von Trapp Brewing

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Munich Dunkel Lager
Ranked #5
Ranked #9,581
3.96 | pDev: 8.33%
von Trapp Brewing
Vermont, United States
Very Good
Notes: Dark Lager. 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. IBU 22
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4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great looking beer with soft malty and caramel aroma. It is well balanced with a hint of sweetness followed by touch of hoppy bite and smooth finish.
This is a very good dunkel.

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Michaelcbyrnes from Russian Federation, May 07, 2020
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My youngest daughter visited the von Trapp lodge in Vermont in November 2018 and bought a mix-12 pack for me as a Christmas gift. This beer featured really tasty roasted malt flavor. As I wrote on Untapped at the time, it is "very rich for a Dunkel." That's high praise. Excellent beer.

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rapayn01 from Kentucky, May 04, 2020
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3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Medium carbonation with about medium body
Aroma is roasted malt, yeasty bread, grain
Taste is very similar to aroma , slightly bitter
Overall an excellent dark lager, not too extreme so it went well with food

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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey, Mar 27, 2020
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4.24/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

(12 oz can, best by: 04/22/20; purchased single off shelf... poured into a 14 oz mug)

L: clear garnet liquid with possible light sediment thread; beautifully-rounded crest of spongy tan foam... steady collar down to the bottom; arch streak of webby lace at the top

S: brown bread crust all day, plus doughy and nutty malt tones, as well as a soft raisiny musk... pretty on point for a dunkel; excellent expressive intensity

T: flavors on the palate closely mirror aromas on the nose; hint of caramel I thought I detected on the nose does not seem to be as expressive here, though the aftertaste has a subtle dark, chewy caramel tone... in line with the other ones I've had today, the roast/toast on the grain is cracking, while the peppery, herbal hop bitterness cleaves across the conservative malt muscle marching through below... subtle cocoa builds in the aftertaste as it goes, playing with that raisin note

F: like their Vienna, sports a plush, swollen body at the fore, taut and elegantly sheared off on the aft... loving this peppery grain/hop bite in their line which singes and lights up the palate

O: relatively similar to their Trosten (or vice versa) which I was enjoying last week for the first time, but not quite that beer sans smoke... solid dunkel, eminently crushable; adding this to my list of can-and-will do again (1657)

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Bouleboubier from New Jersey, Mar 22, 2020
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4.57/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up at the brewery. BB 04/22/20.
Can’t imagine the style gets much better than this, whether in the U.S. or Europe. Great aroma of perfectly roasted malts and equally delicious flavors of toasted dark bread, sweet grains, and earthy forest. Shines even more at room temperature and finishes so smoothly that you could down a whole six-pack without thinking about it. Another tasty traditional lager from a super talented brewery.

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Gatch from Rhode Island, Feb 13, 2020
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4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a: dark brown, mahagony, deep cherry, and dark ruby red. 2-3 finger ricky tan head

s: sweet berries, lager spice , cardboard, chocolate, roasted malts, and loads of caramel. pepper spice, and a woody note. large amount of bready malts in the backbone

t: sweet caramel, fresh dough, roasted malts, wood, dark chocolate, and sweet berries

m: medium mouthfeel, almost chewy. moderate carbonation - just the right level

o: quite a nice dunkel. straightforward and delicious.

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hopsputin from New Jersey, Jan 24, 2020
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4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Can from The Market in Bantam. Best by 19 Feb 2020.

A dark brown with reddish brown highlights, this beer is capped with a light brown head that falls off rapidly leaving little lacing. The nose is quite outstanding. Toasted whole wheat bread with a sharp rye like grainy bitterness, mildly caramelized white bread, a little burnt sugar bitterness,a mild earthy hop character are all present. Beautiful depth and balance. The palate opens with the sweeter bread flavors tempered by a moderate grainy bitterness. Burnt sugar, mild toffee, a moderate earthy bitterness are present on the mid palate. Drying, mildly grainy finish with lingering toast, burnt sugar and mild bread. Light in body with the mid palate being just a little watery, this beer is moderately carbonated. Quite excellent.

