Vienna Lager | Devils Backbone Brewing Company

very good
154 Reviews
Vienna LagerVienna Lager

Brewed by:
Devils Backbone Brewing Company
Virginia, United States

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

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Photo of mikeg67
3.66/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle. Pours amber with tall, long-lasting, fluffy white head. Aroma is of grassy hops and caramel and biscuit malt. Body is medium and smooth. Grassy hops and caramel malt nicely balanced on the palate. Finish is long and semidry. Nice session brew.

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

Bottle dated 1.23.2017. Threshold beer glass.

A: pours a ruby/amber, with 1 finger bright white head that dissipates quickly. Lower visible carbonation than expected. Eliot Ness is noticeably darker, with tan head.

S: clean, with some mild bready notes, a little caramel, and some sweet dried fruit, believe it or not. Smells like a very, very, very mild version of Celebrator. Apparently what I like is not appropriate for the style.

T: arrives with a toasted bread and mild graininess; less sweet than I expected it to be, but still a malt driven affair. Toasted wheat bread with a mild dollop of honey. Very nice; would go exceptionally with food; probably light enough to session.

M: noticeable carbonation - spot on for the style; a touch prickly but that stops it from feeling heavy. Midweight with some slight slickness.

O: this is a really excellent Vienna lager. It is sweet and bready without being cloying; it remains light and refreshing while having heft and substance. By comparison, Eliot Ness is darker, more caramel and darker bread crust, fuller bodied, and has more of a lingering hop bite. DB Vienna is early April to Eliot Ness's late October. An elegant beer.

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Photo of ManlyWealth
4.46/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Devils Backbone Brewers, congrats on an outstanding lager! I really like this one! A little mist escapes the bottle after I pop the cap. Pours a beautiful amber color with a healthy and loud off-white head that dissipates quickly with a wee bit of lacing. Subtle bouquet of a lager and malts. Great refreshing lager taste and feel in the palate! This is an outstanding lager that goes down easy. I really enjoyed it!

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Photo of Blake-Beerdrinker
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a solid daily drinker. Nice light drinkable and a good example of a Vienna. This is not my favorite Vienna I have had but will do when I need a brew. This is highly available in my area and is one I consider whenever I am purchasing beer. Anyone can grab one of these at a party and wont complain.
Smell: Sweet, Bready
Taste: Lots of Caramel notes, Bready
Feel: Refreshing, Medium to light, Highly drinkable

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Photo of TooLucid
4.06/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

My go to lager. At least here in Virginia you can find a six-pack just about anywhere and it's frequently on tap. Dark, crisp, and fantastic ruby color. A kiss of doughy sweetness and pleasant but very subtle hop and spice notes round out the body. A nice easy going beer. I definitely prefer it over Sam Adams and other "accessible" lagers.

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

Appearance: copper body; medium frothy head; decent lacing; effervescent

Smell: good malt aroma; light hops

Taste: bready malts; sweet; finishes kind of crisp; not bad

Mouthfeel: medium-light

Remarks: good for style, but style isn't one of my favorites

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Photo of DupeDog
5/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I used to drink Heineken and Yeungling but this beer tops my everyday lager. If you come over my house you will find it in my garage fridge as I enjoy it daily. I am guessing this is the reason that InBev purchased Devils Backbone so it can be on every grocery shelf in the country.

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Photo of SomethingClever
3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap poured into 20 oz pint glass

A: Ruby red amber body with amazing clarity smallish slightly off white head.

S: Light grains, slight caramel, bready

T: Nice sweet doughy breads, caramel, grainy

M: Medium carbonation light to medium feel nice grainy fnish.

O: Great beer easy drinking lots of nice caramel flavor.

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Photo of Davidstan
3.87/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not sure how to couch this but this taste a lot like Boston Lager but cleaner. The mix of hops and malt make this taste more beer like than SA. Very hearty malt feel and thankfully the taste does not follow the nose. Seemed to be a boozey aroma after cracking open the 1/17/17 12 oz bottle. Anyway, excellent beer here and will buy again.

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Photo of PA-hunter
4.12/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured 12oz bottle into snifter glass. 4.9% abv

Appearance- Dark Red/amber in color with a course bubbly head with a slight tan tint. Brilliant clarity.

Smell- Caramel, toasted cracker, baked bread.

Taste- Full of caramel malt. Doughy yet crisp cracker flavor mixes in while the caramel base remains. Sweet finish, notes of molasses and bread crust. Ends with a slight touch of bitterness and cooked grains.

