Jenny Lake Lager
Snake River Brewing Company & Brewpub

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Lager - Vienna
Ranked #31
Ranked #33,343
3.76 | pDev: 10.11%
Snake River Brewing Company & Brewpub
Wyoming, United States
Jenny Lake LagerJenny Lake Lager
Notes: Formerly Snake River Lager

Snake River Lager is our most popular beer. This is an amber colored Vienna style lager. The rich, caramel flavor is balanced with the use of several hop varieties for a subtle hop note. An authentic German lager yeast strain adds to the true flavor of this beer. The malt forward profile of Snake River Lager makes it a fine complement to pizzas and red meat.
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Fullsend from Montana

4.5/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My go to beer in Wyoming along with Melvin killer beers. Goes down smooth, great flavor and decent can design. I can drink a whole 6 pack in an hour no problem.

Dec 25, 2019
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.59/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

i generally am not a huge fan of vienna lager, i like all the grain flavor, but the body and sweetness it often adds makes a heavier drinker out of a lager, kills its refreshment value most of time time, and slows me way down, but that really isnt the case with this one, which isnt as deep amber as many of them, kind of just a brassy hue to it, nice clarity from the can and sporting a tall white head. the maltiness is there, a touch of honey sweetness but not a big sturdy baked complexion, not hearty and warming and all that, lightly nutty, with the mineral profile of the water still in place and a bit of the lager yeast coming through the grain as well. its not overly complex, which lends to drinkability, and overall it tastes kind of old school to me, when just about all craft beer had a crystal malt complexion to it. they have done a nice job keeping this lighter than many, and there is nice balance. kind of a more moderate take on the style all up, but another well made beer from snake river, and i liked it better than i usually like vienna lager types...

May 13, 2019
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dhannes from Wisconsin

3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a can into a Perfect Pint lager glass:
Look=Rich, brownish red with nice eggshell head that lasted throughout.
Smell=Bread with malt...maybe a hint of raisins. Appealing but not obvious.
Taste=Baked bread...part rye, part pretzel. Less tasty than a Boston Lager.
Feel=Here is where this beer falls apart. I gather it was meant to be more of a session beer than Boston Lager, as it has a fairly light body, with muted carbonation. The result is a watered down version of Boston Lager.
Overall=If you like Boston Lager, but think it is too strong or robust, then give this one a try...the can says that a portion of the proceeds go to the Grand Teton National Park Foundation, so it has that going for it. Overall--I would drink again but I would probably not buy again unless I could get it at a phenomenal price.

Jul 18, 2017
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.14/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the brewpub in Jackson WY.
Copper body with high clarity and a thin but semi-durable white head.
Aroma: honey and baked bread
Sweet and malty flavor for style but some obvious hops.
Smooth medium body.

Jun 13, 2017
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from can into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a clear copper-amber color with a two finger head of white foam. The head fades moderately fast leaving a bit of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the brew is strongest of a bready smell mixed with a strong showing of caramel. Along with these smells comes some smells of hay and grass and a hint of harvest fruit.

Taste – The taste begins with a nice caramel and lightly toasted bready flavor mixed with a little bit of harvest fruit. While strong upfront, the caramel gets even more potent as the taste moves forward, bringing on more and more sweetness. A bit of an herbal and molasses taste come at the very end, leaving one with a sweet, but smooth bready taste on the tongue.

Mouthfeel-The body of the beer is slightly thicker then I was anticipating for a brew of only 4.8 % abv. (although not too thick) with a carbonation level that was rather average. For the mix of bready and sweet, with the light roasted tastes, the feel is fantastic and makes for a flavorful brew.

Overall – I rather enjoyed this beer. It was flavorful and easy drinking all with a very modest abv. of 4.8 % .

May 19, 2016
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OompaMentor from Georgia

3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap in pint at Snake River Brewing.
A- copper color with slight carbonation and great head
S- Easy on nose with roasted malt
T- nice roasted malt flavor
F- full malty flavor with creamy feel

An easy, enjoyable beer!

Jan 10, 2016
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stevoj from Idaho

3.44/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Huge foamy head on pour, Medium amber body, malt, caramel aroma. taste brings more sweet malt, toffee and caramel. Silky smooth body, mostly malt , abrupt finish. Re-rate 11/6/2015 bumping this up a bit for the style, nice caramel sweet malt body, but still finishes a bit flat

Nov 07, 2015
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Treyliff from West Virginia

3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can, best by 7/29/15, poured into a pint glass

A- pours a clear and deep amber color with a two finger creamy & foamy white head that retains long after the pour

S- toasted malt and cereal grain, earthy yeast and light grassy hop

T- bready and cracker malt with some caramel undertones, light grassy hops, nutty and yeast dry finish

M- medium body with low carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that continues into a crisp dry finish

O- a well made Vienna that is super drinkable

Jul 14, 2015
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Tone from Missouri

4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear, copper color. One inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and great lacing. Smells of yeast, pale malt, sweet malt, slight hops, hint of caramel malt, and slight dough. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of pale malt, sweet malt, hint of dough, hint of hops, yeast, and a hint of caramel malt. Overall, simple yet hardy. Good body, blend, and feel; refreshing.

