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Von Trapp Vienna Lager | von Trapp Brewing

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Von Trapp Vienna LagerVon Trapp Vienna Lager

Brewed by:
von Trapp Brewing
Vermont, United States

Style: Vienna Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A crisp, full-bodied traditional amber lager.

IBU 33

Added by kingcrowing on 04-21-2010

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Reviews: 45 | Ratings: 185
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Von Trapp Vienna Lager

A: This interpretation of a style that is most popular in Mexico pours a surprisingly light honeyed orange. There is a small, pure white head, but it does not stick around nearly long enough. Lacing is slightly above average, as is carbonation. It is missing the clarity that is basically required for most lagers, but since this a symptom of many Von Trapp beers, one suspects they do not filter; that information is not available at the time of this review. 3.75/5

A: Floral hops are present, but this is definitely all about the malt. Freshly-baked bread, honeyed biscuits, dough, toast, light caramel, and slight melanoidins all show up, creating a subtle yet complex beer. Yeast and water do not appear to contribute anything of note. Really nice smelling, but missing a little malt complexity found in great European examples. 4.25/5

T: While the hoppiness is more present here, this is still a malt showcase. It hits all of the same notes as the aroma, but there is the addition of a spicy hop note that hits toward the end. The hops have just enough bitterness to dry out the slightly sweet, moderate richness of the malt. Again, there is a little lacking in complexity (Von Trapp usually has a fairly prominent water and yeast profile), but what is here is very nice. 4.25/5

M: The feel of this beer is basically perfect, with a moderately full feel, light stickiness, moderate carbonation, wonderful finishing dryness, and excellent drinkability. 5/5

O: I am personally a little torn with this beer. It is a very good interpretation of the style, especially for an American brewery, but it is missing an X-factor to really set it off. Some of the malt complexity that German, Czech, and Austrian brewers seem to be able to harness does not show up much here. It is still impressive in its execution, but it feels a little too safe. Pair with Meshuggah's "Koloss," or as I like to call it, "Meshuggah By the Numbers." 4/5

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Photo of keithmurray
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - hazy golden/auburn hue with white head

Smell - toasted grains, toasted caramel, nutty, honey

Taste - toasted grain, nuts, caramel

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium carbonation, slight sweetness upfront, nice balanced bitterness on the back end

Overall - nice beer that Im glad to have tried, balanced flavors and easy to drink. Worth a shot

Price Point - $1.99/12 oz single

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle

Pours slightly foggy amber orange with a creamy frothy off-white foam head. Smells like apple, pear, some grape, mild spice, toasted biscuity malt, sweet honey, caramel, with floral herbal earthy grass and pine. Tastes like caramel, honey, apples, grape, mild spice, toasted biscuity malt, some pear, with floral herbal earthy grass and pine. Feels medium bodied, creamy and slick with crisp moderate low carbonation. Overall a really nice Vienna lager.

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Photo of Samlover55
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into "perfect pint" glass
no visible date code
L- amber, a bit hazy, with bubbly white head bubbling till it disappears
S- caramel, fruit, doughy yeast notes
T- very similar to nose caramel, fruit and a clean lager-like yeasty finish
F- medium bodied, dry feel, above average carbonation
O- solid beer definitely done well, no specific characteristic stands out, just a solid lager

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Photo of TheDoctor
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving: Bottle
No date

Clear golden-copper with three fingers of airy soap that eventually drops to one. Decent retention; spindly lacing. (4)

Toasted malt, vaguely spicy/husky grains, crusty bread, rich and full. (4)

Along the same lines as the aroma. Rich, smooth, crusty bread, toasted malt, lightest hop snap underneath. (4.25)

Smooth, soft, rich, drinkable, nice fading finish. (4)

Very good take on the style.
Nice-looking beer with great clarity and head retention. Both the smell and flavor are everything I love about European lagers. Everything is balanced, as it should be, a unified sensory front, super drinkable, vaguely filling, complete. A joy to drink. I will pick this up if I come across it in the future. (4)