Mouthfeel- Medium in body with active carbonation.

Overall- A solid Vienna. Captures that heavy caramel taste well as this style sets out to do. The dark red color gives this away. Sets the mark for the style well.

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Photo of Proton01
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Vienna lager had a very nice color and great nose. The taste is clean with hint of caramel like flavor and crisp finish. It had a bit of an after taste but cleans up fast. It a staple in my frig just a bit hard to get in NJ.

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Photo of bankboy66
3.3/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Nice light brown color but no head to speak of. Lots of caramel smell. Thought it was on the watery side.....taste was ok. Liked it but didn't love it. Average example for the style.

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Photo of rockinrickster
4.44/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very nice taste. I haven't had a lot of Viennas and this was very good. Nice amber color. Nice malty taste, not too heavy. No bitter aftertaste to speak of. Definitely would drink it again.

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

Poured from bottle into pint glass. Born on date marked June 1, 2016

Nice dark amber color, clear, with finger of white head that settled to ring at edge of glass.

Smelled slightly of caramel and brown bread.

Tasted mildly sweet, bready.

Smooth and medium bodied.

An enjoyable lager that has become the lager option on tap of most of the local bars and restaurants. Nice to see a more local option.

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Photo of WunderLlama
3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a snifter

Copper russet clear liquid , one finger white foam cap settles to a white layer

Aroma of brady malts

Malt taste with a slight hop presence , mildly sweet

Good sudsing, crisp

Nice beer

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

12 oz bottle poured into a mug.

Golden amber with 1 finger of head. Good clarity with moderate carbonation.

Sweet brown bread, caramel, brown sugar, and toffee.

Sweet brown breads with touches of toast and raisin. Caramel and toffee with sprinkles of brown sugar. Light earthy, leafy hop presence.

Medium bodied, crisp, clean, and well balanced.

Thirst quenching while keeping a bold, well balanced flavor profile.

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

Pours amber.
Smell is very malty.
Taste is very well-balanced, and the taste/feel are bigger and bolder than your typical lager.
Even though it's reasonably light, it doesn't taste that way.
One of the better lagers I've had.

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Photo of Cavanaghty
3.31/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a pint glass.

Appearance: Darker amber color with a thin white head.

Smell: Light sweeter malts.

Mouthfeel/ Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste of sweeter malts and a hint of bitterNess.

Overall: Good beer. I would have this one again.

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Photo of 57md
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a copper color with just under a finger of head. The nose has a solid malt character. The maltiness carries over into the flavor profile but there is something a touch wanting and thin about this offering.

This is good and close to very good.

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Photo of 88caprice
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice dark copper color. Active bubbles and frothy layer on top.
Smells toasty and malty. Some sweetness and caramelization.
Good lager taste. Caramelized malt, bready. Ever-so-slightly sour. Great biscuity finish.
A nice Vienna lager.

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Photo of Jensen83
4.56/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an excellent lager with a great color and very refreshing feel. The malty body gives it the right balance between a light lager with a lot of taste. Delicious.

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Photo of smcolw
3.74/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Small head and no lace. Clear with a dark amber color.

Toasted biscuit aroma. Lightly sour.

Quite spritzy on the tongue, neutral body. Biscuit flavor without being nutty. Slightly sweet with a bit of dry caramel. Little hop as I expected. Strong toastiness in the swallow. Short aftertaste.

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Photo of Eeroomnhoj
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I know I have had this beer before but I guess I never recorded it. Purchased a 12 pack the other week and have been slowly consuming them with pleasure. The first can tasted a little "canny" but I may have been used to bottled beer and thought I tasted the can. After a few I realized that this is a good can of beer. I can probably drink this on the fourth of July and still stand by nighttime.
Good flavor, good smell. Could not tell you about color or lacing as I am drinking this from a can.

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Photo of MichaelProcton
3.59/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Ultra clear amber with very limited carbonation and a small white head film cap. Smell is hoppy with a solid malt backbone. Taste is simple and underwhelming, particularly among style. The malt bill almost gets interesting on the back end, but disappoints, lingering in a quiet, shameless way. Mouthfeel is the standout characteristic. Smooth and easy-drinking, just not something I'd try to knock back a ton of.

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Photo of adamhdg
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tea colored brew with almost no head. Very slight bready smell. Nice flavor that is heavy in rye. Very little carbonation that leaves it with a less than desirable mouth feel. Overall a nice beer that I would try again.

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