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Scratch Beer 71 - 2012 (Dim Wit) - Tröegs Brewing Company

Scratch Beer 71 - 2012 (Dim Wit)
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43 Ratings
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Ratings: 43
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.6%

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

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

For Scratch #71, we’re revisiting the blissful world of white ales. This beer typically features a blend of wheat and barley along with spices and yeast to create a refreshing and complex flavor. With a dense haze from the red wheat and a foamy white head, Scratch #71 incorporates tartness and a delicate orange aroma that complements the spices and the LaChouffe yeast. The finish is dry and crisp.

(Beer added by: sulldaddy on 07-12-2012)
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Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pleasant wit, bottle from from Capone’s restaurant. A good spice mix made this tasty and drinkable. Good above average mouthfeel. Good choice of spices including star anise, cinammon, and white pepper. Lasting head. A Belgian styled, with some American ingenuity.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2013 04:42:09 | More by Sammy
Photo of stakem


3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dim Wit? DMB Wit? I assume this is the same scratch beer. Dont know what caused the name change but whatever here we go. 12oz bottle poured into a matching Troegs pint glass. The brew pours a clouded yellow with a billowy white head more than a finger strong that is fluffy. The cap fades leaving some spotty lace and a light swirl revives a finger back to the surface.

The aroma is spicy with clove and some dried fruits like banana, pear and apple. More smells bring out notes of the included peppercorns. Overall, the nose is well blended with the previously described character not outweighing one another. As the brew warms up, a bit of wheat grain comes forward sealing the package.

The taste includes some tart wheat that brings forth minor flavoring of lemon and orange zest that immediately blends into peppercorns. A flavor of spicy clove is present throughout the entire experience. A mild touch of banana at times along with other fruit like the previously described pear or apple but that is really faint in comparison. The aftertaste has a bit of herbal inclusion that is the only indication of hops.

This is a medium to light bodied brew with a moderate amount of carbonation. Overall, this is pretty much spot on for the style. I enjoyed this brew mostly because of it's integration of flavors without anything overpowering the rest. A pretty solid take on a wit. Worth a try if you get a chance.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2012 00:02:59 | More by stakem
Photo of Slatetank


4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Troegs Tasting room on 8/16 served chilled in a cervoise.

The color is like custard, moderately hazed golden like apricot with white creamy head with small bead. The lace sticks in a film on the glass and retention appears to hold for a long time, lace hangs on til the end. The smell is very good with hints of citrus rind and coriander giving a light tropical aroma with gentle pepper accent and mild tangy belgian yeast odor. The feel is great the smooth wheat w/ moderately high effervescent texture gives a refreshing presence to the general mouthfeel with light citrus in the mix and gentle sweetness in the wheat with light toasted notes and peppery effect in the back of the throat after the swallow.

The taste is full with wheat chewiness and light oat taste which adds to the fruitiness in the yeast and mild citrus elements of the tangerine and lemon peel. I really enjoy the sczechaun pepper and coriander mix as it gives the malt something to contrast with nice spiciness and gentle tropical fruit tinges with a light earthy element. The overall impression of the wit is a beer that is refreshing and interesting with lots of spice and fresh taste that makes you want another.

Serving type: on-tap

08-20-2012 14:03:11 | More by Slatetank
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4.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a couple of these scratch beers at the House of 1,000 for 3 bucks each. Kind of excited since I never had a witbier from Troegs,

A - Damn fine sticky half inch of head with stellar lacing. Color is as expected a light yet hazy bright yellow. Kept the sediment in the bottle...

S - Very lively and peppery with lemon and coriander highlighting. Hope it's not too yeast forward.

T - Again very vibrant and peppery with lemon leading mid palate and a clean spicy finish. Hops are subdued and yeast is not cloying. Quite good.

M - Best part of the beer it clocks in over 5% but it drinks with a light body.

Overall I like this scratch beer not only because it's crafted well but because it isn't too sour from lemon or too cloying with chalky yeasts. Well done guys!

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2012 00:28:59 | More by DrDemento456
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a clear golden color with just under a half finger of thick, creamy white head. The head fades to a thick ring around the glass.

Smell: Light with a nice sweet component from the malt. I'm getting some bright citrus fruit along with a Belgian yeast component. The spices are quite nice with the yeast.

Taste: The spices bring it strong here. I'm getting a coriander note here that goes well with the Belgian yeast. The spice flavor might be a bit too dominant. Just a hint of sweetness and banana with a spicy finish.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is medium with smooth carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: The spice profile could have been a bit more refined, but I still liked the beer. I'd have more if they made this a normal offering.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2012 02:19:56 | More by oline73
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District of Columbia

4.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My 1000th review!

I had a small taster of this so much that I then ordered a full-sized glass of this.

Served in a shaped-glass.

A: Poured a soft, peach-yellow color with a VERY cloudy disposition (obviously unfiltered). The brew itself had a slight, pillowy head.

S: Nice coriander bill without being over-the-top, with a sweet orange citrus disposition. Nice!

T: Excellent! The spice was delicately balanced with coriander leading the way, but only slightly. I love the smooth, buttery finish!

M: Creamy, not too sweet in any way, and with moderate lacing. I really dug the foamy feel!

O: This was an excellent Wit that even my wife loved... and that's saying something!

