von Trapp Brewing

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Lager - Munich Dunkel
Ranked #6
Ranked #10,410
3.97 | pDev: 8.31%
von Trapp Brewing
Vermont, United States
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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Davidstan from Alabama

4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Scored a variety 12 pak from @sulldaddy so southern boy drinking some great Vermont lagers. Pours from can dark almost coffee colored. Sweet on the nose and nice cocoa and nut up front taste wise. The finish is thin but a quality type of feel. Probably way it is supposed to be. Drink very few of this type but like it!

Jun 25, 2021
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DanO1066 from Maryland

3.84/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught pint at The Brass Tap here in Baltimore: Lovely, slightly cloudy redish brown body w/whitish head that settles in a nice ring w/whispy cap and some lacing. NOT getting much of anything on the nose, but it is allergy season. Roasted malts, but NO toffee to taste. Smooth, medium-bodied. I've had better Dunkels (especially in Munich), but this is a solid example of the style.

Jun 02, 2021
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.31/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Darker brown with a mocha head and thick lacing. Brown bread, toasted caramel, cocoa, roasted nuts, and classic malts. Wow this is delicious: toffee, cocoa, roasted nuts, brown bread, big malt, a touch of earthy spices, light roast coffee, a kiss of herbal hops, and the german yeast emerges through the sip. Light on the palate with great yeast but the malt is on the lighter side, good complexity on the finish.

May 28, 2021
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mikeinportc from New York

4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Can from mixed 12pk, with BB date : 4/25/21 Let warm for about five minutes, after pouring. About the time it took for the head to settle about halfway.

Translucent chestnut-brown, with massive, long-lasting tan head, that leaves complete coverage of lacing. Ooooo!!! :O

Smell is toasted lightly-nutty malt and cocoa, with some hints of cola and earthy, decaying charred wood.

Flavor is very close to aroma , plus slight pumpernickel bread crust tang. Light bitterness.

Feel is smooth and light, lightly creamy, with pillowy-soft carbonation .

Overall, smooth and easy-drinking. I haven't had enough dunkels to really judge where this ranks in the pantheon, but it is by far my favorite, so far. At some later date of greater experience, I might come back & rate this higher. For now, the 4.25 rating just reflects how that sort of flavor profile suits me personally, which is , in general, not in the top tier. YMMV

Apr 21, 2021
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Act25 from New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Maybe it's coffee, the stouts, or the color but black and brown beers just taste better.
a) Light cola brown, retains film, splashed digital lace.
s) Roast malt, nuts, dark fruit, cherry
t) Nice twist from sweet to bitter, a nut & cherry coffee.
f) Light, lager, not cloying at all, fizzing, bitter end.
o) Among the better Dunkels I have tried. Made in Vermont.

Apr 20, 2021
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Siriusfisherman from Vermont

4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Clear brown with a decent head and very good lacing. The aroma has a honey-like quality with big roasty chocolate notes and subtle Herby hops. The flavor is rich and malty with a firm but restrained bitterness. Notes of chocolate, dark bread, toast and even a little caramel intermingle. Nice crisp, clean finish. Really great dunkel.

Mar 21, 2021
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Lucular from Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can poured into a tulip pint glass. Picked up from Wegman's as part of a mix-6, a few weeks past the best by date. The hops had pretty clearly faded in this one, but I don't hold that against the beer given its age. However, I had hoped for more from the malt side of the equation. There are some hints of coffee, chocolate, and toffee, but not very much at all. No real depth of flavor. I'd be curious to try it fresh in the future, but overall I was left wanting more.

Mar 21, 2021
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hman43 from North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: It pours deep cooper with some reddish hues. It is clear with a light tan head. Head retention is excellent.

Smell: It has deep aromas of bread with a some toffee and nuts. There is a very low herbal element.

Taste: It has bread crust flavor with some toffee and nuts. There is a low level of coffee in the background.

Feel: It has a medium body with malt dominating in the aftertaste.

Overall, a nice combination of malt flavors and very clean.

Mar 06, 2021
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dcotom from Iowa

4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12-ounce can into a lager flute. A center pour yielded a good three fingers of light tan head atop a clear caramel-colored body with reddish-orange highlights. Good head retention, with quite a bit of lacing. Aromas and flavors of dark bread, toffee, dried fruit (prunes, figs, raisins), and herbal hops. Medium to light in body, but with excellent bitterness despite the 22 IBU. Finish is crisp, with a note of tart fruit lingering on the palate. An excellent beer overall, either on its own or paired with just about any type of food.

