Bohemian Pilsner
von Trapp Brewing

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Pilsner - Bohemian / Czech
Ranked #32
Ranked #18,999
3.88 | pDev: 9.79%
von Trapp Brewing
Vermont, United States
Very Good
Bohemian PilsnerBohemian Pilsner
Notes: Our award winning interpretation of a Bohemian Style Pilsner. Spicy, citrus peel botanicals combine with a dry, peppery finish to create a truly thirst-quenching lager. A beer that demands you take more than one sip.
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larryi86 from Delaware

4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into a mug

A- A fairly clear golden straw with a two finger white head

S- Biscuits, pale malts, floral, herbal, some citrus, earthy.

T- Citrus, biscuits, floral, earthy, some pilsner malts, touch of peppercorns.

M- Smooth, crisp, light body.

O- A tasty and easy drinking pilsner. A little on the hoppy side but not overly hoppy.

Apr 05, 2021
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Slightly hazy medium straw gold color with vibrant carbonation and bright white, frothy, creamy white head resting on top!

S - Crisp floral, citrus, a crackery malt aroma with a little bit of dry straw.

T - Light citrus, crisp graham crackery malt, a slight bit of earthiness, and lemon. Finishes balanced and has some lingering graham cracker malt with some resiny citrus over the top.

M - Medium body with a semi-dry finish and soft carbonation.

O - Lots of lingering citrus resin for a Pilsner. Not a bad thing at all!

Mar 19, 2021
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.29/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Clear yellow bubbly pour with two fingers of white foam. Honey dipped grains, floral tones of hop, biscuit malts, black pepper, and bready yeast make up the nose. Taste is exactly the same but with some ester on the backend with the now more robust yeast, hints of grass as it warms too. Yet despite more complexity the intensity is less than the nose. Feel is bready, higher in carbonation, crisp and filling with leanings towards bloating. The wife liked it

Feb 04, 2021
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Eapressocycle from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A more American craft beer than the other Von Trapp beers thanks to some extra bitterness. Flavor is bright and grassy with a bit of pine. Crisp finish without much sweetness. Overall solid effort but not outstanding.

Dec 09, 2020
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Treyliff from West Virginia

4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a pint

A- pours clear and golden in color with a one-finger foamy and sudsy white head that has great retention and leaves some lacing behind

S- bready biscuit malt, spicy and peppery herbal hops, citrus peels, straw and crackers

T- clean and bready malt up front, before turning a bit doughy. Mid-palate brings out some spicy and peppery floral hops, as well as some grassy notes. The finish is dry and crisp with notes of spicy hops and toasted malt on the linger

M- medium body with medium carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that continues into a creamy and crisp dry finish, high drinkability

O- another solid beer, these guys know how to brew these German style beers

Nov 21, 2020
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beeragent from Texas

3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy straw, forming a very thin white head which faded quickly, followed by very minimal lace on the glass.

Lemon and herb hop aroma.

Bready malt and light spiciness from the hops. Medium high bitterness without the flavor to support.

Very thin mouthfeel and carbonation is on the low side.

Overall, not a bad pilsner but probably not as good due to the expiration date approaching. I'll have to try to find a more fresh version if I can.

Oct 01, 2020
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dano213 from Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can purchased from the fridge as a single for $1.99. Best By 11/29/2020.

Look: Slightly hazy golden yellow straw color. Has a brightness to it. Fluffy and rocky white head. Lots of effervescent little bubbles rising. Definitely looks the part of a Czech pilsner.

Smell: A nice lemony aroma - smells of lemon zest and lemon oil. Also grassy and floral aromas. There is also a peppery and earthy note on the back end and I can pick up on the Saaz and Perle hops. There is a nice crackery malt backbone, and the lager yeast strain smells slightly funky and interesting.

Taste: I actually think that this delivers more on the taste than the nose suggests. This beer is light, crisp, and refreshing. And it also has a very dry, spicy, bitter finish that cleanses the palate quite nicely. After a few sips, I am picking up on an almost vinous white grape characteristic in the nose. This may be a combination effect of the citrus and yeast aromas, not sure. It's a delicious beer that helps you appreciate subtlety, simplicity, and the delicate balance of flavors.

Feel: Light to medium bodied and effervescent.

Overall: It's been a long time since I've had a Czech pilsner, and it's nice to be reminded of what one should taste like. This is well crafted. The flavors are clean, crisp, and well-defined and with this type of style there is no place to hide for flaws. I am looking forward to trying more beers from von Trapp!

