Tröegs Cultivator | Tröegs Brewing Company

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Tröegs CultivatorTröegs Cultivator

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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 maddogruss
3/5  rDev -23.1%
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 Extrajoker00
3.07/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Reviewed: 5/17/14

Cultivator by Tröegs
poured from a 12oz.bottle into a German mug

P-green thinking new age art of seedling 3.75

A- golden with a thin bright white head 3.5

S- some skunk and earthy grains 2.75

T- slight malt character, but skunk and grains dominate 3.0

M- mediun body nice clean finish 3.5

D- easy drinker, despite some short comings in taste 3.5

O- had higher hopes, expected more similarities to a maibock 3.25

(Special Review 5/16 for my Holiday)

bought as part of a mix 6, maybe got a bad bottle ---- J

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Photo of fx20736
3.08/5  rDev -21%
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 Stinkypuss
3.22/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a light golden color with a soapy white head and lacing. Aroma is very floral and pine like with bready undertones. In the taste, floral and bitter, with a sweet honey baked bread malt flavor. Well balanced and easily approachable, this golden bock is best enjoyed in a warmer climate. The body is on the light side of medium with a solid carbonation. Overall, this hits the spot when you're looking for a easy drinking lager with a firm hoppy finish.

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Photo of seedyone
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

03/27/14 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Nice & smooth. Slight bitterness. Lacing on the thick side. At the top end of my hop threshold, which is pretty low by today's standards. I like it, but one is enough.

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Photo of BoulderBarrovecchio
3.46/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

A: Translucent straw light golden brown, 1/4 inch head, light carbonation visible with lacing toward the end.

S: Fruity, most dominant of which was pink lemonade. Exactly what you want to smell on a hot day when you need something refreshing.

T: Pretty simple and straight forward, "delicate floral hops" is the main taste.

M: Light-medium body with light carbonation.

O: My second maibock in three days, not a huge hops fan, but these were light enough to where it was enjoyable. Great drinkability.

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Photo of tone77
3.47/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a rich golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some maltiness is present. Taste is malts, some sweetness, a bit of hops as well, easy drinking for the abv. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

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Photo of BranfordBound
3.49/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had fresh out of the bottle. Was pretty disappointed with this. I've had a few Maibocks before and they are usually copper in color with a nice malt backbone. This had the color but had too much dark fruit flavor and it had a bad aftertaste. Finished a bit too bitter, as well. Pass on this one.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.51/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a rich golden yellow color that borders on becoming orange. Head is a massive cluster of cream colored bubbles. Great retention. Stingy with its lacing.

S-Softer than I'd like it to be. Light apples and fruits. A bit floral with some caramel. A bit of noble hop.

T-Malt forward. Some toffee and caramel. A bit of honeycomb. Bread dough malt. Hops are very subtle. Fruity yeastiness.

M-Medium bodied, definitely fuller than I was anticipating. Soft carbonation. Alcohol well hidden.

O- I haven't had many of the style. It's fairly tame but it grew on me. Glad only got a single, though. Not sure I would really love to put away several of these.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

(12 oz bottle, freshest by 060416 - poured into a teku)

L: incredibly-clear, yellowish light amber colored liquid - a little darker in tone than I'm accustomed to with this style... not much foam gets thrown up - wonder if any foam stabilizing agents were stripped in the filtering process, because this couldn't have just been lagered alone

S: bit more honey and copper than anticipated... those grassy, floral, and herbal notes are present, but in low degree - that's really what I look for in this style, and it's just too subdued... it must be lagered with a familiar yeast, because the combo of the malt aromas and esters have this smelling a little like a malt liquor

T: almost totally tastes like a malt liquor as well (I wish I knew right off hand which it reminds me of...)... to be fair, there is an apparent advancement in malt depth and flavor (graham crackery) and the esters (and leafy hops) plastered to the back of the palate aren't something you'd find in Colt 45... an appropriately nuanced bitterness does grow in the aftertaste, but it's too little to late - too much toasty malt sweetness

