Scratch Beer 23 - 2009 | Tröegs Brewing Company

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Scratch Beer 23 - 2009Scratch Beer 23 - 2009

Brewed by:
Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: German Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
In honor of Oktoberfest, we give you Scratch #23-2009, Kellar Fest. This unfiltered lager features all German malts and noble hops. Fermented with the Augustinerbrau yeast strain, Kellar Fest is a blend of Bohemian Pils, Munich and Vienna malts. The Magnum hops provide a crisp bitterness and the Hallertau noble hops impart a slight earthy taste. Kellar Fest finishes crisp and dry with hints of fruit. Grab a lamb handle and savor this Kellar Fest.

Added by Deuane on 09-03-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 28 |  Reviews: 24
Reviews by BeerTruth:
Photo of BeerTruth
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one from douche nozzle younger35, thanks man!

12 oz. bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

Pours a murky brown/orange with a one finger off-white head. Minimal webbing with sediment floating throughout the beer. Nose is pretty basic for the style; pale malt, biscuit, grains, and some honey. Taste is much of the same with the addition of earthy and faint citrus sweetness. The clean hops are there from start to finish making this a very solid lager. Medium body with a creamy soft feel and mild carbonation. I know this has a couple months on it, but I'm still pretty impressed. I really wish I got my hands on this fresh because even now it's a damn tasty lager. Here we go, another Scratch beer I wish they'd make again.

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Photo of Brenden
3.66/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Many thanks to akorsak for a great growler exchange.

This one's a deep copper color. A tight, dense head remains at one finger for almost the entire way, leaving a sheet of lacing almost all the way down to the bottom of the glass after it's diminished to a thick foam.
The aroma is mostly grains with a light hops presence.
There's a fairly sturdy malt flavor that adds a light sweetness to the light bitterness of the hops. Grains are ever present as well, and a light toasty flavor rounds it out.
There's a crisp feel that gives way to some smoothness after the initial bite. Carbonation is moderate and the body is medium.
This is a pretty solid, tasty brew from troegs.

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Photo of Gonzoillini
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of nickd717
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Bottle via trade thanks to KnightRider on BA.

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

Aroma is bread, pale malt, caramel, and some grain.

Flavor is similar - bready and slightly grainy with slight caramel and some sugary sweetness. Very mild grassy hops. Like a mix between a zwickel/kellerbier and an oktoberfest really, which is fairly interesting.

Palate is medium-light, smooth, and sweet. This is very refreshing, not terribly exciting, but good.

Drinkability is really off the charts. Goes down easier than water, and tastes a lot better too.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ the brewery on 9/3/09. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a hazy orange, with a 1/2 finger of off-white head. Thin layer of creamy retention skims the surface, leaving back some patchy swathes of foam. The aroma is sweet bread, floral hops, and light spice, which gives this a little bit of a gingerbread feel in the nose. Eggy smelling Lager yeast gives this an interesting musty air about it.

The taste is sweet toasted grains and citrus, with a surprisingly sprightly spicy hop bite to it, which spreads out nicely across the back of the throat. Nice satisfying dryness to this, which mixes with some dusty yeast accents in the back. The mouthfeel is medium bodied (maybe a little lighter), with a nice crispness to the body and overall thirst quenching feel.

Nice! An unfiltered Keller Marzen brewed just in time for Fest season! Nicely flavored (especially in that Hallertau hop department) and hugely crisp and quaffable, I'm pretty darn sure that this won't be my only pint of this Scratch!

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Photo of akorsak
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle from a six pack purchased at the brewery.

A: The märzen is a bright golden orange color, hazed over by the cold temperature of the brew. Despite the haze, one can make out objects on the other side of the glass. Little in the way of head, even though the ale is amply carbonated.

S: Lush cereal grains are plentiful, dominant even, in the nose. Lightly toasted, the breadiness is full. Hops add balance only, offering up no zest.

T: Hoppiness finally rears its head, earthy with an herbal flower taste. The hops aren't strong but they do set the stage for malts. The pils malt is sweetly bready, augmented by darker malts that add a Boston Lager deepness to the mix. The malty flavor is initially strong before fading fast and leaving no hint in its wake. All that's left is a mild hop spiciness. Interest but it falls a little short.

M: A crisp mouthfeel fades fast, leaving little of the decent breadiness that it offers up. A shame, I like the malts while they linger.

D: I can easily quaff this one all day. And I'm sure that I will as I make my way through the six pack.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It was the scratch beer festival night! i had spent a good deal of time collecting these and finally tracked down the last of what i needed and put them all down in a massive tasting. Split with my brother in law and his buddy on 5/6, these were all split into 6 ounce samplers.

