Jenny Lake Lager | Snake River Brewing Company & Brewpub

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Jenny Lake LagerJenny Lake Lager

Brewed by:
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.

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Photo of absolutbc2001
4.28/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I moved to jackson hole wyoming about 6 months ago to ski. the first night i got here i went to the closest bar to my motel, which turned out to be the snake river brewery. I had just gotten done with a 10hr drive and I figured a simple easy drinking lager would be the best bet since i knew nothing of the brewery. After 2 sips i was in love stating, "this is the best beer I've ever had." Its not but it is damn good. 6 months and some 200 lagers later...

Serving type: a growler filled today at the brewery - doesn't get much better

Appearance: amazing. the head is perfect. about 1 in thick. dissipates to a permanent lacing in about 3 minutes. color is a rich caramel amber. slight thickness gives a nice coating to the glass - appropriate for this style.

Smell: My nose isn't great but the smell is pleasing and sweet with a little bit of toastedness

Taste: at first this beer is smooth smooth smooth with not too much carbonation. Then the sweet malt and gentle hops kick in. This is definitely a sweet lager but with a tiny bit of sourness and a combination of hops (giving slight bitterness to several areas of the mouth) that makes the drink feel smoother and more balanced on the tongue while still being sweet primarily. The aftertaste is where things go sour, literally. Its not bad but the beer definitely becomes more sour in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Great, i don't like too much carbonation in my beer and in my opinion this one hits the target. thickness is perfect. Only thing keeping this from a 5 is the feel of sourness on my tongue afterwards.

Drinkability: Also great. I've had many nights of drinking 10 of these. The only problem is the accumulation of sourness. but while you're drinking this its a 5+ on drinkability

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Photo of chiapete
4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a amber, off gold color with a half inch of clean white head , head fades to a small cap but remains most of beer.
Nice lacing for entire drink.

Aroma is sweet , malt almost a little fruit. But to me the sweet malt stands out.

Tastes the same as it smells just a little deeper , sweet , toasted malt . A slight after taste but doesn't linger.

Good mouth feel a little heavier than expected.

good carbonation , good finish , easy drinking.

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Photo of brentk56
4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
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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Photo of woodychandler
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
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 JohnGalt1
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz picked up at the Coop today for about $1.40.. poured into my Delirium tulip.

Crusty big bubble head takes a while to die down.. clear orange brew.

Clean malts are the lion's share of the aroma.. toasted more than caramel.

Flavor is very fresh... inviting.. very smooth and drinkable.. toasted malts with a low earthy hop presence.. Great body for the style and again.. drinkable for days.

Everyone loves Zonker, but the Vienna lager is my favorite Snake River brew... Fantastic.

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Photo of uwmgdman
3.11/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a nice clear deep golden color with a thick and sticky white head. The aroma is moderately malty – kind of spicy and a little sweet. The flavor is well balanced between moderate malyiness and medium-low hop bitterness. There even is a touch of spicy hop flavor. The swallow is smooth, a bit metallic. The carbonation is moderate and body is a bit thin/watery. Overall not a bad beer, could use a bit more body and complexity, still not bad.

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Photo of franksnbeans
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours apricot in color with a cream head that dies slow. Smells of sweet malt. Tastes a little caramel and some fruit sweetness. Finishes with a minor hop bite. As balanced and subtle as a brew gets. Light and crisp in the mouth. Goes down smooth and easy.

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Photo of Jason
4.21/5  rDev +11.7%
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 jwc215
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
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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Photo of Bitterbill
4.43/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This one pours from 12oz bottle a medium gold with a large head of foam that shrinks slowly leaving just a few small "islands and some lacing" by the end of the session. This is one pretty beer to look at, for sure.

The smell is a nice mix of sweet malt tempered by some citrus hops. Delicate but nice.

The taste on first sip has an abundance of sweet malt and grain with a good earthy presence. Further sips in and I get a bit of hoppiness but the malt is king here and..swishing the brew in my mouth, I get a kind of a candy sugar flavour that is very pleasing indeed. Very tasty. The more I sip, the more the graininess and earthyness comes to the forefront and I have to slow down lest the liquid gold in my glass will disappear way too quickly. In other words, this one's drinkability is really amazing. I've had this many times before and I was surprised that I hadn't reviewed it until now. In my book, this is a top notch Lager that yeah, fits the style to which it was placed very nicely.

Bottom line: A most excellent in all ways example of the style. I can *only* recommend it!

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Photo of Domingo
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm glad to see the distribution of this brewery getting better.
Pours a nice amber color. Darker than a typical Vienna...more like an Oktoberfest.
Smells malty. Not a huge hops presence, but some.
Flavor is sweet, followed by a little grain and lager yeast. Caramel and hazelnut are the flavor that come to mind. Maybe gingerbread? Much like the smell, this one isn't huge on the hops, but the malt MORE than makes up for it. I like this one.
Mouthfeel is light and makes this one go down like a lager, but it's got more than enough flavor to appease someone looking for something bold.
I could drink these one after another until I ran out.

I can see why this is listed as a Märzen/O-fest as that's really what it reminds me of. Granted I haven't had too many Vienna's, but this one stands as a WONDERFUL beer no matter the style. Now that I can get this anywhere, I think this will be my new "always in the fridge" beer.

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Photo of JohnnyM2002
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle, poured into a mug at 50 degrees. Picked up in a trade from JohnGalt1 - thanks!!

A - Pours a clear golden color with a darker tint. A foamy, off-white head.

S - Rather weak aroma, but noticed traces of nuts and biscuits.

