Vienna Lager - Devils Backbone Brewing Company

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587 Ratings
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Ratings: 587
Reviews: 100
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.33%
Wants: 22
Gots: 159 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 587 | Reviews: 100
Photo of drewsdad08
4.63/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My current favorite draft. Bottle isn't bad of course.

Photo of KYGunner
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Photo of Pcole2
5/5  rDev +34%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Great overall Vienna style lager. Best yet!

Photo of arizcards
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
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!

Photo of smanders
3.03/5  rDev -18.8%
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.

Photo of JayQue
3.54/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Photo of WineGuy3000
3.3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Quick review. Not in love with Vienna-style lagers in general but this one is especially crap.

Photo of mdcrouser
3.05/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Amber sludgy brown, with no head.

Flat, smells a bit like a homebrew - some malts, little else.

Malty like a big loaf of brown bread, restful on the tongue, mildly hoppy.

Nice in the mouth, sticky and even verging on chewy.

Decent, nothing bad about it, but nothing exceptional either.

Photo of Dirtydee5
1.89/5  rDev -49.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

No good tastes like liquid tree.

Photo of DistiLogic
3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A little yeasty and dry on the back pallet. Maybe a bit too effervescent.

Photo of PunchBroadbent
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid beer to drink, like yuengling

Photo of Doctor_Bogenbroom
3.2/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I had this served to me on tap at harpoon Larry's. Dark amber with no head to speak up, minimal lacing. Smell is faint wheat and malts. The taste was slightly floral, with some hoppiness on the tongue, but it didn't hit me with the same bang that Eliot Ness did a while back. The mouthfeel is pretty solid, with medium body and a decent bite on the back of the tongue. Overall, this is a slightly above average Vienna.

Photo of allboutthestout
4.44/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Yup. If enjoyability was a catagory....or a word....it would be a 5.

Photo of Fubar94
4.69/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The is the ultimate Vienna Lager. The great taste is memorable and this is the one I measure all other Vienna lagers against.

Photo of ordybill
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A dark amber beer from the tap.
Has a malt and may be grass smell.
Light carbonation with a great flavor.

Photo of tvljr
4.04/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Good dark red lager. Low ABV, so really nice on a work night.

Photo of Chessmaster
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into lager glass

A: Clear, attractive, orange-red appearance, crystal clear. White head disappeared almost instantly leaving no head at all on top - bad. Constant stream of bubbles rising through liquid

S: Caramel, maybe a little fruity, some bready notes. Pleasant

T: Clean, crisp, a little biscuity/bready, malty/caramel

M: Medium bodied

O: The smell and taste are pleasant and this beer is quite drinkable. A little lacking in the appearance but otherwise good.

Photo of JodyPowers
4.09/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smooth and very drinkable. Makes me hoppy

Photo of DuffDaddy
5/5  rDev +34%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pint at County Grill in Yorktown with family and Ronnie & Donna.

Photo of JP-Phillips
4.78/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Smooth Vienna lager that's one of my go-to beers to have in my kegerator, as it's not too dark nor too light for guests.

Photo of Pantalones
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I've had this one before in bottles, but had it on tap for the first time at a local restaurant when visiting back home for the weekend.

Served in a pint glass, with the head already mostly gone by the time it reached the table (just a little bit sitting on top, which faded away entirely not too much later.) Same nice caramely brown color that I remembered from the six-pack I picked up a while back, clear. Smell was mostly "beery" but just slightly sweet, though considering that food was around I may not have been able to pick up on everything.

Tastes nice. Bready, a little caramel-y, sweet but not TOO sweet, and with a hint of another flavor in there now and then (I'm assuming this is coming from the hops used.) My sister commented that it reminded her of sourdough bread, and actually I can kinda see that comparison now that I think about it. Seemed a bit different on tap than in bottled form (I suspect that maybe the bottles were fresher, considering that I bought them within 10-15 miles of the brewery and had them within a month of the bottling date!), but the caramel-like flavors I remembered were definitely there. Went together nicely with the fish & chips I ate, no odd changes in the flavor at all whether I drank after a bite of fish, a mozzarella stick, some fries, or some salad. The sweetness was a bit less pronounced as the meal went on, but the beer was still good the whole time. Smooth and very drinkable, I could've easily had a second one afterward if not for the fact that I didn't want to run up the bill too much since someone else was paying, heh.

Overall, this is good stuff whether on its own or with a meal, and seems to pair better with food compared to the other Vienna-style lagers I've tried so far--I'm not sure what makes the difference there (maybe the particular variety of hops used in each one, or maybe my taste buds just like these kinds of beers more with fish & chips rather than with spicy chicken tacos?), but it was definitely appreciated at lunch today.

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Had a couple pints on tap 5/13/15 -- still very tasty (obviously or I wouldn't have gotten two!) This time I would describe the flavor as toasty with a bit of an almost-caramel-like sweetness, but leaning more in the "toasty and a little sweet" direction rather than seeming really caramel-like. Also got just a hint of something that seemed almost minty on the end occasionally, which I'm guessing is hops-related. I think I was picking up on a bit of this flavor when I had the bottled version months and months ago, too, now that I think about it.

Photo of everythingiszen
4.51/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smooth and refreshing malty lager. Just what I'm looking for in the style.

Photo of wac9
3.17/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

wife always picks a good beer on her away from fl and she know nothing about beer , just a copper color beer thats a crisp taste but also some hits of hops taste ans carmel smmoth so drink another

Photo of metter98
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is crystal clear amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short white head that died down, leaving some patches of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Sweet aromas of toasted malts are present in the nose along with some hints of raisins.
T: The taste follows the smell and has flavors of toasted mats along with notes of sweetness and some hints of caramel and grassy hops.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer goes down easily and is pleasantly smooth. I wouldn't mind having another one of these.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of gopens44
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Can't believe I hadn't ever reviewed this! Great color and light beige head. Smells lightly of caramel and crisp yet not overpowering hops. Sweet caramel pops just before a bitter taming from the hops comes around. Smooth and slightly light mouthfeel. Finish is clean, no cloying sweetness in aftertaste. Great all around drinker for almost any situation and fantastic gateway beer for your macro friends.

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Vienna Lager from Devils Backbone Brewing Company
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