Von Trapp Oktoberfest | von Trapp Brewing

Von Trapp OktoberfestVon Trapp Oktoberfest
126 Ratings
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.

Added by kingcrowing on 09-22-2010

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Ratings: 126 |  Reviews: 44
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 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

Photo of Dizzy242
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of gordavidson
3.08/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of IBUBrew
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hopsputin
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

a: a dark amber color with a slightly darker center. didn't pour with much of a head, it's not even a thin lacing on top. would have been nicer with a bit more head

s: caramel, dough, grass, a slightly sweet berry-like aroma. finish is a touch grassy/earthy. fairly simple on the aroma

t: sticky caramel, very light molasses, lemongrass, fresh dough, a big hit of earthy grass and that generic lager flavor we all know. there is also a sharp hit of herbal bitterness at the back of the tongue here. i could do without the bitterness in an oktoberfest

m: medium mouthfeel, with an almost sticky presence as well. carbonation level is pretty high, despite the lack of head

o: in this beer are many of the flavors i enjoy in an Oktoberfest, especially the malts. its sweet without being too sweet. however, i think there is a touch too much bitterness in here. while hops are nice to cut the sweetness, i think they stand out just a touch too much. enjoyable still, but not the best i've had

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Photo of chrishiker1409
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Copper with a light white finger of head which recedes quickly.

S: A faint caramel.

T: Caramel, burnt malts.

F: Moderate carbonation, medium body. Goes down smooth.

O: Very well done but a couple notches down from paulaner and ayinger, but better than most american festbiers.

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Photo of keithmurray
3.42/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - burnt orange/ copper body with white head

Smell - not much here, little bit of caramel

Taste - bit of caramel upfront , malts, bread

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium carbonation, slightest of caramel sweetness upfront, in the back end is a hop bitterness that lingers

Overall - decent iteration of an American Marzen, suffers from a lingering hop bitterness. Worth a shot

Price Point - $1.99/ 12 oz single

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Photo of GabrielEVH
4.01/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The aroma of toasted crust jumped out at me following the pour. Nice malt profile that goes to balanced bitterness for the flavor. The bitterness can almost be conceived as blackened bread, which works well, IMO. Carb was a little over the top but not enough to substantially detract from the beer.

I'd definitely drink this one again.

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

Photo of HermitDan
3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After enjoying the old world, classic lager styles Von Trapp has released in the last few years, Im very surprised I had not yet reviewed it.....

12 oz bottle into an imperial pint glass

Dark honey amber color, slightly hazy with some hanging yeast left over bits directly floating in the middle. A substantial white foam cap keeps good coverage with a bit of lace around.

A very malty aroma, honey and malted barley sweetness, light caramel, herbal and green earthy hop scent keeps it all interesting. A sour and buttery lager yeast thing to round out a rather robust nose.

The flavor is very bold and delivers high malty complexity for the style. The malt is straight fire! Caramel and honey with a full on mouthfeel and flavor. Dark wheat and grains ride in latet, balanced out with a fun, earthy and green tasting hop. Sour and herbal, slightly dry tones from the classic yeast keeps it real.

Annually, one of the best Fest beers available, especially if you like traditional.

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

Photo of EnthusedAboutBeer
3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jacobob10
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle.

Pours medium amber and clear with the slightest of haze to it. Large head upon pouring that dies down a little too quickly. There has been a fair amount of sediment at the bottom of each of the bottles from my 6-pack, which I don't believe I've ever seen in an Oktoberfest before. Nothing wrong with that, likely the result from being unfiltered.

Very mild aroma with light bready malt and spicy hops. Smooth, fresh malt flavor with a noticeable bitterness at the tail end. Pretty robust hop character for the style, in fact. The bitterness prevents it from finishing soft as I would have liked, but at least it's not sweet like so many American-made Oktoberfests. Medium-bodied and feels slightly on the thin side.

No real flaws in the beer, but I had higher hopes. A little more restraint in the bitterness and a fuller, richer malt body could really take this beer to great places.

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Photo of jlindros
3.29/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a light fizzy bubbly head that fades at a med pace, very little lacing, hazy tan orange color.

Nose a hint of lagering, sweet caramel like toasty malts, plenty of sweet malts, a hint of fruity lager notes, little biscuity,

Taste brings more sweet malts, caramel sweet malt with an almost pumpkin spice thing with it, fruity lager notes, biscuity malts, toasted grainy reddish malt, a little lager softness, little grassy herbal bitterness, caramel lingering, dry but fairly bitter finish.

Mouth is med bod, little syrupy, a bit of soft lager, decent fluffy carb.

Overall not very impressed, their other lagers are usually fairly well done, but this misses a lot of Oktoberfest styles, too sweet and candy/caramel like for one, too thick and too much on the darker malts, too weird spice thing, too much bitterness, not lagered greatly, a lot to say meh to.

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Photo of PhineasMcClintock
3.69/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of tempest
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Solid brew, I'd have another, but it lacks that extra layer of flavor that sets the great Ofests apart. It's caramel malts with a doughy underpinning, and quite smooth, not too thick like a lot of American Ofests. Worth trying if you find it.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle. Pours orange with tall, long-lasting, fluffy white head. Aroma is of some hops and bready, caramel malt. Body is medium and slightly crisp. Herbal hops, grain, biscuit and caramel malt fill the mouth. Finish is long and dry. Very good brew.

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Photo of ScaryEd
3.59/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear copper color with 1 finger of effervescent off-white head. Has moderate retention and lacing.

The aroma brings tons of roasted malts and cereal grains, with a faint touch of honey. The back end is subtly spicy.

The flavor is very bready and grainy with a hint of caramel. The hops are present on the finish.

The feel is medium-light bodied with a ton of prickly carbonation. Very crisp.

Overall, a pretty good marzen lager. It's a bit generic and disappointing considering the brewer, but it's still solid and worth trying.

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Photo of lic217
4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Light orangeish red, with small white head, very clear
Smell: Mostly malt, with a touch of spicey hops
Taste: Starts sweet and malty, ends with an assertive spicey flowery bitterness
Feel: Easy to drink, refreshing, but not thin
Overall: A great Octoberfest, maybe a little bit too hoppy and bitter

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