Scratch Beer 112 - 2013 (Fest Lager) | Tröegs Brewing Company

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Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Autumn is an insanely popular season for beer releases. Perhaps the most famous, long-standing fall beer style of all is the Märzenbier, or more commonly known simply as “Festbier.” To commemorate the annual German tradition of Oktoberfest, we once again offer our take on this classic German style. With origins dating back to 16th century Bavaria, the original Märzen style was touted as “dark brown, full-bodied, and bitter.” Typically brewed during the warmer spring months, the beer was often stored in cellars before finally being served during Oktoberfest. Boasting a notable hop presence, Scratch #112 displays moderate bitterness while still maintaining the classic malt character you’ve come to expect from a traditional Festbier. Prost!

33 IBU

Added by orangesol on 08-31-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 8 | Ratings: 35
Photo of KTCamm
3.51/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a few singles at the brewery, as well as a growler and numerous drafts.

Pours dark brown amber, autumny hue. Feels like Fall. Some foam sits atop. Malty caramel nose. Taste is a rich malt, sweet, strong caramel. Thin body. Mild bite at the back. Certainly good for October, and a strong take on the fest style.

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Photo of Jimmys
4.14/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2013 scratch series. Fest Lager. no bottled on date I can decipher.

A: pours a deep amber. head is slightly off white. super fluffy. great clarity. head has pretty decent retention. mild lacing.

S: really nutty nose. really nutty. no hops on the horizon. solid body built here.

T: a really pleasant maltiness. a chewy cereal, minor biscuit, and plenty of caramel. rounded. a lingering sweetness. virtually no hop flavor or bitterness.

M: moderate carb on a medium, toasty body.

D: im really digging this festbier from troegs. not too surprising that a brewery that makes a great doppel makes a great fest. they should take the scratch tag off this brew and put it into the seasonal lineup.

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Photo of HattedClassic
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours a nice slight and tan head. The beer leaves a lot of lacing with the same color. The beer itself is a clear and dark brown amber.

The beer has a strong and sweet malty smell with a bit of toffee to it. However, the beer also has a tiny bit of hops that are grassy but the smell is mainly dominated by the malts.

The beer has a heavy sweet caramel malt presence with a bitter and hoppy aftertaste. The taste also has hints of a toffee flavoras well.

The beer has almost no carbonation with a medium bodied and smooth feel.

A fairly good Oktoberfest and worth getting when you have the chance to do so.

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Photo of stakem
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a standard Troegs pint glass. The brew appears a clear burnt copper color with rising bubbles maintaining a finger of yellowish tan cap. The froth fades leaving a full wall of lace on the glass. When held to the light, it shows orange to ruby through the body and lighter yellow around the edges.

The smell includes notes of toffee and bready character with a fresh grainy sweetness. Some hints of buttery diacetyl are present before the onset of citrus hops with fruity hint of alcohol as it warms.

The taste is buttery with caramel to toffee malt. Some fresh grain and soft fruity alcohol blend into some citrus and herbal hops to contrast. A bitterness emerges as it warms up but overall this has the expected maltiness of a fest beer but with the hoppy Troegs stamp.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is smooth and easy drinking. A well done marzen with a pleasant contrast of malt verse hops and slight buttery to floral edge. Not something I could see myself drink a whole lot of, but it fits the part.

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Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a rippled beer stein. Comes out a super nice slightly darker than I expected amber color. Great clarity the whole way through. A slightly darker than creamcicle colored head with good lacing and glass retention. Great looking in general, not just for the style.

Smell is good. Everything you'd expect from a nice Oktoberfest style beer. Lots of toffee and caramel malts and some sweet breadiness. At the end there's a mild hop bitterness that tickles your nose.

Taste is truely outstanding, a nice Oktoberfest. A nice bready, toffee, molasses, butterscotchy flavor. SLightly stronger than your average Oktoberfest, really good though, not bland at all.

Mouthfeel is probably the best part, a heavy medium with a long, lingering feel without being chewy. Great carbonation level and a slight pinch at the end. Crazy drinkable, in fact this beer was difficult to review because I couldn't stop drinking it. An outstanding representation of the style in my opinion.

Huge props to JJ for bringing this lovely Oktoberfest!

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Photo of stephenjmoore
4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- Deep amber body, mostly transparent with carbonation bubbles rising from the bottom. Thin tan head that lingers.

S- Lots of sweet caramel malts. Slight bready grain aroma too, but the malts are the main attraction.

T- Very nice caramel malty goodness. Lingering caramel malt from beginning to end, with just a hint of a metallic taste.

M- Very nice feel. Medium bodied, but slightly "chewy." Medium carbonation.

O- Very nice Octoberfest beer. Really captures the style nicely.

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Photo of 1sophrosyne1
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Tasted on tap at the brewery and from a growler shortly thereafter.

Pours a medium shoe-leather brown in the glow of sunlight--clear. A light tan head lasts for a while, and then leaves intricate lacy wallpaper on a standard pint glass.
The nose is full of roasted wheat and barley. There's just a tinge of orange blossom behind a thin sheet of sweet toffee, as well, suggesting that hops will play a role. More depth, spice, and darkness would liven up the harvest.
Early bright, lightly citrused acid and caramel sweetness hold off the toated grain for just a moment, then the chewy cultivated carbs have their say. till the end. Bitterness of hops peeks through 2/3 of the way along, falls behind the chewy malts again, and then comes back again in the very late finish to clean it up for easy swilling--the bite is more prominent with warming. A combination of grain sweetness and a sharply candied hop-oil throw it out of balance just a bit.
This brew displays a nice even balance of carbonation and bodily heft. It leaves the mucosa with some alacrity with a smooth and drinkable.
Overall, this is a fine indicator of the impending change of season. It helped me to eat too much late summer harvest, too, by washing down a variety of snacks without marring the palate. A nice craft.

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Photo of orangesol
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served on-tap at the brewery.

A - Pours brownish orange with a decent one finger tall off white head, dissipating down to a light film, leaving spotty trails of lace down the glass.

S - Smells of mildly toasted grains, caramel and toffee sweetness, dash of noble hops and the traditional lager yeast. A little sweet but other than that a textbook fest bier nose.

T - Starts off with a nice mix of toasted grain and caramel sweetness holding strong till the end. A bit of hop bitterness tries to creep in as it warms up but it is crowded out quickly by the more dominate flavors. Finish is pretty clean with only a tiny bit of chewy sweetness clinging to the palate. A touch too sweet for my liking but still solid none the less.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Smooth, sweet feel from start to finish. Quite easy to drink.

O - Another solid fest lager. It won't knock your socks off or anything but its easy drinking and doesn't destroy your palate. Nice change of pace after all these IPA's they have been cranking out recently.

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Scratch Beer 112 - 2013 (Fest Lager) from Tröegs Brewing Company
3.84 out of 5 based on 35 ratings.
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