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Photo of edward_boumil
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Consumed from pilsner glass
L: Orange/amber in color, soapy head with excellent retention and lacing.
S: Malty, toasty, very mild aroma. Quite sweet granola like smell as well
T: Really great balance. Malts have a dark fruit like flavor, somewhat akin to a doppelbock. Sweet honey like flavors, toasty bread as well. Finishes with a peppery hop dryness.
F: Light, refreshing, medium carbonation. Great balance of flavors and mouthfeel.
O: Great beer from a great brewery

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Photo of lic217
4.85/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Look: Light copper color, very clear, nice slight off white head with lacing
Aroma: Sweet bread, spice, slight smell of citrus
Taste: Bready and Spicey, nice sweetness throughout, but somehow finishes with a nice balance of dry/bitter/sweet, with more caramel sweetness as it warms
Feel: Gentle carbonation, medium mouthfeel
Overall: A well done lager and the third beer I have had from them. love this brewery!

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4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 7/10/16

A: Deep gold, some light amber at its core - nice clarity - pours with a medium size, bright white head, fades to a nearly solid cap, leaves some streaks of lacing

S: Malty with some floral hops - appropriately malty for the style, with some bread, lightly toasted biscuits , toast, cereal - pale and caramel grains, touch of nuts - some light sweetness, with caramel - lightly floral and grassy malts, somewhat balances things out

T: Malty yet actually more refreshing than I would have expected - some light, floral, grassy malts - nice malt profile, but I suppose it could be more complex - bread and biscuits, lightly toasted - grainy, with pale and caramel - cereal grains - some bready sweetness and light caramel, hint of something honey-like - some lager yeast with a touch of pepper - earthy but mostly clean

M: Medium body, smooth with a crisp finish, medium carbonation, mostly clean finish

O: Another day another lager

Von Trapp's Vienna is a bit lighter and less malty than I expected, but I am not really complaining. The result is a very easy-drinking Vienna lager, even if it is not bursting with toast and caramel. Worth a try for sure and worth drinking again.

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3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle.

Reddish amber color and clear with a soft, white head. Toasted malt aroma, very clean. Rich malt flavor and a bit of sweetness. Good balance from the hops. Overall, a clean lager that is appropriately focused on the malt. Easy drinking and a very nice version of the style.

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Photo of papat444
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle.

Pours a nice amber body, great head retention with a nice malty aroma. Some nuttiness and very crisp and refreshing overall, a tasty lager.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A copper colored beer with a small white head that dissipated quickly.
Aroma of bread, cereal, and grass.
Malt-forward. Complimentary hops.
Light and crisp.

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Photo of tekstr1der
3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy orange-dark-golden with off-white top that fades quickly to a ring. Aromas of bread along with some spice and flora notes. Flavor is more subdued, mostly malty and toasty. Very slightly sweet finish. Decent stuff.

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Photo of Jason
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz brown bottle, sample from the brewery.

Great looking white froth on top, mildly hazed pale amber hue. Fresh maltly nose of bread grain, grass, & grapenuts. Ample crispness within a moderate sized body. Mostly clean, full malt palate. Hops balance and compliment. Easy to knock back, a good rendition of the style.

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Photo of Givemebeer
4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a bottle, best by date annoyingly hard to read 4/11/16 (why black letters on a brown bottle)?

Good clarity and carbonation. Smell is of honey, caramel. Taste folows with a definite nutty, toasty, bready presence. Medium bodied and very drinkable with a slighlty sweet finish.

Rated by style, this is a great beer.

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3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- Bottle poured into a tulip with a dark gold to pale amber, clear body. Creamy, frothy thick cap builds up to over a finger high with pretty good retention. Lacing forms around the glass as thick rings after each sip.

S- Spicy herbal hops, ripe pale fruits and grainy barley off the top in a fairly potent overall aroma. Honey, cracker, bready, grass and floral tones.

T- The color may be subtle amber but plenty of malty flavors make themselves apparent here. Lightly toasted, toffee and a strong touch of honey but nothing I would say is truly caramel. Grassy and earthy woody hops, slight sulfur, pale fruit, bread, cracker and general Noble character. Low end sweets.

MF- Puffy, foamy and a touch of creamy texture to the light-medium bodied brew. Carbonation rains in a touch below high end. Noble hop bitterness lingers in the finish.

