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Beer Review #145 Atwater Bloktoberfest

I’m not sure if I have ever had a beer from Michigan before, so when I saw Atwater Block Brewery’s Bloktoberfest I decided to give it a whirl. Atwater Brewery is located in Detroit, Michigan. While the city has been going through some hard times over the past few decades, their craft beer market seems to be on the upswing.This beer caught my eye not only because it is from Michigan, but because I have never seen the name Bloktoberfest before. After doing some research all I have been able to find is that it is a beer festival in Philadelphia and a few other places. Any other help on the name would be appreciated.

Anyway, Bloktoberfest poirs a nice deep amber color with a tanish, off-white head. The nose is rich and malty with lots of caramel. There is some slight toffee but nothing too much. Unlike the last review there was some hop bitterness in the nose, but not a ton.

The taste very much followed the nose; big malt flavors with a slight bit of hop bitterness. This one was pretty good but I found it on the sweet end of things. Maybe I’m expecting an Oktoberfest to be too balanced, but my impression of a traditional Oktoberfest is a low to medium alcohol beer with a balanced flavor. This one comes in at 6.2% so it has the alcohol down, but a touch more hops would have really helped it in the balance department. All and all, I would drink it again.

Correction: I have had an Atwater beer before, their winter ale.


Beer Review #97 Atwater Winter Bock

I am a big fan of bock style beers so when I saw a winter bock, I had to grab it. The hand with snow covering the fingertips also enticed me towards this selection. Atwater Winter Bock is brewery by Atwater Block Brewery from Detroit, Michigan. I’m not sure if I have ever had a beer from Detroit, but now is as good of a time as any to start. Atwater Block Brewery specializes in German style lagers and specialty ales. The bottle even said the magic words, “high gravity lager” on it.

This winter offering pours a nice deep ruby color and is accompanied by a light tan head. The nose is very pleasant with some slight roasty components to backup the malty front-end. I also got some slight heat, which can be expected in a 7.5% bock like this one.

On the first sip I really got a complex malt flavor. The roasty back-end was there, but it was accompanied by some chocolate and biscuit. The aftertaste almost tasted like a Wendy’s Frosty. Strange, yes. Good, also yes. There was a slight hop bite in there too, but nothing overpowering. Overall I think this one is pretty decent. Nothing that will rock your socks off, but a solid beer. The roasty component is what did it for me. It is so balanced and delicate that it elevated the entire lager. (more…)