Scratch Beer 68 - 2012 (Zwickel Licker) | Tröegs Brewing Company

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Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: European Export / Dortmunder

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
A collaboration between beer writer Lew Bryson and brewer Jeff Musselman, Scratch #68 - 2012 has been brewed specifically for Philly Beer Week. Lew chose to brew a Dortmunder Lager as he loves to drink session beers as much as he loves to write about them. Staying true to style, Zwickel Licker delivers a delicate barley field aroma with an earthy bitterness. At 5.4% ABV and 23 IBUs this beer deserves to be consumed outdoors while wearing lederhosen.

Added by NittanyBeerFan on 06-02-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 13 |  Reviews: 8
Reviews by NittanyBeerFan:
Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.17/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Teresa's Next Door for the Main Line Jazz and Food Festival during Philly Beer Week.

Scratch 68 is a deep and rich copper in color, with some slight amber hues. The head is about 1 cm on the pour, but fleeting, as it dissipates almost immediately. No lacing at all.

The aroma and flavor are quintessential German-style lager. Slightly skunky aroma with earthy notes and grassy hops. Crisp and clean with no off flavors, there are touches of caramel, a light toasted presence, and a well-balanced bitterness. Delightful to drink, this is a summer beer perfect for the setting. Easily sessionable, and compelling enough to come back for more.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Kegatron
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ the brewery on 6/7/12. Served in a stange.

Pours a clear gold, with a ½ finger of sudsy bright-white head. This maintains a decent richness to it, leaving back some robust patchy lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma smells of earth and spice, with leafy tones and faint metallic hints. Ripe citrus character mixes with an underlying malt presence to really bring out a twang here in the nose.

The taste has a crisp and refreshing bite to it of spice, earth, and citrus, with a backbone of tight feeling grainy sweetness across the back. Those German hops give a big push in the finish with a dry lingering combo of spice and bitter fruit. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with some sharpness on of the tongue and then more of a firm creaminess that pulls in from the sides. This is quite lively feeling overall.

This was a pretty cut and dry take on an Export Lager. Crisp German hops buffeted by sweet biscuit flavored malts. This was balanced and drinkable but didn’t quite leave as strong an impression on me as some of the other recent takes on German styles that the Scratch series has delivered lately.

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Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A little strong for a sessionable beer, no? At 5.4%, this is a relative whopper of a brew.

A: The lager is a light golden color, perhaps a few shades lighter than the BdG but much brighter. A wispy white head comes with the pour.

S: The aroma is fully and bready, stronger both in terms of heft and alcohol - this isn't a boozebomb though, just fuller. An earthy hop finish rounds out the nose.

T: How did is lose out to the Biere de Grouch? An amazing turn of events that I don't fully comprehend. This lager sports a firm, full toasted caramel flavor, chewy, that nicely transitions into its earthy bitterness. That bitterness lingers until the finish, mixing with the malts. The combination of bready biscuits and earthy hops is filling but not too strong.

M: The simplicity of this ale beats out #66. The kind of beer that I could sip for a few hours.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazed golden amber color (unfiltered I see), moderate cap of frothy white foam, okay lacing. Scent brings sweet malt to the front with a mineraly charachter, light earthy hops. Taste follows suit, more sweet than many in the style, some light earthy hops and mineral detected, not as clean as i had hoped. Lighter bodied, smooth. Decent sessionable ale.

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Photo of orangesol
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at the brewery.

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

S - Smells of sweet caramel malt, grassy hops, light spice and a bit of bready yeast at the end of each sniff. A bit dull really but its not a big deal.

T - Starts off with some caramel malt sweetness slowly giving way to hints of bready yeast, light spice and some grassy hops. It has some chewiness to it but nothing too over the top thankfully. Finish is a mix of light sweetness and some hop bitterness, not lingering on the pallet for very long.

M - Medium-Light body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Crisp feel with just enough flavor to keep me interested, very easy to drink.

O - I have no explanation how this one lost to Biere de Grouch. That beer may have a bit more wow factor with the added spice but I think this one is a more complete beer. Glad I got to try these three without having to drive the whole way to Philly.

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Photo of stakem
3.29/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I first had this on tap in Philly for the scratch showdown. Decided to go to the Troegs Taproom yesterday for a less hectic sit down and formal review. The brew pours a pale golden color with an off-white cap that retains well. A full wall of lace coats the glassware.

The aroma of this brew initially is clean with noble hops. A bit grassy, earthy and herbal. Some sweetness of bready grain blends into something almost like yeasty banana esters and cream corn... not the best smell you would expect but not terribly distracting as long as you focus more on the finer points of the aromatics.

The taste is sweet almost like the previously described cream corn character. However, before it gets too sweet the hops luckily come in with an herbal contrasting bitterness and some slight alcohol bite. The yeast is surprisingly evident in this offering with almost a clove spice which is also unexpected.

This is a medium bodied brew with a light level of carbonation that is fairly crisp overall. I am a huge fan of the lagers that Troegs has been busting out lately. However, I am not particularly sold on these last showdown brews. Neat concept and everything but just a bit of a miss.

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Photo of thain709
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Served with a clear, golden yellow body with nice carbonation bubbles...the white head was about one finger tall and became a bubbly head...patchy lacing

S - Grassy and grainy with some toasted notes...caramel sweetness...and a wetness to it that made it smell a little damp

T - The flavors are a step up from what the nose suggested...the grain is the star of the show again presenting a lightly toasted flavor mixed in with some sweet caramel...the grassy hops linger in the background and the still come across a little damp...not too much else except for a crisp, clean finish

M - Light bodied...crisp and clean

O - This was right in the middle for me...very easy to drink with flavors that hit the style well...Troegs needs to find a way to incorporate a German-style beer in their line-up

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Slatetank
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Troegs in Hershey on 6/13

The color is straw with a gentle hazed appearance and the thickest white cap of any beer I observed being tapped this day -the bead is fine and lace collects well and holds. The smell is mild with some light floral odors with almost perfumey essence of hops with light malt note which seems to contrast with some earthy odors. The feel is good with moderately light feel for the strength with mild bitterness and sweetness with a gentle minerall accent as it finishes dry and relatively clean.

The flavor has that distinguishing characteristic pilsner malt that they are fond of which gives a mild mustiness and the hops help to bring out some tertiary elements that remind me of white and green tea with mild floral and herbal notes with the light toasted tinge mellowing and absorbing into the mild mineral from the yeast. Overall I was glad to try this as I am a fan of this style, but I have had others in the realm I prefer. This is very drinkable and pretty true to style, worth trying.

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Scratch Beer 68 - 2012 (Zwickel Licker) from Tröegs Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.76 out of 5 with 13 ratings