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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)

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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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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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 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 hops...an excellent domestic take on the style.

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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 Chaney
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a 6er of this one from the brewery a couple of weeks ago after spending a day in Hershey Park.

A: Burnt, hazy orange with a lot of carbonation and about a 1 inch head. The beer itself is the same color as caramel.

S: Caramel notes with hints of mandarin orange on the finish. It's as if someone added some sort of dark candy to Troegs Pale Ale.

T: I can taste Troegs hop profile a mile away. Awesome! Very hoppy and bitter for a Maibock, but that's part of its charm.

M: Very typical pilsner-like thickness. The alcohol is definitely detectable, but blends in well.

D: 7% ABV is sensible, but somewhat high for a session beer. But then again, so is "Nugget Nectar," and I could drink it all day! The same mindset applies here.

Overall: Leave it to the artists at Troegs to re-image the Helles Bock. I'm more than proud to call Troegs my "local" brewery!

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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 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 danadeny
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a orange / brown body and a nice bubbly frothy head. Smells lightly of orange zest - fruity. A hint of mustyness from the yeast, sweet malt. Overal tast is lighter than i expected, a bit peppy. From the traditional style i would expect a heavy malt presence. Sweet and zesty up front, mellow in the middle with a hint of orange, and the hop finish is zesty grapefuit, soapy bitter, but just enough to balance the beer. This is not a hop head beer (thank god). Mouthfeel is watery, slightly oily / slick. Good carbonation as it flows. Dinkability is good, you could finish a six pack in a night and not be upset about it.

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

Pours a hazy golden/orange with a huge white head that just kept coming up the glass (5 fingers worth). Retention was excellent with lots of splotchy lacing.
The smell is fruity with lots of deep, sweet, malt.
The taste is not quite what I was expecting even given the smell. It starts with some grassy hops, a sweet, yeasty, bready flavor with a light bitterness in the finish. I don't notice any alcohol here.
Mouthfeel is medium, smooth and drying in the end.
Drinkability: Well, it doesn't taste like a normal Helles Bock but it still is quite tasty. I like the hops & bitterness in this though the malt still has the center stage.

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Photo of number1bum
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to ClockworkOrange for lugging some of this up to NEPA for us Lackawanna folk.

Pours a highly hazed orange amber color with a soft, pillowy beige head. Head starts out about two fingers and keeps well, a thick, full lace with some excellent webbing on the sides.

Smell is quite fruity and floral, with citrus and apricot aromas coming out juicy and sweet. A bit of caramel and some bready malt round out the nose.

Taste is also quite fruity, with a combination of yeast esters and citrus hops giving it a juicy orange and apricot flavor in particular. It has a pleasant sweetness and a bready malt base. It's really nicely balanced and the finish leaves some floral, fruity flavor that leaves me thirsting for the next sip. Man, this is really tasty stuff.

The mouthfeel is a real surprise, as it is extremely creamy and smooth. It's creamy enough that it drinks close to a beer served on nitro. It's that creamy, soft on the palate but with enough carbonation to also be pretty clean in the finish. This is certainly not the way you'd expect a maibock to feel on the palate, but I think it really works with this beer.

I gotta say that this is, unexpectedly, one of the best beers in the entire Scratch series to date. It's not a traditional Maibock but that doesn't bother me; what it is is a damn tasty beer. So fruity, so smooth, and incredibly creamy on the palate. To me this is what the Scratch series is all about - taking a style and having some fun with it, turning an interesting concept into a great beer. This is a definite winner; and to think I saw close to 10 cases of it still sitting on the brewery floor! You are missing out if you haven't tried this yet.

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Photo of hwwty4
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to the long time trading partner, Akorsak, for this one.

Poured a 12oz bottle into my Hennepin globe. This beer pours a hazy burnt orange with a big, fluffy off-white cap that leaves sticky lacing all the way down the sides of the glass. If I would have been handed this beer, I definitely wouldn't have guessed it to be a Maibock. Looks more like a IPA. And hello, smells more like a IPA too. With the first whiff, plenty of citrus and floral hops. The hops fade into sweet biscuit malts adding a nice bready aroma to balance out the hops. The first sip has me saying out loud that I love this beer. Wow, is it tasty. Floral hops add a nice sweet earthiness with tangerine citrus coming following behind. Plenty of breads and biscuits to give the hops a palate to work off of. At the very tail I get just a hint of banana. Everything is balanced. While its hoppy, the malt backbone really balances it. Man, this is a tasty beer. My only issue is its classification. I'm all for trying new things, but I wouldn't ever say this is a Maibock. Regardless, one of the best Scratch series I've had.

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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 mrandypandy
2.89/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle received as an extra. Many thanks to Jwiss22 and StormKing47.

A- Pours a beautiful copper/orange with a thin white head. Minimal lacing.
S- Sugary, slightly sweet. Notes of cotton candy with alcohol peaking through. Meh.
T- Slight malty sweetness. Very watered-down and weak. Not much going on.
M - Medium to light body, cabonated. Really, really over-carbonated, to the point of being "spritzy".
D- Low. The watered-down taste and over-carbonation don't make for a great brew.

Overall, a big disappointment. Reminds me of drinking a bock that's been cut with seltzer water. I'll stick with Troegs better offerings (all the other ones).

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Photo of krisandajt
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not exactly my favorite of styles, but I'll give it a shot...

Appearance: Poured from the bottle into my DFH Ale Glass, the beer is a very cloudy light copper color. Despite my easy pour, there's over 2 inches worth of slow fading, thick creamy white head.

Smell: The smell is sweet, with a nice grassy sort of hop character to it. Rather light and refreshing.

Taste: I'll admit, this is not a style that I am particularly fond of...but this is good! The taste is light and sweet, and there's just enough of the grassy and spicy hop character to balance this brew out. Not what I expected at all. This beer is really hitting the spot on this warm summer afternoon.

Mouthfeel: Plenty of carbonation, light to medium body. Very refreshing.

Drinkability: This is a damn tasty beer, and a welcome relief for this hot summer afternoon. I really wish that I had more than a single bottle. Definitely recommend, try it if you can get it.

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

I like the looks of this. Seems unfiltered with large carbonation bubbles. A thick frothy yellow colored head hold looong retention. Thick sticky lacing.

Very biscuity, bready aromas with hints of noble hops and toffee. Very nice.

Quite tasty, big bold mouthfeel, toffee and caramel, thick biscuity malt character, slight floral aromas, with more toffee sweetness on the medium finish. Great easy drinker with a hidden alcohol.

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