Von Trapp Golden Helles Lager - von Trapp Brewing

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Ratings: 129
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.27%
Wants: 8
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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von Trapp Brewing visit their website
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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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!

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

On cask poured into a plastic pint glass.

Pours a very light yellow with a super light white head and a very thin head. Nose is light and hoppy and very nice. It's sweet and fruity.

Tate is phenomenal, it's light ad crisp and super hoppy. It's very drinkable ad smooth. One of the best helles i've ha in a long time!

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

Poured into a massive imperial pilsner glass, golden with a slight haze and a big foamy white head that has a decent retention. Smell is bready malts, sweet and somewhat sugary, some raw grains. Taste is sweet up front with a slightly bitter finish, sweet bread dough, pilsner malts, spicy hops. Medium bodied with a medium carbonation, clean finish. Helles is one of my favorite German styles and this does not disappoint. I think this is one of the best American takes on the style and I would gladly order this whenever I can. A very drinkable beer.

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Cascade77
4.63/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

a) From tap at the source in a Trapp Lager pint glass. Straw color and crystal clear. Bright white, head. About an inch. A few bubles. I'm told they filter this beer and that's fine with me. It's gorgeous.

s) A little grain, some sweetness. Not much in the way of hops as expected.

t) Bready, grainy but not as much as the smell would lead on. Just the right amount of bitterness at the end without getting in the way. All kinds of flavor for such a light, clear beer. Just a hint of sulfur but pleasantly so.

m) Crisp, light, medium carbonation which makes it go down well.

d) Off the charts. Quite simply one of the most drinkable beers I've had, and it's winter. Can't imagine how nice this must go down on a hot summer day. Rich in flavor without being heavy.

Well done.

Photo of PicoPapa
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap. Pours a translucent straw color with a 1/2 inch of head. Good amount of lacing. Sweet toasted malt aroma. Very crisp and refreshing. Slightly buttery. Nice sweet malty flavor. Overall its nothing over the top but its a solid beer. Worth having again. Highly drinkable and very satisfying.

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 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 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 johnnnniee
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at The Reservoir Waterbury Vt.
Pours a deep golden color with a huge rich off white head that sticks around forever. Smells of grainy bready malts with rich melanoids mixed in. Earthy floral hops are more aggressive than I would have thought. Taste is sweet grainy toasty bready malts with hints of honey, burnt sugar and an earthy hop bitterness that threw me at first. Finish leaves a sweetness with an earthy hop bitterness. Medium body with crisp carbonation and a sweet almost sticky mouthfeel. Great Lager that I'm glad I tried on a whim.

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 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 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 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 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 youbrewidrink
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this at the brewery, on the deck, on a sunny autumn day, along with a great sandwich.

The pour was a crystal clear golden hue with a couple inches of fine bubbled head in a cut glass stein.

Aroma was a clean grain and light malt.

To me the tase was bready and clean malt (went great with a rueben). I really enjoyed to full backbone of this beer with out it being too heavy.

This is a very tasty beer with great drinkablity.

Photo of Brad007
4.01/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I decided to seek out the actual Trapp Lodge and the brewery there and almost gave up when I misunderstood the directions of the cashier. However, I was able to sample 3 different lagers.

Pours a light gold color with a thin head into my glass.

Aroma is full of sweet, pungent malt. About right on sweetness.

Taste is crisp with malt that is bready, slightly grainy. A small hop bite is present as well. Delicious.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering hop grassiness and malt. Very nice.

A great new local example that is more than appropriate for this setting.

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Von Trapp Golden Helles Lager from von Trapp Brewing
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