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Scratch Beer 6 - 2007 - Tröegs Brewing Company

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very good

39 Ratings
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Ratings: 39
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 13.57%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Tröegs Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Dortmunder / Export Lager |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

This Export Lager features a single stage decoction—a first for Tröegs Brewery. After combining barley and water we transfer a portion of the mash to the brew kettle for a quick boil. The heated mash is then returned to the mash kettle and the brewing process continues. This process deepens the malt character and adds a subtle toffee backbone to this delicious lager. We’ve added Magnum hops for bittering and Czech Saaz hops for aroma to create a classic European Noble hop flavor.

Scratch #6-2007 is unfiltered, so there will be a slight haze to the beer.

(Beer added by: akorsak on 11-22-2007)
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New York

4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy gold with a two-fingered white head. Very good retention and a ton of sticky lace is left behind.

Malty aroma of fresh bread with a light spicy hop bite.

Like the aroma, the flavor is malty with fresh baked bread, toasted grain, and a touch if fruitiness. Hops kick in with a touch of citrus and solid spice. Well balanced bready and hop flavors. Finishes crisp with lingering spice.

Medium bodied - smooth, a bit chewy, and hearty yet crisp. Refreshing and satisfying - I could drink this all day. This needs to be in Troegs regular rotation.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2008 23:50:12 | More by Lupe
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2/5  rDev -49.7%

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3/5  rDev -24.6%

11-15-2011 06:22:44 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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3.03/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks for sending this one, Mike.

A: The beer pours a cloudy golden yellow with a small white head.

S: Surprisingly decent nose. Sweet malts and pale breads dominate. There's a fair amount of citrus character and some light fruitiness to it as well.

T: Sort of watered down and bland. Bready malts with a hint of cardboard, very little bitterness or hop flavor. A little bit of citrus to it and some sweetness, maybe sugar?

M: Light in body with a medium carbonation.

O: Not sure what I could really expect from a 4 year old Dortmunder lager, but this was probably about it.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2011 03:06:10 | More by womencantsail
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3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a murky golden orange with pale yellow highlights that had a thin frothy head and left a little lacing sticking to the glass. Lots of caramel pop out on the aroma with big bready malts and faint citrus notes. The caramel flavors are also the star of the show on the palate with lots of bready malts, mild citrus, and grainy accents. The brew was medium in body with a fair amount of carbonation which had a sweet, bready, and malty finish. It drank good but was not my style at all. It probably was too old or something.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2011 20:12:33 | More by Gobzilla
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South Carolina

3.2/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

Scores reflect how the beer is drinking NOW, and not when released.

Hmm, looks like a Dortmunder to me... medium gold, but very low head. No lace, no active carb. Smells of pale German malts and slightly grainy with a hint of Noble hop. Tastes sweet and pretty clean, but obviously past its prime and nothing really here to recommend it... all the interesting malt notes have fallen into the Abyss. Obviously 5% Dortmunder lagers shouldn't be drunk 3 years late. Mouthfeel is good, high carbonation, pretty easy, but sadly tastes a bit stale. More an educational experience than a good beer. Ain't getting any better, folks!

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2010 23:08:15 | More by kkipple
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3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle thanks to dashirey.

Pours slightly hazy golden with a one-finger white head and good lacing.

Sweet pale malt and sherry on the aroma.

Mmm I love aged helles lagers. I have a whole case in my cellar dedicated to aging helles lagers for 10+ years. Well, not really. Flavor is sweet pale malt, sherry, and green apple. This has actually aged fairly well.

Smooth on the palate with medium-light body.

Not bad! Leave it to Troegs to make a helles lager that actually ages well. Harrisburgers are awesome.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2010 18:49:46 | More by nickd717
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4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to HopDerek for this one. Wondering what two years does to a Dortmunder Lager - guess I'll find out. Served in a pilsener glass.

