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RATINGS: 7   MEAN: 3.7/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 21   EST. CALORIES: 192   ABV: 6.4%
Scratch 53-2011 is a classic overachiever. As the first beer brewed on our new pilot system we wanted to create an easy-to-drink traditional Helles lager that might become a regular draft beer in our Tasting Room. However, due to an incredibly efficient extraction rate in the lauter tun we have been blessed with a Helles Bock – the slightly bigger brother to our initially-desired Helles. In all honesty, we are not disappointed. The floor-malted Bohemian Pils delivers a distinctive nutty flavor with a bready finish. This taste is counter balanced by Hersbrucker noble hops’ distinctive spicy notes. Finally a slight yeast flavor comes through delicate beer. Cheers!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 26, 2011
Growler. Poured clear, bright golden with a nice cap of white head. The aroma picked up toasty bready malts and a pinch of honey, with light lemon and fresh leafy hoppage around.. just excellent! The flavor found similar malts, and picked up a little molasses.. fresh earthy and leafy bitterness around.. some peppery notes showed up on the finish.. everything worked well. Medium-bodied and a tad slick on the palate.. spicy where it needed to be, and the balance was perfect. This was awesome!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jsmerig (1490) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 16, 2011
Aroma of light straw and hops. Pours golden yellow with thick white head. Obtained fresh from the new Hershey brewery. Taste is malty with a light grainy and organic hop flavor. Very crisp finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bth122 (1498) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 16, 2011
Draft from a growler. Thanks Joel. Poured a golden color. Medium head. Aroma of bready malt, and some grassy like hops. Med light bitter finish, light sweetness. Med light bodied. Ave carbonation. Bitter finish bite. This beer is a joy to drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Slatetank (17) - York, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 13, 2011
This growler was filled at the brewery in hershey -from the new counterpressure growler filler Color is golden with a slightly darker shade than your average pils like straw.The cap is white and falls gradually. The smell is of hops and pils malt with a moderately spicy odor. The feel is good with nice balance, very dry and moderately bitter. This tastes so good basically because it is lagered well the yeast gives a nice mineral quality and there is a mustiness from the floor malted pils, yet the hops give a nice noble spiciness to the bock which also balances the dry cracker-like taste well, it finishes dry clean and spicy with hardly a trace of alcohol -excellent maibock!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
radagast83 (7325) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - DEC 5, 2011
Draft at the Brewery. Poured a golden color, carbonation - thick white head. Aroma was a bit citrus, grain notes, crisp and clean. Flavor was a bit bready, with notes of citrus. Pretty enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
machfive55 (358) - Columbia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 5, 2011
Pours golden with a nice frothy head, the beer has a citrusy hop aroma, and has a solid hop presence throughout with tons of citrus flavor. This has a solid alcohol presence which does not detract from the beer, but gives the palate some warmness. This was very solid and well brewed they should brew this more often.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
orangesol (987) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 4, 2011
Served on-tap at the Brewery. A - Pours slightly hazy golden yellow with a dense two finger tall white head, dissipating quickly into a light film, leaving bubbly strings of lace down the glass. S - Lots of biscuity malt up front, a bit of spice from the yeast, earthy hops, and a touch of sweetness. This one is straight forward and is fairly well balanced. T - Starts off with a big dose of chewy malt that never really leaves the picture. Hints of earthy hop bitterness, light pepper spice, and some light sweetness at the end of each sip. All things considered this one has surprisingly good balance, maybe a touch too much chewiness but it is not oppressive. M - Medium-Light body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Full, chewy, feel that combines with a bit of hop bitterness to cling to the pallet long after the finish. O - I haven’t really had a lot of Hells Bock’s but I have enjoyed the ones I tried, and this one is no different. It is very easy to drink and the flavors, while strong, are well balanced. Another winner in my book.

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