Maple Rauch
von Trapp Brewing

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von Trapp Brewing
Vermont, United States
Lager - Rauchbier
Ranked #17
Ranked #9,091
4.07 | pDev: 5.9%
May 02, 2022
Feb 04, 2020
Maple RauchMaple Rauch
Notes: Our Maple Rauchbier is a tribute to the liquid gold created each spring in the von Trapp Family sugarhouse. A touch of Rauch malt is used to create the base layer of subtle smoke. A blend of Munich and Carafa malts gives this lager its
deep hue and full-body, balanced with noble hops. The maple rounds out this lager perfectly.

20 IBU
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Ratings by Gatch:
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4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by Gatch from Massachusetts

At the brewery. A unique take on a Rauchbier, definitely on the sweeter side. A proper Vermont Rauchbier, heavy on the real maple syrup. Nose is massive maple and so is the flavor, with a touch of roasted malt in the finish. If you aren’t a fan of Schlenkerla style smoked beers, this is an easier beer to approach. Fits the style but really brings that earthy, maple sweetness throughout.

Feb 04, 2020
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4.03 by TheEpeeist from Pennsylvania on May 02, 2022
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4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Smakawhat from Maryland

Poured from the can into a beker nonic(k) glass.

Deep dark walnut brown and nearly black bodied, with a big rich light mocha to tan colored four finger tall head. Creamy top and ice cream like laced, with a mix of big and fine bubbles and lots of retention. Rings of lace and clumpy island creamed puck on top. Great looking rauch just like the classics.

Nearly classic aroma with a bit of a twist. Light hints of smoke and embers. Touches that classic bacon flavor, but also has more of a hint of milk chocolate like sweetness. Still very nice.

Palate really hits nicely. Mid palate hits more at first milk chocolate, then comes to a slight hint of smoke and wood. Classic clean finish but with a little bit of sticky taffy maple like flavor and sweetness. More milk chocolate notes and sweetness gets amplified while drinking.

Neat tasting rauch but leans more to the sweet than the smoke. Still makes for a great experience.

Apr 20, 2022
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4.34/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Skabiski from Maryland

The few rauchbiers I have tried are too smoky. This one is not. The subtle smoke blends very well with the maple. This beer is delicious!

Mar 22, 2022
4.16 by Abstractspirit from Rhode Island on Mar 18, 2022
4.35 by alexsergio from New York on Mar 11, 2022
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4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by jlindros from Massachusetts

Best by 2022/04/10
Pours a brown foamy 2 finger head with good retention, sticky lacing, dark bit clear auburn ruby color

Nose nice smoke, smoked meat cheese like with hint of campfire, sweet maple and caramel candy, rich smoked meat, toasted bread crust

Taste rich smoke again, a lot like smoked lox flavor without the fish, little campfire, smoked cheese, a bit of malt candy and caramel, toasted bread crust and sweet toasted biscuity malt, little bitter spicy hop, mild sticky finish, lingering bitterness

Mouth is med to a bit fuller bod, rich like with med creamy carb, touch syrupy

Overall solid Rauch, just a bit of male thankfully, bringing a nice blend

Mar 11, 2022
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4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

From the tap into a clear pint glass it came. It's color is a dark mahogany brown, void of a head, nor obvious carbonation. No head, nor glass lacing for the eyes. Not so much of a smeller, neither. There's mainly a malty sweetness for the nose. The original mouth hit is also almost nothing but a mild sweetness for the tongue. But, as it drinks, the pleasant subtleties begin to show. First, there's more than enough carbonation for the taste and mouthfeel experience. Although mildly sweet up front, it never becomes negatively so. What is there is a remarkable balance of malt, hops, maple and smokiness. After the sweet maple and malt hit, you get the smokiness of a rauchbier and some concluding lager hoppiness. It all ends very nicely and makes this a worthwhile have.

Mar 05, 2022
4.04 by ajdemma from New York on Mar 05, 2022
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4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Rug from Massachusetts

Best by 4/12/22

So I’m assuming this one is the same base beer as their Trösten which I recently had. Whether it is or not, I am very intrigued by the idea of a maple Rauchbier, it sounds like a perfect combination. Let’s see how they execute it

Pours a very dark brown with 2 fingers of clingy tan head that slowly fades to a cap and leaves minimal lacing

The smoke is wonderfully strong in the nose, but the maple is a wonderful complement to it. I'm picking up on aromas of beechwood smoke, burnt oak, dark toast, toffee, sweet maple, and a touch of caramel

This takes a bit of a shift in taste, focusing less on the smoke and more on the sweeter aspect while still retaining its identity. On the front end of the sip I'm tasting brown bread, oak smoke, caramel, herbal hops, authentic maple, and toast. The swallow brings notes of oak smoke, sweet caramel, authentic maple, dark toast, raisin, herbal hops, and charred malt

A medium body pairs with gentle prickly carbonation, resulting in a dry and roasty beer. Finishes mostly dry and wonderfully balanced

Who the fuck actually likes Rauchbiers this much? Me, I do. This is top notch, better than some of the Schlenkerla Rauchbiers I've had, the balance is awesome. I need more

Feb 21, 2022
3.76 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Feb 17, 2022
4.25 by paulish from New York on Feb 09, 2022
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4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by hman43 from North Carolina

Look: It pours dark brown with a light brown head. Head retention is very good.

