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

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

Brewed by:
Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Maibock / Helles Bock

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
Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of mothman
3.63/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into Sam Adams Sensory glass

Wow, this one pours a massive amount of head. I poured it slowly it it just foamed up. At least 3 fingers of khaki head that stuck around for a while. Eventually settled to a smaller layer. Left some splatted lace. Color is a dark burnt peach orange.

Aroma: Smell is very malty. Lots of sweets here with caramel flavors up front. Some grassy hops as well. I also get a lot of spice notes. Very 'lager' like.

Taste: Again, this one of is very sweet and taste a lot like a lager (yes a bock is a lager). It has some spice notes that I really can't distinguish here. Caramel and bready malt flavors.

Mouthfeel: Dry and spiced. Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Ends very dry with malt flavors. Kind of a bland feel to it.

Overall, not the best bock I have had, but not to bad. It just seemed a bit bland to me. It is easy to drink, but some of the flavors are just off to be.

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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 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 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 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 Slatetank
4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at the tasting room a few days ago - served chilled in a standard pint.

A - A hazed amber w/ golden hues w/ rocky eggshell cap. The clarity is light chill haziness w/ lace that clings and a tight bead

S - I was too pleased at first with the smell, too bready and yeasty IMO, but as it warms it has more biscuit and spice from the hops w/ subtle earthy and more toasted melanoidan notes w/ a subtle sweet malt and still retains some of the doughy yeast notes

M- The feel has nice dry malty toast textures w/ moderately full feel the palate enjoys a medium high carbonation level w/ slight chalkiness which seems more like mineral tinged w/ a semi dry finish

T - A flavor that hints at spice and toasted malt with sweet tinges of granola, cracker-like at times w/ mild bitter herbal accent from the nb/tettnang combo. the mild bitterness of the hops come off as a pine earthy taste which comingles w/ a mild bread crumb melanoidan and light pilsner malt tinge w/ a herbal note that is semi-dry with an alcohol element backing it up. The spice is noticeable in the finish, but not overdone

D - I was very happy to see Troegs do a Maibock as a fan of the style -this fits the style well and it is very, very drinkable. It is so deceptive with lots of malt flavor and only able to detect the alcohol when it has warmed slightly. I recommend this to bock fans or anyone who likes a 'beefed up' pils it has enough hops to feel balanced to me

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Photo of orangesol
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a standard pint.

A - Pours deep copper orange with a one finger light tan head leaving webs of light lacing down the glass.

S - Fairly heavy, bready, biscuit malts dominate with some nice floral citrus hops and some herbal spices offering a balance of sorts. A touch of caramel sweetness is a nice addition as it helps break up some of the other, heavier, aroma's.

T - Some sweetness up front is blended well into the doughy feel. The bright citric hops from the nose seem to be fading a bit but are still very much present, albeit in a more earthy tone. Malt is over the top chewy. Spices are prominent but not overpowering. Very nicely balanced.

M - Heavy body and medium flavor with moderate carbonation. Feel is very chewy and it tires the mouth over the course of the glass.

D - Very high. I really liked this one, altho is was even better on-tap. Troegs really seems to have a firm grasp on how to make excellent bock beers.

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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 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 Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Chaney. Thanks Brandon!

A: clear, yellow hue with a medium sized white that leaves random spots of lacing on the glass.

S: spices, lager malt. It smells like a German / Belgian hybrid.

T: pretty decent taste with a pleasant bouquet of spices, akin to a saison.

M: good carbonation level with a lingering spicy aftertaste.

D: Overall, a pretty decent offering but not something I would seek out.

