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von Trapp Brewing
Vermont, United States
Lager - Munich Dunkel
Ranked #8
Ranked #11,784
3.98 | pDev: 8.04%
Sunday at 01:34 AM
Jul 18, 2010
Very Good
Notes: Creamy, toffee aromas balance the bitterness of Munich malts in our roasted brown lager. Although dark in color, Dunkel is medium in body and finishes dry and clean, resulting in a rich lager that can be enjoyed throughout the year.

22 IBU
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Photo of PapaGoose03
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by PapaGoose03 from Michigan

I got some light coffee notes in the aroma after opening, but none in the taste. Only a light roastiness but it's almost hidden by the crispness from the barely-noticeable hops.

Sunday at 01:34 AM
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4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by NCSapiens from Indiana

Personally I think it is the best beer by Von Trappe. Dark Amber color wit sweet toasty malt flavor. If you like the style give it a try.

May 09, 2022
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4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by 57md from Pennsylvania

Pours a brownish copper with a finger of off-white head. The nose has solid notes of dark bread. The flavor profile has wholesome maltiness up front and decent hop bite on the back end.

This is best best American version of the style that I've had the pleasure of sampling.

Mar 16, 2022
4.41 by GlenFarclas from Connecticut on Mar 06, 2022
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4.04/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by jeffdr123 from Florida

On tap at the Von Trapp bakery. Pours a coca cola brown. Lots of lacing. This might be a perfect blend of plenty of roasty malt on the front end with a good dose of hops hops on the back end to keep it interesting. Wish it were sold near me.

Mar 05, 2022
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3.56/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by tone77 from Pennsylvania

A thanks to the amazing woodychandler for this beer.Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a chestnut color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of toasted malts. Taste is bready, toasted malts, a bit nutty, very light smoke. Feels medium/full bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

Feb 24, 2022
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4.32/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
by AElfwine_Nerevar from Connecticut

BB: 05/20/22

L: Pours an amber brown color with excellent clarity. The pour yields two fingers of khaki head with very good retention. As I drain the beer it leaves a considerable mass of webbed and ringed lacing on the glass. This is a beautiful beer!

S: I get toasted bready malts, a light nutty character, light toffee notes, and just the slightest hint of herbal hop character. As the beer warms I can also tease out light chocolate notes.

T: Rich toasted malt character, light notes of chocolate and nuts, earthy herbal notes lending a restrained bitterness that builds a bit into the finish, light notes of noble spice on the backend and finish.

F: Medium body with medium light carbonation. The mouthfeel is crisp with a nice dry finish that keeps me coming back for another refreshing quaff.

O: Dark lagers are growing on me and this beer is the one that got me started on them. A nice malt bomb with just the right amount of hop presence to accentuate the toasty malts and Maillard character. Highly recommended!

Feb 23, 2022
3.8 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Feb 17, 2022
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3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

12 oz can, poured into glass

color is clear, chestnut brown color, off-white colored head. mild bready malt aroma. taste is similar, flavorful but not too sweet. thin to medium bodied, easy drinking

Feb 15, 2022
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4.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by russpowell from Arkansas

Pours a very effervescent hazel with 2+ fingers of tan head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Brown bread, figs, super toasty once warm

T: Follows the nose, very dry, some woody & leafy hops up front. Becomes very toasty as this warms, plus a little bit of figs & leafy hops. Finishes toasty, very dry with woody hops

MF: Medium body, restrained carbonation

Solid Dunkel, a little drier than I prefer

Feb 13, 2022
4.04 by swalter from New Jersey on Feb 06, 2022
4.14 by _Adam_ from Maryland on Dec 14, 2021
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3.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by MikeWard from Pennsylvania

12oz can into a pint glass. Best by 2/14/22, so plenty fresh.

Loos very nice in the glass. Dark brown body, clear amber when held up to the light. Small off white head shrinks to a ring and faint covering, spotted lacing.

Subdued but clean malty aroma.

On tasting, roasted malts heftier than the nose would suggest. Light smokiness as well.

Mouth right around medium, finish a lasting but not bitter roast.

Overall, clean well executed beer with a strong tasted. Just the thing on a cold fall night.

Nov 21, 2021
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3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by smcolw from Massachusetts

Deep, toffee-colored brown. Clear. Lasting but moderate head. Wide streaks of lace on the glass.

Sweet, creamy cocoa aroma. Some milk chocolate. Light alcohol.

