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 TheBigBoy:
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Reviewed by TheBigBoy from Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Smokey & Bacon sum it up. I actually enjoyed this one event though I detest smokey beers. Nice and hearty was good for one, novelty may fall off after another, give this one a try.
Dec 19, 2022
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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: 3.75 by BeerWasp from Germany

Feb 17, 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