Bock Bier | von Trapp Brewing

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Brewed by:
von Trapp Brewing
Vermont, United States
vontrappbrewing.com

Style: German Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed traditionally during Lent, Bock, which is “goat” in German, is a dark, strong lager. A blend of Munich and Carafa Special Type 2 malts give this lager its truly deep hues, and light hopping with Hallertau evens out the flavors. The recipe stays true to its cultural roots.

Added by bobv on 03-23-2017

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Reviews:
25
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63
pDev:
7.02%
 
 
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Photo of woodychandler
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This will be my fifth 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, but this was a lucky CAN find for The CANQuest (tm) at The Beer & Beverage Shoppe. Unfortunately, this is my last von Trapp so I will have to scour for some more Lagers after this one!

From the CAN: "'A little of Austria[,] a lot of Vermont'"; "Brewed traditionally during Lent, Bock, which is “goat” in German, is a dark, strong lager. A blend of Munich and Carafa Special Type 2 malts give this lager its truly deep hues, and light hopping with Hallertau evens out the flavors. The recipe stays true to its cultural roots."; "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: 20".

It had been a while since my last Crack & Glug, but The CANQuest (tm) is much like riding a bicycle - once you get the hang of it, you never forget how to do it. Mine came off without a hitch, quickly forming two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, light-tan head with excellent retention, leaving a lot of lacing in its wake. I should also add that the head formed following a pseudo-cascade. Color was a beautiful Coppery-Brown (SRM = > 17, < 22) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a pronounced maltiness, but not necessarily a sweet one. Instead, it had a treacle quality, not precisely sharp, but definitely not sweet. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, not quite creamy, but close & certainly big for a Lager. The taste closely followed the nose - it was not sweet, but nor was it sharp or bitter, falling somewhere in between with a pleasant treacle-like quality along with a maple syrup flavor. It was a real testament to the yeast's action that it was not much sweeter! If anything, it made it even more drinkable, IMHO. Finish was semi-sweet, bordering on semi-dry, but if you wanted to argue for one or the other, I would fold pretty quickly. There is an irony in that I have been exhorting this brewery all afternoon to CAN more of their beers. Here, I had a CAN from them & one was plenty! 8=( It wasn't bad, but it was just a bit sweeter than I like.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.07/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Von Trapp Brewing "Bock Bier"
16 fl. oz. can, coded "03/12/18" and sampled on 09/25/18
$2.99 @ Roger Wilco, Pennsauken, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: So it looks like this is a little old but I'm sure it will be fine. I poured it a bit rough and brought up a massive head of khaki colored foam over its slightly hazy chestnut brown body. Once that settles I can top it off and it should have a beautiful appearance. The aroma is malty and surprisingly spicy with hops. There's a light bit of pine there as well. Interesting. The flavor follows. It's caramelish, bready, and lightly spicy. There's a sweetish side to it but it's balanced, and in the end it finishes mostly dry with just a bit of dark caramel quickly eroding. Surprisingly the hops are very soft in the finish, and take on an almost floral feel. I'm not sure how many IBUs it has but it's moderate to medium. In the mouth it's medium bodied and gently crisp-then-smooth. Overall it's quite a nice bock that's pleasant and enjoyable, and fulfilling as well. Nicely done.
Review# 6,251

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Photo of lic217
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rfgetz
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jrc1093
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Canned on 3/12/18

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Photo of RobertColianni
4.43/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SomethingClever
3.43/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16 oz can poured into a willybecher glass.

A: Small tiny bubbled creamy off white head that settles slowly. Body is a nice deep brown dark amber with pretty good clarity.

S: Lot of sharp spicy hops and a little metallic lingers amid some light grainy malts.

T: a little green apple presents itself then you get some lush nice slight sweet breads malts. Finishes a little like the initial taste.

M: medium bodied decent carbonation get some light cling on the finish.

O: I’m wondering if I got a bad can, flavor is just slightly off.

