von Trapp Brewing

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von Trapp Brewing
Vermont, United States
Lager - Märzen
Ranked #45
Ranked #17,361
3.87 | pDev: 9.82%
Mar 21, 2022
Sep 23, 2010
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.

30 IBU
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4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

Von Trapp Brewing "Oktoberfest"
12 fl. oz. can "BEST BY 12/02/21 10:26"

Notes via stream of consciousness: It's poured a hazy deep amber/copper colored body beneath a full head of off-white foam. Normally a hazy Märzen would be an issue but no one seems to care anymore. The aroma is as expected: sweetish, bready, and caramelish with some floral and spicy noble hops in the background. The taste is also as expected given the aroma. The hops remain floral and spicy... perhaps more peppery than spicy; I doubt these include any Saazer, Tettnanger is more like it. That peppery spiciness helps to balance the sweetish, bready malt along with a median bitterness that's somewhere between 30 on 40 IUBs. In the mouth it's medium bodied and crisp. The head held up really well and I still have a solid surface covering beneath walls of lace. It ticks all of the boxes for the style (except for the clarity) so it's just a matter of the intangibles, or the overall qualities that make a beer great or not. I think it's pretty damned good but not a classic.
Review #7,825

Mar 21, 2022
3.75 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Feb 17, 2022
3.53 by Nichols33 from Massachusetts on Jan 05, 2022
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3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by MikeWard from Pennsylvania

12oz can into a pint glass. Best by 12/2/21, so a couple weeks inside the wire here.

Looks very good in the glass. Medium amber body with a full white head. This persists in good form throughout leaving scattered lacing.

Sweet caramel malt aroma.

On tasting, fair amount going on. Solid caramel malt base. Out of this a burgeoning bitterness arises.

Mouth above medium, finish a lasting bitterness, and a little drying.

Overall, and I understand bitterness is not what you want in a Marzen, this is actually a pleasant touch, cuts the sweet. Well, smashes, not cuts. Marzen purists might not want to go here.

Nov 21, 2021
3.84 by sjones5045 from Pennsylvania on Nov 06, 2021
3.79 by cabsandking from Ohio on Nov 04, 2021
Photo of Sabtos
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Sabtos from Ohio

Dropped off at our table just as some autumnal storm clouds were rolling in, the appearance is chill hazed amber to brown with a khaki foam head that retains well as a thick, lumpy blanket curled at the ridges and leaving spongy lacing.

Uniquely hoppy, herbal and yeasty, exhibiting notes of butterscotch, pine and toastiness, it's crushable, yet almost astringent, with a touch of metal in the hops.

The fluffy medium-full body finishes semi-dry, where a hint of molasses comes out.

Oct 21, 2021
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4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Manta200 from Kentucky

Had two cans shipped from Half Time
Pale amber/golden color with a fantastic head, great retention.
Toasted malts aroma with a good hop note.
Taste is very much toasted malt forward with spicy hops kicking in mid palate finishing semi sweet with some bitterness.
Light to medium body with moderate carbonation.
This is a nice one!

Oct 11, 2021
3.53 by Sulty from Massachusetts on Oct 11, 2021
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3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

Clear amber appearance with a large white head and little lacing. Subdued aroma of half-baked bread and a very light touch of sweetness. Earthy, herbal flavors meet up with a toasty malt presence. Sweetness is still evident but not a major factor. Some spice in the aftertaste. Dry, moderately carbonated, short lived finish.

Oct 10, 2021
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3.74/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Beginner2 from Illinois

It is hard for me to be enthusiastic about non-traditional recipe in a very traditional style like the O-Fest. Von Trapp's is at 35 IBU which is in the non-traditional range. But, it is a well-structured beer.

Von Trapp's Looks the traditional O-Fest amber and a respectable foam. First Smells are the malts, quickly followed by grassy hops (OK, but not traditional) and, then, some faint lingering spicy hops which do more than linger throughout the Taste. Drying, bitter hops take over what could still be a sweet, malty drink. Good bubbles and festive in my mouth.

As for my micro review, there are things to like about von Trapp: a taproom in picturesque Vermont, family multi-generational business, finding a good recipe and gradually expanding to share it. They also focus on lagers, which not enough micros do. I may even have reason to visit Stowe and, if I do, I will visit von Trapp.

