Scratch Beer 30 - 2010 (Jerman Bock) | Tröegs Brewing Company

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Scratch Beer 30 - 2010 (Jerman Bock)Scratch Beer 30 - 2010 (Jerman Bock)

Brewed by:
Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: German Maibock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Deuane on 05-18-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 61 |  Reviews: 54
Reviews by younger35:
Photo of younger35
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks much from StormKing47 & Stakem for generously sending a bottle of this my way. Drank from my Surly AHA Tally pint glass while grilling and listening to Kings of Leon.

Appearance- Pours a surprisingly light yellowish orange with a small half finger white head. A pretty decent bright white small cap remains most of the beer along with a touch of lacing.
Smell- Not surprisingly malty BUT very surprisingly fresh and perfumey smelling. A touch of lilac or lavender shines through and is really a pleasant surprise. Lightly cracker like as well with a light whiff of nuts.
Taste- Very floral in my mouth with a light fruitiness and nice cleanness. Very unique tasting as the malt is definitely there, it just sort of takes a backseat to the flowery sort of hop. It's all just really acclimated well. A bit of bubblegum on the finish with a light nutty linger.
Mouthfeel- Very aggressive carbonation with a medium body and spot on feel.
Drinkability- Not really all that bock like but it's damn good! Not a huge lager fan what-so-ever but this is really surprisingly good. It's definitely hoppy for a Bock but it all works so well. Finally an above average beer in the Scratch series. It's been too long since I've ran into one! Thanks much Josh and Adam!

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Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a yellow-orange color with a white head. The aroma is earthy hops, dirt and some bready malt. The flavor is citrus hops, dirt and earthy hops. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Decent, but not as good as some of the other Scratch beers I have tried.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to gamanley for this one! Review from notes (12/5)

A: Pours hazy golden color with a large head which dissipated slowly to a small layer of foam on top. Nice lacing.

S: Upfront I got a really nice apple aroma and then a lot biscuity malts. A slight hop kick as well.

T: Hoppier than expected based on the aroma. Similar to the nose with the apple and biscuity malts. Has a nice sweet finish.

M/D: Medium bodied, very crisp. Overall, I really enjoyed this beer. Would love for Troegs to make this one full time.

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Photo of Stigs
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, picked up at the brewery a few weeks ago. served in a standard pint glass.

A - poured with a solid inch of loose fluffy very light tan colored foam. the beer is slightly murky (haze?), dirty gold in color. spotty wall of lacing left behind.

S - swift kick of asswertive wet grassy hops, starong crackers and honeyed biscuits. some lightly spicy cinnamon and caramel for sweetness at the end.

T - sweet caramel and sharp biscuity malts off the bat, melding with strong wet grassy hops, pine needles, and a subtle kick of bitter grapefruit. finishes with lingering grass and crackers, and a minor alcohol twinge.

M - medium bodied, creamy mouthfeel with sharp prickly carbonation. very crisp all around, and refreshing for the strong flavors and ABV.

D - big bold flavors, yet well balanced between sweet and bitter. great take on the style, and dangerously drinkable.

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Photo of augustgarage
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to ShogoKawada for sending this along. Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Ayinger Celebrator doppelbock glass. Bottled May, 2010.

SAE/ECE amber body with brighter gold-amber highlights. A firm soapy head leaves dense foamy lacing behind. Superior retention, but poor clarity.

Fruity and malty aromas - suggesting both pale and toasted malts along with candied (caramel) green apple.

A nice fruity bitter palate entry - the hops are clean but pronounced - eventually leads into the malt which offers a variety of mild roast levels along with a pure almost tangy pils-like base. The finish is long and starts dry but ends up a touch sweet as the melanoidins are the last flavor to dissipate. A hint of alcohol flavor comes through as well reminding you that this isn't a session beer despite being a refreshing lager.

Medium-bodied, soft, well carbonated, but perhaps a touch warm from the ABV.

