Tröegs Cultivator | Tröegs Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

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:
640
Reviews:
133
Avg:
3.9
pDev:
8.72%
 
 
Wants:
28
Gots:
178
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 640 |  Reviews: 133
Photo of ehrlacher
3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of richj1970
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle dated best by 6/4/2016 into snifter.

A: Crystal clear golden yellow with one finger white head. Short retention and leaves light lacing.

S: Pale malts with floral and lightly earthy hops. Toasted grains and fresh baked bread.

T: Lightly toasted bready malts. Floral and grassy hops with a spicy note.

M: Medium body with average carbonation.

O: Excellent beer. Not a normal style for me, but this is clearly well executed.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

DATE: April 8, 2016... OCCASION: a loooong week ends in beer-tasting Friday... GLASSWARE: Celebrator doppelbock pokal.. APPEARANCE: the helles is definitely apparent at first sight, with a copper golden body that sparse effervescence; a thin, creamy mustache ring around the glass; the body is clear... AROMA: pitched malt grains are toasted and oat and cereal... the hops are fruity and aromatic, almost like freshly mowed grass and flowers... PALATE: sharp, medium-bodied, slick and soft on the tongue...a body that bewitches with its near 7% ABV... TASTE: .though no taste is dominant, the sweetness of caramel and toffee takes the lead... the hops soften the experience, with the floral fragrance adding some balance... malted and toasty, the aftertaste lingers enough to invite the next drink... its drinkability is centered in its light, engaging flavor profile... OVERALL: Troegs has done right with this one, where a powerful bock has wedded a crisp, soft helles with beautifully drinkable results...

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

Photo of shigg85
4.16/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nyrblue2
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AD17
3.46/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 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 cdub70085
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of logicalparadox
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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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Photo of peteknepper
4.72/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SmashAdams
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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

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

Photo of fscottkey
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: [4.00] The beer is a pale yellow with some orange highlights. The beer pours out with 1 1/2 fingers of uniform white bubbles. The bottle clearly lists the ABV (6.9%) , IBU (25) and best by (05/29/16).

S: [3.50] Traditional lager scents of light caramel and corn.

T: [4.25] Surprising spicy hop flavor up front. Comes across as a fruity orange or lemon rind. The citrus flavor is not bright (acidic) but it is flavorful. The bold front end is followed by a smooth caramel malt finish.

M: [3.75] Good mouthfeel. Medium body. Complimentary carbonation. The spiciness carries through to the end on the finish.

O: [4.00] The nose on this beer betrays how much flavor is inside. The nose is pretty typical lager. The flavor is much more exciting. The spicy hop flavor up front is a really nice add and it carries and elevates this beer. I want this again.

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Photo of Saucer52
3.07/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of 50marathons
3.72/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful golden color. Crystal clear with good foam. Great malt presence and well balanced.

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

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 deansellers
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Apellonious
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into Guinness pint glass. Freshest by 52916.

A - Golden orange, half finger head that moves immediately to a thin soapy lace.

S - Bananas, grains, some type of herb/florality, some pine.

T - Ahhhh Bock (check for outdated MASH reference). Bread and grains prevail, some mint/pine.

M - Very crisp, carbonation leaning towards medium high, medium light fullness.

O - Seems to be a slightly different bock, still pretty tasty.

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Photo of Walleybeer
4.11/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tröegs Cultivator from Tröegs Brewing Company
3.9 out of 5 based on 640 ratings.
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