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Tröegs Scratch 73

Tröegs Scratch 73
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RATINGS: 23   MEAN: 3.45/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3/5   IBU: 35   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
To commemorate the annual German tradition of Oktoberfest, Tröegs unveils Scratch #73 – 2012, an OkTröegerFest, if you will. This rich, pumpkin-colored lager goes against the grain by boasting a fairly hefty hop presence for the style, giving the flavor a moderate bitter twist while still maintaining the classic malt character that you’ve come to expect from a traditional Fest Bier. ABV% is 5.5% and IBU is 35. BARLEY - Pils, Munich, Melanoidin, Special B The generous amounts of Pils and Munich malt add a fairly substantial body and a slightly darker coloration compared to traditional fest biers, while the Melanoidin malt enhances the aroma of the beer and beefs up the malt profile without adding too much residual sweetness. HOPS - Magnum, Tradition, Saaz Magnum hops add a crisp bitterness, while the Tradition and Saaz hops impart slight spicy and earthy notes. YEAST - House Lager Our house Lager yeast imparts the classic dry, bready finish that is indicative of the Fest style. Get your lederhosen out of the closet for this one!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
brokensail (15755) - Dublin, California, USA - OCT 17, 2012
Copper colored pour with an off-white head. Nose is primarily toasted bread, a little bit of fruity esters, and some floral and earthy hops. A light yeast note and a mild sweetness. The flavor has a bit of a stale bread note to it. Some toast, a bit of earthy hops, mild fruit esters, light bitterness, and a bit of metal.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (13069) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 14, 2012
Snallygaster, draft. Crystal clear amber body, medium beige head. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, some cherry, bread. taste is moderately sweet, caramel, bread, some lager yeast, light cherry. Light-medium body, some stickiness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerandBlues2 (12045) - Escondido, California, USA - OCT 20, 2012
Tap. Pours clear copper with a medium, frothy white head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is caramel and cookie malt with light earthy hops and a clean lager character. Flavor is malt dominant with light hops and medium bitterness with a sweet finish. Medium body and carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Drake (11576) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 6, 2012
Served on draft at the brewery. Pours a clear amber color with a large creamy tan head. Fair head retention. Aroma of caramel, nutty notes, grain, herbal hops. The taste is caramel, burnt sugar, herbal hops. Lingering bitterness, medium bodied.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (6620) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 21, 2012
Sampled on draft at Mad Mex this beer poured a dark caramel color with a large foamy tan head that lingered and left good lacing. The aroma was sweet, tangy and fruity. The flavor was sweet, tangy and had a moderate yet vague mixed fruity presence. Long sweet fruity finish. Medium body. Quite enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ben4321 (5642) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 25, 2012
Location: Draft at Capital Ale-Innsbrook, 11/21/12

Aroma: The nose is fairly malty, with some caramel, nuts, earth, fruity notes, and light hops
Appearance: This one pours a golden-orange color with and tan head and some light lace
Flavor: The flavor is fairly malty, a little sweet, but not overly sweet, and with some hop notes too
Palate: The body is medium, it feels just a little metallic, it doesn’t have a great feel, but still drinks decently
Overall Impression: Overall, I thought that this one was a solid or better example of an Oktoberfest, which is a style where I generally don’t find a ton of range. This one, however, has a little range and some interesting components, and for this style, that is really saying something.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sonnycheeba (4955) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 20, 2012
Tap. Pours clear, dark copper with thin, creamy white head; short retention and minimal lacing. Aroma is cookie and caramel malt, grassy hops, figs, pine, and orange. Flavor is sweet malt throughout with some light fruit esters and subtle hops to add a hint of bitterness; dry finish. Light body and low carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
reggiedunlop (3648) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 23, 2012
Pours clear amber with a medium lt tan head. Aroma is lightly fruity with some caramel and dry leaves...bit of tea. Flavor follows suit with some nice earthy hops for balance. Mouthfeel is medium/full and the finish is earthy/malty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Damico (3140) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 12, 2012
Pours somewhat clear amber with a smaller gray head. The aroma brings some sweet malty, bready notes, almost floral and soft in the nose. The flavor brings wheat like malty flavors and some pure yeast on a crispy body.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - MAR 27, 2015
Bottle: Why ratebeer doesn’t add the moniker that comes alongside the "Scratch" number is retarded. This one was labeled "Fest Lager". Shady orange-copper pour with mild clarity, offset by a modest chill haze in the center. Small bits of sediment float around. Smell, beige, foam cap on top. Aroma is a bit mild, complete with some estery spice, buttery malt, & light toast. Very timid. Flavor is heavier with the Munich maltiness; lots of toasted & buttered bread, biscuits, caramel, & dry toffee. A hint of sulfur, milled grains, & a touch of some vaguer fruity sweetness... Likely from the esters. Hard to pinpoint, though. Maybe prune? Very faint floral & musty hop notes with a strange, moldy cork flavor that only shows up in the aftertaste, alongside nicer notes of buttered toast & grains. Low carbonation. Not awful, but something is up. Some sips are alright, others are like "wtf". All-around, simply OK at best.

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