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Tröegs Scratch 23

Serve in Dimpled mug, Stein


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RATINGS: 31   MEAN: 3.09/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.03/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 153   ABV: 5.1%
In honor of Oktoberfest, we give you Scratch #23-2009, Kellar Fest. This unfiltered lager features all German malts and noble hops. Fermented with the Augustinerbrau yeast strain, Kellar Fest is a blend of Bohemian Pils, Munich and Vienna malts. The Magnum hops provide a crisp bitterness and the Hallertau noble hops impart a slight earthy taste. Kellar Fest finishes crisp and dry with hints of fruit. Grab a lamb handle and savor this Kellar Fest.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
Rciesla (5500) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - DEC 7, 2009
Bottle, wow scratch this from the scratch series, probably my least favorite so far, and i’ve been rather diligent in obtaining these releases. Pours an orange body with a copper white head. Dull malty caramel, and then this rush of grain seems to steer this ale to a place i’d rather not venture. Hay, grain, weak earth tones and apple ish wheat notes. Pass.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcwattsrugger (12185) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - NOV 30, 2009
on tap-pours an off white head and gold color. Aroma is grain with slight sweet/honey. Taste is slightly sweet grain/light malt, light sweet honey, secondary spice hops. Light/medium body. OK carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 21, 2009
12oz bottle from Capone’s, Norristown. After a customary disclaimer about the style (meh), I have to say that Troegs did a pretty good job zazzing this one up. Nose is moderately malty (thankfully not the treacle you often get), with a hint of smoke, and a mostly dry quality that also comes to characterize the flavor of the beer. The mouthfeel is nicely full, and the taste is nicely subdued. Seems a shame that the beer’s virtues (not too heavy or assertive) may also be not so much faults but what keep it from a higher rating. Nice Hallertau tang and grassiness, but still not a fave style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 19, 2009
12oz bottle. Pours yellow-copper, topped with a medium sized off-white head. Aroma is on the sweet side, with caramel at the forefront, and a little floral hop and yeast in the background. Caramel fades into the background in the flavor; yeast is prominent at first, then earthy hops take over and hand out for a long finish. This is ok and fairly easy to drink, but it’s not as impressive as some other scratch beers.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
daknole (10872) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 15, 2009
Bottle from JW77. Amber pour. caramel malt and light hops on the nose. Flavor is light and somewhat bland. Caramel malt and bready notes are most noticeable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dmac (5589) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - NOV 6, 2009
12 oz bottle from Capones. Poured a slightly chill induced haze orange/amber with a slightly large fluffy off white head. Aroma is all malts and loaded with sweetness. Flavor is rather sweet and starts off with some uncooked dough that gives way to cereal grains and a slight touch of spice. For a session beer this one will do just fine but at $3.50 a bottle from a bottle shop that makes this $21.00 a 6er or $84.00 a case, No F’n Way!!!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
adrian910ss (2565) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 2, 2009
Pours a hazy honey orange with a medium off white head. Aroma of crisp bitter hops, sour pretzel dough and light zesty lemon. Taste of crisp bitter hops, light honey and bread malts.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
egajdzis (6105) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 1, 2009
Lightly hazy, dark amber with a small, off white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of caramel malts, nuts, toast, citrus, and light floral hops. Taste of caramel malts, nuts, light roast, toasted malts, and subtle hop presence in the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - NOV 1, 2009
12 oz bottle. Pours a hazy golden orange with a medium creamy white head. Aroma of pretzels, toasted malt, nuts, citrus and sweet malt. Flavor of sweet toasted malt, nuts, pretzel dough, and light citrus notes.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
psuCE03 (135) - York, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 29, 2009
Bottle from the tap room. Aroma and taste is mild with a taste similar to a pilsner. Faint taste of hops at the finish. Not what I was expecting when I got this one but it was tasty nonetheless.

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