Scratch Beer 13 - 2008 (Oktoberfest) | Tröegs Brewing Company

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Scratch Beer 13 - 2008 (Oktoberfest)Scratch Beer 13 - 2008 (Oktoberfest)

Brewed by:
Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Scratch 13-2008 is all about tradition. This copper lager is reminiscent of what you would find under one of those mammoth tents in Munich this time of year. A rich trio of Pils, Munich and Vienna malts combined with the light bitterness of noble hops creates this traditional lager beer. We left this one unfiltered to bring out a slight yeast flavor.

19 IBU

Added by Slatetank on 08-24-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 49 |  Reviews: 44
Reviews by MaltyGoodness:
Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.47/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle - thanks to travise

Pours a slightly hazed light orange-amber with a small white head that maintains. Mild, spotty lacing on the glass.

Fresh caramel malty aroma with a bready/yeasty presence. Also a slight fruity - green apple aroma.

Immediate fresh, mild caramel malt flavor. Mild bitterness, faint herbal hop flavor. Finishes crisp and dry with a slight lingering bitterness.

Medium-light body, well carbonated.

Easy enough to drink, but a little too light across the board for my Marzen tastes. Definitely a solid lager, but malt is not pronounced / savory enough to approach the best examples of this style.

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Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Dr. Jay for this unfiltered spot-on octoberfest. Pils, Munich and Vienna malts combined with noble hops. Lighter yellow and fading off-white moderate head. A bit chewy mouthfeel, easy drinking and sessionable a.b.v.Ingredients show themselves in the aroma. A good spot of yeast brings it all together.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.82/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz single, received in the pre-football season bif from kegatron...he sent me 4 of these and i picked this one randomly from the bunch to enjoy tonight

appearance: pours into an imperial pint, amber-copper body with a foamy beige cap and decent retention, slightly hazed body and a little light

smell: lots of grain, caramel malt, a bit bready, sweet apple, sourdough, mildly hopped

taste: this one is pretty sweet for a marzen - heavy on the apple, caramel malt...the sweetness kind of drowns out the grain and breadyness

mouthfeel: sweet, medium-light body

drinkability: good

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Photo of Gonzoillini
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of nickd717
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle via trade thanks to dashirey.

Pours a hazy medium amber color with a fading one-finger off-white head.

Aroma is sweet malt, bread, apple, and sherry oxidation.

Flavor is old and oxidized with sherry, but still nice. Munich malt and honey sweetness with sherry, spice, and earth.

Medium-bodied with average carbonation.

Not bad for a two year old Oktoberfest. Not bad at all.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle (actually 2!) into a German Seidel.

Pours a clear, golden caramel color with a 1/2 finger of foamy off-white head. Thin, creamy retention with a nice dollop of foam right there in the middle, that leaves a good looking latticework of lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma is bready malts and caramel sweetness intermingling with citrus and light floral notes.

The taste is toasted malts that envelope additional notes of sweet caramel, a splash of citrus, and a tingle of hops in the back. Finishes with a smack of light, sticky sweetness on the lips. The mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with a smooth and creamy carbonation that goes down oh-so-smoothly.

This is a very nice take on the Marzen style by Troegs. Nicely flavored for an American brewed Oktoberfest and the drinkibility of this is killer. I'm about to go tune up a couple more!

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Photo of akorsak
3.92/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A growler filled and consumed on August 29, 2008.

A: The lagerbier is dark, relatively at least, darker than the shimmery copper of most o-fests. The color looks like concentrated tea. A thick head arose on multiple pours but left little lace.

S: The grains are bready, thick with a concentrated aroma. The stronger oktoberfestbier sweetness also comes through. A touch of hops, more than you'd expect, greeted me too.

T: Great flavor that comes through a little flat/thin at times. The malts retain their bready taste, chewy with a sweet undertone, sweet caramel. Great aftertaste arising from the malts. Hops add a touch of flavor. Perhaps that thinness is the inevitable result of the quick drop-off in the malts. The overall flavor and feel is good but could be a little tighter.

M: The mouthfeel is a spiciness that goes well with the malts. The softness of the taste contributes, I think, to the thinness.

D: The lagerbier is a nice drink, good but not great. I can see polishing off a growler at a crisp fall tailgate.

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Photo of philbe311
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Crisp lively white head, one fingers worth, off of a standard pour into a pint glass... Plenty of carbonation is present in this honey hued brew... Moderate lacing...

S - Pear... Raisins... Caramel... Floral aromas... Spice notes... Nothing overwhelming, but all scents are well blended to provide a subtle aromatic intrigue...

T - Malt... Grain... Slight hops... Perhaps a hint of dried dark fruit... Hints of citrus are present upon the finish...

M - Slightly thin... Early carbonation... Refreshing... Not too much going on in this department...

D - Enjoyable, but far from memorable... It looks, smell, and smoothness are the best qualities for the average at best marzen...

