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Tröegs Cultivator - Tröegs Brewing Company

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94 Reviews
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Reviews: 94
Hads: 518
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 7.63%
Wants: 18
Gots: 127 | FT: 0
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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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Reviews: 94 | Hads: 518
Photo of HattedClassic
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a light white and bubbly head that dissipates quickly. The beer itself is cler pale amber.

The beer smell is fairly nice. The beer has hop and malt notes that are very good. The hop note is nice and light with a bit of lime and lemon citrus bitterness to it and floral notes. However, the stronger notes are the nice, sweet pale malts that, while light, really stand out in this beer.

The beer taste is just as delicious as the smell. The main notes consist of a nice sweey malt flavor with a light citrus bitterness surrounding it. The beer taste also has slight alcohol note to it but is very light.

The mouthfeel is light bodied but on the heavier side. The beer goes down pretty smooth and leaves the mouth a little sticky.

Overall, a very good beer, and one I recommend picking up. (806 characters)

Photo of micromaniac129
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I thought this was a very good beer.
The appearance was quite striking with a crisp and clear amber gold color. The head was tall and tight and left lot of lacing. Well carb'd.
Mostly in the nose was grainy malts.
the taste was malty sweet with some warming alcohol notes. Subtle and soft notes of floral hops add some depth.
It finishes clean and dry. An excellent beer. (371 characters)

Photo of ajm5108
3.72/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

As some others have said you get a lot of pilsner flavor, with some citrus as well, mostly lemon to me. Solid beer, pretty refreshing for something that has little hop profile. (177 characters)

Photo of HamdenHector
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: crystal clear; light amber colored; 1 finger pillowy ivory head that receded slowly to a thick ring; very nice lacing;

S: pilsner malt; a little toasted; very little DMS;

T; pilsner malt all the way through; no hop character; no bitterness;

M: medium bodied; moderate, creamy carbonation; clean;

O: expected some hop bitterness and a dry finish; very good none the less; (377 characters)

Photo of Chickenhawk9932
4.16/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale Amber with a slight white head that leaves some lacing.

Smells of malt, yeast, bread backed by citrus and floral hops.

Taste of fresh baked bread with yeasty undertones up front. Lively carbonation keeps flavors moving. It has a bitter lemon citrus hop middle rounding out with a biscuity malt mouth feel and ends dry with a floral hop bite. (357 characters)

Photo of seedyone
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

03/27/14 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Nice & smooth. Slight bitterness. Lacing on the thick side. At the top end of my hop threshold, which is pretty low by today's standards. I like it, but one is enough. (205 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
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. (1,418 characters)

Photo of kevanb
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a stemless wine glass.

The beer pours a clear, golden copper color, hues of orange with a fair amount of bubbles rising to the top of the glass where a finger or so of white head sits, that has moderate retention and leaves a nice amount of soapy lace behind. The aroma is of gentle noble hops, light pine with a heap of bready malt, not too sweet, not too doughy, very nice. The flavors are nice, again, mild hop presence, although this tastes a bit more bitter than the nose led on, light pine and citrus, but more earthy noble characteristics with an expected heavy dose of malt at the back end, lightly caramel, mostly pale and pilsner style malts with a touch of honey at the finish. The mouthfeel is nice, lively carbonation coats well, the body is firm but easy, not too much but not limping along either, with a dry finish that is very crisp.

Verdict: A very nice spring lager from Tröegs, quite refreshing and enjoyable. The balance is nice and the hop character, even after a few months since release, is impressively balanced without being too bitter. (1,089 characters)

Photo of chefhatt
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

When I poured this beer, it has a golden color body with a small head and lacing. The aroma has a floral hop smell to it with a little malt also. The taste has the hops coming first with a lightness floral flavor, then a little maltyness comes to the party. The mouthfeel is smooth and overall a really nice, spring beer. (321 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I am really excited that one of my home state's last big boys, in this case Troegs, has begun CANning their beers. I will be ecstatic when Victory finally catches up!

From the CAN: "Handcrafted by the Troegs Bros."; "Pack it in, Pack it out."

