Scratch Beer 32 - 2010 (Keystone Common) | Tröegs Brewing Company

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Scratch Beer 32 - 2010 (Keystone Common)Scratch Beer 32 - 2010 (Keystone Common)

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Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: California Common / Steam Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Deuane on 07-30-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 45 | Ratings: 53
Photo of TMoney2591
3.35/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Walter Payton shaker pint glass.

Thanks to Hophead101 for this bottle!

Gotta wonder why steam beers are so rare these days... This one pours a clear sunrise amber-gold topped by a finger of dirty white foam and populated by a nearly dense migration of floaties. The nose comprises soft wheat, very light lemon zest, and light orange peel. The taste really shows what the smell was probably trying to convey: orange peel, light lemon peel, wheat, light caramel, and a touch of sweet flowers. The body is a hefty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a mildly crisp finish. Overall, a nice little brew, one that seems like it's headed downhill, but still has a bit of a way to go before it's gets near bad.

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Photo of iadler
1.9/5  rDev -49.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Second scratch beer that Exitmusic00 and I decided opened from the first box in the tasting partners bif. After having the 41, we didn't have too high of expectations.

A- Pours a hazy gold with a thin cap. Some bubbles pop up, but nothing else really.

S- Has the aroma of a generic cheap smelling beer. Sweet corn and some bready malt. A typical sweet aroma you find in malt liquor.

T- Wow, this is just really bad. Similar to a malt liquor with some corn sweetness and malt.

M- Medium carbonation and light body.

O- Thought this tasted like a old malt liquor. Really hard to drink and drain poured after a couple ounces. Guess I did find out that California Common brews should not be aged!

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Photo of brentk56
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a golden color with a lot of yeast in suspension; two fingers of head with good retention

Smell: Freshly baked loaf of bread with some grassy hops

Taste: Bready, up front, with a slightly lemony, slightly grassy hop profile developing by mid-palate; the sweeter malts build, after the swallow while the bitter flavors fade

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Decent enough stab at the style; I am sure it was much better when fresh

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

A- Clear golden color topped with an off white head. Head fades quickly to a cap and leaves a lot of lacing on the glass.

S- Mild floral hops and malt.

T- Mild taste of malt followed by a floral note from the hops. Hops leave a slight lingering bitter note at the finish which is clean a crisp.

M- Medium in body and well carbonated. Finish is slightly dry, crisp, refreshing, and clean.

O- Solid beer, decent take on the style and the 5.6% ABV makes is session able. I just wish it was a little more interesting though.

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Photo of craytonic
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pour is a yellow golden amber; smallish white head and lacing. Lightly sweet lemongrass aromas, light hops and citrus fruits. Taste is similar to the smell, very light and bready with some nice yeasts, along with some additional golden fruits to the lemongrass. Mouthfeel is light clean and crisp, low carbonation. Very drinkable and enjoyable, would be great on tap as a session beer.

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Photo of janlud
3.06/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not one of my favorites but I prefer less bitter and more smooth and slightly sweet. This ale is a bit bitter and grassy with some fruit overtones. A bit of bitter orange. Smooth going down but with a bitter orange and grassy after taste. Prefer something with less bite

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Photo of Verecund
3.64/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received as a generous extra from akorsak.

A somewhat vigorous pour yields almost no head on the golden copper body. Nice clarity, but not much to look at.

Nose is of sweet hay, bready malts, and honey.

Fairly sweet: mostly grainy cereal and pale malts. Some clean herbal and earthy hoppiness through and through, and yeasty notes. The finish is slightly minerally.

Medium-bodied with medium-low carbonation, making it feel creamy.

I still don't have this style down pat, since every offering I get my hands on is different, but this is an okay beer. Not offensive, but not that impressive either.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.07/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to womencantsail for cracking this one open upon my arrival to Cali. Served from bottle into a Firestone Walker sampler shaker. Poured a hazy yellow with a minimal white head. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, banana, and citrus. The flavor was of sweet malt, wehat, subtle hops, and citrus. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. Very nicely balanced flavor and good aroma going on here. It was surprisingly malty and fruity. Just didn't really like the wheat aspect, but it wasn't the dominate flavor in the brew. This is definitely worth getting your hands on.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slighty hazy yellow goldbody, though with fairly good clarity. Three fingers of white foam slowly but steadily visually decay. Light lacing.