Well crafted, with no real off flavors and an impressive yet subtle array of malts offset by an unambiguous dose of excellent domestic take on the style.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.54/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From Math Trade BIF 2. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Harpoon Pilsner glass.

A: Standard pour yields a massive, foamy, sticky, 4 finger off-white head with ridiculous retention. Beer is a cloudy apricot orange. Lacing is foamy, thick, and clumpy, forming suds on the side of the glass.

S: Nose is very sudbued in this one. Can barely make out a bit of citrus and a spritz of tea leaf and spice.

T: Opens spicy and malty with notes of rich brown sugar, citrus and flowers. Also a bit of tea leaf bitterness in the background and towards the middle. Ends uncerimoniously but with a unique bitter waxy bitterness that lingers and sweetens before it fades.

M: Light to medium bodied with ample carbonation. Lively and tingly in the mouth but it does reach some semblance of smoothness as it warms. Finish is accented and aftertaste lingers for just a bit.

D: Dangerously drinkable for a 7% beer. This is a great thirst quencher. It won't knock your socks off with its nose or overwhelm you with its complexity, but this is a solid creation nonetheless and one I wouldn't hesitate to reach for as a go to beer.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ the brewery on 5/21/10. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a hazed deep copper, with a creamy finger of creamy white head, that's got a touch of a dirty off-color to it. This retains with a rich frothiness to it that leaves a good bit of spotty froth behind. Fresh Noble hops drive the aroma with spice, soft fruit, and damp earth up front, which is then encapsulated in the nose by the smooth sweetness of the malts. This is pleasantly hop forward but it's maybe covering up the malts just a wee bit too much here.

The malts are much more pronounced in the taste, with notes of buttered bread and caramel (and just a smidge of citric fruit) being silky smooth across the palate. Hops are a gritty balancing force across the back of the profile and are thankfully less forceful than they are in the aroma. Good bit of earth and dry lingering spiciness hangs past the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a beautiful feeling balance of crispness to the carbonation but then overall smoothness on the palate. You get a little alcohol heft out of the body but that's it, as this just has a great drinkibility on it.

While Maibocks really aren't among my favorite seasonal selections, Tröegs certainly made a believer out of me with this great take on a classic spring style. While I found the nose to be just a little to heavy on the hops, the balance in the taste got it just right, and the body and drinkibility of this were both killer. Just a real solid Scratch entry here.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of akorsak
4.32/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle purchased at the brewery poured into a weizen glass (to hell with convention).

A: The bock is golden brown, like slightly burnt cheese atop a fresh pizza with its yellow/copper/brown hues. The bock is visibly clear and sports a small white head.

S: Hoppiness is impressive straight away, a floral citrus blast that rivals some pale ales in its intensity. With a little more strength, the hops could easily get out of hand. Underneath, caramel and biscuit malts drive a bready sweetness that nicely sets the stage for the hops.

T: The aromatic hops continue their firm grasp on the bock from the first sip. The citrusy hops, herbal and grassy, add a substantial bitterness, far more than a maibock should have. Biscuity malts, full with a bready sweetness, are a counterpoint to the hops. They do not, however, overwhelm the hops; they can't, it's not in their nature. A hoppy maibock seems apocryphal but I really like the results. Easily one of the hoppiest lagers that I've ever had.

M: Crisp, assertive hops, really that is all one needs to know. A fragrant, bitter maibock that shatters the mold.

D: In retrospect, I'm glad that I bought a case of this beer. The fresh boldness of the hops makes this a trendsetter that is very good.

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Photo of philbe311
3.61/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Slightly more than three fingers worth of tightly packed frothy head with a slightly rock top that is a light cream color... Excellent retention... A dense slightly hazed golden bronze color with a faint orange hue... Filled with aggressive carbonation that starts with a moderate pace at the bottom of the glass and quickly accelerates...

