Scratch Beer 30 - 2010 (Jerman Bock) - Tröegs Brewing Company
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3.78/5 rDev -5.5%
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.
12-05-2011 02:51:38 | More by colts9016
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
4.18/5 rDev +4.5%
Poured into a Town Hall Brewery globe on August 11th 2011.
Pours a very beautiful honey color with hues of amber and red. Head is huge and then leaves no lacing. I wish this had more lacing but other then that its spot on.
Smell is of sweet malts of course and then a lot of lemon peel. Smells great.
Taste is... Wow so sweet! Tons of honey sweetness and then some hop citrus but holy crap is that sweet. Great taste even after several months of being sent to me the citrus balances. I wish I had it fresh.
Mouthfeel is medium. The tangy taste is present on the end of the pallet but its a great weight.
Overall this is an excellent. Oh so sweet and tasty for the style. Great job.
08-12-2011 08:31:51 | More by UMNbeerhunter
3.55/5 rDev -11.3%
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.
08-05-2011 02:53:25 | More by Gyle41386
3.38/5 rDev -15.5%
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!
08-02-2011 20:30:40 | More by TheGordianKnot
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
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
4.13/5 rDev +3.3%
12 ounce bottle I found in my refrigerator from a recent trip to PA. Poured into a standard pint glass.
A: Medium to deep amber color, with a thick creamy white head that leaves lots of lacing.
S: Picked up some grassy hop aromas along with some honey and bread flavors. Also picking up some earthy tobacco smells as well.
T: A little sweet and peppery notes up front before some bitter hops takes over in the middle. Lots of bready malt flavors throughout to balance things up. Very nice.
M: Medium bodied, well carbonated.
D: This beer has done well sitting for 6 months -- I don't recall enjoying it as much as I when I first got it. Nice sipping beer on a cold winter night (like tonight) or would go well with a hearty stew.
01-13-2011 02:33:09 | More by chaz01
4.13/5 rDev +3.3%
12oz bottle poured into a standard pint.
A - Pours deep copper orange with a one finger light tan head leaving webs of light lacing down the glass.
S - Fairly heavy, bready, biscuit malts dominate with some nice floral citrus hops and some herbal spices offering a balance of sorts. A touch of caramel sweetness is a nice addition as it helps break up some of the other, heavier, aroma's.
T - Some sweetness up front is blended well into the doughy feel. The bright citric hops from the nose seem to be fading a bit but are still very much present, albeit in a more earthy tone. Malt is over the top chewy. Spices are prominent but not overpowering. Very nicely balanced.
M - Heavy body and medium flavor with moderate carbonation. Feel is very chewy and it tires the mouth over the course of the glass.
D - Very high. I really liked this one, altho is was even better on-tap. Troegs really seems to have a firm grasp on how to make excellent bock beers.
12-31-2010 00:49:41 | More by orangesol
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
4.3/5 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
4.25/5 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
4.1/5 rDev +2.5%
A- Body is a quite cloudy pale dark golden yellow hue. The cloudiness is dense and uniform. Pours with a 1 finger or so foamy white head which eventually fades to a thin collar but some lacing is left behind in the glass.
S- Floral hops and a crisp hop bitterness are the highlights of the nose. Behind this is a light hint of pale malt and roasted vegetables.
T- Flavor is very similar to the smell-but not as bright and exciting. Flovor profile is pretty much typical maibock. Floral hops are dominant with a sweet pale malt backbone. The finish has a slight hop bitterness and mild alcohol presence-but other than that is pretty clean.
M- Medium to high tingly carbonation and a light yet full, crisp, drinkable lager body.
D- Aweswome job, as usual, by Troegs. This is a very nice, hoppy, crisp version of the style. Troegs once again-supports the thesis that Troegs is my favorite brewery. The scratch beer series is phenomenal-I wish I lived close enough to the brewry to not trade for these.
11-08-2010 02:12:17 | More by PittBeerGirl
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
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
3.93/5 rDev -1.8%
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!
11-02-2010 15:39:39 | More by Onenote81
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
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
4.2/5 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.