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Snake River Lager - Snake River Brewing Company & Brewpub

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BA SCORE
85
very good

135 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 135
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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4/5  rDev +6.4%

RKel888, Sep 14, 2012
Photo of Bockrules
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured from the bottle into a pint glass

A - Pours a slightly hazy coppery amber with yeast floating around to form intricate patterns. Plenty of carbonation rises to the creamy, two-finger, off-white head. 3/4ths down the glass, the head is a thin layer of bubbles. Leaves behind substantial splotches of lacing.

S - Nice big smell of caramel and nutty malt upon opening the bottle. In the glass caramelized sugar, molasses and earthy hops come though.

T - Lots of sweet caramel upfront. The body is not nearly as good as the nose suggests and sugary-sweet caramel malt dominates, while nutty notes and somewhat out of place hops attempt to provide some balance. Splash of earthy hops as the beer passes over the back of the tongue followed by a nutty caramel finish.

M - Super carbonated and on the thinner side of medium bodied. Too highly carbonated and could stand to be have a bit more substance.

This is the first Vienna Lager I have reviewed in over 3 years! Nice to see another example of the style, although nowhere near as good as Eliot Ness. Although it looks and smells like a great beer, the flavor seems weak and slightly out of place and the mouthfeel is almost competing with PBR. I would drink this in a pinch while traveling through the Yellowstone area, but can think of numerous local beers I'd select over it.

Bockrules, Sep 04, 2012
Photo of cosmicevan
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

another hearty thanks goes out to pokesbeerdude for sending the snake river love my way! enjoyed from my blue point snifter.

a - brew poured a semi-transparent auburn brown with a HUGE super foamy creamy head. as the head vanished into...ya know, i don't really know where the head goes when it goes away...none-the-less, it left MASSIVE milk shake like chunks on the side of the glass. the glass was coated. looks appetizing.

s - sweet toasted malts with a good amount of grain and barley. some hints of brown sugar.

t - hoo ha!!! tastes pretty awesome. i'm a big fan of this style...love me some sam adams boston lager and blue point toasted lager...but this beer takes the cake. really wonderful sweet malts. perfect amount of grain and caramel.

m - crisp and refreshing. soft carbonation.

o - overall, paint me impressed. snake river steps to the plate AGAIN!!! hell of a beer. worth checking out even if you don't dig lagers...this one might turn you around. for the style, i couldn't imagine this beer being any better.

cosmicevan, Aug 22, 2012
Photo of spark3148857
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

spark3148857, Jul 19, 2012
Photo of crobinso
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

crobinso, Jul 15, 2012
Photo of BurghFanSC
4/5  rDev +6.4%

BurghFanSC, Jun 25, 2012
Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
4/5  rDev +6.4%

CheapBeerBuzz, Jun 24, 2012
Photo of hopfacebrew
3.35/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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 JVoyager
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

JVoyager, May 17, 2012
Photo of whahappened27
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

whahappened27, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of RoryOMoore
4/5  rDev +6.4%

RoryOMoore, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of jmdrpi
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

jmdrpi, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of Duff27
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Half inch tall fizzy off white head. Beer itself is clear amber in color. Good head retention and some lacing.

S- Aroma is sweet and bready.

T- More sweet malts. Would have to say the sweetness overpowers any bittering effect the hops have. Caramels, nuttiness. Drinks it's low ABV.

M- Medium mouthfeel, good solid carbonation.

D/O- What a tasty, yet (relatively) low alcohol beer! Snake River continues to impress me (although this is only my second SR offering). Could contend with an Vienna lager out there. Definitely worth a pick up if you are into session(able) beers.

Duff27, Nov 08, 2011
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3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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 July2Nov
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Nice clean darker bronze color with a finger and a half inch head that ends with a moderate amount of lacing and a sturdy froth on top.

Smell: Baked malts, buttery and some citrus (lemon).

Taste & Mouthfeel: Good roasted malted bread flavor with a citrus finish. Simple and clean. Lighter to slightly medium in body.

Overall: While not a taste altering beer, it is very drinkable and easy going. The lightness of it makes it appealing and certainly would go down well at a cookout.

July2Nov, Aug 31, 2011
Photo of isualum12
2.78/5  rDev -26.1%
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...

isualum12, Aug 08, 2011
Photo of climax
3.03/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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 Thorpe429
3.03/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Pour: Clear, deep red-amber in color. A finger and a half of white head that dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing on the glass.

Smell: Malts dominate the nose. Rich caramel and molasses aroma with a slight underlying floral hop note. Slightly fruity.

Taste: Just as with the smell, it's all about the malt. Flavors of caramel and honey kick things off up front, which then gives way into a rich biscuity taste. Back end finishes clean with a light hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: For 4.8% ABV and being a Lager, this beer is a heavyweight! High carbonation, yet incredibly smooth and a bit creamy.

Drinkability: Smooth drinking beer, but it's very filling. Not exactly a session beer (like you would normally think of a lager being).

Final Notes: A lager that drinks like an ale. Full flavored, full bodied, and delicious. A great utility beer, it would pair well with just about any food you throw at it. Give it a try!

bagpiper2005, Feb 26, 2011
Photo of drabmuh
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer is orange / amber, darker than expected, with a nice head of white medium and small bubbles, moderate carbonation, minimal lacing.

Beer is sweet, mildly caramel in the nose.

Beer is medium in body and a little flavorless, no aftertaste, minimal sweetness on the front and a clean wet finish. It's heavier than I expected but unoffensive, a decent lager.

drabmuh, Feb 15, 2011
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3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

richkrull, Feb 02, 2011
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3.05/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pilsener glass. Thanks to pokesbeerdude for this one. Best by November 30th, 2010.

A - Pours with three fingers of creamy white foam that dissipates to a thick, chunky cap leaving splotches of lace. Copper-amber body that is transparent and has lots of tiny bubbles.

S - Faint floral noble hops over top of toasted grains, nuts, and notes of caramel and cocoa. Perhaps a touch of fruitiness as well. This is surprisingly good for a random lager from Wyoming.

T - Unfortunately the flavor takes a step backward and loses some depth. Mostly bread and caramel, with some light hop bitterness in the finish that lingers into the aftertaste.

M - Carbonation is a little too zesty for me. Body is medium and surprisingly heavy for a 4.8% brew. Quite smooth and creamy. Finishes a little sticky.

D - This is a little too heavy to be a superb session lager, but it's a pretty solid Vienna all the same. I think I like Eliot Ness a bit more, but it's nice to see another American brewers making this style of brew.

MasterSki, Oct 16, 2010
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3.4/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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
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3.23/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

BeerAdvocate, Sep 27, 2010
Snake River Lager from Snake River Brewing Company & Brewpub
85 out of 100 based on 135 ratings.