Scratch Beer 69 - 2012 (More Helles, Less Bock) | Tröegs Brewing Company

Scratch Beer 69 - 2012 (More Helles, Less Bock)Scratch Beer 69 - 2012 (More Helles, Less Bock)
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Scratch Beer 69 - 2012 (More Helles, Less Bock)Scratch Beer 69 - 2012 (More Helles, Less Bock)

Brewed by:
Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Maibock / Helles Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
More Helles, Less Bock is an easy-drinking lager that blurs the lines between Helles, Bock and Maibock styles. At 5.6% ABV, 21 IBU, and light straw color, Scratch #69 portrays itself as a Helles; but inside the glass lurks a more complex beer reminiscent of the Bock style. Aromatic toasted chestnuts and hints of honeysuckle flower present themselves before the first sip. After tasting More Helles, Less Bock you will immediately want more. The floor-malted barley gives an earthy flavor that pairs with the hints of bitterness from Tradition. The finish is sweet and malty, yet still refreshing; a light filtration adds bread notes at the end.

Added by orangesol on 06-08-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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3/5  rDev -22.3%

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3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle to pint glass
$4.50 for the single
Sampled 28JUN12

[A] A semi-aggressive pour produces a 1 finger high off-white head, modestly compact and foamy, with larger bubbles breaking the head down as they pop. Retention is just above average. The body is exceptionally clear, light golden orange in color. A modest amount of bubbles rise sluggishly to the top to support the bubbly collar. No lacing.

[S] Strong yeast profile and even stronger grainy malts strike the nose. Doughy bread. Light toast and low melanoidins. Clean floral/spicy hops. (The honeysuckle notes described on Troeg’s website are noticeable now that the seed has been planted.) More alcohol as it warms. Semi estery.

[T] Very full flavored. Spicy, peppery hops give way to the sturdy malt foundation. Mild sweet corn (DMS). It’s hard to believe the ABV is only 5.6% as it is listed here. That is not to say that the alcohol is *highly* apparent – just that the combination of imposing flavors and chewy mouthfeel make you scratch your head a bit.

[M] Thick, slick and kind surprisingly chewy upfront. Mid palate through the end, the fine tingling carbonation sets in and continues to work the tongue for several seconds after the swallow. Moderate effervescence overall. Medium-dry finish.

[O] As advertised. More Helles in appearance; more traditional Bock in aroma and flavor (minus dark malt character) but definitely a hybrid between the two.

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Photo of John_M
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Hudson St. stackhouse the other day.

The beer pours a solid gold color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is fairly attractive as well, showcasing bread dough, honey and light dry citrus. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely in this lightly sweet lager, and the mouthfeel is slick, smooth, medium bodied and lightly bitter on the finish. The finish is otherwise very clean, polished and refreshing in this nicely crafted beer, and alcohol is completely undetectable.

Quite drinkable and enjoyable... just wish there was a bit more going on.

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3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Capone's. Starts out more bock, than finishes more helles. Pleasant enough than finishes more drinkable. A decent beer, but makes me long for something more hoppy, please. Medium yellow coloured body, a little lace. Good carbonation. Smooth, well rounded.

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Photo of oline73
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on-tap at Max's. Served in a tasting glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a clear golden straw color with a small layer of off white head that goes away quickly.

Smell: Very malty. Lots of grain and some mild fruity grape notes.

Taste: This beer is very malt forward and full of bready notes. There is some grape sweetness going on here too. Mildly bitter in the second half of the sip, but that fades in the finish.

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

Overall: This bock was good but rather unremarkable. I don't think I would want another.

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Photo of thain709
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a golden yellow body with carbonation bubbles racing towards the top to create a fluffy white head...the head stood two fingers tall and falls to full ring that leaves some decent lacing

S - Toasted malt with some cereal and bread notes...lots of sweet malt notes...sticky caramel...some of the sweeter notes are coming from a few floral hops

T - Here is where this one loses it for me...the sweeter side really comes through to the point of almost being cloying...there is a lot of sticky caramel and sweet fruit...there is a nice toasted backbone that cuts through the sweetness a bit...the floral hops are kept at a minimum and show up towards the end

M - Medium bodied...sticky, nicely toasted, earthy finish

O - I really enjoyed the Helles they did for #64 but the Bock part really imparted a lot of sweet notes that were off putting for me

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3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Crystal clear golden body with a thin white head of bubbles on the top.

S- Some pale malt aroma with a hint of bread and some fresh grass.

T- Malt comes through along with some favors of toast, citrus and a slight hop note.

M- Crisp and clean, good carbonation.

O- Good take on a helles bock. Crisp and clean with some interesting flavors.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First has: on tap at TJ's, Paoli, PA

Clear, golden-straw pour with a small white head; moderate retention and lacing. Aroma wasn't too strong or distinctive, toasted grains, sweet malts, nutty. More of the same in the taste, toasted grains, malts, a touch of honey, bready, lightly citrusy, and a mild hop bitterness. Light-medium body, nice, but probably nothing I'd go back for.

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3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Pours a clear gold, topped with a rich ½ finger of bright-white frothy head. This stays robust, leaving back some thick spotty lacing behind. The aroma smells leafy, spicy, and citric, with maybe a touch of mineral notes as well. The malts and to a lesser degree, the ABV give a push up from the underneath, with sweetness and light warms propping those hops up nicely.

The taste definitely has a bit of a Bock-like thickness to it with sweet notes of honey and buttered toast. The hops here are actually fairly aggressive as well, with a bitter spiciness that spreads out and then green citrus character that works well with the malts. The finish on this is very dry with lingering notes of spice and bitter earth. The mouthfeel is medium, maybe just a touch fuller, with a silky smooth crispness to it that just prickles the tongue a bit as it glides along. There is a little beefiness to this along the back but that Helles side definitely brings it home in the overall feel department with a crisp and drinkable presence.

I liked this, as it definitely delivered what was promised here, with a bit of a sweet and beefy Bock character to it but then in the end the overall crisp and refreshing hop presence of a Helles wins out. This was really tasty and unique and I appreciate the experimentation here. This beer is what the Scratch series is all about IMO.

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3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Troegs, reviewed this before 70, but adding now from notes -served chilled in a stange at the tasting room in Hershey.

The color is golden, clear brilliant shade -a bright (helles)appearance with thick white cream with tiny bead and visible carbonation with excellent retention. Smell is very malty with some toasted pilsner malt aroma with subtle tinge of floral hops and light yeast ester which adds a bready element to the nose. The feel is very good, moderately full with bready and creamy yeast with subtle spice of hop and mostly dry body with moderately high caronation and finish is sem-sweet w/ slight tinge of bitter and mild toast/mineral in the background.

The helles is nicely balanced with some semihigh pils malt flavor with some herbal elements of hops which compliment the flavor well with mild yeast taste whichis dry and adds to the cracker-like malt wth spicy hints of hops and toast which trade off with mild alcohol in the final sips. The slight caramel element gives body and helps reinforce the bock part of the flavor with grainy grassy flavors in the finish.
Overall this is a great blend of both -blurring the lines of each style if you wanted a stronger helles or more drinkable bock this should fit the bill.

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Beer rating: 69.4% out of 100 with 49 ratings
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