Scratch Beer 6 - 2007 (Export Lager) | Tröegs Brewing Company

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Scratch Beer 6 - 2007 (Export Lager)Scratch Beer 6 - 2007 (Export Lager)

Brewed by:
Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Dortmunder / Export Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
This Export Lager features a single stage decoction—a first for Tröegs Brewery. After combining barley and water we transfer a portion of the mash to the brew kettle for a quick boil. The heated mash is then returned to the mash kettle and the brewing process continues. This process deepens the malt character and adds a subtle toffee backbone to this delicious lager. We’ve added Magnum hops for bittering and Czech Saaz hops for aroma to create a classic European Noble hop flavor.

Scratch #6-2007 is unfiltered, so there will be a slight haze to the beer.

Added by akorsak on 11-22-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 39 |  Reviews: 37
Reviews by Lupe:
Photo of Lupe
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy gold with a two-fingered white head. Very good retention and a ton of sticky lace is left behind.

Malty aroma of fresh bread with a light spicy hop bite.

Like the aroma, the flavor is malty with fresh baked bread, toasted grain, and a touch if fruitiness. Hops kick in with a touch of citrus and solid spice. Well balanced bready and hop flavors. Finishes crisp with lingering spice.

Medium bodied - smooth, a bit chewy, and hearty yet crisp. Refreshing and satisfying - I could drink this all day. This needs to be in Troegs regular rotation.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of nickd717
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle thanks to dashirey.

Pours slightly hazy golden with a one-finger white head and good lacing.

Sweet pale malt and sherry on the aroma.

Mmm I love aged helles lagers. I have a whole case in my cellar dedicated to aging helles lagers for 10+ years. Well, not really. Flavor is sweet pale malt, sherry, and green apple. This has actually aged fairly well.

Smooth on the palate with medium-light body.

Not bad! Leave it to Troegs to make a helles lager that actually ages well. Harrisburgers are awesome.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear medium gold with at least 2 fingers of brite white foamy head. It eventually settles down into a nice creamy layer that retains well and imparts good lacing. Aroma is bready sweetness with a fresh zesty citrus character.

The taste is once again, that grainy, bready sweetness. That's nicely balanced however by a tangy citrus taste and a satisfying hop bitterness that ligers long on the palette. The mouthfeel is a light medium body with a smooth feel and a good, crisp carbonation.

I really dug this take at a Dortmunder. A great, crisp taste and huge drinkability make this another winner of a Scratch Beer from Troegs and makes me thankfull that I've got a few more of these squirelled away.

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Photo of shbobdb
4.63/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Freakin' fantastic. I want to know the beer that this one replaced. I'm gonna pre-emptively call shinanigans and say the other beer cheated to win.

Really, what isn't to like about this beer? A nice crisp hop presence at the start that segues into a nice sweet pilsner malt middle and a crisp, drying finish. Just what the doctor ordered really.

It has a mild tomato-like smell that I've been getting a lot from Dortmunders lately, I think it is me so I can't argue with it.


A simple review for a simple beer, but it really knocked my socks off. Thanks Muenchener K!

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.6/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass the liquid is gold with good carbonation. The head is a nice fat thumb off white and leaves good lace.

The smell is fresh and bready.

The taste is really good like fresh backed bread. Really this is a nice styld of brew when it is nice and fresh. It seems the long srip across the pond does not do others as well as a short drive down from PA.

Mouthfeel is better them medium and the carbonation is very good.

The drinkability of this brew is about as good as the style will be, a very well done brew.

Prosit, und Zum Wohl, MK

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Photo of akorsak
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A growler filled on 11/21/2007 at the brewery.

A: The lager is hazy, shimmering like a wheat beer. The color is a pale yellow, tinted a bit by brown colors to the look like ginger ale with some yellow food coloring added to darken it a bit. The head is thick and fluffy, leaving a nice trail of lace is it settles down.

S: The nose is crisp graininess, cereal and toast, mixed with an earthy hop profile.

T: Mmmmm lager! This beer begins with a bang, a malty profile that kicks off enough grain flavors to keep me happy. The maltiness quickly segues into the delicious hop kick. The hops are earthly, full of bitterness that is grassy and dirty. The hops are the dominant factor in the last half of the sip, coating the mouth with a wet bitterness that lingers for an interminable period of time.