I Crack!ed it open and CANmenced an inverted Glug, producing three-plus fingers of fluffy, foamy, bone-white head that stuck around long enough for a photo op and then fell, leaving loads of sticky lacing in its wake. Color was Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9) with NE-quality clarity. Nose was malty sweet with an earthy undertone, like freshly upturned soil. My neighbor has a garden next door with a compost bin and when she plants seeds at the beginning of spring, the smell is much like this. I get fresh cucumbers, tomatoes and last year, pumpkins from them as a result. But I digress. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was both grassy from the hops and earthy from the malt. I was put in mind of fresh peppers somehow. Finish was semi-dry and both fresh and earthy. I think that I will check to see when the planting is to take place this year and bring a sixer by for the occasion.

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. Visit 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. (2,996 characters)

Photo of MikeWard
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

poured from 12oz bottle into standard pint glass. Dating was illegible.

Looking really nice. Crystal clear pale golden yellow, excellent carbonation. Small white head which dissipated somewhat, but maintained throughout. Lacing was minimal.

Very nice aroma too. Yeasty, fainlty floral, hay, and a light sweetness.

Taste didn't quite live up to the nose. lager yeast, sweet, and a light hop bite at the very end.

Mouth was a touch below medium.

Overall, this is a nice beer to have on a warm summer evening. 6.9, but very drinkable. I'm not one for bocks, too many other styles I much prefer, but this was enjoyable. (622 characters)

Photo of Flounder57
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pale orange color with great clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through be the glass.

Smell: Bready and toasted grains, some sweetness, lager yeast, and grassy hops.

Taste: Definitely toasted grains with sweet notes, some hop bitterness, lager yeast, and herbal and grassy hops.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, refreshing, light to medium bodied, medium carbonation, a little chewy, and medium carbonation.

Overall: This is a style I am starting to enjoy more. You should be able to drink this year round. (626 characters)

Photo of Extrajoker00
3.07/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Reviewed: 5/17/14

Cultivator by Tröegs
poured from a 12oz.bottle into a German mug

P-green thinking new age art of seedling 3.75

A- golden with a thin bright white head 3.5

S- some skunk and earthy grains 2.75

T- slight malt character, but skunk and grains dominate 3.0

M- mediun body nice clean finish 3.5

D- easy drinker, despite some short comings in taste 3.5

O- had higher hopes, expected more similarities to a maibock 3.25

(Special Review 5/16 for my Holiday)

bought as part of a mix 6, maybe got a bad bottle ---- J (534 characters)

Photo of KTCamm
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at the Troegs brewery in Hershey PA. 3/21

Light copper amber, touches of foam. Mild helles nose, pilsy. Mild lager like taste, bitter layers cascade throughout. Smooth but with residual bitter. Long finish. Balances. Smooth and flavorful. (253 characters)

Photo of gabedivision
3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- crystal clear golden orange, fluffy white head, lots of lacing

S- sweet cereal grains, creamed corn, a touch if lemon, slight floral hops

T- sweet malts, crisp hop bitterness, light caramel, biscuity malts, sweet & dry on the finish

M- light bodied, fair amount of carbonation, sweet, easy to drink finishes dry

O- solid maibock, crisp refreshing, at 7% you don't notice at all, reslly enjoying this nice spring beer (424 characters)

Photo of pep
4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
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! (623 characters)

Photo of clayrock81
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Simple beer that is good for its style and hit the spot. Clearish gold body with well-carb'd, fizzy two finger head that dies quick with minor lace patches on top of aroma that is a little bit of soapy, dirty hops and some grainy malts with that bread/cracker edge that seems to be a familiar descriptive term. The basic taste is a dry, cracker-like graininess but the balance is there from some floral hops so this doesn't turn into some American macro crap. The hops give off minor citric and the malts seem to have a touch of sweetness to them. Easy to drink and refreshing and you can't ask for much more. (609 characters)

Photo of Dodo2step
3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

P- Wegmans in Mechanicsburg,PA

A- A dark yellow almost apple juice like color. A nice 3 finger head that is mountainous and peaky with a spiderweb lacing on the pint.

