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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 | website

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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Reviews: 54 | Ratings: 195
Photo of lic217
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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. Bought their variety pack a couple days ago, the pilsner and this helles are really nice. I am excited to try the other two offerings in the mix pack. They just came to CT and they are a nice addition to our beer selection.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Classic golden, shimmering and bubbly appearance.
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.
Clean and light bodied, but full of malt flavors, sour breast, golden wheat and a nice, lager yeast sour funk thing, but all with excellent balance.
So easy to drink and never becomes boring or lazy....even to my pallet.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 +3.5%
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 -6.1%
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 -6.3%
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 -4.3%
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 -0.3%
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 -5.8%
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 +0.3%
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 +0.3%
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 -3.3%
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 +18.7%
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%
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 +5.3%
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 +13.9%
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%
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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Photo of WunderLlama
4.14/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into glass

Clear golden yellow , white one finger foam head

Aroma of grains, grassy, straw, biscuity

Taste of sweet malt grain, biscuity, grassy

Sweet light smooth

Very nice helles, repeatable

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Photo of horshack7
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Clear and golden with a light haze. On top is an off white head only about a finger thick.

Aroma: Biscuit, cereal grain, buttery, yeasty, twinges of lemon zest with a light dryness in the nose.

Taste: Buttery texture in the front. Biscuit, lemon zest, light dryness from the yeast.

Notes: A very good example of the style. These are few and far between in the U.S it's nice to see one and will pick this one up again. Cheers.

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Photo of sprat1960
4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Bright, straw-yellow; completely transparent. Lots of small bubbles visible. Pours with no head, just a layer of white foam on the surface of the beer that quickly disappears. Looks kind of flat. Slightly below a good quality commercial beer.

Smell: Rich malty, grainy aroma. Typical of the style. Appealing.

Taste: Taste like it smells, only richer. Rich malty, grainy full flavor. Delicious!

Feel: Deceiving medium body; somewhat viscous feel; mild carbonation. Far better than the typical Pilsner.

Overall: The best Pilsner that I have ever had. Delicious, full flavor. Great lighter beer for a hot day. I would definitely buy this again!

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Photo of costanzo_mike
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nice light, crisp helles style lager. Clear golden color with a thin dissipating head. Very easy drinking, nice mouthfeel to it. Definitely a nice beer for summer.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on June 23, 2015.

The pour is mainly yellow with an olive tinge and a short-lasting white head. Some haze.

Nice classic aroma of sweet and toasted malts and green grass.

Light to medium body.

The taste is lovely warm weather drinking toasty and clean. Easy to drink all around. Actually quite quaffable. Balances well.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a lager glass.

A: Dull golden yellow with excellent clarity. Fine-bubbled white head holds at a half inch in height. Thin rings of lacing.

S: Sweet and bready malt. Lightly toasted grain. Straw. Very clean. Mild grassy hops.

T: Sweet bready malts, toasty grain, hay. Mild hop bitterness balances with herbal/oily flavors. A bit metallic and a touch of sulfur. Perhaps some hints of yeast. Clean. Toasty and grainy finish.

M: Light bodied. Slightly chewy and firm malt texture is cut by fine, crisp carbonation.

O: It hits all the marks for the style and ends up being an easy quaff. Not quite as polished and stunning as the best of the style, but for the price and availability it's a solid choice.

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Photo of Givemebeer
4.24/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Hard pour creates a large white head with nice retention and nice lacing. Beautiful looking beer. No haze whatsoever.

S: Biscuity, somewhat herbal. Definite lemon tang in the smell.

T: Liquid bread right here. As with the nose, some herbalness and a slight lemony hop twist. Hops are in the background however, which is appropriate for the style.

M: Crisp, but not quite as crisp as I'd want. Still a remarkably clean, dry finish that will leave you wanting more.

O: A tremendous sessionable beer from an underrated brewery out of Vermont. Stays true to style and is done up right. Great balance.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.64/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a willibecker at the lodge. Pours a golden-orange hue with a slightly hazy clarity and a loose, bright white head. Nose expresses light, fruity esters, a slightly grassy quality and a hint of sour mash. Taste follows nose with the addition of a light biscuit malts, a hint of sweetness and a faint, lingering sour mash character towards the back. Mouthfeel is light in body with a pleasant, even carbonation and a clean, mostly crisp finish. Overall, a solid domestic Helles on par with those I've had in Germany; however, I'd like to see more of a clean finish.

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