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Von Trapp Bohemian Pilsner | von Trapp Brewing

very good
24 Reviews
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Brewed by:
von Trapp Brewing
Vermont, United States | website

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
A smooth, crisp Bohemian pilsner with a harmonious blend of Perle and Saaz hops.

IBU 42

Added by Jmbbabson on 06-27-2014

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Reviews: 24 | Ratings: 94
Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.01/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Light and bright gold stunted by chilled, yeasty haze. Sizable head, but it's a bit foamy. Persists and leaves a cream dollop in middle.

S: Spicy, earthy and herbal hops consisting of rosemary type pine, and essence of lemon marmalade on richly, sweet, not too dry malt.

M: Medium body with a bit of creaminess. Would have liked more carb. Finishes mildly dry.

T: Herbal catmint sensation, which is to say more grassy lea flavor than sweet mint. But the beer had lots of biscuity malt with honey. Moderated by warm peppery, hop spice but leans toward sweet malt. Hoppy spice is there but more toward floral/fruity and herbal.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A clear pale yellow with a one inch white head. Some lace.
Floral, herbal hops. Sweet malt.
The taste followed the nose. The hops dominated and the malt stayed in the background.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Floral, herbal, toasted sweet maltiness and subtle spicy noble hop flavors. Clean, crisp and smooth. Medium bodied and lively carbonation. Really solid.

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Photo of Sheppard
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Certainly looks the part, white head, pale straw body. Not much in the form of aroma, besides some soap hops. Good crackery malt. The hops finish slightly spicy and earthy. A little more than I wanted. It is quite refreshing, but a little less clean than I had hoped. A very good pilsner.

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Photo of smcolw
3.41/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Cloudy, dirty gold. Small head but it lasts and leaves a couple rings after sips.

Clean crisp aroma with a good blend malt and floral hop.

The taste is a bit more pedestrian than the smell indicates. I get a good dose "macro" in the taste. I would say this is specific to the initial malt flavor. The hop is a step up but far harsher than most pilsners--not floral on the tongue at all. The body and carbonation are fine.

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Photo of irrevjim
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

look; hazy pale yellow golden, 1" head that shrinks to a thin covering that stays, soapy lacing
smell; saltines, nice german hops, some mild spice, pepper, a liitle yeasty and grassy,some biscuity pilsner malt there but a little overwhelmed
taste; the hops, though mild, dominate. a little more biscuit than in the nose, some white peppery spice
feel; sharp, bubbly, just a little dry
overall; a very nice not quite but close classic pilsner with a little extra spice and hops for fun.

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Photo of cbutova
3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- 12oz bottle into a wine glass with a slightly hazy pale golden hue and a tall, foamy white head. The cap descends at a medium pace to a small ring and lacing is spotty.

S- Raw, crackery grains begin the show making way eventually for a moderate level of German hops. Spicy, grassy, floral and earthy hop character. Clean of yeast influence as it should be.

T- A few powerful influences make up for a clean and effective delivery. Balance is struck between pale base grains and noble hops. The hops come off mostly as herbal but delve towards spicy and grassy just a bit while the barley lends cereal and cracker tones. Slightest touch of mineral water and sulfer throughout accentuating a crisp bite of the hops.

MF- Puffy and somewhat creamy light end body. The carbonation is at a very high level promoting foam and accentuating the crisp feel of the brew. Finishes with herbal bitterness lingering.

Simple and straightforward but the cleanliness of the fermentation is a shining accomplishment for this brew. Herbal hops intermingled with crackery grains in a dry, crisp Pils.

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Photo of Jason
3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz brown bottle, sample from the brewery.

Good looking brew that shows off clarity and a decent lacing. Smells of spicy herbal hops and fresh grain, clean nose. Kiss of lager yeast, ghost-like sulfur. Lots of crisp graininess, lots of snap. Hop bitterness has a bite, flavor lingers with more herbal than spicy hoppiness. Large mugs of this brew would make for a proper session. Very well done.