Feb 13, 2021
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KRug from Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Best by 3/17/21

von Trapp likes to keep things simple. After trying their Vienna Lager, I've wanted to try more from them. Dunkel lagers are also pretty underrepresented in the current craft beer scene, so I'm more than happy to try this one

Pours a slightly cloudy dark copper/brown with 2 fingers of rocky light tan head that slowly fades to a cap and leaves minimal lacing

The nose brings great balancing, perfectly contrasting roast and crisp lager. I'm picking up on notes of dark toasted bread, biscuity malt, sweet caramel, light roast coffee, floral hops, and a touch of general citrus

The taste is very similar, the same solid balance. On the front end of the sip, I'm tasting heavy toasted bread, chocolatey malt, toffee, and floral hops. On the swallow I pick up on notes of medium roast coffee, doughy malt, and a touch of pepper

A medium body pairs with gentle carbonation resulting in a super silky lager. Finishes dry and roasty, easy drinking

A nice clean lager that's a bit on the heavy side as far as lagers go, but it feels very authentic

Feb 04, 2021
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milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Semitransparent mahogany appearance with a fairly large beige head and good lacing. Earthy, roasted malt aroma with a touch of tobacco. Soft, rounded, bready, caramel flavors; hops are subtle but more present in the aftertaste. Finishes clean and a bit dry. Medium bodied, moderately carbonated mouthfeel.

Jan 25, 2021
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Jaystar from Massachusetts

3.87/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Solid entry into the genre - very balanced - medium-bodied; a bit of fizz to cut through the smoke; the roasted malts are nicely toasted but not very complex - with only the slightest hint of bread or banana. Still a treat in this generally underrepresented style.

Jan 23, 2021
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DaveMaciolek21 from New Jersey

3.69/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Medium-bodied dark brown with a sturdy, beige head, and clinging lace. The first few sips are the roastiest, with that depth of flavor dissipating somewhat through the glass. It is replaced mostly by caramel and slightly bitter malt flavor. Overall, very solid, and with it's milder flavor profile, a winner year-round.

Jan 06, 2021
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Manta200 from Kentucky

4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Single 12oz can from Half Time
Amber brown color with a big fluffy head. Good retention.
Has a nice malty sweetness to it.
Medium body, good to drink.
Fantastic beer.

Dec 30, 2020
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Urk1127 from New Jersey

5/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Murky brown. Mohegan you. Light mocha head. Glorious foam. Pillowy soft. Zesty hop profile but not overshadowed by the rich malt bill consisting of pumpernickel and pudding skins. Straight balance. Full bodied and super quaffable. I absolutely love beers with this chocolate note. It’s hard to describe because it isn’t sweet and isn’t artificial. Just a pure beer drinking beer.

Dec 18, 2020
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A cascading bubble show produces a two finger head perched on the clear cola colored liquid; excellent retention and a few shards

Smell: Freshly baked brown bread, toffee, nuts and a dusting of chocolate

Taste: Baked brown bread and toffee forward, with nut flavors emerging along with a hint of chocolate, in the middle; lager twang, after the swallow

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: So rare to have a Munich Dunkel from a domestic craft brewer; this one is good but not as good as the ones I had from Wibby a few months back

Thanks, The_Kriek_Freak, for the opportunity

Nov 13, 2020
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beeragent from Texas

3.56/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Look - dark mahogany, with a thick off-white head. Medium spots of lace on the glass.

Smell - strong aroma of burnt chocolate.

Taste - fruity up front, with a bit of dark bread, and the hops there to balance it out.

Feel - lighter than medium body, but not thin.

Overall - Aroma and flavor were not what I expected, with the aroma being very "burnt" and the flavor being more fruit forward than malt. I noticed this can was very close to the best buy date, so maybe its just too old.

Oct 01, 2020
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Treyliff from West Virginia

4.36/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz can poured into a tulip

A- pours brown in color with some ruby hues, one-finger creamy off-white head has great retention

S- smells of toffee and chocolate up front, along with brown malts, raisins, spent grain, soft floral hops and doughy brown bread

T- nutty brown malts give flavors of bread crust, walnuts, chocolate and brown sugar. Mid-palate brings out undertones of spicy floral hops, the finish gives notes of toasted brown bread and toffee

M- medium body with medium carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that continues into a crisp dry finish

O- full flavored yet well balanced, an outstanding dunkel

Sep 16, 2020
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sethmeister from New Hampshire

4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a can marked BB 10/27/20.

