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Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Maibock / Helles Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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Photo of JednoPivoProsim
4.67/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12 fl. oz. bottle into a pint glass. BOTTLED 020514.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful dark golden body with a robust eggshell white head. Elegant lacing.

Smell: Sweet, sweet pilsner malt. Rich caramel balanced by a slight Euro metallic hop aroma.

Taste: Rich, bready, sweet malt. Kiss of bitterness from the hops only offsets the sweetness ever so slightly. Delicious, full flavored pale malt bomb!

Mouthfeel: Rich full mouthfeel without being "heavy" - nice balance. Sweet and crisp without being too dry.

Overall: Excellent Helles Bock! Delicious, full flavored, bready, sweet, robust without a hint of alcohol despite the 6.9% alc./vol. A damn near perfect beer and absolutely perfect for these last bitter cold days of March.

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Photo of Jjski
4.55/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Fantastic , grabbed it while picking up Nugget Nectar.

A malty, green grassy citrus forward Helles. Unique and wildly flavorful with a mouthfeel of smooth, full body. Crisp carbonation.

At 6.9% abv, has the character of a larger beer. Way to go Troegs, they do a great bock. The essence of Spring.

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Photo of Ikarus1974
4.51/5  rDev +15.6%
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 SeanSchweizer
4.48/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I don't quite understand why this is called a Bock or a Maibock. It tastes absolutely nothing like a German Maibock. The hoppiness reminds me of an IPA. It is nonetheless a very good, drinkable beer. However, I think it should be categorized as something else.

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Photo of pep
4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

I just love this beer. Its hard to explain why, but I will try.

Appearance. Its a beautiful clear golden color. when swirled around the color becomes opaque. As I drink the glass, their is a large amount of lacing.

taste: what can i say. um their is a nice floral bite to it, but not overwhelming. malty and refreshing. if that makes sense. It taste floral.

mouth feel: refreshing as I said before.

The only complain that I have is that I wished it was a lower ABV. That way I can drink a six pack of this at a time.

Overall: this a great interpretation of an German style beer. and a great beer in general. Bravo!

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Photo of PA-hunter
4.46/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured 12oz bottle into snifter glass. 6.9% abv

Appearan- Pours a Medium amber, about a sixon the SRM scale. Brilliant clarity. Rich two finger head.

Smell- Sweet caramel malt, grainy aroma, honey.

Taste- A crackery/bready flavor with a touch of honey. Sweet yet lightly toasted at the same time. Lemony and Spicey with a peppery smack about it. Finishes quite dry with a definitive bitter kick, yet still balancing the molasses-like sweetness.

Mouthfeel- Medium in terms of body. Surprisingly drinkable for the abv. Plenty of carbonation. Very smooth.

Overall- Outstanding beer and forerunner of a not so common style. Too bad this isn't a year round offering. Great blend of malt/citrus/hops flavors. A must try Spring seasonal here!

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Photo of woodychandler
4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I am really excited that one of my home state's last big boys, in this case Troegs, has begun CANning their beers. I will be ecstatic when Victory finally catches up!

From the CAN: "Handcrafted by the Troegs Bros."; "Pack it in, Pack it out."

I Crack!ed it open and CANmenced an inverted Glug, producing three-plus fingers of fluffy, foamy, bone-white head that stuck around long enough for a photo op and then fell, leaving loads of sticky lacing in its wake. Color was Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9) with NE-quality clarity. Nose was malty sweet with an earthy undertone, like freshly upturned soil. My neighbor has a garden next door with a compost bin and when she plants seeds at the beginning of spring, the smell is much like this. I get fresh cucumbers, tomatoes and last year, pumpkins from them as a result. But I digress. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was both grassy from the hops and earthy from the malt. I was put in mind of fresh peppers somehow. Finish was semi-dry and both fresh and earthy. I think that I will check to see when the planting is to take place this year and bring a sixer by for the occasion.

Ha ha! This is like catching up with an old friend. I am clearing my backlog of bottles so that I CAN refocus on The CANQuest (TM) and all sorts of hidden treasures are popping up. My policy is not to drink any beer unless/until it has an approved photo on this site, so if I score one that needs a pic, I will take it, submit it and await approval. That must have happened in this case as that is one of my pics, but I have no recollection thereof. Wild!

From the bottle: "Come visit our Brewery. Visit for tour information. Cheers [undersigned] Chris & John"; "Emerging from springtime's fertile ground, Cultivator celebrates the start of hop-growing season. This spring bock delivers hints of toasted grains, fresh baked bread & delicate floral hops."; "Handcrafted by the Troegs Bros."