Thinner body as expected. The carbonation is accurate for the style. Weak starting flavors, but the swallow draws out a darker chocolate flavor. I get a bit of charcoal and a light hop bitterness. Moderate length aftertaste. Overall, a bit more flavorful than a typical Dunkel.

Oct 31, 2021
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4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by Pivopijak from Washington

can into glass
Very thick, ivory colored head, that leaves much squiggles of lacing, as it slowly recedes towards the surface. A little bit of puffy undulation on the top of the head, as well. Quite clear, light caramel color with some orange and golden highlights. Slightly spiced, sweet, caramel smell, with some dark toasted wood, rounding out the aroma. Good amount of a nearly sweet, dark caramelized malt, with a bit of a medium toasted wood bite, during the taste. Closes out with some caramel/toffee notes, behind a moderate medium dark toasted wood flavor & bite. A well done version of this humble beer style.

Oct 24, 2021
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4.48/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by Sabtos from Ohio

Lightly foggy burnt brown with a persistently puffy tan head that settles at a dusty blanket leaving tall ridges like curtains on the glass.

Really pleasantly toasty and nutty, the fully rounded, fluffy body finishes just barely powder dry with a light woody bitterness. Overall, it's like a wonderful expression of malty pumpernickel.

My weakness. I just can't get enough of this style if done even just well enough. Especially during autumn.

Oct 21, 2021
4.65 by StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts on Oct 18, 2021
4.04 by LXIXME from New Mexico on Oct 12, 2021
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4.42/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by ovaltine from Indiana

Pours a gorgeous mahogany brown color that is nearly translucent with the most gorgeous frothy, creamy, light tan head you’ve ever seen.

The nose is outstanding, IMHO, with grassy noble hop aromas combining with a beefy caramel and toffee malt backbone to create an enticing sensory experience that carries through directly to the taste, with a perfect balance between hops and malt.

The mouthfeel is crisp and keeps drawing you back for another sip. What a magnificent beer this is. World class stuff, IMHO.

Sep 05, 2021
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4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by BFCarr from New Jersey

Nice caramel notes and very tasty.
Pours medium brown with a medium tan head. Aroma is biscuit and light caramel. Flavor follows with pleasant caramel and bready notes. Feel is very nice, full body with mild carbonation. Overall it’s a very enjoyable Dunkel.

Aug 29, 2021
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3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by CTHomer from Connecticut

A: crystal clear; deep mahogany in color; 1 finger tan head that receded to a wispy cap with a thick collar; light lacing;

S: light roast; nutty;

T:nutty malt from start to finish; mild to moderate bitterness on the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish; clean and crisp;

O: easy drinking; will pair well with food;

Aug 28, 2021
4.29 by Haybeerman from Colorado on Aug 27, 2021
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3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Captain69 from Illinois

great german style dunkel beer dark maty smooth drinking

Aug 26, 2021
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by beergoot from Colorado

Clear, dark brown body; lovely carbonation; thick and frothy off-white head, semi-creamy; nice patchy areas of foam rings and flecks. Rich, dark roast grain aroma; nutty. Rich, malty sweetness, not too intense; very mild bitterness; roasted nuts; low-key grain char. Generally heavy body; smooth and slick on the palate; semi-dry mouthfeel offsets the rich, residual sugar feel.

THis is a very delightful dark lager. It oozes richness and flavor.

Poured at 55 °F; canning date info: BB 10/19/21

Aug 23, 2021
4.04 by GreenMind from Pennsylvania on Aug 22, 2021
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4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by heymikew from California

#5 on the 2021 Lager Fest lineup. Beautiful rich black color, hints of dark fruit on the nose, yummy rich flavors of. Great smooth mouthfeel finishing drier. ... one of my fave things

Aug 22, 2021
3.98 by NEBeerGoddess from Connecticut on Aug 22, 2021
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4.44/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Weisenbeer from Ohio

This is an amazing "Dunkel" ... Who knew this style could be on the lighter side but still bursting with flavor .... Coffee, caramel, toasty malt ... Perhaps the best Dunkel I have consumed

Aug 21, 2021
Photo of Thankin_Hank
4.32/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
by Thankin_Hank from Texas

This Munich Dunkel (doonkel) Lager pours a big, bold and beautiful head. Looks like Coca-Cola slightly cloudy. Has a fabulous sweet malt smell with a hint of coffee. Also tastes of coffee, sweet malt with hints of wood, nuts and some bitterness. Very nice drinking. A 12 ounce can dated BB 10/18/21. This made me think of Ayinger Celebrator Dopplebock. WOW beer. Thanks to Jack Van Paepeghem

Aug 21, 2021
4.15 by o29 from Texas on Aug 21, 2021
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4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by BPence99 from California

Pillowy, soft carbonation. Nice flavors of dark brown bread - pumpernickel with light notes of nutmeg. Taste comes with a caramel sweetness. There is a semisweet cocoa on the finish. Ends thin in mouthfeel with a little bitter backend.