F: a little viscous surprisingly... somewhat flat, not lively... mellow glow from the alcohol, almost some heat late

O: feel like they're frontin' and this is just a gussied-up Molson XXX or something... they can do better with this - scale back the darker tones of the malt 5-10%, which may improve the balance with the floral hops and esters, and allow it a rougher yeast edge - this tastes stripped... wouldn't mind trying it gravity pour out of a cask, but likely won't buy any more this season

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Photo of dar482
3.54/5  rDev -9.2%
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 PhillyFoodie
3.54/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

L: Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz can. beautiful amber-gold with a very thick white head. Just a great looking beer, almost like you would expect in an advertisement or something. Strips of heavy lacing throughout the session. Incredibly effervescent with a steady stream of bubbles throughout.

Lots of malt smell but still very light. Can smell no alcohol at all. A little graham cracker spice and some banana breadiness but a bit lacking in the hops department in my opinion.

Taste is bready light malts and the hops finally comes through, but a little more bitterness would have been nice. Some sips I got a little hops bite in the back of my throat but not others. Not sure what to really think comparing to other bocks I have had. It's easy-drinking but could use a bit more hops and alcohol to really bring out the flavor. Overall a good session beer but not really a ton of flavor going on. Would be a good breakthrough beer to offer your MillerBudCoors drinking friends.

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Photo of mjtiernan
3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass. Bottled 2/6/14

A: Golden, crystal clear body with a thin white head. Very inviting.

S: Prominent floral hops, biscuit and minerally aroma. Touch of caramel in the background.

T: First a hit of floral transitioning to grassy hops. Next is a little sweetness, bread and biscuit. Finishes crisp, grainy and dry. Moderate punch of alcohol near the end.

M: Light to medium body. Medium carb. Quite astringent. Sucks the moisture out of your mouth, but it leaves you quickly wanting another sip.

O: More substantial than your average bock, this would be perfect for cool spring days. Looking forward to those...still freezing my butt off.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Bottled on 021115. Sampled on June 1, 2015.

Milky, yellow and heady pour. The head lingers and laces.

Grains are apparent on the nose with some dough and grassy hop notes in the background.

Light to medium body.

Toastiness to start in the flavor and then the grasssy hop character kicks in at the end and balances it out.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.57/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Date on neck, but its too hard to read. Appears a medium golden color, clear, foamy white head. Earthy hop aroma, grain. Mild bready malt flavor, a bit herbal. Medium bodied

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Photo of keithmurray
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - clear golden color with white head

Smell - grassy and herbal

Taste - slight malt sweetness along with some herbal, grassy bitterness

Mouthfeel - medium body, high carbonation, slight sweetness upfront, herbal, grassy bitterness in the back end

Overall - Decent beer, but nothing memorable

Price Point - $1.99/12 oz bottle

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Photo of chefhatt
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

When I poured this beer, it has a golden color body with a small head and lacing. The aroma has a floral hop smell to it with a little malt also. The taste has the hops coming first with a lightness floral flavor, then a little maltyness comes to the party. The mouthfeel is smooth and overall a really nice, spring beer.

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Photo of Ziggyzig
3.64/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Excited about spring seasonals and this beer caught my eye.

Appearance: 5-7 SRM, nice golden color, lots of effervescence, light 1 finger head (poured from a bottle) that faded quickly, and no lacing.

Smell: bready, lemon, sweet, flowery

Mouthfeel: light to medium, slightly frothy, coats the mouth but doesn't linger.

Taste: crisp bready, light biscuit flavor, hints of lemon and sweet floral notes.

Experience: from the pour this beer reminds me of spring. Light golden color, crisp bread-like lemon smell and taste with a clean sweet floaral finish. I feel this would be great on a warm spiring day, or any day fr that matter.