S- toasted grains and floral hops dominate with some hints of orange or citrus of some sort.

F- faint floral hops and some orange flavor to round it out. The toasted grain malts complement it nicely as well.

M- light bodied and quite crisp and refreshing. I could down a few of these pretty quick.

O- another winner from troegs. I wish this one would go into the anthology pack in the spring. (564 characters)

Photo of BB1313
3.69/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on 2/6/14. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy glowing golden with a small white head that fades and leaves great lacing and solid lacing. The aromas are floral with lots of bready malts. Lots of fresh grains. The flavors have a very nice hop bite to it. Lots of fresh grass giving it an earthy bitterness. There's some black pepper in the mix. Malts and grains are there. There's hints of pear and green apple. It finishes pretty dry for the most part. It does have a syrupy aspect in the finish that lingers though, but I'd still say it's ultimately dry. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with active carbonation. It's very smooth and easy to drink. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Great for the warmer weather.

This is a nice offering from Troegs. It's ultimately a pretty clean beer, just like most of their beers. Maybe I'm not blown away, but I like it and the craftsmanship is pretty impressive. Good beer. (917 characters)

Photo of xungmound98
4.29/5  rDev +9.2%
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. (552 characters)

Photo of John_M
4.29/5  rDev +9.2%
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. (868 characters)

Photo of gr0g
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden in appearance, topped with a two finger head that laces the glass pretty nicely. Sweet, bready aroma. One reviewer noted that it smelled of fresh baked bread with honey, and I think that's spot on. Hops lend floral notes. A relatively muted aroma overall, but this is a Maibock, not an IPA.

Malt-forward, clean flavor as expected. Well balanced by hop bitterness, tasting more bitter than most high gravity lagers. That would be the Magnum hops at work, lending a slight citric quality. Otherwise, it's all biscuity malt. A silky texture is Cultivator's best attribute. Far from watery, the carbonation holds on and doesn't fade.

It's good to see another well-made Maibock hit the shelves in the spring, something to fill the gap left behind when Sierra Nevada's Glissade went away. (791 characters)

Photo of cbutova
3.67/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- 12oz bottled poured with a pretty much clear golden body, lacks haze even from the second half of the bottle. A cap builds up to about half a finger high with a frothy, foamy texture. Head retention is lackluster as it falls to a small white ring. Spotty lacing at best.

S- Very delicate aroma that leaves me searching a bit but for the style that is not exactly uncommon. Pretty much just Pilsner malts and soft spicy, floral hops come to mind.

T- Things open up in the taste as compared to the smell but the same main theme carries over with Pilsner malts and spicy, Euro hop notes carrying the beer along. Some slight yeast character comes out (it is mostly clean) in the form of light banana and apple hints.

MF- Light bodied and mostly dried out with a crisp, silky texture. Carbonation is at a medium-high level and there is some foaminess to it. Light hop bitterness just to round things out.

Clean Helles with a nice malty and European hop feel. Drinks very easily, as it should, without any major off flavors or flaws. (1,034 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.22/5  rDev -18.1%
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. (457 characters)

Photo of gillagorilla
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a Burley Oak snifter (Batch 131219, 01/31/14)

A: Clear straw body with a slight copper tinge to it. Tiny head on an aggressive pour that diminishes rapidly, with only a tiny collar.

S: Lager, all the way. Biscuit, with some sweet fruit undertones that are quite pleasant.

T: This is quite a flavorful lager. Lager is just so much easier to say than the full style name. Also, it represents a very distinguishable overarching flavor and smell. There is just a burst of flavor as you drink this. Now, this is a tasty brew and a lager I could drink. Tasty and delicious with a slight sweetness to it.

M: Coarse on the attack but smooths out. Like a pop of effervescence.

O: I've only had two of this style before, one was a sample and the other was Dead Guy out of their retail growlers, but that was ages ago before I was actually into beer since it was for a friend who shared some with me. This beer has really surprised me and is very good. (972 characters)

Tröegs Cultivator from Tröegs Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 94 ratings.