Von Trapp Golden Helles Lager | von Trapp Brewing

Von Trapp Golden Helles LagerVon Trapp Golden Helles Lager
BA SCORE
72.3%
Liked This Beer
3.87 w/ 264 ratings
Von Trapp Golden Helles LagerVon Trapp Golden Helles Lager
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
von Trapp Brewing
Vermont, United States
vontrappbrewing.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#9,336
Reviews:
72
Ratings:
264
Liked:
191
Avg:
3.87/5
pDev:
10.34%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
12
Gots:
42
Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 264 |  Reviews: 72
Photo of woodchipper
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A little to foamy/carbonated. Bottle spewed on opening despite proper chilling and handling.
Super light yellow. Head fades before glass is done.
Aroma of sweat, slightly composted hay.
Taste is light pepper in the front, malt in the middle mild hop dryness in the back.
Mouth feel is surprisingly coating for such light characteristics on other qualities.
Faithful to style. Nice summer beer.

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Photo of drtth
4.36/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The clear bright yellow gold beer pours out into a Duvel glass with a 3/4" fluffy white head that recedes slowly but visibly to a thin layer of foam while leaving a collar of foam around the glass. Sipping creates some large scattered patches and legs of lacing that slowly shrink in size. By about mid-way through the beer the foam has receded to a thin irregular island on the surface.

The aromas include some nice bready malt and some floral and herbal hops.

The flavors follow the nose with the bready malt and a bit of sweetness up front and the lightly bitter hops showing floral, herbal and a bit spicy character in their supporting role.

The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium bodied and very lightly prickly with the moderate carbonation. The finish begins as the malt and it's sweetness recede into the background allowing the gentle bitterness of the floral, herbal, spicy hops to close out the show in the back of the palate. The ending is clean and crisp, leaving me ready for another sip.

This is a really nice Helles Lager which I will be looking to have again. The malt and hop flavors, and their balance are as good as any I've tried. Definitely would recommend this beer.

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Photo of GreenMind
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of DareOfTheHog
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rblnr
4.54/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Congrats to VT and thanks: they have completely nailed this style. Better than other Helles' by Victory and other good crafters

Hazy gold color, clean aroma -- key here as always with P and Ls is balance -- the hops emerge bright but not overpowering against a mildly sweet malt background Still plays crisp though w/enough bitterness and carbonation. Easy drinking yet full flavored -- can drink many, many, many w/a smile throughout.

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Photo of aaronyoung01
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ManapuaMan
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16 oz pour while in Stowe; ordered a glass while looking for a temporary reprieve from the hop onslaught. Clear, honey-gold body with a thin head. Aroma speaks to the crisp and refreshing sip that awaits - cracker, white bread, toasted malt and a hint of sweet honey. Taste is right there and is followed up with a refreshing snap of carbonation. Nicely balanced in the center of the sweet, bitter and malty triangle. Clean feel throughout. Was served in a Belgium tulip but I should've been pounding this from a liter mug. Prost!

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Photo of FHughDeBigs
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

So good reminds me of going to the movies in Germany

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Photo of Tbone2131
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dmbphoenix
3.67/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of kw_pip
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught. Kinda tastes like a German PBR

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Photo of Urk1127
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DrewSnyc667
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of FBarber
3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pretty clear bright light golden color. Frothy white head dissipates steadily leaving no residual head or lacing.

Smell has notes of bright lemon citrusy hops and some floral notes. Light cracker malts are there but subdued. Very delicate yet bright aromas on this.

Taste has flavors of biscuit malts, a bright lemon and floral hop notes. There is a bitter metallic astringency on the back and and through the finish. Diminishes a bit as the beer warms, but its still very noticeable.

Feel is light, lacks much of any crispness - beer is just rather rounded - smooth but not in the way Id like from a lager like this.

Overall this was easily my least favorite of the von traps beers that I've had. The metallic astringent flavor was not good. IF that was gone, I'd probably enjoy this much more.

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Photo of EnthusedAboutBeer
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TheGent
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Paoloboston
2.27/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Photo of RFarabee
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had it from draught into a flute. Solid golden color with visible carbonation. Small foamy head that dissipated quickly, some light lacing in the glass

Aroma is sweet and a bit bready. Taste is sweet and crisp, with little aftertaste. Carbonation is strong but smooth. Pairs very well with pub food.

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Photo of Ben1313
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a pilsener glass. The appearance was a transparent golden yellow color with carbonation rising at a decent pace. A one finger white foamy head accompanied the top of the beer and gently dissipated leaving some light stringy and clingy lacing. The smell started off with a sweet biscuit ordeal and blended into some light sweet corn. The taste was mainly sweet and added a light crisp bready setting leading into a refined gentle biscuity aftertaste and having no finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light on the body with a pretty good sessionability about it. Carbonation comes across fairly smooth leading to an all around smooth feel over my tongue. Overall, I say as a Munich Helles lager, it works. It would probably be a great food beer.

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Photo of tbeer40
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Cavanaghty
3.32/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Yellow with a thin white.

Smell: Grassy notes with citrus.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth light bodied. Taste of bitter hops with earthy tones and grassy notes.

Overall: Good beer. I would have this one again.

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Photo of RobDB
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AD17
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Von Trapp Golden Helles Lager from von Trapp Brewing
Beer rating: 72.3% out of 100 with 264 ratings
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