SSKD814 (854) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2011
A- Body is a quite cloudy pale dark golden yellow hue. The cloudiness is dense and uniform. Pours with a 1 finger or so foamy white head which eventually fades to a thin collar but some lacing is left behind in the glass.
S- Floral hops and a crisp hop bitterness are the highlights of the nose. Behind this is a light hint of pale malt and roasted vegetables.
T- Flavor is very similar to the smell-but not as bright and exciting. Flovor profile is pretty much typical maibock. Floral hops are dominant with a sweet pale malt backbone. The finish has a slight hop bitterness and mild alcohol presence-but other than that is pretty clean.
M- Medium to high tingly carbonation and a light yet full, crisp, drinkable lager body.
D- Aweswome job, as usual, by Troegs. This is a very nice, hoppy, crisp version of the style. Troegs once again-supports the thesis that Troegs is my favorite brewery. The scratch beer series is phenomenal-I wish I lived close enough to the brewry to not trade for these.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 11-08-2010 02:12:17
chaz01 (190) - Miamisburg, Ohio, USA - JAN 12, 2011
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. FROTHINGSLOSH (8291) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 24, 2010
Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a dark apricot color with a huge orange-white head that lingered and produced good lacing. The aroma was sweet, tangy and sugary with notes of pear and yeastiness. The flavor was sweet, tangy and sugary with notes of yeast and pear. The middle was dryish with faint floral hops and a hint of ripe fruits. The finish was long with notes of tangy malts and sugar. The body was thick, full and chewy. Well done. Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 11, 2010
In short: A full bodied and tangy maibock style beer. Nourishing and refreshingThorpe429 (5122) - , Illinois, USA - MAR 19, 2011
How: Bottle 12oz. Consumed fresh soon after the beer release. Split three-way
The look: cloudy orange body topped by a small white head
In long: Nose is pleasantly tangy with also fresh wheat-like cereals. Smells like an orange muffin. Taste has biscuit malts, tangerines, clementines, soft cookies, a touch of honey, doughy yeast. Body feels nourishing and the beer is very refreshing. This was a really nice underrated beer imho. I’m not saying that the following Tröegs Scratch beers are not good, maybe it is just the young rebel in me, but I don’t trust any Scratch over 30.
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
Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - MAY 2, 2012
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. Chaneybr (52) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 18, 2013
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!
Drake (14332) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 13, 2010
12 ounce bottle from the brewery. 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. Good bock. tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 16, 2010
A damn fine beer, I would drink it until my liver gave way. Nothing offensive at all, just beer bliss. Would get again fo sho. Im not familiar with the style, but very tasty.
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 20, 2010
12oz. Bottle: Aroma of sweet malt, bread, honey, and grains. Poured amber in color with a small, creamy, dense, off-white head that diminished but lasted throughout. Cloudy. Lightly sparkling. Full of tiny particles throughout. Very good lacing. Flavor is medium sweet. Tastes of malt, grains, bread, honey, cereal, dough, light hops, slight spice, and a hint of graham cracker. Medium to full body. Lightly tingly, then dry texture. Average carbonation. Medium sweet, bread, malt, honey, cereal, grains, dough, bread finish is dry. 7%ABV is completely hidden throughout.