One of the things that I like about really pale and really dark beers is how well the pseudo-cascade can be seen, thanks to the contrast. The liquid roiled and rolled around and slowly began to settle into around three fingers of dense, slightly rocky bone-white head with great retention. Color was a deep golden-yellow (SRM = > 5, < 7) with NE-plus quality clarity, allowing me to see through the walls. Before I had a chance to peep at my neighbors, however, the unholy trio of Midas, Croesus and Mammon showed up, wanting some for themselves. Their greed and petty squabbling never ceases to amaze me and so I carried on whilst they carried on. Nose had a Noble hop-like grassiness along with a biscuit maltiness. Mmmm. Mouthfeel was big, thanks to its effervescence, and the taste was tangy. The grassy hops intermingled nicely with the dryness of the malt and when coupled with a slight fusel alcohol heat, it became tangy on the tongue. It also meant that the finish was super-dry. Man, I was more parched after drinking this than I was when I started in on it.

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Photo of bigdeuce
4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
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 Gatch
4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Best by 052916. Impressive pour, being a deep golden color with a big, fluffy, bright white head. Fruity, caramel malt with some yeast/bread, vanilla, brown sugar. Fruitier, toastier malt compared to traditional German versions of the style, so this is a nice American twist. Smooth, crisp, malty. A bit hot/spicy when it gets to room temperature. But overall and for the style it's quite nice!

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Photo of microbrewlover
4.37/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a light golden color with a 1.5 finger fluffy white head and heavy carbonation. Moderate to heavy lacing remains on the glass until the end; some of the head also remains on top of the brew until the end.

The smell is crisp and clean, cracker and and bread like. A little bit of wheat and hay smell is present, also a little dankness when the brew warms up a bit and also plenty of sweet malts.

The taste is biscuit, cracker bread and sweet malts with just a touch of wheat mixed in. Just a hint of warming alcohol comes though. Everything is well balanced.

The mouthfeel is crisp, clean and tangy; due to the carbonation. It goes down smoothly with just a bit of hop oil left on the tongue after swallowing. This is the only time I could taste the hops, which I do not hold against this beer.

Overall, this is another winner from Troegs! A well balanced Mai bock which I will drink again.

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Photo of utopiajane
4.34/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a perfect amber gold. Clear and without a single bubble to rise to the top after the pour it is like a sheet of glass. Thick, creamy persistent off white head that leaves spots and streaks of lace. Nose is toasty grain. A slight malt richness and a sweetness too. The hops are floral and pretty , bright and lift the nose right to you. Taste is lovely. Smooth, clean, crisp with moderately high carbonation. A bit rich but not too sweet and the hops leave a soft bitter at the end that is sensational.

Troegs has again made a flawless and classic beer.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This beer is clear bright orange. Great head and retention. Not much scents going on. Almost macro smelling dare I say it. I really like the flavor of this beer. Has a Hells lager flavor profile with a little more sweetness and a little more hop finish than most German contemporaries. This is a fine beer by Troegs. This also is the best Helles Bock I've sampled to date. I will definitely look to buy more of this one.

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Photo of John_M
4.29/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Graciously gifted to me by a friend from work

The beer pours a golden amber color with good head retention and considerable lacing. The beer smells very nice as well, showcasing considerable sweet malt and light dry cirtrus that imparts something of a cookie dough aroma. On the palate, this beer is just superb. While there's plenty of sweet malt up front and in the mid palate, there is a considerable amount of hoppy bitterness as well, that balances that sweetness beautifully. The finish is bitter, fairly dry, and quite clean, making for a very refreshing beer to drink. Mouthfeel is medium bodied at most, and the finish is long and deliciously bitter. Alcohol is unnoticeable.

Very, very impressed with this beer. This reminds of a good German helles bock, and in fact might be the best domestic version I can ever recall sampling. Absolutely delicios stuff.

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Photo of xungmound98
4.29/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear golden straw color with great head retention and lacing. Smells of German/Bavarian hops (haven't verified if these were actually used, but the scent reminded me of this), light malts, floral notes and fresh-cut grass. Taste has slight hop bitterness, slightly bready, with a semi-creamy mouthfeel. Mostly clean finish- there's a slight lingering hop presence on the palate. This is really a fantastic well-rounded beer and a great stateside example of the Maibock/Helles Bock style, perfect for spring. I will be searching this out again.

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Photo of Ohiovania
4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Slightly too hoppy for what I enjoy in this style but it stays within style guidelines so I can't knock it. Slightly hoppy nose but just north of balanced on the hop presence in flavor.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tall pint glass: color is gold, great transparency, good carbonation; head is bright white, presents 1/2 inch thick, then dissipates to a ring and light top, lacing on the glass the entire way.

Smell is very fresh, great pilsner and lighter toasted malt flavor, followed by well selected hops, scent is fresh, floral, light earth.

Taste is fairly simple, good pilsner, maybe some vienna malt, light toasted malt, a little sweet for the simple malt profile; hops are floral and earthy, clean but bitter.

Mouthfeel is very good, nice and bitter with the flavors sitting on the tongue and lingering, lighter flavors throughout the mouth, good carbonation.