Serving type: on-tap

09-10-2012 03:28:01 | More by Chaney
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4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on draft at the tasting room in Hershey. Arrives cold in a stemmed glass. Cloudy gold hue with some sediment and a fluffy bleached white head of about 2 cm. Aroma is crisp lemon and orange citrus with some general spicy notes with some light yeasty notes mixed in the background.
First sip reveals a light crisp body and a smooth easy drinking texture. Carbonation is fine and a little tingly but doesnt impact drinkability at all.
Flavor is similar to the nose with the citrus notes and a little wheat twang mixed together as the dominant flavors. I also get spicy notes including some coriander and a bit of a mild bite on the finish, from the peppercorns?
Talked to a chef and the peppercorns are all roasted in house for the making of the beer. It is a perfect brew for hanging out with my two brothers at the brewery on a hot summer day. Almost filled a growler but went wit the Helles Bock instead. Quite a nice brew, with a fair amount of complexity yet far from overwhelming or fatiguing on the palate. A solid example of the style and an enjoyable brew to boot. Winner from the Trogner brothers!

Serving type: on-tap

07-12-2012 03:32:33 | More by sulldaddy
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3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz, summer 2012
Pint glass

A: Pours a really cloudy, overly dark yellow color. About a half finger of bright white head. Might be leaving a touch of lacing.

S: Definitely getting those spices: coriander and clove and orange. Traditional wheat beer spice. Pretty much it.

T: Right up front, I get lots of clove and coriander. Very spice forward. It's actually one of my favorite wheat beers this season, as I like the slice and wheat combo. It's refreshing for sure. Finish leaves you wanting another sip.

M: Light bodied.

O: B

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2012 16:17:05 | More by inlimbo77
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4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very cloudy and hazy, yet has a glowing gold hue to it...the head was two fingers tall and very fluffy...it retained nicely and left pretty good lacing

S - The spices stand out first...some pepper, clove, and coriander...all of that is nicely complimented by a big dose of orange zest

T - The flavors come together nicely and compliment each other...there is a spiciness that comes with first sip...the pepper and clove stand out...the yeast provides a little more spiciness but also calms down the other spices...the orange zest powers through towards the end and has a bright flavor without giving off any bitterness

M - Medium bodied...smooth with some lighter notes...nice carbonation...spicy with an orange flavor

O - I had a bottle of DMB Wit and loved it...I had the draft version of DIM Wit and found it to be okay...this review might lean a little more towards the bottled version, but overall this was a very nice Wit

Serving type: on-tap

09-18-2012 13:17:10 | More by thain709
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4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at the Brewery.

A - Pours hazy golden yellow with a nice one and a half finger tall white head leaving spotty rings of lace down the glass.

S - Smells of orange zest/rind, peppery spice, wheat and some breadiness from the LaChouffe yeast. Nothing too over the top just a really solid nose.

T - Starts off with a nice dose of citric fruit - mostly oranges - quickly giving way to hints of chewy wheat, bready LaChouffe yeast and some nice spice from the szechuan peppercorns. Finish is pretty light, a mix of all the flavors, not lingering on the palate for very long after consumption.

M - Smooth body with the typical wheat beer flavors and moderate carbonation. The feel is not as chewy as I was expecting it to be.

O - I usually don't like Wit's but this one was really good. It packs plenty of tasty fruity/spicy flavors while being easy on the chewiness, leaving it very easy to drink. Possibly the best Witbier I have had from Troegs to date.

Serving type: on-tap

07-17-2012 21:48:41 | More by orangesol
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4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this into a perfect pint, it has a nice golden color body with a 1/2" white head that lays down to a thin lace. The aroma has some coriander and lemon hints to it. the taste consiste of some peppery and lemon notes and some coriander on the middle of the tongue. The mouth feel is really nice and carbonated really well. Overall this is a really good witbier.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2012 05:16:46 | More by chefhatt
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3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Cloudy pale orange body with a very thick white head that stays around. Some carbonation bubbles rise from the bottom of the glass.

S- Citrus, orange zest, grainy spices and even some Belgian bready yeast.

T- Spices and yeast come through towards the end after a smooth citrus taste.

M- Smooth with good carbonation.

O- Good wit. Nose gives a great preview of the flavors coming through.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2012 16:15:08 | More by stephenjmoore
Photo of confer


3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First review with the expanded ratings amounts.
I'm a big fan of Troegs Scratch Series and this is another good beer.
The color is on the lighter side of yellow and hazy.
Not so much aroma. What is there is a sweet wheat beer smell.
Taste is right on for a wit, the banana in the background and the spices being the dominant flavor.
Very light and refreshing. As with most of the scratch beer I wish they would return but they usually don't

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2013 02:19:00 | More by confer
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4.24/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep golden yellow with a hint of opacity. Good head at pour disappates to a thin layer on top. Smell is light and spicy - corriander and a hint of citrus. Refreshing up front trails to spices and citrus on the finish. For a witbier it has a dry finish and slight pepper. Good balance of light and body.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2013 02:04:16 | More by Oakenator
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4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Cloudy light gold in color with a rich creamy white head. Head sticks around for a good while. Not exactly "white" enough to earn the "5" but still a very attractive beer!

Aroma is of delicate spices, some traditional (curacao and coriander) and some not quite so traditional (white sage maybe?). Really appetizing aroma.

Flavor is very gentle and drinkable. Light spices...more exotic and interesting than most Belgian Wits that I have had before. Clean middle that accentuates the wheat and a pleasant aftertaste. Spices in the exhale, wheat up front. Delicious!

Very creamy texture. PERFECT amount of carbonation. Just velvety...a great example of the style!

This beer renewed my interest in Belgian Wits. It was unique enough, and it was close enough to the original style that it hit all the right marks (with the minor exception of not being very "white").

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2012 19:28:08 | More by MusicaleMike
Scratch Beer 71 - 2012 (Dim Wit) from Tröegs Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.