Von Trapp Dunkel Lager | von Trapp Brewing

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Von Trapp Dunkel LagerVon Trapp Dunkel Lager
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
von Trapp Brewing
Vermont, United States | website

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

Added by thekevlarkid on 07-18-2010

BEER STATS
Reviews:
35
Ratings:
158
Avg:
3.97
pDev:
19.14%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
24
For Trade:
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Photo of lic217
4.64/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look: Light brown, Very clear, long lasting ligh tan head
Smell: Earthy and sweet bread, dough, spice
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 Givemebeer
4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
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 horshack7
4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
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 RozzieBoy
4.41/5  rDev +11.1%
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 youbrewidrink
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the deli above the brewery.

Nice deep brown color with an ample tan head.

The aroma was that of lightly roasted grains.

The taste was toasty and full bodied, perfect for the style. I could taste the malts, but their sweetness was not forward at all which in my book made this an outstanding beer.

This beer was extremely drinkable, there was no alcohol present in the aroma or taste.

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Photo of Brad007
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a mild brown color with a one-finger head into my glass. Certainly looks like a proper dunkel.

Aroma is sweet and full of grainy malt. Simple and yet still elegant at the same time.

Sweet, chewy grains greet the tongue. Delicious and iteffectively quenches my thirst.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering chewy malt and swwetness.

Very, very good example of this style. They know their way around German styles.

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Photo of Jayli
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at The Trapp Family Lodge 12/7
Served in a pilsner glass

A: This beer pours a hazy deep amber, almost chestnut brown color with a one finger of creamy off white head. Head retains nicely leaving sheets of lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is sweet caramel, chocolate notes and a hint of nuttiness.

T: Taste light and sweet caramel malts at the forefront. A surprising undercurrent of light chocolate finds its way in. A touch of grain and bread mingled with the chocolate. Finish has a touch of hop bite to it.

M: Lighter side of medium body, medium carbonation, crisp, clean but a touch of a sticky finish.

O: Goes down easy, very tasty, not too filling, mild kick, very nice represnetation of style. I could certainly have several pints of this beer.

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Photo of thepenguin
4.17/5  rDev +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 tekstr1der
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
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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Photo of thekevlarkid
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Off tap at the brewery this beer was a root-beer brown color with one finger of off-white head. The retention was average and the lacing good. The aroma was light but on-point. I smelled a mix of chocolate malt, caramel malt, some residual sugars, nuts and dark malt. The flavors were just the same only better defined. Very nutty and robust with lots of caramel, some coffee and a touch of wood. Roasted malt lingered on the finish. Rich but not heavy, the alcohol was well-hidden and generally quite yum! The mouthfeel was good, the body medium and the carbonation a little prickly.

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Photo of BranfordBound
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle into a nonic glass, best before 12/19/15. Pours a wonderful brown color with an off-white head that fades and leaves a little lacing. Smells of bitter roasted malts and hints of coffee, underlying sweetness. Wow, great flavor, a little sweet at the end, really doughy, a bunch of bitter and roasted malts, some burnt coffee in the middle, a touch of dark fruit and cacao. Nice light body matches the ABV. A very solid Dunkel Lager coming out of VT that easily rivals if not beats what comes out of Munich, I recommend.

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Photo of keithmurray
4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
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 MDDMD
4.05/5  rDev +2%

A-brown color with a decent tan head and good lacing

S-chocolate, dark malt, little molasses

T-dark roasted malt, chocolate, caramel, brown bread, crisp bitter finish

F-light to medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp

O-satisfying lager, easy drinking and flavorful

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a lager glass.

A: Dark caramel brown color with good clarity. Four fingers of rocky tan head don't budge an inch. Thick and clumpy sheets of lacing.

S: Brown bread, molasses, nutty, cocoa, streusel. Hints of grassy and herbal/peppery hops. Slightly metallic.

T: Deep nutty and cocoa flavors. Molasses, brown bread, and toasted crust. Hints of grain. Slightly metallic. Grassy and herbal/spicy hops pick it up on the back end with a firm bitterness that builds right into the finish.

M: Medium bodied. Full and creamy/velvety texture. Slightly chewy. Prickling, expressive carbonation.

O: Really good stuff. The hops are perhaps a bit more assertive than the average dunkel, but this is no problem as the rich and layered maltiness remains the focus. This is only available in the mixed 12pk in MA right now. I'd love to see stand-alone 6pks, as this is one of the better Von Trapp brews I've had.

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Photo of 20holmbrew
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
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 Sheppard
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
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 dar482
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
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 ricknelson
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As previous reviewer said "Pours a mild brown color with a one-finger head into my glass". I agree completely. Very drinkable.

My brother and I went up to see and taste what Trapp was all about. Had the beer lady call down to the brewery to see if we could talk to Alan the brew master. He did take time from his very busy day to give us a quick tour, The brewery is very up to
date but very small. They are selling out faster than they can brew and will no doubt out grow their current space. Hopefully they will start selling take out bombers in the near future.

The Dunkel was very drinkable and consistent to the end, no after taste.
Could of had a couple more pints and been a very happy camper.

As far as the location of the brewery, it's as close to God as you can get. We had a prefect day on our visit and could see 50 miles for 360 degrees. This would be a must stop if you are anywhere near Stowe Vermont. Plus Ben & Jerry's is close by.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4/5  rDev +0.8%

On tap at Trapp Family Lodge Brewery in Stowe, VT.

I was told by the bartender that I had been pronouncing the style wrong all along- it's pronounced d-oon-kel. Oops!

Pours a light to medium strength brown, clear, with no haze, with a one inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells like toasted bread, roasted bread, roasted malt, caramel, and toffee.

Absolutely delicious malt flavor, most likely because it is decoction mashed. Light on the tongue, but rich in flavor. Caramel, toffee, a little bit of chocolate, roasted malt, and toasty bread. So good.

This one has a lighter body, with a crisp, bready mouthfeel, and a moderate amount of carbonation.

Another great one from Trapp, it's good to get authentic German styles fresh in the US.

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Photo of scotorum
3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

VON TRAPP DUNKEL 1/31/16

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%
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 cbutova
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
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 BEERMILER12
3.93/5  rDev -1%
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 brewandbbq
3.91/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle from the mix pack.

Pours dark brown with chestnut edgework. A thin, tan head dissolved to a placid surface with minor lacing.

Bakers chocolate with a hint of roast in the nose. A hint of malted milkballs follows through.

Medium bodied with a thinnish mouthfeel.

Dark chocolate with bits of oreo shells on the palate. Dark bread ends follow through.

Finishes with light roast and cocoa dust.

Tasty beer, a bit thin though and not particularly memorable.

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Photo of edward_boumil
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
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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