Oktoberfest | von Trapp Brewing

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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.

Added by kingcrowing on 09-22-2010

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Ratings: 146 |  Reviews: 52
Reviews by thekevlarkid:
Photo of thekevlarkid
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Off tap at the lodge itself this beer was a clear/amber color with two fingers worth of khaki-colored head. The retention was good as a collar and the lacing in thin bands. The aroma was sweet with lots of caramel, toasted malt, bread and some hints of nuts. The flavors were quite similar with a sweet, malty core buttressed by toasted grains, hazelnuts, caramelized sugars, a little butter (diaceytal) and a slightly grainy, dry finish. The grainy aftertaste lingered pleasantly on my tongue. The mouthfeel was creamy, the body medium and the carbonation perfect.

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More User Reviews:
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 TheGent
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

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