Pear Lager - Devils Backbone Brewing Company

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Reviews: 11
Hads: 76
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 16.33%
Wants: 4
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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Devils Backbone Brewing Company visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  4.40% ABV

Availability: Summer

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Beer added by: Thorpe429 on 12-15-2012

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Reviews: 11 | Hads: 76
Photo of Pantalones
3.84/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Second bottle of this one from the summer variety pack; bottling date is May 17th, 2015.

Nice bright golden color, very clear, with lots of little bubbles rising up from the bottom (they've *very* visible in this one.) Decent bit of white foam bubbles up at first, but then quickly shrinks into a thin coating and then starts to vanish entirely not long after that. Skinny ring around the outside edges and a few traces around the middle still left after a few minutes, but that's all.

Smells... like pears! The pear (pear juice?) smell is definitely what stands out here, whether sniffing the top of the freshly-opened bottle or sniffing the glass after pouring. Heck, sometimes I can even smell pears from a distance. Very much pear smell here. Hard to make out anything else -- maybe just a trace of "beery" smell? -- but hey, fruit smells good.

Taste is also quite pear-y, but the beer elements of this one come out a lot more strongly in the flavor than in the smell. Pear juice, a semi-sweetish bready malt, another sweetness that seems a bit different (....perhaps this uses two different malts and I'm picking up on both of them here?), and... some sort of almost cidery-seeming funkiness, I'm assuming yeast-related or perhaps from the pears or a combination of the two? Lingering flavor is that second sort of sweetness that comes in, sometimes a bit of the cidery aspect, but nothing sticks around for all that long.

Feel doesn't stand out to me as much as the smell and taste, but still not bad by any means. Quite fizzy feel in the mouth, borderline prickly even, I'd guess that carbonation must be fairly high, but it's not so light-feeling that it comes across as watery or even all that close. Still on the lighter end, but in a "hey, this is nice and refreshing" way rather than a "yick, this feels too watery" way.

Overall, pretty good! I wasn't sure what to expect from this one before I'd tried it (a PEAR beer? sounds weird!) but it actually works surprisingly well. Actually does the whole "fruit beer" thing incredibly well -- it's not overwhelmingly fruity (you definitely taste the beer), but also avoids the opposite extreme ("beer with the tiniest, barely-detectable hint of fruit"), instead managing to pull off a very nice balance with a more fruity smell but more of a beer/fruit combination in the flavor. Throwing off my expectations entirely, this might actually be my favorite from their current variety pack. (2,459 characters)

Photo of bubseymour
3.81/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer is a very light easy to drink lager with hint of pear flavoring behind the grain bill. No noticeable hops. Although quite boring, I cound drink this again very easily. Probably a good alternative for the summer shandy or Blue Moon crowd more than for the Beer Advocates which is why its getting pretty low ratings. Nothing bad at all, just nothing special either. (377 characters)

Photo of KTCamm
3.77/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. 5/27

Pours bright gold, clear, little foam. Bubbles actively rise to the top. Apple pear nose, atwixt bready malts. Fruit more notable. Taste is a light lager, but with a fuller noteworthy fruit. Blend in nicely to contribute without being pushy. Crisp pear finish. Good carbonation. Sessionable summer alternative. (356 characters)

Photo of Treyliff
3.69/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

on tap at DBB outpost

A- pours clear and bright golden-yellow color with a small fizzy white head that reduces, leaving only a small ring around the glass

S- faint toasted malt with a light fruit sweetness

T- crisp lightly toasted malt mixes with a subtle sweetness of pear and sugarcane, slightly grainy finish with more subtle sweetness on the linger

M- medium-light bod with medium prickly carbonation, foamy mouthfeel with a crisp finish, drinkability is thirst quenching

O- this beer is so easy to drink and the sweetness of the pear makes it go down very quickly. This would be a great option for summer and camping season (635 characters)

Photo of Beejay
3.59/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Light yellow, like a chardonnay , fairly clear, with small white head that rapidly diminishes to a ring around the glass.

S: Light and fruity with a lovely sweet pear aroma. It almost has a little bit of an apple juice thing going on.

