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Vienna Lager - Devils Backbone Brewing Company

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Reviews: 105
Hads: 649
Avg: 3.75
pDev: 30.93%
Wants: 23
Gots: 187 | FT: 4
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Devils Backbone Brewing Company visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
Vienna Lager |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: on 12-24-2008

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Photo of Buck89
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass. Nice light orange-brown color but with no head despite a fairly vigorous pour. Aromas of dark bread, cracker and some caramel, with a faint floral presence. Taste followed closely with a pleasing dark bready malt and some sweetness with a subtle floral hop bitterness. Carb was a little low, feel was light.. Overall, a nice Vienna lager.

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Photo of vabeerguy
4.01/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Caramel color. Has a balanced malt and hop flavor. Easy to drink, could very well be a great session beer. My wife is not a beer drinker but this is one she will almost always order when we go to a bar or restaurant. I am more of a brown ale and Belgian beer fan but lean toward this Vienna Lager when I am thirsty and want a refreshing, tasty beverage.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.69/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured on tap in a shaker pint, the beer is a bright, vibrant, caramel color with no head. Aromas of subtle caramel and toasted grains, with some subtle floral highlights. Flavors are richly sweet forward, with roasted caramel on a toasty backbone, subtle floral highlights, and an underlying hops bitterness. Big and smooth in mouth, with a crisp and clean finish. Roasted and rich caramel aftertaste. Good beer.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle dated 8/1/15:
The beer had lower-moderate head initially, but it kind of wants to stick around. The beer is on the brown side of amber, but also quite clear.

The nose is actually a bit darker grain crackery on a warmer beer, little more medium dark bready before.

Taste follows nose, malty up front with enough bitterness to balance it. There is a light brown sugar - or at least dark bread sweetness - in this beer. I get a light spiciness to the hop balance, maybe a bit herbal before the spice bite hit at the end. Let it be noted, these notes are relative to an overall malty-side-of-balanced brew.

Feel was quite nice... light on carbonation but decent body and a fairly nice smoothness.

Appreciating this more as I analyze it, considering I've had it a bunch as a highly available beer around my parts, even in non-craft bars. This needs to also be weighed against my current increased lean towards balanced or even malty beers.

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Photo of wedge
3.42/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear copper with a quickly fading off-white head. Doughy, somewhat toasty aroma - not much to it. Flavor has more malty richness, but still comes across as muddled. Toasted, nutty malts, honey, and a noble hop woody spice in the finish. Medium-light, smooth, and crisp. Drinkable for sure, but a fresh Boston Lager is better.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a crystal clear medium to dark copper in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation and some faint garnet red highlights. The beer has a three finger tall foamy beige head that reduces to a medium thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of toasted malts, caramel malts, brown sugar, and grassy hops with a hint of dark fruit/raisin.

T: Upfront there are moderate to strong flavors of toasted malts and caramel malts with a light to moderate amount of brown sugar and dark fruit/raisin sweetness. That is followed by a light flavor of grassy hops which contributes a light amount of bitterness which does not linger for long.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Very enjoyable and easy to drink, well balanced and hiding the alcohol well. Definitely worth grabbing and I'm looking forward to getting another one of these.

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Photo of tlema1
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Amber/brown color, tight white head
A: faint Carmel and malt
T: great example of the style, well done lager for an American brewery, east drinking and flavorful
F: light to medium body, which lends to the drinkability
O: would recommend

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Belmont House of Smoke in Norfolk, VA.

This one pours a light amber brown, with a small head, and a small amount of lacing.

Smells like toasty and bready malt, nuts, and some slight grassy hoppiness.

This one tastes pretty similar to the way it smells, great deep maltiness without being heavy- toasted malt, bit of tobacco and grassiness, and a great nuttiness. Really drinkable, could see drinking a lot of these.

This is medium bodied, goes down easy, with a moderate level of carbonation, and a bready mouthfeel.

A really excellent Vienna lager, one of the best made in the US.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.52/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 7/28/15.

Pours a hazy copper with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, caramel, and nut aromas. Taste is much the same with toast, caramel, and fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of toast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is smooth and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of SFNC
3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Good, solid lager. it pours a deep orange with a small off white head. Smell is malt, but muted. Taste is fine and the feel solid, but it could have used a little more carbonation.

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Photo of Kubishark
3.94/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap and in bottles in the past. Dark, like an amber-caramel mix. Smell is very mild. Tastes malty and slightly floral. Lots of very mild, subtle flavors. It's a relaxed taste, if that makes sense. It's not too heavy and not too watery either. Overall this is one of my favorite beers this summer. The perfect beer to bring along camping in the mountains of Virginia.

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Photo of JLaw55
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A nice example of the style. Nothing really offensive and enough malt presence to give it a noticeable and pleasant flavor you would expect from a well crafter lager.

Would drink again.

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Photo of JimKal
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler into an NB globe.

Look: Really nice appearance, a dark amber with a nice white head that leaves some lacing as it dissipates.
Smell: Nice malty aroma.
Taste:Very malt forward with just a hint of bitter at the end. MOre malty and less bitter than my go to SABL.
Feel: medium mouthfeel but better than most lagers I've had.
Overall: This is now available in bottles here in NC so I'll be getting more.

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Photo of UPMD_Bill
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Drank straight from a bottle so I can't comment much on look or smell.
Tastes like a good, solid Vienna lager. Bready malt flavor, not too heavy, with a light bitter floral hop finish.
Carbonation seemed unusual - mouthfeel almost creamy, with lots of little bubbles stinging the tongue. Not sure if that's good for the style or what, but it stood out to me.

Overall: more complex, interesting and satsfying than I'd expect from 4.9% ABV. Would get it again.

