ganache (6088) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 17, 2017
69th rating for this brew, nice. Bottles from the sampler box. Nose nutty, rich medium-color caramel and a little toast, grain, rich malt; subtle hopcit and touches of earth and grass and toffee in the background. Pour utterly clear dulled golden that's leaned into orange-brown by a shade or two, head is soapy off-white. Taste medium-sweet with low bitterness, medium-full body with mineral impact, malt and light grassy citrus as above. The grassy-grainy combo is really nice here, though I'd prefer that be backed off a little in favor of more malt, though the nuttiness does make itself known. Clean and a little heavy. [2017.12.17: 3.2] TAR (2802) - Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina, USA - OCT 17, 2017
Bottle best by 1/15/17. Misty amber with a golden sheen. Persistent halo of white foam. Clean and airy aroma of minerals, orange oil, lemon, toffee-dabbed nuts, and aniseed-infused sugar cookie. Lively, but tight, carbonation. Snappy and strikingly clean on initial sip, yet balanced by the deceptive weight of richly textured poundcake and crunchy cookie. The vivid snappiness of cookielike toast speaks to the intricate yet finespun maltiness as it dovetails harmoniously with the scrubbing minerals and artfully incorporated hop tickle which evokes pepper and aniseed. Saliva-inducing malty succulence brings some melanodins to the backseat, yet the body remains oh so dry as it’s continually aided by the potent minerals. A smattering of orange marmalade adds just a touch of body-enriching depth to the well-attenuated frame, which is clean to the point of being airy at times. Assertive hoppiness bites at the tongue with a Hallertau-derived licorice-like nip. Fallen leaves add further dryness as well as rusticity, as elegantly interwoven nut skins echo the earthiness. Exquisitely balanced finish is earthily malty and hoppy, with stiffly bitter notes of Hallertau-derived pepper, wood, and licorice as tailings of tobacco, fallen leaves and minerals linger. All of the von Trapp beers showcase the pristine mineral character of the Northern Vermont water, but this is easily the sharpest and most minerally in their lager portfolio. Very lean and clean, and the balance couldn’t be better. A very rustic
example of the style that brims with Old World character. Kleg (445) - The Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 13, 2017
Draft at The Brewery at Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, VT. Clear gold color with a small white head and fair lacing. Light caramel malt flavor. Nice and smooth. Easy drinking. Soft mouthfeel. Really good. SanfordBrewer (1610) - Sanford, Florida, USA - SEP 24, 2017
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2017 Sulfurous nose. Astringent toasted malt with harsh dark malt undertones rather than bready vienna malt's fruity notes. tapefuzz (923) - Massachusetts, USA - SEP 17, 2017
12oz bottle. Pours light gold with a moderate off-white head. Aroma is bread, yeast, malt, grain, and floral hops. Taste is bread, yeast, and light caramel. Light body. Medium carbonation. Crisp mouthfeel.
madnorwegian (258) - FRANCE - AUG 26, 2017
Very much enjoyed this one. A clean crisp lager with bright hoppiness. Could drink beers like this all day.
MoeSizlack (6) - - JUL 28, 2017 does not count
UPDATED: JUL 28, 2017 Nice beer. Tastes clean like Vermont air and snow. I would drink it again and again. dkg767 (11) - - JUL 22, 2017
Sweet grainy malt aroma. Florally hoppiness. Little esters. Sweet malty flavor with a pleasant hop finish. Medium low body and medium carbonation.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone yespr (48895) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUN 30, 2017
12 fl oz bottle. Pours clear and golden orange with a small white head. Aroma is toasted malty. Bitter, slight caramelish to breadish. Dry and roasted malty finish. malrubius (3083) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - MAY 15, 2017
Bottle from Lisai’s CHester Market. Copper with slight chill haze lasting head and lace. Grassy honey toasted caramel aroma. Medium toasted almonds caramel honey vanilla sweetness with medium earthy spicy peppery bitterness in crisp finish. Light body lively fine carbo. It would be pretty hard to make one of these better than this. Excellent.