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Photo of cbutova
3.67/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- 12oz bottled poured with a pretty much clear golden body, lacks haze even from the second half of the bottle. A cap builds up to about half a finger high with a frothy, foamy texture. Head retention is lackluster as it falls to a small white ring. Spotty lacing at best.

S- Very delicate aroma that leaves me searching a bit but for the style that is not exactly uncommon. Pretty much just Pilsner malts and soft spicy, floral hops come to mind.

T- Things open up in the taste as compared to the smell but the same main theme carries over with Pilsner malts and spicy, Euro hop notes carrying the beer along. Some slight yeast character comes out (it is mostly clean) in the form of light banana and apple hints.

MF- Light bodied and mostly dried out with a crisp, silky texture. Carbonation is at a medium-high level and there is some foaminess to it. Light hop bitterness just to round things out.

Clean Helles with a nice malty and European hop feel. Drinks very easily, as it should, without any major off flavors or flaws.

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Photo of FickleBeast
3.67/5  rDev -5.9%
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 jhartley
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had on draft at the brewery in a tall stretched out pilsner glass.
Beautiful bright clear gold body with a fluffy white head that left little lacing in the glass.
Smells of grains, grass and light hoppiness.
Taste follows suit with the smell. Very easy drinker.
Slight dry bitterness on the end enticing you to keep drinking more.
A good representation on the style. Not a phenomenal beer, but still tasty and will be easy to drink once spring officially arrives and some of the snow we have been having waaay too much of this year is gone.

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Photo of kevanb
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a stemless wine glass.

The beer pours a clear, golden copper color, hues of orange with a fair amount of bubbles rising to the top of the glass where a finger or so of white head sits, that has moderate retention and leaves a nice amount of soapy lace behind. The aroma is of gentle noble hops, light pine with a heap of bready malt, not too sweet, not too doughy, very nice. The flavors are nice, again, mild hop presence, although this tastes a bit more bitter than the nose led on, light pine and citrus, but more earthy noble characteristics with an expected heavy dose of malt at the back end, lightly caramel, mostly pale and pilsner style malts with a touch of honey at the finish. The mouthfeel is nice, lively carbonation coats well, the body is firm but easy, not too much but not limping along either, with a dry finish that is very crisp.

Verdict: A very nice spring lager from Tröegs, quite refreshing and enjoyable. The balance is nice and the hop character, even after a few months since release, is impressively balanced without being too bitter.

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Photo of gr0g
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden in appearance, topped with a two finger head that laces the glass pretty nicely. Sweet, bready aroma. One reviewer noted that it smelled of fresh baked bread with honey, and I think that's spot on. Hops lend floral notes. A relatively muted aroma overall, but this is a Maibock, not an IPA.

Malt-forward, clean flavor as expected. Well balanced by hop bitterness, tasting more bitter than most high gravity lagers. That would be the Magnum hops at work, lending a slight citric quality. Otherwise, it's all biscuity malt. A silky texture is Cultivator's best attribute. Far from watery, the carbonation holds on and doesn't fade.

It's good to see another well-made Maibock hit the shelves in the spring, something to fill the gap left behind when Sierra Nevada's Glissade went away.

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Photo of BB1313
3.69/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on 2/6/14. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy glowing golden with a small white head that fades and leaves great lacing and solid lacing. The aromas are floral with lots of bready malts. Lots of fresh grains. The flavors have a very nice hop bite to it. Lots of fresh grass giving it an earthy bitterness. There's some black pepper in the mix. Malts and grains are there. There's hints of pear and green apple. It finishes pretty dry for the most part. It does have a syrupy aspect in the finish that lingers though, but I'd still say it's ultimately dry. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with active carbonation. It's very smooth and easy to drink. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Great for the warmer weather.

This is a nice offering from Troegs. It's ultimately a pretty clean beer, just like most of their beers. Maybe I'm not blown away, but I like it and the craftsmanship is pretty impressive. Good beer.

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Photo of lastmango
3.69/5  rDev -5.4%
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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