Vienna Lager
Devils Backbone Brewing Company

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Vienna Lager
Ranked #17
Ranked #29,485
3.76 | pDev: 12.23%
Devils Backbone Brewing Company
Virginia, United States
Very Good
Vienna LagerVienna Lager
Notes: 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.
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Reviews: 205 | Ratings: 1,062
Photo of Buckeye55
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark amber color with full head. Smells mostly of malt. Tastes malty with notes of both sweet and sour from the hops. Medium mouthfeel with a dry finish and slightly bitter aftertaste. Very good beer, just a notch below outstanding

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Photo of Ursula1007
5/5  rDev +33%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a perfect beer. If you are craving a really delicious, solid beer, this is it. No over hopped BS, no odd additions. A percent traditional beer.
Get some.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A nice Vienna that seems like DB followed the historic routines and recipes.
Clear Looks, yet a pretty amber. Smells mostly of malt and Tastes that way also... which just enough hops for balance and tang. Finishes semi-dry.

I went on their website and found yet another brewery in the Shenandoahs. An out-of-the-way concentration helping making it a destination. DB seems to provide many of the same things as the competition: atmosphere, dedication to the craft all wrapped up as a get-away. The formula seems to work !

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Photo of Bgmac
4.09/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Arguably the best beer brewed in Virginia with good availability throughout the state. My friends love it. Lucky for me its available at all the local grocery stores and local restaurants that serve draft/craft beer. Availability should be a rating point. Will make it a point to visit their brewery next time I am near.

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear very dark amber color. Medium body and light carbonation.
Aroma is nutty caramel , bread,yeast, grain
Taste has a mildly sour graininess, bread, yeast and malt
Overall a very decent beer

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Photo of ATL6245
4.37/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Aroma: Saaz hops deliver herbal notes. Vienna and Pilsner Malts deliver a bready aroma. Dark Munich Malt adds a toasty note.
Appearance: Clear, medium amber color. Mousse-like, tan head three fingers tall with large bubbles and lengthy retention. Addition of Dark Munich Malt darkens the amber color.
Flavor: Malt forward with medium sweet backbone. Slight herbal flavor. Northern Brewers and Saaz hops provide a restrained bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Medium body with light carbonation on the palate. Finishing soft with a short bitter note at the end.
Bottom line: I actually prefer Arches Mexican Empire and Sam Adams Boston Lager because they use Hallertauer Mittelfrueh and Tettnanger hops. But that just a personal preference. A well crafted beer, Devil's Backbone Vienna Lager provides another solid example of the style that can be found nationwide. It has continued to win beer festival awards since its introduction in 2008.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very nice Vienna Lager. Pours a copper color. Classic aromas of spicy noble hops and biscuit malt. Malt and toasted bread flavors are finished with a peppery hoppy zip.

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Photo of Speartron
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Watery on the pallet. Smooth, a little hops lingers.

Wheat, sweet caramel and bread notes on the nose and tongue. Really sweet to the smell. Super smooth and goes down well. Not a bad session lager

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Photo of Trailboss76
4.04/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bronzy tea-like color. Medium head - tan in color. Light but pleasant aroma. Somewhat nutty. Nice, smooth drinker. A full-flavored lager. Very nice by itself. Also paired well with mixed nuts.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.39/5  rDev -9.8%
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 MoreBeer4me
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
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 Frank_TX
3.72/5  rDev -1.1%
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 -2.7%
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 superspak
4/5  rDev +6.4%
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 +7.2%
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 DaveMaciolek21
1.93/5  rDev -48.7%
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 jadpsu
3.72/5  rDev -1.1%
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 CaptainHate
3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
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 The_Kriek_Freak
4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
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 rypkr
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
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%
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 Gajo74
3.86/5  rDev +2.7%
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 Jacobier10
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
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
4.14/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | 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 dcotom
3.82/5  rDev +1.6%
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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