Main aroma is fresh hay and grass, but some fruitiness lurks around the edges.

Light mouthfeel, good carbonation. Superb drinking for beer drinkers of all kinds.

Excellent crossover beer, though not quite the equal of Anchor Steam.

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4.04/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

$12 for the 6 pack at Tröegs tasting room. Consumed fresh, reviewed from notes.

A: Only one finger of foamy off-white head is produced on the pour and it is fairly quick to recede. A persistent film remains on top of a light golden-orange colored body. Impressive clarity. No lacing to speak of.

S: Hearty white bread, cereal and grains, lightly toasted. Enormously hopped with aromas of white grapefruit, grass and flowers. There is a rustic, lightly woodsy character imparted by either the yeast strain, the hop bill or both.

T: Clean golden fruit flavors come through on the palate with notes of peach and pineapple rind. A light sweetness upfront is countered by moderate bitterness throughout and culminates on the finish.

M: Enlivening to the mouth and stimulating on the tongue. Its amazing what Tröegs was able to do with the mounthfeel here. Medium-high carbonation; fine fizzy yet lively, the bubbles promote a body that is full, coupled with a texture that is thick and minerallic. Completely dry on the finish, another sip is requisite to whet the palate.

D: The drinkability rating is only average, mainly because the bill of malts lacks the sweetness it needs to offset the clean hop bitterness. A firmer backbone would have made for a more complete brew. Nonetheless, a wonderful quaff and an excellent interpretation on an altogether lackluster style of beer, one that has been largely ignored by breweres of today.

In my mind, Tröegs Keystone Common is superior to even Anchor Steam, the prototypical California Common. This statement says a lot, mainly because of what a one-off brew from PA has managed to accomplish flavor-wise in comparison to the flagship beer of the brewery that has not only invented Steam Beer, but who also has exclusive rights to the term.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Good lookin out on this brew drew

poured a translucent golden yellow with a thin white cap of head and left a little lacing sticking to the glass. The aroma at first whiff was really bready and malty alongside some honey, grainy, and earthy, herbal, and hoppy notes. There also seemed to be faint citrus notes in the background.The taste was also really big on the sweet malty biscuit bready character with earthy hops but grainy citrusy accents. The brew was medium in body with a moderate amount of carbonation which had a sweet, grainy, slight citrusy, and oily finish. It did go down real smooth but was not really what I expected for a Cali Common but I still was digging that take though; pretty decent.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Mike for sending this one to me.

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

S: Starts off with lots of bread and a bit of banana esters. There are some yeasty notes, but not too much else. I guess there might be some honey in there as well.

T: Sweet and almost pilsner-like. There's a nice bready maltiness to it along with some grassy hops. A touch of bitterness from hops and perhaps even some earthiness.

M: The body is medium to full for this sort of beer with a moderate level of carbonation.

D: Not always the biggest fan of steam beers, but this was pretty good. A little bit different for the style, but that's okay with me.

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Photo of Onenote81
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a slightly hazy dark gold with a thin white head on top. Light retention; some faint lace sticks around. Scents of buttered bread, faint herbs, and an odd gravy-like scent. Not what I expected.

The body is moderately full with a sharp crispness to it. Carbonation bite on the back end. The flavor is a little more pronounced than expected with notes of grassy hops, herbs, and bitter citrus rind. I expected a mellow tame beer, but the flavors are popping on this one. I don't have much experience with the style, so I can't say if this is common, but it's not what I expected. Drinkability is fair. This was refreshing and a decent beer.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle courtesy of dashirey, thanks man! Pours a mostly clear, golden color with a frothy white head. Decent retention and a touch of lace.

Nose is earthy malt with a bit of nutty yeast and a quick hit of fresh hop aromas. Little bit of pink grapefruit, sweet grains and Skittles candy.

