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Tröegs Cultivator - Tröegs Brewing Company

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87
very good

311 Ratings
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Ratings: 311
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 9.33%
Wants: 5
Gots: 32 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: orangesol on 01-31-2014)
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5/5  rDev +29.5%

Peter, Mar 01, 2014
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5/5  rDev +29.5%

mpr5083, Wednesday at 05:21 PM
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4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

heerboth, Mar 23, 2014
Photo of JednoPivoProsim
4.68/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12 fl. oz. bottle into a pint glass. BOTTLED 020514.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful dark golden body with a robust eggshell white head. Elegant lacing.

Smell: Sweet, sweet pilsner malt. Rich caramel balanced by a slight Euro metallic hop aroma.

Taste: Rich, bready, sweet malt. Kiss of bitterness from the hops only offsets the sweetness ever so slightly. Delicious, full flavored pale malt bomb!

Mouthfeel: Rich full mouthfeel without being "heavy" - nice balance. Sweet and crisp without being too dry.

Overall: Excellent Helles Bock! Delicious, full flavored, bready, sweet, robust without a hint of alcohol despite the 6.9% alc./vol. A damn near perfect beer and absolutely perfect for these last bitter cold days of March.

JednoPivoProsim, Mar 26, 2014
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4.55/5  rDev +17.9%
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.

Jjski, Mar 06, 2014
Photo of SeanSchweizer
4.51/5  rDev +16.8%
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.

SeanSchweizer, Mar 09, 2014
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4.51/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

I just love this beer. Its hard to explain why, but I will try.

Appearance. Its a beautiful clear golden color. when swirled around the color becomes opaque. As I drink the glass, their is a large amount of lacing.

taste: what can i say. um their is a nice floral bite to it, but not overwhelming. malty and refreshing. if that makes sense. It taste floral.

mouth feel: refreshing as I said before.

The only complain that I have is that I wished it was a lower ABV. That way I can drink a six pack of this at a time.

Overall: this a great interpretation of an German style beer. and a great beer in general. Bravo!

pep, May 14, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

CurtFromHershey, Apr 24, 2014
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4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Ha ha! This is like catching up with an old friend. I am clearing my backlog of bottles so that I CAN refocus on The CANQuest (TM) and all sorts of hidden treasures are popping up. My policy is not to drink any beer unless/until it has an approved photo on this site, so if I score one that needs a pic, I will take it, submit it and await approval. That must have happened in this case as that is one of my pics, but I have no recollection thereof. Wild!

From the bottle: "Come visit our Brewery. Viit troegs.com for tour information. Cheers [undersigned] Chris & John"; "Emerging from springtime's fertile ground, Cultivator celebrates the start of hop-growing season. This spring bock delivers hints of toasted grains, fresh baked bread & delicate floral hops."; "Handcrafted by the Troegs Bros."

One of the things that I like about really pale and really dark beers is how well the pseudo-cascade can be seen, thanks to the contrast. The liquid roiled and rolled around and slowly began to settle into around three fingers of dense, slightly rocky bone-white head with great retention. Color was a deep golden-yellow (SRM = > 5, < 7) with NE-plus quality clarity, allowing me to see through the walls. Before I had a chance to peep at my neighbors, however, the unholy trio of Midas, Croesus and Mammon showed up, wanting some for themselves. Their greed and petty squabbling never ceases to amaze me and so I carried on whilst they carried on. Nose had a Noble hop-like grassiness along with a biscuit maltiness. Mmmm. Mouthfeel was big, thanks to its effervescence, and the taste was tangy. The grassy hops intermingled nicely with the dryness of the malt and when coupled with a slight fusel alcohol heat, it became tangy on the tongue. It also meant that the finish was super-dry. Man, I was more parched after drinking this than I was when I started in on it.

woodychandler, Jul 03, 2014
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4.36/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a perfect amber gold. Clear and without a single bubble to rise to the top after the pour it is like a sheet of glass. Thick, creamy persistent off white head that leaves spots and streaks of lace. Nose is toasty grain. A slight malt richness and a sweetness too. The hops are floral and pretty , bright and lift the nose right to you. Taste is lovely. Smooth, clean, crisp with moderately high carbonation. A bit rich but not too sweet and the hops leave a soft bitter at the end that is sensational.