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3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I love going to Hunger-n-Thirst for a number of reasons: 1) They always have a great selection on tap; 2) They treat me well; 3) They take spent bottle 6-pack carriers off of my hands since they are anathema to The CANQuest (tm). It also gives me a ChANce to peruse their well-curated bottle shop, where I CAN usually find enough new CANs to keep me satiated until my next visit. This one was from their Black Friday event.

From the CAN: "By the family that inspired 'The Sound of Music'"; "'A little of Austria[,] a lot of Vermont'"; "A deep, rich, smooth and crisp Dark Lager"; "Brewed on the grounds of Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, Vermont, this lager is crafted with the finest traditional ingredients and our pure Vermont spring water."; "IBU[:] 22".

Upon Crack!ing open the vent on this CAN, I decided that a heavy-handed C-Line Glug was in order. I was pleasantly surprised by a pseudo-cascade that led to the formation of two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, light-tan head with very good retention. Color was a gorgeous Coppery-Brown (SRM = > 17, < 22) with NE-quality clarity. Nose was rich with a dark bready maltiness. It was like smelling proofing brown bread. Mmm. Mouthfeel was medium, but big for any Lager-style beer. The taste was rich in terms of its sweetness, very bready, some chocolate, a light bitterness & quite quaffable. Finish was semi-sweet, but still quite enjoyable even for a self-described, self-avowed hophead such as myself. YMMV.

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woodychandler from Pennsylvania, Dec 12, 2019
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3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mahogany brown in color with a quarter inch of frothy brown on top. The aroma is of freshly baked dark bread and caramel. I’m tasting chestnuts and caramel. The mouth is light and easygoing.

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Franziskaner from Missouri, Dec 07, 2019
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4.36/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap at the final day of The Dive Bar being open.

A - Poured into a standard pint glass a nice crystal clear chestnut hue with a one finger off white head that fades to leave light lacing and thin blanket. Great layered lacing.

S - Aromas of sweet biscuits, toffee, good biscuit forward brown ale. Decent roast and grains, fair caramel and roast.

T - Taste is similar to the nose with nice slightly hoppy bitterness. Floral hops, great grassy notes, nice biscuits, toffee, caramel, light cereal grains. Good subtle roast.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, crisp, clean, no lingering bitterness.

O - Overall this was a very solid Dunkel. Great base, nice floral hops, good faint sweetness. A damn well executed Dunkel for sure!

Serving Type: on tap

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rudzud from Massachusetts, Nov 02, 2019
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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz with a best by date of 1-19-20. Opened on 10-13-19.
3 finger beige head rises up over the rim of the glass, excellent retention...very little movement. Dark brown mahogany with a slight red tint. Fresh lace patches everywhere. Great looking beer.
Light roasted malt aroma, brown bread, hint of caramel and a lightly spicy hop back ground. Very subtle and very good.
Beautiful roasted malt character, nutty, earthy...hops are there but only to provide the very delicate balance needed.
Medium body and carbonation, light on the palate with a medium length dry, roasty finish.
Very good!
Full of malt character and not sweet or heavy, very well made and high drinkability.
I'm now a big fan of von Trapp, great lineup across the board.

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Photo of Todd
4.47/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From the can, a dark brown beer with a glorious thick tan head. Creamy and a bit syrupy on the palate. Malty sweet and roasty with hints of toffee, bittersweet chocolate, suggestions of grapes, a slight tanginess, and a brown breadiness. A balanced bitterness compliments the deep roasty characters with some astringency. Dry finish with some residual astringency and bready undertones. I'm left wishing I had more than one can.

Damn. This Dunkel from von Trapp is awesome. One of the best in the US.

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Todd from California, Sep 23, 2019
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4.68/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: beautiful dark brown with foamy lasting head and lace
S: wonderful upfront creamy toffee greets you as an usher at a luxurious hotel
T: does not disappoint; front end creamy toffee flavors welcome you in and then surprise, the mild and subdued hops at the backend come forward to create a love dance on your tongue
F: absolutely does not disappoint as the rich smoothness continues perfectly balanced with the hops
O: wonderful! Great job!

