Von Trapp Golden Helles Lager - von Trapp Brewing

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Ratings: 130
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.27%
Wants: 8
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Munich Helles Lager |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Bierman9 on 04-19-2010

German for "bright", our Helles is an easy-drinking, yet surprisingly complex, golden lager.

20 IBU
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Ratings: 130 | Reviews: 35
Photo of tb4475
3.05/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Not much going on with this beer.

Photo of puboflyons
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on June 23, 2015.

The pour is mainly yellow with an olive tinge and a short-lasting white head. Some haze.

Nice classic aroma of sweet and toasted malts and green grass.

Light to medium body.

The taste is lovely warm weather drinking toasty and clean. Easy to drink all around. Actually quite quaffable. Balances well.

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a lager glass.

A: Dull golden yellow with excellent clarity. Fine-bubbled white head holds at a half inch in height. Thin rings of lacing.

S: Sweet and bready malt. Lightly toasted grain. Straw. Very clean. Mild grassy hops.

T: Sweet bready malts, toasty grain, hay. Mild hop bitterness balances with herbal/oily flavors. A bit metallic and a touch of sulfur. Perhaps some hints of yeast. Clean. Toasty and grainy finish.

M: Light bodied. Slightly chewy and firm malt texture is cut by fine, crisp carbonation.

O: It hits all the marks for the style and ends up being an easy quaff. Not quite as polished and stunning as the best of the style, but for the price and availability it's a solid choice.

Photo of Givemebeer
4.24/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Hard pour creates a large white head with nice retention and nice lacing. Beautiful looking beer. No haze whatsoever.

S: Biscuity, somewhat herbal. Definite lemon tang in the smell.

T: Liquid bread right here. As with the nose, some herbalness and a slight lemony hop twist. Hops are in the background however, which is appropriate for the style.

M: Crisp, but not quite as crisp as I'd want. Still a remarkably clean, dry finish that will leave you wanting more.

O: A tremendous sessionable beer from an underrated brewery out of Vermont. Stays true to style and is done up right. Great balance.

Photo of founddrama
2.93/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Malty and a little cloying on the finish there. (I expected a stronger hop note?) Something about it was syrupy?

Photo of chrishiker1409
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Imagine if what passes for lager tasted like this. Imagine.

A great looking beer. So smooth and easy to drink.

Photo of Jwale73
3.64/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a willibecker at the lodge. Pours a golden-orange hue with a slightly hazy clarity and a loose, bright white head. Nose expresses light, fruity esters, a slightly grassy quality and a hint of sour mash. Taste follows nose with the addition of a light biscuit malts, a hint of sweetness and a faint, lingering sour mash character towards the back. Mouthfeel is light in body with a pleasant, even carbonation and a clean, mostly crisp finish. Overall, a solid domestic Helles on par with those I've had in Germany; however, I'd like to see more of a clean finish.

Photo of Jimmyc5723
4.25/5  rDev +11%

I had two glasses while dining at the Green Mountain Inn. Went well with both meals, one light and one being a heavier meal. Very refreshing and sessionable.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.11/5  rDev +7.3%

On tap at El Cortijo in Burlington, VT.

Pours a clear golden classic yellow lager flavor. There's a one inch head, and not a lot of lacing.

Smells like lager yeast, grassy/spicy hops, and toasted bread.

This one tastes a bit like drinking a mildly yeasty bread. The malt flavor is great. There's a twinge of lager yeast flavor, with only the slightest amount of hop flavor- falls into the spicy and grassy spectrum of hop flavors. Slightly doughy.

The beer is light bodied, with a crisp and bready mouthfeel. It goes down really, really easily.

The best beer I had at Trapp, probably the best Helles I've had.

Photo of dumpman
4.06/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a crossroads beverage growler

Nice golden color with a moderate head that dissapates quickly

Smells of cracker and bready malt

Nice crisp taste with an emphasis on the malt with a light hop finish

Good mouthfeel for the style

Overall a very drinkable helles lager that you can definetly session.

Photo of scotorum
3.29/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On draft at The Farmhouse Tap and Grill.

a: Clerar dark gold, no head or lacing.

s: Nothing I could detect.

t: Lager malt with slight pearlike note. Dry finish,.

m: Light to moderate. Good body.

o: Light and refreshing enough for the style, but the flavor is very similar to any nuimber of better mainstream lagers.

Photo of MDDMD
3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-pale golden color with a nice white head and good lacing

S-grain, bread dough, slight sweet aroma, little grassy

T-pale malt, hint of sweetness and grassy, mild bitterness in the finish

F-light to medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp and clean

O-solid lager beer, easy drinking and enjoyable

Photo of NiceTaps
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap in a pint glass.

Pale gold color with a 1f pure white head. Clean and clear with lots of bubbles. Sticky lacing.
Mild malt and grain aroma. Fresh bread. Hint of spice.
Malty flavor, crisp crackers. Some light hop spiciness.
Clean and crisp, well carbonated. No hint of alcohol at all. Dry finish.
Refreshing and drinkable.

Photo of Alieniloquium
2.62/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Worthy Burger. Served in a snifter.

Appearance - Mostly clear body with a nice white head. Excellent lacing without the best retention.

Smell - Meh. I think it's diacetyl. Not a crisp smell. Muddled pale malts and a slight hop aroma.

Taste - Mostly pale malt. Again muddled by what I think is diacetyl. Finishes a bit crisper. Slight hop bite.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Served warm which made it seem a bit sluggish to drink.

