Atwater Winterbock | Atwater Brewery

Atwater WinterbockAtwater Winterbock
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Atwater WinterbockAtwater Winterbock

Brewed by:
Atwater Brewery
Michigan, United States

Style: Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by CortexBomb on 12-02-2007

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Ratings: 162 |  Reviews: 70
Photo of woodychandler
4.76/5  rDev +44.2%
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 +40.3%
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 +40%
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 DaPuba
4.6/5  rDev +39.4%

Photo of Bronson125
4.5/5  rDev +36.4%

Photo of AndyMSU
4.45/5  rDev +34.8%
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 Hrodebert
4.44/5  rDev +34.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of gordavidson
4.27/5  rDev +29.4%
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 +29.1%
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 +28.2%
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 +24.2%
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 Lone_Freighter
4.04/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a lager glass. The appearance was a ruddy burnt amber color with a finger and a half’s worth of white foamy head that fell off at a moderate pace. Light lace. The aroma centered around a nice dose of sweet black cherries, bready malts, earthy to grassy hops, some baked apples, light leather, sweet cereal grains, toast, biscuits and some red cherry jam. The flavor leaned into the sweetness of the previously mentioned aromas. Light butterscotch and some woodiness entered for an even nicer arrangement flowing freely into the aftertaste and following extremely nice into the finish. The feel was roughly medium bodied with a fabulous sipping quality about it. Carbonation felt on par with an ABV that felt just as good. Overall, really nice doppelbock preferably wanting more around Winter.

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Photo of Billet
4.04/5  rDev +22.4%
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 dswion
4/5  rDev +21.2%

Photo of Dyerseve
4/5  rDev +21.2%

Photo of SaisonRichBiere
4/5  rDev +21.2%

Photo of mchegash
4/5  rDev +21.2%
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 andruke
4/5  rDev +21.2%

Photo of miwestcoaster
3.92/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of djfrenchy
3.89/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tone77
3.88/5  rDev +17.6%
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 +17.6%
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 +17.6%
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 +16.7%
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 +16.4%
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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