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Snake River Lager - Snake River Brewing Company & Brewpub

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BA SCORE
85
very good

143 Ratings
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84
good

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Ratings: 143
Reviews: 88
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 10.11%
Wants: 22
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Snake River Brewing Company & Brewpub visit their website
Wyoming, United States

Style | ABV
Vienna Lager |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-10-2002

Snake River Lager is our most popular beer. This is an amber colored Vienna style lager. The rich, caramel flavor is balanced with the use of several hop varieties for a subtle hop note. An authentic German lager yeast strain adds to the true flavor of this beer. The malt forward profile of Snake River Lager makes it a fine complement to pizzas and red meat.
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Ratings: 143 | Reviews: 88
Reviews by BeerBeing:
Photo of BeerBeing
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12oz brown glass stubby generic bottle, multicolored label

Appearance: hazy amber color, small off-white head, minor but sticky lacing

Smell: malt and hops

Taste: medium body, smooth mouth feel, VERY malty, sweet and fruity, minor hops in background

Notes: nothing special

More User Reviews:
Photo of MadScientist
3.61/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A medium copper with excellent clarity. The rocky, off-white head is long lasting and leaves some lacing on the glass.

S: A medium aroma that gives the impression of Munich malt and a light earthy hops aroma. The malt bring a light toasty character. Maybe a slight raisin like aroma from the malt like that in an old ale otherwise pretty clean.

T: A fair amount of German malt flavor with a light bit of malt sweetness. There is an almost equal hops bitterness and medium-light earth hops flavor. The balance is about even. The finish is medium with a grainy, malty aftertaste.

M: Smooth and moderately creamy with a medium-light body and medium-low level of carbonation.

O: A flavorful lager with a good balance of flavor and a creamy body. It a good beer.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.2/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine June 2007.

The world needs more lagers, like this Vienna Lager brewed with Tettnang and Saaz hops, along with Pale, Vienna, Munich and Caramel malts.

A rich honey-amber offering that displays plenty of active carbonation, and a creamy white-ringed lace above and good retention throughout. Aroma is pretty mel- low and clean, with notes of caramel and brown breads. Lively bite, followed by some herbal and lemon flavors from Noble hops. Smooth on the palate. Nice medium body that's round, malty and consistent. Tons of toasty and bready notes, with an embedded caramel sweetness. Tea-like at times. Crackery toward the finish, which has some coarse dry grain to it. Bready linger.

Man, this is one toasty beer! Perhaps a bit too much. After a while, the toasty flavors tend to dominate and overwhelm each sip. A bit less would allow the hops to shine through, cleaning things up and providing some more balance. That said, this is a Lager worth seeking out and trying.

Photo of Jason
4.21/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 22 oz brown bomber with a best enjoyed before date clearly printed.

Appearance: Orange amber with frothy tiny-bubbled lace. Great head retention.

Smell: Malty with hints of toasted malt and faint caramel, clean to the nose.

Taste: Moderate carbonation, medium bodied and very malty. The mouth feel is extraordinarily smooth as the substantial large toasted malt character creeps all around the taste buds. Subdued hop profile with only a touch of bitterness, this leaves the malt to shine through. A faint fruitiness and some residual sweetness reside in the end.

Notes: On the sweet and malty side. Fresh, flavorful and lively pack in a tight and clean palate. A beer I will unquestionably regard as one of the best in its style.

Photo of richkrull
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this one out of a mixed 6pack from Brennan's in Oconomowoc, WI.

Poured a deep amber color, not much head at all. Smells a bit of caramel. Good scent, not too strong. Rich caramel flavor throughout. This is a pretty good beer. I could drink a few more of these. Not my favorite beer, but definitely worth a try.

Photo of beerbrains
3.41/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received this in mixed 6 pk sampler. It pours a pleasant amber with a crisp white head that left a sticky lace in the glass long after the beer was gone. It smells slightly sweet, caramel malts.

The flavors follows the nose; slightly sweet and malty with a little hops to balance things out. Very smooth drinking. Overall a very good example of the style.... Macro producers of this style should be taking notes.

Drank this one on it's no food.

Photo of cokes
4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Simply a top-notch vienna lager. Well rounded and lovely to drink.
Pours a great-looking dark peach with a dense, creamy head.
Big, sweet malts on the nose and in the taste. Fruit sweetness and carmel manifest themselves here. Some toasty note are evident as well. This is balanced by a touch of hop bitterness. Maybe I would prefer just a little more, but it is very difficult to argue with the balance and results of this bier.
Pretty robust, with a delightfully smooth mouthfeel.
Stellar brew all around. Highly recommended.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

My superior was kind enough to bring a Snake River Lager back with him from a vacation out in the J'Hole. The beer poured a very nice clear copper with thin white head that is leaving a spot lace. The scent and taste is powered by malts. There is a nice caramel sweetness that keeps one wanting more. the mouthfeel is lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall this is a great session ale and wish I had more than just one.

