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Tröegs Cultivator - Tröegs Brewing Company

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Ratings: 350
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 9.33%
Wants: 10
Gots: 50 | FT: 1
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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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Golden tan, light brown with yellow tint. 1/2 inch foamy head with decent lacing.

Smell - Lemon and bready notes, along with some hops and spices. A little herbal aroma along with some caramel malts.

Taste - Much like the nose, starts off with lemon, some fruity hops and a caramel malt backbone. Some peppery spices add a sharp flavor. Floral and herbal, much like a tea adds a smooth and easy to drink flavor. Some yeasty sugar comes out near the finish.

Mouthfeel - Light hops, lemons and malts coat the tongue. Palate gets more lemon, some sugars and herbal notes come out near the finish. Aftertaste is light, crisp and herbal tea like.

Overall - Pretty good, really easy to drink with nice flavors. Balanced, each flavor works well, and this has a tremendous light, herbal finish.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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3.47/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

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4.48/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

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4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up last week, having never seen this before and like so many others on here, hoping that this would help out with the end of this God-awful winter that we're just starting to emerge out of here on the eastern seaboard. I haven't had too many beers of this style but given that Troegs handles nearly everything that they tackle, I was anticipating a good take on this style. Not only was this good, but I may actually buy more of this the next time I make my way up to Totowa!

Solid, lager pour to this as this beer had a warm, golden hue, nicely frothy head, and a fair amount of lacing that left scattered rings as it fell down the side of my pint glass. Lots of grass and floral notes in the nose, reinforced by some clove, banana, noble hops, and grape reminiscent of a Kolsch in the taste. Lots of bread in the mouthfeel but a touch of wheat really lent a lot of color and body to what could have been a dry beer. A big plume of bubbles that was visible in the pour was evident of the carbonation, was was strong, spot-on, and present from start to finish. This had a very "bright" taste to it and was part of the allure of this beer.

The alcohol was part of that as well. While not a session beer, I could have easily downed another bottle in this sitting. It was nicely hidden and only when I finished this could I feel a slight buzz, in a good way. Like the Nugget Nectar, this beer was made for the transition from winter to spring and would fare well in either season and also like that staple, will only get better as it ages and the accompanying weather outside warms up. Another solid offering from Troegs that fits in with their existing portfolio beautifully. Wholeheartedly recommended.

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3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a lager glass.

A: Clear golden-amber color with good clarity. Huge rocky off white head retains very well. Lacing sticks everywhere.

S: Bready sweet malts with hints of toast. Hops come with floral and oily/lightly herbal aromas. Perhaps a touch of alcohol on the nose as well, though it is well hidden.

T: Sweet pilsner malt and toasted grain up front. Alcohol is very mild and brief. Floral and oily hops. Perhaps a subtle minty flavor. A bit grassy and hay-like as well. Toasty malt finish.

M: Medium bodied. Firm and crisp with traces of hop oils. Moderately strong scrubbing carbonation.

O: Troegs has crafted a great helles lager here. It's on the bigger side, but it remains very drinkable and balanced. A great offering that fits well as a spring seasonal. I'd probably be enjoying it more if there wasn't still half a foot of snow on the ground in March.

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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.

Tröegs Cultivator from Tröegs Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 350 ratings.