S - Slightly musky... Madarin oranges... Some floral notes... A vague nuttiness... Touches of toffee and caramel... Honey...

T - Banana... Madarin Oranges... Honey... Some subtle candied sugars... Light toffee and caramel... A surprising hop kick... A bit of soapiness...

M - Bristling with carbonation... A touch of creaminess at the start... Medium bodied, but a tad on the thin side... Turns slightly astringent on the finish... Fairly smooth yet assertive overall...

D - Not my favorite of the Troegs Scratch Series, but another wonderful exploration by the Brothers... Nothing really wrong with this one, just not something I would drink more than one of or seek out in the future...

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass. No date or info on the bottle.

Thanks to Chaney for this awesome beer!

A - Floaties are visible through the bottle and make this beer incredibly cloudy when poured. It's a beautiful tangerine orange color with yellow highlights though. Topped by a brilliant bone-colored head that sparkles like a fresh snow fall, it's everlasting and lace-giving as well. Beautiful.

S - A drizzle of honey and caramel dresses up the lightly toasted malts. Biscuity in the nose, there is a lightly hoppy aroma on the finish. Subtle floral notes add to the mild raisin bread I get from this.

T - Hints of mandarin orange citrus and lemon drop give the bready malt flavor a great distinctive and complex profile. The honey returns for an encore with the caramel but is much stronger in the flavor. Lightly hoppy finish with very subdued resin notes.

M - Medium-bodied and soft with a smooth texture and semi-crisp finish. There is a suggestion of higher-than-usual alcohol with a light warmth and solvent presence through retro nasal breathing.

D - That mandarin orange is totally in there (not saying it's actually used) and I love it. The light citrus hint really spices up the malty beer nicely. I wasn't sure what to expect with this one but I think it really turned out nice!

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this was a seriously excellent beer. i had this one easily winning the night for me, served cold and allowed to warm up, this one was consumed on 10/20/2010.

really just a classic pour with a nearly clear body an a huge head of offwhite that capped the top sublimely.

a rich and decandent nose filled with caramel, roasted nuts, hints of dark earthy tones, toffee and a touch of smoked malts all combined to make this one to write home about for sure. super clean feel and a medium body only added to the show and i honestly could say i was totally and completely blown away by this beast.

overall one of the better bocks and one of the best in this series that i have had. i would do this one again in a second.

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Photo of WeisGuy
3.59/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from StormKing47 -- thanks, Josh!

a - pours a medium golden color, big rocky ivory head with great retention and lacing, fairly cloudy

s - interesting/weird b.o./dirty gym sock aroma with underlying notes of caramel malt and light citrusy hops

t - well-balanced flavor with a good dose of caramel malt mixed with orange citrus hoppy bitterness, a good deal more hops in this one than any other bock I've tried, alcohol is well-hidden, some biscuity notes in the lightly sweet finish, nice, just not what I'd expect from the style

m - medium-bodied, slightly higher carbonation, relatively well-balanced finish that's slightly on the sweet side, but dryer than many bocks, light alcohol warming

d - pretty drinkable stuff, though the aroma is pretty odd and borders on off-putting, flavors are interesting and fairly crisp and refreshing, alcohol is well-hidden

An interesting take on the style, in a good way. Well worth a try.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle courtesy of cmurren25, thanks Chad! Pours a hazed orange color with a very large, cream-colored head. Retention is excellent, so is the lace.

Nose is toasty and hoppy with a decent amount of sweetness detectable. Hop varietals seem to be similar to those used in Hopback and NN. Smells more like a maibock with the toast and bright hops.

Taste leans toward a maibock as well, with a biting hop presence and moderate fruitiness. Toastiness is there, not much for caramel or a deep, richly sweet body. Still has some sweetness, but it is more candyish, like a Bit-O-Honey. Mouthfeel is welcomingly creamy, carbonation soft. If it is a maibock/blonde bock, it is one of the better ones I have had, although I will never be a huge fan of the style. This one strikes a nice balance and is full of flavor...what one would expect from Troegs!

