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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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-10-2002)
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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.

Serving type: can

05-30-2012 13:29:45 | More by hopfacebrew
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

05-16-2012 23:51:25 | More by JVoyager
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

03-01-2012 06:45:44 | More by whahappened27
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +6.4%

02-27-2012 06:21:01 | More by RoryOMoore
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

11-23-2011 05:04:16 | More by jmdrpi
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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.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2011 01:13:44 | More by Duff27
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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.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2011 01:40:50 | More by HuskyinPDX
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2011 04:42:32 | More by July2Nov
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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...

Serving type: on-tap

08-08-2011 20:25:59 | More by isualum12
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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.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2011 00:43:19 | More by climax
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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.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2011 01:56:27 | More by Thorpe429
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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!

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2011 23:14:04 | More by bagpiper2005
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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.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2011 18:08:03 | More by drabmuh
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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.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2011 02:27:30 | More by richkrull
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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.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2010 03:19:53 | More by jrallen34
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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.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2010 23:21:58 | More by MasterSki
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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.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2010 02:06:42 | More by Vdubb86
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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.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2010 19:03:02 | More by BeerAdvocate
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3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Another VDubb appointee in the ongoing Leaving Falls Church uber-bender. It pours a clear russet topped by a half-finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises greens, flowers, butternut squash, and a healthy contingent of toffee. The taste is similar, but tends more toward mandarin orange notes than florals. The toffee is more of a sweeter caramel now as well, with some left-over butter spread over the proceedings. The body is a very light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a smooth feel. Overall, a nice sessionable brew, something I could see myself downing regularly in the mountains of Wyoming.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2010 10:30:30 | More by TMoney2591
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New Mexico

4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark amber, almost hazy, beer with a centimeter or two of foam. Not much lacing worth mentioning. The nose is filled with malty caramel, a touch of fruit and bread. The malty character extend to palate. Solidly malty on the medium bodied palate. Grain and bread is the backbone of this beer. It finishes with the lightest touch of bitterness from the hops.

I appreciate malty beers and I appreciate this one, but it feels to me that bitterness should be expressed a tad more for this style. Perhaps this is a more traditional representation of the style? In any case, this is a beer worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2010 01:54:45 | More by BeardedBoffin
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4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper colored brew, somewhat hazy. Nice sized tan head, lots o' lace. Nose is sweet lagered caramels. Toasted caramel malts for the taste, some fruity hops. Im not recalling a vienna's relationship to ta oktober at the moment, but this reminds me of a german oktober. Medium mouth. Not bad overall, actually pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2010 05:21:17 | More by Tballz420
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3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this beer at the brewery a couple of weeks ago. The orange-brown color was a nice indication of the type of taste it was going to bring. The caramel malt is nice and strong and this beer is a very good example of a vienna lager. Carbonation was at a great level having it on tap,and Though I wouldn't say that it is quite on the level of the Eliot Ness from Great Lakes, it's still a great beer. I think that darker lagers are often one of the most overlooked beers. I didn't pick up on any of the vinegary taste that was mentioned in the earlier review, but I did catch a great balance of hop and malt, and I would like to try it in the bottle to see the differences.

Serving type: on-tap

02-02-2010 17:42:30 | More by thedetective
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3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Snake River lager is a clear, amber/red with a moderate head dissipating to a collar. The aroma is caramel malt but there is also a vague vinegary scent, though not unpleasant. The taste too is mostly caramel malt, but again the vinegar. I double checked it against some balsamic v I had in the fridge and smell & taste matched, but very mildly. The feel is medium bodied and low carbonation. Drinkability is good.

The mild vinegar taste and aroma is not one that I normally associate with any beer, however, it worked pretty well and added an unusual nuance to the flavor.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2009 19:11:08 | More by kegger22
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3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a murky amber-orange color. The head is a firm inch of white foam that recedes slowly into sticky lacing. The aroma is of sweet malt with a strong floral hop presence. It isn't the most complex aroma I've experienced in a Vienna Lager, but it is nice nonetheless. The taste is a lot like the aroma. All the residual sugars make it almost hide all the the usual lager cleanness, and make it almost seem like and amber ale. What is there is nice, and quite interesting. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a gritty texture, and moderate carbonation. Overall, this is a nice beer that I would surely drink again.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2009 23:19:00 | More by KarlHungus
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4.38/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

First off this is my first beer review.

Appearance: Orange amber color. Able to see through the beer. Darker than most lagers.

Smell: To me more hoppy than grainy. Smells like a good lager to me.

Taste: More bitter finish than I like. Smooth, Clean, Crisp. Low alcohol lift. Very Very pleasant beginning. I get a stout note mid finish.

Mouthfeel: Light

Drinkability: Relatively fast for a person who cannot chug. One of my most favorite lagers hands down.

For me I am a larger fan but lagers do not have the flavors I look for when I drink a beer up in the Teton Mountains.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2009 22:05:59 | More by CrazyLarry
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