Oct 07, 2021
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3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by TCgenny from New York

Pours golden copper red with a nice head. Smells bready and fruit. Tasted of carmaly toast and fruit. Beer is light bodied and very easy drinking, I do recommend highly

Oct 04, 2021
4.18 by lakewy17 from New Hampshire on Oct 04, 2021
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4.26/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by Rug from Massachusetts

Best by 12/29/21

We’ve arrived at the last day of the Oktoberfest tasting, finishing off with a beer from one of the lager kings, von Trapp. Yet another beer provided by Half Time, the last of the beers in their mixed pack. I’ve only had 2 other beers from them so far, but if those were anything to go by then this will also be great. Let’s crack it open

Pours a cloudy amber gold with 2 fingers of soapy white head that slowly fades to a thin cap and leaves decent lacing

Oh yeah, there's some definite bite in the nose on this one, pushing it closer to a Festbier. I'm picking up on aromas of earthy hops, white pepper, pale malt, light toast, toffee, and some honey to smooth it out a bit

In taste, It absolutely keeps up the promise of the aroma, bringing a super firm bitterness. On the front end of the sip I'm tasting spicy hops, white pepper, crackery malt, lemon peel, and light caramel. The swallow carries on with its bitterness, bringing notes of peppery hops, pale malt, toasted grain, and light caramel

A medium light body pairs with gentle carbonation, resulting in a crisp and zesty beer. Finishes mostly dry with a firm bitterness

This one was very good, though from von Trapp I expect nothing less. A nice way to end off the tasting thread

Oct 04, 2021
4.13 by NYR-Zuuuuc from Connecticut on Oct 01, 2021
4.05 by Budlum from Maryland on Oct 01, 2021
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3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by cyclonece09 from Wisconsin

Poured from a can into a pint glass. Pours orange red with a fluffy white head. Smells of bright fruit and caramelized grain. Tastes of caramelized grain with bright fruitiness. Beer is light bodied and very easy drinking, good carbonation. Overall, a very good beer.

Sep 30, 2021
4.07 by hozersr from Pennsylvania on Sep 30, 2021
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3.69/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by BJB13 from Maryland

12 ounce can poured into a dimpled mug.
Best by 1/18/21

Looking a little cloudy in the glass and colored medium amber with an orange hue it is capped with one inch of khaki foam that slowly recedes to a persistent ring. The nose is subtle but nice, opens bready and tightens up with light toast, Noble hop and light citrus aromas. Taste is not sweet at all, light on malt flavor and is overpowered by moderately bitter citrus and spicy hop flavor. When it warms I begin to pick up on light grain and corn flavors. The body is medium-light, soft, somewhat creamy and has just enough carbonation to give it some crisp edges. OK overall but to my palate, the hop profile, which is nice, needs a stronger malt counterpart.

Sep 29, 2021
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4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by larryi86 from Delaware

12 oz can poured into a mug

A- A somewhat clear amber with a three finger white head.

S- Caramel malts, biscuits, floral, a little earthy.

T- Toffee, biscuits, earthy a little on the bitter side, caramel malts, floral.

M- Smooth, medium body.

O- A nice Oktoberfest, just a little on the bitter side.

Sep 26, 2021
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2.85/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.25
by UrbanCaveman from Ohio

12 oz can, poured into a nucleated teku at ~40 degrees F.

L: Pours a mostly opaque clover-honey amber, and forms a thick, billowy head of pale tan foam with good retention.

S: Fresh bread with English toffee and something faintly raisin-like.

T: This beer opens with a sharp floral punch, and maintains that character as it goes down. Beneath the floral front-and-center, I can faintly pick out bready malts and toffee, and some earthy bitterness. This one rides the ragged edge of my hop aversion more than most.

F: Medium bodied and lively.

O: I had high hopes for this one, after particularly enjoying the Von Trapp Dunkel during Lager Fest. Unfortunately, this is more a hopfest than a maltfest, for me.

