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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)

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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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Reviews: 54 | Ratings: 61
Photo of colts9016
3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another beer from the cellar, this time a Scratch Beer from last year. Poured into a polka at 45 degree.

Appearance: A monster three finger head that has good retention. The head on the beer is foamy and cream with an ivory color. The head left some lacing on the glass. The color of the bee is a medium gold color with some medium copper hues. The clarity of the beer is cloudy with little yeast particles floating. Effervescence surrounds the beer with nice little bubbles. The color and head of the beer is very good for this style.

Nose: A very malty nose with toasty and bready notes. A mild hop aroma with some fruity esters. A subtle solvent aroma from the alcohol. It is similar to a pils except more character in the nose.

Taste: A very malty caramel, toasty, bready and yeast note are more pronoun on the palate. A moderate amount of floral character with some fruity esters. The alcohol spiciness is tamed by the time in the cellar.

The mouth feel of the beer is dry carbonated and coating.

Overall: The body of the beer is medium, with a medium finish. This beer is just okay, nothing about it really stands out nor is it the best of this style. On the other hand it is not a bad beer either.

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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 UMNbeerhunter
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Town Hall Brewery globe on August 11th 2011.

Pours a very beautiful honey color with hues of amber and red. Head is huge and then leaves no lacing. I wish this had more lacing but other then that its spot on.

Smell is of sweet malts of course and then a lot of lemon peel. Smells great.

Taste is... Wow so sweet! Tons of honey sweetness and then some hop citrus but holy crap is that sweet. Great taste even after several months of being sent to me the citrus balances. I wish I had it fresh.

Mouthfeel is medium. The tangy taste is present on the end of the pallet but its a great weight.

Overall this is an excellent. Oh so sweet and tasty for the style. Great job.

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Photo of Gyle41386
3.56/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pokal. Thanks to Deuane for sending Tröegs goodness my way. It's been a while since this came out, but the bottle has been in my fridge since I got it. Unfortunately, I'm trying this much later than I would have liked to.

The pour is a golden orange. A little more than a finger of dense white foam retains well and sticks very nicely.

The smell is mostly sweet, like honey and oranges. There's some bready malt. I imagine the sweet orange scent is what remains of a former citric hop aroma. At this point, it's a lot of bread and fruit.

The flavor follows, although there is a very light, soft hop bitterness that survived that does a little to balance out the sweetness. There's also a spicy, peppery kind of flavor.

Medium body. It's certainly bubbly, but not too much. Noticeable alcohol in the finish, but that's to be expected. Not the easiest drinker, but there are some nice flavors. I wish I could have tried this fresh, but I don't think time ruined it. It's still tasty, which I've come to expect from Tröegs.

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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 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 chaz01
4.14/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle I found in my refrigerator from a recent trip to PA. Poured into a standard pint glass.

A: Medium to deep amber color, with a thick creamy white head that leaves lots of lacing.

S: Picked up some grassy hop aromas along with some honey and bread flavors. Also picking up some earthy tobacco smells as well.

T: A little sweet and peppery notes up front before some bitter hops takes over in the middle. Lots of bready malt flavors throughout to balance things up. Very nice.

M: Medium bodied, well carbonated.

D: This beer has done well sitting for 6 months -- I don't recall enjoying it as much as I when I first got it. Nice sipping beer on a cold winter night (like tonight) or would go well with a hearty stew.

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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 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 Arbitrator
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Chilled bottle into a glass, courtesy of dabecassis, who left it at largadeer's place (it was then re-gifted to me). Thanks Dabe.

A: Pours a turbid, glowing burnt orange body. Quite beautiful. The head is magnificent, rising to three fingers in height, retaining well, and leaving tons of sticky lace down the sides of the tulip. I normally like my beers clear and filtered, but this is just beautiful.

S: Honey, raisin, multi-grain bread (well, toast really). It has an earthy, citrusy hop profile with a mild spice note. Seems good for the style, if a tad sweet.

