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 StonedTrippin
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

of course this is good! this is exactly what these guys do best, and it was a treat to have it on tap. bright yellow golden color and perfectly crystal clear under a full inch of white head that is constantly replenished by frantically rising carbonation that keeps coming through the whole drink. minerals and german pils malt in the nose, cleaner and fresher than it usually is, and i can seemingly appreciate the water profile of the beer right away too, although its anything but watery. i also smell the lager yeast, doughy but clean, and then the hops, which have a noble complexion and are rather well dosed, but without the usual grassy spice to them, fresh and fragrant on the whole, very summery and appetizing. the flavor is great too, everything i want and expect to be there and nothing i dont, minerals again, ground it and keep it earthy. the malt is flavorful but also really simple and dry, and the yeast is there in the right amount as well. not too hoppy either, but with some light citrus and hay notes to it, rustic even for how well refined it is. this is perfectly dry, light bodied, and brilliantly carbonated, fresher than any importer pils type, and drinkable without end. a perfect summer lager, they nailed this one!

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Photo of acurtis
3.52/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of metter98
3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that left delicate lacing on the surface and a narrow collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of floral hops are present in the nose with hints of spicy hops.
T: The taste has flavors of bready malts and notes of floral and grassy hops; the hops are most noticeable towards the finish. There is a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. This is a touch of dryness in the finish.
O: This pilsener is easy to drink and goes down easily.

Serving type: bottle

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

Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jlindros
3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light fizzy head, touch of lacing, mostly clear slight chill hazed straw yellow.

Nose nice toasty grainy notes, light straw, bread dough, grainy mineral, light grassy hop.

Taste flavorful, big grassy hop, almost spicy hop with fair bitterness, little minerality again, grassy malt, straw and toasty grainy, little bread dough, mild soft lager and fruity lager notes. Finish dry toasty straw, spicy grassy hops lingering.

Mouth med to lighter bod, soft lager, decent carb.

Overall not bad, nice malt, hops start nice but get a bit too spicy later.

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Photo of Gkruszewski
3.49/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of smithj4
3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On-tap 6/3/2016 at Boundary Brewhouse in Pawtucket, RI, served in a stange glass.

A: The beer is a light yellowish gold color, with a medium white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains lager yeast, light caramelized malts and some hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of lager yeast and a thin malt character. Then some malt sweetness comes in. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.

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Photo of smcolw
3.41/5  rDev -11.7%
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 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 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 Lone_Freighter
3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This was poured into a pilsner glass. The appearance was a straw yellow color with a two finger’s worth of white foamy head that dissipates at a nice pace. Moderate thin stringy lace. The aroma takes in sharp spicy Saaz hops (grassy bitter harsh) and let’s it flow over a nice contrast of sweet biscuits. Evens out nicely. The flavor takes in a nice blend of the previously mentioned aromas to boot. Light balanced aftertaste of biscuits/breadiness to grassy hops and that rides into the finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light on the body with a fabulous sessionability about it. Low carbonation seems to hit appropriately. Spicy hops balance with their sharpness over my tongue. Overall, really nice Czech pilsner that I would have again.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I picked up this bottle at a general store I can't remember the name of in Vermont, poured chilled in a willybecker.

The color is golden with light haze and white foam with good retention and lace sticks. The smell is bready with a malt doughy smell with light fruity ester and mild hop scent. The feel is tangy with lightly sweet body and peppery hop texture with semi-dry finish and crisp carbonation with semi bitter linger.

The taste has a good amount of malt but yeast is slightly fruit tanginess with hops midway into taste with slight spice accent and gentle grassy hop bitterness is lasting with dry slight amount of alcohol in the finish. Overall this is a pretty decent pilsner very good for the style for the most part but lacking in feel missing the lager texture. This could use more hop flavor rather than just bitterness

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Photo of Jason
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
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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Photo of johnnnniee
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the mixed 12 pack from Market Basket.
Brilliantly dark yellow color with a decent bubbly white head. Rich bready pilsner maltiness with faint floral spicy hops to counter. Clean and well made tasty beer.

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Photo of Nichols33
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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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Photo of mklisz
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of tobelerone
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of plaid75
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of puboflyons
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
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 tigg924
3.54/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap. Pours clear, light yellow in color with 1/4 inch head. Taste is grass, grain with light floral hops. Light bodied, slightly bitter, with moderate carbonation. Solid pilsener although there have been several others in the style that I have preferred lately.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
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 petermethot
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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