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Scratch Beer 69 - 2012 (More Helles, Less Bock) - Tröegs Brewing Company

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Scratch Beer 69 - 2012 (More Helles, Less Bock)Scratch Beer 69 - 2012 (More Helles, Less Bock)

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very good

49 Ratings
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Ratings: 49
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 8.27%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Tröegs Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Maibock / Helles Bock |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

More Helles, Less Bock is an easy-drinking lager that blurs the lines between Helles, Bock and Maibock styles. At 5.6% ABV, 21 IBU, and light straw color, Scratch #69 portrays itself as a Helles; but inside the glass lurks a more complex beer reminiscent of the Bock style. Aromatic toasted chestnuts and hints of honeysuckle flower present themselves before the first sip. After tasting More Helles, Less Bock you will immediately want more. The floor-malted barley gives an earthy flavor that pairs with the hints of bitterness from Tradition. The finish is sweet and malty, yet still refreshing; a light filtration adds bread notes at the end.

(Beer added by: orangesol on 06-08-2012)
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

11-13-2012 17:29:29 | More by CurtFromHershey
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

11-09-2012 02:15:32 | More by beermanbrian
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

11-03-2012 21:41:58 | More by Apex
Photo of tlazaroff


4.03/5  rDev +4.1%

Clear light golden in color with a nice crisp white head that laces nicely even though it dissipated rather quickly.

Predominant grain aromas coming off this one, not my favorite smell, it reminds me of cereal. But the saving grace is the tiny little bit of caramel that slips in on the nose. It makes it bearable for me.

Upfront I was hit with a blast of caramel, which quickly lent way to a nice floral flavor and then the aftertaste was back to caramel. Delicious! It is drying, light-bodied, crisp, and overall a joy to drink.

10-31-2012 16:26:48 | More by tlazaroff
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3.58/5  rDev -7.5%

On tap at Hudson St. stackhouse the other day.

The beer pours a solid gold color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is fairly attractive as well, showcasing bread dough, honey and light dry citrus. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely in this lightly sweet lager, and the mouthfeel is slick, smooth, medium bodied and lightly bitter on the finish. The finish is otherwise very clean, polished and refreshing in this nicely crafted beer, and alcohol is completely undetectable.

Quite drinkable and enjoyable... just wish there was a bit more going on.

10-29-2012 23:00:42 | More by John_M
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3.25/5  rDev -16%

10-16-2012 03:41:51 | More by THECPJ
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3.25/5  rDev -16%

10-15-2012 20:03:20 | More by aminobutyricacid
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

10-14-2012 12:32:30 | More by MikeConklin
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Appearance: Gold color, slight head, mild cabonation, clear.

Smell: Slightly nutty and clean

Taste: Malty with a slight aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Smooth with a crisp finish

Overall: Very nice Maibock which had an alcohol warming on the way down. I love that Troegs can branch out and attempt German-style lagers. This was very good, and I would try again.

10-08-2012 20:45:29 | More by dungledauf
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3.98/5  rDev +2.8%

A - Not very impressive head a very thin layer, lacing is decent. Color is as expected for a Helles clear bright yellow.

S - Smells like roasted nuts, touch of caramel malts, and honey/flowers.

T - Taste is sweet and nutty with fruity tones of honey and lavender flowers. I really like how it's sweet but grain forward. Tasty stuff.

M - Medium bodied and kind of syrup like but goes down smooth.

Overall I was kind of disappointed at first to find this bock a touch light but it is a nice mix of styles and worth a try.

09-29-2012 04:10:24 | More by DrDemento456
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3.98/5  rDev +2.8%

12oz bottle, 69 – Bock. Thanks for the extra Stormking47.

A: Pours a very light amber with golden highlights beneath a couple fingers of white active head. Head slowly faded into a soft thick film. Very active carbonation, patchy lace.
S: Lots of sweet malts, sweet smelling, hints of honey, with roasted grains and lager yeast as well.
T: Sweet again with a dominant grain taste. Sweet malts, caramel, toast, honey, lemon and lager yeast fill my palate. Finish is syrupy but not cloying, and the aftertaste is sweet and lightly spicy.
M: Smooth and very soft carbonation, medium-full body, chewy slick mouthfeel.
O: Smooth and sweet, slick and rich. Not a bad drink at all. Thank Josh.

09-14-2012 01:19:35 | More by scottfrie
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District of Columbia

4.45/5  rDev +15%

I grabbed one of these from the tasting room on the way out the door.

Served in a Mad Elf snifter.

A: Poured out a nearly crystal clear, soft orange color, with about a finger or so head that clung to the glass like Spider-Man.

S: Faint, but I guess that's not what this beer is about anyway. Nice sweet, sourdough quality that encased the malt for further use on the taste buds.

T: Liquid bread in a glass IMO. Not sure why lots don't dig this, but I loved it! Sweet, but only in an organic sort of way, with no saturation of any kind. This is very "beery," which I thought was a welcome change.

