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Tröegs Cultivator - Tröegs Brewing Company

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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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RVigz, Mar 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

domnalbrecc, Mar 04, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

KOP_Beer_OUtlet, Mar 04, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

brianmandell, Mar 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Bubbalito, Mar 04, 2014
Photo of Kadonny
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from tap at TJs in Paoli into a nonic pint glass.

A: A slightly hazy golden color with a big fluffy 2 finger white head. Not much glass lacing.

S: Grains, biscuit, grassy, floral, lemon, just nice.

T: Lots of breadiness and graininess to the upfront flavor with the grassy and lemon and citrus mixing in. Sweetness is biscuit like and never becomes too much. The floral grassy hops finish out to make this a really nicely balanced Helles...and a hoppy one at that! Slight alcohol hit at the end that finishes crisp and clean. Very pleasant. Nice beer.

M: Terrific mouthfeel, crisp, clean, slightly bitter and a little alcohol. Terrific for a Helles.

O: A fantastic lager made by Troegs that I was happy to try. I hope this is a seasonal release each year and I can drink it again. Nice.

Another fine brew from Troegs that is very different than what they normally do. Keep up the good work.

Kadonny, Mar 03, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

BigMike, Mar 03, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

garuda, Mar 03, 2014
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3/5  rDev -22.1%

BMart, Mar 03, 2014
Photo of Darkmagus82
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a golden amber color with tons of big carbonation bubbles seen streaming up through the brew and with a small fizzy white head. The head fades quite fast leaving a light level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is strongest of a big bready smell. With the bready smells are some big aromas of toffee as well as a decent sum of a lighter fruit smell. The fruit aromas are mainly of apricot, peach and plum and with bit of a doughy and grassy smell rounding out the aroma, the smell is overall a nice blend of sweet and malt.

Taste – The taste begins with a thick doughy and bready flavor with lots of caramel sweetness right from the start. The caramel takes on more and more buttery flavors as the taste advances producing a toffee like taste. Along with the caramel to toffee transition, so too come some hop flavors of a light grassy and moderate earthy flavor growing more intense as the flavor advances. A light graininess and a little bit of grape and pear come to the tongue at the very end of the taste, leaving a nice, lightly hopped, very sweet, and malty flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thicker and creamier then would have been expected for a brew of 6.9 % abv with a carbonation level that is rather average. The thick and creamy body are fantastic for all the big sweet toffee and doughy flavors of the brew, coating the mouth in all the nice malt and sweet flavors.

Overall – A rather sweet, but still just enough hopped and balanced Helles Bock. Due to the thicker body and big sweeter and bready flavors, it is a rather slow drinker all while only at 6.9 % abv.

Darkmagus82, Mar 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

JC333, Mar 03, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

nyyfanatic213, Mar 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

gwiedman1, Mar 03, 2014
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3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

CloudStrife, Mar 02, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

DrStiffington, Mar 02, 2014
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3.36/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

A: Translucent straw light golden brown, 1/4 inch head, light carbonation visible with lacing toward the end.

S: Fruity, most dominant of which was pink lemonade. Exactly what you want to smell on a hot day when you need something refreshing.

T: Pretty simple and straight forward, "delicate floral hops" is the main taste.

M: Light-medium body with light carbonation.

O: My second maibock in three days, not a huge hops fan, but these were light enough to where it was enjoyable. Great drinkability.

BoulderBarrovecchio, Mar 01, 2014
Photo of stephenjmoore
4.16/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Beautiful crystal-clear golden body with a huge, fluffy just off-white head.

S- Sweet malts, hints of floral hops, yeasty bread, slight citrus component.

T- Really similar to the aroma. Sweet, bready malts are there, but the big surprise is the noticeable hop flavor that adds an herbal component and some bitter, lemony citrus. Really great balance of bready malts and bitterness.

M- Medium bodied, but very drinkable with a lingering stickiness and slight alcohol presence. Compared to most helles bocks, this one appears to be slightly higher in abv, but drinks closer to a 5-6% beer.

O- I really like the balance, the flavor and the drinkability. This one definitely follows the trend of hoppy lagers, but is very nicely done and shows it's bock roots.

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

acurtis, Mar 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

djrn2, Mar 01, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

cosgrovekatie, Mar 01, 2014
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5/5  rDev +29.9%

Peter, Mar 01, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

victory4me, Mar 01, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

wonothesane42, Mar 01, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

TheNightwatchman, Mar 01, 2014
Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

GreesyFizeek, Feb 28, 2014
Tröegs Cultivator from Tröegs Brewing Company
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