Overall - I was hoping for some VT magic in this, but it's just another mediocre American lager.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.49/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tap: Poured a deep golden color Helles with a small foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of clean cereal notes with light floral aroma. Taste is also dominated by light floral aromas with some clean cereal notes a medium sweet finish. Body is about average for style with medium carbonation. Refreshing and well brewed for style.

Photo of JMScowcroft
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Trapp Family Lodge Brewery - Trapp Golden Helles Lager

Look - Pours pale golden with a small soapy head that retains, good rings of lacing.

Smell - Light and smooth aroma, crisp and fruity, light honey overtones.

Taste - Carbonated snap, complexity here is good, slightly sweet and sticky, a dash of hops.

Mouthfeel - Citrus dry and drinkable, no booziness.

Overall - Solid lager, would definitely put these down and at 4.8% this is a craft that you can bring to a party.

Photo of smakawhat
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on tap at the Trapp Family Lodge into a stoneware mug 16 oz.

Well I can't see this beer other than peering down into the mug after the white creamy foam head settles, ergo I dock off .5 a point. What I can see is a nice fourteen carat gold and clear body, nice creamy white top to go with it. Otherwise it's a 4.

Great smelling crisp malts on this, white bread, a little bit of raw dough and yeast. Bakery fresh smelling. Very nice.

Taste matches the nose nicely. Big huge crisp malts and toasty white bread on this beer. Some hidden sticky character in there also, with some nice simple grass like hop. Refreshing, with a big carbonation matching crispy character.

Overall a real light brew full of flavor. Great beer to have on the deck.

Photo of CliffBrake
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Trapp Family Lodge.

Crystal bright light golden color with a modest head and lacing.

Rich malty and spicy aroma. Full complex taste on a light lager. It is amazing how much flavor can be piled on such a light frame. Crisp and refreshing with a dry finish. A great example of the Helles style.

Photo of Hojaminbag
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Trapp Golden Helles has a clear, straw colored body and a creamy, bright white. Both retention and lacing are quite good.

The aroma has an array of pale malt as well as grassy hops.

This is a good lager. Lots of pale malt characteristics, including a light sweetness, some crackers and bread. The hops and malt are balanced quite well, with a moderate bitterness and plenty of grassy and earthy flavors from the hops. This is a nice, crisp helles lager.

The body and carbonation are right on for the style.

This beer was good enough to have a few of. I'm looking forward to trying more Trapp beers on future trips, and maybe even visiting the brewery.

Photo of tempest
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a pint at the Farm House in Burlington VT. Damn, it's hard to ask for much more from a helles. There's a crisp dry Brady malt character in the aroma with a little balance of spicy hops. There's mild lager fruit over the malt, but it's not sweet. Otherwise it's clean and super drinkable. Find this beer.

Photo of Jayli
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on draft 12/7 at The Trapp Family Lodge at lunch with the traditional Austrian beef and potato stew.
Served in a pilsner glass

A: This beer pours a light, clear, straw yellow with a two finger of bonewhite foamy head on top. Wisps of lacing are left on the glass.

S: Nose is bready and grainy, with a touch of sweetness to it.

T: Taste starts rather sweet and bready at first, but then lightens to a grain, grassy flavoring. Not a complex beer but a nicely done beer.

M: Lighter side of medium body, medium carbonation, crisp at first with a touch oily finish.

O: Goes down easy, tasty, not filling, mild kick, a very good representation of the style.

Photo of jlindros
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tap at the reservoir restaurant waterbury, VT.

Pours light head, crystal clear golden pils color.

Nose nice light toasty pilsner malts, nice light lager fruits and crispness, light soft decoction like malts, hint of grassy floral like noble hops.

Taste is nice lager flavors, light fruits and very crisp, lots of toasty malts almost bready, bit soft, grainy and straw, light grassy almost fruity floral hops with a touch of bitterness that increases quite a bit on the finish, which also comes clean and dry.

Mouth is lighter bodied decent carb.

Overall really nice, great lagers, tons of cracked straw and toasty pils like malts, nice fruity lager, clean crisp finish with nice hops overall.

Photo of plaid75
4.45/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On draft at Leunig's Bistro, Burlington, Vermont.

Poured a medium straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured fresh bready malts with a vibrant grassy noble hop.

The taste was likewise fresh with clean soft malts and a sparking drying hop spice. Good cracker like finish with a touch of sweetness on the very back end.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style. Fine carbonation.

Overall a top notch lager and a super drinkable treat.

Photo of tobelerone
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Took home an oversized bottle of this from the brewery. You get a big fluffy head that fades very slowly and settles down to about a 1/4 inch...strong, clinging lace. Nearly clear, light gold color. Faint aromas of malt and lightly spicy hops.

Taste is classic, full of quality malt, and mildly bitter. This is what the AAL's aspire to be....like a Bud made with care and quality ingredients. Crisply dry finish with vaguely lingering bitterness. A nice example of what is to me a none-too-interesting style. Not the hugest fan of this kind of beer but it's clearly done very well.

Photo of BeerIsland
4.56/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is my second Trapp beer tasted and I continue to be overwhelmed. I told my daughter to bring as much of this home from Vermont as she could and she was kind enought to do so. This beer comes in a big flippy bottle. This is as rich and luscious a Helles as I've ever had, which is plenty. A nice hazy gold in the glass; the bottle-poured head fluffed right up. Decent lacing followed the beer down all the way. Wonder-full malts with just the right hop balance create a great, smooth taste. The sweetness is in there but just enough. The conditioning is light which adds to the silky mouthfeel. This is a great beer!

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Von Trapp Golden Helles Lager from von Trapp Brewing
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