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Von Trapp Golden Helles Lager - von Trapp Brewing

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Reviews: 36
Hads: 149
Avg: 3.94
pDev: 23.86%
Wants: 8
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 36 | Hads: 149
Reviews by nebula1999:
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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of BeerIsland
4.56/5  rDev +15.7%
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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Photo of kingcrowing
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
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!

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Griffith
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of KenC
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of nkersten
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

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Photo of tempest
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of grahuba
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Alieniloquium
2.62/5  rDev -33.5%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of trevorpost
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of puboflyons
3.82/5  rDev -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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3.49/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of smakawhat
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4.11/5  rDev +4.3%

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.

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Von Trapp Golden Helles Lager from von Trapp Brewing
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