A - Two fingers of creamy, soapy, off-white foam that dissipates relatively quickly to a solid cap and leaves lots of spotty lacing. Slightly hazed golden straw color with lots of bubbles on the sides of the glass. Pretty solid looking, even after two years.

S - Pilsener malt, with a good amount of bread and caramel. Some nice lemon and orange zest character along with some light grassy and floral notes and a bit of honey. Should have probably had this one in the summer.

T - The taste is mostly pale, bready, malts, a bit of honey, with a touch of sour lemon citrus in the finish. The finish is a little grainy, but doesn't stick around too long. Pretty crisp and refreshing. Thankfully it doesn't have that twangy, metallic flavor that seems to show up in a lot of lagers.

M - Crisp, lively carbonation, yet soft, smooth, medium body. It suits the style, and has a light residual stickiness after a nice clean finish.

D - This has held up a little bit better than Scratch 1, the steam beer (I had both almost exactly two years after they were bottled). An eminently chuggable summer lager that has a little more depth and heft to it than its adjunct competitors. I suspect the noble hops were a little more lively when it was fresh too.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2009 22:44:41 | More by MasterSki
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3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another brew from an epic box of beer from mymrnngjckt... I won Kevin's "Guess My Favorite Rock Band" LIF.... This may be the oldest one out of the box... but .. upon pouring into my Delirium snifter.. it still looks pretty good... Huge thanks Kevin!!

1" rocky white head dies back fairly quick.. the brew is a perfectly clear lite honey gold....

Nose is a malty pils malt... no dms.. very clean...

Flavor is crisp and has a great balance between the hops and the malt... bready with a nice noble hop presence (still?)

Body is on track and is a tad bit higher than a German pils.. but and the carbonation is pretty spot-on.

I think this brew is still really tasty and doesn't taste stale at all.. there is a good brewery in Sun Valley (Trail Creek) that makes a great Dortmunder... this is certainly on par with their's... though.. it does seem a bit thick as I hit the bottom of the glass.

Thanks again Kevin.... Truly appreciated.. Pimpin' Idaho Round 2 is in the works.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2009 09:31:14 | More by JohnGalt1
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4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A-Brilliant golden yellow with a medium bright head. Head reduces to a thin cap and leaves nice lacing.

S-Sweet biscuit with a touch of white grapes and a fresh zesty citrus character.

T-Sweet biscuit up front that is well balanced by zesty citrus notes and a touch of apple. Nice spicy zip of hops in the finish.

M-Medium-light body, crisp and yet very smooth. Nice lingering spiciness.

D-A superb crisp, easy to drink and vastly sessionable German lager. Not a style I often seek out but when you can pack this much flavour into a crisp brew such as this well...

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2009 12:51:55 | More by Deuane
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3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm trying to finish up the last few bottles of each of the Scratch beers in my cellar. This one is certainly not one to hold onto any longer. Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my nonic pint glass. Appears a hazy golden yellow color with around two fingers of fluffy, off white head. A nice looking pour. Smell is dominated by fresh bread and grain. The taste mimics the smell with lightly toasted grain and bread notes, maybe a touch of caramel malt and a light grassy hop presence. Medium in both body and carbonation. My glass was empty in no time. I think I've got one more of these down in the cellar, yay.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2009 16:14:57 | More by ClockworkOrange
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South Carolina

3.6/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Number five on the night and my next to last scratch release I have left to try this day. I saved this one to start off after the kids went to sleep for a little bit of a change of pace. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 12/21/2008.

The pour was decent with a rich looking hazy golden color coming forward right away. Nice head of white rises up from the bottom and comes to the top around an inch in height as it settles down into a thin crown with moderate side glass lacing. Very nice for the style.

The aroma was loaded with bread malts. Rich notes of grain, musky with some off fruit notes coming in the rough the back of it. Light flavor here, rich malts with a touch of a bready tone. Lots of grain here as well, really nicely done, though the style is not one of my favorites. Smooth, clean feel with a little bit of a lingering flavor on the tongue. Easy clean finish and this one was all but gone.

