Scratch Beer 36 - Bruce Wit | Tröegs Brewing Company

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Scratch Beer 36 - Bruce WitScratch Beer 36 - Bruce Wit

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Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
From the twisted mind of Tröegs brewer Bruce Tanner comes Scratch #36, a white ale brewed with spices that we’ve dubbed Bruce Wit – since we’re a lot closer to Bruce than we are to Belgium. Scratch #36 has been a work in progress for Bruce. He used to brew this beer style at his old job and couldn’t wait to tackle it again. In addition to traditional ingredients like orange peel and coriander, Bruce has reached farther into the spice rack incorporating black pepper and star anise into the hopback to intensify the flavors.Pouring a cloudy straw color with a foamy white head, Scratch #36 delivers a bevy of citrus and spicy aroma notes with a hint of licorice from the star anise. . The spices are offset by a wheaty dough taste. Black pepper gives this wit a nice bite on the back end, while the Lachouffe yeast gives a cider twang to finish each sip.

10 IBU

Added by stakem on 10-30-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 46 |  Reviews: 43
Reviews by Deuane:
Photo of Deuane
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Hazy, orange-yellow with a medium white head that slowly reduced to a thin cap and left heavy, rope like lace.

S-Musty orange with of lemon zest and anise. Lightly sweet biscuit malt lying underneath.

T-A nice light citrus notes dance across the palate. Notes of orange and lemon zest lead the way with light wheaty biscuit malt forming a solid backbone. Touch of mustiness from the yeast profile.

M-Medium-light body with a lingering sour twang that creates a light and refreshing brew.

D-Certainly nothing over the top here but it sure is solid, true to style and tasty. I wish this was offered during the heat of the summer and not in the cooling autumn season.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.46/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to StormKing47 for sending me this bottle.

The beer pours a hazy yellow color with a white head. For an aroma I get a lot of wheat and a good dose of coriander. Somewhat surprisingly I don't get much, if any citrus notes in the aroma. The flavor is more like what I expected. I get some wheat, orange peel and coriander, but overall the flavor is not as nice as I expected. The flavors a slight bit muddled and not clean and refreshing tasting like a lot of the best Belgian Whites. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. There is nothing wrong with this beer, but it was not as good as I expected.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.27/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a Hoegaarden tumbler.

Pours a hazy golden orange, with a thin fizzy bright-white head. This retains with just some light foaminess around the edges of the glass, leaving back some light spotty lace. The aroma is flavorful and breezy in the nose, being grassy and spicy with notes of spicy clove and coriander that gives this a touch of thickness in the nose. Fruit is present as well, with a bit of lemon zest and juicy orange that mix with the base wheat and gives this some tanginess.

The taste is crisp with toasted sweetness and firm citrus rind bitterness. Spices and fruit work their way in, as does a licorice flavor (I'm assuming star anise) that is more noticeable here but was definitely present in the aroma as well (adding to that tang in the nose). This finishes spice and gritty, with some leftover sugars from the wheat. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a prickly crispness the whole way through. That sits on top of some underlying syrupy thickness yet still stays VERY easy and drinkable overall.

This is definitely one of the better Witbiers that I've had in a while, with a complex yet well balanced profile and all of the flavors here just flowed effortlessly into each other. I especially liked the addition of the star anise, as it added a flavorful twang that worked well with the fruits and malt. I'm not exactly thinking Wits during the fall but this was darn tasty and quaffable stuff.

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Photo of akorsak
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle.

A: The witbier is a hazy golden yellow, opaque. A steady stream of bubbles emerged on the initial pour but the ale quickly settled down. No head.

S: A rangy, wide-open nose that seems far more apt in a saison, the witbier has plenty of anise. Coriander follows up with a softer aroma but the anise is the star of the show.

T: The pairing of wheat and spices is well done, a light ale that packs a strong flavor. The wheat is tart but not a game changer, instead it just supports the spice profile. Anise stands in place of the normal witbier palette of flavors. The licorice flavor is not an overpowering flavor, instead it just seems to fit in, making the witbier taste more like a saison. The ale is light on carbonation, keeping the anise in the spotlight. A strong twist on a witbier. Kudos to the added depth.

M: The mouthfeel is refreshing, aided by the wheat's tartness, and complex, thanks to the anise.

D: Quaffable with a unique twist, Bruce Wit is a surprise contender for the best of the Scratches. The stronger anise amongst the tart wheat is a pleasing departure.

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3.79/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled inlate December, 2010. Bottle to pokal. $4 for the single.

A: Pours with a scant finger of bright white foamy/sudsy head. Medium retention and lingering collar. The body is pale, goldenrod at the center and becoming light yellow towards its extremities. Cloudy with 10-15% transparency. No lacing.

