Scratch Beer 30 - 2010 (Jerman Bock) - Tröegs Brewing Company
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4.3/5 rDev +7.5%
Chilled bottle into a glass, courtesy of dabecassis, who left it at largadeer's place (it was then re-gifted to me). Thanks Dabe.
A: Pours a turbid, glowing burnt orange body. Quite beautiful. The head is magnificent, rising to three fingers in height, retaining well, and leaving tons of sticky lace down the sides of the tulip. I normally like my beers clear and filtered, but this is just beautiful.
S: Honey, raisin, multi-grain bread (well, toast really). It has an earthy, citrusy hop profile with a mild spice note. Seems good for the style, if a tad sweet.
T: Definitely on the sweet side; it's not cloying, but I'm just remarking on it. I can't shake the honey comparison; the combination of sweetness and spice reminds me of the organic stuff I put in my oatmeal. Raisins and toasted multi-grain bread are also found here. The hops are less citrusy than the nose implied, with more traditional Noble flavors of earth and grass, with a light pepper taste.
M: Maltier and heavier than I expected for the style, but it's also hoppier to make up for it. It has some lingering earthiness that rounds out the beer nicely.
D: This was a total pleasure to drink, and I'd love to get more of it. For the style I'd argue it's a little underattenuated, but as a beer, it's delicious.
11-29-2010 09:16:36 | More by Arbitrator
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
4.33/5 rDev +8.3%
pours a orange / brown body and a nice bubbly frothy head. Smells lightly of orange zest - fruity. A hint of mustyness from the yeast, sweet malt. Overal tast is lighter than i expected, a bit peppy. From the traditional style i would expect a heavy malt presence. Sweet and zesty up front, mellow in the middle with a hint of orange, and the hop finish is zesty grapefuit, soapy bitter, but just enough to balance the beer. This is not a hop head beer (thank god). Mouthfeel is watery, slightly oily / slick. Good carbonation as it flows. Dinkability is good, you could finish a six pack in a night and not be upset about it.
08-13-2010 01:11:57 | More by danadeny
4.35/5 rDev +8.7%
Thanks to Mikereaser for this one.
Scratch 30 has a cloudy orange body and a robust off-white head that rises to about three fingers after a vigorous pour. The head is solid and rocky looking in a way that immediately lets you know it has great retention and lacing.
The nose is dominated by surprisingly pale malt, a hint of lemon zest and a lot of spicy hops. A general fruitiness swirls around in there also.
Scratch 30 is a great-tasting Bock. A solid hop profile has flavors of lemongrass mixed with all kinds of earthy and spicy flavors. The bitterness is fairly strong. The malt base is not nearly as powerful as the hops, but its light, sweet flavors provide enough backbone to keep this one drinkable. Along with the malts comes a fairly substantial fruity flavor, which tastes more like a medley of light fruits than any particular fruit. The finish has the highest concentration of bitterness, with just a hint of warmth from alcohol. The aftertaste is a great blend of hops that is both fruity and spicy. Pretty straightforward Bock, but very well done.
The carbonation on this beer is very high, with a body just shy of the medium range.
Scratch 30 definitely exceeded my expectations, and at 7% ABV it drinks very well. Had I sampled it at the brewery I would have bought an entire case for sure.
11-05-2010 04:00:30 | More by Hojaminbag
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
4.38/5 rDev +9.5%
I like the looks of this. Seems unfiltered with large carbonation bubbles. A thick frothy yellow colored head hold looong retention. Thick sticky lacing.
Very biscuity, bready aromas with hints of noble hops and toffee. Very nice.
Quite tasty, big bold mouthfeel, toffee and caramel, thick biscuity malt character, slight floral aromas, with more toffee sweetness on the medium finish. Great easy drinker with a hidden alcohol.
07-02-2010 20:17:45 | More by mcallister
4.4/5 rDev +10%
Not exactly my favorite of styles, but I'll give it a shot...
Appearance: Poured from the bottle into my DFH Ale Glass, the beer is a very cloudy light copper color. Despite my easy pour, there's over 2 inches worth of slow fading, thick creamy white head.
Smell: The smell is sweet, with a nice grassy sort of hop character to it. Rather light and refreshing.
Taste: I'll admit, this is not a style that I am particularly fond of...but this is good! The taste is light and sweet, and there's just enough of the grassy and spicy hop character to balance this brew out. Not what I expected at all. This beer is really hitting the spot on this warm summer afternoon.
Mouthfeel: Plenty of carbonation, light to medium body. Very refreshing.
Drinkability: This is a damn tasty beer, and a welcome relief for this hot summer afternoon. I really wish that I had more than a single bottle. Definitely recommend, try it if you can get it.
07-24-2010 20:49:30 | More by krisandajt
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
4.5/5 rDev +12.5%
Thanks to ClockworkOrange for lugging some of this up to NEPA for us Lackawanna folk.
Pours a highly hazed orange amber color with a soft, pillowy beige head. Head starts out about two fingers and keeps well, a thick, full lace with some excellent webbing on the sides.
Smell is quite fruity and floral, with citrus and apricot aromas coming out juicy and sweet. A bit of caramel and some bready malt round out the nose.
Taste is also quite fruity, with a combination of yeast esters and citrus hops giving it a juicy orange and apricot flavor in particular. It has a pleasant sweetness and a bready malt base. It's really nicely balanced and the finish leaves some floral, fruity flavor that leaves me thirsting for the next sip. Man, this is really tasty stuff.
The mouthfeel is a real surprise, as it is extremely creamy and smooth. It's creamy enough that it drinks close to a beer served on nitro. It's that creamy, soft on the palate but with enough carbonation to also be pretty clean in the finish. This is certainly not the way you'd expect a maibock to feel on the palate, but I think it really works with this beer.
I gotta say that this is, unexpectedly, one of the best beers in the entire Scratch series to date. It's not a traditional Maibock but that doesn't bother me; what it is is a damn tasty beer. So fruity, so smooth, and incredibly creamy on the palate. To me this is what the Scratch series is all about - taking a style and having some fun with it, turning an interesting concept into a great beer. This is a definite winner; and to think I saw close to 10 cases of it still sitting on the brewery floor! You are missing out if you haven't tried this yet.
08-07-2010 00:34:56 | More by number1bum
4.5/5 rDev +12.5%
Thanks to the long time trading partner, Akorsak, for this one.
Poured a 12oz bottle into my Hennepin globe. This beer pours a hazy burnt orange with a big, fluffy off-white cap that leaves sticky lacing all the way down the sides of the glass. If I would have been handed this beer, I definitely wouldn't have guessed it to be a Maibock. Looks more like a IPA. And hello, smells more like a IPA too. With the first whiff, plenty of citrus and floral hops. The hops fade into sweet biscuit malts adding a nice bready aroma to balance out the hops. The first sip has me saying out loud that I love this beer. Wow, is it tasty. Floral hops add a nice sweet earthiness with tangerine citrus coming following behind. Plenty of breads and biscuits to give the hops a palate to work off of. At the very tail I get just a hint of banana. Everything is balanced. While its hoppy, the malt backbone really balances it. Man, this is a tasty beer. My only issue is its classification. I'm all for trying new things, but I wouldn't ever say this is a Maibock. Regardless, one of the best Scratch series I've had.
07-28-2010 23:08:13 | More by hwwty4
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
Scratch Beer 30 - 2010 (Jerman Bock) from Tröegs Brewing Company
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