Von Trapp Dunkel Lager | von Trapp Brewing

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Von Trapp Dunkel LagerVon Trapp Dunkel Lager

Brewed by:
von Trapp Brewing
Vermont, United States

Style: Munich Dunkel Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our darkest year round beer however, looks can be deceiving. Dunkel features notes of chocolate with a full malt back bone. Contrary to its dark color, this beer finishes crisp and clean with a round hop flavor.

IBU 22

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Photo of waughbrew
4.46/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Clear dark amber with a creamy light beige head that sticks around and laces tight. Aroma of coffee, dark chocolate, and vanilla. Smooth, resiny roundness, deep root-beer and caramel flavors, and somehow a bright and crisp finish. This is a really round, polished beer that walks those great lines of sweetness and bitterness and flavor and sessionability. Hell yeah.

Musical Equivalent: Sabbath's self-titled debut.

Best by date: 5/17/17. It's fresh and it knows it.

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Photo of ScaryEd
3.81/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the brewery.

Pours a dark, reddish brown color with a half-finger of tan head. The head has decent retention and leaves some lacing as it dissipates.

The aroma brings loads of chocolate and almonds, as well as some roasted cereal grains. Lots of bread with a back end of caramel and spicy hops.

The taste has a fair amount of caramel and chocolate, as well as plenty of roasted nutty flavors and bread. Finishes with a subtle spicy hop bite.

The body is medium-light, with moderate carbonation. Relatively crisp but extremely dry.

Overall, a good dunkel lager. Nothing remarkable about it in any way, but it's got great balance and a nice hop character to balance out the sweeter malt flavors.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Been awhile since I had this straight from Stowe.

Creamy light khaki tall and three finger tall head. Sheet like lacing and spider webs all over. Body color is a rich mahogany, amber red highlights and deep glow.

Aroma hits with thick but also powder like grains. Roast like sharp caramel and very clean sensing, but has a faint twinge of acridity.

Palate though really delivers. Gone is hinted possible sourness and excellent grain flavors. Mid palate pops with rich toasted barley, baked crusty bread, and a slight touch of caramel. Popping carbonation and light herbal hops with a crisp real bright flavor. Clean finish and rich toast.

Excellent brew, that starts off on the aroma a little concerning but really delivers.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
3.81/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours dark mahogany color with this tan head not much lacing.

Smell - I swear I smell some coconut, chocolate and caramel, roasted malt.

Taste - Bitter chocolate, nutty flavor, roasted malt forward.

Feel - Medium body well carbonated, pretty dry and bitter.

Overall - Pretty good beer, great flavors and smell.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Consumed 10/23/16

A: Deep brown with with medium brown around the edges - mostly clear, even with the dark color - pours with a medium size, beige head - fades to a few wisps of a cap and a small collar, leaves some nice streaks of lacing

S: Really nice chocolate aromas, with some baker's chocolate and dark chocolate - some caramel and toffee as well - simultaneously rich and very light - roasty - nutty - some hints of grass - low sweetness

T: Dry, lightly roasty chocolate - baker's chocolate, dark chocolate, hints of semisweet chocolate - some caramel malts and straight-up caramel, touches of toffee - dark bread, toast and some biscuits - low sweetness - some leafy hops, low bitterness - some big flavors, but it's all very light and exceptionally drinkable - clean finish

M: On the light side of medium, smooth, medium carbonation, finishes clean

O: Dunkmaster

I think von Trapp's Dunkel is the first of the style I've ever had, so it's hard to compare. But based on its own merit, von Trapp's Dunkel is a gem. It's roasty and dark, yet somehow light and refreshing. So, so good.

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Photo of jlindros
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

No date on the bottle.

Pours a decent fizzy bubbly 1 finger head that fades at a fair pace, no lacing, hazy but it attempts to be clear, auburn brown color.

Nose sweet malts, a little caramel, toffee, mild biscuity toasted cereal grain, a little almost chocolatey cereal, molasses toffee candy but not super sweet, caramel picks up a bit more later, and just a touch of a floral fruity aroma.

Taste brings more of the same, darker brown malts, fair sweetness, with more toffee, a bit nutty even, toasted biscuity with mild caramel again, a hint of molasses and sweet flavors but not syrupy, a mild soft lager flavor and soft malts, a mild fruity character, and a touch of a chocolatey cereal. Then a little spicy hop kicks in late, mild grassy a bit spicy and fair bitterness. Finish is dry fair crispness and lager softness, bit more spicy hop bitterness and more toffee biscuity caramel malts lingering.

Mouth is med to lighter bod, soft lagering and fair crispness, decent carb.

Overall fairly solid dunkel, nice lagering, I like the hop kick on the back end, not sticky or syrupy which was nice, good characters all around.

