Scratch Beer 30 - 2010 (Jerman Bock) - Tröegs Brewing Company
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Reviews by curasowa:
3.9/5 rDev -2.5%
Picked up a 6-pack of the latest scratch beer from the brewery while in PA for a wedding. Pours a sl. cloudy, golden yellow color with 2 fingers of head with nice retention. Big malty aroma with some grassy and bready hints punctuated by some sharpness from the carbonation. Taste follows suite to the aroma, with big malt flavor, on the sweet side with hints of caramel and toffee. The finish is lingering and goes out with some nice bitterness that cuts the sweetness. Body is on the heavy side of medium and drinkability is good. A tasty beer - it's a shame I'll only ever have this 6 pack to enjoy.
06-18-2010 23:57:35 | More by curasowa
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3.68/5 rDev -8%
Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle.
The beer pours a yellow-orange color with a white head. The aroma is earthy hops, dirt and some bready malt. The flavor is citrus hops, dirt and earthy hops. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Decent, but not as good as some of the other Scratch beers I have tried.
08-16-2010 23:43:36 | More by Mora2000
4.13/5 rDev +3.3%
Thanks to gamanley for this one! Review from notes (12/5)
A: Pours hazy golden color with a large head which dissipated slowly to a small layer of foam on top. Nice lacing.
S: Upfront I got a really nice apple aroma and then a lot biscuity malts. A slight hop kick as well.
T: Hoppier than expected based on the aroma. Similar to the nose with the apple and biscuity malts. Has a nice sweet finish.
M/D: Medium bodied, very crisp. Overall, I really enjoyed this beer. Would love for Troegs to make this one full time.
12-09-2010 00:02:11 | More by mdaschaf
4.15/5 rDev +3.8%
12oz bottle, picked up at the brewery a few weeks ago. served in a standard pint glass.
A - poured with a solid inch of loose fluffy very light tan colored foam. the beer is slightly murky (haze?), dirty gold in color. spotty wall of lacing left behind.
S - swift kick of asswertive wet grassy hops, starong crackers and honeyed biscuits. some lightly spicy cinnamon and caramel for sweetness at the end.
T - sweet caramel and sharp biscuity malts off the bat, melding with strong wet grassy hops, pine needles, and a subtle kick of bitter grapefruit. finishes with lingering grass and crackers, and a minor alcohol twinge.
M - medium bodied, creamy mouthfeel with sharp prickly carbonation. very crisp all around, and refreshing for the strong flavors and ABV.
D - big bold flavors, yet well balanced between sweet and bitter. great take on the style, and dangerously drinkable.
08-23-2010 02:37:23 | More by Stigs
4.2/5 rDev +5%
Thanks to ShogoKawada for sending this along. Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Ayinger Celebrator doppelbock glass. Bottled May, 2010.
SAE/ECE amber body with brighter gold-amber highlights. A firm soapy head leaves dense foamy lacing behind. Superior retention, but poor clarity.
Fruity and malty aromas - suggesting both pale and toasted malts along with candied (caramel) green apple.
A nice fruity bitter palate entry - the hops are clean but pronounced - eventually leads into the malt which offers a variety of mild roast levels along with a pure almost tangy pils-like base. The finish is long and starts dry but ends up a touch sweet as the melanoidins are the last flavor to dissipate. A hint of alcohol flavor comes through as well reminding you that this isn't a session beer despite being a refreshing lager.
Medium-bodied, soft, well carbonated, but perhaps a touch warm from the ABV.
Well crafted, with no real off flavors and an impressive yet subtle array of malts offset by an unambiguous dose of hops...an excellent domestic take on the style.
08-24-2010 18:03:47 | More by augustgarage
3.6/5 rDev -10%
From Math Trade BIF 2. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Harpoon Pilsner glass.
A: Standard pour yields a massive, foamy, sticky, 4 finger off-white head with ridiculous retention. Beer is a cloudy apricot orange. Lacing is foamy, thick, and clumpy, forming suds on the side of the glass.
