Scratch Beer 73 - 2012 (Fest Lager) | Tröegs Brewing Company

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Scratch Beer 73 - 2012 (Fest Lager)Scratch Beer 73 - 2012 (Fest Lager)

Brewed by:
Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
To commemorate the annual German tradition of Oktoberfest, Tröegs unveils Scratch #73 – 2012, an OkTröegerFest, if you will. This rich, pumpkin-colored lager goes against the grain by boasting a fairly hefty hop presence for the style, giving the flavor a moderate bitter twist while still maintaining the classic malt character that you’ve come to expect from a traditional Fest Bier.

35 IBU

Added by MasterSki on 08-16-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 68 |  Reviews: 24
Photo of CurtFromHershey
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap at The Brass Rail in Hoboken, NJ

A: Pours a clear deep copper to amber in color with some garnet red highlights and light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall off-white head that slowly reduces to a thin film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of toasted/bready and caramel malts with some light sweetness as well as some herbal and grassy hops.

T: Like the smell, the flavor of this beer sticks to the traditional Oktoberfest style flavors of toasted and caramel malts with some light amounts of sweetness followed by moderate amounts of herbal and grassy hops that give it some bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp.

O: Enjoyable with the slightly more than normal hops for the style giving it a little more "bite." I could easily put a couple of these down and it was a welcome flavor on this cold early winter evening.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another very good Fest beer / Scratch from Troegs. Served in a plastic cup. Beer is amber and clear with a soft white head, lazy, breaks quickly, pulls apart. Some lacing on the glass.

Beer has a mild aroma but expected as much, mildly yeast, midly sweet.

A nice lager for sure, I do enjoy this beer. Easy drinking, malty, medium in body, definitely a repeat. I hope they make this annually.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

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

A- Transparent copper body with a sticky off-white head. Carbonation bubbles can be seen through the body.

S- Caramel malt and lager yeast come through the most. Malty bread aromas along with some sweetness as well.

T- Caramel malts are the main attraction in this one. Bready flavors come through along with a slight earthy hop presence. Pretty standard marzen flavors.

M- Crisp with a slight bite on the tounge, medium carbonation, smooth and drinkable.

O- Solid marzen. Not a style that will blow anyone away, but a drinkable, enjoyable offering.

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint
5.5% ABV, Bottling No: Fest Lager

A - A rather vigorous pour launches the beer's plump ivory head into the air, billowing above the clear rusted chestnut-hued beer. Dense lace clutches the glass in thick webbing as the head slowly lowers for a beer that's got a perfect appearance!

S - Tröegs Fest Lager immediately displaces a hoppier aroma into the air than the typical Oktoberfest. Spice and herbal notes come together to produce crispness which overlays the usual maltiness. Noble hops aside, the grain bill sticks close to the style's heart with delicate toasted Vienna and chunky bread Munich sweetness.

T - Smooth maltiness washes over the tongue carrying the aromas delicious bready characteristics with it as well as some earthy nuttiness but, the hops kick in and bully the malt into submission. A heavy herbal bite slowly creeps in, pressuring the taste buds until the end.

M - At first Tröegs Fest Lager Scratch beer starts smooth and almost creamy with a light carbonation prickle that tingles in the back of the throat but, this beer slowly develops into an incredibly dry, almost harshly astringent, bitter beer for lack of malt balance. The lasting impression, or finish of flavor, which lingers on the back of the tongue and throat does not do this beer any justice.

O - From it's appearance and inviting aroma, Tröegs Fest Lager starts with a promising twist on the classic German lager but it's over-hopped flavor and, subsequently, the feel and finish really impart a distracting and rather loathsome bitter dryness that ruins the experience for me. Far be it from me to call it a bad beer but it's neither to style, nor to my liking.

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Photo of John_M
3.62/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap a Hudson St. Stackhouse during BBW.

The beer pours a coppper amber color with fairly good head retention and lacing. The nose is intriguing, as I pick up some clove, cinnamon and sweet malt. The flavor profile is more of the same, with something of a pumpkin element as well. Interestingly, despite all the spice and flavor, the beer is a bit thin on the palate, and I didn't feel as if the spice blended in all that well with the pumpkin and sweet malt. Also, there's some noticeable alcohol on the finish, which is a bit of a detraction.

