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Tröegs Cultivator - Tröegs Brewing Company

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98 Reviews
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Reviews: 98
Hads: 524
Avg: 3.89
pDev: 20.31%
Wants: 19
Gots: 129 | 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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Photo of JJKBeerLvr
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into pint glass in November 2015. I'm not sampling this in the traditional spring time for Helles Bocks.

Appearance: Medium golden with white head. Beer is clear and not cloudy. Head is thin, and doesn't stick to the glass.

Smell: Aroma is sweet like a lager. I do not smell much hops. There is a slight floral aroma.

Taste: There is a little bit of an edge and bite to the flavor, but is is also sweet like a lager. There is a little roasted flavor, but nothing like a stout. I like the variety of flavors. The aftertaste varies over time.

Mouthfeel: Medium, creamy bodied. Soft alcohol.

This is a smooth medium-bodies beer. Interesting to drink with some variety of flavors.

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

Can from Drum Hill
Slightly hazy deep yellow color with a decent sized bubbly white head. Rich toasted pilsner maltiness with hints of floral hop to counter. Sweet bready flavor with rich hints of toast and light caramel, light spice hop flavor. Faint bitterness leans towards malt in spades. Touch of alcohol in the finish. Nice sipper, not sure if the age hurt or helped this, but I just noticed this was a spring seasonal.

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Photo of biegaman
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Traditionally beers of spring, Helles Bocks are characteristically sunny and golden, almost as if a reflection of the longer, warmer days to come. And the forecast is very bright with Tröegs Cultivator - clarity is immaculate and highlights abound (both despite a deep, weighty tone).

Light coloured (aka "helles") bocks have an elusive, distinctive aroma that I not only love, but also find extremely difficult to articulate. It's a soft but strong smell, one with ambiguous notes of honey-laced toasted bread, graham cracker crust and maybe a slight, fleeting trace of grass or golden raisin.

Don't be too quick to dismiss pale bocks. While they may seem plain on the surface they're far from straight-forward; malted barley encases a myriad of wholesome, intricate flavours and lagers like this provide the perfect platform to unveil them. With no esters, phenols, yeast, or much hoppiness in the way, crunchy toasted bread and honey notes grab the spotlight and shine.

It's not easy extracting this much flavour from such a pale malt bill, and to find room to hide 6.9% alcohol in there somewhere would be a huge stumbling block for most brewers. But the Tröegs brothers aren't ones to shy away from a challenge; they've answered the call in an impressively pleasant, drinkable way.

Microbreweries throughout the country - from Texas (Jester King), Oregon (Cascade), Missouri (Side Project), Maine (Allagash), California (too many to name) - get plenty of praise for their sour barrel-aged beers. Likewise, producers on both coasts and everywhere in between get much deserved hype for their hoppy offerings. Even Belgian ales are well represented on both sides of the continent.

But what about lagers? Few people in even fewer places have perfected that broad other category of beers. Pennsylvania is my pick. And Tröegs is at the forefront, as evidenced by Cultivator. Search the brewery and I bet you'll find German passports. Like virtually all of their offerings this one nails the style to a tee, dotting all the I's and crossing all T's (or lower case J's) along the way.

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Photo of BranfordBound
3.49/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.57/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Date on neck, but its too hard to read. Appears a medium golden color, clear, foamy white head. Earthy hop aroma, grain. Mild bready malt flavor, a bit herbal. Medium bodied

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

This is a style that sometimes can get bogged down in yeast and malty flavors, but this one stays on the refreshing side of things.

My bottle is old ish. January 22 and now it's late july. That shouldn't and doesn't seem to have done much to mess this up. It's pretty yellow with a nice thin head that keeps coming. The aroma is mildly funky, from yeast and malts.

The taste is a lightly sweet beers taste with little booze. It hits the bitter button faintly too. The aftertaste is pleasant.

This is a mild, well balanced example of the style. I am ready for sumpin less wild, thank you. I don't need to drink this again.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
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 with no bad aftertaste. As a fan of bocks, I found this to be a decent one!

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Photo of puboflyons
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of thebeers
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of oberon
3.76/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of 57md
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of dbl_delta
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
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!

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Photo of Wiffler27
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

just was not my kind of beer. i have enjoyed every other Troegs beer i've ever had. maybe it's Maibock/Helles Bocks but i did not like this. i almost never pour out a beer but i poured out half a pint solely because i didn't like the taste. not pool water but not something i'd ever buy again

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of JerryT
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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Photo of tillmac62
4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of argock
3.93/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of Jimmys
4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of PA-hunter
4.46/5  rDev +14.7%
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!

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Photo of GOBLIN
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of mnrider
3.93/5  rDev +1%
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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Photo of brureview
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear, golden color in a Pilsner glass with a 4 Finger head which quickly resolved itself. Carbonation bubbles from the bottom of the glass.

Aroma-fruity, malty, definitely a lager aroma.

MF- very carbonated, spicy.

Taste: malty, smooth fruitiness

Finish: spicy, slightly bitter.

Overall an excellent Maibock. The fruit, spiciness, light bitterness make the beer very drinkable.

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Photo of baconfromwalmart
3.72/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look: No head, thin lacing stuck around the rim. Honey amber color.

Smell: Nice, light malty smell, slightly floral.

Taste: Light in the front of the mouth, hoppiness at the back. Malty aftertaste.

Feel. Really good mouth feel. I wouldn't describe it as especially smooth or creamy, but it was more thick than thin and definitely pleasant to drink.

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Tröegs Cultivator from Tröegs Brewing Company
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