Tröegs Cultivator | Tröegs Brewing Company

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Tröegs CultivatorTröegs Cultivator
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Brewed by:
Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States | website

Style: Maibock / Helles Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
Emerging from springtime’s fertile ground, Cultivator celebrates the start of hop-growing season as sprawling fields of hop rhizomes climb and tether to hop bines. This spring bock delivers hints of toasted grains, fresh baked bread and delicate floral hops. #1 of 4 in our Hop Cycle seasonal series.

Added by orangesol on 01-31-2014

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Photo of hopsputin
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

a: clear, golden caramel color with some slight amber notes as well. 1 finger solid white head

s: lemongrass, caramel malts, strawberry, earthy noble hops, grains

t: bready/crackery caramel malts right away. following that tastes of what i imagine freshly harvested grains look like, lemongrass, and a slight earthy/herbal bitterness. taste ends with some more of the malt sweetness and fresh bread with slightly dry crackers. clean tasting beer

m: mouthfeel is on the fuller side of medium. finishes very clean & crisp

o: clean, crisp and simple - just what you'd want out of the style. nice beer to drink and enjoy. mouthfeel is just a tad heavier than i was expecting, but it doesn't take away from the drinking experience at all. definitely recommend this

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Photo of Myotus
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured at 46°F from a 12oz can (canned on 03Feb16) into a Tröegs Lager glass. Consumed on 25Apr16.
LOOK: Pours with a fingers worth of off-white foam that dissipates into a quarter fingers worth within a minute and a half. Gold in color with a slight cloudiness. Rising bubbles are medium in size and moderate in quantity. Lacing is thick and moderate in quantity.
SMELL: Strong aromas of biscuits entangle with mild aromas of toast and floral hope along with subtle caramel and peach aromas. Hints of alcohol are also detected, but they play nicely with the other aromas.
TASTE: Strong biscuit and mild caramel flavors first caress the palate giving way to an instantly balanced beer between breadiness and sweetness. Mild flavors of toast instantly follow and further expand this malt bomb of a beer. Hop balance is achieved as mild floral hop flavors further unveil this taste theatrical. Subtle peach and bitter hop flavors along hints of alcohol enter lastly as all previous flavors persist.
FEEL: Full-bodied and moderately carbonated. Goes down somewhat smooth. Finishes crisp.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Triangle Tavern in Philadelphia. Was going to get a Nugget Nectar but the barkeep talked me into trying Cultivator. I'm usually not a fan of light beers, but this hits all the right notes. Clean but flavorful, with the base of a lager and the hoppy aroma of a pale ale.

Juicy and a little fruity, with a finish of ripe peach and a nice maltiness.

Almost 7% ABV, but it drinks like a 4-5% lager. The only downside is that the nose is really mild and the body is a little thin.

Spring is in full swing here in Philly and this beer is just perfect for the beautiful weather outside.

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Photo of metter98
3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear dark yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with just a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of toasted grains and caramel malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of toasted grains along with notes of brown bread.
M: It feels a bit more than medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a touch of warming.
O: This is a nice beer to drink outside on a spring day—it has a slightly heavier mouthfeel and a touch of warming that make it true to the style.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of richj1970
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle dated best by 6/4/2016 into snifter.

A: Crystal clear golden yellow with one finger white head. Short retention and leaves light lacing.

S: Pale malts with floral and lightly earthy hops. Toasted grains and fresh baked bread.

T: Lightly toasted bready malts. Floral and grassy hops with a spicy note.

M: Medium body with average carbonation.

O: Excellent beer. Not a normal style for me, but this is clearly well executed.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

DATE: April 8, 2016... OCCASION: a loooong week ends in beer-tasting Friday... GLASSWARE: Celebrator doppelbock pokal.. APPEARANCE: the helles is definitely apparent at first sight, with a copper golden body that sparse effervescence; a thin, creamy mustache ring around the glass; the body is clear... AROMA: pitched malt grains are toasted and oat and cereal... the hops are fruity and aromatic, almost like freshly mowed grass and flowers... PALATE: sharp, medium-bodied, slick and soft on the tongue...a body that bewitches with its near 7% ABV... TASTE: .though no taste is dominant, the sweetness of caramel and toffee takes the lead... the hops soften the experience, with the floral fragrance adding some balance... malted and toasty, the aftertaste lingers enough to invite the next drink... its drinkability is centered in its light, engaging flavor profile... OVERALL: Troegs has done right with this one, where a powerful bock has wedded a crisp, soft helles with beautifully drinkable results...

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Photo of fx20736
3.08/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Bought a single bottle from Beers of the World, March 2016. Served in a Duvel tulip at fridge temp.

Look: Light amber, no real head

Smell: Light sweetness

Taste: mildly sweet, some malt

Feel: medium carbonation

Overall: not much there

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Photo of FickleBeast
3.67/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a Savor snifter. Pours a clear orange color with a finger and a half of foam that recedes slowly. Aroma has some malty sweetness, with minimal hop notes. Flavor is quite sweet with lots of caramel and Munich malt flavor. Has a mild bitterness in the finish. Finishes clean and relatively crisp, despite the full bodied mouthfeel.