Smell: It has a strong bacon aroma with low levels of caramel in the background. There is a very low herbal quality as well.

Taste: It has a strong bacon smoke flavor with some caramel. There is a low maple element. There are very low dark fruits with a low level of herbal notes.

Feel: It has a medium body.

Overall, a nice smoke element which is the main attraction with everything else in support.

Jan 22, 2022
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4.11/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by sethmeister from New Hampshire

From 16oz can marked BEST BY 4/12/22

I love Rauchbiers, love maple syrup and love most everything von Trapp puts out there so I'm guessing I will like this.

Pours into my pilsener glass a dark brown (caramel at the edges when held to the light) with a creamy light brown to taupe 2 finger head. Head falls fairly quickly leaving a ring and a skim along with some soapy lace. Nice looking beer.

Scent is light smoked ham and cheese (smoked beers always have this smoked ham and cheese thing for me - it's likely more a mental association in my oddly-wired pea-brain than an actual quality of the beer. Did I mention I have synesthesia? And that the word "rubbish" tastes like salt water taffy to me?), bread, caramel, and noble hops.

Taste is beautifully subtle. There's a touch of maple richness / sweetness which gathers, if you will, in the finish. The crisp noble hop note is there. The smoke here is understated. More of a mildly meaty note. There's a fresh bread note as well as caramel and lightly toasty notes from the munich malts and hints of coffee and chocolate from the carafa malts.

Mouth is soft for a lager - soft and a touch creamy.

I loved it. I think folks who are not fans of smoked beers should give this one a try. It's understated, subtle and very easy to drink. The smoke does not overwhelm nor does the maple ever become cloying. Sweet, savory and herbal are all balanced well.

Dec 28, 2021
3.63 by Arg914 from New York on Dec 21, 2021
3.77 by SFHbeerME from Maine on Dec 21, 2021
4.12 by MrDarcy from Massachusetts on Dec 12, 2021
4.22 by The_Kriek_Freak from Pennsylvania on Dec 08, 2021
4.02 by Budlum from Maryland on Dec 03, 2021
4.02 by smb71481 from Vermont on Nov 28, 2021
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4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
by dguy60

Darkest lager I’ve ever had. Taste definitely grew on me as I drank it, got better from the beginning to the end of the can. I’d buy it again.

Nov 28, 2021
3.5 by Nichols33 from Massachusetts on Nov 23, 2020
4.25 by JLK7299 from North Carolina on Nov 04, 2020
4.02 by Knapp85 from Pennsylvania on Oct 15, 2020
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4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by BEERMILER12 from Maine

On tap at the brewery

Oct 09, 2020
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4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Bierman9 from New Hampshire

Day 2 (21SEP20) of our VT vaca saw Alewife and I falling into a Trapp.... After an Ofest, I opted to give this one a shot. A 12oz pour was set before me in a Becher glass.

Color was a very dark chestnut; quite dark, almost black. Has a creamy, smooth 1/2" beige head, with excellent lacing. Caramel malts were detected in the aroma, with a noticeable maple aspect. Quite smooth on the tongue, it had a medium body as well.

Taste? More semisweet caramel malts, with a distinct maple character. The rauch was present, though more of a background player, with balancing bitterness. Finished dry and clean. Prosit!!

4.02/5 rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Sep 26, 2020
3.75 by acurtis from New Jersey on Sep 06, 2020
3.71 by Stofko1992 from Pennsylvania on Aug 25, 2020
4.19 by chrishiker1409 from New York on Aug 17, 2020
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3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by Bouleboubier from New Jersey

(16 oz can, 6.2% abv, 20 IBU; BB 08/10/20; purchased single off shelf... poured/decanted into German wheat beer glass)

L: clear, chestnut-brown liquid with burgundy highlights; tall, frothy, craggy crest of tan-creme-colored foam... sud smatter holds up for awhile, lacing a little; thin, broken cap does persist

S: spicy dried fruits, lightly caramelized smoke malt; both relatively light... dominant aromas are of doughy grain and floral phenols... fair overall intensity

T: toasty base malt note up front with a moderately powerful, but off-balanced, bitter, woody smoke rushing forward mid-sip and pervading long after the finish... subtle caramel-kissed sugar cookie, and later an even softer dried cherry/(cran)berry and possibly choco-covered caramel note slowly builds in the aftertaste... two sips in and the palate finally seems to become acclimated... lovely overall dryness

F: smooth, slow flow... has a bit of silky bulk to its body, but without round- or chewy-ness... substance without sludge... maybe it's the glass, but it's delectable nectar with some liveliness, able to be paired with bbq meats, stew, and excellent on its own

O: definitely grew on me as it went, and its quality did seem to hold up well enough, even a day past it's best-by... despite a little lack of depth, I'm glad I grabbed both cans left on the shelf; definitely gonna enjoy the other one (1671)

Aug 11, 2020
4.25 by Velivolus1 from Vermont on Aug 09, 2020
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3.32/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by teromous from Virginia

I don't see a date on the can.

