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:
#25,170
Reviews:
185
Ratings:
975
pDev:
12.27%
Bros Score:
3.87
 
 
Wants:
37
Gots:
362
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 975 |  Reviews: 185
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 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 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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Photo of Dr_Gonzo
4.17/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tall clear glass. Has a beautiful clear, dark copper color, rich in depth and hue. Above-moderate carbonation, thick fluffy tan head that gradually dissipates.

I smell an aroma of bready and biscuit malts and grains, yeasty smell, along with a sweet caramel note. Reminds me of an oktoberfest.

Tastes like toasted malts, cereal, toast, bread, and yeast, along with as sweet caramel to balance the hops. Hops have a spicy kick and make the tongue tingly. Taste an orange peel in the aftertaste. Feels overall smooth on the palette.

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Photo of Jadalady
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nrbw23
3.74/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of dcotom
3.82/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 16-ounce can into a shaker pint glass. Clear copper-amber colored body, with two fingers of soapy eggshell-colored foam. Aromas and flavors of roasted bready malt, grassy and herbal hops, and peppery spice, with a hint of tart apple. Medium bodied, with some light caramel sweetness and a bit of spicy bitterness on the finish. Overall, a very good Vienna lager. Recommended.

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Photo of stevoj
3.13/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Draft at Big Stick. Dark, clear Amber, small cap of creamy head. Aroma is pure caramel malts. Taste is also caramel, straight forward, nothing else. For what it is, no frills, decent. Nice feel

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Photo of kybeerdrinker
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of paulish
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ibanez2k
3.59/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

12 bottle

Pours clear amber brown, eggshell head is firm at a quarter inch, dissipates to a ring.

Smells of biscuit, caramel, corn, and sweet cereal.

Flavor is of biscuit, brown sugar, and cereal grains. Faint dry earthy hop finish.

Medium body, tingly carbonation on the tongue.

Solid medium body lager, good flavor. Crisp and rich malt character avoids papery tastes and goes down smooth. I could session this.

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Vienna Lager from Devils Backbone Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 975 ratings