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Scratch Beer 73 - 2012 (Fest Lager) - Tröegs Brewing Company

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85
very good

66 Ratings
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Ratings: 66
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 10.53%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Tröegs Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

To commemorate the annual German tradition of Oktoberfest, Tröegs unveils Scratch #73 – 2012, an OkTröegerFest, if you will. This rich, pumpkin-colored lager goes against the grain by boasting a fairly hefty hop presence for the style, giving the flavor a moderate bitter twist while still maintaining the classic malt character that you’ve come to expect from a traditional Fest Bier.

35 IBU

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 08-16-2012)
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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

mendvicdog, Sep 07, 2012
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UncleJimbo, Dec 01, 2013
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4.45/5  rDev +17.1%

Awesome copper color, outstanding clarity, carbonation streams, topped by four fingers of highly whipped dense snow white foam. Good stretchy lace.

Great deep toast aroma. Toast with caramel poured on it.

Terrific depth to the malt without being overly sweet. Veers off from tradition with a tasty bigger hop bite than expected.

Light to medium mouthfeel with a bit of chew.

An exceptional traditional Octoberfest with an extra hop bite. Find it if you can.

RonfromJersey, Nov 22, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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ncworster, Nov 22, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

MarvinSnyder, Dec 15, 2012
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4.23/5  rDev +11.3%

A growler filled at the brewery and consumed in OCMD - from notes taken a week and a half ago.

A: The festbier is an amber color - cuprous and clear if not a little darker (relatively speaking). Luxurious white head blankets my glass, a few fingers on each of the first few pours - lacing follows.

S: Toasted malts - pleasantly bready with caramel sweetness in tow. A piquant hoppiness provides more of a kick than I was expecting. Possibly the best lager aroma from the Scratch series - heavy praise indeed.

T: And the taste lives up to the hype - plenty of toasted malts, dark and caramelly, with an equally present hop presence. Warming, the lager makes me feel better with each sip. The hoppiness is earthy with a light citrus, stronger than most lagers but at home with the sweeter, breadier malts. A light spiciness pervades the beer, present throughout and a nice accompaniment to the rich malts. Light and prickly thanks to ample carbonation. Definitely one of the best lagers from the Scratch series.

M: A full flavor, prickly bite and rich caramel flavor - a little early for an oktoberfest but if the result is this good, the beer should be available year-round.

akorsak, Sep 02, 2012
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4.23/5  rDev +11.3%

Another very good Fest beer / Scratch from Troegs. Served in a plastic cup. Beer is amber and clear with a soft white head, lazy, breaks quickly, pulls apart. Some lacing on the glass.

Beer has a mild aroma but expected as much, mildly yeast, midly sweet.

A nice lager for sure, I do enjoy this beer. Easy drinking, malty, medium in body, definitely a repeat. I hope they make this annually.

drabmuh, Nov 08, 2012
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4.08/5  rDev +7.4%

12oz bottle into a matching Troegs pint glass. The brew appears a perfectly clear color of copper with a solid finger of off-white suds. The cap retains very well and slowly fades leaving finger-like patterns of lace sticking to the glass. Throughout the entire duration a half finger maintains across the top.

The aroma is mildly buttery with some toasty grain and a faint citrus to herbal inclusion of hops. Super clean smelling, tight package here that is exactly what you would expect for a fest bier. Nothing negative to say about the aromatics, well done.

The taste is a reiteration of the aromatics. Slight notes of buttery diacetyl give way to an herbal inclusion of hops that are just bitter enough to contrast the toasty sweetness of the grain. The brew finishes crisp with a lingering flavor caught between buttery, toasty and herbal/citric with hops. As it warms up, some tinges of alcohol poke their way through.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is crisp, refreshing and a solid representation of the style. About the only gripe I have is the focus on diacetyl, if those buttery tones could be tamed down a bit this would be world-class.

stakem, Sep 07, 2012
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GFish, Sep 20, 2012
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WaterCzar, Oct 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Troegs Brewery
Scratch 73 : Fest Lager

LOOK: This test batch brew pours a rich copper color with a foamy froth providing plenty of lacework.

