Scratch Beer 57 - 2012 (Weizenbock) | Tröegs Brewing Company

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Scratch Beer 57 - 2012 (Weizenbock)Scratch Beer 57 - 2012 (Weizenbock)

Brewed by:
Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Weizenbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.90%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Scratch #57 is brewed with two cocoa powder varieties and two kinds of berries to create a tart twist on a classic German style. Unfiltered and carbonated to a near-champagne finish, the beer is 7.9% ABV. Fermented in our open-top fermentation room, the yeast gives hints of pepper and clove designed to complement the fruit flavors. The cocoa powders add bitterness and some mouthfeel; the boysenberries and raspberries provide a tart, dry finish and the vanilla yields a subtle, sweet finish to the beer.

Added by orangesol on 02-08-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A growler filled on 10-Feb. In a minu Duvel tulip.

A: The weizenbock is dark brown, ruddy highlights giving a reddish hint to it. Opaque, unfiltered, nothing gets through the fullness of the ale. A thin head, white, pools at the mouth of the glass.

S: As advertised, the chocolate is dominant, the first aroma to waft out of the glass. I wasn't expecting it to be as strong and able to handle the weizenbock's phenolic underbelly. The chocolate is sweet with a baker's edge to it; powdery even like Hershey's cocoa powder. The phenols, bubblegum and clove, work their way out later in the nose, the spicy and yeasty aroma that I was looking forward too.

T: Weizenbock, thankfully, first in the taste. The clove and bubblegum are plenty spicing but just as they get going, they run headlong into the chocolate. Where normally caramel provides a darker edge to the wheat, I'm afraid that the chocolate grinds the ale to a halt. It overpowers and turns the weizen aspects, drawing out an bitter cocoa flavor that is out of place. The chocolate builds into the finish, becoming moderately bitter. Experimental but I'm not sold. The flavors don't mesh and the uniqueness of the weizenbock gets assaulted by the chocolate.

M: The mouthfeel brings plenty of chocolate and weizenbock. To me, though, those aren't two flavors that I like to see come together. The hoppier scratches run circles around this one.

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look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a tulip at the brewpub for $5. Sampled 3/24/12.

A: Arrives with 1 ½ fingers of barely light brown head. Retention is decent and the thick, crescent shaped collar remains even longer. The body is a medium-dark shade of amber brown. Adequate lacing.

S: The nose strikes a nice balance between cocoa powder and banana esters initially. But as you get deeper into the beer, the weizen yeast takes over, as do the adjuncts, which lead to an assault of berry, chocolate and banana aromas. As the beer warms up, the result is an intense nose that would probably benefit from simplicity - or subtlety at the very least.

T: Much like the nose – perhaps dialed back a tad. As the raspberry works its way onto the palate, it begins to offset the banana esters and meld with the chocolate flavor. The upfront flavor could still benefit from some refinement but it all comes together nicely on the backend.

M: Great mouthfeel. The sustained tingle on the tongue works with the raspberry tartness. Medium body. Crispy finish.

O: Not far from my liking. Just a little too flamboyant in my mind. If the cocoa were more subtly integrated – and the yeast profile less sharp – I would probably be a big fan of this one.

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3.33/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours deep caramel with an off-white head fading into a wisp.

Smells strongly of caramel and clove with a little banana.

Flavor is similar. Heavy banana flavors with a little bit of a spicy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is rather thin with medium-high carbonation.

Kind of a weird beer. Nothing outright bad, but the flavor profile is kind of muddy.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from tap at birch and barley into tulip. Pours a rusty amber. Thick head and good lacing.
Smells of chocolate, banana, and wheaty malt. It really smells fantastic.
Taste is very unique. Chocolatey wheat, but still keeping to the weizenbock traits.
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3.02/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy reddish amber/mahogany with a layer of off white head that goes away almost completely.

Smell: Quite sweet with notes of caramel, banana, and some cocoa. My first thought was banana liquor.

Taste: Not nearly as sweet as the smell would have indicated. Malt dominates with the caramel, chocolate, and banana notes showing up here as well. The finish is more bitter than I would have expected.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

Overall: Lots of banana notes here. I would have enjoyed it more without the bitterness in the finish.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer notes from 3/14/2012, on tap at Blind Tiger in NYC: pours a cloudy chestnut brown with a 2 finger creamy tan head that faded and left good spotty lacing.

Smells of wheat, roasted grains, caramel, cinnamon, light syrup, grass, herbs, cocoa powder and earthy tones like peat moss or wood; nice bock nose that was grainy overall.

Tastes like it smells, with wheat, roasted grains, caramel, hay, cinnamon, light syrup, light brown sugar, grass, herbs, oats, cocoa powder, spices like pepper and cumin, and earthy tones like peat moss or burnt wood; might even be some floral hops in the mix, but this beer is all grains, malts and wheat, and while a tad unbalanced it's still easy drinking.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp, with a medium body, mild carbonation and a smoky/grainy finish that's on the dry side.

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look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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Medium body, smooth and a little creamy, low to moderate carbonation.

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On tap at Canary Square, Boston for troegs tap takeover

A-pours a nice deep dark brown/ruby with good head retention

S- Smells delicious, dark chalky chocolate and sweet ripe raspberries

T - Follows the nose, a very nice creamy yet bitter chocolate wrapped up in dark fruits like a chocolate covered cherry or something. Tastes amazing

M - creamy and bubbly

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On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours reddish brown amber color with good head retention and considerable sticky lacing. Nose is all weizen goodness, but there's other aromas too in this beer. I pick up brown sugar, some lavendar, berries, and almost a smoked meat aroma. The flavor profile replicates the nose, but is a bit less exotic. Still, this fairly sweet beer delivers considerable brown sugar, milk chocolate, berries and underlying spice. This is really a pretty tasty beer. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a fairly long, moderately sweet, spiced infused finish. Alcohol is very nicely integrated into the flavor profile, and drinkability is quite good.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single at Capone's. Decent weizenbock, cloudy mahogany color with a smallish head. Not much retention or lace. Aroma of clove, banana, chocolate malt, other light spices. Taste follows the nose, standard banana/clove profile, more chocolate than expected, but still subtle, yeast and a touch of a mineral note. Hints of pepper, toffee and bubblegum, trace of booze in the finish. Lightly sweet, very little bitterness.

Medium-bodied and carbonated, feels like it could have been a touch fuller.

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Scratch Beer 57 - 2012 (Weizenbock) from Tröegs Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.54 out of 5 with 63 ratings