M: The crisp hops and full malt body really make this a good sipper. This growler, if it lasts, will pair nicely with the turkey roasting in the oven.

D: The Scratch series is, in my book, an absolute winner. I anticipate each new release and have been consistently thrilled with the output.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another brew from an epic box of beer from mymrnngjckt... I won Kevin's "Guess My Favorite Rock Band" LIF.... This may be the oldest one out of the box... but .. upon pouring into my Delirium snifter.. it still looks pretty good... Huge thanks Kevin!!

1" rocky white head dies back fairly quick.. the brew is a perfectly clear lite honey gold....

Nose is a malty pils malt... no dms.. very clean...

Flavor is crisp and has a great balance between the hops and the malt... bready with a nice noble hop presence (still?)

Body is on track and is a tad bit higher than a German pils.. but and the carbonation is pretty spot-on.

I think this brew is still really tasty and doesn't taste stale at all.. there is a good brewery in Sun Valley (Trail Creek) that makes a great Dortmunder... this is certainly on par with their's... though.. it does seem a bit thick as I hit the bottom of the glass.

Thanks again Kevin.... Truly appreciated.. Pimpin' Idaho Round 2 is in the works.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.61/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Number five on the night and my next to last scratch release I have left to try this day. I saved this one to start off after the kids went to sleep for a little bit of a change of pace. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 12/21/2008.

The pour was decent with a rich looking hazy golden color coming forward right away. Nice head of white rises up from the bottom and comes to the top around an inch in height as it settles down into a thin crown with moderate side glass lacing. Very nice for the style.

The aroma was loaded with bread malts. Rich notes of grain, musky with some off fruit notes coming in the rough the back of it. Light flavor here, rich malts with a touch of a bready tone. Lots of grain here as well, really nicely done, though the style is not one of my favorites. Smooth, clean feel with a little bit of a lingering flavor on the tongue. Easy clean finish and this one was all but gone.

Overall not a bad rendering though as I said the style is less then my favorite, still though they did a damn fine job with it and I have to give them credit for that.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from Slatetank, so a big Thank You goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of grain, light malts and some hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with hints of spice and fruit in the background. There's good hops bitterness that comes in next and provides a nice balance. The malt character is hearty but on the lighter side. The after-taste is bready and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not filling at all, mild kick, very good representation of style, it's a good beer to drink several of during an evening, however it wouldn't be my first choice even within the style.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A gift from 'Tor Lew! The pour produced two fingers' worth of rocky, bone-white head that began collapsing almost immediately, producing nice, sticky lace as it went. Color was a deep lemon-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Nose was lager-sweet. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full with a pleasant mingling of hoppy bitterness with the characteristic lager sweetness. Finish was smooth with a lingering sweetish lager taste. I remember talking to Ed Yashinsky about this one and I have its specs somewhere in my notes. If they surface, I will add that info as an Edit. In the meantime, I cannot fathom why this did not make the cut and became a scratch. This is really good lager!

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Photo of womencantsail
3.08/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks for sending this one, Mike.

A: The beer pours a cloudy golden yellow with a small white head.

S: Surprisingly decent nose. Sweet malts and pale breads dominate. There's a fair amount of citrus character and some light fruitiness to it as well.

T: Sort of watered down and bland. Bready malts with a hint of cardboard, very little bitterness or hop flavor. A little bit of citrus to it and some sweetness, maybe sugar?

M: Light in body with a medium carbonation.

O: Not sure what I could really expect from a 4 year old Dortmunder lager, but this was probably about it.

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Photo of Biscuit033
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Slightly hazy gold with a large fluffy head. Foam clings to the glass the entire way down.

S: Biscuity malts and a clean metallic hoppy note, with a hint of toast.

T: very malty with a crisp clean bitter finish. It is amazing how malty and bready the taste is and then the bitterness cleans the palate.

M: Heavier than most Dortmunders yet still finishes crisp and clean.

D: This would make a great switch up for Warsteiner, my normal German session beer.

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Photo of tayner
3.24/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle

poured a hazy gold with a bright white head that laced nice and lasted a long, long time. very nice beer to look at.

Smell was odd with almost a musty grass/hay character to it. was not very strong or it would have been a complete turn off.

Taste was a grassy/lemony hop flavor backed by a very light malt profile. the sweetness that was there came mid palate with the hop profiles peaking at the very front and at the very end. it ended pretty dry.

it was pretty thin and watery feeling, and none of the flavors were bold. i think it needed a bit more malt to hold this one up.