Appearance: The body is a very deep and dark brown with hints of red. It is very hard to judge clarity but it seems clear enough with the little light that is visible. The head is large and rocky with a color that borders on cream and light tan. It has excellent retention and lacing. I wouldn't want anything more from the appearance.

Aroma: There is a light nutty aroma and a hint of charred wood. There isn't much aroma here. The longer the nose lingers over the glass the more the charred wood scent is amplified, but it comes across mostly as just charcoal.

Taste: Up front there is a sweet caramel and vanilla flavor. Towards the middle of the mouth there is a smokey charcoal flavor and a hint of molasses. It finishes with charcoal and vanilla. Vanilla lingers but the lasting aftertaste is this carbon flavor.

Mouthfeel: It is on the lower side of medium bodied and often dips in the upper edge of a light bodied beer. Bitterness is there in the carbon character.

Overall: It is an interesting beer but it doesn't feel cohesive. The burnt flavors of the beer don't feel supported well by the overall malt character and although there is some various hints of flavors that are found in maple syrup it doesn't ever completely taste like it. This beer is a bit of a curio and for that it might be worth drinking it once. I wouldn't buy it again but it was interesting enough to make it worth trying.

Jul 12, 2020
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4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Treyliff from West Virginia

16oz can poured into a tulip

A- pours deep brown in color with some ruby hues, one-finger creamy off-white head has great retention

S- nutty brown malts mix with some soft smoked malts that gives hints of campfire smoke, caramel and walnuts. Undertones of maple and some forrest floor

T- initial maple sweetness is quickly follow by a wave of smoked malt, providing a nice sweet/smoky balance. Mid-palate gives notes of caramel, chocolate, toasted nuts and brown bread. The finish brings out more of the subtle smoked malt that sticks around for the linger, as well as more maple sweetness

M- medium-light body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that continues into a crisp finish

O- the smokiness of the Rauch malt and the sweetness of the maple work very well together, well done

Jun 29, 2020
4.33 by RBorsato from Virginia on Jun 24, 2020
4.1 by allenson21 from New York on Jun 22, 2020
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3.99/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

from the can, it pours a dark reddish brown with a light brown head that lasts and leaves lacing. In the nose, it is malty with a touch of maple and some smoke. In the mouth, the smoke is more evident - yay! - and the flavor continues with a malty base and slightly bitter finish.

Jun 21, 2020
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4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by cjgiant from District of Columbia

Can that looks like best by 9/2020:
Pour out of the can has a color that is a medium brown with a hint of deep red. The beige head shoots up the chimney of my tall, cylindrical mug. The head has collapses to foaminess with a moss-like presence across the surface of both beer and glass. The top of the beer is never without a thick beige collar, and there are spots of lacing down the chimney of a vessel.

Nose has a somewhat of a Dunkel base but with nice threads of maple in smoke - more of the former than the latter, at least initially. As the beer warms, the smoke seems to join in a little more - and with the maple comes across almost like a flavored cigar (but much more subtly than that description portrays).

Opening note is earthy with toasted aspects - almost like a medium toast with some lightly charred corners. I sort of expected a sweeter opening from the maple, but it starts fairly dry and somewhat bitter. The maple flavor sneaks in from the sides, but doesn't really bring any sweetness. Both smoke and maple are light enough that the earthiness continues to drive the flavor. Perhaps that is because the smoke - a lightly astringent, deep smokiness comes in. While they work together, the two add an aspect of sweet spice. Middle to late taste, the maple seems to influence more, while the smoke seems to linger slightly. As I work through the beer, the smoke seems to build, I think perhaps because it moves from the aftertaste of the last sip into the makeup of the next sip.

I like what I view as the base of this beer, and I think the additions are deftly used. I could use a little more smoke for my personal tastes, and in a similar vein, would be really curious of what this would be like without the maple.

Jun 07, 2020
4.14 by jaxon53 from Connecticut on Jun 07, 2020
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4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by Sheppard from Massachusetts

Pours a deep dark brown with veins of mahogany. A frothy tan head that signifies the creaminess that awaits. There's maple on the nose and a hint of woody smoke. Upfront, there is a some sweet maple syrupy malt that gives way to drying peat and chalkiness. On the whole, it is a good use of maple, which creates a nice rounded mouthfeel. However, as it warms and the maple fades, the peat plays a bigger factor. While it isn't bad, it is not great in its more naked form. Overall, this is a wonderful beer and I look forward to drinking the rest of this four pack.

May 21, 2020
4.25 by Velivolus from Vermont on Apr 11, 2020
Maple Rauch from von Trapp Brewing
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 41 ratings