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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Ratings: 53 |  Reviews: 45
Reviews by xnicknj:
Photo of xnicknj
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap at troegs during the splinter blue release.

A - Pours clear golden yellow with a frothy, one finger high head which eventually fades, leaving patchy lacing along the pint glass.

S - Crisp malts and fresh hints with a touch of grassyness.

T - Begins with clear pilsner malt which reflects the style. A slight bitter splash from the hops brightens everything up as some bready and grassy qualities creep in. Finishes brisk and refreshing with a bit of lingering dryness.

M - Tries to be smooth but highly carbonated, although everything is still relatively smooth.

D - Easy going is the name of the game here, and there's certainly not much to complain about as this one is super refreshing.

Definitely a decent, solid beer, but there's been better from the Scratch series.

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3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to mymrnnjckt for this one.
A: Pours a white fluffy head, with a light golden body. Lacing is present.
S: A subtle dry, steamed aroma is present.
T/M: A smooth mouthfeel on a light body is displaying a grainy sensation. A slight spice on the finish.
D: This is a very drinkable beer, a bit light overall taste and aroma. This easy drinking beer, a nice taste and smooth carbonation makes for a pleasant experience.

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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 Bdel34
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Kegatron
3.47/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours crystal clear gold, with a ½ finger of fizzy bright-white head. This retains with a light and wispy look, leaving behind just a smattering of foamy lace. The aroma is sharp and tangy in the nose, with a lot of sweet bread and ripe fruit flavors going on with it. This is enveloped in the grassy, spicy, and earthy accents of the hops. Just a little too much fruit and stickiness dominates this though.

The taste is also pretty sweet and sticky feeling with notes of caramel, toasted bread, and earthy fruit. The hops are bitter with rind and spice and finish this with a deep earthy dryness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with some warm thickness to the body (feels like a little more than 5%) but a smooth crispness does develop as you near the swallow.

Yeah, I don't know. This Scratch offering just didn't knock my socks off. While I would have liked a touch more crisp hoppiness to the profile to help offset all of the malt and fruit sweetness, I think that it was the sweetness working in conjunction with the heftier feeling body that didn't have me feeling it. Maybe I need to get down to the brewery and check this out on draft before it's gone, as I'd really like to give it another shot.

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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 SamuelJackson45
3.89/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- A nice bright yellow color.

S- Hops and malts.

T- Hops and Malts alittle citrus in the background.

M- Very smooth frothy taste of malts and hops linger in the taste.

D- Very good light tasting beer. Easy to drink down. This can be a good everyday drinking beer.


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

A bottle purchased at the brewery. Have I ever mentioned how nice it is that Tröegs is right down the road? Well it is VERY nice!

A: The steam beer is a yellow color that reminds me of a walk through the forest in the fall. The clarity of the beer is interrupted only by constantly streaming bubbles. A half a finger of white head leaves strings of lace around the mouth of the glass.

S: Bready sweet, pale biscuity malts lead the way. A yeasty sweetness, fruity with apple, follows quickly on the heels of the breads. Crisp hops, citrusy, close out the nose.

T: Very sweet from the first sip to the last. The malts, bready as they are, set the sweet flavors up. Sweet apples build off of the malts, as do citrusy hops. The yeast adds more flavors, spices, into the finish of the ale without compromising the richness of the malts. A chewy ale that really hits the spot.

M: The mouthfeel radiates around the malt profile, bready and sweet. Intermittent hops and a nice yeast strain fill in the holes.

D: Under 6%? Check! Well-balanced flavor? Check! Unusual style? Check! An all-around enjoyable beer from Tröegs.

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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 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 Tyrawlings
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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

Poured into a pint glass.

3.5 A: Clear golden yellow. One finger of frothy white head with average retention and not really any lacing.

3.5 S: Light neutral maltiness, some floral hops, and just enough house character to make it pleasant. Otherwise, rather straightforward and simple.

4.0 T: Taste is about the same as the nose. Neutral maltiness or perhaps a touch grainy, mild hop bitterness and a touch of herbal flavor. Super clean yeast. The house character is a bit stronger, bumping this one up to a four.

4.0 M: Light body. Good moderate carbonation. Fairly creamy and super smooth.

4.0 D: Easy to drink for sure. While I like beers with a bit more taste to them, this one went down without a problem and I could have another.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
3.74/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a perfect pint.

A- pours a nice, dark shade of gold with a one finger white head. Lacing is fantastic.

S- corn...a little bit of lemon in there as well. Not much.

