1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Scratch Beer 36 - Bruce Wit - Tröegs Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Scratch Beer 36 - Bruce WitScratch Beer 36 - Bruce Wit

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

46 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 46
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 12.77%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Tröegs Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

From the twisted mind of Tröegs brewer Bruce Tanner comes Scratch #36, a white ale brewed with spices that we’ve dubbed Bruce Wit – since we’re a lot closer to Bruce than we are to Belgium. Scratch #36 has been a work in progress for Bruce. He used to brew this beer style at his old job and couldn’t wait to tackle it again. In addition to traditional ingredients like orange peel and coriander, Bruce has reached farther into the spice rack incorporating black pepper and star anise into the hopback to intensify the flavors.Pouring a cloudy straw color with a foamy white head, Scratch #36 delivers a bevy of citrus and spicy aroma notes with a hint of licorice from the star anise. . The spices are offset by a wheaty dough taste. Black pepper gives this wit a nice bite on the back end, while the Lachouffe yeast gives a cider twang to finish each sip.

10 IBU

(Beer added by: stakem on 10-30-2010)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | next › last »
Ratings: 46 | Reviews: 43 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Deuane:
Photo of Deuane


3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Hazy, orange-yellow with a medium white head that slowly reduced to a thin cap and left heavy, rope like lace.

S-Musty orange with of lemon zest and anise. Lightly sweet biscuit malt lying underneath.

T-A nice light citrus notes dance across the palate. Notes of orange and lemon zest lead the way with light wheaty biscuit malt forming a solid backbone. Touch of mustiness from the yeast profile.

M-Medium-light body with a lingering sour twang that creates a light and refreshing brew.

D-Certainly nothing over the top here but it sure is solid, true to style and tasty. I wish this was offered during the heat of the summer and not in the cooling autumn season.

Serving type: on-tap

12-14-2010 12:10:12 | More by Deuane
More User Reviews:
Photo of BillRoth


3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

09-25-2013 23:15:48 | More by BillRoth
Photo of t0rin0


4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

03-04-2013 02:07:55 | More by t0rin0
Photo of iadler


1.95/5  rDev -47%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

The third scratch beer that exitmusic00 and I opened tonight from our bif tasting box. A white beer with spices that was bottled 1+ years ago. I am now dreading what this beer with taste like.

A- Pours a straw yellow with a thin cap. No lacing.

S- Acidity is upfront, followed by bubblegum, wheat, peppery spice. There also seems to be this odd sourness and barnyard funk in the aroma. As this beer worms, it starts smelling like sweaty feet. Not pleasant.

T- Some sweet cream corn upfront, wheat, peppery spice and a hint of bubblegum. Finishes with a strange vegetal taste, which exitmusic00 described as canned green beans. I think that is pretty accurate.

M- Medium carbonation and a low to medium watery body that finishes sweet.

O- The final scratch beer for the night and not really better than the others. This beer seemed really off with a odd sour and funky aroma. These three beers were obviously past their prime and I guess I really didn't think these were going to taste good. I was right. I did however, enjoy exitmusic00 facial expressions during the tasting.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2011 05:14:14 | More by iadler
Photo of nh2032

New York

4/5  rDev +8.7%

11-24-2011 04:18:59 | More by nh2032
Photo of TMoney2591


3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | 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 (and our latest tasting) finally comes to a finish. The last leg pours a cloudy pale straw topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises wheat, salty water, and black pepper. The taste holds notes of wheat, black pepper, clove, light lemon zest, and orange peel. The body is a hefty-ish light, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta watery feel. Overall, a pretty solid wit, though one that certainly doesn't help itself in the smell department. But the rest of it ain't too bad.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2011 02:56:23 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of billshmeinke


2.68/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a tulip.

Light golden color with active carbonation. Half a finger white head that quickly dies down to a super thin layer of foam. No lacing really. Eventually head disappears.

Smells of sweet malt, grassy, herbal, a bit peppery/spicey as well.

Tastes of sweet malt, light bread notes, herbal and a bit floral as well, and a bit of spice from the wheat. Some slightly medicinal phenolic notes.

Mouthfeel is a little flabby and dull. Carbonation helps a bit, but it still falls flat.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2011 00:16:42 | More by billshmeinke
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It was the scratch beer festival night! i had spent a good deal of time collecting these and finally tracked down the last of what i needed and put them all down in a massive tasting. Split with my brother in law and his buddy on 5/6, these were all split into 6 ounce samplers. special note, this was the hardest to acquire of all of them!

