Von Trapp Trosten Lager | von Trapp Brewing

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Von Trapp Trosten LagerVon Trapp Trosten Lager

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von Trapp Brewing
Vermont, United States

Style: Schwarzbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Trosten Bier. Translates to "comfort beer" A black lager with notes of roast and smoke. Rich flavor up front that finishes smooth and clean.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.55/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz. bottle

Pours dark maroon near black with a dense creamy light tan foam head. Smells like sweet smoked malts, char, ash, chocolate, roasted coffee, dark toasted bready malts, caramel, molasses, toffee, brown sugar, spice, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes like balanced sweet and smoky malts, some char, ash, chocolate, roasted coffee, dark toasted bready malts, caramel, molasses, toffee, brown sugar, spice, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels medium bodied, creamy and smooth with moderate crisp carbonation. Overall a real nice schwarzbier.

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Photo of chrishiker1409
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours black with a tan head.

S: Smoky, nutty.

T: Follows nose. A nice amount of smokiness. There's even a nice touch of hop bitterness and a light tartness on the finish.

F: Medium body, moderate to highly carbonated.

O: When I see this again, I will pick some more up.

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Photo of atomicbeer
4.29/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12oz bottle into glass. Dark brown with beige head that recedes to a collar. aroma may be the best attribute of this beer: it is Fantastic! A little alder/beech smoke, malted nut milk, and just a hint of grassy hop in the nose. Flavor follows aroma with smoke building with each sip and the hop tang at the back end just right. Creamy and medium full in the mouth. Wow, this is a winner. Gotta find me more.

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Photo of ScaryEd
4.34/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured on tap at the brewery.

Pours a deep dark brown with a finger of peppery-tan head. Leaves a good amount of lacing.

The aroma brings loads of roasted grains and nuttiness. Has a nice, lingering smokiness. Subtle notes of caramel and chocolate on the back end.

The taste starts off lightly smokey, with some notes of roasted grains and bready malt not far behind. The finish has a good amount of caramel before a subtle kiss of hops coat the tongue. Great flavor and balance.

The feel is medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation. Goes down very smooth with some faint dryness that keeps you coming back for more.

Overall, a fantastic dark lager that is both flavorful and highly drinkable. One of the best examples of the style I've had.

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Photo of seedyone
4.59/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Well made is the first thing tha comes to mind. The texture, aroma & flavors all fit together so well, you know the brewers know their stuff. Everything is really substantial but nothing crowds tthe stage.

Nice tan recedes to minor lacing & disappates on the way. The smokeness is more of a flavor then an aroma, which is rarely the case.

Great, smooth, unbitter, not sweet...adult beverage. I could drink this all day.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: opaque, but crystal clear if held to the light; cola brown with ruby highlights at the edges; 1 finger light khaki head that receded quickly to a thin collar; no lacing;

S: mild smokiness; deeply roasted grain;

T: follows the nose from start to finish; very mild bitterness at the end;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish;

O: smoke is very well done - noticeable, but not like licking an ashtray;

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.36/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Consumed 12/6/16

A: Pours dark brown with some medium brown around the edges - some clarity - pours with a medium size, beige head, fades to a few wisps of a cap, maintains a small collar and leaves some nice lacing

S: Lovely smoke aroma with some really nice depth - great amount of smoke, not too mild, not too extreme - burnt malts, char, touches of leather, smoked malt, smoked meat - some nice sweetness to balance out the smoke, burnt sugar, molasses, caramel

T: Less smoke than the aroma suggests, but still nicely smoky - smoke, smoked malts, smoked meat, char, brunt malts - some lager yeast and lightly spicy herbal hops - grains, caramel malts, dark caramel, burnt sugar, molasses, toffee - remarkably clean considering the style - medium amount of burnt bitterness

M: Medium body, creamy, smooth, dry finish

O: Comfort beer night

My interest in smoked beers is finicky, to say the least. But I like this. It's just the right amount of smoke. I'm not shocked, as von Trapp makes such consistently great lagers.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Von Trapp Brewing "Trösten Lager"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "BEST BY 03/12/16" sampled 3 months late on 06/17/16...
purchased for $1.80 @ 802 BWS, Burlington, VT on 06/06/16

Despite the age I don't find any oxidation in this wonderful beer. I'm assuming that it's at least only partially filtered as it seemed to have a yeast pour, which probably helped.

