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

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88
very good

56 Reviews
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Reviews: 56
Hads: 63
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 8.02%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Tröegs Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Maibock / Helles Bock |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Deuane on 05-18-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 56 | Hads: 63
Photo of akorsak
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (1,257 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at the tasting room a few days ago - served chilled in a standard pint.

A - A hazed amber w/ golden hues w/ rocky eggshell cap. The clarity is light chill haziness w/ lace that clings and a tight bead

S - I was too pleased at first with the smell, too bready and yeasty IMO, but as it warms it has more biscuit and spice from the hops w/ subtle earthy and more toasted melanoidan notes w/ a subtle sweet malt and still retains some of the doughy yeast notes

M- The feel has nice dry malty toast textures w/ moderately full feel the palate enjoys a medium high carbonation level w/ slight chalkiness which seems more like mineral tinged w/ a semi dry finish

T - A flavor that hints at spice and toasted malt with sweet tinges of granola, cracker-like at times w/ mild bitter herbal accent from the nb/tettnang combo. the mild bitterness of the hops come off as a pine earthy taste which comingles w/ a mild bread crumb melanoidan and light pilsner malt tinge w/ a herbal note that is semi-dry with an alcohol element backing it up. The spice is noticeable in the finish, but not overdone

D - I was very happy to see Troegs do a Maibock as a fan of the style -this fits the style well and it is very, very drinkable. It is so deceptive with lots of malt flavor and only able to detect the alcohol when it has warmed slightly. I recommend this to bock fans or anyone who likes a 'beefed up' pils it has enough hops to feel balanced to me (1,458 characters)

Photo of thain709
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A hazy, golden-orange body with a fluffy white head that showed some nice retention...decent lacing

S - Earthy hops are evident, which surprised me...a bready malt characteristic is present along with a caramel malt sweetness

T - This beer is sweet but not cloying...the malts stand out and present themselves as sweet, yet doughy...there's a bit of spiciness that stands out...the hops are earthy and spicy leaving with a nice finish

M - Light bodied...crisp, refreshing, and smooth

D - Maibocks are not typically my favorite but if you add some extra hops then I should like it...a decent Scratch from Troegs and very appropriate for the time of year (660 characters)

Photo of ffejherb
4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Troegs on 5/18/10.

A - Very hazy two-tone amber/orange liquid with a perfect finger's width of creamy off-white foam on top that reduced to a patchy veil but yielded exquisite lacing all around the glass.

S - Spicy bread and doughy malt character with traces of cinnamon and earthy spices and herbs. Hop character is somewhat muted, although some citrus rind pokes its way through.

T - Bready and cookie dough malt character with sweet caramel and toffee notes as well as a hint of spiciness. Ginger perhaps? Really hoppy in the backend with an earthy, slightly herbal character, although more of the cookie malt sweetness swoops in to balance out the bitterness. Slight traces of alcohol also crept into the mix as the liquid reached room temperature.

M - Solid medium bodied with a slight oily texture and light carbonation. Finishes with a moderate earthy hop bite on the palate.

D - This Scratch beer exceeded my expectations, to say the least. Maibocks tend to be hit or miss with me, but this one offered a hoppy twist that I welcomed with open arms. A hoppy Maibock... now that is a Spring brew that I can embrace! (1,137 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (1,493 characters)

Photo of stakem
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle poured into a SA perfect pint glass. Pours a clear, almost seemingly polished orangle color that allows me to watch the rising bubbles of carbonation coming off of the etching on the bottom of the glass. Head appears 2 fingers strong with a creamy white cap that receeds slowly leaving lace all about the glass. Very fresh herbal and citrusy hop aroma that has a slight twinge leaning towards being almost sulfuric. If I was a betting man, id say the same hops used in the last scratch were included in this one as well. The hop character shares a striking similarity to the previous scratch. Also included in the aroma is a fresh biscuit-like grain character but it takes a back seat to the hops. Taste is inline with the aroma, fresh citrus and herbal hops are in the foreground providing a nice bitterness but the flavor gives way to a sweet malty profile that has a touch of buttery notes but is very much biscuity and grainy. The residual sugar in this brew lingers in the mouth long after each sip but is contrasted nicely by the hops and the increasing presence of the 7% alcohol. This is a medium to light bodied beer with a lively amount of carbonation and a really well put together example of the style. I only fault this beverage for having a bit too much hop characteristic for the style. This is possibly due to the freshness but at the same time it continues to show the style of Troegs. It is not something to go out of your way for but it is one of the better maibocks I have had in recent memory. (1,532 characters)

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Scratch Beer 30 - 2010 (Jerman Bock) from Tröegs Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.