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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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Photo of harkjohnny
1.55/5  rDev -53.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

my old man picked me up a case of their Block Party mix pack for $10.99. a CASE! how could I turn down such a deal? I was pretty stoked to try this stuff and of the 4 beers in here only one is drinkable (the Dunkel). They are all overcarbonated and taste like a bad extract homebrew.

This particular brew exhibits harsh flavors and the 'twang' you get from a typical amateur homebrew.

I could only hope that the reason they are selling these off this cheap is to get rid of the product, but is that really doing this brewery any good?! I certainly would not purchase again.

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Photo of williamherbert
1.55/5  rDev -53.2%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

Well-bodied and glassy ruby red look. One finger of rose-white head. Nice, deliberate carbonation. Looks really nice.

Very very sour aroma, but in a metallic, cherry medicine way. Pure cough syrup. Downright unappetizing. Hint of grapefruit/citrus.

Severely sour malt taste. Puckery but not in a good way. Like a sweet tart dipped in Robitussin. Sour, cloying saccharine cherry. Not a good tasting beer.

The feel is creamy and fizzy. Good enough. Not a good beer, sorry to say. I could finish about half and then I had to dump the rest down the drain. Too bad really.

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Photo of alexgash
1.98/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

12 oz. bottle.

Maple syrup cola. Clean and clear. Solid finger of dirty khaki brown head. Sugary cookie and maple syrup malts on the nose along with cooked vegetable twang, and a woody sourness. Taste is dominated by sour infection and mineral water bitterness. Blech. Drainpour. I don't know why I gave Atwater another chance with their bottles, but never again.

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Photo of azazel
2.28/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Pours dark with a reddish tone. The aroma is good and makes you want to take a drink. Unfortunately once you take a drink your taste buds are assaulted by a barrage of sour cherry. At first you think that it could have been a mistake but so you cleanse your palette and attempt another drink only to be met again with the lingering taste of sour cherries. Carbonation is average to slightly higher than average.

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Photo of brentk56
2.36/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Pours a dark amber color with a tan head that fades rather quickly without leaving much lacing behind

Smell: Difficult to pick up to much on the nose, but what there is happens to have a sour wood aroma

Taste: The sour wood and cherry flavors arrive up front - interesting for a Flanders Red, but not for a bock; after the swallow, there are a lot of phenolics, as well, that are downright unacceptable

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: I'm afraid this one is a drain pour

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.43/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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

A: The beer is a deep reddish brown color with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of strong vanilla, spices, caramelized malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is malty and intensely sweet and spicy up front with flavors of vanilla, caramel and a weird minty & woody bite to it that just throws everything completely off. There's a mild hops presence. The after-taste is slight sweet.

M: Crisp but not very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Flavorful but the awkward taste is tough to get past, not too filling, decent kick, not the best representation of style. I wasn't very hopeful but gave the beer a fighting chance. I poured it and the look and smell made me think it might be pretty good. However it all went downhill from there once I tasted it.

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Photo of jwc215
2.43/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours rubyish brown with a thin tan head that becomes patchy, then disappears.

The smell is of mild sour fruitiness.

The tase is of sour cherries - sourness leans towards vinegar. Chalky, with some chocolate ina cocoa powder way. The sweetness and any hint of rich maltiness, which does try to peek through at times, is detracted by the underlying sourness. It has a tangy finish.

Mild-to-moderate carbonation. Not thin, but thin for style.

An odd brew with sourness and astringency that detract too much. This brewery is 0-3 for me. Getting rid of this underlying sourness that isn't quite right here would help - I noticed it in the other two as well (esp. the Voodoovator). This doesn't work for me, but I was almost able to finish it, because the malt has some potential, but can't compete with detractors.

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Photo of tigg924
2.5/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: red/brown in color, clear, 1 inch head, medium carbonation

Smell: toasted malt and grain

Taste: toasted malt, grain, caramel,cinnamon, and toffee

Mouthfeel: medium/light body, medium carbonation, semi-sweet

Drinkability: A below average bock that loses its charm as it warms. The alcohol is high and I really had no desire to finish it after getting half way through. Will pass on in the future. The taste just did not come together for me.