SMELL: Bready malts, caramel and floral hops. Light toasted notes from the malts come through as well.

TASTE: Moderately bitter with a nice earthy, grassy noble hopping and Munich malts. Satisfying brew with a caramel like malty flavor and a solid dose of hop bitterness. Sugary sweet caramelized malt flavor is quite delicious and the hops keep things interesting. This is a high quality example of an Oktoberfest, with very clean and enjoyable flavors.

FEEL: Medium bodied, well carbonated, fairly smooth and goes down with ease. A great beer to drink for extended periods of time, this deserves the name " fest lager ".

OVERALL: This is an impressive Oktoberfest from a well respected Pennsylvania brewery. Definitely stands up to alot of others on the market, I could make buying a case of this a holiday tradition. Very well done.

Stinkypuss, Nov 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

ejimhof, Dec 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

kaelingirl, Oct 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Served on-tap at the brewery.

A - Pours deep amber orange with a nice one and a half finger tall white head leaving spotty streaks of lace down parts of the glass.

S - Smells of rich german malts, caramel, light spice and a nice earthy hop aroma. Smells like the typical Märzen with a little extra hop zip to it.

T - Starts off with plenty of the typical Märzen flavors. Hints of caramel, mildly toasted bready grains, dash of spice and some nice earthy hop bitterness. The malt to hops ratio is pretty good, hops grow a little strong toward the end of glass.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Smooth feel with a lightly bitter finish, not lingering on the palate for very long.

O - Over the last few years I have found myself looking forward to the scratch Märzen and this years did not disappoint. It still tastes like a classic Märzen but with a little extra pop. A very nice beer.

orangesol, Aug 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

A - Served with a clear, copper colored body...a white, two finger head formed and showed some nice staying power as it slowly fell to a solid cap...nice lacing was left

S - Caramel and biscuit malts were the front runners...the malts gave a nice toasted presence...all of the hops added a slight citric aroma, not typical of your normal Oktoberfest

T - Everything starts off the same as you would expect...there is a sweet caramel flavor that is present throughout the entire beer...the toasted flavor weaves in and out...biscuit malt gives a nice bready flavor and there is also a buttery aspect lingering...the hops are earthy and show up towards the finish

M - Medium bodied...clean and crisp...this one goes down very easy

O - Again, everything goes as a normal Oktoberfest would...but since this is an OkTröegerFest the addition of the hops is very pleasant...they added a nice background to the nose and were very earthy in the finish

thain709, Sep 26, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

I pikcked up a growler ar the new Troegs brewery in Hershey on my way home from Carlisle last ight. Poured from said growler into my newly acquired Troeganator dimpled mug.

Appearance: Beer pours a light, tawny auburn color with two dense, sudsy fingers of off-white head.

Smell: Lots of bready malts notes with plenty of caramel to boot. The citrus hops notes are pleasant and they add a different dimension to the traditional marzen.

Taste: a kicked up tasting marzen. Starts with some sweetness (dark caramels) and then a punch of citrus hops. There's a warming quality to the beer. It ends with a dry but creamy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and very quaffable. Creamy and well carbonated.

Overall: I really enjoyed this beer. It's a unique take on the marzen style...it's components are more American than traditional German but it's quite tasty. Glad I was able to picked this up.

pburland23, Sep 30, 2012
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spycow, May 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

StaindProject86, Aug 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

I poured this one into a pefect pint glass, it has a copper colored body with a 1' finger of white foamy head that hangs out for a while. The aroma of toasted malt and carmel. The taste has a toasted malt and grain taste, with a little hop bit on the finish of it. The mouth feel is really good and overall a really damm good O-fest, one of the best i have had.

chefhatt, Dec 06, 2012
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Scratch Beer 73 - 2012 (Fest Lager) from Tröegs Brewing Company
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