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Tröegs Cultivator - Tröegs Brewing Company

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88
very good

94 Reviews
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Reviews: 94
Hads: 518
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 7.63%
Wants: 18
Gots: 127 | 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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Reviews: 94 | Hads: 518
Reviews by JerzDevl2000:
Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up last week, having never seen this before and like so many others on here, hoping that this would help out with the end of this God-awful winter that we're just starting to emerge out of here on the eastern seaboard. I haven't had too many beers of this style but given that Troegs handles nearly everything that they tackle, I was anticipating a good take on this style. Not only was this good, but I may actually buy more of this the next time I make my way up to Totowa!

Solid, lager pour to this as this beer had a warm, golden hue, nicely frothy head, and a fair amount of lacing that left scattered rings as it fell down the side of my pint glass. Lots of grass and floral notes in the nose, reinforced by some clove, banana, noble hops, and grape reminiscent of a Kolsch in the taste. Lots of bread in the mouthfeel but a touch of wheat really lent a lot of color and body to what could have been a dry beer. A big plume of bubbles that was visible in the pour was evident of the carbonation, was was strong, spot-on, and present from start to finish. This had a very "bright" taste to it and was part of the allure of this beer.

The alcohol was part of that as well. While not a session beer, I could have easily downed another bottle in this sitting. It was nicely hidden and only when I finished this could I feel a slight buzz, in a good way. Like the Nugget Nectar, this beer was made for the transition from winter to spring and would fare well in either season and also like that staple, will only get better as it ages and the accompanying weather outside warms up. Another solid offering from Troegs that fits in with their existing portfolio beautifully. Wholeheartedly recommended. (1,716 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Golden orange body beautifully filtered with a big white head chunky textured billowing above the rim of my pint glass. Aroma has bread yeast, biscuit malt, herbal earthy grass hop notes this is a nice smelling helles bock so far. Cereal grains, honey biscuit malts, grassy herbal hop finish this is a perfect beer borders on the sweetness of other high gravity lagers like malt liquors maybe a touch of green apple, but no residual sticky sweetness at all this is great beer tried and true. This reminds me of a version I had years ago the Penn Maibock on a kick the keg night at Fuel and Fuddle the drafts of Penn Maibock were marked down to 2 dollars and the whole bar was drinking this classic style with big smiles and laughter abound. Everybody had fun even if we were over indulging that night!!! Sugary glazed biscuit malts bring the flavor together with a nutty apple character in the malt department, again I love this beer, carbonation is full on and built into such said beer. Overall this beer brings back memories of a better time in the beer scene when Penn Maibock, Stoudt's Maibock, and Victory St. Boisterous tuned into the beer drinking scene also Sierra Nevada recently d/c'd their famous helles bock that was once a seasonal. (1,246 characters)

Photo of Roguer
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Perfectly clear, active, sickly amber brew, topped by a very humble white head. Decent retention and lacing.

Strong and sweet malty aroma: honey, biscuit, bread, syrup, flowers.

Flavor is a perfect match for the aroma. Crisp, clean, sweet, malt-driven. Slightly green, earthy, vegetal, flowery hop profile.

Very balanced brew leaning toward bready maltiness; some balancing bitterness. Extremely drinkable; light, silky feel, active with no sting. Fairly short, wet finish.

This is a delicious Maibock. This may not be the boldest style out there, but this is an excellent beer. (582 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light fizzy 1/2 finger head covering that fades at a med pace with streaming bubbles, little lacing, very clear honey orange blond.

NOse has a little biscuity malt, little grainy crackery without being too much straw or wheat like, little almost coppery malt note, and grassy wheat, as well as a mild fruity lager note, and little grassy floral hop note, soft lager note adn faint sulfur.

Taste starts more cereal grains, toasty, bready and grainy but not like cracked dry straw grains, grassy wheat like without much wheat, into a little lager crispness and soft feel, little fruity lager note and very light sulfury touch, into mild bitterness with some grassy floral hops . A bit of a fruity note all around. Finish is a bit crisp and soft, mild bitter grassy hops, little more fruity lager and cereal grains.

Mouth is med to lighter bod, crisp, soft, decent carb.

Overall OK, a bit of a sulfury note, decent hops, malts are pretty nice but not great, lager notes are nice, drinkable but not great. (1,014 characters)

Photo of orangesol
3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served on-tap at the brewery.

A - Pours clear golden yellow with a decent one finger tall white head, quickly dissipating down to a light film, leaving sticky webs of lace on the sides of the glass.

S - Smells of light noble hop bitterness, doughy yeast, lightly toasted caramel malt and a bit of dulled lemon. Rather plain initially but it comes around a bit as it warms up.

T - Starts off with a mix of bready malt, yeast and mild caramel malt sweetness slowly giving way to the noble hop bitterness. Finish is pretty doughy with some light bitterness, lingering long after the finish.

M - Light body with moderate carbonation. Smooth, doughy feel with some mild bitterness at the end of each sip. Booze is hidden quite well.

O - A pretty solid maibock all things considered. A bit more hoppy than a traditional example but that was what they were going for here. I will definitely enjoy a few more of these once it warms up some more. (942 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I had this on tap at the brewery tasting room in Hershey, served chilled in a stange

The color is deep golden with greate clarity and thick white cap with very fine bead. The smell combines a strong malt aroma with mild noble hop aroma and subtle mineral yeast with a spice accent from the hops with toasted grain odor. The feel is very good with strong body of both malt presence with spicy hop texture and medium carbonation with light alcohol in the finish.

The taste is as good as the other qualities mentioned above yet there is a smooth grain flavor with light sweet maltiness and gentle German yeast flavor in the middle with floral hop and mild alcohol in the finish which is relatively dry. Overall I consider this a pretty high quality helles bock for the style, very drinkable yet enough strength to hold true with the original ...very drinkable example with nice balance. (888 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.76/5  rDev -4.3%
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 little...in my opinion.Will go with some bauernwurst,sauerkraut,and dumplings later Iam sure. (586 characters)

Photo of woodchipper
3.09/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Afroman
3.89/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SunDevilBeer
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

Photo of TimoP
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Doomcifer
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of JC333
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of mjtiernan
3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass. Bottled 2/6/14

A: Golden, crystal clear body with a thin white head. Very inviting.

S: Prominent floral hops, biscuit and minerally aroma. Touch of caramel in the background.

T: First a hit of floral transitioning to grassy hops. Next is a little sweetness, bread and biscuit. Finishes crisp, grainy and dry. Moderate punch of alcohol near the end.

M: Light to medium body. Medium carb. Quite astringent. Sucks the moisture out of your mouth, but it leaves you quickly wanting another sip.

O: More substantial than your average bock, this would be perfect for cool spring days. Looking forward to those...still freezing my butt off. (681 characters)

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of Mantooth
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GOBLIN
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (202 characters)

Photo of briandaube
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BranfordBound
3.49/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had fresh out of the bottle. Was pretty disappointed with this. I've had a few Maibocks before and they are usually copper in color with a nice malt backbone. This had the color but had too much dark fruit flavor and it had a bad aftertaste. Finished a bit too bitter, as well. Pass on this one. (295 characters)

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

Photo of Eoj421
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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Tröegs Cultivator from Tröegs Brewing Company
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