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Photo of Hyptochrons
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

poured into a ufo hefeweizen glass. beer appears highly carbonated, light golden color with a big fluffy three finger head that has good retention and leaves lacing. a nice looking beer!

nose is very bready. taste is same - malts with a light hoppiness. light mouthfeel like you would expect.

overall a tasty, refreshing brew!

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Photo of edward_boumil
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Straw, golden yellow, minimal head, no lacing. Despite the golden color it is much cloudier than normal for the style. Opaque.
S: Very bready, with hints of sweet honey and just a touch of floral hops. Hops are kind of an afternote though, very light on the nose.
T: Very solid flavor. Malt is nice and true to the style, had that bready biscuity character, cereal-like with notes of honey graham cracker. Hops are present, which lend a crisp bitterness, though not by any means overpowering. Somewhat spicy in nature as well.
F: Higher in carbonation, body is a little heavier than most pilsners but its barely a hinderence in its drinkability.
O: The best domestic pils on the market that I've had, and I've had quite a few

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Photo of billybob
4.56/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

light golden in color with a fair head and lace aroma's of grass or fresh cut hay. crisp clean bready and dry taste light mouthfeel. good carbonation. very easy to drink.

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Photo of brewandbbq
3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from a mixed 12 pack.

Pours hazy yellow with a decent head of white. Moderate retention and lacing for the duration.

Cut grass, biscuits, and wet straw in the nose. A bit husky.

Light bodied with a crisp mouthfeel.

Bready malt with an assertive bitterness on the palate. Peppery, grassy hops add some complexity.

Finishes very dry with a lingering, spicy bitterness.

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Photo of skivtjerry
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle was poured into a Sam Adams glass. Golden straw color, pretty cloudy for a pilsener, and this was not chill haze. Probably should have poured more carefully. Head retention is incredible; it looked like white spray foam after a couple minutes.

Aroma is grainy/bready up front, with some yeastiness that detracts. Floral and slightly citrusy hops in the background.

Taste is bready malt followed immediately by a blast of floral/herbal/citrusy hops that fades into a satisfying smooth bitterness.

Mouthfeel is nice. Carbonation and body are perfect. Firmly bitter but not astringent.

Overall, a little rough around the edges, but solid and true to the style.

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Photo of jlindros
3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light fizzy head, touch of lacing, mostly clear slight chill hazed straw yellow.

Nose nice toasty grainy notes, light straw, bread dough, grainy mineral, light grassy hop.

Taste flavorful, big grassy hop, almost spicy hop with fair bitterness, little minerality again, grassy malt, straw and toasty grainy, little bread dough, mild soft lager and fruity lager notes. Finish dry toasty straw, spicy grassy hops lingering.

Mouth med to lighter bod, soft lager, decent carb.

Overall not bad, nice malt, hops start nice but get a bit too spicy later.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.74/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I picked up this bottle at a general store I can't remember the name of in Vermont, poured chilled in a willybecker.

The color is golden with light haze and white foam with good retention and lace sticks. The smell is bready with a malt doughy smell with light fruity ester and mild hop scent. The feel is tangy with lightly sweet body and peppery hop texture with semi-dry finish and crisp carbonation with semi bitter linger.

The taste has a good amount of malt but yeast is slightly fruit tanginess with hops midway into taste with slight spice accent and gentle grassy hop bitterness is lasting with dry slight amount of alcohol in the finish. Overall this is a pretty decent pilsner very good for the style for the most part but lacking in feel missing the lager texture. This could use more hop flavor rather than just bitterness

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Photo of horshack7
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured into a Pilsner glass is a hazy golden straw color with a head that is off white and around one finger thick. As the head thins out it leaves behind thick lacing.

Aroma: Biscuit notes make themselves known right up front. Grapefruit, piney, lemon zest are faint and a light dryness in the nose.

