von Trapp Brewing

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Lager - Märzen / Oktoberfest
Ranked #29
Ranked #19,496
3.88 | pDev: 9.79%
von Trapp Brewing
Vermont, United States
Very Good
Notes: Our Oktoberfest is brewed with a blend of light and dark Munich Malts, which not only add to its depth but deliver a residual sweetness. Caramel and toffee notes linger but are balanced by the subtle hops additions in this beer. We use Hallertau and Tettnanger hop add a floral yet peppery aroma to this beer. It’s our take on this traditional fest beer.
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mikeinportc from New York

4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BB :11/26/20

Slightly hazy copper, with substantial, long-lasting light tan head, that leaves spotty sheets of lacing.

Smell bread dough, black pepper, toffee, slight floral(Bedstraw - Galium boreale) hop aroma and caramel.

Taste is caramel - less sweet than in the aroma- , some hop spiciness (pepper/coriander), toasted grain, and slight toffee at finish. There is a bitter, dry, grassy flavor that lingers after finish. Moderate bitterness. This could legitimately be under consideration as a "fall IPA", if they so chose. More malty than hoppy, but enough hops and bitterness that it shares some of the flavor profile of old-school DIPAs, though lower abv.

Feel is medium-light, with fine , sharp carbonation tingle, that gives a slight pleasant burn at finish. Drying finish that lingers awhile.

Overall, enjoyable, and easy-drinking. On the dry end of the Octoberfest spectrum. Not among my favorites, but one that I'd gladly drink when the opportunity arises.

Oct 13, 2020
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Wattie83 from Pennsylvania

4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the can into a dimpled mug. This looks copper in color with a khaki head that is thick and lasting. Smell is malty, fresh baked dark bread, a bit peppery. Taste starts sweet and malty then the earthy spiciness, to me it's like black pepper, kicks in and bitterness starts to fight back. Finishes pretty dry with little aftertaste...it's pretty clean. Feel is medium bodied with light carbonation and a nice thick head that you get a little in each sip. Overall, this tastes more hoppy to me than many other Oktoberfest beers. Not that it's a bad thing, but it's hoppier than I expected. I like it a lot. It's rich, flavorful, and fresh.

Oct 07, 2020
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BubbleBobble from New York

4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly hazed dark amber, ample head formation that leaves big streaks of lacing, fat islands of foam on the surface as it recedes. Aroma is malty toffee sweetness, candy sugar, pineapple juice balanced with earth/hops. Taste is malt forward - dark bread and toffee. Hops are there, however, and impart some grassy and earthy notes, and allow this one to finish drier than expected. Mouthfeel is moderately full, crisp finish.

Sep 26, 2020
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Treyliff from West Virginia

4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz can poured into a pint

A- pours copper in color with a two-finger foamy white head that has good retention and leaves some lacing behind

S- toasted bread crusts, caramel, forrest floor and floral hops

T- toasted bread crusts and sweet caramel up front, followed by some spicy floral hops that really come through. The finish gives more bready caramel malt, with floral hops sticking around on the linger

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that continues into a crisp finish

O- an outstanding American made Okto

Sep 25, 2020
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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice feel,medium light body with about average carbonation
Aroma is malt,bread, doughy yeasty dark bread
Taste is almost dry with a bit of a hop bitter bite. Otherwise there's some malt,bread,molasses.
Tough to pick up everything going on with this one and it seemed to be a little more bitter than others in this style I've tried. This is still a solid brewery and was an enjoyable beer.