The pour was decent with a very clear amber color coming forward right away. Nice little puff of white up on top that settled down into nothing but left a touch of a broken crown on the sides and the bottom. Lots of carbonation here is becoming very evident as I look through it. The aroma though was rather plain. Light grain and hints of bready malts. Slight hop finish but everything was honestly too light to really make much of a difference. Crisp, clean flavor and a smooth and light body, but again nothing really jumping out at me to make this anything but average for the style. Very drinkable but nothing to write home about.

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Photo of RedBrewer83
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aggressive pour into pint glass...

A: Pours a burnt orange clear body with a three finger creamy white head that quickly falls to two fingers and then lingers leaving nice lacing.

S: Toasted bread malt, grassy floral hops, light fruit very faint grapes and just a hint of tart lemon.

T: Follows the nose for the most part, leading off with the tart lemon and floral hops and then the bready malt comes through mid-palate and the finish is grassy and dry.

M: Lighter body with active carbonation and a smooth dry finish that leaves you thirsty for more.

D: Balanced flavors and clean finish makes this extremely drinkable, very nice marzen!

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Photo of oline73
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderate orange copper color with a bit of browner darkness. A bit of an off white head with a bit of lace rings on the way down my pilsner glass. THe nose brings forward some moderate sweetness as well as some light hops. The dominant characteristics are definitely sweet caramel and a bit of bread. The taste is mild hops along with bread, caramel, and toffee. Good body and carbonation. Nothing terribly unique about this brew, just an average marzen. I prefer when they stretch styles with these brews.

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Photo of portia99
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Portsmouth tulip.

A - Pouring into the center of the glass yields a yeasty particulate hazed copper color with two thick fingers of dense cream colored foam. Head dies over the course of a minute or two and leaves some sticky lacing on the glass.

S - Malty, caramelly and fruity. Floral and perfumey hop presence.

T - Flavor follows the aroma closely with a solid malt base consisting of some breadiness, sugar sweetness and caramel. Mid level bitterness that mainly serves to balance the malt. A solid Oktoberfest beer.

M - Medium body and carbonation level. Overall malty impression with a slight sticky sweet coating effect on the mouth.

D - A good oktoberfest. I couldn't drink a lot of this though. Malt is a bit too sweet and sugary but still well within style...more of a personal preference issue for me. Overall, I'd say this is pretty sessionable for those with a taste for this style.

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Photo of rayjay
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Definitely a solid Marzen, received via Secret Santa BIF 09, poured into a pint glass.

Lots of sulfury lager characteristics here, and more of that pronounced water component I get from this brewery. A pale and hazy beer with a thin head. Very nice noble hop aromas and a pronounced bitterness. I like these "double pilsner" type interpretations of Marzens like this. Perhaps not double the strength, but certainly double the body and flavor. Lots of Munich malt going on here, I like that too. Solid. Cheers!

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Photo of Khazadum
5/5  rDev +35.1%

Photo of Deuane
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Hazy, golden kissed copper with a thin yellowish tinted off-white head that hung on strong and left spotty lace.

S-Sweet biscuit with some yeast mustiness and light herbal hops.

T-A surprising biting hop pop up front with nice biscuit malt support. Sneaking flavours of graham cracker and a light citrus zing.

M-Medium-light bodied fairly sharp and bitey with a good lingering spicy bitterness.

D-Nice stuff, as usual! A Keller Fest---an interesting twist so unfiltered, no problem there. A pleasant fest bier with a low ABV making it a nice fall session brew. Kudos to Troegs for keeping in step with the season!

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Photo of InspectorBob
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of orangesol
3.08/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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

Big thanks to whoever brought this one to Imminent Liquidation II. One of the last Scratch Beers I have been searching for, only eight more to go!

A - Pours clear amber orange with a decent one finger tall white head leaving no lace at all down the glass. Looked promising initially but it quickly dies out as it sits in the glass.

S - Smells of mildly toasted grains, a bit of sweet caramel malt and some very faint spicy hop bitterness. A touch of wet cardboard crept in at the end, this one really is getting old.

T - Starts off with a mix of caramel malt sweetness and some mildly toasted bread chewiness that never really leave the picture. Some very light spicy hop bitterness creeps in but it fades very quickly, being replaced by some mild oxidation. Finish is a jumbled mix of the aforementioned flavors.

M - Still pretty good. Toasty, slightly oxidized feel with dulled flavors and moderately carbonation. The feel of this beer seems to be holding up the best compared to the other parts.

O - This one is obviously well past its prime. If you still have one of these I suggest you drink it very soon before it goes completely off the cliff.

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Photo of stakem
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes taken 10/9

Had this on draft in the tasting room care of the BA user 'oneraindog' Thanks again!