Sep 17, 2020
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dcotom from Iowa

4.53/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Here I go off the reservation yet again, but there's just not much about this not to love. Poured from 12-ounce can into a Pokal glass. Beautiful appearance: Clear, pale golden yellow, with a thick white soap-sudsy head that left scads of lacing as it eventually settled. Lovely fruity and floral aroma, with notes of apple, pear, and citrus up front. These are present on the palate as well, along with light malt, peppery spice, and a ton of bitterness. Medium mouthfeel, good carbonation, and a crisp and dry finish round out the profile. There is a lingering hint of tart apple and zesty bitterness on the back end. This was an extra in a trade along with several other Von Trapp lagers, and they have all been excellent. I'd highly recommend anything from this brewery.

Sep 08, 2020
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sethmeister from New Hampshire

3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can marked Best by 11/03/20

Pours a slightly hazy lemon yellow with a foamy bright white head which sticks around for a bit then settles to a soapy film. Little to no lace.

Scent is a bit muted for me but lemon citrus and crackery grains with light fruit.

Taste is spicy and sharply peppery with some pear or apple, lemony citrus. Quite a lot of hops here. Spicy hops, citrus hops, herbal hops. Very long bitter dry finish. Lemon takes on a creamy and tangy sweetness but is quickly overwhelmed by the intense bitterness. Some doughy bread in the background.

Mouth is substantial. Creamy but with a stout carbonation.

Drinkability is very good.

Was never a big fan of pilseners but I really love the peppery spice and intense dry bitterness here.

Sep 04, 2020
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VABA from Virginia

3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a golden color with a nice head and lacing
Aroma has hop and floral hints
The taste follows the nose with hop and floral flavors
A light bodied well carbonated beer
A good Bohemian Pilsner

Aug 30, 2020
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Todd from California

4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12oz can with a best buy 10/11/2020. Sample from the brewery.

Pale yellow with a slight haze, creamy head, and thin lace. Bready and floral aroma. Very crisp and clean, light-bodied, and creamy on the palate. Carbonation is quite prickly and refreshing. Semi-sweet, malty backbone with hints of honey and biscuit. Mildly fruity with orange peel and apple. Herbal undertones. Kiss of lemon and grassy bitterness. Spicy, peppery, dry finish.

It's a fact. The world needs more Czech lagers. In the meantime, we have this delicious and artfully brewed Bohemian Pilsner from von Trapp. It's simple, balanced, flavorful, and moreish. And that takes skill to pull off. Highly recommended if you're looking to ease yourself into the world of lagers.

Aug 19, 2020
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Peach63 from New York

3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours pale yellow with a 1 1/2 inch foamy, white head. Moderate lacing.

Aroma is floral, pepper, spice, mint, bready.

Taste is caramel malt, slight mint, earthy, spices. Excellent bitterness.

Light bodied, lively carbonation. Spicy, semi-dry finish.

This is one of the best Pilsners I've had. Much better than the usual American swill.

Jul 25, 2020
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hopsputin from New Jersey

4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: slightly murky dark straw yellow color with a large 3 finger dizzy frothy white head

S: lemongrass, grass, hay, and sweet citrus. Sweet lemons, pepper spice, sweet grains, and a real nice lager crispness

T: sweet grains, a mild kiss of earthy hop bitterness. Sweet lemons, lemongrass, grass, hay, pepper spice. A nice doughy body as backbone in here. A touch of earthy bitterness on the back of the tongue to close

M: medium mouthfeel with high carbonation

O: pretty nice Czech Pilsner. It’s not up there with the best of them, but it’s very nice and there is nothing offensive about it. It could use a touch more earthy bitterness and crispness, but other than being a tad sweet it’s a real nice drinker

Jul 04, 2020
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Damian from Massachusetts

4.44/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 12 fl oz/355 ml can purchased at Craft Beer Cellar, Belmont, MA
Best by 04/11/20
Served in a Willi Becher

Pale lemon yellow appearance. The body was capped by a frothy, finger-tall, bone white crown that fell to a thin, lasting film. Streaky lacing stuck along the glass.

The nose was super crisp and bright. Lemon notes came through big time. A touch wheaty. Bready pilsner malts were also detectable.

The flavor was really lemony and bright as well. Fairly tart. Big wheaty presence. Pale, crackery, Pilsner malt notes were apparent. Grassy Saaz hops came through as the beer moved along the palate. The beer finished crisp and clean with a notable earthy hop bitterness.

Outstanding mouthfeel. Super creamy, soft and supple. The liquid contained a medium bubbled but rather lively carbonation that fluffed up beautifully on the palate.

Von Trapp’s Bohemian Pilsner is a terrific crisp, bright and highly crushable take on the style. This would be especially enjoyable when the warmer weather arrives.