T: Definitely on the sweet side; it's not cloying, but I'm just remarking on it. I can't shake the honey comparison; the combination of sweetness and spice reminds me of the organic stuff I put in my oatmeal. Raisins and toasted multi-grain bread are also found here. The hops are less citrusy than the nose implied, with more traditional Noble flavors of earth and grass, with a light pepper taste.

M: Maltier and heavier than I expected for the style, but it's also hoppier to make up for it. It has some lingering earthiness that rounds out the beer nicely.

D: This was a total pleasure to drink, and I'd love to get more of it. For the style I'd argue it's a little underattenuated, but as a beer, it's delicious.

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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 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 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 Hojaminbag
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Mikereaser for this one.

Scratch 30 has a cloudy orange body and a robust off-white head that rises to about three fingers after a vigorous pour. The head is solid and rocky looking in a way that immediately lets you know it has great retention and lacing.

The nose is dominated by surprisingly pale malt, a hint of lemon zest and a lot of spicy hops. A general fruitiness swirls around in there also.

Scratch 30 is a great-tasting Bock. A solid hop profile has flavors of lemongrass mixed with all kinds of earthy and spicy flavors. The bitterness is fairly strong. The malt base is not nearly as powerful as the hops, but its light, sweet flavors provide enough backbone to keep this one drinkable. Along with the malts comes a fairly substantial fruity flavor, which tastes more like a medley of light fruits than any particular fruit. The finish has the highest concentration of bitterness, with just a hint of warmth from alcohol. The aftertaste is a great blend of hops that is both fruity and spicy. Pretty straightforward Bock, but very well done.

The carbonation on this beer is very high, with a body just shy of the medium range.

Scratch 30 definitely exceeded my expectations, and at 7% ABV it drinks very well. Had I sampled it at the brewery I would have bought an entire case for sure.

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Photo of Onenote81
3.91/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks go out to bjspicer (Brian) for this beer included in my big box o' Scratch beers!

12oz bottle poured into a conical pint. Pours a very cloudy dark orange/gold with a large 3-finger frothy beige head. This looked like the top of a milkshake. Excellent retention; left lots of sticky lace in its wake. Notes of pear, apple, allspice, and faint alcohol in the nose. The nose is a little muted though. I imagine this was much more pronounced when it was fresh.

The mouth is uber-full and thick. Creamy finish. Well-done. I'm noticing hints of the pale fruit that I picked up in the nose, but the alcohol comes forward a bit more here. It's mellowed out some with time, but it's still there. Light spiciness on the finish. This was surprisingly good. Admittedly, not one of my favorite styles, but this was a very good beer. Thanks, Brian!

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

Poured from a bottle into a lager style glass.

A: A dark cloudy orange color with hints of brown. A two finger large fluffy white head laves massive lacing.

S: Citrus and sweet fruits with a bready caramel smell and a large floral hop aroma. This is a bock?

T: Repeat. This is a bock? Loads of citrus flavors with other fruits such as banana, apple, pear coupled with a large floral hop flavor that is nice an bitter. The bready malt sweetness lies underneath but the hops don't really ever let it poke through fully. This seems more hop centric than a traditional bock would be, but still it works. Finish is bitter but smooth. Nice.

M: Medium, coating but prickly. No alcohol noticed.

D: Good, this is a nice drinking beer that is not a traditional style bock.

Overall another winner in the scratch series. With Troegs one should have imagined that this would have a hoppy edge to it, as it does. Not a traditional bock by any sense, but still very good. Kudos.

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Photo of juhl31
3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

-a fine cloudy orange brown color. thin white head, but it's sticking around for the most part

-lots of good fruits in the sniff. apple for sure, maybe a hint of citrus and nana. some kind of harsh tobacco smell in there too for some reason as it warms a bit

-sweet, but some solid bitterness in there. like a grapefruit that was burnt a little.

-very crisp and a decent dryness to it with a little bite

-it is quite drinkable for the style. i have definitely had better, but on the other hand, i have had worse too. overall, i like drinking it

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