Aug 21, 2021
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4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4
by teromous from Virginia

I don't see a date listed on the can.

Appearance: The body is a very deep, dark, mahogany brown color that only really allows shadows through. It has good clarity. The head is a slightly off-white color with larger bubbles. It starts out with a medium-sized head then it slowly fades out to a short cap, then even slower it tapers out to some spots on the surface. Good lacing.

Aroma: A deep rich malt aroma comes through up front then notes of chocolate rush in, and an interesting aroma of eucalyptus menthol. It's an interesting smelling beer.

Taste: A rich toasted flavor comes through up front which is quickly joined by a very light malta flavor. Some charred notes come through very gently. The flavors blend very well with each other. There is a slightly smokey aftertaste which is awesome.

Mouthfeel: It feels very clean, to the point where it is immediately noticeable. It has a medium body but in a combination of both the cleanliness and the ease of drinkability in this beer it really drinks like something that would normally be lighter. There's a light bitterness from the char-like character.

Overall: It's just a very solid and well-crafted beer. It is clean and easy to drink with great flavors. I would definitely buy it again and I would recommend it.

Aug 21, 2021
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4.75/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by UrbanCaveman from Ohio

12 oz can, poured at 40 degrees F.

L: Poured a clear yet deep hickory brown, and formed almost no head that vanished swiftly.

S: The nose involves cocoa, coffee, leather, dark bread, and toffee. Heady stuff.

T: This is a deep, complex, lovely lager. Hickory wood, cocoa powder, a feeling of a dark aged leather chair in front of a fireplace, pumpernickel bread, toffee, mild coffee, and scorched butterscotch.

F: Smooth and fluffy, medium bodied.

O: This is a delicious dunkel, and I would repeat as often as possible.

Aug 21, 2021
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4.24/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by puck1225 from Texas

Fifth beer of the Lager Fest. Shared with my wife and she liked it. She liked the link to The Sound of Music!

Poured a dark brown color into a tulip glass. Nice head and lacing. Classic dunkel smell and taste profile. Dark malty flavor, earthy and nice bitter finish. Crisp and earthy. Very nice dunkel, reminds me of a dunkel that I used to get at the B/CS Zoigl!

Aug 21, 2021
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3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by dacrza1 from New Jersey

DATE: August 20, 2021... OCCASION: BA Fest #3, Lagerfest is ON!... GLASSWARE: Man Skirt willibecker... to quote the Sarumon in the commercial, this is indeed a dark beer, with an appropriate off-white head that smears slightly... tobacco, roasted coffee, sweet tea leaf, some caramel, and sweetness... the sum of these parts is less than its finish--fantastic experience overall, and a strong profile that creates an appreciable aftertaste...

Aug 21, 2021
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4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Bluecrow from New York

-clear, cola-colored can pour with a 2 cm tan foam cap and an sweet, nutty aroma with a hint of toasted malt.
The flavor follows the nose. There are woody hop notes and and a clean, crisp finish.
This is light-bodied and enjoyable.

Aug 21, 2021
4 by Mortarforker from Texas on Aug 21, 2021
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2.96/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by entheos from California

An average beer

Aug 21, 2021
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4.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by thebeers from Pennsylvania

Pours a rich, amber bourbon color with two fingers of airy tan head that quickly dissipates into a sloppy crown. Spotty lacing.

Delicious aroma of toasty malt, chocolate and hints of berry.

A little smokey meat is added to the elements from the nose. Very clean finish with light bitterness.

Medium bodied with tight, zippy carbonation.

Delicious, good complexity, while still highly drinkable.

Aug 21, 2021
4.27 by mjsullivan86 from Pennsylvania on Aug 21, 2021
Dunkel from von Trapp Brewing
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