T: Light and fruity, but the flavor comes off more like apples, than pear. Flavor wise it treads between a few different types of beverages, it's a little like cider, a little like a sweet white wine, and a little like a beer.

M: Medium in body, and the carbonation is moderate, although it feels a touch low for me. Slight cling to the finish.

O: It's tasty, but a little forgetful. If you gave this thing a higher carbonation, it would be a brilliant beer for those dreadful outdoor summer weddings. Just the crisp light thing to cool you down and not get you too trashed. However as a stand alone beer, it is interesting, but not phenomenal. (897 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.58/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Rustico Ballston. Served in a sampler glass. Pours a clear light golden color with a nice white head and a bit of lacing on the way down. The nose has subtle pear and a very, very light sugary tartness. Grain behind that. Flavor was smooth with mild fruit and a nice light maltiness in the background. Light body with good carbonation. Very refreshing. (362 characters)

Photo of Shumania
3.55/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Growler filled at the outpost on 12/22/13, poured into a devils backbone pint glass

A: hazy, yellow beer. Looks to have good carbonation, big head that went to nothing quickly

S: apples, pear, white wine grape, sweet breadlines

T: sweet apples and pears. Extremely clean

M: medium body

Interesting beer... Mix of beer, white wine, and apple cider. (352 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.46/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured on tap at Churchkey into a Belcher glass.

Deep brass yellow body, quite clear but not totally crystal. Simple bone white collar presented on top as well.

For a beer accentuating fruit I am not smelling it. I get some more hints of a basic pale lager, no hint of hops even of noble variety or anything else. A good decent doughy malt backbone, quite dense and bakery large though. Not sure where this is going.

Once again a great lager brewery, but where is the pear in this? Good thick body, and that classic popping malt and dough flavor. Not particularly crisp, but certainly seems to hint of the white toasty bread and thick bread and yeast. Fruit forward not so much, and not really hinting of it either.

Overall if it was just a basic lager it's pretty solid, but where's the fruit quality on this? I am not getting it so I'll have to pass overall. But it is a well made lager. (893 characters)

Photo of obywan59
3.46/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This looks a lot like the DB Tasmanian Pale Ale I had last night. Clearer though. Less golden against my screen and less orange against the wall. Call it a brownish orange. 1 1/2 finger whitish head that disappears way to quickly leaving no lacing and barely a trace on the surface either.

I definitely get the pear, with a background of sweet malt and a hint of citric hops. Nice. I like it.

Light sweet malt and tart citrus with a fruitiness that powers through the back of the mouth. Some light bitter hops at time.

Lightly crisp. Medium light in body, yet there is a bit of syrup retention on the tongue. Light warmth in the throat. Slightly drying.

Very refreshing. The sweet, fruity and bitter aspects all seem more pronounced before the beer warms. A go to beer for a sticky hot summer night. (803 characters)

Photo of Jeffreysan
3.2/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a semi-clear, golden color with a quarter of a finger of white-colored head that quickly dissolved away into no head what-so-ever.

Aroma: Pretty nice aroma. Toasted malt, imparting notes of whole wheat crackers and biscuits, accompanied by some hone, floral notes of clover, freshly cut grass and a lot of crisp, fruity pear and apple aromas. Very nice actually.

Taste: Pretty good! Strong flavors of semi-tart pears and apples up front, followed by some honey and caramel-like sweetness. Toasted malt flavors follow, imparting bready flavors of crackers and cereals, and/or English muffins. Finally, there’s a touch of nicely balanced floral, hoppy bitterness. I like it!

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, crisp, and nicely carbonated. With an ABV of 4.4%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is a nice beer. I like the fruity, semi-tart pear flavors which meld very well with the tradition lager flavors of toasted malt and caramel-like sweetness. Think a pear cider that has been blended with a traditional lager. I’d definitely have it again. Another good beer from Devils Backbone, my favorite Virginian brewery! (1,204 characters)

Photo of JCarey
1.75/5  rDev -49%

I don't want to call this beer atrocious, but it's pretty bad. In fact, I haven't had one good beer from this brewery, and I decided to give them a second chance and buy a sampler pack. Bad call so far. (202 characters)

Pear Lager from Devils Backbone Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 11 ratings.