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Scratch Beer 30 - 2010 (Jerman Bock) - Tröegs Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

62 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 62
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 4
pDev: 8.75%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Tröegs Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Maibock / Helles Bock |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Deuane on 05-18-2010)
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mrandypandy

Georgia

2.88/5  rDev -28%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle received as an extra. Many thanks to Jwiss22 and StormKing47.

A- Pours a beautiful copper/orange with a thin white head. Minimal lacing.
S- Sugary, slightly sweet. Notes of cotton candy with alcohol peaking through. Meh.
T- Slight malty sweetness. Very watered-down and weak. Not much going on.
M - Medium to light body, cabonated. Really, really over-carbonated, to the point of being "spritzy".
D- Low. The watered-down taste and over-carbonation don't make for a great brew.

Overall, a big disappointment. Reminds me of drinking a bock that's been cut with seltzer water. I'll stick with Troegs better offerings (all the other ones).

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2010 01:15:33 | More by mrandypandy
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

3.15/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a dark yellow blended with notes of orange, quite hazy with a thinner creamy off white head.

S-has a lot of typically wheat beer aromas, light notes of toasted grain, hints of breadiness, flavors of yeast and lemon, a fair bit of spicy phenol and notes of corriander, quite grassy in the finish.

T-the taste is similar to the nose, quite grainy with a hint of toasted breadiness, the phenols are either faint or not oven there, spicy and yeasty with a faint bit of lemon. Corriander spice, pepper, and grassy finish.

M-light body, nice syrupy feel to it, great carbonation to balance it out with a crisp finish.

D-this is ok, its not good but its not bad. more like a spicy hefeweizen as the malt flavors seem to be more subdued.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2010 04:33:48 | More by cpetrone84
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TheGordianKnot

Tennessee

3.38/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into imperial pint glass...

A- Dark golden orange with a two finger off white head. Large bubbles and nice lacing.

S- Strong sweet honey aroma with a cracker like backing to the sweetness. Very malty.

T/M- Bready, biscuity, and sweet. Soft delicate hops contribute a little balance. A little too heavy for the flavor profile. Has a hidden medicinal off flavor- potentially too much alcohol? The lingering flavor is a very interesting subtle tobacco. Well balanced body, Medium carbonation.

O- Not bad. Considering this may be a bit past it's prime, it's still holding up alright. Glad I got to try this thanks to ShadesOfGray!

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2011 20:30:40 | More by TheGordianKnot
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.4/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2011 02:23:28 | More by TMoney2591
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OKCNittany

Oklahoma

3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

10-31-2013 02:34:32 | More by OKCNittany
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Gyle41386

South Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pokal. Thanks to Deuane for sending Tröegs goodness my way. It's been a while since this came out, but the bottle has been in my fridge since I got it. Unfortunately, I'm trying this much later than I would have liked to.

The pour is a golden orange. A little more than a finger of dense white foam retains well and sticks very nicely.

The smell is mostly sweet, like honey and oranges. There's some bready malt. I imagine the sweet orange scent is what remains of a former citric hop aroma. At this point, it's a lot of bread and fruit.

The flavor follows, although there is a very light, soft hop bitterness that survived that does a little to balance out the sweetness. There's also a spicy, peppery kind of flavor.

Medium body. It's certainly bubbly, but not too much. Noticeable alcohol in the finish, but that's to be expected. Not the easiest drinker, but there are some nice flavors. I wish I could have tried this fresh, but I don't think time ruined it. It's still tasty, which I've come to expect from Tröegs.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2011 02:53:25 | More by Gyle41386
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SpeedwayJim

New York

3.6/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2010 21:58:37 | More by SpeedwayJim
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philbe311

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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...

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2010 01:07:25 | More by philbe311
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WeisGuy

New York

3.6/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2010 22:53:08 | More by WeisGuy
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.63/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into Sam Adams Sensory glass

Wow, this one pours a massive amount of head. I poured it slowly it it just foamed up. At least 3 fingers of khaki head that stuck around for a while. Eventually settled to a smaller layer. Left some splatted lace. Color is a dark burnt peach orange.

Aroma: Smell is very malty. Lots of sweets here with caramel flavors up front. Some grassy hops as well. I also get a lot of spice notes. Very 'lager' like.

Taste: Again, this one of is very sweet and taste a lot like a lager (yes a bock is a lager). It has some spice notes that I really can't distinguish here. Caramel and bready malt flavors.

Mouthfeel: Dry and spiced. Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Ends very dry with malt flavors. Kind of a bland feel to it.

Overall, not the best bock I have had, but not to bad. It just seemed a bit bland to me. It is easy to drink, but some of the flavors are just off to be.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2010 03:13:47 | More by mothman
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Mora2000

Texas

3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2010 23:43:36 | More by Mora2000
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JamnesCameron

Illinois

3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2011 01:20:17 | More by JamnesCameron
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GRG1313

California

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

01-20-2013 01:30:28 | More by GRG1313
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t0rin0

California

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

03-04-2013 02:05:44 | More by t0rin0
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juhl31

California

3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

-a fine cloudy orange brown color. thin white head, but it's sticking around for the most part

-lots of good fruits in the sniff. apple for sure, maybe a hint of citrus and nana. some kind of harsh tobacco smell in there too for some reason as it warms a bit

-sweet, but some solid bitterness in there. like a grapefruit that was burnt a little.

