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Snake River Lager - Snake River Brewing Company & Brewpub

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83
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136 Ratings
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Ratings: 136
Reviews: 86
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 10.61%
Wants: 20
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.

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Photo of Jason
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

Jason, Jun 05, 2007
Photo of jwc215
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber with a thin, creamy head that descends to a lasting patch.

The smell is of caramel and some graininess.

The taste is of caramel and graininess. Faint earthy, woody notes come in and out. Finishes with a balanced bittersweetness.

It has a smooth, creamy medium body.

Easy to drink, it has a certain refreshing quality to it with enough taste to keep it interesting.

Thanks to bitterbill for including this one.

jwc215, May 06, 2007
Photo of Bitterbill
4.45/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This one pours from 12oz bottle a medium gold with a large head of foam that shrinks slowly leaving just a few small "islands and some lacing" by the end of the session. This is one pretty beer to look at, for sure.

The smell is a nice mix of sweet malt tempered by some citrus hops. Delicate but nice.

The taste on first sip has an abundance of sweet malt and grain with a good earthy presence. Further sips in and I get a bit of hoppiness but the malt is king here and..swishing the brew in my mouth, I get a kind of a candy sugar flavour that is very pleasing indeed. Very tasty. The more I sip, the more the graininess and earthyness comes to the forefront and I have to slow down lest the liquid gold in my glass will disappear way too quickly. In other words, this one's drinkability is really amazing. I've had this many times before and I was surprised that I hadn't reviewed it until now. In my book, this is a top notch Lager that yeah, fits the style to which it was placed very nicely.

Bottom line: A most excellent in all ways example of the style. I can *only* recommend it!

Bitterbill, Apr 14, 2007
Photo of Domingo
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm glad to see the distribution of this brewery getting better.
Pours a nice amber color. Darker than a typical Vienna...more like an Oktoberfest.
Smells malty. Not a huge hops presence, but some.
Flavor is sweet, followed by a little grain and lager yeast. Caramel and hazelnut are the flavor that come to mind. Maybe gingerbread? Much like the smell, this one isn't huge on the hops, but the malt MORE than makes up for it. I like this one.
Mouthfeel is light and makes this one go down like a lager, but it's got more than enough flavor to appease someone looking for something bold.
I could drink these one after another until I ran out.

I can see why this is listed as a Märzen/O-fest as that's really what it reminds me of. Granted I haven't had too many Vienna's, but this one stands as a WONDERFUL beer no matter the style. Now that I can get this anywhere, I think this will be my new "always in the fridge" beer.

Domingo, Feb 09, 2007
Photo of JohnnyM2002
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle, poured into a mug at 50 degrees. Picked up in a trade from JohnGalt1 - thanks!!

A - Pours a clear golden color with a darker tint. A foamy, off-white head.

S - Rather weak aroma, but noticed traces of nuts and biscuits.

T - Nutty flavors are more pronounced as I drank more, as its met with a biscuity/malt background. Good taste.

M - Light-to-medium body with a bubbly, crisp finish. A little more on the thin side, but it works.

D - Very enjoyable lager...a good all-occasion beer; I had mine with a salad and they complimented each other nicely.

JohnnyM2002, Dec 31, 2006
Photo of Grundle20
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance:
The beer looks mildly cloudy and copper when poured in to a pint glass. There is a very small head which has poor retention and lacing.

Smell:
The scent is like warm sweet bread with a minor nutty note and just a pinch of mild hops. It's not terribly potent but it's rather pleasant and full.

Taste and Mouthfeel:
Straight up this tastes like pistachios to me and I really like pistachios. It's rather crisp and forthright with some minor hopping but then it's right in to the rich pistachio flavor. The finish is a little run over by the nut flavors which continue long in to the aftertaste.

Drinkability:
I find it to be tasty enough and easy enough going down to get a 4 here. I could definitely throw this down with some food or just chilling in a bar.

Bottom Line:
I agree with the recategorization from vienna lager to marzen style. It's a rather interesting and decent brew regardless.

Grundle20, Dec 18, 2006
Photo of SPLITGRIN
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

SPLITGRIN, Oct 23, 2006
Photo of LiquidBreadMan
3.08/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 notsnot
4.6/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Tried a sample of this at the brewpub, and it really stood out as outstanding (redundant, I know). The thin head from pouring melts to almost nothing (though what *is* left is quite active), the beer has a rich, dark slightly cloudy amber color. The malty , nutty flavor leaves a nutty aftertaste, as well. I really wish I'd bought more to take home with me - my g/f keeps stealing drinks from mine!

notsnot, Oct 06, 2006
Photo of BEERchitect
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Whoever listed this beer as a Marzen / Oktoberfest got it kinda wrong. As the lable states, it is a Vienna Lager, and a pretty good one at that. These beers tend to fall too heavily on the grainy side, leaving the bready, yeasty flavors and textures lacking. This beer remains malty, and full with breadiness and fresh yeast throughout; all the while, resting on a full, mild amber malt base. Sweet with caramel and malt and tempered with earthy hops, this is a well done beer. Lightens in the finish, but remains creamy and rich until then.

BEERchitect, Sep 03, 2006
Photo of laintringulis
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served in a pub glass. I must say that lagers are not among my favorite styles and I have not had that many of them.

Pours a strong amber color with a large creamy head that melts into practically nothing very quickly. Light body with medium loose carbonation.

Smells mostly of caramel maltiness with a light spicy citrus aroma. Vague grassy/earthiness.

Tastes of sweet malt with carmel/toffee flavors. Finishes with a light spicy, citrus (lemon?) dryness. Somewhat earthy in the sweetness and grassy in the dryness. It is almost like very mild lemongrass finish without the extremeness.

