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.

Added by orangesol on 01-31-2014

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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 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 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 dd43
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nothing cheers me up quite like a delicious malty lager. This beer has a nice fruity and floral note to it. Malts combine with that fruitiness to make it exceptionally drinkable. Hops are on the very light end. I really like the finish on this beer. It has a grassy quality which evokes more of that spring time feel a bright lager should have, as well as a toasted bread note sort of riding throughout the experience. Well done.

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

Got this great bock while at Troegs in Hershey. Very nice. Slightly bready, some grains and florals to the nose. Glad they brought this beer back. Nice 1/2" bright white head with a nice yellow to almost honey in color. Nice casual sipper.

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Photo of JJKBeerLvr
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into pint glass in November 2015. I'm not sampling this in the traditional spring time for Helles Bocks.

Appearance: Medium golden with white head. Beer is clear and not cloudy. Head is thin, and doesn't stick to the glass.

Smell: Aroma is sweet like a lager. I do not smell much hops. There is a slight floral aroma.

Taste: There is a little bit of an edge and bite to the flavor, but is is also sweet like a lager. There is a little roasted flavor, but nothing like a stout. I like the variety of flavors. The aftertaste varies over time.

Mouthfeel: Medium, creamy bodied. Soft alcohol.

This is a smooth medium-bodies beer. Interesting to drink with some variety of flavors.

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

Can from Drum Hill
Slightly hazy deep yellow color with a decent sized bubbly white head. Rich toasted pilsner maltiness with hints of floral hop to counter. Sweet bready flavor with rich hints of toast and light caramel, light spice hop flavor. Faint bitterness leans towards malt in spades. Touch of alcohol in the finish. Nice sipper, not sure if the age hurt or helped this, but I just noticed this was a spring seasonal.

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Photo of biegaman
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Traditionally beers of spring, Helles Bocks are characteristically sunny and golden, almost as if a reflection of the longer, warmer days to come. And the forecast is very bright with Tröegs Cultivator - clarity is immaculate and highlights abound (both despite a deep, weighty tone).

Light coloured (aka "helles") bocks have an elusive, distinctive aroma that I not only love, but also find extremely difficult to articulate. It's a soft but strong smell, one with ambiguous notes of honey-laced toasted bread, graham cracker crust and maybe a slight, fleeting trace of grass or golden raisin.

Don't be too quick to dismiss pale bocks. While they may seem plain on the surface they're far from straight-forward; malted barley encases a myriad of wholesome, intricate flavours and lagers like this provide the perfect platform to unveil them. With no esters, phenols, yeast, or much hoppiness in the way, crunchy toasted bread and honey notes grab the spotlight and shine.

It's not easy extracting this much flavour from such a pale malt bill, and to find room to hide 6.9% alcohol in there somewhere would be a huge stumbling block for most brewers. But the Tröegs brothers aren't ones to shy away from a challenge; they've answered the call in an impressively pleasant, drinkable way.

Microbreweries throughout the country - from Texas (Jester King), Oregon (Cascade), Missouri (Side Project), Maine (Allagash), California (too many to name) - get plenty of praise for their sour barrel-aged beers. Likewise, producers on both coasts and everywhere in between get much deserved hype for their hoppy offerings. Even Belgian ales are well represented on both sides of the continent.

But what about lagers? Few people in even fewer places have perfected that broad other category of beers. Pennsylvania is my pick. And Tröegs is at the forefront, as evidenced by Cultivator. Search the brewery and I bet you'll find German passports. Like virtually all of their offerings this one nails the style to a tee, dotting all the I's and crossing all T's (or lower case J's) along the way.

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

This is a style that sometimes can get bogged down in yeast and malty flavors, but this one stays on the refreshing side of things.

My bottle is old ish. January 22 and now it's late july. That shouldn't and doesn't seem to have done much to mess this up. It's pretty yellow with a nice thin head that keeps coming. The aroma is mildly funky, from yeast and malts.

The taste is a lightly sweet beers taste with little booze. It hits the bitter button faintly too. The aftertaste is pleasant.

This is a mild, well balanced example of the style. I am ready for sumpin less wild, thank you. I don't need to drink this again.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bit golden with a small head from the 12 oz bottle. Lacing. Pleasant taste with no bad aftertaste. As a fan of bocks, I found this to be a decent one!

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

SAmpling a cellar temp 12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. The beer pours a clear golden hue with fizzy bleached white head of 2 cm foaming up and fading slowly to a sturdy surface layer.
Aroma is some caramel and biscuity malt with just a little bit of spicy hops mixed in for good measure.
First sip reveals an average body and very fine carbonation. Feel is a little slick and thinner, but probably appropriately so.
Flavor is similar to the nose with grainy and biscuity malt, maybe just a hint of toasted flavors, and then some spicy hops and a drying finish that clears my palate.
A clean and refreshing beer, easy to drink, good for a warm day. Not a lot to think about but enjoyable none the less.

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Photo of thebeers
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Clear golden orange color with a lasting white head. Bready malts and European hops mix nicely in the aroma. Somewhat chewy mouthfeel. Malt sweetness well balanced with hop bitterness. A fine beer.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Review 1.) Cross between a lager and an pale ale. This would be a great summer beer. Easy to drink and lots of citrus.
Review 2.)
look - Golden yellow color with a slight white head and pretty sticky lacing but could use more body.
smell - toasted bread smell with some citrus hops.
taste - very similar to the smell, citrus and toast.
feel - smooth and clean but to thin
overall - I love the citrus added to this lager. Makes it more refreshing.

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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 my opinion.Will go with some bauernwurst,sauerkraut,and dumplings later Iam sure.

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Photo of dbrauneis
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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Photo of 57md
3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fizzy with a golden straw color. Certainly nice and malty with a toasted bread flavor. However, also light-bodied and very drinkable. The finish is dry and bitter.

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Photo of dbl_delta
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Undated bottle into pint glass. Pours a clear, deep gold with an eggshell white head. Moderate carbonation. Malty, slightly bitter - almost a perfect balance between malt and hops - neither dominates. Medium, smooth mouthfeel. Really nice, clean finish. I wish this weren't a seasonal!

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Photo of Wiffler27
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

just was not my kind of beer. i have enjoyed every other Troegs beer i've ever had. maybe it's Maibock/Helles Bocks but i did not like this. i almost never pour out a beer but i poured out half a pint solely because i didn't like the taste. not pool water but not something i'd ever buy again

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very clear golden color with an off white head. The smell was subtle but still had some nice bread scents to it. The taste was very nice with a lot of floral hops coming through with the sweetness of the bread finishing off the beer. Very well balanced.

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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 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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