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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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Photo of donkeyrunner
2.65/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

$7 at Meadhall, Cambridge MA.

Octoberfest in February? Yes please.

Cyrstalline clear dark auburn with a staunch, never say die head. Sticky Kanagawa wave lacing clings onto the glass like intentionally festooned decoration. Such an impressive foam show I doubled checked the menu to make sure it was a lager and not some weird amber wheat. Flawless looking marzen.

Smells like crystal malts. Maybe some herbal hop. That's about it.

Way too sweet. Tastes like someone squirted marzen extract into my beer and was too heavy handed. There's an herbal hop in back that gives an antiseptic flavor which I really don't like but it does help cut some of the sweetness off my palette.

Really didn't like this one.

donkeyrunner, Feb 02, 2013
Photo of flyingmick
3/5  rDev -21.1%

flyingmick, Oct 25, 2012
Photo of JakeRyan
3/5  rDev -21.1%

JakeRyan, Aug 22, 2012
Photo of lccrunchy
3/5  rDev -21.1%

lccrunchy, Sep 20, 2012
Photo of djre4orm
3/5  rDev -21.1%

djre4orm, Jun 13, 2013
Photo of RyanGoodman
3/5  rDev -21.1%

RyanGoodman, Sep 23, 2012
Photo of justintcoons
3.08/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance
Amber with 1 finger white head. Low-moderate carbonation.

Nose
Biscuits and caramel.

Taste
Biscuits, caramel and buttered toast. A touch of cocoa, brown sugar and grapefruit zest. A good dose of earthy, herbal hops on the back end providing a caustic bitterness.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, crisp and clean.

Overall
All is well until the hops come into play. The hops are just providing a weird bitterness without much flavor. Very dirty and unpleasant for the Oktoberfest style.

justintcoons, Nov 19, 2012
Photo of IPAchris
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

IPAchris, Oct 27, 2012
Photo of Ecolello87
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Ecolello87, Nov 06, 2012
Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint
5.5% ABV, Bottling No: Fest Lager

A - A rather vigorous pour launches the beer's plump ivory head into the air, billowing above the clear rusted chestnut-hued beer. Dense lace clutches the glass in thick webbing as the head slowly lowers for a beer that's got a perfect appearance!

S - Tröegs Fest Lager immediately displaces a hoppier aroma into the air than the typical Oktoberfest. Spice and herbal notes come together to produce crispness which overlays the usual maltiness. Noble hops aside, the grain bill sticks close to the style's heart with delicate toasted Vienna and chunky bread Munich sweetness.

T - Smooth maltiness washes over the tongue carrying the aromas delicious bready characteristics with it as well as some earthy nuttiness but, the hops kick in and bully the malt into submission. A heavy herbal bite slowly creeps in, pressuring the taste buds until the end.

M - At first Tröegs Fest Lager Scratch beer starts smooth and almost creamy with a light carbonation prickle that tingles in the back of the throat but, this beer slowly develops into an incredibly dry, almost harshly astringent, bitter beer for lack of malt balance. The lasting impression, or finish of flavor, which lingers on the back of the tongue and throat does not do this beer any justice.

O - From it's appearance and inviting aroma, Tröegs Fest Lager starts with a promising twist on the classic German lager but it's over-hopped flavor and, subsequently, the feel and finish really impart a distracting and rather loathsome bitter dryness that ruins the experience for me. Far be it from me to call it a bad beer but it's neither to style, nor to my liking.

BeerFMAndy, Nov 02, 2012
Photo of JWU
3.4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

neighbors growler fill poured into my trusty mug.

A- beautiful marzen. A clear auburn with a fluffy finger and a half of egg shell head. Very nice lacing down the glass for an octoberfest lager.

S- some bready malts with some light german hops. Nothing to shout about here.

T- A drier, slightly heavier hopped version of the style. A light bready malt, with some light caramel hints, has some german hopping, but also a slight hint of citric hop. Quite dry on the finish, and the finishing bitterness lingers.

M- medium heavy on the carbonation, light to medium body, and again, dry on the backend.

O- Very nice to try, I tend to gravitate to the sweeter octoberfests, so this isn't quite my cup of tea.

JWU, Oct 21, 2012
Photo of SPRichard
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

SPRichard, Oct 16, 2012
Photo of jagada
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

jagada, Nov 04, 2012
Photo of scxcrunner
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

scxcrunner, Sep 08, 2013
Photo of Reagan1984
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Reagan1984, Aug 21, 2012
Photo of xnicknj
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

on tap at revolution house

Pours a clear copper color with a one-finger topping of white head. Dissolves into a bit of retention with some spotty lacing left behind.

