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 beveragecaptain
4.27/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle. Hazy amber colored with a small head. Sweet, fruity aroma. Toasy malt flavor with some caramel and fruits. The tangy fruit flavor is more pronounced than in most beers of the style. Quite hoppy too. I really enjoy the balance of flavors in this beer. It's not really typical to style, but who cares. Between this beer and the Zonker stout, Snake River appears to be an impressive brewery.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
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 germaniac
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hey, twist off! Haven't noticed this on many other craft beers, mainly just Mad River and Lagunitas. Best by the end of July, it says on the bottle, but I think I'll take the risk.

Pours a clear burnt orange. Probably one of the lightest Oktoberfest- style beers I've seen.

The light, tangy hop scent is most prevalent, with just a little malt sweetness tossed into the mix.

Toffee sweetness flows together with the lightly toasted malt sweetness, and the hops make themselves known with a subtle bite.

Overall, this is quite the easy drinking, enjoyable brew, one I wouldn't mind buying another sixer of. Now I'm curious to try Snake River's other offerings. Musical accompaniment provided by Nebula.

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, best before the end of December. Close enough. Slightly hazy clear amber color. Thick white fluffy head. A few bubbles coming from the bottom. Good head retention and lace. Toasty caramel smell, with slightly grassy notes. Sweet caramel and light toffee flavor. SLight earthy bitterness. Medium body, moderate carbonation. Very sweet caramel malt flavor works well in this one. Pretty easy to drink. Smooth. Good beer.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
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 brewdlyhooked13
4.62/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - hazy, soft looking flat, dark orange. White creamy head is thin but is trying to keep a covering. Some scattered streaky lacing.

Aroma - nice malty sniff with a lurking hop florality.

Taste - hey, that's not bad at all! A smooth tasting Vienna with some superb hop presence that is neither biting nor distracting from the intended style. That's a great way to work in the hop flavor without it taking over, in fact they taste almost gentle. I'm impressed. I salute their creativity on this one.

Mouthfeel - smooth and average to a little below average carbonation. Good weightiness complements the flavor very well.

Drinkability - one to seek out, IMO. I've only had a couple Vienna style lagers, this one is tops.

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Photo of bditty187
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear coppery-gold in hue, a white head reached a modest half finger in height, noticeable animation, the head retention was superior, it took a good moment before it faded noticeably. The nose has good potency for a lager, easily noticeable maltiness, well rounded, a touch of toastiness too with earthy hoppiness behind the malt. The aromas are expected for the style and quite inviting. I really enjoyed the flavors on the palate, the hop flavors on the tongue are livelier than the nose indicated, the bitterness is pronounced and crisp, vaguely earthy but more so flowery. The maltiness is clean but equally flavorful with caramel and toasty bread notes. The finish is a blend of the afore mentioned flavors, it is very nice. This was a pleasant quaff and ideally refreshing (and flavorful). The body is medium, crisp and firm carbonation that leads to a sturdy mouthfeel. This is a nice beer; I tried it in Fort Collins. Try one.

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Photo of marc77
3.35/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy peach hue. Thick, pitted ivory white head leaves frothy lace. Waft of fresh milled Munich with an herbal noble hop twang upfront in aroma. Subtle, maltose rich, mash like impression comprises the sweetness. Quite appetizing aromawise, but there's a trace acidic sourness that precludes excellence. Flavorwise the dominant malt components are of lightly toasty Vienna malt with a sweeter, more grainy Munich edge. Agreeably understated medium lovibond caramel malt presence. Hop bitterness is mild, perhaps overly so, and leaves residual sweetness uncontested. Mellow floral and herbal hop flavor complements malt backbone. Unfortunately there's a hint of husky tannins that carries an slight, but obtrusive astringency. Moderately bodied, with a firm, dextrinous and proteinaceous mouthfeel. Well calculated attenuation. Becomes progressively more toffeeish as it breathes. Finishes grainy sweet, with fading toasted cracker hints. Almost a good Vienna, but is not quite as clean as it could be. An enjoyable, innocuous brew nonetheless.