T- getting a decent bit of lemon...grassy notes as well. A little bit of hoppy bitterness as well. Very mild, albeit nice

M- pretty thin. Very carbonated. Nothing outstanding here

D- good, easy drinking beer. Perfect for a nice summer day

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Photo of ppoitras
3.86/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | 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 1/4" off-white head over the clear golden amber brew. Head dwindles gradually, with average lacing. Aroma is sweet with an off vegetal tinge to it.

Taste starts sweet, goes balanced in the middle, and closes with a slight, sedate bitterness. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is very good, as you would expect for the style. Overall, nice brew.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.33/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Troegs tasting room during the Splinter Blue release.

Pours a moderate yellow gold with a white head and touches of lacing as it goes down. Nose is pretty plain. Some bready malt and hints of lemon and grassy hops. Taste is a step further back with some bread and hints of citrus and other fruits. Feel is a medium body with good carbonation. Drinkability is okay. Not a bad beer at all, but far from my favorite of the Scratch series.

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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 dpnelson1978
3.99/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle into glass pint.

A: Bright golden body topped with a small loose head that quickly dissipates leaving light lacing and a thing bubbly cover.

S: Sweet fruity character over biscuit backbone. Herbal and lemon citrus hop aroma. Interesting mix.

T: Sweet biscuit maltiness with strong fruit character. Hops balance the sweetness favorably without creating an overpowering aftertaste.

M: Light to medium body and medium carbonation. Despite the sweet flavor it comes across very crisp and refreshing.

D: Great session beer. Interesting flavor profile, a light, crisp mouth, and clean finish.

O: Really a very good beer. This is my first from Troegs and I am quite impressed.

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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 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 yeahnatenelson
3.89/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thrown in as an extra by Jwiss22 - what a great guy!

Appearance -- Pours a bright amber with one finger of sudsy white head.

Smell -- Earthy hop aromas, flowery lager yeast, husky grain.

Taste -- Grassy hops and flowery lager yeast in the forefront, along with bready malts and faint cane juice sweetness. As the beer warms a little, one can pick up apple, pear, and some sweet citrus. Moderate earthy hop bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel -- Medium to light in body, moderate prickly carbonation. Pleasant.

Drinkability -- Wow, these Scratch beers are hard to beat. Keystone Common is no exception. It's crisp and satisfying. I typically shrug off lagers in general, but I'm learning that writing off lagers means writing off great beers like this. If you have access to this, then get you some!

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

A-Lightly hazed copper kissed golden yellow with thin white head. Head reduces to a thin cap but never goes away completely. Foam leave a smattering of lace behind.

S-Light fruit aromas of fresh cut green apple and lemon zest zing, with a touch of toasted biscuit malt.

T-Fruit notes are more present on the palate. Semi aggressive pop lemon zest and green apple with a mild, accent of Bartlett Pear. Nice supporting toasted biscuit body backing.

M-Light bodied with a sharp, crisp zing and a drying finish

D-A spot on, totally solid, light summer drinker. The series has come full circle, I hope this does not signify the end! While Keystone Common may not be "the best" Scratch beer to date it is a mighty easy one to enjoy a few pints of. Once again a hit by The Brothers and the fine folks at Troegs.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.23/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

orangesol sent me one of these in a trade. Thank you, Nate. I just spent 16 hours at work, and apart from food, the thing I need to make the day whole is a tick. I was lucky to get to try Scratch #1 when it was relatively fresh, and trying #32 sounds like fun.

Pouring a light orange with a dense, off-white head with excellent retention and nice lacing, this is a very nice looking beer. The head is thick and dense, just excellent. The nose is interesting. In some ways, a British and American hybrid, with a noticeable citrus hop character with a clean, moderately ripe orange peel note. Quite fruity as well, in a way that makes me think of an English beer (in the most general of senses). A touch of spicy, earthy hops as well. Malt is present mostly as a little bit of bread with a touch of caramel. This is mostly lightly and delicately hopped, with a little bit of malt character. Very nice.

The palate is an excellent blend of fruity yeast and a firm hop bitterness. Opening with a little bit of citrus, this quickly segues into a dry, earthy hop character. Just a faint hint of sweetness is present, balancing out the hops but never overwhelming them. The finish is just incredible. Long lasting with a lingering earthy hop character with a little bit of citrus, this beer is quite incredible. Medium-light in body with moderate carbonation, the finish on this beer is rather unreal. Drinkability? Well, I would grab a case of this if I could. Very highly recommended, at least at this stage of freshness. A superb, subtle and delicate beer.

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