Photo of tempest
3.33/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single from Princeton Liquors in Maple Grove, MN. Appears a clear copper with an off-white head and lacing. This vienna lager was simple and smooth witha plain caramel malt flavor and just a hint of earth hops in the aftertaste. Very drinkable, but not that inspiring. It's like a richer Negra Modelo.

Photo of russpowell
4.62/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

BBD of 1 May.

Pours caramel with a 2 fingers deep tan head. Good lacing and okay head retention

Smell: Caramel, malt & nuttiness

Taste: Rich toasty malt and ever so slight spiciness. Dry & malty finish

mF: Great balance (malts & hops combine nicely) and very good carbonation

Super drinkability, from this underrepresented style. Compares favorably to any I drank in Germany, seek this out

Photo of chiapete
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a amber, off gold color with a half inch of clean white head , head fades to a small cap but remains most of beer.
Nice lacing for entire drink.

Aroma is sweet , malt almost a little fruit. But to me the sweet malt stands out.

Tastes the same as it smells just a little deeper , sweet , toasted malt . A slight after taste but doesn't linger.

Good mouth feel a little heavier than expected.

good carbonation , good finish , easy drinking.

Photo of bditty187
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear coppery-gold in hue, a white head reached a modest half finger in height, noticeable animation, the head retention was superior, it took a good moment before it faded noticeably. The nose has good potency for a lager, easily noticeable maltiness, well rounded, a touch of toastiness too with earthy hoppiness behind the malt. The aromas are expected for the style and quite inviting. I really enjoyed the flavors on the palate, the hop flavors on the tongue are livelier than the nose indicated, the bitterness is pronounced and crisp, vaguely earthy but more so flowery. The maltiness is clean but equally flavorful with caramel and toasty bread notes. The finish is a blend of the afore mentioned flavors, it is very nice. This was a pleasant quaff and ideally refreshing (and flavorful). The body is medium, crisp and firm carbonation that leads to a sturdy mouthfeel. This is a nice beer; I tried it in Fort Collins. Try one.

Photo of Gmann
3.34/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a slightly hazy copper with a short white head that settled into a sparse cap

The aroma is of a doughy malt and peppery hop. There is a general fruitiness to the aroma.

The taste is quite doughy and has a strong fruitiness. Notes of caramel and toffee. Kind of a overripe berry. Some peppery hop. Quite sweet.

The feel is moderate with fizzy carbonation. Sweet on the palate almost cloying.

An ok lager. Way too sweet almost tastes old.

Photo of CrazyLarry
4.4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

First off this is my first beer review.

Appearance: Orange amber color. Able to see through the beer. Darker than most lagers.

Smell: To me more hoppy than grainy. Smells like a good lager to me.

Taste: More bitter finish than I like. Smooth, Clean, Crisp. Low alcohol lift. Very Very pleasant beginning. I get a stout note mid finish.

Mouthfeel: Light

Drinkability: Relatively fast for a person who cannot chug. One of my most favorite lagers hands down.

For me I am a larger fan but lagers do not have the flavors I look for when I drink a beer up in the Teton Mountains.

Photo of hotstuff
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Dayton, OH AleFest:This beer had a small sized ivory head with fine-small bubbles that was mostly lasting.It had a clear body along with some lively carbonation.The hue was orange and the nose was malty and hoppy.This beer's flavor was sweet and bitter tasting.The mouthfeel was smooth, thin and somewhat watery.This beer left excellent lacing on the sides of my glass.

Photo of SPLITGRIN
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A beautiful thick honey, hazy colored lager with a two inch thick light tan head that fades quickly. Nice with rich wheaty feel and a mineral zest with a hint of syrupy sweetness. Mellow sweetness enters the mouth with a neat woodsy feel on the back of the tongue. The overall feel is very thin especially in the finish, but a nice mouthfeel overall. Sweetness is long and prominate characteristic of this beer but not overpowering. This is a very drinkable and much better beer than I was expecting from the style. Nice surprise.

Photo of isualum12
2.8/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on tap at boise beer festival.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy light red hint color with a fluffy head. Lots of legs on the glass.
Smell: caramel, wood, earth.
Taste: Starts with a bread flavor shows a little buttersscottch on the it.
Mouthfeel: Light to medium body, more carbonation the I would like

Drinkability: This is one of those beers I end up having once a year and afterwards I am glad I had it but not reaching for another...

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a dimple mug. Best by Jun notched on the label.

A - Very slightly hazy brown amber color with a low ivory head that was thick and creamy before reducing to a ring and spots of lacing on the mug.

S - Robust aroma of caramel and amber malts make it a sweet smelling, malty lager with large ale qualities. Lots of caramel but no real hop notes.