It is easy to drink, but not one i would pick over so many others out there.

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Photo of Deuane
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A-Brilliant golden yellow with a medium bright head. Head reduces to a thin cap and leaves nice lacing.

S-Sweet biscuit with a touch of white grapes and a fresh zesty citrus character.

T-Sweet biscuit up front that is well balanced by zesty citrus notes and a touch of apple. Nice spicy zip of hops in the finish.

M-Medium-light body, crisp and yet very smooth. Nice lingering spiciness.

D-A superb crisp, easy to drink and vastly sessionable German lager. Not a style I often seek out but when you can pack this much flavour into a crisp brew such as this well...

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Photo of DefenCorps
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz received via trade from dashirey

A: Massive 3 finger head on a mildly cloudy body. Tons of carbonation. There's a little lacing

S: Light toasted malts, grains, biscuit, noble hops with a slight floral character.

T: Crisp, refreshing and clean. Starts off clean, the finish is a tad bitter but not overpowering.

M: Tons of lively carbonation and the bitter finish is very appealing

D: This is the PERFECT summer beer, I wish Troegs released this later this year rather than late fall. I'd love to drink this with a burger while tending to the grill.

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Photo of jscondon
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden hue with slight precipitate (this is an unfiltered beer and i poured some sediment) a small head and nice carbonation. It smells slightly like apricots and butteriness. The taste is predominantly buttery in the middle, and the front and the end have a slight bitterness that is very pleasant.

In all this is a great beer, if i lived closer to Troegs i would definitely have many more of these.

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Photo of kkipple
3.2/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Massive Mega Scratch Beer Tasting @ the Meat Meet, 8.21.2010. Thanks Unclejedi!

Scores reflect how the beer is drinking NOW, and not when released.

Hmm, looks like a Dortmunder to me... medium gold, but very low head. No lace, no active carb. Smells of pale German malts and slightly grainy with a hint of Noble hop. Tastes sweet and pretty clean, but obviously past its prime and nothing really here to recommend it... all the interesting malt notes have fallen into the Abyss. Obviously 5% Dortmunder lagers shouldn't be drunk 3 years late. Mouthfeel is good, high carbonation, pretty easy, but sadly tastes a bit stale. More an educational experience than a good beer. Ain't getting any better, folks!

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Photo of number1bum
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks again to Jason (ClockworkOrange) for hooking me up with another Scratch brew.

Pours a somewhat hazy golden color, lots of bubbles rising to the top and about a finger and a half of nearly white head. Head retention is quite good, with a full lace and quite a bit of stick.

Smell has some light sweetness, some lightly toasted malt, grassy and slightly spicy hops, and some lemon zest.

Taste is much the same, with a nice balance between toasted, grainy and mildly sweet malt and grassy, and citrusy/lemony hops. Toasted malt and some herbal hop bitterness are more apparent through the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, crisp and appropriately carbonated and very easy drinking.

This is damn good, and I'm not even a huge lager fan. But here is a lager I would drink with regularity were it a regular offering.

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

Thanks goes out to Kegatron for this brew.

Pours a cloudy yellow color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy white head, which does leave some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, with a nice little touch of hops, with some spicyness. The taste is malty, nice hop notes, spices. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a very nice brew.

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Photo of DrJay
4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This one poured a slightly hazy gold colour with a fine, bright white cap. It had great head retention and the foam was very clingy, forming clumpy and streaky lacing down the glass. The smell started with a clean maltiness, but there was also a lot of character from hops - mostly floral with a bit of fruitiness and a delicate lemony aroma. The bitterness felt fairly light, yet solid against the malt backbone. The same hop profile was present, but with a little more citrusy lemon and the bitterness really lingered. The body was on the light side, but still well rounded, and there was plenty of carbonation. It was just short of crisp and the texture approached creamy after the initial jolt of CO2 was driven off the palate. I really liked this one. Even with quite a bit of depth, it stayed approachable and highly drinkable. Well done!

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a murky golden orange with pale yellow highlights that had a thin frothy head and left a little lacing sticking to the glass. Lots of caramel pop out on the aroma with big bready malts and faint citrus notes. The caramel flavors are also the star of the show on the palate with lots of bready malts, mild citrus, and grainy accents. The brew was medium in body with a fair amount of carbonation which had a sweet, bready, and malty finish. It drank good but was not my style at all. It probably was too old or something.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Decanted cool into a weeping radish mug, thanks to tenderbranson69 for picking this up for me.

