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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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Reviews: 98 | Hads: 524
Photo of gr0g
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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Photo of cbutova
3.67/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.22/5  rDev -17.2%
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.

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Photo of gillagorilla
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.51/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a rich golden yellow color that borders on becoming orange. Head is a massive cluster of cream colored bubbles. Great retention. Stingy with its lacing.

S-Softer than I'd like it to be. Light apples and fruits. A bit floral with some caramel. A bit of noble hop.

T-Malt forward. Some toffee and caramel. A bit of honeycomb. Bread dough malt. Hops are very subtle. Fruity yeastiness.

M-Medium bodied, definitely fuller than I was anticipating. Soft carbonation. Alcohol well hidden.

O- I haven't had many of the style. It's fairly tame but it grew on me. Glad only got a single, though. Not sure I would really love to put away several of these.

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Photo of JednoPivoProsim
4.67/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12 fl. oz. bottle into a pint glass. BOTTLED 020514.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful dark golden body with a robust eggshell white head. Elegant lacing.

Smell: Sweet, sweet pilsner malt. Rich caramel balanced by a slight Euro metallic hop aroma.

Taste: Rich, bready, sweet malt. Kiss of bitterness from the hops only offsets the sweetness ever so slightly. Delicious, full flavored pale malt bomb!

Mouthfeel: Rich full mouthfeel without being "heavy" - nice balance. Sweet and crisp without being too dry.

Overall: Excellent Helles Bock! Delicious, full flavored, bready, sweet, robust without a hint of alcohol despite the 6.9% alc./vol. A damn near perfect beer and absolutely perfect for these last bitter cold days of March.

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Photo of Jacobob10
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Rated 4.00 on 3/24/2014.
Reviewed on 3/29/2015. New rating: 3.92.

On-tap @ Alewife in Long Island City, NY.

Served in a tulip glass. Deep gold color and clear with a large, white head. Toasted malts dominate the aroma. No fruit present. Some light spice from the hops, but this is a malt-driven lager all the way. Light spice and some earthiness in the flavor. Strong toasted malts, clean and dry. Medium bodied with a hint of alcohol, showing off a bit of its strength.

Overall, a nice spring seasonal, fits the changing of seasons perfectly.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Glad to have found this new seasonal for hella cheap (Mixed and matched single for about a $1.65) Into a pint glass.
A - Well it looks more like a Helles lager with a bright orange yellow color very clear and lively with a ton of carbonation that makes for an inch plus of head, great lacing, and the head even slowly dissipates.
S - Has some bock tones of caramel and strong malt with some herbal/citrus hops and a bit of hay and bread.
T - Its quite a different take on the style with a ton of flavor. Getting lemon grass, citrus hops zest, bready malts, mild corny sweetness and some caramel in the finish. Heck the finish even has some lingering hop bite!
M - Wow I just love how this style drinks so light and this beer especially with the carbonation makes for a very enjoyable beer.

Overall a simple easy going beer I would probably get a six pack of but so far have only found cases of it for 34 dollars. Damn Pennsylvania...

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Photo of drtth
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

First rated in Mar. of 2014 and then reviewed in Mar. of 2015 from the Spring 2015 release.

Poured into a Duvel glass the beer is a clear light copper orange color with a 1/4” to 1/2” white head that recedes to leave a small ring of foam with a thin island of foam on the center part of the surface. The sipping leaves a collection of legs and small patches of lacing.

Smell: The aroma is fresh and grassy from the hops and there is a strong bready malt presence.

Taste: The flavors are as expected from the nose. There is some sweet bready malt present but there is also a strong overlay of grassy, herbal bitter hops.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied with a good bit of smoothness from the very light carbonation. The finish is medium long, has a bit of sweetness and a lot of the crisp herbal bitterness leading to a dry ending.

Drinkability: I definitely like this beer since it is a nicely drinkable helles bock. It is a good solid tasty brew that I'll return to again and get another case of next year.

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Photo of philbe311
3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A standard pour yields a fingers worth of clean crisp fizzy off-white yellow tinged frothiness... Limited retention gives way to a full lacing that is similar to the initial head... The color is a pale golden peachy amber... There is a modest bit of moderate paced carbonation that rises randomly throughout...

S - A nice aroma that can be detected with ones nose well away from the rim of the glass... There is a sweet spent grain presence to start... Some pilsneresque malts as well... Light notes of honey and caramel... Some very subtle overripe fruit notes as well... Words don't do this one justice as all the pieces work harmoniously together for a rather pleasing scent...

T - Lots of biscuit, cereal grains, and pilsner malt... This sits atop a subtle sweetness remicent of honey, ripened fruit and a touch of caramel and toffee... There is a bit of a euro hop bite the lingers beneath the surface... Excellent balance with each sip...

M - A bit more than medium bodied... Clean... Crisp... Sturdy... Brisk carbonation... Smooth... Sleek... Satisfying... Refreshing... Very nice...

