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
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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 by Ziggyzig:
Photo of Ziggyzig
3.64/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Excited about spring seasonals and this beer caught my eye.

Appearance: 5-7 SRM, nice golden color, lots of effervescence, light 1 finger head (poured from a bottle) that faded quickly, and no lacing.

Smell: bready, lemon, sweet, flowery

Mouthfeel: light to medium, slightly frothy, coats the mouth but doesn't linger.

Taste: crisp bready, light biscuit flavor, hints of lemon and sweet floral notes.

Experience: from the pour this beer reminds me of spring. Light golden color, crisp bread-like lemon smell and taste with a clean sweet floaral finish. I feel this would be great on a warm spiring day, or any day fr that matter.

More User Reviews:
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.25/5  rDev +11%
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.

Photo of Roguer
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Photo of jlindros
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Photo of orangesol
3.79/5  rDev -1%
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.

Photo of Slatetank
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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 mjtiernan
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

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 Brenden
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A clear and bright sort of dark yellow / pale amber beer shows itself after some tempestuous roiling settles to a full finger of very creamy off-white head, further aided by a champagne-like rise of bubbles for the entirety of the session. A thick cap of cream is maintained for the long term, and it leaves in its wake a big, extremely creamy and sticky ring at the top with webbing and patches following.
Fruity esters, pale grains, and biscuity receives a gentle hops addition giving some grass, herb, gentle pepper along with a bit of mineral and some earth in the yeastiness.
A bit of an alcoholic tinge comes off toasted grains up front leading right into dry leafy hops with some pith. Each sip begins with fruits and caramel that give way to the hops in the middle, and the balance is achieved best leading into the finish.
Fluffy and creamy, this beer is delicately smooth in its light body as well as being crisp, firmly so without having to bite too hard.

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

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. 1/31/14 on the neck of the label

A: Pours a crystal clear golden with a dense off white head on top. Not really any visible carbonation in the body. Leaves some nice lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Initial aroma gives you a nice sweet bready malt along with a light fruity hop aroma. The lager yeast

T: Nice flavor on this one. A well rounded, slightly malt forward brew. The lager yeast adds a depth of fruitiness reminiscent of grape. Hops add a bit of bitterness and fruitiness but it doesnt distract.

M: Medium body with a bit of a sticky mouthfeel. Low carbonation. Smooth and creamy character to it keeps it drinkable.

Overall an enjoyable new brew with a nice malt forward flavor. Looking forward to the rest of the series.

Photo of KTCamm
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at the Troegs brewery in Hershey PA. 3/21

Light copper amber, touches of foam. Mild helles nose, pilsy. Mild lager like taste, bitter layers cascade throughout. Smooth but with residual bitter. Long finish. Balances. Smooth and flavorful.

Photo of Jjski
4.55/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Fantastic , grabbed it while picking up Nugget Nectar.

A malty, green grassy citrus forward Helles. Unique and wildly flavorful with a mouthfeel of smooth, full body. Crisp carbonation.

At 6.9% abv, has the character of a larger beer. Way to go Troegs, they do a great bock. The essence of Spring.

Photo of gillagorilla
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a Burley Oak snifter (Batch 131219, 01/31/14)

A: Clear straw body with a slight copper tinge to it. Tiny head on an aggressive pour that diminishes rapidly, with only a tiny collar.

S: Lager, all the way. Biscuit, with some sweet fruit undertones that are quite pleasant.

T: This is quite a flavorful lager. Lager is just so much easier to say than the full style name. Also, it represents a very distinguishable overarching flavor and smell. There is just a burst of flavor as you drink this. Now, this is a tasty brew and a lager I could drink. Tasty and delicious with a slight sweetness to it.

M: Coarse on the attack but smooths out. Like a pop of effervescence.

O: I've only had two of this style before, one was a sample and the other was Dead Guy out of their retail growlers, but that was ages ago before I was actually into beer since it was for a friend who shared some with me. This beer has really surprised me and is very good.

Photo of tone77
3.47/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a rich golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some maltiness is present. Taste is malts, some sweetness, a bit of hops as well, easy drinking for the abv. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

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 philbe311
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A standard pour yields a fingers worth of clean crisp fizzy off-white yellow tinged frothiness... Limited retention gives way to a full lacing that is similar to the initial head... The color is a pale golden peachy amber... There is a modest bit of moderate paced carbonation that rises randomly throughout...

S - A nice aroma that can be detected with ones nose well away from the rim of the glass... There is a sweet spent grain presence to start... Some pilsneresque malts as well... Light notes of honey and caramel... Some very subtle overripe fruit notes as well... Words don't do this one justice as all the pieces work harmoniously together for a rather pleasing scent...

T - Lots of biscuit, cereal grains, and pilsner malt... This sits atop a subtle sweetness remicent of honey, ripened fruit and a touch of caramel and toffee... There is a bit of a euro hop bite the lingers beneath the surface... Excellent balance with each sip...

M - A bit more than medium bodied... Clean... Crisp... Sturdy... Brisk carbonation... Smooth... Sleek... Satisfying... Refreshing... Very nice...