Jun 28, 2015
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LilTobyRuby from Montana

4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful orange. Light tan head with delicate lacing on the glass. Strong Vienna malt aroma and flavor with a bit of malty sweetness. Low hop presence in the flavor and aroma. Clean yeast profile and finish.

Jun 27, 2015
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Foyle from North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz can into pint glass.

Appearance: 2+" off white head,mild lacing, clear light amber, highly carbonated.

Aroma: mild sweet malts and bread dough, hint of hops.

Mouthfeel: light and watery, very dry finish.

Flavor: Malt dominate with the bready sweetness forward balanced by some grassy and herbal hops.

Overall: very good, but not outstanding.

Jan 17, 2015
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.76/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured an amber color with a tan, foamy, head. It left some lace. It smelled of malt and caramel notes. It was very malty and had earthy/grassy flavors. Also, somewhat bittersweet. It was crisp and smooth. A light to medium-bodied beer.

Jun 17, 2014
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argock from Virginia

3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served on-tap at Snake River Brewing (Jackson Hole, WY). Reviewed from notes.

A: Pleasing clear amber with short cap of pillowy, off-white head with a nice rim of lacing.

S: Bready, light caramel malty aroma, a little cracker and toast too, with a subtle herbal, earthy hops note

T: The flavor is excellent with bold bready, cracker, and light toast notes, a moderate caramel malt kick, and a subdued, mild hop bitterness that keeps the potential sweetness in check. No yeast esters -- a well made Vienna lager.

M: Very smooth with a good balance of carbonation for the light-medium body.

O: Just a great example of a craft brewery doing a good-to-great job with all their beers. This one is nudging great -- highly drinkable with a wonderful malty, bready presence and just the right amount of caramel sweetness. Good work on this one Snake River. Fresh from the brewery doesn't hurt either.

Dec 07, 2013
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megahurts4 from Louisiana

3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Snake River Vienna Style Lager

Appearance: clear light brown, medium-large head, and some fluffy lacing.

Smell: hops, grainy malt, and nuts.

Taste: malty grain, nuttiness, and a light hop finish.

Mouthfeel: light and smooth.

This is a decent brew. The flavors mesh very well but don't give a large complexity. It is smooth, but maybe to the point of being slightly watery.

Nov 23, 2013
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MDDMD from Pennsylvania

3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-amber color with hints of orange, nice white head and good lacing

S-toasted malt, lemon, hint of sweetness

T-toasted malt, lemon, herbal, slight brown sugar sweetness, decent bitter finish

F-light to medium body with lively carbonation, crisp and clean

O-really good lager, liked the style and would drink more of this

Aug 18, 2013
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WoodBrew from Ohio

3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

My superior was kind enough to bring a Snake River Lager back with him from a vacation out in the J'Hole. The beer poured a very nice clear copper with thin white head that is leaving a spot lace. The scent and taste is powered by malts. There is a nice caramel sweetness that keeps one wanting more. the mouthfeel is lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall this is a great session ale and wish I had more than just one.

Jul 08, 2013
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RblWthACoz from Pennsylvania

3.56/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This is a pretty decent lager. The only thing I'd point out about it that I don't totally like is that it is quite malty sweet really. Too sweet, I'd have to say. Feel is smooth. Easy enough to drink, but I could do with a better rounding on the flavor profile.

Jun 05, 2013
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MadScientist from New York

3.61/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A medium copper with excellent clarity. The rocky, off-white head is long lasting and leaves some lacing on the glass.

S: A medium aroma that gives the impression of Munich malt and a light earthy hops aroma. The malt bring a light toasty character. Maybe a slight raisin like aroma from the malt like that in an old ale otherwise pretty clean.

T: A fair amount of German malt flavor with a light bit of malt sweetness. There is an almost equal hops bitterness and medium-light earth hops flavor. The balance is about even. The finish is medium with a grainy, malty aftertaste.

M: Smooth and moderately creamy with a medium-light body and medium-low level of carbonation.

O: A flavorful lager with a good balance of flavor and a creamy body. It a good beer.

