Von Trapp Trosten Lager | von Trapp Brewing

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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.

Added by Brad007 on 11-23-2010

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.36/5  rDev +9.3%
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 +15%
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 +4.5%
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 -12.3%

Photo of JoeB51982
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of dacrza1
3.36/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

DATE: February 9, 2018... OCCASION: kicking off the Winter Olympics in Pyeong Chang... GLASSWARE: PSU pilsner... pours a coal-black body,--almost cola--with a clumpy, pillowy oatmeal-colored head that occupies a finger's worth of the glass consistently... roasted malts come straight across as smoke, borderlining on the bacon, but with a slight plasticine/rubber scent mingling... light lactic scents too... first sip is medium-bodied, solid, textured at its finish, though a surprisingly creaminess softens the experience.... light to little carbonation... the flavor is cola sweet, with some milky and vanilla hints... light peat, medium smoke, and some phenol for a distraction--the light chocolate and hearty fruits make a late push--in all, I wish I had more than one to test its drinkability, but this one reads well at 6% ABV and rewards with little nuance but consistent flavor...

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Photo of KenC
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of nkersten
4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
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 +1.5%
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 +2.8%
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 +7.8%
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 +0.3%
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 Lone_Freighter
3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a pilsener glass. The appearance was a dark brown close to black color with a one and a half foamy off-white to tan head. Light foamy lacing stuck around the sides of the glass nicely. The smell started with a delicate amount of sweet milk chocolate sliding into a graceful smokiness. Light roasty edges balance it out. The taste was semi-sweet and roasty initially bringing in the smoke to balance. Light bready/yeastiness flows nicely into the grand scheme of things. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium with a nice score of level maltiness sliding over my tongue. Overall, really nice Winter "comfort" lager well worthy of returning to in colder weather.

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Photo of TheGent
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of OatmattStout
4.39/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this is a really excellent version of schwarzbier. Beautiful light born thick chunky head. nice dark color with a red hue in the light. what a nose on this beer of roasted malt. mild coco and chocolate. a touch of smoke that is perfect in its presence.
starts with a sweetness up front in palate then you get the roast, chocolate and a nice finish of hop and charred wood .

Love this beer and for someone who swears by Kostritzer the quintessential Schwarzbier I am truly impressed every year I buy this bear.

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Photo of liquorpig
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PJCarnell
4.21/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BTVflatlander
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of hockeypuck
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.54/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a moderately dark black, with a small fluffy head, and not much lacing.

This smells lightly smokey, with dark chocolate, light fruity yeast, and floral hops.

This really only makes me sad about how few breweries attempt to make black lagers. It's a delicious style, and this version is done very well. It's got a wonderfully warm, toasty, and smokey flavor, with black bread, dark chocolate, and lightly floral hops all mixing together very well.

This is nicely creamy, with a good level of drinkability.

I could drink a lot of this. It also makes me sad that I only had one bottle.

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Photo of ScaryEd
4.34/5  rDev +8.8%
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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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of BGsWo22
2.5/5  rDev -37.3%

Photo of IBUBrew
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Majestic
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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