Tröegs Brewing Company

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German Maibock
Ranked #15
Ranked #18,082
3.85 | pDev: 8.83%
Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
Very Good
Notes: Emerging from springtime’s fertile ground, Cultivator celebrates the start of hop-growing season as sprawling fields of hop rhizomes climb and tether to hop bines. This spring bock delivers hints of toasted grains, fresh baked bread and delicate floral hops. #1 of 4 in our Hop Cycle seasonal series.
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Reviews: 133 | Ratings: 642
Photo of CHickman
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery. A style I'm a novice in, but it looks good, smells sweet and malty with a major caramel and grainy nose. Flavor is fruit initially but then turns malty, with caramel, wheat bread, buttered biscuit, floral notes, fresh cut grass and some peppery spices. Smooth overall with a little hint of booze, it's malty but light enough to drink on the patio at the brewery.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a pilsener glass. The appearance was a hazy golden burnt orange color with no head nor lacing. I figured it was a bar pour so I’m not too worried. The smell had a big malty sweet corn, bready / biscuity goodness to it. The taste was mainly sweet and bready. Light bready to slight corn aftertaste that ran into a light sweet wet finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. The carbonation was fairly smooth and good. Overall, I say this was a pretty good Maibock / Heller, if anything, definitely one to put with food.

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Photo of bret717
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look- crystal clear, deep golden brown with a white head and rings of lacing

Aroma- bready malt and floral hops

Taste- super rich bready malt with toffee-like sweetness mixed in, along with full tasting floral hops and some slightly fruity (berry?) hop notes

feel- medium bodied and carbed with a long mildly bitter finish

Overall- exceptional helles bock with a great balance of rich malt and floral hops

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Photo of Ikarus1974
4.51/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I've had this before from a bottle and enjoyed it, but wasn't overly impressed. However, I recently had it on draft and was blown away by the subtle complexity of taste and full mouthfeel. 20oz wasn't enough!

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Photo of smcolw
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours light amber and clear. Good starting head but it settles quickly leaving an initial thin ring of lace and only a couple of spots thereafter.

Strong pale malt aroma. It smells rich and thick with lots of lightly toasted barley malt. No notable hop as would be expected.

Creamy mouthfeel and taste initially. The beer sits neutrally but the swallow brings out a slightly soured milk flavor along with enough hop to provide some bitterness. In all, a very complex finish. There's more carbonation than I was expecting. Long, but subtle, aftertaste.

This is a wonderfully made, subtle beer. Don't expect fireworks, instead think of it as soft symphony with plenty of nuance and no loud dissonances.

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Photo of Mongrel
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really dig this one. Like a Vienna lager turned up a notch, with a rough, husky mouthfeel that suggests some rye or wheat in the grist. Honey sweetness is balanced by perfect floral, peppery bitterness. There's also some faintly perceptible booze and I'm strangely reminded of malt liquor. I don't mind though, I could drink this all day.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into willybecher glass best by date of 5/29/16

A: nice gold color with a cream about quarter inch head good clarity head is starting to dissipate and it is lacing the glass nicely

S: light floral hoppiness with a little bit of pepper. Bready doughy with hints of caramel

T: nice robust maltiness with a good bit of sweetness and a touch of peppery hops. This beer is very bready, sweet, with a little burnt sugars taste the hops add a little bit of a berry bite to the end and a little perfumey.

M: very light lowish carbonation make the beer feel very smooth

O: This is a good beer. I like the big malts with the light hints of floral and peppery hops. This is an easy drinking beer that will not disappoint.

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Photo of hopsputin
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

a: clear, golden caramel color with some slight amber notes as well. 1 finger solid white head

s: lemongrass, caramel malts, strawberry, earthy noble hops, grains

t: bready/crackery caramel malts right away. following that tastes of what i imagine freshly harvested grains look like, lemongrass, and a slight earthy/herbal bitterness. taste ends with some more of the malt sweetness and fresh bread with slightly dry crackers. clean tasting beer

m: mouthfeel is on the fuller side of medium. finishes very clean & crisp

o: clean, crisp and simple - just what you'd want out of the style. nice beer to drink and enjoy. mouthfeel is just a tad heavier than i was expecting, but it doesn't take away from the drinking experience at all. definitely recommend this

