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 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 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 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 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 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 youbrewidrink
4.35/5  rDev +9%
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 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 Brad007
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
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 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 Jayli
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
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 +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 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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Photo of thekevlarkid
4.15/5  rDev +4%
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 +3.3%
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 +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 MDDMD
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%

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 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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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
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%
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%
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 +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 ricknelson
4/5  rDev +0.3%
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 +0.3%

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%
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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