von Trapp Brewing

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German Märzen / Oktoberfest
Ranked #26
Ranked #18,217
3.87 | pDev: 8.79%
von Trapp Brewing
Vermont, United States
Very Good
Notes: Brewed with a blend of light and dark Munich
Malts. Caramel and toffee notes linger but are
balanced by the subtle hops additions in this
beer. We use Hallertau and Tettnanger hops to
add a floral yet peppery aroma to our take on
this traditional fest beer
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Reviews by thekevlarkid:
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4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
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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thekevlarkid from Maryland, Feb 21, 2011
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4.16/5  rDev +7.5%
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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Premo88 from Texas, Sep 03, 2018
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4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
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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4.22/5  rDev +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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joe1510 from Illinois, Oct 04, 2018
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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 PatrickCT
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
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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PatrickCT from Connecticut, Oct 19, 2017
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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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Jason from Massachusetts, Nov 03, 2015
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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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Jwale73 from Rhode Island, Oct 03, 2010
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4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
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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drtth from Pennsylvania, Aug 28, 2017
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4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

ElGallo from New Hampshire, Sep 27, 2016
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3.42/5  rDev -11.6%
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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keithmurray from Connecticut, Sep 23, 2017
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

djrn2 from New Jersey, Oct 21, 2017
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4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Amber-orange in color with good clarity. Three fingers of bubbly white head. Great retention and sticky, webby lacing.

S: Sweet and toasty malt aromas feel like the traditional Munich, Vienna, and Pilsner varieties. Clean. Grassy hops. Good and authentic.

T: Toasty grain and layered malty sweetness. Very clean. Grassy and spicy hops balance perfectly. Drying finish.

M: Medium bodied. Light creamy and malty smooth feel glides over the tongue. Crisp carbonation.

O: An impressive and very authentic Oktoberfest lager. Clean, tasty, and quaffable. Spot on for the style. One of the best I've had in a while actually.

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ryan1788a5 from Massachusetts, Sep 18, 2015
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4.59/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

parris from Massachusetts, Oct 02, 2015
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3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Teku glass. Looks semi opaque burnt orange color. Much carbonation, fast receding off white foamy head.Smell is of faint apple,mild toffee, some hops. Taste is different than I expected. Seems spicier than most Marzens with a black pepper taste, some bread crust notes. Overall well worth trying.

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Claude-Irishman from New Jersey, Aug 20, 2019
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3.37/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

ricknelson from Vermont, Oct 24, 2015
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3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Klister from Maine, Sep 03, 2019
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

patrick802 from Vermont, May 04, 2014
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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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BranfordBound from Connecticut, Sep 29, 2015
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3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

TheGent from New Jersey, Sep 15, 2018
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4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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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lic217 from Connecticut, Aug 30, 2017
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3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Tschnab from New York, Nov 09, 2015
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3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Copper colored with a quarter inch of creamy brown on top. Heavy lacing. I'm smelling lightly toasted malt. I taste lightly toasted malt with a light nutiness. The mouth is very smooth and creamy.

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Franziskaner from Missouri, Nov 18, 2019
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4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery

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4.09/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Manfrombelmonty from Massachusetts, Oct 21, 2018
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