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Snake River Lager - Snake River Brewing Company & Brewpub

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134 Ratings

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Ratings: 134
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.

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
4/5  rDev +6.4%

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.

BeardedBoffin, Jun 02, 2010
Photo of Tballz420
4/5  rDev +6.4%

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.

Tballz420, May 06, 2010
Photo of thedetective
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%

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.

thedetective, Feb 02, 2010
Photo of kegger22
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%

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.

kegger22, Dec 04, 2009
Photo of KarlHungus
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%

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.

KarlHungus, Sep 04, 2009
Photo of CrazyLarry
4.38/5  rDev +16.5%

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.

CrazyLarry, Aug 09, 2009
Photo of Bighuge
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%

Dusty caramel colored body. Bubbly dirty white head. Lace is decent enough. Nice thick aroma of toasted malts, caramel and nuts. Flavor falls short of the nose by a bit. Earthy maltiness with sweet toffeeish tones. Toasted, dusty malts add a layer to the flavor. Fairly bland overall. Medium to medium-full body. Moderately carbonated. Kind of a dusty, chalky mouthfeel. This is decent but nothing I'd need to return to in the near future.

Bighuge, Aug 07, 2009
Photo of ZAP
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%

A-Amber colored with orange notes....not much head but nice lacing on the glass.

S-Nice toasted maltiness with a little toffee as well...smells very good

T-A nice toasted malt backbone..certainly nothing complicated here but it is nice.

M-Just a little bit watery....wish it had just a little more body...it's close to where I'd want it but kind of splitting hairs I'd like it a tad bigger.

D-Nice flavorful vienna lager that would be a great summer session beer.

ZAP, Aug 03, 2009
Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%

12 oz bottle poured into a dimple mug. Best by Jun notched on the label.

A - Very slightly hazy brown amber color with a low ivory head that was thick and creamy before reducing to a ring and spots of lacing on the mug.

S - Robust aroma of caramel and amber malts make it a sweet smelling, malty lager with large ale qualities. Lots of caramel but no real hop notes.

T - The lack of hops in the aroma is made up for in the bittering qualities of the hops in the flavor. Slightly fruity and floral, the hops mainly round out the body. The background is full of toasty malts with a touch of burnt flavor to them. The sweet caramel in the aroma is overshadowed by the hop bitterness and burnt flavor.

M - Creamy and smooth this Vienna lager feels good in the mouth as it's medium-body and slick viscosity flow into the tummy.

D - One of the first Vienna lagers I've had in a while, it reminded me why I liked them so much to begin with. It's flavorful and round, a good session beer but not one that impresses hugely.

BeerFMAndy, Jul 26, 2009
Photo of tempest
3.3/5  rDev -12.2%

Picked up a single from Princeton Liquors in Maple Grove, MN. Appears a clear copper with an off-white head and lacing. This vienna lager was simple and smooth witha plain caramel malt flavor and just a hint of earth hops in the aftertaste. Very drinkable, but not that inspiring. It's like a richer Negra Modelo.

tempest, Jul 10, 2009
Photo of beerbrains
3.43/5  rDev -8.8%

Received this in mixed 6 pk sampler. It pours a pleasant amber with a crisp white head that left a sticky lace in the glass long after the beer was gone. It smells slightly sweet, caramel malts.

The flavors follows the nose; slightly sweet and malty with a little hops to balance things out. Very smooth drinking. Overall a very good example of the style.... Macro producers of this style should be taking notes.

Drank this one on it's no food.

beerbrains, Jun 30, 2009
Photo of IronCitySteve
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%

A: A dark orange color with red hues. A decent amount of head, 1 finger with some lacing.

S: Not much happening here. Some bready malts with a vague hint of caramel.

T: Tasted much better than the smell. Lots of sweet malty bread and nuts. Vague hints of hops. Really sweet beer.

M: A medium body beer. Leaves a sweet creamy taste on the palate.

D: Not quite a session beer, but a really good lager. Definitely try it if you enjoy this style!

IronCitySteve, Dec 29, 2008
Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.1/5  rDev -17.6%

Appearance: Pours a very clear slightly burnt orange color with a huge head that is a thick four fingers of off white bubbles. The head is maintained by a whole bunch of bubbles rising and was still at least three fingers a couple minutes after the pour. Topping the beer off with the bottle made the beer pretty cloudy, but there is a lot of lacing left on the glass after drinking.

