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RATINGS: 31   MEAN: 3.09/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.03   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 153   ABV: 5.1%
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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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ughsmash (7101) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 31, 2009
Bottled. Poured most-assuredly peachy golden with a short cap of off-white head.. nice color to it. The aroma picked up a lovely array of fresh bread, lemon zest, earth, and white peppery yeast with a pinch of residual honey and floral character behind.. don’t think I’ve had anything like it. The flavor found crisp pale and bready malts at the core.. white pepper, cloves, and lemon zest surrounded.. earth and vanilla impressions from the yeast on the back.. thankfully long finish. Light-medium bodied and crisp on the palate.. tart, well-balanced, and memorable.. surprisingly good!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 20, 2010
bottle thanks to 46er3498, pours hazy orange with a medium off white head. Aroma is light orange zest, doughy malts, mild yeast. Flavor is toasted malts, pine nuts, light citrus, ending with a clean with mild hop presence. A simple, but well done beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
auerbrau (3157) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - MAR 25, 2011
12oz Bottle. Thanks Jason! Nice chewy malt and fresh grain bread aroma. Flavors are solidly in that line too. It has a crisp, clean, solid German lager feel to it, very rich. This is a very well constructed example and quite drinkable, with good complexity. Troegs does lagers well!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 24, 2009
Samples provided by the Troegs Rep - Perfect Pour. Gold, creamy white head. Nutty earth aromas ride a soft wave of toasted cereal and yeast. Well balanced with an earthed herbal hop bitterness fading into a light bready malt finish. Crisp and somewhat refreshing with a faint citric backdrop. Light to medium bodied with soft carbonation throughout. Far from special, but given the chance to session, I would go for it in a heartbeat...

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nickd717 (3470) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 17, 2009
Bottle via trade thanks to KnightRider on BA. Pours a hazy golden color with a one-finger white head and very good lacing. Aroma is bread, pale malt, caramel, and some grain. Flavor is similar - bready and slightly grainy with slight caramel and some sugary sweetness. Very mild grassy hops. Like a mix between a zwickel/kellerbier and an oktoberfest really, which is fairly interesting. Palate is medium-light, smooth, and sweet. This is very refreshing and drinkable, not terribly exciting, but underrated.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
TomDecapolis (4444) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
egajdzis (5275) - Spring Mount, 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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
adrian910ss (2329) - 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.

3.2
   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.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcwattsrugger (11076) - 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.


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