S: Nose is very sudbued in this one. Can barely make out a bit of citrus and a spritz of tea leaf and spice.
T: Opens spicy and malty with notes of rich brown sugar, citrus and flowers. Also a bit of tea leaf bitterness in the background and towards the middle. Ends uncerimoniously but with a unique bitter waxy bitterness that lingers and sweetens before it fades.
M: Light to medium bodied with ample carbonation. Lively and tingly in the mouth but it does reach some semblance of smoothness as it warms. Finish is accented and aftertaste lingers for just a bit.
D: Dangerously drinkable for a 7% beer. This is a great thirst quencher. It won't knock your socks off with its nose or overwhelm you with its complexity, but this is a solid creation nonetheless and one I wouldn't hesitate to reach for as a go to beer.
08-30-2010 21:58:37 | More by SpeedwayJim
4.05/5 rDev +1.3%
On tap @ the brewery on 5/21/10. Served in a pint glass.
Pours a hazed deep copper, with a creamy finger of creamy white head, that's got a touch of a dirty off-color to it. This retains with a rich frothiness to it that leaves a good bit of spotty froth behind. Fresh Noble hops drive the aroma with spice, soft fruit, and damp earth up front, which is then encapsulated in the nose by the smooth sweetness of the malts. This is pleasantly hop forward but it's maybe covering up the malts just a wee bit too much here.
The malts are much more pronounced in the taste, with notes of buttered bread and caramel (and just a smidge of citric fruit) being silky smooth across the palate. Hops are a gritty balancing force across the back of the profile and are thankfully less forceful than they are in the aroma. Good bit of earth and dry lingering spiciness hangs past the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a beautiful feeling balance of crispness to the carbonation but then overall smoothness on the palate. You get a little alcohol heft out of the body but that's it, as this just has a great drinkibility on it.
While Maibocks really aren't among my favorite seasonal selections, Tröegs certainly made a believer out of me with this great take on a classic spring style. While I found the nose to be just a little to heavy on the hops, the balance in the taste got it just right, and the body and drinkibility of this were both killer. Just a real solid Scratch entry here.
05-24-2010 17:05:23 | More by Kegatron
4.55/5 rDev +13.8%
12oz bottle. No other information on bottle except explanation of Scratch Series and that this was a bock.
Appearance: fluffy white head and semi clear color. Looks very inviting though for a bock thought the head was a bit too much.
Smell: very minimal smell, detected some slight bread and hops but nothing over the top.
Taste: Exceptional right off the bat. Starts off on a minimal sweet note and dives right into a dryness from the hops. Extremely refreshing and could not detect this was 7% abv. Hops nor malt dominated one over the other that is what makes a great Helles/Bock. A very good representation of the style as I think this is one of the harder styles to nail down. Puts many good German Bocks to shame.
Overall: I rate this right up there with Stoudts Maibock which I think is one of the most under appreciated beers they make.
07-03-2010 14:45:53 | More by Kolsch
4.33/5 rDev +8.3%
A 12 oz bottle purchased at the brewery poured into a weizen glass (to hell with convention).
A: The bock is golden brown, like slightly burnt cheese atop a fresh pizza with its yellow/copper/brown hues. The bock is visibly clear and sports a small white head.
S: Hoppiness is impressive straight away, a floral citrus blast that rivals some pale ales in its intensity. With a little more strength, the hops could easily get out of hand. Underneath, caramel and biscuit malts drive a bready sweetness that nicely sets the stage for the hops.
T: The aromatic hops continue their firm grasp on the bock from the first sip. The citrusy hops, herbal and grassy, add a substantial bitterness, far more than a maibock should have. Biscuity malts, full with a bready sweetness, are a counterpoint to the hops. They do not, however, overwhelm the hops; they can't, it's not in their nature. A hoppy maibock seems apocryphal but I really like the results. Easily one of the hoppiest lagers that I've ever had.
M: Crisp, assertive hops, really that is all one needs to know. A fragrant, bitter maibock that shatters the mold.
D: In retrospect, I'm glad that I bought a case of this beer. The fresh boldness of the hops makes this a trendsetter that is very good.
