Scratch Beer 60 - 2012 (Spring Fest Lager) | Tröegs Brewing Company

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Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Maibock / Helles Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Scratch #60 is our harbinger of the coming spring. After reading about the annual German festival - Starkbierzeit - and shuddering at the thought of drinking Trogenator all day long in honor of "strong beer time," we’ve created a Spring Fest designed specifically for "patio time." Measuring in at 5.1% ABV and 39 IBUs, available on tap in the Tasting Room and in Bottles.

Added by orangesol on 03-24-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 38 |  Reviews: 16
Reviews by akorsak:
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3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle from the brewery. In a goblet, for that regal feel.

A: The lager is amber, darker toward the orange-brown end of the spectrum (but not to the nut brown extreme though). A thin white head on pour whittles away over time - nothing after an hour.

S: The nose is lightly breaded, perhaps a little more of a body with caramel and biscuits. Hops don't stand out here.

T: Those hops do, however, come through in the flavor - an herbal bitterness that pairs nicely with the biscuity breadiness. Very drinkable, the breadiness isn't heavy although the fortified nature, stronger than a lager but without too much booziness. A good beer to get over the previous night.

M: A good beer, nice flavor with just the right amount of hoppiness against the rich breads. Another good bock from Troegs.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Gmann
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear copper color with very little head that settles into nothingness.

The aroma has a slight doughy note from the malt and a peppery spice from the hops. Some grains. Faint.

The taste is of the doughy munich malt, lightly toasted. Has that nice Paulaner Oktoberfest flavor to it. Some light caramel sweetness to go along with a pepper hop presence. Good flavor for the style. Perhaps could use a touch more munich malt flavor.

The feel is moderate with fizzy carbonation. Sweet on the palate with a slight bitterness in the finish. Easy to drink.

A toasted version of a maibock. The flavor doesn't blow you away but is nice.

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4.16/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served at the brewery in a tall slender glass for $5.
Sampled 24MAR12

[A] Scratch 60 arrives with a puffy 2 1/2 finger high head, very light brown in color and long lasting. The body is medium amber brown and rather clear. Thick rings of lace are deposited all the way down the glass.

[S] Clean lager yeast with mild fruity esters and a caramel backing. Grassy Noble hops, grainy malts. Fairly standard and straightforward nose.

[T] Unimpressed at first - but each additional sip made me realize quickly that this was one hell of a beer. Berry-like malt character is coupled with a lightly spicy hop flavor. Bitterness is firm. Sweetness is kept in check. Just excellent.

[M] Medium light body with a fine, crisp, prickly carbonation. Well attenuated and refreshing. Goes down with incredible ease.

[O] Fantastic lager, perfect for this time of year and with a low-end ABV, this beer is well-suited for long term consumption.

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3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber with a 2 finger white sticky head with good lacing.

Aroma consists of bready malts and a spicy hop profile.

Starts out with an intense bready sweetness complete with some meladroinen. Some earthy and spicy hops come through too.

Medium-light mouthfeel with good carbonation levels.

OK beer, but nothing terribly special. For the style pretty good.

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3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As poured the beer is a bright, dark maple wood color with bright highlights where the light shines through. The 1” eggshell colored head soon begins to recede to a ring of foam and a thin layer that covers the surface, leaving behind a ring and a variety of patches of lacing. Sipping creates a foam covering on the side of the glass and leaves behind scattered speckles of lacing.

Smell: The aroma has a nice rich malty and light caramel character to it, tinged with a light trace of earthy, herbal hops.

Taste: The flavor has a nice, lightly sweet malt character that is also bready and mingled with the herbal, earthy hops. It is clean and refreshing

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied, clean and crisp with light prickly carbonation. The finish is on the medium side of long and is characterized by the quick fade of malt sweetness into a clean earthy, herbal light bitterness as the finish goes mostly dry to the end.

Drinkability and Overall Impression: I got this one fresh from the brewery, bottled on the 23 of March so its about two weeks old and this is my fourth. I have enjoyed this and now wish I’d gotten a full case rather than just a six pack. My overall impression is that this is above average for the style and well worth trying if you can find it.

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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -25.7%

Photo of BeerCon5
3.21/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a very clear dark golden color with almost no head at all.

The scent was of sweet toasted malts and some bread.

The taste was also of sweet toasted malts, notes of caramel, somewhat bready and husky. Very clean finish.

Light body, crisp, prickly and dry, high carbonation.

This was a pretty decent beer, very nice for a hot day. Overall average for the style though.

