Scratch Beer 81 - 2012 (Export Lager) | Tröegs Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Dortmunder / Export Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
To compete with the more fashionable Bohemian pilsners of the day, the Export Lager style originated in Dortmund, Germany. Often referred to as “Dortmunder Lager,” the style gained popularity in the late 19th Century among German industrial laborers, making it a true working man’s beer. In keeping with the tradition, Scratch #81 harkens back to one of the first Tröegs beers ever produced - Bavarian Lager. This slightly dry, pale golden lager has subtle hop bitterness and a moderately low ABV, making it a perfect session beer… or for that matter, a suitable shift beer after a hard day’s work. ABV is 4.9% and IBU is 27. Scratch #81 is available on draft only.

Added by russwbeck on 12-01-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 6 |  Reviews: 5
Reviews by russwbeck:
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3.03/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Picked up this growler the day it hit the taps.

A: The beer is as pale yellow as it gets. A finger of white head rises up and dissipates rather quickly.

S: Malts, lager yeasts, and very sweet. Rather average lager aroma.

T: The taste is sweet than I would have expected, but overall is bready and malty. The sweetness lingers on the palate for a while, not in a pleasant way.

MF: Light, crisp, and very drinkable if it wasn't for the aftertaste that I'm just not fond of.

O: Not one of the better Scratch offerings. I haven't been crazy about any of their scratch lagers to be honest.

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Photo of justintcoons
3/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of orangesol
3.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at the brewery.

A - Pours pale amber yellow with a nice one finger tall white head leaving light lace down most of the glass.

S - Smells of sweet pale malt, dry yeast and some faint hop bitterness. Not a lot going on in this one. Could use a bit more hop aroma but it is still decent for what it is.

T - Starts off with some malty sweetness quickly giving way to some light hop bitterness and some breadiness, combining with the residual sweetness to linger on the palate for quite awhile after the finish.

M - Light body with moderate carbonation. The lack of bold flavors, smooth feel and the low ABV make this one very easy to consume.

O - This is nothing earth shattering obviously but it is a very nice session lager. I would like a little more hop aroma/flavor from it but it is what it is. A nice scratch beer for people who do not like huge beers all the time.

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Photo of stakem
3.96/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Draft offering in the Troegs tasting room. Served in a sort of unique imperial shaped pint glass of sorts. Honestly, I dont know what to call it. The brew appears pale golden orange in color with some yellow around the edges. A thick white collar rests atop with decet retention. As it fades, it leaves spotty lace sticking to the glass.

The smell is like fresh with a biscuit sort of bready grain inclusion. There are some light fruity citrus hops present mingled with a touch of fruity alcohol ester. A bit grassy and herbal blending back into the grain. This is very clean with minor diacetyl that emerges as it warms up but it blends well with the scent of the malt.

The taste is buttery with bready to biscuit-like grain inclusion. A faint hebal to grassy hop flavor and bitterness contrasts the buttery and residual sweetness. This is a nice tight package of a lager that is well balanced. Maybe a touch too much focus on diacetyl but otherwise solid.

This is a medium to light bodied brew with a modest amount of crisp snappy carbonation It is easy drinking with seemingly zero alcohol impact. I finished my glass much quicker than expected and had to get another. I dont know what it is with these lagers they have been pumping out. Maybe its the change in yeast or restraint in hopping...i dont know but im really digging them.

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Photo of thain709
3.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Catching up on my reviews.

A - This one was very pale in color with visible carbonation bubbles racing around...the head was two fingers tall and white in slowly fell to a bubbly cap and left really nice lacing

S - There's nothing special coming out of the nose...I did enjoy the moderately high level of hops in the nose...very pale malts and bready notes also come through

T - The beer has a buttery flavor to it in the beginning...the pale malts don't add much but there is a breadiness to it...again, there is a higher level of hop bitterness in the one...those hops provide a bit of floral notes but nothing more...the finish provides a lot of grain flavor with a touch of that hop bitterness

M - Light bodied...crisp and clean with just a moderate bite

O - There wasn't much to write home about on this one...I liked the inclusion of the hops, but the other flavors didn't come out and wow me...but don't get me wrong, this is a good shift beer as Troegs says

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Photo of chefhatt
3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this from my growler into a pint glass, it has a straw colored body with a nice 2' foamy head that stays around for a while. The smell is sweet and malty and of lager yeast. The taste is sweet with a nice lager bite to it, also a little malt on the finish, leave a malty after taste. Very nice mouth feel and well carbonated and overall a really good easy drinking lager.

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Scratch Beer 81 - 2012 (Export Lager) from Tröegs Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.54 out of 5 with 6 ratings