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Von Trapp Bohemian Pilsner | von Trapp Brewing

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Von Trapp Bohemian PilsnerVon Trapp Bohemian Pilsner

Brewed by:
von Trapp Brewing
Vermont, United States

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
A smooth, crisp Bohemian pilsner with a harmonious blend of Perle and Saaz hops.

IBU 42

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Consumed 10/23/16

A: Golden straw with some honey - mostly clear, but some chill haze - pours with a medium size white head, fades to a wispy cap, leaves some streaks of lacing

S: Spicy noble hops, as one would expect for the style, with some grass, floral hops, and spice - clean, pale malts with some light bread, lightly cooked biscuits, and crackers - hay - grains - some light sweetness - some lager yeast with some peppery notes - dry overall

T: Clean and crisp - some spice from the hops, but on the mild side - grassy and floral notes with some spice - some additional spice from the yeast, along with the typical lager yeast flavors - bready malts, with some light bread, light biscuits, crackers, and straight-up grains - finishes with some lingering grass and spice

M: Medium body, smooth, medium carbonation, finish is clean and crisp but not exceptionally crisp for the style

O: Pilsner is not a dirty word

von Trapp's Pilsner seems to be on the mild side, at least compared to some Czech Pils that have a harsher fresh-cut grass character. But I am not complaining, as this take on the style definitely works.

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4.44/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Von Trapp Pilsner

A: This Czech Pilsner from the lager masters of Vermont pours a bright golden hue and is topped by three fingers of soapy white head. Retention is excellent, and lacing is extremely impressive. Carbonation is ample. The only real issue is the cloudiness; they call this a Pilsner, not a Zwickel, so it probably should showcase clarity, stylistically speaking. 4.5/5

A: The aroma is a perfect balance of doughy, crackery malt (not sweet at all) and perfumey noble hops with floral, grassy notes and a little spiciness. There is also a little lemon and a little bread crust before the finishing aroma of minerality and a little lager yeast. As a Czech Pilsner, perhaps more bready sweetness would be nice, but that is the only problem, however significant. 4.5/5

T: Like the nose, dry, crackery malt, fresh grains, and lots of grassy, floral, spicy hops, increasing in strength as the aftertaste goes on. Lots of minerality can be found in the back end, along with a very pleasant kiss of lager yeast and sulfur. Again, the beer suffers just a little bit by being more German than what it is labeled as, Czech. While arguing about these very closely related styles may seem petty, it is not splitting hairs to hold a beer to the standard with which it labels itself. There is little to no sweetness anywhere to be found, perhaps only a kiss of honeyed cracker and grain, and that is if one really looks for it. It is just too dry, bitter, and hop-forward for a Czech Pilsner, plus the minerality is also more characteristic of German than Czech as well. That said, it is still very enjoyable and at the very least European in character as opposed to American. 4/5

M: Somehow, despite every other aspect being just a touch off, this nails the Czech mouthfeel. Carbonation is soft yet present. The beer feels nearly full on the palate, and the bitterness, while obvious, is not overbearing. It does contribute to a little too much dryness, however, leaving the trademark lager crispness, but without the slight residual feeling that most Czech pilsners seem to shoot for. 4.75/5

O: This is a great Pilsner if you do not get too specific with style guidelines. It is flavorful, hoppy, immensely drinkable, and well-balanced. If it was labeled a German Pilsner, it would have scored much higher. Considering Von Trapp family is Austrian, it would not surprise me if this was almost an unconscious cross between German and Czech Pilsner traditions. Even so, I must go rate against what they label it, unfortunately. Besides that, this has everything that so many American pilsners seem to struggle at, and it is commendable for that in addition to just how enjoyable it is to drink. Pair with the latest Dance Gavin Dance release, "Mothership" for breaking rules and combining styles that seems off-putting on paper but works incredibly well in execution. 4.75/5

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Photo of chrishiker1409
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Pours light golden yellow. Less than a finger head but with great retention. Nice white bubbly head.

S: Floral, lemon zest.

T: Follows nose.

F: Crisp and clean. Light bodied, high carbonation.

O: Love this brewery. They do these lagers well. This is no exception. I hope I can find another mix pack because I just drank my last one.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the can, it pours a slightly hazy golden color with a moderate head. The head lasts a bit, being replenished by several streams of bubbles from the bottom. Lacing. A bit of grassiness in the nose. The moderate pilsner bitterness is evident. Yum!

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Photo of BranfordBound
3.86/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had on tap at The Stand in Branford. Poured into a can shaped glass Bohemian Pilsner is a cloudy goldenrod color with a small head that leaves spotty lacing.

