Trapp Trosten Bier - Trapp Family Lodge Brewery
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4.13/5 rDev +7%
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.
01-30-2012 02:10:12 | More by Ninjabrew
4.1/5 rDev +6.2%
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.
01-16-2012 21:07:56 | More by tempest
4/5 rDev +3.6%
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.
02-23-2011 20:36:08 | More by Kegatron
4.47/5 rDev +15.8%
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.
12-16-2010 20:32:36 | More by nkersten
3.88/5 rDev +0.5%
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!
11-23-2010 22:38:18 | More by Brad007
Trapp Trosten Bier from Trapp Family Lodge Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 33 ratings.