjection of bitterness at times. Not sure of the alcohol content which some say is 7.5% but that would verify some of the bite.

I could drink more of these but not in one setting. This could be enjoyed very easily as recommended on a cold night. Friends would probably make it even better.

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Photo of SIRIUS2
3.75/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

A: Dark brown brown with a light haze. Small head that dissipates quickly to a thin ring of bubbles. No real lacing to note.

S: There is a bit of a caramel roasted malt smell on the nose.

T: Malts of medium toast envelope the tongue at first but the overall flavor is rather light in nature. A slight sweetness is revealed just before the swallow, where the hop bitterness balances the finish making it quick and clean.

M&D: Mouthfeel was decent but the finish was just a tad watery. Drinkability is better than average but I was expecting a little more malt for a bock. Overall it's an enjoyable brew - Recommended.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.73/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I got this bottle in a trade with jwc215. Thanks Joe!

It pours a clear reddish brown with a near 2 finger head of foam. I see some lacing and the head retention looks like it's going to be fine. Nice looking brew in the glass.

The smell has a nice roasted malt character, some sweet malt tones...smells good for the style.

The taste is of roasted malt with light chocolate, some earthiness, which is all good but there's an underlining flavour here that's mixed in...a sourness. It's not overly noticeable but it is there and it's not doing this brew any favours. Darn it. It makes it tough to take more sips...

The mouthfeel is medium and nice, the carbonation is on the light side of medium, and it finishes on the bitter side. Thankfully, I don't get any of the sourness there at all. Oh and head retention *was* way above average.

Drinkabilty? Not great because of the out of place sour notes but I still didn't have a problem finishing the bottle. A little tweaking and I think this would be a fine brew.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.71/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On draft, served in goblet

Clear dark copper amber color, thin head. Sweet malty aroma. Taste isn't as sweet as smell, decent balance. Medium bodied.

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Photo of CortexBomb
3.7/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pour is beautiful dark amber with a 1inch white head on top. The smell is sugary with a strong malted edge. Brown sugar. Dark fruits. A bit boozy.

The taste is a sugary off sweet, milk twang combined with light floral tones and with a strong alcoholic underbody. Exceptionally malty and different.

Mouthfeel is moderately thick, and also has a few top of the mouth tingles. Drinkability seems good, an assertive beer, but not difficult to drink. Also quite cheap. I will likely pick this up again.

The bottom line: Atwater delivers what they promise, this beer is definitely a winter style bock...thick, a bit boozy, and definitely a beer that tastes better when the snow is falling.

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Photo of GoalieRon33
3.67/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a- Dark brown with a slight reddish tinge, seemed a little bit cloudy

s- A little sour, with a deep malty sweetness to follow. Heavy, with hints of alcohol

t- Sweet, with a little smoke. Slight alcohol burn. Almost a cherry taste similar to SA cherry wheat, but overall unique

m- medium bodied, not as thick as they claim it to be, but ok

d- a little on the heavy side; overwhelming at first. enjoyed best a little warmer than fridge temp

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Photo of magine
3.65/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a flute glass.

Pours a clear dark caramel colored amber. Brew has a nice think fluffy tan head. Head settles to a thin lace island. Pretty good lace left behind. Pretty good looking brew.

Brew smells of sweet caramel malts, subtle fruit hops, barley maybe. Biscuit yeasts as well. Decent, pleasant smelling brew.

Brew is smooth and balanced. Sweet caramel malts, some barley maybe. A bit of roasted nut or cocoa as well. A tad bit thin but by no means is bad. A slightly dry finish, good clean drinking brew. Tastes are good.

I am surprised by the reviews here, I found this to be a solid brew; tastes good, looks good and has a real drinkability for a higher alcohol brew. My first from Atwater, good brew.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz single, probably from Riley's

appearance: pours into an imperial pint glass, dark copper-amber body, creamy tan head with pretty decent retention

smell: tart yeast presence hits first, toasted malt and toasted nut, caramel, light hops

taste: ehhh - creamy caramel malts, toasted peanut, light euro hops, tart yeast, light alcohol. a decent bock but not really worthy of a repurchase

mouthfeel: astringent, medium-light, a touch tart

drinkability: ok

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Photo of civilizedpsycho
3.62/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a copper color that is semi-transparent. Has a small, bubbly head that dissipates fast.

Smell: Has a nice, sweet caramel smell. Hints of roasty malts. Interesting and I was not expecting it.

Taste: Again, sweet malt with a hint of a roast coffee flavor. Not much hop presence. It's a little sweet for my taste and could be a little smoother.

Mouthfeel: Decent body that's not too watery and doesn't have too much carbonation.

Overall: High ABV always brings this rating down a little bit for me as it causes me to pay extra close attention to my consumption. I could certainly get this again and enjoy it, but it's nothing that really blew me away.

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