Scratch Beer 65 - 2012 (Kölsch) | Tröegs Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed as his wedding beer by Jeff “Moose” Musselman, Scratch #65 is designed for maxxin’ and relaxin’. Starting with an all-organic grain bill, this Kolsch is light pale in color and unfiltered to retain yeast notes. The malt gives a full body and mouth feel with complementary fruity flavors coming from the Kolsch yeast and Amarillo hops. At 4.8% ABV and 34 IBU, Scratch #65 is best enjoyed on a sunny day relaxing under a big shade tree. Congrats to Moose and Andrea!

Added by Kegatron on 05-28-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 6 | Ratings: 15
Photo of akorsak
3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Filled at the brewery a week ago.

A: The kolsch style ale is light, a yellow straw color, clear as the eye can see too. A white head, sizeable especially for the last pour, leaves a few legs behind - lacing follows.

S: The nose is bready and light, the pale biscuit aromas mixing nicely with a soft hop aroma. Yeast adds a touch of fruitiness. Nothing here is too strong.

T: The light biscuit, bready with a toasted warmth, sets the stage nicely. Following it, the citrus bitterness of the hops takes a brief turn - the bitterness isn't overwhelming, just 'there'. Permeating all aspects, the kolsch yeast strain adds pale fruits. The finish leaves that sweetness to linger, the breadiness and hoppiness long since gone.

M: A clean, soft ale; the fruitiness of both the hops and the yeast do nicely against the biscuity breads. The start of a good run of Scratch beers.

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Photo of stakem
3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Slatetank for the growler share. Poured into a matching Troegs pint glass, the brew appears a nearly clear golden color. Tgere is some fine particulate stuck in suspension keeping it from looking polished. A white head appears and quickly fades.

The aroma is sweet almost with a hint of original bubblegum candy. It smells mildly strange and awkward at first with its sweeness but it fades away/is swirled out. A clean grain inclusion and mild yeast accent of fruits are noticed as it warms.

The taste is clean with a mild grainy sweetness before the onset of faint herbal hops. The aftertaste includes more focus on mild herbal hop  flavoring. At times there almost seems to be a faint apple flavor but it never quite gets there.

This is a medium bodied brew with a light level of carbonation that is crisp and easy drinking. A fine summertime offering that would go down easy glass after glass without much effort.

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

I enjoyed this on tap at the brewery tasting room, served in a stange chilled.

The color is brilliant golden with a lot of carbonation visible and thick pillowy cream floating on top like a cloud with fine bead, lace sticks in rings all the way down the glass. The smell is very gentle with malt toastiness and mild fruit notes from the yeast with very gentle yet slightly spicy hop odor. The feel is very good, refreshing carbonation level which is moderately high with gentle sweetness balanced by mostly dry body with very mild hop bitterness.

This is a very good kolsch, plenty of malt flavor for the strength with gentle hops in the background adding depth the gentle toasted pilsner malt base. The yeast provides just enough character to flavor along with the other elements without standing out, it has a slightly lager-like flavor with smooth bitterness in the dry mostly clean finish. Overall this is a perfect beer for the weather we have been having which is probably why I rated it so highly. I like a nice refreshing quaffable Kolsch during muggy humid and hot late spring weather. This is a good example of the style -well brewed.

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Photo of thain709
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Served with a bright golden yellow body that had some carbonation bubbles running towards the top...those bubbles helped form a two finger, white head that showed some nice staying power...patchy lacing down the glass

S - Bready and toasted malts, grainy, grassy hops...all with a slight sweetness

T - Those toasted malts play a big role on the palate...they give this beer a good base with a slight grainy flavor...that flavor is rounded out with a buttery biscuit malt presence...there is an underlying caramel note that is very brief but adds just the right amount of sweetness...there is an unsuspecting citric hop flavor that finishes out the beer...I enjoyed this better than the normal grassy hop finish

M - Light bodied...crisp, refreshing, surprising citrus finish

O - Troegs has been doing a nice job with all the German beers on their new German system...this one is very sessionable and slightly Americanized

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Photo of orangesol
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at the Brewery.

A - Pours clear golden yellow with a nice one finger tall white head leaving spotty streaks of lace down parts of the glass.

S - Smells of bready malt, grassy hops, light spice and some light fruitiness. Nothing too over the top, just a solid nose with a slightly above average hop addition.

T - Starts off with a mix of chewy malt and grassy hop bite slowly giving way to hints of light sweetness, dash of spice and some dulled fruit. Finish has some light chewiness but it doesn't linger for very long. The crisp feel combines with the light flavors to make this one extremely easy to drink.

M - Medium-Light body and flavors with moderate carbonation. Clean, crisp and refreshing feel from start to finish.

O - Really enjoyed this one. Troegs really does have these German beers down pat. Now if only they made one of these more than once...

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Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Pours a clear coppery gold, with a couple fingers of sudsy bright-white head. This retains with a near finger, leaving back frothy lacing that hangs in sticky swathes down the sides of the glass. The aroma has an airy feel in the nose, with notes of spice, grass, light herbs, citrus, a light vinous feel, and then some doughy grains across the back. This fills the nose us nicely.

The taste is fresh, grassy, and citric on the palate, with some tart lemon or grapefruit skin flavor present and a light spiciness that lingers with some earthy bitterness into a dry finish. The malts have a biscuit-like sweetness to them, which runs up and down the middle of the profile and gives those hops and yeast flavors something to bounce off of. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and prickly feeling on the tongue, with more of a firm creaminess that then spreads out into the mouth. This has a nice drinkable feel on it.

This is a pretty solid Americanized take on the Kölsch style, as those Amarillo hops leave more of a hoppy impression on this than you would think, adding to the overall flavorful and easy drinking crispness of this. Sign me up for a glass of this any summer day.

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Scratch Beer 65 - 2012 (Kölsch) from Tröegs Brewing Company
3.99 out of 5 based on 15 ratings.
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