Pours a cloudy caramel-brown into my pilsener glass. Thick creamy light brown head which slowly recedes to a soapy skim leaving some fluffy lace

Scent is lemon, herbal and floral hops and a warm bready malt

Taste is lemon and caramel. Sweet doughy bready malt. A mild tea-like bitterness. A hint of nuttiness. A hint of chocolate. The malt sweetness is balanced perfectly with the hop bitterness.

Mouth is creamy and soft with a lightly bitter finish and a touch of lingering bready malt sweetness in the aftertaste.

Drinkability is high; I'm left wanting another.

I'm really enjoyiung the von Trapp lineup and their Dunkel is no exception.

Sep 06, 2020
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tradershmulie from Connecticut

3.59/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Was expecting more - but not sure why.

Very nice brown color with excellent tall head.

It is a medium/light bodied beer.

Very crisp and refreshing.

Inexpensive so definitely worth having around!

Sep 06, 2020
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VABA from Virginia

3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a dark hazy amber color with a slight head and I lacing
Aroma has roasted malt and hop hints
The taste follows the nose with a roasted malt and hop flavor
A medium bodied decently carbonated beer
A good Munich Dunkel

Aug 30, 2020
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dele from Massachusetts

4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. can poured into a spiegelau tulip. Can marked with a best before date of 09/23/20; I drank think a month and a day before that date. Based on how the beer tastes, I think it would have lasted past the date on the can just fine.

The beer pours a dark mahogany brown, not quite black. It produces a frothy two-finger head that is paler than one usually sees on dark beers. The head is ivory-colored, nearly white, unlike the tan heads I'm used to seeing on porters and stouts. It's a great looking beer.

The aroma of this beer is what I'd hope for from a dunkel. There' are a variety of caramely notes with just a touch of vanilla and fresh bread.

This is a delicious beer with a flavor profile that marries caramel sweetness with roasted malt flavor, just a tiny faint hint of hop bitterness, and a crisp clean lager finish. This is one of the best dark lagers I can remember drinking and it will become a regular in my fridge. The complex but subtle flavors coupled with the manageable ABV make this a great beer to enjoy a few of while cooking and eating a meal.

Aug 23, 2020
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sulldaddy from Connecticut

4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampling a cold 12 oz can poured into my handy beer mug.
The beer pours a beautiful deep clear mahogany color with several lazy streams of carbonation rising towards the surface. Beer is very dark and unless I hold it to a light source not much is passing through my glass.
A slightly frothy eggshell white head foams up about 1.5 cm and this foam fades slowly to a thick sturdy surface layer. The beer leaves dense lattice work after each sip and as my glass gets empty.

The aroma is malt forward with toasted grain, caramel, and some graham cracker. I get hints of an herbal tea hop character and no hint of the booze. Nice nose.

First sip reveals a medium body with very fine tingly carbonation. Texture is smooth and beer drinks super easy with a nice crisp finish.
Flavor is malty like the nose with caramel and some toasted grains, a bit of nuttiness and then a bit of hop bite on the finish. Hops are again herbal tea like and not overly bitter, just enough of a contrast with the sweeter malts.
Beer is very nice and I enjoy the flavor and drinkability and the color of the beer is very nice.
Glad I finally tried something from this brewery, will be sure to buy others. Worth it if malty lagers are your thing!

Aug 08, 2020
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Peach63 from New York

4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours copper with a 1 1/4 inch thick, foamy, cream-colored head. Heavy lacing.

Aroma of roast malt, caramel malt, molasses, wood.

Taste is roasty, slight coffee, molasses, nuts, woody, earthy.

Medium bodied, lively carbonation. Dry finish.

One of the best dark lagers I've had.

Jul 25, 2020
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can. Poured out a clear, burgundy/brown color with a small, khaki-colored head of foam. It smelled of roasty notes, some coffee and caramel. Sweet caramel and toffee taste with a touch of coffee. Smooth finish with a medium body. Nice sessionable Dunkel.

Jul 06, 2020
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