Vienna Lager | Devils Backbone Brewing Company

BA SCORE
85
very good
897 Ratings
Vienna LagerVienna Lager
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
Ratings:
897
Reviews:
163
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
12.17%
 
 
Wants:
34
Gots:
324
For Trade:
2
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Ratings: 897 |  Reviews: 163
Photo of Zanico
3/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of JeffH_SC
3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Of all the Vienna Lagers I've tried, this is the most flavorful. Goes well with food and a good sipping beer. With or without a lime. Toasted malt flavors with a bit more hop than other Viennas I've tried, which, in this case, is not a bad thing for me. Very good beer.

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Photo of Tone
3.2/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear copper color. 1/2 inch head of an off-white color. Decent retention and slight lacing. Smells of sweet malt, pale malt, slight caramel malt, grass, and a hint of wheat. Fits the style of a Vienna Lager. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, pale malt, slight caramel malt, grass, sight citrus hops, and a hint of wheat. Overall, aroma is hurt by the grass, but body is better if still only average.

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Photo of cwbern
3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 11-52_4hops
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Nunya
3.81/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Zonian1
3.56/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SLeffler27
3.84/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The creamy almond head briefly reaches one half inch and dissipates within sixty seconds. Random carbonation can be seen within the chill-hazed honey amber. No lace graces the wall of a handblown Pilsner glass.

The aroma is initially rich sweet malt, then transitions to caramel and Earl Grey tea. Warmth brings out the aroma of almond paste.

The flavor follows the nose, adding honey and lightly toasted white bread. The flavors are full and the finish is mild and brief.

This beer has a medium body with a soft smooth texture. Light carbonation scrubs a creamy mild coating from the palate. This bottle indicates the ABV to be 5.2%.

This is a decent beer which I imagine would go nicely while watching or playing sports or with casual conversation.

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

Photo of lobos62
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Aeroscorp
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of acmurphy696
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

What can I say? I love Vienna lagers. This is a tasty and refreshing beer. It displays a great head following the initial pour from the can. The flavor is more than pleasant and I enjoyed its follow through.

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Photo of bigal_96
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of njbusa
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Nace4
3.81/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mvanaskie13
4.02/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a narrow pint glass: color is amber, transparent, head is off white to light tan, head presents about 1/4 thick but dissipates quickly.

Smell is so simple, yet so good: clean vienna malt with toast, light caramel, hint of bread, then light earthy/dry hops.

Taste is very good: clean vienna, a little on the sweet side with caramel, but a good balance of toast and bread; hops are subtle but earthy in flavor.

Mouthfeel is crisp, a little sweet, good carbonation and nice lingering presene; a bit dry and near biting on the tongue but the lingering flavor softens this.

Overall: a very, very good vienna style lager - great malt presence, clean flavors, nothing off - just easy drinking with a bit of sweetness but hops to balance.

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Photo of chadbweiner
3.76/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Brian_L-2056
4.06/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark orange or light amber color into a typical pint glass. Very little head and carbonation. Smell is slightly malty, no hops detectible. Initial taste is sweet, malty and molasses like. very smooth and drinkable. No lacing at all. The feel it a little thicker in the mouth than a typical lager as well. Overall a very pleasant tasting, smooth brew that definitely

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Photo of ArchimedesSox
3.54/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark copper color, big off white head that dissipates pretty quick, not much lacing

S: Getting some maltyness, like caramel and also a lager yeast smell

T: Nice sweetness, I get the caramel and maybe a bready taste, a little hoppy bitterness on the end

M: Light to medium

O: A tasty lager, much better than most of your traditional American Lagers. I would definitely have it again.

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Photo of philbe311
3.64/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of beerthulhu
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very nice caramelized orange coloring with a bit of haze obstruction. A moderate size beige-white capping remains firm atop while a quick paced amount of micro-effervesce is active beneath. Very little in the way of window dressing, but the sturdy capping, and beautiful caramel-orange vienna malt does put on a show for a very good lager appeal.

S: Aroma of freshly toasted caramel grains, lightly sweet from the vienna, buttered toast, has an almost octoberfest like flair to it. Rich and sweet malting is the key here with some sweet flowery noble like hops chiming in of nice proportion.

T: The flavor followed the nose, sweet toasted vienna malts, caramelized orange flavoring, buttered toast, grainy, with some noble hops, again, very octoberfest like. Soft spicy hops add zing while the toasted malt sweetness finishes out what it started.

M: Creamy mouthful, soft texture, with a good amount of carbonation texture. Overall a medium body fullness.

O: Nice drinkability, freshly toasted grain right from the oven has a beautiful sweetness about it, with some noble hops. Reminds me a bit of an Hacker Pschorr Octoberfest, sweet and creamy vienna malts live up to its name. By style one of Virginia's hidden gems and very like-able overall.

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Photo of GeorgiaBeerMoose
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dextermcgurk
3.69/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheRock7755
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RobinLee
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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Vienna Lager from Devils Backbone Brewing Company
3.78 out of 5 based on 897 ratings.
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