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%
 
 
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2
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10
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Ratings: 85 |  Reviews: 28
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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 oriolesfan4
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 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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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 Rifugium
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 duceswild
3/5  rDev -25.9%

Photo of chippo33
2.5/5  rDev -38.3%

Photo of liamt07
4/5  rDev -1.2%

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 LoveStout
3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of Kelp
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of costanzo_mike
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BGsWo22
2.5/5  rDev -38.3%

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 Brad007
3.86/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Description says "big black lager with a hint of smoke."

Pours a dark brown/black color into my glass with a one-finger head.

Aroma has a touch of sweet, grainy malt in the nose. Inviting but not roasty!

Wow, sweet grainy malt dominates the mouth, followed by just a hint of smoke.

Mouthfeel has much of the malt lingering back there. One gripe: it feels kind of thin.

They nail it on the head here. Drinkable and as good of as example as you'll find in VT at least!

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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 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 bobv
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PatGreer
3.91/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 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.

Cheers!

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Von Trapp Trosten Lager from von Trapp Brewing
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