06-07-2010 00:32:12 | More by akorsak
3.6/5 rDev -10%
A - Slightly more than three fingers worth of tightly packed frothy head with a slightly rock top that is a light cream color... Excellent retention... A dense slightly hazed golden bronze color with a faint orange hue... Filled with aggressive carbonation that starts with a moderate pace at the bottom of the glass and quickly accelerates...
S - Slightly musky... Madarin oranges... Some floral notes... A vague nuttiness... Touches of toffee and caramel... Honey...
T - Banana... Madarin Oranges... Honey... Some subtle candied sugars... Light toffee and caramel... A surprising hop kick... A bit of soapiness...
M - Bristling with carbonation... A touch of creaminess at the start... Medium bodied, but a tad on the thin side... Turns slightly astringent on the finish... Fairly smooth yet assertive overall...
D - Not my favorite of the Troegs Scratch Series, but another wonderful exploration by the Brothers... Nothing really wrong with this one, just not something I would drink more than one of or seek out in the future...
09-02-2010 01:07:25 | More by philbe311
4.25/5 rDev +6.3%
12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass. No date or info on the bottle.
Thanks to Chaney for this awesome beer!
A - Floaties are visible through the bottle and make this beer incredibly cloudy when poured. It's a beautiful tangerine orange color with yellow highlights though. Topped by a brilliant bone-colored head that sparkles like a fresh snow fall, it's everlasting and lace-giving as well. Beautiful.
S - A drizzle of honey and caramel dresses up the lightly toasted malts. Biscuity in the nose, there is a lightly hoppy aroma on the finish. Subtle floral notes add to the mild raisin bread I get from this.
T - Hints of mandarin orange citrus and lemon drop give the bready malt flavor a great distinctive and complex profile. The honey returns for an encore with the caramel but is much stronger in the flavor. Lightly hoppy finish with very subdued resin notes.
M - Medium-bodied and soft with a smooth texture and semi-crisp finish. There is a suggestion of higher-than-usual alcohol with a light warmth and solvent presence through retro nasal breathing.
D - That mandarin orange is totally in there (not saying it's actually used) and I love it. The light citrus hint really spices up the malty beer nicely. I wasn't sure what to expect with this one but I think it really turned out nice!
11-12-2010 13:26:08 | More by BeerFMAndy
4.5/5 rDev +12.5%
this was a seriously excellent beer. i had this one easily winning the night for me, served cold and allowed to warm up, this one was consumed on 10/20/2010.
really just a classic pour with a nearly clear body an a huge head of offwhite that capped the top sublimely.
a rich and decandent nose filled with caramel, roasted nuts, hints of dark earthy tones, toffee and a touch of smoked malts all combined to make this one to write home about for sure. super clean feel and a medium body only added to the show and i honestly could say i was totally and completely blown away by this beast.
overall one of the better bocks and one of the best in this series that i have had. i would do this one again in a second.
10-23-2010 00:32:06 | More by mikesgroove
3.6/5 rDev -10%
Bottle from StormKing47 -- thanks, Josh!
a - pours a medium golden color, big rocky ivory head with great retention and lacing, fairly cloudy
s - interesting/weird b.o./dirty gym sock aroma with underlying notes of caramel malt and light citrusy hops
t - well-balanced flavor with a good dose of caramel malt mixed with orange citrus hoppy bitterness, a good deal more hops in this one than any other bock I've tried, alcohol is well-hidden, some biscuity notes in the lightly sweet finish, nice, just not what I'd expect from the style
m - medium-bodied, slightly higher carbonation, relatively well-balanced finish that's slightly on the sweet side, but dryer than many bocks, light alcohol warming
d - pretty drinkable stuff, though the aroma is pretty odd and borders on off-putting, flavors are interesting and fairly crisp and refreshing, alcohol is well-hidden
An interesting take on the style, in a good way. Well worth a try.