D - An outstanding lager... I've had several of these and am really impressed by this offering from Troegs... Not just a good Maibock, but also a really outstanding brew regardless of stye... It is proof that beers don't need to be hop bombs nor imperial stouts to be really good beer... I could easily segue from a case of Nugget Nectar into a case of Cultivator to start each year... A very nice and welcome addition to the Troegs portfolio of offerings...

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Photo of Sensaray
3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Overall this was a solid offering. Clean appearance golden in color. Nose gives off hints of floral hops and touch of lemon, some sweetness. Taste good, would prefer if I saved this for sunny spring day, can taste the floral hops as well as some bready sweetness and a touch of citrus to it. Good spring feeling sort of beer with clean finish and a spicy touch. Smooth mouthfeel. 6.9 where? Would get again. Bring back next year!

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Photo of utopiajane
4.34/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a perfect amber gold. Clear and without a single bubble to rise to the top after the pour it is like a sheet of glass. Thick, creamy persistent off white head that leaves spots and streaks of lace. Nose is toasty grain. A slight malt richness and a sweetness too. The hops are floral and pretty , bright and lift the nose right to you. Taste is lovely. Smooth, clean, crisp with moderately high carbonation. A bit rich but not too sweet and the hops leave a soft bitter at the end that is sensational.

Troegs has again made a flawless and classic beer.

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Photo of microbrewlover
4.37/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a light golden color with a 1.5 finger fluffy white head and heavy carbonation. Moderate to heavy lacing remains on the glass until the end; some of the head also remains on top of the brew until the end.

The smell is crisp and clean, cracker and and bread like. A little bit of wheat and hay smell is present, also a little dankness when the brew warms up a bit and also plenty of sweet malts.

The taste is biscuit, cracker bread and sweet malts with just a touch of wheat mixed in. Just a hint of warming alcohol comes though. Everything is well balanced.

The mouthfeel is crisp, clean and tangy; due to the carbonation. It goes down smoothly with just a bit of hop oil left on the tongue after swallowing. This is the only time I could taste the hops, which I do not hold against this beer.

Overall, this is another winner from Troegs! A well balanced Mai bock which I will drink again.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours out with a thin layer of head. Has that deep helles gold color. Great clarity.

Mild floral hops, white bread, dry toastiness, pale malt creaminess, slight fruit, and barley grain.

Nice bready flavor with some toasty grains, implied fruitiness, minerally notes, and a clean finish. Somewhat herbal. Very smooth. Nice bitterness. A great helles bock.

Textured body. The carbonation helps to cream it up a bit. Great mouthfeel.

Great maibock. Recommended.

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Photo of larryi86
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Pilsener glass

A- A clear golden copper color with a two finger white head.

S- Floral hops, toasted grains, some breadiness, some citrus hops, light fruitiness, well balanced and enjoyable.

T- Citrus, light fruits, toasted grains, bready malts, nice sweetness, floral hops, well balanced.

M- Smooth, crisp, light to medium body.

O- A well made beer and very enjoyable.

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Photo of jlindros
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of gonzo000
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. yellow orange in color with a one finger head. Lacing on glass.

S. Nothing to distinguish this beer. Hoppy

t. Hoppy, full bodied - very good beer

m. Mouthfeel was excellent. Carbonation, but full

o. - Very, very good beer. Troegs continues to set a standard.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a beautiful golden color. The head is about a finger high, and white in shade. The texture is rather frothy and inconsistent, while retention is only average. However, some streaks of lacing are left behind on the glass. Generally, this is a good-looking offering.

S: There's a lot going on with the aroma. At first, I'm picking up various fruity notes (apples, lemon, maybe even some melon) backed with some subtle baked bread. Letting it open up, and some grassy hops will appear. Everything seems nicely balanced, well integrated, and defined. This proves you don't need to be a massive Galaxy-hopped DIPA or bourbon-barrel aged imperial stout with coconut to have a great aroma.

T: Subtle hoppiness hits the palate first - both grassy and a little herbaceous. Malt flavors surge after the hops fade (slightly) with caramel, baked bread, and apple. I'd even suggest this beer tastes a bit like apple pie. Its best feature is its balance: this could have easily been too sweet, but the hops helps to give it a ballasting bitterness, while still allowing the defined malt flavors to shine through. Maybe it's not complex per se, but I don't care about that.

M: The crisp, dry finish helps to neutralize any excess lingering sweetness on the palate. There is a good amount of body to help give it both substance and a long-lasting finish (in spite of the dryness), but it still goes down disturbingly easy. Carbonation is nearly perfect.

O: Gorgeous, gorgeous beer. I had high expectations for this, and they were met easily. While everything is balanced well, it's the former combined with the flavor definition that makes it the winner it is. Hold on, let me drink another to see if I'm right about this one...

...yep, dead-on about this.

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Photo of wvsabbath
4/5  rDev +2.8%
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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Photo of tone77
3.47/5  rDev -10.8%
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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Photo of SeanSchweizer
4.48/5  rDev +15.2%
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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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
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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Photo of orangesol
3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
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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Tröegs Cultivator from Tröegs Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 98 ratings.