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Scratch Beer 1 - 2007 - Tröegs Brewing Company

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41 Ratings
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Ratings: 41
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.57%
Wants: 4
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Tröegs Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
California Common / Steam Beer |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

A hybrid beer (California Common Beer), will be released on or about April 26. This is a beer we brewed on the back patio on more than one occasion. It became the inspiration for Tröegs Pale Ale. The simplest explanation of what makes a hybrid beer unique is the brewer is forcing a lager to do something it doesn’t want to do. Scratch 1 uses lager yeast fermented at a warmer temperature. The fermented malt gives an exaggerated fruity undertone to the beer which combines nicely with the citrus flavors of Cascade hops. Balancing out the taste are spicy, earthy flavors derived from Brewer’s Gold hops. Slightly aggressive hops in the front of the mouth give way to a clean, subtle grape-like finish.

(Beer added by: ggaughan on 04-29-2007)
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Reviews by imasickboy:
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3.2/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a light amber, with a nice head. Appeared a bit cloudy, or just REALLY carbonated. Hard to tell which, really.

Smells "fresh", and lightly hoppy.

Feels acidic, and very carbonated. Bubbles in the mouth in a big way. I guess that answers the appearance question...

Tastes plain and ordinary, watered down, even. Slightly sweet tasting, without tasting malty at all. Leaves a bit of a saccharin bitterness on the tip of the tongue, which spreads to include the whole mouth over time.

I didn't much care for this one, though since it was my first cali-common, it may just be the style that I don't like.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2007 21:23:50 | More by imasickboy
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3.13/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A huge thanks to Mike for sending this one my way. Certainly a tough find for completing the Scratch series.

A: The beer pours a very hazy golden orange color with a large white head.

S: Butterscotch and cardboard are prominent, which is disappointing but not necessarily surprising. Toffee and caramel sweetness with a little bit of bready. Strangely, there is a strong Cracker Jack aroma.

T: A very strange fruity flavor that I can't quite describe. Cardboard oxidation, toffee, butterscotch, honey, and some more Of the Cracker Jack character.

M: Medium in body with a fairly high level of carbonation.

O: I was happy to try this just because of what it is in terms of the series, but it's really not worth drinking.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2011 20:04:19 | More by womencantsail
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South Carolina

3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Massive Mega Scratch Beer Tasting @ the Meat Meet, 8.21.2010. Thanks Unclejedi!

Still carbed, low head, pale gold. Not much head, specks of lace. Sweet estery nose, dryish, okay. Tastes fine, still, dry-pale with a hint of pear, elderflower, nicely, and oddly... huh... past its prime, still pretty good!. I'd drink mine sooner rather than later as I don't see this improving.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2010 22:41:17 | More by kkipple
Photo of HopHead84


3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


Thanks Alex! The beer pours vibrant golden with fluffy white head and good retention. The aroma is interesting, displaying grassiness and toasted malt notes, along with a subtle sweetness. I get a little honey as well. The flavor is toasted malt with a light grassy/floral hop profile and a little sweetness. A nice refreshing craft beverage.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2010 07:03:10 | More by HopHead84
Photo of MasterSki


3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to HopDerek for hooking me up with the elusive (and somewhat ancient) Scratch 1. Served in my Surly pint glass while crunching numbers.

A - Two fingers of fluffy egg-white foam that dissipates to a solid cap with lots of chunky lacing. Hazy golden peach color with some suspended solids in there. Looks pretty amazing for an old steam beer.

S - Toffee malts, lemon zest and spice, some floral and grassy hops. Smell is pretty intense, without any obvious off-flavors. Derek must take good care of his cellar brews. It's not super complex (most steam beers aren't!), but it's still quite pleasant.

T - Lots of toffee and biscuit, with some spice and a touch of citrus hoppiness. Clean aftertaste with a touch of grain to it. Not the most interesting brew - maybe a touch better than Anchor Steam - but still quite enjoyable. There's a peppery aftertaste that builds up that I'm not totally digging. However, I'm actually a little shocked this has held up so well.

M - Lively carbonation (maybe even too lively), medium body, pretty easy drinking.

