Bavarian Pils
von Trapp Brewing

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von Trapp Brewing
Vermont, United States
German Pilsner
Ranked #16
Ranked #6,106
4.16 | pDev: 6.49%
Yesterday at 09:18 PM
Oct 08, 2020
Notes: Our version of a Bavarian Pils showcases the high quality ingredients we use to create our lagers. Choice malts imported from Bamberg build the smooth lager character and accentuate the noble hops of the Hallertau region. The hops provide light floral and subtle bittering notes, allowing the malt to shine through.
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Reviewed by Jacobier10 from New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12 oz can. Notes from a fresh can earlier in the year.

Pale gold with great clarity and a fluffy white head. Straightforward German pils aroma and flavor. Sweet, bready, fresh pils malt with floral noble hops. Medium-light bodied with a light bitterness in the finish. Clean and refreshing.

I enjoyed this more than their flagship Bohemian Style Pilsner. Spot on for the style. The six pack did not make it long in my fridge.
Aug 08, 2021
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Rated: 4.43 by The_Kriek_Freak from Pennsylvania

Yesterday at 09:18 PM
Rated: 4 by O-Meg from New York

May 26, 2023
Rated: 4 by Arg914 from New York

May 26, 2023
Rated: 4.25 by ScaryEd from New Hampshire

May 17, 2023
Rated: 4.28 by tobelerone from New Jersey

May 15, 2023
Rated: 4.25 by whatsgoody from Vermont

Feb 19, 2023
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Reviewed by mynie from Maryland

4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Half liter pours on tap at the brewery. Surprisingly expensive, but whatever, it's for tourists and I'm a tourist.

A very good American-made iteration of a Bavarian Pils. Crystal clear, glimmering bright yellow with fine effervescence. Aroma is gentle, light fruit and floral spice, very crisp and clean. Likewise the flavor: straightforward, but expertly brewed, and that's something you don't see all that often from American pilseners.

Alas, this style has fallen vastly out of fashion among American beersmen. No joke, we were there around 3 PM on a Saturday and a solid half of the guests had strong accents and appeared to be German and Austrian nationals (you can also tell they're from Europe because they're weirdly blonde and in very good shape in spite of drinking heavily). What I'm getting at is this brewery is very good but still niche because of where the craft industry is right now. If you have any interest in old world beers, however, I'd say this is worth your attention.
Jul 16, 2022
Rated: 4.02 by chrishiker1409 from New York

Jun 27, 2022
Rated: 3.87 by Boone757 from Virginia

Apr 24, 2022
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Reviewed by milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Clear, pale gold appearance with an average size white head and good lacing. Distinct aroma that lets you know you are enjoying a well made German Pilsner; grainy and cracker-like with touches of floral hops. Modest malt sweetness compliments the evolving hop bitterness as the graininess softens. Crisp, clean, dry, medium bodied mouthfeel with good carbonation. Gonna go look for another 6er of this one.
Apr 03, 2022
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Reviewed by jlindros from Massachusetts

4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Best by 2022/06/12
Pours a large frothy fizzy almost 2 finger head with moderate retention, a bit of whispy lacing, crystal clear pale gold color

Nose lots of pilsner malt, grainy sweet, a bit doughy cereal, some corn, corn bread dough almost, light floral herbal hops

Taste lots more pilsner malt, grainy sweet, fair doughy with an almost cake batter level, more corn, cereal, bready, then med bitterness from herbal floral hops, soft lager with dry crisp finish, med to higher bitterness on the crisp finish with mild spicy and fair herbal/floral hops

Mouth is med to a bit lighter bod, soft lager, med higher frothy carb

Overall solid Bavarian pilsner
Mar 24, 2022
Rated: 4.35 by MrDarcy from Massachusetts

Mar 20, 2022
Rated: 4.13 by ElGallo from New Hampshire

Mar 19, 2022
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Reviewed by bubseymour from Maryland

4.44/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
An outstanding pilsner. Crisp, bready/doughy, nice fresh cut grassy aroma. Just solid all around. Looks great in a glass as well, perfect carbonation and head retention.
Mar 14, 2022
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Reviewed by ManapuaMan from Massachusetts

4.36/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
This is the Pilsner for me at the moment - clean, crisp, little hop-spiciness, subtly bitter and eminently drinkable. Both delicious and refreshing. Hits everything I’m looking for in a beer. It’s Vonn Trapp so they’re true to the look and feel. Buy it, drink it.
Mar 10, 2022
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Reviewed by GreesyFizeek from New York

4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
On tap at the Von Trapp Bierhall in Stowe, VT.