Sep 21, 2020
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Bouleboubier from New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

(12 oz can, BB 12/13/20; purchased six-pack off shelf... poured, very much cellar temp, into a 14 oz mug)

L: clear, amber liquid; puts up quite a bit of orange-tinged, densely-sudsy, messy foam... keeps a thick, craggy cap and collar for awhile

S: mildly caramelized, doughy dinner roll; herbal-y noble hops really poking through... moderate degree of depth overall

T: rather toasty, nutty-roasty grain pop up front, not to mention a heavy hit of spicy, rather bitter-herbal hops - could have been the rough attack of a gassy burst on the palate, carbonic acid accentuating the pungent elements... second sip shows a smoother malt underbelly, hint of stewed apple/pear maybe, but its bitterness comes creeping back up in the aftertaste, along with some toasted wood

F: big, silky-smooth, luscious malty body; also a healthy punch of carbonation, helping to cut through the nectar

O: domestic or not, this was great and a fine surprise (but not really, as their other lagers are all at least above average)... its aggressive roasty-toasty malts and chomp-the-weeds robust bitterness shocked my palate, keeping it wide awake, eager for the next sip... definitely gonna enjoy the rest of the pack; likely going back for more (1687)

Sep 18, 2020
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WunderLlama from Massachusetts

4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

There's a chill in the air, time for Oktoberfest!

12oz can poured into an 1860 Munich Beer Stein

Three finger cramp taupe foam crown over a translucent copper liquid with numerous carbonation micro -streams, very good retention, settles to a frothy one finger layer, good lacings

I smell malt, whiff of toffee

taste is malt with hoppy bitterness, I usually taste more malt sweetness

mouthfeel is smooth, quaffable, the hoppy taste lingers nicely, semi dry, quenching finish

Good beer

Sep 16, 2020
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Smakawhat from Maryland

3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the can into a Libbey style pilsner glass.

Oh man does this look beautiful. Deep off tan to khaki yellow colored head. Big. Rich. Huge creation like an oil well springing a leak. Thick large bubbles and giant sized but manages to settle nice and easy. The body color is no slouch easier, maybe even better. Deep golden brown, crystal clear and looks like polished steel. Thick soapy lacing rounds out. Real stunner of a marzen.

Aroma is a little neutral and gentle. Soft toasty malts with a good clean sensing smell. Faint touches of light toffee but also some senses of faint chemical tones. Still fairly solid otherwise.

Palate is real surprising. Kind of wet and light bodied, but fills with real nice crisp caramel tones at first. Mid palate has an even nice nougat like sweetness for a bit too. The aftertaste though manages large amounts of bitterness and even burnt char and toast. It gradually creeps up almost unnoticeable until the palate tastes nearly like burnt wood. This burnt flavor really last but gets taken out with more sips.

Very unusual fest like beer, drinkable and quite good but with a bit of an oddity to it.

Sep 04, 2020
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Jason from Massachusetts

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

First time having their canned version, I've had the bottles and draft versions many times over.

Mild haze within the orange amber hue, frothing sizes up well and leaves a good amount of lacing on the glass. Toasted grain, fresh hay, herbal hop, & bread in the nose. Crisp and smooth, just enough body for the style. Rich malty palate throughout. Toasty, bready, grainy, & grassy. Perfect level of hop bitterness and lots of herbal hop flavor. Using German malt goes a long way, the quality is there from start to finish. Easy to knock this one back, would love to see tallboy cans though two of these cans in my big mug are fitting for this time of year. Will be visiting this beer every fall.

Aug 20, 2020
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Amendm from Rhode Island

3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A moderately strong pour yielded a finger of creamy off-white foam with long retention and blotches of lacing.
Golden-straw color, with a light haze, medium sized print can be read. An orange hue is revealed by bright light.

Bready malt greets the nose with biscuit and a general graininess. Floral and herbal hops rise up.

Semi-sweet with moderate bitterness, the blend of light and dark malts has toast and faint roasted bitterness added in.
The hops are bold and a little spicy, the grain from the smell is now toasted and mellow. The finish is clean with flavors slowly diminishing, spicy hops remain and linger.

Medium-light body, lasting carbonation. Smooth thanks to the great balancing act of bitter/sweet and toasted/roasted flavors. More of a Festbier than a Marzen, alcohol is well hidden. hard to just have one.

Jul 26, 2020
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CTHomer from Connecticut

3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
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 -2.3%
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 -0.3%
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 -0.3%
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 +2.1%
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 +0.5%
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 -9.8%
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 -11.6%
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 +0.5%
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

3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 +2.1%
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 +2.1%
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 -1.3%
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 +3.9%
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 -2.8%
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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