Overall not a bad rendering though as I said the style is less then my favorite, still though they did a damn fine job with it and I have to give them credit for that.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2008 01:04:43 | More by mikesgroove
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4.6/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass the liquid is gold with good carbonation. The head is a nice fat thumb off white and leaves good lace.

The smell is fresh and bready.

The taste is really good like fresh backed bread. Really this is a nice styld of brew when it is nice and fresh. It seems the long srip across the pond does not do others as well as a short drive down from PA.

Mouthfeel is better them medium and the carbonation is very good.

The drinkability of this brew is about as good as the style will be, a very well done brew.

Prosit, und Zum Wohl, MK

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2008 19:41:17 | More by MuenchenerKindl
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4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to Kegatron for this brew.

Pours a cloudy yellow color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy white head, which does leave some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, with a nice little touch of hops, with some spicyness. The taste is malty, nice hop notes, spices. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a very nice brew.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2008 22:41:49 | More by Wasatch
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4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received this brew from BeerTruth in a recent box that included somewhere around 657 beers (give or take around 640). I drank the Tröegs Scratch 1-5 quite a while ago and I look forward to trying the rest. Drank from my Stone India Pale Ale tulip.

Appearance- Pours a light hayish yellow with flicks of orange and a huge two finger fluffy white head. Plenty of sticky lacing is left from the rim of the tulip to the bottom. A very generously sized cap is maintained the entire beer.
Smell- Very crisp and clean with an especially light lemony/grassy hop. Grainy and raw with plenty of light malty goodness. Nice subtle refreshing nose that is perfect for the 80 degree heat and humidity outside.
Taste- Oh snap! That is tasty! Doughy and lightly sweet with a buttery goodness that is O so nice. Lightly hopped there are tidbits of citrus that cut into the aforementioned sweet/buttery goodness just enough to add tinges of lemon and orange zest. A grainy sweetness lingers in the aftertaste begging me to take another sip.
Mouthfeel- Very full and viscous this is a big chewy feel for such a subtle, drinkable brew. Light carbonation that almost isn't noticeable under that bulky goodness.
Drinkability- If you had a sixer of this stuff I'm almost 100% sure you couldn't leave one in the fridge. This is just a wonderfully drinkable, wonderfully refreshing brew. Adam was telling me to drink it and now I know why. Good thing he sent me two!

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2008 01:28:30 | More by younger35
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4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

number1bum got this Troegs brew for me, keep 'em comin' punk.

12 oz. bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

Pours an almost cloudy sunset hay with a big two finger white head that dies down to a thin layer of fluff. Lots of sticky goodness is left on the sides of the glass. Bubbles sprinting to the finishline (Kentucky Derby is tomorrow, why the hell not). Big bready malt dominates the nose with a bit of pepper and spice. Some grains and a faint citrus aroma as well. Very light and summer-y, I like where this is going. The taste is so true to the smell. Musty malt up front with a light lemongrass sweetness in the middle. Some earthy hops towards the end with a dry aftertaste. Light body, smooth, and refreshing in the mouth. Light and crisp carbonation, very enjoyable feel to this one. I could drink this and Hop Sun all summer and be a happy man. Troegs may want to think about making this a regular. GLBC Dortmunder Gold is petty solid, but I prefer Scratch 6. Thanks again Josh, get me more...now.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2008 01:58:58 | More by BeerTruth
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Rhode Island

3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from Slatetank, so a big Thank You goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of grain, light malts and some hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with hints of spice and fruit in the background. There's good hops bitterness that comes in next and provides a nice balance. The malt character is hearty but on the lighter side. The after-taste is bready and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not filling at all, mild kick, very good representation of style, it's a good beer to drink several of during an evening, however it wouldn't be my first choice even within the style.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2008 02:53:12 | More by TheManiacalOne
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4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks again to Jason (ClockworkOrange) for hooking me up with another Scratch brew.

