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

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 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 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 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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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 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 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 smakawhat
4.32/5  rDev +8.5%
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 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 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 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 Brad007
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
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 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 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 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 MDDMD
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%

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 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 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 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 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 ryan1788a5
4.04/5  rDev +1.5%
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 thekevlarkid
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
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 Jayli
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
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 angrybabboon
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
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 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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