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Photo of JamnesCameron
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Pours a hazy orange/deep golden with a fizzy white head of about two fingers. Head drops very quickly. Leaves a mere wisp of foam and spotty lacing.

Aromas of sweet malt and citrus hops.

First sip is caramel malt sweetness with just enough citrus hop bitterness for balance, with a lean toward the malt. Some apple hard candy sweetness lingers.

Mouthfeel is slightly astringent, medium bodied, fizzy carbonation.

Overall a decent effort. But this may be past its prime, feels a little overcarbonated, but still very tasty.

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Photo of JohneHoodlum
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of drtth
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Samuel Smith's imperial pint glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As poured the beer is a clear dark golden/orange color with a 1 ½" very light tan fluffy head that soon begins to recede leaving some streaks and speckles of lacing on the sides of the glass. Sipping leaves small patches and legs of lacing at first but as the head finally thins out sipping leaves is a sheet of foam clinging to one side of the glass and scattered patches of lacing on the other.

Smell: The aroma is grassy and slightly earthy with some breadiness from the malt.

Taste: The flavor contains elements of grassy, spicy, earthy bitterness from the hops. The malt contributes a nice bready and lightly caramel flavor. This is a bit more hop forward than I'd expected, with its bitterness showing up at the beginning and never really going away.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied and smooth but with some light prickly sensations from the gentle but persistent carbonation. The finish is moderately long with both some honey sweetness early on and some earthy, spicy bitterness that trails slowly off into dryness.

Drinkability: This is an easy drinking beer that goes down quite smoothly. It has a bit more hop presence than I expected, but that said it is not unpleasant. In fact I'm glad I have more of these as I'm quite enjoying this. I also expect one evening soon to do a side-by-side with this beer and the St. Boisterous from Victory. I certainly would be interested in having more of this beer.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle obtained via Growling at the Moon from dashirey. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1 1/2" yellowy beige head over the cloudy golden amber brew. Head fades ever-so slowly, with sporadic chunky lacing. Aroma is sweet and malty.

Taste is sweet upfront, lightly fruity in the middle, and closes with a clean bitterness. Mouthfeel is very smooth, and drinkability is excellent. Nice one.

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Photo of OneDropSoup
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Happy to see this available at Mr. Bones in Greensburg, PA.

Poured into a tall mug, made for Victory's maibock: Roughly four-inch head, glistening, porous, like a hive (okay, maybe the choice of glassware), just lightly yellow-white, big & lumpy & sticky. Body is orange, slightly on the rusty side, transparent but hazy with golden-yellow highlights. Leaves sticky clumps of lacing.

Not getting a lot from the aroma: some lightly woody hops, a little biscuity malt, that's pretty much it. Not bad, but very restrained.

Very nice taste: Light caramel, verging on butterscotch, a very buttery (in a good way) kind of candy flavor, but backed up by a pressing hop bitterness that really makes it interesting & gains strength further in. Again, kind of woody & a little grassy in the finish, I really like the balance between sweet & bitter here. Nice lingering aftertaste.

Medium-full, some bite & tingle in the mouthfeel. Afterwards, a pleasant little bit of candy stickiness remains.

This is a nice beer, good flavor, not overly sweet like some Maibocks I've had. The fact that the alcohol is completely hidden is really nice -- I've run into too many stronger bocks lately that have been way too boozy & really turned me off. Full-flavored, not hot, easy drinking, maybe too easy.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a hazy light copper with a nice white head and a good amount of lacing on the way down. The nose brings caramel, light fruits, spice, and a bit of citrus. The taste is sweet bready malt along with caramel and some tasty fruits. Good body with some really nice carbonation and no booze, which is nice given the relatively-high ABV on this one. Drinks quite well; another solid addition to the Scratch series.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.38/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a flared pokal.

