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Tröegs Cultivator - Tröegs Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

315 Ratings
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Ratings: 315
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 9.35%
Wants: 6
Gots: 35 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

djrn2, Mar 01, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

acurtis, Mar 01, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

ygtbsm94, Mar 09, 2014
Photo of Knapp85
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Knapp85, Feb 22, 2014
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
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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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Kegatron, Feb 19, 2014
Photo of Slatetank
4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Slatetank, Feb 11, 2014
Photo of jlindros
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

jlindros, Mar 12, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

mendvicdog, Apr 12, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

DrunkinYogi, Aug 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

InspectorBob, Apr 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

yourefragile, May 18, 2014
Photo of orangesol
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

orangesol, Mar 08, 2014
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4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
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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4/5  rDev +3.9%

stakem, Jul 10, 2014
Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into lager glass, bottled on 2/6/2014. Pours fairly crystal clear deep gold color with a 1 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of lemon, pear, apple, cracker, toast, biscuit, honey, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance of pale malt, earthy hop, and yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon, pear, apple, cracker, toast, biscuit, honey, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Light-moderate earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, pear, apple, cracker, toast, biscuit, honey, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice balance and robustness of pale malt, earthy hops, and yeast ester flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Very clean flavor profile as well. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and lightly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Helles bock! All around great balance and robustness of pale malt, earthy hop, and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth, clean, and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

superspak, Jul 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

ejimhof, Feb 23, 2014
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.23/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a light golden color with a soapy white head and lacing. Aroma is very floral and pine like with bready undertones. In the taste, floral and bitter, with a sweet honey baked bread malt flavor. Well balanced and easily approachable, this golden bock is best enjoyed in a warmer climate. The body is on the light side of medium with a solid carbonation. Overall, this hits the spot when you're looking for a easy drinking lager with a firm hoppy finish.

Stinkypuss, Apr 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

BillRoth, Mar 08, 2014
Photo of smakawhat
3.86/5  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.

smakawhat, Mar 11, 2014
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4.31/5  rDev +11.9%
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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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

dmorgan310, Mar 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

ShanePB, Feb 18, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Rhettroactive, Feb 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Griffith, Feb 26, 2014
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Tröegs Cultivator from Tröegs Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 315 ratings.