As we brace ourselves for the inevitable drop in temperature, our latest Scratch Beer comes at the perfect time – right before Old Man Winter rears his ugly head! Scratch #121 represents our take on the Wheat Bock, an amped-up wheat beer that has been “lagered,” or fermented and conditioned at low temperatures. This process gives the beer a smooth crispness, ultimately enhancing its overall texture and mouthfeel. Traditionally, Wheat Bocks are thicker, stronger, and often darker than typical wheat beers, yet they still maintain some the refreshing characteristics that most wheat beers exhibit. Chewy and robust, Scratch #121 elicits hints of lightly toasted grains, vanilla, and fresh baked bread. There’s also plenty of residual sweetness to balance out the 8.2% ABV. This beer will thaw you from the inside out and leave you feeling all warm and tingly!
orangesol (984) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 17, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Served on-tap at the brewery.
A - Pours hazy brown with a one and a half finger tall white head, dissipating down to a light film, leaving spotty streaks of lace down the sides of the glass.
S - Smells of bready wheat, toffee and caramel sweetness, some light fruitiness and some mildly toasted grains. A simple nose with very little going on.
T - Starts off exactly like the nose suggests with the chewy wheat and mild sweetness and not much else. The fruitiness and the toasted grain round things out but are more bit players. Finish is much like the start, chewy sweetness, combining with some warming booze to linger on the palate after each sip.
M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Chewy, sweet feel from start to finish makes it pretty easy to consume but it does pack a bit of a punch.
O - This is by no means a bad bock, I actually think it is pretty good. However, these bock’s just don’t excite me anymore. With the exception of a few here and there they all seem to be identical. Nice to try but on to the next one.
matty (278) - Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 15, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at the brewery. Pours a clear red/copper color with a white head that disappears extremely quick. No foam at all. Very sweet malt aroma with just a touch of hops. Sweet taste with a bit of roastedness. The roasted flavor lingers in the finish. At 8.2%, it’s well hidden. Very good brew!
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