A - A gently hazed and dirty golden w/ honey-like hues. The lager is capped by by a wispy full 3 fingers of white foam that appears as the frothed milk on a latte. The lacing is sporadic and decently sized w/ moderate stickage.

S - A nice German grain odor w/ a hint of vegetal cooked pea aromas w/ a light herbal odor. There are spiced notes and a nice aromatic biscuit aroma that is slightly salty.

M -Nice depth w/ dry and sweet malt feel, full carbonation and a subtle hop spiciness w/ a generally nutty texture.

T - The sweet smooth malt w/ an almoost creamy flavor. Gentle nutty and yeasty flavors w/ German accents add the light bready taste, a sweet and subtle grassy flavor w/ a hint of spicy pepper, the lager has a fine balance of malts and noble hop tinges.

D - A great German style brought to life by the Troeg's. I found this to be an extremely drinkable and very well brewed to the style. I hope to taste more well crafted beer like this in the future- Kudos Troeg's!. A highly drinkable session strength beer. This lager went great w/ my meat and potatoes.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bottle conditioned lager, or at least a very unfiltered one, certainly a rarity these days. The beer pours with a frothy, almost three-finger thick, pale, off-white colored head. The beer is a brilliantly clear light copper, gold color. Aromas of sweet grain and lightly herbal hops make up the lions share of the aroma at first. Aromas of light honey, soft lemon zest, fresh cut hay and herbal wildflower notes are noticeable and if you dig around for it dry grain / malt notes start to come into play. These last, contribute aromatics reminiscent of soda crackers, fresh crushed grain, and clean bread crumb (the portion of the bread that is not crust).

The beer has a nice biting character to it up front that is both a combination of the reasonable carbonation and noticeable hop bitterness. The hop bitterness is found throughout the flavor profile including through to a long, clean finish. A substantial, herbal hop note runs through the middle of each sip contributing a sort of mix of light menthol and perhaps a touch of resinous herb like character. Towards the start of the finish flavors of lemon zest (Saaz hops) and honey-like malt / sweet grain character are found and provide some counterpoint to the more dominant hop flavors. As the beer warms up a bit some chewy grain flavors start to be a bit more noticeable. This is of course fairly light, but it still has quite a bit more heft than your standard macro lager (more flavor too).

An easy drinking beer that perhaps would be better suited to the warmer months, but who am I to complain, I think it got to 80°F / 27°C here today. This is definitely beer that I was exited to drink though and it certainly has not disappointed. The Magnum hops seem to have contributed a bit of roughness / slight astringency to the flavor of this beer, but it is still quite enjoyable.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm trying to finish up the last few bottles of each of the Scratch beers in my cellar. This one is certainly not one to hold onto any longer. Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my nonic pint glass. Appears a hazy golden yellow color with around two fingers of fluffy, off white head. A nice looking pour. Smell is dominated by fresh bread and grain. The taste mimics the smell with lightly toasted grain and bread notes, maybe a touch of caramel malt and a light grassy hop presence. Medium in both body and carbonation. My glass was empty in no time. I think I've got one more of these down in the cellar, yay.

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Photo of Floydster
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle acquired in a trade with RedHaze, thanks for giving me the opportunity to try this beer, split with my friend tonight as a nightcap, poured into a pilsner glass

A-Clear golden yellow color, 1 3/4 inch soapy white head, stuck around for close to five minutes, decent retention and lacing

S-Sweet and bready malt aromas, some hoppiness, grassy accents, biscuit, skunkiness, slight lemon scent, and barley

T-Started off with some bread and slight sweetness, felt malty at first, but then hops kicked in and the finish was a little dry with some lemon peel, as it warmed became even easier to drink and had more of a watered down feel with some hoppiness left over, nicely balanced for the most part, could have used some more complexity, refreshing and would make a good beer for a hot summer day

M-Mild and crisp mouthfeel, felt like this was overly carbonated, thin body, taste did not last at all

D-Could drink two or three bottles of this, low alcohol percentage, smooth and easy going down, light on the stomach, would make a nice session beer

Bettern than the first scratch beer I tried but still nothing amazingly out of the ordinary, have not drank much from this style but average from what I have tasted, probably will not drink again

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