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3/5  rDev -18.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of John_M
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a golden amber color with pretty good head retention and lacing. Realy don't get a whole lot on the nose... just some light honey and light malt. On the palate, however, this is pretty tasty stuff. I get some nice sweet malt, light dry citrus, and some noticeable hoppy bitterness on the finish. There is some baked apple and light cherry on the mid palate that is nice. Mouthfeel is fairly light, with a long, light honey and bitter finish.

While nothing extraordinary, this is an easy to take and appreciate lager from Troegs.

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of scottfrie
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into snifter. Bottle sent by Stormking47. Thanks man.

A: Pours caramel amber with a finger of fizzy off-white head that faded into a very thin collar leaving minimal spots of lace.
S: Honey, caramel and tons of malty bread crust. Sweet at times with hints of dark fruits and apple juice.
T: Solid bitterness, moderate spice, caramel, red apple, dates and earthy hops come through. Bread crust and a bit of lager yeast are there as well.
M: Medium body, tight carbonation, with a sweet but refreshing mouthfeel.
O: Spicy and sweet. Good dose of bread, low fruit. Drinks well, glad I got to try it. Thanks Josh!

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of orangesol
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wasn't really sure what style this one is, all I knew about it was that it is a lager. I asked a few of the bartenders at the Tasting Room and all I heard back was "It's a lager." Gee thanks. I think I would probably call this one a Helles but a little darker than usual.

Either way, served on-tap at the brewery.

A - Pours clear amber orange with a solid two and a half finger tall head leaving small webs of lace down part of the glass. The head goes down quickly, leaving a thin white film on the top.

S - Smells of toasted caramel malts, chewy wheat bread and some light spicy hop bitterness. Nothing too over the top, but nothing mind blowing either.

T - This one is pretty simple really. Hints of sweet, mildly toasted malts, fresh baked wheat bread, and some nice spicy hop bitterness. Finish is surprisingly clean, with only a tiny bit of residual sweetness lingering on the pallet.

M - Smooth body and light flavors with moderate carbonation. A nice toasty character comes through as it warms up. A little bit of chewy sweetness lingers on the pallet but not for very long.

O - I really liked this one, it has just enough flavor to keep me interested and it was very easy to drink. I have heard that this one is actually Sunshine Pils blended with a bit of Troegenator and I can definitely see that as being accurate as it possesses parts of both. A great beer for all this warm weather we have been having.

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4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Draft offering at the brewery's tasting room. Served in a tall slender glass. It appears a clear copper with a finger of tan froth. Rising bubbles support the cap that slowly fades painting the wall of the glass with a webby pattern of lace.

The smell is crisp and balanced with a blend of citrus hops and caramel malt. A bit of buttery diacetyl is noted but it works in the nose and is not distracting. Some toffee malt and more citrus to faint herbal quality emerges across the back.

The taste is malty with a flavor of toffee. It is contrasted with citrus hops and a bit of fresh herbs. Some buttery diacetyl is noted across the back. Faint minerals and fruit to floral quality almost tea like but with no astringency lasts long into the aftertaste.

This is a medium bodied brew and modestly carbonated. Very crisp and easy drinking. This scratch brew is fiting for the season and one of the most clean, crisp and downright enjoyable brews they have put out since the more pale helles offering. My God Troegs needs to make more lagers!!!! You guys do them so well, give up on the trendy hop bombs and rock this shit you do so well!

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Photo of thain709
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Served with a bright amber body that showcased some darker copper highlights...a two finger, white head formed and receded slowly while leaving behind some decent lacing

S - Toasted grains and caramel stand above everything else...there is a slight citrus hop presence lingering in the background

T - First sip provides a bit of caramel sweetness...the edge is taken off by the bready malts that come out in the middle...a nice toasted aspect adds flavor and body and also cuts the sweetness for a little...caramel comes back to finish things out

M - Medium bodied...could be sweet in the finish...almost syrupy

O - Another spring time beer off the Scratch Beer line...nice flavors that work well together...just too sweet in the finish for me

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4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

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3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Looks pretty much like a lager. Brown that hints towards orange at the edges. About a finger of white head builds up, but doesn't last forever. Not a lot of lacing either. Bubbles race up for a good long while, hinting a nice amount of carbonation.

S: Mostly caramel malts and some sweetness coming out. Nothing really special going on, just bready and malty.

T: Sweet, estery, caramel malts, and breadiness. Really a refreshing lager, but nothing really out of this world. Lager, malty finish.

MF: The light body really makes this drinkable. Medium amount of carbonation and a clean finish.

O: If you like lager, you'll like this. I don't really know why this is listed as a bock? It's not anything special though. Certainly a beer I plan to drink the entire 6pack of!

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Scratch Beer 60 - 2012 (Spring Fest Lager) from Tröegs Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 38 ratings