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Tröegs Scratch 69

Tröegs Scratch 69
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RATINGS: 32   MEAN: 3.35/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26/5   IBU: 21   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
Scratch #69 - More Helles, Less Bock is an easy-drinking lager that blurs the lines between Helles, Bock and Maibock styles. At 5.6% ABV, 21 IBU, and light straw color, Scratch #69 portrays itself as a Helles; but inside the glass lurks a more complex beer reminiscent of the Bock style. Aromatic toasted chestnuts and hints of honeysuckle flower present themselves before the first sip. After tasting More Helles, Less Bock you will immediately want more. The floor-malted barley gives an earthy flavor that pairs with the hints of bitterness from Tradition. The finish is sweet and malty, yet still refreshing; a light filtration adds bread notes at the end.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
merc7186 (2929) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - NOV 8, 2013
A: Golden Straw Hue, Passes Lots of Light, White Head, Some Lacing S: Grainy Malts, Bready, Apple T: Pale Malts, Apple, Pear, Mild Biscuits M: Decent Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Lightly Sweet Overall, a pretty nice helles lager with some of the mild maibock character, very interesting selection.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
orangesol (987) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 8, 2012
Served on-tap at the brewery. A - Pours clear golden yellow with a nice one and a half finger tall white head leaving thin rings of sticky lace down most of the glass. S - Smells of mildly toasted grain, caramel, herbal hops, toasted nuts and some light fruitiness. A flowery note creeps in as it warms up. Nothing too over the top, just a solid nose. T - Starts off with the toasted grains quickly giving way to hints of caramel sweetness, herbal noble hops and some freshly toasted nuts. Finish is a little chewy with some caramel malt sweetness, lingering on the palate for a little while after consumption. M - Light body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Crisp, chewy feel just like 64 but with a bit of extra sweetness. It took me a few extra sips to finish this one, still very easy to drink however. O - Fairly similar to Scratch 64, maybe with a bit more sweetness this time. They have really been making some great German beers recently and this one is no exception. I will get my fill while it is around.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
craftycarl21 (2338) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 25, 2012
Thanks to Greg and Anne for this one. Nose is full of straw, sourdough, rye, just a gorgeous rich bread component, along with floral hop presence. Flavor brings more sweet stone fruit and caramel, same nice bread, and a bitter finish. Quite good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
gsmitty80 (2130) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 18, 2012
This is by far the best non-german Heller Bock that i have had although it tastes just like them. Big malty taste with a little bit of honey and a clean finish. Amazing beer that i could drink all night.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kramer (5826) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 29, 2012
12 oz bottle, from brewery. Pours a clear dark gold body with a small frothy white head that faded to a thin film. The nose is slightly sweet malt with some bready and crackery notes. Some nice light flowery hop notes add a little bit of complexity. The flavor is pretty solid as well, on the lighter side as far as a Helles Bock goes in the malt department. It does make it a bit more drinkable and refreshing though. Nice slight honey sweetness throughout with just the right amount of bitterness on the finish. Light to medium bodied with soft fizzy carbonation. Pretty nice beer, especially for the heat of summer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (9548) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - AUG 1, 2012
On tap at Max’s. Pours a mostly clear gold with a thin white head. Faint grain on the nose. Medium bodied, grainy, almost catty. Musky, grain and toast. Faint musk, hints of yeast and grain. Long musk, yeast, grain on the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (6563) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - AUG 21, 2012
12 ounce thanks to Michelle. Nice looking beer. Honey. Grassy. Floral in taste and aroma. Refreshing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jcos (1784) - Maryland, USA - SEP 3, 2012
Location/Date:Draft at September 2nd, 2012.

Appearance: Pours a brown clear.
  Aroma: Aroma is of faint malt.
  Taste: Light hop, caramel malt, a little bready
    Palate:Medium body.

Summary: A solid example of the style. Nice, sweet, malty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drake (11781) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 6, 2012
12 ounce bottle from the brewery. Pours a clear golden color with a thin fizzy off-white head that fades quickly. Aroma of grainy malts with a bit of caramel. The taste is toasted malts, caramel, grain and a faint herbal hop finish. Medium bodied, well balanced and refreshing. Simple, but nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mikem409 (1982) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - NOV 19, 2012
Bottle. Pours clear apple juice color. Nice white head lasting a good time. Malty and some crisp hop on nose. Taste is crisp clean toffee sweet some apple.

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