Interesting effort, and certainly not a bad beer, but not something I could see myself ordering again either.

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Photo of russwbeck
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear brown pour with about a finger of white head. Looks darker than I'd expect an Oktoberfest to be.

S: The aroma is predominantly malty with your typical lager-like characteristics. Bready and sweet, it's inviting.

T: Caramel malts and a light breadiness make this lager really inviting. I certainly could drink a lot of this in one sitting (and I may or may not be doing just that). Great lager taste, with that iconic Oktoberfest take. I like this year's much better than last year's.

MF: Light body that is carbonated well. Goes down smoothly.

O: Really glad I was at the brewery when they put this one up for sale. Split a case with a few friends and don't regret it at all.

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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

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3/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of williamtlow
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served "brewery fresh" from a growler into beer-clean pint glass (with heavy lacing).

Appearance: Almost PERFECT amber, orange-copper color. Clear with no cloudiness and consistent carbonation. Thick, consistent head lacing the sides of my glass beautifully.

Smell: Immediately bursting with floral, citrus aroma with a hint of the traditional oktoberfest, pumpkin, and slightly spicy smells.

Taste: Initial hit of zesty (and tasty) hops followed by a mellowing, smooth finish expected from a lager/marzen.

Mouthfeel: Not too carbonated. Crisper than other marzens/lagers but still smoothes out nicely.

Overall: A very, very, well done beer. Just the right amount of hops. For this style, it may be one of my favorites. Sessionable, yet very tasty. This beer is a crowd pleaser.

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Photo of JWU
3.39/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

neighbors growler fill poured into my trusty mug.

A- beautiful marzen. A clear auburn with a fluffy finger and a half of egg shell head. Very nice lacing down the glass for an octoberfest lager.

S- some bready malts with some light german hops. Nothing to shout about here.

T- A drier, slightly heavier hopped version of the style. A light bready malt, with some light caramel hints, has some german hopping, but also a slight hint of citric hop. Quite dry on the finish, and the finishing bitterness lingers.

M- medium heavy on the carbonation, light to medium body, and again, dry on the backend.

O- Very nice to try, I tend to gravitate to the sweeter octoberfests, so this isn't quite my cup of tea.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance – The beer was served a golden-amber color with a one finger white head. The head faded over a moderate amount of time to give a lighter level of lacing.

Smell – The aroma was of toasted bread and malt with caramel and a light level of a citrus hop aroma mixed within.

Taste – The taste began with a bready flavor mixed with an ever so light caramel flavor. Up front there is a decent presence of citrus hop taste as well. While not too sweet initially, some of the initial caramel sweetness faded as the taste when on. Toward the end, the now drier flavor bittered lightly as some more citrus hops as well as some more roasted malt flavors come to the tongue. In the end, a crisp and slightly hopped, toasted bread flavor are left on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer was on the average side in terms of creaminess as well as chewiness. The carbonation level of the brew was quite average as well. Both made for a very drinkable brew and accentuated the crisp nature and the tastes quite well.

Overall – A rather flavorful brew that was refreshing and very easy drinking. One to try if you get the chance.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

on tap at revolution house

Pours a clear copper color with a one-finger topping of white head. Dissolves into a bit of retention with some spotty lacing left behind.

Malty and bready with a dash of hops. Hints of citrus with sweetness followed by bread crust and light sweetness.

Kicks off with a welcomed note of citrus hoppiness, quickly followed by bready, caramel tones. Malty with toffee and light sweetness with some toasted notes. Continuing layers of German malt finishing with a bit of dry hops and caramel sweetness.

Medium body, decent carbonation, chewy and sticky on the tongue. A pretty decent Marzen - I enjoyed the slightly hoppy twist as well.

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Photo of kaelingirl
4/5  rDev +5%

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Scratch Beer 73 - 2012 (Fest Lager) from Tröegs Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 68 ratings