Snake River Lager - Snake River Brewing Company & Brewpub
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3.6/5 rDev -4.3%
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.
12-31-2006 18:45:55 | More by JohnnyM2002
3.68/5 rDev -2.1%
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.
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.
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.
I agree with the recategorization from vienna lager to marzen style. It's a rather interesting and decent brew regardless.
12-18-2006 17:15:44 | More by Grundle20
3.73/5 rDev -0.8%
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.
10-23-2006 18:18:06 | More by SPLITGRIN
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.
10-11-2006 21:52:30 | More by LiquidBreadMan
4.6/5 rDev +22.3%
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!
10-06-2006 00:04:56 | More by notsnot
4.03/5 rDev +7.2%
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.
09-03-2006 03:41:53 | More by BEERchitect
4.15/5 rDev +10.4%
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.
08-04-2006 06:49:14 | More by laintringulis
4.13/5 rDev +9.8%
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.
07-30-2006 12:21:06 | More by nlmartin
3.5/5 rDev -6.9%
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.
05-20-2006 23:06:26 | More by ZimZamZoom
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.
03-24-2006 07:33:44 | More by mentor
4.63/5 rDev +23.1%
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
03-09-2006 04:36:49 | More by russpowell
3.6/5 rDev -4.3%
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.
01-27-2006 23:55:47 | More by Wasatch
3.65/5 rDev -2.9%
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.
12-08-2005 01:54:53 | More by ism
3.5/5 rDev -6.9%
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
12-03-2005 21:18:37 | More by BeerBeing
4.25/5 rDev +13%
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.
09-05-2005 20:54:20 | More by beveragecaptain
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.
09-05-2005 19:42:04 | More by GClarkage
3.98/5 rDev +5.9%
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.
08-11-2005 21:06:33 | More by germaniac
3.9/5 rDev +3.7%
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.
01-03-2005 01:39:32 | More by Bierguy5
3.98/5 rDev +5.9%
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.
09-06-2004 23:12:26 | More by BuckeyeNation
4.68/5 rDev +24.5%
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.
05-18-2004 03:58:10 | More by brewdlyhooked13
3.88/5 rDev +3.2%
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.
03-22-2004 17:53:12 | More by bditty187
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.
02-03-2004 02:04:57 | More by marc77
3.98/5 rDev +5.9%
Nice brewpub, good beer. This lager (labeled as a vienna) pours a light copper with a white head. Sweet malts on the nose, with some very light hop backing. It's all about the malt. Taste is more of the caramelly, slightly spicy malt. Goes down very easily. Finish is smooth and slightly bitter.
10-21-2003 01:48:39 | More by alexgash
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.
08-30-2003 00:54:07 | More by AtLagerHeads
3.85/5 rDev +2.4%
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.
08-27-2003 16:20:47 | More by hotstuff
Snake River Lager from Snake River Brewing Company & Brewpub
85 out of 100 based on 132 ratings.