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Atwater Traverse City Cherry WheatAtwater Traverse City Cherry Wheat
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Atwater Brewery
Michigan, United States | website

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by GRPunk on 04-08-2012

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32
Ratings:
135
Avg:
3.08
pDev:
36.36%
 
 
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Photo of Cylinsier
3.32/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12 oz

Pours a mostly clear amber, bit of white lacing for a head.

Smells of tart cherry juice, citrus, and biscuit malt.

Tastes of dry cracker and stale biscuit malt, hints of citrus and grassy notes. Finishes with a light cherry tartness, very mild.

Light to medium body with tingles of carbonation.

Average ale, slightly stale flavor but nothing too bad. Decent body. Works well in warm weather. Not bad but not anything special.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.63/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a 12 oz bottle in a snifter via a friend from work---Thanks Randy!
This nice little refreshing brew pours a deep red tinged amber with a
moderate head of off white foam that settles to a thick ring, thin pool, and
light lacing. Nose of tart pie cherries and grainy wheat...a pretty subdued
nose. Flavors exceed the nose with lightly tart pie cherries and soft wheat
on all sides with a subtle bitterness on the back from the hops. Overall nice
mouth feel, thirst quenching (today it is darn hot and this hit the spot) with
medium prickly carbonation and a tart cherry aftertaste with a touch of grains.
Not too shabby, and WAY better than one brewed named after a patriot.

Cheers

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Photo of chinchill
2.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

From a 12 oz bottle.
Looks nice with a deep Amber body topped by a good head, but the aroma and flavor disappoint. Some cherry is evident but it's subtle and accompanied by more bitterness than tartness.
Medium body and near medium carbonation.

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Photo of DerekOfSeward
4.02/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Michigan is one of my favorite states to buy beer in and this one is no exception. It's great in the summer, but I saved one for winter, when it's just as good. The cherries taste bitter and the beer has a very strong distinctive flavor. Cherry and strong wheat make a great combo. Tastes darker than it appears.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
2.94/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 2.75

LOOK: A great ruby looking brew with a healthy foam head and some lacing.

AROMA: Cherry, wheat, and a bit of grains. Much more grain to cherry aroma.

TASTE: The beer is a balanced cherry wheat with ample cherry notes balanced pretty well by wheat and some pungent hop bitterness. Allowed to warm, the cherry really doesn't come out more, nor does any really tasty malt character. It just gets a bit astringent. It's still OK, just abrasive.

FEEL: Crisp, soft, fuzzy mouthfeel on a light to medium bodied ale, a bit more to it than just a light beer. It is easy enough to drink, though the flavor gets old.

OVERALL: This is good in categories that mean the least. Its not bad, and with more cherry, and maybe some brown sugar, this thing would be a total beast.

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Photo of mdfb79
2.69/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

09/15/15 notes. 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a copper color. Nose has some artificial cherries, fruity malts, and metallic notes. Taste is similar, little less metal. Light body and low carbonation.

Overall not good; a worse version of the Sam Adams Cheery Wheat, which already isn't good. Wouldn't seek it out.

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Photo of sjdevel
3.9/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look:
On the lower end of carbonation. Pours a crystal clear copper color. The head quickly diminishes and leaves some decent lacing for a bit (but seems to stop prematurely).

Smell:
Smells of tart cherries and other various fruits. There is a slight hint of malt.

Taste:
I was instantly greeted with sour cherry flavors (as expected). There seems to be no apparent hop bitterness or flavors to speak of. After the tartness subsides, some caramel notes are apparent. Flavors seem to fade with no real aftertaste. This beer finishes quite dry. Very similar to a cherry wine (once again, as expected).

Feel:
Has a medium mouthfeel. Only slight sensation of bubbles. This one feels quite a bit on the dry side.

Overall:
I didn't know what to expect with this cherry wheat as I have only had 1 cherry wheat in the past (Samuel Adams) and did not care for it. This one, I felt, was more drinkable than the S.A., but still not my favorite style of beer. Great for the style of beer but probably will not try again... just my personal preference.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.82/5  rDev +24%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Atwater Brewery "Traverse City Cherry Wheat"
12 oz. brown glass bottle, notched "BOTTLED ON: May 2015"

Delicately cherry-ish. You don't get it so much in the nose, but it's clear in the flavor. I appreciate that it's not overdone like so many beers theses days. I would guess that if you didn't know it was a cherry beer you might find it fruity, and perhaps pick up the cherry, but not immediately come to the conclusion that it's a cherry beer. A moderate bitterness balances it, and it finishes dry with a residual note of cherry. Oddly for a fruit beer, some leafy, grassy, and herbal hops are present as well. Pleasant and quite charming!

