Atwater's Lager | Atwater Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Atwater Brewery
Michigan, United States
atwaterbeer.com

Style: Munich Helles Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by MNJR on 10-18-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
39
Reviews:
12
Avg:
3.4
pDev:
12.65%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
7
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 39 |  Reviews: 12
Photo of BEERchitect
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Deliciously smooth, crisp and clean; (despite what advocates of lager makers like to suggest) the taste of lager is easily achieved through patience, proper technique and fresh taste.

Its light straw pour is light, arid and cottony with froth. Aromatic oils of honeysuckle, flower bouquet and perfume waft about before the initial taste and is suggestive of fresh-baked bread, honey, whole grain.

Embarking upon the middle, the faint esters of lemon, apple and pear are illuminated with acidity and playful sulfur. Its delicate scrubbing character ensures a refreshed middle palate while a spicy hop bite mounts.

The lager finishes with trailing bread, sweet taste and texture. Its grassy and spicy bitterness is mild but commands the evaporative cooling of alcohol paving the way to a crisp and clean closure with echoes of grain and grass.

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Photo of superspak
3.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into lager glass, bottled on 10/12/2016. Pours fairly crystal clear medium golden/yellow color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings down the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of lemon, pear, apple, cracker, biscuit, light honey, herbal, floral, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of pale malt and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with solid strength. A bit fruity/yeasty, but not overwhelming. Taste of lemon, pear, apple, cracker, biscuit, light honey, herbal, light pepper, and floral/grassy earthiness. Light herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of cracker, biscuit, light honey, herbal, light pepper, and floral/grassy earthiness for a good bit. Nice robustness and balance of pale malt and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light dryness from bitterness, lightly increasing through the glass. Fairly clean on lager flavors; light yeasty notes present, but not overwhelming. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, moderately crisp/grainy/bready, and slightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 4.9%. Overall this is a good Helles. All around good robustness and balance of pale malt and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; very smooth, crisp, clean, and refreshing to drink. Very good example of the style, just wish it was a little cleaner/less fruity on the yeast. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.01/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I was scrolling around to see about offloading some of my surplus of CANs when I saw that a former trader, Another6Pack, had a Want that I Got and I solicited a trade. I have already CANsumed two of the beers that he sent and as I am closing on on CANned beer review # 600, I figured that I might break out the other two.

From the CAN: "We drink all we [CAN] and then sell the rest."; "Beer is good."; "Made in the Detroit tradition of hand crafted German style lagers."

The Crack & Glug formed a finger-and-a-half of rocky bone-white head with decent retention. Color was a deep golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity and lots of CO2 bubbles in evidence. Nose had the clean unadulterated lager sweetness that is so welcomed in the face of so many AALs on The CANQuest (TM). You ale lovers may pooh-pooh the lack of notable smells, but in many lagers, that is a good thing, this being one of those times. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium, characteristic of the style and it had a simple, clean lager sweetness on the tongue, unencumbered by any noticeable adjuncts. Finish was semi-dry, clean and refreshing. I CANnot tell you that it was worth seeking out, but it would certainly beat throwing more AALs into your cooler for a day out. Call it damning with faint praise, but there you have it.

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Photo of JAHMUR
2.75/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

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3/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of StoutHunter
3.48/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Short Review. I'm pretty sure I've had this beer before, so I thought it would be worth trying again. It's a solid lager that's pretty true to style, all the flavors and aromas are just what I would expect and it's a little more complex than the main stream lager. I like it and if it was somewhere and was in the mood for a lager I would have no problem getting a couple of these.

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Photo of WanderingFool
3.35/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Atwater's Lager pours a clear honey yellow, with a touch of amber. On top a small creamy head forms. The foam quickly disappears leaving only a few spots of lace on the glass. A few steady streams of bubbles rise to the surface.

The aroma isn't very strong, but is rather sweet and malty. Pale malt, cereal, flowers (rose?) and a touch of grass.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is soft on the palate, a little chewy with mild carbonation. The flavor is malty with a mild bitter finish. It begins with some crisp pilsner malt flavor. That's followed by some caramel malt sweetness. It finishes floral with some grass flavors and moderate bitterness. Once gone the grass and bitterness lingers on the palate.

A very easy to drink beer that's well balanced. It would be great on a hot day.

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Photo of HardyA
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of Danielr26
2.73/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of RedneckBeerz
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of morebeergood
3.08/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had a can yesterday ($5) with some pulled pork at Sweet Cheeks BBQ over by Fenway. Poured into a Ball wide-mouthed glass jar. Light sunshine yellow colored body. Thin white head. Average carbonation. Smell was mostly mild hints of dry grain. Taste was alright overall, but nothing too great. Light bit of hops with a good dose of pale malt. Mouthfeel was crisp and clean. An easy drinking beer that paired well with some bbq. And yes, the can states "Brewed in Latrobe, PA", and not Detroit.

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Photo of cryptichead
3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Tracker83
3.82/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Amp
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Botulizard
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Pog-Mo-Thoin
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of adamant1912
4/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of cyber_phoenix
3.56/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of horshack7
3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Poured into a Pilsner glass is a very clear and golden beer with a solid two fingers of head.

Aroma: Lemon, buttery, biscuity, grassy, slight notes of wheat.

Taste: Lemon zest, light malty sweetness. Crisp mouthfeel with a buttery texture and even a little dryness. A few grassy notes to finish off.

Notes: A decent beer and drinkable a good dry finish. Cheers.

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3/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of jmbranum
3.92/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bought as a 12 oz can from an OKC liquor story's sale bin, so might be old.

That said, this was actually really good. Cloudy for a lager but full flavored. Good balance of hops and malt, crisp. Starts of slightly sweet but finishes dry. Very bready-notes, some slight mineral (but not in a bad way notes), maybe some grassyness.

Fuller mouthfeel than expected from the style.

I've soured on lagers but this one makes me kinda hopeful. Still smooth and crisp but also some nuance of flavor.

One more note--- other reviewers said their can was labeled as being brewed in Latrobe, PA, but mine does not so I assume it is brewed in Detroit.

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Photo of marcb105
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of jeffwright
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

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