Scratch Beer 53 - 2011 (Helles Bock) | Tröegs Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Maibock / Helles Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.40%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Scratch 53-2011 is a classic overachiever. As the first beer brewed on our new pilot system we wanted to create an easy-to-drink traditional Helles lager that might become a regular draft beer in our Tasting Room. However, due to an incredibly efficient extraction rate in the lauter tun we have been blessed with a Helles Bock – the slightly bigger brother to our initially-desired Helles. In all honesty, we are not disappointed. The floor-malted Bohemian Pils delivers a distinctive nutty flavor with a bready finish. This taste is counter balanced by Hersbrucker noble hops’ distinctive spicy notes. Finally a slight yeast flavor comes through delicate beer. Cheers!

Added by akorsak on 12-03-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 12 |  Reviews: 6
Reviews by hoosierfan:
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Kegatron
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ the Tröegs Brewing Company (Hershey, PA) on 12/8/11. Served in a stange.

Pours a crystal clear gold, with a solid finger of frothy bright-white head. This hangs tough with a rich ½ finger, dotting the sides of the glass with thick spotty lacing. The aroma smells of fresh grass, earth, citrus, and a touch of spice. There is a sweet bready tang underneath that seems to ricochet those Noble hops back up into the nose after each whiff. Man, this is airy feeling but just so overall tight and flavorful in the nostrils.

The taste is fresh, crisp, and flavorful in the mouth, with a bright citric bite that spreads bitterness and a light spiciness out across the palate. There is a nice toasted bready backbone to this, with just a light splash of butter thrown in, giving the malt profile a bit of a buttered biscuit feel at times. The finish is very dry, with a bit of lingering pith but even the backend of this is pretty tight feeling. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and sharp on the tongue, which then flows out across the back the mouth with a firm creaminess that keeps this relatively smooth despite the Bock strength ABV here.

This was nice. A crisp and flavorful Helles Bock that doesn’t really give you any indication of its alcohol strength. I hope that the rumors of this becoming a staple at the new brewery come to fruition. Just be careful with this one. A few of these could creep up on you quick.

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Photo of akorsak
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A growler filled yesterday at the brewery.

A: Thick head, over three fingers that overflowed, or nearly overflowed, on each and every pour. That head leaves plenty of lace behind, a benefit that wasn't apparent on tap. The underlying lager is golden, orange hues and a bit of haziness.

S: Plenty of hops, funny how the bitterness comes through clearly now. The floral aromas have a citric undertone. Malts are strong, an assertive graininess.

T: Love at first sip. The earthy hoppiness jumps out, a mild citrusy bitterness that provides more than enough flavor. The maltiness is equally strong, biscuity with a fruity finish (thank you, yeast). A sweet finish brings everything together, a bow on this package. As I ruminate on this beer, I find myself pushing it further and further up, a flavorful bock no matter how you slice it.

M: A winner, lager goodness with more than enough strength. The sweet finish, fruity and hoppy, is quite nice.

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Photo of mallison245
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of ogman
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of orangesol
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at the Brewery.

A - Pours slightly hazy golden yellow with a dense two finger tall white head, dissipating quickly into a light film, leaving bubbly strings of lace down the glass.

S - Lots of biscuity malt up front, a bit of spice from the yeast, earthy hops, and a touch of sweetness. This one is straight forward and is fairly well balanced.

T - Starts off with a big dose of chewy malt that never really leaves the picture. Hints of earthy hop bitterness, light pepper spice, and some light sweetness at the end of each sip. All things considered this one has surprisingly good balance, maybe a touch too much chewiness but it is not oppressive.

M - Medium-Light body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Full, chewy, feel that combines with a bit of hop bitterness to cling to the pallet long after the finish.

O - I haven't really had a lot of Hells Bock's but I have enjoyed the ones I tried, and this one is no different. It is very easy to drink and the flavors, while strong, are well balanced. Another winner in my book.

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Photo of stakem
3.71/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this on draft enough that I felt obligated to secure a growler to share with friends and enjoy at a later time at slightly warmer temp.

From a counter pressure filled flip-top 2-liter at the Troegs taproom into several pint glasses. The brew appears a clear golden yellow with 3 fingers worth of white head that's composed of big bubbles and strong froth. The cap displays pretty solid retention.

The smell is slightly out of character with a more bold than expected citrus and herbal hop element that gives way to some mineral and sulfur inclusion. A backing of sweet to biscuit grain lingers in the mouth and produces almost a cooling minty aspect.

The taste is grainy and sweet like bread with a cooling mint, almost menthol hop element. There is a mild inclusion of alcohol presence felt with some fruity alcohol tinged. The backend includes a sweetness that moves away from grainy and into something more candy-like and reminiscent of bubblegum. Once it warms up beyond ideal temp, buttery notes come out in the profile.

This is a medium to light bodied brew that is light on the carbonation in the feel but visually abundant. It is crisp and easy drinking. Overall well done but my friend and I agreed that this offering has been "Troegized" by being slightly more hoppy than necessary. Shame on me for pouring this a little warmer than it should have been. It was much more enjoyable while colder.

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Photo of thain709
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Crystal clear, golden body with some slow carbonation bubbles...three fingers worth of white, creamy head...the head falls to full cap and leaves nice lacing behind

S - Very grainy with some sweet caramel and earthy hops thrown into the mix

T - There is more balance on the palate than the nose would suggest...the huge malt/grain bill is present but the yeast cuts it down a few notches...the yeast adds some body and plays as a balance...there is some caramel lingering in the background that is adding sweetness to the beer...the fruity, earthy hops come in at the end and pair with everything else that was going on

M - Medium bodied...but it also had some lightness to it...nicely carbonated with some chewy yeast, sweet caramel, and bright hops

O - I enjoyed the mouthfeel/finish on this one as it tied everything together...I would like to see this one again in the summer or fall...or even the initial idea of a Helles Lager

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Photo of Slatetank
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This growler was filled at the brewery in hershey -from the new counterpressure growler filler Color is golden with a slightly darker shade than your average pils like straw.The cap is white and falls gradually. The smell is of hops and pils malt with a moderately spicy odor. The feel is good with nice balance, very dry and moderately bitter. This tastes so good basically because it is lagered well the yeast gives a nice mineral quality and there is a mustiness from the floor malted pils, yet the hops give a nice noble spiciness to the bock which also balances the dry cracker-like taste well, it finishes dry clean and spicy with hardly a trace of alcohol -excellent maibock

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Scratch Beer 53 - 2011 (Helles Bock) from Tröegs Brewing Company
4.05 out of 5 based on 12 ratings.
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