Maple Rauch
von Trapp Brewing

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Lager - Rauchbier
Ranked #18
Ranked #14,266
4.08 | pDev: 6.62%
von Trapp Brewing
Vermont, United States
Very Good
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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.
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Gatch from Rhode Island

4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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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BEERMILER12 from Maine

4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery

Oct 09, 2020
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Treyliff from West Virginia

4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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
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Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oct 15, 2020
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Nichols33 from Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nov 23, 2020
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Bierman9 from New Hampshire

4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
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JLK7299 from North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nov 04, 2020
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Velivolus from Vermont

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Apr 11, 2020
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Velivolus1 from Vermont

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aug 09, 2020
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acurtis from New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sep 06, 2020
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jaxon53 from Connecticut

4.14/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Jun 07, 2020
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Bouleboubier from New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

(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
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allenson21 from New York

4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jun 22, 2020
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chrishiker1409 from New York

4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aug 17, 2020
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Stofko1992 from Pennsylvania

3.71/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aug 25, 2020
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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Sheppard from Virginia

4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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
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teromous from Virginia

3.32/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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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cjgiant from District of Columbia

4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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
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RBorsato from Virginia

4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Jun 24, 2020
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Jwale73 from Rhode Island

4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours the color and clarity of cola with a rocky, 1.5 inch, khaki-colored head embedded with pinpricks and craters. Nose is interesting - a hit of sweet, followed by smoke, followed by maple sweetness. The sweetness definitely dominates. Taste consistent with nose - the smoke is there and is also intermingled with some char; however, the maple dominates the flavor profile. Finishes with a slightly medicinal bitterness. Mouthfeel is light in body with an assertive carbonation. Overall, I like it; however, it's not what I typically expect for the style. Definitely more sweet than savory.

Apr 06, 2020
Maple Rauch from von Trapp Brewing
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 21 ratings