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Scratch Beer 13 - 2008 - Tröegs Brewing Company

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48 Ratings
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Ratings: 48
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 8.89%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Tröegs Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  ABV ?

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

Scratch 13-2008 is all about tradition. This copper lager is reminiscent of what you would find under one of those mammoth tents in Munich this time of year. A rich trio of Pils, Munich and Vienna malts combined with the light bitterness of noble hops creates this traditional lager beer. We left this one unfiltered to bring out a slight yeast flavor.

19 IBU

(Beer added by: Slatetank on 08-24-2008)
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Reviews by kkipple:
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South Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

An O-Fest from O-8! Looks good (not totally clear low orange), smells good, (sweet clean Old World malt), with good carbonation and it goes down easy. Age hasn't helped this, surely, but it doesn't seem to have taken much away either. Troegs makes a good Ofest -- why isn't this a regular brew?

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2010 23:53:55 | More by kkipple
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

03-04-2013 01:58:50 | More by t0rin0
Photo of orangesol


3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First and foremost, this rating is based on how this one is drinking right now, not in the past.

Yet again, big thanks to Deuane for giving me one of these to try.

A - Pours slightly hazy amber orange with a small film of white head, dissipating down to nothing at all, leaving little to no lace down the glass.

S - Smells of mildly toasted grain, cereal, caramel, toffee, light fruitiness and mild oxidation. Definitely long gone but not too bad honestly.

T - Starts off with plenty of grainy malt, cereal and some light fruitiness quickly giving way to caramel and toffee sweetness. Finish is a little watery with some light sweetness and a mild oxidation twang, not lingering for very long.

M - Medium body with very little carbonation. Sweet, smooth feel with a small oxidation twang at the end of each sip.

O - While this one is definitely past its prime but it isn't too bad actually. I would have loved to have tried this one when it came out. I have always heard great things.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2012 00:34:12 | More by orangesol
Photo of thain709


3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Knocking off some old Scratch Beers/cleaning out Deuane's basement.

A - Poured a murky orange body that had some suspended sediment...two fingers of white head formed but it was gone quickly...just a thin spot in the middle was left...no lacing

S - Cereal, grain, fresh baked bread...those were the leading forces...subtle fruitiness lingering

T - There was a huge grain bill to this beer...I'm sure when it was fresh it wasn't much different...cereal and grain notes linger throughout...a touch of sweet caramel brightens things up...the subtle fruitiness from the nose is lingering on the palate again...the finish is all grain with traces of caramel dipped bread

M - Medium bodied...feels thick, but it's also watered down

O - A three year old Oktoberfest? Sure...lots of grainy flavors still alive in this one...I'm sure other flavors were present when this one was fresh, but it held up decently

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2012 20:31:49 | More by thain709
Photo of Gonzoillini


4/5  rDev +7.8%

12-15-2011 02:56:08 | More by Gonzoillini
Photo of Khazadum


5/5  rDev +34.8%

12-15-2011 02:54:46 | More by Khazadum
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

11-15-2011 06:16:48 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
Photo of Hojaminbag


3.35/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Mikereaser for sending this one to me. Cheers Mike!
I had no intention of reviewing this beer when I opened it, considering it is an Oktoberfest that is 2 years old. After drinking it, however, I decided to write something up, because first, it isn't half bad, and second considering the low price for an entire case of Scratch beer, I'm guessing a few of these are still hanging around in people's cellars.

Scratch 13 is a very dark, cloudy orange color. At its core it is actually fairly red, and it is filled with loads of fast-moving carbonation bubbles. The head is off-white and only about one finger tall, but it is fairly solid looking and does leave behind some nice lacing.

Not a whole lot going on in the aroma, dry malts and perhaps a hint of cardboard-like oxidation.

The flavor is a ghost of an Oktoberfest fest, I keep thinking I catch a hint of a hop, but I'm pretty sure that I'm wrong. What remains is a fairly clean malt base (although it does have a good bit of caramel to it), some oxidated cardboard flavors, and hints of sherry.

Good body, moderate for the style. It still maintains a lively carbonation.

This beer is past its prime, there is no arguing about that; normally I wouldn't review a beer in this condition, but for the reasons mentioned above I went for it this time. Scratch 13 is still drinkable, and it seems that it would have been pretty solid fresh.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2010 01:20:50 | More by Hojaminbag
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3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle via trade thanks to dashirey.

Pours a hazy medium amber color with a fading one-finger off-white head.

Aroma is sweet malt, bread, apple, and sherry oxidation.

Flavor is old and oxidized with sherry, but still nice. Munich malt and honey sweetness with sherry, spice, and earth.

Medium-bodied with average carbonation.

