Scratch Beer 22 - 2009 (Belgian-Style White) | Tröegs Brewing Company

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Scratch Beer 22 - 2009 (Belgian-Style White)Scratch Beer 22 - 2009 (Belgian-Style White)

Brewed by:
Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Belgian Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-12-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 35 |  Reviews: 29
Reviews by BeerTruth:
Photo of BeerTruth
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another Scratch beer from number1bum, Greg Paulus is your daddy.

12 oz. bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

I'm going to start off by saying I've never been a fan of the style, but I will do my best to not let that get in the way of reviewing the beer.

Pours a hazy light corn yellow hue with a fluffy two finger egg shell white head. A minimal amount of stick remains on the sides of the glass. First whiff I get is banana and a lot of it. Underneath that is the spice and zest, and once again, a lot of it. Some yeast and pepper underneath, but the spices are mostly dominant in the nose. Taste is more balanced than the smell. Toasted malts and biscuits up front followed by the corriander and lemon zest. Aftertaste is faint but what's there consists of pepper, banana, and orange peel. Solid, well rounded flavors for sure. A light body with a steady carbonation and soft feel in the mouth, spot on for the style. What can I say other than this is a pretty well made Witbier. Why they decided to brew this at the end of the summer is beyond me. An easy drinker that would be even more enjoyable during the hot as balls humid days of summer.

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Photo of Gonzoillini
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of nickd717
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle via trade thanks to KnightRider on BA.

Pours a slightly hazy yellowish-golden color with a one-finger off-white head that lasts and leaves some good lacing.

Aroma is nice with wheat, Belgian yeast, orange peel, coriander, lemon, and spice. Right on style.

Flavor is a bit of a letdown but still pretty good. Mildly sweet with wheat, pilsner malt, yeast, orange peel, coriander, lemon, and floral hops. Just lacks a bit of balance.

Medium body with average carbonation and a fairly smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability is pretty high. Decent overall but not a standout.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a tumbler.

Pours a hazy gold, with a finger of brite-white foam. Retains with a wispy look across the top, which leaves back some thin fizzy lacing. The aroma is relatively sweet and tangy in the nose, with sweet biscuits and fruity accents of lemon & orange. Some light spicy notes of coriander and pepper jazz this up as well.

The taste matches the aroma. Sweet wheat, with a heavy dose of citrus mixed in. Real subtle peppery spicing going on with this as well, being most evident in the dry finish. This doesn't have an overly noticeable yeast presence like some Wits do, with any coming out mostly in the spicy feel. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a certain amount of heaviness to the feel. Just enough prickly carbonation to keep this crisp and moving along though.

I like this take on the Whit style, letting the yeast add the spicy notes to this, and allowing the wheat and citrus to really shine with a refreshing tang to it. The body seemed just a tad too thick for maximum drinkibility but this was still a pleasant warm weather quaff.

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Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Deuane for grabbing this six pack for me while I was out of town. Poured into a tumbler.

A: The witbier is a hazy golden yellow color, laden with yeast. A finger and a half of head nearly overflowed, requiring two pours to empty my bottle. Despite the volume of head, there is little in the way of lace.

S: A very good nose, full of tart wheat, citrus peel and coriander. Lime is strong enough to stand out.

T: The ale is very pleasant. The wheat starts things off right, lightly tart and refreshing. Behind the wheat, citrus peel with orange and lemon/lime are strong. Carbonation seems to be a low factor, rarely scrubbing the palate clean. Coriander and pepper are solid, a spicy counterpoint to the citrus. Mid-sip, the concentration of orange and lemon is very nice.

M: The mouthfeel is very clean although a little more carbonation would be welcomed.

D: A nice ale for a warm September Saturday. I went through my glass way too fast. I could wreck a six pack easily.

