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Von Trapp Trosten Lager - von Trapp Brewing

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17 Reviews
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Reviews: 17
Hads: 51
Avg: 3.99
pDev: 19.05%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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von Trapp Brewing
Vermont, United States | website

Style | ABV
Schwarzbier | 5.60% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Brad007 on 11-23-2010

Trosten Bier. Translates to "comfort beer" A black lager with notes of roast and smoke. Rich flavor up front that finishes smooth and clean.
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Photo of nkersten
4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.19/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a lager glass.

A: Dark chestnut brown color. Pillowy beige head retains beautifully. Lacing is sticky and clumpy.

S: Rich dark caramel and molasses. Cola. A touch grassy and herbal. Traces of roast and some woody smoke.

T: Caramel and molasses sweetness sets in early. Cola. Coffee and mild roast. Blanket of woody smoke envelopes everything. A little steely. Grassy and herbal/spicy hops bring the sweetness into balance just enough. Sweet and smokey finish.

M: medium bodied. Full and rich mouthfeel. Very creamy and velvety, chewy. Fine-bubbled carbonation adds a crisp bite.

O: Great stuff. Full of flavor and rich in body. It still sits lightly enough in the stomach to justify multiple pints. This really hit the spot on a cold late fall day.

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Photo of BeerIsland
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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Photo of Sheppard
4.16/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with tan head. This was a bit surprising. Hints of smoke and campfire in the aroma. Definitely a lot of ham in this but there is some richness. Slightly thin. A very nice smoked lager.

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Photo of Ninjabrew
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

easily the best schwarzbier ive encountered. pours a thick flat chocolate brown color with a nitro look and feel to it. the nose is chocolate malt, lots of roast and some coffee in there as well. not bitter at all, but very rich and earthy, more body than im used to in the style, and a really lovely creamy texture all the way though this. more chocolate than coffee in terms of flavor, with the roasty barley also contributing a lot of flavor and body. usually these beers seem thin and filling at the same time, while this one is thick like a milkshake yet infinitely sessionable. the first trapp beer ive had, but I am keen to try as many as I can get my hands on this summer. the quality of this brew is just incredible, never had a schwarzbier like this, and I would highly recommend it to anyone interested in a totally unique dark beer. would love to get this into my regular fall lineup.

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Photo of tempest
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft, had a couple of pints. Black in color, decent head. Slightly roasty aroma. Taste is nice balance between dry and sweet. Full bodied for a lager.

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Photo of edward_boumil
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: Dark black, opaque. Head is light tan, leaves behind a touch of lace
S: Robust chocolate notes, not the acrid or burnt notes common of a porter but remincient.
T: Somewhat reminicient of a smoked porter or a rauchbier, but milder. Has a little of the classic cereal grain character of a lager but not as many of the subtleties or notes. Perhaps they are covered by the chocolate notes. Also definate hints of smoke but not nearly strong enough to say its a rauchbier.
F: Smooth and easy drinking, somewhat lighter than a stout but definately drinks a bit heavier than a classic schwarzbier. Has a somewhat silky body that goes back easy though
O: Quite a nice beer. If you are looking for a classic schwarz this is a bit different through it definately pays good homage to the classics. Also a great beer in its own right. Another great one by Von Trapp

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the bottle, it pours very dark with a tan head. A bit of smoke (rauch) in the nose. Great! Taste is yummy as well, but I like more smoke! Enjoyable!

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Photo of woosterbill
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

1l swingtop growler. Thanks Matt!

A: Black body, brown highlights, thin cap of frothy tan foam. Poor retention, spotty lace. No better than average.

S: Smoky, with dark fruit (raisins, plums), and whole grain bread crust. Really nice.

T: Breadiness and minerality up front, with dark fruit behind. Scotch-like smokiness ahead of a clean finish. Great.

M: Smooth, slick, light-to-medium body; low carbonation. Just ok.

O: Really enjoyable Schwarzbier; I've love to try it on tap at the brewpub someday.

Cheers!

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Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of jlindros
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Tap at rail trail in Hudson.

Big creamy fluffy head, very dark brown color.

Nose toasty brown malts, little chocolate cocoa, caramel, faint coffee, lager crispness, layered soft malts, nice smoky.

Taste tons of smoke, little campfire, fair smoked meat or cheese, little choc and cocoa, little roasty coffee, hint creamy, brown toasty malts, fair bitterness, soft lager feel. Finish drier crisp like, fair bitterness, lingering smoke and choc.

Mouth is med to lighter bod, nice carb, soft crisp lager.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stopped into the brewpub on 07APR12 after a bit of hiking around the area with Alewife. Opted for a stein of this to slake my thirst. Says it's currently at 5.40% ABV.

Poured a deep, dark brown. The head was a fine layer of beige bubbles, thinning quickly yet leaving some wispy lacing. Had a lightly roasty nose, with some traces of sweetness. A bit of prickle hit the tongue, with the body being about medium overall.

Flavor, too, had some light sweetness, with a hint of caramel before getting into some good roasty bitterness. There was also a subtle smokey character present as it faded into some pleasant floral hoppiness at the finish. Solid and tasty; a good session bier. Prosit!

3.9/5 rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Photo of Brad007
3.86/5  rDev -3.3%
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!

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Photo of cbutova
3.74/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- 12oz bottle into a narrow tumbler revealing a deep brown body and a off white foamy head. After reaching over two fingers high the cap slowly recedes to a foamy ring depositing spotty lacing.

S- A malty aroma smack dab between the realms of smoky and toasty. Charred wood, molasses, caramel, campfire, toasted nuts and slight raisin come to mind.

T- Opens up with an initial burst of smoking campfire wood, toasted nuts and caramel up front. This leads into hints of brown sugar, molasses, cocoa nibs, raisin and dates. A light sweetness and certainly a spotlight for malts.

MF- Crisp and foamy medium body a shade towards the light side of things. Plenty of carbonation bringing on a slight creaminess. Smoky malts linger on the palate with a hint of bitterness.

Well brewed lager without any obvious flaws allowing a spotlight for smoked malts atop a bed of toasted grains. Drinks easily but packs plenty of flavor with nuttiness, caramel and smoke as the key players. Something to warm up with on a winter night.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.39/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours two shades shy of black with a loose, 1/8th inch, off-white head that quickly dissipates into a dollop of cream and a cluster of bubbles. Nose expresses soft cocoa notes and a hint of something pruney/vinous/raisiny. Taste follows nose; however, it all comes off dull with a bit of ashiness and smoke. The cocoa is more in the background, with the fruitiness more in the foreground. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a brisk carbonation. Overall, missing the pleasant roasty/cocoa notes associated with the style and substituted with a more ashy/acrid character and some fruity/dunkel notes.

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Von Trapp Trosten Lager from von Trapp Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 17 ratings.