Von Trapp Golden Helles Lager | von Trapp Brewing

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Von Trapp Golden Helles LagerVon Trapp Golden Helles Lager

Brewed by:
von Trapp Brewing
Vermont, United States

Style: Munich Helles Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
German for "bright", our Helles is an easy-drinking, yet surprisingly complex, golden lager.

20 IBU

Added by Bierman9 on 04-19-2010

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Photo of Immortale25
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a teku pint. Bottleneck says Best By 08/22/17.

A- Pours a light golden color with a 1/2 inch white head that retains well before becoming a paper-thin ring around the edge of the glass and some faint wisps of surface foam. Non-resilient lacing slides down the glass.

S- Crisp aroma of cracker-like malt and a slight alcohol tinge.

T- The crispness continues as there's a well-balanced synthesis of light bready malt, a touch of hop character and some yeast character. Very light and refreshing without tasting watery.

M- Again, very crisp with a small lingering hop bite. Medium carbonation and a light body.

O- A very well executed Helles that I'm glad I finally got the chance to try. When in search of a lawnmower beer, this is the quintessential example.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.52/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle

Pours straw yellow gold with a creamy white foam head. Smells sweet and bready with notes of apple, pear, grape, peppercorn, and floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes like lightly toasted bready malts, apple, pear, grape skin, pepper, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels medium-light bodied, creamy and crisp with low carbonation. Overall a nice Helles lager.

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Photo of ScaryEd
4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear straw color with a huge bubbly white head. The head has pretty solid retention and leaves a ton of cobweb lacing as it dissipates.

The aroma brings tons of fresh dough and sweet cereal grains, followed by some subtle, spicy hops.

The taste follows the nose, with a bit more grass on the forefront. Freshly baked biscuits, cereal grains, and some spice follow not far behind. Clean and incredibly balanced.

The feel is medium-light bodied with pretty good carbonation. Crisp and refreshing, yet smooth. Slightly dry finish. Drinkable as hell.

Overall, an excellent lager that is extremely flavorful despite the low ABV. It's crisp, refreshing, and highly drinkable. I don't care that it's winter, I would drink this all year long.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.91/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the slightly old bottle, it pours a golden color with a small head, quickly dissipating. I get mostly bread in the nose. The mouth enjoys the mild bread-like flavor with a slight bite of carbonation and hops. Yum!

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Photo of keithmurray
3.82/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - pale golden straw color with white head

Smell - fresh cut grass, herbs, bread

Taste - fresh cut grass, herbs, biscuit, cracker, bread

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium carbonation, crisp, clean, dry on the finish

Overall - Well done lager here. I look forward to trying more from this brewery. It doesn't always have to be about the hops

Price Point - $1.99/12 oz bottle

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Photo of RABouffard
4.58/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Quite honestly one of the best examples of a Helles I could possibly imagine, and this is directly after I got back from my bavarian beer pilgramidge. Pours a beautiful creamy white head with a beautiful display of surface tension towering over my bavarian style glass unleashing a very traditional helles aroma that absolutely nails it. Ovbiously this is not the most complex beer considering it is a helles, but in terms of what it is, it doesn't get any better in my humble opinion.

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Photo of TheDoctor
3.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Service: Can
Bottled on: Apr-15-2016

Clear anemic straw with slight chill haze, three fingers light white head, eventually drops to a finger or so. Good retention: soapy lacing. (4)

Crusty white bread and lightly spicy hops. Musty hay, dough, cereals, light woodsy hops. (3.75)

White bread crust with a slightly herbal hint of peppery hops, main flavor is the rich yet light underlying malt flavor(s). (4)

Crisp light-medium body with lively carbonation and a quick, clean finish. (4)

Decent, drinkable Helles.
This is a nice enough looking, decent smelling, tasty, quaffable beer that I enjoyed and would have as a light staple if I lived where it was distributed. Nothing flashy, not quite as flavorful as some German examples, just a decent beer. I'd be curious to try it a little fresher to see what difference it made. There is a barely noticeable astringent/tart hint in the flavor that I wonder if it would be around in a very fresh can. One day I'll see.
Worth a shot if you see it and like lagers. (4)