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz got this as a freaking bunch of incredibly cool beers from from mymrnngjckt... I won Kevin's "Guess My Favorite Rock Band" LIF.... Thanks dude.

Poured into my shaped SA glass... 1" head atop a crystal clear lite amber brew... left a bit of yeast in the bottle.

Nose is toasty malts.. pretty standard.. not alot going on.. but there isn't supposed to be.

Flavor has more of a rounded bready maltiness with some toasted crusts.. a little biscuity as it warms.

The body is about perfect.. the carbonation is a touch high... still pretty drinkable after all this time..

Thanks again Kevin.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.31/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Jay for sending this one down to me, I really need to do a better job at trying all of these scratch beers, as I have them sitting in the fridge , and I think I will make this my goal next week, but until then lets stick with this one. Twelve ounce bottle served cold, right out of the fridge. Poured into a pint glass and consumed on 09/23/2008.

The pour was very nice, rich light amber colored beer, with a stunning clarity to it. Lots of carbonation could be seen tricky up from the bottom of the glass and this was pretty much the status quo throughout the rest of the session. A nice head of maybe two inches in height then came up over the top of the glass and settled down gently into a light coating across the top that lasted throughout the remainder of the session.

The aroma was a bit light if I am being honest. Earthy with a decent amount of caramel and bready malts in it, but it did not have that punch I was looking for to really push it through. Some light grassy and herbal notes as well in it, but too heavy on the light grain to be really good. The flavor was more f the same for me, sort of a mixed bag per se. Not bad at all, in fact the light body, and nice carbonation made this one go down literally like water, but that may have been part of the problem. It was too light, almost to a fault as I really had trouble getting a good read on it and the flavor just never really popped for me. This is one of my favorite styles and this one was a lit bit of a let down.

Overall not bad, but I have to say it was a touch light and that would be the major sticking point for me. Still though the beer was solid and above average, just lacking that little extra to really make it good. I would still recommend it though as it was definitely solid.

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Photo of errantnight
3.61/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Last of the Scratch series beers leftmindedrighty sent me... looking forward to this one!

Pours a hazy pale copper with a finger and a half of creamy head which dissipates rather quickly with reasonable retention.

Aroma is a bit muted, hints of caramel and toasted malt with a bit of hop spiciness around the edges.

A bunch more going on on the palate... well rounded malt sweetness with lightly toasted bread notes and a moderate caramel sweetness finishing with a nice, dry, well balanced finish.

Medium bodied that feels substantial but finishes clean with dead on carbonation.

Nothing that blows you out of the water, but eminently drinkable. Really enjoying this.

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Photo of Murchmac
3.03/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is an ok marzen. Everything you'd expect from a marzen, but muted. Cool idea to go back to your roots, drank this while brewing up beer myself and loved the idea that the bros. decided to dust off their old recipes. This is not unlike watching Tom Cruise in Valkyrie.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
3.47/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

THis beer isn't much of an oktoberfest. It isn't as dark as an oktoberfest, doesn't have as much body, it doesn't have the malt flavor either.

This beer has some orange citrus on the nose and taste. This is the first miss from Troeg's. There are a tiny bit of fruity esters in here as well.

I don't get the rhyme or reason from this one.

I appreciate the sample as I get to try all the scratch beers. This one is the first one that was a miss for me.

Thanks to Deuane for the sample.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Many thanks to Kegatron for this one.

Poured from the bottle a slightly hazy gold with a rich and creamy white head.

Aroma of light malts and grain up front with lemon zest, banana, and Belgian yeast following behind.

Taste is much like the aroma. Starts off grainy but then reveals a bit of banana, lemon zest, Belgian yeast, and light caramel. The finish is quite bready.

Light to medium bodied, smooth and dry, with a fizzy carbonation.

Easy to drink and pretty good overall.

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Photo of grub
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

got this one from DrJay as part of the EDM BIF. thanks jay!

12oz bottle. sampled jan 30/09.

pours deep orange with a bit of haze. a small dense white head forms, dropping fairly fast and leaving spotty lace.

aroma is nice. light caramel. bit of toffee. white bread and cracker. bit of toasty character. light alcohol. touch of cocoa and fruit.

taste is nice. touch of caramel. lightly toasted whole wheat bead. biscuit. bit of cracker. hint of alcohol. touch of fruit, but without imparting any appreciable sweetness.

mouthfeel is good. just under medium carbonation level. medium-light body with a fairly light finish.

drinkability is good. nice balance. fairly mellow. good stuff.

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Photo of nrpellegrini
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden orange color with a thin white that hangs around for a little. Smells of sweet malts and spices. Tastes like a sweet lager. Not so much an octoberfest here. The spices aren't heavy enough and don't resemble the typical octoberfest flavor. Drinks and feels very smooth, goes down easy too.

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Photo of Khazadum
5/5  rDev +35.5%

Photo of Deuane
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Slightly hazy gold kissed medium copper. A thick light tan head initially settles down into a thin cap leaving nice lace behind.

