If this had been a seasonal beer, when would you launch it? Spring looks as if the apparent alternative as a tie-in to maple sugaring season—usually when the snow begins to thaw and temperatures are constantly above freezing. Earlier than international warming, that was someplace between mid-February and mid-March on the East Coast. However this isn’t only a straight-up maple themed brew; there’s smoked malts, too, and the rauchbier simply feels like a fall/winter model. However that is additionally a reasonably easy-drinker, proper across the acceptable vary for day-drinking, so maybe von Trapp’s Maple Rauch is a beer for all of the seasons.
This smoked maple lager is definitely a collaboration between von Trapp Brewing and the Trapp Household Lodge Sugar Home, a maple syrup manufacturing facility positioned on the identical resort property. It’s a cool Outdated World/New World twist for the reason that Trapp Household Lodge is strictly Alpine whereas maple sugaring is a part of Appalachian tradition. For followers of craft beer and maple syrup, the Trapp Household Lodge is one place to expertise just a few of your favourite issues (this additionally is available in 16oz cans all throughout the East Coast for the remainder of us).
The maple syrup is unquestionably discernible on the nostril and the beer’s coloration resembles lighter amber Vermont maple syrup. There are hints within the taste of the beer, too, however not with the cloying sweetness we’ve all come to count on from artificial breakfasts of Hungry Jack pancakes drowned in Mrs. Butterworth. The smoked munich and carafe malts are the star of the present, although. Coupled with the bracing bitterness of the end, that is most likely the definitive American rauchbier, with a posh array of flavors that rivals Aecht Schlenkerla’s definitive smoked marzen.
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