Aroma: Malt driven aroma with a mild metallic aromatic in there. I get some minerals to mix with the metallic as the head starts to fall some. As the beer warms, I am picking up more hops, and they are reminding me of the stronger high alpha hops from the NorthWest. I guess that makes sense with it being from Wyoming, but it is not what I expected from a Vienna style.

Taste: The flavor is also malt driven, and this beer has a bit of age on it. It has some hops in the flavor, but they are tasting a bit dry at this point like they are getting old. After I topped the beer off, there was a bit of yeast that made its way in because of the high carbonation. This bready contribution actually softened the flavor profile up a bit so that it isn't as dry. The finish is led by the malt, but the attenuation doesn't leave it much to contribute. I don't know if the fresher example would have a more assertive hop bouquet in the finish or what.

Opinion: Well, this is an alright beer, and I am sure that it was better in its prime. There isn't really anything wrong with it, so that is why I think that it would have been better fresher. My score will have to reflect what I am drinking, but I would hold out hope that I will get to give this one another try and a more fair review.

SkeeterHawk, Aug 11, 2008
Photo of Chaz
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%

Pours a very clear golden amber in color -lighter than I'd expect for the style- topped with an off white head and minimal lacing. Chill haze. Nose is light, sweet caramel with minimal use of aroma hops evincing what I'd call 'a touch of lemon rind.' On the first sip this is pretty light on the palate, with some light, tangy citrus leading the way, followed by as touch of pale malt and plenty of caramel malt notes. Caramel notes become much more prominent as this warms yet don't detract from the overall character, and the lemon rind/citrus from the nose takes on more of an orange character. A bit lighter in body than I'd expected, it is rather crisp and drinkable altogether, and certainly doesn't feel like 6% -- although not a huge beer, its easy-drinkining nature does tend to put it in with other 'dangerously drinkable' brews.

Chaz, Jun 09, 2008
Photo of DontCallMeSurly
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%

Holy overcarbonated-beer, Batman!

I got a 12oz bottle in a trade from Fishdawg71. I pop the top and begin to pour it into a 16oz glass and I am overwhelmed with head(heh)! There is easily about 4-5 inches of head and I have barely poured any in yet! Anyways it comes out an appealing golden straw color with quite a bit of haze. The foam on this is absolutely gorgeous! You know thos nice lazy summer days when you look up into a vast blue sky and see it plastered with thick, puffy cumulonimbus clouds? You know what I mean? Yeah think of that, only in a glass. It also collapses in a very unique way; it doesn't dissipate evenly, instead it partially falls and I'm left with a mountain of head! It's been about five minutes and I'm still letting this beast do it's thing! The first thing I smell is alcohol and lots of it. There's a pretty dominant backbone of bread-like malts, which smells absolutely delicious. Probably not surprising, but this beer tastes much like smells; plenty of alcohol and malt with very little hops. I'm certainly not complaining, in fact I like it. It tastes pretty light on the tongue but it has way too much carbonation for my taste. Who knows, maybe it was a bad batch. I'd definitely try this one again!

DontCallMeSurly, May 14, 2008
Photo of Twerknasty
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%

Pours almost like a true pale ale, surprising how good this looks. The head isn't as attractive, but the sheer color is nice. Incredibly malty on the nose, almost like a nice sweet pastry. Not much of a hop presence noticed yet. A very interesting mouthfeel, that is creamy yet very light. Low carbonation, that gives way to biscuits and sweet caramel. Not much more I can say, rather than its quite drinkable and somewhat complex

Twerknasty, May 06, 2008
Photo of absolutbc2001
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%

I moved to jackson hole wyoming about 6 months ago to ski. the first night i got here i went to the closest bar to my motel, which turned out to be the snake river brewery. I had just gotten done with a 10hr drive and I figured a simple easy drinking lager would be the best bet since i knew nothing of the brewery. After 2 sips i was in love stating, "this is the best beer I've ever had." Its not but it is damn good. 6 months and some 200 lagers later...