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Photo of Myotus
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured at 46°F from a 12oz can (canned on 03Feb16) into a Tröegs Lager glass. Consumed on 25Apr16.
LOOK: Pours with a fingers worth of off-white foam that dissipates into a quarter fingers worth within a minute and a half. Gold in color with a slight cloudiness. Rising bubbles are medium in size and moderate in quantity. Lacing is thick and moderate in quantity.
SMELL: Strong aromas of biscuits entangle with mild aromas of toast and floral hops along with subtle caramel and peach aromas. Hints of alcohol are also detected, but they play nicely with the other aromas.
TASTE: Strong biscuit and mild caramel flavors first caress the palate giving way to an instant balance between breadiness and sweetness. Mild flavors of toast immediately follow and further expand the maltiness of this beer. Hop balance is achieved as mild floral hop flavors further unveil this taste theatrical. Subtle peach and bitter hop flavors along hints of alcohol enter lastly as all previous flavors persist.
FEEL: Full-bodied and moderately carbonated. Goes down somewhat smooth. Finishes crisp. The tiniest of alcoholic warmths can be felt as it goes down the throat.
NOTE: This is one of the best Maibocks that I have personally tasted. Tröegs did a phenomenal job at maintaining the balance between the complex malt profile, hop profile, and the traces of alcohol. I wish these guys distributed to Texas. I know a lot of people who would love this beer.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Triangle Tavern in Philadelphia. Was going to get a Nugget Nectar but the barkeep talked me into trying Cultivator. I'm usually not a fan of light beers, but this hits all the right notes. Clean but flavorful, with the base of a lager and the hoppy aroma of a pale ale.

Juicy and a little fruity, with a finish of ripe peach and a nice maltiness.

Almost 7% ABV, but it drinks like a 4-5% lager. The only downside is that the nose is really mild and the body is a little thin.

Spring is in full swing here in Philly and this beer is just perfect for the beautiful weather outside.

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Photo of metter98
3.81/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear dark yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with just a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of toasted grains and caramel malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of toasted grains along with notes of brown bread.
M: It feels a bit more than medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a touch of warming.
O: This is a nice beer to drink outside on a spring day—it has a slightly heavier mouthfeel and a touch of warming that make it true to the style.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of richj1970
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle dated best by 6/4/2016 into snifter.

A: Crystal clear golden yellow with one finger white head. Short retention and leaves light lacing.

S: Pale malts with floral and lightly earthy hops. Toasted grains and fresh baked bread.

T: Lightly toasted bready malts. Floral and grassy hops with a spicy note.

M: Medium body with average carbonation.

O: Excellent beer. Not a normal style for me, but this is clearly well executed.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

DATE: April 8, 2016... OCCASION: a loooong week ends in beer-tasting Friday... GLASSWARE: Celebrator doppelbock pokal.. APPEARANCE: the helles is definitely apparent at first sight, with a copper golden body that sparse effervescence; a thin, creamy mustache ring around the glass; the body is clear... AROMA: pitched malt grains are toasted and oat and cereal... the hops are fruity and aromatic, almost like freshly mowed grass and flowers... PALATE: sharp, medium-bodied, slick and soft on the tongue...a body that bewitches with its near 7% ABV... TASTE: .though no taste is dominant, the sweetness of caramel and toffee takes the lead... the hops soften the experience, with the floral fragrance adding some balance... malted and toasty, the aftertaste lingers enough to invite the next drink... its drinkability is centered in its light, engaging flavor profile... OVERALL: Troegs has done right with this one, where a powerful bock has wedded a crisp, soft helles with beautifully drinkable results...

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Photo of fx20736
3.08/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Bought a single bottle from Beers of the World, March 2016. Served in a Duvel tulip at fridge temp.

Look: Light amber, no real head

Smell: Light sweetness

Taste: mildly sweet, some malt

Feel: medium carbonation

Overall: not much there

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Photo of FickleBeast
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a Savor snifter. Pours a clear orange color with a finger and a half of foam that recedes slowly. Aroma has some malty sweetness, with minimal hop notes. Flavor is quite sweet with lots of caramel and Munich malt flavor. Has a mild bitterness in the finish. Finishes clean and relatively crisp, despite the full bodied mouthfeel.

A decent example of a rather unexciting style. No off flavors or anything unpleasant. Solidly average.

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Photo of lastmango
3.69/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Draft poured a medium amber with thin heaf. Moderate lacing. Aroma of malt and a bit of soap. Sweet malt flavor with just a hint of hops. Medium feel with a bit of oiliness.

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Photo of fscottkey
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: [4.00] The beer is a pale yellow with some orange highlights. The beer pours out with 1 1/2 fingers of uniform white bubbles. The bottle clearly lists the ABV (6.9%) , IBU (25) and best by (05/29/16).

S: [3.50] Traditional lager scents of light caramel and corn.

T: [4.25] Surprising spicy hop flavor up front. Comes across as a fruity orange or lemon rind. The citrus flavor is not bright (acidic) but it is flavorful. The bold front end is followed by a smooth caramel malt finish.

