Von Trapp Oktoberfest | von Trapp Brewing

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Von Trapp OktoberfestVon Trapp Oktoberfest

Brewed by:
von Trapp Brewing
Vermont, United States

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Oktoberfest - Deep Orange Color. Rich Malt Body balanced with Noble Hop Flavors and a Crisp Finish.

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Reviews: 27 | Ratings: 93
Photo of jettjon
3.57/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Into a pint glass, it’s a hazy red-orange color with a thick pillowy white head with good retention. On the nose faint hops and sweet malt. Taste of sweet butterscotch and caramel… hints of fruit. Sweet malts. Mouth evinces moderate carbonation feels a bit “flat” but quenching and enjoyable. Overall: Bordering on overly sweet, it’s nonetheless enjoyable. Would try again.

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Photo of jbertsch
3.42/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank a bit hoppy for a marzen...more than I wanted. It leans more likey modern day American marzen rather than authentic German marzen. Still a decent beer, but drank different than what I expected from Von Trapp.

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Photo of Damian
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Drank from a 12 fl oz bottle purchased at Craft Beer Cellar, Belmont, MA
Best by 01/24/17
Served in a becker

The beer poured an ever-so-slightly hazed, orangey-amber color and was topped by a billowing, four-finger tall, tight and frothy, light tan crown. Excellent retention. The head slowly dropped to a chunky plume. Thick patches of lacing stuck along the glass.

The nose was was super yeasty and dry initially. Somewhat dusty perhaps. There was a subtle, biscuity malt note as well. Touch of skunkiness. As the head died down, the biscuity malts intensified. Slightly sweet. Fruity notes also came forth. Lots of crisp graininess.

Bready, biscuity malts dominated in the flavor profile. Rich and fruity as well. Bit of caramel maltiness. Slightly sweet but also dry. Grainy. The beer finished bone dry with a good dose of earthy, noble hops.

Nice frothy, soft mouthfeel. Medium bodied for the style. The liquid contained a fine, zippy, spritzy effervescence that fluffed up nicely.

Even with lagers gaining more respect in the craft beer world, excellent domestically made ones are still rather difficult to come across. The von Trapp family however does a terrific job making high quality examples in a traditional European style.

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Photo of kculrich
3.76/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

From a 12oz bottle, undated as best I can tell. Served in a cervoise.

Pours a hazy, bright orange-copper, the colour of a new penny, with a soft, off-white two-finger head. Excellent retention, decent lacing.

Smells sweetly malty, apple skins and white grapes, pepper and nutmeg.

Taste largely follows the nose except not as sweet as anticipated. Bread dough, apple juice, white grapes, a little orange pith, grassy and slightly black pepper-spicy. Finishes with a little bitterness and sticky tartness.

Feel is no more than medium-bodied but richly smooth.

Overall, I was impressed and I wasn't expecting to be

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Photo of Dragginballs76
4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours clear caramel color color with one inch off white head. Good lacing.

Smell - Toasted malts, caramel, little bit of honey gives it a sweet smell.

Taste - Toasted malts, sweet caramel flavor, not as much honey in the taste as the nose but still present. The flavors are very balanced probably one of the best Oktoberfest beers I have tasted.

Feel - Medium body, much lighter than most oktoberfest beers the smooth.

Overall - Probably the best oktoberfest beer I have tried, I love the balance in the flavors and how smooth it is.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle

Pours slightly foggy hazy amber orange with a creamy frothy off-white foam head. Smells like herbal grass, rich toasted brown bread, caramel-like malt, sweet molasses, biscuity grain, mild red apple, red grape, pear, slight spice, with some fruity orange citrus. Tastes like spicy herbal grass, rich toasted brown bready malts, caramel biscuity grain, sweet molasses, hay, some red apple, pear, orange, grape, with bitter floral pine. Feels medium bodied, creamy and smooth with moderate low carbonation. Overall a really nice Oktoberfest.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
4.19/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured with a nice head. A little bit light in color but clear. Mild nose, but grainy undertones. Good clean taste. Grainy malt body with balanced hops. Nice clean mouthfeel that's got some maltiness for style.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.34/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with no date that I can see. Sampled on October 2, 2016

The pour is a copper-yellow in color with a tremendous white foamy head that lingers.