D - Other than the mildly odd lemon-pepper aftertaste this is a great summer brew, even after 2+ years in the cellar. I'm glad Derek sent me two bottles!

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2009 17:08:11 | More by MasterSki
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3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my shaker glass. Appears a cloudy bright golden yellow color with around a finger if fluffy bone white head. The foam fades quickly into a thin layer. Smells of grassy hops and toasted grains. Tastes of lightly caramelized malts, and bready grain followed by a pleasant citrus hop kick (mostly grapefruit) and mint. Medium in both body and carbonation. Rather quenching, glad I still have a few more to enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2009 02:34:33 | More by ClockworkOrange
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3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle. Pours a hazy light gold color. Lots of sediment. White fluffy head disappears quickly, leaving a few spots of lace.

Nice gentle fruity aroma. Hints of peach, and lemon. A slightly sour note, that doesn't seem too out of place.

Light malt character with some fruit. Some smooth citrusy and earthy bitterness.

Light body with ample carbonation. Very easy to drink. This has somehow held up very well, or morphed into something that is still pretty darn good.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2009 15:16:52 | More by Bierguy5
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4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A pale musty piss color with a small white head and still good carbonation considering this was bottled in '07.

Loving the nose on this beer. A pale malt with hints of toffee and a blast of flowery hop aroma. A hint of citrus reminiscent of a pale ale really.

Good balance obviously not big or complex but to the point and very sessionable. Very good amount of carbonation that lends well to the overall body of the beer. Pale malts with a bit of breadyness and that same floral hoppy chracter that was in the aroma. Sessionable as hell.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2009 20:15:09 | More by mcallister
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South Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In my eternal quest to try everything, I went through the garage fridge and cleared out the rest of the scratch series I had not gotten to try. I was amazed to find 6 more of them! So with that being said, let us start at the beginning. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 12/21/2008.

the pour was nice enough, golden amber with a slight tint toward the yellow side. Some light haze in it with noticable carbonation bubbling up through the glass. A small white head graced the top for a few moments, but then settled down quickly into a small broken crown.

The aroma was light grain and some small citric hops. Light touches of oraneg and pineapple, with a hint of biscuity malts, all in a very light profile. The taste was clean, crisp, and refreshing. A classic steam beer here. Light grains and biscuit malts made up the base, with a nice touch of hops dancing around inside of it. Smooth carbonation in a wonderfully light bodied beer. Easy drinakbility and a smooth overall presentation just rounded it out wonderfully.

Overall a very solid offering here and a nice way for me to kick off my afternoon. I would love to see this one come back around again!

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2008 18:58:12 | More by mikesgroove
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3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes out to Kegatron for this brew.

Pours a cloudy pale yellow color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy off-white head, with some minimal sticky lacing. The nose is malty, bready. The taste is malty/bready, with a grapefruit tone. Medium body. Drinkable, not a bad brew, but no Anchor Steam here.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2008 01:40:00 | More by Wasatch
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4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, thrown in on a trade for the recent Scratch beers. What the heck, we'll give it a shot.

upon pouring this bottle into a pilsner glass a sizeable creamy off-white head quickly formed, slowly receded, and left a smooth cap for the last half of the glass, clinging to the edge of the glass and leaving excellent lacing. Color is a pale yellow gold, streams of slow rising bubbles scattered throughout, but is overall more cloudy than I expected. A very good start.

Aroma isn't as strong as it could be, but considering the age on the bottle, surprisingly good, and some subtleties are still evident. First impression is that of a spicy brew, a little grassy. Grainy malt undertone. Pleasant, and I again wonder about the age.

I really was blown away by how good this beer tasted. I'd have loved to have had it fresh, but I can't really find fault here. The grains are a little toasted and a little minerally, quite fruity. Sweetness is low, bitterness astonishingly high for the age but perfect for the style. Somewhat dry, pleasant citrusy hop bitterness in the finish, which lasts quite a while.

Body medium, could be a little more crisp, but there's nothing to truly not like here. Make this a year-round beer and send more of it my way. Very pleasant surprise.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2008 16:55:07 | More by udubdawg
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3.18/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of warriorsoul, thanks again!