A decent example of a rather unexciting style. No off flavors or anything unpleasant. Solidly average.

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Photo of lastmango
3.69/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Draft poured a medium amber with thin heaf. Moderate lacing. Aroma of malt and a bit of soap. Sweet malt flavor with just a hint of hops. Medium feel with a bit of oiliness.

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Photo of fscottkey
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: [4.00] The beer is a pale yellow with some orange highlights. The beer pours out with 1 1/2 fingers of uniform white bubbles. The bottle clearly lists the ABV (6.9%) , IBU (25) and best by (05/29/16).

S: [3.50] Traditional lager scents of light caramel and corn.

T: [4.25] Surprising spicy hop flavor up front. Comes across as a fruity orange or lemon rind. The citrus flavor is not bright (acidic) but it is flavorful. The bold front end is followed by a smooth caramel malt finish.

M: [3.75] Good mouthfeel. Medium body. Complimentary carbonation. The spiciness carries through to the end on the finish.

O: [4.00] The nose on this beer betrays how much flavor is inside. The nose is pretty typical lager. The flavor is much more exciting. The spicy hop flavor up front is a really nice add and it carries and elevates this beer. I want this again.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.24/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tröegs Brewing Company "Cultivator Helles Bock"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "FRESHEST BY 060416"
$2.29 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Appearance: I can't quite make out my fingerprints through the glass but it's a quite clear gold with brass highlights beneath a full head of frothy off-white. The head retention is excellent, and it leaves thin streaks and small spots of lace as it goes.

Aroma: Bright and bold. Clearly Munich malt with a healthy dose of floral and softly grassy hops.

Flavor: As is quite often the case, and almost always the case with helles bocks, the flavor reflects the aroma. It's a basic beer that combines a fairly simple, but solid malt with a fairly simple but solid hop component. It's bready with a bit of soft toastiness, grainy, slightly alcoholic and a touch spicy, softly fruity, grassy or straw-like, floral, and mildly leafy.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full in body with a median carbonation that's initially bristling but warms to become softer and smoother.

Overall: Although the 'recipe' for a helles bock is fairly easy, obtaining the right balance and fermentation characteristic is not such an easy task. The Trogners seem to have nailed it, and I tip my hat to them. Really nicely done. An exceptional example of the style.

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Photo of Apellonious
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into Guinness pint glass. Freshest by 52916.

A - Golden orange, half finger head that moves immediately to a thin soapy lace.

S - Bananas, grains, some type of herb/florality, some pine.

T - Ahhhh Bock (check for outdated MASH reference). Bread and grains prevail, some mint/pine.

M - Very crisp, carbonation leaning towards medium high, medium light fullness.

O - Seems to be a slightly different bock, still pretty tasty.

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Photo of EMV
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had on-tap at Otto's in State college as their 'guest beer'. Poured into a pint glass.

L: Pours a copper amber color, clear and with a finger of off-white head.

S: Biscuits and malts... sweet on the nose.

T/F: Biscuits and malts... brown sugar, yeasts and caramel. Medium in body.. mild hops at the finish prevent this from being too sweet, more of a hop presence than expected for the style. Nicely carbonated.

O: Pretty standard Maibock. Good flavor and easy to drink with nothing offensive going on.

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Photo of maddogruss
3/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: pours a golden body with small white head with nice R&L
S: sweet honey malt smell
T: sweet, honey malt notes; juicy finish
M: light bodied and crisp
D: nice M&T combo; decent beer

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Photo of oldn00b
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a thick crystal clear golden amber with almost no head and what forms fades immediately.

Nose is nice lager yeast with some pronounced hops bittering here.

Flavor is really nice, better than look and nose would indicate. Nice full flavor, deep malt character with the refreshing lager traits but a nice bit of hop profile full front and center and that's where the finish lingers.

Body is rather full, nice and round.

Overall this is a nice beer that tastes a lot better than it looks. Definitely sturdy with the 6.9 abv but perfectly crushable for a warm spring day.

Edit: had on tap and head retention was vastly improved so bumped up the appearance score.

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Photo of bigdeuce
4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

It is hard to find a good, well-balanced Maibock. This is an excellent example of one of my favorite styles. Strong, husky, German malts on the nose. Cloves and bananas shine through. Semi-clear body with a two finger head and some sticky lacing left on the mug. Big whiskey biscuit on the front with a nice, not bitter, backend. Very dry and clean. No aftertaste in the true Troeg's tradition. This is fantastic! If you've never had these brother's beer, seek it out. They are one of only a handful of brewers that can tackle almost any style across the board.

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Photo of dar482
3.54/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The beer comes in a clear deep gold.

The aroma offers rich grainy sweetness, fresh bread, light notes of floral and herbs.

