von Trapp Brewing

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von Trapp Brewing
Vermont, United States
Ranked #31
Ranked #9,373
4.03 | pDev: 9.43%
Mar 11, 2024
Nov 23, 2010
Trösten, translating to “comforting”, is a dark lager with rich notes of chestnut and toast. Carafa and smoked malts create rich flavors lingering on a surprisingly light, smooth finish. Brewed for the cold winter nights in Vermont, but can be enjoyed on any occasion.

19 IBU
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Ratings by BeerWasp:
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Rated by BeerWasp from Germany

3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Feb 17, 2023
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Rated: 4.02 by SebastianOwl from Massachusetts

Mar 11, 2024
Rated: 4.02 by ajdemma from New York

Feb 17, 2024
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Rated by Tolianych_Pivomnabuhanych from Vermont

4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
An uncharacteristically decent offering by Von Crapp.

A seasonal winter brew, dark, rich, with notes of caramel and toffee.

Feb 12, 2024
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Reviewed by russpowell from Arkansas

4.36/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Pours an effervescent chestnut/mahogany with a thumb of tan head. Good head retention & lacing

S: Smokeyness, brown bread, some molasses & anise notes once warm

T: Brown bread, smokeyness, dryness & a touch of anise up front. A little caramel & brown sugar mixes in with the smokeyness & brown bread notes as this beer warms. Finishes dry, smokey & a little carob sweetness & a little bit of woody hops

MF: Medium body, restrained carbonation

Great take on the style, so easy to drink
Jan 29, 2024
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Reviewed by Darkmagus82 from Texas

4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from a can into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a dark brown color with a small head of tan foam. The head has a decent retention, fading over time and leaving a touch of lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma is strong of a toasted and roasted malt smell mixed with some sweeter aromas of caramel and toffee. Along with these smells comes some grainy smells as well as a little bit of a dark fruit of raisin. There is a touch of smoke and a bit of char in there as well, rounding out the smell rather well.
Taste – The taste begins with a sweet and roasty flavor with the sweet being a mix of toffee, brown sugar, and caramel. There are notes of nut and some light cocoa upfront, with the nut getting a bit more intense as the taste advances. At the same time the sweet gets stronger as well, while the roastiness fades a bit. Some light char, smoke, and oak flavors develop more toward the end of the flavor transition on the tongue, and leave one with a moderately roasty and sweeter taste.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is medium in thickness and chewiness with a moderate carbonation level. For the dark nature mixed with the moderate abv, the feel is nice and makes for a nice sipper.
Overall – A rather decent dark lager with a bit more sweetness but a very easy drinking nature.
Jan 20, 2024
Rated: 4.06 by Stignacious from New York

Jan 20, 2024
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Reviewed by crazyspicychef from Pennsylvania

4.64/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
A fine Rauchbier.
Not too heavy on the smoke, with a nice clean finish.
Actually one of the few beers my son liked, and he doesn't yet like beer, he's a whiskey drinker. Don't worry, he's 25.
If you enjoy the rauchbier style, you'll love this.
Jan 03, 2024
Rated: 3.75 by gbiello from Massachusetts

Dec 17, 2023
Rated: 4 by bacher468 from Pennsylvania

Dec 03, 2023
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Reviewed by Beergeeknut from New York

4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Appearance: Well it's nice and dark with great amber hues. The head is frothy and beige and around two fingers thick.

Aroma: So wonderfully smokey. Vanilla, chocolate malt and roasted hop.

Taste: Straight away it's incredibly smooth on the pallet. Heavy smoke, vanilla with a milk sugar notes rounding it out.

Overall: This is definitely a buy again. It's such a treat to find this style. Prost.
Nov 26, 2023
Rated: 3.88 by MJ64 from Mississippi

Nov 21, 2023
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Reviewed by woodchipper from Connecticut

3.63/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Poured from a 12-oz can stamped “BEST 03/09/234, to a tulip glass at fridge temp.
Body is black and a small khaki head of mixed bubbles sits above and quickly fades to a glass hugging ring that laces with a full film that falls quickly by gravity.
Sniffs are full of raisin, caramel, and leaf mulch. Only after a swallow is there a hint of smoke.
Tasting brings dried plums and fig. It's not overly sweet or dry, but somewhere in the middle.
Carbonation seems a little high, and the viscosity is light, but still there is some tongue coating.
Overall, fine and drinkable. I’m at a loss to rate to style other than reading descriptions as this is my first Rauchbier.
Nov 12, 2023
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Reviewed by Lucular from Maryland

4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
10 oz pour at Frisco Taphouse in Crofton, MD. Appearance is medium brown with a moderate head. Aroma and flavor feature light smoked beechwood, hints of cocoa and coffee, and light roasty malts with some earthy/woodsy hops. Smooth, moderately-carbonated mouthfeel. Overall a restrained smoke presence makes this very drinkable.
Apr 24, 2023
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Reviewed by Bitburger from Vermont

4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Without a doubt the best von Trapp beer of all. Deep dark color, not too strong smoke aroma and very drinkable. Had it as part of a flight at von Trapps VT
Apr 01, 2023
Rated: 4.2 by KC_beerman from Missouri

Feb 06, 2023
Rated: 4.38 by DavyJonesXXX from Texas

Jan 08, 2023
Rated: 4.24 by MrDarcy from Massachusetts

Jan 06, 2023
Rated: 3.88 by Budlum from Maryland

Dec 26, 2022
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Reviewed by BitteNochEinWeissbier from Pennsylvania

4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
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ABV: 6 %
Glassware: 0.5 L Weizen Vase (tis what was available)

Clear dark chestnut brown that appears just about black. Ruby/Mahogany hilights can be seen when held to a light. Th e khaki head was 1 finger high (ie, the remaining space in the glass), dense and creamy and stayed around for a while.

A nice but not overpowering or in your face beechwood smoke aroma. Mild notes of smoked bacon and other meats. Roasted malts and toasted dark bread. Some molasses. Note of licorice and star anise. Hints of coffee.

All of the aromas are present here. The roasted malts take center stage as does a sweetish note of molasses and some dark fruits and a perhaps a hint of toasted caramel. Finishes on the dry side with a slight astringency and bitterness.

Crisp but easy to drink. The body is a bit heavier than medium-light.

A very nice take on a Rauchbier. Very drinkable. The smoky notes, including smoked meats, complement the malts nicely. The body could be a bit heavier but it is a tasty brew nonetheless.
Dec 22, 2022