Thanks to the Central PA group from the Gang Bang BIF for this bottle!

The Scratch Beer Dash rounds another turn. This leg pours a hazy pale amber topped by a finger of dirty white foam. The nose comprises light buttery biscuits, caramel, and light banana. The taste holds notes of caramel, buttery biscuits, and light mandarin orange. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda grainy feel. Overall, a decent bock, nothing special, nothing offensive, but generally good.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Bobby for another Scratch tick.

A: The pour is a clear golden color with a big white head to go with it.

S: Quite sweet with lots of bread and fruit. I get quite a bit of white grape out of the nose, and maybe some plums, too. A light bit of citrus and floral hop notes are present as well.

T: Very, very sweet, almost like a Belgian beer with the sugary nature of it. Bread and honey are there, too. Some floral hops are present and the white grape character is there again, particularly on the finish.

M: The body is medium with a moderate to high level of carbonation.

D: Quite sweet, but pretty decent overall.

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.84/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Given to me as an extra by Jwiss22 - What a great guy!

Appearance -- Pours a golden brown, a bit hazy, with a massive tuft of tight white head. Beautiful.

Smell -- Bready and yeasty, with plenty of malt sweetness, a bit of melon, and some grassy hops.

Taste -- Biscuity malts, yeast, and honeydew melon with an abundance of earthy/spicy/herbal hops. The finish is earthy with a little bit of melon.

Mouthfeel -- Light on the tongue, bursting with prickly carbonation, slightly dry finish.

Drinkability -- I've been opposed to lagers for a long time, but I'm finally mending my ways. I was really blown away by this one. The spicy/herbal hops combined with the biscuity/fruity malt sweetness came together to make a really satisfying beer.

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Photo of Deuane
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Hazy, unfiltered, golden kissed copper with a massive, light tan head that slowly reduced to a thin cap and left nice lace.

S-Upon pouring a very powerful aroma of apple/pear wafted up into my narse. This aroma mellowed once in the glass and was moderated with a lightly sweet biscuit malt note and a touch of spicy citrus hops.

T-Peppery, spicy citrus hops up front with a robust sweet biscuit malt underlying. Honey laden apple and pear flavour sneaks in on the backside to make this even more interesting.

M-Medium bodied fairly sharp with a nice lingering bitterness and a honey like smoothness that builds with warming.

D-A touch sharper and biting than the draft version makes the bottled version a bit less poundable than the softer and smoothing feeling draft delivered version. This is only a minor detractor and this is still a very nice drinking, flavourful and enjoyable brew.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thank you, Nate,

Pouring a bright amber with clear, orange highlights, this beer is capped with a dense, off-white head with excellent retention and lacing. Particularly attractive for the style. The nose is very hoppy, with a ton of moderately grassy and earthy and herbal with a lot of fresh herbal character. I'm not the best with identifying German hops, but I could swear that they use the same hops in this that they use in the Uergie Sticke. Classic, twig-like herbal earthiness is how I'd describe it. Malt character is rather overwhelmed by the hops, but there's some caramel and cracker-like. Solid stuff.

The palate opens herbal, minty and earthy with plenty of hop character, moderate bitterness and plenty of flavor. Again, the malts take the backseat, with mostly some caramel and fruity sweetness present. The sweetness does grow as it warms up, but it blends beautifully with the hops resulting in a moderately spicy, fruity bread, rather than a simple sweetness. Alcohol does appear on the finish that has a blend of fruit bread-like sweetness and an excellent and pleasing resiny earthy hop character. Medium in body with moderate carbonation, this beer has an excellent finish. This is definitely one of the better Helles bocks I've had in recent memory. Enjoyable, I'd love to session this, but the ABV would get me in trouble. The only detriment to this beer (in my book) is the mild alcohol on the finish.

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Scratch Beer 30 - 2010 (Jerman Bock) from Tröegs Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4 out of 5 with 61 ratings