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:
#24,820
Reviews:
193
Ratings:
1,006
pDev:
12.53%
 
 
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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

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

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Vienna Lager from Devils Backbone Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 1,006 ratings