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Photo of beerguru15
2.58/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Have to say, this definately wasn't what I was expecting when trying this one.

The color is a Dark Amber Color that had a light brown/off white head

The smell is sweet, but I couldn't distinquish a notable hint of anything.

The taste was decent, wasn't really that strong of a bock, kind of a weaker after taste, but at the same time was smooth.

Not a strong mouthfeel as the beer was quite smooth, and not overbearing

The beer was drinkable but nothing I'd really consider buying again if I didn't have to. Had a little bit higher expectations for it, but I can see that it has the possibility in being a good beer.

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Photo of DrDemento456
2.6/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - Dark reddish in color with dark tones.
S - Cherry and wheat.
T - Expected like a winter warmer with spice but got.. malt cherry. And ugh like a sour hit in the finish.
M - Bark like flavor and malt is thinner than expected.
D - Having a hard time finishing the glass but it's not nasty enough for a drain pour.

I had their Vanilla Java Porter and it was pretty good but with the name "winter bock" I guess it achieved a sort of sour bitter cherry wheat beer.

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Photo of StoutHunter
2.63/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I got this beer in a mixed twelve pack from Atwater. It's another cold winter night in mid Michigan so a winter bock sounds like a good choice. Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a pint glass.

A- This beer pours a very dark brown color with a finger and a half worth of off white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed the rest of the time.

S- The aroma is dominated by lot of caramel malts with some metallic tones to it, I can also pick up a small amount of dark fruits.

T- Just like the aroma there is some caramel malts sweetness and some dark fruits that make up the main flavors of this beer. After taking a couple sips I find this beer tastes pretty similar to Shorts Bellaire Brown. The metallic taste carried on from the aroma which was a little off putting.

M- Medium bodied with descent carbonation.

D- Drinkability is average at best. I would possibly have another one but only if there wasn't anything better to chose from, but the alcohol was well hidden.

Overall this was an average bock, there was nothing that made it stick out from all the other bocks and the metallic taste was off putting. I don't think I will revisit this beer anytime soon.

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Photo of KarlB
2.66/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Saw this in Total Wine, thought I'd give it a go as I'm pretty big on Bocks. Have to say, I was really disappointed. It looked good in the glass: nice head, good color. Smell seemed OK too, though perhaps a tad weak. Upon initial taste, I was hit by bitterness, almost sour, and considerable carbonation. After that, I really didn't taste much. Definitely not very malty (or sweet, as the bottle claimed it was). In fact, not very flavorful at all -- certainly not what I expect from a Bock. The very thin, watery mouthfeel didn't help, either.

Maybe I got a bad bottle but this is only one of maybe three beers that I have actually tipped down the sink after a few mouthfuls. Very disappointing.

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Photo of DannyDan
2.67/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours into a dark bodied drink that has a large tan head with not much retention or lacing, I didn't notice much carbonation either.
The smell is of black cherries, bananas, sugar, molasses, and caramel, while the taste is a brown sugary syrupy taste with a hint of cherries and caramel that is rather weak. The after taste is a rather sour citrus fruit that spoiled. The mouth feel is very sticky and doesn't give any pleasure to the mouth at all. It would be a drinkable drink if it wasn't such a terrible beer. I know that Atwater Winter Bock is on my avoid this beer at all costs list.

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Photo of gopens44
2.7/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This one when poured resembles a brown ale from top to bottom with a thin head and lacing that falls like a bad tent. Amber color is nice to appreciate. Smell lacks, well, smell. Something nutty and hay was about it. Taste takes in more facets than the smell, but more doesn't mean better. Front end is pleasant with a banana bread thing happening, but it doesn't stick around long enough to get an counter the pungent nature of an earthy and slightly sour bitterness, which lingers on the tongue after this thin and slightly oily beverage. Overall, its kind of all over the place and not incredibly pleasant.

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Photo of malty
2.72/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a mahogany color with a 1/2" light beige head. Little visible carbonation. Looks pretty clear, maybe a slight chill haze.

