Cultivator
Tröegs Brewing Company

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From:
Tröegs Brewing Company
 
Pennsylvania, United States
Style:
Maibock
Ranked #34
ABV:
6.9%
Score:
87
Ranked #18,815
Avg:
3.85 | pDev: 8.83%
Reviews:
135
Ratings:
511
Status:
Active
Rated:
Apr 21, 2022
Added:
Jan 31, 2014
Wants:
  34
Gots:
  178
SCORE
87
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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Rated: 3.75 by Icemann383 from New York

Apr 21, 2022
 
Rated: 4.17 by Corburk from Pennsylvania

Mar 25, 2022
 
Rated: 3.94 by Blogjackets from Ohio

Jun 23, 2021
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Reviewed by joeagain from New Jersey

4.83/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
I haven't seen this in a while, and too bad, I think it's the best Heller bock brewed in the US.

Pours a nice, deep golden color. Nice head that lasts, and the aroma reminds you of freshly baked bread and honey.. delightful!
Nice medium body, not too heavy. Tastes just like it smells, only with some additional citrus flavors in the background.

I'd love to see this beer again, but haven't been able to find it in about two years. C'mon Troeg's, if you stopped making it, make it again!!
Mar 23, 2020
 
Rated: 4 by bdlusa from Texas

Jun 25, 2019
 
Rated: 4 by mmhannon from New Jersey

May 09, 2019
 
Rated: 3.96 by KMcGrath from Massachusetts

Nov 28, 2018
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Reviewed by CHickman from New York

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.
Aug 09, 2017
 
Rated: 3.71 by Leiermann from Pennsylvania

Aug 07, 2017
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Reviewed by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

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.
Jun 10, 2017
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Reviewed by bret717 from Pennsylvania

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
May 02, 2017
 
Rated: 4.04 by PhillyNole from Pennsylvania

Apr 07, 2017
 
Rated: 3.69 by h4ger from Connecticut

Apr 04, 2017
 
Rated: 3.98 by jaxon53 from Connecticut

Mar 11, 2017
 
Rated: 4.68 by BenderRodriguez from Pennsylvania

Jan 03, 2017
 
Rated: 4.25 by mikr from New Jersey

Oct 12, 2016
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Reviewed by Ikarus1974 from Pennsylvania

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!
Sep 07, 2016
 
Rated: 3.93 by SoCal_Matt from California

Sep 01, 2016
 
Rated: 4.06 by Johnec from Pennsylvania

Aug 26, 2016
 
Rated: 4.05 by JoeMans from New York

Aug 13, 2016
 
Rated: 3.75 by Gkruszewski from New York

Jul 20, 2016
 
Rated: 3.6 by Rodosman from Pennsylvania

Jul 10, 2016
 
Rated: 3.98 by curtisjoseph from North Carolina

Jul 10, 2016
 
Rated: 2.53 by Seanecy from Virginia

Jun 21, 2016
 
Rated: 4.18 by travelguy from Ohio

Jun 13, 2016
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Reviewed by smcolw from Massachusetts

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.
Jun 12, 2016
 
Rated: 3.35 by tregan_20 from Connecticut

May 31, 2016
 
Rated: 4 by EN27 from North Carolina

May 26, 2016
 
Rated: 3.43 by trainingwithkev from New York

May 23, 2016
 
Rated: 4.16 by salthemonster from Pennsylvania

May 22, 2016
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Reviewed by Mongrel from Maryland

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.
May 22, 2016
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Reviewed by SomethingClever from Ohio

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.
May 19, 2016
 
Rated: 4.15 by vdub191 from Rhode Island

May 17, 2016
 
Rated: 3.84 by Furbato from New York

May 14, 2016
 
Rated: 3.71 by Rfee from New Jersey

May 11, 2016
 
Rated: 3.85 by drawbackwards from New York

May 08, 2016
 
Rated: 3.25 by Resuin from Massachusetts

May 07, 2016
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Reviewed by hopsputin from New Jersey

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
May 03, 2016
 
Rated: 4 by lovindahops from New York

May 01, 2016
 
Rated: 4.03 by LifesAnesthesia from Virginia

May 01, 2016
Cultivator from Tröegs Brewing Company
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 646 ratings