Vienna Lager | Devils Backbone Brewing Company

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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:
#25,324
Reviews:
195
Ratings:
1,016
pDev:
12.53%
 
 
Wants:
39
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376
Trade:
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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.39/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Bottled 08/06/18

Appearance - Pours mostly clear and red copper in color with a sandstone colored, finger width head that displays good retention before dying to a thin, broken layer of suds. A few small spots and lines make up the lacing.

Smell - Hints of bread, caramel and faint floral notes.

Taste - Follows the nose. Light to fair flavors featuring hints of caramel, lightly toasted bread and floral hop character coming through mid-taste and into the finish.

Mouthfeel - Light-to-medium in body. Fair carbonation. Drinks easy enough.

Overall - Decent flavor. Light. Drinkable. Not one that will leave a lasting impression.

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Photo of Frequency33
4.75/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of DrewsBrews450
4.24/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of riptorn
4.41/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of IanJelliffe
3.89/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MoreBeer4me
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Good example of the style and a nice beer either alone or with food. Has a slightly thick feel as many decent Vienna Lager's do. Malty, rich, bready and a little bit dry on the finish. Overall a nice beer which I would buy again at some point.

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Photo of sqpat
3/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of smartassboiler
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tb77
3.22/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Photo of kimlhurst
2.92/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of Frank_TX
3.72/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A good example of a Virginia amber lager that is very easy to drink or crush on a warm Fall day. Nice caramel notes but not quite as heavy as Marzen. Available in bottles or draft in most of the SE Virginia region.

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Photo of WickedBeer
3.66/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Just grabbed a little local brew before leaving the family in VA.

Pours Amber with a finger head of thin bubbly foam. It quickly fizzes out into the cold body of the beer.

Fairly subtle nose, but predominance of caramel and malt. There are sweet, almost cola-like undertones that can be found as well. Pleasant, and expected to become more vibrant as the beer warms.

Light and malty flavors dominate this beer. Caramel and hints of molasses round out the profile, but this is your basic, run-of-the-mill refreshing Vienna-style lager.

Good mouthfeel, medium carbonation with a light stickiness and crisp finish.

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Photo of deansellers
3.89/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jr5639
4.59/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Wizzle32
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TargaFlorio
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of lastmango
3.44/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ejmorrow
4.47/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into lager glass, bottled on 4/3/2018. Pours crystal clear deep orange/amber/light copper color with a 1 finger dense and rocky off white head with great retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Nice spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big cracker, brown sugar, brown bread crust, and toasted biscuit; with lighter notes of nuttiness, caramel, pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great complexity bready malts and light earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big cracker, brown sugar, brown bread crust, and toasted biscuit; with lighter notes of nuttiness, caramel, pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Light herbal, grassy, peppery bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of cracker, brown sugar, brown bread crust, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness/pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Great complexity and robustness of bready malts and light earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and no astringent flavors after the finish. Fairly crisp/clean finishing. Perfectly clean on lager flavors, with no fruity/yeasty notes present. Light-moderate increasing dryness from lingering bitterness. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, bready/grainy, and lightly creamy/sticky mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5.2%. Overall this is an excellent Vienna lager. All around great complexity and robustness of bready malts and light earthy hop flavors; very smooth, crisp, clean, and pretty refreshing to drink with the mellowly bitter/drying finish. This is kind of leaning on the Dunkel side of things, but not overly sweet. Very clean and rich Vienna/Munich malt flavors, with nice earthy noble hop balance. A very enjoyable offering, and well made style example.

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Photo of joeseppy
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice carmel tones mild honeyed sweetness with a nice blend of malt structure. On the medium side with just enough crispness to the finish. A lager not over the top and very satiable. Really enjoyed. Not to miss.

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Photo of ben_tries_brews
2.61/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of bwt1982
4.43/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jonnydesert
2.86/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Red5StandingBy
3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Vienna Lager from Devils Backbone Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 1,016 ratings