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Photo of alexgash
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice brewpub, good beer. This lager (labeled as a vienna) pours a light copper with a white head. Sweet malts on the nose, with some very light hop backing. It's all about the malt. Taste is more of the caramelly, slightly spicy malt. Goes down very easily. Finish is smooth and slightly bitter.

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.12/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I found this to be a disappointing Vienna style lager that missed on several counts. Though the body had a decent honey amber look to it, there was virtually no head whatsoever. This followed through in a lack of lacing. The nose was fully malty and that was one of it's stronger points. The taste was not unpleasant, nor was it enjoyable. There was an astringency to the mouthfeel that I did not enjoy. I'd drink this beer if there was only macro available, but I would not seek it out.

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Photo of hotstuff
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Dayton, OH AleFest:This beer had a small sized ivory head with fine-small bubbles that was mostly lasting.It had a clear body along with some lively carbonation.The hue was orange and the nose was malty and hoppy.This beer's flavor was sweet and bitter tasting.The mouthfeel was smooth, thin and somewhat watery.This beer left excellent lacing on the sides of my glass.

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Photo of Ellbert
2.71/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer was not one of my favorites. It was basically a little below average. There was a little too much hoppiness in in it for me. It went ok with a roast beef sandwich though. There really was not anything very special about this brew. It did have a decent head on it. I love a beer with a good lookin' head on it.

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Photo of Shiloh
3.28/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Deep golden hue with limited carbonation. The head was short turning to a half glass ring accompanied by a minor glass cling.
Body was full which was very suprizing.
Aroma was mildly yeasty.
Taste was semi sweet and lingering....on & on & on.
Not my style, yet interesting.

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Photo of kaszeta
4.42/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm normally not a lager fan, but this is one heckuva good lager, one that
will leave me reminiscing about my trip to Jackson, WY. Poors with a nice cloudy dark amber body with a thick frothy head. It has a wonderful sweet malty aroma, with some nice subtle grain and hops notes. It has a light, sweet, malty flover, with a pleasant sweet followthrough hinting of hops and fruit. A wonderful light mouthfeel, as well. Very drinkable, and highly recommended

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Photo of tavernjef
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Notes from a trip to Colorado and Wyoming - May 2002 Purchased in Jackson Hole, WY.

Yes sir, I liked it. I liked it a whole bunch. Color of amber but with a nice hazy brown tint along with a nice, off-white head that was pretty thick and frothy. Smell is lightly hinted but so good and fresh. Had a nice caramel malt and hop presence, it was soft on the nose and very pleasing. Sip, slurp, ahhhh. So good, great medium body feel and tight with flavor. Smooth toasty malt with just the right touch of hop bitterness, but the malt is left to really stand out. Everything comes together so nicely. The finish is a touch sweet, very nicely done. Toasty fresh, robust,and flavorful, packed nicely with a 6% punch. This is one awesome Vienna style beer, one of the best I've ever had the pleasure of drinking. Very drinkable and enjoyable. Highly recommend picking some up if ever in Jackson Hole,Wyoming.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.42/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark gold/light amber with a light tan head, good carbonation, and good lace. Very nice spicy Vienna Malt aroma. A soft malty character with light malt spiciness. Light bodied (leans medium) with medium carbonation. A very good example of the style.

Enjoy by Oct 02 Tasted 12/06/02

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Photo of beernut7
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This nice light copper-colored brew has a nice foamy head and light malt aroma. The flavor is light, but not too light with a nice barely hint of roasted malt. Clean finish. The server said this is her absolute favorite.

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Photo of cokes
4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Simply a top-notch vienna lager. Well rounded and lovely to drink.
Pours a great-looking dark peach with a dense, creamy head.
Big, sweet malts on the nose and in the taste. Fruit sweetness and carmel manifest themselves here. Some toasty note are evident as well. This is balanced by a touch of hop bitterness. Maybe I would prefer just a little more, but it is very difficult to argue with the balance and results of this bier.
Pretty robust, with a delightfully smooth mouthfeel.
Stellar brew all around. Highly recommended.

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