This one pours a nice golden yellow color, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like floral hops, light spice, and crackery malt.

This feels like a big beer in flavor, but it finishes so light and crisp and effervescent. The hop character is reasonably strong for the style, with lots of floral and spicy character, but the crackery and doughy malt finish helps keep that dry hop character in check.

This is light bodied, but creamy, crisp, and just super refreshing, with a wonderful drinkability.

This beer alongside an order of pretzels and beer cheese is just about the best thing you could do on Saturday afternoon.
Mar 01, 2022
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Reviewed by metter98 from New York

4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that has very good retention properties and consistently left a quarter finger high head covering the surface.
S: Light to moderate aromas of biscuit and cracker malts are present in the nose along with hints of floral hops.
T: The taste follows the smell but has additional hints of grainy malts and a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels nearly medium-bodied, clean and somewhat dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I thought that the mouthfeel of this beer really stood apart from other pilsners.

Serving type: can
Feb 27, 2022
Rated: 4.52 by j37geogaddi from Massachusetts

Feb 22, 2022
Rated: 4.04 by Budlum from Maryland

Feb 13, 2022
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Reviewed by colts9016 from Idaho

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Review 1604
von Trapp
Date: Best By Date 13 Oct 2021
This beer is 42 degrees, and I use a pilsner glass. The pour created a frothy and airy white head with excellent retention. The head dissipation left some lacing on the glass. The color charts around SRM 4, pale straw with light golden hues. The clarity is clear, with a few carbonation bubbles visible.

The aromas are malty sweetness, subtle toasted crackers, light floral esters, and bready.

I taste a malty sweetness, subtle toasted crackers, bready, floral esters, and a touch of herbal.

The mouthfeel is crisp, clean, and dry.

The body of the beer is light, medium carbonation, and light finish.

This pilsner is different than what I have tried over this summer. The flavors are confused, in my opinion. The beer has this mineral in the beer clashes with floral esters giving the beer an odd characteristic.
Sep 01, 2021
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Reviewed by Siriusfisherman from Vermont

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Clear golden with a thin head but good lacing. Aroma is herbal and spicy hops with a honey-like and bready malt character. Very clean. Flavor has a nice hop bitterness that moves into very fresh pepper, herb, and citrusy hops. The malt comes in with some sweetness to balance out, but the beer is very dry and crisp overall. Great beer.
Mar 21, 2021
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Reviewed by falloutsnow from Illinois

3.04/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3
Average to somewhat below average pilsner. Not sure what it was like fresh, but at this age [can says best by 3/7/21 so I'm a week late here] the beer reminds me of somewhat oxidized homebrew pilsner. Missing that fresh sulfur/peanut/grape character or otherwise much malt character to stand out. Hops not particularly unique, just a modest spicy bitterness. 5% ABV, 35 IBU.

Pours a white foam with a bit longer than average retention, fading to a thin ring around the perimeter of the glass. Lacing is minimal, a few dots cling to the sides of the glass. Body is a golden yellow color, with light bringing out very pale yellow hues (SRM 1-2). Transparent, with slight amounts of chill haze and sediment (less than 10% opacity).

Aroma is fairly bland, a bit of cardboard from oxidation, some pale-colored malt, vague hint of spicy hop character (no peanut/grape/sulfur or hop character remaining at this point).