Troegs has again made a flawless and classic beer.

utopiajane, Mar 17, 2014
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4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a light golden color with a 1.5 finger fluffy white head and heavy carbonation. Moderate to heavy lacing remains on the glass until the end; some of the head also remains on top of the brew until the end.

The smell is crisp and clean, cracker and and bread like. A little bit of wheat and hay smell is present, also a little dankness when the brew warms up a bit and also plenty of sweet malts.

The taste is biscuit, cracker bread and sweet malts with just a touch of wheat mixed in. Just a hint of warming alcohol comes though. Everything is well balanced.

The mouthfeel is crisp, clean and tangy; due to the carbonation. It goes down smoothly with just a bit of hop oil left on the tongue after swallowing. This is the only time I could taste the hops, which I do not hold against this beer.

Overall, this is another winner from Troegs! A well balanced Mai bock which I will drink again.

microbrewlover, Mar 14, 2014
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4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This beer is clear bright orange. Great head and retention. Not much scents going on. Almost macro smelling dare I say it. I really like the flavor of this beer. Has a Hells lager flavor profile with a little more sweetness and a little more hop finish than most German contemporaries. This is a fine beer by Troegs. This also is the best Helles Bock I've sampled to date. I will definitely look to buy more of this one.

bubseymour, Feb 26, 2014
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4.31/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Graciously gifted to me by a friend from work

The beer pours a golden amber color with good head retention and considerable lacing. The beer smells very nice as well, showcasing considerable sweet malt and light dry cirtrus that imparts something of a cookie dough aroma. On the palate, this beer is just superb. While there's plenty of sweet malt up front and in the mid palate, there is a considerable amount of hoppy bitterness as well, that balances that sweetness beautifully. The finish is bitter, fairly dry, and quite clean, making for a very refreshing beer to drink. Mouthfeel is medium bodied at most, and the finish is long and deliciously bitter. Alcohol is unnoticeable.

Very, very impressed with this beer. This reminds of a good German helles bock, and in fact might be the best domestic version I can ever recall sampling. Absolutely delicios stuff.

John_M, Apr 10, 2014
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4.29/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear golden straw color with great head retention and lacing. Smells of German/Bavarian hops (haven't verified if these were actually used, but the scent reminded me of this), light malts, floral notes and fresh-cut grass. Taste has slight hop bitterness, slightly bready, with a semi-creamy mouthfeel. Mostly clean finish- there's a slight lingering hop presence on the palate. This is really a fantastic well-rounded beer and a great stateside example of the Maibock/Helles Bock style, perfect for spring. I will be searching this out again.

xungmound98, Apr 12, 2014
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4.26/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tall pint glass: color is gold, great transparency, good carbonation; head is bright white, presents 1/2 inch thick, then dissipates to a ring and light top, lacing on the glass the entire way.

Smell is very fresh, great pilsner and lighter toasted malt flavor, followed by well selected hops, scent is fresh, floral, light earth.

Taste is fairly simple, good pilsner, maybe some vienna malt, light toasted malt, a little sweet for the simple malt profile; hops are floral and earthy, clean but bitter.

Mouthfeel is very good, nice and bitter with the flavors sitting on the tongue and lingering, lighter flavors throughout the mouth, good carbonation.

Overall, a very good representation of the style a little sweeter with a lingering mouthfeel, but the malt and hop mix is very good. Glad Troegs came out with a great maibock.

mvanaskie13, Feb 18, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

SunDevilBeer, Mar 12, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

WVbeergeek, Feb 18, 2014
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Tröegs Cultivator from Tröegs Brewing Company
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