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Von Trapp Trosten Lager | von Trapp Brewing

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3.99/5
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88 Ratings
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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
Ranking:
#6,524
Reviews:
29
Ratings:
88
pDev:
9.52%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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2
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10
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Ratings: 88 |  Reviews: 29
Photo of digitalflood
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Philcassella
4.21/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of heerboth
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of ccryder
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of billybob
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

pours almost black with a dark tan one finger head and a spotty lace both fading fairly quickly. light aromas of roasted malt and old coffee. taste is same but on the light side with a slight bitter finish. mouthfeel is light , carbonation is good and hides the alcohol well.

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Photo of smcolw
3.49/5  rDev -12.5%
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 brureview
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark opaque chocolate brown color with a 3F head in a Pilsner glass.

A good roasted malt aroma, some fruit. The aroma waned slightly after a few minutes.

Good carbonation, malty, and light body.

The taste transitions from the aroma: roasted malt with a good bitter finish.

Overall: an enjoyable Schwartzbier. Quite drinkable. The roasted malt becomes more intense with warming.

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Photo of costanzo_mike
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of tpauer
4.16/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jlindros
4/5  rDev +0.3%
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 JratBones
3.89/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of PatGreer
3.91/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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

L: Dark black, opaque. Head is light tan, leaves behind a touch of lace
S: Robust chocolate notes, not the acrid or burnt notes common of a porter but remincient.
T: Somewhat reminicient of a smoked porter or a rauchbier, but milder. Has a little of the classic cereal grain character of a lager but not as many of the subtleties or notes. Perhaps they are covered by the chocolate notes. Also definate hints of smoke but not nearly strong enough to say its a rauchbier.
F: Smooth and easy drinking, somewhat lighter than a stout but definately drinks a bit heavier than a classic schwarzbier. Has a somewhat silky body that goes back easy though
O: Quite a nice beer. If you are looking for a classic schwarz this is a bit different through it definately pays good homage to the classics. Also a great beer in its own right. Another great one by Von Trapp

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Photo of bobv
4.4/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cbutova
3.74/5  rDev -6.3%
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 BeerAndGasMasks
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the bottle, it pours very dark with a tan head. A bit of smoke (rauch) in the nose. Great! Taste is yummy as well, but I like more smoke! Enjoyable!

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

Photo of Sheppard
4.16/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with tan head. This was a bit surprising. Hints of smoke and campfire in the aroma. Definitely a lot of ham in this but there is some richness. Slightly thin. A very nice smoked lager.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.19/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a lager glass.

A: Dark chestnut brown color. Pillowy beige head retains beautifully. Lacing is sticky and clumpy.

S: Rich dark caramel and molasses. Cola. A touch grassy and herbal. Traces of roast and some woody smoke.

T: Caramel and molasses sweetness sets in early. Cola. Coffee and mild roast. Blanket of woody smoke envelopes everything. A little steely. Grassy and herbal/spicy hops bring the sweetness into balance just enough. Sweet and smokey finish.

M: medium bodied. Full and rich mouthfeel. Very creamy and velvety, chewy. Fine-bubbled carbonation adds a crisp bite.

O: Great stuff. Full of flavor and rich in body. It still sits lightly enough in the stomach to justify multiple pints. This really hit the spot on a cold late fall day.

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Von Trapp Trosten Lager from von Trapp Brewing
Beer rating: 3.99 out of 5 with 88 ratings
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