Malty and bready with a dash of hops. Hints of citrus with sweetness followed by bread crust and light sweetness.

Kicks off with a welcomed note of citrus hoppiness, quickly followed by bready, caramel tones. Malty with toffee and light sweetness with some toasted notes. Continuing layers of German malt finishing with a bit of dry hops and caramel sweetness.

Medium body, decent carbonation, chewy and sticky on the tongue. A pretty decent Marzen - I enjoyed the slightly hoppy twist as well.

xnicknj, Oct 07, 2012
Photo of Chaney
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this on-tap at Troegs after taking my wife to ride coasters over at Hershey Park.

A: Poured an orange color (mostly), with the slightest bit of red also. The soft pillowy head seemed inviting to me on this early fall day.

S: Definitely bready and malty, with only a hint of Germanicism (my word, you owe me money if you use it. :)). More American that German for sure.

T: I got a light sourdough bread sweetness with a bit of a caramel toffee undertow. Where's are the mothballs"

M: Creamy and with no alcohol detected (but that's not really a problem many have with Marzens anyway). The lacing was ridiculous in the on-tap version but not so much on the bottled one.

O: While I liked this overall, I still longed for the Hack-Pforr esque, mothball-laced, less sweet, non-Americanized version of the style.

Chaney, Sep 10, 2012
Photo of John_M
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap a Hudson St. Stackhouse during BBW.

The beer pours a coppper amber color with fairly good head retention and lacing. The nose is intriguing, as I pick up some clove, cinnamon and sweet malt. The flavor profile is more of the same, with something of a pumpkin element as well. Interestingly, despite all the spice and flavor, the beer is a bit thin on the palate, and I didn't feel as if the spice blended in all that well with the pumpkin and sweet malt. Also, there's some noticeable alcohol on the finish, which is a bit of a detraction.

Interesting effort, and certainly not a bad beer, but not something I could see myself ordering again either.

John_M, Oct 29, 2012
Photo of tectactoe
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Pours a nice shade of orange and copper, slight clarity with a bit of hazy particles in the middle, some small white sediment floating around. Beige-like, small head that sinks down to a thin cover around the edges of the glass quickly. Smell is hard to pick up on, not as powerful as I'd hoped. I am getting some mild spice and sweet, buttery malt, but that's about it. It's definitely getting stronger as it warms up.

After the first taste I was thinking, "Wow, this tastes like an O-fest!" - Then I realized, it is called FEST Lager. Hah, must be the Munich malts. Very malt heavy beer, biscuity and full of caramel and some toffee. Slight sulfur smell in the background, but not too heavy or distracting. A bit of grains and almost some fruity sweetness, although I can't pinpoint one specific fruit. Bitterness is very low and appears only briefly at the end in the form of very, very, VERY faint, floral, musty hops. I also picked up a slight weird, astringent flavor, almost old cork-like. Not a big deal. Aftertaste is like buttered toast and full of grains. Medium body, slightly stick with low-medium carbonation.

This beer was pretty damn good. I wasn't expecting much from it, but it certainly delivered and then some. I'm also not a huge fan of O-fests, but I still enjoyed this one very much. True to the style and full of flavor. Low ABV doesn't hurt, either. Some slight off-flavors here and there which prevented a higher rating, but I would definitely have this one again.

tectactoe, Dec 04, 2012
Photo of Darkmagus82
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance – The beer was served a golden-amber color with a one finger white head. The head faded over a moderate amount of time to give a lighter level of lacing.

Smell – The aroma was of toasted bread and malt with caramel and a light level of a citrus hop aroma mixed within.

Taste – The taste began with a bready flavor mixed with an ever so light caramel flavor. Up front there is a decent presence of citrus hop taste as well. While not too sweet initially, some of the initial caramel sweetness faded as the taste when on. Toward the end, the now drier flavor bittered lightly as some more citrus hops as well as some more roasted malt flavors come to the tongue. In the end, a crisp and slightly hopped, toasted bread flavor are left on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer was on the average side in terms of creaminess as well as chewiness. The carbonation level of the brew was quite average as well. Both made for a very drinkable brew and accentuated the crisp nature and the tastes quite well.

Overall – A rather flavorful brew that was refreshing and very easy drinking. One to try if you get the chance.

Darkmagus82, Oct 09, 2012
Photo of TimoP
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

TimoP, Aug 22, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

stereosforgeeks, Dec 18, 2012
Photo of RyFikes
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

RyFikes, Mar 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Apex, Nov 03, 2012
Photo of Rojada1988
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Rojada1988, Nov 06, 2012
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Scratch Beer 73 - 2012 (Fest Lager) from Tröegs Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.