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Von Trapp Golden Helles Lager | von Trapp Brewing

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BEER INFO

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
54
Ratings:
195
Avg:
3.95
pDev:
20.76%
 
 
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10
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23
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Reviews: 54 | Ratings: 195
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Photo of SkiBum22
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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 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.
Crisp.

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Photo of SunDevilBeer
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of JakerLou
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of BeerIsland
4.56/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is my second Trapp beer tasted and I continue to be overwhelmed. I told my daughter to bring as much of this home from Vermont as she could and she was kind enought to do so. This beer comes in a big flippy bottle. This is as rich and luscious a Helles as I've ever had, which is plenty. A nice hazy gold in the glass; the bottle-poured head fluffed right up. Decent lacing followed the beer down all the way. Wonder-full malts with just the right hop balance create a great, smooth taste. The sweetness is in there but just enough. The conditioning is light which adds to the silky mouthfeel. This is a great beer!

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Photo of kingcrowing
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On cask poured into a plastic pint glass.

Pours a very light yellow with a super light white head and a very thin head. Nose is light and hoppy and very nice. It's sweet and fruity.

Tate is phenomenal, it's light ad crisp and super hoppy. It's very drinkable ad smooth. One of the best helles i've ha in a long time!

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Photo of williamjbauer
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Beersilio
3.57/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev +1.3%

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 Griffith
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of KenC
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of nkersten
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a massive imperial pilsner glass, golden with a slight haze and a big foamy white head that has a decent retention. Smell is bready malts, sweet and somewhat sugary, some raw grains. Taste is sweet up front with a slightly bitter finish, sweet bread dough, pilsner malts, spicy hops. Medium bodied with a medium carbonation, clean finish. Helles is one of my favorite German styles and this does not disappoint. I think this is one of the best American takes on the style and I would gladly order this whenever I can. A very drinkable beer.

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Photo of seakayak
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tempest
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a pint at the Farm House in Burlington VT. Damn, it's hard to ask for much more from a helles. There's a crisp dry Brady malt character in the aroma with a little balance of spicy hops. There's mild lager fruit over the malt, but it's not sweet. Otherwise it's clean and super drinkable. Find this beer.

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Photo of RAlmeida77
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chrishiker1409
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Imagine if what passes for lager tasted like this. Imagine.

A great looking beer. So smooth and easy to drink.

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Photo of grahuba
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Alieniloquium
2.62/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Worthy Burger. Served in a snifter.

Appearance - Mostly clear body with a nice white head. Excellent lacing without the best retention.

Smell - Meh. I think it's diacetyl. Not a crisp smell. Muddled pale malts and a slight hop aroma.

Taste - Mostly pale malt. Again muddled by what I think is diacetyl. Finishes a bit crisper. Slight hop bite.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Served warm which made it seem a bit sluggish to drink.

Overall - I was hoping for some VT magic in this, but it's just another mediocre American lager.

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Photo of ricknelson
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 Kmlund
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of ajpowell5
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of trevorpost
3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Von Trapp Golden Helles Lager from von Trapp Brewing
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