Bohemian Pilsner | von Trapp Brewing

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Bohemian PilsnerBohemian Pilsner

Brewed by:
von Trapp Brewing
Vermont, United States

Style: Bohemian 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 selecter70
4.85/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Rand_Schoeb
4.79/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Light and refreshing.

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Photo of Aerocraft67
4.79/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Not sure if it's true to style, but it's delicious, in a category that's not represented as well as big IPAs and whatnot. It resembles a quintessential "beer," like an Anchor Steam, even though there obviously isn't a singular representative of "beer." I like it better than Hofbräu Original, my traditional pilsner go-to, as well as the category-leading entry from Victory, which seems to try too hard for pilsner. I wish I could get it locally.

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Photo of lic217
4.68/5  rDev +21.2%
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 woodychandler
4.61/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This will be my fourth entry of/in Happy Loads of New (Mainly) Lager Beers Sunday (Week 718). I purchased several bottles from von Trapp Brewing at Hunger-n-Thirst & as the eradication of the Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody rolls on, these are next in line.

From the Bottle: "'A little of Austria[,] a lot of Vermont'"; "A smooth, crisp Bohemian pilsner with a harmonious blend of Perle and Saaz hops"; "By the family that inspired 'The Sound of Music'"; "Brewed on the grounds of Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, Vermont, this lager is crafted with the finest traditional ingredients and our pure Vermont spring water."; "IBU: 42".

This was the one that I was most excited to try! When I was merely a budding hophead, FerMentor Lew (@therealbeerfly) put me onto the idea that some Lagers were also hop-driven, introducing me to Pilsners. Now, I am much more accepting of Lagers, but back then I was a bit of a snob. I still really like a Czech/Boho Pils & so I Pop!ped the cap to see what von Trapp had to offer. I offered a slow, gentle C-Line pour into the awaiting glass & was rewarded by the formation of two fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, bone-white head with great retention, making me wait as it slowly fell back, leaving great lacing in its wake. Color was Straw-Yellow (SRM = > 2, < 4) with NE-quality clarity. Nose was rich with freshly-mown grass & hay, evincing that they had not held back on their use of hops! Mmm. My mouth was watering as I lifted the glass to my maw. She declined a taste, so I took a drink. Mouthfeel was big & creamy! How did they achieve this in a Lager?!? The taste was wonderfully bitter, very evocative of a handful of Saaz hops. I was not getting much in the way of maltiness, but it has long been my understanding that such is the difference between a Czech/Boho Pils & a GER Pils. Further, I was reminded of Pilsner Urquell, which is one of my favorite CANned Pilsners. Once again, von Trapp, would you CANsider putting ALL of your beers into CANs? Pretty please? With hops on top? I wanted to savor this one, but it was just so good & my spirit was weak, leading to my drinking it down like it was nothing. It had a lovely crisp dryness on the finish & I began to envision myself on the beach with a cooler filled with this beer on a hot, humid Summer's day. My numbers are going to be high, but I feel as though they are justified. YMMV.

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Photo of Urk1127
4.57/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy gold. White head
Smell of medicinal herbs. Crackery.
Taste is herbaceous hops then sweet crackery malts. The feel is a bit sticky. Sharp carbonation.

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Photo of billybob
4.56/5  rDev +18.1%
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 GreesyFizeek
4.54/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Von Trapp Brewing in Stowe, VT.

This one pours a clear light golden orange, with a small head and a good bit of lacing.

This smells like herbal and spicy hops, with sweet grain and light sulfur.

This is an exceptional pilsner. It's got such a nice crisp hop flavor- a lot herbal, a bit spicy, with a subtle grain sweetness that makes this super enjoyable. It's very well balanced- simple, but harmonious.

This is crisp and super clean, with a nice slight lingering bitterness- it allows for an eagerness to get the next sip in.

This is absolutely wonderful.

