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Von Trapp Golden Helles Lager | von Trapp Brewing

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von Trapp Brewing
Vermont, United States | website

Style: Munich Helles Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
German for "bright", our Helles is an easy-drinking, yet surprisingly complex, golden lager.

20 IBU

Added by Bierman9 on 04-19-2010

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Reviews: 48 | Ratings: 184
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A clear, bright gold color. Minimal white head that dissipated quickly.
Aroma of sweet malt and floral hops.
The taste followed the nose. Sweet and flowery.

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Photo of irrevjim
3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

from a bottle to a pilsner tulip
look; light golden, clear, 1/8" tight white head that disappears quickly leaving a thin film
smell; yeast, honey, good, i didn't get much complexity on the nose
taste; honey, clean malt, touch of hops, yeast, hint of general fruitiness,dash of pepper, good lager
feel; smooth, pretty light, almost crisp, medium carbonation, but smooth
overall; a very enjoyable golden lager

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Photo of RozzieBoy
3.72/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L - Light golden and clear with a minimal white, carbonated head. No lacing.
S - I know this won't do it justice, but smelled like beer from a keg at a college party. (I really need a class on detecting smells).
T- Semi-crisp with light malt and hops.
F - Light carbonation and semi-dry. Feel remained the same throughout the beer.
O - My first Helles beer. Wasn't sure what to expect. Reminded me of a light beer, but better. The crispness and smoothness made it enjoyably drinkable. A pretty easy drinker, too.

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Photo of tekstr1der
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Consistent example for the style, this pours a clear golden with small white head that settles to a ring with a bit of clinging. Aroma is toasted malts and grassy hops with a touch of honey sweet. Flavor follows nose with just a bit too much carbonation along the way. Finishes briefly semi-sweet but clean. Very nice.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light yellow color with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a very thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains lager yeast, light caramelized malts and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready but still quite light with flavors of lager yeast and a thin malt character. Then some malt sweetness comes in along with what tastes like a hint of spice that I believe is coming from the mild but complementary hops presence creating a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Very crisp and very smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is very clean.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not filling at all, very mild kick, very good representation of style, this is a nice beer to pound down for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.

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Photo of cbutova
3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had this one a few times around VT and now MA. Glad to see some more traditional brews on the shelves.

A- Crystal clear light golden body into a tulip from the 12oz bottle with a frothy, one finger cap rising atop it. Fair head retention and a few small webs of lacing.

S- Fresh and clean with a smoothly fermented lager profile just hinting subtilely at pale fruit. Grassy hops shine along with spicy and general herbal tones. Slight pale malt sweets, very slight. Vibrant and inviting.

T- A touch of pale malts and fruits in the beginning followed by a mineral water, grassy, spicy and earthy finish. Sweetness is on the low end with just a touch of pale barley grainy flavor. Clean and simply effective. Mostly dry.

MF- Medium bodied for a lower-ABV lager with a very puffy and creamy body for the style. Carbonation comes in at a moderate to high level enhancing the crisp, dry finish. Smooth.

Solid and simple take on a style that is more about subtleties than most others and one that still tests my palate every time. Subtle grainy malts meet fresh grassy, spicy hops in a clean one.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.69/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Nice golden body and 2 finger head. Smell is nice and grassy and grainy and bready. Taste follows the nose and is a perfectly crafted Helles Lager. Nearly flawless for the style. Delicious and highly recommended.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: hazy; light gold in color; 1 finger white head that receded to a wispy cap; very little lacing;

S: pilsner malt, a little sweet, a touch of hop spice and a little DMS;

T: pilsner malt up front, then a touch of sweetness; mild bitterness from the middle to the finish; no DMS in the flavor;

M: light to medium bodied; high carbonation - effervescent;

O: refreshing; goes down easily;

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Photo of edward_boumil
4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Shiny, bright golden yellow color, thin head, clear. Thin head hangs along for the whole ride.
S: Smells quite inviting. Can definately smell the grain bill, has that cereal maltiness you would expect, some light floral hop odors as well.
T: Damn nice. Very crisp and light, but malt and hop flavors come through without being overpowering. Flavors of cereal malt, biscuit, and honey, as well as a little dank hop.
F: Body is nice, light, but not too light as to appeared watered down. Carbonation is medium and just right. Also very clean drinking
O: Best representation of the German/Austrian style I've seen from a domestic brewery. Flavors were spot on and balanced perfectly. Definately a praiseworthy beer.

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Photo of crob3888
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful clear gold with a small head that dissipates through the pint. Flavor is slightly sweet grain with hints of clean lager yeast and malts; some noble happiness is present providing a bit of a floral character. Overall one of the best helles I've ever had!

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Photo of brewandbbq
3.87/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle from the mixed 12 pack.

Pours straw yellow and clear. A wafer-thin head for the duration.

Aromatics have shades of honey-drizzled biscuits and perhaps a hint of spicy hops.

Light bodied with a slighty syrupy mouthfeel.

Bready malt with a hint of honey on the palate.

Finishes with notes of honey and sweet malt.

Tasty, quaffable, and clean but pretty straightforward. The carbonation is a bit low and it hurts the mouthfeel.

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.14/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into glass

Clear golden yellow , white one finger foam head

Aroma of grains, grassy, straw, biscuity

Taste of sweet malt grain, biscuity, grassy

Sweet light smooth

Very nice helles, repeatable

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Photo of horshack7
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Clear and golden with a light haze. On top is an off white head only about a finger thick.

Aroma: Biscuit, cereal grain, buttery, yeasty, twinges of lemon zest with a light dryness in the nose.

Taste: Buttery texture in the front. Biscuit, lemon zest, light dryness from the yeast.

Notes: A very good example of the style. These are few and far between in the U.S it's nice to see one and will pick this one up again. Cheers.

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Photo of sprat1960
4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Bright, straw-yellow; completely transparent. Lots of small bubbles visible. Pours with no head, just a layer of white foam on the surface of the beer that quickly disappears. Looks kind of flat. Slightly below a good quality commercial beer.

Smell: Rich malty, grainy aroma. Typical of the style. Appealing.

Taste: Taste like it smells, only richer. Rich malty, grainy full flavor. Delicious!

Feel: Deceiving medium body; somewhat viscous feel; mild carbonation. Far better than the typical Pilsner.

Overall: The best Pilsner that I have ever had. Delicious, full flavor. Great lighter beer for a hot day. I would definitely buy this again!

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Photo of costanzo_mike
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nice light, crisp helles style lager. Clear golden color with a thin dissipating head. Very easy drinking, nice mouthfeel to it. Definitely a nice beer for summer.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of Givemebeer
4.24/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.64/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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Photo of Jimmyc5723
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.11/5  rDev +4.1%

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.

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Photo of dumpman
4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of scotorum
3.29/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

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Photo of MDDMD
3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
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

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Photo of NiceTaps
3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

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