It's an opaque brown-black in the glass beneath a rocky head of tan. Unfortunately the head retention and lacing leave much to be desired. The nose is delicately smoky and softly roasty, backed by notes of dark chocolate. The flavor is fuller and richer, and turns things around by offering a gently sweetish note of chocolate that becomes the main component edged by roastiness, some grassy and herbal hops, and light smokiness. It's balanced by a stiff bitterness, and it finishes soft and dry with the aforementioned notes lingering gently. It would have been easy to let this one finish roughly, but it's really quite smooth. The smokiness lingers on past everything else, reminding you to take another sip but never really building on the palate. Really nicely done. Very well balanced. Worth trying.

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Photo of billybob
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

pours almost black with a dark tan one finger head and a spotty lace both fading fairly quickly. light aromas of roasted malt and old coffee. taste is same but on the light side with a slight bitter finish. mouthfeel is light , carbonation is good and hides the alcohol well.

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Photo of smcolw
3.49/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Near black color, light passes near the edge. Beige head, small, settles to rim bubbles. Find spots on the glass for lace.

Leans sweet like molasses. I get a bit of burnt barley.

First impression comes from the swallow where I get definite smoke. Dry finish. Highly carbonated with a moderate to light body. Mild start to the taste. Harsh burnt aftertaste with continued smokiness.

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Photo of brureview
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark opaque chocolate brown color with a 3F head in a Pilsner glass.

A good roasted malt aroma, some fruit. The aroma waned slightly after a few minutes.

Good carbonation, malty, and light body.

The taste transitions from the aroma: roasted malt with a good bitter finish.

Overall: an enjoyable Schwartzbier. Quite drinkable. The roasted malt becomes more intense with warming.

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Photo of jlindros
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Tap at rail trail in Hudson.

Big creamy fluffy head, very dark brown color.

Nose toasty brown malts, little chocolate cocoa, caramel, faint coffee, lager crispness, layered soft malts, nice smoky.

Taste tons of smoke, little campfire, fair smoked meat or cheese, little choc and cocoa, little roasty coffee, hint creamy, brown toasty malts, fair bitterness, soft lager feel. Finish drier crisp like, fair bitterness, lingering smoke and choc.

Mouth is med to lighter bod, nice carb, soft crisp lager.

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Photo of edward_boumil
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: Dark black, opaque. Head is light tan, leaves behind a touch of lace
S: Robust chocolate notes, not the acrid or burnt notes common of a porter but remincient.
T: Somewhat reminicient of a smoked porter or a rauchbier, but milder. Has a little of the classic cereal grain character of a lager but not as many of the subtleties or notes. Perhaps they are covered by the chocolate notes. Also definate hints of smoke but not nearly strong enough to say its a rauchbier.
F: Smooth and easy drinking, somewhat lighter than a stout but definately drinks a bit heavier than a classic schwarzbier. Has a somewhat silky body that goes back easy though
O: Quite a nice beer. If you are looking for a classic schwarz this is a bit different through it definately pays good homage to the classics. Also a great beer in its own right. Another great one by Von Trapp

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Photo of cbutova
3.74/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- 12oz bottle into a narrow tumbler revealing a deep brown body and a off white foamy head. After reaching over two fingers high the cap slowly recedes to a foamy ring depositing spotty lacing.

S- A malty aroma smack dab between the realms of smoky and toasty. Charred wood, molasses, caramel, campfire, toasted nuts and slight raisin come to mind.

T- Opens up with an initial burst of smoking campfire wood, toasted nuts and caramel up front. This leads into hints of brown sugar, molasses, cocoa nibs, raisin and dates. A light sweetness and certainly a spotlight for malts.

MF- Crisp and foamy medium body a shade towards the light side of things. Plenty of carbonation bringing on a slight creaminess. Smoky malts linger on the palate with a hint of bitterness.

Well brewed lager without any obvious flaws allowing a spotlight for smoked malts atop a bed of toasted grains. Drinks easily but packs plenty of flavor with nuttiness, caramel and smoke as the key players. Something to warm up with on a winter night.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the bottle, it pours very dark with a tan head. A bit of smoke (rauch) in the nose. Great! Taste is yummy as well, but I like more smoke! Enjoyable!

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Photo of Sheppard
4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with tan head. This was a bit surprising. Hints of smoke and campfire in the aroma. Definitely a lot of ham in this but there is some richness. Slightly thin. A very nice smoked lager.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.19/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a lager glass.

A: Dark chestnut brown color. Pillowy beige head retains beautifully. Lacing is sticky and clumpy.

S: Rich dark caramel and molasses. Cola. A touch grassy and herbal. Traces of roast and some woody smoke.

T: Caramel and molasses sweetness sets in early. Cola. Coffee and mild roast. Blanket of woody smoke envelopes everything. A little steely. Grassy and herbal/spicy hops bring the sweetness into balance just enough. Sweet and smokey finish.