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.37/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this is an absolutely flawless example of a helles lager, one of the prettiest beers i have ever seen in a glass, just stunning to look at. golden and radiant, crystal clear, delicate, bubbly, and with a peaky white permanent head like beaten egg whites. it is best from the tap at the brewery. there is a light but distinct malted barley aroma and flavor to this, honey notes to it, a little biscuit, dry though for the most part, and clean in the end, not so light as some of the other pils type malts, this has less of the bread crust taste and more of a refined cereal element, a really nice base for the lager yeast here, which is drying too, and has a fluffy fresh vibe, but is still very much old world and traditional. its a smooth and easy going beer, with just a slight balancing bittering hop to it. the mouthfeel is stupendous, with high high carbonation tickling the tongue and an almost creamy medium body. its a perfect beer to watch the sun go down on their beautiful patio up in stowe, and there really is no limit to how much of this i could drink and enjoy if left to my own devices. one of the best beers these guys make!

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Photo of lic217
4.83/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look: light straw color, crystal clear, light white head, some lacing
Smell: Malt, Bread, dough, a little citrus and spice hop smell, lager yeast
Taste: floral, bready, with a touch of fruity esters at the end. it also ends with a very pleasant mild sweetness
Feel: Prickly carbonation on the back end, incredibly drinkable. Smooth...
Overall: A really great tasting beer.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.26/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Classic golden, shimmering and bubbly appearance. Nice white tower of foam.
The aroma and flavor are spot on stylewise, something the Von Trapp brewers do very well. No need for extra hops or higher avg. This lager is very traditional in every way. Herbal greens, light Spivey edge with sour wheat whiff.
Clean and light bodied, but full of malt flavors, garden greens, golden wheat and a nice, lager yeast sour funk thing, but all with excellent balance. Sharp and refreshing first hit with a peppery hop finish.
So easy to drink and never becomes boring or lazy....even to my pallet. This has been a favorite for well over a year.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Consumed 7/10/16

A: Clear, pale/light gold - crystal clear - pours with a medium size, bright white head, fades to a wispy cap, leaves some streaks of lacing

S: Bready with some floral hops - distinctive lager yeast aroma with some light spice, pepper - bright floral and grassy hops, with some spice and herbs - really nice malt base, with some pale grains, touch of caramel - touch of earth but mostly clean - very bready, with some really nice bread dough aroma

T: Super clean and super balanced - German lager yeast flavor with a touch of pepper - flowery and grassy hops, with a touch of spice, pleasantly mild - great malt profile, touch of sweetness but not too much - bread, bread dough are primary flavors - pale malts, pale grains, touch of caramel - very mild bitterness - finishes clean

M: Light body, smooth and crisp, medium carbonation, super drinkable

O: Oh Helles yeah

Von Trapp has been on my radar for a while, but this is the first of their beers I've had the pleasure to review. Lagers, particularly traditional/non-hoppy ones, are really not too hot right now, but if people tried more like this (and Jack's Abby House Lager, which is similar - but slightly sweeter), maybe they could have a resurgence. This is just such a good beer to drink.

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Photo of Jacobob10
4.09/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured in a stange.

Deep gold with a tall white head that shrinks down quickly but shows decent retention. Great clarity. Aroma of fresh grains balanced nicely by herbal hops. Sweet malt flavor but clean and soft. Not cloying at all. Medium bodied, yet it drinks lighter than that.

This recipe is dialed in and spot on. Rich malty flavor packed into an easy-drinking lager. This was gone from my glass quicker than I knew it. One of the better American made Helles lagers that I have had. I wish I had another bottle!

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Photo of Mongrel
3.71/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Crackery, peppery, grainy, green and, ultimately, a little raw. Mildly floral. Certainly has that Helles character that's at once rough and bright. A crisp, satisfying brew that's held together by some lemon-honey sweetness.

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Photo of dar482
3.7/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer comes in a clear light gold.

The beer hits of honey sweetness and medium plus grainy sweetness with a light herbal finish bitterness on the back end. A really well executed helles with the great drinkability as the malts dominate without being overbearing.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A clear, bright gold color. Minimal white head that dissipated quickly.
Aroma of sweet malt and floral hops.
The taste followed the nose. Sweet and flowery.