S: Toasted malts provide the backdrop with notes of straw, grain, bread and cracker. The hop bill produces aromas of orange and lemon with underlying woody and grassy qualities. A nice blend of sweat and dough is imparted by the yeast. Subtle hints of earthier tones include must and, just further in the background, very light barnyard. The aroma is by far the most successful aspect of this brew.

T: Fruit and spice flavor blends perfectly up front and right through the mid palate. Spices include pepper, coriander, ginger and suggestions of clove. There is a mélange of fermemted fruit flavor starting with dried banana, then leading into more nuanced flavors of pear, pineapple, peach and apple. A light sourness and medium tanginess is appreciated. Bruce Wit starts out authentically Belgian but the flavor begins to flatten out on the backend of the palate. Alcohol is noticeable throughout, but it is unmistakably bigger on the finish.

M: Medium light body, perhaps a touch thin. The carbonation is above average and fizzy, but it cannot quite cut through the slightly alcoholic texture.

D: Above average overall but I am content with the one bottle that I had.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It was the scratch beer festival night! i had spent a good deal of time collecting these and finally tracked down the last of what i needed and put them all down in a massive tasting. Split with my brother in law and his buddy on 5/6, these were all split into 6 ounce samplers. special note, this was the hardest to acquire of all of them!

A decent pour here, though not much in the way of any head on it so to speak. Still nice hazy and cloudy medium amber colored beer had some nice carbonation to it and a well rounded look.

The aroma was nice, hints of banana, cloves, and an almost bubble gum like aroma peeking in through the mammoth wheat smell. Same held true for the flavor, with massive amounts of wheat present right away that melded themselves into a nice banana and clove profile that seemed to continue to develop as it continued to warm. Nice balance here with a light to medium body and smooth carbonation, left with a slightly dry flavor in the mouth, I went in for a few more sips leaving a nice bubble gum flavor throughout.

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Photo of Blanco
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours an "orange fruit drink" color with a smaller head than most whites. cloudy in appearance but still somewhat dark for the style. smell is actually funky upfront, almost like some saisons with a hint of citrus. Not an unpleasant smell just different for the style. The taste is very much like a "safe" white. The flavors are there, but overall somewhat weak, but thankfully it is not the citrus bomb that many bad whites end up being. It's a good taste with what you expect from whites, just a little less punch than the best in class. overall this is a decent white. I'd buy it if it were in the regular lineup and it's a rare "middle of the road" white for me, since I usually love 'em or hate 'em.

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Photo of iadler
1.95/5  rDev -47.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

The third scratch beer that exitmusic00 and I opened tonight from our bif tasting box. A white beer with spices that was bottled 1+ years ago. I am now dreading what this beer with taste like.

A- Pours a straw yellow with a thin cap. No lacing.

S- Acidity is upfront, followed by bubblegum, wheat, peppery spice. There also seems to be this odd sourness and barnyard funk in the aroma. As this beer worms, it starts smelling like sweaty feet. Not pleasant.

T- Some sweet cream corn upfront, wheat, peppery spice and a hint of bubblegum. Finishes with a strange vegetal taste, which exitmusic00 described as canned green beans. I think that is pretty accurate.

M- Medium carbonation and a low to medium watery body that finishes sweet.

O- The final scratch beer for the night and not really better than the others. This beer seemed really off with a odd sour and funky aroma. These three beers were obviously past their prime and I guess I really didn't think these were going to taste good. I was right. I did however, enjoy exitmusic00 facial expressions during the tasting.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap at the tasting room after my visit to Penn State. This will be an annotated review as it will be from memory. Poured into a pint glass.

Poured a hazed orange juice-like color. Nose is citrusy orange and orange peel with corriander spiciness. Taste is peppery spiciness, strong wheaty flavor, coriander, orange peel. Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Plenty of creaminess. Quite drinkable. Not the most flavorful wit, but the flavors work really well together to make for a very drinkable brew. Surprisingly, this doesn't have the typical Troegs character (which I really like), but this is fine without it.

4.0 A
4.0 S
4.0 T
4.0 M
4.5 D

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Photo of ne0m00re
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Live review of a 12 oz bottle courtesy Bmoyer0301.
A: Very hazy light amber, it poured with an OK white head that died quickly to a thin film and collar.
S: A lot of yeasty white bread here with cloves, coriander, and a milky tea-like chrysanthemum. Lemon and grass notes as well.
T: Starts off creamy like spicy tea and moves towards a lemon and grass clean finish that lingers. Not bad.
M: A creamy thick mouthfeel that matches the heft of the spices and brings out the tea and bread characteristics.
D: Pretty good. I'd only want to have one pint.

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Photo of TheDeuce
4.13/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Troegs Scratch 36...on tap at the brewery

Appearance-pours an aggressive yellow with a little orange, a large foamy white head. Muddled texture and lots of carbonation as a wit should have.