M: medium bodied. Full and rich mouthfeel. Very creamy and velvety, chewy. Fine-bubbled carbonation adds a crisp bite.

O: Great stuff. Full of flavor and rich in body. It still sits lightly enough in the stomach to justify multiple pints. This really hit the spot on a cold late fall day.

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft, had a couple of pints. Black in color, decent head. Slightly roasty aroma. Taste is nice balance between dry and sweet. Full bodied for a lager.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.39/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours two shades shy of black with a loose, 1/8th inch, off-white head that quickly dissipates into a dollop of cream and a cluster of bubbles. Nose expresses soft cocoa notes and a hint of something pruney/vinous/raisiny. Taste follows nose; however, it all comes off dull with a bit of ashiness and smoke. The cocoa is more in the background, with the fruitiness more in the foreground. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a brisk carbonation. Overall, missing the pleasant roasty/cocoa notes associated with the style and substituted with a more ashy/acrid character and some fruity/dunkel notes.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

1l swingtop growler. Thanks Matt!

A: Black body, brown highlights, thin cap of frothy tan foam. Poor retention, spotty lace. No better than average.

S: Smoky, with dark fruit (raisins, plums), and whole grain bread crust. Really nice.

T: Breadiness and minerality up front, with dark fruit behind. Scotch-like smokiness ahead of a clean finish. Great.

M: Smooth, slick, light-to-medium body; low carbonation. Just ok.

O: Really enjoyable Schwarzbier; I've love to try it on tap at the brewpub someday.


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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

easily the best schwarzbier ive encountered. pours a thick flat chocolate brown color with a nitro look and feel to it. the nose is chocolate malt, lots of roast and some coffee in there as well. not bitter at all, but very rich and earthy, more body than im used to in the style, and a really lovely creamy texture all the way though this. more chocolate than coffee in terms of flavor, with the roasty barley also contributing a lot of flavor and body. usually these beers seem thin and filling at the same time, while this one is thick like a milkshake yet infinitely sessionable. the first trapp beer ive had, but I am keen to try as many as I can get my hands on this summer. the quality of this brew is just incredible, never had a schwarzbier like this, and I would highly recommend it to anyone interested in a totally unique dark beer. would love to get this into my regular fall lineup.

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Photo of BeerIsland
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I appreciated my daughter bringing a milk crate of Trapp lagers home for me and this is the first one I've cracked. The Trosten is a unique beer, quite unlike anything I've had. The smoke in this 1 liter flippy (is this really a growler?) was a little more prominent than I expected but still well balanced. The aroma is a bit more dark chocolate with nice the malt notes. There wasn't too much of a head the day after opening but there was only about 12 oz left in the bottle so I wasn't expecting long lasting fluff. This is a great beer to drink for a session on a snowy day; either sharing this generous package keeping all to one's self. Trosten translates more like solace than comfort although I think I understand what the Germans mean. Take off your shoes, put up your feet, and enjoy this beer from these excellent lager makers.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stopped into the brewpub on 07APR12 after a bit of hiking around the area with Alewife. Opted for a stein of this to slake my thirst. Says it's currently at 5.40% ABV.

Poured a deep, dark brown. The head was a fine layer of beige bubbles, thinning quickly yet leaving some wispy lacing. Had a lightly roasty nose, with some traces of sweetness. A bit of prickle hit the tongue, with the body being about medium overall.

Flavor, too, had some light sweetness, with a hint of caramel before getting into some good roasty bitterness. There was also a subtle smokey character present as it faded into some pleasant floral hoppiness at the finish. Solid and tasty; a good session bier. Prosit!

3.9/5 rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


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Photo of Ninjabrew
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Outstanding take on the style. Never been a huge fan of lagers but when I grab one it's usually a schwarzbier. This one is the mother of all schwarzbiers.

Appearance. Had this one on at the lodge lounge itself a very dimly lit place, but it seemed pretty black with just the right amount of head.

Smell. Not overly big on smell but I could it would dry.

Taste. Great smokey dry taste. Not overly smoked and it does not taste or smell like a wet bandage like many smokey beers. Some lingering cocoa nibs taste, chocolate taste but not sweet.

Mouthfeel and drink ability were excellent. Good carbonation levels and you really don't taste any alcohol.

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Photo of tempest
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a glass at the Farmhouse in Burlington VT. This was a little thicker, but not unreasonable. There's a big cocoa character, but it's dry and hardly sweet. It's a richer take on the style, and after also recently enjoying Flatbread/Zero Gravity's sub-4% schwarz, I can appreciate the benefits of a bigger beer. The extra chocolate candy and roasted barley create a wonderfully complex take on the style.

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