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Photo of naproxen
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Ah the torture of one-offs and special releases; you are lucky if you even get one, and if it's real good you being scheming ways to get more. Big thanks to beertruth for generously giving one of these to me :)

This wit is a very pale hazy yellow, like cloudy lemonade, thin white head that doesn't stick around for the party. I can already get hints of banana just from the pour, yet it is prominent without being very overpowering, more a sweet banana bread, touch of spice.

There isn't any particular flavor in this mix that bullies the others, this is a very lovely balance of standard belgian wit accents and a crisp bite in the finish. I totally agree this would have been really awesome to have about a month ago when the humidity was around 80%. I could easily drink 3 or 4 of these at a summer BBQ.

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Photo of Dodo2step
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

P-Troegs Brewery

A- a foamy bone white head with mountain peaks is the first sight. A hazy yet clear yellow like color. not as cloudy as one would think for a witbier.

S- orange peel, banana spice and a wheaty type of aroma.

T- FYI:after 5 minutes of tasting the head is still there. That is great. A strong banana flavor comes through first with some orange peel following behind. Very flavorful for a witbier.

M- spices and creamy smooth beer. The foam from the head also stagnates in the mouth.

D- easy to throw this brew back and another fine scratch from troegs.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this one come through to me again and was thrilled to be able to finally knock another scratch! Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 10/23/2009.
The pour was spot on perfect. Light golden in color with a huge billowing head on top of it. Settling down nicely with a richness and clarity that would be exactly what I would want out of it. Aroma is light, bananas, hints of clove and light grain. Touches of a light grassy note as well start to come through along with a nice light citrus hop note. Smooth, clean and crisp flavor here, nearly spot on again for the style. As I take a sip it becomes remarkably smooth and clean. Rich notes of light citrus and grassy herbal and floral notes toy on the tongue throughout a long and dry finish. Really solid and very well done.
Overall a very impressive example of the style and a nice way to welcome in review # 2000!

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Photo of RedBrewer83
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aggressively poured into pint glass...

A: Pours a golden straw yellow, slightly opaque and hazy with a nice three finger pale white creamy head that falls in pockets leaving decent lacing.

S: Big clove presence in this beer, followed closely by a heavy bready yeast profile and some spicy floral hop in the finish with just a hint of lemon peel.

T: Doesn't deviate much from the nose, the hops are a little more pronounced in the mid-palate and finish and I also pick up some tart fruit esters. The lemon peel is definitely present mid-palate and seems to dominate just a little too much.

M: Light medium body with very active carbonation, but not overpowering. Pretty smooth.

D: Smooth flavor profile, and the lemon while a bit domineering it keeps it crisp and dry on the finish making you want to go back for more continually.

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Photo of oline73
3/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of portia99
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Portsmouth tulip.

A - Pours a well hazed straw gold color (a bit darker than I'd expect to see though) with a finger of foamy white head that falls quickly to the surface leaving behind a thick collar but not lacing.

S - Spicy and yeasty with definite coriander, some light cloves, wheat. Very full aroma with a big intensity for the style.

T - Very wheaty with some fruitiness and spices. Lemons, oranges, orange peel, light sweetness, a hint of cloves, some cinnamon.

M - Thin in body, strong carbonation. A bit fizzy in feel. Refreshing with the wheat and light spicy body.

D - A good effort. I am enjoying this beer quite a bit. Everything a witbier is supposed to have is here, but it still seems to be a bit on the fringes of the style...perhaps a bit too much wheat/malt character is the issue I'm having - not quite as crisp as I'd like it.

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Photo of Khazadum
3/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of Deuane
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Bright golden yellow with a thin white head that reduces to a wispy veil and leaves spotty lace.

S-Musty spiciness, light, sweet biscuit malt and a bit of lemon zest.

T-Sharp bitter spice zing, with some lemon zest with nice backing from the lightly sweet biscuit malt. Some background mustiness mutes the taste somewhat.

M-Medium light bodied with good sharpness and nice lingering spiciness. Gets rather dry in the finish.

