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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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spycow

Illinois

4/5  rDev +5.3%

05-01-2013 06:18:43 | More by spycow
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ the Tröegs Brewing Company (Hershey, PA) on 8/16/12. Served in a stange.

Pours a clear copper, with a finger-sized cap of slightly off-white colored head. This retains with some foamy ringing around the sides of the glass, leaving back some patchy lace. The aroma is fresh, spicy and leafy feeing, with earthy citrus notes and malt combining to give this a ripe and green smelling feel in the nose.

The taste has a solid green citric bite to it, which mix with malty flavors of caramel and bread to impart a rich tanginess to the profile. This is overall crisp and firm feeling on the palate, with a dry spicy bitterness on the finish that lingers a bit. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and tight feeling on the tongue with a creamy yet firm carbonation that gives this a quaffable presence in the mouth.

This is yet another in a long line of Fest Lager variations that Tröegs always seems able to impress me with each year. This one has a bit more of a ripe citric earthiness to the profiles but that same crisp dryness still gives this a hugely drinkable character. I could have easily drunk multiple glasses of this.

Serving type: on-tap

08-20-2012 14:16:41 | More by Kegatron
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-08-2012 16:18:08 | More by drabmuh
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the tasting room 8/16/12 enjoyed chilled in a stange type glass.

The color is deep crimson with good clarity and thin cap of a sand color with tight bead and ringlets of lace adhere. The smell has the familiar marzen odor of toasted grain with mild almond and light hint of herbal hops in the nose. The feel is good except the only thing I disliked is the carboantion level, it just seemed a little gassy to me which took away from some of the malt flavor possibly. The hop bitternes is moderate with gentle spicy tinge in the back.

The flavor is very nicely balanced with both malt and hops present in the flavor with more spice in the hops with slight german yeast elements and bready lightly toasted malt with some nutty almost almond like sweet elements. The flavor of hops becomes a little more noticeable in the finish with a semi-dry yet full flavor. Overall this is a very good lager I liked the way the malt and hops are integrated with neither outdoing each other. The only thing I disliked was the gassiness a bit high in carbonation made it less enjoyable to me overall, but that is minor and the taste is very good.

Serving type: on-tap

08-20-2012 13:54:54 | More by Slatetank
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mendvicdog

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

09-07-2012 19:18:17 | More by mendvicdog
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: growler

09-02-2012 20:14:20 | More by akorsak
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-24-2012 03:15:23 | More by orangesol
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stakem

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2012 00:50:41 | More by stakem
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

11-08-2013 13:48:30 | More by InspectorBob
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap at The Brass Rail in Hoboken, NJ

A: Pours a clear deep copper to amber in color with some garnet red highlights and light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall off-white head that slowly reduces to a thin film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of toasted/bready and caramel malts with some light sweetness as well as some herbal and grassy hops.

T: Like the smell, the flavor of this beer sticks to the traditional Oktoberfest style flavors of toasted and caramel malts with some light amounts of sweetness followed by moderate amounts of herbal and grassy hops that give it some bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp.

O: Enjoyable with the slightly more than normal hops for the style giving it a little more "bite." I could easily put a couple of these down and it was a welcome flavor on this cold early winter evening.

Serving type: on-tap

11-09-2012 03:29:35 | More by dbrauneis
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5.3%

12-25-2012 17:19:21 | More by ejimhof
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2012 21:27:07 | More by Stinkypuss
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BillRoth

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

12-11-2013 00:05:26 | More by BillRoth
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John_M

Oregon

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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-29-2012 23:04:46 | More by John_M
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rolltide8425

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5.3%

10-19-2012 03:28:15 | More by rolltide8425
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-06-2012 23:18:54 | More by xnicknj
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2012 22:52:37 | More by BeerFMAndy
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Boone757

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

05-03-2013 19:55:57 | More by Boone757
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

08-21-2012 20:39:49 | More by Reagan1984
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tectactoe

Michigan

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2012 04:41:59 | More by tectactoe
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UncleJimbo

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

12-01-2013 20:50:57 | More by UncleJimbo
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IPAchris

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

10-27-2012 01:09:15 | More by IPAchris
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-09-2012 00:47:03 | More by Darkmagus82
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Chaney

District of Columbia

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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-10-2012 03:49:37 | More by Chaney
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stereosforgeeks

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

12-18-2012 01:18:08 | More by stereosforgeeks
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Scratch Beer 73 - 2012 (Fest Lager) from Tröegs Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.