Kölsch | von Trapp Brewing

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von Trapp Brewing
Vermont, United States

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Summer

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Added by Jacobier10 on 06-10-2017

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Ratings: 53 |  Reviews: 18
Reviews by plaid75:
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4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16 oz can. Canned on 6/8/17. Opened on 7/29/17

A cloudy, white straw golden color. Some floating from no filtering is fine by me. A solid white foam cap stays for total coverage.

A classic, musty earthy and herbal nose. A varied collection of herbs and spices, dry golden wheat and an ever so light sweetness to the malt.

There are certain aspects that Von Trapp does amazingly well: The feel and flavor is always so crisp and CLEAN. Perhaps it's the Vermont spring water they use?? Crisp and clean is a major spect to this style and they have nailed it stylistically. Von Trapp also seems to execute the traditional styles perfectly. No fluff, no extra hops just....quality traditional style. In that aspect, Von Trapp is going against the grain of the beer geek world by sticking to and nailing traditional styles, but with major quality.

The mouthfeel is amazingly light, crisp and refreshing. The flavors are bold, yet in perfect balance.

Easily one of, if not the very best Kolsh versions I've had.

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Photo of LeRose
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours straw colored, very slightly hazy, lucious head that falls to a thin layers, laces pretty nicely.

Smells very inviting. Cracker and bread, floral component is pretty strong, peppery spice, mild citrus. Citrus is more orange and very mild.

The taste more or less follows, with this stopping just short of being a pilsener. Nice, clean bready taste, a little bitter early on, then a very nice layer of floral hops that is very aromatic...almost perfume. Just a bit of orange that builds a little. There is a nice level of peppery spice, bitter comes at the beginning just a bit and stronger at the end but nicely tempered by the malts.

It is to the lighter side of medium, cabonation appropriate, a bit of a citrus and spicy aftertaste lingers pleasantly. Very slightly chalky. Not super-refreshing, but very solid and enjoyable to drink.

Overall, an enjoyable beer that would fit any occassion. I can see a bunch of cans in the cooler for a cookout, or stocking the fridge for the weekend. Recommended.

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Photo of Jacobier10
4.11/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, best before 9/4/2018.

Pale straw color, very light, even for a Kölsch. Mostly clear but with a slight haze to it, likely due to it being unfiltered. Small white head with good retention.

Subtle cracker malt with spicy hops. Lemon citrus notes as well, which plays well with the malt and hops. Balanced flavor with a pleasant cracker/citrus/spice combo going on. Very clean with a light bitterness in the finish.

Medium-light bodied, crisp, and easy to drink. A winner from Von Trapp. I could drink this all Summer long.

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Photo of cavedave
4.11/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle into tall pilsner glass produces three fingers of white foam atop a light straw colored beer. Head comes down pretty quick but a decent cap remains for the ride.

Aroma is mostly crackery malts with lightest lemony tart and some hay like hop aromas rounding a simple bouquet into an alluring sensation.

Full flavored for style, with the flavors of the aroma here, balanced well, plus light contribution of spicy noble hops joining the fun. Classic Kolsch style taste. Yummy.

Perfect mouthfeel for the style makes this a refreshing and interesting beer that is subltle yet full of flavor and finishes excellently.

Just right. Refreshing and delicious. Grab some if you see it and enjoy, you won't be disappointed.

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Photo of DanGeo
3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of acurtis
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bottmfeedr
3.72/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ben1313
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chrishiker1409
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DaveCash
3.2/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a stange, the appearance was a glossy yellow color with a good transparency about it. Some carbonation could be seen rising at a moderate pace. Foamy white head started and slid off at a pretty quick. Concave sliding lace.
The aroma had a nice blend of earthy/grassy sweet and bitter hops flowing over a safe sweet bready/German lager-like quality.
The flavor moderately charged into the sweetness of those malts and tried to bring about the sweetness of those hops (Hallertau, I think?). Delicate spice protrudes at the end of the hop taste and ends up blending quaintly with the malts right on into the aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was between light and medium bodied with a fabulous sessionability about it. Carbonation was brisk yet sharp enough to alleviate the bitterness of those hops. So, there's a fair smoothness running about.
Overall, pretty nice kolsch, though I'm not sure where I got the "German lager-like" quality since a kolsch is not a lager. On top of it, nice to see Von Trapp heading outside of their "lager-realm."

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Photo of PJCarnell
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SebastianOwl
3.89/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of angrybabboon
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Consumed 7/3/17

A: Pale yellow with some straw tones - some haze - pours with a medium size white head, fades to a wispy cap, retains a medium collar and leaves some nice streaks of lacing

S: German hops and some bread - lots of noble hops, leafy and grassy, but not at the level of a Czech pils - floral hops - some earthiness - some spice - missing the typical von Trapp lager yeast, as one would expect as this is an ale - minor fruity esters - some light bread and touch of light biscuits,

T: Lightly grassy, leafy, floral, and earthy German hops - could almost pass for a pils, but ultimately does not - touch of spice, pepper - even smaller touch of fruit - medium bitterness - bread, crackers, and grains - low sweetness overall - nicely balanced

M: On the light side of medium, crisp, clean finish

O: Wait, von Trapp makes ales now?

von Trapp so consistently produces beer that one may guess originated in Europe. This is no exception; it's a Kolsch done without any gimmicks. It definitely fits for summer but it could be enjoyed year-round.

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Photo of ScaryEd
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy golden straw color with a finger and a half of white head. The head sticks around for a while, leaving a fair bit of lace before settling into a film.

The aroma brings a healthy wave of citrus, followed by some grainy bread and sweet dough. There's plenty of peppery spice throughout.

The taste is bready and grainy up front, with a touch of orange and lemon rind not far behind. Slightly spicy. Very clean flavor.

The feel is light bodied with good carbonation. Exceptionally crisp, refreshing, and dry.

Overall, a great lager that is full of flavor and is absolutely perfect for a hot summer day.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.11/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Surprisingly enjoyable implementation of this style. Pours straw golden with a bit of white capping. Aroma is malty biscuit, light grassy notes, and just a hint of cracked pepper. For me, kolsch is everything I like about pilsner, but only hints of the aspects I dislike (mostly the peppery hop character and drier finish). Flavor follows nose very nearly, and is smooth, a hint of sweet in the finish. Very drinkable.

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Photo of IBUBrew
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Joedonlon13
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

unlike other varieties of this style, this one has actual flavor and mouthfeel.

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Photo of Mleblanc25
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JamieDuncan
3.66/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jwilson8316
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of meefmoff
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I'm going to copy my NBS post here since this one doesn't have many reviews yet.

It pours surprisingly cloudy with a very light straw color. There's a nice, tightly puffy head that leaves a lot of lacing for about the first third of the glass before tapering off. It's got a great nose with crackery, bready malts and a very spicy (almost peppery) hop aroma with some hints of orange/citrus thrown in. Taste follows suit with even more of a hop bite - this is surprisingly bitter and leaves a nice "puckery" feeling in the cheeks before finishing clean with a nice hint of more bready malt as it fades. Mouthfeel is crisp but not supercrisp with moderate carbonation. If I tasted this blind I think I'd be almost as likely to guess Pilsner as Kolsch.

A delicious beer and something I'll be buying again though in my fairly limited Kolsch experience I'd say this is a bit hoppier and not quite as crisp and clean as beers like Reissdorf, Goody Two Shoes or Sierra Nevada's kolsch.

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Photo of smb71481
3.89/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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