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Photo of Jacobier10
4.21/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can, dated 3/12/2018.

Beautiful appearance with its ruby brown color, great clarity, and thick, creamy light tan head that has great retention. Sticky lacing on the glass as well.

Loads of dark bread and toasted malt in the aroma. A little bit of roast as well. Smooth malt flavor that is bready, sweet, and even a bit coffee-like. No hops to speak of, this is a true malt showcase. Extremely clean and smooth. Fully attenuated. Medium bodied.

This beer was awesome and the 16 oz format works terrifically. Pair it up with some aged Gruyère or other Alpine cheese for an awesome experience!

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.29/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark brown/red with a good head and nice lacing.
N: Malt, chocolate, and smoke.
T: Very very nice malty beer with some hints of chocolate, and a little smokey note.
M: Medium
O: What a nice beer, very easy to drink and amazing flavors. Really liked this beer.

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Photo of metter98
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is brown when viewed from afar and when held up to a light it is hazy brownish red but too hazy to discern any visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high beige colored head that died down but never completely faded away and also left some specks of bubbles running down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of nutty and bready malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and is quite malty, but there are just enough in the way of underlying hops to mask any associated sweetness without contributing any bitterness.
M: It feels medium-to full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I liked how the mouthfeel of this beer was very filling and satisfied my hunger. It was almost like having a liquid snack.

Serving type: can

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Photo of chrishiker1409
3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.08/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thin, weak and underwhelming... even Shiner Bock is better than this. The caramel taste was good for cooking instead of drain-pouring, even though the super-thin body made it hard to reduce it and use it as a sauce.

Try again, Von Trapp...

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Photo of mikeg67
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can. Pours light brown with tall, long lasting, fluffy beige head and nice lacing. Aroma is of bready malt, grassy hops, caramel and hint of coffee. Body is medium and crisp. Taste is of bready malt, spices and herbal hops. Finish is long and spicy. Great brew.

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Photo of Roberto11232
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JamieDuncan
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Prost76
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Act25
3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best nose and flavor on a goat beer ever. Bock on!
a) ruby stained mahogany, low carb, low head, no lace, pretty color.
s) Best aroma on a bock ever! Malty goodness, wood shop, hops.
t) Bigger and more: malt, sweet molasses, wood shavings, hops, a candy and wood taste.
f) Without bubbles it's still tingly on tongue, with a nice sweet tongue wrapper and drying finish just in time.
o) One of my fave bocks (tho box not my fave). (too sweet for me)

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Photo of PaulSlazinger
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of EnthusedAboutBeer
4.27/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tekstr1der
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nothing remarkable here, but I enjoy the style and it's not very prevalent. This is a decent offering, certainly enjoyable. Pours light brown with thin head. Aroma are malty with a hint of cooked sugar. Flavor follows nose with a nice malt profile. Finish is slightly sweet, not cloying, and fairly clean.

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Photo of Abstractspirit
3.56/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of hockeypuck
3.77/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of IBUBrew
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.76/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From the can, it pours a reddish-brown, er mahogany?, color with a nice tan head. Nose gets some malt. Mouth follows with malt. Body is thinner than than my most recent German Bock I had.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.84/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a 16oz can, bought for $2.25 today at the Beer Store in Nashua.

It's a clear, deep mahogany color, with a healthy mousse-like dollop of fluffy beige foam up top. Lacing is all over! Aroma has some inviting caramel and toffee malts. The feel is mostly smooth, though the body is somewhat thin for the style, being a little less than medium.

Flavor also has caramel and toffee, but there's a big lack of malty sweetness here.... While there IS some malt present, it is mostly dry and leaning towards the bitter side, and has minimal complexity . There is some lightly floral hopping in the finish. Somewhat tasty, but won't be a returnee to my fridge... Prosit !!

Reviews by Bierman9:
3.84/5 rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Bock Bier from von Trapp Brewing
Beer rating: 3.99 out of 5 with 63 ratings