Von Trapp Oktoberfest | von Trapp Brewing

BA SCORE
86
very good
96 Ratings
Von Trapp OktoberfestVon Trapp Oktoberfest
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
von Trapp Brewing
Vermont, United States
vontrappbrewing.com

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.

Added by kingcrowing on 09-22-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
96
Reviews:
28
Avg:
3.87
pDev:
10.34%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
8
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 96 |  Reviews: 28
Photo of swierczt
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dmbphoenix
3.86/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.59/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a mug. The appearance was a sly hazy bronzed to burnt golden amber color with a slim finger’s worth of foamy to bubbly head that quickly died off. There wasn’t any lacing. The smell started off with crisp sweet caramel malts running into toffee and nuts. A light earthy to grassy hop rounded out the edges nicely. The taste was moderately sweet with a semi-balanced grassy edge to the flavor, not bad, good for the most part. A lingering sweet caramel maltiness runs into the aftertaste and finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a decent sessionability about it. Carbonation runs fairly light allowing smooth sweetness rolling over my tongue. Overall, to me, it works as an Oktoberfest. I’d have again.

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Photo of nebula1999
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jettjon
3.57/5  rDev -7.8%
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 Rifugium
3.27/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Patches826
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jbertsch
3.42/5  rDev -11.6%
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 +5.2%
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 Prost76
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CTbrew32
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jacob17
3.62/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NotAlcoholicJustAHobby
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of papposilenus
3.76/5  rDev -2.8%
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 psweendogg
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of joberlander
3.23/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of edthehead
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of stella77artois
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Dragginballs76
4.09/5  rDev +5.7%
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 +16.3%
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 +8.3%
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 twillingthenoz
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hootie159
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of puboflyons
3.34/5  rDev -13.7%
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 Timfromthemainland
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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Von Trapp Oktoberfest from von Trapp Brewing
3.87 out of 5 based on 96 ratings.
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