My sixth beer to catalog this winter season was Atwater Winter Bock. This caught my eye as I tried to get a bit of variety in the styles of beer I filled up my six-pack with. It was a decent beer, but unfortunately not overly noteworthy; drinkable, but not terribly memorable. (That alone was a bit of a disappointment. I was hoping to celebrate my first night of freedom from my grad class this semester with a quality beer. After writing a 30-page paper on rhetorical analysis of literature, I thought I deserved it. And while there wasn’t anything wrong with this beer, I think I could have done better.)
They describe the beer as a “malty, sweet, caramel colored German bock beer”…sounds pretty much right up my alley. The color was very nice–a pretty, clear, deep amber. There was some sweetness to it, but I got more of a roastyness, perhaps from the malts. I got some more caramel from it as it warmed up. As for their take on the style, maybe I’m a beer snob, and certainly I’m influenced by some of the excellent German beers we’ve sampled, but there’s a certain character to a good German beer, a je ne sais quoi that makes them wonderful. A clarity, maybe, or a cleanness? This was clearly lacking here. Overall, it was decent, but with all the other good winter styles, this isn’t one I’d rush to pick up again.