There is a toasted malt character on the nose and a little lemongrass but otherwise fairly clean.

Medium body.

While I do pick up some toasted caramel malts in the flavor there is also a soapy character. But then it goes bitter with a lingering finish.

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Photo of LeRose
3.49/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Great color and clarity on the pour from the bottle with a nice, thick white head atop a dark gold, slightly coppery/gold body. The head falls to a thin ring with lots of cling.

On the nose, some bready malt, and what I would say are floral hops, sweetness like caramel. A pleasant aroma.

The taste and mouth feel are not what I was expecting. It is malty, but it strike me as a sourdough vibe going on. Not sour or soured...just reminds me of the bread. Sweetness underneath that, then I get a pretty hefty peppery note that I enjoy, and bitterness with some floral and grassy hay hops.

The feel is tingly in the sense of peppery, very drying, and almost chalk or glue-like on the finish. Not a clean finish in my opinion - there is some residual "feel" that I find unpleasant like raw bread dough. Kind of an annoying mouth feel overall, honestly. To me, it has a light body, low carbonation.

Overall, not a bad beer, seems to slightly miss the mark for some the style descriptors, particularly in the body. The texture and feel of the beer were off-putting and unpleasant to me. Glad to try, but I can't enthusiatically recommend seeking this one out. It looked fantastic on the pour and that set an expectation, but things unraveled a bit from that point.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On at von Trapp Brewing in Stowe, VT.

This one pours a clear dark orange, with a small, and a bit of lacing.

This smells maybe a little bit too hoppy for the style, but I still enjoy it- it's just not quite traditional. I get some awesome spicy and grassy hops on the nose, with a toasty, and slightly sweet malt backbone.

This has to be one of my favorite American Oktoberfest renditions. There's a nice crisp spicy hoppiness up front, that lingers for a while on the finish. The lingering bitterness is what makes me feel this is a little too hoppy to be truly and utterly German. The malt backbone is nice, light sweetness, toasted and grainy bread.

This finishes quite cleanly, with a crisp mouthfeel, and a normal amount of carbonation.

von Trapp just absolutely nails German styles, and this is another great example. If the bitterness on the finish was curtailed, this would probably be the best American rendition of the style.

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Photo of edward_boumil
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Nice bright orange color, mild haze, head is off-white, silky, and has excellent retention.
S: Pretty light aroma, from what I get its pretty standard smells. Caramel, lightly toasted malt, cereal, honey.
T: Pretty nice flavor. Repeat of the nose but with a spicy/floral hop finish. Malts themselves come out less caramel and more like a helles with slightly more body, definately more toasty than a helles, however.
F: Love this body. Creamy, rich and full, but still light and highly drinkable. Carbonation is on the higher end but is soft, not overly crisp.
O: Really do like this marzen. Not overly flavored or robust, everything is balanced and just right. Very refreshing

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Photo of jhavs
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice, traditional flavors. Reddish brown, thick white foamy head. Head is lasting.

Bit of malt sweetness is the aroma and flavor. Same with spicy European hopss

Lighter bodied than many Oktoberfests, but not below the style. Remains crisp and refreshing.

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Photo of woodchipper
3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Large head, probably my aggressive pour. However, the head stays until the end, lacing all over the glass.
Malty smell, but hops up front in the taste, malt comes at the end, Overall- okay, but I am spoiled this week by SN 2016 Oktoberfest.

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Photo of SomethingClever
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into wine glass

A: Soapy white head that clings as a dilm on top of the body. Body is a burnished gold light amber slight haze.

S: smells like a pilsner with that slightly bready spiciness almost like sourdough.

T: Slightly pilsner like with that peppery hoppiness , but leads up to a nice bready spicy characteristic and a slight doughy finish.

M: Light to medium but has a little bit of a coating effect on the tongue.

O: Very solid beer not quite as good as Sierra Nevada's But it is worth trying if you like a light Octoberfest beer.

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Photo of Jason
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle, sample from the brewery.