D - An outstanding lager... I've had several of these and am really impressed by this offering from Troegs... Not just a good Maibock, but also a really outstanding brew regardless of stye... It is proof that beers don't need to be hop bombs nor imperial stouts to be really good beer... I could easily segue from a case of Nugget Nectar into a case of Cultivator to start each year... A very nice and welcome addition to the Troegs portfolio of offerings...

Photo of Dodo2step
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

P- Wegmans in Mechanicsburg,PA

A- A dark yellow almost apple juice like color. A nice 3 finger head that is mountainous and peaky with a spiderweb lacing on the pint.

S- toasted grains and floral hops dominate with some hints of orange or citrus of some sort.

F- faint floral hops and some orange flavor to round it out. The toasted grain malts complement it nicely as well.

M- light bodied and quite crisp and refreshing. I could down a few of these pretty quick.

O- another winner from troegs. I wish this one would go into the anthology pack in the spring.

Photo of fourstringer
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Willi Becher. Moderate hand. Label reads Batch 131219, dated 013114.

A: Inviting golden body with nice clarity. 1 finger of white, sudsy foam. Ok retention. Light lacing.

S: Nice pale malt with grass, straw. Fruity hop notes, white grape, pear. Traces of noble-type hops drift in-and-out.

T: Sweetness with prominent white grape up front. Mild hop bitterness develops slowly and takes its time washing over the malt-fueled grain notes. Semi-dry finish. Lingering toasted bread, continued grape in the aftertaste. Alcohol is largely undetectable.

M: Moderate carbonation with a relatively full body. Surprisingly substantial on the palate.

O: Interesting and tasty. Very grape forward IMO. Reminded me of Victory's Hop Ranch. Highly quaffable - this one disappeared on me. Twice!


Photo of Sensaray
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Overall this was a solid offering. Clean appearance golden in color. Nose gives off hints of floral hops and touch of lemon, some sweetness. Taste good, would prefer if I saved this for sunny spring day, can taste the floral hops as well as some bready sweetness and a touch of citrus to it. Good spring feeling sort of beer with clean finish and a spicy touch. Smooth mouthfeel. 6.9 where? Would get again. Bring back next year!

Photo of smakawhat
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tall pilsner glass.

Real nice creamy white and creamy topped head. Settles with coating thick lace, and sits on a very well slow carbonated brass brown and golden super crystal chestnut clear body. Real nice looker.

Bouquet seems pretty small, some toffee faint qualities and stick bread molasses with more of a lighter aroma. But for the most part pretty quiet down in there.

Palate has a nice sticky toffee, with a following slight hop spicy bite. There's a faint hint of caramel here with some real nice hazelnut and other dried nut like quality. Chewy slightly with a brown toasty crispness to match. Some astringent popping lime hop on the finish to go with it also.

A real neat and fun beer. Love the bocks from Troegs and this one delivers.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Nathaniel Square Corner Store.

Pours a light, golden yellow, fairly fizzy. Half inch head, not much in the way of lacing.

Smells floral and grassy. Pretty light but pleasant aroma here.

The tastes include biscuity malt, mild fruit (pears, possibly), floral hop flavors, cut grass, very mild German yeast bitterness.

Crisp, sharp, well carbonated. Great mouthfeel on this one.

A very easy drinking and tasty maibock. Would like to get more of this.

Photo of SeanSchweizer
4.48/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I don't quite understand why this is called a Bock or a Maibock. It tastes absolutely nothing like a German Maibock. The hoppiness reminds me of an IPA. It is nonetheless a very good, drinkable beer. However, I think it should be categorized as something else.

Photo of HattedClassic
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a light white and bubbly head that dissipates quickly. The beer itself is cler pale amber.

The beer smell is fairly nice. The beer has hop and malt notes that are very good. The hop note is nice and light with a bit of lime and lemon citrus bitterness to it and floral notes. However, the stronger notes are the nice, sweet pale malts that, while light, really stand out in this beer.

The beer taste is just as delicious as the smell. The main notes consist of a nice sweey malt flavor with a light citrus bitterness surrounding it. The beer taste also has slight alcohol note to it but is very light.

The mouthfeel is light bodied but on the heavier side. The beer goes down pretty smooth and leaves the mouth a little sticky.

Overall, a very good beer, and one I recommend picking up.

Photo of DrDemento456
4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Glad to have found this new seasonal for hella cheap (Mixed and matched single for about a $1.65) Into a pint glass.
A - Well it looks more like a Helles lager with a bright orange yellow color very clear and lively with a ton of carbonation that makes for an inch plus of head, great lacing, and the head even slowly dissipates.
S - Has some bock tones of caramel and strong malt with some herbal/citrus hops and a bit of hay and bread.
T - Its quite a different take on the style with a ton of flavor. Getting lemon grass, citrus hops zest, bready malts, mild corny sweetness and some caramel in the finish. Heck the finish even has some lingering hop bite!
M - Wow I just love how this style drinks so light and this beer especially with the carbonation makes for a very enjoyable beer.

Overall a simple easy going beer I would probably get a six pack of but so far have only found cases of it for 34 dollars. Damn Pennsylvania...

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Tröegs Cultivator from Tröegs Brewing Company
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