Pours a somewhat hazy golden color, lots of bubbles rising to the top and about a finger and a half of nearly white head. Head retention is quite good, with a full lace and quite a bit of stick.

Smell has some light sweetness, some lightly toasted malt, grassy and slightly spicy hops, and some lemon zest.

Taste is much the same, with a nice balance between toasted, grainy and mildly sweet malt and grassy, and citrusy/lemony hops. Toasted malt and some herbal hop bitterness are more apparent through the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, crisp and appropriately carbonated and very easy drinking.

This is damn good, and I'm not even a huge lager fan. But here is a lager I would drink with regularity were it a regular offering.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2008 22:13:57 | More by number1bum
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New Jersey

4.6/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Yellow gold body, good clarity with just a hint of chill haze. Several carbonation streams spiral up the glass. Topped by three fingers of rocky white micro bubbles. Delicate lacing.

Big aroma of grass/hay, with a bakery just beyond the meadow.

A soft gentle sweet malt beginning. Hoppy biterness gradually increases, balances, and conquers, without being overly acerbic. Refreshing nip at the swallow. Dry finish.

Mouthfeel is both bubbly and creamy. How exactly do they pull that off ?

Drinkabile ? Had three at dinner the other night, and had to pace myself with the last one, since I was sharing a sixer.

Greatly refreshing after a tough day of work or gardening (or in my case, both). Tasty as a single. Easily sessionable without being boring. Outstanding as a crossover. Another terrific example of Pennsylvannia as "Land of Lagers".

We need more of this one guys. Lots more. Year round, lets take on Yuengling more.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2008 22:47:46 | More by RonfromJersey
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3.25/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle

poured a hazy gold with a bright white head that laced nice and lasted a long, long time. very nice beer to look at.

Smell was odd with almost a musty grass/hay character to it. was not very strong or it would have been a complete turn off.

Taste was a grassy/lemony hop flavor backed by a very light malt profile. the sweetness that was there came mid palate with the hop profiles peaking at the very front and at the very end. it ended pretty dry.

it was pretty thin and watery feeling, and none of the flavors were bold. i think it needed a bit more malt to hold this one up.

It is easy to drink, but not one i would pick over so many others out there.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2008 03:47:20 | More by tayner
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3.55/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle acquired in a trade with RedHaze, thanks for giving me the opportunity to try this beer, split with my friend tonight as a nightcap, poured into a pilsner glass

A-Clear golden yellow color, 1 3/4 inch soapy white head, stuck around for close to five minutes, decent retention and lacing

S-Sweet and bready malt aromas, some hoppiness, grassy accents, biscuit, skunkiness, slight lemon scent, and barley

T-Started off with some bread and slight sweetness, felt malty at first, but then hops kicked in and the finish was a little dry with some lemon peel, as it warmed became even easier to drink and had more of a watered down feel with some hoppiness left over, nicely balanced for the most part, could have used some more complexity, refreshing and would make a good beer for a hot summer day

M-Mild and crisp mouthfeel, felt like this was overly carbonated, thin body, taste did not last at all

D-Could drink two or three bottles of this, low alcohol percentage, smooth and easy going down, light on the stomach, would make a nice session beer

Bettern than the first scratch beer I tried but still nothing amazingly out of the ordinary, have not drank much from this style but average from what I have tasted, probably will not drink again

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2008 06:33:37 | More by Floydster
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4.68/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Freakin' fantastic. I want to know the beer that this one replaced. I'm gonna pre-emptively call shinanigans and say the other beer cheated to win.

Really, what isn't to like about this beer? A nice crisp hop presence at the start that segues into a nice sweet pilsner malt middle and a crisp, drying finish. Just what the doctor ordered really.

It has a mild tomato-like smell that I've been getting a lot from Dortmunders lately, I think it is me so I can't argue with it.


