Jenny Lake Lager | Snake River Brewing Company & Brewpub

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Jenny Lake LagerJenny Lake Lager

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Snake River Brewing Company & Brewpub
Wyoming, United States

Style: Vienna Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-10-2002

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Ratings: 169 |  Reviews: 96
Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of metter98
3.79/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.02/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Whoever listed this beer as a Marzen / Oktoberfest got it kinda wrong. As the lable states, it is a Vienna Lager, and a pretty good one at that. These beers tend to fall too heavily on the grainy side, leaving the bready, yeasty flavors and textures lacking. This beer remains malty, and full with breadiness and fresh yeast throughout; all the while, resting on a full, mild amber malt base. Sweet with caramel and malt and tempered with earthy hops, this is a well done beer. Lightens in the finish, but remains creamy and rich until then.

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Photo of zeff80
3.76/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
4.35/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy light amber color with a fluffy head that leaves a bunch of lace behind

Smell: Nice caramel aroma for a lager, with a hint of balsa wood underneath

Taste: Opens with a bready flavor that builds in caramel sweetness by mid-palate; after the swallow, the modest earthy bittering provides a nice foil to the caramel

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body, almost creamy, with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: This is one of those beers that redeems the much-maligned world of lagers; really nice

Thanks, younger35, for the opportunity

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.94/5  rDev +5.3%
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).

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Photo of chinchill
3.14/5  rDev -16%
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.

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Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Thorpe429
3.03/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle ordered from the brewery as part of a mixed 12-pack. Served in a pilsner glass.

Pours brings a copper-red brew that is mostly transparent with some visible carbonation. Thin white head without too much retention power. Some spotty lacing on the sides of the glass. The nose brings forward a brew with a bit of oxidation along with some light amber malt and bread crust. The flavor falls along the same lines. There is some doughy malt sweetness and a hint of toffee. Very mild earthy hop presence lingering in the background. Medium body with okay carbonation and a bit of an off finish. Drinks decently enough, though I'm not a huge fan.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drink more lagers! That was the admonishment as I left Boston and I was merely following orders. It came with a decent, bone-white head exploding with lots of CO2 bubbles. The color was a beautiful deep-gold with NE-quality clarity. The nose had the characteristic lager-malt sweetness. The mouthfeel was thin-to-medium. There was a good malty sweetness on the tongue. Finish had a good lingering sweetness. A really good lager, as long as you like lagers (and I was learning to do just that).

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Photo of russpowell
4.62/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

BBD of 1 May.

Pours caramel with a 2 fingers deep tan head. Good lacing and okay head retention

Smell: Caramel, malt & nuttiness

Taste: Rich toasty malt and ever so slight spiciness. Dry & malty finish

mF: Great balance (malts & hops combine nicely) and very good carbonation

Super drinkability, from this underrepresented style. Compares favorably to any I drank in Germany, seek this out

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.79/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich amber-influenced orange topped by a light ecru head that is surprisingly small. It never grows larger than two fingers, even after a vigorous initial pour. Within minutes, the cap has fallen to a thick film and has left one lonely scrap of lace on the glass. The color is so nice, however, that the overall appearance is above average.

The nose makes up for any shortcomings in the looks department. It's equal parts sweet caramel malt and earthy, autumn fruity hops. While the aroma doesn't burst out of the glass, neither do I risk snorting foam up my nose as happens to me on occasion.

Well now, this is one of the hoppier marzens that I've tasted. That isn't to say that it's hop-dominant, just that this style is usually more malt-dominant than this. The generously toasted caramel maltiness of the nose is repeated on the palate and is matched by orange citric, apple fruity hops. A tasty combination of flavors. Sweet early, bitter late.

This beer tastes like a cross between an Oktoberfest and a pale ale thanks to the relatively generous amount of hops. That may be anathema to purists of the style, but to this hophead it's a fine thing indeed. Although it doesn't rise to the lofty heights of Zonker Stout, Snake River Lager is pretty good beer in its own right.

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Photo of Jason
4.21/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 22 oz brown bomber with a best enjoyed before date clearly printed.

Appearance: Orange amber with frothy tiny-bubbled lace. Great head retention.

Smell: Malty with hints of toasted malt and faint caramel, clean to the nose.

Taste: Moderate carbonation, medium bodied and very malty. The mouth feel is extraordinarily smooth as the substantial large toasted malt character creeps all around the taste buds. Subdued hop profile with only a touch of bitterness, this leaves the malt to shine through. A faint fruitiness and some residual sweetness reside in the end.

Notes: On the sweet and malty side. Fresh, flavorful and lively pack in a tight and clean palate. A beer I will unquestionably regard as one of the best in its style.

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Photo of MarkyMOD
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of TMoney2591
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Another VDubb appointee in the ongoing Leaving Falls Church uber-bender. It pours a clear russet topped by a half-finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises greens, flowers, butternut squash, and a healthy contingent of toffee. The taste is similar, but tends more toward mandarin orange notes than florals. The toffee is more of a sweeter caramel now as well, with some left-over butter spread over the proceedings. The body is a very light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a smooth feel. Overall, a nice sessionable brew, something I could see myself downing regularly in the mountains of Wyoming.

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Photo of a77cj7
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tone
4.3/5  rDev +15%
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.

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Photo of stevoj
3.44/5  rDev -8%
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

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Photo of GClarkage
3.48/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

09/04/05- On tap via samplers at the Snake River Brewing Company in Jackson Hole, WY.

Presentation- Two 5oz samplers via the tap.

Appearance- Light amber color pour, medium 1/2 inch head and great lacing.

Smell- Light and malty. A touch sweet.

Taste- Odd flavoring here. Almost like eating liquid pretzels. I guess it's a very bready yeast flavoring I tasted. Not much of a solid base. Very thin. Very light hops as well.

Mouthfeel- A touch thin, medium carbonation.

Drinkability- Needs something like some heavier malt or something to tie this together. Kind of blad tasting.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.56/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy yellow/orange color, some carbonation, small head dissapates quickly, leaves a bit of lacing afterwards.

S - Scents of hops, malts, and some fruits.

T - Nice taste of sweet malts and a little bite at the end. Pretty smooth rounded balance.

M - Medium body.

D - Very drinkable. This is a different kind of lager, a nice one at that.

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Photo of jwc215
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber with a thin, creamy head that descends to a lasting patch.

The smell is of caramel and some graininess.

The taste is of caramel and graininess. Faint earthy, woody notes come in and out. Finishes with a balanced bittersweetness.

It has a smooth, creamy medium body.

Easy to drink, it has a certain refreshing quality to it with enough taste to keep it interesting.

Thanks to bitterbill for including this one.

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