Oktoberfest | von Trapp Brewing

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von Trapp Brewing
Vermont, United States

Style: 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.

Added by kingcrowing on 09-22-2010

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Ratings: 130 |  Reviews: 44
Reviews by Wizzman:
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3.76/5  rDev -2.1%

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Photo of Jason
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
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 SomethingClever
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
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 drtth
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The clear dark amber, almost copper colored beer pours into a Duvel glass with a fluffy 1/2" bubbly white head that soon recedes to some islands of foam on the surface and leaves a 1/4" high ring of bubbled lacing around the glass. Sipping creates some arches of foam that turn into scattered spots and small legs of lacing. Eventually there’s virtually no head remaining.

The aromas are reasonably complex and include some toasted bready malt with the hops showing some some grassy and herbal character in the background.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose with lots of toasted bready malt backed up by the grassy, herbal hops. The sweetness from the malt shows most of the time but the hop bitterness is always noticeably there as well.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and and mostly smooth but also slightly crisp with the light, persistent carbonation. The finish begins as the toasted bready malt and its sweetness begin to recede while the herbal grassy bitterness persists for a while longer as it too gradually fades away into the background for a clean, crisp and dry ending.

Over all this seems a reasonably well made beer that I'll probably have again. The hops seem a bit more forward than might be expected from the style but not unpleasantly so.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.88/5  rDev +1%
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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Photo of woodchipper
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
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 Cavanaghty
3/5  rDev -21.9%
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 kingcrowing
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap poured into a plastic pint glass.

Pours a nice deep amber with a small thin light brown head. Nose is light, sweet and malty.

Taste is crisp and malty with a really biscuity. Mouthfeel us full and thick. Very easy drinking as it should be. Decent example.

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Photo of BranfordBound
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
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 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 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 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 Chuck_IPA_Mathus
2/5  rDev -47.9%

Photo of Kegatron
3.72/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ricknelson
3.37/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.59/5  rDev -6.5%
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 trevorpost
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of puboflyons
3.34/5  rDev -13%
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 twillingthenoz
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 PJCarnell
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nebula1999
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of edmiglia
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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

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