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3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Von Trapp Dunkel

A: This lager pours crystal clear, deep brown with a ruddy hue. The head is cream-colored but slight, and unfortunately has little staying power. Lacing is spotty at best. While the color is nice, there needs to be more head and lacing. 3/5

A: Aromas of dark bread, coffee and cream, sweet honey, pecans, milk chocolate, and, finally, minerality are easily found. Not much hop aroma is present: a little earthiness at most. Rich, complex, yet subtle, balanced, and understated. 4.25/5

T: Again, dark bread, honeyed malt complexity, walnuts and pecans, milk chocolate all appear up front. Hops are actually present here, however, in a spicy earthiness, which mingles with the minerality and a lagery bite. The beer dries up brilliantly (if a bit too soon), though it was never sweet to begin with, and finishes almost completely clean. It is very drinkable, and complexity is there, but the nose implied more was going on here with more intensity, which it does not completely live up to. Still, it is tasty and crushable. 3.75/5

M: This has a medium-light feel on the tongue that somehow also managed to be creamy. Carbonation is soft and pleasant. The dryness comes too quickly as mentioned above, but it is not oppressively dry or overly bitter. This is a very refreshing beer as a result, as it should be. 4.5/5

O: This is an accurate, tasty, yet unremarkable Dunkel. It does not do anything new and does not have anything unique or notable about it, but it is a very true to style take, and it is extremely quaffable. At the end of the day, that is what lagers are best at, and for that, this one is a winner. Pair with solid releases from great bands, like Protest the Hero's "Pacific Myth." 3.75/5

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Photo of keithmurray
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - chestnut brown body with off white head

Smell - caramel, chocolate, mixed nuts

Taste - caramel, hint of chocolate, tea, toasted nuts, pumpernickel break

mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium carbonation, slight sweetness upfront, balance of bitterness on the back end, flavors linger for a bit on the back end as well

Overall - this is a great take on Munich Dunkel. Worth a try for lager lovers

Price Point - $9.99/6 pack 12 oz bottles

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Photo of RozzieBoy
4.41/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L - Really nice medium/dark brown hue with some ruby highlights. Thin, light tan head which left no lacing.
S - Nice bread maltiness. Smelled to me what a real lager should smell like.
F - A fairly "thick" lager that is full-bodied. Had a creamy feel to it.
T - Tasted a little like a cream soda to me, but I'm not sure why (but not a bad thing). Great malt flavoring.
O - Initially: I'm diggin' this beer. Mid-way: Wow, this is good. End: Damn, I wish I had another one in my fridge. I would have liked this beer to have a better head and lacing, but that's the only negative thing I can say. What a tasty beer. This is definitely a fire pit beer for me. Will seek this one out again.

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Photo of thepenguin
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours an opaque dark brown with a nicely sized creamy tannish head and very good head retention. The head leaves a nice frothy ring of lacing around the glass.

S: Bisquity, toasty and bready with a bit of caramel. Deeply malty with a mild dose of spicy, grassy hops.

T: More bisquits and caramel, there’s a really strong breadiness brought on by a lot of melanoidin-rich Munich malt. Despite the richness, the finish is quintessentially lager-like with a slight crispness and clean character, and a pretty heavy dose of bitter grassy, herbal hops.

F: Medium-plus body with lush, mid-level carbonation. The combination of smallish bubbles and the body give this beer a nice creamy mouthfeel.

Thoughts: I liked everything about this beer, except for the bitterness that creeps up late in the finish. This is another well-made lager from von Trapp that has me wanting to try more.

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Photo of lic217
4.8/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look: Light brown, Very clear, long lasting ligh tan head
Smell: Earthy and sweet bread, dough, spice, chocolate, caramel
Taste: Starts off as malty, then bready, then finishes slightly Roasty with some dark fruit. Tastes a little like dough between sips. Starts sweet, but ends dry, keeps me wanting to drink more
Feel: Moderate thickness for style and nice palate cleansing carbonation
Overall: A superb beer, that is very clean tasting

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark ruby/mahogany color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a small cap

S: Toasted bread, hints of roast, dark(er) fruits, some earthy hops, and a light herbal (almost minty) note rounds things out

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with toasted maltiness and a touch of roast that wanders into some dark chocolate, pumpernickel, and touches of dark fruit and herbal notes. Finishes with lingering toasted malt notes and very light sweetness

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A tasty dunkel lager that is extremely balanced and easy to drink. Fairly complex as well. Definitely check this one out if you're into dark lagers or lagers in general

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Photo of 20holmbrew
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Excellent representation of the style. awesome maltiness with a smooth finish. Glad I picked up some von trapps during a trip to Vermont to go along with some of the hop bombs the state is famous for.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.77/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer poured a dark red/brown color. There was a tiny tan head.
Roasted malt aroma, hint of chocolate.
Chocolate more apparent in the taste, with a floral hop finish.
On the dry side.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a three finger light tan head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Deep clear amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Light chocolate nose and flavor is almost burnt chocolate, some maltiness. $2.35 for a 12oz bottle at Bert's Better Beers Hooksett, NH

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Photo of edward_boumil
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a nice mug
L: Dark, nearly black with mahogany highlights on the edge of the glass. Opaque. Some carbonation is visible.
S: Aroma is somewhat light, can detect sweet roasted malt, touches of chocolate.
T: Very nice, well balanced flavor. Sweet roasted malt up front, brings home some light chocolate notes. Hints of a floral hop flavor has well. Hops bring in a balanced bitterness that meets the sweetness very well.
F: Very smooth, incredibly refreshing. High carbonation, makes for a highly crisp beer.
O: Will continue to drink Von Trapp lagers, another great beer by these guys.

