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Vienna Lager - Devils Backbone Brewing Company

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465 Ratings
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Ratings: 465
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 12.37%
Wants: 10
Gots: 89 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Devils Backbone Brewing Company visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
Vienna Lager |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: on 12-24-2008)
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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

crwrunner, Oct 12, 2013
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Photo of BEERchitect
3.76/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

While many American brewers are happy to dip their toe into the traditional European styles, few actually claim the authentic taste, technique and recipe that garners such praise. But those laborious efforts of Devil's Backbone deserves it!

Their Vienna lager pours with a bright golden color with copper and garnet ribbons. One whiff and a juicy malt aroma exudes. Malty and toasted scents weave into a taste that's right smack-dab in the middle of creamy malt and sweet.

As the flavors open up, the middle palate shares the toastiness of fresh baking bread and toasty croissant. Malt sweetness is playfully volumnous but shies away from caramel; instead prefers the creamy cashew and elegant drinkabiity with herbal noble hop flavors of honeysuckle and tea-like earthiness to ground the taste.

Its delicate and malty-dry finish is medium-light and never challenges the palate. Its high drinkability and soothing texture develops into an herbal bitterness to finish that's only intense enough to offset the trailing malts, revealing a near minty flavor and feel in its wake.

BEERchitect, Aug 12, 2014
Photo of oberon
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a becker a clear rich bronze with a well defined half finger white head that was pretty quick to fade.Aromas mainly of caramel doughy malt,flavors start out with caramel malt notes along with a whiskey-ish element to it,a decent smattering of spicy hops in the finish.A solid vienna lager not overly sweet with a nice amount of hops.A good beer for yard work and opening day Tiger baseball!

oberon, Apr 01, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Tiernan, Aug 06, 2013
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5/5  rDev +34.4%

mysteryatoms, Aug 20, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

sdsimkins, Apr 14, 2013
Photo of Guden
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Deep copper with some haze. A small head fades quickly leaving no lacing.

S- Sweet caramel predominates with a little toast, and a hint of woody and spicy hops.

T- Again caramel is the main character up front with some amaretto and toast in the blend. Not super strong in flavor and a bit sweeter than I expected.

M- Fairly low in carbonation and body, kind of watery. A bit lacking in this category.

O- A refreshing beer, I've gone back to it a few times. An easy drinker but nothing amazing.

Guden, Oct 21, 2012
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3/5  rDev -19.4%

HerbMeowing, Aug 29, 2014
Photo of merlin48
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pours a clear amber body with a small offwhite head. Minimal lacing and retention.
Aroma is toasty caramel and biscuit with vague fruit esters and some earthy hops.
Mouthfeel is creamy and light medium bodied with appropriate moderate carbonation.
Taste is loaded with caramel maltiness, accented by a pleasant nuttiness and a strong biscuity presence. Earthy hops add an even, if subdued, balancing bitterness.
Very clean and goes down well, very well. One of the better American lagers I've sampled in recent months.

merlin48, Apr 04, 2013
Photo of tigg924
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

One of the better examples of the style I have had in a while. Nice and malty I would get a six pack of this if I saw it again.

tigg924, Aug 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

maki88, Oct 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

Dejan1120, Mar 16, 2014
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3.2/5  rDev -14%

dankjohn, Oct 16, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Mantooth, Sep 21, 2013
Photo of donscott
4.29/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer is probably one of my favorite lighter colored beer. I have introduced it to several friends and family. They all do a double take at the beer and a mental note for their shopping list. Devils Backbone for me came out of no where and have been producing a great product.

donscott, Jan 22, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Cynic-ale, Jan 27, 2014
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3/5  rDev -19.4%

mjh0527, Jun 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

amstokesdb9, Jan 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

dmk91, Nov 07, 2013
Photo of dwren89
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: tan-amber color with great clarity but surprisingly little head

Aroma: toasty, clean yeast flavor, slight nuttiness with a little bread aroma as well

Taste: balanced and very flavorful with great toast, bread, and nut notes that finish crisp and clean with some reenforcing bitterness for balance

Mouthfeel: crisp, smooth, and very refreshing. Lower carbonation for a lager

Overall: Great balance, great flavor but missing something by not holding its head very well. This is one of those beers that should taste better than it does simply by looking better with a thick, fizzy head. One of those weird situations where appearance shouldn't, but kinda does, affect taste. However still a great beer overall!

3.5/5

dwren89, Sep 06, 2013
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3.76/5  rDev +1.1%

BBQWhisperer, Aug 31, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

stereosforgeeks, Sep 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

mtpHokie, Mar 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

IPAMike724, Aug 19, 2014
Photo of beatenbyjacks
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Nice amber color. Head does not last long with this one at all.

Smell - Straw, oaty, and malts for sure.

Taste - Ok this is where it shines. Lightly sweet and very crisp. Nice malt build as well. Oaty and a great example of the Vienna Lager

Mouthfeel - Crisp, simple, lightly sweet, but very refreshing and smooth.

Overall - I am NOT a Vienna Lager fan, but this beer is quite tasty. Glad I got it as an extra in a trade!

beatenbyjacks, Apr 15, 2014
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Vienna Lager from Devils Backbone Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 465 ratings.