Vienna Lager
Devils Backbone Brewing Company

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From:
Devils Backbone Brewing Company
 
Virginia, United States
Style:
Vienna Lager
Ranked #43
ABV:
5.2%
Score:
85
Ranked #22,801
Avg:
3.76 | pDev: 12.23%
Reviews:
231
Ratings:
906
Status:
Active
Rated:
Sep 12, 2022
Added:
Dec 24, 2008
Wants:
  51
Gots:
  411
SCORE
85
Very Good
Vienna LagerVienna Lager
Notes: Vienna-Style Lager.

This is our Ol’ Faithful. No, it’s not a geothermal phenomenon. It’s the beer everybody, including professional beer judges, just seems to dig. Maybe they like how it’s smooth, medium-bodied, and semi-sweet, while not too heavy or bitter. Maybe it’s the amber color, or the blend of four imported malts balanced by two Germanic hops, or the fact that it takes five weeks to get right. Or maybe it’s all the above.

Malts: Vienna, Pilsner, Dark Munich, CaraAmber
Hops: Northern Brewer, Saaz
IBU: 18
COLOR: Amber
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Rated: 3 by prisdefer from New York

Sep 12, 2022
 
Rated: 3.71 by Ernald_Elbertson from Delaware

Sep 09, 2022
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Reviewed by venacava from North Carolina

3.69/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Amber/copper in color, somewhat clear. About a half-inch of froth, which dissipates quickly.

Toasted grain and caramel with a hint of yeast.

Tastes of malt, bit of grass, sweetness, mildly bitter hop at the end. Lively, toasted malt merging Shenandoah mountain water with an Alpine style. Balanced flavor that doesn't hit too hard or linger for too long. Crisp, clean finish.

This beer is not trying to be overanalyzed, and I appreciate that. I drank this one on its own, but its flavor begs to be complimented by grilled meat and good company. Bratwurst with mustard would be the obvious choice here, but anything hearty and smoky would do.
Aug 26, 2022
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Reviewed by Amendm from Florida

3.69/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
An easy pour from a 12-oz. bottle released a finger of dark beige, soapy foam with average retention and streaky blotches of lacing. Clear amber color, shines like a new penny in bright light.

Mild smell of caramel and toasted malts with faint herbal hops greets the nose. Baked apple and pear, fresh baked bread and dough in the background.

Semi-sweet with low bitterness, the taste matches the smell with some order switches. Caramel malt leads the taste with a rise in hop flavor. Bready and toasted malt flavor is pushed back by caramel sweetness that is balanced by hop bitterness. The finish is fast and clean but too sweet to be crisp. Sweet malt lingers as bitterness rises a bit.

Medium bodied with soft and lasting carbonation. Smooth and well balanced with hidden alcohol. My only complaint, too much caramel malt and not enough Vienna malt.
Jul 27, 2022
 
Rated: 3.5 by BucBasil from Rwanda

Jun 22, 2022
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Reviewed by Peach63 from New York

3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Amber with a 1/2" light tan head, which slowly fades. Light lacing.

Aroma of caramel, bread, a light roastiness, hay.

Taste is caramel, bread, light roast malt.

Light body, moderate carbonation. Dry finish.

One of the better Lagers I've had recently.
May 17, 2022
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Reviewed by maddogruss from New Jersey

3/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
A: pours a dark amber body with small white head with minimal retention and lacing.
S: subtle nutty and toffee notes.
T: sweet hints of vanilla with malty notes; some very light caramel notes.
M: light bodied and crisp.
O: ok feels en taste combo; decent overall.
Apr 21, 2022
 
Rated: 3.45 by Mattalica

Apr 16, 2022
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Rated by Manta200 from Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
6-pack from Food Lion in NC
Apr 14, 2022
 
Rated: 3.75 by FLBeerGuy from Florida

Apr 02, 2022
 
Rated: 3.94 by kkazemi from North Carolina

Feb 21, 2022
 
Rated: 3.79 by ohbigun from West Virginia

Nov 23, 2021
 
Rated: 3.65 by cabsandking from Ohio

Nov 04, 2021
 
Rated: 4.29 by Tadwinks from Virginia

Oct 22, 2021
 
Rated: 3.75 by carrcolind from District of Columbia

Oct 14, 2021
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Reviewed by CobraChicken

4.56/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Beautiful smell and delicious taste. A true Virginia classic at this point. Very malty and breast flavor with a nice 5.2% ABV. Great everyday beer for me. This is my first review and I’ve only been drinking beer for the last 4 months- even though I’m in my mid 30’s. Not too sweet. Not too bitter. Refreshing and worth a try.
Oct 13, 2021
 
Rated: 3.34 by Bigmoist from West Virginia

Oct 02, 2021
 
Rated: 3.77 by Gkruszewski from New York

Sep 25, 2021
 
Rated: 3.95 by valtroid

Jul 26, 2021
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Reviewed by Gmann from New York

3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Pours a clear copper color with a tight creamy egg shell colored head.