Excellent mouthfeel and drinkability. Surprising mouth fullness for a light bodied beer without being oily or filmy. I started to crave a big old beefy burger to eat with this. I could drink these all the time. Smooth and tasty. Maybe a little too easy to drink.

laintringulis, Aug 04, 2006
Photo of nlmartin
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was poured into a pub glass.

Apperance: The beer pours a glowing copper coloration. The beer has a thin biege colored head. The head has minimal retention.

Smell: The beer has a very rich toasted caramel maltyness. This combines well with a grassy smell.

Taste: The beer has a pleasing toasted malt. The beer has a good grassy hop bitterness at the tail end of the taste.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer is medium bodied. The beer has ample carbonation. The beer is on the sweeter side but has a good complementing grassyness. The beer is major league drinkable. I could suck these down all day long.

nlmartin, Jul 30, 2006
Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. On May 20, the bottle states best by the end of May.

Pours a nice looking copper color, with an off-white head, about a finger's worth that lingered for quite some time. Carbonation level appears moderate.

Aroma is that of sweet malts, and noticeable hops.

Flavor is malty with a very bitter finish that lingers nicely. I like this lager a lot. I tend to favor ales in general.

This has a nice smooth mouthfeel and is a very drinkable lager.

ZimZamZoom, May 21, 2006
Photo of mentor
3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 russpowell
4.63/5  rDev +22.8%
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

russpowell, Mar 09, 2006
Photo of Wasatch
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy yellow/orange color, some carbonation, small head dissapates quickly, leaves a bit of lacing afterwards.

S - Scents of hops, malts, and some fruits.

T - Nice taste of sweet malts and a little bite at the end. Pretty smooth rounded balance.

M - Medium body.

D - Very drinkable. This is a different kind of lager, a nice one at that.

Wasatch, Jan 27, 2006
Photo of ism
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, light honey-brown body with an airy white 2-finger head that subsides to a thin layer, and lacing is quite patchy. Nose is on the sweet side with caramel and maple notes and just a bit of apple. Not much action on the tongue, but quickly filled with a medium body, heavy malt flavors with a touch of bread, and fruits again, hops not all that evident until grassy notes emerge and subside as quickly after it goes down smooth. Fairly light and refreshing for the style. Easy-going, not spectacular, but a solid offering that makes for a good session.

ism, Dec 08, 2005
Photo of BeerBeing
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
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

BeerBeing, Dec 03, 2005
Photo of beveragecaptain
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle. Hazy amber colored with a small head. Sweet, fruity aroma. Toasy malt flavor with some caramel and fruits. The tangy fruit flavor is more pronounced than in most beers of the style. Quite hoppy too. I really enjoy the balance of flavors in this beer. It's not really typical to style, but who cares. Between this beer and the Zonker stout, Snake River appears to be an impressive brewery.

beveragecaptain, Sep 05, 2005
Photo of GClarkage
3.43/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 germaniac
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hey, twist off! Haven't noticed this on many other craft beers, mainly just Mad River and Lagunitas. Best by the end of July, it says on the bottle, but I think I'll take the risk.

Pours a clear burnt orange. Probably one of the lightest Oktoberfest- style beers I've seen.

The light, tangy hop scent is most prevalent, with just a little malt sweetness tossed into the mix.

Toffee sweetness flows together with the lightly toasted malt sweetness, and the hops make themselves known with a subtle bite.

Overall, this is quite the easy drinking, enjoyable brew, one I wouldn't mind buying another sixer of. Now I'm curious to try Snake River's other offerings. Musical accompaniment provided by Nebula.

germaniac, Aug 11, 2005
Photo of Bierguy5
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Bierguy5, Jan 03, 2005
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich amber-influenced orange topped by a light ecru head that is surprisingly small. It never grows larger than two fingers, even after a vigorous initial pour. Within minutes, the cap has fallen to a thick film and has left one lonely scrap of lace on the glass. The color is so nice, however, that the overall appearance is above average.

The nose makes up for any shortcomings in the looks department. It's equal parts sweet caramel malt and earthy, autumn fruity hops. While the aroma doesn't burst out of the glass, neither do I risk snorting foam up my nose as happens to me on occasion.

Well now, this is one of the hoppier marzens that I've tasted. That isn't to say that it's hop-dominant, just that this style is usually more malt-dominant than this. The generously toasted caramel maltiness of the nose is repeated on the palate and is matched by orange citric, apple fruity hops. A tasty combination of flavors. Sweet early, bitter late.

This beer tastes like a cross between an Oktoberfest and a pale ale thanks to the relatively generous amount of hops. That may be anathema to purists of the style, but to this hophead it's a fine thing indeed. Although it doesn't rise to the lofty heights of Zonker Stout, Snake River Lager is pretty good beer in its own right.

BuckeyeNation, Sep 07, 2004
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.68/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - hazy, soft looking flat, dark orange. White creamy head is thin but is trying to keep a covering. Some scattered streaky lacing.

Aroma - nice malty sniff with a lurking hop florality.

Taste - hey, that's not bad at all! A smooth tasting Vienna with some superb hop presence that is neither biting nor distracting from the intended style. That's a great way to work in the hop flavor without it taking over, in fact they taste almost gentle. I'm impressed. I salute their creativity on this one.

Mouthfeel - smooth and average to a little below average carbonation. Good weightiness complements the flavor very well.

Drinkability - one to seek out, IMO. I've only had a couple Vienna style lagers, this one is tops.

brewdlyhooked13, May 18, 2004
Photo of bditty187
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

bditty187, Mar 22, 2004
Snake River Lager from Snake River Brewing Company & Brewpub
83 out of 100 based on 136 ratings.