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Snake River Lager - Snake River Brewing Company & Brewpub

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BA SCORE
85
very good

134 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 134
Reviews: 86
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 19
Gots: 5 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-10-2002)
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Photo of Ellbert
2.68/5  rDev -28.7%

This beer was not one of my favorites. It was basically a little below average. There was a little too much hoppiness in in it for me. It went ok with a roast beef sandwich though. There really was not anything very special about this brew. It did have a decent head on it. I love a beer with a good lookin' head on it.

Ellbert, Jul 26, 2003
Photo of SeanHMechEngineee
2.75/5  rDev -26.9%

SeanHMechEngineee, Jul 03, 2014
Photo of isualum12
2.78/5  rDev -26.1%

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...

isualum12, Aug 08, 2011
Photo of ToddKehoe
3/5  rDev -20.2%

ToddKehoe, Apr 14, 2014
Photo of Thorpe429
3.03/5  rDev -19.4%

Bottle ordered from the brewery as part of a mixed 12-pack. Served in a pilsner glass.

Pours brings a copper-red brew that is mostly transparent with some visible carbonation. Thin white head without too much retention power. Some spotty lacing on the sides of the glass. The nose brings forward a brew with a bit of oxidation along with some light amber malt and bread crust. The flavor falls along the same lines. There is some doughy malt sweetness and a hint of toffee. Very mild earthy hop presence lingering in the background. Medium body with okay carbonation and a bit of an off finish. Drinks decently enough, though I'm not a huge fan.

Thorpe429, Mar 04, 2011
Photo of climax
3.03/5  rDev -19.4%

This offering pours a deep rich copper. The head is bubbly and good sized, retention is admirable as well. Not much lace left behind however.

The aroma is clean and malty, not overly impressive. There is a slight snap of hops, it runs away as quick is it is detected. There is a clean lager front and a subtle caramel toast backbone.

The malty flavor is a bit of strange funk to it, tomato soup maybe? That somewhat distracts me from the bready flavors intended. The hop flavor is slightly sweet and slightly citrus, it's presence is understated but it's in there.

The body is light to medium with a fairly creamy feel. The carbonation is light but effective. The finish is a bit oily until the very end. Not much going on with this one.

climax, Jun 28, 2011
Photo of jrallen34
3.05/5  rDev -18.9%

Huge thanks to Alex for this Wyoming tick. 12oz bottle into a small tasting glass...Pours a light copper clear body, not appealing. A big head, lots of carbonation, good retention, spotty lacing...A strong malty aroma, lots of caramel and sugar on the front. Toasted nuts and faint floral hops on the back do not hide the light skunk finish...The taste is overshadowed by the super light and watery feel, as soon as it hits my lips I'm bored and disappointed. The taste itself is nothing special, skunk and oak with a caramel finish. The hops are gone.

Not much of fan of this. After the brewery hype I'd love to try some of their other offerings, but this is one worth skipping.

jrallen34, Oct 19, 2010
Photo of LiquidBreadMan
3.08/5  rDev -18.1%

I'm not one to rain on anyone's parade, but this beer is nothing special in my one experience.

It is an attractive brew, with its deep gold hue and average head. The aroma is barely there. . . Maybe some corn, but nothing else that I could discern. It has a sweet flavor -- of corn and possibly some pineapple. Once again, it's okay but not anything to write home about. If I had to put a label on this, I'd call Snake River Lager an upscale Budweiser.

LiquidBreadMan, Oct 11, 2006
Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.1/5  rDev -17.6%

I found this to be a disappointing Vienna style lager that missed on several counts. Though the body had a decent honey amber look to it, there was virtually no head whatsoever. This followed through in a lack of lacing. The nose was fully malty and that was one of it's stronger points. The taste was not unpleasant, nor was it enjoyable. There was an astringency to the mouthfeel that I did not enjoy. I'd drink this beer if there was only macro available, but I would not seek it out.

AtLagerHeads, Aug 30, 2003
Photo of uwmgdman
3.1/5  rDev -17.6%

The beer pours a nice clear deep golden color with a thick and sticky white head. The aroma is moderately malty – kind of spicy and a little sweet. The flavor is well balanced between moderate malyiness and medium-low hop bitterness. There even is a touch of spicy hop flavor. The swallow is smooth, a bit metallic. The carbonation is moderate and body is a bit thin/watery. Overall not a bad beer, could use a bit more body and complexity, still not bad.

uwmgdman, Dec 30, 2007
Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.1/5  rDev -17.6%

Appearance: Pours a very clear slightly burnt orange color with a huge head that is a thick four fingers of off white bubbles. The head is maintained by a whole bunch of bubbles rising and was still at least three fingers a couple minutes after the pour. Topping the beer off with the bottle made the beer pretty cloudy, but there is a lot of lacing left on the glass after drinking.

Aroma: Malt driven aroma with a mild metallic aromatic in there. I get some minerals to mix with the metallic as the head starts to fall some. As the beer warms, I am picking up more hops, and they are reminding me of the stronger high alpha hops from the NorthWest. I guess that makes sense with it being from Wyoming, but it is not what I expected from a Vienna style.