Flavor is of a mineral-rich water with fairly rich, though rather bland pilsner malt with little residual sweetness and a modest amount of dry straw character; hops are fairly bland at this point, with only the mild bitterness showing through. Front: dry straw, somewhat bland, somewhat oxidized pilsner malt character, a touch of sweetness, slight vaguely citric hop character. Mid: bland and somewhat oxidized pilsner malt that yields a bit of dry straw character, little residual sweetness, a low to medium-low clean bitterness with very faint vaguely citric undertones. Back: medium hop bitterness with some spice characteristics dominates; underneath this, some continued bland and slightly oxidized pilsner malt that gives a bit of dry straw character. After: lingering bitterness with a slight chemical/harsh note

Beer is medium-light in body, with carbonation of fairly high intensity (2.4-2.5 vol CO2) leading to a fully foamy and soft mouthfeel. Closes very dry, with light stickiness on lips and palate.
Mar 16, 2021
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Reviewed by Treyliff from West Virginia

4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
12oz can poured into a tulip

A- pours clear and golden in color with a one-finger foamy white head that reduces to a ring around the edge

S- clean pilsner malt, hay, fresh bread, white grape skins, spicy and floral hops

T- clean and crisp pilsner malt up front with notes of crackers, straw, bread crust, lemon peel, white grapes, floral & spicy German hops. The finish is dry and toasted, with a linger of peppery hops

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

O- textbook German pilsner, von Trapp makes some of the best German style beers outside of Germany
Jan 30, 2021
Rated: 4.42 by beerrat from Virginia

Jan 24, 2021
Rated: 4.32 by lic217 from Connecticut

Jan 20, 2021
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Reviewed by Manta200 from Kentucky

4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
35IBU, 12oz can from IMN0P
Pours a crystal clear pale straw color with a thick fluffy white head.
Smell of the Hallertau hops dominate.
Fine hoppy bitterness with a clean crisp finish.
Overall, one of the nicest American brewed German Pilsners I had so far.
Dec 27, 2020
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Reviewed by cjgiant from District of Columbia

3.96/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Can from early November:
A golden body holds a little chill haze initially, but clears up completely before too long, A fluffy but loosely structured head adorns this body. Nose is crusted bread with a bit of grain and some dry grass notes accented by a bit of minerality. Cold, the grass and mineral notes jump forward to hide the malt influence a bit. Things balance a little later in the taste. That balance moves forward with some warmth, and notes of sweeter bread become a bit more evident. Fairly aggressive carbonation on a crisp, light body.
Nov 23, 2020
Rated: 4.25 by Latarnik from New Jersey

Nov 20, 2020
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Reviewed by AElfwine_Nerevar from Connecticut

4.46/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Original rating:
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25 = 4.38

Best By: 03/08/21
Consumed: 01/27/21

L: Pours a pale straw color with excellent clarity. If held up to a light the matrix is permeated with hop particulate. A vigorous pour yields a fine, white finger and a half of head that dissipates fairly quickly to a 1 mm ring around the circumference of the glass with a splotchy film of head remaining in the middle. Minimal spotty lacing left as I drink the beer.

S: Fresh cut alfalfa, cereal grains, whole wheat bread, and the slightest hint of lemon and some spice. Really potent nose for an American lager. Amazing nose!

T: I get spice and a hint earth on the front end. The mid palate presents crusty bread and a bit of slightly sweet grainy malt mixing with citrus (I'm getting lemon). The lemon flows into the back end where it is complemented by prominent fresh cut grass mixed with more spicy and earthy notes finishing with a medium bitterness. There is also a light floral quality to the bitter finish.

F: Light body with medium-high carbonation. The mouthfeel is smooth on the front and mid palate with a crisp drying finish. Drinks very clean and keeps you coming back for another drink.

O: Wow! This is a top shelf Pilsner that is brewed true to style. A six pack of this only costs $9.99 so if you are into pilsners you have no excuse not to try this at least will not be disappointed. Highly recommended!
Nov 14, 2020
Rated: 4.28 by Manfrombelmonty from Massachusetts

Oct 24, 2020
Rated: 4.25 by acurtis from New Jersey

Oct 20, 2020
Rated: 3.79 by Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

Oct 15, 2020
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Reviewed by bobv from Vermont

4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
12 oz. can.
Canned 10/08/20.
Best by 03/08/21.

Moderate to vigorous pour yields a 5/4 inch white head over a very bright and nearly transparent golden body with some lacing. Nose of classic noble hops, flavors following very closely with extremely nice hop bitterness on the finish. Great feel, very smooth, and a well done example of a German Pilsner.
Bavarian Rhapsody!
Oct 12, 2020
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Rated by BEERMILER12 from Maine

4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
On tap at the brewery
Oct 09, 2020
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