Taste is less earthy than an Anchor Steam and has a brighter blast of hops...citric, tropical and sweet. Yeast provides a little bit of nuts and dough. Creamy body that seems Troegs knows how to do quite well. Substantial yet light. The malts are soft spoken and understated. Pretty tasty beverage here, I could finish a sixer of this fairly easily.

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Photo of nickd717
3.44/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle thanks to StormKing47.

The appearance on this beer leaves something to be desired. It's a clear golden-copper color with minimal white head, just some foam and a ring, and there are some major floaties suspended throughout the entire beer.

The aroma is very nice. Nice bready malt as well as some honey, grain, and herbal hops.

The flavor is good, not exactly what I think of when I think of a California Common, but I like it. Maybe a Pennsylvania Common (which I like more as a PA guy originally). A little more hop-forward than, say, Anchor Steam, with a substantial herbal and earthy hop presence. Sweet pale and caramel malts as well along with some cereal grains.

Medium-bodied with carbonation on the lower side. Finishes fairly clean.

Overall, I'm sort of on the fence about this one. It's tasty but just doesn't really come together the way I'd like a beer like this to. Not quite Tröegs' best effort.

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Photo of orangesol
3.94/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a light amber with a small one finger white head that leaves small amounts of lacing down the glass.

S - Quite a crisp, clean, aroma. Plenty of floral hops and a nice light roasted malt backbone.

T - Herbal hop bitterness up front that lingers on the pallet for a while. The tasted malts come thru a little more toward the middle with a chewy, biscuity, taste. A very clean and smooth steam beer. I just wish more people would brew this style beer.

M - Medium-light body with light flavor with moderate carbonation. Fairly smooth feel with a crisp, dry, finish.

D - Have not had a lot of steam beers but this was still very enjoyable. Not as good as when I first had it. May have gone down hill a bit since release but still another solid offering from the scratch series.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.1/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into DFH shaped pint glass. Big thanks to StormKing47 for this one!

A: Pours a clear light amber with a billowing bright white head that slowly receded into an oily bubbly film that only left a few soapy spots of lace.
S: Smells of grassy hops and dry oats and grains. Light malty sweetness.
T: Big sweet malty biscuit taste dominates with grainy notes and highlights of fruity hops poking through. Lemon in the aftertaste. Low but noticeable bitterness.
M: Medium-full body with a surprisingly sticky and viscous mouthfeel. Low even carbonation.
D: A little to syrupy for me to love it, but this is a fairly drinkable brew. I feel Anchor Steam is a cleaner, crisper beer, but I could knock back a few of these none the less. Thanks again Josh for hooking me up.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

decided to crack open a few new troegs this week this one was opened and consumed on 10/20/2010

really a nice decent pour here with a medium amber color an a good head of white that reached about three inches high.

good lacing and retention welcome me in as i take the first sip of this one. really well done with light floral hops and a nice note of caramel that really st the tone for a light well balanced offering. clean and crisp flavor, light florals and touches of light malts mix with a really well done bright herby hoppiness. clean and smooth finish left me very satisfied and looking for another.

overall a very solid beer. not the style i normally flock too, but this seemed to work quite well indeed.

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Photo of Bubba83
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks go out to Kegatron for the bottle. Pours a medium hazy yellow with rising bubbles and a bright white one finger width head. Dissipates kinda quickly into a tiny ring with some passable lacing.

Smells quite floral, and has that lagery zing of lemon and grass. Pretty nice, but not super complex.

Comes off almost like an amber lager at first tastewise, out of character for its looks and smell, but nice. Quickly jumps back into the light breadiness and zingy lager flavors and a heap of flowers. Finishes with a little bit of alcohol flavor, but not much.

Feels quite good, no complaints.

Highly drinkable, and overall a nice example of the style. I had a little bit of difficulty drinking this on its own without comparing it every sip to Anchor Steam. Anchor Steam is quite a bit better in my opinion, but this is still good.

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Photo of Gosox8787
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass. Thanks to bigfnjoe for the extra.