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.09/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Fairly sweet, the cherry flavor is fairly natural tasting. It's more in the smell than the taste. thinner body, high carbonation. not bad, but wouldn't seek out again

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Photo of superspak
3.31/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled in 4/2015. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy reddish copper color with a 2 finger dense and rocky light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a large amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of light sweet/tart cherry, wheat, cracker, toasted bread, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Okay aromas with solid balance of cherry, pale malt, and earthy hop notes; with very weak strength. Taste of light sweet/tart cherry, wheat, cracker, toasted bread, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Light herbal/spicy bitterness and fruit tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of cherry, wheat, cracker, toasted bread, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Good balance and solid robustness of cherry, pale malt, and earthy hop flavors; with a good malt/bitterness/tartness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and slightly creamy/acidic mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.5%. Overall this is a decent fruited wheat beer style. All around good balance and solid robustness of cherry, pale malt, and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A fairly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.35/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Clear amber with a moderate cap of foam.
Aroma-Wheat, faint cherry note
Taste-Subtle cherry tartness, light-bodied and refreshing, but generally lacking any depth of character.

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Photo of Billet
3.79/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A nice, smooth, and easy drinking summer brew. It looks great, a pale reddish orange with a thin foamy top. It is pretty clear with a very light carbonation. It smells like a mild fruit juice, it barely smells like a beer at all. It tastes like a mix between a mild wheat beer and slightly tart cherry juice. Overall, it is a nice blend of flavors.

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Photo of shanegatter
2.16/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Light carbonated feel. Has a SWEET cherry taste that is more unexpected and different, yes. I know it it a cherry beer but I thought it would have a sweet and tart taste similar to cherry coke???

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance-The beer is served a deep amber color with a hint of ruby red mixed within. There is a small white head that sits atop the brew upon serving, with it having a light level of retention and fading to leave a decent level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell- The aroma was somewhat what you would expect for a cherry wheat- cherry and wheat. Along with these aromas are some lighter smells of a caramel sweetness as well as a little bit of a grainy aroma.

Taste- The taste begins with a rather cherry sweet and lighter wheat and bready flavor. As the taste advances the sweet cherry lessens a bit but is replaced by a little bit of a caramel sweetness. All the while a little bit of graininess and some light yeast comes to the tongue. With some flavors of a little bit of toasted bread coming to the tongue, one is left with a rather sweet, but not cloying, cherry wheat flavor to be left on the tongue.

Mouthfeel –The body of the beer is on the average side in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is on the average side as well. For the style the combination of moderate body and carbonation are perfect as they really nicely complement both the fruit cherry and wheat flavors of the brew. Overall, rather well done.

Overall - A decent cherry wheat, but nothing overly exceptional. A good try, but overall, a Sam Adams cherry wheat is much better, at a comparable cost, and it just as easy to find.. so I would say go it instead.

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Photo of barnabasdog
2.5/5  rDev -18.8%

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A- dark copper amber color with small head and very little retention, some visibility

S- cherry, lemon, wheat, and malt

T- light malt, tart cherry, hint of mint, not very complex and pretty one dimensional

M- flat and watery with light body

O- I had high hopes but was let down. Yes it's refreshing however it feels like they took a watered down wheat beer and added cherry

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Photo of Karibourgeois
2.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear dark copper/caramel colored pour with a minimal head and light carbonation. Very light aroma with just a hint of cherries. Light bodied with a taste that has grain and cherry juice. Nothing really stands out. A very thin beer. Its refreshing but there’s just not much too it.

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Photo of Bloodreign
2.91/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

The look of this beer is very clean. It has a slight cherry aroma. However the bitter cherry taste is not so pleasing. It has a goodmouthful feel. Other then the bitter cherry taste it's a decent beer, however not a beer I would choose. I have had better fruit beers.

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Photo of barczar
3.11/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a fairly clear golden brown, with a lingering cream head.

Grain and very subtle cherry are evident in the aroma, but there's really not much there.

Flavor reveals underpinnings of cherry tartness, without the cherry flavor. There's a substantial toasted malt backbone, but the tartness rounds out the finish.

Body is a touch light, with carbonation on the higher side.

I expected more wheat. Could also use more malt backbone to balance the tartness of the cherries.

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Photo of KajII
3/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

[Suggested Glassware: Weizen Glass]

The pour was a cloudy medium brown with a strong reddish hue and a huge (3-4 finger) sudsy head that reduced slowly, down to a thick cap which lasted throughout and had fair sticky lacing.

The aroma was kind of mild with a light hay- like malt and a funky dusty yeast with hints of cherry, barley and wheat.

The taste was lightly malty and a tad sweet with a strong note of cherries from the get go, with a bit of wheat slipping in along with a mild bitterness and a lightly tart ending. The flavor lasted and average duration proceeding the swallow, with a lightly bitter fruity taste left behind.

Mouthfeel was light in body with a thin dry texture and an almost fizzy carbonation.