D-This one has held up fairly well. It was bottled in August 2009 so, being over 4 months old I think the flavours have stayed fairly bright. Maybe a bit mustier with less zing than the fresh, on tap version but....still a pleaser.

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Photo of ToasterChef
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a cellar temperature bottle into the center of a .5L Schneider Edel-Weisse glass. The head foamed up almost to the top of this large glass. It is slowly settling, leaving behind some patchy lace. I made sure to swirl around the last bit left in the bottle and add it to the glass. This yeast mixture gives the beer a cloudy look, yet it still retains its golden color. The aroma is mostly earthy yeast, but as I swirl the beer around, I pick up on some citrus hop notes that are very pleasant. The beer tastes of malty wheat with a kiss of sweetness. I pick up on a caramel flavor as I swish the beer around my mouth. After swallowing, there is a mild bitterness that creeps in that lingers briefly. No. 22 has a bit of a heavier body than I expected and not too much carbonation. There is some mouthcoating, but it doesn't seem to last long. It disappears without a trace. This is a very drinkable witbier. It's a chilly winter evening, yet it still hits the spot. I'd claim that I could drink a few bottles, but since this beer is no longer being made, I'm going to savor the few bottles I have.

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Photo of Buebie
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired this beer in a GatM trade from bb8189.

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a pilsner glass. A semi rigerous pour produces a sold 1'' frothy white head. Somewhat slow to recede, leaving large thick sticky white lace. Lace puts on a real show as does retention, which is stellar for the style.
Color is a mildly hazy darker yellow. Much carbonation rise on this resembling champagne in a sense.

Aroma of cracked wheat, tart fruit, and semi sweet malt as well as a creamed corn similarity with an oaty protein resemblance.
Not a whole lot of spices here, just some mild orange peel in the distance, as well as a touch of cloves.

More spice into the taste, which was absent from aroma. Cloves, coriander, orange peel zest and a touch of lemon bittering. Wheat flavors come forward through the swallow, providing a nice bready snap. Also distant tart fruits through the finish. Finishing tart and dry with a lingering lemon rind flavor puckering things up.

Mouthfeel is full bodied, I'd suspect from oats, plenty of carbonation keeping the balance to feel in check.

Overall a full flavored wit, putting on a good show in the form of appearance. A solid brew representing the style well.

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Photo of orangesol
3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

So many old scratch beers, so little time. Yet again, big thanks to Deuane for giving me one of these to try.

A - Pours pale yellow with a small one finger tall white head, quickly dissipating to a very light film leaving very little lace down the glass.

S - Smells of bready wheat, clove, pepper and some fruity yeast. I am sure this has declined over time but it isn't as bad as I thought it could be.

T - Starts off with some bready wheat slowly giving way to hints of clove and pepper spice and some fruity yeast. There is some oxidation toward the end of each sip but it doesn't overpower the rest of the flavors. Finish is a touch watery with plenty of lingering chewiness, clinging to the palate long after consumption.

M - Light body and flavor with moderate carbonation. There is very little carbonation apparent until you drink it, then it has a slightly fizzy feel.

O - For being this old I am actually a little surprised it hasn't driven off a cliff at this point. It definitely has some oxidation but it wasn't a drain pour as I was fearing.

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Photo of stakem
3.61/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a backup growler this evening after work at their fine establishment and figured what the hell, lets go with the scratch for her first fillup.

Let it set for quite a few hours and was amazed at the level of carbination still present in the brew. Pours a tainted straw yellow color that is quite clowdy. Head initially pours more than 2 fingers thick but fades away leaving quite large bubbles in the reamaining thin layered head. Slight bits of lacing all around the glass. The nose is full of bitter orange and zest from what I think is also lemon. Included in the nose is some yeast and a bit of a semi-sulfuric tones as well.

Taste is ok, it's not my favorite style of beer, but for the style it does quite well. Initially you can taste the orange upfront (little bit of coriander maybe) and slight bit of banana. Overall mouthfeel is pleasant, the carbination tingles around in your mouth and it finishes off well. A little bit of orange/lemon lingers but it is not overpowering. Overall it is balanced quite well.

