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Trapp Trosten Bier - Trapp Family Lodge Brewery

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BA SCORE
86
very good

33 Ratings
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Ratings: 33
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.95%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Trapp Family Lodge Brewery visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
Trosten Bier. Translates to "comfort beer" A black lager with notes of roast and smoke. Rich flavor up front that finishes smooth and clean.

(Beer added by: Brad007 on 11-23-2010)
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Photo of BeerIsland
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I appreciated my daughter bringing a milk crate of Trapp lagers home for me and this is the first one I've cracked. The Trosten is a unique beer, quite unlike anything I've had. The smoke in this 1 liter flippy (is this really a growler?) was a little more prominent than I expected but still well balanced. The aroma is a bit more dark chocolate with nice the malt notes. There wasn't too much of a head the day after opening but there was only about 12 oz left in the bottle so I wasn't expecting long lasting fluff. This is a great beer to drink for a session on a snowy day; either sharing this generous package keeping all to one's self. Trosten translates more like solace than comfort although I think I understand what the Germans mean. Take off your shoes, put up your feet, and enjoy this beer from these excellent lager makers.

BeerIsland, Feb 04, 2013
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

acurtis, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of KenC
4/5  rDev +3.6%

KenC, Feb 04, 2013
Photo of nkersten
4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Was lucky enough to try a couple versions of this, review will be for the earlier version since the newest one was not quite done. Poured into Trapp Lager pilsner glass (very cool glassware), color is black with brown edges and an off white head, decent retention especially for the style. Smell is grainy and a bit roasted with some smokey undertones, slight hop presence but for the most part this is dominated by the malts. Taste is a great balance of raw grains, lightly smoked malts, and breadiness. Slight hop bitterness in the finish, very light and clean. Mouthfeel is light bodied with a medium active carbonation. These guys are making some excellent lagers, and this might be their best. A very drinkable beer, I love the subtle smoke flavors - perfect for the winter.

nkersten, Dec 16, 2010
Photo of tempest
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a glass at the Farmhouse in Burlington VT. This was a little thicker, but not unreasonable. There's a big cocoa character, but it's dry and hardly sweet. It's a richer take on the style, and after also recently enjoying Flatbread/Zero Gravity's sub-4% schwarz, I can appreciate the benefits of a bigger beer. The extra chocolate candy and roasted barley create a wonderfully complex take on the style.

tempest, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ The Farmhouse (Burlington, VT) on 2/19/11. Served in a Weizen glass.

Pours a deep brown/near black (you can just make out some ruby along the bottom) with a ½ finger of mocha colored head. This retains with a thin filmy creaminess that keeps some richness to it and leaves back foamy spotty lacing. The aroma is floral up front but soon gives way to a sharp blend of acrid smoky roast and green smelling citric character. Light notes of cocoa and caramel add an extra touch of sweet tanginess to nose.

The taste has an assertive green citric bitterness that is initially cut by the sweetness of the malts before a second wave of roasted bitterness swoops in to finish this dry and burnt with some leftover lingering citrus notes. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a smooth and crisp feel the whole way through. Maybe just a touch of underlying thickness is present where most of the malt activity here sits but this was pretty easy drinking overall.

Pretty darn solid Schwarzbier here, with just the right amount of well balanced roast and hop character that gave this a crisp and flavorful bite but without being overly aggressive with the bitterness. I will say that the roasted malts here did have an extra bit of a burnt smoky edge to that that really set this apart. Good stuff here from Trapp Family Lodge.

Kegatron, Feb 23, 2011
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

BTVflatlander, Oct 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

ChipMurray, Feb 20, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

BGsWo22, Mar 30, 2013
Photo of Ninjabrew
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Outstanding take on the style. Never been a huge fan of lagers but when I grab one it's usually a schwarzbier. This one is the mother of all schwarzbiers.

Appearance. Had this one on at the lodge lounge itself a very dimly lit place, but it seemed pretty black with just the right amount of head.

Smell. Not overly big on smell but I could it would dry.

Taste. Great smokey dry taste. Not overly smoked and it does not taste or smell like a wet bandage like many smokey beers. Some lingering cocoa nibs taste, chocolate taste but not sweet.

Mouthfeel and drink ability were excellent. Good carbonation levels and you really don't taste any alcohol.

Ninjabrew, Jan 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

liamt07, Jun 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

patrick802, May 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

nathanjohnson, Nov 18, 2011
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2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

chippo33, Jun 01, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

utopiajane, Apr 20, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

gwiedman1, Jan 26, 2013
Photo of Brad007
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Description says "big black lager with a hint of smoke."

Pours a dark brown/black color into my glass with a one-finger head.

Aroma has a touch of sweet, grainy malt in the nose. Inviting but not roasty!

Wow, sweet grainy malt dominates the mouth, followed by just a hint of smoke.

Mouthfeel has much of the malt lingering back there. One gripe: it feels kind of thin.

They nail it on the head here. Drinkable and as good of as example as you'll find in VT at least!

Brad007, Nov 23, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

guezarka, Dec 23, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Ivanhoes_Backpack, Apr 30, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

jbertsch, Mar 13, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3/5  rDev -22.3%

duceswild, Mar 26, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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Trapp Trosten Bier from Trapp Family Lodge Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 33 ratings.