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

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Scratch Beer 99 - 2013 (Witbier)
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Ratings: 45
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 13.56%
Wants: 1
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:
Beer added by: orangesol on 06-10-2013

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
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Ratings: 45 | Reviews: 10
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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.72/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.49/5  rDev -7.2%
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?

Photo of orangesol
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served on-tap at the Brewery.

A - Pours hazy yellow with a nice one and a half finger tall white head leaving spotty trails of lace down most of the glass.

S - Smells of clove, coriander, wheat, black pepper, light citric zest and a bit of bready yeast. A bit of sweetness creeps in as it warms up. Much spicier than the last version thanks to the extra peppercorns they added.

T - Starts off with quite a bit of spice from all that coriander and peppercorns that never really fades away. Hints of dulled citric zest, light sweetness, bready Belgian yeast and a bit of the typical clove spice help round things out. Finish is pretty chewy with some lingering spiciness, sticking around long after the finish.

M - Light body with moderate carbonation. Chewy, spicy feel throughout but not to the point of being overpowering. The light sweetness helps bring it all together, making it very easy to drink.

O - A very nice wheat beer for all these hot days we have been having. Compared to the last witbier, Dim Wit, this one is much spicier. Definitely worth a shot if you have the chance.

Photo of stakem
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Draft at Troegs served in a cervoise. The brew appears a clouded yellow with a white froth that fades slow producing some spotty lace on the glass. A swirl revives a finger pretty effortlessly.

The aroma contains a dominating amount of bubblegum. Some light citrus zest component like coriander along with plenty of base grain aspect like wheat. Faint spicing here from the yeast but not in a peppery way like the previously released wits by Troegs.

The taste has just as much bubblegum flavoring as the aroma hinted towards. Lots of wheat and a mild spicy yeast component. A little bit of what feels like coriander is noted towards the aftertaste with lemony almost oily essence.

This is a light bodied brew with a crisp feeling of carbonation that pops and cleanses the palate. Overall nicely done with no alcohol impact and a solid balance of character. Worth trying and one very easy drinking brew.

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

I had this on tap at the brewery tasting room served chilled.

The color is golden with the appropriate level of haze with thin cap of white which holds well with tight bead. The smell is very nice with a fragrant peppery spice aroma and mild yeast odor with some light malt esters adding a sweet element to the nose. The feel is very good with moderately high level of spice yet still not overdone with semi-dry finish and very low sweetness with mild yeast presence and pepper lasts in the final sip with a mild warmth.

The flavor is very good very pleasant yeast with mild citrus tinge and light wheat flavors lead immediately into a pepper flavor that continues from mid-taste until the finish which is dry yeast fresh and has a lingering yeast element with some tanginess from the wheat. Overall I like the style and think Troeg's does it well, this is nicely spiced with a fairly high amount of pepper compared to most in the style, which i like.

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.59/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Photo of 1sophrosyne1
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A series of tasting snifters on tap at the tasting room.

This scratch pours a creamy maize with a frothy cap that lingers.
Smells of coriander, light lemon and honeyed orange.
A salty and oily taste stands up against honey, fine grain, and pepperiness. As long as it stays cold, this creature is smooth and rather balanced.
It turns sharp and awkward as it warms.
The light carbonation is just enough for a simple, but pleasing series of gulps. Spice balances it just right for fast consumption.
Overall, this beer works well as a first cool swill on a hot day, or alongside matching food. It's not exciting enough to keep grabbing for more, though.

Photo of DIM
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.

Photo of stephenjmoore
3.96/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Very pale, cloudy, orange body with a frothy bone-white head. Pale enough for light to come through, but cloudy enough that you cannot see through it.

S- Belgian spices, chamomile, orange peel, clove, ginger. Really a mix of all kinds of spices.

T- Very heavy spices come through a pale Belgian ale with lots of orange. Any additional spices would be too much, but this one works to an extent.

M- Medium bodied, medium carbonation, very drinkable. I do not think I could drink a ton do to the spices.

O- A flavorful beer, especially for the low abv. Could back off the spices a touch, but overall this one is good.

Photo of thecheapies
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Scratch Beer 99 - 2013 (Witbier) from Tröegs Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.