Smell-Heavy mix, orange, coriander, normal wheat, also a rush of other spices mixed with alcohol.

Taste/Mouthfeel- similar to aroma, a nice rush of heavy flavors, orange, wheat, yeastiness, light mouthfeel, carbonation stays active as it goes down, leaves behind a final wave of spice on the tongue along with a lemon flavor that is there throughout but really comes in at the finish.

Drinkability-great in that its light in profile but packs a diverse flavor character.

Overall-another winner, really interesting mix of flavors. A nice experiment from the boys in Harrisburg.

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Photo of BeerCon5
3.94/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale, hazy, golden orange color with a small amount of fizzy white head.

The scent was of citrus, coriander, spice, and toasted grains.

The taste is of dominant citrus and spice, light floral hops, coriander, toasty grains, notes of yeast.

Light bodied, very crisp and clean, high carbonation.

This was a very refreshing beer and easy to drink. I wouldn't mind having this again.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery this past weekend. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a light lemon color with a good dose of haze. A small white head and not that much lacing. The nose is pretty light with some faint spice and orange peel. The taste is a little less mild with a bit of sweetness and wheat in addition to light orange. Good light and somewhat creamy feel with nice drinkability. While I like how the Scratch beers are normally a bit out there, this was nice and refreshing.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.1/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Orangish color with some white head that didn't retain particularly well or leave much on the side.

S - Smell of banana, coriander, clove, mild spice. Not bad, nothing great.

D - Tastes actually a bit like GI's Matilda, although less flavorful and watered down. Sweet, banana, some yeast, clove, it's okay, just watery.

M - Average carbonation, lighter bodied, watery.

D - Not too hard to drink, but this is not a particularly good beer that I would want to have tons more of.

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Photo of nh2032
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | 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 (and our latest tasting) finally comes to a finish. The last leg pours a cloudy pale straw topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises wheat, salty water, and black pepper. The taste holds notes of wheat, black pepper, clove, light lemon zest, and orange peel. The body is a hefty-ish light, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta watery feel. Overall, a pretty solid wit, though one that certainly doesn't help itself in the smell department. But the rest of it ain't too bad.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Bobby for sharing this one.

A: A highly hazed appearance to this beer. Straw and orange in color with a thin layer of white foam.

S: A really nice nose. Lots of spices going on here, particularly white sage and coriander, along with orange and grapefruit peel. Sweet malts and wheat bread provide an excellent base.

T: The citrus flavor is really quite intense. Seems to be a lot of grapefruit and less of an emphasis on the orange. Wheat is prominent and provides a nice sweet bready flavor. Less spice than the nose had, but again quite a bit of coriander and sage.

M: The body is medium and so is the carbonation.

D: A damn good witbier, which I don't always find to be a well done style.

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Photo of flexabull
3.69/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle tasted blind courtesy of KimR, thanks again!

Pours a bright and cloudy gold color with a nice big white head that quickly faded. No real lacing either.

Aromas are of bubblegum, lime, cream, and yeast. Smells pretty good, like a tripel or a wit.

Taste starts out yeasty and tart. Some lemongrass, creamy sweetness, lime and bubblegum. Finish is crisp and mineral like.

Mouthfeel is ok, but seems to be thin.

Drinkability is pretty good. This is a decent beer, thinking wit beer. Not the best I've had, but it's tasty enough and interesting. However, the more I drink it, the more it grows on me.

Side note, while I think the Troeg's scratch series is an interesting idea, it seems like all the beers from the series that I have tried have been so so, and I usually can see why they were scratched. This is also one of them, it' ok, but not great either. Needs work...

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Big thanks to Jwiss22 for this bottle. Cheers, pal!

Appearance -- Pours a hazy apricot cue with one finger of foamy, lily-white head that soon dissolves into a delicate fog.

Smell -- Husky grain, earthy wit yeast, lemon peel and coriander. Not especially aromatic.

Taste -- Bready malt and gentle powdered sugar sweetness, clove and coriander, earthy yeast, floral hops. Finish is floral hops and yeast.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-light in body with lively carbonation. Pretty good.

Drinkability -- Not bad, but I'm not interested in having it again. Nice mouthfeel, but otherwise par for the course, style-wise.

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Photo of Kkottonmouthkngz
2.83/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

pours murky and hazy, with no bubbles or carbonation to speak of. also no head at all, just a thin layer of fuzz on the top, and that doesnt last long.
all i get on the nose is a light dry spice and mild lemon.
its rather syrupy, not in thickness but in it just coats my tongue with flavors that just dont do a whole lot for me. i wish there was more carbonation to bring some life to the beer because i feel it just lays a little too flat. the spice comes through and is almost too dry, the corriander really makes itself known in the back of my throat.
its ok... i can drink it for sure, it just doesnt do a whole lot for me. maybe i needed to drink it fresher for it to be more alive.