A simple review for a simple beer, but it really knocked my socks off. Thanks Muenchener K!

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2008 05:09:19 | More by shbobdb
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4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden hue with slight precipitate (this is an unfiltered beer and i poured some sediment) a small head and nice carbonation. It smells slightly like apricots and butteriness. The taste is predominantly buttery in the middle, and the front and the end have a slight bitterness that is very pleasant.

In all this is a great beer, if i lived closer to Troegs i would definitely have many more of these.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2008 01:24:13 | More by jscondon
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4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Honey gold that is crystal clear until the bottom of the bottle yeasties are added with the final pour. The attractive cap is French vanilla with a lemonish tint and is tacky enough to grace the glass with small dollops of lace that don't look like they'll melt any time soon.

The nose nails the style. The best part is that both malt (mostly pale, faintly carmel) and hops are easily appreciated. The Magnum (bittering) and Saaz (aroma) deliver a musky, sweetgrassy, lemon-like vibe that makes me want to dive right in.

Scratch 6 is truly wonderful beer. I usually wait until the end of a review before begging a brewery to think about releasing an anniversary beer or a 'series beer' on a regular basis, but why not do it now? It probably doesn't matter since Troegs doesn't distribute this far west, but this lager deserves to brewed year-round.

The balance is incredible (in a style that, more than most, should be balanced). The biscuit-like malt backbone provides unyielding support for the considerable hop load. It also adds a honeyish sweetness that is a perfect counterpoint to the hop bitterness.

The flavor profile includes (barely toasted) fresh grain, sugar cookies, honey, lemon zest, new-mown hay and assorted herbs. Simple and clean can be good, but give me complex and estery any day of the week. Are we sure this isn't an ale?

There's barely enough beer left to assess the mouthfeel. It isn't full (more like solidly medium), but it's much more full than the style average. The reason is that there's a generous amount of malt and a perfect amount of bubbles. No letdown here at all.

While Great Lakes outstanding Dortmunder Gold is still my favorite dortmunder of all-time, Troegs Scratch 6 is nipping at its heels. Thanks to SkinnyElvis for one of the most pleasant surprises of the year so far.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2008 13:59:36 | More by BuckeyeNation
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3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bottle conditioned lager, or at least a very unfiltered one, certainly a rarity these days. The beer pours with a frothy, almost three-finger thick, pale, off-white colored head. The beer is a brilliantly clear light copper, gold color. Aromas of sweet grain and lightly herbal hops make up the lions share of the aroma at first. Aromas of light honey, soft lemon zest, fresh cut hay and herbal wildflower notes are noticeable and if you dig around for it dry grain / malt notes start to come into play. These last, contribute aromatics reminiscent of soda crackers, fresh crushed grain, and clean bread crumb (the portion of the bread that is not crust).

The beer has a nice biting character to it up front that is both a combination of the reasonable carbonation and noticeable hop bitterness. The hop bitterness is found throughout the flavor profile including through to a long, clean finish. A substantial, herbal hop note runs through the middle of each sip contributing a sort of mix of light menthol and perhaps a touch of resinous herb like character. Towards the start of the finish flavors of lemon zest (Saaz hops) and honey-like malt / sweet grain character are found and provide some counterpoint to the more dominant hop flavors. As the beer warms up a bit some chewy grain flavors start to be a bit more noticeable. This is of course fairly light, but it still has quite a bit more heft than your standard macro lager (more flavor too).

An easy drinking beer that perhaps would be better suited to the warmer months, but who am I to complain, I think it got to 80°F / 27°C here today. This is definitely beer that I was exited to drink though and it certainly has not disappointed. The Magnum hops seem to have contributed a bit of roughness / slight astringency to the flavor of this beer, but it is still quite enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2008 01:34:28 | More by Gueuzedude
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Scratch Beer 6 - 2007 from Tröegs Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.