Not bad for a two year old Oktoberfest. Not bad at all.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2010 17:36:06 | More by nickd717
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3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz got this as a freaking bunch of incredibly cool beers from from mymrnngjckt... I won Kevin's "Guess My Favorite Rock Band" LIF.... Thanks dude.

Poured into my shaped SA glass... 1" head atop a crystal clear lite amber brew... left a bit of yeast in the bottle.

Nose is toasty malts.. pretty standard.. not alot going on.. but there isn't supposed to be.

Flavor has more of a rounded bready maltiness with some toasted crusts.. a little biscuity as it warms.

The body is about perfect.. the carbonation is a touch high... still pretty drinkable after all this time..

Thanks again Kevin.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2009 07:25:02 | More by JohnGalt1
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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is Troegs lucky number 13 of their Scratch series. Like every other Scratch label, it's just a plain white label with the Scratch number and the bottled year at the top, a big gray "S" with a big bold "Scratch beer" over it in the middle, mandatory info along the sides, and an explanation on what the Scratch series is on the right side. Scratch 13 was bottled sometime in late 2008. Served in a standard Bell's pint glass.

Lucky number 13 poured a very hazy tangerine orange with a speck of amber blended into it. if you hold the beer into the light, you'll see lemon colored highlights along the sides. The initial head of foam was about 1/2 an inch in height as white a pure snow. It had a good size, but the retention was too fast. That and it only left behind a faint string of strings and if you're lucky, one single spot of lace. There wasn't much of an aroma coming off this Troegs beer. From what my nose received, I noticed that it started off with some lightly toasted malts and then it directly went into some fruits. I couldn't find many fruits in here. All I found was some peaches, lemons, and a gentle touch of orange peel. The aroma lead the way to the taste which was pretty much the same, except that the taste was all about the toasted malts. The taste started off with toasted malts and then the carbonation level went higher and higher. When the carbonation reached its peaked, in rolls a touch of peppery hops and a faint taste of fruits. The taste of fruits was so small that I wasn't able to pick out what kind of fruits they were. This was a light bodied with loads of carbonation and a light aftertaste of toasted malts. IMO, it's pretty much just a standard German style of beer. It's a good beer, but nothing to exciting. Scratch lucky number 13!

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2009 18:06:14 | More by AltBock
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South Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Thanks, mikereaser!

Pours a hazy dark orange with a small white head. Not much head retention, and not much lacing, either.

Earthy, toasty, malty, grainy aroma. Some slight caramel sweetness with a bit of spice. Light hop scent.

Flavors pretty much follow the aroma. Bready, toasty malts and caramel. Seems a little thin, and the flavor doesn't really last.

Body is on the lighter side of medium. Appropriate level of carbonation makes for a pretty smooth drinker. That said, it still seems a little thin/watery.

Very easy to drink. Not a bad beer at all.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2009 03:20:20 | More by Gyle41386
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3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My last bottle of Scratch 13. Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my shaker glass. Appears a slightly hazed copper color with about a finger of off white foam. Smells of bready yeast and caramel malt, and spicy grassy hops. Taste pretty much mimics the nose. Caramel and toasted malts, biscuits, grassy hops. Medium in both body and carbonation, this beer is very enjoyable on a chilly evening.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2009 18:11:54 | More by ClockworkOrange
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3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Last of the Scratch series beers leftmindedrighty sent me... looking forward to this one!

Pours a hazy pale copper with a finger and a half of creamy head which dissipates rather quickly with reasonable retention.

Aroma is a bit muted, hints of caramel and toasted malt with a bit of hop spiciness around the edges.

A bunch more going on on the palate... well rounded malt sweetness with lightly toasted bread notes and a moderate caramel sweetness finishing with a nice, dry, well balanced finish.

Medium bodied that feels substantial but finishes clean with dead on carbonation.

Nothing that blows you out of the water, but eminently drinkable. Really enjoying this.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2009 05:15:06 | More by errantnight
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Ontario (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

got this one from DrJay as part of the EDM BIF. thanks jay!

12oz bottle. sampled jan 30/09.

pours deep orange with a bit of haze. a small dense white head forms, dropping fairly fast and leaving spotty lace.

aroma is nice. light caramel. bit of toffee. white bread and cracker. bit of toasty character. light alcohol. touch of cocoa and fruit.

taste is nice. touch of caramel. lightly toasted whole wheat bead. biscuit. bit of cracker. hint of alcohol. touch of fruit, but without imparting any appreciable sweetness.

mouthfeel is good. just under medium carbonation level. medium-light body with a fairly light finish.

drinkability is good. nice balance. fairly mellow. good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2009 02:52:25 | More by grub
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Ontario (Canada)

3.3/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, big thanks to grub for sharing.

