Atwater's Lager | Atwater Brewery

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Atwater's LagerAtwater's Lager

Brewed by:
Atwater Brewery
Michigan, United States

Style: Munich Helles Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by MNJR on 10-18-2011

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Reviews: 11 | Ratings: 36
Photo of BEERchitect
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

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 woodychandler
3.01/5  rDev -10.9%
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 StoutHunter
3.48/5  rDev +3%
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 -0.9%
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 morebeergood
3.08/5  rDev -8.9%
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 horshack7
3/5  rDev -11.2%
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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Photo of jmbranum
3.92/5  rDev +16%
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 searsclone
3.05/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a can into a pint glass. Crystal clear golden color with a white head that lasted longer than expected. Lots of bubbles.

Smell is faint grain and a bit of sugar. Maybe some bubblegum

Taste is nicely balanced bitter and sweet.

This has more mouth feel than taste. Crispy at first, then smooth with a slightly dry finish. The mouth feel is probably the nicest thing about the whole beer.

Overall, I won't go out of my way to have this again, but I wouldn't turn it down if it were offered to me.

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Photo of MNJR
3.7/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at the brewery in Detroit. Word is (not from anyone at the brewery, but online) that this is contract brewed by Jones Brewing in PA. The story is they don't have a canning rig at the brewery in Detroit.

The appearance is nice: deep gold color with abundant, effervescent carbonation. This stuff really fizzes with big bubbles on the pour. It settles down nicely and throws off a meager amount of lacing in the glass. Smells a bit of lemon and some biscuit. True to the German style in flavor. Bright and clean. Flavors: lemon, slight pepper, some mint, caramel sweetness. None of these are heavy or overbearing. Overall rich and satisfying taste. Dry grain as it washes down, with an aftertaste that sits pretty well and makes you want to keep drinking this one. Can design has been compared to the old Stroh's cans. This is a way better beer than any Stroh's made after 1985.

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Photo of amphion1065
3.9/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. can poured into a pint glass. Reviewed from notes.

Pours an almost perfectly-translucent champagne gold, with plenty of visible carbonation. A half-finger white head forms and really lasts, the retention is excellent.

Plenty of sweet malt in the small. It's not cloying, as there's a nice wheat character that provides some contrast, but there's a pretty clear honey element in the nose. Just a touch of piney hops as well.

It really tastes quite a bit like pilsner malt, and it's quite nice and crisp. Sort of a biscuit, bread flavor in the aftertaste. Sweet with a slightly grassy, marginally bitter bite.

Mouthfeel is great, it's on the thin side but certainly not watery. Carbonation is ideal, and this is very drinkable.

Pretty pleased that a friend of mine picked up a sixer of this, as I'd never heard of the beer, much less the brewery, before he did so. A very solid choice, I'd definitely keep more of this around.

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Photo of Barbarosa
4.01/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was looking for a good beer I could drink everyday, or all day. I think I have found it. Atwaters Lager has a strong malt taste, not watery at all. The smell reminds me of when I first started to enjoy beer when I was younger. Overall a quality beer, I can buy in a 12 pack of cans.

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Atwater's Lager from Atwater Brewery
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