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Oktoberfest | von Trapp Brewing

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Brewed by:
von Trapp Brewing
Vermont, United States

Style: German Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
A deep orange color with a rich malt body, balanced with Noble hop flavors and a crisp finish.

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Ratings: 146 |  Reviews: 52
Photo of Manfrombelmonty
4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BEERMILER12
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery

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Photo of RozzieBoy
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of joe1510
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
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!

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
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!

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Photo of justintcoons
3.23/5  rDev -15.9%
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.


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Photo of rfgetz
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dacrza1
2.7/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

DATE: September 15, 2018... 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, nondescript... smooth, extremely sippable, a bit oily and thin--not the body expected... the sweetness suggested at the aroma parlays into a mildly engaging profile, offering oats, cereal, sugar, light flowers, and a bit of caramel... as far as the genre goes, not one I would consider in the upper echelon, but serviceable in its drinkable ABV... expected a fuller experience, based on its label and the Austrian heritage...

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Photo of TheGent
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of The_Beer_Guru
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Premo88
4.16/5  rDev +8.3%
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

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Photo of FilumDee
5/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

very malty and light. great beer for chilling and casual occasions

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Photo of Bierman9
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
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


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Photo of tobelerone
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Really tasty on tap, at the source, from a super fresh keg.

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Photo of JeffSK
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tucquan
4.14/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of Abstractspirit
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of luke12345
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Celtics76
3.4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of PatrickCT
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has been one of my favorite domestic Marzens for a few years now. Not one of those ales pretending to be a marzen, rather the real thing. Lighter for the style for sure,but the delicate malt profile is layered nicely with toasted bread, honey and a dry graininess. The hops are at once floral with a hint of black tea and pepper. Nice soft mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Gets better as it warms.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jzeilinger
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a semi-hazy caramel color with thin white lacing.

S - Bread dough and toasted caramel.

T - Toasted caramel and bread dough make up the majority of the taste while it ends with an earthy/grassy bitterness to balance out the sweet malt up front.

M - Medium body with some prickly carbonation.

O - Not my usual beer style but I did enjoy the earthy, grassy bite at the tail end of the beer.

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Photo of EatonHops
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of deg
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Oktoberfest from von Trapp Brewing
Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 146 ratings