Tröegs Cultivator - Tröegs Brewing Company

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Ratings: 507
Reviews: 101
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 8.88%
Wants: 17
Gots: 120 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Tröegs Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Maibock / Helles Bock |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: orangesol on 01-31-2014

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.
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Ratings: 507 | Reviews: 101
Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bit golden with a small head from the 12 oz bottle. Pleasant taste. As a fan of bocks, I found this to be a decent one!

Photo of puboflyons
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Bottled on 021115. Sampled on June 1, 2015.

Milky, yellow and heady pour. The head lingers and laces.

Grains are apparent on the nose with some dough and grassy hop notes in the background.

Light to medium body.

Toastiness to start in the flavor and then the grasssy hop character kicks in at the end and balances it out.

Photo of sulldaddy
3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

SAmpling a cellar temp 12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. The beer pours a clear golden hue with fizzy bleached white head of 2 cm foaming up and fading slowly to a sturdy surface layer.
Aroma is some caramel and biscuity malt with just a little bit of spicy hops mixed in for good measure.
First sip reveals an average body and very fine carbonation. Feel is a little slick and thinner, but probably appropriately so.
Flavor is similar to the nose with grainy and biscuity malt, maybe just a hint of toasted flavors, and then some spicy hops and a drying finish that clears my palate.
A clean and refreshing beer, easy to drink, good for a warm day. Not a lot to think about but enjoyable none the less.

Photo of clfrost
3/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Yup, Yep. Yum yum bubbles

Photo of thebeers
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Clear golden orange color with a lasting white head. Bready malts and European hops mix nicely in the aroma. Somewhat chewy mouthfeel. Malt sweetness well balanced with hop bitterness. A fine beer.

Photo of drdiesel9483
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Cross between a lager and an pale ale. This would be a great summer beer. Easy to drink and lots of citrus.

Photo of oberon
3.76/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

One of my favorite lager styles...if done right.Poured one and a half bottles into a 1/2 liter stein,deep rich golden with a large defined white fluffy crown atop.Some caramel and lightly toasted grain in the nose,some faint mineral as well.A little thinner than expected in the feel especially in the back end.Caramel doughiness upfront on the palate with some drying light toastiness and spicy hops get your attention on the finish.A decent stab at the style,the body needs to be amped up a my opinion.Will go with some bauernwurst,sauerkraut,and dumplings later Iam sure.

Photo of JJTrex
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden in hue, very tasty and flavorful.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear pale to medium yellow in color with moderate to heavy amounts of active visible carbonation rising quickly from the bottom of the glass and faint lemon yellow highlights. The beer has a half finger tall fizzy foamy off-white head that reduces to a large patch of thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of biscuit malts over the top of lighter aromas of slightly fruity yeast and grassy + floral hops.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of biscuit and cracker malts with just a hint of sweetness. That is followed by light to moderate flavors of light fruit (apple + pear) yeast and light flavors of floral and grassy hops. There is a light amount of lingering bitterness in the finish.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly crisp.

O: A nice example of the style and very easy to drink, quite enjoyable. Alcohol is well hidden and this is a nice new addition to the Tröegs lineup available to me.

Photo of drbenderdo
3.61/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not a style I typically drink. Well balanced, enjoyable.

Photo of 57md
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fizzy with a golden straw color. Certainly nice and malty with a toasted bread flavor. However, also light-bodied and very drinkable. The finish is dry and bitter.

Photo of Johnroby
3/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

You could buy shiner bock it tastes better than this

Photo of Dadhack
3.09/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Had at yard house in Boston. Tap.

Photo of beerfinder
3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very tasty bock .Nice hop notes for a bock

Photo of dbl_delta
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Undated bottle into pint glass. Pours a clear, deep gold with an eggshell white head. Moderate carbonation. Malty, slightly bitter - almost a perfect balance between malt and hops - neither dominates. Medium, smooth mouthfeel. Really nice, clean finish. I wish this weren't a seasonal!

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very clear golden color with an off white head. The smell was subtle but still had some nice bread scents to it. The taste was very nice with a lot of floral hops coming through with the sweetness of the bread finishing off the beer. Very well balanced.

