Vienna Lager - Devils Backbone Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Vienna LagerVienna Lager

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
84
good

517 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 517
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.33%
Wants: 12
Gots: 101 | 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.

(Beer added by: on 12-24-2008)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 517 | Reviews: 80 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of sdsimkins
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of avisong
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of WoodBrew
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of fitz284
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of merlin48
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Photo of rangerred
2.78/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear lighter brown with a soapy half finger head that quickly disappears. No lacing or head retention whatsoever which is a little odd considering the abundant carbonation.

The aroma is on the weak side but has caramel and toasted malt coming through along with a little bit of hay and grass.

Caramel on the taste with a little bit of toast, prunes, and grass. It all just falls away so quick however leaving nothing but a light bitterness on the tongue. Extremely disappointing as I was hoping for much more flavor but Boston Lager has more taste than this. Mouthfeel is extremely watery with almost a seltzer water-like feel.

Overall, a real disappointment. I had never heard of this brewery but was hoping I might find a hidden gem. Alas it was not to be.

Photo of oberon
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
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!

Photo of argock
4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. No obvious freshness date. 6-pack purchased at Kroger (Charlottesville, VA) for $7.99.

A: Amber-golden and crystal clear with short, 1/2-finger of big-bubbled, off-white head with average retention and not much lace left behind.

S: Whiff of sulfur and then cereal grain with light honey and malty breadiness with a light, crisp noble hops note.

T: The flavor really takes it up a notch for the style with solid bready maltiness with a light caramel-honey sweetness filled in with a little toasty note here and there. The finish is soft at first with more bready, caramel sweetness but finishes with a firm, crisp noble hops bite. Really a remarkable example of the Vienna lager style.

M: Very light feel but with the body does creep up to almost medium most of the way through. The carbonation is firm but not overdone.

O: I can see why this beer has done so well in numerous competitions -- it layers bready, light caramelly maltiness with a solid crisp hops bite and light-medium feel. While I like SA Boston Lager, this beer crushes it -- SABL is very heavy-handed without much subtlety unlike DB Vienna Lager which layers a complex number of clean, malt characteristics with a crisp hops finish. I feel lucky to have this type of high-quality beer available in my backyard.

Photo of nickfl
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of e30todamax
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Jayli
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of VTWicked
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Mattyb79
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of jricharc
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of alysmith4
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of Boone757
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of EUFTG
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of SkeeterBoganski
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of Eriktheipaman
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of streetcommander
3.86/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served at 36F. Warmed to 50F before final swirl-down.

Very near SA Boston Lager base. Much better subtle fruitiness and depth, and not quite as heavy on the malt. I think the more fruity flavors may come from the yeast strain. Very nice.

Medium bodied, with good carbonation. Very well tempered and really good drinkability. Mellow enough to serve with near any meal. No overpowering or lingering hop presence. Just enough bitterness to balance out the sweetness and esters.

Photo of Sludgeman
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of nimrod979
3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle from a mix-a-six. Poured into a pint.

Appearance: Crystal clear copper color. One finger tan head. Barely any retention. No lacing.

Aroma: Sweet caramel and toasted bread. Earthy. Faint herbal hops. Nothing crazy, but just what it should be.

Taste: Excellent malt forward lager. Caramel and nutty flavors with toasted flakey biscuits. Faint hop balance makes this an overall well-crafted lager.

Mouthfeel: Soft smooth, chwey mouthfeel. Super drinkable. Well-balanced. Excellent. No complaints here. Nothing pushing the envelope.Exactly what it should be.

Photo of jadams11
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of Navalartichoke
4.75/5  rDev +27.3%

Photo of hilgart1
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Vienna Lager from Devils Backbone Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 517 ratings.