Taste: Very crisp mouthfeel that carries a floral hop bite. Lemon zest, grapefruit, buttery biscuit. The finish starts out smooth but it still has a good bite in the end.

Notes: An all around solid Czech Pilsner and very drinkable. I would not mind seeing this one in some tallboy cans:. Cheers.

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Photo of WunderLlama
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a glass

Clear golden yellow , white fluffy head

Aroma of malts, grassy, hops

Taste of malt and bit of the hops

More crisp than the helles

Nice beer

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Photo of sprat1960
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Look: Straw-yellow in color; cloudy and opaque. Pours with a very small white head the dies down without a trace. Some medium-sized bubbles present, however looks kind of flat.

Smell: Malt, grass and mild hops. Slight sour aroma. Nice.

Taste: Malt to start, acidic/sour middle, grassy and mildly hoppy finish. Interesting and refreshing.

Feel: Lighter-side of medium body. Slight fizzy sensation towards the end from the carbonation with a mildly dry finish. Slightly better than a good quality commercial beer.

Overall: A different take on a Pilsner with the hops. Very cool. I really liked it. Nice on a hot day.

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Photo of costanzo_mike
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Golden, hazy color to this one. Bavarian hop aroma shines through nicely. Taste is light and crisp with a bit of citrus on the aftertaste. Very pleasantly surprised with this one

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Photo of SebastianOwl
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank fresh from draft at Trapp Lodge in Stowe, VT on 7/20/15

UPDATED RATING: drank on 4/19/16 from a can dated 3/21/16; much better than I thought it was the first time I had it on draft at the brewery

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Photo of Jwale73
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pilsner glass. Pours a translucent straw gold with a loose, 1/8th inch white head. Nose is clean and grassy with an earthy noble hops presence. Taste follows nose; however, there's also a slight medicinal bitterness at the finish. Mouthfeel is light in body with an even carbonation. The finish is not quite crisp. Overall, a decent Czech Pils but lacking the clean characteristics I've come to associate with the style.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Pours like a pils. Clear yellow with a fluffy head. Mild aroma. Pale, malt, soggy bread, lager yeast. Not much hop. Aroma. Flavor is a mixture of sweet and dry malt and lager yeast. While I didn't think the hops were very noticeable in the nose, they play a much bigger part on the tongue. Quite bitter for the style. Still, the flavor comes off more as just plain bitterness than distinct hop taste.light bodied, pilsy. Not as well put together as many I have had recently. Also not big on the fact that they named their brewery after "The Sound Of Music".

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Photo of puboflyons
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on June 22, 2015. I am not certain if I am reviewing the same beer. My 2015 bottle simply says Pilsner not Bohemian Pilsner.

Cloudy yellow pour with a long lasting white foamy head.

The aroma is toasted malts, German malts, sweetness, and grass. It smells like a traditional Pilsner should.

Medium body.

The taste is immediately toasted and then there is a mild, balanced grassy bitterness to tone down the toasty sweetness. Easy to drink. Really the way I enjoy my Pilsners.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.76/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz potter poured into a Pilsner glass.

A: Dull straw yellow.mfine bubbles white head retains at a half inch and leaves behind chunky webs of lacing.

S: Sweet bready Pilsner malt, lightly toasted grain, hay. Hops are grassy with a bit of a lemongrass zing. Some match-strike sulfur in the background.

T: Sweet Pilsner malt and lightly toasted grain. Hops come to the forefront with a lot of floral and lemongrass character. Modest bitterness build toward the back as the hops go more herbal. Hay. Some sulfur. Hint of alcohol. Dry. Grainy and herbal finish.

M: Light bodied with a full and round feel. Crisp bite of carbonation.

O: Not bad, but it could stand to be just a bit cleaner. Sulfur gets to be distracting at times.

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Von Trapp Bohemian Pilsner from von Trapp Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 24 ratings.