Aroma is pretty light, most obvious is the grainy sweet pilsner notes mixed with some grassiness. Taste starts pretty bready, hint of grain, subtle honey sweetness, big wave of Saaz hops come in after. This beer has some serious bite to it. Grassy and floral hops, slight earthiness. Long finish.

Body is solid for the style, maybe a touch too heavy, but otherwise a great Pilsner.

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Photo of crotharagain
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L - Beautiful clear straw color with a full finger of foam that lasts with thick lacing
S -
T - Spicy hops and pepper like maltiness
F - Crisp, refreshing and finishes well
O - First pilsner I've tried since a trip to Europe. Stands with the best. Try it.

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Photo of DuaneL
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

We bought one bottle while in Western Mass this summer, visiting breweries. DL likes very much, so does JK. Crisp and refreshing. Would be nice if available in the DE Valley, but doubt it.

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Photo of ScaryEd
3.74/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a foggy golden straw color with a 2-finger fluffy white head. Has decent retention and leaves some clingy lacing as the head dissipates.

The aroma has light notes of pepper and pilsner malt, with a bit of orange as well.

The taste follows the nose with a nice cracked pepper bite, followed by some sweet dough. Finishes with a kiss of hops.

The feel is light bodied with moderate carbonation. Has some lingering bitterness. Goes down crisp and very dry.

Overall, a good and refreshing pilsener. The hops are present but not overpowering. Nothing special but definitely a drinkable beer.

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Photo of woodchipper
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours light gold, heavy head fades quickly.
Smell- light pepper, medium bread some alcohol.
This thing tastes pretty good. Refreshing as I am currently drinking it in 91 degree temperature.
Not a killer pilsner, but pretty good. I will buy this again.

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Photo of Jacobob10
3.81/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle.

Bright pale gold color with a creamy white head that hangs around for a while. Good clarity. Light, grainy, pils malt aroma with mildly spicy and herbal hops. Flavor has that herbal/spicy bite to it, thanks to the Saaz and Perle hops. A little bit sweet in the finish and not as dry as most other pilsners. Very clean and balanced. The hop bitterness does not overwhelm. Medium-light body with lively carbonation. A very solid pilsner that is remarkably easy to drink.

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Photo of lic217
4.68/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Look: Almost crystal clear, light yellow, long lasting head and lacing
Aroma: Spicey and flowery, with some bready malt and light citrus, very clean and crisp smelling, a lot of subtlety going on
Taste: Bready malt, spice, light citrus some fruitiness,, grassy, starts with a mild clean sweetness, but finishes with a pleasant bitterness
Feel: Great mouthfeel for style very thirst quenching but not watery, a little less carbonated then average, but light prickliness the pleasant bitterness hangs for a couple minutes and it makes you want to take another sip, which quenches the third and bitterness extremely well.
Overall: I think it's a great beer with some great flavor. Excited they are in CT now.

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Photo of thepenguin
4.29/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours a fairly hazy light gold with an ample head, visibly active carbonation, very good head retention for a pils and some lacing.

S: Floral and spicy hop aromatics, with a mild graininess and dry cracker-like malt. Very mild lemon pith citrus in the background. Saaz is very prominent in this one.

T: Crisp, fairly bitter with nice spicy, mildly earthy and herbal Noble hop flavors. Dry with pretty clean yeast influence and the slightest hint of citrus. Bitter, spicy and clean finish.

F: Medium-light body, with medium-plus carbonation. Pretty creamy mouthfeel for the style, but doesn’t detract from drinkability.

Thoughts: Very nice pilsner with great classic Saaz hop characteristics. Well attenuated and clean. The bitterness and earthiness from the hops could be toned down a hair, but I really dig the aroma and flavor characteristics in this one.

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Photo of Mongrel
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Looks beautiful - pale gold with a fluffy, sudsy pure white head that sticks around nicely.

Smells simple enough - a little musty hay with a some sweetness trying to poke through.

Tastes very crisp and pretty high on the bitterness scale for a pils. There's a little stab of honey sweetness mid palate to balance out the hops, and the finish is a bit green and grassy. There's a light musty hay character that enshrouds the whole flavor profile and smooths things out.

Overall, very tasty, balanced and well rounded, but stops just short of being really super "clean."

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.01/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Light and bright gold stunted by chilled, yeasty haze. Sizable head, but it's a bit foamy. Persists and leaves a cream dollop in middle.

S: Spicy, earthy and herbal hops consisting of rosemary type pine, and essence of lemon marmalade on richly, sweet, not too dry malt.

M: Medium body with a bit of creaminess. Would have liked more carb. Finishes mildly dry.

