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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!

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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.

Darkmagus82 (2303) - - AUG 9, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 10-9-12-
Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance – The beer was served a golden-amber color with a one finger white head. The head faded over a moderate amount of time to give a lighter level of lacing.

Smell – The aroma was of toasted bread and malt with caramel and a light level of a citrus hop aroma mixed within.

Taste – The taste began with a bready flavor mixed with an ever so light caramel flavor. Up front there is a decent presence of citrus hop taste as well. While not too sweet initially, some of the initial caramel sweetness faded as the taste when on. Toward the end, the now drier flavor bittered lightly as some more citrus hops as well as some more roasted malt flavors come to the tongue. In the end, a crisp and slightly hopped, toasted bread flavor are left on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer was on the average side in terms of creaminess as well as chewiness. The carbonation level of the brew was quite average as well. Both made for a very drinkable brew and accentuated the crisp nature and the tastes quite well.

Overall – A rather flavorful brew that was refreshing and very easy drinking. One to try if you get the chance.

charule (2299) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 31, 2013
Draught at Bites and Brews. Poured clear dark amber with wisps of head. Aroma of sweet and honey. Odd flavor.

Damico (3150) - 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.

ben4321 (6772) - 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.

Pastor (799) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - NOV 21, 2012
These guys never dissapoint in their scratch series brews. I always seek them out. This one was a nice fest brew worth the time and money

FishBizkit (234) - Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 28, 2012
This one poured with half a finger of pure white head that took awhile to dissipate. It left lots of lacing on the glass. The body was a pumpkin color and clear with mild carbonation. The nose was really malty with some nuttiness and not much else. The taste was malty as well. I got caramel, bready malt, a hint of citrus hop presence and then a touch of roasted malt on the end of the sip. The mouthfeel was towards the thicker side with mild carbonation. The finish was pretty quick with roasted malts. The addition of a bit of bitter hops in this beer really did it for me. It’s sad that this is a scratch beer. I wouldn’t mind if it made it to “seasonal” status.

FROTHINGSLOSH (8164) - 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.

sonnycheeba (6439) - 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.

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