thornecb (5815) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 18, 2016
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours gold into a shaker. Bright white head with good retention recedes leaving scant sheets. Caramel and put fruit aromas. Soft with sour citrus and dusty caramel upfront turning to sour, bitter earth in the lasting finish.
Slipstream (2566) - USA - OCT 15, 2016
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
On tap at Sugarbush. Oktoberfest is here! And it looks like the Von Trapp place has joined the growing list of VT craft breweries. This has a yeasty, brown bread flavor. Pretty dry with plenty of grain, and not a lot of aroma. There is something a little unattractive in here - it is a little too yeasty imo - but it’s OK overall.
puboflyons (3328) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 2, 2016
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with no date that I can see. Copper-yellow in color with a big foamy head that long-lasting head. Busy carbonation. The aroma has a toasted malt character with and otherwise clean. The body is medium or better. The taste tends to have a soapiness with those toasted malts. But the malts should be more forward than I’m getting. There is still an odd lemongrass like bitter finale.
AirForceHops (6953) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 29, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle shared by Willrunforbeer, much thanks! Almost clear orange in color liquid. Aroma is lager yeast, (the essence of old malt) bread and English toffee.
The flavor didn’t surprise me one bit. Toasted grain, light caramel, and a bready yeast. Body is lighter side of medium. Astringent after taste without any real hop flavor. Serviceable.
WillRunForBeer (2579) - Massachusetts, USA - SEP 29, 2016
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle from CBC. Pours copper with an off white head. Aroma is babana, caramel, light clove. Full body with flavor of banana, caramel, bread dough. Prickly carbonation. Moderate astringency in the finish.
damzz (490) - Massachusetts, USA - DEC 6, 2015
3.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
It’s not the usual sweet fest beer. It has some malt sweetness but its bitterness makes it a robust version of the fest beer. Von Trapp has interesting versions of classic lager styles. 12 oz bottle in a variety pacl
canary dog (760) - Rutland, Vermont, USA - NOV 15, 2015
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The typical caramel malts one should expect are present in this brew. However, I found the finish to be dull and almost stale.
micmillon18 (37) - Massachusetts, USA - OCT 28, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle into a pint glass. Best by date reads "12/26/2015"
Aroma - Bready malts, some caramel.
Appearance - Golden color. Thin off white head with little retention.
Taste - Replicates the nose. Bready malt flavors, touches of caramel, graham cracker? Herbal hops play almost a co-starring role as opposed to the supporting sort you see in many marzens. Not bad, just different. Finishes dry with lasting herbal hop bitterness.
Palate - Light to medium bodied. Dry with snappy carbonation.
Overall - A very solid offering though nothing really wows me. The slightly more assertive hop character was interesting though.
tekstr1der (476) - New Hampshire, USA - OCT 11, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear copper pour with zero head/retention/lacing. Looks kinda silly without any foam on top. Aroma starts to make up for the appearance, with some nice caramel, bread, and slight floral notes. Flavor is even better, full of nice malt breadiness. Very little carbonation is to my liking, making for a very smooth semi-sweet finish. One of the better of the style I’ve sampled.
vodka4blood (144) - Miltonboro, Vermont, USA - SEP 30, 2015
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Howler/ mini-growler from Growler Garage, emptying step: it’s yummy & I was hoping that this would be one of the brewery’s best products, seeing as it’s a German immigrant family’s operation.... Better than the other one I’ve rated here, but I can still tell that it’s not a true Marzen from deutschland, so call it a mixed review? October actually starts in September in Germany, so it’ll be that much sooner until Weihenstephaner 1000 in 2040! See you there