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Scratch Beer 99 - 2013 (Witbier) - Tröegs Brewing Company

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Scratch Beer 99 - 2013 (Witbier)
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85
very good

43 Ratings
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Ratings: 43
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 13.83%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Tröegs Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

For Scratch #99, we’re revisiting the blissful world of the Belgian-style Witbier, or white ale. This beer typically features a blend of wheat and barley along with spices and Belgian yeast to create a refreshing and complex flavor. With a dense haze from the red wheat and a foamy white head, Scratch #99 incorporates subtle tartness and a delicate orange aroma that complements the spices and the LaChouffe yeast. The finish is dry and crisp.

20 IBU

(Beer added by: orangesol on 06-10-2013)
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

06-17-2013 20:59:59 | More by Kegatron
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

4.04/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Pale banana color with a cloud of yeast visible and uniform. Eggy white cap with lumps. Looks good.

Sweet lemon, coriander, and herbal spices. Bright and zesty with a minty aromatic vibe. Cut back with chalky yeast clumpiness and a daily serving of wheat malts.

Milky wheat and creamed yeast with evolving spice patterns that stay close to coriander, dried lemon peel, and light clove. Lots of wheatiness, but witte yeast spares the tang. Has orange notes that are not that sweet, by themselves. Refreshingly bright. Has a delightful creaminess in that wet body. Carbonation feels dry, but finely carved in. Immense mouth on this.

Nice simple Scratch beer. I'd move forward with this one.

Serving type: on-tap

09-25-2013 02:37:43 | More by thecheapies
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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Rhode Island

3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On-tap 7/20/13 at the Troegs Brewery Tasting Room in Hershey, PA, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a cloudy yellow color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains a lot of spice, some Belgian yeast, light caramelized malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out strong spice flavors followed by some citrus sweetness. Then some mild breadiness comes in from Belgian yeast and a light malt character. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly spicy and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a solid sessionable beer to drink for a while.

Serving type: on-tap

07-30-2013 00:39:27 | More by TheManiacalOne
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The bee is served a cloudy yellow color with a one finger small white head. The head fades rather fast leaving some light lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is heaviest of a wheaty and yeasty smell mixed with a strong lemongrass smell. Along with these aromas comes a coriander and a pepper smell mixed with a little bit of a bubblegum. There are furthermore notes of a banana sweetness as well as a little bit of bread rounding out the smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a wheaty and yeasty taste upfront with a moderate showing of lemongrass. The lemongrass and wheat grow stronger as the taste advances with some spice flavors of coriander and clove coming to the tongue as well. Toward the end some banana comes into the taste with a little bit of a surge in the lemongrass and a bit of a grassy and peppery taste to leave an overall lemony wheat flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the medium side in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is on the more average side. The medium body and moderate carbonation are a good compromise for the wheat, spicy, and yeast flavors of the brew all while keeping it a very easy drinking brew.

Overall –An easy drinking wit with a good flavor profile and worth a try, but arguable nothing that is all that amazing for Troegs to make it a regular.

Serving type: on-tap

07-20-2013 02:07:04 | More by Darkmagus82
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DevinORoark

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3/5  rDev -20.2%

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pottergator

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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Troegs Scratch Beer 99
"White Ale - Brewed With Spices"

LOOK: 12 oz bottle. Looks like a standard wit with a dark straw color and white ring of head. Leaves minimal lace.

SMELL: Herbal, twiggy aroma with some sage, fennel, anise and clove. Dry wheat and crackery at that. A hint of orangey citrus is noticeable as well. Has some farmhouse qualities and almost spicy from the use of a Lachouffe yeast strain and the spices employed.

TASTE: Wheat and citrus play well with the musty yeast strain and some herbal tendencies. I can definitely taste sage, dried orange peel, and peppercorns. Has a spicy note as well like pepper and earthy cinnamon which would be stemming from the use of coriander. Tangy light hoppy acidity. This is not your everyday wit, but it accessible at the same time.

FEEL: Light bodied, well carbonated, good feel; just because its light doesn't mean it is watery. This beer has some character to it.

OVERALL: A nice wit from Troegs that almost tastes authenticly Belgian. Perhaps a bit over spiced, but I thought this brew was quite nice. I'd call it an American farmhouse wit?

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2013 19:39:34 | More by Stinkypuss
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beerfinder

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

07-09-2013 20:41:49 | More by beerfinder
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DIM

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

a: Cloudy yellow wheat color; served with a small white foamy cap.

s: Citrus zest with some coriander and hint if bubblegum. Pretty spot on.

t: A really nice balance of tart wheat, citrus peel, and lightly spicy coriander note at the end.

m: Light and airy with prickly carbonation.

o: Awesome wits are hard to find, this is one.

Serving type: on-tap

07-09-2013 02:04:36 | More by DIM
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Scratch Beer 99 - 2013 (Witbier) from Tröegs Brewing Company
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