09-28-2010 22:53:08 | More by WeisGuy
3.85/5 rDev -3.8%
12 oz bottle courtesy of cmurren25, thanks Chad! Pours a hazed orange color with a very large, cream-colored head. Retention is excellent, so is the lace.
Nose is toasty and hoppy with a decent amount of sweetness detectable. Hop varietals seem to be similar to those used in Hopback and NN. Smells more like a maibock with the toast and bright hops.
Taste leans toward a maibock as well, with a biting hop presence and moderate fruitiness. Toastiness is there, not much for caramel or a deep, richly sweet body. Still has some sweetness, but it is more candyish, like a Bit-O-Honey. Mouthfeel is welcomingly creamy, carbonation soft. If it is a maibock/blonde bock, it is one of the better ones I have had, although I will never be a huge fan of the style. This one strikes a nice balance and is full of flavor...what one would expect from Troegs!
11-06-2010 02:04:03 | More by twiggamortis420
3.73/5 rDev -6.8%
Poured into a snifter. Pours a hazy orange/deep golden with a fizzy white head of about two fingers. Head drops very quickly. Leaves a mere wisp of foam and spotty lacing.
Aromas of sweet malt and citrus hops.
First sip is caramel malt sweetness with just enough citrus hop bitterness for balance, with a lean toward the malt. Some apple hard candy sweetness lingers.
Mouthfeel is slightly astringent, medium bodied, fizzy carbonation.
Overall a decent effort. But this may be past its prime, feels a little overcarbonated, but still very tasty.
06-27-2011 01:20:17 | More by JamnesCameron
4.03/5 rDev +0.8%
Poured into a Samuel Smith's imperial pint glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.
Appearance: As poured the beer is a clear dark golden/orange color with a 1 ½" very light tan fluffy head that soon begins to recede leaving some streaks and speckles of lacing on the sides of the glass. Sipping leaves small patches and legs of lacing at first but as the head finally thins out sipping leaves is a sheet of foam clinging to one side of the glass and scattered patches of lacing on the other.
Smell: The aroma is grassy and slightly earthy with some breadiness from the malt.
Taste: The flavor contains elements of grassy, spicy, earthy bitterness from the hops. The malt contributes a nice bready and lightly caramel flavor. This is a bit more hop forward than I'd expected, with its bitterness showing up at the beginning and never really going away.
Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied and smooth but with some light prickly sensations from the gentle but persistent carbonation. The finish is moderately long with both some honey sweetness early on and some earthy, spicy bitterness that trails slowly off into dryness.
Drinkability: This is an easy drinking beer that goes down quite smoothly. It has a bit more hop presence than I expected, but that said it is not unpleasant. In fact I'm glad I have more of these as I'm quite enjoying this. I also expect one evening soon to do a side-by-side with this beer and the St. Boisterous from Victory. I certainly would be interested in having more of this beer.
06-28-2010 01:33:09 | More by drtth
4.38/5 rDev +9.5%
12oz bottle obtained via Growling at the Moon from dashirey. Thanks for the opportunity.
Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1 1/2" yellowy beige head over the cloudy golden amber brew. Head fades ever-so slowly, with sporadic chunky lacing. Aroma is sweet and malty.
Taste is sweet upfront, lightly fruity in the middle, and closes with a clean bitterness. Mouthfeel is very smooth, and drinkability is excellent. Nice one.
08-11-2010 23:14:06 | More by ppoitras
4/5 rDev 0%
Happy to see this available at Mr. Bones in Greensburg, PA.
Poured into a tall mug, made for Victory's maibock: Roughly four-inch head, glistening, porous, like a hive (okay, maybe the choice of glassware), just lightly yellow-white, big & lumpy & sticky. Body is orange, slightly on the rusty side, transparent but hazy with golden-yellow highlights. Leaves sticky clumps of lacing.
Not getting a lot from the aroma: some lightly woody hops, a little biscuity malt, that's pretty much it. Not bad, but very restrained.
Very nice taste: Light caramel, verging on butterscotch, a very buttery (in a good way) kind of candy flavor, but backed up by a pressing hop bitterness that really makes it interesting & gains strength further in. Again, kind of woody & a little grassy in the finish, I really like the balance between sweet & bitter here. Nice lingering aftertaste.