T - Nutty flavors are more pronounced as I drank more, as its met with a biscuity/malt background. Good taste.

M - Light-to-medium body with a bubbly, crisp finish. A little more on the thin side, but it works.

D - Very enjoyable lager...a good all-occasion beer; I had mine with a salad and they complimented each other nicely.

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Photo of Grundle20
3.69/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer looks mildly cloudy and copper when poured in to a pint glass. There is a very small head which has poor retention and lacing.

The scent is like warm sweet bread with a minor nutty note and just a pinch of mild hops. It's not terribly potent but it's rather pleasant and full.

Taste and Mouthfeel:
Straight up this tastes like pistachios to me and I really like pistachios. It's rather crisp and forthright with some minor hopping but then it's right in to the rich pistachio flavor. The finish is a little run over by the nut flavors which continue long in to the aftertaste.

I find it to be tasty enough and easy enough going down to get a 4 here. I could definitely throw this down with some food or just chilling in a bar.

Bottom Line:
I agree with the recategorization from vienna lager to marzen style. It's a rather interesting and decent brew regardless.

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

A beautiful thick honey, hazy colored lager with a two inch thick light tan head that fades quickly. Nice with rich wheaty feel and a mineral zest with a hint of syrupy sweetness. Mellow sweetness enters the mouth with a neat woodsy feel on the back of the tongue. The overall feel is very thin especially in the finish, but a nice mouthfeel overall. Sweetness is long and prominate characteristic of this beer but not overpowering. This is a very drinkable and much better beer than I was expecting from the style. Nice surprise.

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Photo of LiquidBreadMan
3.06/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm not one to rain on anyone's parade, but this beer is nothing special in my one experience.

It is an attractive brew, with its deep gold hue and average head. The aroma is barely there. . . Maybe some corn, but nothing else that I could discern. It has a sweet flavor -- of corn and possibly some pineapple. Once again, it's okay but not anything to write home about. If I had to put a label on this, I'd call Snake River Lager an upscale Budweiser.

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Photo of notsnot
4.57/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Tried a sample of this at the brewpub, and it really stood out as outstanding (redundant, I know). The thin head from pouring melts to almost nothing (though what *is* left is quite active), the beer has a rich, dark slightly cloudy amber color. The malty , nutty flavor leaves a nutty aftertaste, as well. I really wish I'd bought more to take home with me - my g/f keeps stealing drinks from mine!

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.02/5  rDev +6.6%
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 laintringulis
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served in a pub glass. I must say that lagers are not among my favorite styles and I have not had that many of them.

Pours a strong amber color with a large creamy head that melts into practically nothing very quickly. Light body with medium loose carbonation.

Smells mostly of caramel maltiness with a light spicy citrus aroma. Vague grassy/earthiness.

Tastes of sweet malt with carmel/toffee flavors. Finishes with a light spicy, citrus (lemon?) dryness. Somewhat earthy in the sweetness and grassy in the dryness. It is almost like very mild lemongrass finish without the extremeness.

Excellent mouthfeel and drinkability. Surprising mouth fullness for a light bodied beer without being oily or filmy. I started to crave a big old beefy burger to eat with this. I could drink these all the time. Smooth and tasty. Maybe a little too easy to drink.

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Photo of nlmartin
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was poured into a pub glass.

Apperance: The beer pours a glowing copper coloration. The beer has a thin biege colored head. The head has minimal retention.

Smell: The beer has a very rich toasted caramel maltyness. This combines well with a grassy smell.

Taste: The beer has a pleasing toasted malt. The beer has a good grassy hop bitterness at the tail end of the taste.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer is medium bodied. The beer has ample carbonation. The beer is on the sweeter side but has a good complementing grassyness. The beer is major league drinkable. I could suck these down all day long.

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Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. On May 20, the bottle states best by the end of May.

Pours a nice looking copper color, with an off-white head, about a finger's worth that lingered for quite some time. Carbonation level appears moderate.

Aroma is that of sweet malts, and noticeable hops.

Flavor is malty with a very bitter finish that lingers nicely. I like this lager a lot. I tend to favor ales in general.

This has a nice smooth mouthfeel and is a very drinkable lager.

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Photo of mentor
3.41/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a half-finger light tan head over a cloudy golden yellow-tan liquid. Smells of almost nothing. Hint of toasted malts with searching and I get maybe a hint of fruity ester. Tastes wet start, wet finish with a drying carb at the end to keep the beer in line. Mango is a gentle flavor. Because I'm searching I think I do see some vienna malt. A touch of rust, fruity and playful. Md-light body and fine-bubbled carbonation that comes on a bit too strong. Not much to say...not much to it.

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Photo of russpowell
4.62/5  rDev +22.5%
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 Wasatch
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
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 ism
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, light honey-brown body with an airy white 2-finger head that subsides to a thin layer, and lacing is quite patchy. Nose is on the sweet side with caramel and maple notes and just a bit of apple. Not much action on the tongue, but quickly filled with a medium body, heavy malt flavors with a touch of bread, and fruits again, hops not all that evident until grassy notes emerge and subside as quickly after it goes down smooth. Fairly light and refreshing for the style. Easy-going, not spectacular, but a solid offering that makes for a good session.

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Photo of BeerBeing
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12oz brown glass stubby generic bottle, multicolored label

Appearance: hazy amber color, small off-white head, minor but sticky lacing

Smell: malt and hops

Taste: medium body, smooth mouth feel, VERY malty, sweet and fruity, minor hops in background

Notes: nothing special

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Jenny Lake Lager from Snake River Brewing Company & Brewpub
3.77 out of 5 based on 164 ratings.
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