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Urtravel from Pennsylvania, Sep 18, 2019
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3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful looking beer. A nice deep, rich cola color and holding up to light, you see the nice ruby red highlights this beer boasts. A tan head with loose bubbles dissipates to a small pond of foam on top. The beer smells great- toast and dark bread are at play with a bit of nuttiness in the mix. No hops to speak of here, as it should be. Taste is straight malt, until the finish. It starts sweet with the bread and nut mix, then on the swallow you get a bit of the hops that balance the sweetness well. There is a malty aftertaste that lingers a bit, so it isn't a totally clean finish. The beer looks heavy, but the mouthfeel is indeed medium. The hops and malt balance well here so the body isn't flabby. The carbonation is tight enough to keep the beer from being too light. Overall, I like this beer a lot. It's malty, substantial, and easy drinking.

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Wattie83 from Pennsylvania, Aug 21, 2019
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3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a six-pack of 12 oz cans at the brewery. Reviewed 7/28/19.
Dated “Best By 10/09/19” on bottom rim. Refrigerated overnight in hotel refrigerator then served in a hand washed and dried shaker. Stored on shelf in store.
Appearance – 3.75.
First pour – Light amber, clear.
Body – Amber, clear. When held to the light, red amber.
Head – Large (Maximum ten cm, aggressive center pour), light tan, medium density, average retention, diminishing to a regular five mm crown and complete cap. Many irregular islands of tiny bubbles remain as the head retracts.
Lacing – Fair. Some partial bands of tiny to small bubbles. See also above.
Aroma – 4 – Strong toasted malt, some light floral hops.
Flavor – 4.25 – Malt-forward and lightly bitter. No alcohol taste or aroma (5.7 % ABV), no diacetyl, no dimethylsulfide.
Palate – 3 – Medium, almost creamy, fizzy carbonation.
Impression and interpretation – 3.75 – Pleasing dunkel, less sweet than many American interpretations, much more authentic.

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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania, Jul 28, 2019
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4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Best before 11/17/19

Pours a dark brown body with maroon highlights and capped with multiple fingers of creamy, off-white foam; good retention leaves a slowly fading cap, dense collar, and plenty of stringy lacing.

Aroma opens with toasted wood and toffee, with a touch of campfire smoke easing into sweeter notes of lively baker’s chocolate, brown bread, slight dark fruits and roasted coffee.

Taste brings out a mild chocolate sweetness and hints of coffee depth before continuing toward a deep caramel/toffee roast; a tinge of earthy spice and bread crust on the mid-palate sets the stage for dark fruits and lightly charred wood developing on the very end.

Mouthfeel has a medium body with a soft, creamy carbonation, while a persistent roastiness keeps drinkability high and the finish imparts a deep, heavily drying grit to leave a rounded, robust impression.

The best of the style shines through here, showing vivid roast at the forefront touched by deftly placed malt sweetness and earthy undertones; a dark lager that can satisfy in all seasons, and an excellently-rounded overall beer.

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jrc1093 from Connecticut, Jul 25, 2019
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3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

von Trapp Dunkel Lager
12 oz. brown bottle

This beer has a nice malty backbone with hints of Baker's Chocolate, roasted peanuts and a sweet caramel drizzle. Very "soft" on the palate and tongue, think liquid pumpernickel bread with ample carbonation. A clean and drinkable offering from von Trapp that is true to the style and could be enjoyed during any season.


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Hibernator from Massachusetts, Jul 21, 2019
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3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. can Best By 9/17/19

Ruby highlighted dark brown, almost translucent. Two finger’s beige head with a nice cap and full lacing remaining.
Coffee, bread, cola, spicy yeasty aromas
Nuts, brown bread, grassy, spice and pepper
Low hop bitterness, light body, dry finish, crisp, good carbonation
I’d like to try this on tap as I think age may have faded the flavors.

