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Vienna Lager | Devils Backbone Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
3.75/5
Very Good
932 Ratings
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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:
#22,124
Reviews:
172
Ratings:
932
pDev:
12.27%
Bros Score:
3.87
 
 
Wants:
34
Gots:
338
Trade:
2
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 932 |  Reviews: 172
Photo of tvljr
4.04/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Good dark red lager. Low ABV, so really nice on a work night.

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Photo of jacobwills
4.01/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Beerparrot
3.45/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Cosho
3.61/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SeanKram3r
4.02/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of syndelee
3.15/5  rDev -16%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Chessmaster
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into lager glass

A: Clear, attractive, orange-red appearance, crystal clear. White head disappeared almost instantly leaving no head at all on top - bad. Constant stream of bubbles rising through liquid

S: Caramel, maybe a little fruity, some bready notes. Pleasant

T: Clean, crisp, a little biscuity/bready, malty/caramel

M: Medium bodied

O: The smell and taste are pleasant and this beer is quite drinkable. A little lacking in the appearance but otherwise good.

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Photo of almostjay
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of waltc21
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JodyPowers
4.09/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smooth and very drinkable. Makes me hoppy

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Photo of sneth019
3.42/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tenismanic
3.03/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of GRap
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DuffDaddy
5/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pint at County Grill in Yorktown with family and Ronnie & Donna.

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Photo of JP-Phillips
4.78/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Smooth Vienna lager that's one of my go-to beers to have in my kegerator, as it's not too dark nor too light for guests.

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Photo of ChefEugenio
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KeyWestGator
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of FarmerTed
4.36/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of xseanprimex
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Nocode
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of VirginiaBeerMan
3.19/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of prototypic
3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Pantalones
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Re-reviewing since my previous review was way back when I first started reviewing (and within a couple months of when I first started drinking beer.) Bottling date on this one is December 13th, 2015.

Pours a dark golden color, very clear; once in the glass it's more of a shiny dark-orange and still very clear, with a good number of little bubbles rising up from the bottom. Doesn't tend to produce much of a head of foam, unfortunately; poured a bit harder than I usually do today and still only got a thin layer, which by now has shrunk to a few patches on top and a thicker ring around the edge.

Smell is nice -- sweet toasty-nutty almost caramel-y malty smells, with an almost doughy sort of background smell that I pick up in a lot of lagers (perhaps the result of the lager yeast strain?) Can't believe I rated the smell so low before -- maybe it was just overpowered by all the food-smells around since I had it in a restaurant that time?

Taste is similar to the smell but stronger; lots of toasty and nutty flavors going on right away, not quite as caramely-sweet as the smell but this actually works in its favor. I am occasionally picking up a bit more of a sweetness there, maybe almost a fruity sort of flavor popping in here and there, but not anywhere near too much sweetness -- it's all very balanced. The background "lager flavor" is also present and, as with the smell, gives it a bit of a doughiness. This mixes with the malty flavors very nicely. Maybe a tiny bit of dry-grassy European type hops in there, but the malt definitely is in focus. It's a bit on the subtle side, but I'm finding that there is a whole lot more going on in here than I realized back when I wrote my old review.

Super drinkable -- I've already gotten nearly half the glass down already without really even trying! -- but not too light or watery. Not too prickly from carbonation, either.

Overall, a very nice beer -- glad to have had a couple more of these in my fridge again thanks to the collaboration pack, and I'm sure they won't be my last considering that this is one of those beers I end up going back to over and over again (and considering I live less than 15 miles from the brewery and enjoy good lagers, why the heck wouldn't I!?)

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Photo of everythingiszen
4.51/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smooth and refreshing malty lager. Just what I'm looking for in the style.

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Photo of wac9
3.17/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

wife always picks a good beer on her away from fl and she know nothing about beer , just a copper color beer thats a crisp taste but also some hits of hops taste ans carmel smmoth so drink another

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Vienna Lager from Devils Backbone Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 932 ratings
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