Overall this is a decent Wheat Ale with a strong presence of fruit and a touch of wheat. Be careful upon opening this one though, it fizzed up out of the bottle and onto the counter. I was quick though and only lost a very little...

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Photo of carlborch
3.03/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Highly carbonated! Pours a large (3 inch) off-white-to-white creamy head which quickly dissipates. Spicy wheat and very light cherry in the nose. Light body with a touch of acidity on the palate. Very light cherry notes on the palate (ever chew/suck on cherry pits?). Poured with a slight haze and makes beautiful Belgian lace. Reasonably refreshing, and bright with a slight medicinal hint. Lingers well. Final pour released much yeast which fell to the bottom of the glass.

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Photo of dbrauneis
2.81/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A: Pours a hazy amberish ruby red in color with light to moderate amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and some rosé + crimson red highlights. The beer has a finger tall creamy fizzy pinkish off-white head that slowly reduces to a large patch of thin film and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Overall the entire aroma of this beer is rather light with some very light notes of wheat and some light to moderate notes of cherry (rather natural smelling, not

T: Upfront there are light flavors of wheat which persist through the finish along with light flavors of tart cherries and just a hint of something metallic.

M: Just slightly heavier than light bodied with very heavy amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin/watery.

O: Nothing horrible about this beer but nothing really exciting either - I could easily drink more of this as it is non-offensive, light, and easy drinking but it is just not that interesting.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.71/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

My buddy's fiance is from the Traverse City area, and she has told me very good things about the cherries that come therefrom. Hopes have been raised. This stuff pours a clear sunrise cherrywood topped by a finger of off-khaki foam. The nose comprises light cherry syrup, mild biscuit, and the vague sensation of graham cracker way in the distance. The taste brings in more of the same, though the cherries seem a bit old, colorless, and there's a general feel of cracked wheat throughout. It just doesn't work. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly watery feel. Overall, this could have been much worse, but it's still a pretty sad beer. The cherry flavor does no justice to the rumors I've heard of the fruit itself, and the beer hardly wants to have much of a conversation at all, much less one that deals very deeply with the subject matter at hand.

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Photo of SerialTicker
2.77/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Bottled April 2013. Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

Appearance: Darker than I was expecting... looks like a dark cherry, appropriately enough. Sand colored doesn't last long, and there's really no lacing. Bleh. Has a nice color, but that's about it.

Smell: Quite a bit of cherry, but there's actually a malt aroma... smells more like a beer than Sam Adams Cherry Wheat, that's for sure. Not much to it. It has a pleasant aroma, though.

Taste/feel: Eehk.. drink this one cold -- that's all I'll say. As this warmed up, I got this really odd bitterness that I can't quite explain. It's not a hop bitterness, but almost like a bitterness you'd get from sucking on a tree root or something. It's bizarre, and it's there all over the tongue, and lingers. When this beer is colder, that's not much of a problem. Traverse City Cherry *Wheat* also had me wondering where the wheat was until the aftertaste, as well. The feel is light and pretty thing -- definitely an "after a long, hot day" sort of beer, for me.

Not a very good beer. I can say that it doesn't have a medicinal sort of FLAVOR that can sometimes be a problem in a lot of cherry beers, but that weird bitterness is a killer, and ruining the beer for me. For what it's worth, it'd be average-at-best even if that bitterness was out of the equation. Can't recommend this one.

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Photo of Sammy
3.43/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Basic beer, drinkable. Mild cherry aroma and understated in taste. Built up mouthfeel, as if I am rolling over a gumball. Nothing special, though cherry makes it half interesting. Fast dissipitating head.Bottle from Steve in Warren.A good idea that needs better execution.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.2/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Going into this I know it's an old bottle (bottled in July) but hopefully it will be worth the dollar I paid.

A - Man I had no idea a "cherry" or "wheat" beer can be such a shade of dark brown. Head seems pretty good giving me less than a 1/4 inch that pulls back to a thick lace ring that sticks around for quite a bit.

S - Not bad the cherry is there but not in a "preservative" way. I am actually glad this beer doesn't smell like cherry cough syrup. Not getting much wheat either.

T - Well there is the wheat it's in the finish. My impression of this is not bad it's just not really much of anything. Cherry is there but far from tart and even the wheat tends to disappear after a few sips. The only redeeming factor is that it it is fairly sweet with no off flavors.

M - Thin and watery with not much flavor.

Overall definitely no Samuel Smith Cherry or even Founders cherry but it is still a very drinkable fruit beer. If anything I am not sure the hate since it's more beer than "fruit juice" since mostly manly of drinkers hate that sort of thing. Not worth a revisit, yet in my opinion better than Samuel Adams Cherry wheat.

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Atwater Traverse City Cherry Wheat from Atwater Brewery
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