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: German 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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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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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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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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3.91/5  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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3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the tasting room 8/16/12 enjoyed chilled in a stange type glass.

The color is deep crimson with good clarity and thin cap of a sand color with tight bead and ringlets of lace adhere. The smell has the familiar marzen odor of toasted grain with mild almond and light hint of herbal hops in the nose. The feel is good except the only thing I disliked is the carboantion level, it just seemed a little gassy to me which took away from some of the malt flavor possibly. The hop bitternes is moderate with gentle spicy tinge in the back.

The flavor is very nicely balanced with both malt and hops present in the flavor with more spice in the hops with slight german yeast elements and bready lightly toasted malt with some nutty almost almond like sweet elements. The flavor of hops becomes a little more noticeable in the finish with a semi-dry yet full flavor. Overall this is a very good lager I liked the way the malt and hops are integrated with neither outdoing each other. The only thing I disliked was the gassiness a bit high in carbonation made it less enjoyable to me overall, but that is minor and the taste is very good.

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3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ the Tröegs Brewing Company (Hershey, PA) on 8/16/12. Served in a stange.

Pours a clear copper, with a finger-sized cap of slightly off-white colored head. This retains with some foamy ringing around the sides of the glass, leaving back some patchy lace. The aroma is fresh, spicy and leafy feeing, with earthy citrus notes and malt combining to give this a ripe and green smelling feel in the nose.

The taste has a solid green citric bite to it, which mix with malty flavors of caramel and bread to impart a rich tanginess to the profile. This is overall crisp and firm feeling on the palate, with a dry spicy bitterness on the finish that lingers a bit. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and tight feeling on the tongue with a creamy yet firm carbonation that gives this a quaffable presence in the mouth.

This is yet another in a long line of Fest Lager variations that Tröegs always seems able to impress me with each year. This one has a bit more of a ripe citric earthiness to the profiles but that same crisp dryness still gives this a hugely drinkable character. I could have easily drunk multiple glasses of this.

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

Troegs Brewery
Scratch 73 : Fest Lager

LOOK: This test batch brew pours a rich copper color with a foamy froth providing plenty of lacework.

SMELL: Bready malts, caramel and floral hops. Light toasted notes from the malts come through as well.

TASTE: Moderately bitter with a nice earthy, grassy noble hopping and Munich malts. Satisfying brew with a caramel like malty flavor and a solid dose of hop bitterness. Sugary sweet caramelized malt flavor is quite delicious and the hops keep things interesting. This is a high quality example of an Oktoberfest, with very clean and enjoyable flavors.

FEEL: Medium bodied, well carbonated, fairly smooth and goes down with ease. A great beer to drink for extended periods of time, this deserves the name " fest lager ".

OVERALL: This is an impressive Oktoberfest from a well respected Pennsylvania brewery. Definitely stands up to alot of others on the market, I could make buying a case of this a holiday tradition. Very well done.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at the brewery.

A - Pours deep amber orange with a nice one and a half finger tall white head leaving spotty streaks of lace down parts of the glass.

S - Smells of rich german malts, caramel, light spice and a nice earthy hop aroma. Smells like the typical Märzen with a little extra hop zip to it.

T - Starts off with plenty of the typical Märzen flavors. Hints of caramel, mildly toasted bready grains, dash of spice and some nice earthy hop bitterness. The malt to hops ratio is pretty good, hops grow a little strong toward the end of glass.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Smooth feel with a lightly bitter finish, not lingering on the palate for very long.

O - Over the last few years I have found myself looking forward to the scratch Märzen and this years did not disappoint. It still tastes like a classic Märzen but with a little extra pop. A very nice beer.

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

A - Served with a clear, copper colored body...a white, two finger head formed and showed some nice staying power as it slowly fell to a solid cap...nice lacing was left

S - Caramel and biscuit malts were the front runners...the malts gave a nice toasted presence...all of the hops added a slight citric aroma, not typical of your normal Oktoberfest

T - Everything starts off the same as you would expect...there is a sweet caramel flavor that is present throughout the entire beer...the toasted flavor weaves in and out...biscuit malt gives a nice bready flavor and there is also a buttery aspect lingering...the hops are earthy and show up towards the finish

M - Medium bodied...clean and crisp...this one goes down very easy

O - Again, everything goes as a normal Oktoberfest would...but since this is an OkTröegerFest the addition of the hops is very pleasant...they added a nice background to the nose and were very earthy in the finish

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

I pikcked up a growler ar the new Troegs brewery in Hershey on my way home from Carlisle last ight. Poured from said growler into my newly acquired Troeganator dimpled mug.

Appearance: Beer pours a light, tawny auburn color with two dense, sudsy fingers of off-white head.

Smell: Lots of bready malts notes with plenty of caramel to boot. The citrus hops notes are pleasant and they add a different dimension to the traditional marzen.

Taste: a kicked up tasting marzen. Starts with some sweetness (dark caramels) and then a punch of citrus hops. There's a warming quality to the beer. It ends with a dry but creamy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and very quaffable. Creamy and well carbonated.

Overall: I really enjoyed this beer. It's a unique take on the marzen's components are more American than traditional German but it's quite tasty. Glad I was able to picked this up.

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

I poured this one into a pefect pint glass, it has a copper colored body with a 1' finger of white foamy head that hangs out for a while. The aroma of toasted malt and carmel. The taste has a toasted malt and grain taste, with a little hop bit on the finish of it. The mouth feel is really good and overall a really damm good O-fest, one of the best i have had.

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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