Smell is very sweet with a little sourness (not sure if this is supposed to be here?). Aside from the 'Orval-like' green olive sourness, there's a little dark fruit, but not much. Pretty tame nose.

The flavor is malty with a sour edge. The sweet spiciness is great as the finish is very clean.

Mouthfeel is a smidge lighter than medium with a great creamy feel. Carbonation is fine and at just the right (moderate) level.

Drinkability is good. Not quite the hearty bock I was expecting, so this might be good for noobs. If you can get past the sourness, I bet you'd order another (maybe not?).

Overall a so-so bock from my home state. The mouthfeel was very nice, but the flavor suffered from the sourness. I do hope this bottle was infected because the kegged Bloktoberfest I enjoyed at my Oktoberfest last fall was amazing!

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Photo of DavoleBomb
2.83/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a stange.

4.0 A: Dark amber brown color. Two and a half fingers of light tan dense frothy head. Average retention and minimal lacing.

3.5 S: Dry and super musky. Toffee and nuts are the main flavor aromas.

2.5 T: Weird. One of the main flavors is a astringent nutty tannic woodiness. Caramel, toffee, and a mild metallic sourness. Not very good.

3.5 M: Medium body. Slightly higher than desired amount of carbonation, but not bad. Reasonably creamy. Leaves an astrigent bitter aftertaste.

2.0 D: This isn't very good. Taste is a weird combination of stuff I don't really want. Smell is strangely funky. I'll pass on this next time.

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Photo of Raime
2.89/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Atwater Winterbock.

Atwater. A true love hate relationship here. Had some very solid ones, had some near drain pours outta these guys. Part four of my random new beer mix a six for a penny less than ten bucks. As usual with Atwater, I have no fucking idea what to expect outta thie brew. Could be solid, could be a drain pour. Guess we'll find out now.

Look - From a twelve ounce bottle slow poured at first until I got lazy and decided it was time for a hard pour. Pours a moderate garnet rubyish color with a head that eventually mounts to roughly two fingers, and then eventually dies down to a thick cap amongst the glass leaving some noticable tree line like stick amongst the very top of my pint glass. Carbonation does not appear to exist aside fron a small bubble here and there coming from the depths. Leaves some solid lacing once the beer is gone.

Smell - Okay let me be the first to say that for less than 8% they didn't do a great job on hiding the alcohol as I felt that shit creep up my nostrils. Other than that, you receive a large hit of the typical caramel malts that the style is fairly well known for. As it warmed a bit, that alcohol on the nose is just massive and it really masks any other scent that could potentially come through.

Taste - Let me be very frank in this aspect as I usually am. I have seen other reviewers mention ' wet cardboard ' but I have not actually come across such a flavor until this beer. The majority of the taste profile genuinely consists of wet carboard with small amounts of holiday spice and fresh apple that struggle to get through as though stuck behind a fat republican in a motorized scooter in the snack aisle at a Wal-Mart. No alcohol comes through here thankfully

Feel - The body on this beer is between a medium thickness and a heavy level of thebole thin. Carbonation comes through as moderate. Once again the carboard aspect is huge in this beer and the alcohol somehow once again shows as it sits despite the lower level of things.

Overall - Yeah this one needs some work. Lots of freshly produced carboard if that's your thing. Not really ' bad ' per se but surely not something you may want to drink. If you can't hide the alcohol at 7.5.%, you shouldnt make higher than average ABV wise brews..

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
2.9/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pouring a copper color from the bottle, the aroma was faint and would be best described as dirty malts. The initial taste starts promising but ends up as a weird mix of honey and raisin. These two characteristics are part of a winter beer, yet it lacks the syrupy malts and spices. In the aftertaste, one might note the flat mouthfeel with the dirty malt aftertaste. I really like the bock style, but this one literally has almost nothing positive.

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Photo of roadhouse
2.91/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I never hear anything good about Atwater but figure I'd give it a shot since I enjoy Bocks.

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

Appears a nice shade of reddish brown, pretty clear, with a one inch plus off-white head. Leaves some pretty nice lacing.