T - The lack of hops in the aroma is made up for in the bittering qualities of the hops in the flavor. Slightly fruity and floral, the hops mainly round out the body. The background is full of toasty malts with a touch of burnt flavor to them. The sweet caramel in the aroma is overshadowed by the hop bitterness and burnt flavor.

M - Creamy and smooth this Vienna lager feels good in the mouth as it's medium-body and slick viscosity flow into the tummy.

D - One of the first Vienna lagers I've had in a while, it reminded me why I liked them so much to begin with. It's flavorful and round, a good session beer but not one that impresses hugely.

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz picked up at the Coop today for about $1.40.. poured into my Delirium tulip.

Crusty big bubble head takes a while to die down.. clear orange brew.

Clean malts are the lion's share of the aroma.. toasted more than caramel.

Flavor is very fresh... inviting.. very smooth and drinkable.. toasted malts with a low earthy hop presence.. Great body for the style and again.. drinkable for days.

Everyone loves Zonker, but the Vienna lager is my favorite Snake River brew... Fantastic.

Photo of DontCallMeSurly
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Holy overcarbonated-beer, Batman!

I got a 12oz bottle in a trade from Fishdawg71. I pop the top and begin to pour it into a 16oz glass and I am overwhelmed with head(heh)! There is easily about 4-5 inches of head and I have barely poured any in yet! Anyways it comes out an appealing golden straw color with quite a bit of haze. The foam on this is absolutely gorgeous! You know thos nice lazy summer days when you look up into a vast blue sky and see it plastered with thick, puffy cumulonimbus clouds? You know what I mean? Yeah think of that, only in a glass. It also collapses in a very unique way; it doesn't dissipate evenly, instead it partially falls and I'm left with a mountain of head! It's been about five minutes and I'm still letting this beast do it's thing! The first thing I smell is alcohol and lots of it. There's a pretty dominant backbone of bread-like malts, which smells absolutely delicious. Probably not surprising, but this beer tastes much like smells; plenty of alcohol and malt with very little hops. I'm certainly not complaining, in fact I like it. It tastes pretty light on the tongue but it has way too much carbonation for my taste. Who knows, maybe it was a bad batch. I'd definitely try this one again!

Photo of Bierguy5
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, best before the end of December. Close enough. Slightly hazy clear amber color. Thick white fluffy head. A few bubbles coming from the bottom. Good head retention and lace. Toasty caramel smell, with slightly grassy notes. Sweet caramel and light toffee flavor. SLight earthy bitterness. Medium body, moderate carbonation. Very sweet caramel malt flavor works well in this one. Pretty easy to drink. Smooth. Good beer.

Photo of franksnbeans
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours apricot in color with a cream head that dies slow. Smells of sweet malt. Tastes a little caramel and some fruit sweetness. Finishes with a minor hop bite. As balanced and subtle as a brew gets. Light and crisp in the mouth. Goes down smooth and easy.

Photo of metter98
3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is clear amber orange in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that quickly died down, leaving some bubbles covering the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of sweet caramel and toasted malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has a moderate amount of malty sweetness along with hints of toffee. Slight hints of earthly hops are detectable.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I liked this beer because it was dominated by sweet malty flavors but wasn't that difficult to drink because the mouthfeel wasn't too heavy.

Photo of megahurts4
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Snake River Vienna Style Lager

Appearance: clear light brown, medium-large head, and some fluffy lacing.

Smell: hops, grainy malt, and nuts.

Taste: malty grain, nuttiness, and a light hop finish.

Mouthfeel: light and smooth.

Overall:
This is a decent brew. The flavors mesh very well but don't give a large complexity. It is smooth, but maybe to the point of being slightly watery.

Photo of marc77
3.35/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy peach hue. Thick, pitted ivory white head leaves frothy lace. Waft of fresh milled Munich with an herbal noble hop twang upfront in aroma. Subtle, maltose rich, mash like impression comprises the sweetness. Quite appetizing aromawise, but there's a trace acidic sourness that precludes excellence. Flavorwise the dominant malt components are of lightly toasty Vienna malt with a sweeter, more grainy Munich edge. Agreeably understated medium lovibond caramel malt presence. Hop bitterness is mild, perhaps overly so, and leaves residual sweetness uncontested. Mellow floral and herbal hop flavor complements malt backbone. Unfortunately there's a hint of husky tannins that carries an slight, but obtrusive astringency. Moderately bodied, with a firm, dextrinous and proteinaceous mouthfeel. Well calculated attenuation. Becomes progressively more toffeeish as it breathes. Finishes grainy sweet, with fading toasted cracker hints. Almost a good Vienna, but is not quite as clean as it could be. An enjoyable, innocuous brew nonetheless.

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Snake River Lager from Snake River Brewing Company & Brewpub
85 out of 100 based on 143 ratings.