Pours a lightly hazed golden orange/amber, thin off white head forms, drops down to a thin ring around the glass, some big bubbles, no real lacing, but decent retention, certainly looks like a marzen. Smell is nice, sweet and malty, some caramel, toast, really biscuity malt, orange, light bit of sour maltiness, pretty good. Taste is similar, very toasty, some oats, very biscuity, caramel sweetness, a bit fruity, oranges, light sourness, watery flavour, not too appealing. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium carbonation, certainly drinkable but not exciting. A little bland, but thanks for sharing Russ!

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2009 02:30:45 | More by Viggo
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3.03/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is an ok marzen. Everything you'd expect from a marzen, but muted. Cool idea to go back to your roots, drank this while brewing up beer myself and loved the idea that the bros. decided to dust off their old recipes. This is not unlike watching Tom Cruise in Valkyrie.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2009 22:07:48 | More by Murchmac
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3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

THis beer isn't much of an oktoberfest. It isn't as dark as an oktoberfest, doesn't have as much body, it doesn't have the malt flavor either.

This beer has some orange citrus on the nose and taste. This is the first miss from Troeg's. There are a tiny bit of fruity esters in here as well.

I don't get the rhyme or reason from this one.

I appreciate the sample as I get to try all the scratch beers. This one is the first one that was a miss for me.

Thanks to Deuane for the sample.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2009 02:20:20 | More by jasonjlewis
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3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks Santa (Deuane) for this want
Bottle poured into a pint glass produced a finger worth of tan head that trailed off to nothing. All this was on top of a clear copper colored body brew.

Aromas of bread, malts and a light hop's filled my nose. The flavor that was the most pronounced was the sweet malt not to much bitter .Not to the place where I would call it sticky sweet but sweeter than most Octoberfest's. I also picked up some nuttiness in it as well. Typical larger mouthfeel smooth easy drinking a great representation of the style and another fine brew from Tröegs.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2008 22:31:57 | More by joepais
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3.4/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a slightly opaque vibrant orange color. pure white head with wonderful lacing and a rather nice retention level for the head.

S: wonderful lager aroma. mostly lightly sweet malts with a decent amount of hops. reminds me of some long weeks in late September.

T: very nice german marzen style flavors. light malts, but solid fruit notes, mostly apples. very light flavors, especially with the hops. nice traditional marzen though. very close to style, some American influence.

M: medium bodied for the style. solid flavors and very smooth. slightly thick as it warms though.

D: very good drinking oktoberfest marzen. smooth and mellow, and delicious. well worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2008 06:34:08 | More by paulthebeerguru
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3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to mikereaser for this brew.

Pours a nice hazy dark orange color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy off-white head, which leaves some sticky lacing behing. The nose is malty, with some caramel and spice. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, with some spice. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a tasty brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2008 01:44:50 | More by Wasatch
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Ontario (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Dr. Jay for this unfiltered spot-on octoberfest. Pils, Munich and Vienna malts combined with noble hops. Lighter yellow and fading off-white moderate head. A bit chewy mouthfeel, easy drinking and sessionable a.b.v.Ingredients show themselves in the aroma. A good spot of yeast brings it all together.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2008 19:42:22 | More by Sammy
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4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to dashirey for this one.

A- Light hazy amber, two finger head.

S- Sweet caramel malts.

T- Light, slightly grainy caramel malt sweetness with a hint of toasted flavor middle. Very mellow smooth hop finish balanced with a drier malt profile.

M- Slightly fizzy, but still really smooth. The body is just a touch light.

D- Too bad it's all gone.

This beer seems like a cross between the export and domestic German versions. A must try for any Oktoberfest fan, if you can get your hands on some.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2008 14:56:10 | More by Pauly2X
Photo of dirtylou


3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz single, received in the pre-football season bif from kegatron...he sent me 4 of these and i picked this one randomly from the bunch to enjoy tonight

appearance: pours into an imperial pint, amber-copper body with a foamy beige cap and decent retention, slightly hazed body and a little light

smell: lots of grain, caramel malt, a bit bready, sweet apple, sourdough, mildly hopped

taste: this one is pretty sweet for a marzen - heavy on the apple, caramel malt...the sweetness kind of drowns out the grain and breadyness

mouthfeel: sweet, medium-light body

drinkability: good

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2008 00:55:25 | More by dirtylou
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Light hzy to the light brown color. Half inch white head that fell pretty quickly.

S-caramel malt, husky grains, maybe a slight earthy/spicy hop note. yeasty lagerish finish.

T-Very grainy malt flavors, a hint of caramel, mild spicy hop flavor. Slightloy mettalic

M-light to medium body with a crisp carbonation

D-Its okay, I could have a few

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2008 22:38:53 | More by jackorain
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Scratch Beer 13 - 2008 from Tröegs Brewing Company
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