Aroma is is pretty bland. There's basically nothing but a bit of sweet maltiness, very light dark fruit character but nothing specific, and a touch of toastiness.

Taste is similarly bland, especially for a Bock. It's very strange, there's a bit of sweet malts and a fruit character kind of like cherries but it's somewhat metallic. That's about it.

Mouthfeel is medium-light, fairly crisp with a slight creaminess, but it suffers from a bit of harshness and metallic feel.

This is pretty much a lame excuse for a Bock. The only thing good about it is the appearance.

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Photo of Tone
2.96/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy, dark burnt amber color and a clearer, lighter amber along the edges of the glass. 5/4 inch head of a tan color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of hops, roasted malt, raisin, slight alcohol, and a slight tart fruit aroma. Fits the style of a Bock. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with a high carbonation level. Initial tartness is almost overpowering and masks the other initial flavors so much that it appears to be quite watery. Lets hope that it improves with more tastes. Tartness and then a dryness dominate; with a slight hop and roasted malt flavor coming through the strongest. Becomes a little more smooth as you progress, but still too dry and tart for my tastes in a Bock.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
2.98/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pokal, the beer is a slightly hazed, ruby-amber coloring with a thin, low profile, frothy biege head. Aromas are roasted malty sweetness, with a slight hops presence, and an overall toffee essence. The beer has strong roasted malt flavors, as previewed with the aromas, with a slight coffee profile. Nutty highlights throughout, as well. The aftertaste is light, with some of the bitterness from the coffee flavors and the slight hops presence shining through a bit more. Light, slick cling along the glass while you drink. The finish is light and nondescript, with a slight kick of sharp bitter at the very end. Average brew for the style.

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Photo of david18
3/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I don't like winter bocks and didn't order this when it went on tap at the Amsterdam Ale House but I remembered that I wanted to try everything new that I hadn't tried. I ordered this beer and it tasted pretty much exactly as I expected but I'm glad I ordered it.

Color was a dark brown with a very light head considering the color. Flavor has a combination of alcohol, dark malt but overall light mouthfeel. Overall, a pleasant beer but not one I'll have again.

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Photo of sophisticated
3.01/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This is a nice looking beer. Dark amber with a thick 2 finger head that dissipates with lots of lacing. Not a strong smell, somewhat malty and clean. The taste started strong but then felt watered down. It did taste malty, not overly sweet at all. Clean, low carbonation, good drinkability. Just a little more mild in taste and smell than I would expect.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.03/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Atwater- Winter Bock

A- Dark ruby red with a moderate size foamy head. No lacing.
S- Sweet sugary malt with hints of vanilla.
T- Sweet sugary grape/ cherry malt with a touch of caramel and vanilla. Slight oaky finish.
M- Very sweet and syrupy. Mild woodsy dry finish.

Overall- Sweet yet bland. Boring, I'll pass on this next time.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.06/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Black cherry with bright orange edges and a splendid looking crown that resembles brown sugar mousse. The two fingers of foam that was created on the pour took its sweet time melting to half that height. Better than acceptable lace solidifies the good score.

The nose seemed somewhat promising initially, but doesn't hold up on repeated sniffs. It's underpowered, with a steely caramel dominance and a muskiness that might prove to be interesting. At least it looks and smells like a dark bock, which are my favorite kind.

In addition to describing its aroma, 'solidly average' describes its flavor as well. Winter Bock tastes strong, but it isn't malty enough and has a background sourness that was hinted at in the nose... and that seems to be a common feature in Atwater Block beer.

Specifics include pretzel crust, steely caramel, tobacco, bitter nut skins and less-than-ripe fruit. Although warming sands off some of the initial rough edges, the final result isn't as polished or composed as it could have been. It isn't bad, though, especially considering the brewery.

The mouthfeel just does fill out enough in the bottom half of the bottle to be worthy of the style and the ABV. It's lagery smooth and is fine from a carbonation standpoint.

My hope that Winter Bock would be the first Atwater Block beer to earn an above average taste score was almost realized on this sunny Spring morning. Looks like Voodoovator is their last chance to impress. Barring any new releases, of course.

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