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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 Bighuge


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

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2009 03:42:05 | More by Bighuge
Photo of ZAP


4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2009 03:23:45 | More by ZAP
Photo of BeerFMAndy


3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2009 14:52:28 | More by BeerFMAndy
Photo of tempest


3.3/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2009 13:45:18 | More by tempest
Photo of beerbrains


3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2009 06:03:03 | More by beerbrains
Photo of IronCitySteve


4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2008 18:46:25 | More by IronCitySteve
Photo of SkeeterHawk


3.1/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2008 03:55:01 | More by SkeeterHawk
Photo of Chaz


3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2008 18:08:44 | More by Chaz
Photo of DontCallMeSurly


4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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!

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2008 01:13:38 | More by DontCallMeSurly
Photo of Twerknasty


4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2008 04:56:37 | More by Twerknasty
Photo of absolutbc2001

New York

4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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

Serving type: growler

04-25-2008 02:33:11 | More by absolutbc2001
Photo of chiapete


4.38/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2008 15:26:14 | More by chiapete
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2008 00:09:22 | More by brentk56
Photo of woodychandler


3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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).

Serving type: on-tap

02-08-2008 22:53:43 | More by woodychandler
Photo of JohnGalt1


4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2008 09:33:14 | More by JohnGalt1
Photo of uwmgdman


3.1/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2007 21:59:50 | More by uwmgdman
Photo of franksnbeans


4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2007 21:03:40 | More by franksnbeans
Photo of Jason


4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2007 03:29:44 | More by Jason
Photo of jwc215


3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2007 00:22:26 | More by jwc215
Photo of Bitterbill


4.45/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This one pours from 12oz bottle a medium gold with a large head of foam that shrinks slowly leaving just a few small "islands and some lacing" by the end of the session. This is one pretty beer to look at, for sure.

The smell is a nice mix of sweet malt tempered by some citrus hops. Delicate but nice.

The taste on first sip has an abundance of sweet malt and grain with a good earthy presence. Further sips in and I get a bit of hoppiness but the malt is king here and..swishing the brew in my mouth, I get a kind of a candy sugar flavour that is very pleasing indeed. Very tasty. The more I sip, the more the graininess and earthyness comes to the forefront and I have to slow down lest the liquid gold in my glass will disappear way too quickly. In other words, this one's drinkability is really amazing. I've had this many times before and I was surprised that I hadn't reviewed it until now. In my book, this is a top notch Lager that yeah, fits the style to which it was placed very nicely.

Bottom line: A most excellent in all ways example of the style. I can *only* recommend it!

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2007 20:29:35 | More by Bitterbill
Photo of Domingo


4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm glad to see the distribution of this brewery getting better.
Pours a nice amber color. Darker than a typical Vienna...more like an Oktoberfest.
Smells malty. Not a huge hops presence, but some.
Flavor is sweet, followed by a little grain and lager yeast. Caramel and hazelnut are the flavor that come to mind. Maybe gingerbread? Much like the smell, this one isn't huge on the hops, but the malt MORE than makes up for it. I like this one.
Mouthfeel is light and makes this one go down like a lager, but it's got more than enough flavor to appease someone looking for something bold.
I could drink these one after another until I ran out.

I can see why this is listed as a Märzen/O-fest as that's really what it reminds me of. Granted I haven't had too many Vienna's, but this one stands as a WONDERFUL beer no matter the style. Now that I can get this anywhere, I think this will be my new "always in the fridge" beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2007 23:02:25 | More by Domingo
Photo of JohnnyM2002


3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2006 18:45:55 | More by JohnnyM2002
Photo of Grundle20


3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Bottom Line:
I agree with the recategorization from vienna lager to marzen style. It's a rather interesting and decent brew regardless.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2006 17:15:44 | More by Grundle20


3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2006 18:18:06 | More by SPLITGRIN
Photo of LiquidBreadMan


3.08/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2006 21:52:30 | More by LiquidBreadMan
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