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Vienna Lager - Devils Backbone Brewing Company

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Vienna LagerVienna Lager

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112 Reviews
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Reviews: 112
Hads: 670
Avg: 3.75
pDev: 30.13%
Wants: 24
Gots: 198 | FT: 3
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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Reviews: 112 | Hads: 670
Photo of tillmac62
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BOD 8/7/15. Pours a clear medium amber with a garnet cast. Normal head volume, lacing and retention.

Very light nose of biscuit with a bit of caramel.

Light body with a semi-smooth texture. Perfect carbonation with a strong effervescent burst in the middle and a finely bubbled rollicking finish.

The flavor profile is outstanding. This is crisp and stays crisp throughout the entire palate. It begins with a toasted biscuit with a fair amount of graininess. The middle delivers a mild bitterness and a bit of herbal noble hop flavor. From the middle on, a subtle sweetness rolls around underneath - much like the nose, biscuit with a caramel note. The crisp finish is an effervescent explosion that leaves you with a grainy toasty lingering bitterness.

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Photo of Bruvar
4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One of my go to beers, luckily can get good deals on 12 packs of bottles and is on tap almost everywhere in central VA. Doesn't look all that special, nothing wrong with it but fairly standard color and very little head. I might be too used to it by now but the smell also doesn't stand out, fairly simple but a good mix of malts and grain. Taste however is fantastic, not watered down at all but still not overpowering flavors. Pretty smooth malts with a little bit of bite from either hops or rye give it a pretty unique flavor. Clean finish and going for a second is always the right call.

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Photo of Speedy308
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I have just really gotten into beer drinking and enjoy tasting varieties. This is also my first review so take it as it is.

Great caramel color
small head unless very vigorous pour
Smell is light
Taste isn't very hoppy, but not a watered down taste either. Very smooth

Very happy with this beer overall and it's a great Sunday beer.

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Photo of cyclonece09
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Pours read with a small head that disappears immediately. Smells of dark roasted grain with slight fruitiness and very slight vanilla. Tastes of roasted grain and slight fruitiness, not as strong of flavor as expected. Beer is light bodied and easy drinking, good carbonation. Overall, a slightly above average beer.

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Photo of thebeers
3.67/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful, clear amber color with thin white head. Aroma of caramel and cracker malts and slight grassy hops. Slightly sweet, caramel malt flavor, while remaining very light bodied. Just a touch of creaminess to the mouthfeel. A nice, easy-drinking Vienna lager.

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Photo of WesMantooth
3.66/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

It has moderate/average head at best that disappears quickly even with a really hard pour into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint. It does leave a decent light brown film on top though. It is dark copper in color, and cloudy.

It smells fairly sweet, almost like caramel malts, and bread crust.

There is an moderate rye like spice initially, then sweet malts with a hint of floral hops and lots of cracker and toast flavors. It is malt dominated. I think the lingering sweetness really hurts it. I had it at 4 initially, and worked my way back to 3.5 by the end.

It has a pilsner like crispness and is very clean feeling. It drinks like a little bit lighter bodied Marzen. Probably the best aspect.

Although the flavors are very good, they lack a little depth. Everything just hints at being a little better. Still a very nice lager.

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Photo of Jericho7x
4.53/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour cold into a 16oz beer glass....

Almost no head on it. Odd I know. Beautiful caramel/amber color. Mostly clear. Taste and feel are wonderful! Crisp, light to med feel in the mouth. Very low hoppy and malty flavors. Just tastes like a REAL beer. I would suggest that if you are tired of the Coors/Buds/Millers of the world because they taste watered down and bland, THIS is a beer for you to try.

I really like this beer. It just became available in middle Tennessee, so THANK YOU!!!! Only issue I have is that our local supermarket (Kroger) had this ON SALE for $13.99 a 6-pack. Way too much for anyone to pay. However, my local beer/liquor store has it for $8.99/6-pack! I got 2.

This will be my "go to" beer from now on. It will be good with any food at any time all year round.

I don't like to use the "L word" much, but I do LOVE this beer.

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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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Vienna Lager from Devils Backbone Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 112 ratings.