The aroma is sweet with hints of grain.

The taste is of toasted malt with caramel sweetness. Light tea in the finish.

The feel is light and crisp. Great balance. Nice clean finish.

Nice Vienna lager. Drinks very well.
Jul 15, 2021
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Reviewed by eluvah from New York

3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Pours amber with not much head. Not much of a smell. Has a decent Munich malt taste, not much hop presence. It is a drinkable beer but nothing that puts it among the best in this category
Jul 03, 2021
 
Rated: 3.69 by wtpbod from New York

Jul 03, 2021
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Reviewed by BiologyBob from Texas

3.3/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
Brown in color with a thin white head.
Smells nutty like a brown ale.
Medium bodied, tastes of toasted malt and caramel. Reminds me of an Oktoberfest.
I like it, but I keep wondering is this Virginia in Vienna or Vienna in Virginia? I think the latter.
Jun 20, 2021
 
Rated: 3.76 by NastyNorseman from New York

Jun 13, 2021
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Reviewed by lagrluvr

4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Great amber color, clear and clean like a lager, faint aromas of toasted malty grain,smooth buttery sweet taste with a fairly clean feel and finish, it's a 4/5 amber lager that seems to hit the spot sometimes. Worth a shot, but not a world class beer, just shy of Abita amber lager, which has a bit more caramel malt flavor . Pretty good beer, though over the years it just falls a bit short of really good.
May 27, 2021
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Rated by USArmyRangerVet from New York

4.6/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
A very nice, and well done lager.
Apr 22, 2021
 
Rated: 3.77 by Noelito76 from New York

Mar 26, 2021
 
Rated: 3.43 by DOCRW from Washington

Mar 18, 2021
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Rated by brewerburgundy from Virginia

4.01/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Bronze color with a creamy off-white head that sticks quite nicely.
Mar 13, 2021
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Rated by TheRougeBastard from North Carolina

3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Nice lager! Slightly-sweet carmel aftertaste!!
Feb 14, 2021
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Rated by Mjrobey from Virginia

3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3
A traditional lager, easy to go down, good to drink with dinner. Easily found in most stores.
Feb 10, 2021
 
Rated: 3.75 by Chipwells from Georgia

Feb 01, 2021
 
Rated: 3.21 by xx_adolfhitler42069_xx from Virginia

Jan 24, 2021
 
Rated: 3.73 by SpaethJam from New York

Jan 24, 2021
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Reviewed by Wattie83 from Pennsylvania

3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Poured from 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass. Look is copper, clear body with lively carbonation rising up to an off-white head that starts at about 1 finger and falls to a cap. Smell is bready malt, earthy hops. Taste follows with sweet bready malt up front, middle is caramel and a bit of bitterness. Finishes with a dose of earthiness from the hops, finishes pretty clean in the end. Body is light to medium, smooth carbonation, clean finish. Overall, this is a nice lager, easy to drink, good in its simplicity.
Jan 21, 2021
 
Rated: 4.38 by Jpenske212 from North Carolina

Jan 18, 2021
 
Rated: 2.15 by bendukes86 from South Carolina

Jan 15, 2021
 
Rated: 3.73 by HyphenatedAmerican from Virginia

Jan 06, 2021
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Reviewed by Elvis_on_Bass from New York

4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
I really like this one as an everyday beer.

Look: Copper to amber, minimal head, slow rising carbonation.
Smell: Caramel and toffee
Taste: Clean, malty backbone with dose of caramel malt. Just enough bitterness to balance, barely noticeable.
Feel: Medium to Medium-High carbonation, cleans palate, quick finish.
Overall: Good everyday lager, no flaws, a touch too much caramel for my taste.
Dec 27, 2020
 
Rated: 4.15 by BrewsOverHoes from Georgia

Dec 22, 2020
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