Sep 26, 2021
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4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by sulldaddy from Connecticut

Sampling a cold 12 oz can poured into my .5L dimple mug. can date stamp is best by 12/15/2021.
The beer was gifted to me by @Davidstan. thank you!
The beer pours a bright clear copper color with a large fluffy beige head foaming up, even with a fairly gentle pour I get 4 cm of foam pretty easy. This foam fades leaving some scattered lattice and remains as a sturdy surface layer throughout the sampling.
The aroma on this beer is very mild, I get a bit of toasted multi grain bread and some light caramel. Not really any hop character on the nose.
First sip reveals a medium to lighter body with very fine but prickly carbonation.
Flavor is toasted malts and some dough with a bit of a nutty flavor and only very mild hints of sweeter caramel. I do get some bite with a black tea bitterness on the finish. The finish is also very dry the bitterness lingers after each sip.
This is a well balanced brew and definitely not overly sweet. I would put this one close to the top of my Oktoberfest tastings for the 2021 season.

Sep 25, 2021
3.69 by bschmidt_37 from Illinois on Sep 24, 2021
3.97 by TheEpeeist from Pennsylvania on Sep 23, 2021
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4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Mortal_Wombat from Texas

From a can with a best by date of 12/29/21 into a pint glas.

Look: Pours a golden copper with a thin white head. Leaves moderate amounts of lacing as the head dissipates.

Smell: Toffee and dark breads dominate with the slightest hint of spice mixed with grains. Smells slightly nicer than a standard American Marzen.

Taste: Lots of dark breads up front that slowly blends into a moderately sweet malt. Not a caramel malt taste at all, seems more in line with a Bavarian import in that regard. Finishes with grassy and slightly bitter hops and a bit of spice that is exceedingly pleasant on the tongue.

Feel: Medium body with moderate carbonation. This beer finishes perfectly dry, similar to the other heavy hitters of this style. Perfect drinkability for fall weather.

Overall: A very good offering with enough character to differentiate it from other domestic versions. A lot more complexity than I expected just from the nose of this beer.

Sep 22, 2021
4.1 by Skabiski from Maryland on Sep 11, 2021
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4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by 57md from Pennsylvania

Pours a light copper color with two fingers of head. The notes on the nose are spicy and nutty. The flavor is bready with a drying finish and a spot-on body.

Sep 03, 2021
4 by Dalkri from Massachusetts on Sep 01, 2021
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4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by datstankadank from New Jersey

This is a fine example of a marzen. Would take this in a pepsi challenge with the top rated marzens from any brewer in the world. Highly enjoyable, very traditional, top notch.

Aug 30, 2021
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3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by AccipiterofBeer from New York

Poured into a shaker pint

L: 3.5. Light haze. Ample carbonation with a big, foamy head. Coloration is a light bronze.
S: 4. Bready with lightly spiced hops. A hint of caramel.
T: 4. Nicely balanced blend of malt and hops. Bready malt up front but there's a solid kick of bitterness from the hops at the back end.
F: 3.75 Thin mouthfeel. Finishes pretty dry.
O: 4. Very nice oktoberfest lager. Blurs the line between Marzen and Festbier.

Aug 24, 2021
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4.16/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by sethmeister from New Hampshire

Can marked with BEST BY 12/15/21 10:13

Pours into my shaker pint a clear golden brown with a 2 finger cream colored fluffy bubbly head

Scent is leafy and spicy hops caramel and fresh doughy bread

Taste is very dry to start with some spice (pepper and coriander) then a honey graham cracker base note emerges. Toffee.
Earthy notes. A mineral note. Hints of dark bread crust. More on the dry side and although there is a lot going on the beer is subtle and very easy to drink. Nice dry bitter finish.

Mouth is a crisp dry medium with a clean hop bitterness in the finish.

Dry, subtle and easy drinking Marzen with quite a lot of complexity in both taste and scent combined with a crisp feel. Another excellent beer from a great brewery.

Aug 22, 2021
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4.56/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Braunmeister_1943 from Pennsylvania

After trying von Trapp’s other lager varieties I was happy to see this in my local distributor. One of the better domestic Oktoberfest offerings out there. Excellent price for a six pack. $10.49 in SE PA.

Aug 14, 2021
4.24 by AirBob from Massachusetts on Aug 04, 2021
4.12 by AElfwine_Nerevar from Connecticut on Nov 19, 2020
3.92 by digitalflood from New York on Oct 24, 2020
3.74 by Babydave from New York on Oct 19, 2020
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4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by mikeinportc from New York

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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4.09/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Wattie83 from Pennsylvania

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
4.43 by Burt from Rhode Island on Oct 01, 2020
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4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by BubbleBobble from New York

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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