A decent pour here, though not much in the way of any head on it so to speak. Still nice hazy and cloudy medium amber colored beer had some nice carbonation to it and a well rounded look.

The aroma was nice, hints of banana, cloves, and an almost bubble gum like aroma peeking in through the mammoth wheat smell. Same held true for the flavor, with massive amounts of wheat present right away that melded themselves into a nice banana and clove profile that seemed to continue to develop as it continued to warm. Nice balance here with a light to medium body and smooth carbonation, left with a slightly dry flavor in the mouth, I went in for a few more sips leaving a nice bubble gum flavor throughout.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2011 02:23:55 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of COBeerBuff


4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received via Secret Santa 2010 from Tanger.

Appearance: Poured into a pint glass and yield a bright straw yellow liquid with a finger of white head that dissipates quickly. I can hear the nucleation releasing from this beer, and the bubbles coming from it combined with the hazy nature of the beer create a very pretty picture of a witbier.

Smell: This beer smells awesome! Lemon, orange, coriander, cloves, and some other general spiciness make up the bulk of the nose on this beer. I get a small tiny bit of biscuit grains too, but the overwhelming notes are citrus and spice, and I love it!

Taste: The orange zest hits you right off the bat, and the spicy citrus from the nose continues its assault on the palate. The malt presence is a little more substantial than it was initially, but the zestiness of the citrus helps this beer remain light and airy and true to style.

Mouthfeel: This beer is very creamy and smooth, but the freshness of the fruits used in the brewing process helps it remain very light on the tongue, with a little residual stickiness on the finish.

Drinkability: This is a very drinkable witbier, and it reminds me a lot of the fresh witbier in Boulevard's smokestack series. The citrus really pops, but it's balanced very well by the spiciness of the cinnamon and cloves. Overall, this is probably one of the best beers I've had from Tröegs.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2011 00:53:05 | More by COBeerBuff
Photo of ChadQuest


3.05/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pour is hazy which is expected with decent lacing. Almost looks like Lemonade. really does.
Aroma and flavors have a very prominant lemon flavor that isn't tart with smooth banana and clean wheat backed by a pinch of spice. Carbination is pretty lacking right now and light on the tongue, a stronger carb bite would really make the flavors pop and make it crisper. Enjoyable but has some room for improvement.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2011 07:36:32 | More by ChadQuest
Photo of Blanco


3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours an "orange fruit drink" color with a smaller head than most whites. cloudy in appearance but still somewhat dark for the style. smell is actually funky upfront, almost like some saisons with a hint of citrus. Not an unpleasant smell just different for the style. The taste is very much like a "safe" white. The flavors are there, but overall somewhat weak, but thankfully it is not the citrus bomb that many bad whites end up being. It's a good taste with what you expect from whites, just a little less punch than the best in class. overall this is a decent white. I'd buy it if it were in the regular lineup and it's a rare "middle of the road" white for me, since I usually love 'em or hate 'em.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2011 01:44:22 | More by Blanco
Photo of AgentZero


3.1/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Orangish color with some white head that didn't retain particularly well or leave much on the side.

S - Smell of banana, coriander, clove, mild spice. Not bad, nothing great.

D - Tastes actually a bit like GI's Matilda, although less flavorful and watered down. Sweet, banana, some yeast, clove, it's okay, just watery.

M - Average carbonation, lighter bodied, watery.

D - Not too hard to drink, but this is not a particularly good beer that I would want to have tons more of.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2011 23:53:18 | More by AgentZero
Photo of jrallen34


3.23/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle thanks to Sean, drank from a perfect pint glass... This is a really ugly neon straw, murky, looks watery. A light off white head not much to look at there either... The aroma is decent, a ton of banana with some spice, not bad just boring.... The taste is super boring, more light banana, weak...The mouthfeel is bad, way to light, low carbonation, water...Totally quaffable but not good enough for me to drink again.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2011 23:02:07 | More by jrallen34
Photo of akorsak


4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle.

A: The witbier is a hazy golden yellow, opaque. A steady stream of bubbles emerged on the initial pour but the ale quickly settled down. No head.

S: A rangy, wide-open nose that seems far more apt in a saison, the witbier has plenty of anise. Coriander follows up with a softer aroma but the anise is the star of the show.

T: The pairing of wheat and spices is well done, a light ale that packs a strong flavor. The wheat is tart but not a game changer, instead it just supports the spice profile. Anise stands in place of the normal witbier palette of flavors. The licorice flavor is not an overpowering flavor, instead it just seems to fit in, making the witbier taste more like a saison. The ale is light on carbonation, keeping the anise in the spotlight. A strong twist on a witbier. Kudos to the added depth.

