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

Added by thekevlarkid on 07-18-2010

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Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.74/5  rDev -4.8%
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 djrn2
3.52/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of metter98
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of oline73
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.74/5  rDev -4.8%
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 dbrauneis
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jlindros
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
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 paulish
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On-tap 2/1/2017 at the Doherty’s Ale House in Warwick, RI, served in a tapered pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep reddish brown color, with a medium dense off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a very thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains lager yeast, chocolate, caramelized malts, some coffee and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of lager yeast and a hearty malt character. Then some mildly sweet flavors of chocolate, coffee and caramel come in. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body but a bit heavy for the style, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.

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3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Rifugium
3.46/5  rDev -12%
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 Kegatron
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jason
3.97/5  rDev +1%
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 22Blue
3.69/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4/5  rDev +1.8%

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 johnnnniee
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
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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3/5  rDev -23.7%

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.89/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a pilsener glass. The appearance was a slight hazy burnt brown color with a finger’s worth of white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute leaving some light messy lacing sticking and then sliding down into the beer. The smell started off with a sharp sweet breadiness rolling over some nutty malts. Lager yeast shows a nice sweet effect. The taste was mainly sweet with a slight smokey effect rolling over in flavor. A slight roasty to sweet aftertaste rolls into the aftertaste and finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. Carbonation runs fairly smooth with a decent sharp nuttiness hitting my tongue. Overall, as a Munich Dunkel, it works. I’d have again and it could definitely be a decent food beer. Maybe closer to dessert.

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Photo of InspectorBob
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of imbibehour
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
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 Nichols33
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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