Medium-full, some bite & tingle in the mouthfeel. Afterwards, a pleasant little bit of candy stickiness remains.
This is a nice beer, good flavor, not overly sweet like some Maibocks I've had. The fact that the alcohol is completely hidden is really nice -- I've run into too many stronger bocks lately that have been way too boozy & really turned me off. Full-flavored, not hot, easy drinking, maybe too easy.
10-05-2010 01:13:43 | More by OneDropSoup
4.2/5 rDev +5%
Reviewed from notes.
Pours a hazy light copper with a nice white head and a good amount of lacing on the way down. The nose brings caramel, light fruits, spice, and a bit of citrus. The taste is sweet bready malt along with caramel and some tasty fruits. Good body with some really nice carbonation and no booze, which is nice given the relatively-high ABV on this one. Drinks quite well; another solid addition to the Scratch series.
10-24-2010 00:20:34 | More by Thorpe429
3.4/5 rDev -15%
Served in a flared pokal.
Thanks to the Central PA group from the Gang Bang BIF for this bottle!
The Scratch Beer Dash rounds another turn. This leg pours a hazy pale amber topped by a finger of dirty white foam. The nose comprises light buttery biscuits, caramel, and light banana. The taste holds notes of caramel, buttery biscuits, and light mandarin orange. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda grainy feel. Overall, a decent bock, nothing special, nothing offensive, but generally good.
09-07-2011 02:23:28 | More by TMoney2591
3.9/5 rDev -2.5%
Thanks to Bobby for another Scratch tick.
A: The pour is a clear golden color with a big white head to go with it.
S: Quite sweet with lots of bread and fruit. I get quite a bit of white grape out of the nose, and maybe some plums, too. A light bit of citrus and floral hop notes are present as well.
T: Very, very sweet, almost like a Belgian beer with the sugary nature of it. Bread and honey are there, too. Some floral hops are present and the white grape character is there again, particularly on the finish.
M: The body is medium with a moderate to high level of carbonation.
D: Quite sweet, but pretty decent overall.
01-28-2011 01:14:19 | More by womencantsail
3.88/5 rDev -3%
Given to me as an extra by Jwiss22 - What a great guy!
Appearance -- Pours a golden brown, a bit hazy, with a massive tuft of tight white head. Beautiful.
Smell -- Bready and yeasty, with plenty of malt sweetness, a bit of melon, and some grassy hops.
Taste -- Biscuity malts, yeast, and honeydew melon with an abundance of earthy/spicy/herbal hops. The finish is earthy with a little bit of melon.
Mouthfeel -- Light on the tongue, bursting with prickly carbonation, slightly dry finish.
Drinkability -- I've been opposed to lagers for a long time, but I'm finally mending my ways. I was really blown away by this one. The spicy/herbal hops combined with the biscuity/fruity malt sweetness came together to make a really satisfying beer.
06-11-2010 01:21:44 | More by yeahnatenelson
4.2/5 rDev +5%
A-Hazy, unfiltered, golden kissed copper with a massive, light tan head that slowly reduced to a thin cap and left nice lace.
S-Upon pouring a very powerful aroma of apple/pear wafted up into my narse. This aroma mellowed once in the glass and was moderated with a lightly sweet biscuit malt note and a touch of spicy citrus hops.
T-Peppery, spicy citrus hops up front with a robust sweet biscuit malt underlying. Honey laden apple and pear flavour sneaks in on the backside to make this even more interesting.
M-Medium bodied fairly sharp with a nice lingering bitterness and a honey like smoothness that builds with warming.
D-A touch sharper and biting than the draft version makes the bottled version a bit less poundable than the softer and smoothing feeling draft delivered version. This is only a minor detractor and this is still a very nice drinking, flavourful and enjoyable brew.
10-13-2010 23:02:08 | More by Deuane
Scratch Beer 30 - 2010 (Jerman Bock) from Tröegs Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.