Serving type: a growler filled today at the brewery - doesn't get much better

Appearance: amazing. the head is perfect. about 1 in thick. dissipates to a permanent lacing in about 3 minutes. color is a rich caramel amber. slight thickness gives a nice coating to the glass - appropriate for this style.

Smell: My nose isn't great but the smell is pleasing and sweet with a little bit of toastedness

Taste: at first this beer is smooth smooth smooth with not too much carbonation. Then the sweet malt and gentle hops kick in. This is definitely a sweet lager but with a tiny bit of sourness and a combination of hops (giving slight bitterness to several areas of the mouth) that makes the drink feel smoother and more balanced on the tongue while still being sweet primarily. The aftertaste is where things go sour, literally. Its not bad but the beer definitely becomes more sour in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Great, i don't like too much carbonation in my beer and in my opinion this one hits the target. thickness is perfect. Only thing keeping this from a 5 is the feel of sourness on my tongue afterwards.

Drinkability: Also great. I've had many nights of drinking 10 of these. The only problem is the accumulation of sourness. but while you're drinking this its a 5+ on drinkability

absolutbc2001, Apr 25, 2008
Photo of chiapete
4.38/5  rDev +16.5%

pours a amber, off gold color with a half inch of clean white head , head fades to a small cap but remains most of beer.
Nice lacing for entire drink.

Aroma is sweet , malt almost a little fruit. But to me the sweet malt stands out.

Tastes the same as it smells just a little deeper , sweet , toasted malt . A slight after taste but doesn't linger.

Good mouth feel a little heavier than expected.

good carbonation , good finish , easy drinking.

chiapete, Apr 09, 2008
Photo of brentk56
4.38/5  rDev +16.5%

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy light amber color with a fluffy head that leaves a bunch of lace behind

Smell: Nice caramel aroma for a lager, with a hint of balsa wood underneath

Taste: Opens with a bready flavor that builds in caramel sweetness by mid-palate; after the swallow, the modest earthy bittering provides a nice foil to the caramel

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body, almost creamy, with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: This is one of those beers that redeems the much-maligned world of lagers; really nice

Thanks, younger35, for the opportunity

brentk56, Mar 18, 2008
Photo of woodychandler
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%

Drink more lagers! That was the admonishment as I left Boston and I was merely following orders. It came with a decent, bone-white head exploding with lots of CO2 bubbles. The color was a beautiful deep-gold with NE-quality clarity. The nose had the characteristic lager-malt sweetness. The mouthfeel was thin-to-medium. There was a good malty sweetness on the tongue. Finish had a good lingering sweetness. A really good lager, as long as you like lagers (and I was learning to do just that).

woodychandler, Feb 08, 2008
Photo of JohnGalt1
4.33/5  rDev +15.2%

12oz picked up at the Coop today for about $1.40.. poured into my Delirium tulip.

Crusty big bubble head takes a while to die down.. clear orange brew.

Clean malts are the lion's share of the aroma.. toasted more than caramel.

Flavor is very fresh... inviting.. very smooth and drinkable.. toasted malts with a low earthy hop presence.. Great body for the style and again.. drinkable for days.

Everyone loves Zonker, but the Vienna lager is my favorite Snake River brew... Fantastic.

JohnGalt1, Jan 29, 2008
Photo of uwmgdman
3.1/5  rDev -17.6%

The beer pours a nice clear deep golden color with a thick and sticky white head. The aroma is moderately malty – kind of spicy and a little sweet. The flavor is well balanced between moderate malyiness and medium-low hop bitterness. There even is a touch of spicy hop flavor. The swallow is smooth, a bit metallic. The carbonation is moderate and body is a bit thin/watery. Overall not a bad beer, could use a bit more body and complexity, still not bad.

uwmgdman, Dec 30, 2007
Photo of franksnbeans
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Pours apricot in color with a cream head that dies slow. Smells of sweet malt. Tastes a little caramel and some fruit sweetness. Finishes with a minor hop bite. As balanced and subtle as a brew gets. Light and crisp in the mouth. Goes down smooth and easy.

franksnbeans, Sep 14, 2007
Photo of Jason
4.25/5  rDev +13%

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 -2.9%

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
Snake River Lager from Snake River Brewing Company & Brewpub
85 out of 100 based on 134 ratings.