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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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Reviews: 69 | Ratings: 161
Photo of Bung
3.48/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark amber pour with a solid white head. The head actually did not stick around too long for me. Smells of some malt but more of some red fruits and apple. Quite carbonated and lively with medium body to it. Tastes upfront similar to the nose, but there is a bit of sourness as others have noticed. I was worried at first, but this did not seem to linger. Not as sweet as it could have been, some smokey tones present through the finish. Descent drinkability to this. All in all, not bad.

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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 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 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 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 dsa7783
3.6/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Single, twelve-ounce bottle purchased from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield...
Appearance: Dark, caramel, brown...
Smell: Ginger, spices, brown sugars...
Taste: Not as thick or rich as some Bocks, but smooth, easily drinkable...
MOuthfeel: Light-to-medium-bodied
Drinkability: Easily downable...

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Photo of biggred1
3.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dark amber with a nice light tan head, minimal lace. Smells pretty malty and sweet, bubbblegum and caramel. Tastes much like the smell, fairly light for a bock I think but pleasant and malty with some detectable cinnamon spice. Fairly thin mouthfeel and easy drinking for a beer that states "high gravity lager" on the label like a lot of cheap malt liquors do. I don't know the ABV but I think the alcohol is well hidden. Tasty, if not spectacular.

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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 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 IronCitySteve
3.3/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: A dark red/amber coloring. A decent off-white tan head. Ample lacing.

S: Lots of malt. Very sweet smelling. Caramel, nuts, brown sugar, bread and toffee all mixed together.

T: Not as potent as the smell, but a good combination. Tastes just like it smells, caramel and nuts being the predominant flavors.

M: Surpisingly smooth. Well carbonated.

D: Pretty decent bock, good for cold nights.

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Photo of hopdog
3.52/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle.

Poured a darker reddish color witha larger sized off white head. Lacing left on the glass Aromas of nuts, brown sugar, caramel, and fruity. Tastes of caramel, bread, and nuts. Tastes a little on the thin side and did not live up to the aroma. Alcohol well hidden.

Notes from 12/8/07

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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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