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Photo of number1bum
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to ClockworkOrange for hooking me up with this one.

Pours a hazy golden color with about a finger and a half of off-white head. Keeps a thin lace and some patchy stick.

Smells a bit more like a hefe than a wit, with some sweet banana throwing me off a bit. There are some musty spices, including some coriander I'm sure, plus some tart lemon. The yeast does remind me more of a hefe but I can also see the resemblance to the Elf beers.

Taste is also a bit sweeter than I'd like, and that banana flavor is still throwing me off. There is a nice breadiness to the beer, though, and it has a bit of a toast flavor. Lemon and coriander come through, plus some more spicing that I think is coming from the yeast. Again the yeast reminds me of the strain they use for Mad and Naked Elf.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth, with ample carbonation. The sweetness carries over into a lingering stickiness on the palate.

This isn't a typical wit, as the orange peel tastes more like lemon and there is a banana flavor that is maybe a bit out of place. A tasty, different take on the style. I wouldn't session this beer, but it's certainly worth picking up.

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Photo of thain709
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy golden yellow body with the classic unfiltered look to it...a white head forms and falls into a nice cap...decent lacing left

S - Nothing surprising here...a combination of biscuit malts mixed with lemon and orange citrus

T - A solid taste that combines both qualities of a Belgian and a wheat beer...strong pepper presence that is cut down by the sharp citrus of lemon and orange peel...the wheat, biscuit malt, and yeast all blend together very does not overpower the other

M - Medium bodied...a great creaminess and a lingering spice kick

D - This is a nice way to wind down the would be perfect to sit on the porch with ones of these and sip the night away...a manageable ABV and a solid combination in the taste...I love the Scratch Series

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Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to Hophead101 for this brew.

Pours a nice cloudy pale yellow color, nice carbonation, very nice two-finger plus foamy white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, yeasty, with some coriander, banannas. The taste is malty, yeasty, nice coriander note, and banannas. Medium body. Drinkable, a true to style brew.

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Photo of Zeisloft
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of RickKrumenacker
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - poured a hazy, yellow-gold finger cap that sticks around for a while...high level of lacing is left behind as I drink

S - a little spicy, mainly corriander...some freshly grated orange peel...a little bit of a bready aroma as well

T - spicy, but not as much as in the nose...nice orange peel bite...somewhat sweet

M - light and crisp...sweet finish at the back of my tongue...slight bit of prickly carbonation

D - smooth and nice...really enjoyed it

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Photo of brentk56
4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy pale honey color with a rather modest sized head that does manage to drizzle some streaks

Smell: Toast, with orange peel and clove; undertones of coriander, too

Taste: Opens with a toasted wheat flavor that adds the wit elements (orange peel, coriander and clove) right up front; after the swallow, the herbal elements lift up a notch though the finish has plenty of wheat and orange pith

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with a spritzy carbonation

Drinkability: A very authentic rendering of the style; even at this stage of its development, it is still drinking nicely

Thanks, bjspicer, for the opportunity

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Photo of Onenote81
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Awesome bottle received from bjspicer in my "Scratch" box. Thanks!

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a very cloudy deep gold with the thinnest of white sheets on top. Disappears quickly, leaves not even a hint of lace or ring on the edge. The nose is tamed down from when fresh I'm sure, but I'm still getting hints of citrus rind, bubblegum, and faint spice. It's there, just not very bold.

The mouth is still crisp and medium-bodied. Good mild finish. The flavor of this beer has not taken a hit from Father Time. Lots of "still fresh" citrus, mild coriander, old apple, and pear. Very good Wit. I was a little leery going in, as this beer is over a year old, but it has held up very well. Drinkable? Indeed. Thanks, Brian.

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Scratch Beer 22 - 2009 (Belgian-Style White) from Tröegs Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 35 ratings