hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - OCT 25, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle purchased from the brewery in early August. Amber in color with a small/medium head and moderate carbonation. Aroma has caramelized malts - caramel and light brown sugar, some citrus, bread, and grain. Taste is malty, with caramel, moderately grainy, medium bodied - hop presence is moderate with some citrus and floral hops...lightly soapy, finishes with some lingering malt and a medium hop bitterness.
kbutler1 (1377) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 23, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a clear amber color with a light white head. Fruity, butterscotch like aroma. Medium mouthfeel. Sweet start with notes of caramel, slight fruity, and grain. Very little alcohol shows. Minimal bitterness on the back end.
Chaneybr (52) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 18, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I picked up a 6er of this one from the brewery a couple of weeks ago after spending a day in Hershey Park.
Ap: Burnt, hazy orange with a lot of carbonation and about a 1 inch head. The beer itself is the same color as caramel.
Ar: Caramel notes with hints of mandarin orange on the finish. It’s as if someone added some sort of dark candy to Troegs Pale Ale.
T: I can taste Troegs hop profile a mile away. Awesome! Very hoppy and bitter for a Maibock, but that’s part of its charm.
P: Very typical pilsner-like thickness. The alcohol is definitely detectable, but blends in well.
O: 7% ABV is sensible, but somewhat high for a session beer. But then again, so is "Nugget Nectar," and I could drink it all day! The same mindset applies here.
Overall: Leave it to the artists at Troegs to re-image the Helles Bock. I’m more than proud to call Troegs my "local" brewery!
Huhzubendah (2839) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 30, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle courtesy of Chaney. Thanks Brandon!
A: clear, yellow hue with a medium sized white that leaves random spots of lacing on the glass.
S: spices, lager malt. It smells like a German / Belgian hybrid.
T: pretty decent taste with a pleasant bouquet of spices, akin to a saison.
M: good carbonation level with a lingering spicy aftertaste.
D: Overall, a pretty decent offering but not something I would seek out.
Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - MAY 2, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Originally reviewed: 11/2/10. 12oz bottle poured into a conical pint. Pours a very cloudy dark orange/gold with a large 3-finger frothy beige head. This looked like the top of a milkshake. Excellent retention; left lots of sticky lace in its wake. Notes of pear, apple, allspice, and faint alcohol in the nose. The nose is a little muted though. I imagine this was much more pronounced when it was fresh.
The mouth is uber-full and thick. Creamy finish. Well-done. I’m noticing hints of the pale fruit that I picked up in the nose, but the alcohol comes forward a bit more here. It’s mellowed out some with time, but it’s still there. Light spiciness on the finish. This was surprisingly good. Admittedly, not one of my favorite styles, but this was a very good beer.
orangesol (963) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 17, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle poured into a standard pint.
A - Pours deep copper orange with a one finger light tan head leaving webs of light lacing down the glass.
S - Fairly heavy, bready, biscuit malts dominate with some nice floral citrus hops and some herbal spices offering a balance of sorts. A touch of caramel sweetness is a nice addition as it helps break up some of the other, heavier, aroma’s.
T - Some sweetness up front is blended well into the doughy feel. The bright citric hops from the nose seem to be fading a bit but are still very much present, albeit in a more earthy tone. Malt is over the top chewy. Spices are prominent but not overpowering. Very nicely balanced.
M - Heavy body and medium flavor with moderate carbonation. Feel is very chewy and it tires the mouth over the course of the glass.
D - Very high. I really liked this one, altho is was even better on-tap. Troegs really seems to have a firm grasp on how to make excellent bock beers.
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUL 17, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle pours hazy orange with a thick creamy tan head. Aroma is buttery with some citrus hop notes and zest. Flavor is sweet corn and dry grassy malts ending pretty sweet with a mix of orange and peppery hops.
unclemike (2491) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - JUN 9, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a medium frothy white head. Decent head retention and lacing. Aroma of grainy malts with caramel notes. The taste is grassy hops, caramel and lightly toasted malts. Medium bodied
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - MAR 19, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Reviewed from notes.
Pours a hazy light copper with a nice white head and a good amount of lacing on the way down. The nose brings caramel, light fruits, spice, and a bit of citrus. The taste is sweet bready malt along with caramel and some tasty fruits. Good body with some really nice carbonation and no booze, which is nice given the relatively-high ABV on this one. Drinks quite well; another solid addition to the Scratch series.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 10-24-2010
brokensail (12519) - Orange County, California, USA - FEB 8, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A: The pour is a clear golden color with a big white head to go with it.
S: Quite sweet with lots of bread and fruit. I get quite a bit of white grape out of the nose, and maybe some plums, too. A light bit of citrus and floral hop notes are present as well.
T: Very, very sweet, almost like a Belgian beer with the sugary nature of it. Bread and honey are there, too. Some floral hops are present and the white grape character is there again, particularly on the finish.
M: The body is medium with a moderate to high level of carbonation.
D: Quite sweet, but pretty decent overall.
chaz01 (190) - Miamisburg, Ohio, USA - JAN 12, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce bottle I found in my refrigerator from a recent trip to PA. Poured into a standard pint glass. Medium to deep amber color, with a thick creamy white head that leaves lots of lacing. Picked up some grassy hop aromas along with some honey and bread flavors. Also picking up some earthy tobacco smells as well. A little sweet and peppery notes up front before some bitter hops takes over in the middle. Lots of bready malt flavors throughout to balance things up. Very nice. Medium bodied, well carbonated. This beer has done well sitting for 6 months -- I don’t recall enjoying it as much as I when I first got it. Nice sipping beer on a cold winter night (like tonight) or would go well with a hearty stew.