Von Trapp Trosten Lager | von Trapp Brewing

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
von Trapp Brewing
Vermont, United States
vontrappbrewing.com

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.

Added by Brad007 on 11-23-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
85
Reviews:
28
Avg:
4.05
pDev:
9.63%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
10
For Trade:
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Ratings: 85 |  Reviews: 28
Reviews by Bierman9:
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 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 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 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 acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of JoeB51982
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of KenC
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of nkersten
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Was lucky enough to try a couple versions of this, review will be for the earlier version since the newest one was not quite done. Poured into Trapp Lager pilsner glass (very cool glassware), color is black with brown edges and an off white head, decent retention especially for the style. Smell is grainy and a bit roasted with some smokey undertones, slight hop presence but for the most part this is dominated by the malts. Taste is a great balance of raw grains, lightly smoked malts, and breadiness. Slight hop bitterness in the finish, very light and clean. Mouthfeel is light bodied with a medium active carbonation. These guys are making some excellent lagers, and this might be their best. A very drinkable beer, I love the subtle smoke flavors - perfect for the winter.

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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 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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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 Kegatron
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ The Farmhouse (Burlington, VT) on 2/19/11. Served in a Weizen glass.

Pours a deep brown/near black (you can just make out some ruby along the bottom) with a ½ finger of mocha colored head. This retains with a thin filmy creaminess that keeps some richness to it and leaves back foamy spotty lacing. The aroma is floral up front but soon gives way to a sharp blend of acrid smoky roast and green smelling citric character. Light notes of cocoa and caramel add an extra touch of sweet tanginess to nose.

The taste has an assertive green citric bitterness that is initially cut by the sweetness of the malts before a second wave of roasted bitterness swoops in to finish this dry and burnt with some leftover lingering citrus notes. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a smooth and crisp feel the whole way through. Maybe just a touch of underlying thickness is present where most of the malt activity here sits but this was pretty easy drinking overall.

Pretty darn solid Schwarzbier here, with just the right amount of well balanced roast and hop character that gave this a crisp and flavorful bite but without being overly aggressive with the bitterness. I will say that the roasted malts here did have an extra bit of a burnt smoky edge to that that really set this apart. Good stuff here from Trapp Family Lodge.

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Photo of liquorpig
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PJCarnell
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BTVflatlander
4/5  rDev -1.2%

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 ChipMurray
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of BGsWo22
2.5/5  rDev -38.3%

Photo of Majestic
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 liamt07
4/5  rDev -1.2%

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 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 patrick802
4/5  rDev -1.2%

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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