von Trapp Brewing

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Lager - Märzen / Oktoberfest
Ranked #26
Ranked #18,461
3.87 | pDev: 8.79%
von Trapp Brewing
Vermont, United States
Very Good
Notes: Brewed with a blend of light and dark Munich
Malts. Caramel and toffee notes linger but are
balanced by the subtle hops additions in this
beer. We use Hallertau and Tettnanger hops to
add a floral yet peppery aroma to our take on
this traditional fest beer
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CTHomer from Connecticut

3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: crystal clear; copper in color; 1 finger beige head that receded quickly to a thin collar; very little lacing;

S: toasted grain, floral, and a hint of spice;

T: follows the nose from start to finish; mild to moderate bitterness at the end;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish;

O: very enjoyable; more complexity in the flavor than many other marzens;

Apr 15, 2020
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Franziskaner from Missouri

3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Copper colored with a quarter inch of creamy brown on top. Heavy lacing. I'm smelling lightly toasted malt. I taste lightly toasted malt with a light nutiness. The mouth is very smooth and creamy.

Nov 18, 2019
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IronLover from Pennsylvania

3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark orange in color with a heavy haze. Poured with a moderate, creamy, off-white foam with excellent retention. Rich bready and toasted malt aromas. No hop aromas. Medium bodied with medium, slightly acidic carbonation and smooth feel. Herbal and spicy hop flavors with bready malt in the background. Medium hop bitterness through the middle followed by toasted malt and herbal hop notes. Finished with lingering herbal bitterness and light bready and toasted malt notes. Malt forward aromas with hop forward flavors. Lingering hop character detracted a little with the drinkability for me. Still pretty tasty though.

Nov 12, 2019
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REVZEB from Illinois

3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bright orange amber body with a finger of white foam. Caramel, malts, and grains in the smell. Taste has some spices and grassiness in there which really bother me because I want my marzens to stick to be pure. Otherwise the caramel, malts, grains, and toast are nice. Feel has decent carbonation to the medium body, with malt smoothness and good crispness. Would have again, but is a little off the norm

Oct 31, 2019
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3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought about a dozen Oktoberfests this year to try at home (including most of the nationally-distributed "craft" beers) in bottle before purchasing my first keg. While I enjoy and appreciate the classic German style, I wanted to order a domestic.
**I selected the von Trapp because of its additional hops.** As someone who generally steers clear of hop-driven beers, I felt the hoppiness here added a complexity and balance that wasn't present in the other domestics, which came off to me as so malty/sweet that I wouldn't want to have more than 1 or 2 at a time. The von Trapp is easy drinking through a full football game and I'd recommend it over the 2019 Sierra Nevada-Bitburger collaboration, which has a slightly higher score on Ba.

Oct 30, 2019
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PicoPapa from Connecticut

3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can purchased at the brewery. Pours a translucent brownish orange with over an inch of fluffy head. Good amount of lacing . Bready, earthy aroma with some caramel and floral hop notes. The taste is caramel, toffee, floral hops, earth and some dark bread crusts. Floral hop finish with more caramel and spicy hop notes. Light to medium body with lots of carbonation.

Oct 22, 2019
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DaveMaciolek21 from New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber pour, minimal head. The German hops (Hallertau/Tettnanger) come forward first with a subtle bite. The malts follow with caramel flavor and a nice, long-lasting finish. Authentic German-style Marzen, worthy of a fest bier.

Oct 12, 2019
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cjgiant from District of Columbia

3.43/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap:
Nice foamy head with lacing, but a hazy body looking like unfiltered cider, almost.

Nose isn’t giving me much, a little toasted malt, a hint of red apple. Taste is not too exciting but there is a more distinct sense of the toasted malt and an earthy spice bitterness.

Feel is okay, little more towards medium and not as clean as the German imports. Overall, this isn’t standing out to me in any fashion.

Oct 11, 2019
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WoodBrew from Ohio

3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried this beer at the Farm House restaurant in downtown Burlington, VT. It poured a clear amber with white head that left a nice lace. The scent had faint malt presence. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with caramel malt base and smooth finish. The mouthfeel was medium in body with good carbonation. Overall its a solid beer.

Oct 02, 2019
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VABA from Virginia

3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-Pours a hazy amber color with a slight head and lacing
A-Aroma has slight spice hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a very slight spice flavor
M-A medium bodied well carbonated beer
O-A decent Oktoberfest

Sep 27, 2019
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Bluecrow from New York

3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

-clear, medium amber can pour with a thin foam cap and an aroma of sweet malt with a light woody hop note.
The flavor is of bready malt with a bit of caramel. The brew is fresh tasting, medium-bodied and very pleasant.

Sep 22, 2019
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the can, it pours a clear amber color with a nice off-white head. In the nose, it is fresh and malty. In the mouth, it is malty - a touch, but not too much, of caramel, and nice tasting malt overall.

Sep 20, 2019
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jrc1093 from Connecticut

3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Best before 11/27/19

Pours a cloudy copper body with a light orange tint and topped with a creamy off-white/ultra-light khaki head; good retention results in a moderate frothy
cap/collar and a hefty spread of thinner, soapy lacing.