M: Liquidy, but please don't confuse that with "watery." This wasn't meant to be "snot-like"... it's supposed to be ALMOST a session beer. In that regard, I dug the sweetness, lacing, taste lingering, etc.

O: If a person just drank a couple Imperial Stouts right before this, they'll hate it. However, I kept going back for more and more. I REALLY liked it!

09-10-2012 04:03:23 | More by Chaney
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3.85/5  rDev -0.5%

First has: on tap at TJ's, Paoli, PA

Clear, golden-straw pour with a small white head; moderate retention and lacing. Aroma wasn't too strong or distinctive, toasted grains, sweet malts, nutty. More of the same in the taste, toasted grains, malts, a touch of honey, bready, lightly citrusy, and a mild hop bitterness. Light-medium body, nice, but probably nothing I'd go back for.

08-19-2012 12:54:59 | More by Rifugium
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

08-12-2012 21:54:16 | More by ejimhof
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3.63/5  rDev -6.2%

I had this on-tap at Max's. Served in a tasting glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a clear golden straw color with a small layer of off white head that goes away quickly.

Smell: Very malty. Lots of grain and some mild fruity grape notes.

Taste: This beer is very malt forward and full of bready notes. There is some grape sweetness going on here too. Mildly bitter in the second half of the sip, but that fades in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with fluffy carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

Overall: This bock was good but rather unremarkable. I don't think I would want another.

08-02-2012 03:30:22 | More by oline73
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

07-30-2012 03:07:19 | More by CheapBeerBuzz
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

07-28-2012 19:41:32 | More by JohneHoodlum
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

07-26-2012 23:33:20 | More by JZ77
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4.28/5  rDev +10.6%

At the time of this review, this is #25 on the "Top Beers Maibock / Helles Bock" list on beeradvocate.com. A very nice beer from Troegs, a refreshing break from the endless parade of shitty IPAs the scratch beers have been lately.

Beer is yellowish and light in color, clear with nice steady moderate carbonation, white head, nice retention, looks good.

Aroma is clean, yeasty, mildly sweet.

A nice wet beer start to finish, quencing, nice yeast body, not as bready as you'd expect but a stand up solid lager, I'd have it again for sure.

07-24-2012 13:01:35 | More by drabmuh
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

07-22-2012 20:09:25 | More by lobos62
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4.1/5  rDev +5.9%

The beer pours a clear sunset orange with no cloudiness or lacing. A thin halo of white head reminds you that there was a fluffy white head at pouring, one which fell flat shortly after. The nose is pure grain and sweetness, something I wish I smelled in every lager. Strangely I get notes of a turkey dinner, fresh cornbread, and a light fruitiness. The taste is very similar, boasting a rich malt profile with suckling sweetness and a touch of bitterness to help bring balance. There is nothing fancy about the hop profile, just some alpha acids on the back end along with a lingering grain sweetness. The body is relatively light and the beer is quite drinkable. I'd love this beer on tap and would likely try it again.

07-22-2012 02:43:17 | More by ThePorterSorter
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District of Columbia

3/5  rDev -22.5%

07-20-2012 16:40:46 | More by nmann08
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

This is a delicious Maibock.
Solid Gold in color with no head . Fizzy at first but then settles down quickly.
Sweet caramel smell.
Sweet taste and small hop bitterness all at the same time.
A bit on the thick side once the beer settles.
Overall a very good beer. I think they hit the style on the nose.

07-20-2012 03:52:20 | More by confer
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3.98/5  rDev +2.8%

1396th Review on BA
Bottle to Bock glass

Thanks to my RS guys Drknbeer & Stormking47 for this gift.

App- Golden, golden in color with lots of bubbles in the glass. A nice soft white two finger head that faded quickly. No real cling or lace.

Smell- A lot going on it this glass. A bit of bready malts, but yet herbal and somewhat of a yeasty quality with a bit of toast behind the nose.

Taste- I was thinking this was going to be a baby Vitus. Had no idea it was a Helles type. After having Hangar24's Helles for fathers day, I just didnt like the style. This was very good. Grassy, cracker and a bit of malt with a floral note.

Mouth- A fairly medium body with a good medium (light) carbonation. A good amount of bubbles and still crisp and clean.

Drink- Not a fan of the style per se, but this beer was might tasty. I could put back a few more.

07-17-2012 04:25:38 | More by FosterJM
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3.68/5  rDev -4.9%

A- Crystal clear golden body with a thin white head of bubbles on the top.

S- Some pale malt aroma with a hint of bread and some fresh grass.

T- Malt comes through along with some favors of toast, citrus and a slight hop note.

M- Crisp and clean, good carbonation.

O- Good take on a helles bock. Crisp and clean with some interesting flavors.

07-14-2012 17:25:16 | More by stephenjmoore
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Scratch Beer 69 - 2012 (More Helles, Less Bock) from Tröegs Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.