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 argock
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz brown bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. Bottled on 012915 on bottleneck. Purchased at Market Street Wineshop (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Clear honey-gold, light amber with nearly 2-finger ivory, tightly bubbled head with average retention and copious lacing down the glass.

S: Bready with fig/plum fruity aromas, light caramel, and perceptible but not unpleasant alcohol.

T: Very comparable to the aroma with a lot of breadiness, light caramel is a prominent flavor, but there is some fig/plum fruitiness in the middle of the palate that doesn't belong. THe hopping is heral and earthy with light bitterness. Alcohol isn't easy to detect. Except for the mid-palate fruitiness, this is a nice brew.

M: Really great feel with lightish body with medium-high carbonation.

O: Cultivator is a good brew which could use a little more careful fermentation to miss that mid-palate fruitiness and this would be superb. As it is, it is still very enjoyable drinking.

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Photo of Jimmys
4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

bottled on 02-04-15.

A: pours a bright gold. brilliantly clear. bright white head.

S: aroma has a little bit of metallic notes. wet dog. that was weird. maybe it was my glass, because those aromas have cleared. bread dough.

T: light malty flavor. almost a fresh sourdough bread. sweet. grainy. hop bitterness and flavor. herbal and soft.

M: moderate amount of carb on a medium body.

D: overall a very tasty helles bock. blond, malty, enough hops to provide presence and bitterness.

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

Mmm . . . Tasty. Not surprised, but always amazed by Troegs. For me, they are one of those breweries that never seem to disappoint. Terrific spring seasonal. Good job guys and keep the new stuff coming.

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Photo of mnrider
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours clear golden yellow with a half finger of bubbly white head.
Not much retention with little to no lacing.

S: Sweet malts. Yeast. Bright and cool grassy hops. Caramel. Grains
and pepper.

T/M: Bitter. Yeast. Bready malts. Lemon and pepper. Sweet. Caramel.
Nice carbonation feel. The caramel and malt taste linger in the

O: Nice tasting Helles Bock. Hops taste great in this beer. I could see
drinking this in the warmer weather, or whenever.


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Photo of brureview
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear, golden color in a Pilsner glass with a 4 Finger head which quickly resolved itself. Carbonation bubbles from the bottom of the glass.

Aroma-fruity, malty, definitely a lager aroma.

MF- very carbonated, spicy.

Taste: malty, smooth fruitiness

Finish: spicy, slightly bitter.

Overall an excellent Maibock. The fruit, spiciness, light bitterness make the beer very drinkable.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
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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Photo of baconfromwalmart
3.89/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look: No head, thin lacing stuck around the rim. Honey amber color.

Smell: Nice, light malty smell, slightly floral.

Taste: Light in the front of the mouth, hoppiness at the back. Malty aftertaste.

Feel. Really good mouth feel. I wouldn't describe it as especially smooth or creamy, but it was more thick than thin and definitely pleasant to drink.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle. Pours deep golden with tall, long lasting, fluffy white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of grassy hops, bready malt and hint of alcohol. Body is full and crisp. Taste is of sweet biscuit malt balanced by grassy hops and drying alcohol. Finish is long, dry. Good warming brew.

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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 delta490
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice deep gold, effervescent with a long-lasting fizzy white head. The aroma is mild and malty, with biscuit notes and backed up with hints of earthy hops. The taste is a little bit more robust, with all the aroma factors present but a little more distinct. The body has a nice weight to it and a clean crisp finish.

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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 HattedClassic
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a light white and bubbly head that dissipates quickly. The beer itself is cler pale amber.

The beer smell is fairly nice. The beer has hop and malt notes that are very good. The hop note is nice and light with a bit of lime and lemon citrus bitterness to it and floral notes. However, the stronger notes are the nice, sweet pale malts that, while light, really stand out in this beer.

The beer taste is just as delicious as the smell. The main notes consist of a nice sweey malt flavor with a light citrus bitterness surrounding it. The beer taste also has slight alcohol note to it but is very light.

The mouthfeel is light bodied but on the heavier side. The beer goes down pretty smooth and leaves the mouth a little sticky.

Overall, a very good beer, and one I recommend picking up.

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Photo of micromaniac129
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I thought this was a very good beer.
The appearance was quite striking with a crisp and clear amber gold color. The head was tall and tight and left lot of lacing. Well carb'd.
Mostly in the nose was grainy malts.
the taste was malty sweet with some warming alcohol notes. Subtle and soft notes of floral hops add some depth.
It finishes clean and dry. An excellent beer.

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Photo of ajm5108
3.72/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

As some others have said you get a lot of pilsner flavor, with some citrus as well, mostly lemon to me. Solid beer, pretty refreshing for something that has little hop profile.

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Photo of HamdenHector
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: crystal clear; light amber colored; 1 finger pillowy ivory head that receded slowly to a thick ring; very nice lacing;

S: pilsner malt; a little toasted; very little DMS;

T; pilsner malt all the way through; no hop character; no bitterness;

M: medium bodied; moderate, creamy carbonation; clean;

O: expected some hop bitterness and a dry finish; very good none the less;

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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
4.16/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale Amber with a slight white head that leaves some lacing.

Smells of malt, yeast, bread backed by citrus and floral hops.

Taste of fresh baked bread with yeasty undertones up front. Lively carbonation keeps flavors moving. It has a bitter lemon citrus hop middle rounding out with a biscuity malt mouth feel and ends dry with a floral hop bite.

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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 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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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 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 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 MikeWard
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

poured from 12oz bottle into standard pint glass. Dating was illegible.

Looking really nice. Crystal clear pale golden yellow, excellent carbonation. Small white head which dissipated somewhat, but maintained throughout. Lacing was minimal.

Very nice aroma too. Yeasty, fainlty floral, hay, and a light sweetness.

Taste didn't quite live up to the nose. lager yeast, sweet, and a light hop bite at the very end.

Mouth was a touch below medium.

Overall, this is a nice beer to have on a warm summer evening. 6.9, but very drinkable. I'm not one for bocks, too many other styles I much prefer, but this was enjoyable.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pale orange color with great clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through be the glass.

Smell: Bready and toasted grains, some sweetness, lager yeast, and grassy hops.

Taste: Definitely toasted grains with sweet notes, some hop bitterness, lager yeast, and herbal and grassy hops.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, refreshing, light to medium bodied, medium carbonation, a little chewy, and medium carbonation.

Overall: This is a style I am starting to enjoy more. You should be able to drink this year round.

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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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Tröegs Cultivator from Tröegs Brewing Company
3.9 out of 5 based on 637 ratings.
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