Appearance: Golden yellow in color with a slight white head and decent retention.

Aroma: A little doughy from the pale malt. A hint of herbal character from the light hop presence.

Taste: Nice balance of sweet, pale malt and some light hop oil. Very crisp and light.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied but with some nice carbonation to make it feel crisp.

Drinkability: With a manageable ABV, light flavors, and a crisp mouthfeel, this is very drinkable.

Overall, a nice beer that's refreshing, but nothing too memorable. Very refreshing. Wouldn't seek out, but I would not turn down more of it.

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Photo of bonkers
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a SA perfect pint glass. It pours straw yellow with a slight white head. The aroma is sweet, yeasty, light. The flavors follow the nose, it finishes crisp with grassy hops. Light in body, well carbonated, easy drinking. Interesting offering from troegs.

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Photo of meatyard
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, golden yellow with a 2-finger, whitish head that has some retention and leaves just some splotchy lacing.

The smell is lemony with biscuity malt.

The taste has a bit of the same lemon plus some grassy hops. A dab of bitterness and the biscuit malt follows, there is a bit of fruitiness that lingers in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is medium leaning towards thin with adequate carbonation.

Drinkability: While this beer holds no complexity or any special dynamic tastes it is still a pleasant and easy drinking beer. Another interesting Scratch offering from Troegs.

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Photo of gford217
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle.

Pours a clear golden orange with a creamy white head that recedes to a thin collar with no lacing.

The aroma has a crisp herbal hop presence up front with some toasted bread and light caramel malts.

The taste has a big herbal, grassy hop kick up front. The biscuity malts form a solid backbone and there are some fruity notes in the finish with a bitterness that lingers for a while.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied, crisp, clean and dry in the finish.

This is a solid hop-forward steam bitter that drinks very easy.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Scratch 32 "Keystone Common" pours a dull golden color with countless fast moving bubbles. The head rises about two fingers over the body, and it is very thick and solid looking. The retention is excellent, as the head sticks around to grip the sides of my glass throughout the entire drink. The lacing is only spotty though.

The aroma has sweet, pale malt that is very clean and cracker-like. A good blast of spicy, bitter hops are mixed in along with a hint of fruitiness.

The flavor is a wonderful mix of both hops and malt. On first impression, I thought that the two are equally strong, and that neither seemed to get in the way of the other. The more I drink, however, the more I realize that the hops are the dominant flavor in this one. A grassy, earthy, bitterness greets me immediately. The bitterness is actually enough to attack my tongue a little bit. Along with those hops there is a generic fruit flavor. Underneath the hops the pale malt makes a good backbone. Lightly sweet and very crisp, I almost wish the malt pronounced itself a little more, rather than just playing second fiddle to the hops. The finish has more hops and an even stronger fruit flavor, and the aftertaste is pretty persistent.

The body is a little bit fuller than I would expect for the style, and the carbonation is a touch lower than I would expect. Overall, the feel is pretty good.

Keystone Common is another great beer from Troegs and the Scratch series. I had no problem getting through an entire case.

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Photo of krisandajt
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured from the bottle, the beer is slightly cloudy, golden color with a fizzy, almost champagne-like look to it. Even with a mildly rough pour, there was only about a half inch worth of white foamy head, and that did not stick around very long.

Smell: A fairly simple, biscuity malt sweetness mixed in with a bit of grassy hops. Nothing really exciting here, but nothing really out of the ordinary either.

Taste: The grassy hops kick it up a bit here, and actually beats out the biscuity sweetness (much to my surprise). It's a simplistic beer, nothing really standing out, nothing really challenging the palate. Simple, however, does not always equal bad. It's crisp and refreshing, and goes pretty well with this cool Fall afternoon.

Mouthfeel: Nice medium body, decent carbonation, smooth and easy to drink.

Drinkability: Not a bad drinking beer. I was in the mood for something smooth and refreshing, and this hit the spot. Nothing really extra-ordinary about this brew, but I wasn't really looking for something over the top.

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Scratch Beer 32 - 2010 (Keystone Common) from Tröegs Brewing Company
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