Tröegs Cultivator | Tröegs Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
troegs.com

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.

Added by orangesol on 01-31-2014

BEER STATS
Ratings:
638
Reviews:
132
Avg:
3.9
pDev:
8.72%
 
 
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28
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Ratings: 638 |  Reviews: 132
Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of nmann08
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of metter98
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
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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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into lager glass, bottled on 2/6/2014. Pours fairly crystal clear deep gold color with a 1 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of lemon, pear, apple, cracker, toast, biscuit, honey, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance of pale malt, earthy hop, and yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon, pear, apple, cracker, toast, biscuit, honey, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Light-moderate earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, pear, apple, cracker, toast, biscuit, honey, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice balance and robustness of pale malt, earthy hops, and yeast ester flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Very clean flavor profile as well. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and lightly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Helles bock! All around great balance and robustness of pale malt, earthy hop, and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth, clean, and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of oberon
3.76/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

One of my favorite lager styles...if done right.Poured one and a half bottles into a 1/2 liter stein,deep rich golden with a large defined white fluffy crown atop.Some caramel and lightly toasted grain in the nose,some faint mineral as well.A little thinner than expected in the feel especially in the back end.Caramel doughiness upfront on the palate with some drying light toastiness and spicy hops get your attention on the finish.A decent stab at the style,the body needs to be amped up a little...in my opinion.Will go with some bauernwurst,sauerkraut,and dumplings later Iam sure.

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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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3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light fizzy 1/2 finger head covering that fades at a med pace with streaming bubbles, little lacing, very clear honey orange blond.

NOse has a little biscuity malt, little grainy crackery without being too much straw or wheat like, little almost coppery malt note, and grassy wheat, as well as a mild fruity lager note, and little grassy floral hop note, soft lager note adn faint sulfur.

Taste starts more cereal grains, toasty, bready and grainy but not like cracked dry straw grains, grassy wheat like without much wheat, into a little lager crispness and soft feel, little fruity lager note and very light sulfury touch, into mild bitterness with some grassy floral hops . A bit of a fruity note all around. Finish is a bit crisp and soft, mild bitter grassy hops, little more fruity lager and cereal grains.

Mouth is med to lighter bod, crisp, soft, decent carb.

Overall OK, a bit of a sulfury note, decent hops, malts are pretty nice but not great, lager notes are nice, drinkable but not great.

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3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap 3/15/2015 at Battleship Brewhouse, in Fall River, MA served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains light caramelized malts, lager yeast, honey and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of honey and caramel. Then some breadiness comes in from lager yeast and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Smooth and a little crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, it’s a decent beer but there are others in the style that I would pick first.

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3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear pale to medium yellow in color with moderate to heavy amounts of active visible carbonation rising quickly from the bottom of the glass and faint lemon yellow highlights. The beer has a half finger tall fizzy foamy off-white head that reduces to a large patch of thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of biscuit malts over the top of lighter aromas of slightly fruity yeast and grassy + floral hops.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of biscuit and cracker malts with just a hint of sweetness. That is followed by light to moderate flavors of light fruit (apple + pear) yeast and light flavors of floral and grassy hops. There is a light amount of lingering bitterness in the finish.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly crisp.

O: A nice example of the style and very easy to drink, quite enjoyable. Alcohol is well hidden and this is a nice new addition to the Tröegs lineup available to me.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Slatetank
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I had this on tap at the brewery tasting room in Hershey, served chilled in a stange

The color is deep golden with greate clarity and thick white cap with very fine bead. The smell combines a strong malt aroma with mild noble hop aroma and subtle mineral yeast with a spice accent from the hops with toasted grain odor. The feel is very good with strong body of both malt presence with spicy hop texture and medium carbonation with light alcohol in the finish.

The taste is as good as the other qualities mentioned above yet there is a smooth grain flavor with light sweet maltiness and gentle German yeast flavor in the middle with floral hop and mild alcohol in the finish which is relatively dry. Overall I consider this a pretty high quality helles bock for the style, very drinkable yet enough strength to hold true with the original ...very drinkable example with nice balance.

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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 troegs.com 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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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of orangesol
3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served on-tap at the brewery.

A - Pours clear golden yellow with a decent one finger tall white head, quickly dissipating down to a light film, leaving sticky webs of lace on the sides of the glass.

S - Smells of light noble hop bitterness, doughy yeast, lightly toasted caramel malt and a bit of dulled lemon. Rather plain initially but it comes around a bit as it warms up.

T - Starts off with a mix of bready malt, yeast and mild caramel malt sweetness slowly giving way to the noble hop bitterness. Finish is pretty doughy with some light bitterness, lingering long after the finish.

M - Light body with moderate carbonation. Smooth, doughy feel with some mild bitterness at the end of each sip. Booze is hidden quite well.

O - A pretty solid maibock all things considered. A bit more hoppy than a traditional example but that was what they were going for here. I will definitely enjoy a few more of these once it warms up some more.

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