M: The mouthfeel is refreshing, aided by the wheat's tartness, and complex, thanks to the anise.

D: Quaffable with a unique twist, Bruce Wit is a surprise contender for the best of the Scratches. The stronger anise amongst the tart wheat is a pleasing departure.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2011 19:10:17 | More by akorsak
Photo of womencantsail


4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Bobby for sharing this one.

A: A highly hazed appearance to this beer. Straw and orange in color with a thin layer of white foam.

S: A really nice nose. Lots of spices going on here, particularly white sage and coriander, along with orange and grapefruit peel. Sweet malts and wheat bread provide an excellent base.

T: The citrus flavor is really quite intense. Seems to be a lot of grapefruit and less of an emphasis on the orange. Wheat is prominent and provides a nice sweet bready flavor. Less spice than the nose had, but again quite a bit of coriander and sage.

M: The body is medium and so is the carbonation.

D: A damn good witbier, which I don't always find to be a well done style.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2011 01:27:50 | More by womencantsail


3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled inlate December, 2010. Bottle to pokal. $4 for the single.

A: Pours with a scant finger of bright white foamy/sudsy head. Medium retention and lingering collar. The body is pale, goldenrod at the center and becoming light yellow towards its extremities. Cloudy with 10-15% transparency. No lacing.

S: Toasted malts provide the backdrop with notes of straw, grain, bread and cracker. The hop bill produces aromas of orange and lemon with underlying woody and grassy qualities. A nice blend of sweat and dough is imparted by the yeast. Subtle hints of earthier tones include must and, just further in the background, very light barnyard. The aroma is by far the most successful aspect of this brew.

T: Fruit and spice flavor blends perfectly up front and right through the mid palate. Spices include pepper, coriander, ginger and suggestions of clove. There is a mélange of fermemted fruit flavor starting with dried banana, then leading into more nuanced flavors of pear, pineapple, peach and apple. A light sourness and medium tanginess is appreciated. Bruce Wit starts out authentically Belgian but the flavor begins to flatten out on the backend of the palate. Alcohol is noticeable throughout, but it is unmistakably bigger on the finish.

M: Medium light body, perhaps a touch thin. The carbonation is above average and fizzy, but it cannot quite cut through the slightly alcoholic texture.

D: Above average overall but I am content with the one bottle that I had.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2011 13:35:32 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
Photo of Hojaminbag


3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is brewed in my own backyard, but it still found its way to my wants list. GabrielM, my secret Santa, managed to send it to me even though he lives in New Mexico. Kind of neat. Thanks Gabe.

Scratch 36 has a very has, bright yellow body and a white head. The head shrinks quickly without leaving any lacing.

Nice smell, lots of tangy wheat with coriander, lemon, and orange peel.

A ton of wheat twang provides a solid base for this wit. Coriander and pepper are the strongest flavors, and at first I think that this reminds me a lot of Dream Weaver, Troegs standard wheat beer. Honestly, it does remind me of that, but the Belgian yeast adds enough to distinguish it. In addition to the pepper there is a good bit of orange peel and lemon. The finish has some more wheat.

The wheat makes the body creamy, but the carbonation feels a tad low.

Scratch 38 is a decent wit, but it isn't fantastic.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2011 04:54:29 | More by Hojaminbag
Photo of maximum12


3.05/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Thanks to stormking47 for yet another bottle of Troegs. I'm finally whittling the mound of beer down to a manageable level.

Pour is classic wit, looks like orange marmalade in a goblet. Ditto the smell, with citrus, orange peel, wheat, & overt yeast all mixed in the nose.

Scratch 36 is true to the nose. Lemon & citrus form a dominant trio, with neither getting the upper hand. The spices that weren't evident in the nose get some play, but they're vaguely peppery without much definition. Dose of yeastiness arrives in the aftertaste, & it's a bit strong & not completely welcome.

Not bad, but this is one of those rare beers for me that struggles on mouthfeel; this one is thin to the point of watery. Very odd, because there's enough taste to make this good.

Decent enough beer, but a bit of a let-down from the Scratch series. Has all the ingredients to be a fine wit, but it's lacking. Something.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2011 04:27:04 | More by maximum12
Photo of meatyard


3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, pale yellow with a 1-finger, white head that falls to a cover while leaving little bits of lacing.

The smell is some spices, yeast, a little banana and coriander.