-very crisp and a decent dryness to it with a little bite

-it is quite drinkable for the style. i have definitely had better, but on the other hand, i have had worse too. overall, i like drinking it

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2010 01:09:02 | More by juhl31
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DIM

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: This was a clear, golden color. It poured with a massive, uneven, frothy cap that faded to clumps of lace.

s: Surprisingly hop-forward. I got lots of flowery, lightly citric hops backed sweet grains, apricot, and a little caramel.

t: Hoppy for a maibock, but it works pretty well. Earthy, dry and a somewhat bitter up front. The finish revealed some balancing sweetness that was a bit fruity. Very clean at the end.

m: On the lighter side with spritzy carbonation.

d: PA is the lager capital of the U.S. I enjoyed this one, but there are a few better examples of the style to be found locally.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2010 10:55:01 | More by DIM
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ShadesOfGray

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my De Dolle large snifter/tulip glass. Pours a very light copper color, clear at first...but hazes out towards the final part of the pour. What a great head and lacing! Very large frothy white haed that has excelent retention! The lacing is also fabulous! Leaves complete patchy and sticky froth all over the glass that just doesn't seem like it wants to go anywhere...and lasts the entire drink!

Aroma is good but mild, yeasts and malty for sure. Mild sweetness, but somewhat stale. Overall though, a pretty average bock aroma.

Flavor is very decent! A little sharp bite, but compiled with the sweetness from the bock-like features. Sweet notes throughout...caramel and mild booze warmth. Malty, medium body, high carbonation. A decent drinker.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2010 01:22:40 | More by ShadesOfGray
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colts9016

Idaho

3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another beer from the cellar, this time a Scratch Beer from last year. Poured into a polka at 45 degree.

Appearance: A monster three finger head that has good retention. The head on the beer is foamy and cream with an ivory color. The head left some lacing on the glass. The color of the bee is a medium gold color with some medium copper hues. The clarity of the beer is cloudy with little yeast particles floating. Effervescence surrounds the beer with nice little bubbles. The color and head of the beer is very good for this style.

Nose: A very malty nose with toasty and bready notes. A mild hop aroma with some fruity esters. A subtle solvent aroma from the alcohol. It is similar to a pils except more character in the nose.

Taste: A very malty caramel, toasty, bready and yeast note are more pronoun on the palate. A moderate amount of floral character with some fruity esters. The alcohol spiciness is tamed by the time in the cellar.

The mouth feel of the beer is dry carbonated and coating.

Overall: The body of the beer is medium, with a medium finish. This beer is just okay, nothing about it really stands out nor is it the best of this style. On the other hand it is not a bad beer either.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2011 02:51:38 | More by colts9016
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twiggamortis420

Texas

3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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!

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2010 02:04:03 | More by twiggamortis420
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yeahnatenelson

Illinois

3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2010 01:21:44 | More by yeahnatenelson
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womencantsail

California

3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2011 01:14:19 | More by womencantsail
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curasowa

New York

3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2010 23:57:35 | More by curasowa
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Kadonny

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a lager style glass.

A: A dark cloudy orange color with hints of brown. A two finger large fluffy white head laves massive lacing.

S: Citrus and sweet fruits with a bready caramel smell and a large floral hop aroma. This is a bock?

T: Repeat. This is a bock? Loads of citrus flavors with other fruits such as banana, apple, pear coupled with a large floral hop flavor that is nice an bitter. The bready malt sweetness lies underneath but the hops don't really ever let it poke through fully. This seems more hop centric than a traditional bock would be, but still it works. Finish is bitter but smooth. Nice.

M: Medium, coating but prickly. No alcohol noticed.

D: Good, this is a nice drinking beer that is not a traditional style bock.

Overall another winner in the scratch series. With Troegs one should have imagined that this would have a hoppy edge to it, as it does. Not a traditional bock by any sense, but still very good. Kudos.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2010 15:38:24 | More by Kadonny
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Onenote81

North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks go out to bjspicer (Brian) for this beer included in my big box o' Scratch beers!

12oz bottle poured into a conical pint. Pours a very cloudy dark orange/gold with a large 3-finger frothy beige head. This looked like the top of a milkshake. Excellent retention; left lots of sticky lace in its wake. Notes of pear, apple, allspice, and faint alcohol in the nose. The nose is a little muted though. I imagine this was much more pronounced when it was fresh.

The mouth is uber-full and thick. Creamy finish. Well-done. I'm noticing hints of the pale fruit that I picked up in the nose, but the alcohol comes forward a bit more here. It's mellowed out some with time, but it's still there. Light spiciness on the finish. This was surprisingly good. Admittedly, not one of my favorite styles, but this was a very good beer. Thanks, Brian!

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2010 15:39:39 | More by Onenote81
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JohneHoodlum

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev 0%

12-09-2011 00:15:34 | More by JohneHoodlum
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Scratch Beer 30 - 2010 (Jerman Bock) from Tröegs Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.