Aromas are dense and bready, with a drying malty sweetness and rich (bread) crusty quality; milder bits of earthy tones and gritty oak, while remaining deep, toasty, and fresh.

Taste opens with light brown bread and some caramel malt touches, building a (surprisingly present) hop profile imparting a deeply toasty herbal tone dominating from the mid-palate onward.

Mouthfeel shows a lighter-bodied, moderate carbonation, light malty grit and smooth along the mid-palate; very drying on the finish, with a light bitterness sneaking in on the swallow.

A bready and robust American Oktoberfest built with a German dryness and body; only thrown off by a growing bitterness which becomes excessive at times, but not enough to throw off the overall drinkability.

Sep 09, 2019
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Gajo74 from New York

4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper amber color with visible carbonation. The moderately large and foamy off white head displays great retention throughout as well as small rings of lacing.
The nose emphasizes the malts. Aromas of bready and toasted amber malts, clean, slightly sweet, a light trace of alcohol, and with no hops aromatics.
The taste opens with a malty richness, toasty and bready with a moderate sweetness. However, soon the hops presence yields a moderate but assertive bitterness that balances really well with the malts. Little hops flavor, perhaps a touch of earth and grass. There is a residual malt sweetness that intermittently returns throughout, however, overall the beer is well attenuated.
Medium bodied with a malt fullness that feels like a meal in and of itself. The mouthfeel is smooth with a crisp dry finish with a trace of clean alcohol spice and hops bitterness. The carbonation is moderate and aids drinkability.
My first Oktoberfest of the season, albeit a tad early (September 2nd). A solid and tasty offering from a brewery that specializes in great Lagers.

Sep 02, 2019
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Claude-Irishman from New Jersey

3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Teku glass. Looks semi opaque burnt orange color. Much carbonation, fast receding off white foamy head.Smell is of faint apple,mild toffee, some hops. Taste is different than I expected. Seems spicier than most Marzens with a black pepper taste, some bread crust notes. Overall well worth trying.

Aug 20, 2019
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officerbill from New York

3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: clear honey gold with an eggshell white head that sticks to the glass and slowly dissolves to a film
S: grass, grain, some light caramel, citrus and floral, very "fresh" smelling
T: malt, fresh bread, some caramel and honey flavors, with citrus and clover in the back
F: crisp & clean, the moderate carbonation tingles your tongue, the forward malt sweetness smoothly blends into the tangy hops with a citrus aftertaste
O: an excellent "light" marzen oktoberfest beer. This is an all-day beer and would be suitable year round. Very refreshing with a nice body that satisfies without being filling.

Aug 20, 2019
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Sheppard from Virginia

3.52/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a little dark for an Oktoberfest. Is this supposed to be a Märzen? I don't think VT would be so brash as to miss that detail. Anyway, it pours a bright amber, but not pale. Not much aroma. Some sweetness upfront. Some nice crusty breadiness on the finish. Honestly, a little disappointed.

Aug 15, 2019
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RozzieBoy from Rhode Island

3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L - Coppery-orange with two-finger near white puffy head. Nice! Minimal lacing.
S - Distinct Octoberfest smell for sure, with some very faint spice notes.
T - Nice bready malt, lighter than expected.
F - Medium to full body with some light carbonation
O - A really nice Octoberfest beer. Can’t complain about this one.

Oct 09, 2018
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joe1510 from Illinois

4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz Bottle

Mr Patrick and his delicious Oktoberfests. Thanks, guy! von Trapp's Oktoberfest pours a lovely dark golden, with polished copper accents. It's bright and glowing with a soft haze throughout the body. The dirty white, soapy foam rose to a finger on the pour and rather quickly crackled down to a skimming and shallow ring. Carbonation shoots from here and there in irregular streams.

The nose on this guy is clean, crisp and bright. Grainy off the bat, freshly cracked. Freshly baked bread brings about the middle. A helping of light caramel rounds out the malt profile. A smattering of baking spices, soft and vague, top it off and are present thanks to what I can only expect to be the hop profile. This beer screams autumn more than any pumpkin spice latte ever will.

The nose was a good indicator to the flavor. Clean grain off the bat before the freshly baked bread shows up. Lightly caramelized sugar rounds it out with the faintest touch of sweetness. Floral hops round of the finish and those baking spices are fainter yet, but still present. This is a damn good beer.

Mouthfeel is spot on. The body is in the middle of the spectrum but the carbonation is active enough that it adds some speed and airiness. The finish dries out quickly with a welcomed lingering bitterness that dashes any residual sugars that may have remained. Drinkable? Ha! Absurdly so.

This is the best new Oktoberfest I have had this year and one of the better American versions I have ever had. It's crisp, clean, dry, and softly bitter. Drinkability is off the charts. Thanks, Patrick!

Oct 04, 2018
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Lingenbrau from Oregon

4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Big ol thanks out to Patrick once again. Cheers man!

von Trapp's interpretation of the style pours pumpkin orange with an incredibly creamy looking off white head. It keeps a froth around the perimeter with a decently smooth surface coverage. The bright amber body isn't entirely clear, but it looks very inviting, warm, and festive.

