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Snake River Lager - Snake River Brewing Company & Brewpub

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128 Ratings

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Ratings: 128
Reviews: 86
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 19
Gots: 2 | 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 notsnot


4.6/5  rDev +22.3%
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!

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2006 00:04:56 | More by notsnot
Photo of BEERchitect


4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2006 03:41:53 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of laintringulis


4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2006 06:49:14 | More by laintringulis
Photo of nlmartin


4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2006 12:21:06 | More by nlmartin
Photo of ZimZamZoom

West Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2006 23:06:26 | More by ZimZamZoom
Photo of mentor


3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2006 07:33:44 | More by mentor
Photo of russpowell


4.63/5  rDev +23.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2006 04:36:49 | More by russpowell
Photo of Wasatch


3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2006 23:55:47 | More by Wasatch
Photo of ism

New Jersey

3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2005 01:54:53 | More by ism
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

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2005 21:18:37 | More by BeerBeing
Photo of beveragecaptain

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +13%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2005 20:54:20 | More by beveragecaptain
Photo of GClarkage


3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-05-2005 19:42:04 | More by GClarkage
Photo of germaniac


3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2005 21:06:33 | More by germaniac
Photo of Bierguy5


3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2005 01:39:32 | More by Bierguy5
Photo of BuckeyeNation


3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2004 23:12:26 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of brewdlyhooked13


4.68/5  rDev +24.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2004 03:58:10 | More by brewdlyhooked13
Photo of bditty187


3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2004 17:53:12 | More by bditty187
Photo of marc77


3.33/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2004 02:04:57 | More by marc77
Photo of alexgash


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

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2003 01:48:39 | More by alexgash
Photo of AtLagerHeads


3.1/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2003 00:54:07 | More by AtLagerHeads
Photo of hotstuff


3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2003 16:20:47 | More by hotstuff
Photo of Ellbert


2.68/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2003 06:13:52 | More by Ellbert
Photo of Shiloh

Ontario (Canada)

3.3/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2003 19:57:07 | More by Shiloh
Photo of kaszeta

New Hampshire

4.43/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm normally not a lager fan, but this is one heckuva good lager, one that
will leave me reminiscing about my trip to Jackson, WY. Poors with a nice cloudy dark amber body with a thick frothy head. It has a wonderful sweet malty aroma, with some nice subtle grain and hops notes. It has a light, sweet, malty flover, with a pleasant sweet followthrough hinting of hops and fruit. A wonderful light mouthfeel, as well. Very drinkable, and highly recommended

Serving type: on-tap

05-23-2003 19:07:39 | More by kaszeta
Photo of tavernjef


4.55/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Notes from a trip to Colorado and Wyoming - May 2002 Purchased in Jackson Hole, WY.

Yes sir, I liked it. I liked it a whole bunch. Color of amber but with a nice hazy brown tint along with a nice, off-white head that was pretty thick and frothy. Smell is lightly hinted but so good and fresh. Had a nice caramel malt and hop presence, it was soft on the nose and very pleasing. Sip, slurp, ahhhh. So good, great medium body feel and tight with flavor. Smooth toasty malt with just the right touch of hop bitterness, but the malt is left to really stand out. Everything comes together so nicely. The finish is a touch sweet, very nicely done. Toasty fresh, robust,and flavorful, packed nicely with a 6% punch. This is one awesome Vienna style beer, one of the best I've ever had the pleasure of drinking. Very drinkable and enjoyable. Highly recommend picking some up if ever in Jackson Hole,Wyoming.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2003 15:48:28 | More by tavernjef
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