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Photo of dar482
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer comes in a dark brown.

The flavor hits with chocolate, hugely complex malt toast, rich malt character, earthy bitterness, spicy and herbal and root flavors on the finish.

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Photo of cbutova
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- 12oz bottle poured into a deep tulip glass with a dark brown body and a frothy tan cap. The fairly thick head ascends to a finger high before descending slowly to a thick ring and blanket atop the brew. Sheets of lace are plentiful.

S- As the color suggests the malts deliver a spectrum of aroma between grainy and somewhat roasty with nutty, bready, heavy caramel and chocolate notes. Beside those figs, raisin, and yeast bread come to mind. Spicy hops an afterthought.

T- Malts up front as they should be with strong notes of toffee, nuts, caramel and chocolate opening up for hints of toast, charred barley, raw grains and even coffee. Clean fermentation for the most part but slight spiciness and dark fruits like raisin and dates come out in the finish.

MF- Puffy, foamy and slightly creamy texture in a medium body; perhaps even a bit lighter than it should be. Carbonation is on the high side and appropriate for the style keeping it crisp and smooth.

I really do admire breweries that keep up with traditional styles and especially ones that set out to brew styles from other countries. Von Trapp has a great all around lineup of German brews and clearly knows how to use the yeast correctly; something other American brewers often fall short on. Here we have a fairly rich Dunkel with malt complexity that still drinks very smoothly.

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Photo of scotorum
3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams English nonick.

a: Clear ruby/brown with a finger thick offwhite head which receded slowly to thick even surface foam and dense lacing.

s. Caramel malt

t: Follows the nose with a balancing bite which lingers to the sweet finish. Later some light pine/cedar and dark ripe fruit notes develop.

m: Medium, good body and carbonation tingle.

o: A pleasant, tasty brew, so far my favorite (of two) from this Northern Vermont brewery. Similar to a good English brown but more reddish and perhaps slightly less malty.

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Photo of Jason
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Toasty, Bready, Clean, Authentic

The hills are alive ... with some really tasty lagers. The brewer’s intention here is to go right after the Munich Dunkel style, and this beer is a liquified loaf of rustic dark bread from start to finish. Some balancing hops show up along the way, and more fresh grain isn’t far behind. Give me a liter with a meat and cheese board and we are talking pure bliss. Von Trapp’s take easily matches its German counterparts.

Look 3.50 | Smell 4.00 | Taste 4.00 | Feel 4.00 | Overall 4.00

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine issue #107 (DEC 2015)

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Photo of Hyptochrons
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

dark brown color with a thick head that recedes quickly. nose is roasty malt, and a hint of bitterness - nothing too special. taste is toasted malts, grainy, grass, hint of caramel & nuttyness, chocolate very subtle bitterness, really nice. feels medium-light bodied. overall this is a great beer for a winter night. really nice bready malt notes are balanced by some earthy hops. overall this was tasty and very drinkable, glad I tried this!

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Photo of Givemebeer
4.43/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Its come to the point where if I'm looking for an authentic German style beer I just pick up a 6er of any Von Trapp beer. This one features a medium body with an aroma and taste that just oozes of cocoa nibs. On the dry side and extremely drinkable. Perfect for this chilly windy day.

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Photo of Sheppard
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown, almost black. Off white/light tan head. A roasty, smokey aroma. A little bit of chocolate, mostly roast, and a little hearty smoke on the finish. It's a good dunkel, but the light smoke that I am getting is a little off putting. Another awesome lager from von Trapp though.

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Photo of horshack7
4.43/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It's a very dark copper to mahogany brew with a two finger head that leaves behind thick lacing.

Aroma: Caramelized sugar, molasses, chocolate malts, light floral hop in the back.

Taste: Molasses, chocolate malts, roasted hops with a good floral bite and a faint citrus note. Dark fruits, raisins with a few notes of dates.

Notes: What a great example of a Dunkel Lager dam tasty all around. Cheers.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark garnet pour with minimal head and no retention. Aromas are roasty, toasty and malt. Flavor is a bit different with some nice semi-sweet caramel up front, finishing very balanced with mild hops. Well done dunkel.

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