Pours a hazy light gold color, with a small white head.

Aromas are dusty, floral, with some tart fruits. Aromas seem odd for the style...

Taste is crisp and tart. Some lemon citrus like flavors, a touch of creamy sweet malts, and not much else. Finish is dry, with crisp bite. Much like the aromas, this just tastes kind of odd.

Mouthfeel is ok, seems a bit thin, but not bad, with decent carbonation.

Drinkability is average. This just seems off... it's not a bad beer, but not something I would go back too. Well Troegs, I can see why this was scratched. This is just not that great.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2008 03:51:48 | More by flexabull
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3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a murky light orange with a thin white bubbly head that dissipated into a thin layer. The smell was sweet and citrus with some straw and hops. The taste was more of the straw and bitter hops with a hint of lemon and honey sweetness in the finish. The carbonation was ample and made this one very refreshing. Overall a great start to a great series. One down, seven to go...for now.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2008 02:19:13 | More by CrazyMacHarris99
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4.43/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz. bottle into shaker pint glass on 3/17/08.

A - Hard pour yielded a cloudy golden/straw-colored body with ample effervescence and a petite white head that quickly transformed into a thin film and some nice lacing.

S - Very subtle nose with hints of lemon, bread grains, and grassy hops akin to Sunshine Pils, as well as light citrus fruit and a sweet honey aspect.

T - Slight toasted malt with bready and grainy attributes paired with grassy hops and some lemon rind bitterness. Faint honey sweetness balances it all out.

M - Smooth, creamy mouthfeel with a short, semi-dry finish and a crisp hop bite on the tongue.

D - Aaah... the first and certainly one of my favorites from the Scratch series! Thanks to Kegatron for hooking me up with this. I wasn't sure how it would hold up, but man, this is one tasty beer... probably the best Cali Common I've ever had. I almost forgot how much I enjoyed this when it was released last year. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2008 23:38:23 | More by ffejherb
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4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Kegatron for this brew.

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic.

Pours a murky sunset straw yellow with a fluffy two finger cloud white head that slowly descends. Nice webbing left on the sides of the glass throughout. Smell is of sweet honey, grain, and a slight metallic aroma. White grapes and a hint of a pine hop scent as well. Taste up front is a nice blend between fresh apples, more white grapes, and clemintine oranges. A clean buttery hop flavor midway that lingers. Aftertaste is grassy with a bit of yeast. Feel is mostly smooth with a creamy carbonation. Leaves the mouth fairly dry. This beer was pretty easy to drink. I would love to see this as a summer seasonal, oh yeah, and available in NY ;)

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2008 01:20:14 | More by BeerTruth
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3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pale yellow with a twing towards orange. A nice white head that left nice lacing behind.

S-Pale maltiness with a twing of earthy hops.

T-Toasted malt with a pleasant crisp hop bite. A very dry tasting beer overall. A very enjoyable flavor.

M-Dry with the earthy hops becoming evident. Certainly a nice "light" beer to enjoy.

D-A solid effort for Troegs first Scratch beer. A nice, light, easy drink beer. Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2008 12:03:02 | More by Deuane
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4.4/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Decanted cool into my La Fin Du Monde tulip.

A - A gently hazed golden w/ amber highlights the foam that caps the ale is fluffy measuring approximately 2 inches after a vigorous pour and falls to about an inch leaving a webbing of lace.

S - A mixture of yeast and fruity aromas, plenty of grape and cherry-like aromas w/ a tinge of maltiness in the nose. Subtle floral hop aromas compliment the sweet scents w/ herbal aromas.

M - Crisp full carbonation teases the tongue as an earthy oily hop texture bounces across the palate. There is a mix of spice and sweetness that contributes to the overall impressive texture.

T - I really like well made california common or steam beer and this is a treat the taste. I had this back when it was released, but lost my review book. I thought I would give this a second sampling when I received a pack of scratch 7 from mughugger.
The hops are sweet and blend well w/ the fruitiness the lager yeast gives off. There is a crisp almost pils-like taste w/ hints of green apple and white grape. The hops have a noble character like Hallertau w/ subtle spice and a crisp malt flavor follows w/ a nice dry undercurrent of lightly roasted pale malt.