Photo of JerryT
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wow this is really good. I definitely get the bread and hops ...and nice alcohol content.
I'm not a fan of the darker sweeter bock beers, but this one is wonderful.

Photo of tillmac62
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

BOD 2/11/15. Pours a clear medium amber. Normal head volume, outstanding retention and world class lacing.

Subdued nose of biscuit with a hint of caramel. Underneath is a subtle bright floral/herbal hop note.

Light medium body with a smooth texture and hints of creaminess. Above normal carbonation with a nice burst of effervescence in the middle and a prickly rush in the finish.

The flavor profile is near world class. It is intense, rather complex and fairly well balanced. A bit more malt sweetness to balance the hops would yield a world class flavor rating. It begins with herbal hop flavor over a mild biscuit sweetness. As the middle approaches, light caramel notes emerge. The middle brings a mild bitterness over a slight mineral like note. The finish is a slow fade into biscuit and bitterness over a mineral note that is somewhat dry and crisp.

Photo of argock
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz brown bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. Bottled on 012915 on bottleneck. Purchased at Market Street Wineshop (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Clear honey-gold, light amber with nearly 2-finger ivory, tightly bubbled head with average retention and copious lacing down the glass.

S: Bready with fig/plum fruity aromas, light caramel, and perceptible but not unpleasant alcohol.

T: Very comparable to the aroma with a lot of breadiness, light caramel is a prominent flavor, but there is some fig/plum fruitiness in the middle of the palate that doesn't belong. THe hopping is heral and earthy with light bitterness. Alcohol isn't easy to detect. Except for the mid-palate fruitiness, this is a nice brew.

M: Really great feel with lightish body with medium-high carbonation.

O: Cultivator is a good brew which could use a little more careful fermentation to miss that mid-palate fruitiness and this would be superb. As it is, it is still very enjoyable drinking.

Photo of MDB2121CT
4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very good no bite at all

Photo of Jimmys
4.06/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

bottled on 02-04-15.

A: pours a bright gold. brilliantly clear. bright white head.

S: aroma has a little bit of metallic notes. wet dog. that was weird. maybe it was my glass, because those aromas have cleared. bread dough.

T: light malty flavor. almost a fresh sourdough bread. sweet. grainy. hop bitterness and flavor. herbal and soft.

M: moderate amount of carb on a medium body.

D: overall a very tasty helles bock. blond, malty, enough hops to provide presence and bitterness.

Photo of PA-hunter
4.46/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured 12oz bottle into snifter glass. 6.9% abv

Appearan- Pours a Medium amber, about a sixon the SRM scale. Brilliant clarity. Rich two finger head.

Smell- Sweet caramel malt, grainy aroma, honey.

Taste- A crackery/bready flavor with a touch of honey. Sweet yet lightly toasted at the same time. Lemony and Spicey with a peppery smack about it. Finishes quite dry with a definitive bitter kick, yet still balancing the molasses-like sweetness.

Mouthfeel- Medium in terms of body. Surprisingly drinkable for the abv. Plenty of carbonation. Very smooth.

Overall- Outstanding beer and forerunner of a not so common style. Too bad this isn't a year round offering. Great blend of malt/citrus/hops flavors. A must try Spring seasonal here!

Photo of Kingpthethird
3.09/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Taste is crisp and color is great, smells like a frog pond

Photo of GOBLIN
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mmm . . . Tasty. Not surprised, but always amazed by Troegs. For me, they are one of those breweries that never seem to disappoint. Terrific spring seasonal. Good job guys and keep the new stuff coming.

Photo of mnrider
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours clear golden yellow with a half finger of bubbly white head.
Not much retention with little to no lacing.

S: Sweet malts. Yeast. Bright and cool grassy hops. Caramel. Grains
and pepper.

T/M: Bitter. Yeast. Bready malts. Lemon and pepper. Sweet. Caramel.
Nice carbonation feel. The caramel and malt taste linger in the

O: Nice tasting Helles Bock. Hops taste great in this beer. I could see
drinking this in the warmer weather, or whenever.


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Tröegs Cultivator from Tröegs Brewing Company
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