Taste: The flavor is also malt driven, and this beer has a bit of age on it. It has some hops in the flavor, but they are tasting a bit dry at this point like they are getting old. After I topped the beer off, there was a bit of yeast that made its way in because of the high carbonation. This bready contribution actually softened the flavor profile up a bit so that it isn't as dry. The finish is led by the malt, but the attenuation doesn't leave it much to contribute. I don't know if the fresher example would have a more assertive hop bouquet in the finish or what.

Opinion: Well, this is an alright beer, and I am sure that it was better in its prime. There isn't really anything wrong with it, so that is why I think that it would have been better fresher. My score will have to reflect what I am drinking, but I would hold out hope that I will get to give this one another try and a more fair review.

SkeeterHawk, Aug 11, 2008
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.23/5  rDev -14.1%

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.

BeerAdvocate, Sep 27, 2010
Photo of Gatorcon
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Gatorcon, Aug 30, 2014
Photo of tempest
3.3/5  rDev -12.2%

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.

tempest, Jul 10, 2009
Photo of Shiloh
3.3/5  rDev -12.2%

Deep golden hue with limited carbonation. The head was short turning to a half glass ring accompanied by a minor glass cling.
Body was full which was very suprizing.
Aroma was mildly yeasty.
Taste was semi sweet and lingering....on & on & on.
Not my style, yet interesting.
Disappointed.

Shiloh, Jun 20, 2003
Photo of Gmann
3.33/5  rDev -11.4%

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.

Gmann, May 06, 2013
Photo of marc77
3.33/5  rDev -11.4%

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.

marc77, Feb 03, 2004
Photo of hopfacebrew
3.35/5  rDev -10.9%

Poured from undated can to a mug this beer arrives a translucent copper color with a one finger light tan head with decent retention though little lacing. The nose is mild and rather nondescript though hints of toasted malt and a hint of lager yeast. Not much to report really. Not bad just not there. The flavor is more pronounced with a mild pilsner toast malt flavor, mild earthy hops, sweet but not overly so. Lighter bodied and creamy. Overall, this isn't my favorite, not bad, just not a lot going on. Would be nice on a hot summer day I guess.

hopfacebrew, May 30, 2012
Photo of Vdubb86
3.4/5  rDev -9.6%

Served in a pint glass

Thanks to TMoney2591 FTT

This one pours a deep orange-red color. The finger of foam fades away in a moderate fashion. The smell is of caramel malts and there are some orange zest and clove spices. The taste is a bit off. There are plenty of malts but there is a watery iron-like taste that seems to ruin what would be a good flavor. The mouthfeel is ok. It's carbonated to the right about with good viscosity for the style. It's pretty drinkable but the off parts of the flavor seem to dictate that it's not as drinkable as it could be.

Vdubb86, Oct 08, 2010
Photo of beerbrains
3.43/5  rDev -8.8%

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.

beerbrains, Jun 30, 2009
Photo of GClarkage
3.43/5  rDev -8.8%

09/04/05- On tap via samplers at the Snake River Brewing Company in Jackson Hole, WY.

Presentation- Two 5oz samplers via the tap.

Appearance- Light amber color pour, medium 1/2 inch head and great lacing.

Smell- Light and malty. A touch sweet.

Taste- Odd flavoring here. Almost like eating liquid pretzels. I guess it's a very bready yeast flavoring I tasted. Not much of a solid base. Very thin. Very light hops as well.

Mouthfeel- A touch thin, medium carbonation.

Drinkability- Needs something like some heavier malt or something to tie this together. Kind of blad tasting.

GClarkage, Sep 05, 2005
Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.45/5  rDev -8.2%

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a reddish-copper with a one finger tan head that slowly fades and leaves lacing on the glass.

S - Malty, bready, and some spices.

T - Spices, toast, roasted malts, nutty.

D - Average carbonation and body.

O - Not what I was expecting from a lager. WY tick.

HuskyinPDX, Oct 17, 2011
Photo of mentor
3.45/5  rDev -8.2%

Pours a half-finger light tan head over a cloudy golden yellow-tan liquid. Smells of almost nothing. Hint of toasted malts with searching and I get maybe a hint of fruity ester. Tastes wet start, wet finish with a drying carb at the end to keep the beer in line. Mango is a gentle flavor. Because I'm searching I think I do see some vienna malt. A touch of rust, fruity and playful. Md-light body and fine-bubbled carbonation that comes on a bit too strong. Not much to say...not much to it.

mentor, Mar 24, 2006
Photo of AgentZero
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%

A - Amber colored beer that leaves some spots on the side.

S - Huge nose, with a lot of grain and some malts.

T - Taste is grainy off the bat. It never fully fills out though, leaving you wanting on the end. Caramel malts. Nothing offensive here, but nothing memorable.

M - Highly carbonated, medium-light bodied.

O - It's not bad, this is a beer I would enjoy while eating pizza. Washes down your food with decent taste and nothing offensive.

AgentZero, Dec 06, 2012
Photo of LXIXME
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

LXIXME, May 28, 2014
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Snake River Lager from Snake River Brewing Company & Brewpub
85 out of 100 based on 134 ratings.