The hops have a bit w/ a tinge of N brewer and the fruitiness seems rye related w/ an earthy spiced huskiness. A fabulous taste that goes down easy yet has plenty of character. The yeast gives the taste a softer effect w/ gentle creamy nuances after the swallow.

D - Nice feel for standard session strength brew, one of the styles I have experimented w/ as a brewer and I love the Trogner's interpretation - Very quaffable, full of flavor, a good choice for a lead off and one that I hope to see them brew again. I would personally buy this year round it is a great all around style. I would consider this a good choice at a crossover for lager drinkers as a starting point for trying new ale styles. This is a stong 1st limited release in the scratch series. I found this to be highly drinkable, it went great w/ my shrimp lo mein.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2008 14:35:25 | More by Slatetank
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3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this beer as an extra in a trade with ClockworksOrange. I absolutely love Tröegs so I can’t wait to sample the 1st of the 5 Scratch brews I’m going to sample today. Drank from my Black Butte Porter pint glass while watching Duke vs. Clemson.

Appearance- Pours a bright yellow with orangeish hues and a decent half finger bright white foamy head. Head quickly recedes leaving a spotty cap and thin collar. A bit of cobweby lacing is left behind.
Smell- Loads of fresh west coast hops are nice and juicy and fruity. Pineapple and oranges are a plentiful helping to hide the feint bready malt. Simple but nice! (reminds me a lot of the Rogue Sea Horse Ale I just had a couple days ago)
Taste- Starts with a big fruity burst of grapefruit and grassy hops. A bit of lemon adds hints of a pucker on top of a big bready malt body. The sweetness of the doughy malt body is just enough to not let the hops get to out of hand.
Mouthfeel- Nice smooth body that is sort of thin but still creamy with small, aggressive carbonation with a semi dry finish.
Drinkablity- Overall this brew isn’t too bad. Its easy sipping and quite refreshing, perfect lawnmower brew. I’ve yet to be disappointed by Tröegs and this isn’t the time. Big thanks again to ClockworksOrange!

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2008 23:43:44 | More by younger35
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3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip - Served at cellar temperature

Appearance: Pours a nice light, golden color. Very pale in color with many bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass to the surface of the beer. The white head clocks in at about 1.5 inches and holds its own for 5 minutes. It leaves ample amounts of lace on the glass.

Smell: Lager yeast and light malt build. Lemongrass, watermelon rind, fresh cut grass and slight banana aroma. Nice.

Taste: Very balanced malt and bitter hop profile. Flavors aren't very pronounced but include a gentle hop such as Saaz, nasturtium, light malt, and old bubblegum.

Mouthfeel: Quite approachable. Plenty of creaminess both in the body and in the carbonation. This beer is smoothe and satisfying with a gentle touch. Alcohol is barely present.

Drinkability: Superb. This is a session beer, plain and simple. It is a great steam beer and would make a great transitional beer for someone crossing over to the addiction of craft beer. Nicely done by Troegs.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2007 01:29:23 | More by Risser09
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North Carolina

3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy pale golden color with a roacky head that retains well and splashes the glass with dots of lace

Smell: Lemony citrus aroma

Taste: Starts out with an immediate blast of lemon that becomes slightly cakey and herbal by mid-palate; after the swallow the citrus flavors become a bit pithy and aspirin-like

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Excepting the finish, a rather nice beer; we don't see many California Commons and this is very different from Anchor Steam

Thanks, ClockworkOrange, for the opportunity

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2007 00:17:20 | More by brentk56
Photo of GPHarris


3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from maltygoodness and the Summer Sipper BIF

a - poured a one finger thick white and bubbly head into a snifter that left good sheeting and lace throughout, this really coats the glass. the body was a hazy yellow-orange color.
s - muted oranges, bananas, a malt sweetness and grainy hops.
t - very light (but refreshing) tones of earth and citrusy hops.
m - medium thickness with a smooth and creamy mouthfeel.
d - goes down easily and is a nice and refreshing change of pace.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2007 20:24:05 | More by GPHarris
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