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Photo of sitarist
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to StormKing47 for throwing in this one.

Pours a cloudy yellow...small white head falls to a small ring that leave a few spots of lacing.

A beer for Elvis...I smell wheat bread, peanut-butter-spread, and is slightly medicinal (band-aids and salve).

I taste fruit, fried eggs, and is slightly medicinal as well. Banana now and later?

Lighter body with a quick hit of carbonation...wet, long lasting finish.

A weird but good beer! I could consume a couple.

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Photo of Keffa
3.82/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Given to me by Deuane. Thanks Deuane!

Poured into a large pilsner glass. Bottle says White Beer Brewed With Spices.

A: Poured a cloudy golden yellow, 1 finger bone white head that rapidly settled into a tiny ring. Some lacing appears in between sips but disappear as quickly as they form. Not bad.

S: Banana, lemon, orange, coriander, spicy yeast and a very faint floral hop. Good.

T: Lightly sweet malt and yeast up front, orange peel and lemon come in and take over. Reminds me a little of Hennepin. Good.

M: Well carbonated, smooth, decent body. Not bad.

D: Easy drinking. Finishes cleanly, and the spices aren't overpowering. Not bad at all.

This is the first wheat I have had in a long while, and reminded me why I started out on wheats. This is a good one.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.87/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into Mc Chouffe goblet. Thanks goes to StormKing47 for sending me this one!

A: Pours a hazy citrus golden with a thin white head that quickly disappeared.
S: Sweet notes of lemon juice, lemon zest, lemon, cracked wheat, coriander, clove, white pepper, and lemon. The coriander and clove is really fresh and herbal smelling. Damn delicious, and lemony.
T: Pretty much a mirror of the nose. Not too sweet, not too spicy, but definitely rich and zesty. Yeast lends of bubblegum flavor, and the clove, lemon are in great balance.
M: Medium-full body with bubbly carbonation and a smooth and soft mouthfeel. Aftertaste is gritty, tingly, and slightly dry. Could be a little crisper though.
D: I loved it. Perhaps not the best, but certainly very drinkable, rich and delicious. Thanks again Josh!

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Photo of orangesol
3.89/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in the Troegs tasting room into a Dreamweaver goblet.

A - Pours a cloudy straw yellow with a small white head that leaves little to no lacing down the glass.

S - On par with most other wit's I have had. The belgian yeast and wheat lend a biscuity aroma with hints of orange and lemon coming thru more and more as the beer warms. A slightly grassy aroma from the hops is very faint thanks to all the other more pungent aromas.

T - Fairly chewy up front thanks to all that yeast and wheat. A little bite from the grassy hops helps balance this one a bit. The citrus flavors of orange and lemon carry over from the nose but they don't seem to be as strong as I expected they would be. A fairly simple, yet slightly complex, wit beer.

M - Light body and flavor with a strong wheat/yeast aftertaste. A tad bit watery with good carbonation.

D - Awful late in the year for a wit isn't it? Oh well. Not one of my favorite styles but still a very enjoyable beer. Another great addition to the scratch lineup.

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Photo of stakem
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle into a pilsner glass this brew appears a very cloudy yellow color. It was a careful pour and I did not attempt to get all the sediment out of the glass. Looking into the empty bottle, holy hell there is still a lot of trub left in there. This brew looks like liquid lemon pie filling. A fizzy white head about a finger strong appears and dissolves quickly to just a thin layering across the top supported by a constantly rising stream of popping bubbles. Some faint patchy lacing clings to the glass.

The aroma is classic wit. It smells yeasty with some spiced indications of clove and possibly some more citrus type of spices like coriander. Blending with the yeast smell is some mellow orange or lemon rind scents that are quite subtle in the background. The nose is enjoyable and well rounded.

The taste of this brew is yeasty upfront with a flavor of clove and spices like coriander and/or citrus rinds like orange or lemon. In the background is a bready malt almost wheat-like flavor with a faint taste of banana. A very light indication of hops bitters out this would-be sweet citrus bready beer. It finishes quite dry with a citrus rind flavor left lingering in the mouth. The dryness of the finish makes this one urge you take sip after sip. The alcohol is almost nonexistent in this brew.

This is a medium bodied brew, much fuller feeling than I am use to for the style. It is slightly viscous despite the high level of carbonation that is prickly on the tongue. Lots of bubbles of carbonation burst out of solution as soon as the cap was removed. A pretty decent representation for the style and the dry bready flavor of this brew made me feel like I was rushing through this brew and the glass was emptied quicker than usual. This would be a fantastic summertime offering. If I wanted to complain about anything, I wasn't a big fan of the dominating yeastiness of this brew.

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Scratch Beer 36 - Bruce Wit from Tröegs Brewing Company
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