Vienna Lager | Devils Backbone Brewing Company

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3.75/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Devils Backbone Brewing Company
Virginia, United States
dbbrewingcompany.com

Style: Vienna Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed using a combination of Northern Brewer and Saaz hops with Vienna, Pilsen, Dark Munich and Caramel malts and allowing five weeks for the lagering process and the flavors to fully develop.

Added by on 12-24-2008

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#25,511
Reviews:
189
Ratings:
991
pDev:
12.53%
Bros Score:
3.87
 
 
Wants:
37
Gots:
368
Trade:
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Ratings: 991 |  Reviews: 189
Photo of DanR01
4.59/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DaveMaciolek21
1.93/5  rDev -48.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Copper color. A pretty meek effort. Mild malty taste with little personality. A mass-produced taste from a "craft" brewery. Rather disappointing spineless creation from Devil's Backbone.

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Photo of RJM185
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DBbeer_Lauren
5/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of jadpsu
3.72/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Crystal clear goldish color base with some amber tint. Slightly off white head with rather poor retention that also offers little side glass lace residue.
AROMA: Dough, bread biscuits up front, with some toast. Hints of caramel, mild hop bitterness.

TASTE: Again, I get some caramel sweetness and a toasted malt base along with a subtle hop spice note.
FEEL: Clean, refreshing!
A "better than most" lager.

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Photo of brutalist
4.06/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MemphisSooner
4.02/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Fantastic beer. Perhaps one of the best lagers in this style I have had outside of Germany. Toasted malts and smooth creamy body. A classsic Vienna!

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Photo of arrowsmith_
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CaptainHate
3.94/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at a club. Huge head over a dark copper body. Aroma was a bit lacking but was made up for by a full taste with a rich flavor of caramel malts and balanced hops. A very good example of the style.

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Photo of Spence94
5/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of NotAlcoholicJustAHobby
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PuffySAJ
3.84/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.02/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very nice Vienna lager with lots of caramel and toffee and bread but also with enough hop bitterness to provide some balance. Easy to drink and with enough flavor plus some complexity to satisfy.

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Photo of axxe
4.19/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cwkash
3.87/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rypkr
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Wow is this botched. Looks and smells leading enough. But it tastes like it was brewed with water from a fish tank and has the body of Stephen hawking.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Devils Backbone Brewing Company "Vienna Lager"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, coded "03APR18WA1135" and sampled on 17MAY18
$2 @ Wegmans, Collegeville, PA

Notes via stream of consciousness: Nice appearance. Finger-thick head of yellowed off-white over a clear copper colored body. The aroma is limited but clean, and with some toasty maltiness. Not great but good so far. The flavor is better, displaying a medium caramel and toasted malt base that's gently threaded through with noble hops that are subtly floral, woody, and spicy. Some sublime fruitiness like apples and berries mixed. Bitterness runs through the center, balancing it and bringing it to a dry finish with just a drop of sweetish malt lingering and some mild residual hops. It's very nicely balanced - too many American brewers go too heavy and that's not what the style is about. Big scores for flavor then. The body is medium-light and it's gently bristling on the tongue and then crisp. I'm not sure what else to say about it. It's not bombastic at all, it's very much to style, and refined. And highly drinkable! I could see drinking quite a few of these.
Review# 6,021

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Photo of Matuhg
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of littleman791
3.21/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beachops
3.57/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BenMaalouf
3.12/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of AMCPhD
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gajo74
3.86/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

First time trying something from this brewery.
Pours a clear dark amber and copper color. An aggressive pour yields a large foam head that shows good retention.
The aroma highlights the malts; toasted grain, caramel and Munich malt. The hops aroma comes across as woodsy, floral and with a slight citrus peel zest.
The taste is bready and toasty. Clean flavor with a gentle hops spice and a subtle sweetness.
Medium bodied and moderately carbonated. Wet mouthfeel with a relatively clean and smooth finish. Towards the end, the finish develops some mild dryness with a hint of a rustic hops linger.
Solid Vienna Lager; a style I feel gets little love. Solid brew overall.

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Photo of MrDis
3.6/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jacobier10
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, bottled on 1/2/18.

Deep amber color with a large off-white head. A very slight haze in it's appearance, but clear for the most part. Pleasant bready and toasted malt aroma. Very slight touch of caramel. Flavor is focused on toasted malt with a clean finish. Not as light and crisp as some of my favorite Vienna lagers, this one comes across as a bit heavy. Finishes dry.

Overall, a solid Vienna lager but nothing that stands out to me. Easy to drink more than one in a sitting, but could benefit from being a little lighter on its feet.

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Vienna Lager from Devils Backbone Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 991 ratings