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. Easy to knock this one back, would love to see tallboy cans. Will be visiting this beer every fall.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.11/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Clear copper pour with zero head/retention/lacing. Looks kinda silly without any foam on top. Aroma starts to make up for the appearance, with some nice caramel, bread, and slight floral notes. Flavor is even better, full of nice malt breadiness. Very little carbonation is to my liking, making for a very smooth semi-sweet finish. One of the better of the style I've sampled.

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Photo of BranfordBound
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Doc Ponds in Stowe, served in a tulip glass. Pours amber color, clear, with a nice head. Smells of sweet malts and grain, a hint of fruit. It's got a solid flavor, sweet, toffee, fruit, finishes with a touch of herbal hops at the end but not bitter enough. Easy to pound a few of these but with the tap list at Doc Ponds it was easy to switch to another. Good marzen here.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Bert's
Deep golden color with a small tightly bubbled white head. Sweet bready pilsner maltiness with a touch of spice and just a hint of fruit. Pretty nice stateside version of a German Lager, most don't do it this well.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Amber-orange in color with good clarity. Three fingers of bubbly white head. Great retention and sticky, webby lacing.

S: Sweet and toasty malt aromas feel like the traditional Munich, Vienna, and Pilsner varieties. Clean. Grassy hops. Good and authentic.

T: Toasty grain and layered malty sweetness. Very clean. Grassy and spicy hops balance perfectly. Drying finish.

M: Medium bodied. Light creamy and malty smooth feel glides over the tongue. Crisp carbonation.

O: An impressive and very authentic Oktoberfest lager. Clean, tasty, and quaffable. Spot on for the style. One of the best I've had in a while actually.

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Photo of MDDMD
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%

A-orange amber color with a nice off-white head and good lacing

S-caramel malt, earthy, spice

T-biscuit, caramel, light spiciness, hint of toffee

F-medium body with moderate carbonation smooth

O-good example of the style, just a sweetness I have a hard time appreciating in these beers

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Photo of Cavanaghty
3/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on tap in a pint glass.

Appearance: Brownish amber color, off white head. Mild lacing on the glass.

Smell: Hops, malt and some earthy tones.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste was bitter and not much else, hints of some earthy notes, but had to distinguish exactly what.

Overall: Typical Oktoberfest in my opinion, nothing special, but not bad to drink.

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Photo of angelogarcia3
3.76/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a cloudy dark golden color. A thin creamy white head forms in the pilsner glass that it came in. Some small very dispersed bubbles inside the glass indicates a slight carbonation. Aromas of caramel, malt, and sweetness. The first sip gives you flavors of caramel, malt, and a hint of maple. While the beer is crisp almost dry with a pleasant sweetness. A good drinking beer.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Off tap at the lodge itself this beer was a clear/amber color with two fingers worth of khaki-colored head. The retention was good as a collar and the lacing in thin bands. The aroma was sweet with lots of caramel, toasted malt, bread and some hints of nuts. The flavors were quite similar with a sweet, malty core buttressed by toasted grains, hazelnuts, caramelized sugars, a little butter (diaceytal) and a slightly grainy, dry finish. The grainy aftertaste lingered pleasantly on my tongue. The mouthfeel was creamy, the body medium and the carbonation perfect.

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

On tap at the Blackback Pub and Flyshop.

A: Pours a brownish orange color with a thick off-white foam head.

S: Lots of bread, caramel, vanilla malt character.

T: The is a very tasty Oktoberfest. Lots of biscuit, bread and caramel flavors throughout.

M: Leaves a creamy feel on the palate.

D: This is a tasty and easy to drink Oktoberfest, definitely give it a try if you can find.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Flat Street brewpub. Pours a translucent, light copper with a creamy, bright white head. Nose exhibits a typical Marzen smell - caramel/toffee and skunk. The various malts and grains really come out quite distinctly in the flavor profile. Starts out with a little sweetness and the skunky quality also comes out again; however, it all comes together nicely. Mouthfeel lis light-medium, with an almost cask-like feel to the carbonation. I wasn't sure what to expect from this brewer, but I really quite enjoyed this brew. Delicate and flavorful with a fair amount of complexity. I look forward to trying more from this brewery in the future.

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