Von Trapp Bohemian Pilsner | von Trapp Brewing

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39 Reviews
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

Added by Jmbbabson on 06-27-2014

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Photo of Jason
3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of billybob
4.56/5  rDev +16.9%
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 horshack7
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured into a Pilsner glass is a hazy golden straw color with a head that is off white and around one finger thick. As the head thins out it leaves behind thick lacing.

Aroma: Biscuit notes make themselves known right up front. Grapefruit, piney, lemon zest are faint and a light dryness in the nose.

Taste: Very crisp mouthfeel that carries a floral hop bite. Lemon zest, grapefruit, buttery biscuit. The finish starts out smooth but it still has a good bite in the end.

Notes: An all around solid Czech Pilsner and very drinkable. I would not mind seeing this one in some tallboy cans:. Cheers.

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Photo of costanzo_mike
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Golden, hazy color to this one. Bavarian hop aroma shines through nicely. Taste is light and crisp with a bit of citrus on the aftertaste. Very pleasantly surprised with this one

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Photo of woodchipper
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
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 irrevjim
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
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 lordofthewiens
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
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 skivtjerry
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle was poured into a Sam Adams glass. Golden straw color, pretty cloudy for a pilsener, and this was not chill haze. Probably should have poured more carefully. Head retention is incredible; it looked like white spray foam after a couple minutes.

Aroma is grainy/bready up front, with some yeastiness that detracts. Floral and slightly citrusy hops in the background.

Taste is bready malt followed immediately by a blast of floral/herbal/citrusy hops that fades into a satisfying smooth bitterness.

Mouthfeel is nice. Carbonation and body are perfect. Firmly bitter but not astringent.

Overall, a little rough around the edges, but solid and true to the style.

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Photo of BranfordBound
3.86/5  rDev -1%
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 Rand_Schoeb
4.79/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Light and refreshing.

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Photo of acurtis
3.52/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mackeyse
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of andrew8626
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of seakayak
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of renaveg
3.4/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of chrishiker1409
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
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 grahuba
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of k47k
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mongrel
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
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 puboflyons
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on June 22, 2015. I am not certain if I am reviewing the same beer. My 2015 bottle simply says Pilsner not Bohemian Pilsner.

Cloudy yellow pour with a long lasting white foamy head.

The aroma is toasted malts, German malts, sweetness, and grass. It smells like a traditional Pilsner should.

Medium body.

The taste is immediately toasted and then there is a mild, balanced grassy bitterness to tone down the toasty sweetness. Easy to drink. Really the way I enjoy my Pilsners.

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Photo of liquorpig
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PJCarnell
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nebula1999
4.21/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hockeypuck
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

4.44/5  rDev +13.8%
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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