May 17, 2013
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metter98 from New York

3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is clear amber orange in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that quickly died down, leaving some bubbles covering the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of sweet caramel and toasted malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has a moderate amount of malty sweetness along with hints of toffee. Slight hints of earthly hops are detectable.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I liked this beer because it was dominated by sweet malty flavors but wasn't that difficult to drink because the mouthfeel wasn't too heavy.

May 14, 2013
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Gmann from New York

3.34/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a slightly hazy copper with a short white head that settled into a sparse cap

The aroma is of a doughy malt and peppery hop. There is a general fruitiness to the aroma.

The taste is quite doughy and has a strong fruitiness. Notes of caramel and toffee. Kind of a overripe berry. Some peppery hop. Quite sweet.

The feel is moderate with fizzy carbonation. Sweet on the palate almost cloying.

An ok lager. Way too sweet almost tastes old.

May 06, 2013
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear reddish amber in color with some light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some ruby red highlights. The beer has a finger tall dense beige head that quickly reduces to a medium to large patch of extremely thin film and a very thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of caramel malts with a touch of sweetness and some light earthy hops.

T: Similar to the taste, this beer starts out with the moderate flavors of slightly toasted caramel malts with a touch of sweetness. That is followed by light to moderate flavors of earthy hops and just a touch of light fruits. Light amounts of bitterness which fades rather quickly.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Almost creamy.

O: This beer is easy to drink and sessionable - I think it is one of the better American Vienna Lagers I have had recently. Definitely one I would get again and love the fact that it is available in cans (makes it a great choice for outdoor summer activities).

May 03, 2013
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AgentZero from Illinois

3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Amber colored beer that leaves some spots on the side.

S - Huge nose, with a lot of grain and some malts.

T - Taste is grainy off the bat. It never fully fills out though, leaving you wanting on the end. Caramel malts. Nothing offensive here, but nothing memorable.

M - Highly carbonated, medium-light bodied.

O - It's not bad, this is a beer I would enjoy while eating pizza. Washes down your food with decent taste and nothing offensive.

Dec 06, 2012
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Bockrules from New Mexico

3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured from the bottle into a pint glass

A - Pours a slightly hazy coppery amber with yeast floating around to form intricate patterns. Plenty of carbonation rises to the creamy, two-finger, off-white head. 3/4ths down the glass, the head is a thin layer of bubbles. Leaves behind substantial splotches of lacing.

S - Nice big smell of caramel and nutty malt upon opening the bottle. In the glass caramelized sugar, molasses and earthy hops come though.

T - Lots of sweet caramel upfront. The body is not nearly as good as the nose suggests and sugary-sweet caramel malt dominates, while nutty notes and somewhat out of place hops attempt to provide some balance. Splash of earthy hops as the beer passes over the back of the tongue followed by a nutty caramel finish.

M - Super carbonated and on the thinner side of medium bodied. Too highly carbonated and could stand to be have a bit more substance.

This is the first Vienna Lager I have reviewed in over 3 years! Nice to see another example of the style, although nowhere near as good as Eliot Ness. Although it looks and smells like a great beer, the flavor seems weak and slightly out of place and the mouthfeel is almost competing with PBR. I would drink this in a pinch while traveling through the Yellowstone area, but can think of numerous local beers I'd select over it.

Sep 04, 2012
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cosmicevan from New York

4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

another hearty thanks goes out to pokesbeerdude for sending the snake river love my way! enjoyed from my blue point snifter.

a - brew poured a semi-transparent auburn brown with a HUGE super foamy creamy head. as the head vanished into...ya know, i don't really know where the head goes when it goes away...none-the-less, it left MASSIVE milk shake like chunks on the side of the glass. the glass was coated. looks appetizing.

s - sweet toasted malts with a good amount of grain and barley. some hints of brown sugar.

t - hoo ha!!! tastes pretty awesome. i'm a big fan of this me some sam adams boston lager and blue point toasted lager...but this beer takes the cake. really wonderful sweet malts. perfect amount of grain and caramel.

m - crisp and refreshing. soft carbonation.

o - overall, paint me impressed. snake river steps to the plate AGAIN!!! hell of a beer. worth checking out even if you don't dig lagers...this one might turn you around. for the style, i couldn't imagine this beer being any better.

Aug 22, 2012
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hopfacebrew from Colorado

3.33/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from undated can to a mug this beer arrives a translucent copper color with a one finger light tan head with decent retention though little lacing. The nose is mild and rather nondescript though hints of toasted malt and a hint of lager yeast. Not much to report really. Not bad just not there. The flavor is more pronounced with a mild pilsner toast malt flavor, mild earthy hops, sweet but not overly so. Lighter bodied and creamy. Overall, this isn't my favorite, not bad, just not a lot going on. Would be nice on a hot summer day I guess.

May 30, 2012
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