SCRATCH #64-2012 – Helles
As if you needed another excuse to put off hosing down the patio furniture and taming the lawn, Scratch 64 is a cannonball jump into the pool of refreshment. Authentic to the style of an everyday German lager, this Helles is brilliantly clear and absolutely golden.
At 4.8% ABV, Scratch 64 can be enjoyed glass after glass, leaving the yard work forgotten well after the sun sets from an afternoon of enjoying this balanced, refreshing lager.
orangesol (451) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 6, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 8, 2012 Served on-tap at the brewery.
A - Pours clear golden yellow with a nice two finger tall white head, dissipating down to a light film leaving thin streaks of lace down parts of the glass.
S - Smells of lightly toasted grains, bit of sweetness, some noble hop bitterness and a touch of spice. A slightly off aroma appears as it warms up, I think it is a bit of DMS. Not bad but nothing great either.
T - Starts off with plenty of lightly toasted grain quickly giving way to hints of sweet bready malt, light spice and a nice noble hop bitterness. Unlike the smell, I got little to no off flavor. Finish is a mix of bready malt and light bitterness, lingering on the pallet long after consumption.
M - Crisp, refreshing body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Chewy, bitter feel that is extremely easy to drink. I had no trouble finishing my glass rather quickly.
O - Minus the weird aroma I really enjoyed this one. It has plenty of simple flavors that work really well together, combining with the great crisp feel to make this one simply poundable. I will have to get another to see if the nose improves but either way this one is another winner.
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