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Reef from South Carolina, Jul 14, 2019
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4.01/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours an ruby red/copper color with a thick creamy head. Smells like cocoa, stone fruit,nuts, Taste is of mild cocoa, faint cherry,other fruitiness, some nuttiness. Feels well carbonated, low hop bite,medium body, finishes semi dry. Overall this is a delicious example. Reminds me of Heineken Dark 30 years ago. Very similar to what I had in Munich-

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Claude-Irishman from New Jersey, Jun 13, 2019
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4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 2019-01-03 in Columbia, PA from a 12oz bottle

A - Dark brown with a 2.5-finger light tan head and great lace

S - Rising brown bread, touch of coffee and caramel, earthy spice.

T - Well-toasted brown bread with light char/smoke, nutty, sweet coffee latte. Really nice

M - Medium body and light-medium carbonation. Pretty smooth and creamy.

O - A pleasant Dunkel Lager. Worth giving it a try.

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Tucquan from Pennsylvania, Jan 04, 2019
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4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an appealing deep reddish amber color with a finely textured head. Mild aroma, mostly malt. Excellent flavor, malty but not too sweet with a hint of hops to keep things interesting. A fine, very enjoyable well crafted beer.

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LarryV from Massachusetts, Dec 13, 2018
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4.41/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Craig! You finally get me...

Light brown with perfectly clarity flaunting amber and and garnet highlights. von Trapp's interpretation of the Dunkel is capped by a light cream colored foam, dense and creamy with exceptional stubbornness and layered rings of lace.

The aroma is a wonderfully robust combination of roasted grains and bakers chocolate. A sweet and rich brown bread lays down the base with a
toasted hazelnut background.

The flavor takes on a much more bready flavor than expected. Reminds me of some classic Roggenbröt. Light chocolate, coffee, and toffee before a slight grassy and peppery hop finish and a delicious yeasty undertone from start to finish.

A perfect feel for the style really. On the medium side with a soft carbonation and a balance derived from the toastiness, while still managing to be dry enough for accelerated consumption.

Well, shit. This right here is one of the best Dunkel Lagers I've had. If possible, this would be in my fridge year round to answer the call not only of a dunkel craving, but a brown and possibly even light porter as well.


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4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a 12oz bottle

It is a chestnut brown color with hints of ruby. Slightly transparent. The decent sized tan head settled quickly into a fine film.

Some bready yeast with a touch of chocolate in the aroma on top of a pumpernickel like browned bread. It almost smells like a toasted pretzel with a chocolate dipping sauce.

Initial sweetness of a rich dark rye to pumpernickel bread with the yeast flavor followed by a touch of semi bitter chocolate, and an earthy,
slightly nutty flavor that is reminiscent of an English Brown Ale. There is a bit of a spicy, citrusy Hallertau hops note at the end with a lingering chocolate bordering on coffee grounds like char and bitterness.

It is a lush medium body that still drinks like a 5% beer. Crisp, and somewhat dry finish.

Ayinger is the king of Dunkels from what I have had, but this is probably the best one I have tried otherwise. A really nice malty, somewhat robust, but easy drinking lager that balances out the richness with just the right amount of bitterness. Would love to have access to this one all the time.

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Photo of PMakowski
4.39/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 Oz Bottle poured into glass
Look - dark copper / brown with a medium foam head and some glass lacing
Smell - Very aromatic blend of coffee and chocolate. It strangely seems to be more coffee than chocolate.
Taste - much more chocolate in the flavor, very malty and has a slight hop tang at the end. A dark roasted beer that has medium low carbonation. Some faint tobacco and figs flavor. Fairly drinkable but not a light beer by any means.

Overall i was astounded by this beer, first time trying from this brewery, they knocked this out of the park. It's better than Newcastle Brown in my opinion. Grade is an A

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PMakowski from New Hampshire, Nov 03, 2018
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4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Great rich dark color, wonderful taste, crisp clean and rich. Amazing crisp and clean beer for how much sweetness and flavor is in it. Great session lager. Enjoyed it a lot

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