Scratch Beer 64 - 2012 (Helles) | Tröegs Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Munich Helles Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Scratch #64-2012 – Helles As if you needed another excuse to put off hosing down the patio furniture and taming the lawn, Scratch 64 is a cannonball jump into the pool of refreshment. Authentic to the style of an everyday German lager, this Helles is brilliantly clear and absolutely golden. At 4.8% ABV, Scratch 64 can be enjoyed glass after glass, leaving the yard work forgotten well after the sun sets from an afternoon of enjoying this balanced, refreshing lager.

Added by orangesol on 05-06-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 6 | Ratings: 14
Reviews by akorsak:
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A growler from the brewery. A Mother's Day drink.

A: The helles lager is appropriate, a light golden color, maybe some orange tints thrown in for good measure. Not much head coming from any pour.

S: The nose is grainy, biscuits and lightly toasted bread. Soft fruitiness and hops come together mid-sniff - the hops are noble with grassy herbs and flowers.

T: Light toast, just the lightest hint of burn, and biscuits drive the flavor, sweet but dry. The lager yeast adds a dry fruitiness, paler fruits, that go nicely with the flowers and herbs of the noble hops. The sweetness of the finish can't hide that dryness, an interesting feat. Very light, I found myself wondering where the flavors were every couple of sips. The lightness went well with the day though.

M: The mouthfeel is well carbonated with a resounding sweetness. Good, quaffable even, but noticeably thin. How about a dunkel lager next, please?

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of Bdel34
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of Kegatron
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ the Tröegs Brewing Company (Hershey, PA) on 5/26/12. Served in a stange.

Pours a clear gold, with 2 fingers of bright-white head. This stays put with a thick finger or so, leaving back lots of sticky sudsy lacing. The aroma is fresh and leafy in the nose, with a light spiciness and underlying notes of citric hops and sweet buttered toast. This has a nice flavorful tightness to it in the nostrils.

The taste is firm and crisp on the palate, with earthy green citrus and sweet bready malt. I can’t stress just how balanced this is, as the flavors flow in perfect harmony with each other as they zing across the tongue and shoot down your throat, leaving behind just some light lingering bitterness and spice. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a tight crispness to the carbonation that perfectly matches up with those flavor profiles and then gets much more slick and creamy feeling as this heads down the hatch.

Tröegs just kills Lager styles here and this one is no different. It’s just so tight, crisp, flavorful, and quenching on the palate and I killed this glass in no time flat! This is just about as good as your going to find for an American made Helles Lager.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of orangesol
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at the brewery.

A - Pours clear golden yellow with a nice two finger tall white head, dissipating down to a light film leaving thin streaks of lace down parts of the glass.

S - Smells of lightly toasted grains, bit of sweetness, some noble hop bitterness and a touch of spice. First time I had this it had a slight off aroma, second and third times it was fine. Upping my score accordingly.

T - Starts off with plenty of lightly toasted grain quickly giving way to hints of sweet bready malt, light spice and a nice noble hop bitterness. Finish is a mix of bready malt and light bitterness, lingering on the pallet long after consumption.

M - Crisp, refreshing body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Chewy, bitter feel that is extremely easy to drink. I had no trouble finishing my glass rather quickly.

O - The more I drink this the more I like it. First time I tried this one it was a little off but I have had it a few times since and they have all been stellar. A really well done Helles.

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Photo of stakem
3.66/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On draft at the Troegs tasting room. It appears a clear golden color when served in their unique, tall slender glass. 2.5 fingers of off-white head appear atop. A full wall of webby lace sticks to the glass. Rising bubbles of carbonation support the frothy cap.

The smell includes a bit of minerals and citrus hops are an after thought. A fresh grainy quality runs throughout bringing out notes of caramel and some buttery inclusion.

The taste is a bit buttery mixed with minerals and citrus hops. The mild caramel/toffee grain inclusion lingers with citus and mild fruits keeping things lively and broken up. The buttery taste goes into the aftertaste and while it isnt totally distracting, it does inhibit the crisp finish I was looking for. It also keeps the brew from tasting as clean as you might expect.

This is a medium to light bodied brew with a crisp level of carbonation. It is refreshing and easy drinking. Not my favorite lager that Troegs has done but it is well above average. Ive said it before and ill continue to proclaim that troegs does some of the best lagers around. Keep it up and put a couple in the regular rotation!

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Photo of thain709
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Served with a clear, golden yellow body with a lot of carbonation bubbles...the fluffy head was two fingers tall and white in settled into a full cap and left some lacing

S - Toasted grains, bready malt, semi-sweet caramel, grassy hops...nothing exciting, but pleasing none-the-less

T - Amped-up a little from the nose...the toasted grains were the biggest player on the palate...they were smooth, light in body, and full in flavor...reminded me of cereal, sans the milk...the bready malts and caramel added a kick in the middle before giving way to the grassy hop finish

M - Light bodied...crisp, smooth, refreshing

O - I'm usually not a fan of this style, but I was really pleased with this offering from the Scratch Series...very easy to drink!

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4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

Photo of Slatetank
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I had this on tap at the tasting room in Hershey, enjoyed chilled in a stange.

The color is slightly dark golden with great clarity and lots of pin sized bubbles rising to a white cap of 3 fingers which leave rings on the glass all the way down. The smell is very pleasant with mild herbal hops with floral accent and mild spice. The malt is slightly toasted but the yeast only adds a mild sulfur element. The feel is very good with slightly spiced body giving mild bitterness to balance with moderately high carbonation and clean mostly dry finish.

The flavor is pretty authentic with German yeast flavor providing a good base with some mild malt which has the pilsner flavor with light toasted grain and the hops are pleasant yet not too distracting either. Everything is working in synergy with mild herbal taste and gentle tinge of sulfur and the subtle sweetness in the middle is enjoyable yet the slight spice brings you back for more. Overall I found this to be a very drinkable lager, it reminds me of the time I spent in Germany at fests which is a testament to the lager brewing skills the Troegs team has. I enjoyed this and went back for more, a really quaffable Helles!

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Scratch Beer 64 - 2012 (Helles) from Tröegs Brewing Company
4.02 out of 5 based on 14 ratings.
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