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Photo of irrevjim
3.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

from a bottle to a pilsner tulip
look; light golden, clear, 1/8" tight white head that disappears quickly leaving a thin film
smell; yeast, honey, good, i didn't get much complexity on the nose
taste; honey, clean malt, touch of hops, yeast, hint of general fruitiness,dash of pepper, good lager
feel; smooth, pretty light, almost crisp, medium carbonation, but smooth
overall; a very enjoyable golden lager

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Photo of RozzieBoy
3.72/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L - Light golden and clear with a minimal white, carbonated head. No lacing.
S - I know this won't do it justice, but smelled like beer from a keg at a college party. (I really need a class on detecting smells).
T- Semi-crisp with light malt and hops.
F - Light carbonation and semi-dry. Feel remained the same throughout the beer.
O - My first Helles beer. Wasn't sure what to expect. Reminded me of a light beer, but better. The crispness and smoothness made it enjoyably drinkable. A pretty easy drinker, too.

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Photo of tekstr1der
3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Consistent example for the style, this pours a clear golden with small white head that settles to a ring with a bit of clinging. Aroma is toasted malts and grassy hops with a touch of honey sweet. Flavor follows nose with just a bit too much carbonation along the way. Finishes briefly semi-sweet but clean. Very nice.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light yellow color with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a very thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains lager yeast, light caramelized malts and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready but still quite light with flavors of lager yeast and a thin malt character. Then some malt sweetness comes in along with what tastes like a hint of spice that I believe is coming from the mild but complementary hops presence creating a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Very crisp and very smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is very clean.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not filling at all, very mild kick, very good representation of style, this is a nice beer to pound down for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.

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Photo of cbutova
3.82/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had this one a few times around VT and now MA. Glad to see some more traditional brews on the shelves.

A- Crystal clear light golden body into a tulip from the 12oz bottle with a frothy, one finger cap rising atop it. Fair head retention and a few small webs of lacing.

S- Fresh and clean with a smoothly fermented lager profile just hinting subtilely at pale fruit. Grassy hops shine along with spicy and general herbal tones. Slight pale malt sweets, very slight. Vibrant and inviting.

T- A touch of pale malts and fruits in the beginning followed by a mineral water, grassy, spicy and earthy finish. Sweetness is on the low end with just a touch of pale barley grainy flavor. Clean and simply effective. Mostly dry.

MF- Medium bodied for a lower-ABV lager with a very puffy and creamy body for the style. Carbonation comes in at a moderate to high level enhancing the crisp, dry finish. Smooth.

Solid and simple take on a style that is more about subtleties than most others and one that still tests my palate every time. Subtle grainy malts meet fresh grassy, spicy hops in a clean one.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.69/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Nice golden body and 2 finger head. Smell is nice and grassy and grainy and bready. Taste follows the nose and is a perfectly crafted Helles Lager. Nearly flawless for the style. Delicious and highly recommended.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: hazy; light gold in color; 1 finger white head that receded to a wispy cap; very little lacing;

S: pilsner malt, a little sweet, a touch of hop spice and a little DMS;

T: pilsner malt up front, then a touch of sweetness; mild bitterness from the middle to the finish; no DMS in the flavor;

M: light to medium bodied; high carbonation - effervescent;

O: refreshing; goes down easily;

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Photo of edward_boumil
4.16/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Shiny, bright golden yellow color, thin head, clear. Thin head hangs along for the whole ride.
S: Smells quite inviting. Can definately smell the grain bill, has that cereal maltiness you would expect, some light floral hop odors as well.
T: Damn nice. Very crisp and light, but malt and hop flavors come through without being overpowering. Flavors of cereal malt, biscuit, and honey, as well as a little dank hop.
F: Body is nice, light, but not too light as to appeared watered down. Carbonation is medium and just right. Also very clean drinking
O: Best representation of the German/Austrian style I've seen from a domestic brewery. Flavors were spot on and balanced perfectly. Definately a praiseworthy beer.

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Photo of crob3888
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful clear gold with a small head that dissipates through the pint. Flavor is slightly sweet grain with hints of clean lager yeast and malts; some noble happiness is present providing a bit of a floral character. Overall one of the best helles I've ever had!

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Photo of brewandbbq
3.87/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle from the mixed 12 pack.

Pours straw yellow and clear. A wafer-thin head for the duration.

Aromatics have shades of honey-drizzled biscuits and perhaps a hint of spicy hops.

Light bodied with a slighty syrupy mouthfeel.

Bready malt with a hint of honey on the palate.

Finishes with notes of honey and sweet malt.

Tasty, quaffable, and clean but pretty straightforward. The carbonation is a bit low and it hurts the mouthfeel.

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