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Photo of brentk56
4.04/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: A bubble show at the outset and then a three inch head settles on the copper colored liquid; patchy lacing

Smell: Caramel, biscuit and a hint of tea

Taste: Caramel, up front, with bit of biscuit and tea flavors developing; caramel dominates throughout

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

Overall: Not a style I often seek out but this is a great example of what it should be

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Photo of Barracudas
5/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I always have a pint when I drive near the Devil's Backbone Outpost!

I also fill the 64 oz growler to enjoy when I get home. It is mighty tasty.

Definitely recommended!

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Photo of MadCat
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: Pours a nice amber color with a short white head that leaves some lacing

Smell: Nice caramel malt with some cracker

Taste: Caramel malt, light hopping, biscuity, citrus, pepper

Feel: Light body, good carbonation

Overall: A solid Vienna Lager, and something good for those BMC drinkers in your life, but not something I particularly love

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Photo of hopphead31415
3.74/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I first tried this on tap, but lately have been seeing them in six packs so I picked some up and chilled it down real good and then poured into a glass. At the time of reviewing this, I only had available a tall English Ale glass, but it’ll get the job done. This lager has a deflated 4.9% ABV and has no bitterness.

Look-It pours a dark amber/mahogany that is very clear and the carbonation trails can be seen. The head comes in medium about a finger or two settling down to a film after a while. The lacing is foamy and slightly moist.

Smell-It is a malt-forward smell with biscuit-like, toasted cracker smells and a sweetness to it that is honey-based and a mild spiciness to it that is like clover and coriander.

Taste-It has a refreshing taste with complex malts that follow the nose, but then there are hints of clementine citrus, honey, black-pepper notes, and a caramel based malt.

Mouthfeel-It is definitely medium-bodied and sufficiently fizzy from the decent amount of carbonation. There is not much of a bite from the low 4.9% alcohol, but the carbonation takes care of most of that.

Overall-This is a session lager to say the least, but is quite refreshing. I would have liked to see a bit more character and dynamic flavor components coming through the hops, but it was still a good beer.

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Photo of vainosuomi
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap in a pilsner glass. Golden amber color. Fairly malty smell, with a little bit of spiciness. Sweet malt flavor with faint hops. Clean finish and carbonation.

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Photo of cbutova
3.81/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- 12oz bottle poured to a couple bechers with a deep copper amber body and a fizzy white head. Decent retention falling to almost nothing with rare lacing.

S- Toasty Vienna malts bring caramelized sugar, light nutty, toast and biscuit aromas while the yeast is mostly clean save hints of pale fruit esters and spice.

T- Toasty and flavorful grains as in the aroma with a very clean and crisp taste. Slight medium caramelized sugars, toast, biscuit, cereal grains, pale candi sugar and just a hint of fruit and spice. Slight spicy hops and bready hints.

MF- Puffy light-medium body with a high end carbonation level. Texture is crisp and smooth with very low bitterness.

Clean and toasty with those Vienna malts doing most of the work. Appears deeper in color but still drinks very easily and smoothly thanks to those grains.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.77/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, clear, deep, dark, amber/mahogany color with a half of a finger of white-colored head that quickly dissolved away into thin lacing of foam that partially covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Very aromatic with tons of biscuit-like, bready, toasted malt, black pepper, caramel and honey, heather, and a touch of floral, grassy, citrusy, hops. Smells inviting and delicious!

Taste: Delicious! Tons of bready, biscuit-like, toasted malt up front, followed by lots of black pepper, honey and caramel-like sweetness, a hint of citrus and a hint, a whisper, really, of hops at the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and nicely effervescent, as there’s quite a bit of carbonation to tickle the taste buds. With an ABV of 4.9%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is one of my favorite session beers, period. Malty, slightly sweet, bready, crisp, satisfying, very, very drinkable and spectacular! If you like Vienna Lagers, you’ll love this one! Highly, highly recommended!

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Photo of KYGunner
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not enough breweries will take on the non sexy beers like a Vienna lager so kudos to Devils Backbone. This is a nicely dark malted lager with a touch of caramel, barley and pecan. Little bit of toasted grain and nut. This is a lager with a nice bit of personality.

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Photo of arizcards
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a sixer last Saturday from the Food Lion in Williamsburg, VA for $9.99. This is supposed to be Da Boss' go to beer for the week but she had two as she is little and petite and not into drinking beyond the one or two pint with a meal.

Beer poured orange with a nice white head upon the initial pour.

Nose is malt city and not much beyond that.

Taste is solid, nice malt backbone with enough hopping to make my chips and salsa that I am pairing this with come alive.

Mouthfeel is thicker than what I expect from this style. Would expect something lighter and crisper especially from the hop bill previously detected.

Overall a tasty brew...glad Da Boss left some behind for me!

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Photo of smanders
3.03/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A friend gave me a Vienna Lager a couple weeks ago. I remember it positively, so I bought a 6'er from TW for $8.99. Poured into a lager glass for review.

Appearance: dark copper coloring with minimal head. No lacing.

Smell: a hint of sweet malt, but not much else.

Taste: honey sweet wheat bread.

Mouthfeel: a tad sticky. Not bad.

Drinkability: a good representative of the style made better by the fact that it's local.

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Photo of JayQue
3.54/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Decent session beer. Pours a nice clear dark copper color into a pint glass. Small antique white head with average retention and minimal lacing. Aroma is sweet malt, nothing complex but strong enough. Nice flavor for a session beer. Slightly sweet biscuity malk
t and a little grassy hops for balancing bitterness. Mouthfeel is not watery, just light and crisp. Enough bitterness to balance the malt. Would be good in pitchers or as a summertime cooler.

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Vienna Lager from Devils Backbone Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.