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Photo of MrRB
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Righteous. Really basically perfect actually. Translucent pale gold with thick white foam that lingers. Delightful grassy, herbal notes complement the light biscuity malt. Soft, clean, and pure with a dry finish. Abundant but gentle carbonation refreshes the palate with each sip. This is precisely what Pilsner is all about.

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Photo of Fettpopps
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Smakawhat
4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a Libby style pilsner glass.

Pale lemon body color, and quite a bit hazy actually. Minimal head creation but a very nice bleach white two fingers. Settles to a half fingered crown top and big fine bubbled collar. Lots of really fine carbonation going through this thing, and creeping up slowly.

Very different Bohemian quality here on the nose. Exceptional hop herbality with a killer fruit angle. Crisp notes of green herbs and spice with a tangy marmalade apricot bitterness that is very pronounced. Wow! Just crushing, and simple. Classic clean smell, faint touches of bread dough. Wow this is great stuff for an aroma.

I was really expecting some good quality here from that hinted nose, and boy did it deliver. If anything, simple malt depth and doesn't quite get the great chewy and bakery quality I like out of a pils. However, it stays simple and is simply supportive of the great flavors that follow. Crisp hop green herbs of pine and mint, with an absolute mouthwatering apricot fruit and peach fuzz quality minus the sugary sweetness. Only a faint hint of bread dough, but then the hop quality flourishes like a breath freshener. Thyme and sage, even a touch of orange zest gets in there.

Wow, this is a great friggin pils, too bad I can't get this regularly it's just wonderful. Czech or German? Who cares… it's fantastic. (I lean toward Czech but that's my 2 cents).

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4.44/5  rDev +15%
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 CTbrew32
4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bobv
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of iwanatalk2sampson
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lembeh
4.34/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Home run straight out of 12oz bottle. This is like dating the girl of your dreams and in a few years into it she gets even hotter. This beer starts great on the nose, good amount of that hay, biscuit you expect of a nice Pilsener but on the taste this really comes alive. It's malty, balanced with just the right amount of Saaz. Top notch beer.

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Photo of snowsurfer422
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of EnthusedAboutBeer
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HorseheadsHophead
4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L: Clear straw with streams of bubbles, and a massive creamy white head. Excellent retention and sheets of lacing.

S: Cool herbal hops, floral, some grass and lemon, and some cracker malt.

T: Cool, slightly minty hops upfront, followed by bell pepper, lemon zest and grass. Soft cracker malt. Clover and honeysuckle on the finish. Not particular bitter, but just enough to balance what little malt sweetness there might. Crisp, clean, lightly dry, and extremely balanced.

F: Light, but not watery. Rolling carbonation. Smooth and crisp.

O: A superb pilsner. Excellent craftmanship.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.31/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I first heard of this brewery by sampling some of their stuff at a beer fest a few weeks ago. Glad to see it at City Swiggers, NYC.
From the bottle, it pours a clear golden straw that carries a hint of orange. A big bubbly head soon dissipates and leaves scattered rings of lacing.
The nose features a combination of doughy grain, sweet malt, grassy and spicy hops, and even a subtle hint of fruit. Oddly enough, the aroma seems to fade and becomes cleaner later on, with only a hint of spice and malt.
The best thing that I can say about the taste and mouthfeel is that it is one of the most crisp, refreshing and crushable beers you will find. I might have set a personal record in terms of how fast I drank this. Light and gently carbonated, a largely clean profile nevertheless has depth and flavor. Doughy malt feel with a silky finish makes up the base. A modest grassy and hops spice balances things out. A subtle fruit sweetness and lemon tartness create a nice interplay.
It is truly a treat to drink a delicious and seemingly authentic representation of a bohemian lager, especially amidst the landscape of American craft brewers that favor hoppy ales. I hope to see more from VonTrapp Brewery and in general, of well made American craft lagers.

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Photo of digitalflood
4.31/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tschnab
4.29/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Photo of thepenguin
4.29/5  rDev +11.1%
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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4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Pmag0942
4.27/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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