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 Rifugium
3.46/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Trapp brewery.

Served in a becher, caramel brown color, cloudy, with a full two fingers of off-white head; moderate retention and lacing. Aroma of wort and lager yeast. In the taste, bready malts, brown sugar and a dab of honey, mild roast, notes of yeast and distant earthy hops. Body was on the lighter side of medium, mouthfeel seemed a bit thin for the style, but it was an easy drinker overall.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
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 puboflyons
3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on June 21, 2015.

The pour is a highly attractive reddish-brown building up to a huge mocha head that lasts for some time.

The aroma has a sweet and burnt malt mix, a little light chocolate, wooden crate, and vague earthy hops.

Light body.

The taste is sweet and smooth but the bitterness emerges more as it goes along.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served in a willibecker. Pours the color of eggplant with a loose, off-white head. Nose is malty and slightly vinous with a hint of clean yeast. Taste consistent with nose; however, it all comes off a bit dull. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body (but closer to light) with an even carbonation, perhaps a bit assertive, with a kiss of acidity co-mingled. Overall, decent and drinkable but a bit lacking in terms of the fruity character I've come to associate with the style.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Alewife and I visited the brewpub late on the afternoon of 02SEP12. Grabbed a couple of half-litres and laxed on the back lawn as the sun set on a gorgeous day...

This dunkel was not as dark as I thought it should be. More of a clear, semi-dark copper than brown or black. Head was thin, light beige, fine and creamy. Good lacing was left behind as the foam rapidly ebbed. Aroma was of some mild roast and a touch of floral action. Had a medium body, and it was solidly smooth on the tongue.

There was a bit of caramel and toffee present here, with a bit of roastiness. A bit bitter, it had only subtle choco and coffee characteristics. The finish was again floral, with some lingering bitterness. Seemed less a dunkel than perhaps a Dortmunder. Anyhow, it hit the spot. Prosit!!

3.58/5 rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.74/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tap: Poured a clear dark brown color lager with a small dark foamy head with average retention. Aroma of chocolate malt notes is very nice with light dry notes also noticeable. Taste is also dominated by chocolate malt notes with light dry roasted malt notes and light caramel. Body is somewhat thing with average carbonation. Nice level of complexity with great drinkability factor.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.74/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

maybe the best i have had from these guys, this one is really authentic to the old bavarian or german or austrian ones, and its really good. maybe a little lighter in color than some others, more of a deep amber than a light brown, and very heady in the glass. it smells a little less yeasty than so many others, cleaner, but not without its weight. there is a hint of toasted honey barley to the taste, some bread pudding depth and sweetness, and a dried fruit note on the back end, even nutty for a second among the sugar thats left. my only real issue with it is the mouthfeel, which i suppose isnt a huge criticism of a dark lager, but its pretty heavy, fully saturated and quite filling. it makes it a little less appealing in hot weather than other lagers, even dark ones, and its not quite is brightly carbonated as their other beers i have had, but its super well made. if this is a style that gets you off, you will surely be pleased with this excellent example of it. for me it was too filling for more than a few, but tastes very old world. how awesome is it that we can get beer this good at the burlington airport?!

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.77/5  rDev -5.3%
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 johnnnniee
3.77/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle at America on Tap
Deep auburn color with a decent off white head. Rich maillard notes with hints of bready pilsner and a touch of floral spicy hops. Nice dark lager.

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Photo of ScaryEd
3.81/5  rDev -4.3%
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 Dragginballs76
3.81/5  rDev -4.3%
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 Hyptochrons
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
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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3.9/5  rDev -2%
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 edward_boumil
3.9/5  rDev -2%
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 brewandbbq
3.91/5  rDev -1.8%
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 BEERMILER12
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
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 cbutova
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
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 Jason
3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
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 scotorum
3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
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 ricknelson
4/5  rDev +0.5%
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 +0.5%

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 dar482
4.02/5  rDev +1%
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 20holmbrew
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
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 +1.3%
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 jlindros
4.04/5  rDev +1.5%
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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