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

12oz brown bottle poured into a SA perfect pint glass. Pours a clear, almost seemingly polished orangle color that allows me to watch the rising bubbles of carbonation coming off of the etching on the bottom of the glass. Head appears 2 fingers strong with a creamy white cap that receeds slowly leaving lace all about the glass. Very fresh herbal and citrusy hop aroma that has a slight twinge leaning towards being almost sulfuric. If I was a betting man, id say the same hops used in the last scratch were included in this one as well. The hop character shares a striking similarity to the previous scratch. Also included in the aroma is a fresh biscuit-like grain character but it takes a back seat to the hops. Taste is inline with the aroma, fresh citrus and herbal hops are in the foreground providing a nice bitterness but the flavor gives way to a sweet malty profile that has a touch of buttery notes but is very much biscuity and grainy. The residual sugar in this brew lingers in the mouth long after each sip but is contrasted nicely by the hops and the increasing presence of the 7% alcohol. This is a medium to light bodied beer with a lively amount of carbonation and a really well put together example of the style. I only fault this beverage for having a bit too much hop characteristic for the style. This is possibly due to the freshness but at the same time it continues to show the style of Troegs. It is not something to go out of your way for but it is one of the better maibocks I have had in recent memory.

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4/5  rDev 0%

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 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 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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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 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 cpetrone84
3.14/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a dark yellow blended with notes of orange, quite hazy with a thinner creamy off white head.

S-has a lot of typically wheat beer aromas, light notes of toasted grain, hints of breadiness, flavors of yeast and lemon, a fair bit of spicy phenol and notes of corriander, quite grassy in the finish.

T-the taste is similar to the nose, quite grainy with a hint of toasted breadiness, the phenols are either faint or not oven there, spicy and yeasty with a faint bit of lemon. Corriander spice, pepper, and grassy finish.

M-light body, nice syrupy feel to it, great carbonation to balance it out with a crisp finish.

D-this is ok, its not good but its not bad. more like a spicy hefeweizen as the malt flavors seem to be more subdued.

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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 Reagan1984
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to my buddy Clay for bringing me two of these bottles from the brewery.

Finger plus of creamy bright white head with good retention. The beer is a slightly hazy orange/amber color. Lacing is rather prominent.

Aroma is of toasted rustic bread, deep caramel with a caramelized sweetness. Slight note of black pepper.

This is a reminder that beer is liquid bread. Certainly a focus on the malts with an assertive pepper/spicy flavor. Fruit in the background, but this is about the malt. Sweetness lurks just below the surface and remains front to back in the flavor. An interesting mix with the bread flavors and the caramel sweetness all highlighted by the black pepper. It works well.

Medium bodied, lays on your tongue, slight carbonation. Just under oily.

A decent little beer. Not that we'll ever see it again. But I liked it.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Body is a quite cloudy pale dark golden yellow hue. The cloudiness is dense and uniform. Pours with a 1 finger or so foamy white head which eventually fades to a thin collar but some lacing is left behind in the glass.

S- Floral hops and a crisp hop bitterness are the highlights of the nose. Behind this is a light hint of pale malt and roasted vegetables.

T- Flavor is very similar to the smell-but not as bright and exciting. Flovor profile is pretty much typical maibock. Floral hops are dominant with a sweet pale malt backbone. The finish has a slight hop bitterness and mild alcohol presence-but other than that is pretty clean.

M- Medium to high tingly carbonation and a light yet full, crisp, drinkable lager body.

D- Aweswome job, as usual, by Troegs. This is a very nice, hoppy, crisp version of the style. Troegs once again-supports the thesis that Troegs is my favorite brewery. The scratch beer series is phenomenal-I wish I lived close enough to the brewry to not trade for these.

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

On tap at Troegs on 5/18/10.

A - Very hazy two-tone amber/orange liquid with a perfect finger's width of creamy off-white foam on top that reduced to a patchy veil but yielded exquisite lacing all around the glass.

S - Spicy bread and doughy malt character with traces of cinnamon and earthy spices and herbs. Hop character is somewhat muted, although some citrus rind pokes its way through.

T - Bready and cookie dough malt character with sweet caramel and toffee notes as well as a hint of spiciness. Ginger perhaps? Really hoppy in the backend with an earthy, slightly herbal character, although more of the cookie malt sweetness swoops in to balance out the bitterness. Slight traces of alcohol also crept into the mix as the liquid reached room temperature.

M - Solid medium bodied with a slight oily texture and light carbonation. Finishes with a moderate earthy hop bite on the palate.

D - This Scratch beer exceeded my expectations, to say the least. Maibocks tend to be hit or miss with me, but this one offered a hoppy twist that I welcomed with open arms. A hoppy Maibock... now that is a Spring brew that I can embrace!

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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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