Von Trapp Dunkel Lager | von Trapp Brewing

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Von Trapp Dunkel LagerVon Trapp Dunkel Lager

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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

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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 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 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 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 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 lordofthewiens
3.77/5  rDev -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 -11.8%
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 -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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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 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 scotorum
3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
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%
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
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

dark brown color with a thick head that recedes quickly. nose is roasty malt, and a hint of bitterness - nothing too special. taste is a rich chocolate and malt flavor that finishes with a very subtle bitterness, really nice. feels medium bodied. overall this is a great beer for a winter night. really nice flavor but also quite drinkable, glad I tried this!

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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 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 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 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 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 johnnnniee
3.77/5  rDev -5%
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 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 StonedTrippin
3.74/5  rDev -5.8%
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 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 puboflyons
3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
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 -9.8%
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 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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