Von Trapp Oktoberfest | von Trapp Brewing

very good
96 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: 96 |  Reviews: 28
Reviews by the Alström Bros:
Photo of Jason
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
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%
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 Jwale73
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
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 -8.3%
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 -22.5%
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 -1.6%
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%
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 Chuck_IPA_Mathus
2/5  rDev -48.3%

Photo of Kegatron
3.72/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ricknelson
3.37/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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 trevorpost
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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 twillingthenoz
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PJCarnell
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of edmiglia
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On at von Trapp Brewing in Stowe, VT.

This one pours a clear dark orange, with a small, and a bit of lacing.

This smells maybe a little bit too hoppy for the style, but I still enjoy it- it's just not quite traditional. I get some awesome spicy and grassy hops on the nose, with a toasty, and slightly sweet malt backbone.

This has to be one of my favorite American Oktoberfest renditions. There's a nice crisp spicy hoppiness up front, that lingers for a while on the finish. The lingering bitterness is what makes me feel this is a little too hoppy to be truly and utterly German. The malt backbone is nice, light sweetness, toasted and grainy bread.

This finishes quite cleanly, with a crisp mouthfeel, and a normal amount of carbonation.

von Trapp just absolutely nails German styles, and this is another great example. If the bitterness on the finish was curtailed, this would probably be the best American rendition of the style.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.11/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Clear copper pour with zero head/retention/lacing. Looks kinda silly without any foam on top. Aroma starts to make up for the appearance, with some nice caramel, bread, and slight floral notes. Flavor is even better, full of nice malt breadiness. Very little carbonation is to my liking, making for a very smooth semi-sweet finish. One of the better of the style I've sampled.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.49/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jbfarris
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of LeRose
3.49/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Great color and clarity on the pour from the bottle with a nice, thick white head atop a dark gold, slightly coppery/gold body. The head falls to a thin ring with lots of cling.

On the nose, some bready malt, and what I would say are floral hops, sweetness like caramel. A pleasant aroma.

The taste and mouth feel are not what I was expecting. It is malty, but it strike me as a sourdough vibe going on. Not sour or soured...just reminds me of the bread. Sweetness underneath that, then I get a pretty hefty peppery note that I enjoy, and bitterness with some floral and grassy hay hops.

The feel is tingly in the sense of peppery, very drying, and almost chalk or glue-like on the finish. Not a clean finish in my opinion - there is some residual "feel" that I find unpleasant like raw bread dough. Kind of an annoying mouth feel overall, honestly. To me, it has a light body, low carbonation.

Overall, not a bad beer, seems to slightly miss the mark for some the style descriptors, particularly in the body. The texture and feel of the beer were off-putting and unpleasant to me. Glad to try, but I can't enthusiatically recommend seeking this one out. It looked fantastic on the pour and that set an expectation, but things unraveled a bit from that point.

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Photo of patrick802
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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