Complex malt flavors from a beer that just brushes the lower end of the amber spectrum. Toasty, honey grains play well with earthy, spicy hops.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.2/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: crystal clear; copper colored; 1+ finger ivory head that receded to a wispy cap; steady stream of bubbles rising;

S: biscuit; corn;

T: very mild flavor; toast; grassy hops; mild bitterness on the finish that increased a bit in the aftertaste;

M: medium bodied; moderate to high carbonation - a little prickly; lightly dry finish;

O: OK, but not the aromas or flavors I would expect from a Vienna lager;

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Photo of far333
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A sizzly white head disappears quickly over the top of a clear, apricot colored liquid with streams of fine bubbles rising up. Low aroma of biscuity malt and some sweet corn. Flavor is malty upfront, biscuity and delicate, bready notes emerge and floral hops rise up to meet it. Moderate spiciness, some corn notes in the finish. Even mouthfeel, moderate carbonation. Good beer, good representation of the style.

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Photo of tigg924
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear, gold, with 1/2 inch head. Taste is toasted malt, grain, and I get a touch of cinnamon. An average to slightly above average version of the style. Decent, but I prefer others.

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Photo of costanzo_mike
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Amber colored Vienna style lager. Solid malt backbone with a nice bready taste and smell to it. Good mouthfeel with adequate carbonation. On the lighter side of the typical Vienna lager one would normally find

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

i would consider this to be a very classic example of the style, maybe just a touch richer and darker than any imported one i have ever had, but this is a very true vienna style lager, and i like it quite a bit. for me, its a style that has never really resonated personally, but i keep giving them a chance. the quality of this beer is very obviously high, its lacy and heady, crystal clear, especially for how dark it is, and very full bodied for what it is. the malt flavor is rather deep, caramelized and sweet, really sweet, and its not all cleaned up by the european lager yeast, but the flavor is great, coffee cake and pancakes with syrup come to mind, breakfasty. nicely carbonated but still a little heavy for summer pounding. i like the approach of these guys, making exclusively classic lager styles, you would think it would pigeon hole them a little bit, but every time i taste one of their beers i realize how lackluster so many american lagers are, and that they really have carved out a nice little niche for themselves.

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2.15/5  rDev -44.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

From the tap this beer was a light gold not a short quickly disappearing head. I expected something more crisp and something from the nose but it was not to be found. Overall I think this is a light lager than is certainly a candidate for easy drinking but if you are looking for something to sit and enjoy I would look elsewhere.

(I fear I may need to update this as the establishment may have done a poor job with the lines and glass)

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Photo of Jwale73
3.69/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a straw gold with a rocky, half inch, bright white head. Copious tiny bubbles are present effervescing in-solution. Nose is lightly earthy and slightly grassy. Taste consistent with nose with the addition of a hint of sour mash to the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a carbonation just shy of crisp. Overall, a decent example of the style and quite drinkable. It would be nice to have regular access to this beer fresh.

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3.41/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on June 21, 2015.

It pours a kind of olive-yellow tone under a white foamy head.

Some toast and some sulfur on the nose. Thin hop character behind it all.

Light to medium body. Smooth though.

The taste is more malty than hopped but the grassy hops play up a little around the back bringing out a dryish lingering bitterness.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark gold color. Slightly hazy. Small head that settles to rim bubbles. Any spotty lace that appears slides into the glass.

Predominately deep toasted malt nose.

Reminds me of hash browns--lots of starch, roasted brown. There's a bit of legumes to the taste as well. I remember a beer that had elements of beef stew, meaning potatoes. This beer approaches those flavors. Low hop as expected. Malty aftertaste. Chewy body, low carbonation.

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4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a lager glass.

A: Bright golden color with a tawny hue. Excellent clarity. Tight white head settles to a quarter inch cap. Thin ring of lacing.

S: Grainy and lightly toasty. Lot of sweet Pilsner malt. Hay. Hints of treacle and perhaps toffee too. Floral and grassy hops.

T: Sweet Pilsner malt, toasty, rich melanoidin treacle flavors, peanut brittle, hay. Floral and grassy hops balance the malt tit for tat. Drying finish sees the hops kick it up a notch with an herbal zing.

M: Medium body with a firm and rich malt texture. Round and pressing. Fine carbonation has a crisp bite.

O: This one really grew on me as I drank it. Nice rich malt flavors and textures drive it, though it stays nicely balanced. An easy quaff.

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