Pours a golden orange semi-clowdy with less than a finger of head that quickly dissolves. Lots of lacing on glass. Nose is slightly hoppy. Taste upfront has a bit of hop bitterness and mild breadiness across the middle. Minimal malt sweetness coming through along with a nice grain profile. Very enjoyable.

Last year I went on a Marzen/Oktoberfest spree and I haven't had that many this year. This one definitely puts me in the mood to try and see how others can compare.

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Photo of number1bum
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Many thanks to krisandajt (even if he keeps attributing beers he gets from me to Kevin) for this brew!

Pours a hazy burnt orange copper color with about two fingers of ivory head.

Smells of toffee and caramel with a fruity aroma that is somewhat surprising. I don't get much of a toasted aroma at all. Not too bad, just not really an ofest nose.

Likewise with the taste. There is some caramel sweetness and a light buttery quality that gives it a bit of a toffee character. There is also a fruitiness to it, with some berry flavor I guess it is. Seems a bit out of place. Like the smell, no toasted flavor here. Again, not too bad, but I miss the toasted malt character in an oktoberfest.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and pretty smooth, not terribly crisp nor clean in the finish.

This is ok although nothing special. I'm sorely missing the toasted malt, and nothing stands out about this beer to replace it. Middle of the pack in the Scratch series.

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Photo of thain709
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - A bright golden amber body with some cloud to it...a white head forms and stays around for a little...nice lacing

S - Nothing more than grains and malts...I was expecting some sweetness

T - First you get a graininess's followed by the pale malts...again I wanted some sweetness here...the hops make a subtle appearance and are more of an earthy flavor...the bitterness shines through which is nice...the after taste is a lot of yeast and bread flavors...I am figuring that is from the unfiltered part of this beer

M - Medium bodied...very crisp and refreshing

D - I wanted more sweetness out of this beer...the hop presence was nice but I could have used sweetness instead of graininess...appropriate for the season though

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.91/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-nice golden amber color, very hazy, thick white head, leaves a light lace on the glass

S-very small aromas of a slight bready yeast and some caramel malt

T-light caramel malt, hints of doughy bread, taste of pale malt, touch of citrus

M-smooth and clean with a light carbonation

D-this is a pretty tasty oktoberfest, it tastes pretty light and is a nice american version of the beer.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up at the Brewery in Harrisburg, poured chilled into a lager mug from the brown 12ozer.

A - A color slightly darker than honey w/ a 2 1/2 finger rocky light beige cap. A thick film is left on the glass by the lace

S - A creamy bready nose w/ mild hops which have an herbal tinge. The yeast is the main player here w/ german qualities like earthy and slightly mineral aromas

M - A mild body w/ moderate carbonation slick, and creamy w/ a hint of spice, but very mild bitterness. The finish is light toasted, grainy notes

T - A great mineral lager flavor w/ yeast flavor and gentle acid of German hops leads and is trailed by a light toasted biscuit and bready malt yeast mix w/ mild caramel sweetness as it finishes

D - A flavorful fest + very tasty lager it has the qualities of octoberfests made w/ great skill + I find this fest quaffable - 'a beers beer', as my friend JC said.

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Photo of mikereaser
3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle on 11/30/09

A - pours a hazy amber color with just a bit of foam

S - light malt, some sweetness, bready

T - lemon, light malt, some corriander, bready with some light hops

M - light, crisp mouthfeel, good carbonation

D - very good flavor & light enough to drink many

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Deuane for throwing a bottle of this my way. Poured into my Tröegs shaker glass. Appears a hazy golden amber color with about a finger of lingering off white foam. Nose and flavors consist of lightly toasted bread, fruity white grapes, mild caramel notes, grains, could use a bit more malt sweetness. Medium in both body and carbonation with a slightly sour and bitter finish. Thanks again D!

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Photo of koopa
3.74/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle purchased at Capone's for $4.00 (tax included)

Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy and fairly dull orange with honey folds. The head is 1 finger, white, shows a touch of retention and lace.

Smell: Smells like yeast, german hops, and urine soaked hay.

Taste: Faintly toasted sweet grain with herbal hops and a bready yeast. The finish is right btw sweet and dry.

Mouthfeel: Crisp yet creamy with a medium body.

Drinkability: Quite sessionable

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Photo of jera1350
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to krisandajt for this one.

Pours a cloudy orange color with thin layer of off-white head.

Wheaty, with some funky yeast and lightly roasted and sweet malt. Hints of orange and coriander.

Lager malt, hint of spice. Pretty heavy on orange peel and lemon zest. Tastes more of a pale lager than marzen.

Smooth, but kind of thin for this style.

Very drinkable beer, just not sure how well it fits this style. This would make a nice summer beer, but Oktoberfest, not so much. I will say, I think this Scratch Series is a very cool idea though.

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Scratch Beer 23 - 2009 from Tröegs Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 28 ratings