Apr 07, 2020
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Franziskaner from Missouri

3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Gold in color with a light haziness. There’s a fingernail of eggshell white around the rim and covering the vast majority of the top. The aroma is of light crackery malt and the classic grassy Czech bittering hops. I’m tasting just a touch of the laughter malt and then there’s a gentle kiss of the grassy hops. The mouth is smooth and refreshing.

Mar 15, 2020
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Gatch from Rhode Island

4.45/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Picked up at the brewery during a ski trip through NVT. Canned, BB 05/20/20. Just a damn good example of the style. Easy to drink, easy to see the craft and skill of this brewery. Because the malt bill is vital and exposed and such a “simple” style can quickly go downhill, this is a prime example of talent.

Feb 15, 2020
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mikeinportc from New York

3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Best buy date : 5/12/20

Slightly hazy deep gold, with moderate, quickly-dissipating white head.

Smell is doughy malt and fruity/floral/slightly spicy hops . Actually smells much like a blonde.

Taste is toasty bread crust,slight tang, and peppery/coriander-ish spice. Medium bitterness.

Feel is light-medium with very fine , sharp carbonation burn.

Overall , quite good. Not a typical pils, in that it has some of the flavor characteristics of a Belgian witte. (Think Allagash White) I like it, ymmv.

Jan 24, 2020
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moodenba from New York

3.22/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A growler of von Trapp Boh. Pilsner was purchased in early 2020. Beer was poured at 45F into a sham pilsner beer glass. Beer looked and smelled fine. Taste was slightly deficient in malt body. The hop character boasted a combination of a modern fruity flavor and noble hops. This is a good pilsner in which the noble hop bitterness comes out best in the aftertaste.

Jan 07, 2020
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JRed from New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy golden body topped by white marshmallow head that stays. Aroma of herbs, grain, honey, grass, light pineapple. Tastes of honey grains, herbs, light grass, mild hop spice and mid bitterness that’s quite refreshing. Light bodied, medium carbonation.

Jan 04, 2020
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WoodBrew from Ohio

4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried this beer off the tapper at the Hilton hotel in downtown Burlington, VT. It poured a clear golden with white head that left some lace. The scent had grain notes. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with subtle grass and harvest presence. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall its a solid beer.

Oct 03, 2019
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mushroomcloud from Texas

4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz can with a best by date of 02/04/20, opened on 9/28/19.
Pale golden, bright but not 100% clarity (keller?) carbonation visible. 2 finger white head that crests over the rim of the glass with amazing retention, great looking beer. Thick, fresh lacing.
Bready, doughy, crackery pilsner malt, faint grain aroma...soft spicy, grassy hops.
Pilsner malt goodness, bread and grass...earthy, zesty hops.
Medium body, medium to a medium-high carbonation. Long zesty, spicy, hoppy, and dry finish.
Drinkability is high for my tastes, really well done.

Sep 28, 2019
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hophugger from Virginia

3.49/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Straw color with decent head, great carbonation and spidery, clingy lacing. Light bodied with floral.hop aroma and quite a bit of bitterness on the back end.

Jul 29, 2019
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jrc1093 from Connecticut

3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Best by 11/24/19

Pours a slightly cloudy golden straw topped with a rocky head of soapy white foam; excellent head retention leaves behind a lasting cap while layers of lacing cling to the glass.

Aroma holds a long note of grassy hops and wet hay, deepening with crackery malt, a tinge of black bread crust, and earthy, spicy floral tones interspersed in between.

Taste opens with a healthy dose of Pilsner malt and wet hay, with fresh brown bread fluffs up the mid-palate, robust but well-maintained hoppy expression builds, and a light, grassy bite on the finish.

Mouthfeel shows a light body boosted by medium carbonation carrying a drying prickly grit smoothing to an immensely crisp but surprisingly bawdy and semi-bitter finish.

A bluntly expressive Bohemian-styled pilsner offering equal parts malt and hop punch while maintaining the style’s signature easy-going quaffability.

Jul 26, 2019
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Hibernator from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

von Trapp Bohemian Pilsner
12 oz. brown bottle
Served in a Pilsner glass

Pours a light golden yellow with a frothy head. Little carbonation bubbles race upward when the beer is closely examined.

Clean nose, a bit floral that is reminiscent of a fresh bouquet of flowers.

The flavor presents a toasted malt profile with a nice hop snap on the finish. Very clean tasting and super drinkable. Hints of grass, cereal and wheat are a recurring theme as my sips begin to increase in frequency.


Jul 20, 2019
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Alexc11 from Canada (QC)

3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear, slightly hazed, pale yellow with about a 1 1/2 finger head. Hits all the characteristics typical of this style from the malts to the toasty sweetness. Carbonation is medium but I do detect bitterness/hops to be slightly elevated. Nice tasting, crisp pilsner.

Jul 14, 2019
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