The flavor follows with more of that grainy sweetness, with slight reminders of a malt liquor. Some leafy and spicy hops in the middle. Then onto a dry finish with hints more of malty sweetness balancing it out. The mouthfeel is medium with a bit feel of a thickened honey tea.

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Photo of BrewsingBuffalo
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours a deep gold, with a small white head, not much lacing

S: Sweet, baked bread, slightly floral

T: Sweet, bready malt character, some honey, floral hops that leave a lingering grassiness

F: Medium body, medium-high carbonation, initially crisp but finishes quite smooth

O: A very nice beer. The floral hops provide a fine balance for the malt. I have to say the malt character has some nice depth here, and really is the star of the show.

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Photo of hopphead31415
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have been waiting to try a maibock since I missed it last season. Troegs is a great brewery so I have high expectations. This one is 6.9% ABV and 25 IBUs. It has floor malted bohemian pilsner malts, hersbrucker and magnum hops, and lager yeast.

Look-It pours a crystal clear golden amber yellow color with a thick head coming in at about two fingers. The head is smooth, foamy, and has good retention. The lacing is sparse, wet, and drooping.

Smell-It has a very clean aroma packed full of roasted malts and floral notes. I also pick up on some fruitiness. The smell isn’t a citrus fruitiness, but rather a more fiber-based aroma like watermelon rind or kiwi skin.

Taste-It is less fruity than the smell. It is bursting with malty grains and fresh cut hay. It has a grassy, earthy, floral hop component, but little to not bittering hops which is how it should be. I also taste some dominant honey flavors and vanilla, yeast, brown sugar, caramel, burnt toffee, crème brulee, and some leafy esters. The mouthfeel is smooth and medium-bodied with a rich malt body that leaves a coating on the tongue as the beer warms.

Overall-This is a great beer and the unique style can easily be discerned. Here’s to Spring!

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.76/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle purchased at the source. Poured into a snifter.

3.0 A: Clear medium to dark orange color. One finger of frothy white head. Retention is very poor and just a few wisps of lacing are left.

3.75 S: Impressively clean. Grainy maltiness, grassy and floral hops. Straw and mountain stream water.

3.75 T: Much maltier in the taste. Strong neutral flavor, graininess, and a touch of honey. Grassy straw hops and some floral.

4.25 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Very nice creaminess and supremely smooth.

3.75 D: Tasty, super smooth beer.

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Photo of Ohiovania
4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Slightly too hoppy for what I enjoy in this style but it stays within style guidelines so I can't knock it. Slightly hoppy nose but just north of balanced on the hop presence in flavor.

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Photo of Gatch
4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Best by 052916. Impressive pour, being a deep golden color with a big, fluffy, bright white head. Fruity, caramel malt with some yeast/bread, vanilla, brown sugar. Fruitier, toastier malt compared to traditional German versions of the style, so this is a nice American twist. Smooth, crisp, malty. A bit hot/spicy when it gets to room temperature. But overall and for the style it's quite nice!

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

(12 oz bottle, freshest by 060416 - poured into a teku)

L: incredibly-clear, yellowish light amber colored liquid - a little darker in tone than I'm accustomed to with this style... not much foam gets thrown up - wonder if any foam stabilizing agents were stripped in the filtering process, because this couldn't have just been lagered alone

S: bit more honey and copper than anticipated... those grassy, floral, and herbal notes are present, but in low degree - that's really what I look for in this style, and it's just too subdued... it must be lagered with a familiar yeast, because the combo of the malt aromas and esters have this smelling a little like a malt liquor

T: almost totally tastes like a malt liquor as well (I wish I knew right off hand which it reminds me of...)... to be fair, there is an apparent advancement in malt depth and flavor (graham crackery) and the esters (and leafy hops) plastered to the back of the palate aren't something you'd find in Colt 45... an appropriately nuanced bitterness does grow in the aftertaste, but it's too little to late - too much toasty malt sweetness

F: a little viscous surprisingly... somewhat flat, not lively... mellow glow from the alcohol, almost some heat late

O: feel like they're frontin' and this is just a gussied-up Molson XXX or something... they can do better with this - scale back the darker tones of the malt 5-10%, which may improve the balance with the floral hops and esters, and allow it a rougher yeast edge - this tastes stripped... wouldn't mind trying it gravity pour out of a cask, but likely won't buy any more this season

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Photo of dd43
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nothing cheers me up quite like a delicious malty lager. This beer has a nice fruity and floral note to it. Malts combine with that fruitiness to make it exceptionally drinkable. Hops are on the very light end. I really like the finish on this beer. It has a grassy quality which evokes more of that spring time feel a bright lager should have, as well as a toasted bread note sort of riding throughout the experience. Well done.

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Photo of keithmurray
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - clear golden color with white head

Smell - grassy and herbal

Taste - slight malt sweetness along with some herbal, grassy bitterness

Mouthfeel - medium body, high carbonation, slight sweetness upfront, herbal, grassy bitterness in the back end

Overall - Decent beer, but nothing memorable

Price Point - $1.99/12 oz bottle

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