Scratch Beer 73 - 2012 (Fest Lager) - Tröegs Brewing Company
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District of Columbia
3.58/5 rDev -5.8%
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.
09-10-2012 03:49:37 | More by Chaney
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.
09-07-2012 00:50:41 | More by stakem
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.
09-02-2012 20:14:20 | More by akorsak
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.
08-24-2012 03:15:23 | More by orangesol
3.98/5 rDev +4.7%
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.
08-20-2012 14:16:41 | More by Kegatron
3.95/5 rDev +3.9%
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.
08-20-2012 13:54:54 | More by Slatetank
Scratch Beer 73 - 2012 (Fest Lager) from Tröegs Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.