T: Herbal catmint sensation, which is to say more grassy lea flavor than sweet mint. But the beer had lots of biscuity malt with honey. Moderated by warm peppery, hop spice but leans toward sweet malt. Hoppy spice is there but more toward floral/fruity and herbal.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A clear pale yellow with a one inch white head. Some lace.
Floral, herbal hops. Sweet malt.
The taste followed the nose. The hops dominated and the malt stayed in the background.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Floral, herbal, toasted sweet maltiness and subtle spicy noble hop flavors. Clean, crisp and smooth. Medium bodied and lively carbonation. Really solid.

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Photo of Sheppard
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Certainly looks the part, white head, pale straw body. Not much in the form of aroma, besides some soap hops. Good crackery malt. The hops finish slightly spicy and earthy. A little more than I wanted. It is quite refreshing, but a little less clean than I had hoped. A very good pilsner.

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Photo of smcolw
3.41/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Cloudy, dirty gold. Small head but it lasts and leaves a couple rings after sips.

Clean crisp aroma with a good blend malt and floral hop.

The taste is a bit more pedestrian than the smell indicates. I get a good dose "macro" in the taste. I would say this is specific to the initial malt flavor. The hop is a step up but far harsher than most pilsners--not floral on the tongue at all. The body and carbonation are fine.

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Photo of irrevjim
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

look; hazy pale yellow golden, 1" head that shrinks to a thin covering that stays, soapy lacing
smell; saltines, nice german hops, some mild spice, pepper, a liitle yeasty and grassy,some biscuity pilsner malt there but a little overwhelmed
taste; the hops, though mild, dominate. a little more biscuit than in the nose, some white peppery spice
feel; sharp, bubbly, just a little dry
overall; a very nice not quite but close classic pilsner with a little extra spice and hops for fun.

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Photo of cbutova
3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- 12oz bottle into a wine glass with a slightly hazy pale golden hue and a tall, foamy white head. The cap descends at a medium pace to a small ring and lacing is spotty.

S- Raw, crackery grains begin the show making way eventually for a moderate level of German hops. Spicy, grassy, floral and earthy hop character. Clean of yeast influence as it should be.

T- A few powerful influences make up for a clean and effective delivery. Balance is struck between pale base grains and noble hops. The hops come off mostly as herbal but delve towards spicy and grassy just a bit while the barley lends cereal and cracker tones. Slightest touch of mineral water and sulfer throughout accentuating a crisp bite of the hops.

MF- Puffy and somewhat creamy light end body. The carbonation is at a very high level promoting foam and accentuating the crisp feel of the brew. Finishes with herbal bitterness lingering.

Simple and straightforward but the cleanliness of the fermentation is a shining accomplishment for this brew. Herbal hops intermingled with crackery grains in a dry, crisp Pils.

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Photo of Jason
3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz brown bottle, sample from the brewery.

Good looking brew that shows off clarity and a decent lacing. Smells of spicy herbal hops and fresh grain, clean nose. Kiss of lager yeast, ghost-like sulfur. Lots of crisp graininess, lots of snap. Hop bitterness has a bite, flavor lingers with more herbal than spicy hoppiness. Large mugs of this brew would make for a proper session. Very well done.

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Photo of Hyptochrons
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

poured into a ufo hefeweizen glass. beer appears highly carbonated, light golden color with a big fluffy three finger head that has good retention and leaves lacing. a nice looking beer!

nose is very bready. taste is same - malts with a light hoppiness. light mouthfeel like you would expect.

overall a tasty, refreshing brew!

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Photo of edward_boumil
4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Straw, golden yellow, minimal head, no lacing. Despite the golden color it is much cloudier than normal for the style. Opaque.
S: Very bready, with hints of sweet honey and just a touch of floral hops. Hops are kind of an afternote though, very light on the nose.
T: Very solid flavor. Malt is nice and true to the style, had that bready biscuity character, cereal-like with notes of honey graham cracker. Hops are present, which lend a crisp bitterness, though not by any means overpowering. Somewhat spicy in nature as well.
F: Higher in carbonation, body is a little heavier than most pilsners but its barely a hinderence in its drinkability.
O: The best domestic pils on the market that I've had, and I've had quite a few

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Photo of billybob
4.56/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

light golden in color with a fair head and lace aroma's of grass or fresh cut hay. crisp clean bready and dry taste light mouthfeel. good carbonation. very easy to drink.

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Photo of brewandbbq
3.82/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from a mixed 12 pack.

Pours hazy yellow with a decent head of white. Moderate retention and lacing for the duration.

Cut grass, biscuits, and wet straw in the nose. A bit husky.

Light bodied with a crisp mouthfeel.

Bready malt with an assertive bitterness on the palate. Peppery, grassy hops add some complexity.

Finishes very dry with a lingering, spicy bitterness.

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