S-Bready sweetness a bit of toasted grain and a pleasant spicy fruitiness

T-Spicy hops mix nicely with toasted Munich malt. Nice combination of sweet and spice. A bit of caramel sweetness makes itself known in the background along with a slight twang.

M-Medium bodied with a soft feel. Good lingering spicy aftertaste.

D-Very drinkable! I was not expecting much from this one and was very surprised. I like the spicy, fruity, bready combo....very flavourful for a lager. Troeg's does it again in making another scratch which is a flavorful lager. Looking forward to see if the bottle holds up as well.

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Photo of WesWes
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a goldn/orange color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a dry, slightly scent with little to no hop aroma. It's not as malty as some Octoberfests. The taste is decent as well. It has a smooth, pilsner and light crystal malt flavor. It goes down easy and finishes clean and dry. The malt flavor isn't that impressive. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinker, but it's far from the best Oktoberfests on the market. This is my first taste of the scratch series. I wasn't too impressed.

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Photo of kkipple
3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

An O-Fest from O-8! Looks good (not totally clear low orange), smells good, (sweet clean Old World malt), with good carbonation and it goes down easy. Age hasn't helped this, surely, but it doesn't seem to have taken much away either. Troegs makes a good Ofest -- why isn't this a regular brew?

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Photo of Viggo
3.33/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, big thanks to grub for sharing.

Pours a lightly hazed golden orange/amber, thin off white head forms, drops down to a thin ring around the glass, some big bubbles, no real lacing, but decent retention, certainly looks like a marzen. Smell is nice, sweet and malty, some caramel, toast, really biscuity malt, orange, light bit of sour maltiness, pretty good. Taste is similar, very toasty, some oats, very biscuity, caramel sweetness, a bit fruity, oranges, light sourness, watery flavour, not too appealing. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium carbonation, certainly drinkable but not exciting. A little bland, but thanks for sharing Russ!

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Photo of orangesol
3.42/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First and foremost, this rating is based on how this one is drinking right now, not in the past.

Yet again, big thanks to Deuane for giving me one of these to try.

A - Pours slightly hazy amber orange with a small film of white head, dissipating down to nothing at all, leaving little to no lace down the glass.

S - Smells of mildly toasted grain, cereal, caramel, toffee, light fruitiness and mild oxidation. Definitely long gone but not too bad honestly.

T - Starts off with plenty of grainy malt, cereal and some light fruitiness quickly giving way to caramel and toffee sweetness. Finish is a little watery with some light sweetness and a mild oxidation twang, not lingering for very long.

M - Medium body with very little carbonation. Sweet, smooth feel with a small oxidation twang at the end of each sip.

O - While this one is definitely past its prime but it isn't too bad actually. I would have loved to have tried this one when it came out. I have always heard great things.

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Photo of number1bum
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

As always, thanks to ClockworkOrange and Deuane for hooking me up!

Porus an ever so slightly chill hazed light orange/amber color with a creamy two plus fingers of of-white head. Keeps a nice, full lace and leaves some stick, too.

Smell consists of toasted grain, some buttery caramel, and grassy noble hops.

Taste is a solid and well balanced combination of buttery, caramel malt, with some toasted grain and noble hops. Light sweetness and a bit bready. Hops are a bit grassy. This actually feels a little on the thin side. A bit lighter in the mouth than it should be. Carbonation is appropriate and it has a nice creaminess.

Pretty solid oktoberfest in my book. Another fine scratch beer by Troegs.

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Photo of thain709
3.54/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Knocking off some old Scratch Beers/cleaning out Deuane's basement.

A - Poured a murky orange body that had some suspended sediment...two fingers of white head formed but it was gone quickly...just a thin spot in the middle was lacing

S - Cereal, grain, fresh baked bread...those were the leading forces...subtle fruitiness lingering

T - There was a huge grain bill to this beer...I'm sure when it was fresh it wasn't much different...cereal and grain notes linger throughout...a touch of sweet caramel brightens things up...the subtle fruitiness from the nose is lingering on the palate again...the finish is all grain with traces of caramel dipped bread

M - Medium bodied...feels thick, but it's also watered down

O - A three year old Oktoberfest? Sure...lots of grainy flavors still alive in this one...I'm sure other flavors were present when this one was fresh, but it held up decently

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Photo of joepais
3.87/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks Santa (Deuane) for this want
Bottle poured into a pint glass produced a finger worth of tan head that trailed off to nothing. All this was on top of a clear copper colored body brew.

Aromas of bread, malts and a light hop's filled my nose. The flavor that was the most pronounced was the sweet malt not to much bitter .Not to the place where I would call it sticky sweet but sweeter than most Octoberfest's. I also picked up some nuttiness in it as well. Typical larger mouthfeel smooth easy drinking a great representation of the style and another fine brew from Tröegs.

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Scratch Beer 13 - 2008 (Oktoberfest) from Tröegs Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.69 out of 5 with 49 ratings