M: [3.75] Good mouthfeel. Medium body. Complimentary carbonation. The spiciness carries through to the end on the finish.

O: [4.00] The nose on this beer betrays how much flavor is inside. The nose is pretty typical lager. The flavor is much more exciting. The spicy hop flavor up front is a really nice add and it carries and elevates this beer. I want this again.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.24/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tröegs Brewing Company "Cultivator Helles Bock"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "FRESHEST BY 060416"
$2.29 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Appearance: I can't quite make out my fingerprints through the glass but it's a quite clear gold with brass highlights beneath a full head of frothy off-white. The head retention is excellent, and it leaves thin streaks and small spots of lace as it goes.

Aroma: Bright and bold. Clearly Munich malt with a healthy dose of floral and softly grassy hops.

Flavor: As is quite often the case, and almost always the case with helles bocks, the flavor reflects the aroma. It's a basic beer that combines a fairly simple, but solid malt with a fairly simple but solid hop component. It's bready with a bit of soft toastiness, grainy, slightly alcoholic and a touch spicy, softly fruity, grassy or straw-like, floral, and mildly leafy.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full in body with a median carbonation that's initially bristling but warms to become softer and smoother.

Overall: Although the 'recipe' for a helles bock is fairly easy, obtaining the right balance and fermentation characteristic is not such an easy task. The Trogners seem to have nailed it, and I tip my hat to them. Really nicely done. An exceptional example of the style.

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Photo of Apellonious
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into Guinness pint glass. Freshest by 52916.

A - Golden orange, half finger head that moves immediately to a thin soapy lace.

S - Bananas, grains, some type of herb/florality, some pine.

T - Ahhhh Bock (check for outdated MASH reference). Bread and grains prevail, some mint/pine.

M - Very crisp, carbonation leaning towards medium high, medium light fullness.

O - Seems to be a slightly different bock, still pretty tasty.

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Photo of EMV
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had on-tap at Otto's in State college as their 'guest beer'. Poured into a pint glass.

L: Pours a copper amber color, clear and with a finger of off-white head.

S: Biscuits and malts... sweet on the nose.

T/F: Biscuits and malts... brown sugar, yeasts and caramel. Medium in body.. mild hops at the finish prevent this from being too sweet, more of a hop presence than expected for the style. Nicely carbonated.

O: Pretty standard Maibock. Good flavor and easy to drink with nothing offensive going on.

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Photo of maddogruss
3/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: pours a golden body with small white head with nice R&L
S: sweet honey malt smell
T: sweet, honey malt notes; juicy finish
M: light bodied and crisp
D: nice M&T combo; decent beer

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Photo of oldn00b
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a thick crystal clear golden amber with almost no head and what forms fades immediately.

Nose is nice lager yeast with some pronounced hops bittering here.

Flavor is really nice, better than look and nose would indicate. Nice full flavor, deep malt character with the refreshing lager traits but a nice bit of hop profile full front and center and that's where the finish lingers.

Body is rather full, nice and round.

Overall this is a nice beer that tastes a lot better than it looks. Definitely sturdy with the 6.9 abv but perfectly crushable for a warm spring day.

Edit: had on tap and head retention was vastly improved so bumped up the appearance score.

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Photo of bigdeuce
4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

It is hard to find a good, well-balanced Maibock. This is an excellent example of one of my favorite styles. Strong, husky, German malts on the nose. Cloves and bananas shine through. Semi-clear body with a two finger head and some sticky lacing left on the mug. Big whiskey biscuit on the front with a nice, not bitter, backend. Very dry and clean. No aftertaste in the true Troeg's tradition. This is fantastic! If you've never had these brother's beer, seek it out. They are one of only a handful of brewers that can tackle almost any style across the board.

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Photo of dar482
3.54/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The beer comes in a clear deep gold.

The aroma offers rich grainy sweetness, fresh bread, light notes of floral and herbs.

The flavor follows with more of that grainy sweetness, with slight reminders of a malt liquor. Some leafy and spicy hops in the middle. Then onto a dry finish with hints more of malty sweetness balancing it out. The mouthfeel is medium with a bit feel of a thickened honey tea.

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Photo of BrewsingBuffalo
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours a deep gold, with a small white head, not much lacing

S: Sweet, baked bread, slightly floral

T: Sweet, bready malt character, some honey, floral hops that leave a lingering grassiness

F: Medium body, medium-high carbonation, initially crisp but finishes quite smooth

O: A very nice beer. The floral hops provide a fine balance for the malt. I have to say the malt character has some nice depth here, and really is the star of the show.

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