The taste is banana, coriander, then cloves and a little peppery in the end that lingers on the tip of the tongue.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin and moderately carbonated.

Drinkability: Is pretty good. There isn't anything special about this wit especially compared to the very good ones. If this suits you well enough then a few should go down nicely.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2011 00:21:38 | More by meatyard
Photo of number1bum


4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to Deuane for hooking me up with a couple of bottles of this one, ensuring I still have not missed (although I've not necessarily reviewed them all) a single Scratch brew!

Pours a slightly hazed pale golden color with one finger of bone white head. Keeps just a very thin lace with no real stick to speak of.

Smell reveals some very nice yeast character, estery and spicy, with a light grainy sweetness and spices. It's peppery with a good dose of coriander as well. Some obligatory orange to round it out.

Taste also consists of some sweet wheat with a grainy character, some musty and estery yeast, a bit of orange and a good deal of spice. Coriander is dominant, but it's also somewhat peppery and earthy.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, pretty creamy and just generally fuller feeling than many wits, which often seem watery to me. Finish is not super clean with a sweet coating left on the palate.

Wits are not my favorite style by any stretch, but this is a pretty darn tasty one. Tasty stuff and well done.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2011 02:47:02 | More by number1bum
Photo of gford217


4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Kiel for this 12oz bottle.

Pours a seriously cloudy orangish yellow with a smallish white head that recedes quickly to a thin collar leaving no lacing.

Aroma is excellent with an equal mix of spices and wheat. The spices include coriander and pepper but there is some sweet Belgian yeast and bananas as well.

The spices come out swinging in the taste with the coriander and anise up front with some orange peel and lemon zest. The backbone of wheat is there and noticeable but the spices leaves a tingly, peppery finish.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation, though maybe not quite as effervescent as I'd expect in a wit. Tad thin.

This is a heavily spiced wit that's certainly above average for the style and very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2011 22:46:02 | More by gford217
Photo of mikereaser


3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Church Brew Works pint glass on 1/8/11.

Pours a golden light yellow with a 1/4 inch of white foam that quickly faded to a layer of fine bubbles. Not alot aroma wise, just some light grains and lemon zest. Nice clean crisp taste, some lemon, lime, banana and just a bit of coriander, bready wheat flavor as well. Overall its a nice flavor and very enjoyable. Crisp carbonation and light bodied, this one is very easy to drink. I don't think i'd search this one out, but I do like it and would drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2011 05:28:59 | More by mikereaser
Photo of Mora2000


3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to StormKing47 for sending me this bottle.

The beer pours a hazy yellow color with a white head. For an aroma I get a lot of wheat and a good dose of coriander. Somewhat surprisingly I don't get much, if any citrus notes in the aroma. The flavor is more like what I expected. I get some wheat, orange peel and coriander, but overall the flavor is not as nice as I expected. The flavors a slight bit muddled and not clean and refreshing tasting like a lot of the best Belgian Whites. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. There is nothing wrong with this beer, but it was not as good as I expected.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2011 07:23:20 | More by Mora2000
Photo of flexabull


3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle tasted blind courtesy of KimR, thanks again!

Pours a bright and cloudy gold color with a nice big white head that quickly faded. No real lacing either.

Aromas are of bubblegum, lime, cream, and yeast. Smells pretty good, like a tripel or a wit.

Taste starts out yeasty and tart. Some lemongrass, creamy sweetness, lime and bubblegum. Finish is crisp and mineral like.

Mouthfeel is ok, but seems to be thin.

Drinkability is pretty good. This is a decent beer, thinking wit beer. Not the best I've had, but it's tasty enough and interesting. However, the more I drink it, the more it grows on me.

Side note, while I think the Troeg's scratch series is an interesting idea, it seems like all the beers from the series that I have tried have been so so, and I usually can see why they were scratched. This is also one of them, it' ok, but not great either. Needs work...

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2011 22:46:08 | More by flexabull
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a murky straw color with a foamy head that sprinkles all matter of lacing around

Smell: Lemon zest, white pepper and star anise join the coriander and wheat bread

Taste: The zesty flavors jump out from the get go, with the lemon, star anise and pepper most prominent along with the coriander and wheat bread flavors; after the swallow, the spicing blends nicely and adds a banana dimension

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to low carbonation

Drinkability: Really like the spicing in this interesting take on a wit; my only quibble is that I would prefer a crisper mouthfeel and more carbonation

Thanks, tubdog13, for the opportunity

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2010 03:07:09 | More by brentk56
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | next › last »
Scratch Beer 36 - Bruce Wit from Tröegs Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.