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Vienna Lager - Devils Backbone Brewing Company

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Ratings: 442
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.33%
Wants: 10
Gots: 76 | 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:
No notes at this time.

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2.75/5  rDev -26.3%

K_Fresh, Jun 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

jacewg, Jun 15, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

AndrewMichael, Jun 13, 2012
Photo of bum732
4.23/5  rDev +13.4%

S: Toasty malt, a very deep toasted grain note, some maltiness, touch of sulfur lager notes.

L: Crystal clear amber, white head that dissipates.

T: Toasted malt up front with some sweetness. A prominent herbal/spicy medium low bitterness. Finishes semi-dry with a clean low spiciness.

M: Medium bodied, medium carbonation.

Really good. Has a very unique toasty flavor, quite intense. Maltiness is toned back, allowing the toastiness and hops to shine. Awesome.

bum732, Jun 13, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

nmann08, Jun 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

vfgccp, Jun 10, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

bdubs22, Jun 09, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

RyanMcCaughey, Jun 02, 2012
Photo of Zraly
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%

Pours a medium amber with a frothy head. Subtle nose of bread and malt.

Wow -- malt sweetness with a hint of toasted bread and caramel with a clean dry-down; really fits with the style. Really smooth and balanced lager. Carbonation is nice and lifts the sweetness off of the palate. Great summer beer or for times when something lighter-bodied will do.

My first time having this was at the Gloucester, VA Brew Jam. It was mighty tasty in the warm weather. I would definitely session this beer.

Zraly, Jun 01, 2012
Photo of bubseymour
4.38/5  rDev +17.4%

a - clear brown beer with 1 finger head that quickly disappears. Not a very top notch appearance for a beer.

s - an excellent smelling lager. One of the best. Very malty, bready, and sweet caramel and other very pleasant aromas pour out of the glass

t - very perferct lager with sweet malts and smooth finish. Very flavorful and easy to drink. Extremely sessionable.

m - as nice a lager can really be I guess. No issues at all.

overall - There is a reason this beer took home gold medal at the 2012 beerworldcup. Its a fine tasting beer by any measure.

bubseymour, May 25, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

boudreaux, May 18, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Mvacco, May 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

Beerfoot20, May 06, 2012
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3/5  rDev -19.6%

Ivanhoes_Backpack, May 06, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

Shoegazer, May 03, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

BleauxLeaux, Apr 28, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

PGVG, Apr 24, 2012
Photo of tlazaroff
4.08/5  rDev +9.4%

Aroma comes across as very nutty and toasty with slight hints of caramel. Its subtle but very very good.

Beautiful looking beer! You honestly couldn't ask for more. Brilliantly clear pure amber color with a really nice white head and subtle but adequate lacing. The etched glass helps with the appearance by creating nucleation sites so I can see some carbonation.

Taste is very nutty as well. It has a nice strong nut and bread flavor (not so much toast, but maybe burnt toast). Not really getting any caramel in the flavor, but some nice floral notes too.

Finishes dry, moderate carbonation, and thin to medium body. And it's SUPER easy to drink! Defiantly would be a go-to session ale if I could buy it locally (ahem).

tlazaroff, Apr 19, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

hyoung41, Apr 07, 2012
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3/5  rDev -19.6%

hokieguy95, Apr 06, 2012
Photo of Jimmys
3/5  rDev -19.6%

12oz into tulip.

A: bright copper. brilliantly bright. head is composed of dense white bubbles. big and fluffy. good retention and thick foamy lacing.

S: candied caramel sweetness on the nose and lots of it. a real subtle earthy hop aroma.

T: definitely biting my teeth with a cold sweetness. minor breadiness. kind of missing the bitter pop of noble hops that i expect and love about this style. finish is mostly dry w/ a minor lingering bitterness.

M: a pretty zesty carbonation on a light bodied brew.

D: i actually found this to be a little bit of a miss for me. there is just something missing in both the malt and hop departments. ive had this on draft at the brewpub a few times and i remember it being much better than this. hmmm, not sure if there is substantial difference in the water between the brewpub and production brewery location but that is the only flavor affecting factor i can think of.

Jimmys, Apr 06, 2012
Photo of WMEugene
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%

A - Pours a slightly orangey amber color with a head that dissipates to a thin layer and very good lacing.

S - Rich toasted and caramel malts. A little sweet and fruity.

T - Sweet malt and nutty tastes. Some caramel is present as well. Nice, clean lager taste.

M - Smooth, crisp, and very drinkable. Great carbonation and a nice body.

O - Devil's Backbone has made a very good lager here. The Vienna Lager is a classic example of the style and a very drinkable brew. It may not be the best of the style (that honor belongs to Great Lakes' Eliot Ness), but it is one of the better ones. Quite sessionable.

WMEugene, Apr 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 4/1/12
*From notes

A: Clean jack o'lantern orange. A good pour yields a clean 1.5 finger ivory white head. A thick white collar and decent lacing rim the glass.

S: Sweet malt and grain. Not overly earthy, and not the old world type you may think. As it warms, a touch of hops become evident.

T: Initially a bit sweet. The toasted golden malts and a touch of buttered toast arrive on the mid and wash to the back. A kiss of hops linger on the finish. Not quite as robust as Sam Adams Boston Lager or Great Lakes Eliot Ness, yet just as tasty.

M: Plenty of body and complexity to go around. Thick and creamy with proper carbonation.

O: Devil's Backbone has crafted a really killer session lager with this one. A bit lighter on the toast then some of the better known in-style, yet just as quaffable and easy to drink. I could see this being a great gateway beer for the macro crowd, and something I'll purchase again when it finally comes to Northern Virginia.

Another winner from Virginia. Easily recommended.

Rhettroactive, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Poured from tap into std pint glass at Fireworks Pizza, Leesburg, VA.
Pours a golden amber. No head or lacing.
Smell is of crisp malt. Taste is slightly fruity, maybe apple, malty but smooth. Slightly heavy and thick, but slightly above average accross the board. Ok brew, not worth seeking out.

DrinkSlurm, Mar 28, 2012
Photo of TechTriumph
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%

Bottle code: 0352 A1 2311; Poured in a pint glass.

A - One inch off-white creamy, carbonated head that sticks around for a minute or two; Clear appearance and copper in color; No real lacing left behind

S - Nice balance in the smell with herbal, spicy, and floral hops, as well as toasted grains, lemon zest, and syrupy sweetness

T - Just a bit of herbal hops are present here, as the taste mostly showcases sweet malts; There's biscuity, toasted grain, lemony citrus, caramel, and syrupy sweet flavors stepping forward; The sweet syrup lingers in the aftertaste with a touch of herbal hops

M - Plenty of carbonation; Just a bit under medium bodied; Very smooth going down; Leaves a bit of a syrupy sweet coat on the tongue

O - Overall, this is a pretty tasty Vienna lager that's super drinkable and great for drinking in numbers. Though the taste is fairly sweet, it's not too overpowering and provides enough Noble hops to create a well rounded flavor. I'm glad this beer is now being distributed in six packs and look forward to picking up some more in the future.

TechTriumph, Mar 21, 2012
Vienna Lager from Devils Backbone Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 442 ratings.