Sweet bread lingers over the surface with a wonderfully subtle blend of fall spices below. Toasted grain and a dab of light caramel says it's time to celebrate.

The flavors follows in the same footsteps. Each element noticeable with none of them being intense. The bread crusts comes and goes very quickly as the spices take over. Caramel is slight and more burnt than expected. And just when you thought it was finished, a mild flowery hop presence finishes it off.

It has a great body and is superbly balanced. The carbonation is a bit high and even tingly which makes it seem a little less full than it really is. The sweet start and minimally bittered bite on the end make this dangerously drinkable, which is irritating as I only have one of these and hate to see it disappear so quickly.

von Trapp doesn't disappoint. This is a good fest beer that I would easily kill a six pack off, day in and day out no problem. Thank you very much Patrick. You're a good guy no matter what any boozebagger might say about you. Prost!

Sep 30, 2018
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justintcoons from Pennsylvania

3.23/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle poured into a Pilsner glass.

Golden. Good clarity. Light carbonation.

Apple, pear, toasted bread, butterscotch, and caramel.

Much fuller flavor than the nose lets on. Biscuit, toasted white head, caramel, and pecans. Pear, golden apple, and slight butterscotch.

Medium bodied, silky, crisp, clean, and off-dry.


Sep 28, 2018
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dacrza1 from New Jersey

3.08/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

DATE: September 15, 2018 (revised September 5, 2019)... OCCASION: Penn State up on Kent State early and a humid Saturday calls for something malty but refreshing.... GLASSWARE: Saranac pokal... pours a dark orange amber body, full of life and bubbles, with a head of healthy single-fingered snow white arcs and arches--in a word, Oktoberfest... sweet malts are detected, but the caramel is understated... the hops are lightly floral, with some tea as well... otherwise, solid... smooth, extremely sippable, a bit oily and thin early, but heavier and impactful at the throat as expected...effervescent to... the sweetness suggested at the aroma parlays into a mildly engaging profile, offering oats, cereal, sugar, light flowers, and a bit of caramel... the sweetness is pronounced and appreciable... earthier as it finishes... not one I would consider in the upper echelon, but more than serviceable in its drinkable ABV... returning to a beer I didn't quite enjoy last year, this year I find it brings a fuller experience, pleasant and representing the style...

Sep 15, 2018
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Premo88 from Texas

4.16/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into wide-mouth stick
(courtesy of @TongoRad)

L: orange-bronze, murky even on edges, topped by thick head of beige foam about an inch tall; classic all-around look with the U.S. craft murkiness thrown in; that murkiness is clearing up a bit over time, but it's unique in how thorough it is to begin with -- you don't see floaties, just a consistent mist; no major sticking or lacing; keeps a consistent collar of offwhite/beige foam

S: earthy toasted caramel; slightly yeasty toasted peach; orange peel ... or if peaches had a thick rind for a cover, it smells like that; as it warms, some of the earthiness subsides and more fruit sweetness takes over; even as it warms, though, there's times the earthy hops hit you hard up front

T: classic toasted malt caramel almost to brown sugar or molasses but not quite with a considerable earthy hop bite that lingers; the earthy flavor note also has a bit of a Scotch ale kind of flavor, almost like peat or toasted prunes/figs; as your palate adjusts, the sweetness dials up a level just like it does in the nose

F: middleweight elegance, loads of carbonation but somehow still light and soft enough to keep it from feeling harsh, and the weight is considerable for a sub-6% ABV beer

O: classic all around, hits all the right notes for the style and as good as any American-made Oktoberfest I've tried; it has the feel of a brew that would hold up for months and months in the bottle ... hard to describe exactly but it's the feel of sturdy construction

Sep 03, 2018
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Bierman9 from New Hampshire

3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Alewife and I stopped into the new Bierhall on 13AUG18 for a quickie... Had a small (12oz?) glass of this at the bar...

It was a clear, bright amber hue, with steady carbo rising topside. Had a creamy, off-white layer of foam and excellent lacing. Aroma was a bit restrained, with some caramel and light hopping. Body was solid, and it had a fairly smooth feel, overall.

Flavor kicked off with a touch of toasty malt, some caramel and toffee. More caramel, less bread than some OFests... Had light sweetness and a subtle, spicy hop bite near the crisp finish. Decent, overall... Zum Wohl!

3.82/5 rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75


Aug 21, 2018
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Tucquan from Pennsylvania

4.14/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had this on 2018-08-06 in Columbia, PA from a fresh 12oz bottle.

A - Clear amber-gold with a 1-finger white head and nice lace. Looks great.

S - Rich, bready Munich malt aromas blend with lightly-spicy noble hops.

T - Like the aroma with prodigious bread, leaning a touch towards dark sourdough. Caramel/toffee. Quite spicy (grass/earth) and moderate-to-style bitterness. The mild sweetness is welcome but it finishes dry with some lingering bitterness.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Very smooth.

O - This is a fine Oktoberfest. I'll definitely have it again.

Aug 06, 2018
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