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Scratch Beer 57 - 2012 (Weizenbock) - Tröegs Brewing Company

Scratch Beer 57 - 2012 (Weizenbock)Scratch Beer 57 - 2012 (Weizenbock)

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59 Ratings
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Ratings: 59
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 14.8%


Brewed by:
Tröegs Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Weizenbock |  7.90% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

Scratch #57 is brewed with two cocoa powder varieties and two kinds of berries to create a tart twist on a classic German style. Unfiltered and carbonated to a near-champagne finish, the beer is 7.9% ABV. Fermented in our open-top fermentation room, the yeast gives hints of pepper and clove designed to complement the fruit flavors. The cocoa powders add bitterness and some mouthfeel; the boysenberries and raspberries provide a tart, dry finish and the vanilla yields a subtle, sweet finish to the beer.

(Beer added by: orangesol on 02-08-2012)
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A: Arrives with 1 ½ fingers of barely light brown head. Retention is decent and the thick, crescent shaped collar remains even longer. The body is a medium-dark shade of amber brown. Adequate lacing.

S: The nose strikes a nice balance between cocoa powder and banana esters initially. But as you get deeper into the beer, the weizen yeast takes over, as do the adjuncts, which lead to an assault of berry, chocolate and banana aromas. As the beer warms up, the result is an intense nose that would probably benefit from simplicity - or subtlety at the very least.

T: Much like the nose – perhaps dialed back a tad. As the raspberry works its way onto the palate, it begins to offset the banana esters and meld with the chocolate flavor. The upfront flavor could still benefit from some refinement but it all comes together nicely on the backend.

M: Great mouthfeel. The sustained tingle on the tongue works with the raspberry tartness. Medium body. Crispy finish.

O: Not far from my liking. Just a little too flamboyant in my mind. If the cocoa were more subtly integrated – and the yeast profile less sharp – I would probably be a big fan of this one.

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Smell – The smell is of some cocoa with a nice sweetness of caramel and some good bready malt. There are sweeter fruit aromas that are present as well; aromas of banana and berries are most prevalent, but some other lighter dark fruit aromas are present as well.

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Scratch Beer 57 - 2012 (Weizenbock) from Tröegs Brewing Company
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