Overall, a very good representation of the style a little sweeter with a lingering mouthfeel, but the malt and hop mix is very good. Glad Troegs came out with a great maibock.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Golden orange body beautifully filtered with a big white head chunky textured billowing above the rim of my pint glass. Aroma has bread yeast, biscuit malt, herbal earthy grass hop notes this is a nice smelling helles bock so far. Cereal grains, honey biscuit malts, grassy herbal hop finish this is a perfect beer borders on the sweetness of other high gravity lagers like malt liquors maybe a touch of green apple, but no residual sticky sweetness at all this is great beer tried and true. This reminds me of a version I had years ago the Penn Maibock on a kick the keg night at Fuel and Fuddle the drafts of Penn Maibock were marked down to 2 dollars and the whole bar was drinking this classic style with big smiles and laughter abound. Everybody had fun even if we were over indulging that night!!! Sugary glazed biscuit malts bring the flavor together with a nutty apple character in the malt department, again I love this beer, carbonation is full on and built into such said beer. Overall this beer brings back memories of a better time in the beer scene when Penn Maibock, Stoudt's Maibock, and Victory St. Boisterous tuned into the beer drinking scene also Sierra Nevada recently d/c'd their famous helles bock that was once a seasonal.

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Photo of smcolw
4.25/5  rDev +9%
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 Zdrummer15
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Brewed a mere 2 weeks ago. Poured into a pint glass

Appearance: golden color with a hint of orange and a white fluffy head. Lots of ascending bubbles, nice lacing and retention

Smell: floral hops are the most noticeable smell. They blend nicely with the rest of the earthy aroma

Taste: again, floral hops right up front. Some nice carmaly sweetness along with some breadiness. A bit of citrus and grape in the aftertaste

Mouth feel: crisp carbonation and a relatively light body make this go down very easily. Along with the taste, I would have guessed a slightly lower ABV

Overall: This is a pretty unique and enjoyable helles bock. It is dominated by the floral hops and earthy malts which makes the name and theme of the beer quite fitting. I was excited when I first saw that Troegs was doing another bock, and this did not dissapoint. I'll definitely have it again.

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Photo of JerryT
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wow this is really good. I definitely get the bread and hops ...and nice alcohol content.
I'm not a fan of the darker sweeter bock beers, but this one is wonderful.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.24/5  rDev +8.7%
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 drtth
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

First rated in Mar. of 2014 and then reviewed in Mar. of 2015 from the Spring 2015 release.

Poured into a Duvel glass the beer is a clear light golden amber color with a 1/4” to 1/2” white head that recedes to leave lots of rings and patches of lacing clinging to the sides of the glass. For much of the beer there is a ring of foam and a foam covering on the liquid. Sipping leaves a collection of legs and small patches of lacing.

Smell: The aroma is fresh and grassy from the hops and there is a strong bready malt presence.

Taste: The flavors are much as expected from the nose. There is some sweet bready malt present but there is also a noticeable overlay of grassy, herbal and slightly bitter hops.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied with a good bit of smoothness from the very light carbonation. The finish is medium long, begins in a bit of bready sweetness that fades away leaving a lot of the crisp herbal bitterness that eventually trails off into a dry ending.

Drinkability: I definitely like this beer since it is a nicely drinkable Helles Bock. It is a good solid tasty brew that I'll return to again and get another case of next year and each year into the future.

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Photo of tillmac62
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

BOD 2/11/15. Pours a clear medium amber. Normal head volume, outstanding retention and world class lacing.

Subdued nose of biscuit with a hint of caramel. Underneath is a subtle bright floral/herbal hop note.

Light medium body with a smooth texture and hints of creaminess. Above normal carbonation with a nice burst of effervescence in the middle and a prickly rush in the finish.

The flavor profile is near world class. It is intense, rather complex and fairly well balanced. A bit more malt sweetness to balance the hops would yield a world class flavor rating. It begins with herbal hop flavor over a mild biscuit sweetness. As the middle approaches, light caramel notes emerge. The middle brings a mild bitterness over a slight mineral like note. The finish is a slow fade into biscuit and bitterness over a mineral note that is somewhat dry and crisp.

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Photo of Roguer
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Perfectly clear, active, sickly amber brew, topped by a very humble white head. Decent retention and lacing.

Strong and sweet malty aroma: honey, biscuit, bread, syrup, flowers.

Flavor is a perfect match for the aroma. Crisp, clean, sweet, malt-driven. Slightly green, earthy, vegetal, flowery hop profile.

Very balanced brew leaning toward bready maltiness; some balancing bitterness. Extremely drinkable; light, silky feel, active with no sting. Fairly short, wet finish.

This is a delicious Maibock. This may not be the boldest style out there, but this is an excellent beer.

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Photo of justintcoons
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Golden straw with 1 finger of creamy white head. Excellent clarity with moderate carbonation.

Honey, pear, golden apple, and Pilsner malt.

Honey and sweet Pilsner malts. Golden delicious apple and pear. Light earthy hop aroma and a touch of very lightly toasted bread.

Medium-light bodied, crisp, clean and refreshing.

Super-crisp, super-refreshing, and well balanced. This is an awesome Maibock that hides the alcohol well.

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